Thursday, November 2, 2017

Henry Clay Kerr and Isabella Rouse Kerr

Isabella A. Kerr, born 8 June 1832 Henderson[1],  was the daughter of James and Sally K. Rouse[2] of Henderson. James Rouse was a "pioneer settler of Henderson" [3]  and a large land owner in Henderson.  

Isabella Rouse  married Henry C. Kerr 30 December 1852 at a hotel then known as the Rouse House, which stood in downtown Henderson.[4]  Isabella left a will recorded in Henderson Will Book E, page 566.  Whatever money and notes she had at her death went to her husband. Her real estate was to be sold and the proceeds divided equally between her surviving children. James H. Kerr was to be her executor. The will was dated 15 March 1913 and recorded 13 February 1914.

Henry C. Kerr was born 13 April 1829 near Lexington, Kentucky and died 29 September 1920 in Henderson.  He was the son of John Kerr and Nancy Coons and  was a plasterer by occupation. His father was born  in Scotland and his mother was born in Kentucky.[5] 

The Kerrs had the following children: Edwin, James Henry, Walter, Mattie and Malcom. The first three children are also buried at Fernwood Cemetery.


Isabella A.
1832 - 1914

Henry C.
1829 - 1920

Buried Fernwood Cemetery,  Henderson, Kentucky. Tombstone photographed 2 April 2017.

[1] Kentucky Death Certificate, Isabella Rouse Kerr #4191,, accessed 25 March 2017.
[2] Last Will and Testament of James Rouse, Henderson County Will Book C:179-180, dated 29 May 1861 and proven July Court 1861.
[3] "Mrs. H.C. Kerr Sinks To Last Long Sleep," Henderson Daily Gleaner, Sat., 21 Feb 1914, p. 1.
[4] Ibid.
[5] Kentucky Death Certificate #22466, Henry Clay Kerr,, accessed 25 March 2017.

Published 2 November 2017, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog,

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