Jane Kerr

Female11 August 1806–22 February 1891

Brief Life History of Jane

When Jane Kerr was born on 11 August 1806, in Muirkirk, Ayrshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, her father, John Kerr, was 36 and her mother, Helen Ramage, was 35. She married James Ritchie on 27 May 1832. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 2 daughters. She lived in Dumfriesshire, Scotland, United Kingdom in 1851 and Kirkconnel, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, United Kingdom for about 10 years. She died on 22 February 1891, in Calumet, Houghton, Michigan, United States, at the age of 84, and was buried in Lake View Cemetery, Calumet, Houghton, Michigan, United States.

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Family Time Line

James Ritchie
Jane Kerr
Marriage: 27 May 1832
James Ritchie
Helen Ritchie
David Ritchie
about 1844–1926
John Ritchie
Gilbert Ritchie
William Ritchie
Margaret Crichton Ritchie

Sources (25)

  • Jane Ritchie in household of James Ritchie, "Scotland Census, 1861"
  • Jean Kerr, "Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"
  • Jean Kerr Ritchie, "Find A Grave Index"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    27 May 1832
  • Children (7)

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    Siblings (6)

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    World Events (8)


    Age 2

    Atlantic slave trade abolished.

    1811 · The Tron Riot

    Age 5

    The Tron riot was a riot which occurred in Edinburgh, Scotland on New Year's Eve. A group of young men attacked and robbed wealthier passers-by. One police officer was killed in the riot. Though the total count of participants is unknown, sixty-eight youths were arrested, with five sentenced to death for their actions during the riot.

    1830 · The Second Great Awakening

    Age 24

    Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.

    Name Meaning

    English and Scottish: topographic name for someone who lived by a marsh or swampy woodland, Middle English kerr ‘brushwood, wet ground’ (Old Norse kjarr). A legend grew up that the Kerrs were left-handed, on theory that the name is derived from Gaelic cearr ‘wrong-handed, left-handed’.

    Irish: variant of Carr .

    Americanized form of German Kehr or of some other similar (like-sounding) surname.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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