John Irwin Ker

20 May 1830–8 April 1911 (Age 80)
County Cork, Ireland

The Life of John Irwin

When John Irwin Ker was born on 20 May 1830, in County Cork, Ireland, his father, John Ker, was 21 and his mother, Nora Irwin, was 22. He married Lorena Phelps on 31 December 1853, in Chickasaw, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in O'Brien, Iowa, United States in 1895 and Baker Township, O'Brien, Iowa, United States in 1900. He died on 8 April 1911, in Paullina, O'Brien, Iowa, United States, at the age of 80, and was buried in Paullina, O'Brien, Iowa, United States.

Photos & Memories (0)

Photos & Memories

Do you know this person? Do you have a story about him you would like to share? Sign in or Create a FREE Account

Family Time Line

John Irwin Ker
Lorena Phelps
Marriage: 31 December 1853
Phoebe Ker
Josiah Ker
Robert Emmanuel Ker
Edward Kingston Ker
Mary Ker
Maud Ker
John Ker
Ker (a son)

Spouse and Children

31 December 1853
Chickasaw, Iowa, United States


+3 More Children

Parents and Siblings



World Events (8)

1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 2

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

Age 9

The Night of the BIG WIND. In Killarney and its neighborhood there was a terrible hurricane. The town sustained much damage and many houses were shattered.
1857 · The State Capital moves to Des Moines

Age 27

The Capitol was located in Iowa City until the 1st General Assembly of Iowa recognized that the Capitol should be moved farther west than Iowa City. Land was found two miles from the Des Moines River to start construction of the new building. Today the Capitol building still stands on its original plot.

Name Meaning

1 English and Scottish: variant of Carr .2 Hungarian (Kér): one of the eight ancient Hungarian tribal names from the Magyar conquest of the Carpathian basin. The Kér tribe, led by a chief called Vata settled in what is now known as Békés county, but King Steven I resettled the tribe in royal estates, far away from their original residence. Thus the 42 villages named after the Kér tribe are scattered around in Hungary.

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

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • John Ker, "United States Census, 1880"
  • John Kerr, "Minnesota State Census, 1875"
  • Jno Carr, "United States Census, 1860"

Find more of your family story

As a non-profit, we offer free help to anyone looking to learn the details of their family story.

Create a free account to view more about your family.
Create a free account
Share this with your family and friends.