Lora May Kerr

Brief Life History of Lora May

When Lora May Kerr was born on 20 June 1890, in Anamosa, Jones, Iowa, United States, her father, Porter Kerr, was 45 and her mother, Angeline Buckner, was 43. She married Ray Elsworth Beem on 15 November 1905, in Marion, Linn, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 9 sons and 7 daughters. She lived in Blue Township, Jackson, Missouri, United States for about 10 years and Independence, Perkins, South Dakota, United States in 1968. She died on 20 January 1968, in Independence, Jackson, Missouri, United States, at the age of 77, and was buried in Mound Grove Cemetery, Independence, Jackson, Missouri, United States.

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Ray Elsworth Beem
Lora May Kerr
Marriage: 15 November 1905
Fred Alonzo Beem
Lucile Maxine Beem
Harry Elsworth Beem
Arthur Devere Beem
Emma Lorine Beem
Joseph Donald Beem
Doris Pauline Beem
Albert Caspar Beem
Myrtle Maudine Beem
Elizabeth Fernell Beem
Ray Esley Beem Jr.
Charles Clifford Beem
Jessie Thomas Beem
Ruth Beem
Alma James Beem
Mary Lou Beem

Sources (44)

  • Lorah Kerr in household of Porter Kerr, "Iowa State Census, 1895"
  • Keer, "Iowa Births and Christenings, 1830-1950"
  • Laura Kerr, "Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934"

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World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.


Historical Boundaries: 1908: Perkins, South Dakota, United States

1912 · The Girl Scouts

Like the Boy Scouts of America, The Girl Scouts is a youth organization for girls in the United States. Its purpose is to prepare girls to empower themselves and by acquiring practical skills.

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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