Maria Henderson Kerr

Female1844–26 April 1893

Brief Life History of Maria Henderson

When Maria Henderson Kerr was born in 1844, in Daviess, Missouri, United States, her father, John Kelly Kerr, was 34 and her mother, Susan M. Peniston, was 25. She married George Johnson Gillham on 20 June 1870, in Shelby, Tennessee, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons. She lived in Memphis, Shelby, Tennessee, United States in 1880. She died on 26 April 1893, in Shelby, Tennessee, United States, at the age of 49, and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis, Shelby, Tennessee, United States.

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George Johnson Gillham
Maria Henderson Kerr
Marriage: 20 June 1870
George Gillham
George Halsey Gillham
John Kerr Gillham

Sources (9)

  • M H Gillham in household of Geo Gillham, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Maria H Kerr, "Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950"
  • Maria Henderson Kerr Gillham, "Find A Grave Index"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    20 June 1870Shelby, Tennessee, United States
  • Children (3)

    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (8)

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    World Events (8)


    Age 2

    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.


    Age 2

    Tennessee was known as the Volunteer State because during the Mexican War the government asked Tennessee for 3,000 volunteer soldiers and 30,000 joined.

    1862 · Battle of Shiloh

    Age 18

    The battle of Shiloh took place on April 6, 1862 and April 7, 1862. Confederate soldiers camp through the woods next to where the Union soldiers were camped at Pittsburg Landing on the Tennessee River. With 23,000 casualties this was the bloodiest battle of the Civil War up to this point.

    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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