Zerilda Kerr

9 November 1815–3 September 1864 (Age 48)
Missouri, United States

The Life of Zerilda

When Zerilda Kerr was born on 9 November 1815, in Missouri, United States, her father, Richard Kerr, was 22 and her mother, Ruth Wells, was 22. She married Richard Wells on 30 June 1833, in Pike, Missouri, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 6 daughters. She lived in Pike, Pike, Illinois, United States in 1850 and Pleasant Hill Township, Pike, Illinois, United States for about 10 years. She died on 3 September 1864, in Pike, Illinois, United States, at the age of 48, and was buried in Perry Wells Cemetery, Pleasant Hill, Pike, Illinois, United States.

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Family Time Line

Richard Wells
Zerilda Kerr
Marriage: 30 June 1833
Ruth A. Wells
Zerilda E. Wells
Mary Margaret Wells
Anna Zerelda Wells
Elizabeth E. Wells
Richard E Wells
Caroline P. Wells

Spouse and Children

    Richard Wells



30 June 1833
Pike, Missouri, United States


    Ruth A. Wells


    Zerilda E. Wells


    Mary Margaret Wells


    Anna Zerelda Wells


    Elizabeth E. Wells


+2 More Children

Parents and Siblings



+2 More Children

World Events (8)


Age 3

Illinois is the 21st state.

Age 6

Missouri is the 24th state
1829 · Missouri State Library

Age 14

The first Missouri State Library was established by law on January 22, 1829. This law was created due to the large amount of public documents which had been collected in the office of Missouri's secretary of state. The library included documentation of the actions of the Missouri senate and house. The documents were cataloged and made available to the public. The public had access to any of the books in the library from sunup to sundown on any day except Sunday.

Name Meaning

1 English and Scottish: topographic name for someone who lived by a patch of wet ground overgrown with brushwood, northern Middle English kerr (Old Norse kjarr). A legend grew up that the Kerrs were left-handed, on theory that the name is derived from Gaelic cearr ‘wronghanded’, ‘left-handed’.2 Irish: see Carr .3 This surname has also absorbed examples of German Kehr .

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

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Sources (3)

  • P Wells in household of Richard Wells, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Zerilsa A Wells in household of Richard Wells, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Zarilda Wells in household of Richard Wells, "United States Census, 1850"

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