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Dr. William Kerr
Male Cal 1803 - 1892


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  • Prefix  Dr. 
    Birth  CALC 9 Mar 1803  , Paisley, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Gender  Male 
    Occupation  1861  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Doctor 
    Religion  1861  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Free Church 
    Occupation  1871  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Physician 
    Religion  1871  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    C. Presbyterian 
    Occupation  1881  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Physician 
    Occupation  1891  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Physician 
    Religion  1891  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Presbyterian 
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-66248 
    Died  22 Aug 1892  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Cause: General Debility 
    Person ID  I66248  Generations
    Last Modified  3 Jan 2019 

    Family  Margaret Ann Kerr,   b. 1812, , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Dec 1884 
    Married  1840  , Paisley, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Eliza Jamieson Kerr,   b. 6 Dec 1840, Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. William Kerr,   b. 1842, , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Margaret Ann Kerr,   b. 11 Feb 1843, Barony, Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Apr 1891, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Mary Kerr,   b. 1844, , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. James Edward Kerr,   b. 2 Aug 1847, Barony, Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jan 1934, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. William McKenzie Kerr,   b. 4 Sep 1852, Paris, Brant County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Family ID  F17297  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • Death of Dr. William Kerr

      It is with sincere regret we are called upon to record the death of Dr. William Kerr, of Galt, which took place at his residence, Braehead, on Monday morning last, at ten minutes to five o'clock. He was in his ninetieth year; his exact age being 89 years, 5 months and 13 days. Until last winter he continued to enjoy a robust old age and seldom complained of an ache or a pain. He had a wonderfully strong physique, which he had carefully preserved through his earlier life and this rendered him mentally and physically active at an age when many others become feeble and decrepit. During the winter, however, he had a severe attack of Grippe and although he rallied somewhat from that, it was apparent to his relatives and friends that at last his great strength was beginning to fail. About three weeks ago his stomach began to refuse nourishment and he gradually grew weaker until he passed away on Monday morning last. He suffered little during his illness, which he bore with Christian patience and resignation, almost with cheerfulness and his mind was clear and conscious until the angel came and he passed peacefully away. Dr. Kerr was born in Paisley, Scotland, for which city he always cherished the warmest regard. His father was for fifty years an eminent medical practitioner there, whose name became a household word in Paisley, for the great service he rendered by projecting the fine system of waterworks, which it has long enjoyed. For this service the city presented him with a handsome testimonial in marble, which his son, the subject of this memoir, brought with Mrs. Kerr and himself to Canada in 1848. They first settled in Hamilton, where Mrs. Kerr had two brothers in the wholesale importing trade, Messrs. Archibald and Thomas Kerr. They were long and favorably known in Hamilton, but both passed away many years ago. After a few months in Paris, Dr. Kerr removed to Galt in 1852 and for several years resided at Rosehill, now owned by J. C. Dietrich, Esq. He afterwards removed to the village of Doon. Returning to Galt, in 1866, he has ever since resided at Braehead, where, overlooking the beautiful valley and surrounding hills, he has passed his declining years in much cheerfulness and enjoyment. Dr. Kerr was a man of liberal education and possessed a vast fund of useful information. In his younger days he was quite public spirited and in the early times of Galt, when the Lecture course was one of the chief features of the winter season, he lectured on Physical Geography and other scientific topics. He continued to the last deeply interested in the medical profession and his remedies in certain cases were often sent for from long distances. He was deeply interested in all scientific and religious movements, particularly the latter and until a few weeks ago continued to be a great reader of books, sitting down to large volumes of traveller's explorations or missionary enterprises, with all the interest and even zest of youth. In his intercourse with the public, socially and otherwise, he was conspicuous for thorough gentlemanliness, a noble quality which he never forgot, whilst to the members of his own family he was exceedingly affectionate and to his friends and neighbors always cheerful, kind and considerate. It is hard to part with one so amiable in life and character as Dr. Kerr, but he had passed far beyond the allotted span and it is therefore becoming to how submissively to the Divine will, grateful for his long, useful and happy life and the bright example of a Christian gentleman which he has left as a precious legacy to his family and all who knew him. Dr. Kerr was married to his late wife, Miss Margaret A. Kerr, in Paisley in the year 1840. She died on the 6th December, 1884, and he had to mourn also the death of his second daughter, Margaret, on the 6th April, 1891. The remaining members of the family are Miss Kerr, Mr. Jas. and Capt. Kerr, all of whom reside at Braehead. The funeral obsequies took place yesterday. The pall-bearers were Messrs. R. S. Strong, F. G. Allenby, T. B. Allen, John Perry, David Spiers, James Warnock and James Young. The great respect and sympathy felt for Dr. Kerr and his family was testified by the large circle of friends, who accompanied the remains to their final resting place.

      The Dumfries Reformer 25 Aug 1892 pg 1

  • Sources 
    1. [S336] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1881, Galt Division 2 Page 35.

    2. [S570] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1871, Div. 2, Pg. 46.

    3. [S1946] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo Twp. - 1861 (South Division), Div. 1 Page 9.

    4. [S1800] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1891, Sec. 1 Page 42.

    5. [S713] Vit - ON - Death Registration, death certificate..
      William Kerr Gender: Male Age: 89 Birth Date: abt 1803 Birth Place: Pauley, Scotland Death Date: 22 Aug 1892 Death Place: Galt, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada Cause of Death: General Debility #017936

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    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Doctor - 1861 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Free Church - 1861 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Physician - 1871 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - C. Presbyterian - 1871 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Physician - 1881 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Physician - 1891 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Presbyterian - 1891 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: General Debility - 22 Aug 1892 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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