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Looking details of my father John Kenneth Kerr.

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ArgyllGran Report 11 Apr 2018 17:33

Re Chilliwack -
I don't know if this has been posted before or not -

John Kerr
in the Canada, WWI CEF Attestation Papers, 1914-1918
Name: John Kerr
Birth Date: 17 Nov 1885
Birth Location: Tern, Torfarshire [Fern, Forfarshire]
Residence: Post Office, Chilliwack, British Columbia
Relative: William Kerr
Relationship: Father
Father's address: Drum, Arnhall, Fettercairn, Kincardineshire
Regiment Number: 2203339
Date of attestation: 16 Feb 1917

So if that's the same man as in1935, he's not the one we want.

He had flat feet and was considered "fit for forestry or R R Construction battalion only".


JoonieCloonie Report 11 Apr 2018 19:22

So many @#$% John Kerrs!

For Blanch to be in Chilliwack in 1935 ... and daughter Delores to be born in Ottawa (half a continent away) in 1936 ... many things to boggle the mind.

Thanks! (again, ha)


Sandra Report 11 Apr 2018 21:50

Wow you have both done some fantastic work. I can't thank you enough. Its so frustrating not knowing where the real John McCreadie died and if he was the one who married Blanche and had a daughter!!!


JoonieCloonie Report 11 Apr 2018 23:15

Well given the DNA match to the people who are sure - are they? - of their connection to John 1900, and the fact that the BC death matches his name and birthday, I think we can think that the BC death is your John.

I wonder whether Delores, though, was Blanch's daughter and not John's, and she and he got together later ...

There is still every possibility that they had other children as well; we just don't have access to that information.

I didn't follow the Scottish ancestry info carefully, but I wonder whether this might give a good picture of it.

it shows:

great-grandfather John McCready Kerr
grandfather Angus Kerr (with a brother John McCready Fraser Kerr)
father Colin Kerr (with a brother John McCready)

Can't see more w/o subscribing.


Sandra Report 12 Apr 2018 13:49

These are my relatives and I am a member of My Heritage. I don't understand why they didn't come through as a match. I have contacted the site manager to ask for access.


JoonieCloonie Report 12 Apr 2018 22:13

Serendipity by google, then! Keep us posted. :-)


Sandra Report 13 Apr 2018 14:11

Well I managed to add another 9 relatives to my tree today. Unfortunately they are all preceeding John McCreadie Kerr. Interestingly his family name goes back 4 generations and is always spelt MCCREADY. I had a look at his birth certificate and sure enough my grandfather's name is spelt MCCREADY, not the McCreadie on his marriage certificate, ships passenger records or death certificate!!


ArgyllGran Report 13 Apr 2018 17:33

The registrar probably wrote it the way he assumed it to be spelled..


JoonieCloonie Report 14 Apr 2018 00:24

And remember it was spelled McCRADY on his birth reg. :-)

(Probably how it is pronounced?)

I will be watching for news of his naval records, in 10 months. My stars willing!

They will, hopefully, be interesting.


Sandra Report 14 Apr 2018 01:13

I'm not too hopeful he was in the military at all now. There are way too many Kerrs. Never did I think a few years ago that I would be sitting here with a Kerr family which has risen from 33 to having a tree with almost 400! Not bad considering my Mckee side of the family have still to be discovered. It's like they were wiped out by some bizarre event!