Judge Samuel Harris Kerr
of Navarro County, Texas


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Judge S. H. Kerr, an old and highly honored citizen of Navarro county, was born in Maury county, Tennessee, December 24, 1823, and was reared in his native county. He moved to west Tennessee when a young man, and later married Miss Catherine Delia Smith on October 20, 1846, at Lanesburg, Tennessee, and in  November, 1852, moved to Texas, locating in Corsicana. He taught school at early day in Tennessee and for five or six years also in this county after locating here. Later he was engaged in the wagon and buggy business. In 1861 he was elected Judge of Navarro county, and held that position for five years. On January 1, 1873, he became deputy under James M. Doolen, then holding the office  of County and District Clerk. He held this position for three years, when the offices were separated under the new constitution, when he was elected County Clerk. He served in this office until January 1886. The records of the County Court are largely the work of his hands, and they give abundant evidence of the care and efficiency with which he served the people of Navarro county in one of the most responsible positions within their gift. Judge Kerr has reared a family of eight children, all of whom are now married. His eldest, Leora J., is the wife of John W. Duren of Corsicana. William H., died in Corsicana in 1869, unmarried. Frank is now one of the leading business men of Corsicana. Mary is the wife of the Rev. B. M. Taylor, of Ennis, this State. Louisa is the wife of Rev. Abe Mulkey, of Corsicana. Samuel M. is a business man of Corsicana. Fleta, was married to L. P. Keen and is now deceased. And Calvin resides in Corsicana, engaged with his brother Frank in the real-estate, loan and insurance business. Judge Kerr and all his family are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He is also a member of the Masonic fraternity, having been a Mason for more than forty years.

Memorial and Biographical History of Navarro, Henderson, Anderson, Limestone, Freestone and Leon Counties Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company, 1893


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