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Joan McColl says...Greetings from Australia
Thank you for your very interesting letter, I will speak to my minister and see how we could help you get some feed back, I will get back to you.
My great great grandfather's sister was buried in one of the graves in the Ervie/Kirkcolm churchyard , as are her son John Kennedy and daughter Agnes. In an adjacent grave is her young daughter Jeanie, and in yet another is John Wither one of her grandsons. They were all from Knocktimn farm. Charles Kennedy and his wife, Mary McMillan (were at Glegyre- name of a property here also) and son and daughter are memorialised in another grave with a stone. I got this information from a book of memorial inscriptions from the Dumfries and Galloway Family History Society. I am at a stage in my life where I have a bit of space to spend reflecting on my family. I began with memories of a visit with my parents to South Australia when I was very young and we visited Kerr's farm there. At the start of my investigations I had no idea of where Kirkcolm was or the signioficance of it to my family and background. I married a farmer with a Scottish background and have lived in rural Victoria now for 44 years. I had no idea about how much genetic background I had in Scottish agriculture. We have had a Red Angus stud for the last twelve years.
I have a letter which was written in 1845 by William Kennedy who was the husband of Jean Kennedy (nee Kerr) to my great great grandfather Stair Kerr. There is a lot of gossip in this letter relating to Kirkcolm village people. I wondered if you would like a copy of it for people there to read, and maybe to respond to. I have started writing the Kerr family's story and would appreciate any feedback.
I was a Sunday school teacher at the Cheltenham (a Melbourne suburb) St Columba's Pioneers memorial church for a few years before I was married. The Kerr's were involved with Presbyterian churches in America where six of the family of fourteen went and two came to Australia and were involved in the nonconformist churches here.
I have been curious all my life about the name Stair in relation to our family. My brother and nephew have Stair as a middle name and it has followed through all branches of the family, although the name Kerr has died out as a surname.I have been able to find no real clues as to why this name became so important to the family.
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