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Free Genealogy Biography of Presley Kerr,
Pennsylvania Volunteer of the Civil War

Doctor Presley M. Kerr

Doctor Presley M. Kerr, son of James W. Kerr, was born in Raccoon township, Beaver county, Pennsylvania, in 1835, died November 5, 1884, He was reared on the home farm and attended the public schools. He passed through the high school and prepared himself for the practice of medicine under Dr. J. Ramsay Miller, after which he entered the Allopathic Medical College at Cincinnati, Ohio, from whence he was graduated M.D. in 1860. He began practice near the home of his childhood and continued there until his death in 1884.

At the outbreak of the civil war he was appointed assistant surgeon, One Hundred and Twenty-first Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, 121st Regiment. He was mustered in December 15, 1862, for a term of three years, but honorably discharged by special order, January 9, 1863, on account of failing health, and returned home He later was again called into service, performing medical duty at Hairwood and other hospitals for over a year.

On his return from the army he was appointed physician to the Beaver County Home, which position he held for fourteen years, finally resigning through poor health. He was a skillful physician and surgeon and of kindly sympathetic nature. He was greatly beloved in his county and was sincerely mourned when he passed away. He was a willing worker and responded to every call made upon him, with the result that his health broke and he died before reaching his fiftieth year. He was a Republican in politics, and a member of the Presbyterian church. He married, in 1862, Nancy J., daughter of James and Nancy (McAulley) Ingalls. Children: Dr. Alvin H., died; Dr. James P.; Nancy A.; Emma; John French, of whom further; Anderson J.

Source: Genealogical and Personal History of Fayette County, John W. Jordan, Lewis Historical Publishing Co., 1912.

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