Friday, March 1, 2013

May 15, 1868, Ohio Democrat article

"Another Negro Outrage" [Printed as it was written]
The Vicksburgh Times, of the 22d ult., gives the particulars of a recent murder of a family at Omega Landing, on the Mississippi river.  Four negroes, it appears, determined to kill a man named Keenan, for the purpose of obtaining some money they supposed he had just received for a lot of wood.  On the 11th inst., as Keenan left the Landing, he was shot by one of the negroes.  They then proceeded to search the victim, but found nothing in his pockets, and consequently determined to visit his house. 
Arrived there they killed Keenan's wife and son with an axem and then tied a daughter, a little girl, to a bed and set it on fire.  The murderers were pursued, and after a long pursuit, two of them were captured.  While the officers were conveying the wretches to prison, a mob of negroes seized them, and at once made a fire and roasted the criminals to death.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Brothers Nathaniel and Joseph Kerr, from L.P., died at the Alamo

Amelia Williams compiled about 400 names of persons to have fought at the Alamo, but contemporary authority has practically agreed that the number of Alamo victims that had fallen at the fortress on March 6, 1836 was less than 200.  So Amelia set out on a task to verify every name on this inclusive work list and ended up with what was finally determined was "A critical study of the seige of the Alamo of the personnel of its Defenders", by Amelia Williams.
On this list was two brothers, Joseph Kerr and Nathaniel Kerr.  "Joseph Kerr, age, 22, private, from Lake Providence, Louisiana.  Sources: Nacogdoches, 417; Affidavits of S. L. Chambliss and Mary E. Martin, on January 9, 1875 among the Adjutant General's Misc. Papers, Texas State Library. (18)"
Nathaniel was in the same company. 
Below is taken out of "Southwestern Historical Quarterly", XXXVI, page 278, foot-note No. 61, (18). [Picture is of Joseph and his wife, Elizabeth Cubbage Kerr]
"On January 9, 1875, before Robert W. Walton, Notary Public of Navarro County, Texas, S. L. Chambliss swore that on or near the first of February, 1836, he as captain of the Louisiana Volunteers for Texas Independence, honorably discharged Nathaniel and Joseph Kerr from his company because of the disability of their horses.  He sent them to join the Texas troops at San Antonio, Texas.  He further swore that their names appear as citizens of Bexar County on abstracts of land cetificates, bugt says that is a mistake, for they were volunteer soldiers from Louisiana fighting for Texas independence, and that they fell at the Alamo.  On the same day and before the same Notary, Mary E. Martin swore that in February, 1836, she saw and read a letter, written to General Kerr of Lake Providence, Louisiana, by his son, Nathaniel Kerr, who was then stationed at the Alamo in San Antonio.  In this letter Nathaniel Kerr stated that he and his brother, Joseph, were honorably discharged from their original company in the Texas service, on account the disablilty of their horses and that they were then stationed at the Alamo.  It was later believed by all their friends that both brothers had died at the Alamo.  Both these men were unmarried, and their heirs were a niece, Harriet Kerr Davisson, and a nephew, James D. Kerr.  In their Power of Attorney, made February 24, 1855, the claimants state that Nathaniel Kerr had died from a sudden disease at the Alamo on February 19, 1836."  These warrants were granted by Barnard E. Bee.