Alexander Kerr, Sr.

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Alexander Kerr, Sr.

Birthplace: Selkirk, Linton Parish, Roxburghshire, Scotland
Death: Died in Williamsburg, James City County, Province of Virginia
Place of Burial: Williamsburg, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Laird Archibald A. Kerr and Helen Sinclair
Husband of Martha Elizabeth Kerr
Father of Alexander Kerr, Jr.; John Kerr; William Kerr and Ann Barker
Brother of Henry Kerr and Jean Kerr

Occupation: Silversmith
Managed by: Denise Celeste Frederick
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About Alexander Kerr, Sr.

Scottish jeweler; merchant in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia.

Source: Colonial Williamsburg Official Guidebook 1779

Alexander was the son of Archibald Kerr of Graden. Alexander was trained as a silversmith before his capture and became a nabob of Williamsburg owning a house across the street from the Capital building. Alexander bought the house from the estate of a fellow prisoner transported on the same voyage of the Elizabeth and Anne, Dr. John Brown, a surgeon from Coldstream.

Alexander and his brother Henry were sons of Archibald Ker(r) of Graden and Helenor St. Clair, daughter of Sir James St. Clair of Roslin. The boys' father died when they were still young children. Their mother raised them as Roman Catholics.


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Alexander Kerr, Sr.'s Timeline

Selkirk, Linton Parish, Roxburghshire, Scotland
June 15, 1726
Age 32
Williamsburg, James City, Virginia, United States
Age 34
Williamsburg, York County, Province of Virginia
Age 38
Age 42
Rockbridge County, Virginia, United States
October 15, 1738
Age 44
Williamsburg, James City County, Province of Virginia