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Re: Kerby name in Maryland
Posted by: Michael Trezevant Smith (ID *****5499) Date: April 07, 2002 at 08:38:52
In Reply to: Re: Kerby name in Maryland by Don Kirby of 589

Sorry it took me so long to respond. The article is from the Enquirer-Gazette of Upper Marlboro. The only part of the date that shows is September. (Our copy is a family hand-me-down, since my wife's great aunt was involved with it). It is entitled "Broad Creek Revolutionary Soldier" Some excerpts:
"The Emily Nelson Chapter DAR on Sunday, August 29th ...placed a bronze marker on the grave of Francis Kerby, who served in the American Revolution from 1775 to 1783...after the service and the placing of the marker, the ladies accepted the invitation of Mr. Charles Wallis Collins, retired attorney, and his wife, present owner of Harmony Hall, (now restored)owned and occupied by Francis Kerby and his wife, their son George having been born there....Francis Kerby, the son of a merchant, William Kerby of Baltimore, whose family had resided on the Eastern Shore for four generations as merchants....Mrs. Rachael M. Weedon, daughter of Mrs. Elsie Kirby McKeown of Washington, DC was the Revolutionary descendant member of the dedicating DAR Chapter... This Item written for Mrs. Florence Maude Thorne-a Francis Kerby descendant.)" Mrs. Thorne is my wife's great aunt.
George Kerby was Francis's eldest son and Exor of his will. Francis's and George's Wills and Estate Papers confirm that Francis's surviving chilren were: Samual, William, Ann TALBOTT, Delila CLARK, Elizabeth HERBERT (sp?), and Rebekah GARRETT. My wife is descended through William and his second wife, Barbara Sophia Geissendoffer. The question is whether or not Francis is the son of Richard (who died in Prince George's Co) or William as the article stipulates. Unfortunately, my wife's great aunt died some years ago, and all she knew with her.


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