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Kerker family

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Kerker family

Posted: 1451513217000
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I found a death notice for Katherine Kerker Matthias yesterday:

Apparently she came from quite a big family! Her 1947 obit describes her as the "dear sister of Anna Jeppson, Elizabeth Kirk, Mayme Breitenstein, Sadie O'Hare, Reta Immel, John and Henry Kerker and the late Pauline Kasson, Frank and Louise Kerker", so she had 10 siblings!

This gives her parents' names as Henry Kerker and Katherine Bartle:

So starting there, I did some research. This looks like them in 1880: And this looks like them in 1900: Notice in 1900 that the mom is "Jane" instead of Catherine but it confirms that she had 11 children; she is listed as widowed, and since we have one child born in 1894, the father Henry must have died sometime between 1894 – 1900. This is the marriage record of Henry Kerker and Catherine Barthel in 1875:

So, here is what I could find on Katherine' siblings:

John: I don't know much info about him, including spouse or children. A possible memorial for him?:

Frank/Franz: This is his memorial - Don't see one for his wife, Grace Stewart Kerker. She was born c. 1884 in Iowa per 1910 census:

Louie/Louise: Don't know anything about this one, especially since it is Louise in the obit and son Louie in the 1900 census! Help!

Anna: Spouse name was Jeppson, haven't found any information on her.

Pauline: Spouse name was Kasson, haven't found any information on her.

Mamie/Mayme: Spouse name was Breitenstein. A possible memorial for her?:

Elizabeth/Edna: Probably the same person again with two different names from the obit and census. Spouse name was Kirk. A probable memorial for her?:

Sadie: Sadie Rosetta Kerker married Patrick Joseph O'Hare 3/30/1912 in Chicago: Death of one of their children in 1919: So this has got to be her memorial:

Henry Joe: WWII draft card: Probable spouse Vesta VanMatre?: A possible memorial for him?:

Maggie: First name is probably Margaret, which means she is probably the Reta Immel mentioned in the obit. Haven't found out any other information on her.

So, that is a big family. Any other information you could find on any of these people would be helpful. More obits would certainly be helpful, and may allow me to connect these folks up with each other better. If you can find anything else to confirm any suspicions that I am not yet certain of would be great!
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