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Walter Kerr or Karr

Male 1759 - 1846  (86 years)

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  • Name Walter Kerr or Karr 
    Born 7 Nov 1759  West Windrow Township, Middlesex, New Jersey, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 6 Apr 1846  Goshen, Monmouth, New Jersey, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I3065  Petersen-de Lanskoy
    Last Modified 27 Jun 2015 

    Family Naomi Johnson,   b. From 1767 to 1774, of Dover Township, Monmouth, New Jersey, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jan 1854, Dover Township, Ocean, New Jersey, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 87 years) 
    Married 4 Oct 1836  Toms River, Monmouth, New Jersey, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 22 Oct 2015 
    Family ID F1419  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
      1. Censuses:
      1830 US: Upper Freehold, Monmouth, NJ (census is alphabetized so it is impossible to know exact neighbors):
      Walter Karr, males: 1@15-19, 2@20-29, 1@70-79; females: 1@40-49.

      1840 US: Upper Freehold, Monmouth, NJ:
      Walter Karr, 1 male 80-90, 1 female 70-90.
      Possible brother of Naomi directly next door:
      James I. Johnson, males: 3@5-10, 1@50-60; females: 1@50-60.

      1840:'s "Revolutionary War Pensioner Census 1841" effective 1 Jun 1840 shows Walter Karr in Upper Freehold Twp., Monmouth Co., head of household.

      2. Email from Mike Morrissey [], April 24, 2004:
      "Walter KERR married Naomi Bennett in Monmouth Co. on October 4, 1836. This info was gotten from Walter's Rev. War pension info. (I am presuming Isaac Winner died sometime between 1819 and 1830 which I have not verified.)...
      Pension application: Walter's Rev. War pension record has her age at 85 in 1853 [b. abt. 1768]; and a resident of Toms River. It also says that Walter died in 1846 at Toms River...
      [Interested researcher:] Jeff Meyer: the Kerr/Karr family"

      3. "A history of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, embracing a genealogical record of earliest settlers in Monmouth and Ocean counties and their descendants...," by Edwin Salter, (1890), p. 143, listing of Rev. War soldiers: "Walter Kerr, also contin'l army."

      4. "Walter Karr, NJ, Monmouth County, township: Freehold; 1793, June Tax List (Database: NJ Tax Lists Index 1772-1822).

      5.'s "New Jersey Pensioners, 1835": "Walter Karr, Private; Monmouth Co.; Annual Allowance: 80 00; Sums received: 240 00; Description of service: New Jersey continental line; When placed on the pension roll: 11 Sep 1833; Commencement of pension: 4 Mar 1831."

      6.'s "Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, 1800-1900" has images of application. Pension W. 7950. Information included from over 40 pages in his file:
      New Jersey: Naomi Karr, widow of Walter Karr, private, to receive $80 commencing 2 Feb. 1853 to be sent to A.C. McLean of Toms River.
      Walter Karr, Monmouth, NJ, was a private in the company commanded by Capt. Wikoff in the Regt. commanded by Col. Forman. Mentions pension sent to T[homas] C. Ryall of Freehold 11 Sep 1853.
      Affidavit of Benjamin L. Irons, Justice of the Peace in Monmouth Co., certifying that he did perform the marriage of Walter Karr and Naomi Bennett 4 Oct 1836.
      Naomi states her age as 85 in Feb 1853 application and that she is a resident of Toms River. Attests husband died 6 Apr 1846 and was a resident of Goshen, Monmouth Co. She signs her name as "Naomy Car."
      Affidavit of Ann Philips dated 25 Mar 1853 atttesting to knowing Walter, the marriage, and that Naomi was still Walter's widow. Signed by mark.
      31 July 1832 application of Walter Kerr of Upper Freehold Twp., Monmouth Co., NJ, for pension, #4059. States that he joined at the age of 16 in 1775 then residing at Upper Freehold twp. and joined under Capt. Peter Wikoff and served to War's end. He also served under the following Captains in the following order: John Conover, David Baird, Joseph Capethite, and Capt. Hulse. Field officers included General David Forman and Colonel Samuel Forman. His entire service was under the draft except one month under Capt. Hulse for which he volunteered. His service was mainly guarding the coast and sometimes inland for the movements of the Tories in Upper Freehold Twp. He states that he was never in any skirmishes and that once under the command of Capt. Hulse they marched down to Manahauken in the southern portion of Monmouth co. on account of the slaughter of a company of NJ militia by a group of British troops and Tories at Great Egg Harbor. He was never in any Continental company or regiment and that the only regular officer he knew was Capt. John Burrows (not sure of which regiment). His activities were mainly marching throughout Monmouth co. especially along the seacoast bordering the townships of Middleton and Shrewsbury. He was in service for two to three years. He was born in West Windsor, Middlesex Co., NJ, and that the family bible in his possession has his age recorded. He has no discharge paper nor any documentary proof of his service but that John McBride, Lewis Compton, and Job Leming can testify in his behalf. Signs name Walter Karr.
      Lewis Compton and Job Leming "surviving soldiers of the Revolutionary War" testify in his behalf.
      Later affidavit to unknown communicant from Commissioner stating that Walter Karr was born 7 Nov 1759 at West Windsor Township, Middlesex, NJ. and that he was married to Naomi Phillips 4 Oct 1836 in Toms River.
      9 Jul 1852, Marick Karr of Upper Freehold Twp., son of Walter Karr, appoints an agent in Washington [D.C.] to represent him in pursuing any pension remaining. Signs name as Marick Carr.
      Pension payments shown from 1833 to 1846.
      Additional affidavit from Walter Karr concerning his time of service. He states that he joined Dec. 1775 just after turning 16. He served first for eight months under Capt. Wikoff (every other month) until spring of 1777. He served under Capt. John Conover from Spring of 1777 to Spring of 1778 for six months every other month. From Spring of 1778 to same in 1779, he served under Capt. David Baird every other month. [Continues - see SAR application below for Walter Carr for balance of service.] Notes birth was 7 Nov 1759 in West Windsor Twp., Middlesex, NJ per recording in family bible that he possesses.

      7.'s "US Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970" for Walter Carr of Asbury Park, Monmouth Co., NJ., membership #33910. He states his lineage as:
      Walter Carr, age 36, b. 24 Nov 1883 at Long Branch, Monmouth, NJ.
      Son of Wm. H. Carr, b. 2 Apr 1861 and Clara Tabor, b. 11 Jun 1858, m. 11 Jan 1883.
      Grandson of Joshua Carr, b. 10 Sep 1835, and Mercy Vaughn, b. 1 Jun 1835, d. 17 Feb 1879, m. 3 May 1860.
      G.grandson of Walter Karr, b. 1807, d. abt. 1894, and Sarah Thomas, b. 1811, d. abt. 1892, m. abt 1832.
      Gg.grandson of Walter Karr, b. 7 Nov 1759 at Cassville, NJ, d. 6 Apr 1846 at Toms River, NJ, and Elizabeth Page.
      Provides Walter's war service as: "Walter Karr enlisted in Upper Freehold as Private, Capt. Peter Wikoff Co., 2nd Regiment, Monmouth Co., NJ Militia, Fall 1775, and served monthly tours until March 1777; Private, Capt. John Covenhoven's Co., First Regt., Mo. Co., NJ Militia, Mar 1777 and served tours until Apr. 1778; Private, Co. commanded by Ensign David Baird, first Regt., Mo. Co., NJ Militia, Apr. 1778; Private, Capt. John Covenhoven's Co., First Regt. Mo. Co., NJ Militia, June 1778; Private, Capt. Jos. Cowperthwaite's Co., First Regt., Mo. Co., NJ Militia, Spring of 1779 and served monthly tours until Feb. 1781; Private, Mo. Co., NJ Militia, Feb. 1781, Private, Capt Jo. Cowpertwaite's, Co., First Regt. Mo. Co., NJ Militia, May 1781, and served until close of the war. He recieved certificate #695, amounting to ₤2-10-0 for the depreciation of his Continental pay in the Mo. Co., NJ Militia during the Rev. War. He made application for a pension on July 31, 1832 and his claim was allowed. Information obtained form Bureau of Pensions, Dept. of the Interior, Wash., DC and Office of the Adjutant General, Trenton, NJ."