Where The Heirs Of Jacob Kerr Lived

Where The Heirs Of Jacob Kerr Lived --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey

The town of Tomahawk, NC was one of those places that seemed to spring up out of the middle of nowhere thanks to the railroad. Long leaf pine trees covering the land made turpentine and lumber profitable lines of work during the late 1800's to the early 1900's.To learn a little bit more about Tomahawk, here's a link to an article that was originally published in The Huckleberry Historian, the Sampson County Historical Society newsletter. This shortened version of the original provides a good summary of how the town developed. Here's the link to the article on Clintonnc.com: http://www.clintonnc.com/news/history-localnews1-local_features-news/5023441/The-village-of-Tomahawk.

This town is the place that many folks from my Kerr family line called home. My 3rd great grandfather, Jacob Kerr, purchased land here that was passed down to his children upon his death in 1895. You can read more about how Jacob's land was divided in my post, Where There's A Will, There Is A Way: Jacob's Kerr's Will.

This map I came across courtesy of the Sampson County Register of Deeds. It shows clearly how this was one solid family unit working and living together.

Where The Heirs Of Jacob Kerr Lived --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey

Image courtesy of the Sampson County Register of Deeds
Book 292 Page 599

Where The Heirs Of Jacob Kerr Lived --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
Image courtesy of the Sampson County Register of Deeds
Book 292 Page 599


Where The Heirs Of Jacob Kerr Lived --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey

A) Hayes Kerr 
     Relationship to Jacob Kerr:  son

On the map, his property is referred to as lot #9. I believe it reads 28 acres.

B) Henry Kerr (my 2nd great grandfather)
     Relationship to Jacob Kerr:  son

Lot #8 -67 acres.

C) Daniel Kerr
     Relationship to Jacob Kerr:  son

Lot #7 -67 acres.

D) Caldonia Barnhill
     Relationship to Jacob Kerr:  daughter

Lot #6 -67 acres.

E) Andrew Kerr
     Relationship to Jacob Kerr:  son 

Lot #5 -67 acres.

F) Caroline Hayes
     Relationship to Jacob Kerr:  daughter

Lot #4 -67 acres.

G) John W Kerr 
     Relationship to Jacob Kerr:  grandson --This may very well be the only son of Gabriel "Gabe" Kerr I mentioned in my post 52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #17 Gabriel Kerr --Putting Together The Pieces Of His Story

Lot #2 -70 acres.

H) R. T. Kerr (Robert Tate Kerr)
     Relationship to Jacob Kerr:  son

Lot #3 -70 acres.

I) Frances Boney
 Relationship to Jacob Kerr:  ?
It appears to say in this section "Lamb heirs." Have to look into what connection there is to the Kerrs if any exists.

You can see the A. C. L. Railroad (Atlantic Coast Railroad) noted on the map.  The Cape Fear & Yadkin Valley Railroad (C.F.&Y.V.R.R.) was the predecessor to the A.C.L. There's a site I found on line called Abandoned Rails.com that indicates where the rails for Cape Fear & Yadkin Valley Railroad ran through Tomahawk, NC. The site is a neat resource for seeing where abandoned rail lines ran in places all across the country.



"The Kerr" tract with a portion of the "Rich" tract attached.
as surveyed and divided among the heirs of Jacob Kerr deed.

                                                          J D Johnson Surv.
Aug 31-98-
             The above is exact copy of J. D. Johnson's Plat with his explanation therein. Copied June 19, 1918

                                                          
For the life of me, I can't quite figure out what that name is at the very bottom right of the page. Any thoughts?



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