Lloyd Wesley Kerr d 12 February 1963

Lloyd W Kerr was born 12 December 1893 in Centerville, Kansas, the son of George and Clara Jane (Rider) Kerr.  I was not able to locate Lloyd in the 1900 census.  Although both parents were from the Midwest, Lloyd and his mother moved east and show up in the 1910 census in Wakefield, MA. 

Lloyd married Hazel Blanche Fair on 1 October 1913.  She was born in Winchester.  Lloyd and Hazel had at least three children, Wesley born in 1914, Marguerite in 1917, and Horace in 1919. 

The 1915 Wakefield city directory lists Kerr, Lloyd, farm hand b 99 High.  Lloyd registered for the WW1 draft in Stoneham.  He listed his occupation as a milk man, and said he was married, with two children.  He was listed in the 1917 and 1919 Wakefield directory as a farm hand.  He and Hazel lived at 5 North. 

The 1920 census lists Lloyd, Hazel, and their three children.  They lived in a rented home.  Lloyd was a rattan worker in a factory.  The 1930 census shows that the family has moved to Canton, MA.  Lloyd is working as a teamster for a coal company.  The youngest child, Horace, is missing from the family group – he should have been 10 years old.

Sometime after the 1930 census, Lloyd and Hazel divorced.  Lloyd moved to Vermont.  On 6 March 1941, he married Clara Josephine (Kitty) LaClair, widow of George Barton. They were married in Eden VT and Clara reported that she was born in Mansonville, Quebec.  I noticed that this wife and his mother had about the same name – Clara J.

Lloyd also was listed in the WWII draft registration, from Orleans County.     

Lloyd died 12 February 1963, at the Veteran’s Hospital at White River Junction (Hartford) VT.  Cause of death was bronchopneumonia caused by malignant melanoma.  The death certificate reports that Lloyd’s occupation was dairy farmer.  It also indicates that he was a WWI veteran who served from 23 June to 16 December 1918. 

Lloyd was buried at Willoughby Cemetery in South Barton, with Clara’s first husband George Barton, and her parents.  Clara died in 1977 and is buried there also.  Lloyd’s headstone says Lloyd Wesley KERR  Pvt HQ TRP Massachusetts 76 DIV WWI December 13, 1893 – February 12, 1963.  I “googled” that military information to see if I could determine where he served.  The best hit I got took me to the North East Kingdom genealogy website, which includes the index for that cemetery and includes Lloyd Kerr.


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