Mary Theresa Kerr d 16 June 1967

Mary Kerr was born 7 August 1879 in West Charleston, Vermont, daughter of John Kerr of Ireland and Mary Scarry (or Scurry) of Newfoundland.  In 1880, the family was counted in the census living in Charleston.  John was a farmer. 

On 2 September 1895, Mary married William W Hall in Barton.  She was 16, he was, 27, a laborer from Rupert VT.  In the marriage record, she was called “Mamie”.  Their son Clarence Francis Hall was born in 1897 in Barton, and died in 1918 at at Camp Colt at Gettysburg PA.  Notes say that he died during World War 1, so he might been one of the 140 soldiers who died there during the flu epidemic.  William Vincent Hall was born in 1900, and died in 1948 of a gunshot wound to the head.  The record does not say whether it was suicide, homicide, or accidental.  He had been married twice, and had four children.  Mary’s daughter Mildred was born in 1902 in Barton.  She married (and apparently divorced) Edward Benoit, then Perley Batchum.  Mary and William Hall were in the 1900 census in Brownington. 

William apparently died in 1901.  A posted family tree on Ancestry says he died in Maine but I have not found a record for that.

Mary Kerr Hall married Joseph H Labor on 15 December 1904.  The record says that they were married in St. Johnsbury, but the marriage was recorded in Barton.  Joseph was the son of Joseph Labor and his second wife, Lydia Ann Degoosh, both of Quebec, and it was his second marriage as well.

Joe and Mary had eight children:  Beatrice Pearl (1905-1992), Carlos Bertrand (1907-1990) Marion Elizabeth (1910-1076), Dorothy Edna (1912-2008), Merton Joseph (1915-1986), Clair Francis (1919-1919), Genevieve Elaine (1924-1988).   I also have a daughter listed named Blanche, but cannot find documentation for her.

The 1910 census shows the family living in Westmore, where Joseph was a dairy farmer.  The household included Mary’s mother.  About 1914, Joe traded his farm on Dane Hill in Charlestown for the Birch Grove Store.  This was probably on Willoughby Lake, where Joe operated the “Kewaydin”, probably the last steamer on the Lake. 

In 1920 the family lived in Barton, and Mary’s husband was a laborer in the lumber industry.  Mary’s mother still lived with the family, as did Joe’s uncle, Thomas DeGoosh.    In 1926 Joe leased the Normandy Café in Barton.  This was in the basement of the Flood Block, and this block of buildings has since burned. 

In 1930, Mary’s husband worked as a chef in a restaurant in Orleans village.  He was counted in Orleans, and also with his family in Barton, where he was listed as a proprietor of a restaurant.  They lived on High Street.             

Mary’s husband Joe died in an automobile accident on 19 September 1936.  He had been working as a cook at a lumber camp in Charleston.  The driver and another passenger in the car were charged with stealing his pay from him at the time of the accident.  One of the people was acquitted, and I don’t know the outcome of the charges for the other person.  The money had been recovered, and hopefully it was given to Mary.  Joseph was buried at Lakeview Cemetery in Westmore VT. 

In 1940, Mary lived in the house she owned on High Street in Barton, with her youngest child, Genevieve.  She worked as a practical nurse in a private home.  Next door was her son Carl and family.

Mary Labor died 16 June 1967.  She was still living on High Street in Barton, but had been taken to the hospital in Newport.  Cause of death was femoral thrombosis, gangrene in her leg, and generalized arteriosclerosis.  She was 87.  She was buried at North Cemetery in Barton with her first husband, and son Clarence.


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