Clara Hemmings 1896 – 1977

Clara Josephine Hemmings was born 23 Feb 1896, in Barton, VT.  She was the 8th and youngest child of William Hemmings and Josephine Laclair.  Her nickname was “Kitty”.

In 1900, the family lived in Barton.  The household consisted Clara’s parents, her older brother William Jr, and his wife and son Vernon, and Clara’s sister and brother, Minnie and Roy.  William Sr was a carpenter. 

In 1910, Clara and Roy were still living at home with William and Josephine.  William was a carpenter, working as a home builder, and Roy was a farm hand. 

I have not yet found Clara in the 1920 census, which was taken on the 20th of February.  Her parents were living in Barton, and William had a dairy farm.  None of the children were living at home, but next door was the Joseph Barton family.  On 12 June, 1920, Clara married the boy next door, George G Barton, son of Joseph and Alice (Damon) Barton.  George was a laborer.

Clara’s father died in 1926.  In 1930, Clara and George lived in Barton.  They owned a general farm, and that was George’s occupation.  Clara’s mother Josephine lived with them, and they lived next to George’s parents, on South Barton Road. 

Clara’s mother died 28 Jan 1933, and her husband died later that year, on 12 Nov 1933 in Barton.  Both were buried at Willoughby cemetery.  In 1940, Clara was working as a servant in the household of an older couple, Herbert and Edna Orcutt.  He was a farmer, and Edna was the Barton postmaster. 

Clara remarried on 6 Mar 1941 in Eden, VT to Lloyd Wesley Kerr, son of George Wesley Kerr and Clara J Rider.   Lloyd died 12 February 1963 at the Veterans’ Hospital in Hartford VT.  Clara died 13 Sep 1977 in Norton, MA, and they were both buried near other family members at Willoughby cemetery.

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