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KERR, WILLIAM (?–?). William Kerr was a partner of Peter Kerr as one of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred colonists. They received title to a sitio in what is now Washington County on August 10, 1824. Peter Kerr, but not William, is listed in the colony census for 1826; so whether or not William Kerr actually became a Texas resident is not certain.

A William P. Kerr was listed as a taxpayer in Washington County in 1837. One William P. Kerr, a native of Pennsylvania, immigrated to Texas in 1831, took part in the Texas Revolution in 1836 and was still living in 1874. A William Kerr born in Virginia in 1803 was living in Shelby County in 1850. William Price Kerr, born in Tennessee in 1799, moved to Texas in 1839, settled at Berg's Mill on the Old San Antonio Road, married Rachel Oxley, later moved to Medina, and died in 1869.


DeWitt Clinton Baker, comp., A Texas Scrap-Book (New York: Barnes, 1875, rpt. 1887; facsimile rpt., Austin: Steck, 1935). Lester G. Bugbee, "The Old Three Hundred: A List of Settlers in Austin's First Colony," Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association 1 (October 1897). Worth Stickley Ray, Austin Colony Pioneers (Austin: Jenkins, 1949; 2d ed., Austin: Pemberton, 1970). Austin Texas Sentinel, August 19, 1841.


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

"KERR, WILLIAM," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed March 31, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.