Descendants of Captain John Karr
Generation No. 1
1.CAPTAIN JOHN1 KARR was born Abt. 1759 in New Jersey, and died Abt. 1840 in Leroy, Illinois.He married MERCY LEE.
Notes for CAPTAIN JOHN KARR:
The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Volume 123
Mrs. Kathryn Karr Quinn.
DAR ID Number: 122502
Born in McLean, Ill.
Wife of Harry B. Quinn.
Descendant of Capt. John Karr, as follows:
1. Harry B. Karr (1834-95) m. 1879 Kittie Jackson (b. 1856).
2. Thomas Jefferson Karr (b. 1821) m. 1842 Elizabeth Low (1818-1903).
3. Thomas Karr m. 1814 Elizabeth Edwards Kitchel (1789-1862).
4. John Karr m. Mercy Lee.
John Karr (1759-1840) commanded a company in the 2d battalion, Somerset County, New Jersey militia. He was born in New Jersey; died in Leroy, Ill.
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Children of CAPTAIN KARR and MERCY LEE are:
2. i. THOMAS2 KARR, b. 23 Apr 1793, Bucks Co., Pennsylvania.
3. ii. JACOB KARR, b. Abt. 1798, New Jersey; d. Abt. 1840, McLean Co, Illinois.
4. iii. MERCY KARR, b. 16 Nov 1806, Warren Co., New Jersey; d. 06 Aug 1886.
Generation No. 2
2.THOMAS2 KARR (CAPTAIN JOHN1) was born 23 Apr 1793 in Bucks Co., Pennsylvania.He married (1) ELIZABETH EDWARDS 31 Dec 1814.He married (2) MARTHA EDWARDS Aft. 1826.She was born 18 Dec 1802 in Llambrynmire, Wales.
Notes for THOMAS KARR:
Dr. E. Duis, The Good Old Times in McLean County, Illinois
(The Leader Publishing and Printing House - 1874)
Dr. Thomas Karr was born on the twenty-third of April, 1793, in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. His father, Captain John Karr, was a soldier in the Revolutionary war. His mother's maiden name was Mercy Lee, and both father and mother came from old English stock. His great-grandfather knew Philadelphia when it was but a whortleberrry patch. Like nearly all of our old settlers, Thomas Karr sprang from a numerous family; he had five brothers and sisters. While Thomas was yet an infant his father moved to the township of Mansfield, Sussex County, New Jersey, east of the Delaware River. Here he received his early education in a district school kept in a little log school-house with only one window. Thomas was a precocious boy in some respects: for whether or not he was very forward with his lessons, he certainly was well advanced in the favor of those troublesome creatures who plaque the lives of school-boys-the girls! When he was sixteen or seventeen years of age, he took quite a fancy to a young girl, and while dancing with her at noon around a bucket of water, they accidently upset it. The teacher took them to task for it, and Thomas insisted that he was to blame, and claimed that he should receive all the punishment; but the teacher punished them both. Thomas bore his own without any trouble, but he cried most bitterly when the pretty girl he fancied so much was punished too. Forty-five years after this little circumstance, he met an elderly lady, who recognized him, and reminded him of the incident-she was the pretty girl of his youth.
When he was about eighteen years of age, his father moved to Cincinnati Ohio, where he arrived on the last day of October, 1810. Cincinnati was then a very small place, and Thomas has frequently shot ducks in ponds, which were standing where Third street now is. In this new country Thomas was set at work. He hauled wood to market in the town, and made himself generally useful. After hauling wood two miles he could sell it for fifty cents per cord! This occupation he followed during the winter of 1810-11. In the spring of 1811 the family moved up the Ohio River, ten miles from Cincinnati, where he remained nearly three years. It was in the fall of 1811 that Thomas Karr first saw a steamboat. It slowly moved up the Ohio River, about as fast as a boy could walk, and Mr. Karr could only express his astonishment by following it for three or four miles and throwing stones at it! During the following year (1812) war was declared with England. During this war all men were enrolled, and those of the military age, were put on a muster-roll and were liable to draft. They were afterwards divided into classes and graded, and one class was exhausted before another was taken. Men did not volunteer, but were drafted. Dr. Karr was drafted twice, and once he volunteered for a special expedition. But he was not at any time in actual service, as the occasions for which the drafts were made passed without requiring troops.
While living in Hamilton County, the only place to ship produce was at General Harrison's Landing on the Ohio River, from whence it was taken away on flatboats. General Harrison, who lived there at the time, was a man about six feet in height, and rather slim built. His eye was very bright and expressive, and whoever once saw him never forgot him. He was the son-in-law of Judge Simms, the early proprietor of Hamilton County. The land in this county was granted to Judge Simms by patent from the government in the year 1800 or thereabouts. The patent covered all the land from the mouth of the Big Miami River to the mouth of the Little Miami, and extended twelve miles into the interior, and was given on the condition that Judge Simms should cause a large number of settlers to make their homes there.
In the year 1814, or about that time, the Karr family moved to North Bend in Whitewater township, where General Harrison lived. Here it was that Thomas was married; but his lovely bride was not the pretty girl of his youth, in whose company he had been punished for upsetting the bucket of water. These little school boy romances are short lived. He married a charming young widow lady, named Elizabeth Kitchell. He has had a family of five children, but they are now all dead except one.
In 1833 Dr. Thomas Karr bought land at Randolph's Grove, McLean County, Illinois, at $1.25 per acre, and in 1835 he came on with his family to occupy it. He arrived on the last day of October, and had at the time neither rail nor clapboard. He lived for two weeks after his arrival with two other families, containing in all eighteen persons, in a room sixteen feet square. But at the end of two weeks he had built a log hut in the woods and occupied it immediately, and felt rich! The family lived in this little cabin for about two years and a half, when Dr. Karr was enabled to build a frame house of more respectable appearance.
In 1843 Dr. Karr was the assessor of McLean County, and did his work in fifty-five days, for which he received two hundred dollars.
Dr. Karr was in the early days a Democrat, but when his old acquaintance, General Harrison, was a candidate for the presidency, Dr. Karr was obliged to split his ticket and give the general a vote. The political parties prepared for this campaign very early. Dr. Karr says that in January, 1840, the winter preceding the campaign, he saw a party of men in the timber viewing the trees. They were looking and pointing first at one large tree and then at another, and finally they selected one, out of which they made a canoe, which was an emblem of the Whig party. This canoe, as our old settlers will nearly all remember, was taken to the various Whig gathering during the following summer, and created quite a sensation.
Dr. Karr is about five feet and eight inches in height, is rather heavy set, and his face is red and full. He is now nearly eighty years of age, but no one would think him over sixty. He is pleasant, talkative, and above all things, jolly. He enjoys the world very much and although he has now obtained a great age, he will live yet many years.
Dr. Karr was twice married. He firs married, December 31, 1814, Elizabeth Kitchell, a widow, and had five children, of whom only one is living. They are:
Mrs. Eleanor Hopping, wife of Edward Hopping, born October 7, 1815. She and her husband both died in McLean County at Randolph's Grove.
Martha Ann, wife of James Hodson, Born November 2, 1817. She and her husband both died at Randolph's Grove.
Thomas Jefferson Karr, born February 10, 1821, died at Blooming Grove.
William Karr, born January 5, 1823, lives with his father at Randolph's Grove.
Elizabeth, wife of Captain Scoggin, of Blooming Grove, was born August 4, 1825. She died shortly after her marriage.
Aaron Kitchell, of Bloomington, is a son of Mrs. Karr by her first marriage.
Dr. Karr married Mrs. Martha Evans, of Ebensburg, Pennsylvania. Her maiden name was Martha Edwards. She was a sister of Dr. Karr's first wife. Mrs. Karr was born December 18, 1802 in Llambrynmire, Wales. She is a very kind lady, and loves to entertain her friends in English style.
Children of THOMAS KARR and ELIZABETH EDWARDS are:
i. ELEANOR3 KARR, b. 07 Oct 1815; m. EDWARD HOPPING; b. 07 Oct 1815.
ii. MARTHA ANN KARR, b. 02 Nov 1817; m. JAMES HARTSON, 01 Jan 1837, McLean Co, Illinois1.
5. iii. THOMAS JEFFERSON KARR, b. 10 Feb 1821, Whitewater Twp, Hamilton Co., Ohio; d. 17 Feb 1866, Illinois.
iv. WILLIAM KARR, b. 05 Jan 1823, Whitewater Twp, Hamilton Co., Ohio; m. MARY JANE ELDER, 24 Dec 1844.
Notes for WILLIAM KARR:
Dr. E. Duis, The Good Old Times in McLean County, Illinois
(The Leader Publishing and Printing House - 1874)
William Karr was born January 5, 1823, in Whitewater township, Hamilton County, Ohio. He was educated partly in Ohio and partly in Illinois. He was rather a precocious scholar and learned his lessons easily. In Ohio he went to a schoolmaster named Dow, who occasionally took his dram. Mr. Dow sometimes felt the effect of spirits in the schoolroom, and once in a while fell asleep. At one time when he went to sleep all of his scholars left the schoolroom and went home without shutting the school-house door. A flock of sheep, which was grazing near by, went into the school-house, and when the master awoke for his slumber he was astonished at the character and appearance of his pupils. This incident made the schoolmaster wiser, and he never again fell asleep in school. When William Karr was eight or nine years of age, he suffered extremely from rheumatism, but being anxious to continue his studies he was taken to school on a gentle horse, by his brother Jefferson. He studied while lying down on two chairs. In October, 1835, the Karr family came to Illinois, as stated in the preceding sketch of his father. At Randolph's Grove William Karr, when only twelve years of age, went to school to Mr. Evans, a good old man, for a few days; but the schoolmaster said that William was too far advanced for him, and that ended his schooling with Mr. Evans. William Karr continued his education under other teachers, and made good progress. One of his old schoolmasters, Mr. Burrows, is still living at Young's place in Randolph's Grove.
William Karr married, December 24, 1844, Miss Mary Jane Elder, a daughter of David and Hannah Elder. She came from Whitewater township, Hamilton County, Ohio, where Mr. Karr was born. She came with her father's family to Randolph's Grove, October 13, 1842. On the day after their marriage, Elizabeth Karr, William's sister, was married to Captain Scoggin, of Blooming Grove. This was December 25th. On the 26th of the same month they were given a grand dinner by Squire Campbell Wakefield, who had married William Karr and Mary Jane Elder. Squire Wakefield is Mrs. William Karr's uncle.
Mr. and Mrs. Karr have had eight children, six of whom are living, four sons and two daughters. The first child in infancy.
Anstis Karr was born January 30, 1850, is married to Richard M. Jones, and lives in Bloomington.
Iris Karr, born March 6, 1852.
John Karr, born May 8, 1856.
Joseph Wakefield Karr, born July 1, 1859, and William Elder Karr, born January 31, 1869, all live at home.
Thomas D. Karr, born January 16, 1862, died September 12, 1864.
William Karr is about five feet and nine and one-half inches in height, is a very active man, and has not been sick during the last twenty-five years. His hair is thick on his head, but turning slightly gray. His eyes are light gray, like his father's. His family and his father's live in the same house, and it would be hard to find in McLean County a family whose familiar intercourse is marked by such consideration and delicacy of feeling. It is the lady who makes the household. It is said that a member of the Japanese government once called on the United States Minister, Mr. Delong, and, observing the fine taste displayed at the home of the American, inquired the reason. Mr. Delong said: "It is because a lady presides over the household." This, perhaps, foes far to explain the happy life and pleasant feeling in Mr. Karr's family.
v. ELIZABETH KARR, b. 04 Aug 1825; m. CAPTAIN ANDREW W. SCOGIN, 25 Dec 1844, McLean Co, Illinois.
3.JACOB2 KARR (CAPTAIN JOHN1) was born Abt. 1798 in New Jersey, and died Abt. 1840 in McLean Co, Illinois.He married ELIZABETH WILLIAMS.
Notes for JACOB KARR:
Info on Jacob being son of John & Mercy is from Patricia Ebersole email@example.com (Ancestry May 2005)
Child of JACOB KARR and ELIZABETH WILLIAMS is:
i. RACHEL3 KARR, b. Abt. 1840, Ohio.
4.MERCY2 KARR (CAPTAIN JOHN1) was born 16 Nov 1806 in Warren Co., New Jersey, and died 06 Aug 1886.She married HIRUM BUCK 04 Apr 1827, son of WILLIAM BUCK and BERNITHA YORK.He was born 20 Mar 1801 in Seneca, New York, and died 12 May 1888 in McLean Co, Illinois.
Notes for MERCY KARR:
1850 Census - Dist 33, Mclean Co, Illinois - Dwelling ? Family 886 (age 42)
1860 Census - Empire Twp, McLean Co., Illinois - Dwelling 905 Family 909 (age 50)
1870 Census - Empire Twp, McLean Co, Illinois - Dwelling 1 Family 1 (age 64)
1880 Census - Empire Twp, McLean Co., Illinois - Dwelling 447 Family 471 (age 74)
Youngest daughter of Captain John Karr - per Hiram Buck's death notice
Notes for HIRUM BUCK:
1850 Census - Dist 33, Mclean Co, Illinois - Dwelling ? Family 886 (age 48)
Occupation: FarmerValue of Estate: $3,000
Living with them is John Tilda age 12
1860 Census - Empire Twp, McLean Co., Illinois - Dwelling 905 Family 909 (age 56)
Occupation: FarmerValue of Real Estate: $9,000Value of Personal Prop: $1,500
Living with them is Harrison Reynolds age 20
Living a few doors down are several "Carr" families
1870 Census - Empire Twp, McLean Co, Illinois - Dwelling 1 Family 1 (age 69)
Occupation: FarmerValue of Real Estate: $50,000Value of Personal Prop: $7,250
Living with them is Henry Stucker age 39
1880 Census - Empire Twp, McLean Co., Illinois - Dwelling 447 Family 471 (age 79)
Living with them is Martha Hull - Servant
Hiram taught school for five years and in 1825/6 he was a flatboatman on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers adn in 1826 he moved to Switzerland county, Indiana.
In 1833 Hiram and Mercy moved to McLean county and settled at Randolph's Grove
Children of MERCY KARR and HIRUM BUCK are:
6. i. AMANDA MELCINA3 BUCK, b. 10 Feb 1828, Indiana.
7. ii. THOMAS LEE BUCK, b. 23 Oct 1831, Switzerland Co.,Indiana; d. 07 Feb 1920, Leroy, Illinois.
iii. MARTHA ELLEN BUCK, b. Abt. 1838, Illinois; m. JOHN MCCONNELL.
Notes for MARTHA ELLEN BUCK:
1850 Census - Dist 33, Mclean Co, Illinois - Dwelling ? Family 886 (age 12)
1860 Census - Empire Twp, McLean Co., Illinois - Dwelling 905 Family 909 (age 21)
iv. NANCY JOHANNA BUCK, b. Abt. 1843, Illinois; m. ISAAC FRANKLIN DAWSON, 25 Dec 1864, McLean Co, Illinois2; b. Abt. 1838.
Notes for NANCY JOHANNA BUCK:
1850 Census - Dist 33, Mclean Co, Illinois - Dwelling ? Family 886 (age 7)
Listed as "Joana"
1860 Census - Empire Twp, McLean Co., Illinois - Dwelling 905 Family 909 (age 18)
Listed as "Joanna"
1870 Census - Empire Twp, McLean Co, Illinois - Dwelling 1 Family 1 (age 27)
Notes for ISAAC FRANKLIN DAWSON:
1870 Census - Empire Twp, McLean Co, Illinois - Dwelling 1 Family 1 (age 35)
Living with his wifes family
8. v. CHARLES ALBERT BUCK, b. Abt. 1849, Illinois.
vi. ELIZABETH BUCK.
Generation No. 3
5.THOMAS JEFFERSON3 KARR (THOMAS2, CAPTAIN JOHN1) was born 10 Feb 1821 in Whitewater Twp, Hamilton Co., Ohio, and died 17 Feb 1866 in Illinois.He married ELIZABETH LOW Abt. 1842, daughter of NATHAN LOW.She was born Abt. 1818 in Ohio, and died Abt. 1903.
Notes for THOMAS JEFFERSON KARR:
1850 Census - Bloomington Twp, McLean Co., Illinois - Dwelling 879 Family 592 (age 27)
Occupation: FarmerValue of Real Estate: $3,000
Died from a Railroad accident.
Notes for ELIZABETH LOW:
1850 Census - Bloomington Twp, McLean Co., Illinois - Dwelling 879 Family 592 (age 29)
Children of THOMAS KARR and ELIZABETH LOW are:
9. i. HARVEY B4 KARR, b. 26 Oct 1843, Illinois.
ii. ELIZABETH KARR, b. 08 Dec 1845, Illinois; m. UNKNOWN BRADLEY.
Notes for ELIZABETH KARR:
1850 Census - Bloomington Twp, McLean Co., Illinois - Dwelling 879 Family 592 (age 3)
iii. GUY KARR, b. 20 May 1850, Illinois.
Notes for GUY KARR:
1850 Census - Bloomington Twp, McLean Co., Illinois - Dwelling 879 Family 592 (age 3 months)
Listed as "Gi"
iv. MARTHA KARR, b. 09 Dec 1853, Illinois; d. 02 Jul 1856, Illinois.
v. DORA KARR, b. 16 Apr 1857, Illinois.
6.AMANDA MELCINA3 BUCK (MERCY2 KARR, CAPTAIN JOHN1) was born 10 Feb 1828 in Indiana.She married JAMES H. L. CRUMBAUGH 20 Sep 1851 in McLean Co, Illinois3, son of HENRY CRUMBAUGH and SARAH BALDOCK.He was born 01 May 1826 in Kentucky, and died 06 Mar 1904 in McLean Co, Illinois4.
Notes for AMANDA MELCINA BUCK:
1850 Census - Dist 33, Mclean Co, Illinois - Dwelling ? Family 886 (age 22)
Children of AMANDA BUCK and JAMES CRUMBAUGH are:
10. i. HIRAM H.4 CRUMBAUGH, b. 29 Jun 1861, Empire Twp, McLean Co, Illinois.
ii. LAURA E. CRUMBAUGH, b. 26 Aug 1852, Clinton, Illinois; m. UNKNOWN LAFFERTY.
iii. EDITH MAY CRUMBAUGH, b. 31 May 1856, Clinton, Illinois; m. UNKNOWN LAFFERTY.
7.THOMAS LEE3 BUCK (MERCY2 KARR, CAPTAIN JOHN1) was born 23 Oct 1831 in Switzerland Co.,Indiana4, and died 07 Feb 1920 in Leroy, Illinois.He married MARY JANE MCCONNELL 17 Mar 1859 in McLean Co, Illinois5, daughter of WILLIAM MCCONNELL and CATHERINE LAFEVER.She died 12 Feb 1903 in Illinois.
Notes for THOMAS LEE BUCK:
1850 Census - Dist 33, Mclean Co, Illinois - Dwelling ? Family 886 (age 18)
Children of THOMAS BUCK and MARY MCCONNELL are:
i. ROSE4 BUCK, d. 19 May 1902.
ii. ORAL BUCK.
8.CHARLES ALBERT3 BUCK (MERCY2 KARR, CAPTAIN JOHN1) was born Abt. 1849 in Illinois.He married HARRIETT CLAYCOMB 03 Feb 1876 in Knox Co, Illinois6.She was born Abt. 1849 in Illinois.
Notes for CHARLES ALBERT BUCK:
1850 Census - Dist 33, Mclean Co, Illinois - Dwelling ? Family 886 (age 1)
1860 Census - Empire Twp, McLean Co., Illinois - Dwelling 905 Family 909 (age 11)
1870 Census - Empire Twp, McLean Co, Illinois - Dwelling 1 Family 1 (age 20)
Child of CHARLES BUCK and HARRIETT CLAYCOMB is:
i. NANNE MUR4 BUCK, b. Abt. 1878, Illinois.
Generation No. 4
9.HARVEY B4 KARR (THOMAS JEFFERSON3, THOMAS2, CAPTAIN JOHN1) was born 26 Oct 1843 in Illinois.He married KITTIE JACKSON.She was born Abt. 1856.
Notes for HARVEY B KARR:
1850 Census - Bloomington Twp, McLean Co., Illinois - Dwelling 879 Family 592 (age 5)
Listed as "Henry"
Child of HARVEY KARR and KITTIE JACKSON is:
i. KATHRYN5 KARR, m. HARRY B. QUINN.
10.HIRAM H.4 CRUMBAUGH (AMANDA MELCINA3 BUCK, MERCY2 KARR, CAPTAIN JOHN1) was born 29 Jun 1861 in Empire Twp, McLean Co, Illinois.He married GRACE SHIRLEY 23 Dec 1891 in Illinois, daughter of WILLIAM SHIRLEY and ELIZABETH CANTRELL.She was born 30 Aug 1870 in DeWitt Co., Illinois.
Notes for HIRAM H. CRUMBAUGH:
Moved to Empire Illinois in 1904
Children of HIRAM CRUMBAUGH and GRACE SHIRLEY are:
i. CLIFFORD LYLE5 CRUMBAUGH, b. 31 Jul 1894; m. EMILY PHILLIPS KIMLER, 15 Apr 1924.
ii. NELLIE MAY CRUMBAUGH, b. 01 Sep 1902; m. JOHN KELLY SMITH, 09 Jun 1923.
1.Illinois Marriage Index - Vol A Pg 63.
2.Illinois Marriage Index - Vol D Pg 485.
3.Illinois Marriage Index - Vol K Pg 95 #11131.
4.Bigraphical Record - History of McLean County.
5.Illinois Marriage Index - Vol K Pg 95 #11131.
6.Illinois Marriage Index - Vol E Pg 200 License #3962.