I just read your posting re: the Keirs Family name.My maiden name is Keirs.My great-grandfather was John Keirs, Jr. He came from Greenholm, Ayr, Scotland.From a family tree done years ago by my father, I have a list of his brothers and sisters, along with their parents names. Maybe this will help you get started.
John Keirs married Janet Sarah Morton
John Keirs, Jr. Jean Keirs Jessica (Jessie) Keirs Margaret (Maggie) Keirs Agnes (Aggie) Keirs Robert Keirs Ann (Annie) Keirs (never married) Mary Keirs Sadie Keirs
My great-grandfather, John Keirs, Jr., was also killed in a coal mine in Midlothian, MD on 04/07/1884.
I also came across a passenger list for the SS Devonia, dated July 9, 1883 with the name of Elizabeth, Jessie, Agnes and Andrew Keirs included. This list was found at http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~ruthann/ships/http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~ruthann/ships/ devonia83.htm