My name is Jill Kerby.I was born in Montreal Canada, to a family of Kerby's, who, to my knowledge emigrated (in the form of three young brothers) from Ireland in the late 1830s.One brother went to southern Ontario, one to Michigan and the other, my great grandfather, John Kerby, settled in southern Quebec, a place called Huntingdon.
20 years ago, after graduating from college, I emigrated to Dublin where I now work as a financial journalist. Until last year I was the only K"e"rby listed in the Irish telephone directories (a nephew, Matt, has since moved here to do a PhD at Trinity College Dublin). The little amount that I know about my line of the family is that all the Kerby's from Co. Tipperary/Co. Limerick either died out during the famine or emigrated by the late 19th century.Church records certainly become depleted by the 1870s.
There are plenty of K"i"rby's here in Ireland, but just yours truly (and Matt) with the K"e"rby spelling.Irish people are forever misspelling or commenting on the "unusual" spelling.
The Quebec-based Kerby's are all related - and because so few English people live in Montreal any more, are getting fewer and fewer each year.
I'd be very interested in hearing from anyone with Irish (or Quebec) Kerby ancestors.It isn't easy to get a handle on families who lived here before the famine.
Judging from the size of this Kerby web-site, it is heartening to know the family (whether from Ireland or not) flourished in America!