There was a David KER / KERR, a merchant of Ballymena, Co. Antrim, Ireland, who had a lease on Sir Robert ADAIR's mill-race at Ballymena, c.1710. He married Jean BOYD of Clontfinnan near Clough, Co. Antrim, and had 11 children, 3 of whom were : William KER in Ballymena,
Hugh KER in Dublin, and
David KER in London who traded at Cateaton Street, first as KER & Elmes, then after 1755 as KER, Elmes & Priest, and later after 1758 as David KER & Co. In 1765 he purchased the PORTAVOE estate near GROOMSPORT, in the Ards, co Down, N.Ireland. He d.1770, succeeded by his son, David KER.
In 1785 David Ker (d.1811) purchased the Clough and Magheraknock estates in Co. Down from Arthur Annesley and in 1800 that of Montalto at BALLYNAHINCH, Co. Down, from the 2nd Earl of Moira. David had a bro, Richard Gervais,Jervis Ker.
In 1780 Richard Gervais / JervisKER / KERR, purchased the Red Hall (Duntreath) estate at Ballycarry, Co. Antrim, from Sir Archibald EDMONSTONE (relative of ADAIR family). In 1791 Richard was High Sheriff of Co Antrim.
c.1798 Alick Adair had a house at / near New Mill (a Flax Mill ?).(And was there when some Adairs from the Ballynahinch area were in the Saintfield uprising ? He was a land steward at Mr. Ker's of Red Hall. Alexander Adair's dau m. Jack Snoddy (the big bleacher).
Were they relatives of Snoddy family who emigrated to America, perhaps c.1770s ?