In 1792 Joseph Kerr moved to Ohio. In 1801 he moved to Chillicothe, O. There he farmed a tract of land which he later lost to a prior claimant.
He moved to Tenn., engaged in farming, nr. Memphis, until 1828.
Then he moved to La., purchased a homestead and plantation.
Joseph Kerr was privately tutored.
In 1801 he was apptd. judge 1st Quarter Session Ct. of Adams County;
dep. surveyor Va. mil. lands in Ohio;
industrialist, engaged in shipping produce on Mississippi River;
operated hotel, slaughter house, salting bus., cooperage, boat bldg. works, gen. mdse. bus.;
supplied provisions to Army of N.W. during War of 1812;
mem. U.S. Senate (Democrat) from Ohio, Dec. 10, 1814-15;
propr. of an inn, Chillicothe;
went into bankruptcy.