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The Ker family of Brentford

Margaret Ker wrote in October 2014: 'I'm hopeful someone else might remember my husband's family.'
A year later Peter Stuart sent details of his sister-in-law's research into the Ker (or Kerr) family, see below. Taken together they provide a rich picture of a local family, Margaret's memories coupled with family research into six generations of Kers.

Margaret Ker

Ian's Dad Bill Ker was the last of his generation, he died last year. One of the Lockyer family (Charles) was his best friend at school (Chiswick County in the 1930s). He married Bill's and Doll's cousin Doris Ker (Brentford, last quarter 1945).

At least until World War 2 a lot of the family lived in Brentford for almost all of their lives so I am really hopeful of finding out more in due course, including about the very first ones.

Doll Luffrum was my husband's aunt, very dear "Auntie Doll' to us and our 4 children.We have very happy memories of visiting her in Mafeking Avenue before we emigrated to Australia and on return visits home.She died in 2000. Her only son David now lives in Bognor and of course we keep in touch.

Doll was a Ker by birth and at one stage the family lived at 25 Mafeking Avenue.The family came to Brentford before 1840 and your website is just wonderful in providing me with background as I trace the family history.

Especially interested earlier today in the material on the Newens family as the first member of the family actually born in Brentford (James Roxburgh Ker(r) born 1836) was a journeyman baker who worked for the Newens family.

He managed to get himself listed twice in the 1881 census, presumably because as a baker he really did spend the night in two places! -the first part with his family at 18 London Road and the second with his employer at 327 High Street.

His father James Ker, born 1802, appears in an 1839 directory as a butcher and dairyman but although he continued to give his profession as butcher his occupation was more usually labourer, so I was very interested to learn of the severe 1841 flood as I reckon it could have wiped out a newly established 'business' (especially when the owner of same had 7 children to support!).

I was interested that in all of that they presumably managed to find some money to have older son James (b.1836) apprenticed, probably(?) to an earlier Newens. All his working life (and it's on his 1897 death certificate too) he proudly described himself as a journeyman baker.

Hoped I might find an even earlier Brentford connection (James Ker victualler died 1797) but according to his will he only had daughters.

Please get in touch if you have a connection with the family, I will forward your email to Margaret.

Ker family research

Peter Stuart sent a document with the results of family research covering six generations of the family, starting with James and Belmira KER or KERR who baptised their son James at St Luke Chelsea on 25 December 1802. This document can be downloaded, see link below. Peter adds 'More than happy that the data is available to all on the condition that it is accepted as is. As with all amateur research errors can occur but I am very happy to have it challenged if somebody can improve the detail.' Please get in touch if you can suggest any updates.

The research contains details of many marriages and includes the following local surnames:
Ansell, Barrett, Baxter, Broome, Collier, Davis, Dodds, Field, Franklin, Gaunt, Ginger, Grimbly, Johnson, Lockyer, Luffrum, Miller, Parry, Pool or Poole, Rutter, Stafford, Stagg, Thrupp, Turrell, Underhill, Vincent, Wakeling, Weatherley, White.

Download Word document.


Published November 2014; updated October 2015