SARAH MERIDITH IRVINE, 7th child of Thomas and Tabitha was born 26th June, 1816
on the farm 4 miles SE of Mt. Vernon. From Irvine Thompson Holloway came the story
that Sarah was married to Joseph A. Kerr, of Mt. Vernon, in a double ceremony with her
brother and Magdalena Thompson. That she was married 14th Dec., 1840 is
attested by the Knox County Marriage Record but the name is spelled Joe Carr.
Inscription on Sarahs tombstone has it "Wife of J. A. Kerr". Issue
a son. Sister Angelina records the m. as 12/3/41. Sarah d. 4/3/49. Joseph Kerr, born,
records Angelina, "Sept. the 27th, 1849".(?)
A family of a bit of gossip unearthed by Dr. Elizabeth Reed from descendents of
Dr. Robert Irvine (of Sharon) relates that in many ways Joseph was a hard man to
live with and severely mistreated Sarah. On an occasion when Sarahs parents were
present some occurrence roused Josephs ire. As he began to berate Sarah, "Old
Tom" took him severely to task "told him off" in no uncertain terms
finishing by grabbing hold of Joseph "and shook him like a rat".