Kerr or Ennis? More about the Innisville Scoundrel

Kerr or Ennis? More about the Innisville Scoundrel

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Last week I posted a story about an Innisville man from the Perth Courier, August 11, 1882. The tale went that David “Kerr” had left his wife and Innisville for Australia, and today I find out he abandoned a young child too. He was indignant and wrote “a letter to the Perth Courier Editior” that being away from his wife for 18 years was not considered wrong. He signed it as “David Kerr”.

I tried to search for this man with the last name of “Kerr’ but nothing was coming up until I did some research about Innisville today and pulled up this.




Clipped from Jackson County Banner31 Aug 1882, ThuPage 7


So David Kerr was really David Ennis. Why did he change his name? I don’t know about you, but some folks change their name when they have been in trouble and don’t want the past following them. This story was printed in several American newspapers– about 15 to be exact, and some of the wording was odd in a few papers.

In some it was printed: “the woman remained true to her unworthy husband” and some left out the words “unworthy husband” all together. I guessed it depended how you felt about a woman waiting for her husband– or cared about women at all. The fact that his son was 17 when he came home appears that David left Innisville in 1864 knowing, or maybe not caring, that his wife was carrying his child.



Innisville at one time was called Ennisville but it was later changed to its present name as the mail used to get mixed up with Ennesfail.  A post office was opened in Innisville on June 6, 1851 with Michael Murphy as post master.  The mail left Carleton Place for Innisville every Friday morning.


Ennis—Died, at Innisville on Thursday, 22nd March, Mr. David Ennis 1894


Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read.

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When Newspapers Gossiped–David Kerr Innisville

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Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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