Kirkland Family Correspondence

Transcribed and submitted by Darrell Manrique

Transcribedfrom digital scans made by Harold Biggs from specialist photocopies of originals in possession of Lynne Robinson Biggs. The originals were passed down to Lynne from her great-grandmother, Priscilla Kirkpatrick Robinson, whose brother George T. Kirkpatrick was the original recipient of most of these letters.

Note from transcriber: The originals are faded and decayed, with frayed edges and sometimes holes.  In a few cases, the specialist copies lost a little at the edges. I couldn't find any guidelines on how to note gaps in missing edges in a transcription, so I did the best I could. Also, the letters are handwritten and include some words and letters that were struck through and corrected at the time of writing; some of these are revealing or merely interesting, so I've included in the transcription anything that was struck through in the original, enclosed in square brackets with an equals sign at the beginning, [=like this]. In a few cases, letters were inserted with a caret, and I've enclosed those in square brackets with a caret (^) at the beginning, [^like so]. Finally, I've tried to preserve the original format and line breaks, which is why many of the lines are so short. -- D.M.

Letter from Nancy R. (Kirkpatrick) Dills to George T. Kirkpatrick, dated February 2, 1886

Falmouth Ky
Feb 2nd 86

Dear Nephew,
I received your letter yesterday. [=A] Grandfather Kirk.'s wife was Jane Whiteside. His second
wife was Mrs Adams who lived somewhere between Paris and Lexington, they had two children, both of whom I think are dead. Grandfather moved to Ohio and I think died there. Uncle William Kirk., father's
brother, married a Miss [written above: Ann] Maze [corrected to Mays], and settled in Rush County Indiana.
James Knox Polk's mother was a[=n] Whiteside, I have heard, and was perhaps a relation to Grandmother.  Father's middle name was Whiteside. Sister Eliza has gotten the names mixed. I have sent [=N] word to Sarah M. to send me the old family Bible. And if it has anything in it that would be of any benefit I will let you know. If it is not a profound secret, your Uncle Perry wishes to know what all this means, and whether there is a big fortune at the end of it, says if there is anything be sure and secure [=a] us a part. Lee sent a sample of Virginia tobacco to the "Democrat" this week, [=whi] says it sells at seventy-five [=cents] dollars a hundred, Where [=in] are you going that you do not expect to hear from us again. If there is anything else you want to know, write and perhaps I can tell you something.

I close, Yours affec.,
Nancy Dilts

Letter from Nancy R. (Kirkpatrick) Dills to George T. Kirkpatrick, dated February 21, 1886

Falmouth Ky
Feb 21st 86

Dear Nephew,
You asked me to tell you what I know about GrandFather Kirkpatrick. I do not know much about him.
I suppose he was born in Scotland married & Miss Whiteside before he came to America. He had two sons and six dughters. You can write to Cousin Sarah M. Dilts, she has the old family Bible, and might be able to tell [... something? ...] Grandfather's name was George. I know of nothing more just now. We are in tolerable health. Your Uncle Perry is about blind. I close

Sincerely Yours,
Nancy R. Dilts

[Another hand has jotted:]

Jane _ Maze
Miss _ Knox
" Whiteside

Letter from an unidentified author to George T. Kirkpatrick, dated March 26, 1886 (incomplete?)

Falmouth Ky.
March 26th 86

Dear George,
I received your letter last week. You could find out about your father (that is the date) wedding by
writing to the clerk's office in Harrison. I remember it was late in the fall but can not tell you the exact
time. I do not know anything about any of the Whiteside family. The first place Grandfather settled was
in Bryant Station. This state was then a part of Virginia He was in the Battle of Blue Licks. Collin's
History of Kentucky will tell you all about it. Grandfather name is not mention but he was in it. I can
tell you one incident of the Battle. When the whites were retreating, Grandfather and John Rout of Bracken were to gether. the former saw the smoke from an Indian's gun, and he said, "Look out Rout," but his warning was to late and as Rout was going to dismount [=he] the bullet passed through



Letter from Sarah M. (Bradley) Dills to George T. Kirkpatrick, dated March 23, 1886

Cynthiana Ky Mar. 23" 1886
Cousin George
Ma requests me to [?? ?????] of recent date to her. she was not at home when [???? ??] came. I [one
line is too dark to recover] died May 3" 1857 just as fins ]irn? which is correct & no mista[ke] [??] it
is so recorded in his own [??] which ma has. I am going to town this morn & w[ill] see if your father's marriage is recorded & will then append date hereto.  

Well what are you up to any [???] going to get a fortune? Come 'round [?] divide. How's business
& c&c, am still ready for any thing good that develop its self; things are on a [still?] still here completely.
[that?] cattle [????] knocked business. Cold [?????] no, but think will get clear of it this spring [new page]
went to clk's office & after about 2 hours search f[???] date of your father's m[arriage] [?] date license was obtained which was Feb. 21" 1845.
Let me hear what you are driving [at?]

Hastily
S.D.

 

Letter from an unidentified author to George T. Kirkpatrick, dated March 28, 1886 (incomplete?) [Letterhead] LIGHTFOOT HOUSE, MAIN ST., OPP. COURT HOUSE. Mrs. M. O. Lightfoot, Prop'ss. P. A. Lightfoot, Clerk. Falmouth, Ky., Mar. 28th, 1886 Dear Nephew, You really must excuse my delay in answering your letters, as my household duties keep me rather busy, [=k]but I will try to do better in the future. My father was born in 1786, as Sarah M. states, and he was 71 years old when he died. My Grandfather must have come to Ky. before 1793, for father was born in Bryants Sta. though then a part of Va. My Grandfather was one of the Seceders from the established Church of Scotland, I do not know his politics, he was a manufacturer and taught my Father his trade. My Father was an Old Line Whig, your father was the same and a Democrat after the War. My father was a member of the Universalist Demonination, Yours was not a member of any [=w] but favored the Christian Church. My father was a manufacturer, of cloth and woolen goods of all kinds. I inclose a [=cr] scrap from a paper, I found, which mentions a Kirk- patrick in Penn. Perhaps [h?]e is related to the family. I believe I have answered all your questions.

Letter from Harriet E. (Kimbrough) Kirkpatrick to George T. Kirkpatrick, dated December 2, 1886 2 1886 Cynthiana Dec the Dear G[????] Your Mother was here a day or two ago and asked me to send you the date of my mariage and your Uncle [Jhon's?] death. We were married Oct the 19 1852 Your Uncle [????] July the 5 1865 I [have?]nt [???] acount of his birth You will find that in the family Bible I dont know who has it. Love to your Wife. As Ever Yours Harriett E. Kirkpat[rick]

Letter from Harriet E. (Kimbrough) Kirkpatrick to George T. Kirkpatrick, dated December 2, 1886

2 1886
Cynthiana Dec the

Dear G[????]
Your Mother was here a day or two ago and asked me to send you the date of my mariage and your Uncle [Jhon's?] death. We were married Oct the 19 1852 Your Uncle [????] July the 5 1865 I [have?]nt [???] acount of his birth You will find that in the family Bible I dont know who has it. Love to your Wife.

As Ever Yours
Harriett E. Kirkpat[rick]

Letter from Harriet E. (Kimbrough) Kirkpatrick to George T. Kirkpatrick, dated December 2, 1886

2 1886
Cynthiana Dec the

Dear G[????]
Your Mother was here a day or two ago and asked me to send you the date of my mariage
and your Uncle [Jhon's?] death. We were married Oct the 19 1852 Your Uncle [????] July the 5 1865
I [have?]nt [???] acount of his birth You will find that in the family Bible I dont know who has
it. Love to your Wife.

As Ever Yours
Harriett E. Kirkpat[rick]

Letter from Sarah M. (Bradley) Dills to George T. Kirkpatrick, dated January 26, 1886

Jan. 26th, 1886
Cousin George:
Yours received [Was?] glad to know that you were [one line too dark to recover] as to our
familey [reccor?] I will give you all the information I can I am sorry to say I can not trace
any father back than our Grandfather. I [rember?] of Mother saying Aunt Eliza had the other
Bible of Grand Mother and she [&] Cyrus was liveing in Roachpoart Mo. the last I heard of them.
perhaps Aunt Nancy could give you thiere address as she received a letter from Cyrus Patterson
the last time I was there. there was a David Kirkpatrick lived in Indiana Aunt Eliza or Nancy visited them once he was an Uncle or brother of GrandFathers I do not remember. Grand Father had relatives in Indiana by the name [S?]tell & he also had a sister that married Snodgrass and she [had?] a large familey [???] is none of them living, but Sammie [???????] liveing in Millford Bracken [????] perhaps if you would write to his daughter Mrs Nan[nie?] Odgden she could tell you if she ever heard her Father speak of his name (that [?????] Grand Father's) I think familey ought to keep some trace of each other, for the old ones are passing away and the young generation will loose sight of each other you have a good many relatives in Ills of the Snodgrass familey some of thiere names are Rollins. Aunt Nancy Dills could tell you more than I [???] [one and a half lines are too dark to recover] [Ca?]rlisle last week you remember [Shelman?] Man he was burried that week. Sydney & Fannie [???? ???] in love to you [??? ???] look forward to the time when we [????] meet you. you must write often

your cousin
S. M. Dills.


Letter from Nancy R. (Kirkpatrick) Dills to George T. Kirkpatrick (incomplete)

Jan 25th 1874. Last three named, died in infancy. Henry died March 1st 1875 & Susie died Feb. 17th 1874. I inclose a copy of the sketch of Asahel Clarke, which you can [=A]abridge at pleasure. Anthing else you want to know I will try and tell you. Write soon. excuse pencil as pen would not work.

Yours affect.
Nancy Dilts
I have to cut this off [page is cut here]

[??????] by Ern[hole]t Clarke from the [=Encly] Encyclopedia of Ky. Clarke, Asahel Rawlings
lawyer - only child of Jno. & Nancy (Snodgrass) Clarke, was born Feb. 22nd 1844 in Harrison
County. His father was a native of [faded] and a teacher by profession; came to America when
quite a young man; followed his profession several yrs. in N.Y.; in 1840 located in Harrison co
Ky where he married Nancy Snodgrass daughter of Jos. Snodgrass in 1842 followed his profession
until the breaking out of the war with Mexico, in which he held an important position under
Gen. Taylor. The subject of this sketch recieved a liberal education at Wesleyan University
at Millersburg, Ky. leaving [?????] beginning of the war. He at once entered the Confederate
army as a member of the 2nd Ky Infantry afterwards changed to Ninth. He remained in the army until
the close of the war and was engaged in battles of Shiloh, Vicksburg, (siege of 1862) Baton Rouge,
Stone River; and, in the spring of 1863 was transferred to Jno. Morgan's command; served with
him until the capture of a considerable portion of his forces in Ohio; then spent 18 months as
a prisoner at camp Douglas; He recieved a contused grape shot wound in the breast at Baton Rouge,
and a slight wound in the head at Shiloh. In 1865 he returned to Falmouth and commenced reading
law in 1868, he was admitted to the bar and during the same year he entered upon the practice
of his profession at Falmouth Ky where he has since resided and been actively engaged in the
discharge of the business of his profession. In the Fall of 1875 he received the appointment of
aid-de-camp with rank of Colonel on the staff of Gov. McCreary and during the winter of the
same year became Private Secretary of the Governor. Mr Clarke [^was] married in Jan. 1870 to
Miss Anna Swoope a native of Pendleton co and daughter of Major Samuel F. Swoope lawyer and
member of Congress. Was afterward sent for one term to the Legislature, and twice to the
State Senate. died a member of [Assembly?] on April 4th 1885.

Letter from Christopher S. Stephens to George T. Kirkpatrick (incomplete)

I married Mrs Malissa Walker and had five children by her and she dide the 6" day of Oct 1874 5) I was maried a gain the the 7" day of December 1882 to Mrs Amanda Lovina Potts and have 2 childern by her 6) your Grand father first wourked as an aprentis at the manufactring bissnes then he set up for himself he bought a small peace of Land first and rebilt the mill and as his sircumstances wold admitt of it he bought moor land untill he had 400 acres 7) he did not entireley quit untill the year 1842 he then sold most of his mashenrey for manufactring per pes and then te put in milling mashen rey for grinding grane and yousd the waterpowr for that perpus hoping that you may sucseed in your undertaking while remane your dutiful cousin
C. S. Stephens

Letter from Christopher S. Stephens to George T. Kirkpatrick, dated March 2, 1886 (incomplete?)

Waterloo March the 2d I have just received yours of with out date you ask me to tell you whether Grat Grand Father maried Mrs Knox as his first wife I ancer yes for this reason that Uncle William clamed to be a relation of J. K. Polk and as he was the oldest child he clamed that [rela] [smudged] tionship whitch he cold not have doon if his fathers second wife was a relation of J. K. Pol[=c]k you seam to think that Grand father [smudge] come from Scotland I doo not think so he was borne in the East parte of the state of Pencelvania and so fore as uncel will has told me now nation alitey of his ancestery is nowing it might have binn Scott or it mite nat if you will look in a Book couled the our first century you will find that on page 163 that major abraham Kirk patrick was in command of the malistia in the state of Pencelvania in the year 1794 when I state that grand father came to Ky in 1793 and the fact that he lest Pen on accout of th[e] trubel he was likly to hav[e] with the excersize of part of the federal govermet he mite have left a year or tow suner them is [????] as ther mite have binn a grat [eel?] of talk a bout the pasag of that Law for sev[er] el years befor it became a law and he left even befor the Law was pased

Letter from Christopher S. Stephens to George T. Kirkpatrick, dated March 1886

March the [blank] 1886
Dr cousin George
I forgot to ancer cousin Eliza Pattersons Statement that Grand Father maried Jane mays that is a misstak as I well now it was Uncle Wm that maried miss mays as you can find out by righting to Rush county Indania wher She lived and dide she was the mother of therteen children and I was well acquanted with nerley all of them and most of them or ther desendents still live ther.

Cousan Nancy Dills is state ment is true that Grand Father maried a Whiteside as the Whitesides was a setler with Grand Father at the block house I believ was cauled Grays station and I think that white side was a fuller and you Grand Father lurt the bysnes with hime and then cared it on after him I have no recolation of ever hering of aney relation ship betwen the Kirk patrick famly and the Whitesid famly moor than what I have just stated Te Knox famly came from North Carlina and a part of them seteld in Ky and part in East Tenessee nothing meer at presant but remane

as ever your C. S. Stephens

Letter from Christopher S. Stephens to George T. Kirkpatrick, dated April 3, 1886

1886 Aprile the 3d

My Dr cousin I receved yours of the 23d and was glad to her from you and that you ar still a tring to get the trew histrey of the Kirkpatrick famley I very mutch admirer your preservens and I can not tell you how glad I will be if you sucseed as the erly histrey of that famley is not on reccord to my noledge
you seeme to dout that Abraham Kirkpatrick was an uncle to my Grand father I can not see aney thng unresnebel in that statement as I before [?????] you Grand Father was borne and rase in the Eastern part of Pencyelvania and crosed the mountians to the westeren part that was new at that time and selected a peace of land and rassed a crop of corne for whitch th[ere] was no market [???] at that time and him and S Rout tund it into whiskey and as the Law cold the excersiz law was it forse theay bilt tow large canewes and stated down the Ohio river for new Orliens whitch belonged to the French at that time but as I have told you be fore theay landed at a trading post at the mouth of lime stone now cal may svill and from ther theay went in to the interey of Kentuckey and theay both maried ther and Rasied famly[s?] ther and the Rout famly sill lives in bracken county Ky and I went to the Mexican
war with Shelton Rout in 1846 I canot chang ny belief as to the date of the burth of your grand Father. in refence to your grate grand father coming from scotland I onley remember that uncle william all ways
clamed that he was of Irish desent but the name is scot [t?]ish but by reeding the histrey of scotland you will find that ther was a close firend ship be twen the Iresh and the Scots as thee hilanders was cold and ther was a inter marage be twen them and it will be hard to with out some riter histrey to tell wher my grat Grand Father was borne I think that grat grandfather dide young and his brother Abreham Kirkpat. was sent over the mountians to weste Pencyelvanig to aide in the enforsement of the excersize law and grand fother fowloed him and seteled ther as befor stated I still advis you to get some fother facts frome thee Kirkpatricks in Indania as wncl williamwas the oldest child and he wold bee most likly to tell som of his children the histrey of his father

be lieve me to be as ever your most
effectionatt cosen
C. S. Stephens

Letter from Christopher S. Stephens to George T. Kirkpatrick (incomplete)

his father being borne in the stat of Pensyal vania but the year th[at?] he was borne I never new nor doo i now [serta?] the first name but I think it was John but am not posativeley a bout it I weld advis you to right to David Kirkpatrick at Falmouth Rush Co Indani[a?] if he is the oldest Soune of Uncle Will Kirkpatrick now living and think he can tell somthing a bout the name of his grand father as I supose he has oftin herd his father speek of him and as he is mutch older than me he can tell you moore about the genarel histrey of the famley than i can This Bible Reccord that you Speak of I wish to aske if it contanes the names of all the childern of Grand Father or onley the name of uncle Gorge if it contanes
onley the name of Uncle Gorge I think ther may bee sommis stake a bout the year as Uncle Will was the old est child and he must have binn borne some tim[e} be for Uncl gorge and if you will look at the histerey of Kentuckey you will see that D Boone was the first setler in that state and he bilt a block house on the Kentucke River at Boonsborrouh in the year 1775 onley 11 years before your account sas that Uncle gorge was borne and I have herd Uncl gorge and Uncl Will boath say that th[??] father maried a mrs Knox whoo was a distent relation of James K Polk and he seteld at a station in harrisson county Ky and I think the name of the station was Grays [Another hand has crossed this out & written "Bryant" over it] Station it doos not look to me that the county coold be seteld up in so short a time as the date you speek of and if your date in correct then Grand father cold not have bin in Pennylvania
at the time of the Whiskey rebellion and i have herd uncle William tell it severel times I think you mite right to Cunthaann and the Reccordes of that county might gave you some dates that woold be satesfactorey aney in formation that I can furnish you I will gladly doo so but it has binn a long time since I thaut a bout the familey histrey hoaping that you may get it correct and full the famley ar well at presant and the prospect for a good harvest year as the seeson has binn a very mild one and every thing is greene and growing fineley

be lieve me to be as ev[er]
your affectionat Coson
C. S. Stephens

Letter from Samuel Kirkpatrick (1839-1910) to George T. Kirkpatrick, dated November 8, 1886

Nov. 8 1886
Falmouth
Dear sir Ind
I received your letter. as for old Uncles Georges father we know nothing a bout him. as for for Uncles Georges brother Wuliam my Grand father died in Rush Co. Ind was berried at little blue river cemetry. near Rushville. and he was borned 1776 June (8).   he died July 18-1860. Anna his wife was borned April 178[=6]4 and she died January 10. 1866. she was berried the same place. Now I will give you the dates of their family.
commencing with the oldest

[another hand: William & Anna's famly]
Jane Kirkpatrick March 13 - 1801
John Oct 23 - 1802
David July 18 - 1804
William Aug 11 - 1806
Matilda April 11 - 1808
Hannah March 7 - 18[=0]10 - 1810
George Feb 7 - 1812
Eliza Jan 25 - 1814
Sam Dec 8 - 1815
Cyntha Jan 25 - 1818
James April 7 - 1820
Joseph Sep 9 - 1822
Nancy Jan 15 - 1825
there is some living as some dead. we cannot give the dates death. [???] ther family's
I cannot give them. they have all big familys and I am not well enough [=accuainted]
acquai[ with them to give them. but I will give David my father family commencing with the
oldest.

[another hand: Davids Family]
James B Kirkpatrick May 25 - 1826
John March 6 - 1828
Rebcca Aug 8 - 1830
Mary April 20 - 1832
Stephen April 22 1835
William June 22 1837
J Sam March 2 1839
Jesse Oct 30 1841
Jane May 24 1845
all living except too which died in infancy Rebecca and William.

(now I will give you Uncles Sam family.)
James July 6 - 1843
Mary Oct 21 - 1845
Willian Nov 18 - 1848
Sarah Jan 13 - 1852
Rachel Rachel feb 8 - 1855
John April 21 - 1858
now as for my own family I can give you that [another hand: Sams Family]
Elizabeth A May 5 1861
Mary A and Jane E twins Feb 4 1867

[another hand: Sam's Famly contd.]
Cora B Jan 28 - 1869
David T Sep 13 - 1870
Manda E June 15 - 1873
this is as far as we can give the dates.

brother James has 8 children but
can not give their [^dates of their] birth. Smantha, Lizzie, Mary Manda,
John, Sanmie, Emma, Willie.

(brothers John Kirkpatrick family Nancy Jane, Clarca, Jim. Mag,
Sallie. Jesse. Carrie, .)

([other hand: Sister] Mary children. tina, Angeling,
David, Jannie, Jonnie, Jesse.

my sister Mary married Sammie Harlan. brother Stephen. one child
Sarah Jane.
brother Jesse. family Alva. Addie, Estella. Dellie.

siste Jane married hinchman Carrie, Dora, Cora, Van. Eva
the last one is not named

Letter from Samuel Kirkpatrick (1839-1910) to George T. Kirkpatrick, dated May 6, 1886

May 6 - 86
Falmouth
Ind
Dear sir,

My father David Kirkpat[ thee second son of William Kirkpatrick was borned July 18 - 1804. in the state of Kentuckey and left Kentuckey in the year 1812. pa being eight (8) years old the time he left and consequently dident recolect much of the connection still if pa was living he could tell the connection back. as [=far as] old Uncle George of Kentuckey visited pa once in my recollection. I recollect the girls coming with him telling of the negros charging then to take good care [mossy?] George and not let him get killed they were a fraid of being sold. One of those girls married a Paterson and they visited us at different times. and Uncle George's son John the doctor visited us different times during the late war, and after doctor John having some of uncle george's negros at the time of the war. and were free of corse and it got a little unpleasent for the doctor in Kentuckey he sliped of and come to Indiana and commenced practicin in Indianapolis and some of those negros got on the track of him and followed him and the Doctor came home one evening and there set four of his old negr[] the docter was a little bored. but next morning he went out and got places for them to work.

I am a straing from what I Intended to write. as I said a bove my father left
Kentuckey with his father it 1812 and stoped in Ohio 2 years and then to
Union Co. Indiana.

[?]here my f[hole] [too dark to read] [too dark to read] [hole] [??]tered land [too dark to read] Ind. and moved to it in 1826. rite in the green woods and being a powerful stout industrious man six feet 2 in. high. [a?]n waid two hundred pounds. at sixteen years old his average weight was two hundred and ten. strait as an Indian rawboned and powerful mussel and no two men could lift with him as it was often tried in them days. but a kinder and better father now body ever had. by his marriage there were nine births three girls and six boys. all living and in [torn off--]h except two. William [torn off] ba[????] died in [torn off] [names?] of the rest [torn off--]es, John, Mary, [torn off--]m, Jesse, and Ja[--torn off] all married and got good homes. and all democrats, my father lived on the farm he entered and cleared till he died being seventyfive (75) years old when he died. my mother is still living. and for my own family I married a carson and have six children all boys but five theirs names is Alice, Addie, Emma,
Cora, Manda and Davie my only boy age fifteen. named for his Grandfather and if it ant two much trouble when you get lesure time send me a statement of the names of our ancestors as for back as you can for my bo[--torn off] ashamed that I [torn off] about my parent[--torn off] I went to Grandf[--torn off] neighborhood and to[--torn off] and his mind is not verry good and I could not find out
much. they told me that Uncle Sam had got a letter from you and that he was writing a letter for you. he has the old famile bible. I hope you have got the letter from Uncle Sam by this time. I understand that some of his family is verry sick not expected

yo live. on my return home from Uncle Williams I visited the semetry and I find that he died July 13 1860 and that his age was 81 yrs. 8 mon. and 23 days and his wife dided January 10 1866.

Rite soon
Yours as
Sam Kirkpatrick

Fragment of a letter from Samuel Kirkpatrick (1839-1910) to George T. Kirkpatrick

letter. you was right in Uncle Williams marriage. her mame was Anna Maze.
my oldest daughter Elizzabeth A married Nelson Eakons Sep 11" 1877
Mary A married [rest of page is cut off]

Letter from Cornwall Kirkpatrick to George T. Kirkpatrick, dated July 26, 1886

[Letterhead: C. & W. Kirkpatrick,
Proprietors of
The Anna Pottery,
manufacturers of
Stoneware, Garden and Cemetery Vases,
and dealers in
porcelain and fire clay.
Anna, Ill.,] July 26 [188]6

G. T. Kirkpatrick Esq
National Stock Yards E St L
Dear sir
Your [form?] of 18th came duly to hand and I should have writtin sooner but have been quite unwell in fact I have been bedfast most of the time for a year past. but am Mending Slowly now I am Very sorry that I am unable [torn] give you any information that will [torn] of Value to you I left home and school
at 12 ye[--torn off] of age consequently have not e[--torn off] good opportunities to acqu[--torn off] with the Geneology [torn off] I believe I in[--torn off] Grandfather Alexande[--torn off] removed in an early day from some place in N.J. to a place called Ollifants Funace in P.A. My fathers name was Andrew and he had a Brother Alexander My Eldes Brother[^s] name was John. I am srry but I am not
able to Go back further than to my Grandfather I have a friend a Cousin to my wife who lives at Greenston Green Co P.A perhaps he can give you some infomtion of the John Kirkpatrick his name is Wm. Boughner he is an old man and I believe was Born there nothing would afford me more [torn--???] then to give you the [torn--]mation you ask if it was in my power to do so

Yours Very Truly
C Kirkpatrick

Letter from Cornwall Kirkpatrick to George T. Kirkpatrick, dated July 30, 1886

[Letterhead: C. & W. Kirkpatrick,
Proprietors of
The Anna Pottery,
manufacturers of
Stoneware, Garden and Cemetery Vases,
and dealers in
porcelain and fire clay.
Anna, Ill.,] July 30 [188]6

Mr Geo T Kirkpatrick
Nat Stock Yards
Dear sir
Your [form?] of 27th came duly to hand I [?????] you were mistaken in reference to the manuscript referred to I cannot find any and have no recollection of seeing them. I have a Nephew Dr Baldwin Kirkpatrick in Philadelphia he is superintending some kind of a Charity Hospital there. I have not got his address at hand. I would be glad if I could give you any assistance in your work will be pleased to attend your Exposition this fall if able. my Daughter will not be able to attend as she will be engaged in Toledo at the time

Yrs Vry Truly
C Kirkpatrick

Letter from William W. Kirkpatrick to George T. Kirkpatrick, dated May 1 (?), 1886

[Letterhead of St. Charles Tobacco Co.,
Successors to Carr & Dula.
Manufacturers of Plug, Twist and Smoking Tobaccos]

[St. Charles, Mo.] 1 of 5 [188]6

National Stock Yds
Dear Sir
I must ask pard~ for delay in answering your favor ofsome time past but it iss for this reason. I know the information your were seeking could not be given you by me My Father died when I was but two years old therefore cannot give you further information than he came from South Carolina to this place. His Father was a descendant of the Kirkpatrick family of some Army noto riety of North [=Scotland] Ireland and not far from being what might be called [=Ict] Scotch Irish. His Mother was a Miss Wallace and said to be related to L.C. Walla[ after whose family my Father Wallace Kirkpatrick was named He had Bros named John & Wm some sisters only one of whom I know who married a man McKnight. I rather think my Father had some scotch blood from be of the Presbyterian belief. After coming to this place he marrid a Miss Mudd of Prince George Co Md Aunt of its Dr. Sam'l Mudd of Dry Tortugas [Osloud?] fame she died som[ ten years since leaving five children three Daughters and two sons one of which has since died leaving now but the three Daughters and Myself who bears the name of William Wallace Kirkpatrick William after my Uncle & Wallace for my Father Ry &c W.W.Kirkpatrick

Letter from William W. Kirkpatrick to George T. Kirkpatrick, dated May 1 (?), 1886

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Manufacturers of Plug, Twist and Smoking Tobaccos]

[St. Charles, Mo.] 1 of 5 [188]6

National Stock Yds
Dear Sir
I must ask pard~ for delay in answering your favor ofsome time past but it iss for this reason. I know the information your were seeking could not be given you by me My Father died when I was but two years old therefore cannot give you further information than he came from South Carolina to this place. His Father was a descendant of the Kirkpatrick family of some Army noto riety of North [=Scotland] Ireland and not far from being what might be called [=Ict] Scotch Irish. His Mother was a Miss Wallace and said to be related to L.C. Walla[ after whose family my Father Wallace Kirkpatrick was named He had Bros named John & Wm some sisters only one of whom I know who married a man McKnight. I rather think my Father had some scotch blood from be of the Presbyterian belief. After coming to this place he marrid a Miss Mudd of Prince George Co Md Aunt of its Dr. Sam'l Mudd of Dry Tortugas [Osloud?] fame she died som[ ten years since leaving five children three Daughters and two sons one of which has since died leaving now but the three Daughters and Myself who bears the name of William Wallace Kirkpatrick William after my Uncle & Wallace for my Father Ry &c

W.W.Kirkpatrick

Letter from an unidentified author to George T. Kirkpatrick (partial? undated?)

My Father died a Catholic and My Mother being of that creed from ancestry
of England from where her family first started raised her family up in the
Catholic faith
Any further information that I could give will be cheer fully given if
in my power however limited
Yours ZMK [or BMK?]

Partial letter from George T. Kirkpatrick to a niece or nephew

There were Kirkpatrick's living in Nithsdale (Dumfriesshire Co.) Scotland as early as A.D. 800 (& perhaps earlier) but the history [????] manuscript that was sent to me dated only back to the year
1100. Meaning of the name is Church Nobility. "Kirk." in scotch means Church; "Patrick", means "Patrician" or.  Noble.

[illegible added letters] The first name of which history [more added] speaks is Sir "Ivor Kyrkpatryk" who was a close frind to Robert Bruce the elder King of Scotland. A [las?] track of land was granted to I. K. by the King on account of some valuable service re dered the Crown. Sir Ivor K. was a Baron in the King's Court& much beloved by him This Baron was succeeded I think by "Sir Vladimir K." then followed Sir Duncan a conmander of the King's army & a true& valiant Knight. Great trouble was had with England in those days about 1200 A.D. Edward II then King of England tried to wrest Scotland
from the Scottish Chiefs_ &c I am too weak now to write more _ will continue in my next. Love to Your Mother & yourself " all members of the family. Tell me if your Mother is improving fast.

Write soon
to your
Your Affect. Uncle
George.
Socorro
N. Mex.

[In smaller writing:] This paper enclosed is that used by the Scottish
Nobility, & [???] have a Title right to use same. I think it is about
$1.00 Qui[??] [line on a crease & too faint to read] [???] address. You
can send [????] to Engraver[?] in St Louis for it. G T K

[Letter is typed, dated Nov. 18th, 1886]

GEO. T. KIRKPATRICK, ESQ.,
NATIONAL STOCK YARDS,
ST. CLAIR CO., ILLS.,
DEAR SIR:-
ENCLOSED PLEASE FIND THE CHRISTIAN NAMES UNDER THE
NAME OF KIRKPATRICK. SHOULD ONE OR MORE OF THESE NAMES REFER
TO YOU OR YOUR IMMEDIATE RELATIVES, THE NEXT STEP IN ORDER WILL BE
TO SEND THROUGH OUR AGENCY AND SECURE AN AUTHENTICATED COPY OF
THE ADVERTISEMENT CALLING FOR THESE HEIRS-AT-LAW AND NEXT-OF-KIN.
THIS WILL GIVE THE PROPER INFORMATION IN REGARD TO TOWN, COUNTY OR
SHIRE AND COUNTRY, AND IN NEARLY EVERY INSTANCE, THE AMOUNT OF
MONEY OR PROPERTY LEFT.
AWAITING YOUR FURTHER FAVORS,
RESPECTFULLY,
BRITISH-AMERICAN CLAIM AGENCY.

KIRKPATRICK.
KIRKPATRICK. J.
JAMES.
SIR THOMAS.
W,G.
WILLIAM--DIED ABROAD.

Partial letter from an unidentified author to an unidentified recipient

Cap[--torn]

Dear Sir:

A history of the descendants of the "House of Kirkpatri [ dating from the Eleventh Century, will soon be issued by Mess. Bailey Banks & Biddle of Philadelphia. I begun my search two years ago, beginning with my fathers family, tracing backw[ as far as I could alone - to 1776 the arrival of my great-grand-father
in Ky. from Pa - then turned the ma[ with all my records &c: [=over] into the hands of the Heraldic above mentioned, over one year ago, who have taken up the w[ where I left off, & have united the American, with the first Scotch family [=that] of Kirkpatrick's who arrived on our shores from [=Dumfriesshire] Scotland, over 150 years ago.

Through this firm's London agency, material for the history has be[ ]llected from the year 1100, clear up to, within a few years of the ]eparture of the Dumfriesshire Kirkpatrick's for America.  ]is missing link, in the long, [=&] strong, family chain, will [?] supplied [=in a] at an early day, & the book I think wil[ be out by the 20th of Feby '87. The mss, so far as comple[ ]as been submitted [^for my approval], & it is with a sense pride, that I [=an] look ]ck in to the [^past] lives, & read the noble [=acts] deeds
enacted by my ]ustrious Ancestors. It will be a history to cherish,& to be proud




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