The Phillips, Weber, Kirk, & Staggs families of the Pacific Northwest

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  • ID: I00023
  • Name: Alexander KIRK 1
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 8 FEB 1805 in Knox Co, TN 2
  • Death: 19 MAR 1877 in Weston, Umatilla, OR
  • Burial: Athena Cemetery, Umatilla Co, OR
  • Note:
    Came to Oregon in 1846 and established a ferry at Brownsville in 1846/47. He was a member of the same emigrant party that brought Captain James Blakely, founder of Brownsville, Hugh Leeper Brown, and Jonathon Keeney, and R.C. Finley (who built mill near Crawfordsville). He was a prominent citizen in Brownsville, OR and was very active in the Methodist Church. He held DLC 1598 from Oregon City.

    A family story has it that a coin was tossed to determine the name of Brownsville. But for the loss of the coin toss, it could have been called "Kirks Crossing" - named after his ferry service accross the Willamette River.

    He is mentioned many times in the "History of Linn Co, Oregon" by L.M. Wheeler, (-R-, 979.59, Linn) at the Genealogical Form, PDX.

    Alexander Kirk held a Donation Land Claim in Oregon that was proved up and purchased.

    Birth: Violet Morton has bd 8 Nov 1805: Effie Kirk has 8 Feb 1805.

    Anderson Co. TN deed book H-1 p. 46 John Kirk to Alexander Kirk (film #979,338). Alexander Kirk was living in Monroe Co., Indiana in 1830.

    Burial: Buried in Kees Cemetery, Umatilla Co., OR.; remains removed Nov 1990 and reburied in the Athena Cemetery, according to Ivan F. Duff letter to Patricia R. Chambers Kirk Pence, 5 Sep 1991. He is buried with three of his grandchildren. The removal was done to prevent further vandalism of the grave at the Kees (Keyes) Cemetery.

    Effie Kirk genealogy; There is another child listed in IGI: John W. Kirk b. 1829 in TN; md. n.d. Catherine. from Tuck Forsythe: IGI source film: LDS FHL 1553692 made Nov 1988 batch 600188 sheets 1-30, by Carolyn C. Lundgren 365 E. 1500 South, Bountiful, UT 84010. Her data only slightly improved from Linn Co. Pioneer Books vols. 1-11. This John W. KIRK may well come in the gap in this family record between Mary Ann "Polly" KIRK (later FINLEY) b. 29 Aug 1827 and Henry Harrison Kirk b. 16 Apr 1836. I got these children's info. both from Brownsville Pub. Lib. and Census, not from IGI I don't think. Violet Morton has another daughter, Catherine, b. 1846 and believes Catherine may have been the daughter of Maria Coyle.

    Alexander Kirk took out Oregon Donation Land Claim # 1598.

    He died in 1877 in Weston/Athena and many of his grand children died in 1878 because of a diptheria epidemic.

    The Oregon Territory 1850 census lists a Hugh Fields, aged 22, born in Virginia, who was staying with the family.

    His nephew John Wesley Kirk came to Oregon by train in 1870.

    Father: John KIRK b: 1781 in Montgomery Co, VA
    Mother: Eva NOSLER b: ABT 1783 in Knox Co, TN

    Marriage 1 Sarah SWEETEN b: 14 MAY 1811 in TN
    • Married: 8 JAN 1826 in Anderson Co, TN
    1. Has Children William Riley KIRK b: 18 NOV 1826 in TN
    2. Has No Children Polly Ann "Pop" KIRK b: 29 AUG 1827 in ,,TN
    3. Has No Children Henry Harrison KIRK b: 16 APR 1836 in Monroe, IN
    4. Has No Children Thomas Jefferson KIRK b: 12 AUG 1839 in MO
    5. Has No Children Orpha "Orry" KIRK b: 1844 in MO
    6. Has No Children Catherine KIRK b: 1846 in IL
    7. Has No Children Leander KIRK b: 29 MAY 1847 in Linn Co, OR
    8. Has No Children Amanda Ellen KIRK b: 28 JAN 1850 in Linn Co, OR
    9. Has No Children Frances M KIRK b: 28 JAN 1850 in Linn Co, OR
    10. Has No Children James KIRK b: 1851 in Linn Co, OR
    11. Has No Children Elizabeth (Margaret) KIRK b: 19 SEP 1842 in Platte Co, MO

    Marriage 2 Maria BOSWELL b: ABT 1820 in IL
    • Married: 29 SEP 1858 in Linn Co, OR
    1. Has No Children Maria KIRK b: 1860 in Oregon

    1. Title: Oregon Territory U.S. 1850 Census, Data taken 14 Sep 1850 by D. O'Neill, Genealogy (online) Library,
      Page: 30 of microfiche
    2. Title: Oregon Territory U.S. 1850 Census, Data taken 14 Sep 1850 by D. O'Neill, Genealogy (online) Library,
      Page: 30 of microfiche
      Text: 45 years of age born in Tenn.
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