Name: John KIRK
Birth: ABT 1756 in Montgomery Co, VA
Death: BEF 1830 in Anderson Co, TN
Effie Kirk genealogy: John was one of seven brothers in Virginia. Died in Tennessee. Byron & Barbara Sistler, Tennessee Wills and Administrations (Nashville, 1990) list 3 John Kirks: 1822 record book 5 p. 250 Rutherford Co.; 1854 will book 12 p. 46 Knox Co.; 1855 will book 1-15# Greene Co.
Anderson County TN Index to Deeds (film #979,338): John KIRK to Elijah KIRK book E-1 p. 30; John KIRK to John KIRK Jr. book E-1 p. 50; John KIRK to Alexander KIRK book H-1 p. 46; Thomas KIRK to Chesley Boatright book H-1 p. 149; John P. KIRK to John James book I-1 p. 176; Robert Masey to John KIRK Sr. book C-1 p. 50; Charles McClung to John KIRK book D-1 p. 292; Charles McClung to Thomas KIRK book D-1 p. 342.
Must have come to Knox Co., TN prior to 1805, when grandson Alexander Kirk was born there. This is not the same John Kirk who was born 10 Oct 1754 in Fauquier Co., VA, married Elizabeth O'Brien in Botetourt Co. 31 Dec 1783 (she was born 8 Aug 1760)and died 1850 in Virginia. That John Kirk had a son John b. 1 Mar 1793 who md. Margaret Williams b. 27 Jan 1802. But I suspect that that John Kirk may have been an uncle, as his children are Margaret b. 1784, Sally b. 1786, John b. 1793, James b. 1795, William b. 1798, Joseph b. 1800 and Lorenzo Dow b. 1805, all born in Montgomery (later Giles) Co., VA; i.e., the naming pattern is similar. That John Kirk was the son of John Kirk and Margaret [b. ca. 1720, VA] [d. 1801, Macoupin, IL]. A brother William also b. c. 1754 in Montgomery Co. died 1837 in Scottville, IL and was twice married; both wives named Agnes.
Siblings of this John Kirk b. abt 1760 may have been: Anthony, married 13 Feb 1793 Martha Claxton; Benjamin, married 17 Jan 1788 Hezekiah Webb; Joseph, married 18 Jan 1788 Martha Harless; Nimrod, married 2 Sep 1794 Mary Ann Hackett; Thomas, married 15 Dec 1787 Nancy Webb; Mary, married 3 Oct 1786 William Duncan (source: Anne Lowry Worrell's A Brief of Wills and Marriages in Montgomery and Fincastle Counties, Virginia, 1733-1831. Baltimore: Gen. Pub. Co. , 1984).
I now think that this John Kirk b. ca. 1760 is less likely to be a brother to these. These brothers did have a brother John who is in the 1810 Census of Giles Co., VA but that Census record shows him to have had more younger sons than "my" John had at the time. Also, I bet "my" John was in Knox Co., TN before 1810 because by 1805 his sons were. This John Kirk in the 1810 Giles Co., VA Census better fits the profile of the John Kirk who m. Elizabeth O'Brien/O'Bryant: males: 1 b. 1765 or earlier; 3 b. 1784-1794; 2 b. 1794-1800; 2 b. 1800-1810. females: 1 b. 1765 or earlier, 1 b. 1784-1794, 3 slaves.
Ivan F. Duff, M.D., descendant of Alexander Kirk, mentions in a letter of 5 Sep 1991 that he has been in contact with a Mrs. Mary Louise Parker and daughter, Mrs. Nancy Williams, who together prepared a family tree showing that Thomas and Margaret Kirk about 1720 had a son, William, from whom their line emerges; another son, John Kirk with Eva Nausler started our line with the birth of Alexander Kirk. Mrs. Parker and Williams live at 4525 Ray Road, Linden, MI 48451 (letter in Kirk file at Linn Co. Hist. Mus.).
Becky Walker homepage says this John Kirk d. 1822 Rutherford Co. TN.
Due to mail sent me by Irving M. Blabon 18 Jun 1999, all this speculation, etc. is now cleared up by "Kirk Families of Early Fauquier and Giles Counties," notes by Edgar C. Smith, P.O. Box 6073, Carmel, CA 93921. This is the most complete and well-documented Kirk family history of the area I have seen. Effie Kirk would be proud. It does not have all the children of John Kirk that Effie had, but does list John (no wife), Elijah (no wife) and Sarah "Sallie," who married Boston Nosler, Jr. 4 Jan 1802.
Father: Thomas KIRK b: BEF 1730 in Lancaster Co, VA
Mother: Margaret (Margot) DUNCAN b: ABT 1730 in Montgomery Co, VA
Rebecca ROSE b: ABT 1760 in Mechanicsburg, Giles, VA
in , Montgomery Co, VA
- John KIRK b: 1781 in Montgomery Co, VA
- Sarah KIRK b: ABT 1782 in , Montgomery Co, VA
- Elijah KIRK b: ABT 1782 in , Montgomery Co, VA
- Thomas Riley KIRK b: BEF 1790 in , Montgomery Co, VA