(Abt 1756-Bef 1843)
I have found only marginal evidence for James Kirk as Robert Kirk's father, and even less evidence for Mary Agnes Edmiston as his mother. If Robert's father was James Kirk, the question is which one? There were two men named James Kirk, both from Ireland, who settled in Virginia around the same time. These two men gave one or more of their sons the same names. One James Kirk immigrated to Virginia in 1773. The other may have immigrated as early as 1749 (a land transaction, followed by mention of his name is other legal contexts). Since Robert (and his brothers) was born in Northern Ireland about 1756, it appears most likely that his father (if named James Kirk) was the one who immigrated to Virginia in 1773.
May have been born about 1764.
Noted events in his life were:
• Immigrated: from (Northern) Ireland, 1772, Charles' Town (Charleston), South Carolina, (United States). 3 John Kirk and his brothers [Robert and Matthew] came to Charles' Town Charleston) South Carolina, probably with Protestant settlers brought by Rev. Wm. Martin on five ships. They settled near the current town of Lancaster, SC.
• Census, 1790, Lancaster, South Carolina, United States. 4 Robert Kirk
• Census, 1800, Lancaster, South Carolina, United States. Robert Kirk
• Census, 1810, Lancaster, South Carolina, United States.
• Census, 1830, Lancaster, South Carolina, United States. 5 The census index shows three men named Robert Kirk.
Robert married <Agnes> <Montgomery> about 1783 in (Lancaster), South Carolina, United States. (<Agnes> <Montgomery> was born about 1765 and died before 1840 in Lancaster, South Carolina, United States.)
2 http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi, http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=allenjkirk&id=I12232.
3 Website:, http://www.telegraph-office.com/McEwen_family_history/John_Kirk_1751-1822-mirror_of_history.pdf.
4 Census, http://files.usgwarchives.org/sc/lancaster/census/1790/lanc1790.txt.