James Kirk
(Abt 1720-1783)


Family Links

1. Mary Agnes Edmiston
2. Jean < >

James Kirk 1

  • Born: Abt 1720, Ballymoney, County Antrim, (Northern) Ireland
  • Marriage (1): Mary Agnes Edmiston in 1750 in Ballymoney, County Antrim, (Northern) Ireland
  • Marriage (2): Jean < > after 1773
  • Died: 9 May 1783, <Augusta, Virginia, United States> about age 63

  Research Notes:

Apparently, there were two men named James Kirk who lived around the same time. Both settled in Virginia. One or more of their sons had the same given name. One James Kirk immigrated to Virginia in 1773. The other may have immigrated as early as 1749. The latter is probably the James Kirk referenced below.

From http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=allenjkirk&id=I12214 :

"In July 1774 James Kirk is recorded as being a member of the First Committee of Public Safety in Virginia, a body chaired by George Washington and which did much to influence the course of Virginia prior to the Battle of Lexington. Later he was appointed to the Committee of Correspondence, a unit in the Committee of Public Safety. Today he is accepted as a Patriot."

James Kirk the patriot may have been married to Mary Agnes (Agness) Edmiston, then, after Agness' death, to Jean ________. This James may have come to America as early as 1749, when the name "James Kirk" appears in Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia, Vol. 3, p. 273 purchasing 400 acres from James Bell and Rachel.

The other James Kirk (possibly the father of "our" Robert, and possibly also of John, Alexander and Matthew) may have never come to America, dying in Northern Ireland. His son James, Jr. may have remained in Ireland as well.

Because the Kirk name appears so frequently in Virginia court records, along with the names of spouses, it is difficult to determine which man was the father of Robert Kirk, ancestor of Carol Jean (Kirk) Fish.

Chronology of Kirk family members named in Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia, Vol. 3:
1749 - James Kirk
1752 - James Kirk
1759 - James Kirk
1763 - John Kirk
1765 - John Kirk
1766 - John Kirk
1767 - John Kirk (Kerk)
1767 - James Kirk and Agness, son Alexander Kirk
1770 - James Kirk
1770 - John Kirk
1771 - John Kirk and Margret
1771 - Alexander Kirk, father James Kirk
1775 - John Kirk, Alex. Kirk
1776 - James Kirk
1780 - James Kerk, John and Alex. Kirk
1780 - Margaret Kirk
1780 - John Kirk
1783 - James Kirk, son Alexander, son John, daughter Martha, son Robert, wife Jean, son James, son George
1783 - James Kirk
1790 - Mathew Edmiston, son James, son William, son David, grandson Mathew Kork, daughter Mary Kirk, granddaughter, Margaret Jones, grandson Matha Edmonson Magill, daughter Ann Jones, daughter Jean Magill; John Kirk, Jean Kirk, Jno. Kirk
1791 - George Kirk, son of James Kirk, deceased; John and Jean Kirk
1791 - James Kirk, son of James Kirk; John Kirk
1795 - John Kirk
1801 - John Kirk, wife Mary Ann Kirk, daughter Rachel, daughter Jane, [married] daughter Agnes Bratton, son James, son John, son William, [married] daughter Rachel Cunningham
1808 - Mary Ann Kirk, [married] daughter Rachel Cunningham, daughter Jane Kirk (unmarried), son James, son John, son William, (daughter?) Agnes Bratton
1811 - Capt. Robert Kirk, wife Martha Moffett, daughter Sally, son George


  Death Notes:

May have died in Northern Ireland.

  Noted events in his life were:

Emigrated: from Ireland to America, Abt 1749, Augusta, Virginia, (United States). 3 James Kirk purchased land in Virginia in 1749. May have been a different person.

James married Mary Agnes Edmiston in 1750 in Ballymoney, County Antrim, (Northern) Ireland. (Mary Agnes Edmiston was born in 1733 in Ballymoney, County Antrim, (Northern) Ireland and died in 1773 in Fairfax, Augusta Co., Virginia, (United States).)

  Marriage Notes:

May have been married about 1757 in Augusta Co., Virginia. That date, however, would make it impossible for her to be the mother of children born before that time.

James next married Jean < > after 1773. (Jean < > was born about 1730.)


1 http://www.familysearch.org.

2 Lyman Chalkley, Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia, Vol. 3, published by Mary S. Lockwood (Rosslyn, Virginia: The Commonwealth Company, 1912), Vol. 3.

3 http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi, http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:2937955&id=I47905.

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