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Descendants of John Kirkland (1804 - 1857)


The "Kirk" in Kirkland is an old Scottish word for church, but the earliest ancestor I have been able to trace is John Kirkland (1804 - 1857), above, an Englishman from Nottinghamshire and my great x 3 grandfather. In 1834, John began our venture to the New World, bringing his young family to Guelph, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada (west of Toronto). John became prominent in the Norfolk Street Methodist Church there and, in the 1850s, served as Guelph Common School Superindendant. His English born fourth child, Edmund Kirkland (1831 - 1901) - my great x 2 grandfather - continued our migration. After marrying and becoming a plastering contractor in Guelph, he moved with family in 1866 to Elgin, Illinois. My great grandfather, Alfred Edmund Kirkland, was a railroad conductor. He married and had four children in Elgin, but they all, except the oldest child, moved to Tacoma, WA, around 1900. That oldest child who stayed in Elgin was my Grandpa, Alfred Himes Kirkland, a career Chicago newspaperman until shortly before he died in 1957.

My Uncle John Kirkland in 2007 compiled and self-published a "Kirkland Family History" that was very useful, laying most of the groundwork for the Kirkland, Himes, Younges and Ferson sections of this compilation.

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James M. Kirkland
2722 Franklin Court
Alexandria, VA 22302-3019
Tel: 703-824-9395

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