George H. Kirkham
Biography

From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 527-528, a reprinted by Stevens Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
  George H. Kirkham, a prominent farmer and progressive citizen of Littleton township, Schuyler county, was born in Brooklyn township, this county, April 22, 1846.  His parents were Henry and Elizabeth Kirkham, his father still living in Buena Vista township, this county.
  Our subject received his education from a private teacher, who boarded about at the different homes, teaching in the various families, his facilities were thus necessarily limited, all of which have been supplemented by subsequent endeavor and self instruction.  At the age of twenty, he listed in the war on August 15, 1861, serving in Company G and D, Twenty-eighth Illinois Infantry for four years, under the command of Captain B. C. Gillam.  He was with his regiment all through the war, with the exception of about four months, when he was sick and in the hospital at Monterey, and went through the international struggle without receiving so much as a scratch.  He mustered out of the service in Brownsville, Texas, and honorably discharged in March, 1866.  He had a brother and two step-brothers also in the late war, his late brother in the same regiment as himself, while his step-brothers served in the Fiftieth Illinois Infantry.  His brother served for three years, at the end of which time he went as a substitute, serving until the close of the war.  Both step-brothers were re-enlisted.
  After the war he returned to Schuyler county, an on November 6, 1870, was married to Anna E. Garrison, who was born in this township and county, July 31, 1846.  She was a daughter of George and Sarah Garrison, prominent pioneers of this county, who both died here, her father at the age of seventy-seven years.  She was one of eleven children,  ten still living.  Our subject is one of six children, five living, all of them farmers.
  After marriage, he located where he now resides, on a part of the old Garrison farm, he having made all the improvements at present noticeable on the place.  He built, in 1882, his present large and comfortable home, and now has good barns for his grain and stock, besides various other modern conveniences, facilitating the handling of the various products of his farm, which is devoted to mixed agriculture.  He has recently added to his original farm by purchasing 260 acres, and now has one of the largest and best farms in the county, having more than 800 rods of tiling on his place.
  Mr. and Mrs. Kirkham have ten children {only 8 mentioned}: Charles L., at Normal school, born January 6, 1872; Elizabeth, born March 27, 1873, wife of William Blodgett; Ida F., born November 16, 1874, now attending the Normal school; William R., born December 14, 1876; Margaret G., born August 4, 1878; George H., born May 16, 1882; Anna B. M., born September 4, 1884; James O., born January 4, 1888.
  Politically, Mr. Kirkham is a Republican, and cast his first vote fro General Grant’s first term.  He served as Collector of his township during 1890, doing in that capacity creditable and satisfactory work.  He is a member of Colonel Horney Post, G. A. R., No. 131.
  He and wife are consistent members of the Christian Church, of which Mr. Kirkham is Deacon, and for the support of which he and wife are ardent workers and liberal contributors.
  Intelligent, honest and public-spirited, he commands the respect of all, while his more amiable virtues have won the affectionate regard of his fellow citizens.


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