Henry
Kirkham

Biography

Note: This was at the end of George H. Kirkham's bio with a different typeset for Henry's name and Henry was not mentioned in the index.

From: "Biographical  Review of Cass, Schuyler and Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", page 528-529; reprinted by Stevens Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971; sold by the Schuyler County Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
  Henry Kirkham, one of the oldest living pioneers and most highly esteemed citizens of Schuyler county, dates his first appearance on the stirring scene of this locality on January 4, 1835.  He is a native of Ohio.  His father, Henry Kirkham, was born in Virginia, September 2, 1769, while his grandfather, Michael Kirkham, came from Ireland, where he was married to the United States, locating first in Virginia, and later moved to Kentucky, residing in Lexington, that State, for seven years, during the Indian troubles.  He died in Kentucky in 1835, aged ninety-six years.  His wife died on the same day, aged ninety-four years, both dying of cholera.
  The father of our subject removed from Virginia when a boy, accompanying the family to Kentucky, where he was married to Mary Gay.  She was a native of Kentucky, having been born in that State in 1773.  She died September 9, 1820.  The parents of our subject removed from Kentucky to Ohio, coming in 1834 to Illinois, locating in Rushville township.  Here his father died April 12, 1840.
  His parents had ten children: Agnes, born February 3, 1794, married John Patterson, and died in Ohio; Sarah, born February 15, 1796, married John Kaze, and died in Missouri; Margaret, born January 6, 1798, was married, and died in Bloomfield, Illinois; James, born January 11, 1800, died in Ohio; John, born September 6, 1802, died in Schuyler county, Illinois; Michael, born February 20, 1805, died in Schuyler county, Illinois; Mary, born August 7, 1808, married Martin Huffstetter, and died in Iowa; Rebecca, born February 20, 1810, married Peter Wempler, and died in Schuyler county, Illinois; the subject of our sketch {Henry, born between 1811-1814}, was born in Ohio; William, born August 1, 1815, died in California.
  At the age of five or six years, our subject removed with his parents to Monroe county, Indiana.  Here he was reared on a farm, attending the district school, but receiving but little instruction.  On January 4, 1835, he married Elizabeth Hinkle, and at once came to Illinois, locating in Schuyler county.  He was poor, consequently rented land for some years, finally purchasing land in Woodstock township, Schuyler county, where he remained until the close of the war, when he removed to Buena Vista township, where he now resides.  Here he owns eighty-two acres, which he has vastly improved, having erected a substantial residence and barns for grain and stock, besides numerous other modern conveniences for the pursuit of farming.  His land is under a good state of cultivation, being devoted to mixed agriculture.  It was here that his wife died, September 26, 1847, leaving six children to his care.  She was a lady of much intelligence and many admirable traits of character, and was greatly regretted by her family and friends.  The children were: James, born February 13, 1836, still residing with his father; William born September 26,1837, was a soldier in Company G, Twenty-eighth Illinois, serving three years in the army, then re-enlisted and did duty until the close of the war, and residing in Portland, Oregon; Mary, born September 4, 1839, married Jabez Vatters, residing in Macomb, Illinois; George H. born April 22, 1841, was a soldier in the Twenty-eighth Illinois, serving until the close of the war, now residing in Littleton township, {Schuyler county} Illinois; Sarah E., born March 20, 1842, married  and now resides in Springfield, Illinois; Margaret, born December 7, 1844, married Amos Burgee, and resides in Portland Oregon.
  Our subject was married a second time, March 26, 1846, his second wife being Frances Swan, born 1803.  They had one son: Robert John, born December 28, 1849.  By a former marriage to Morris Swan, she had had six children: Martha, Matilda, Mary Ann, James, Jason W. and one that died in infancy.  His second wife died in 1875, much lamented by all who knew he, as a worthy woman, a faithful wife and devoted mother.
  Politically, our subject first voted the Whig ticket, and is now a Republican.  His constituents have honored him by electing him to one of the most responsible positions in their power to bestow, he having served as School Treasurer for forty years, which is the only office he would accept.
  The Kirkhams are Presbyterians, although our subject is not a member of any church.  He is, however, a believer in the Christian religion, and has never used a profane word, or tasted intoxicating liquor in his life.  A kind of rara {rare?} avis, sometimes heard of but seldom seen.
  His endorsement by the community, and his conduct of life, make further remarks unnecessary. His integrity and fidelity are noticeable in this day of uncertainty in such matters, and are as refreshing as they are rare, and appear to be fully appreciated by his community.  Would that the world might have more of such men, that the millennium might be hastened!
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