Date: Fri, 26 Jan 2001 21:55:42 -0000
From: "Kevin Lockhart"
Subject: Seeking Ancestors in Fulton
My name is Kevin Lockhart and I live in Nottingham, England. I am trying to
find out as much as possible about my Kirkman line as I can.
Up to now I have been fairly successful in tracing them here in Nottingham.
However, two brothers, Thomas and Isaac Kirkman (and possibly a third,
Robert) emigrated to the States somewhere between 1844 and 1850. Initially
they settled in Philadelphia, Pa. but didn't stay too long as they are
recorded as living together in Springfield twsp, Summit County, Ohio in the
Thomas and Isaac were both born in the village of Cropwell Bishop,
Nottinghamshire, England. Isaac in 1817 and Thomas in 1819. They are my
gr-gr-gr-granduncles according to Familytree Maker.
Isaac Snr. moved to Michigan and I believe he died there in 1897. Several of
his children moved back to Ohio, including Fulton County.
Photos of St. Giles, Cropwell Bishop Church
Thanks to a newly discovered cousin, Vern Eikenberry, who is a descendant of
Isaac Snr. I have managed to fill in a couple of lines of descent from Issac
Snr. through his sons Robert (bn 1840 in England) and Issac (bn. 1852 in
Akron Ohio.) Robert's line of descent includes marriages into the HARMON,
BITTIKOFFER and DECK families.
Isaac's line of descent includes marriages into the RUSSELL, HOULT,
EIKENBERRY and KINSELfamilies.
Isaac Snr had several other children though and these included Thomas
Kirkman (bn approx 1853), William Kirkman (bn approx 1858), George Kirkman
(bn approx 1862), and Sarah Kirkman (bn - unknown). I know nothing else
about these children.
Thomas Kirkman Snr. moved to Fulton County, Ohio in 1852 and in 1867 he
married a widower called Lydia Ann Lape, whose husband, Jeremiah Ayres had
been killed in battle during the civil war. Thomas remained in Fulton the
rest of his life, he died in Pike Twsp, Fulton Co. on October 7, 1906,
just five days short of his 87th birthday.
Thomas adopted Lydia's son Myron Ayres (who apparently remained a batchelor
all his life), but they also had seven children of their own. These were,
Bertha Kirkman, Orpha Kirkman, Ruby Kirkman, Thomas Burton Kirkman, Josiah
Joseph Kirkman, Mariah Kirkman and Ernest Lee Kirkman.
Ernest Lee Kirkman married Lucelia ARNSBARGER, their line of descent
includes marriages into the SMITH and WILEY families.
Josiah Joseph Kirkman married Cora (surname unknown) and his line continues
with marriages to JONES and HARMES families.
Mariah Kirkman never married and as far as we know she stayed in Fulton all
Bertha Kirkman married Jessie BARRET, their line of descent includes
marriages into the GUNN, JACKSON and RICHLEY families.
Thomas Burton Kirkman married Edith (surname unknown) their line of descent
includes marriage into the MOHR family.
Orpha Kirkman married Price COLE and later a GRIMES (first name unknown).
Ruby Kirkman married John FAYLOR.
All of Thomas Kirkman Snr's children were born in Fulton Co. However, I do
not know how long they remained there or whether their children were born
If anyone recognises any of the names above and thinks they can help me fill
in some of the gaps I would love to hear from you all.
And if anyone is related to either Isaac or Thomas Kirkman I have their
ancestors back to 1691 in Nottinghamshire and would be glad to share it with