John Kirk [1818 - 1886]

[1818 - 1886] MMFFF

Born: 1818 Birmingham

Father: Thomas Kirk

5-generation pedigree

Siblings: (For dates, etc, see the extended family)

  1.   John Kirk
  2. Catherine Kirk

Married 1: Frances Bloore 1 January 1837

Her Death Certificate includes

When and where died13 November 1847, 18 Ashby Street
Name and SurnameFrances Kirk
Age32 years
OccupationWife of John Kirk, Engraver
Cause of DeathChildbirth. Pueperal fever 9 days.
This may have been the birth of the Thomas Kirk whose death is recorded as 4th qtr 1847, Clerkenwell vol 3 page 106.

Marriage Entry:

ChurchBirmingham St Martins
Date1 January 1837
NameJohn Kirk
Ofthis parish bachelor
and NameFrancis Bloore
Ofthis parish spinster
WitnessesWillm Wood, Ann Nicklin X

Children of first marriage:

  1. Fanny Kirk
    born at Spon St Coventry (Birth Certificate).
  2. John Thomas Kirk

There was a John Kirk who married Frances Yates in Coventry in 1828, and had many children by her. Confusion between the two John and Frances Kirk families is very possible.

Married 2: Martha Blower 20 November 1848

Marriage Certificate:

Registration DistrictSt Pancras
Solemnized atSt Pancras Church
in the Parish ofSt Pancras
in the County ofMiddlesex
When Married20 November 1848
Name and Surname John Kirk
AgeFull age
Rank or ProfessionEngraver
ResidenceGuilford Street
Father's NameThomas Kirk
Father's ProfessionDead
WitnessesRobert Walton, Hephzibah Walton X
Bride's sister and brother-in-law. Neighbours to the Kirks, living at 41 King Street in the 1851 census

It is possible that his first two wives were sisters, in which case the 2nd marriage was illegal: the Deceased Wife's Sister's Marriage Act, first brought before Parliament in 1846, was not passed until 1907.

Children of second marriage:

  1. Harberson Joseph Kirk
  2. Martha Kirk
  3. George Kirk
  4. Ernest A E Kirk
  5. Robert Kirk
  6. Hephzibah Kirk

Married 3: Ann Lee

Marriage Certificate:

Solemnized atThe Parish Church of St Peter Regent Square The only reasonably likely reference to Ann Lee listed in censuses is in 1861; when an Ann Lee, born circa 1826 in Tamworth, was a servant to Helen Laurie at 2 Tavistock Lane, Marylebone (RG9/103 f135 p42).

There is also a Hannah Lee of the right age, daughter of William, listed in Tamworth in 1841 (HO107/981/1 f213 p17).

The household included Eliza Lee, whose daughter Jane Moore was living with John and Ann in 1881, suggesting that Hannah Lee and Ann Lee were the same woman.

in the County ofMiddlesex
When Married5 November (1870)
Name and SurnameJohn KirkAnn Lee →
ResidenceHeathcote MewsHeathcote Mews
Father's NameThomas KirkWilliam Lee
Father's ProfessionEngraver DeceasedGardener Deceased
WitnessesEdward Nicholls, Mary Lee

Died: 28 May 1886

Death Certificate:

Registration DistrictIslington
in the Sub-District ofIslington South East
in the County ofMiddlesex
When and where died28 May 1886, 11 Sudely Street
Name and SurnameJohn Kirk
Age67 years
OccupationEngraver Master
Cause of deathBronchitis some months, Senile Decay, certified
InformantFanny Field, Daughter, present at the death, 145 Isledon Road Islngton
When Registered31 May 1886


Entire estate left to wife Ann Kirk

Probate: 31 August 1886


1841Great Sutton Street, Finsbury
1848Guilford St, St Pancras
185143 King St, Clerkenwell
185814 Coles Terrace Barnsbury St
186126 Lower Smith St, Clerkenwell
1871108 Liverpool Rd, Islington
188114 Travers Road, Islington
188611 Sudeley Street, Islington

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