Roger KIRK 1 2
- Born: August 5, 1751, East Nottingham, Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States
- Marriage: Rachel HUGHES Abt 1774, East Nottingham, Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States 1
- Died: March 20, 1809 at age 57 1
Roger Kirk, a man of more than ordinary ability, was extensively known among the prominent men of his time, in south-eastern Pennsylvania.
When hostilities commenced between the colonies and the mother country, he was in the prime of manhood. An ardent Whig, he joined the Continental army and soon arose to the rank of Captain. He continued in the service for some time and was preesent and took part in the principal battles fought in the Middle States under Washington.
At the close of the war, he returned home and it is related that he rode up to the door (dressed in continental uniform) of the Brick Meeting House, just in time to hear the clerk read the minute of his disownment for violating the discipline by entering the military service. This, howerver is rather apocryphal. During his absence, his farms and mills became neglected, and upon his return required his care and attention.
Being emphatically a "business man", he did not remain at home long before he was elected to represent his friends and neighbors in the State Legislature. Philadelphia was then the National and State capital. Roger Kirk attended the assembly at this place, as one of the members from the county of Chester. By his urbanity and integrity, he gained the confidence of his political associates, was re-elected for several consecutive sessions, and became an influential representative.
During his term of service he secured the passage of an act of Assembly to lay out and grade a State Road, now known as the Christiana, of "Christeen Road", a public highway, sixty feet wide, leading from the Upper Peach Bottom Ferry, a point on the eastern bank of the river Susquehanna, to the Maryland line, in the direction of the "navigable waters of Christiana creek" in the State of Delaware.
This act empowered the Governor of the Commonwealth to enter into a contract with a company, or an individual, to make this road for the sum of five hundred dollars. The contract was taken by Roger Kirk, the member from the district through which it mainly passed, for the faithful performance of which he gave the required bonds.
Reference: A Genealogy of the Kirk Family, a book by Chas. H. Stubbs, M.D., Wylie & Griest, Lancaster PA, 1872
NOTE: This file is a transcription of the book into electronic format.
At present [2000 Oct 10] the transcription is incomplete, having reached page 94 out of 252.
I plan to complete the transcription, but it's a free time project and I have very little, so it will probably take some months.
Events in his life were:
• Alt Birth, June 5, 1751. 1
Roger married Rachel HUGHES, daughter of Elisha HUGHES and MARY, about 1774 in East Nottingham, Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States.1 (Rachel HUGHES was born on February 20, 1754 in Nottingham, Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States and died in April 1825 in North East Creek, Pennsylvania.)
Events in their marriage were:
• Alt Marriage: East Nottingham Meeting.