Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Richard & Sarah Jean (Small) Kirby Family

The Richard & Sarah Jean (Small) Kirby Family


          1747 - 1811                                                                 1747 - 1826
        Richard Kirby                                                          Sarah Jean Small



Connection to Blog Chart: Richard & Sarah Jean (Small) Kirby are the grandparents of Thomas Hawkins Kirby, who is the father of Mary Ann Kirby, first wife of William McCall Blair.


Richard Kirby was born in 1747 in Southhampton county, Virginia.  He married Sarah Jean Small.  She was born in 1747 in Scotland and died on April 5, 1826 in Rockford, Blount county, Tennessee.  Richard served in the Continental Line during the Revolutionary War.  Richard died on April 30, 1811 in the town of Rockford, Blount county, Tennessee.  He is buried in the Kirby Family Cemetery in Blount county, Tennessee.


Richard Kirby tombstone.
Kirby Family Cemetery, Blount county, Tennessee

(Image by: Elsie Gilmore on 10-23-2012,
"Find A Grave" website).

The images below are of the Kirby Family Cemetery in Blount county, Tennessee.  Elsie Gilmore states, "As of 2012, the cemetery was overgrown with trees, brush, and briars.  The cemetery is located just below a large water treatment plant.  The GPS coordinates are correct, but it's difficult to find because it is not visible from the road".  The cemetery was located near the old Kirby homeplace in Blount county, Tennessee.

Kirby Family Cemetery, Blount county, Tennessee
(Image by: Jimmy Lewis on 6-20-2010, "Find A Grave" website)














Kirby Family Cemetery, Blount county, Tennessee
(Image by: Elsie Gilmore on 10-23-2012, "Find A Grave" website).

















Richard and Sarah Jean had the following children:

The Children of Richard & Sarah Jean (Small) Kirby:

I.  Joseph L. Kirby: He was born in 1767 and died in 1830.  He married Elizabeth Freeman, who was born in 1774.

Information on Elizabeth (Freeman) Kirby Family:

Elizabeth's parents are Joshua Freeman (1754 - 1832) and Lucy (King) Freeman (1748 - ___).  
Following the father's line:
Joshua Freeman (1754 - 1832).  His parents were:
Samuel Freeman (1725 - 1796) & Elizabeth (Alexander) Freeman (1720 - 1798).  His parents were:
William Freeman (1683 - 1736) & Mary (Cording) Freeman (1685 - 1736).  His parents were:
John Freeman (1651 - 1721) & Sarah (Merrick) Freeman (1654 - 1696).  
     Note: John Freeman is a great grandson to Mayflower passenger, William Brewster (Source: Records of the Mayflower Society, Plymouth, MA.).  

John Freeman tombstone.
Old Burying Ground. Brewster, Barnstable county, Massachusetts.
"Here lyes ye body of Mr John freeman DECd July 27 1721 in ye 70th year of his age"

(Image by: Bill Parker on 7-13-2010, "Find A Grave" website).

Old Burying Ground, Brewster, Barnstable county, Massachusetts.
(Image by: Kevin Murphy on 8-7-2006, "Find A Grave" website).

John Freeman's (1651 - 1721) parents are:
Major John Freeman (1627 - 1719) & Mercy ( or Marcy) Prence (1631 - 1711).


Major John Freeman Tombstone
Cove Burying Ground, Eastam, Barnstable county, Massachusetts

(Image by: Jennifer W. Hanson on 7-2-2011, "Find A Grave" website).
Note: An anoymous source listed the following comment on the "Find A Grave" website on 9-23-2006 under a photo of John Freeman's tombstone: "Although this says he was 98, he was probably the John Freeman born on January 28, 1625/ 26 in Billingshurst, Essex, England.  This John was the son of Edmund and Bennett (Hodsoll) Freeman and the husband of Mercy Prence, daughter of Gov. Thomas Prence".

Mercy (or Marcy) (Prence) Freeman (1631 - 1711): Mercy is a granddaughter to Mayflower passenger, William Brewster.  She was born in Plymouth, Massachusetts about 1631.  (Source: Records of the Mayflower Society, Plymouth, Massachusetts).



Marcy (Prence) Freeman Tombstone.
Cove Burying Ground, Eastham, Barnstable county, Massachusetts.

(Image by: Leigh Miller on 4-14-2010, "Find A Grave" website).

Cove Burying Ground, Eastham, Barnstable county, Massachusetts.
Major John Freeman (front left) & Marcy (Prence) Freeman ("Mary") (front right). Headstones & footstones.

(Image by: Caryn on 3-3-2013, "Find A Grave" website).



Marcy (Prence) Freeman's parents were Thomas Prence (1600 - 1673) & Patience (Brewster) Prence (1590 - 1634).  
Notes regarding her parents:

Colonial Royal Governor, Thomas Prence (1600 - 1673): He was born in 1600 and died on March 29, 1673  in Plymouth, Plymouth county, Massachusetts.   He was the son of Thomas Prence, carriage-maker, of Lechdale, Co. Gloucesterschire, England.  He came to America on the ship "Fortune" in 1621, and he served as the fourth Governor of Plymouth Colony from 1634 to 1635, then from 1638 to 1639, and again from 1657 until his death in 1673.  He was married four times, and had children by each of his first two wives, and probably by his third wife.  He married, first, on August 5, 1624, at Plymouth, Patience Brewster.  He married, second, on April 1, 1635 at Plymouth, Mary Collier.  He married, third, by 1644, Mrs. Apphia (Quicke) Freeman.  According to recent analysis in the Great Migration Begins series, she is perhaps the mother of Thomas' last three children.  He married, fourth, by August 1668, Mrs. Mary (Burr) Howes.


Burial Hill.  Plymouth, Plymouth county, Massachusetts.
The main entrance next to First Church at the end of Leyden Street in
Plymouth, Massachusetts (MA Historic District).
(Image by: Bruce on 8-13-2004, "Find A Grave" website).


Patience (Brewster) Prence (1590 - 1634): She was born in 1590 in Scrooby, Nottinghamshire, England and died in 1634 in Plymouth, Plymouth county, Massachusetts.  She is buried at Cole's Hill Burial Ground in Plymouth, Plymouth county, Massachusetts.  Her father was a passenger on the Mayflower.  She came to America on the Anne.  She was the daughter of William Brewster (1566 - 1644) and Mary Wentworth (1570 - 1627)  (Note: Read information under "Mary Brewster" for theories as to her identification).  She married Thomas Prence.  


Historical marker at Provincetown commemorating the first landing of the Pilgrims.
(Image by: Mary Harrell-Sesniak on 3-17-2009, "Find A Grave" website).


Cole's Hill.  Patience Prence's name does not appear on the monument.
(Image by: Vickie L. Davis on 5-29-2008, "Find A Grave" website).


Notes about Patience (Brewster) Prence's parents:

Her father: William Brewster: He was born in 1566 in Scrooby, Nottinghamshire, England.  He died on April 10, 1644 in Plymouth, Plymouth county, Massachusetts.  Pilgrim colonist, leader and preacher, Elder William Brewster reached what became the Plymouth Colony in the Mayflower in 1620.  He was accompanied by his wife, Mary Brewster, and his sons, Love Brewster and Wrestling Brewster.  The town of Brewster, Barnstable, MA was incorporated February 19, 1803 and was named for Elder William Brewster.  A large part of the inhabitants being his descendants.
William Brewster attended Peterhouse College, Cambridge 1580 - 1583; was postmaster and baliff-receiver at Scrooby, England 1590 - 1607.  Organized Scrooby congregation 1606 - 1609; removed his family to Amsterdam and later to Leyden, Holland where he tutored  1609 - 1616 and was ruling Elder  1616 - 1619.  He was in flight  and hiding in England in 1619 - 1620 while arranging passage for the Sainets to New England.  William, his wife and two youngest sons arrived Plymouth via the Mayflower in 1620.  At Plymouth, William was Ruling Elder until 1643.  He was also purchaser 1626; Undertaker 1627 - 1641.  He is buried on Burial Hill in Plymouth, Plymouth county, Massachusetts.


Elder William Brewster
(Source of Image: "Find A Grave" website).


A painting of William Brewster signing the Mayflower Compact.
(Image added to "Find A Grave" wesite by Kennedy on 11-18-2006).



A picture of William Brewster on display in the National Capitol building.
(Image added to "Find A Grave" website by Kennedy on 11-18-2006).



William Brewster Tombstone
Burial Hill, Plymouth, Plymouth county Massachusetts

(Image by: Caryn on 3-20-2013, "Find A Grave" website).



William Brewster's wife, Mary (                ) Brewster:
She was born in 1570.  She died on April 17, 1627 in Plymouth, Plymouth county, Massachusetts.  William Brewster married Mary by 1593 and she and two of their sons accompanied him on the Mayflower.  They had six children: Jonathan, Patience, Prence, Fear Allerton, Love, a child buried at St. Pancras in Leiden, and Wrestling.

The quest for the identity of Mary, the wife of William Brewster, has attracted the attention of many genealogists, but as yet without a definitive result.  For some time she had been thought to be Mary Wentworth, daughter of Thomas Wentworth of Scrooby, and in 1965 John G. Hunt presented his case in favor of this identity, but this claim was rejected by Rubincam and others, and Hunt himself has now given up this position.  He has, however, published a pamphlet claiming that she was a certain Mary Wyrrall, based on the appearance in a will of a bequest to "Mary Butho", which Hunt took to be a variant of Brewster resulting from a speech defect in the person dictating the will (John G. Hunt) of Mary Brewster: The identity of Mary, Wife of Elder William Brewster of the Mayflower Voyage of 1620 from Plymouth, England, to New Plymouth, New England.  Eugene A. Stratton reviewed this volume negatively in 1985, to which Hunt responded with a supplement to his pamphlet.  The maiden surname of Mary, wife of Elder Brewster, remains unknown.  (Hunt has published other articles on various aspects of William Brewster's life which, as with all of Hunt's work, need to be used with caution: "Master Williamson' of the Mayflower; " "The Mother of Elder William Brewster of the Mayflower;" "Mary Stubbe - A Connection of Elder William Brewster?").
A number of other children have been proposed for William Brewster.  Jacobus in 11936 disposed of the claimed connections between William Brewster of Plymouth and Francis Brewster of New Haven and his son Nathaniel.  Mary Walton Ferris proposes a son Edward.     



Major John Freeman (1627 - 1719).  His parents are:
Edmond Freeman (1590 - 1682) & Bennett (Hodsoll) Freeman (1600 - 1630).




Now, back to information about Joseph L. Kirby:
Joseph L. Kirby is buried in the Backbone Ridge Kirby Family Cemetery in Jackson county, Alabama.  His inscription reads: "Son of Richard Kirby and Sarah Jean Small/ Kirby.  Married August 11, 1791 in Surrey county, North Carolina".


Marriage Certificate for Joseph Kearby & Eliza Freeman
Surry county, North Carolina
(Image by: Jimmy Lewis on 12-28-2009, "Find A Grave" website)

Joseph and Elizabeth (Freeman) Kirby had the following children:
     A.  Clinton Kirby: He was born on April 17, 1792 in North Carolina.  He married (1) Mariah Pauline Trice (1795 - 1852) and (2) Letitia Guffey (1808 - 1884).  Clinton died on April 17, 1876 in Scottsboro, Jackson county, Alabama.  He is buried in the Backbone Ridge Kirby Family Cemetery in Jackson county. 

Clinton Kirby tombstone
Backbone Ridge Kirby Family Cemetery, Jackson conty, Alabama
(Image added by: Mary Kirby on 3-8-2009,
 "Find A Grave" website.  Photo from Cindy Wagler).

Clinton Kirby had the following children (not sure which child goes with which wife):
          1.  Joseph Lidel Kirby: He was born in 1815 and died in 1858.  He is buried in the Backbone Ridge Kirby Family Cemetery in Jackson county, Alabama.
          2.  Mariah Pauline B. Kirby: (1819 - 1849).
     B.  Joshua Kirby: He was born in 1796.  He died in 1858 and is buried at the Backbone Ridge Kirby Family Cemetery in Jackson county, Alabama.
     C.  Nancy Caroline Kirby: (1801 - 1866).  She married Thomas Hawkins Kirby, her cousin (Note: See separate blog post on the Thomas Hawkins Kirby family).
     D.  Richard Lawrence Kirby: He was born on January 18, 1818 in the United States.  He married Eliza Brown Parks (1822 - 1884).  Richard Lawrence Kirby died on March 2, 1885 in Jackson county, Alabama.  He is buried in the Backbone Ridge Kirby Family Cemetery in Jackson county.

Eliza B. Kirby & Richard L. Kirby tombstones (center).
Backbone Ridge Kirby Family Cemetery, Jackson Co. Alabama.

(Image by: Mary Kirby on 9-21-2009. "Find A Grave" website).

















Eliza B. Parks (left); Richard L. Kirby (right)
Backbone Ridge Kirby Family Cemetery. Jackson Co. Alabama.

(Image by: Mary Kirby on 10-14-2008. "Find A Grave" website).






















Richard Lawrence Kirby had the following children:
          1.  Joseph Porter Kirby: (1849 - 1851).
          2.  Foster Kirby: (1867 - 1923).
          3.  Joshua Kirby: (1871 - 1948).
(Note: Mary Kirby attached the following notation to Richard Lawrence Kirby's tombstone photo on the "Find A Grave" website: "Consort of Arabella (Boyd) Kirby with whom he fathered: Joseph, William, Foster, Joshua and Ellor Kirby".  Are these the same as some of the children listed above or are those children's mother Eliza Brown (Parks) Kirby?).

II.  John Kirby: He was born in 1769 in Virginia.  He married Jane Adair (Addair) (1770 - 1835).  John Kirby died on July 1, 1831 in Jackson county, Alabama.  He is buried at Backbone Ridge Kirby Family Cemetery in Jackson county.  John and Jane had the following children:
     A.  Thomas Hawkins Kirby: (1797 - 1883).
     B.   Richard Lawrence Kirby: (1805 - 1896).
(Note: John Kirby is the father of Thomas Hawkins Kirby.  Refer to the other blog posts regarding both of these men's families).

III.  James Kirby: He was born in 1786.  He married Lydia Ayers.  She was born on October 7, 1789 and died on September 16, 1838 in Rockford, Blount county, Tennessee.  She is buried by her husband.  James died on November 15, 1835 in Rockford, Blount county, Tennessee and is buried in the Kirby Family Cemetery in Blount county.

James Kirby tombstone.
Kirby Family Cemetery, Blount county, Tennessee.

(Image by: Elsie Gilmore on 10-25-2012, "Find A Grave" website).





















Lydia (Ayers) Kirby Tombstone.
Kirby Family Cemetery, Blount County, Tennessee.

(Image by: Elsie Gilmore on 10-23-2012, "Find A Grave" Website).





















James Kirby and Lydia (Ayers) Kirby had the following children:
     A.  Richard Kirby: He was born on October 29, 1813.  He married Narcissa Moody Wright.  She was born on September 26, 1816 and died on September 28, 1859 in Blount county, Tennessee.  She is buried with her husband.  Richard died on July 24, 1876 in Rockford, Blount county, Tennessee.  He is buried in the Kirby Family Cemetery in Blount county.

Richard Kirby Tombstone
Kirby Family Cemetery, Blount county, Tennessee.

(Image by: Elsie Gilmore on 10-23-2012, "Find A Grave" website)
Tombstone is broken and badly weathered, but dates are visible.

Center section of Richard Kirby tombstone.  The death date appears to be July 4, 1876 (rather than July 24th).
(Image by: Elsie Gilmore on 10-23-2012, "Find A Grave" website).

Narcissa Moody (Wright) Kirby Tombstone.
Kirby Family Cemetery, Blount County, Tennessee.

(Image by: Elsie Gilmore on 10-23-2012, "Find A Grave" website).


     B.  William Kirby: He was born on July 13, 1827 and died on October 1, 1838 in Rockford, Blount county, Tennessee.  He is buried in the Kirby Family Cemetery in Blount county.

William Kirby tombstone.
Kirby Family Cemetery, Blount county, Tennessee.

(Image by: Elsie Gilmore on 10-23-2012, "Find A Grave" website).



Sources:
1.  "Find A Grave" website.

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