Portrait and Biographical Album of Wapello Co., Iowa
Chapman Bros., 1887 (pg. 434 )
[John Kirkpatrick] A farmer and stockgrower, living in the village of Kirkville [IA], this county, was born in Guernsey County, Ohio, Aug. 25, 1808, and is the son of Thomas B. and Mary (Henthorn) Kirkpatrick, the former a native of Ireland and the later of Pennsylvania. The father was by occupation a farmer and a man of more than ordinary ability, and was for seven years one of the Associate Justices of Guernsey County, Ohio. He was born May 1, 1775, and died in Ohio Aug. 14, 1851. The mother of John was born Feb. 14, 1783, and died in Kirkville, Iowa, Aug. 16, 1872.
The subject of this sketch was reared on a farm in his native state, and in 1830, was united in marriage with Mary A. Kygar, who was born Feb. 5, 1812, and is a daughter of Daniel and Ann (Henthorn) Kygar, the former of whom died April 27, 1849, and the later June 9, 1859. To our subject and wife were born the following children:
- Mary A., deceased;
- Hannah J.; Eliza, deceased;
- Henry married Agnes Lamme, and lives in Richland Township;
- Daniel was killed at Mark's Mill, Ark.;
- Thomas married Martha Hirst;
- J.M. married Lizzie Zents.
The life of Mr. Kirkpatrick has been an active one. Coming to this county in 1844, he has been a witness of all the improvements that have been made, and few men have been more actively engaged and are better known than John Kirkpatrick. No man in Wapello County enjoys the respect and esteem of his fellow-citizens more that he. Financially he has been quite successful, and in his old age can enjoy life without any of its worry. He is a Master Mason, a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and politically is a Republican.