SATURDAY, APRIL 2, 1910
Reminiscences of an
A REMARKABLE FAMILY
While down in this locality we
must not forget to mention the fam-
ily of Samuel Kirkpatrick, Sr. Mr.
Kirkpatrick was a highly respect-
able citizen. He was born in Flem-
ingsburg, Fleming county. Ky., May
24, 1798. He, with his brother James
came to Evansville, Ind., Feb. 1820,
on a flat boat. He then came up
near to where the New Mt. Moriah
Church now stands. There are still
some old brick scattered around
where the old log house stood. On
January 18, 1821, he was married to
Elizabeth Thurman, daughter of
Henry and Sarah Thurman. She was
a sister to old Aunt Lucy Gudgel.
Mr. Kirkpatrick then moved to
what is known as the old Joe Scott
place, now owned by Chas. Mason.
He then moved to a farm in Van-
derburg county, afterwards moved
to Stringtown and owned a tan-yard
for some time. He served an ap-
prenticeship of seven years in a tan-
yard. After this he moved back to
the farm until the civil war broke
out. Then he sold the farm and
moved to Owensville and died May
21, 1885, at the age of 87 years. Mr.
Kirkpatrick was thrown from a
horse at the age of 13 and his kneecap
dislocated, which left him a badly
crippled man for life. The older
people will remember him as sitting
in warm weather in front of Sam
Hudelson's store in the latter years
of his life.
There was quite a family of these
Thurmans. Besides Mrs Kirkpat-
rick and Mrs. Gudgel there was
Nancy, who, married Peter La-
Grange, and Mary, wife of John
Leverton; Sarah, wife of Ahura
Jones; Caroline, wife of William
Buffin; John went to Arkansas and
Edward went to Illinois.
There were fifteen children in the
Samuel Kirkpatrick family; 14 of
them lived to be grown and 13 of
them to be married. There were 72
grandchildren, 69 great-grand-chil-
dren, and 21 great-great-grand-chil-
dren. The names of the children
were as follows: John was born in
1822 and was a very popular Cum-
berland Presbyterian minister. He
made a profession in Sept. 1837, at
the age of 15 years. Taken under
the care of the Presbytery in 1839,
and licensed in 1841, ordained in
1843. He died June 14, 1854, on
what is now known as the Dave
Marvel farm, and is buried in the
old cemetery back of the old Regu-
lar Baptist church in Owensville. I
am of the opinion that the C. P.
church never had a more popular
minister in the bounds of Owens-
ville than John Kirkpatrick. He
was fine looking, stood erect, was
talented and quite an orator. He
had excellent social qualities and
was beloved by all Christian people.
The writer remembers him as if it
was only yesterday. Alas, he died
in the very prime of his useful life.
He married Kittie, daughter of
Judge Richards, already referred to.
She lived at that time on the Hes-
ter Lockhart farm. She was a sis-
ter to Aunt Julia Ann Montgomery.
Their two oldest boys, John Frank-
lin and Wm. David, died in the
Federal Army. Their daughter
married Rice Anderson in Southern
Illinois. Their youngest son, Ben-
jamin Hall, was named for a very
able C. P. minister, who used to
preach all over this part of the coun-
try. Hall Kirkpatrick made a very
able General Baptist preacher and
has spent the most of his life in the
west. John Kirkpatrick left a very
valuable manuscript of his life and
labors, but it was never published.
He was quite a good writer and was
engaged in the preparation of an
able article for the press when death
called him up higher. Lucinda
Kirkpatrick married Lewis Short.
He was the father of the late John
Short of Owensville, Ind. He was
a soldier in the 42nd Ind. Regt.,
was captured and held in Libby
prison for quite a while. He never
fully recovered from the exposures
of his army life.
Alfred Kirkpatrick married Han-
nah Smith. I think most of his life
was spent in or near Evansville; at
least he had a son, William Henry,
who served 35 years as superintend-
ent of public schools in Evansville.
Alfred Kirkpatrick was a soldier
in the 1st Ind. Cavalry, Smith Gar-
rett’s old regiment.
Margaret, Alfred’s sister, married
James Ruston and they moved to
Illinois. He was a soldier in an
Alexander married Lydia Martin
and he was a soldier in the 25th
Ind. Regt. I believe he lived in Ev-
ansville for a good while and then
moved up to Ft. Branch.
Samuel H. Kirkpatrick married
Ann Kennett and lived for many
years in Owensville. He was a
Wm. D. Kirkpatrick first married
Martha Richards, a sister to the
wife of his brother John. She only
lived about one year. His second
wife was Margaret Massey, late of
Owensville. Their children were
John, Fanny, Eddie, Hattie and
Abram. Wm. was a soldier in
the 17th Ind. Regt. and was a sec-
ond lieutenant when the war closed.
Benjamin Franklin Kirkpatrick
died at Evansville Ind., at the age
of 26 years. He was a reporter for
several papers and was a natural
born orator. He could enthuse and
captivate an audience at will.
Madison B. Kirkpatrick married
first a Forscyth, and she was the
mother of Mrs. Fielding Keneipp
and Mrs. Ellis Daugherty. His sec-
ond wife was Ella Humphrey and
she was the mother of John, now in
the Regular Army, and of Owen
and Hester. Madison was in the
126th Ind. Regt. And died several
months since in the soldier’s home.
Sarah married Edward Yates who
was a soldier in the 9th Ind. Regt.
He was the father of Rev. Alonzo
Yates, Willard and others. Mrs.
Yates, I believe, now lives in Ft.
Martha Jr. married Samuel Hud-
elson, already referred to several
times. He was not in the army, but
he made all arrangements to enlist
in Capt. Gorman’s company in the
17th Ind. Regt., but when he ap-
proached Mr. Gorman he said,
“Sam, you are the third man I have
turned away. My company is made
up.” Their children are Arthur,
who died several years since, and
who was a reporter for several large
daily papers in the northwest, Rus-
sel, now of Chicago, and George of
Julia A. married John B. Massey,
who was a soldier in the 17th Ind.
Regt. He was struck with a club
one night on his way home in
Princeton by some unknown person,
from the effects of which he died.
Robt. B. was a soldier in the 25th
Ind. Regt. He has been dead sev-
George M. married Carrie Newett.
He was a soldier in the 42nd Ind.
Regt. He looks entirely too young
to have been in the army, yet he
served in the old 42nd Ind. Regt.
He now lives in Chicago, and makes
his regular annual visits to Owens-
ville to see his relatives. He is a
fine specimen of strength and agility
whole family in their younger days
were full of life and activity. Ed-
ward died when a baby. You will
observe that six of the boys and
four of the sons-in-law of Samuel
Kirkpatrick, Sr. were in the Federal
Army, and three of his grand-chil-
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