From the 1885 History of Steuben County, Indiana pages 750 -751
John Kirlin was born in Fairfield County, Ohio, in 1816. His father,
John Kirlin, was a native of Virginia. His mother was a native of Pennsylvania,
but was married in Virginia and in 1806 moved with her husband to Fairfield
County, Ohio. John Kirlin, Jr., was reared on a farm when seventeen
years of age began to work at the gunsmith trade, serving an apprenticeship
of four years. May 25, 1855, he came to Steuben County, Indiana, and
lived seven years on the farm of Edward Hammond. In January, 1863, he
bought the farm where he has since lived. It contains 110 acres of
choice land, 80 acres on the east half of section 16, 20 acres on the west
half of the same section, and 10 acres on section 15. His residence
is on section 16. His improvements are all good and his land is under
a high state of cultivation. Mr. Kirlin has been twice married.
His first wife was Rebecca Teal, who died in Ohio, leaving one son -- Arthur,
the adopted son of Edward Hammond. He afterward married Catherine Suitterlin,
a native of Crawford County, Ohio, born in 1840, a daughter of Frederick Suitterlin,
who settled in Salem Twp. in 1851, and now lives in Kendallville. Mr.
and Mrs. Kirlin have seven children -- George, born in 1862; Delmar, in 1863;
Mary, in 1865; Edmund S., in 1869; Fletcher, in 1871; Aurette, in 1873; and
Frederick, in 1878. Mrs. Kirlin had two brothers who served in the
War of the Rebellion, and died while in the service -- Frederick and Abraham.
Frederick was a member of the 21st Indiana Infantry, and died in the hospital
at New Orleans from the effects of a wound received at the Battle of Baton
Submitted By: Mindee Gleason