225. James Harrison Kirkpatrick was born on 15 May 1798 in Georgia.90 He was buried in July 1876 in Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster, Grant Co., Wisconsin.29 He died on 8 July 1876 at the age of 78 in Platteville, Grant Co., Wisconsin.60 James Harrison Kirkpatrick was born in Jackson Co., GA on 15 May 1798. He came West with his family to Illinois in 1802 and lived a good part of his life in that territory. He married in Bond Co., Illinois on 30 Sep 1820 to Nancy Hufner. James H. served with his father in the War of 1812. He is listed (age 16 or 17) with Captain James B. Moor's Company of Mounted Illinois militia in 1815. His father served in the same company for the same span of time.
James H. Kirkpatrick, who usually went by the name of Harrison, moved north in Illinois to the Galena area and stayed in this general geographic region until his death. He is found on a list of names in a poll book dated at Fever River, an early name for the Galena area, 7 August 1826. The document is in the Peoria County Archives, Peoria, Illinois, but the mining area it deals with was the Fever River precinct which included Galena. In 1826 Peoria County included everything North to the State Line. He is found in the 1830 census of Iowa County, Michigan Territory (later to be Wisconsin Territory).
It is probable that Harrison was married twice. Nancy was the mother of the three oldest children, but she had probably died by 1830, since no wife appears in the 1830 census. The 1840 census shows a wife aged between 20 and 30, who was too young to have been the older children's mother, but who was probably the mother of the five younger children. By the time of the 1850 census, this second wife had also probably died. At least she does not appear in the record. We do not know the name of this second wife.
In 1836, in the first census of the original counties of "Dubuque and Demoine" in Wisconsin Territory (later Iowa Territory), we find James H. Kirkpatrick with a family of eight. Again in 1840 in an Iowa census this time, he is found in Dubuque County (Second District). This is an area across the Mississippi River from the Galena/Iowa County Region.
In 1847 he is listed as living "at the head of the Platte" in Grant Co., Wisconsin. This census gives a family of eight. In the 1850 U.S. Census for what is termed the Eastern District of Grant County, Wisconsin, James is again listed but with no wife and children numbering six -- some born in Wisconsin, some born in Iowa, and some in Illinois. Among those not listed are two children attributed to him by the writings of others. They are Samuel D. and Thomas Kirkpatrick. Samuel D. Kirkpatrick lived most of his life in Illinois, first in Alton and then, after 1868 in Montgomery Co., Illinois. Thomas went to California in 1850 and eventually moved, first to Washington State, and then in 1859 to British Columbia, Canada.
On 19 Jun 1875, in Platteville, Grant Co., WI, Harrison Kirkpatrick made his will. After payment of his expenses and debts he bequeathed any surplus of his estate to Mary L. Williams, wife of Lewis Williams, of Clifton, WI, and to Eliza C. Kirkpatrick of Platteville, WI, his daughters. He named John Fletcher Kirkpatrick, a cousin, as administrator. One of the witnesses to the will was Rebecca Loofbourow, who was the remarried widow of James Harrison Kirkpatrick's brother, Richard H. Kirkpatrick. Richard had been an early settler and miner in this same territory.
James Harrison Kirkpatrick died 8 July 1876 in Platteville, Grant Co., WI and is buried in Hillside Cemetery, in that city. His marker given his age as 78 years, 1 month and 23 days.
PLATTEVILLE WITNESS-(date unknown)
Kirkpatrick - Died in Platteville, Wis., July 8, 1876, James H. Kirkpatrick
He was born in Georgia, moved to the Northwest when quite young, was married early in life and raised a family - several of whom preceded him to the better land. He has been a widower over 30 years. Converted when about 13 years old, he has been a constant member of the Methodist Episcopal church for more than 65 years. He was at the first camp meeting held in Wisconsin, and was a member of the first class formed north of Platteville. He filled, with acceptibility, several important offices in the church, such as Sunday School superintendent, class leader, and steward. A little reserved in deportment, though clear in Christian experience, but never ostentatious. A few days ago he said, my feet are near the waters of Jordan, but all is bright and clear on the other side, the enemy has sorely tempted me, but I have the victory.
James Sims, Belmont, July 11, 1876
James Harrison Kirkpatrick and Nancy Hufner were married on 30 September 1820 in Bond Co., Illinois.91 Nancy Hufner was born about 1800. She died about 1830 at the age of 30.
James Harrison Kirkpatrick and Nancy Hufner had the following children:
James Harrison Kirkpatrick and 2nd Wife UnknownJHK had the following children: