571. John Kirkpatrick was born on 21 September 1829 in Jackson Co., Tennessee.213,214,215 He died on 1 May 1909 at the age of 79.216 He was buried in Maynard Cemetery, Diehlstadt, Scott Co., Missouri.216 In the book, The History of Scott County, Missouri Up to the Year 1880, by Edison Shrum, page 265 states that John Kirkpatrick founded Diehlstadt, Missouri. He and his brothers Samuel and James A. eventually came to own large tracts of land around Diehlstadt. John's holdings alone totaled some 300 acres, all of which were under cultivation by 1880. John was postmaster from 11 May 1876 to 30 July 1890.
John Kirkpatrick, postmaster of Diehlstadt, was born in Jackson County, Tennessee, on Septembeer 21, 1829, and is a son of Francis and Elizabeth (Proctor) Kirkpatrick, also natives of Jackson County, Tenn. The great-great-grandparents came from Ireland. The paternal grandfather , samuel Kirkpatrick, was born in South Carolina, from which State he immigrated to Tennessee. He died in Wayne County, MO, while on a visit to his son James, having come to Scott County several years after his son came. His wife died in Scott County. Francis Kirkpatrick came to Missouri in 1837, bringing his family, household goods and stock down the river to Cairo on a flat-boat. He first settled in Wayne County, but after a short time removed to Scott County, where he entered 200 acres of heavily timbered land. After several years of hard labor and privations, he had a good part of his land under cultivation. He died on his farm in 1874. His first wife died in Wayne County, having borne seven children, four of whom, Jane, Delphi, John and Samuel, are still living. He had two children by his second marrigage, one of whom, James A., is living. Coming to Missouri with his parents, when he was about eight years old, John Kirkpatrick remained with them until he was married, and located where he now lives. Besides his farm of 300 acres, all under cultivation, he owns considerable property in Diehlstadt. In 1854, he was united in marriage with Nancy J. Absher, by whom he had seven children, five of whom are dead. Those living are John W. and Charles E. Mr. and Mrs. Kirkpatrick are members of the Missionary Baptist Church. Mr. Kirkpatrick is one of Scott County's old and most promienent citizens. He has served as postmaster at Diehlstadt since 1873.
On the 1860 U. S. Census of Tywappity, Scott Co., Missouri, John Kirkpatrick appears with his wife Nancy J. and son Jerry W. age 5/12. Also in the household is Jerry Bangher age 24, born in Illinois and Benjamin Watkins age 13, born in Missouri.
On the 1870 U. S. Census of Tywappity, Scott Co., Missouri, John appears with his wife Nancy J. and sons Lindsay and John W. John is a farmer.
On the 1880 U. S. Census of Tywappity, Scott Co., Missouri John Kirkpatrick appears with his wife Nancy J., children William G. and Charles. John's occupation in merchant. William G.'s occupation is clerking.
On the 1900 U. S. Census of Tywappity, Scott Co., Missouri, John appears alone as a widower, age 70, occupation is farmer.
John Kirkpatrick and Nancy Jane Abshear were married on 22 September 1853 in Scott Co., Missouri.75 Nancy Jane Abshear was born on 15 June 1835 in Indiana.214,216 She died on 18 January 1897 at the age of 61.216 She was buried in Maynard Cemetery, Diehlstadt, Scott Co., Missouri.216
John Kirkpatrick and Nancy Jane Abshear had the following children: