458. James Edmund Singleton Kirkpatrick was born on 14 August 1833 in Franklin Co., Illinois.5,118 He died on 14 April 1906 at the age of 72 in Texas.118 He died on 14 April 1906 at the age of 72 in Downey, Los Angeles, California, USA.5 James, the second child of Edmund Singleton and Anna Barnett (Woodrome) Kirkpatrick, was born 14 August 1833 in Illinois and died 10 or 14 April 1906, probably in Texas. Day Jewell, a descendant, gives this man's birthplace as Arkansas and says the date was April 1 of 1833 or 1834.*
Initially James undertook the study of medicine but after a prank he was tossed out of medical school. He was called "Ed" and led a somewhat roving life. He supposedly married a Louisiana woman named Lucretia ____, who was of French ancestry. He is said to have had four children by this wife, two of whom died of Yellow Fever and two of whom survived. The mother apparently died of the fever also. The yellow fever episode, according to the story, occurred during the Civil War when Kirkpatrick was serving with the 17th Louisiana Infantry. The two surviving children were sent to the wife's kinfolk in France and were last heard from by their half-sister Anna, in 1885.
In the book Louisiana Records of Confederate Soldiers and Commands (Andrew Booth, Commissioner, Military Records, New Orleans, 1920) it is stated that Kirkpatrick served as a private in companies C and D, 17th Louisiana Infantry. He enlisted 30 September 1861, Camp Moore, Louisiana, and was present on all the rolls to June 1862. He was absent on rolls for July and August, 1862, temporarily transferred to the Confederate States gun boat ARK, 23 July 1862, but was absent without leave after destruction of the gunboat. Neither he nor a widow applied for a Louisiana Civil War pension.
After the Civil War Kirkpatrick moved to Texas and married a second time, this time to Jane Elizabeth Bradbury, who was born in Texas, probably Williamson County, 26 Jul 1848. She was the daughter of James Bradbury of South Carolina and Elizabeth (Berry) Bradbury, daughter of John and Gracie (Treat) Berry. (John Berry was born in Kentucky, 1797).
According to Day Jewell's notes, the Bradbury and Berry families were early settlers in Texas and took part in the war for Texas independence. He says that both James Bradbury and John Berry held grants of "League and Labor" given them by Mexico and confirmed by the Republic of Texas.
James Edmund Singleton Kirkpatrick married in 1867 in Gillespie County, Texas. He shows up in the Gillespie County census of 1870 with his wife Jane E. and son Theodore.
* One record, prepared by Orpha Bradberry Nally, states that he was born 1 April 1838 in Lawrence County, Arkansas, but this is not possible unless the birthdate of his brother, William Tinsley, is also incorrect as given.
James Edmund Singleton Kirkpatrick and Jane Elizabeth Bradbury were married in 1867 in Gillespie Co., Texas.5 Jane Elizabeth Bradbury, daughter of James Bradbury and Elizabeth Berry, was born on 26 July 1848 in Williamson Co., Texas.5 She lived in Milam and Williamson, Williamson, Texas in 1850.5 She died in 1876 at the age of 28 in Mason Co., Texas.5
James Edmund Singleton Kirkpatrick and Jane Elizabeth Bradbury had the following children:
James Edmund Singleton Kirkpatrick and Lucrita Smith were married on 25 January 1857 in Batesville, Lawrence Co., Arkansas.5 Lucrita Smith was born in 1839 in Cedar Grove, Arkansas.5 She died in 1867 at the age of 28.5,118
James Edmund Singleton Kirkpatrick and Lucrita Smith had the following children: