687. Samuel D. Kirkpatrick was born on 5 February 1822 in Bond Co., Illinois. He died in April 1906 at the age of 84 in Litchfield, Montgomery Co., Illinois. He was buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Litchfield, Montgomery Co., Illinois.
By 1867, we find him in Litchfield, Illinois, where he helped to found a Masonic lodge. According to a history of Montgomery County, Illinois, he was a lumber merchant. He apparently continued to live in Litchfield for the rest of his life, for we find him there in the 1880 census *** and it is there that he died in 1906. However, the Montgomery County history, which was published in 1904, states that in 1879 he removed to Oregon, and has lived there since that time, living in 1904 in Portland.
S.D. Kirkpatrick authored a short family history titled "A Chronological Record of My Ancestry". There is no date on this piece. The account is vivid but much of it's content is in error. It must be used with care. The paper apparently descended through the family via S.D. Kirkpatrick's daughter Myrtle (Kirkpatrick) Hazard of Lake Charles, Louisiana. (Some copies of this paper bear comments by Day Jewell, another Kirkpatrick researcher, and some of his conclusions, unfortunately, are equally unsound.)
In his paper, S.D. Kirkpatrick writes: "Bond County has many memorable events for me. It was in that county that my parents were married, in that county, I was born, in that county that my grandfather [Thomas Newton Kirkpatrick] died, in that county that my great grandmother [Susannah Gillham Kirkpatrick Scott] died*; it was from that county that my grandfather went as a member of the convention that gave to Illinois her first constitution that started her on her career as a free state for a free people. Yes, some of them had slaves, but only Grandfather brought any to Illinois. He had two--a man and his wife. He gave them their freedom. They settled in the American Bottom** among the Gillhams and were living there when I came to Alton..."
S.D. died in April 1906, and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery in Litchfield, Illinois on 3 May 1906. His wife is given in the 1880 census as Mary J. Kirkpatrick. She was Mary Jane Elworthy or Elsworthy, daughter of William Elsworthy, whom he married 4 September 1851 in Madison County, Illinois. She was born in England and emigrated to this country with her family when she was five years old, settling with them in Alton, Illinois. She died in February 1915 in Litchfield and is buried there in Elmwood Cemetery beside S.D. The 1880 census record lists her age as 48 and her birthplace as England. This would make her birthdate around 1832. However her cemetery record lists her age as 79, which would make her birthdate about 1836. The Montgomery County history states that she was 69 years old in 1904, which would place her birth as 1834 or 1835. Which, if any of these dates is accurate, we cannot at this time say.
There were five children born of the marriage.
Samuel D. Kirkpatrick and Mary Jane Elsworthy were married on 4 September 1851 in Madison Co., Illinois.20 Mary Jane Elsworthy was born in June 1833 in England.255 She died in February 1915 at the age of 81 in Litchfield, Montgomery Co., Illinois. She was buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Litchfield, Montgomery Co., Illinois. Mary is on the 1900 U. S. Census of Lake Charles, Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana with her son-in-law Edgar Hazzard and daughter Myrtle Hazzard. She is age 66, married 49 years, the mother of 6, 3 which are currently living. She was born in England June 1833.
Samuel D. Kirkpatrick and Mary Jane Elsworthy had the following children: