Life of Nathan Patrick Kirkland
Nathan Patrick Kirkland was born in 1854, near Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee. He was the son of Joel & Betsy E. LaFever. He was the grand nephew to U.S. Admiral Kirkland. At the age of 14, he moved to Kentucky and on the death of his parents he was reared by the Hampton family.
On January 13, 1876, he married Louraine Dodd (born 1859 died 1927). She was the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Thomas M. Hunt Dodd, of Bowling Green, Kentucky.
In 1880, Mr. & Mrs. Kirkland moved to Collin County, Texas. Farming there and later farming in Grayson County, Texas as well. Then he bought a farm at Gribble Springs and settled there. After moving to Sanger, he invested in another farm east of Sanger, and moved there on occasions. Members of the family became ill, and a young son Herbert died. The family moved back to town and farming was no longer a way of life for Mr. Kirkland. The Kirkland's were a member of The First Baptist Church of Sanger.
Nathan P. Kirkland was in the Real Estate business and was known as a very active businessman. His first investment in the town of Sanger, after moving to town from his farm at Gribble Springs, was acreage he bought in East Sanger. He opened subdivision in blocks and sold lots to the newcomers to this town, being built on the Santa Fe. The Kirkland's lived in what was called the old White House, a big two-story house at the corner of 2nd and Willow Street.
The next home in Sanger was at the corner of 5th and Bolivar Streets. Mr. Kirkland bought the entire block facing the park. In 1913, the Kirkland's bought the home of Mr. & Mrs. Quince Wheeler at the corner of 5th and Church Streets. It was later known as the Melson house, where Marijohn Melson, singer and musician lived until they moved away from Sanger. In March 1926 they purchased a home from E. L. Berry at the corner of 5th and Elm.
One more thing...the information contained on this page was not meant to take the place of doing your own research by using primary records such as birth certificates, census records, wills, etc. You can find a list of my sources by clicking on the hyperlink for sources on the family tree pages. I have worked very hard to ensure that I have given proper credit to every source of data on these pages. Some of my information has come from other family members, however, and I don't know their sources. In other words, everything on this page may not be completely accurate and you would be wise to verify all names, dates, etc. for yourself
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