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Roger - Alphonsus - William - Ruth

compiled and copyright by MJP Grundy, 2006
Common Vetch, by Anne E. G. Nydam, copyright 1996, used by permission



Our Kirk line includes perhaps two generations in England and three in Pennsylvania. I am only interested in tracing the line down to RUTH KIRK who married BENJAMIN PRICE. One family tradition holds that the name derived from Kurch.[1]


English and Irish Ancestors

It is speculated that Alphonsus Kirk was born about 1602 or 1604 in Skelton parish, Yorkshire.[2] He is presumed to be the father of Roger, the first authenticated ancestor in this line.


Roger KirkA and his wife Elizabeth lived in Neshag, in the parish of Skelton, Yorkshire. He was a cooper by trade.[3] For an explanation of the superscript A following his name, see the explanation of the national Genealogical Society's Numbering System used on this web page.

The Kirks removed to Ireland with five children in 1658. The harsh military measures under Oliver CROMWELL had forced the native Catholic population off their land in the eastern and southern parts of the island, opening space for Protestant settlement. The Kirks settled in Tollygally, near Lurgan in County Armagh.

I don't yet know whether the family were already Friends or became convinced in Ireland. William EDMUNDSON (b. 1627) had been one of the first to become convinced when George Fox visited northern England in the late spring of 1652. Edmundson removed to Ireland and set up business in Dublin later that year. In 1654 he moved his family to Lurgan in County Armagh. There he established the first regular Friends meeting in Ireland. Later that year John TIFFLIN visited Lurgan. Convincements were particularly frequent among the Baptists and other independents in Cromwell's army that was occupying Ireland. In 1669 George FOX visited and settled men's and women's meetings for discipline, or business. In 1671 the men's yearly meeting records begin, and in 1678 the women's yearly meeting was established. By 1690 it is estimated there were between 5,000 and 9,000 Friends in Ireland.[4]

Quakers felt that they couldn't be faithful instruments of God's Spirit if they did not obey in all the details of daily life. Consequently they felt an absolute obligation in even the most seemingly small ethical issues.[5a] Jesus had said, "Swear not at all . . . let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil." [Matt. 5:34, 37, KJV] Friends eschewed what seemed like a double standard of Truth: only being honest if they swore. Therefore they refused to take an oath, trying instead to be scrupulously truthful in every word they uttered. Without legal oaths they were cut off from much of the legal and political life of the time. Roger was fined in 1675 with others because, as Friends, they would not swear when empanelled as jurors.[5] Friends felt it was wrong to be compelled to give financial support to the established church that they found devoid of Spiritual Truth. In 1680 two Kirk brothers, Roger and Timothy had goods seized for non-payment of tithes.[6] These may have been the sons of Roger.

Roger died 24 March 1698.[7]

Children of Roger and Elizabeth (__) Kirk:[8]

  1. Christian Kirk, a daughter b. 21 Dec. 1645;

  2. Deborah Kirk, b. 27 May 1650; m. 8 Sept. 1682 Francis HILLARY of Co. Down;

  3. Timothy Kirk, b. 27 May 1652; m. 17 May 1676 Catherine or Kathern ROBSON of Sego parish at the house of Marke WRIGHT; 9 children.[9]
    a) Deborah, b. 7m. 5, 1677;
    b) Samuel, b. 10m. 15, 1678;
    c) Jacob, b. 10m. 30, 1680;
    d) Sarah, b. 8m. 9, 1682;
    e) Joseph, b. 1m. 23, 1685;
    f) Roger, b. 2m. 31, 1686; perhaps this Roger came to Pennsylvania as early as 1712, and about 1714 married Elizabeth Richards, of New Garden. He settled in Nottingham, and died 3, 28, 1761. His children were Mary, Timothy, William Elizabeth, Deborah, Rebecca, and Samuel.
    g) John, b. 10m. 31, 1687;
    h) Ruth, b. 7m. 29, 1690;
    i) Jane, b. 7m. 18, 1692.
  4. Roger Kirk, b. 20 Apr. 1654;

  5. Dinah Kirk, b. 14 Dec. 1656;

  6. Alphonsus Kirk, b. 14 July 1659; emigrated to Penna.;

  7. Robert Kirk, b. 28 Mar. 1662 at Tollygally, parish of Shankill; declared first intentions of marriage 25 Apr. 1696 to Ann Holliday.

  8. Elizabeth Kirk, b. 12 June 1664 at Tollygally, parish of Shankill;

Immigrant Generation

Alphonsus Kirk1, son of Roger and Elizabeth, was born 14 July 1659, presumably near Lurgan in County Armagh. He died 7 Seventh Month (September) 1745. Alphonsus and Abigail SHARPLEY were married on 23 Twelfth Month [February] 1692/3.

On 17 November 1678 Alphonsus signed the marriage certificate of George HARLAN and Elizabeth DUCK, in the parish of Shankell. Other Kirks who signed included Roger (either Alphonsus's father or brother), Timothy, and Deborah.[10] On 22 Sixth Month [August] 1688 Alphonsus, Roger, and Kathreen Kirk signed the marriage certificate of Henry HOLLINGSWORTH of New Castle County, Pennsylvania and Lydia ATKINSON of Sego, County Armagh, at the home of John ROBSON.[11] It is likely that Henry encouraged the Kirks to move to Penn's colony (which at that time included the three "lower counties" that now constitute the state of Delaware). [See an explanation of Friends' Dates.]

Having decided to emigrate, Alphonsus left Belfast for the new world on 11 Eleventh Month [January] 1688/9. His certificate of removal was dated 9 Tenth Month 1688, and stated that he "hath lived with his father from his infancy until now . . . and since his convincement he hath belonged to our Meeting" held at John Robson's house. It was signed by Robert HOOPES, John ROBSON, William PORTER, Timothy KIRK, John HOOP, Robert KIRK, Mark WRIGHT, William CROOK, Thomas WAINWRIGHT, John WEBB, James WEBB, William WILLIAMS, Jacob ROBSON, and Thomas WALKER. His parents, Roger and Elizabeth, added a post script: "we are willing our son . . . should take this journey . . . and if it be his portion to marry we do give our consent, provided it be to a Friend, and in unity with Friends, according to the order of Truth."[12]

Alphonsus landed in Jamestown, Virginia 12 First Month [March] 1688/9 and made his way to New Castle County (now Delaware, then part of Pennsylvania) by 29 Third Month [May]. Along with five other men from County Armagh he settled in Centre Township, Christiana Hundred, on the west side of the Brandywine Creek.[13] Newark Meeting was the closest Friends meeting, and worshipped there.

Alphonsus met Abigail SHARPLEY, a member of Newark Meeting, the daughter of Adam and Mary of Shelpot Creek, New Castle County. They were married on 23 Twelfth Month [February] 1692/3 under the care of Newark Friends.[14]

Alphonsus was active in Newark meeting, and 2 Twelfth Month [February] 1694/5 he and Thomas HOLLINGSWORTH were appointed to speak to John BREWSTER, whose conduct had given Friends cause for concern.[15]

In summer Friends attended Newark meeting at the home of Valentine Hollingsworth. But in the winter they wanted their own, at the home of George HARLAN, so they would not have to cross the Brandywine Creek. Early Friends and their families attending this meeting included George HARLAN, Thomas HOLLINGSWORTH, Alphonsus KIRK, William GREGG, and others.[16] At a meeting held 1 July 1710 Friends decided Alphonsus should be allowed 7/6d per acre to sell the meeting some land, not exceeding six acres, for a meeting house and burial ground for Centre Meeting. The following year George Harlan, Thomas Hollingsworth, Alphonsus Kirk, and Samuel GRAVES were given oversight of the building.[17]

In the early days there was difficulty getting grain ground, because grist mills were few and far between. One family story tells of one of the older sons (Roger or Jonathan) sent to the grist mill. But he found many in line ahead of him. He got hungry while waiting and made a meal cake and put it in the ashes to bake. But he couldn't wait long enough, drew it out, and took a big bite. The hot dough stuck to his teeth and gums, burning him. Perhaps it killed the nerves because it was said he never had a toothache afterwards.[18]

Alphonsus died 7 Seventh Month (September) 1745.[19] Abigail died in 1748.[20]

Children of Alphonsus and Abigail (Sharpley) Kirk:[21]

  1. Roger Kirk2, b. 21 Mar. 1694; d. 19/11m (Nov.) 1762; m. 9/12m/1726 at Nottingham Joan BOWEN, daughter of Henry of Cecil Co., Md.; 13 children; rem. to Nottingham.[22] On 26/2m/1729 Nottingham Preparative Meeting reported to New Garden MM that Roger "was Rasseling for a weger which he seems to aveade." Two months later it was reported that he hoped to be more careful, but he did not come in person. Finally 27/7m he came "Rather a Cavelling Contentious Spirit than overwise this meeting thinks it of Necessity to disown him".[23] However, thirty years later he (or some other Roger) signed a marriage certificate 26/4m/1759 at East Nottingham.[24] Roger signed his will in West Nottingham on December 28, 1761, and it was proved February 4, 1762. He left to his eldest daughter Abigail CORBALLY and to each of his other 5 daughters, viz., Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Hannah and Sarah Kirk 3.10 each. To his daughter Rachel SERJEANT he left only 5 shillings as she had been given her portion already. To his daughter Margaret he left 5.10 and maintenance while she remained unmarried. To his son John he left "my plantation where I now dwell" when he became 21. The tract of land purchased of Thomas Brown was given to son Sampson Kirk at 21. Roger also made provision for his younger sons Henry and William. His son Timothy was named Executor, and William Churchman, of Nottingham, was named Trustee to see this will faithfully performed. Witnesses were William Kirk, Thomas Brown, and Benjamin Jacobs.[24a] Roger's daughter Hannah m. 11/12m/1766 Jacob REES at Hopewell Mtg.[24b]

  2. Elizabeth Kirk, b. 23 June 1695; m. 1717 Daniel BROWN, son of James and Honour (Clayton) Brown; at least 3 children.

  3. Jonathan Kirk, b. 15 Jan. 1697; d. 1 Nov. 1735; on 10 July at age 21 was bapt. at St. James Church; m. Mary ___; their son James, aged 3 weeks was bapt. 19 Nov. 1721; their daughter Elizabeth, b. 11 Jan. 1723, was bapt. 26 Jan. 1723.[25]

  4. Mary Kirk, b. 31 Oct. 1698; d. 1 Nov. or 29 Mar. 1699.

  5. Deborah Kirk, b. Jan. 1699/70; d. 23 Sept. 1704.

  6. Abigail Kirk, b. Sept. 1701; d. 29 Sept. 1704.

  7. Timothy Kirk, b. 6 May 1704; d. 19 Oct. 1704.

  8. Alphonsus Kirk, b. 2 Oct. 1705; d. 1 Mar. 1730/1; m. 14/3m/1730 Mary NICHOLS, widow, at Center meeting house; Alphonsus was a carpenter.[26] Alphonsus signed a marriage certificate 26/4m/1759 at East Nottingham.[27]

  9. Adam Kirk, b. 1 May 1707; d. 8 Aug. or Dec. 1774; m. 14/9m/1744 Phebe MENDENHALL at Kennett meeting house. Adam styled himself a yeoman.[28] They had 10 children:
    a) Lydia Kirk, b. 8 Jan. 1746; d. 2 Feb. 1793
    b) Hannah Kirk, b. 31 July 1747; m. __ Jones
    c) Adam Kirk, b. 13 July 1749 Christiana Hundred; d. 1821 Wayne Co., Ind.; m. 30 May 1774 at Center MM, New Castle Co., Del., Esther Wilson
    d) Phebe Kirk, b. 28 Sept. 1751; d. 1 Nov. 1841 m. Christopher Chandler
    e) Abigail Kirk, b. 29 Jan. 1754; m. 10 May 1780 at London Grove, David Windle
    f) Caleb Kirk, b. 30 Mar. 1756; d. 17 Dec. 1831; m. 29 Apr. 1779 Sarah Chandler
    g) Deborah Kirk, b. 12 Dec. 1758; d. 2 Dec. 1762
    h) Elizabeth Kirk, b. 27 Oct. 1761; d. 7 Nov. 1764
    i) Joshua Kirk, b. 6 Jan. 1764; d. 7 Nov. 1777
    j) William Kirk, b. 13 Sept. 1764; d. 27 Aug. 1841 in Belmont Co., Ohio; m. 1 July 1789 Edith Shortlidge at New Garden, Chester Co.
  10. William Kirk, b. 4 Mar. 1708; d. 2 Mar. 1787; m(1) Mary BUCKINGHAM; m(2) 27 Mar. 1754 Sibilla (DAVIS) Williams.

  11. Timothy Kirk, b. 1 Fifth month [July] 1711; d. 2 May 1786; m. 2 Third month [May] 1734 at Goshen Meeting Sarah WILLIAMS, daughter of Robert William and his wife Gwen CADWALADER. Timothy and his brother William were among the first English to settle among Welsh Friends in East Nantmeal, transferring from Newark MM to Goshen Meeting in 1731, then later from Goshen to Uwchlan Meeting. In 1770 Timothy, Sarah, and two youngest children transferred from Uwchlan to Warrington Meeting. Sarah d. 21 3rd Mo. 1796. They had 12 children, two dying in infancy. For more on the Kirk family, especially Timothy and Sarah and some of their descendants and related lines, see Miriam Cosand Ward, A Family History: A Long Time in the Making" (2009), pp. 85, 89-94; available on Lulu.com.

Second Generation

William Kirk2, tenth child of Alphonsus and Abigail, was born 4 March 1708 and died 2 March 1787. William married twice.

Family tradition relates that William took a liking to a Baptist girl, Mary Buckingham, and through him she became convinced of Friends principles. It was a great trial to her father when she became a Quaker. Some of her brothers-in-law were Baptist ministers and tried hard to "reclaim her from her delirium." They called Quakers the epithet of highest opprobrium, "deist". William and Mary married anyway. Some time later her father became ill and Mary went to nurse him. Again her relatives tried to reconvert her. But when she described her Quaker faith to them, her father listened carefully. At the end of his life he said "with great affection" that he was "perfectly satisfied with her views and principles as he had heard her set them forth, which was a great comfort to him."[29]

After their marriage William and Mary resided in East Nantmeal Township where he cleared a small area and put up a little cabin. Mary, described as "a sensible, valuable woman" worked with him on the farm and a weaving business. There were many difficulties in the early years, being out in the wilderness. During one severe winter, with snow three to four feet deep, they ran very low on food. William set off on horseback and rode all day but was unable to get provisions. Discouraged and not well, he returned. He stayed with their two small children and Mary's young brother who lived with them while Mary set off. She got to Ashbridge's Mill and pledged the crop in the ground and a piece of homespun linen for some flour. The miller asked for no more than her word and gave her flour and offered to supply her until the next harvest. In the meantime, the hungry children were crying. William thought of the kneading bowl and with a knife managed to scrape off a small portion of flour sticking to it. He boiled this in water and made a gruel which satisfied the children. Years later as he retold this story tears always came to his eyes. But eventually, his daughter later wrote, he "succeeded beyond his expectations and enjoyed many comforts."[30]

When he left his father's house William took a favorite dog with him. The dog had a particularly sensitive personality and whenever it thought it would be treated better at the old home, it went the thirty miles back to Alphonsus's house. The two families soon caught on to this trick, and used the dog as a letter carrier. They fastened a message in a waterproof wrapping on to the dog, then pretended to threaten to whip it. The dog ran off, crossed the Brandywine, and appeared at the other place, message intact.[31]

There is a family story that one day the seventh child, Rachel, then about three years old, got separated from her older siblings. They went to look for her and found her sitting by herself on a rock, singing sweetly to a large garter snake cuddled in her lap. The older children came up behind her, grabbed her by the arms, and brushed the snake quickly away.[32] From what we know now about garter snakes, Rachel had the right approach to them.

The Kirk farm was adjacent to John MARSH and his son, who had also emigrated from Ireland.[33] Their lives were interconnected, as families are in small towns. William and his brother Timothy signed the marriage certificate of Abigail Marsh and Thomas ATHERTON, 4/9m/1741 at Nantmeal Friends meeting.[34] On 2 May 1848 William, and John GRIFFITHS, made and signed the inventory of Joshua Marsh's estate after he died.[35]

Suddenly William's life was blighted with tragedy. Mary died 6 Twelfth Month 1744. Three of their ten children died within three months.

William married secondly at Uwchlan Monthly Meeting 27 Third Month 1754 Sibilla DAVIES. She was eighteen years younger than William, born 1 First Month (March) 1726, the daughter of John and Elizabeth (Harris) Davis, and granddaughter of David HARRIS.[36] She was a widow with a son, Daniel Williams. Her first husband, Edward WILLIAMS, had died in the spring of 1748. She and William Kirk had nine more children.

For many years William was an Overseer of Nantmeal Meeting. Fifteen shillings was left in his care for repairing the Nantmeal meeting house.[37] It had been established as a Particular Meeting, then a meeting house was built in 1741. In 1763 the Particular Meetings of Uwchlan, Nantmeal, and Pikeland were separated from the Monthly Meeting of Goshen to which they then belonged, and established as Uwchlan Monthly Meeting. In 1781 Nantmeal was made a Preparative Meeting.[38]

William can be tracked in the tax records of East Nantmeal Township. In 1765 the rather cryptic note appears: "The following 3 persons wo'd make no return: William Kirk, Simon Merideth, Jno. Thomas, Rachel Jones. However, it was noted that William Kirk owned 100 acres on which he kept 3 horses, 4 cattle, and 10 sheep. He had no servants/slaves.[39] The following year he was listed along with the others in the township, with 110 acres, 3 horses, 3 cattle, and 6 sheep.[40] In 1767 William's acreage had increased to 180, with 3 horses, 3 cattle, and 8 sheep.[41] In 1768 he was reduced to 100 acres and 4 sheep, with the same three each of horses and cattle.[42] His situation was the same the following year with the addition of two sheep.[43] In 1771 William had 180 acres, 3 horses, 4 cattle, and 6 sheep.[44] In 1774 he was listed with 160 acres, 2 horses, 3 cattle, 4 sheep.[45] In 1780, in the midst of the war against Great Britain, he had 160 acres, 3 horses and 6 cattle.[46] The next year he had 200 acres, 3 horses, and 5 cattle.[47] It is a little hard to account for the fluctuating acreage, suggesting clerical error, but there could be other explanations.

William signed his will 12 April 1782 and it was proved 12 April 1790. in it he provided for his wife Sibbilla. He bequeathed to his son Isaiah "my plantation whereon I now live, containing 250 acres". To his eldest daughter Tamer MENDENHALL he left 5 gold or silver. Daughter Lydia HUMPHREY was given 20 shillings. His daughter Mary WICKERSHAM got 12.10. He bequeathed to 2 grandchildren by his daughter Sarah WILLIAMS, deceased, 6.5 each when they became 18. Other bequests went to grandson Jesse Kirk, by daughter Lydia Humphrey, 11.10 at 21; to daughter Elizabeth Meredith 25; to daughters Rebecca, Rachel and Sibbilla 50 each. He named as executors his wife Sibbilla and son Isaiah. Letters of administration were granted to Isaiah, "the other being absent". The will was witnessed by Simon MEREDITH, William HILLES, and William COOPER.[48]

Children of William and his first wife, Mary (Buckingham) Kirk:[49]

  1. Mary Kirk3, b. 5/3m/1731, in Nottingham MM; d. ca. 1744.[50]

  2. Caleb Kirk, b. 4/5m/1734; m. a widow COATES some years older than himself, with three sons; had 4 children of their own.[51] Died before April 1782.
    a) Elisha, b. Dec. 25, 1757; d. Apr. 11, 1790; m. 1780 Ruth Miller; a "Humble, Meek, eminent minister among Friends"; had a daughter Priscilla (1785-1862) who m. Oct. 6, 1803 Charles Townsend, son of John and Hannah (Cox) Townsend
    b) Caleb, b. Aug. 3, 1759; m. June 22, 1785 Lydia Updegraff;
    c) Beulah, b. Apr. 7, 1762;
    d) Eli, b. Apr. 13, 1764; d. July 5, 1797; m. Jan. 4, 1786 Edith Updegraff;
    e) Nancy, b. 1766; m. William Degges;
  3. Ruth Kirk, b. 16/7m/1736; died before April 1782.

  4. Tamer Kirk, b. 25/2m/1738; m. Phineas MENDENHALL; she was said to have always wanted to live near the wilderness, and they removed to North Carolina, then Georgia.[52]

  5. Hannah Kirk, b. 21/10m/1740; died before April 1782.

  6. Rebecca Kirk, b. 31/3m/1744; d. ca. 1744.

  7. Rachel Kirk, b. 24/6m/1746; d. ca. 1744.

  8. Lydia Kirk, b. 11/12m/1748/9; m. William HUMPHREYS, brother of Mary who m. Daniel Williams, son of Sibilla (Davis). They had no children but raised Sarah, the daughter of Lydia's younger sister Sarah.[53]

  9. Mary Kirk, twin, b. 1/1m/1751; m. 28 Feb. 1771 Jehu WICKERSHAM.

  10. Sarah Kirk, twin, b. 1/1m/1751; rem. to NC, m. ___ WILLIAMS; d. before April 1782.; her daughter Sarah was raised by Lydia.

  11. Children of William and his second wife, Sibilla (Davis) Williams Kirk:[54]

  12. Isaiah Kirk, b. 9/12m/1754; d. 19 Dec. 1835, bur. the next day at Nantmeal; m. 12 Sept. 1787 Elizabeth RICHARDS. He inherited his father's farm and lived there all his life. He served with Lewis HEFFELFINGER as executors for the estate of Hugh WILLIAMS of East Nantmeal in 1811.[54a] Isaiah died at age 82. He was bedridden his last year, with cancer on the lip and a paralytic affliction that apparently numbed the pain. He bequeathed the family farm to his two sons, Samuel and William.[55] They had six children in all.

  13. Elizabeth Kirk, b. 24 Nov. 1756; m. 28 Oct. 1780 John MEREDITH, Jr.; six children.
    a) Simon Meredith, b. Nov. 27, 1781;
    b) Beulah Meredith, b. Mar. 5, 1783; d. in East Nantmeal Twp.; m. Benjamin Martin;
    c) William Meredith, b. Sept. 18, 1784;
    d) Isaiah Meredith, b. Sept. 12, 1786;
    e) John Meredith, b. May 18, 1788;
    f) Enoch Meredith, b. Mar. 30, 1790 in Uwchlan Twp.; d. Dec. 31, 1799 in Uwchlan;
  14. Rebecca Kirk, b. 3 Feb. 1758; d. 9 mo. 7, 1808; m. 11 Dec. 1782 James EMBREE; he had m(1) Phebe STARR; 4 children with first wife, 11 with Rebecca.

  15. Joshua Kirk, b. 12 Dec. 1759; died before April 1782.

  16. Ruth Kirk, b. 16 Apr. 1761; d. 18/6m/1837; m. Benjamin PRICE;

  17. Rachel Kirk, b. 18 Apr. 1763; m. 20 Oct. 1784 Philip PRICE, Jr. They were headmaster and mistress of Westtown Friends boarding school. Rachel said she "thought Kirk the most beautiful name. 'How come, if thou admired thy name so much, thou changed it?' she was asked. 'Oh,' Rachel quickly replied, patting her husband affectionately on the back, 'I got such a good Price for it!'"[56] She was recorded as a minister in Apr. 1802.[57] She wrote "A History of the Early Settlers by the Name of Kirk". They had 11 children.

  18. Adam Kirk, b. 12 May 1766; died before April 1782; inherited his parents' farm, and bequeathed it to his son, Caleb. The farm was eventually sold out of the family.[58]

  19. William Kirk, b. 23 Jan. 1769;

  20. Sibilla Kirk, b. 23 Oct. 1771; d. 24 June 1856; m. Joseph Hill Brinton; 3 children.

Third Generation

Ruth Kirk3 was born 16 April 1761, the daughter of William and his second wife, Sibilla (Davies) Kirk, and the sister of Rachel who had married Benjamin's older brother Philip five years earlier. Ruth married Benjamin PRICE. She died 18 June 1837.

Benjamin was a blacksmith in Philadelphia. He was disowned in 1804. The family moved to East Bradford where they farmed. Ruth and the three youngest children transferred with a certificate of removal to Concord Meeting from Southern District Monthly Meeting of Philadelphia.[59]

Ruth died 18 Sixth Month 1837 and Benjamin died two years later, 31 First Month 1839.

Children of Benjamin and Ruth (Kirk) Price:[60]

  1. Philip Price4, b. 25 8th mo., 1790; d. 28 July 1865 in Phila.; m. Elizabeth COALE, daughter of Isaac and Rachel (COX) Coale, b. 1791 in Harford Co., Md., d. Dec. 1849 in Phila; had children.

  2. Edward Price, b. 28 11th mo., 1791; d. 22 8th mo., 1792.

  3. Lydia Price, b. 8 6th mo., 1793; d. 31 12th mo., 1795.

  4. James Bonsall Price, b. 6 8th mo., 1795; d. 19 1st mo., 1848; m(1) 1822 Eleanor Addison Smith HOLLIDAY and had 7 children; m(2) 1840 Anne JONES and had 1 daughter.

  5. Elizabeth Price, b. 28 6th mo., 1797; d. 15 1st mo., 1856; unmarried.

  6. William Henry Price, b. 17 8th mo., 1799; d. 1 1st mo., 1879 in West Chester; m. 20 11th mo., 1823 Louisa DERRICK; had one daughter.


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To continue the story of this family, one should go to the Price page. The larger Price line, with more than two dozen of its collateral lines, including this Kirk branch, has been expanded as a hard copy book with considerable historical background. To learn more about the times in which these family members lived, you might want to read The Price Family in History. It gives a lot of social, religious, economic, and political context for the lives of these ancestors. The book is available on lulu.com. The price is the cost of printing and binding, plus shipping. I earn nothing on it.

This larger Price story connects with condensed web versions of Ashbridge, Bonsall, Borton, one David/Davies, the other (Ellis) Davies England, Fisher, Haines, Harry/Harris, Holliday, John, Jones, one Lewis (Henry), another Lewis (Thomas), Malin, Morgan, Paxton, the main Price, another Price (Richard), a third Price (David) branch, Roessen, Schumacher/Shoemaker, Sharpley, Taylor, Thomas, Townsend, Williams, and Wood. In time others may be posted, too, all part of the larger Price family story, but they will be short as I only follow "my" ancestors not the entire surname line.


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This page was originally posted 3m/27/2006, and updated most recently on 1m/5/2012.


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Notes and Sources

The full bibliographical citation is given the first time a source is mentioned, but is not repeated each time that source is cited. Scroll up until you find the first mention and there you will find the complete citation.


  1. Told by Rachel (Kirk) Price, as quoted in Jane W. T. Brey, A Quaker Saga: The Watsons of Strawberryhowe, the Wildmans, and Other Allied Framilies from England's Northern Counties and Lower Bucks County in Pennsylvania (Philadelphia: Dorrance & Co., 1967), 453.


  2. IGI


  3. Albert Cook Myers, Immigration of the Irish Quakers into Pennsylvania 1682-1750 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1969; originally published in Swarthmore, 1902), 322.


  4. Maurice J. Wigham, The Irish Quakers: A Short History of the Religious Society of Friends in Ireland (Dublin: Historical Committee of the Religious Society of friends in Ireland, 1992), 18; James G. Ryan, ed., Irish Church Records: Their history, availability and use in family and local history research (Glengeary, Ire.: Flyleaf Press, 1992), 17-18, 22, 27. For a more contemporaneous account, see Thomas Wight, A History of the Rise and Progress of the People Called Quakers in Ireland, from the Year 1653 to 1700. Afterwards revised, enlarged, and continued to the Year 1751 by John Rutty, 2nd ed. (London: William Phillips, 1800).


  5. 5a. Hugh Barbour, The Quakers in Puritan England (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1964), 160.


  6. Rachel Price, "A History of the Early Settlers by the Name of Kirk" in Charles H. Stubbs, Historic-Genealogy of the Kirk Family, as Established by Roger Kirk . . . (Lancaster, Pa.: Wylie & Griest, Inquirer Printing House, 1872), 232, citing Besse's Sufferings, 480.


  7. Myers, Immigration of the Irish Quakers, 322.


  8. Price, "A History of the Early Settlers by the Name of Kirk", 232.


  9. Myers, Immigration of the Irish Quakers, 322-23.


  10. Their children are listed in Myers, Immigration of the Irish Quakers, 323; J. Smith Futhey & Gilbert Cope, History of Chester County (1881), 2:624. See also F. Edward Wright, Early Church Records of New Castle County, Delaware (Westminster, MD: Family Line Publications, 1994), 1:102.


  11. Myers, Immigration of the Irish Quakers, 320; Beard, Nottingham Quakers,


  12. Pennsylvania Vital Records, 1:16-17.


  13. Myers, Immigration of the Irish Quakers, 323; text of the certificate is given in Friends Intelligencer 29:71 (30 Mar. 1872) and in Price, "A History of the Early Settlers by the Name of Kirk", 233-34.


  14. Myers, Immigration of the Irish Quakers, 123; Futhey and Cope, History of Chester Co., 2:624.


  15. "A Biographical Memoir of the late Eli Kirk Price read before the Philosophical Society in Philadelphia 19 Nov. 1886" by J. T. Rothrock, Gilbert Cope Collection, HSP, from Charlotte Price Curlin, with my great appreciation. For the wording of the minutes from monthly meeting, see "New Castle Co. DE Newark/Kennett Monthly Meeting records 1686 to 1692", contributed for use in the USGenWeb Project and CTGenWeb Project Archives by Gle June 1999. It does have typographical errors.


  16. "Newark/Kennett Monthly Meeting abs records. 1693 to 1704", contributed for use in the USGenWeb Project and CTGenWeb Project Archives by Gle June 1999. Again, be aware of typographical errors.


  17. Samuel Smith, "Manuscript History of Pennsylvania" in HSP, as cited by Ezra Michener, A Retrospect of Early Quakerism (Philadelphia: T. Ellwood Zell, 1860, reprinted by Washington, DC: Cool Spring Publishing Company, 1991), 102.


  18. Newark Monthly Meeting minutes, 1/5m/1710, 3/9m/1711, as cited by Myers, Immigration of the Irish Quakers, 123; also in Futhey and Cope, History of Chester Co., 1:233.


  19. Price, "A History of the Early Settlers by the Name of Kirk", 220.


  20. Alice L. Beard, comp. Births, Deaths and Marriages of the Nottingham Quakers, 1680-1889 (Westminster, MD: Family Line Publications, 1989), 57.


  21. Beard, Nottingham Quakers, 57; Futhey and Cope, History of Chester Co., 2:624.


  22. Nottingham MM rec. as transcribed in John T. Humphrey, Pennsylvania Births: Chester County, 1682-1800 (Washington, DC: Humphrey Publications, 1994); Myers, Immigration of the Irish Quakers, 324; Futhey and Cope, History of Chester Co., 2:624-25.


  23. Stubbs, Historic-Genealogy of the Kirk Family, 15.


  24. Myers, Immigration of the Irish Quakers, 227.


  25. Beard, Nottingham Quakers, 160.


  26.       24a. Chester Co. Will Abstracts, as transcribed on http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/pa/chester/wills/wills1762-3.txt. In 2009 this web site had moved to http://www.usgwarchives.org/pa/chester/willabs.htm

          24b. Joint Committee of Hopewell Friends, assisted by John W. Wayland, Hopewell Friends History, 1734-1934, Frederick County, Virginia (Strasburg, Va.: Printed by Shenandoah Publishing House, Inc., 1936), 247.

  27. Old Swedes Church records, Wilmington, as cited by Myers, Immigration of the Irish Quakers, 324. For more of their line as seen in the records of Immanuel Church, see Wright, Early Church Records of New Castle Co., 16, 18, 20, 23, 52.


  28. Wright, Early Church Records of New Castle Co., 105.


  29. Beard, Nottingham Quakers, 160.


  30. Wright, Early Church Records of New Castle Co., 110.


  31. Price, "A History of the Early Settlers by the Name of Kirk", 221.


  32. Price, "A History of the Early Settlers by the Name of Kirk", 222, 228-30.


  33. Price, "A History of the Early Settlers by the Name of Kirk", 223.


  34. Price, "A History of the Early Settlers by the Name of Kirk", 223.


  35. "A Biographical Memoir", Cope Collection, HSP, from Charlotte Price Curlin; Myers, 412.


  36. Myers, Immigration of the Irish Quakers, 420.


  37. Myers, Immigration of the Irish Quakers, 415-6.


  38. My thanks to Charlotte Price Curlin for this information.


  39. Abstract of Wills of Chester Co., 2:153.


  40. Michener, A Retrospect of Early Quakerism, 135-36; Myers, Immigration of the Irish Quakers, 156.


  41. Pennsylvania Archives, Series 3, 11:56.


  42. Pennsylvania Archives, Series 3, 11:233.


  43. Pennsylvania Archives, Series 3, 11:238.


  44. Pennsylvania Archives, Series 3, 11:499.


  45. Pennsylvania Archives, Series 3, 11:615.


  46. Pennsylvania Archives, Series 3, 11:685.


  47. Pennsylvania Archives, Series 3, 12:65.


  48. Pennsylvania Archives, Series 3, 12:295.


  49. Pennsylvania Archives, Series 3, 12:398, 520.


  50. Abstract of Wills of Chester Co., 3:333.


  51. Uwchlan MM rec. as transcribed in Humphrey, Pennsylvania Births: Chester County, 3:333.


  52. Beard, Births, Deaths and Marriages of the Nottingham Quakers, 56.


  53. Price, "A History of the Early Settlers by the Name of Kirk", 223.


  54. Price, "A History of the Early Settlers by the Name of Kirk", 224.


  55. Price, "A History of the Early Settlers by the Name of Kirk", 228.


  56. Uwchlan MM rec. as transcribed in Humphrey, Pennsylvania Births: Chester County, Abstract of Wills of Chester Co., 3:333.


  57.       54a. Chester Co. Will Abstracts, as transcribed on http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/pa/chester/wills/wills1810-1


  58. Price, "A History of the Early Settlers by the Name of Kirk", 222, 228.


  59. As quoted by Brey, A Quaker Saga, 453.


  60. Price, "A History of the Early Settlers by the Name of Kirk", 231.


  61. Price, "A History of the Early Settlers by the Name of Kirk", 218.


  62. Southern District of Phila. MM, men's minutes, 29/1m/1806, p. 451, MR Ph425 FHL.


  63. Franklin Davenport Edmunds, The Paxton, Welsh & Price Ancestry of Anne Price Paxton Edmunds Paxson (bound typescript, 1942), 118-9.


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