possible Brother of Richard Kirkland, Sr., of Anne Arundel Co., MD & Fairfax Co., VA

Thomas's son THOMAS KIRKLAND, Jr.

had a son John Kirkland, Sr., who served in the Revolution.

John's son William Kirkland wrote this Letter in Harrodsburg, KY, to his brother Isaac Kirkland in Jerseyville, IL, in 1840





 "Dear Brother, I take this opportunity to inform you that we are all best at present and hoping these few lines may find you all enjoying the same state of health. I have wrote to you time after time and I never have received a letter from you since you sent a few lines by Gartin _____ until a few days ago I received your letter which gave me great satisfaction to hear you was well at present.

I wrote to you about the death of poor old father (John Sr.). He left us the 27th of last June a year ago. On Wednesday between twelve and one o'clock. He died in his chair in my house. He was about seven weeks that he was not able to get out of his chair without help. Father left some money for you in his will. I believe about one hundred dollars. I would be very glad to see you in this county one time more. You wrote to me you was coming to Kentucky next spring and your money will be ready for you at any time I want to see your face badly.

You send your best compliments of all your connections. Rutha, she married Richard Huff and had one child and she died the 18th Feb. one year ago.

Thomas he has taken a wild goose chase. Eliza is living with me. Jacob he is gone to Missouri, his uncle Jacob Kirkland was in last spring. John Gabhart and Abraham's son John all come to Kentucky together. Alexander has moved back to Mercer. He is going to move to the Missouri next spring.

Brother John and family is well and he has two children married. Melinda and Charles. Malinda married George (Moor?) and CH married Jane Devine. Nancy Collier and family is well. She has three children married. Polly she married John Downey and Daniel he married Suella Utta and Hannah she married Jonaston (Jonathan?) Rice.

And I have two children married. Polly married Iverson Bottoms Nancy she married James Hankley.


Letter addressed to, "Isaac KirKlanD, Jersey County, Jerseyville Post Office, Illinois," 23 Feb 1840 at Harrodsburg, Mercer Co., KY. Envelope postmarked 27 Feb 1840, Harrodsburg, KY. He died before 1842 at Mercer Co., KY.

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JOHN KIRKLAND, SR., born 1754 in Prince George Co., VA, died 27 Jun 1838 in Dixville, Mercer Co., KY, was the son of THOMAS KIRKLAND, JR., son of THOMAS KIRKLAND, SR.

THOMAS Sr. was one of three men (ROBERT, RICHARD, and THOMAS KIRKLAND) in Anne Arundel Co., MD, whose relationship cannot be proven but may be brothers. Kirkland means "church land," used by the Saxons.

THOMAS KIRKLAND received two land patents on 28 Sep 1730 in Prince George Co., VA, one for 346 acres on S. side of Second Swamp, adjoining land of Thomas Simmons (Patent Book 14, p. 148); and the other a 300 acre Patent on S. side of Second Swamp of Blackwater adj. Thomas Simmons, Henry Leadbiter, and Charles Williams (Patent Book 13, p. 525).

ROBERT KIRKLAND discussed on a separate page.

RICHARD KIRKLAND, my ancestor, discussed on another page.

THOMAS KIRKLAND, Jr., received a land patent on 16 Jun 1743 in Prince George Co., VA, for 330 acres on S. side of Jones Hole Swamp adjoining John Burges and Titmashes lands. The name of THOMAS Jr's wife's is unknown, but their son, JOHN KIRKLAND, was born 1754 in Prince George Co.

JOHN died 7 Jun 1838 according to Mercer Co., KY, Court Order Book P, while this letter seems to imply Jun 1839, and the DAR Patriot Index has 1837. He was buried in Cooley Ceme. (on Cecil Catlett's farm and was bulldozed), Dixville, Mercer Co. By occupation he was a tanner.
JOHN KIRKLAND served in the Patriot military during the American Revolution, beginning 1776 in Petersburg, VA.
 VIRGINIA SERVICE FOR JOHN KIRKLAND SR. (Revolutionary Pension File S-13634, National Archives)
of MERCER COUNTY, KENTUCKY - Feb. 4, 1833 Age 79


John Kirkland Sr., a resident of Mercer Co. says that he entered the services in 1776, in the spring, under Capt. Theodore Bland's Co. of Light Dragoons for 2-1/2 years at Petersburg, Va. and we first marched to Williamsburg where we were stationed and were employed with Capt. Dandridge's Co. in collecting provisions in the neighborhood as a guard and late in the fall we were marched to the north and met prisoners taken by Gen. Washington at Princeton, between Philadelphia and Trenton. At Trenton we halted sometimes and thence joined Lord Stirling at Breckenridge and Morristown. Soon after Capt. Bland was promoted to a Major and then a Colonel of my corp. Then Richard Call was my Capt., the whole tour as well as I now can recollect. When the British returned from New Brunswick, New Jersey we took possession of that place. I was also at Elizabethtown and Newark. When the British sailed around for the Delaware we returned and were stationed at different places above Philadelphia and when the British advanced on that place my Regiment with the main army met them at Brandywine, where we had a severe battle which lasted until nearly night as well as I now recollect Stephen Brigade first gave way and we then retreated back and were stationed not far from Germantown. Not long after we engaged in that battle, which was a very warm one for a short time. After this my company retired to Morristown where we continued making excursions during the winter. In June when the British left Philadelphia we were ordered to pursue them. At Monmouth we had another severe battle with them. General Lee (Charles Lee) brought on the battle but Gen. George Washington had to come up and restore some unfortunate order which he had given my company. After this battle I was marched to the White Plains where I remained until the fall of 1778 then marched back to Winchester, Va. where I was honorably discharged.
After that period I was in the Militia Service for 12 months but do not consider that important. Now to give full statement: I was in the Regular Army as a Light Dragoon for 2-1/2 years, first under Capt. Bland and then under him as a Colonel during the whole time.
I was born in Prince George Co., Virginia and was raised in Dinwiddie, where I resided when the Revolution began and I enlisted in Petersburg, Va. I was an enlisted soldier in Col. Blands regiment of Dragoons, being a volunteer and in as a drafted soldier after the Revolution was nearly over in the fall of 1781, after Cornwallis was captured at which time I was in the Militia Service in Carolina. I moved to Mercer Co., Kentucky where I performed several Militia Tours and guards as an Indian spy and was also with Gen. Clark (George Rogers Clark) three months against the Indians on the Big Miami in the fall of 1782. In Capt. Daugherty's Co., Benjamin J. Peck, clergyman.
John L. Bridges and Ebenezer Carey, also resident citees do hereby state that we are all well acquainted with John Kirkland Sr. and state they have known him for many years.
Charles Kirkland states that he is well acquainted with John Kirkland although I am too young to recollect the scenes of the Revolution yet I have often heard him describe them. He was in the battle of Brandywine (Sept. 7, 1777), Germantown (Oct. 4, 1777), Monmouth (June 28, 1778) and Guilford Court House (Spring of 1781). I well recollect of seeing what was said to be Lt. John Kirkland, discharged from his enlistment as he returned from the army but a youth at the time and do not recollect, but have read it. But have no doubt from what transpired at the time of its being a regular discharge.
We, Phil Board and John Bridges, Revolutionary War Soldiers first duly sworn say that they have been acquainted with the said John Kirkland for many years and we have conversed with him and we have no hesitancy in saying that we believe them that he was a soldier of the Revolution.
Affidavit of John Kirkland Jr., son of John Kirkland Sr., now deceased, who died in the fall of 1837 now appoints G. H. Monsurrat as his attorney.

His Militia service ended in 1778 at Winchester, VA. He was discharged in Fall of year, after 2 1/2 years Regular Army, then joined Militia in NC and served another year, went to Mercer Co., KY abt 1782 and served as Indian spy with militia 3 years
He began at age 80 receiving a Revolutionary pension of $100 per annum.

JOHN KIRKLAND married 1st Mary Talley (b: abt 1752), on 14 MAY 1783 in Lincoln Co., KY.
Their Children were:
William Kirkland b: 1785 in Mercer Co., KY
John Kirkland Jr. b: 1790 in Mercer Co., KY
Joseph Kirkland b: 1791 in Mercer Co., KY
Nancy Kirkland b: 1792 in Mercer Co., KY
Polly Kirkland b: 1793 in Mercer Co., KY
Jacob Kirkland b: 1793 in Mercer Co., KY
Alexander Kirkland b: 1794 in Mercer Co., KY
Abraham Kirkland b: 1795 in Mercer Co., KY
Isaac Kirkland b: 25 DEC 1796 in Mercer Co., KY
He married 2nd Barbara Walker on 15 NOV 1810.


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