John Kirby

17 February 1797–23 January 1870 (Age 72)
Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom

The Life of John

When John Kirby was born on 17 February 1797, in Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom, his father, John Kirby, was 26 and his mother, Isabell Foster, was 22. He married Mary Fuller before 1829, in England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He died on 23 January 1870, in Tomah, Monroe, Wisconsin, United States, at the age of 72, and was buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Tomah, Monroe, Wisconsin, United States.

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Family Time Line

John Kirby
Mary Fuller
Marriage: before 1829
Maria Kirby

Spouse and Children


    Mary Fuller


before 1829
England, United Kingdom


Parents and Siblings

    John Kirby


    Isabell Foster




    William Kirby



    Harold Kirby


    Peter Kirby


World Events (8)

1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

Age 3

While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.
1801 · The Act of Union

Age 4

The Act of Union was a legislative agreement which united England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland under the name of the United Kingdom on January 1, 1801.
1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 22

With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 

Name Meaning

1 English: habitational name from any of the numerous places in northern England called Kirby or Kirkby, from Old Norse kirkja ‘church’ + býr ‘settlement’.2 Irish: adopted as an English equivalent of Gaelic Ó Garmhaic ‘descendant of Ciarmhac’, a personal name meaning ‘dark son’. Compare Kerwick .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • John Kirby, "United States Census, 1860"
  • John Kirby in entry for Hannah S. Bailey, "Michigan Deaths, 1867-1897"
  • John Kirby in entry for George C. Kirby and Mary Fryar, "Wisconsin Marriages, 1836-1930"

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