James Harrison Kirkham

11 January 1800–5 May 1857 (Age 57)
Barren, Kentucky, United States

The Life of James Harrison

When James Harrison Kirkham was born on 11 January 1800, in Barren, Kentucky, United States, his father, Henry Kirkham III, was 30 and his mother, Mary Gay, was 26. He married Elizabeth Ann Whitesides on 1 November 1835, in Jefferson, Kentucky, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 6 daughters. He lived in Jefferson, Kentucky, United States in 1850. He died on 5 May 1857, in Kansas, Edgar, Illinois, United States, at the age of 57.

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Family Time Line

James Harrison Kirkham
Elizabeth Ann Whitesides
Marriage: 1 November 1835
William Henry Kirkham
Mary Elizabeth Kirkham
James Harrison Kirkham Jr.
Eliza Ann Kirkham
Rebecca Kirkham
Sarah Alice Kirkham
Adelia Kirkham
Richard Nathaniel Barbour Kirkham
Samuel Lewis Kirkham
Laura A. Kirkham

Spouse and Children

1 November 1835
Jefferson, Kentucky, United States


    William Henry Kirkham


    Mary Elizabeth Kirkham


    James Harrison Kirkham Jr.


    Eliza Ann Kirkham


    Rebecca Kirkham


+5 More Children

Parents and Siblings



+6 More Children

World Events (8)

1801 · Cane Ridge Revival

Age 1

The Cane Ridge Revival took place for six days in Cane Ridge, Kentucky. From August 6, 1801- August 12 or 13, 1801, around 20 thousand people gathered together for what was called the Second Great Awakening.

Age 3

France sells Louisiana territories to U.S.A.
1818 · Jackson Purchase

Age 18

The western part of Kentucky purchased by Andrew Jackson from the Chickasaw Indians in 1818. It became known as the Jackson Purchase. This included land that wasn't originally part of Kentucky when it became a state.

Name Meaning

1 Northern English: habitational name from places in Lancashire and North Yorkshire named Kirkham, which is a scandinavianized form of Old English ciric-hām, from cirice ‘church’ + hām ‘homestead’.2 Possibly a respelling of German Kirchham, a habitational name from either of two places named Kirchham, in Austria or Bavaria.

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

Story Highlight

Kirkham's and the Poulter's

James Harrison Kirkham Sr. died in May 1, 1857. Three years later, the 1860 Census lists his wife Elizabeth Ann (Whitesides) Kirkham (40), along with her children William (23), James Jr (20), Eliza A …

Sources (3)

  • James Kirkham, "United States Census, 1850"
  • James Kirkham to Eliza Ann Whitesides, "Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954"
  • James Kirkham in entry for George M. Estis and *Daughter* Adelia Kirkham, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940"

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