When James Harrison Kirkham was born on 11 January 1800, in Barren, Kentucky, United States, his father, Henry Kirkham, 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 5 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.
English (mainly northwestern): habitational name from any of the places in Lancashire and East Yorkshire named Kirkham. The placenames derive from Old Norse kirkja ‘church’ + Old English hām ‘village, homestead’ or Old Norse heim ‘homestead, estate’.
Possibly an altered form of German Kirchham, a habitational name from either of two places called Kirchham, in Austria or Bavaria.
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 …
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