James Harrison Kirkham Sr

Brief Life History of James Harrison

When James Harrison Kirkham Sr was born on 11 January 1800, in Jefferson, 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 died on 1 May 1857, in Kansas, Edgar, Illinois, United States, at the age of 57.

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Family Time Line

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

Sources (16)

  • James Kirkham, "United States Census, 1850"
  • James Kirkham to Eliza Ann Whitesides, "Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954"
  • William Kirkham in entry for Richard N B Kirkham, "Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947"

World Events (8)

1801 · Cane Ridge Revival

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.


France sells Louisiana territories to U.S.A.

1818 · Jackson Purchase

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

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.

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

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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 …

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