Thanks for the rapid reply.( I't's 'Jery'; there were too many 'James's in the Kilker family so my mother gave me the nickname 'Jery'. I'd like to change this on the GenealogyForum but I don't find the provision for doing this.)
My line of Kilkers *may* go back to Pennsylvania as a stopping point on the family's original start in County Mayo, Ireland. One of my great uncles was born in either Pennsylvania *or* Ireland, depending upon which US census report you believe. The other siblings were born in various states across the US until the family settled in Colorado. Because of the difficulty in finding any data in Ireland, I've been concentrating on searching for leads in Pennsylvania. Most of the Kilkers in that state have been in Schuylkill County, but I'm also looking for other leads in other counties, such as Luzerne.
The great uncle in question is James M. Kilker (he also used the initials H K L O and W, as well as no initial), a son of John KILKER and Mary MONAHAN, was born circa 1849 in* Ireland* as per the 1870 US Census for Kansas (Leavenworth) and born in 1853 in *Pennsylvania* as per the US Census for 1900. Upon his death in 1915, his son, Roderick, reports James to be aged about 60 and having been born in Ireland. Information about this family is very fanciful and I not certain where the truth lays. Hence, the poking around in County Luzerne, Pennsylvania.
Other children of John and Mary are: Anthony James, John, Owen, Maria (perhaps), Catherine Josephine, Ellen Ambrosia, and Roderick A. All of these persons lived most of their lives in or around Denver.
Any thoughts will be appreciated.
Regards, 'Jery' Kilker
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