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Re: Kirkbrides related to royalty?
Posted by: Angela Harris (ID *****3177) Date: March 02, 2005 at 07:21:07
In Reply to: Kirkbrides related to royalty? by Gary Kirkbride of 497

Hi, Gary.

No, I have not joined this group since there is some discrepancy as to whether the descent is legit. The identity of that Joseph's grandfather is up for debate, with old, questionable references. (I, for one, am as careful as possible regarding sources, and hesitate to add to my tree if there are major questions.)

Colonel Joseph Kirkbride was the grandson of the other Joseph through the following descent:

Joseph Kirkbride (b. 07 Nov 1662) m. Phebe Blackshaw (b. Abt. 1666) had son
Joseph Kirkbride (Jr) (b. 06 Nov 1690) m. Sarah Fletcher had son
Joseph Kirkbride (b. 1731) - Colonel PA Militia during Revolutionary War. Was close friends with Thomas Paine & purportedly George Washington, as well.

Here are a couple of links/quotes:

*Page of Paine*

"...During and following the war, (Thomas) Paine made Bordentown his home as a house guest of his wealthy friend, Joseph Kirkbride. Kirkbride had fled Pennsbury Manor when his home was burned by the English. Paine purchased property in Bordentown, a house and seven acres, and lived there until 1787 when he travelled to Europe, and again after his return..."
Letter from Thomas Paine to Elihu Palmer dated February 21, 1802 :

"...There is an intimate friend of mine, Colonel Joseph Kirkbride of Bordentown, New Jersey, to whom I would wish you to send your work. He is an excellent man, and perfectly in our sentiments. You can send it by the stage that goes partly by land and partly by water, between New York and Philadelphia, and passes through Bordentown..."


Washington, George, 1732-1799. The writings of George Washington from the original manuscript sources: Volume 12
Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia Library :

[Note:Of the Bucks County, Pa., militia. ]
Head Qurs., near Coryell's, June 22, 1778.

Sir: It would seem from the information received, that the Enemy mean to advance thro' Trentown. They are now in motion and on that rout. Nothing could contribute to harrass them more or to facilitate our views, than for a number of Militia to hang on and annoy their rear. I could wish you and the other officers in your County, to exert yourselves, and if possible, to pass the River with a respectable number of Militia for this purpose. Indeed a force tho' never so small will have its advantages. Whatever can be done in this way will require the utmost expedition. I am Sir, Your Most Obedt. Servt. G. WASHINGTON"

[Note:The draft is in the writing of Robert Hanson Harrison. ]

There are other links out there, as well.
Hope this helps!

Happy Hunting,
Angela Harris

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