Hello Anne, what I am saying is speculation but may give you a start. You may be descended from Joseph Kirkbride (1662-1738)or his father Mathew Kirkbride (1636-1680). Joseph is my 7th g-grandfather and I know his father is Matthew/Mathew and mother Magdelen Dalston or Wolston. After that it gets murky. Mathew's parents are listed in "The Royal Descents of 600 Immigrants to the American Colonies or the United States" by Gary Boyd Roberts but apparently incorrectly so. The parents listed did not have children and there is a plaque at his grave to indicate it. They may be/probably are related. Mathew apparently lived in Kirkbride, Cumbria/Cumberland and Joseph was born there. Joseph came over very young as a Quaker to Pennsylvania Colony, settling in Bucks Co. He had been indentured or something like that and ran away. He became very wealthy in the colonies and eventually went back to England and payed off what he owed as the result of running away. Joseph Kirkbride married Phebe Blackshaw daughter of Randall Blackshaw and Alice Burges(s)and grand-daughter of Captain Ralph Blackshaw of Hollingee Manor Parish of Mobberly, Bucklow Hundred Cheshire, England, a captain in the army of King Charles I of England. It is said though that he remarried two more times and had a total of 14 children. I believe some of them moved to Canada. The Kirkbrides were very strong Royalists while still in England and it may have carried over during the American Revolution. There are more writings but I am using other people's research. If you send your email I can send more (but general) data. Byron N. Park, email@example.com
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