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Kirkseys from England to Texas 1660-2001
Posted by: Carl Kirksey Date: July 26, 2001 at 16:48:30
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*Isaac I. Kirksey b. 1660-1690 married Mary ? Kirksey, left England to come to America but when?,

Children: *Edward Kirksey born in England around the Midlands, between 1710 and 1725, John, daughter Sara.

1. *Edward Kirksey married to Rebecca Rickman - said to have
Christopher, Gideon, *Isaac, Sarah and Rebecca.
Edward shows up in Chatham Co. in 1751 and disappears around 1760s.
Gideon & Christopher were born around 1734 there fore he was born
around 1700 +.

2. *Isaac Kirksey, son of Edward and Rebecca Rickman (b.) ?, (d.)?, married to ?
Edward, John, Sarah and young *Isaac. This
Edward was married to Winifred Youngblood.

*Isaac Kirksey (b.) SC. 1796 married to Elizabeth Herring (b.) 1799 SC. (see Alabama 1830 and 1850 census for Butler County, Madison County)
They had eleven children:
Damarius age 18, son, *William age 16\ son, Jacob age 14\ daughter, Margaret age 13\ son, Isaac age 12\ son, Linson age 11\
Son, Philip H. called Hadley, age 8\ daughter, Sarah age 6.

Philip H. Kirksey and William H. Kirksey were brothers, both born in Alabama and form the juncture of the two branches of Texas Kirkseys.

Descendants of Philip H. Kirksey

Philip H. Kirksey whose wife is not known at the present had One Child

Clarence Dillie Kirksey who married Mary Ella Brewster, their Child, Mary Elizabeth Kirksey married her Cousin, William Idus Kirksey, the Son of Howard Gardner Kirksey on June 13, 1926, their children are: Hazel Kirksey \Ruby Kirksey \Wayne Kirksey \Charlie Kirksey \Floyd Kirksey \Linda Kirksey \Sue Kirksey \Carl W. Kirksey

Branch II.

Descendants of *William H. Kirksey --- born Aug. 22, 1834
----Married---- Mary Eliza Gardner June 8, 1856 (Daughter of Captain Ben Gardner, a lawyer and judge in the Montgomery Alabama area who served in the Alabama Confederate States Army. Later moved to Texas where Ben Gardnerís Obituary notice appears in Palestine Texas Newspaper dated November 25, 1902)

*Linson Dunbibben Kirksey (my great grandfather) born 1857 \Samual Edward Kirksey \Philip J. Kirksey \Howard Gardner Kirksey born December 30, 1871

Second Marriage of:
William H. Kirksey married Elizabeth Craig Youngblood, the widow
of William L. Youngblood, on April 24, 1875. William H. Kirksey had several
children. She also had several children.

William H. Kirksey and his new wife probably left Alabama in 1876. They are
shown in the 1880 census records in Grimes County, Texas, Plantersville at
Page 4, S.D.4, E.D.#63. The children in the household are Edward 21, Gardner
8, Thomas 6, Maggie 4, Minnie 2, Nancy Youngblood, 22, and William Youngblood
18. Maggie 4 was born in Alabama, but Minnie 2 was born in Texas.

There is some doubt because of the ages of the parents, but it appears from
the census records that William H. Kirksey (then 42 and 44) and Elizabeth
Craig Youngblood (also 42 and 44) were the parents of two girls. If so,
their names may have been Maggie B. and Minnie A. Supposedly Maggie B. was
born on May 16, 1876 and died on September 1, 1880. Minnie A. was supposedly
born on September 29, 1878. I don't have any information about the death of
Minnie A, but she may have been Mrs. Jeff McCormick, a survivor of Mrs. E. J.
Kirksey, as shown below.

(The following information is supposedly from a newspaper clipping on the
death of Mrs. Kirksey)

"Mrs. E.J. Kirksey died at the home of her son, J. R. Youngblood of George,
and was buried at Rock Prairie on Monday, November 27, 1916. She had lived
in Texas since 1876, and in Madison County since 1883. She is survived by
three sons, J. R. of George, TX, H. G. of College Station, and W. F. of
Sunset, and two daughters, Mrs. J. W. Eaves of Hollis, and Mrs. Jeff
McCormick of Normangee. Mrs. Kirksey was born on February 26, 1834, and was
in her 83rd year."

J. R. is probably Joseph Richard Youngblood. She had another son James R.
Youngblood, but he supposedly died about a year earlier on November 27, 1915.
H. G. is probably Harson Green Youngblood.
W. F. is probably William Franklin Youngblood.
Mrs. J. W. Eaves is probably Nancy Youngblood, because she married John Eaves.
Mrs. Jeff McCormick may have been Minnie A. Kirksey, a child from the
marriage of William H. Kirksey and Elizabeth Craig Youngblood.

I obtained a lot of the above information from Larry Youngblood of Cypress,
Texas a gg grandson of William L. Youngblood (1833). Information by Elbert Peters, Huntsville Alabama.

Branches of:

Linson Dunbibben Kirksey, eldest son of William H. Kirksey Born in Alabama 1857 married Minerva Caledonia Greer -----born MS/Ala. 1862 and their Children, Mary B. Kirksey \Jessie Gardner Kirksey \*John Bolden Kirksey \Ben Kirksey:
HE WAS BORN on 1/24/1896 Died 10/21/1977. Social was 452-05-3488 Va
File number was 01573612. He was born in Grandview, TX. His Father (which we
already know was Linson Kirksey, Mother Minerva (Greer) Kirksey.
Ben Kirksey was listed in the Army as Pvt. in 6/4/1918 First stationed
at Paducah, TX. Service Number 3064868. Left Service on 6/24/1919 Fortworth
Tx. HE Married Della Mathews Kirksey in 1917. His Children were O.T.
Kirksey, Howard, Lavearl Green (Kricket), Mrs Homer Draper. He is layed to
rest Her in Borger Tx at Westlawn Memorial Park.

John B. Kirksey married Jewell Matthews 1910, their children are: Cora Kirksey born 1912 \*Raymond Earl Kirksey born April 4, 1914 \ Mary Kirksey\ Lois Kirksey\ Roland Randell Kirksey
\ John B. Kirksey Jr. born 1924 and still living in Wichita Falls Texas.

Branch of:

*Raymond E. Kirksey married Garnett L. McShan 1936, their Children: Carl Ray Kirksey born March 23, 1946 \Fannie Jean Kirksey born August 3, 1948

Branch of:
Howard Gardner Kirksey--- born Dec. 30, 1871 died Jan 30, 1942 in Dallas Texas when struck by a Streetcar. Judge Gardner as he was known, married Docia McMahon April. 4,1897 and their Children are: Leanna Kirksey born March 10, 1898 \Issac Trinton Kirksey born March 30,1902 \William Idus Kirksey born Jan. 2, 1909

Branch of:
John B. Kirksey Jr. married Dorothy Eugenia Taylor
       Children: Patricia Kirksey\ Michael Kirksey\ Linda Kirksey\ Tammy Kirksey\ Randy Kirksey\

Branch of:
Carl R. Kirksey married Jackie L. Ward and their children: Wendy Leigh Kirksey
Born November 11, 1965 \Kelley Jean Kirksey
Born September 27, 1967 \Misty Michelle Kirksey
Born May 13, 1973 \Wendy Marie Kirksey born April 8, 1975

Branch of:
Fannie Jean Kirksey who married Ken Reed 1966, their children: Richard Kendall Reed
Born \Lorie Leigh Reed born
From: J Elbert Peters

I looked in my files and found my notes on the family of Issac Kirksey (1796)
in Pike County, AL.

In the 1850 census, Issac was 54 years old.

His wife Elizabeth was 50 years old. My cousin says her last name was

They are buried at the Chapel Hill Cemetery in the Rogers Community west,
northwest of Troy. This is where we put markers at their graves a few years
ago. When you and your wife come to Alabama, we'll go with you to this
cemetery. I hope you plan to make a trip soon.

The 1850 census record indicates that Issac and Elizabeth were born in South
Carolina and all of the children living at home were born in Alabama.

Eight children were living at home in 1850. They were:

Demarius, female, age 18.
William, male, age 16.
Jacob. male, age 14; this was my great grandfather Jacob Irvin Kirksey.
Margaret, female, age 13.
Issac, male, age 12.
Linson, male, age 11;.
Philip, male, age 8.
Sarah, female, age 6.

I have another list which I obtained from my cousin. Four boys were listed
in order as William, Jacob, Linson, and Hatley. Philip was in parenthesis to
the right of Hatley's name.

Six girls were listed in order as Nancy, Demarius, Elizabeth, Margaret,
Sarah, and Martha.

My cousin said that Sarah married David McLeod and she knew her as Aunt
Sallie. Sarah or Sallie continue to live in that general area all of her
life and my cousin knows some of her descendants.

My cousin has a letter which was written by Demarius from Texas sometime in
the in the 1800s. I don't know if my cousin knows who she married.

I compared the census list with my cousin's list and got the following

Nancy: not in census list
Jacob Irvin
Elizabeth; not on census list
Issac; on census list, but not on the list I copied from my cousin.
Linson; spelled Sonpion with a question mark on the census record
Hatley (Philip); Philip was in parentheses on my cousin's list. He was
probably called by his middle name, which may have been Hatley.
Martha: not in census record and the last girl on the list.

The census lists eight children. My cousin has a list of ten children. I
put together a combined list of eleven children. Issac, age 12, on the
census list is not on my cousin's list. Nancy, Elizabeth, and Martha are not
on the census list.

Demarius was 18 in 1850. Demarius was probably born in 1832, when Issac
Kirksey (1796) and Elizabeth Herring (1800) were ages 36 and 32,
respectively. This is fairly old for the first child. Nancy was the first
name on my cousin's list, and may have been an older daughter who was no
longer living at home in 1850.

There is a possible explanation for Elizabeth and Issac. On the census list,
this child has the same name as the father. On my cousin's list, this child
has the same name as the mother. Elizabeth was on my cousin's list of girls
at this point. Issac was on the census list at this point. One possible
explanation is that the census taker used a note to indicate that this child
had the same name as a parent and, when he transcribed his notes, recorded
the same name as the father, not the mother.

Martha was the last girl on the list and may have been born after 1850,
although Elizabeth Herring (1800) appears to be too old for that.

There may have been other older children. John E. Kirksey (1829) may have
been an older son of Issac and Elizabeth Kirksey. He was 21 years old in the
1850 census, lived in the same general area as Issac Kirksey, and was born in
South Carolina. John E. (1829) was married to Martha E. (1831) and they had
a child, Martha Jane, age 1.

I called my cousin, Annie Mary Lee Whatley, tonight to find out if she
remembered Demarius's husband's name. She said she might have it in her
files and promised to look and call me in a few days if she finds it. Annie
Mary lives near the Mt. Moriah Cemetery north of Troy.

She told me that for several years Charles Youngblood would come to visit her
from Texas when he attended the Youngblood reunion in Pike County, AL. She
said Charles is now deceased. Charles told Annie Mary about visiting the
grave of William Kirksey at Rock Prairie Cemetery in Texas and every time he
did he found fresh flowers on the grave. Annie Mary wanted him to put a note
in a jar with her name and address on it and leave it on the grave with a
request that someone contact her. No one has. She thinks Charles may have
been related in some way to William Kirksey.

Annie Mary and I discussed the name Idus. We don't know anyone in our
Kirksey family for whom Idus Ray Kirksey (born May 21, 1866) may have been
named. When was your William Idus Kirksey born? Was he born before or after
Idus Ray Kirksey? Was one named for the other?

Elbert Peters
Huntsville Alabama

* indicates my family line, Carl


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