Hello Mr. Kirksey, I do not know if what I have to say is relevant to your family history, but maybe there is some kind of connection. My name is Steven Espinoza. I am 42 Yrs. old and my mother and on her father's side are all Kirksey's.
I was visiting friends in Denver, Co., (1999 or 2000) when I decided to look in the phone book to see if there was any Kirksey's in the phone book. I talked with a Jon Kirksey and told him about my descendants who are Kirksey's. He told me that some people don't want to acknowledge or accept it, but all of the Kirksey's in the U.S. are related. He actually told me a lot of interesting things about the Kirksey's. For instance, the Black Kirksey's were not allowed in the Army back in the day, but they could be water boys and deliver water to the troops. Also, that while migrating they would be so hungry that they would sometimes have to eat the little babies to survive. I really didn't want to hear that kind of history.
My gg Grandfather was Monroe Kirksey, I was told that his family came from overseas somewhere. The family moved over to either Georgia and migrated to Alabama,(which ever state is closest East), then continued to move through Lousiana, Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, and to Kansas,which is where my family member live.
Monroe Kirsey married a Betty Brewer in OK.(I know that she was born in Oct.6, 1896) They had 10-13 kids. George Kirksey was my Grandfather (born 3/10/1910) he married Gertrude Wilson (my Mom's mom) they had one daughter my mother Vietta Kirksey in 1936. All of my great aunts and 1 great uncle (Dewitt Kirksey) are deceased. My great aunts were: Viola, Ernestine, (identical twins)--Pauline and Auline, are the ones that I remember. My mom knows quite a bit of the family history. She just turned 67 3/26/03. Almost all of the older Kirksey's here in Wichita are dying off. If I can offer more information I will be glad to.
By the way, I don't know how you feel about this, but we are African-American. Most of us have what most people call a proper dialect. I'm constantly told that I don't talk like a Black person.
I would appreciate it if you would reply back to me so I could get your input, ideas, and or suggestions. Thank you very much!
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