Family Histories

Family Histories for the Rose and Kirkpatrick Families

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

William Kirkpatrick & Sarah Carter

William Kirkpatrick, who was called Billy,  was the oldest son of John and Lydia Kirkpatrick.  He was born on April 11, 1842 in Newton County, Georgia.  He married Sarah "Sallie" Carter on May 5, 1870 in Tallapoosa County, Alabama.  Billy and Sallie had eleven children; William Green, Era Elizabeth, Joseph Tillman, David King, twins Ocie and Odie, Arthur, Effie, Ophelia, Jesse and Connie (a male).   Billy was primarily a farmer, although one census record does list him as being a mail carrier.  The family lived in Shelby County, Alabama.  Billy served in the  Confederate Army in the 30th Alabama Regiment, enlisting at Bainbridge, Georgia April, 1862 until May 7, 1865.  Between May 1862 and May 1865, he was in Abell's Artillery, officially known as Company B of the Florida Milton Light Artillery.   He was wounded at the battle of Ocean  Pond.  

The Kirkpatricks are listed on the 1870 census in Dadeville, Tallapoosa County (their last name is listed as Patrick).  On January 17, 1871, William Kirkpatrick is listed as being indebted for $128 - promissory note due and payable on November 15, 1871.  "Money advanced bonafide to enable me to make my crop for the present year and without which it would be impossible for me to make land crop, and being desirous to secure the said M.A. Howles -- sold 1 bay mare, about 7 years old, 1 sorrel mare mule about 10 years old, 1 sorrel horse 3 years old, one two horse wagon and my entire crop to be raised by me."  On January 28, 1971, William pays $60 to Sarah Stone for a mule and horse.   On April 11, 1885, William and Sarah sell to Moore, Moore and Handly 40 acres SW 1/3 of the NW 1/4 of the NW 1/4 section 17 Township 10 Range 4 East for $250.  William signed his name and Sarah made her mark.

On April 7, 1897, Stephen and Ada McGuire sold William and Sarah Kirkpatrick 56 acres on the northwest side of Cahaba Valley Road Section 31 Township 19 South Range 2 West for $1000.  By December of that same year, William and Sarah are in court.  The land had been resold by the McGuires to Frank Miller at public auction.  The Kirkpatricks sued the McGuires and the Millers.  They were in and out of court until at least 1901; I don't know the outcome of the case.

 In 1911, Billy applied for a pension claiming as personal property 1 horse and buggy worth $100, 1 calf worth $25, furniture worth $25 and farming tools worth $5.

Muster Rolls for William Kirkpatrick, Civil War

Sallie Carter was the daughter of William K. Carter and Martha Colwell.  She was born in Monroe County, Georgia on September 27, 1852.  Her family was living in Tallapoosa, Alabama by 1860. 
 I have not found much information on the Carter family prior to Sallie.   Her father and mother farmed.  A William K. Carter is listed on muster rolls for 6th Alabama Infantry in 1863.  He died about 1865, but I have not located a grave for him or his wife.  

William Green Kirkpatrick, Billy and Sallie's oldest child,  was born on  March 13, 1871 in Marshall County, Alabama.  He married Emma Edna Bush before 1896.  They had nine children; Lola Pearl, William Erwin, Cecil Lewis, Earnest Laney, Ruby Lee, Jessie Mae, Thurman Terrell, Hubert, and Emogene.  William was a farmer and they lived in the Shelby and Jefferson County areas throughout their lives. 
William Green Kirkpatrick

William died on November 11, 1956.  He is buried at Cedar Grove Cemetery in Leeds, Alabama.  Emma died on October 11, 1939 and is buried at Cedar Grove Cemetery.

November 12, 1956 - Birmingham News
William Kirkpatrick resident of Leeds
Funeral services for William Green Kirkpatrick 86, of Leeds will be held at 2PM Tuesday from Ridouts Valley Chapel, Homewood.
Burial will be in Cedar Grove Cemetery.
The Rev. W. L. Barber will officiate and nephews will serve as pallbearers.
Kirkpatrick died Sunday afternoon at his residence. He is survived by four daughters and five sons. The daughters are Mrs Jack Lawley, and Mrs Ruby Whitmire of Leeds, Mrs E. S. Kingsley of Birmingham, and Mrs Bruce Richards of Oxford, Ala.
The sons are W. E. Kirkpatrick of Montevallo, C. L. Kirkpatrick of Fairfield, T. T. Kirkpatrick of Adamsville,, E. L. Kirkpatrick, US Merchant Marine and Hubert Kirkpatrick of Detroit, Mich.
Other surviviors are three brothers, two sisters, 15 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren. 

10/11/1939 B'Ham Newspaper
Funeral Services for Emma E. Kirkpatrick, 63, of Montevallo, who died this morning at a local hospital, will be held at 2pm tomorrow at the Cedar Grove Methodist Church in Leeds, ALA., with the Rev. Fred Maxey officiating. Burial will be in adjoining cemetery with Luquire in charge. Surviving is the husband, W. G. Kirkpatrick; five sons, W. E. of Montevallo; C. L., T. T. and Hubert of B'Ham, and E. L. of Gadsden, and four daughters, Mrs J. B. Lawley and Mrs H. D. Whitmire of Leeds; Mrs E. J. Kingsley, of B'Ham, and Mrs Bruce Richards of Anniston. 

Era Elizabeth Kirkpatrick was Billy and Sallie's oldest daughter and second child.  She was born on September 27, 1872 in Clay County, Alabama.  Era married Rhye Albert Payton on December 8, 1892 in Shelby County, Alabama.  They had eight children; Lessie Elizabeth, Beulah, Braxton William, Albert, Ocie, Pearl Elizabeth, Samuel Houston, and Rhye Albert.  Albert Payton was a farmer in Shelby County throughout his life.  Era died at the age of 91 on December 25, 1963 and is buried in Pelham Cemetry in Shelby County, Alabama.  Albert Payton died in 1926 and is also buried in Pelham Cemetery.
Era Elizabeth Kirkpatrick Payton
12/26/1963 Birmingham News
Funeral Services for Mrs. Era Elizabeth Payton, 91 of Leeds, who died Wednesday in a local hospital will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Pelham Methodist Church.
Mrs. Payton is survived by two sons, Samuel H. Payton, Birmingham and R. A. Payton, Leeds; a daughter, Mrs. H. D. Higginbotham, Birmingham; a brother, O. C. Kirkpatrick, Helena; a sister, Mrs. Effie Purcell, Fort Wayne, Ind., and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was the daughter of William and Sarah Carter Kirkpatrick. Married Rhye Albert Payton,Sr 12/8/1892 in Shelby Co., AL.

Joseph Tillman Kirkpatrick was born on November 17, 1876 in Clay County, Alabama.  He was married to Avery Bodecia "Bo" O'Barr on November 15, 1906 in Jefferson County, Alabama.  They had nine children;  William Clayton "Butch," Arthur, Lexie, Joseph Richard "Tige," Lessie, Mary Grace, Clifford Preston "Fuzzy," Sarah Willie and Julia Mae.
Joe Kirkpatrick
Avery "Bo" O'Barr
Joe & Bo Kirkpatrick
Joe and Bo figure prominently in a story about the death of Billy in 1913.  I have heard from a great-grandchild of theirs that they didn't have a happy marriage and "stayed in a fight," choosing to live apart for part of their marriage.  I've been fortunate to find a number of pictures of their children later on in life.
Bo Kirkpatrick
Kirkpatrick brothers:  Arthur, Clifford, William & Joseph, at Cahaba Valley Methodist Cemetery in Leeds, Alabama, Memorial Day 1970

William Clayton "Butch" Kirkpatrick
Lexie Kirkpatrick
Joseph Richard "Tige" Kirkpatrick

Lessie Kirkpatrick

Mary Grace Kirkpatrick
Clifford Preston "Fuzzy" Kirkpatrick
Sarah Willie Kirkpatrick

Joe Kirkpatrick died on June 17, 1959 and is buried in Cahaba Methodist Church Cemetery in Leeds, Alabama.  Bo died on January 6, 1954 and is buried next to Joe.
Mr Joe Kirkpatrick, age 84, of 2205 Ave. T Ensley, passed away Sunday am at a local hospital. He is survived by 4 sons, Arthur, W. C., C. P., and J. R.; 5 daughters, Mrs Lexie Riddle, Mrs Lessie Schmidtke, Mrs Grace Buchanan, Mrs Sarah Buchanan, and Mrs Julia Mae Jackson; 1 brother, Ocie Kirkpatrick,; 2 sisters, Mrs Era Payton, Mrs Effie Purcell. 24 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, 3pm from Cahaba Methodist Church, interment adjoining cemetery. Nephews will serve as active pallbearers. Remains to lie in state from 2 until 3pm. Brown Service Norwood directing.

Ocie and Odie Kirkpatrick were born on February 16, 1882 in Shelby County, Alabama.  Odie married Iona McGuire on January 12, 1907 in Shelby County.  They had two daughters, Frances Elizabeth and Edith Margaret.
Odie and Ocie Kirkpatrick
Iona McGuire Kirkpatrick
Frances Elizabeth Kirkpatrick and her husband, Grady Franklin
Odie was divorced from his wife before 1920 (although he lists himself as a widower on the census); he is living with Ocie and his family and working as a laborer on their farm, along with his brother, Jessie.  In 1940, Jessie and Odie are still living together, working in Calera; Jessie as a farm laborer and Odie as a laborer at Oak Mountain.  Odie died on August 24, 1957.  He did not remarry.

David King Kirkpatrick was born in February 1878.  He was married to Lenora McLaughlin before 1904.  They had three children; Bessie Mae, Robert Andrew (Jack), and Elizabeth Louise (Biddie).  He died some time in 1940.  I haven't been able to locate much information on him.

Arthur Kirkpatrick was born in March 1883.  It's possible that he died as a young man; I have found nothing beyond the 1900 census, when he was 17 years old.

Effie Kirkpatrick was born April 17, 1887 in Clay County, Alabama.  She was first married to Charles Rowley Cross on September 16, 1911.  Mr. Cross was a widower with four children.  They were divorced and she married Edward Purcell and had four children; Beulah, Edward, Opal and Jane.
Effie Kirkpatrick Purcell (r), Edward Purcell (c) & a daughter and grandchild
Effie died in November of 1973 and is buried in Olive Branch Cemetery in Lawrence County, Illinois.
Effie Purcell's obituary
Ophelia Kirkpatrick was born in 1885 in Clay County, Alabama.  She married Samuel Payne before 1906; they had twin sons, William H. and Samuel Lester.  Samuel Payne died in 1907.  Ophelia married Charles Acton on May 23, 1909.  She and Charles had three children; Charles, Rufus and Clara.  They lived in Shelby County for most of their lives.  Ophelia was then married to H. Everette Ney; since Charles Acton did not die until 1967, I assume that they divorced.  Ophelia died on December 15, 1954.  She is buried at Pelham Cemetery in Shelby County.

8/13/1954 Birmingham News
Mrs Ophelia Kirkpatrick Ney age 65 of 108 1/2 So. 18th St. passed away
Thursday morning at a local hospital. Survived by the husband H. Everette Ney;
4 sons William and Lester Payne, Rufus and Charles Acton; 1 daughter Mrs Clara
Acton; 4 brothers, Joe, Will, Oce and Ode Kirkpatrick; 2 sisters Mrs Ryer
Payton and Mrs Effie Purcell; 11 grandchildren. Funeral services will be held
Saturday at 2p.m. from Pelham Methodist Church, interment Pelham Cemetery.
Remains to lie in state at the church from 1 until 2 p.m.
Brown Service, Norwood directing.

Additional Comments:
Note: Her grave is unmarked. Buried next to her son Lester Payne. At the time
of her death she was hospitilazed in Tuscaloosa Co., AL for TB.
Ophelia was b. 2/1885 Shelby Co., AL the daughter of William and Sarah Carter

Jesse Kirkpatrick was born in August of 1888.  He was married to Mary Baird and had at least one son, Jesse, born in 1929I have no record of the marriage or a divorce or Mary's death; I do know that in 1920 Jesse was living with his brother, Ocie and in 1930 he and Mary are living with their son and her three children.  In 1940, Jesse and Odie are living together in a boarding house and working as laborers. Jesse died on June 14, 1940.  His death record states that he is married.  I don't know why he was not living with his wife at the time; possibly, he had moved to find work.

Connie Kirkpatrick (a male) was born in April 1893.  Connie is a mystery after about 1913.  I don't know if he was ever married or had children or when or where he died.   Jesse, Connie and Joe all figure in the death of their father, Billy, on September 29, 1913.

The family story says that Connie and his brother, Jesse, were arguing over their cotton allotment.  The argument escalated to the point that Jesse went home to get his gun and Connie went to a neighbor and got one (surprising - your neighbor shows up at the door requesting a gun to shoot his brother and you give it to him?).  They both returned and were about to or were shooting when their father stepped in to try to stop the fight and was accidentally struck by the bullet from Jesse's gun.  The story goes that Joe and Bo Kirkpatrick tried to hide the guns from the police in the floor of their house.  Billy died several hours later.  An inquest was held and the death was ruled an accident, but Connie had apparently left town for Texas before that.  He later returned to Alabama to try to ask forgiveness from his brothers, even offering Joe money, but Joe refused to forgive him.  I am not sure what became of Connie at that point, although we do have a Wanted poster from 1914 in Shelby County for assault with intent to murder, so it's possible he continued to get into trouble with the law.
This is a full year after his father's death.  My next road trip is to Shelby County to try to find records in the courthouse about Connie.  I like the description of him:  fairly dressed, good hobo, drinks some and shoots pool.  That probably summed him up.
Montgomery Advertiser, September 30, 1913

William was buried in Pelham Cemetery in Shelby County, in an unmarked grave.  Sallie died on February 21, 1928 and is buried in Pelham Cemetery in an unmarked grave.  Sadly, there are no photos of them.


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