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History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio

By R. S. Dills -
Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio



Jefferson Twp. -
H. A. KIMBALL, farmer, was born in Champaign County, Ohio, May 7, 1825.  He is a son of Bela and Electa Kimball, natives of Stowe, Vermont, who came to Ohio about the year 1849, with a family of eight children. Our subject was married, in 1858, to Miss Elizabeth Johnston, daughter of James and Sarah Johnston, of Ross County.  They have two children: Viroca O. and Emily T.   Mr. Kimball was in the hundred days' service.  He received his education in Champaign County, in the old log school houses, where they had the soft side of a slab for the seats.  He has a curiosity in his possession in the way of a violin, supposed to be three hundred years old.  It was captured from some aristocratic family of the South during the war, and our subject refuses to take one thousand dollars for it.  It is a good one, and a very valuable relic.
* Source: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 692
Perry Twp. -
WILLIAM A. KING, farmer and stock raiser, is the son of Rev. John King, who came from Virginia to Ohio, and settled in Ross County, in the year 1808, where he remained until 1816, when he removed to Fayette County, and settled on the waters of Sugar Creek, where he remained until his death, which occurred in February, 1866.  He was born Apr. 12, 1786.
     He married for his first wife, Miss Rachel Hixon, who died December, 1843.  Married for his second wife, Alcina Cherry, in April, 1845.  She survived her husband some ten years.  He had ten children by his first wife, seven sons and three daughters: Bennett M. married, and lives in Holt County, Missouri.  Sarah married, and lives in Missouri.  Timothy H. is married to his second wife, and lives in Allen County, Ohio.  Reuben is practicing medicine in Oregon, Holt County,  Missouri.  Wesley is married, and lives in Wyoming City, Illinois.  Elizabeth married Alfred Todhunter, and lives near Martinsburg, this county.  Rachel married Levi Hopkins, and lives near Madison Mills, this county.  John married, moved west, and died at the age of sixty-one, being the first death in this family of children.  James C. married Miss Irons, and died in May, 1878, at Washington C. H.
     Mr. King was licensed as a local preacher in the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1829, ordained deacon by Bishop Soule in 1833, and ordained elder by the same bishop in 1843.  He was a very active and useful minister of the gospel in his day, visiting the sick, preaching funerals, and administering the sacraments to the sick and dying.  Probably no one man has performed so many marriage ceremonies in the county as has Mr. King.  He was one of the pioneers of the county, most widely and favorably known, respected and honored by all who knew him.  After serving the church for fifty years as a minister of the gospel, he died in great peace at the advanced age of seventy.
     William A. King, the subject of this sketch, was born in Fayette County, June 18, 1824.  He married Harriet Painter, daughter of Jonathan Painter, who was a native of Pennsylvania, but came to Ohio in an early day, and still lives near Good Hope, this county, Nov. 9, 1847.  They have eleven children, eight sons and three daughters: Osman L. is married, and lives on his father's farm.  Emmett D. married a daughter of Adam Neighborgall, and lives near Good Hope.  Asa L. and Marion U. are single, and both remain at home.  Charles Trimble is also single: is attending the Ohio Wesleyan University, at Delaware, Ohio, and will soon graduate; has been licensed to preach two years, and expects to devote his life to the ministry; a promising son.  Edgar L. is single, and at home.  Ada remains at home, and is teaching school in her father's district.  Alcina E. is a Miss of sixteen, and is organist at Sugar Grove Church.  John W., Bennett, and James H., remain at home.
     Mr. King was elected justice of the peace for Perry Township in 1861, and still holds the office, having been elected seven times.  He was licensed to preach in the Methodist Episcopal Church, in 1852, and ordained deacon, in 1862, by Bishop Morris. The King family are all members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and much devoted to the cause of God.
     For fifteen years after his marriage Mr. King taught school, and thus got his start in life.  He now owns and lives on a farm of three hundred and sixty-five acres of good land, situated on the south side of Sugar Creek, on the Washington and Hillsboro pike.  A family well to do, much respected, useful, and happy.
* Source:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 811
Jefferson Twp. -
HENRY KIRK, farmer, is a son of James Kirk.  He was born on the farm where he now lives, June 23, 1821, and owns four hundred and forty-four acres.  He married Miss Elmira Parrett, daughter of George Parrett, who has borne him six children: Flora, Fraine C., James E., Georgiana, Willard H., and Lucy P.
     Mr. Kirk was once a member of the Odd-fellows lodge at Washington, but withdrew for the purpose of uniting with the lodge at Jeffersonville, and as yet has neglected to do so.  He is a member of one of the pioneer families. Politically, he is a Democrat.  He firmly resolved never to sit on a jury with a negro, and he has kept the resolution.  Shortly after the close of the war, he was chosen as a juror in the county court.  Seeing two negroes in the box, he positively refused to serve.  Judge Steele told him that he could not excuse him on those grounds; and said that he must abide by the law, which was imprisonment.  Attorney Richard Harrison, of Columbus, said the penalty might be made a fine, which was done, and Mr. Kirk paid the fine and left the court.  He has refused to accept a county or township office.  Was once elected supervisor, but rather than serve, paid the fine.
* Source: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 692
Jefferson Twp. -
MADISON S. KIRK, farmer, is a son of Thomas Kirk, whose biography appears in this work.  He was born in this township, June 15, 1834, and was married, Mar. 31, 1863, to Miss Agnes Collier, of Greenfield.  Three children are the result of this union: Minnie J., Jennie N., and Bertha L.  The latter died at the early age of two years and seven months.  Our subject served one year in Company H, 60th O. V. I., and came home without a wound, having passed through several heavy battles.  His brother Rayborn served one year in the same company, and enlisted for one hundred days in the Ohio National Guard, and was taken prisoner at Cynthiana, Kentucky.
* Source: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 693
Jefferson Twp. -
THOMAS KIRK, farmer, is a son of James Kirkpatrick, who came to this county, in 1812, from Virginia.  The original name, as spelled by our subject's grandfather, was Kilpatrick Thomas was born in this county, Dec. 5, 1813, where he was reared, and married to Miss Elizabeth Parret, daughter of John Parret, a pioneer of this county.
     Mr. Kirk remembers when this part of the county was comparatively a wilderness.  His first school house was built of logs, with paper windows, and puncheon floor and seats.  The church services were then held in private houses, school houses, and in groves, as they had no church houses.  He has a farm of four hundred acres, well improved, situated six and a half miles northwest of Washington.  Had a family of twelve children: Madison S., Amanda J., Rayborn, Charity, Augustus, Eddie, James, George H., Alice, Ward, Dora, and WilliamGeorge and Alice are deceased.  Mrs. Kirk and three daughters are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
* Source:  History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 693
JAMES KIRKPATRICK left Virginia in the year 1810, accompanied by his wife and two children (one child was left behind), and William Young, his brother-in-law. While yet on the other side of the Ohio River, they fell in company with the Ray and Fifer families, who accompanied them as far as Madison County. The remaining members of the party came to Fayette, and on Christmas Eve of the same year arrived at the cabin of Solomon Soward, in Jefferson Township, where they remained during the winter. Upon arriving in this county, they stopped at the cabin of Captain Joseph Parrett, and upon inquiring for Soward's cabin, were informed that it was located about two miles further on, on Paint Creek. No road but a bridle path led to the place, and they were compelled to leave the wagons behind them. The next morning they returned for the same, and found the goods (among which was a tin box containing eight hundred dollars) unmolested. Indians frequently came to Soward's, bringing deer barns, and exchanging them for corn meal. The Virginians were exceedingly anxious to see the camp of the savages, and on the Sunday following their arrival, followed a squaw, who had been at the house, to the encampment, which was located on the high bank of Paint Creek, on the Reuben Vesay farm. The redskins, about thirty in number, were peaceable, but did not appear well pleased with the visit, and left the neighborhood a few days after, and never returned. In 1811, Kirkpatrick and Jacob Dunkle purchased of Mr. Gatch, of Chillicothe, the Mosley survey in Jefferson Township, containing one thousand acres, a portion of which is now owned by his son Henry Kirk. He engaged in the war of 1812, served as county commissioner, and was one of Fayette's prominent citizens. He died January 1, 1840; his wife, April 16, 1863. The union was blessed with thirteen children, of whom five are living. For the sake of convenience the family name has been changed from Kirkpatrick to Kirk.
* Source: 
History of Fayette County, Ohio & State of Ohio - By R. S. Dills - Publ. Odell & Meyer Publishers, Dayton, Ohio - 1881 - Page 247

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