I am looking for the Irish origins of James Kirkpatrick (b. ca. 1700-1715).He married, presumably in Ireland to Mary, whose maiden name is unknown.He emigrated to America before 1750, probably in the 1740s, and may have settled for a time in southeastern Pennsylvania or the northeast corner of Maryland, but at least by 1753 was in what became Chester and York counties, South Carolina.He had eight known children: William, b. ca. 1734; Francis, b. ca. 1735-38; Thomas; James, b. ca. 1743; John, b. ca. 1744; Robert, b. ca. 1748; Agnes; and Jane.
We believe that he may have come from County Tyrone, since two of the families he was most closely associated with, the Leeches and the Loves, came from there.James Kirkpatrick was the administrator of William Leech's estate in 1753.The Leeches were from Strabane or its vicinity.In 1754 he received a land grant adjacent to Robert Love.A younger Robert Love came to York County, probably in the 1770s and settled in the immediate vicinity.The younger Robert Love was from Crew Townland, Parish of Ardstraw, County Tyrone.While we have no direct information about where the elder Robert Love came from, it seems highly likely that there was a close relationship between the two Roberts.
James was a member of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in South Carolina and presumably in Ireland.It is at least possible that James's father was also named James, although that is anything but certain.