The 1880 census index, online at the LDS FamilySearch website, shows a James Nikirk, age 36, born in Illinois, living in Greenwood, Jackson Co., Missouri with his family.He was a farmer and his parents were said to have been born in Pennsylvania.His wife was Nancy, age 37, also born in Illinois; her father born in MD and her mother born in MO (but the abbreviations could have been misread by the transcribers).
The children listed were:Nancy, age 13, born in Ill.; Bertha, 11, also born in Ill.; Nellia, 9, also born in Ill.; James, 5, also born in Illinois.Also with the family was a James Smith, age 13, farm laborer, possibly no relation to the family.
A CLINE family researcher has information that James Edgar Nikirk, born about 1876 in Illinois, died "1940" in Nampa, Idaho.The Idaho Death Index has his death actually as March 11, 1941 in Nampa, Canyon County, Idaho.The Cline researcher said that James E. married Ora Betty CLINE in 1897 and they had four daughters:Marian (or Marion) born 12 May 1899 in Greenwood, MO, and died 1969 in Kuna, Idaho; and Nell, born about 1901 in Greenwood, died 1991 in Emmett, Idaho; and two others not named.
I did establish that a Marion Nikirk, born 12 May 1899, died July 1969 in Kuna, Ada County, Idaho.If this person was a female, she never married; and her Social Security number was issued in Missouri.
I am not actually researching this family and do not know anything further about them.I am trying to learn more about my great-aunt's second husband, whose name was told to me as J.E. NEWKIRK.They are enumerated together in the 1900 census of East Weiser Precinct, Washington County, Idaho.His name is given as James C. NAUKIRK (which is not a surname under that spelling), born September 1870 in Missouri, father born in Iowa, mother born in MO.This information doesn't match James E. NIKIRK but I have not been able to identify anyone who fits the census information.The Missouri-Idaho connection is curious, and it would be easy for a census-taker to misunderstand "James E." as "James C."However, James Edgar Nikirk would have to have been a bigamist if he was having children with his wife Ora Betty Cline in Missouri at about the same time my aunt and her husband were listed together in the 1900 Idaho census.
I am sure I could learn more if I could locate my great-aunt's divorce papers but so far I have not been able to find them.She married her second husband in late 1899 or early 1900, and would have divorced him in 1901 or 1902.They had no surviving children together.