Biographical sketch of RICHARD C. KIRK from the book entitled, "Biographical Memoirs of Saint Clair County, Michigan," published in 1903 by B. F. Bowen Publishers in Logansport, Indiana.
This bio spans two (2) pages: 600-601
RICHARD C. KIRK
The late Richard C. Kirk was, during his useful life in St. Clair county, Michigan one of China township’s most highly respected citizens, although a native of England.He was born in Lincolnshire, March 1, 1812, and was a son of John Kirk.He was educated in England, where he learned the tailor’s trade, and in 1833 came to America.He married, in London, the widow Eliza Tomlin, whose maiden name was Vanlinn, and after arriving in New York worked at his trade for one year.He then went to Hamilton, Ontario, resided there about four years, then came to St. Clair, Michigan, and continued to work at his trade for about seven years, when he purchased one hundred and sixty acres of farm land in China township.Here he lost his wife, December 28, 1891, when she was eighty-four years old, and here his own death took place January 30, 1902.Both were communicants of the Episcopal church.They were the parents of four children:Frederick J., Anna, George and Rebecca Mary.Of these, Frederick J. married Margaret Blakie, but died at forty-five years of age, leaving his widow with one child, Richard Ray; Anna is the widow of Chester Rankin, who died April 4, 1875, leaving her with two children, Harry, a clerk in Ashtabula, Ohio, and Eliza, a dressmaker in Detroit; George died at the age of three years, and Rebecca Mary, the youngest of the four, has never married.
Miss Rebecca Kirk was always a dutiful daughter and took the most tender care of her parents during their declining years; watched all their interests and property and conducted the cultivation of the farm.She is a lady of more than ordinary business qualifications, and owns sixty-seven acres of the old homestead.Miss Kirk keeps her place in as high a state of cultivation as that of any farm in China township, taking into consideration its dimensions.She raises all the crops indigenous to the soil and climate, together with what live stock is necessary for home use, with an overplus, which she places on the markets.The farm is well improved in every respect and presents an appearance to the passing traveler such as would lead him to infer that it is managed by one of the best agriculturists in the county.Miss Kirk is a lady of most amiable disposition, is kind and charitable to all, and there are but few residents in China township, of either sex, who occupy a higher position in the esteem of the population than herself.Her merits are such that would make a favorable impression on any community and to them she owed her enviable standing with her neighbors.As a general rule, the gentler sec is seldom ambitious in commercial lines, but occasionally there is to be found a lady whose success in life might cause a blush to rise to the cheek of a man conscientious enough to confess that he would in all probability have met with defeat where she met with unequivocal triumph.
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