Re: Calthorpe and Kirkland marriage in Georgia
I'm a little late answering this, but it's an interesting puzzle.
I don't think anyone just made up the name "Calthrap." It's a common variant spelling of Coltharp/Calthorp, and there were Coltharps in Carroll Co. GA from about 1830 to ca. 1845 when they moved to Henderson Co. TX. William Coltharp married a Harriet Kirkland (b. GA ca. 1838) in Henderson, but that was 1873. I don't have any "spare" Coltharp females from Carroll Co. who might have had James Kirkland b. ca. 1845, but it's possible I'm missing some.
There was also a branch of Coltharps from York Co. SC who moved to Tippah MS by 1850.In 1848, they were in Jackson Co. GA briefly--long enough for one of the Coltharp males to marry there.
And finally, there were three Coltharps in Rusk Co. TX ca. 1860 I can't identify at all. They were born in the 1840s--one says in GA, the second in AR. I know who those two Coltharp women married--but the brother, Thaddeus, was apparently killed in the war--no later evidence of him anyhow.
So there may have been a Coltharp/Kirkland connection earlier than 1873, but whoever wrote that in your book may have confused generations or locations, particularly where the mother was born (born elsewhere but married in GA?)Have you learned anything more about James W's parents?