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Champaign County, Illinois

Biography - John C. Kirkpatrick

SOURCE: "History of Champaign County, Illinois with Illustrations," 1878

SURNAMES: BARRICKLOW, BUSEY, DILLING, KIRKPATRICK, PORTER


JOHN C. KIRKPATRICK was born in Rockaway county, Ohio, October 5th, 1825. His grandfather emigrated from Scotland to America, and settled in Ross county, Ohio, where James KIRKPATRICK, father of the subject of this sketch, was born. James Kirkpatrick married Jane PORTER, whose parents were from Ireland, and who was raised in Rockaway county, Ohio. Mr. Kirkpatrick grew up in Rockaway county, and obtained his education in the ordinary subscription schools. In the fall of 1843 his father moved with the family to Tippecanoe county, Indiana. The subject of this biography lived at home till twenty-four years of age, and then, in 1850, came to this county and settled on the site of the present town of Champaign. Part of that city is built on his old farm. In 1860 he moved to his present farm, in section 5 of St. Joseph township. He owns 1500 acres of land in St. Joseph, Somers and Stanton townships. October 9th, 1849, he married Mary C. BUSEY, daughter of Col. Matthew BUSEY, one of the earliest settlers of the county. She was born in Putnam county, Indiana, June 22d, 1830. He has eight children---Marion, Albert, Elizabeth, the wife of Jacob DILLING; Hattie, who married Charles BARRICKLOW; Samuel, Charles, Jessie and Fannie. His two oldest sons are married. In politics he was formerly a Whig, and has been a Republican since the formation of that party. He has been a member of the Methodist church for over a quarter of a century, and is now connected with Mayview church, which society he assisted to organize. He is one of the best citizens of St. Joseph township.


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