Eva Gregory maintains an extensive listing of the YORK county KIRBY'S on her website, I
advise you all to take a look at her pages. They are quite informative.
My Kirby lineage beginning with myself:
> 1.Darlene Embry
Ky, Kenton Co
> 2. Anna Mildred Kinkade
Ky, Butler Co
> Paul Monroe Moran
> 3. Lura Bell Kirby born 1896 Ky, Butler Co
> Preston Kinkade born 1896 Ky, Butler Co
> 4. Greenberry Kirby born 1868 Ky, Butler Co
> Delia Elamon
born 1871 Ky, Butler Co
> 5. James Monroe Kirby born 1847 Tenn, Sumner Co
> Mary Ann Summerville born 1850
> 6. Westley W. Kirby born 1822 Tenn (some
question as to whether
> Westley is the father of James Monroe Kirby), Sumner Co*
> Nancy Hodges born
1822 Tenn, Sumner Co
> * I have it from another source that James Monroe's
> Joseph Kirby and Dolly Woodward and that he was born in Robertson Co,
> Tenn. This is being researched and any info that someone may have on
> this would be greatly appreciated.
> 7. John Kirby born 1796 South Carolina, Greenville Co
> Sarah 'Sally' Woodall born 1802
Virginia, Franklin Co
> 8. Leonard T. Kirby born 1760
Virginia, Pittsylvania Co
> 9. David Kirby Sr. born 1738
Virginia, Goochland Co
> Elizabeth Tarrant born 1740
Virginia, Henry Co
> 10. Jonathan 'John' Kerby born 1698 Virginia,
> Joanna Owen
born 1714 Virginia, Prince George
> 11.Robert Thomas Kerby born 1662
Virginia, York Co
> Catharine Clarke Tompkins born abt 1672
> 12. Thomas Kerby III born 1609
> Mary Ray
> 13. Thomas Kerby II
> 14. Thomas Kerby I born 1555
> 15. George Kerby born abt 1530
England, Norfolk Co
I can add a wee bit to the above. The John Kirby who married Joanna Owen was
John, son of Robert (no middle name) Kirby of York Co., Va. The will of
of Robert of York Co., was proved 21 Nov. 1739 in Elizabeth City Co., Va. His
widow was Martha and he left one son, Thomas, who was under eighteen in 1734 when
the will was drafted. This John's brother Robert had a son John who died in 1741,
but he left no heirs.
John Kirby, son of Thomas (eldest son of Robert), of York Co. married Mary,
daughter of Robert Shield, and lived and died (will recorded 20 June 1774) in
Charles Parish, York Co. His son John married Elizabeth Sclater and died (by July
1795) in York Co. Both men are represented in county court records.
Robert Kirby married c1685 Mary, dau. of Thomas Curson, with whom he had one
child, Thomas (b.1696). Mary died in Feb. 1687. Robert married (2nd) by Jan. 1690
Catherine, dau. of John and Elizabeth Clarke and stepdaughter of Samuel Tompkins.
They had thirteen more children, seven of whom died quite young.
Thomas Kirby, the immigrant, died in 1668. When and where he was born and who his
family were is still not documented. There are several likely candidates. The
Scarning line is by no means proved. There is a standing offer of $5,000 for the
proof of his date and place of birth and family connection. Details are on my web
site, URL below.
Unfortunately, I don't know who John of Pittsylvania was.
In my last message to the list, I had Thomas Kirby, son of Robert Kirby (b.1662), son
of Thomas Kirby (d.1668), born in 1696. He was born 20 June 1686, Charles
York Co., Va. Sorry! It was late and I was tired.
My sources are the Charles Parish Register published by, and available from, the
Library of Virginia for about $15.00, in which births, with parents' names, and deaths
are recorded, and court records of the relevant counties, which I regularly read on
microfilm at the Library of Virginia. I worked with Noel Currer-Briggs on several
projects since 1970 and have extensive knowledge about his research, both published
and unpublished. If you look at his The Search for Mr. Thomas Kirbye, Gentleman, you
will see that I drew the Virginia maps for it. Mr. Watkins, who passed away last year,
I only knew for about fifteen years. He did some research for me, and it was he who
pointed out that Catherine, wife of Robert Kirby, was in fact the daughter of John
Clarke and stepdaughter of Samuel Tompkins. Her birth is in the Charles Parish
I do, however, respect everyone's right to believe whatever they wish..
Eve S. Gregory, Director
Virginia Foundation for Archaeological Research, Inc.
Eva, in your research, are the Kirby names spelled with an
i or an e.
Most of my hunting in the York, Co area', the name was spelled Kerby,. A
good many folks from York Co, moved to Southampton, some of which
intermarried with the Kirby family in that area. Let me know if you ever
connect those Kirbys with any York residents. I have reason to believe
that Richard Kirby, Sr. originally came from York Co, but I cannot find
any proof of that.