(William) Henry KIRBY, b May 2, 1805 NC, &
  1)  m 8 Nov 1832 Elizabeth L. (?) KIRBY, b 11 Mar 1816.
  2) m 17 Jun 1841 July/Julia Ann (WOOD) KIRBY, b May 1, 1821 TN.
  3)  m 9 Aug 1870 Mary E. (?) KIRBY, b 6 Apr 1828.

Late in 1996, Mrs. Virginia Frost sent me some information which she was
so kind as to copy from books and records in the library and courthouse
in Camden, AR.  Must have been about a year before I read the
information.   Part of those records included:

Kirby Cemetery
- Turn left at top of hill, highway 24, before getting to Chidester, AR
on past Pleasant Hill High School about a mile to land of Eugene Gulley,
on which lives Georgia Sockwell - about 1/4 mile back of house in woods
at a large cedar tree.

Also, included on a separate page was:

Butler, Adam Sept. 23, 1815 Sept. 24, 1867
Kirby, Henry May 2, 1805 Aug 28, 1888
Kirby, Julia Ann May 1, 1821 Oct. 12, 1869
Kirby, Georgia Ann June 10, 1865 Oct. 12, 1871
No other graves apparent.  This cemetery is not fenced and is grown up
with bushes and small trees.
- ----------------------------

Later correspondence with Mrs. Frost confirmed that the cemetery is still
in extremely bad shape.

Just recently, I received the following e-mail from Mr. Jesse Wood:

From: Jesse Wood <>

I live in Chidester, Arkansas and am familiar with the Kirby Cemetery.
It's no longer in use and is grown over by woods. I knew Mr. Henry Kirby
and his wife, he worked as a clerk in the Chidester Mercantile Store when
I was a child. They were also members of the Chidester Baptist Church of
which I am a member.

Jesse Wood


(William) Henry KEARBY/KIRBY NC 1805 > AR

As per hand-written notes of Judge Thomas Albert Almarine CARTER, Henry
Kirby's first name was William.  And, William Henry Kirby used the name
KEARBY while his children used the name KIRBY.  The Judge also indicated
that Henry KIRBY is supposed to have been of German descent. 

(William) Henry KEARBY/KIRBY & Descendants


1.  Henry KIRBY was born on May 2 1805 in NC.  He died on Aug 28 1885.
He died on Aug 28 1888.  He was buried in Kirby Family Cem, near
Chidester, AR, USA.

Married first to Elizabeth L. on Nov 8 1832.  Elizabeth L. was born on
Mar 11 1816.  She died on Sep 8 1837.  Henry KIRBY and Elizabeth L. had
the following children:

+2 i. Elizabeth June KIRBY.

Married 2nd to July\Julia Ann WOOD on Jun 17 1841.  July\Julia Ann WOOD
was born on May 1 1821 in TN.  She died on Oct 12 1869.  She was buried
in Kirby Family Cem, near Chidester, AR, USA. Henry KIRBY and July\Julia
Ann WOOD had the following children:

       3 i.      James Albert KIRBY, born Apr 22 1842, died Mar 11
     +4 ii.      William Francis KIRBY.
     +5 iii.      Richard Harison KIRBY.
     +6 iv.      Margaret Adelia KIRBY.
     +7 v.      Missouri Caroline KIRBY.
       8 vi.      Virgil Almirine KIRBY, born Jan 4 1855, died Aug
4 1857.
      9 vii.     Charles Henry KIRBY.
     +10 viii.     Leander Jackson KIRBY.
     +11 ix.      Alvin Price KIRBY.
     12 x.      Georgia Ann KIRBY, born Jun 10 1865, died Oct 12
1871.  She was buried in Kirby Family Cem, near Chidester, AR, USA.

Married 3rd to Mary E. on Aug 9 1870.  Mary E. was born on Apr 6 1828.
Henry KIRBY and Mary E. had the following children:

13 i. Mary Catherine KIRBY.


2.  Elizabeth June KIRBY was born on Dec 14 1835.  She died before Jun
1841.She was married to Adam BUTLER on Aug 30 1860.

4.  William Francis KIRBY was born on Mar 29 1844.
He was married to Ann JONES on Oct 18 1887.

5.  Richard Harison KIRBY was born on Jul 12 1846.
He was married to Mary RUSHING on Feb 24 1870.

6.  Margaret Adelia KIRBY was born on Apr 16 1849.
She was married to UNKNOWN on Mar 1 1866.

7.  Missouri Caroline KIRBY was born on Jul 1 1852 in Macon, Bibbs Co,
GA.  She died on Jul 14 1902.  She was buried in Warren - Moseley Cem,
Bradley Co, AR, USA.

She was married to Elisha Schroebel CARTER (son of William John "Billy"
CARTER and Rebecca MEADOR) on Dec 22 1869.  Elisha Schroebel CARTER was
born on Jun 1 1847 in Quitman, Lauderdale Co, MS.  He died on Jan 17 1929
in Warren, Bradley Co, AR.  He was buried in Warren - Moseley Cem,
Bradley Co, AR, USA.

10.  Leander Jackson KIRBY was born on Feb 12 1860.

11.  Alvin Price KIRBY was born on Sep 13 1862.
He was married to Isabella LEE on Jul 14 1893.

13.  Mary Catherine KIRBY was born on Sep 18 1883.
  Mary Catherine KIRBYmarried Jesse CALLAWAY.

All help appreciated.  Thank you,

Tim Carter           

We are all stuck on the parents of Robert Kirby.  If anyone has more information it would be appreciated.  Thanks Carol Kirby

Descendants of Robert Kirby

Generation No. 1

1.  ROBERT KIRBY was born Abt. 1845 in Brunswick Co., NC, and died WFT Est.
1874-1934.  He married PRUDENCE HEWETT Abt. 1869 in Brunswick Co. NC.

2. i. GEORGE (DOSS) WILLIAM KIRBY, b. March 11, 1870, Brunswick Co. N.C.;
d. June 1, 1936, Bolivia, NC.

Generation No. 2

2.  GEORGE (DOSS) WILLIAM KIRBY (ROBERT1) was born March 11, 1870 in
Brunswick Co. N.C., and died June 1, 1936 in Bolivia, NC.  He married SARAH
ELIZABETH HEWETT Abt. 1895 in Brunswick Co. N.C., daughter of HEWETT and

Children of GEORGE KIRBY and SARAH HEWETT are:
5. iv. RICHMOND THOMAS KIRBY, b. April 11, 1897, Supply, NC;
6. v. OSCAR RUDOLPH KIRBY, b. November 11, 1901, Brunswick Co. N.C.; d.
July 6, 1954, Angier, Harnet Co. N.C..

GRANVILLE G. KIRBY was born 14 December 1853 in North Carolina and died in Dallas County, Texas, 14 September 1927.  He married Nellie Jane Heath 24 December 1885 in Arlington, Tarrent County, Texas.

I am looking, and have been looking for many years, for a North Carolina census record of a Kirby family with a son named Granville born in 1853. This should identify the correct Kirby family.  Maybe an old will or some court records might help identify his family.  He named his two
sons, Jesse Granville Kirby and Earl Junius Kirby. 

Granville Kirby had no past, and I have spent well over twenty-five years  looking for his parents in North Carolina. His daughter, my mother-in-law who died in 1995 at the age of 96,  said he never spoke of a family or kin other than to say he was the youngest of fourteen children, and that it wasn't safe to go home. His wife, Nellie Jane Heath Kirby lived with my wife and I and died in 1962 also at the age of 96.  Before her death I talked with her many hours about the early days in Texas.  She divorced Granville in 1914 and often told me that she knew nothing of his past, but believed that he came from the area around Raleigh, North Carolina.  She also spoke of his being the youngest of a
large family.  Granville worked for the railroad for many years and was working for the railroad when he married Nellie. 

Any help would be appreciated. 


Leander Alny Kerby,Son of William & Caroline Moore Kerby born Clay County,NC 12/9/1844.Married Charity Pauline Queen,daughter of Henson & Zilpha Glass Queen on May 22,1870.Leander was in Confederate Army,captured at Cumberland Gap,Tn and spent 2 1/2 years as prisoner of war at Camp Douglas,Illinois. returned to Hayesville,NC,married and left in 1872 to homestead in LaVeta, Colorado along with his brother Jasper and Uncle John Parker Kerby. Died
in Pueblo,Colorado 1899 and is buried at Roselawn Cemetery.

My ggg grandfather was Jesse Kerby,born 1799 NC..He married Rachel Moore,
daughter of John Parker Moore &  (Charlotte)Millie Redmon.My g grandfather
Wm Kerby married Caroline Moore,his first cousin.Their son Leander was
born 12/9/1844 Clay Cnty, Nc.He was in 62nd Cavalry and captured at
Cumberland Gap,Tn and spent 2 1/2 years as a prisoner of war at Camp
Douglas,Illinois.He returned to Clay Cnty & married Charity Pauline Queen,
born 8/16/1847,daughter of Henson & Zilpha Glass Queen.In 1871, they left
Clay Cnty for LaVeta,Colorado along with Leander's brother Jasper & Uncle
John Parker Kerby to homestead. William Kerby who was CEO of Wall
Street Journal & Dow Jones whose g- grandmother sold land to the US for
the original Ft. Washington spoke of cousins in North Carolina.He stated
in 1400's the name was deKirkeby and was of Norman derivation.If anyone
cad add to this information,it would be appreciated.

In 1830 census of Macon Cnty (now Clay Cnty)NC, there is John,Josiah and
Jesse Kerby who was my ggg another
John pops up! Wm Kerby
of the Wall Street Journal whose great-grandmother sold land in Virginia to
the US for the original Ft. Washington said his family spoke of cousins in
North Carolina.He also mentioned their affinity for the names of John &
William.This doesn't help a'tall,does it!

Janet Horn


I am looking for information on my 3rd ggf, Bailey Kerby, born 26 Mar 1799 in Burke County, NC.  He married Elizabeth Sherrill (born 11 Oct 1799 in Burke County) there in 1818.  They moved to Rabun County, GA before 1850.   Both died in Towns County, GA in 1874.  I am particularly
interesed in the identity of his parents.  I have been told -- but have been unable to prove -- that he was a descendant of Thomas Kerby, an English emigrant who died in York County, VA in 1688.

Ron Fletcher


Pat, my ancestor is the Henry Kirby who left a will in Stokes Co., NC in
1790.  I do not believe he is the son of John Kirby of Pittsylvania Co., VA.
Francis Kirby was born in 1774 and he is the son of Edmund Kirby who is the
son of the Henry Kirby who died in Stokes.  I estimate that Edmund was born
around 1750 and Henry around 1729/30.  Also, the Henry Kirby involved in
land deeds in Pittsylvania with John Kirby had a wife named Ann and he used
an "H" as his mark.  The Henry Kirby who died in Stokes had a wife named
Susannah and he used an "X" or a "+" (I have seen both marks used in the
same transaction) as his mark.

Since there are so many Henry, Jesse, Samuel, and Pleasant  Kirbys, I have
been wondering if the follow hypothesis might account for so many similar
naming patterns:

Hypothesis:  Could the following be brothers?
1.  John Kerby of Pittsylvania and
2.  The father of Henry Kerby who died in Stokes and
3.  The father of Richard Kerby and Henry Baker Kirby.

The Kerbys you found in the 1790 census for
Stokes Co., NC (Edmund, Jesse, Pleasant, and Samuel) all were sons of Henry
Kirby who left a will in 1790 in Stokes Co.  I believe your birthdate for
Pleasant (about 1767) is correct.  After his father, Henry Kerby, died,
Pleasant and his wife, Elizabeth "Betsy" Hollaman moved to Smith Co., TN and
then to Jackson Co., TN.  Pleasant died about 1819/20.

Edmund (my ancestor) was born about 1750 and was in Stokes until at least
1794 and then I lose him.  I believe he died about December 1828 in Morgan
Co., GA where two of his sons were living.  I found a notice in the George
Journal (Milledgeville) Newspaper dated 31 Jan 1829 where Edmund's son Henry
(what other name would you expect?) "applies for letters of administration
on the estate of Edmond Kirby,late of said county, deceased.)
After much
searching, I have not found any court records regarding this.

Jesse Kerby stayed in Stokes County.  I estimate Jesse's birth at around
1763.  He must have died around 1816.  His wife, Elizabeth D. East, remains
on the Stokes Co., NC census until 1830 and she died around 1836.

Samuel Kerby
is a little "iffy."  I think he was born around 1755.   There is
a deed dated 1783 in Surry Co., NC where a Samuel Kerby and wife, Mexuelvey,
sold land.  Samuel is on the Stokes Co., NC census for 1790 living next to
his brother, Pleasant.  The last time I find him is witnessing three deeds
in Stokes Co. in 1796.

Larry, I also had noticed another Henry and Susannah Kerby in Pittsylvania.
They apparently stayed in Pittsylvania until at least 1805 when they sold
some land.  This Henry Kerby could sign his name and his wife used an "X" as
her mark.  I agree with you that John and Jemima are and important part of
this puzzle.  The Kerbys who moved to Union Co., SC, all had "The Names."
Do you know anything about the will of the Henry Kerby who died in
Rutherford Co., TN?  I have heard about it, but know nothing of the
contents.  Do you know anything about Hanover Henry Kerby?

Evea, Larry, and Leo, here is some of what I think I know about  some of the
family of the Henry Kerby who left a will in 1790 in Stokes Co., NC.  We
know the will names the following children:  Sarah Davis, Edmund Kerby,
Samuel Kerby, Lelia Williams, Dorcas Cunningham, Jesse Kerby, Pleasant

Edmund (my ancestor) and his wife, Sarah Shepherd,
had the following
children:  Jesse Kerby (b about 1773, d 1834), Francis Kirby (my ancestor)
(b 1774, d 1854), Henry Kirby (b 1776, d 1854 in Austin Co., TX), Sarah
(b 1781, d ?) (married Joel Flanagan), James Kirby (b 1787, d 1843),
Patsy (Martha?) Kirby (b ca 1780/90, d ?) (married Henry J. Williams),
Edmund S. Kirby (b between 1790/94, d ?), John Kirby (b 1797, d 1851 in
Tuscaloosa Co., AL).  I did locate the grave of one of Edmund's sons, James
Kerby, who married Elizabeth Longino.  James is buried in the Sharp-Kirby
Cemetery in Silver Creek, Lawrence Co., MS.  His tombstone reads, "James /
son of / Edmund and Sarah / Shepherd Kirby / born / in Stokes Co. / North
Carolina / in 1787 / died / in Lawrence / County Mississippi / Sept 18 1843.
One note, I have not been able to confirm that Edmund's son, Edmund S.
(Shepherd?) Kirby, married Elizabeth Uptegrove and remained in North

Everything I have read, but with no proof, states that Henry's son, Edmund,
married Sarah Shepherd,
daughter of "Gen. William (D. or B.?) Shepperd, high
sheriff, commander of militia, from VA and NC..."  I have a transcript of a
manuscript written in 1916 by one of James' sons, Henry Shepherd Kirby (b.
1826 in Simpson Co., MS, died 1925 in Medina Co., TX).  Henry Shepherd Kirby
is the one who wrote the quote above about Gen. Shepperd.

Do you know anything else about this William Shepherd?  The only William
Shepherd I have found in the revolutionary records who attained any rank at
all was a Col. William Shepherd who was up for promotion to Gen. but  the
promotion didn't happened.  This William Shepherd was from Massachusetts.  I
hope that finding out more about William Shepherd will help us find more
information about Edmond and Henry.

There could be other Shepherd wives of other Kirbys, but, if not, perhaps
Pleasant Kirby named his son "Shepherd" after his brother Edmond's wife's

Thanks, Shirley Joiner


Hi I am looking for my gggreat granddad he was William B Kirby he married a Maddy/ Maddie Davis they had 8 children  the names are:

Lum, Author, Philmor, Oscar, Chanels or Charles, Conlie, Pearl, Cora

Cora married Ed J.H. Yarber in 10/3/1902  at Beaver Dam Baptist church.  Cora 19 and Ed 20  They had12 children names are Jim, Jess, Lon, |Stanley Binaham (which he died in WW II  and is baried in the Arlington Cemetery) Don, Don , Ted, Wannon or warren, Lula Mae, 3 of the siblings died.  I am looking for William B kirby's mom and dad and Maddy's mom and dad.  My ggreat grandma cora was believed to be 1\2 cherokee  .  They live in the North Carolina and Tennessee area any information will be helpful thank you.  please contact me at


Terri Connor

Austin Kirby b-1811 NC md Deborah Sloan b-1823 TN
ch- Amanda Kirby b- 1839 TN
        Mariah Kirby b- 1844 TN
        Armanella Jane Kirby b- 1845 Jackson, TN md Joshua Glover in
1864 in Gallatin Coutny, IL.
        General H. Kirby b- Nov 1849 TN
        Clinton Kirby b- 1850 TN
        Alice Kirby b- 1854 IL
        Dewit Kirby b- 1863 IL

I was in SLC last week and found some Deed abstracts from Smith County,
TN from 1835-1852 US/CAN 976.852 R2p V2 compiled by Thomas E. Partlow.
On page 17 Samuel Kearby to Austin Kearby a tract of land on Defeated
Creek. 12 Dec 1836 (original pg. 290-291).
pg 44 William Kearby to James Kearby a tract of land on Goose Creek 21
Nov 1837 (pg. 178)
pg. 231 Austin Kerby to William Kerby a tract of land 19 Sep 1841 (pg.
pg. 42 John Kirby to Drury Cornwell a tract of land on Defeated Creek 28
Dec 1836 (pg. 149-141)

There seems to be relationship between Austin, Samuel, William, James
and John at least.

There were some others mentioned being Franklin, Nathaniel, Jesse, Sarah
A., Richard and Lucy.
There were numerous Sloans also. I violated my own
rule though and didn't copy every page with a reference to these

Jeff Williams <


I'm searching for the parents of a Winnyfred Kirby who was born about 1789
North Carolina. She married Jonathan Walsh b 7 April 1788 and had several sons
and daughters. One son was a name Henderson Walsh.  Jonathan and Winnyfred are
buried in Madison County, TN...

Any help appreciated.



Obedience (Beady) Sasser, daughter of Arthur Sasser of Johnston Co., N.C.,
married Charles Kirby.  Then they removed to Laurel Co., Ky. about 1835.  Does
anyone know when & where this marriage took place ?  I will appreciate any and
all help.

I am trying to locate a marriage between Obedience (Beady) Sasser and Charles

Arthur Sasser and wife Elizabeth.  Arthur died 1815 in Johnston Co., NC.  His
children according to his will were:
Edith...her will written in 1816
The will has witness Thomas Kirby.  Henry Sasser Friend and Josiah Sasser,
son, are the executors.

I believe that Beady & Charles Kirby ended up in Laurel Co., Ky. along with
her brother Josiah Sasser about 1835-38.  Josiah's daughter Isabella Sasser
married a Thomas Kirby there in 1843.   Can anyone tell me where I might find
the marriage of Beady & Charles or shed any light on Josiah Sasser.  Thank you
so much for any help you can offer.    Patsy


Descendants of Josiah Kirby

1.  Josiah2 Kirby  (John1 Kerby).  He married Anne Windle.

Child of Josiah Kirby and Anne Windle is:
+ 2 i. Sarah3 Kirby, born 1776 in VA.; died 1860-1869.

2.  Sarah3 Kirby (Josiah2, John1 Kerby) was born 1776 in VA., and died
1860-1869.  She married George Crawford Abt. 1792, son of Unknown Crawford
and Sarah Morgan.


Looking for ancestors of Richard KIRBY, born in Va.   1748, lvd in Surry Co.,
N.C. in 1790.    Moved to Tenn. l795 and died  in Blount Co. Tenn. l811.
Married Sarah Jean Small, b. 1748, Va.  She died l824/25, Blount Co. Tenn.
Many thanks for any info.  M.R. (Jenmika)

1  Richard    1748    Va.   moved to Yadkin Co. (later named Surrey Co.) N.
Car. Then to Rockford,Blount Co.Tn. Md.Sarah Jean Small Richard died 1811.
2 Richard  Jr.  1788  Rockford ,Tn    Moved to Alabama
MD    1   Temperance Freeman
2 Mary (Polly)
3 Sarah Perkins
3  John L. Kirby  1834  Son of Richard and  Mary (Polly) Trice in Marshall Co.

Any Cuzzins?
Jim M Kirby


Does anyone have any information on my ancestor James Kirby born 1829 in

By 1850 he had moved to Grayson County, Virginia where was listed in the
census. It listed his wife as Matilda born 1837 NC. Their daughter
Talitha Florence Kirby was my grandmother. She  born January 5, 1864 in
Grayson and died there in 1945. I appreciate any help in locating James

Fleetwood M. Jones <


Like many of you I have not found a clue among all the messages I have
read on the parents or family of GRANVILLE G. KIRBY, born 14 Dec. 1853
in North Carolina and died 14 Sept 1927 in Dallas, Dallas County, Texas.
Granville married Nellie Jane Heath 24 Dec 1885 in Arlington, Tarrant
County, Texas.  She was the daughter of Thomas Jefferson Heath and Julie
Ann Thomas.

GRANVILLE G. KIRBY had no past and the only clue to any family was a
single letter written over a hundred years ago saying it was safe to
come home.  The letter was lost and no one could remember where it came
from or who wrote it.  His daughter, was my mother-in-law and she died
in 1995 at the age of 96.  She knew nothing of any family or her father
and she told me many time that she never heard him speak of any family
other than to say he was born in North Carolina and was the youngest of
a maybe fourteen children. 

Surely Granville's name appears on a census.  Certainly on the 1860 and
1870 census, probably North Carolina, and probably in the Raleigh, North
Carolina area.  I have looked at census records of North Carolina and
either overlooked his name or it is not there.  If anyone has a 1860 or
1870 census record containing the name Granville, or even G. G.
Kirby/Kerby, I sure could use some help.

I promised my mother-in-law for many years that I would find out who her
father's family was.  I failed her.  Her daughter, my wife, died in 1983
and her only two Kirby cousins have since died.  There are few if any
descendants that have an interest, but I still would like to know
something of this man without a past. 

Harold R. Coffman;

Hello, I am posting one of my Kirby lines to the List:

Source of this information is the Will of James Kirby written 20 Jan 1800
and proved Feb 1816, Chatham County, North Carolina:

James KIRBY d. 1816 Chatham Co, NC
    m. Elizabeth _______


Wright KIRBY
*Rebecca KIRBY b. abt 1780 NC
    m. *James Jones abt 1800 NC
Emily (or Cindy) KIRBY.

*my ancestors

Note:  the birth order of these children may be wrong.  The Will lists them
so that it's hard to tell exactly who is older than who.   Wiley is probably
the oldest boy - he inherits more property.  But Wright and Isaac are named
executors so they may be next oldest.

I would like to hear from any who are related to this line or who may have
more information.

Shirley Webb


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