Lancashire has much the largest concentration of Kirkmans in England with over 60% of all the Kirkmans in England living there in 1881. Here are some of the lines we have researched:
Evidence of Kirkmans in this area goes back to 1515 when a George Kirkman was a witness in a court case. Later, another George Kirkman (b abt 1565) of Ainsworth (between Bolton and Bury), husbandman, signed a 60 year lease with Sir Ralph Assheton for land, which then passed down his family eventually to his great grandson Thomas Kirkman b abt 1675 of Barwick Fold, and later to Thomas’s grandson Peter (1742-1793). Peter’s cousin Zachariah (1722-1790)’s estate was dealt with by an Administration by his son John (b 1754), which was disputed by John’s sister Sally. As a result, we have a very detailed inventory nearly 2 pages long detailing all Zachariah’s goods, chattels & credits total value £588.
Legal documents from 1620 relate to a yeoman farmer, John Kirkman, b abt 1590, the son