Blessed Richard Kirkman was an English Catholic martyr. Born in Addingham, Yorkshire, he left England in 1577 and studied at the famous Catholic school of Douai, France, the preparatory institution for English Catholics who would then return home and work for the reconversion of the isle.
Ordained in 1579, in Reims, he sailed to England and served as a tutor for Richard Dymake’s family in Scrivelsby, Lancashire. Richard then went to Yorkshire and Northumberland and he was arrested near Wakefield. He was hanged, drawn, and quartered near York with Blessed William Lacey, on August 22 1582, for denying the supremacy of Queen Elizabeth I as head of the Church of England.
Born in Morgan County, IL, the son of Thomas and Catherine Sweet Kirkman and a grandson of George Kirkman, Jr., Marshall had a typically American rise to prominence. Though he had a rudimentary education, Marshall became one of the best-known American railroaders of the late 19th century.
At age 14, Marshall became a messenger for the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad, was repeatedly promoted, and eventually became a CNW vice president. He gained nationwide fame as an expert in railroad operation, management and financing by writing scores of railroad
Nationally known during the 20th century was Boone Kirkman of Seattle, WA who in the 1960s and ‘70s was a highly ranked contender for boxing’s heavyweight championship of the world. A hard hitter, Boone won a string of matches in the mid-1960s, became boxing’s Great White Hope, and was on the cover of many magazines. In 1970 he had the bad luck to encounter later heavyweight champ George Foreman in New York’s Madison Square Garden and was flattened in two rounds. Boone continued fighting until 1979 and compiled a record of 43 wins and six losses. Daniel is one of the “Walla Walla” Kirkmans from Lancashire.
Thomas’s son Hugh married 17-year-old Eleanora Van Leer in 1839. She was undisputedly the city’s most beautiful belle and he was its most eligible bachelor. They were Nashville’s most glamorous family. Eleanor’s father was Anthony Van Leer, owner of Cumberland Iron Works. He built her a magnificent home on the southwest corner of Cedar and Summer streets, worthy of her appearance, as a gift from himself. When everything was completed, he escorted his daughter, son-in-law, and two grandchildren into the stunning home for the first time. The 27 year old Eleanora was breathless with excitement. “I can never hope to be nearer heaven than this!” she exclaimed. At the end of the day, with all the chandeliers
lighted, she stood at the top of the winding stairway “for a last admiring glance before retiring for the night.” Suddenly, she turned to her husband and declared “I shall never see this stairway again.” The next day, February 23, 1849, her son Van Leer Kirkman was born. Complications occurred during the birth and for more than three months she was bedridden. On June 1, 1849 she died from complications of childbirth.
This Irish/USA Kirkman line also has branches in Tuscaloosa & Florence, Alabama.
The Soap Company Kirkman & Son Co. was established in New York City in 1837 by John Kirkman b abt 1800 from Lancashire, England. They sold bars of Kirkman Borax Soap and boxes of Kirkman Pure White Flakes, both used for washing laundry & dishes.
John’s son, Alexander Samson Kirkman (b 1844) took over the running of the business when his father died and moved the company to Brooklyn. Their factory was built around
1880 by Ralph Kirkman, son of Andrew Kirkman (b 1792), also of Lancashire & brother of John. In 1895 Alexander moved to much bigger premises in Brook St in Brooklyn where initially they had 85 employees. Tragically, Alexander’s eldest son John was killed by a trolley while riding his bike in Oct 5th 1895. He left a wife May Lulu and 3 year old daughter Dorothy.
When Alexander Snr died in 1912, his sons, Sydney Alexander (pictured left) & Ralph Kirkman took over. By 1913 the Company had grown to have 375 employees. In 1929 the Company was bought by Colgate Palmolive, but Kirkman branded products continued to be available in New York City until the mid 1950’s.
Alderman John Kirkman was born in Oct 1743, the son of John Kirkman of Coventry and Ann Garland, his wife. He served his apprenticeship to weaving with his father in Coventry, and then established himself in the London weaving trade about the middle of the eighteenth century. In June 1766 he married Maria Marsh, the daughter of Robert Marsh, Governor or the Bank of England. He was a silk merchant with premises in College Hill in the City of London.
John Kirkman was elected Alderman of Cheap Ward on the 21 January 1768 and sworn in on the 2 February 1768. In the elections for sheriffs in June 1780, he was elected to be one of the two Sheriffs of London and was expected to take office on the 28 September that year. He also stood as a member of parliament in the September 1780 elections. He became a City Alderman in 1768 and a freeman of the Weavers' Company at the end of the following year. He was elected Sheriff of London in 1766, and MP for the City in 1780. Unfortunately he was unable to take up his seat in parliament or to take the role of Sheriff as he died on 19 September 1780, the last day of the elections.
Captain Robert Kirby Kirkman of Great Britain's Royal Flying Corps was an eight-victory World War I ace who was shot down in early 1918, survived a crash landing and became a German prisoner of war.
Like many British fliers, Robert first served in Western Front trenches during the war's early years - in his case with the Leicester infantry regiment.