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If you know of any Kirkmans who were in any of the above States before those mentioned, please let me know.

In 1649, a Maryland Catholic colony was formally opened to non-Catholics. George Kirkman was one of the immigrants who were indentured to Thomas Sewell, the proprietor of 500 acres in what became Dorchester County. At least two other Kirkmans, Roger and Melcher had arrived by mid 1660.

A number of transactions were documented which identified their Kirkman family. In 1682 and 1683 William Kirkman had land surveyed. In 1699 and 1701 a James Kirkman sold properties. In 1746 & 1774 James b 1713 sold or leased land to his brother George, Jr. William's will was executed in Talbot County in 1786, and in 1801 Thomas sold property to an Elizabeth Kirkman.

By the time of the migration to North Carolina, George, Sr. and his wife Elizabeth had six children.. George, Jr. was born 1712 & James b 1713. The birth years for Roger, Rosannah, Ann, & Comfort are not yet known.
North Carolina
After the Revolution, land opportunities in the southern coastal states drew settlers from the North. James b 1713 and his wife Mary, with their  4 young children, moved to North Carolina. James acquired land in 1787, where he became the owner of 5 plantations and a number of slaves, thus earning his reputation as the "the rich Kirkman".  James had 7 children: George, Jr. b 1735, William, Elisha, Elijah, by his first wife Mary, and Mary, Thomas Sherwood b 1771 & Roger b 1774 by his second wife Mary Sherwood. Their descendants are too numerous to mention here. When the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys opened for settlement, a number of the Guilford County Kirkmans, especially of the younger generations, moved westward to Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, and Tennessee.

Elijah born in mid 1770’s in Maryland moved to Illinois before his death in Morgan County, in 1862,  having first relocated to Tennessee by 1820. He married at least twice. Elijah’s brother George also died in the same county in 1853.

James Thomas b abt 1775 in Maryland died in Gibson County, Indiana. George b 1795, son of Peter Noble b 1770, moved to Wayne County. In 1835, after fire destroyed their home in North Carolina, George moved his family to Indiana. George’s eldest son William b 1824 also upped sticks around 1870 and moved to Iowa. Ten years later he moved on again, this time to Missouri. William’s brother John b 1828 also moved to Missouri, about 1870.

William b 1775 in Maryland became a farmer and moved to Todd County, Kentucky, where the town of Kirkmanville was named after his family. His elder brother Thomas b abt 1766 in Maryland moved to Christian County, Kentucky, having lived in Tennessee in the 1820 census.

William b 1800 was the first constable of Iowaville around 1840, and died at Agency, Wapello County, Iowa, in 1844, shortly after the end of the war with the Sac and Fox Indians.

Two daughters of Thomas Gorin B S Kirkman, Maria, b 1853, and Iona Jane, b 1858, were born in California. William T Kirkman, Jr. came to the Central Valley of California about 1888 and established a nursery. In 1925 he moved to Brentwood, bought 1600 acres, and planted many of the first fruit trees in the area. Kirkmans from Illinois, along with William, Jr, settled from Fresno County north to the San Francisco Bay area. John b 1828 moved to Tulare County, California, abt 1882 where his sons established businesses and farmed.

Kirkmans of Tennessee are mainly from a different line to those mentioned here. Click here to see their origins

DNA Test Results
DNA Testing on the USA Kirkman Group has shown them to be Haplogroup I1. This is completely different from the European Kirkman Groups we have, who are Haplogroup R1b1a2, so there is no possible connection between them. Interestingly, we have found 3 other members with surnames McDaniel, Richards and Archer, who are also Haplogroup I1, all 3 of whose Y-DNA matches the USA Kirkmans exactly. This means that there is a greater than 97% probability that these people share a common ancestors within 8 generations. This kind of matching is due to a non paternal event, such an an illegitimate child or an adoption. So these USA Kirkmans may turn out to be descended from a Richards or McDaniel!! This may help us to find their origins in England.