Major Thomas Kirkman b 1757, probably in Dublin where his sister Sarah was born. He may be descended from a family of professional soldiers as a Sgt Thomas Kirkman was appointed Quartermaster to the 67th Foot in 1775, replacing James Kirkman who took that post in 1758. Major Thomas was appointed Quartermaster to the same regiment in 1783, and in the 1790’s became commander of the Royalist stronghold in Duncannon Fort, Wexford.
Major Thomas’s son, Thomas Kirkman was b 1779 Bally Bay, Co Monaghan. He married Eleanora Jackson, in Monaghan, in 1799. They emigrated with their parents to the United States with their 4 children about 1805, settling first in Philadelphia. By 1807 they were in Nashville. Thomas established a hardware business with his brother-in-law, James Jackson. Major Thomas died in Nashville in 1813, and was buried at Mt Olivet.
Thomas Kirkman Jnr died 1826 in Nashville. Immediately after his death the will became contested because of an unsigned codicil to the will. The executors had to provide a bond of $300,000, and the inventory of just his liquid assets exceeded $100,000.