238. Charles Alford Kirkpatrick was born on 25 September 1820 in Bond Co., Illinois. He died on 13 August 1896 at the age of 75 in Topeka, Shawnee Co., Kansas. He was buried in Topeka State Hospital Cemetery, Topeka, Shawnee Co., Kansas.113
Charles was, along with so many of the Kirkpatrick's, a Methodist Preacher. Charles and Mary were living in 1860 in Hamilton Township, Lee Co., Illinois. He may have been there in his capacity as a circuit rider, but no occupation is listed in the census. Before the Civil War he was apparently a circuit rider in Illinois. However, his Civil War muster papers describe his occupation as farmer in 1864. For the last twenty years of his life, ill health prevented him from taking an active role in the ministry.
Charles enlisted in Co. A, 118th Regiment of Illinois Mounted Infantry 15 February 1864 at Carthage, Illinois, as a private. He was in his 40's at the time of enlistment. He was discharged 15 October 1865. He was described in his Civil War papers as about 5 feet 10 inches tall, blue eyes, brown hair and dark complexion.
He applied for and received a pension for this service. He cited a kidney affliction, a spinal affliction and a crippled hand as reasons. His crippled hand was the result of a wound in the hand he received during service in the war. His wife made application upon his death for continuation of Charles' pension. She stated that she was 74 in 1896 when applying for the pension and that she was resident in Doniphan Co., KS. She received the pension until her death in 1899. In her last years she lived with her daughter Mary (Kirkpatrick) Moyer and family. Shortly before her death she gave a treasured possession, a belt made by Indians, which she had owned for fifty years, to her granddaughters, Carrie and Rena Kirkpatrick, half to each. Later Carrie gave her part of the belt to her granddaughter Linn Donnelly Ball, who still owns it.
In addition to the five children listed here, one of Charles' and Mary's granddaughters, Florence Lillian Kirkpatrick, stated that they had a pair of twins who both died as infants.
On the 1880 U. S. Census of Keokuk, Lee Co., Iowa, Charles A. and his wife Mary J., and daughter Martha are listed. Charles is a farmer. Martha is 20 years old and single.
Charles Alford Kirkpatrick and Mary Jane Anderson were married on 28 August 1847 in Adams Co., Illinois.20 Mary Jane Anderson, daughter of John Anderson and Elizabeth Guerrant, was born on 19 July 1822 in Buckingham Co., Virginia. She died on 19 September 1899 at the age of 77 in Holdrege, Phelps Co., Nebraska. Illinois GenWeb site Anderson Family Bible shows Mary Jane Anderson born 19 July 1822 at Montgomery Co., Kentucky married Charles Kirkpatrick.
Charles Alford Kirkpatrick and Mary Jane Anderson had the following children: