18. Francis Kirkpatrick was born between 1735 and 1740 in Ulster, Ireland(?). He died in June 1798 at the age of 63 in Chester Co., South Carolina. Francis, son of James and Mary Kirkpatrick, was born about 1735-40, exact birth location is not known. It has been suggested that he was possibly born in Ulster, Ireland before the relocation of his family to the American Colonies. However, later research has shown that his father, uncles, and grandfather had removed from Scotland in 1715 after the failed Jacobite Rebellion. Given that information and his birth date range, it is most likely now that he was born in Ulster, Northern Ireland. He died in Chester County, South Carolina before June 1798.
He married twice. His second wife and widow was named Margaret. According to the records of Michael Crough, she was Margaret (Gilmer) Rogers.
He is referred to in Ellet's WOMEN IN THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION (Vol. 3) as Captain Francis Kirkpatrick of the South Carolina Militia. Another reference to his military service is in the South Carolina's audited accounts of the militia of the Revolution which refers to him as lieutenant. Soldiers in the South Carolina Militia claiming service under him as lieutenant are Joseph Robinson (Audited account 6527) and John Russell (Audited account 6888). Russell shows Kirkpatrick to be in Winn's Regiment.
In a 1781 campaign, Francis appears to have lost a mare and made claim for the lost animal. The value of such loss was appraised by Ezekiel Gillham and Robert Kirkpatrick, the latter believed to be the younger brother of Francis. Audited account 4332 refers to this horse as well as "personal service" but does not specify rank or unit. A statement signed by Gillham and Robert Kirkpatrick describes the horse as "...a certain bay mare about 13 « hands high branded the near shoulder thus 'F' and on the near buttock thus 'K', the property of Francis Kirkpatrick which he the said Kirkpatrick lost in his return from a campaign in the month of July 1781 is worth the sum of twenty-five pounds old currency." This document is dated 7 May 1785. The audited accounts are on file at Columbia, South Carolina, at the state archives.
The will of Francis Kirkpatrick was filed in Chester and was signed 28 April 1791. Clayton Rogers, his executor, qualified 28 September 1798. The will on file in the Chester County, South Carolina courthouse is in very bad physical condition. An abstract of it indicates children from two marriages and disposition of goods as follows:
Clayton Rogers signed as executor and witnesses were Samuel Robinson, James Willson and James Love.
A number of other documents refer to Francis Kirkpatrick's decease. A guardian bond dated 25 July 1799 names Joseph Feemster as guardian for Edward Kirkpatrick, orphan of Francis Kirkpatrick, deceased. Another dated 30 January 1799 names Charles Gillmore as guardian for William Thomas Kirkpatrick, orphan and minor son of Francis Kirkpatrick.
Legacy payments are recorded to Elizabeth Kirkpatrick and to Matthew Rogers as guardian for John Kirkpatrick in 1802. Legacy payments are recorded in a return of June 1798 for Samuel Kirkpatrick, Jane Kirkpatrick and Elenor Kirkpatrick.
An undated paper regarded by Mrs. Crowder ( a Chester County, South Carolina genealogist) as a return on the estate, lists values of various items either apparently given to Francis' children or purchased for them or by them from the estate. These are listed as: (the tracts may well be land purchases)
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The will of Francis Kirkpatrick is apparently listed in no will book in the county. It is listed in a WPA compilation as being found in Apt. No. 33, Package No. 526, Office of Probate Judge for Chester County, South Carolina. Some records list only children from the first family. Apparently the others were once visible but are now lost in the rags, folds and pieces of the original will and hence are not transcribed in many instances.
Children: (by first marriage)
Children: (by second marriage)
vi. Eleanor (Elenor), b. ca. 1774
References: "A Kirkpatrick Genealogy - The Family of James Kirkpatrick of South Carolina"
Francis Kirkpatrick and Margaret Gilmer Rogers had the following children:
Francis Kirkpatrick and Unknown 1st WifeFK had the following children: