263. John Fletcher Kirkpatrick was born on 8 September 1811 in Madison Co., Illinois. He died on 6 September 1882 at the age of 70 in Platteville, Grant Co., Wisconsin.29 He was buried in Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster, Grant Co., Wisconsin.29 John Fletcher Kirkpatrick was born 8 September 1811 in Madison County, Illinois. He came to Belmont Mounds in 1832 to engage in lead mining and along the way he planted a crop of corn. It was the same year as the Black Hawk War and Fletcher Kirkpatrick became involved as a private in Captain James Craig's Company of Illinois Mounted Volunteers under the command of Colonel Henry Dodge. Kirkpatrick's service was from May to September 1832. One muster roll shows that Fletcher Kirkpatrick was in Capt. Gear's Company of Infantry, 27th Regiment, Illinois Militia, but that he was absent without leave and joined Captain James Craig's Company, a detached unit under the command of Henry Dodge, which contained a considerable number of relatives.
His papers describe him as six feet, two inches tall, with blue eyes, light hair and a fair complexion. By profession, the papers say, he is engaged in "farming, teaming and mining". The same documents give his birth place as "near Quincy, Bond County, Illinois". This obviously is an error. (The statement was made by his widow in her application for a military pension.)
Immediately following the Black Hawk War, Kirkpatrick returned to an area North of Platteville where he discovered the "Burying Ground Diggings", a lead mine. Fletcher Kirkpatrick died 6 September 1882, intestate, at Platteville, where he lived since 1838. For some eight or ten years he was in the mercantile business at Platteville, after which he engaged in the butchering business*** (see note concerning Thomas Chapman, below). Kirkpatrick served for many years on town and village boards.
He married, first, at Washburn (now Arthur), Wisconsin, Louisa Jane Basye, daughter of Dr. Joseph Jackson and Ann (Watson) Basye. (Joseph Jackson Basye was born 24 September 1799, died 5 January 1877. His wife Anna, was born in South Carolina on 28 December 1799. She died on 17 September 1873.) Louisa Jane (Bayse) Kirkpatrick was born 9 December 1821 in Illinois and died at Cassville, Grant County, Wisconsin, 29 March 1845.
Kirkpatrick married as his second wife, Mary Ellen (or Eleanor) Summers, who was born in Clarke County, Indiana. The wedding was at Platteville, 1 June 1847, presided over by Rev. E. Springer. Mary Ellen was the daughter of Henry and Dorcas Summer. She was born 12 November 1824 and died 24 July 1905.
Fletcher and Louisa had four children, three of which died under the age of 5.
Grandfather's six brothers returned safely from the war. Pruitt was put in jail but succeeded in getting out and fled the country. Afterwards some of grandfathers relations hired Mayfield to go as a pilot through a kind of wilderness and that was the last ever seen of him. But everybody seemed to understand what became of him.
Grandfather left 4 sons. My father was the youngest and could just remember the circumstance. My grandmother's maiden name was Gillham; was of Irish descent. She afterwards married a man by the name of Potts*. After he died my father and uncle Frank went back to Georgia after her. And uncle James and family came also at this time back with them to Illinois. We were then living in Bond County, near Greenville, but when we moved to Sangamon County near Springfield she moved with us and lived there until her death.
My mother whose maiden name was Lane, also died here. Father and she were married in Georgia.
Grandfather's six brothers seemed to have wandered all over the United States. Some went to Ohio I know. I must tell you how they came to migrate from Georgia. During the war, some of the Gillham children were stolen by the Indians and carried to Illinois, were rescued by some traders and some of the Gillhams went for them. When they returned a colony of 140 emigrated to that then new country. Uncle Thoms, uncle Frank and family and my father were among them.
Now of the families of the four who came from Georgia, Thomas was the oldest. Wife's name was Polly Lane. Their eldest son was Harrison who died here in 1876, leaving three children, Samuel who then lived in Illinois, Mary, (Mrs.Williams) and Eliza. His other children were all dead. his oldest son Thomas left home twenty-five years ago and went into British America. They never knew what became of him. Their next son was John whose wife's name was Sims, but I do not know anything about their family. Third son was drowned while quite young. Fourth son Joseph married Maria Pratt. Fifth son Richard married Rebecca Lamb and they had one son named Pope C. Sixth son, William, who also married a Pratt, and lived in Iowa some wheres, had a large family. Seventh son, Jesse Walker, do not know whether he married or not. Eighth son, Thomas M., married a New, had a large family and I think lived in Iowa. Ninth son, Rev. Frank, do not know wife's maiden name, had a large family and lived in Iowa. Tenth and eleventh sons were Alfred and Jonathan. Do not know where they are, but believe the latter went to California. The daughters I remember were Sarah, Winnie and Emily, but I know nothing of their families.
The next of the four brothers was Frank who died in Adams Co., Illinois, leaving a large family of girls, but only one son William. Do not know anything about his family. The next brother of the four was Uncle James. He had four sons and three daughters. Frank, who has a large family, William, 'Black' Jim and John J. All lived near here and all have large families. Do not know about the girls. The last of the four brothers was my father, Rev. John. Eldest son Augustine, next James, third Jesse J., fourth Joseph Scott, fifth son Francis Walker, sixth son myself, John Fletcher, eight son William, who died in 1844. My eldest sister Susan married a man by the name of Tucker, and at his death married a man named Baskford, some of their children still living, one a minister. Mary Serena married a German by the name of Swiers. Two daughters are still living. Sarah married a Parkinson. A number of her children still live. Eliza's husband was named Crawford Young. Elizabeth a Barayl. A son and daughter still live.
I had one half sister who married a man by the name of Bay and removed to Oregon. Several of his children are still living. I have a wife and five children, Etta, Mrs. Geo. Brunskill; Emma, Mrs. James Stephens; Anna; Ella; and Clyde. My wife's name as you know was Eleanor N. Summers.
John Fletcher Kirkpatrick and Louisa Jane Basye were married on 24 August 1837 in Washburn, Bayfield Co., Wisconsin. Louisa Jane Basye, daughter of Joseph Jackson Basye and Anna Watson, was born on 9 December 1820 in Pike Co., Missouri. She died on 29 March 1845 at the age of 24 in Cassville, Grant Co., Wisconsin. She was buried in Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster, Grant Co., Wisconsin.29
John Fletcher Kirkpatrick and Louisa Jane Basye had the following children:
John Fletcher Kirkpatrick and Mary Ellen Summers were married on 1 June 1847 in Platteville, Grant Co., Wisconsin. Mary Ellen Summers, daughter of Henry Summer and Dorcas ??, was born on 12 November 1824 in Clarke Co., Indiana. She died on 24 July 1905 at the age of 80 in Platteville, Grant Co., Wisconsin.128 She was buried in Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster, Grant Co., Wisconsin.29
John Fletcher Kirkpatrick and Mary Ellen Summers had the following children: