Sixth Generation

768. Edwin Asbury Kirkpatrick was born on 29 September 1862 in Mahaska Co., Iowa.60 He died on 4 January 1937 at the age of 74 in DeLand, Volusia Co., Florida.331 He was buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Leomister, Worcester Co., Massachusetts.9 Edwin, the youngest of Francis Asbury Kirkpatrick's children, was born 29 September 1862 in Mahaska County, Iowa. He died 4 January 1937 at DeLand, Florida. He was married twice, his first wife being Florence May Clifford whom he married 20 August 1895, Stanton, Minnesota. She was the daughter of Everett F. Clifford, a farmer. Florence was born 23 May 1871 and died 22 March 1926. Kirkpatrick remarried on 2 May 1927 to Annis Louise Kinsman, daughter of Frank Eugene Kinsman of Plainfield, New Jersey.

Edwin Asbury Kirkpatrick was an outstanding Psychologist, particularly a pioneer in child psychology. he was educated in rural schools and took his B.S. at Iowa State College in 1887 and M.Ph. in 1889. From 1887 to 1889 he was a teaching assistant in mathematics and English at Iowa State. He was a scholar and fellow at Clark University from 1889 to 1891. He took a post-graduate course at Harvard. He was a lecturer or instructor in Psychology at a long list of schools -- Smith College, Columbia College, University of Chicago, the University of Virginia, Cornell University, the University of West Virginia, the University of Vermont and Boston University. He was author of a dozen books in his field.

In religion, he was a Congregationalist. For recreation he favored mountain climbing, tennis and handball. Edwin A. Kirkpatrick was listed in WHO's WHO IN AMERICA.

There were four children born of the first marriage.

Edwin Asbury Kirkpatrick's obituary appears in the Fitchburg Sentinel, Fitchburg, Massachusetts on Jan. 5, 1937, front page.

Edwin Asbury Kirkpatrick and Florence May Clifford were married on 29 August 1895 in Goodhue Co., Minnesota.90 Florence May Clifford was born on 23 May 1871 in Minnesota.332 She died on 22 March 1926 at the age of 54.333 On the 1920 U. S. Census of Leominster, Worcester Co., Massachusetts, the family appears. Their occupations are Edwin, teacher at Normal Public School; Marion, professional singer; Clifford at student in Chemistry and Alice is a college student.

Edwin Asbury Kirkpatrick and Florence May Clifford had the following children:



Marian Myrna Kirkpatrick.



Clifford Kirkpatrick.



Alice May Kirkpatrick was born on 18 February 1902 in Fitchburg, Worcester Co., Massachusetts.90,334,335,336 She died in February 1982 at the age of 80 in Norfolk, Norfolk City, Virginia.181 Alice was a librarian per Lyllis Brown's notes.

On the 1920 U. S. census of Leominster, Worcester Co., Massachusetts, Alice is living with her parents and is a college student.

On the 1930 U. S. Census of Albany, Albany Co., New York Alice is a librarian at the state college. She is living at 89 Chestnut St. She has 6 lady lodgers.

Ships records for The Port of New York show Alice May Kirkpatrick of 22 West St., Albany, NY arrived in New York, August 30, 1933 from Breman, Germany. The ship's name was Breman. Her birth place was Fitchburg, Massachusetts.



Ralph Leonard Kirkpatrick was born on 10 June 1911 in Leominster, Worcester Co., Massachusetts.90 He died on 13 April 1984 at the age of 72 in Guilford, New Haven Co., Conneticut.181 Ralph Leonard Kirkpatrick was perhaps one of the world's most famous Kirkpatricks. He reached a matchless pinnacle as a concert harpsichordist and scholar.

He was born at Leominster, Massachusetts, 10 Jun 1911, the youngest child of Edwin Asbury and Florence May (Clifford) Kirkpatrick. He began the study of piano at age six. He graduated from Leominster High School in 1927. As a scholarship student at Harvard, Kirkpatrick gave piano lessons and toured as a soloist and accompanist with vocal groups. In 1929 a harpsichord was donated to the Harvard music department and when Kirkpatrick took up the instrument his interest in piano waned. In 1931 he received his A.B. degree in fine arts from Harvard, and was awarded a Paine Travelling Scholarship to study in Europe. In 1931-1932 he did research in the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris. At the same time, he studied harpsichord with Wanda Landowska, the world's leading harpsichordist, and theory with Nadia Boulanger. While studying he performed, his European debut being in Berlin in 1933.

In 1934 he returned to the United States. In 1938 he inaugurated a festival of baroque music at the Governor's Palace in Williamsburg, Virginia, a series he directed for seven years.

In 1939 the New York Hearald-Tribune critic, Carleton Sparague Smith, wrote: "Ralph Kirkpatrick is undoubtedly the ablest harpsichordist in this country today. Few musicians possess through scholarship, virturosity in abundance and true muscianship -- in short, a complete mastery of their metier."

In 1937 he received a Guggenheim fellowship for research into seventeenth and eighteenth century performing practice in chamber music, and began to gather material which resulted in his monumental study of the eighteenth century Italian harpsichord virtuoso and composer, Domenico Scarlatti. In 1953 he published, under the imprint of Princeton University Press, "Domenico Scarlatti", regarded as the definitive critical biography of the composer. The book included a catalogue of Scarlatti's works which became the accepted standard. Scarlatti's works are cited today in the musical world by their "Kirkpatrick" numbers.

In 1956 Kirkpatrick was selected by Deutsche Grammophon Gesselschaft, the German recording company, to record the entire canon of Bach's keyboard music (excluding those works written for organ). The series was completed in 1967 and consisted of 20 long-playing discs.

His concert appearances continued over the years, including appearances at Carnegie Hall and with many major orchestral groups. he also found time to serve as professor of music at the University of California at Berkeley and more recently as professor of music at Yale University (1965-76).

Ralph Leonard Kirkpatrick did not marry. He stood five feet ten inches tall, with grey hair and blue eyes. He considered himself a liberal. His hobbies were cutting wood at his home, swimming occasionally, and practicing gourmet cooking. He died 13 April 1984 at Guilford, Connecticut.

Edwin Asbury Kirkpatrick and Annis Louise Kinsman were married on 2 May 1927 in Worcester, Worcester Co., Massachusetts.337 Annis Louise Kinsman was born in January 1885 in New York.9 She died on 24 October 1974 at the age of 89.9 She was buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Leomister, Worcester Co., Massachusetts.9 From the Springfield Republican, Springfield, Mass., May 3, 1927: Child Psychologist Weds. Worcester, May 2--(AP) Dr. Edward [Edwin] A. Kirkpatrick, widely known child psychologist, educator and author and Miss Annis Kinsman, were married tonight at the home of Superior Court Judge Winfred H. Whiting. Rev. Dr. W. W. McLenn of Leominster officiated. Dr. Kirkpatrick is at present head of the department of psychology and supervisor of child study at Fitchburg State Normal school. Mrs. Kirkpatrick was formerly connected with the Worcester Public Library but more recently has been librarian in Detroit.

From the Fitchburg Sentinel newspaper April 6,1945, Mrs. Annis K. Kirkpatrick resigned from the Library Board because she is now a librarian at the District Library with the 5th Naval District, Norfolk, Virginia.

From Find A Note: Buried: October 30, 1974. Age at time of death: 89. Funeral Home: Ackley. Residence: Cambridge, New York. Cause of death: Cerebral Vascular Occlusion.