9. David Kirkpatrick was born on 17 February 1724 in Watties Neach, Dumfries Shire, Scotland. He was born on 17 February 1724 in Watties Neach, Dumfries Shire, Scotland. He died on 19 March 1814 at the age of 90 in Mine Brook, Somerset Co., New Jersey.
On 13 March 1748, David married Mary McEowen, sister of Duncan, Daniel and Alexander McEowen. Mary was born on 1 August 1728 in Argyle Shire, Scotland, and died on 2 Nov 1795 at Mine Brook, Somerset Co., New Jersey.
There were eight (8) children born of the marriage.
David Kirkpatrick, Esq., who came to this country with his father Alexander at the age of twelve, was well remembered by his grandson, Dr. Jacob Kirkpatrick. Old documents show that he was greatly beloved. Plain and simple in his habits, of strict integrity and sterling common sense, he was a man of great energy and self-reliance. We have an exponent of what he was in that fine substantial stone-house which he built at Mine Brook in 1765, with its thick firm walls laid in mortar almost as hard now as the gray sand-stone itself, and with floors made of white oak inch plank laid double. The old stone-work and the old pointing look nearly as fresh as on the addition recently built by the present occupant. With proper care, the house might be made to last five centuries more.
On a stone over the front door (but now concealed by a new portico), are chiseled, "D. M. K. 1765," the three initials stand for "David and Mary Kirkpatrick." One of the oldest residents of Mine Brook, Mr. Heath, aged eighty-seven, well remembers hearing the old gentleman speak of the pains he took in putting up this dwelling-house. Indeed, whatever he undertook he did thoroughly, nor was he ever content not to be usefully occupied. The lily-fingered exquisites of the present day would have met with many a stern rebuke from him in his broad Scotch brogue. Although he lived about two miles from the church at Baskingridge, he always preferred to walk while the rest of the family rode. it is said of him, when a member of the New Jersey Legislature, that although he would commence his journey on horseback, he soon dismounted and leading his horse walked the remainder of the way to Trenton. He lived to enter his ninety-first year; educated one son at the College of New Jersey; knew of at least six grandsons who were liberally educated; and at his death left a numerous posterity to bless his memory. In his last will executed thirteen years before his death, we see the character of the man. It begins:
"I, David Kirkpatrick, having arrived at a good old age, and being desirous of arranging and settling my wordly affairs, and directing how the property wherewith it has pleased God to reward my labors should be disposed of after my death,"
etc., and ends:
"And now having disposed of all my worldly concerns, I humbly commit my immortal soul to God my Heavenly Father in an humble hope that through the merits and intercession of Jesus Christ my Saviour and Redeemer I shall be raised again at the last day in glory everlasting." Both as to the great concerns of eternity and the things of time he seems to have acted in the spirit of the motto of the Coat of Arms of the Kirkpatrick family: "I make sure."
David Kirkpatrick and Mary McEowen were married on 31 March 1748. Mary McEowen was born on 1 August 1728 in Argyle Shire, Scotland. She died on 2 November 1795 at the age of 67 in Mine Brook, Somerset Co., New Jersey.
David Kirkpatrick and Mary McEowen had the following children: