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Ralph Wilson Kirkham
Birth: Feb. 20, 1821
Springfield
Hampden County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: 1893
Oakland
Alameda County
California, USA

Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General. He graduated at the United States Military Academy in 1842, participated in the Mexican War, was wounded in the battle of Molino del Rey, September 8, 1847 and promoted Captain on September 13, 1847. From November, 1848, till October, 1849, he was acting assistant adjutant-general, at the headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri. He was quartermaster of the 6th infantry, October, 1849, till November, 1854, when he was ordered to the Pacific coast, was in the frontier Indian wars and was ordered to San Francisco, where he served as quartermaster until his retirement in 1870. During the Civil War he served as Major Chief Quartermaster of the Department of the Pacific in 1861 and subsequently the Department of California as acting chief of commissariat in 1866. For faithful and meritorious services in the quartermaster's department during the war, he was brevetted Brigadier General on March 13, 1865. After his Army service he relocated in Oakland, California, where he ran the best libraries on the Pacific coast related to military subjects until his death. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
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 Spouse:
  Catherine Edith Mix Kirkham (1823 - 1897)*
 
 Children:
  Mary Leilah Kirkham Yarde-Buller (1849 - 1904)*
  May Kirkham Safford (1855 - 1921)*
  Kate Virginia Kirkham Wheeler (1863 - 1946)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Mountain View Cemetery
Oakland
Alameda County
California, USA
 
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Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
Record added: Feb 16, 2005
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Ralph Wilson Kirkham
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- David Wend
 Added: Feb. 20, 2014
Son of Elizabeth "Betsy" Wilson, memorial # 36829613 and John Butler Kirkham, memorial # 36829614.Thank you, Cousin, for your contribution to American history, and for the fascinating children you fathered.
- nancy robison
 Added: Mar. 23, 2013
I light a candle for Ralph Wilson Kirkham ...
- Candles
 Added: Jan. 21, 2012
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