May 29, 1859 Saint Louis St. Louis County Missouri, USA
Feb. 16, 1893 Bountiful Davis County Utah, USA
M.J. Kirkham passes away (2-23-1893 Davis County Clipper) Last Thursday morning a gloom was cast over the city, by the sad, but not wholly unexpected news of the death of Sister Mary Jane, the wife of Benjamin Kirkham who passed at the hour announced in last weeks lacal. She was the daughter of John & Mary Jane McNeil and was born on May 29 1858 in St. Louis, Mo. making her age at the time of her death 34 years, eight months, and eighteen days. That dreaded disease consumption had preyed upon her system for many years when shortly before her death dropsy also set in and hastened her death. When only a little over one year of age she crossed the plains with her parents who came here with an ox team. Mary Jane at the age of twenty three was married to Benjamin Kirkham. During the eleven years of their marriage they were blessed with three girls and one boy the youngest child being four months old at the time of her death.