|Birth: ||Apr. 11, 1841|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Jan. 4, 1929|
Daughter of Samuel Sperry and Polly Haywood Bell.
She married about 1872 in Washington Co., IA to Jonathan H. Kirkpatrick, son of John Kirkpatrick and his wife Mary Postlewait.
In 1873, Jonathan and Sylvia moved to Bloomington, McLean Co., IL, where Jonathan had lived before and still had relatives:
S.J. Clarke Publishing Company.
The Biographical record of McLean County, Illinois (page 76 of 99), 1899, p. 642
JONATHAN H. KIRKPATRICK, well known throughout McLean county as a leading business man, was born in North Liberty, Adams county, Ohio, on the 23d of December, 1844, a son of John and Mary (Postlewaite) Kirkpatrick. The father was probably born in Virginia and the mother was a native of that state. When a young man he went to Adams county, Ohio, where he worked at the tailor's trade, which he had previously learned. He was married in the Old Dominion and died when our subject was about eight years old, leaving a widow and eight children. The mother came to Bloomington in 1852 in company with an Ohio colony and settled near Oak Grove, in the northwestern part of McLean
county. Jonathan H. Kirkpatrick, then a young lad, began work in order to assist in the support of the family. They had a team which was employed by the railroad company at the time of the construction of the Illinois Central. He acquired a good practical education m the common schools, and followed farming in this county until 1861, when he removed to Washington county,Iowa, with his mother, whose death there occurred. She was a member of the United
Presbyterian church, and was ever most devoted to her family, discharging faithfully the heavy duty that was laid upon her in the care of her large family at her husband's
On removing to Iowa Mr. Kirkpatrick, of this review, purchased a farm near Brighton, and successfully carried an agricultural pursuits for a number of years. He was very energetic and enterprising, and in addition to the improvement of his land he was active in public service, filling the offices of justice of the peace, school director and constable. In August, 1873, however, he disposed of his interests in the Hawkeye state and returned to Bloomington, and since that time has sold stock as an auctioneer throughout McLean and other counties of southern Illinois. He has practically been in control of all the business in his line in this section of the state, and has
been most successful in his undertakings. His sales have been larger than those of any other man in the business, and he has sold for seventy-five successive days. Other
enterprises have also claimed the attention of Mr. Kirkpatrick, who is a man of resourceful ability, keen discrimination and reliable judgment. In 1885 he opened a
second hand furniture business on North Main street, Bloomington, and from the beginning the new enterprise prospered, his patronage constantly increasing. This was
the nucleus of his present extensive furniture business. He owns a half interest in this business, his partner being his son-in-law, Louis W. Howard, the enterprise being conducted under the firm name of Howard & Kirkpatrick. They built the first brick block at 522 and 524 North Main
street, a structure three stories in height and ninety feet in depth, with basement, and have the largest single store room in town. They carry all kinds of house furnishing
goods, including furniture, carpets, stoves, dishes and in fact everything needed to thoroughly equip a house. Their stock is the most extensive in the city and their trade has reached large proportions, warranting the employment of twelve salesmen in the store. This new building and busi-
ness was established only five years ago, but has already become one of the leading mercantile establishments in the city. Mr. Howard is the manager of the business, while Mr. Kirkpatrick gives his attention to the sale of stock. In addition to the property and business interests mentioned he
owns a building at No. 418 North Main street, a handsome residence and a farm in McLean county.
While in Iowa, Mr. Kirkpatrick was united in marriage to Sylvia D. Sperry, of Malone, New York, who was then success-
fully engaged in teaching in Brighton, Iowa. They have five children: Mary, wife of Louis Howard; Ida, deceased wife of William Humphrey; Ora, at home; Charles, who is attending the high school in Bloomington, and Edward, attending school. The family have a pleasant home at No. 61 1 W. Mon-
roe street, and are held in high regard in the community. The parents are members of the Second Presbyterian church and Mr. Kirkpatrick contributes liberally to its support. He belongs to Evergreen City Lodge No. 265, I. O. O. F., and to Jesse Fell Lodge, No. 164, K. P. He was elected
alderman from the second ward on its organization. The term of service was determined by lot and the short one fell to
him. He was chairman of the finance committee and also served on the judiciary committee and on the claim committee. He took an active interest in support of all
questions for the betterment of the city and labored most earnestly in the face of strong opposition to secure the improvement on West Monroe street and the valley sewer.
He is at all times a public-spirited man, giving his aid and co-operation to every movement calculated to advance the educational, social, moral and material welfare of
1880 census, McLean Co., IL, Bloomington, p. 138
[indexed as Kirpatrick]
Jonathon H. Kirpatrick, 36, stock salesman, born OH
Sylvia, 35, NY
Mary E., 10, IA
Ida, 7, IA
Ora, 3, IL
Charles, 1, IL
1900 McLean Co., IL, 2-WD Bloomingston, p. 125
[indexed as Kisrkpatrick]
John H. Kirkpatrick, b. Dec 1844, married 31 yrs, auctioneer, OH OH OH
Sylvia B., b. Apr 1849, 5 chdn; 4 living, NY NY VT
Ora E., b. Aug 1886, bookkeeper, IL
Charles S., b. Jan 1879, in school, IL
Eddie R., b. Mar 1881, in school, IL
1910 McLean Co., IL, 6-WD Bloomingston, p. 248
Jonathan H. Kirkpatrick, 65, m1 of 41 yrs, OH OH OH
Sylvia R., 69, 5 chdn; 3 living, VT NY BT
Ora E., 33, IL OH VT
Charles S., 30, IL OH VT
Edward E., Kirkpatrick, 29, m1, IL OH VT
Jonathan H. Kirkpatrick's children:
1. Mary E. Kirkpatrick, b. 1870, Brighton, Washington Co., IA; m. to Louis Howard.
2. Ida Kirkpatrick, b. 1873, Brighton, Washington Co., IA; m. William Humphrey; she d. by 1899.
3. Ora E. Kirkpatrick, b. Aug 1876, McLean Co., IL; unmarried and living with mother in McLean Co., IL in 1920.
4. Charles Sperry Kirkpatrick, b. 6 Jan 1879, Bloomington, McLean Co., IL; d. 1971.
5. Edward Roy Kirkpatrick, b. Mar 1881, McLean Co., IL; m. 1st to Doris ___; m. 2nd to Bernadine B. ___; he d. 1968, Bloomington, McLean Co., IL.
Edward E. Kirkpatrick's child:
1) John Henry Kirkpatrick, b. 1911, Bloomington, McLean Co., IL.
Jonathan Harvey Kirkpatrick (1844 - 1919)*
Mary Eliza Kirkpatrick Howard (1870 - 1902)*
Ida L Kirkpatrick Humphrey (1873 - 1898)*
Ora Ella Kirkpatrick (1876 - 1963)*
Charles Sperry Kirkpatrick (1879 - 1971)*
Edward Roy Kirkpatrick (1881 - 1968)*
Evergreen Memorial Cemetery
Created by: Bev Golden
Record added: Dec 27, 2011
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