North Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Apr. 31, 1862|
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Kirby Family History
Thurston R. Kirby
My great grandfather Ambrose Burton Kirby came from Buncombe county North Carolina with the VanSant family to then Union County Georgia and settled on the Noontooley creek which is now Dial, Georgia, Fannin County, which was formed in 1854. They came about 1833-1834, just after the land lottery of 1832 in the State of Georgia, of the Cherokee land of North Georgia. He built a cabin on land lot number 36 of 160 acres in Stock Hill District, No. 6. He later purchased lot no 37, adjoining. Kirby families were some of the old settlers in the early days of America. We find them in North Carolina Pensylavnia, Massachusetts in 1700's.
Ambrose Burton Kirby married Elizabeth Duckworth in Union County, November 14, 1841. She had a brother Bob Duckworth, went to the Indian Reservation and lived and died there. My grandfathers brother LaFayette Kirby Told his daughter Ethel that his grandmother was ¼ Indian. That Ambrose Burton Kirby was reared by the VanSant family. But my father Ambrose Burton Kirby said "That his father had two-half brother, evidently his father had married twice and he was of the son of the first wife. A brother Morgan Kirby lived in Forsyth county, GA who son was a representative of that county, John LaFayette Kirby, son of Ambrose Burton Kirby had three cousins living in Hiawassee, Georgia. Webb Kirby, Cobb Kirby and Bill Kirby. There is an area near Young Harris called Kirby's Cove. Frank Kirby married Molly VanSant, daughter of Bill VanSant and Dock and Frank VanSant moved to Washington State. Frank had two sons Homer and Spencer, Home was city Judge of Seattle Washington. Frank lived at Kalama, Washington and later moved to Seattle, and died at the age of 82.
Lewis VanSant came to Georgia in a six horse wagon and there is still part of it at the old homestead (1975) at the grave of Lewis VanSant who dug my grandfathers grave when he died near Dial, Georgia.
The bitter feelings and terrible conditions caused by the Civil War became worse by 1862, outlaw gangs were going over the country robbing people and staling their stock, killing as they pleased. The Kirbys were not slave owners and did not want to take part in the war. They were bitterly opposed to going to the war. A gang known as the Reed brothers, one know as "Lying Joe" another as Bacon Reed know for his stealing hogs as well as horses.
They ambushed Ambrose Burton Kirby and his 15 year old son near their cabin home on the last day of April 1862, Ambrose was killed on the spot, the son was wounded but got away and ran home and hid where they found him and shot him to death. Ambrose and the son were buried in the same grave and wrapped in blankets In a grave dug by the women of the Kirby and VanSant families on a knoll above the cabin.
Another son Bill Kirby was killed in 1863, shot from his horse in the vicinity of Young Cane Creek, Union County. Ambrose Burton's son name "Babe" died in 1864, John LaFayette Kirby became a Primitive Baptist preacher and preached at the Stock Hill Baptist Church. He was my grandfather. He died about 1925, the son "Quill" inherited part of the farm and is still in the family and is owned by a grandson Worth Rogers, Jr.
Written by Thurston R. Kirby, January 12, 1975, Cocoa Florida
-------From the book, "Dyer Family History, England to America, 1600-1980" by Watson B. Dyer. Page 341
Elizabeth Duckworth Kirby (1813 - 1898)
Mary Caroline Kirby Vandergriff (1841 - 1916)*
Robert Quillan Kirby (1845 - 1922)*
John L. Kirby (1850 - 1925)*
John L. Kirby (1850 - 1925)*
Ambrose Franklin Kirby (1855 - 1941)*
Created by: Sammy Hood
Record added: Oct 15, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 98976758