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Dorrance Kirtland
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Birth: 1837
Greene County
New York, USA
Death: May 24, 1918
Milam County
Texas, USA

Dorrance was married three times. The name of his first wife is unknown. His second wife was Mariah L. Niver from Bethlehem, Albany County, New York. She was the daughter of Peter and Jane (Russell) Niver. They had two daughters, Mary Eleanor "Ellena" Kirtland, Jean "Jennie" Villa Kirtland and a son, Peter Niver Kirtland. His third wife was Josephine "Joeann"/"Jodie" Burns. They married May 18, 1889, Milam County, Texas.

Dorrance wrote his Will on March 19, 1918. He left everything to wife, Jodie and made her the executrix. The law required that the heirs advertise in the local newspaper for any claims of debt against the estate and wait one year before proving the Will. Jodie died before the estate was settled. Jennie, who became a school teacher, and her sister, Eleanor, didn't get any of the property. Jodie's son, James Brewer hired a lawyer after Jodie's death to prove the Will. There were two properties, Terry Land and the Home Place. James Brewer got Terry Land, His sister, Nancy Ellen "Ella" Hawkins(husband, W.S. Hawkins) got 1/2 of the Home Place. Their deceased brother, William S. Brewer's two children, Odell and Isabell got the other 1/2 of the Home Place. The Will was proved Sept. 15, 1919. It is Will # 1755.

Dorrance served in the Civil War as a Confederate soldier. He was in the 4th Regiment, Texas Cavalry, 4th Mounted Volunteers, Sibley's Brigade. He joined September 16, 1861 at age 24. He was appointed a Post Master in Milam County, Dec. 3, 1889.
Family links: 
  William D. Kirtland (1805 - 1850)
  Eleanor Eliza McCarty Kirtland (1805 - 1851)
  Joeann Burns Kirtland (1850 - 1919)
  Maria L Niver Kirtland (1842 - 1880)*
  Eleanor Kirtland (1875 - 1902)*
  Jean V Kirtland (1877 - 1965)*
  Peter Niver Kirtland (1880 - 1880)*
*Calculated relationship
Oak Hill Cemetery
Milam County
Texas, USA
Created by: R.J.
Record added: May 20, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 52648751
Dorrance Kirtland
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 Added: Jul. 25, 2011

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