Joseph Kirby

Oshawa, Durham Regional Municipality, Ontario, Canada
Death 27 Dec 1937 (aged 93)
Rocky Mountain House, Rocky Mountain House Census Division, Alberta, Canada
Burial Aylmer, Elgin County, Ontario, Canada
Plot Section C
Memorial ID 141086825 · View Source
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Rocky Mt. House Veteran Nearly 94 Years of Age--Fought in United States Civil War and the Fenian Raids
The death at Rocky Mountain House on December 27 of Joseph Kirby, in his 94th year, removes one of the most interesting people in the country west of Red Deer. Mr. Kirby was keenly interested in things and people until quite recently, and his death will be regretted. He was one of the few Canadian veterans of the United States Civil War and had also served with the Canadian forces during the Fenian raids.
He was born in Oshawa, Ontario, on May 5, 1844. When he was 19 he joined the United States army and served until the end of the Civil War. On his return to Canada he took part in the Fenian raids. In 1866 he married Sarah Coates in New York state and he lived in Peterborough and Aylmer. In 1882 with his wife and six children he started west, travelling to Brandon, which was then the end of steel, they travelled 100 miles by team and wagon to Fleming, Sask., where Mr. Kirby homesteaded, two miles from the present townsite. Mrs. Kirby died in 1886. In 1918 Mr. Kirby sold out after 36 years at Fleming and after spending three years in the United States, came to Rocky Mountain House to settle near his eldest son, W.J. Kirby, who had been postmaster since the beginning of the village in 1911. Rocky Mountain House has been his home ever since, and he became widely known throughout the district. He was a member of the Canadian Legion Post at Rocky Mt. House. For more than seventy years he had been a member of the Orange Order, and for more than fifty years he had belonged to the Masonic Order.
Funeral services were held at Holy Trinity Church, Rocky Mt. House, on Wednesday afternoon, and on Thursday morning the casket was shipped to the old home at Aylmer, Ontario, where interment will be made. Miss Margaret Kirby, a granddaughter, accompanied the casket. He leaves four sons, W.J. and Thomas of rocky Mt. House, Charles of Legal, and Guy of MacLeod. There are two daughters, Mrs. H. Barnum of Aylmer, Ont., and Mrs. S.S. McDairmid of Trail, B.C.; eighteen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
The Red Deer Advocate, Wednesday, January 5th, 1938 ( newspaper collection, in the public domain)
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  • Find a Grave Memorial 141086825
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Joseph Kirby (5 May 1844–27 Dec 1937), Find a Grave Memorial no. 141086825, citing Aylmer Cemetery, Aylmer, Elgin County, Ontario, Canada ; Maintained by Deb (contributor 48155269) .