William M. Kirkpatrick, one of the oldest and most highly esteemed pioneers of Van Buren Township, Grant Co., Indiana, is a native of Guernsey County, Ohio, where he was born January 08, 1811. The parents from whom he descended were Thomas B. and Mary (Henthorn) Kirkpatrick, natives of Ireland and Pennsylvania. The former, Thomas B. Kirkpatrick, was born in Ireland in May 1773. is father, Alexander Kirkpatrick, was also a native of Ireland, where he married a Miss Johnston, and always remained until death. They were the parents of six children, viz.: Margaret, Richard, William, Johnston, Christina, and Thomas B. father of our subject, the next to the eldest member of the family. He emigrated from Ireland to the United States in a very early day and settled in the State of Pennsylvania, where he was united in the year of 1800 to the above Mary, daughter of James and Nancy (Collins) Henthorn, who was a resident and also a native of Pennsylvania. In the year 1806 they moved to Guernsey County, Ohio, where he served as associate judge for several years, and afterward resided until death, which occurred in August 1852. Thirteen children were born to them, viz: Richard, Henry, James, Alexander, John, William M., Lucinda, Nancy, Margaret, Mary A., Thomas, Eliza and Fletcher W.
In the History of Guernsey County, Ohio, PP. 952-953:
Five townships were laid off at the first meeting of the county commissioners, April 23, 1810. Present at the meeting were persons from various parts of the County, who were interested in the formations and their names. Amongst these were David Wherry, and Thomas B. Kirkpatrick, one of the associate judges, both of whom lived in the division that became Oxford Township. In deference to the wishes of these gentlemen the commissioners requested them to suggest a suitable name. "I came from Oxford shire, England," said David Wherry, "and I would like to have it called Oxford, in honor of my old home." "That suits me," added Judge Kirkpatrick, "because my ancestors came from Oxford, a little town in Ireland." Thus it is that Oxford has both an English and an Irish Origin.
Gurnsey County, Ohio - U.S. Law Entries 1800-1820
Index from the Recorder's office.
Kirkpatrick, Thomas, 1814, Section 24, Township 3, Range 2, Volume D-643
Index Tax List Ohio 1810, Guernsey County:
WILL OF THOMAS B,. KIRKPATRICK
Be it remembered that at the August term in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty one, of the Court of common Plea for the County of Guernsey and State of Ohio continued and held at the Court house in the town of Cambridge in said county on the fourteenth day of August in said, the last Will and Testament of Thomas B. Kirkpatrick late of Guernsey County, Ohio deceased, being brought into Court for Probate and Benjamin Jackson and ____ Jackson the subscribing witnesses to the last will and testament and appearing in open Court and being duly sworn each for himself upon his solemn oath sayeth that he signed said will as a witness thereto in the presence and at the request of said testator. That the testator at the time of signing the same was of sound mind and memory of full age and not under any restraint. Which said will is in the words and figures following, to wit:
In the name of God, Amen
I, Thomas B. Kirkpatrick make this my last Will and Testament in the following manner that is to say I give my soul to God that gave it and my body to be buried in the earth to the resurrection of ______. I bequeath to my wife, Mary Kirkpatrick all my goods and chattel and real estate after my debts and burying expense is paid. and I appoint my son Fletcher W. Kirkpatrick, my only and sole executor of this my last will and testament to which I put my hand and seal this 11th day of October, 1847.
Thos. B. Kirkpatrick (seal)
Contributed by Marge Jones