Patrick and Bridget Noon Kirk
KIRK, FINNEGAN, NOON, MCGRUDER
Posted By: Dick Offerman (email)
Date: 2/8/2008 at 13:56:36
Patrick Finnegan Kirk was born on March 3, 1844 in Townland of North Comasasana, County Monaghan, Ireland. His father was Thomas Kirk, who was born in County Mayo, Ireland and died in New Orleans in 1857. Patrick’s mother was Rose Finnegan, who was born in 1818 in Ireland. Rose died on November 9, 1902 and is buried in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cemetery in Lawler, Iowa.
Bridget Ann Noon was born on June 1, 1853 in Cuba, Lake County, Illinois. Her father was Peter Noon who was born in 1813 in County Mayo, Ireland. Bridget’s mother was Mary McGruder who was born in 1819 in Ireland. Peter and Mary Noon’s resting place is unknown but it is thought that they might lie in Saint Rose Cemetery, northwest of Waucoma, Iowa.
Patrick was thirteen when he and his mother came to the United States, landing in New York City on July 2, 1857 after a six-week voyage. They headed west immediately to Lake County, Illinois, arriving there on August 1st. His father Thomas Kirk was already in this country and was fatefully killed working on a lumber barge in New Orleans while his wife and son were in transit to the United States. Thomas’s resting place is unknown. Patrick and his mother stayed on in Chicago with his father’s relatives, Owen, Julia and another brother.
Bridget’s parents left Peoria, Illinois about April 1, 1855 with a six week old daughter, Ellen Noon Taylor and her two year old sister, Bridget, in a covered wagon pulled by an ox team for the prairie frontier of northeast Iowa. Peter Noon purchased 160 acres on June 17, 1856 in Chickasaw County, Iowa, Section 11, Township 95 (Stapleton), Range 11. The property currently has an address of 2055 Windsor Avenue.
Patrick is noted as having moved to Waucoma, Iowa in March, 1865. Eventually Patrick built a log cabin southeast of Lawler, Iowa on the modern day Waucoma blacktop, Highway B44. The cabin was located on the south side of the road at the spot where the road first curves slightly to the north, just east of Crane Creek. Patrick had to walk that road to Waucoma for work and supplies. This location was within site of Bridget Noon’s farm.
Patrick moved to Crane Creek as Lawler was originally named, on October 14, 1869. The Milwaukee Railroad was being constructed at that time and Patrick worked on a grading crew. Patrick later worked for ten years in the Greene & Lovejoy grocery store and for six years in the J. E. Landon drug store. Patrick was elected to the Justice of the Peace office in his township for a total of forty years.
Rev. P. Harrison married Patrick and Bridget Ann Noon on June 1, 1871. Their marriage license in the Chickasaw County courthouse in New Hampton, Iowa is in Marriage Book One, page 24.
Patrick and Bridget remained in Lawler except for a brief move back to Chicago in 1894.They returned to Lawler a year later. Bridget spent the last four years of her life with her daughter Nellie Hughes’ family in New Hampton after she fell and injured her hip. Patrick and Bridget are buried in Lawler, Iowa.
To this marriage were born twelve children and Patrick and Bridget’s children are as follows:
·Mame Kirk. Mame died as an infant.
·Thomas Kirk. Thomas died as an infant.
·Rose Ellen, born July 3, 1875. Rose Ellen (Nellie) married Andy Hughes of New Hampton on April 18, 1899 in Lawler. Andy and Nellie had nine children.
·Clara Kirk. Born August 12, 1877. Clara married Harry Stevens on October 17, 1894. They had four daughters.
·Germanus (Guy) Kirk. Born on May 28, 1879. Guy was a printer by trade and his obituary states that he “worked in many of the leading shops of this country and was recognized as one of the real experts of this trade”.
·William Kirk. Born November 26, 1881. William was a career Navy man. He enlisted March 23, 1900 in Chicago, Illinois. His obituary stated that he had visited every continent except Australia. He went through the Suez Canal twice, had been to England twice, and went to the Philippines twice – spending two years there. He spent his first tour of duty in the Far East including China, Japan and the Philippines.
·Anna Mae Kirk. Born September 20, 1882. Anna (Nannie) married James Beard and had one daughter, Evelyn Beard Doore. Nannie and Jim lived in Charles City, Iowa and are buried there.
·Catherine Regina Kirk. Born January 21, 1884. Catherine (Jeannie) married Charles Shepherd June 10, 1906 in Lawler and they had seven children. Charles was a postman in Lawler for 38 years. Jeannie died on November 10, 1964 and lies beside Charles in Lawler, Iowa.
·Cora Kirk. Born August 8, 1886. Cora died at the age of three. Cora is buried in Lawler, Iowa.
·Leo Elmer Kirk. Born June 25, 1888 He was named after Pope Leo. Elmer was a World War I veteran. He enlisted in the service on February 27, 1918. He was with the 44th Company, 20th Engineers and spent his service duty in France. Later in life he ran a landscape business in Dubuque, Iowa and lived at 162 Locust St.
·Olive Kirk. Born March 19, 1890. Oilve died at three months of age.
·Thomas Kirk. Born June 4, 1894. Thomas died as an infant.
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