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McLean County, Illinois
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MRS. MARY C. KIRKPATRICK, widow of Thomas K. Kirkpatrick, owns and occupies a good home in White Oak Township, on section 34, and has been a resident of the Prairie State for nearly forty years. She was born in Rockbridge County, Va., Sept. 14, 1809, being the daughter of George and Ellen (Lowry) Guylinger. Her father was born in New York about the time of the Revolutionary War, and her mother, a native of Scotland, was about six years the senior of her husband. They were married in Rockbridge County, Va., in 1807, and remained there until 1840, when they removed to Ohio, and rented land in Adams County, where Mr. Guylinger died in the seventy-second year of his age. The mother preceded him three years, living to be seventy-five years old. They were members of what was known as the Seceders' Church. Mr. Guylinger was Republican in politics. They had a family of three children: John married Miss Martha Finley; Susan became Mrs. Richard Kirkpatrick, and Mary C, of our sketch was the eldest.

Mrs. K. was reared under the home roof and received a fair education in the common schools. She was married to Thomas Kirkpatrick in Adams County, Ohio, Sept. 6, 1831, and they remained in Ohio until 1849, when they removed to this State and county, and located on the farm which is now the home of Mrs. K. This comprises 160 acres of good land, with substantial farm buildings.

Mr. K. was born in Bourbon County, Ky., in 1805, and departed this life at his home in White Oak Township, Feb. 3, 1857. Mr. and Mrs. K. became the parents of eleven children, of whom only four are living, as follows: Ellen J. became the wife of Adam Kirkpatrick, and they live in Bloomington; Adeline married John Kirkpatrick; George married Miss Catherine Wright, and Robert W., Miss Margaret Hilton. The seven deceased are Samuel, who died April 30, 1859; James, Nov. 16, 1860; Margaret C. Aug. 25, 1885; John died in 1862; Thomas M. died in 1863, and Sarah M. in 1865; Elvia A. was born Oct. 6, 1855, and died in 1873.

Mrs. Kirkpatrick is an active member of the United Presbyterian Church, and takes much interest in missionary work. She has been a good mother, a kind neighbor and friend, and enjoys the esteem and friendship of a large circle of acquaintances.

Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 506. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.


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