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Joanna Eliza (Kirk) Philp (1837 - 1884)

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Joanna Eliza (Jane) Philp formerly Kirk
Born in Liverpool, Lancashire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married in Saint Andrews, Saint Andrews & Saint Leonards, Fife, Scotlandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Leith, Midlothian, Scotlandmap
Profile last modified | Created 2 Mar 2016
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Historical & Geographical Context

Queen Victoria

Jane Kirk was either one of the very first Victorians or one of the last people to be born in the reign of King William IV. She was born in Liverpool, England, on 20 June 1837, the same day as the death of King William IV - at 12 minutes past 2 in the morning - and the accession of Queen Victoria. [1]

She represented at least three of the four constituent parts of the then United Kingdom of Great Britain & Ireland as her father, Alexander Kirk, was from Saint Andrews in Scotland, her mother, Mary Anne Carroll appears to have been born in Liverpool, England, and her maternal grandmother, Honora or Anna Carroll or Miller, was from Ireland.

Biography

Jane Kirk was born on 20 June 1837 in Liverpool, Lancashire, England. [2]

She was baptised as Joanna Eliza Kirk with witness Anna Miller (presumably her maternal grandmother), on 2 July 1837 in the Catholic church of Saint Nicolas in Liverpool. [2]

She was the eldest of the eight children of Alexander Kirk and Mary Carroll.

She had two brothers:

  1. Jacobus Kirk (born 24 February 1842) [3]
  2. Alexander Kirk (born 20 January 1852) [4]

and five sisters:

  1. Maria Anna Kirk (born 21 December 1839) [5]
  2. Sarah Ann Kirk (born 05 October 1844) [6]
  3. Maria Anna Kirk (05 October 1844) [7]
  4. Margaret Kirk (26 September 1847) [8] &
  5. Ann Kirk (06 March 1850)). [9]

She married Andrew Philp on 29 March 1865, after Banns according to the Forms of the Church of Scotland, by Alexander Hill, second Minister of Saint Andrews, in the parish church at Saint Andrews, in Fife, Scotland. The witnesses were Thomas Philp, the groom's younger brother, and Sarah Kirk, the bride's younger sister. [10]

She had four children with Andrew Philp:

  1. Sarah Ann Philp (born 13 May 1867) [11]
  2. Janet Philp (born 04 July 1869) [12]
  3. Andrew Philp (born 04 December 1870) [13] &
  4. Margaret Kirk Philp (born 17 December 1871). [14]

She was found in each census from 1841 until 1881 with the exception of the 1861 census when her location is unknown. She was a scholar in Liverpool in 30 March 1851 and living in Saint Andrews on 29 March 1865, when she married. However, she has not been found in the 1861 census and it is not known when she moved from England to Scotland. [15][16]

She died on 07 February 1884 at 2 Water Street in the town of Leith, in Midlothian, Scotland. The cause of death, as certified A. McKenzie Johnston, M.D., was cardiac disease, cardiac dropsy, 21 days. Her age was recorded as 40, whereas she was actually 46. Her father was correctly recorded as Alexander Kirk, seaman, Merchant Service, while her mother was recorded as Mary Anne Kirk, born "Millar" - in contemporary records, "Miller" appears to have been her step-father's surname, while her own surname was Carroll. [17]

Research Notes

Jane Kirk was a difficult person to research due to conflicting information concerning her age and parents on her marriage and death register entries in Scotland, and the fact that she had a different baptismal name to the one she used regularly.

In the statutory marriage registry entry, Jane Kirk's parents are listed as James Kirk and Janet Sime (or Syme). [18] This couple were actually the parents of her mother-in-law, Janet Kirk. The reason for the error is unknown, whether it was confusion, or deliberate. There may have been an attempt to hide that fact that she had been baptised as a Catholic. Or perhaps the couple had indicated to the Church of Scotland that they were related via James Kirk and Janet Sime and there was confusion when the information was recorded.

Sources

  1. Victoria Becomes Queen, 1837 Eyewitness to history
  2. 2.0 2.1 Liverpool Catholic Baptism Records for the parish of Saint Nicolas entry for Joanna Eliza Kirk
  3. Liverpool Catholic Baptism Records for the parish of Saint Nicolas entry for Jacobus Kirk
  4. Liverpool Catholic Baptism Records for the parish of Saint Nicolas entry for Alexander Kirk
  5. Liverpool Catholic Baptism Records for the parish of Saint Nicolas entry for Maria Anna Kirk, first of that name
  6. Liverpool Catholic Baptism Records for the parish of Saint Nicolas entry for Sarah Ann Kirk
  7. Liverpool Catholic Baptism Records for the parish of Saint Nicolas entry for Maria Anna Kirk, second of that name
  8. Liverpool Catholic Baptism Records for the parish of Saint Nicolas entry for Margaret Kirk
  9. Liverpool Catholic Baptism Records for the parish of Saint Nicolas entry for Ann Kirk
  10. Statutory Marriage Register
  11. Statutory Birth Register entry for Sarah Ann Philp
  12. Statutory Birth Register entry for Janet Philp
  13. Statutory Birth Register entry for Andrew Philp
  14. Statutory Birth Register entry for Margaret Philp
  15. 1841 & 1851 English Census Records
  16. 1871 & 1881 Scottish Census Records
  17. Statutory Death Register
  18. Statutory Marriage Register


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