The biography of Charles Leonard Kirkland on Encyclopedia Titanica says that his father, John Kirkland, was a silk merchant from Glasgow Scotland who emigrated about 1830. However, he appears to be a cabinet maker, born in Boiestown, New Brunswick. These could be two separate people.
From Encyclopedia Titanica (to be confirmed and sourced):
Charles Leonard Kirkland was born in March of 1841 in Miramichi, Northumberland County, New Brunswick, the fourth child of John V. Kirkland and Elizabeth Sarah Weeks. The Weeks family had emigrated to New Brunswick from England circa 1820 and John Kirkland, a silk merchant, had emigrated to New Brunswick from Glasgow, Scotland in the early 1830's. Following their marriage, they moved frequently between New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, as John built up his importing business. Charles spent his early years in Miramichi where his older brothers, John (born in 1832), James (born in 1835) and William had also been born and raised.
The family relocated to Summerside, Prince Edward Island in 1845, where the first daughter of the family, Lavinia Rebecca, was born in 1849 and the youngest child, Emma Lydia, was born in 1855. The family then moved back to Newcastle, New Brunswick about 1857. Charles had become a master carpenter by 1860, when he and his brother, John, moved south to Richibuctu in Kent County, New Brunswick and became cabinet builders
Conflicting information exists on birth date of John William Kirkland.
Daughter Leavinia's Late Registration of Birth says that he was 47 at the time of her birth, which would make him born 1802 (if she was born in 1849. However, it seems more likely she was born in 1844, so he could have been born as early as 1797). This document states he was born in Boiestown, New Brunswick.
1861 Census has his age as 50, which would make him born 1811. Birthplace not mentioned
On 1891 Census, son John W. Kirkland gives father's birthplace as New Brunswick.
On the 1861 Census, John's profession is "cabinet maker". In the newspaper announcement of daughter Alice's death, it is "chairmaker". At least three of his sons were cabinet makers or carpenters, so it is likely they learned the trade from their father.
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It may be possible to confirm family relationships with John by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known yDNA or mtDNA test-takers in his direct paternal or maternal line.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with John: