Charles Leonard Kirkland was born in 1841 in New Brunswick. He was the son of John William Kirkland and Elizabeth Weeks. In 1861, Charles was living in Richibucto, Kent County, New Brunswick with his older brother, John W. Kirkland, and his family. He and John were both cabinet makers, like their father.
Charles married Rachel P. Warman in 1864 in Kent County, New Brunswick. This may have been his 2nd marriage. In 1870, Charles, Rachel and three children (all born in New Brunswick) were living in Baring, Maine and Charles was working as a joiner. Their fourth child, Allen, was born in February 1871, likely in West Isles, Charlotte County, New Brunswick. At the time of the 1871 Canada Census, the family was living in West Isles and Charles was listed as a clergyman (Baptist).
They family did not stay in New Brunswick for long. By the time their daughter, Maude, was born in 1874, they were again living in Maine. By 1880, they had seven children. They had two more children, in 1883 and 1886, for a total of 9 children over 21 years. In 1888, tragedy struck the family, when three of Charles and Rachel's children,12-year-old Grace, 10-year George and 2-year-old Pearl died. In 1896, Rachel died.
Two years after Rachel's death, Charles married Nellie (Carver) Wheeler, a divorcée with four children. In 1900, Charles, Nellie and her four children were living Dover, Maine, where Charles was working as a clergyman.
In 1911, Charles travelled to Glasgow, Scotland, reportedly to settle his uncle's estate. For his return voyage, he travelled from Glasgow to Queenstown, Ireland, where he bought a 2nd class ticket on the RMS Titanic.
His body was never recovered.
The biography of Charles 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.
The biography of Charles on Encyclopedia Titanica says that the family of his mother, Elizabeth Weeks, moved to Canada from England around 1820. However, all census data for Charles or his siblings that lists their mother's birthplace says that she was born in the US. Possibly Minnesota.
Who was Charles married to before Rachel?
↑ As per 1861 Census. Later sources say 1852, but given that he was working as a cabinet maker in 1861, 1852 is clearly incorrect.
↑ The marriage was registered on December 20, 1866, but the marriage was said to have taken place in 1864. No more precise date given.
↑ "New Brunswick Provincial Marriages 1789-1950," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVBF-JHJS : accessed 11 October 2015), Charles Kirkland and Rachel Peters Warman, 1864; citing , , New Brunswick, Canada, p. 98, Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, Fredericton; FHL microfilm 845,797
↑ The marriage certificate of Charles and Nellie Wheeler says that it was the third marriage for Charles.
↑ 1870 US Census Place: Baring, Washington, Maine; Roll: M593_562; Page: 31B; Image: 67; Family History Library Film: 552061. – Charles & Rachel Kirkland and 3 children
↑ Allen was 2 months old on the 1871 Census, at it states he was born in New Brunswick, as does the 1880 Census. Later sources say he was born in Maine, but New Brunswick seems more likely.
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Charles 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 Charles: