James Harrison Kirkpatrick was born May 15, 1798, in Georgia, the son of Thomas Newtown Kirkpatrick and Mary Ann "Polly" (Lane) Kirkpatrick. James H. served with his father in the War of 1812. He is listed (age 16 or 17) with Captain James B. Moor's Company of Mounted Illinois militia in 1815. His father served in the same company for the same span of time.
Harrison (the name he usually went by) came West with his family to the Galena area of Illinois in 1802 and lived a good part of his life in that territory. He is found on a list of names in a poll book dated at Fever River, an early name for the Galena area, 7 August 1826. The document is in the Peoria County Archives, Peoria, Illinois, but the mining area it deals with was the Fever River precinct which included Galena. In 1826 Peoria County included everything North to the State Line. He is found in the 1830 census of Iowa County, Michigan Territory (later to be Wisconsin Territory).
In 1820, in Bond, Illinois, James married Nancy Hufner. 
On 19 Jun 1875, in Platteville, Grant Co., WI, Harrison Kirkpatrick made his will. After payment of his expenses and debts he bequeathed any surplus of his estate to Mary L. Williams, wife of Lewis Williams, of Clifton, WI, and to Eliza C. Kirkpatrick of Platteville, WI, his daughters. He named John Fletcher Kirkpatrick, a cousin, as administrator. One of the witnesses to the will was Rebecca Loofbourow, who was the remarried widow of James Harrison Kirkpatrick's brother, Richard H. Kirkpatrick. Richard had been an early settler and miner in this same territory.
James died July 8, 1876, in Platteville, Grant county, Wisconsin and is buried in the Hillside cemetery, there. 
Obituary of James H. Kirkpatrick can be found here: http://www.rootsweb.com/~wigrant/
Nancy was the mother of the three oldest children, but she had probably died by 1830, since no wife appears in the 1830 census. In 1836, in the first census of the original counties of "Dubuque and Demoine" in Wisconsin Territory (later Iowa Territory), we find James H. Kirkpatrick with a family of eight.
Again in 1840 in an Iowa census this time, he is found in Dubuque County (Second District). This is an area across the Mississippi River from the Galena/Iowa County Region. The 1840 census shows a wife aged between 20 and 30, who was too young to have been the older children's mother, but who was probably the mother of the five younger children. By the time of the 1850 census, this second wife had also probably died. At least she does not appear in the record. We do not know the name of this second wife.
In 1847 he is listed as living "at the head of the Platte" in Grant Co., Wisconsin. This census gives a family of eight. In the 1850 U.S. Census for what is termed the Eastern District of Grant County, Wisconsin, James is again listed but with no wife and children numbering six -- some born in Wisconsin, some born in Iowa, and some in Illinois. Among those not listed are two children attributed to him by the writings of others. They are Samuel D. and Thomas Kirkpatrick. Samuel D. Kirkpatrick lived most of his life in Illinois, first in Alton and then, after 1868 in Montgomery Co., Illinois. Thomas went to California in 1850 and eventually moved, first to Washington State, and then in 1859 to British Columbia, Canada. [In 1860 Census with son in law Lewis Williams and daughter Mary and their children in Lafayette Co. Wisconsin]
In the 1870 U.S. Census Harrison Kirkpatrick is found living in Washburn, Grant Co., WI (now the town of Arthur), with his daughter and her husband Louis Howell and their family. Harrison's age is given as 79, birthplace as GA, Occupation as miner. Harrison Kirkpatrick along with many of his relatives, was in this tri-state region of Iowa/Wisconsin/Illinois because of the lead mining activity in the area.
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