Location: Fauquier County, Virginia Giles County, Virginia
This profile is a resource for researchers into the Kirk family of Virginia in the period ca 1720-1820. This family migrated from Lancaster Co., VA into Fauquier County, VA and thence to Montgomery County, VA, part of which became Giles County in 1806.
This document was compiled by Edgar C. Smith of Carmel, California in the early 2000s. It is an unpublished typescript with references to primary sources, which are documented.
Kirk Families of Early Fauquier and Giles Counties notes by Edgar C. Smith P.O. Box 6073 Carmel, CA 93921
When Giles county was formed in 1806 there were two groups of Kirk families already settled there, one on each side of the New River. As did many families in that area, they had migrated down the face of the Alleghenies from Virginia's Piedmont, from Fauquier County in this case. Each of these groups included one or more John Kirks and Thomas Kirks. The purpose of this note is to examine their relationships and parentage.
GREEN VALLEY KIRKS
John Kirk, born 10 Oct 1754, married Elizabeth O'Briant on New Years Day, 1784, as recorded in their family Bible. The marriage bond is recorded in Botetourt County, dated 31 Dec 178X. The last digit of the date is obscured by an ink blot, but the Bible record clearly implies 1783. John Kirk is found on Militia Co. #18 tax list in Botetourt County in 1783, but not in that county later. They settled in Green Valley, a small valley on the north side of Buckeye Mountain which was then in Montgomery County. On the east is the New River, and on the west is Walker Creek as it bends north to empty into the New.
The Loyal Land Company had surveyed the area, and John Kirk is listed as having gotten 290 acres in the New River area according to a list presented by John Walker prior to May, 1783 [Kegley, "Early Adventures on the Western Waters," vol. 1, pg 36]. The exact location is not stated, but other references place him in Green Valley as early as 1786. Indeed, John and Elizabeth lived out their lives there and are buried on their land which is known as the Straley Farm today. John, who died in 1850, had served at various times Sheriff of Giles County, Justice of the Peace and member of the Virginia House of Delegates (1818-1819). The births of his children are listed in the family Bible and all but the youngest, who died young, are named in his will.