Daughter Lavinia Kirkland's birth certificate says Elizabeth was 47 at the time of her birth in 1849, which would make her birth year 1802. However, Lavinia was more likely born in 1844, which could make Elizabeth's birth year as early as 1797. This document also says she was born in Fredericton, New Brunswick.
On the 1891 Census, son John W. Kirkland's mother is said to be born in the US. Likewise, on the 1880 census, son Charles Kirkland's mother is said to be born in Minnesota. On the 1891 Census, daughters Emma and Lavinia both have their mothers' birth places as Prince Edward Island. On the 1900 US Census, sons James and Charles have their mother's birthplace as Canada.
Elizabeth died on 26 Jan 1858, in Newcastle, New Brunswick. Her obituary states that she was 44 at the time of her death, which would make her birth year 1814.
So the mystery remains... was Elizabeth born in England, the US (perhaps Minnesota?) New Brunswick? Prince Edward Island? Was she born in 1802 or 1814? Or somewhere in between? Was her middle name Sarah? Who were her parents?
↑ Name is Leavinia on birth certificate, but it is more likely "Lavinia"
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It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Elizabeth by comparing test results with other carriers of her mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known mtDNA test-takers in her direct maternal line.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Elizabeth: