Fonds MHCA0026 - James Kirk family fonds

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James Kirk family fonds

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  • 1869, 1894-2001 (Creation)
    Kirk, James (Family)

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.04 m. of textual records
28 photographs

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Kirk, James (Family)

Biographical history

James Kirk (1813-1869) was born in Dumfriesshire, Scotland. He and his wife Ellen MacRae (1811-1891) first emigrated to British Guiana and later came to Prince Edward Island, Canada around 1855. They made their home in Lot 16 and raised seven children including Robert (1839-1932) who had been born in Scotland. He married Rose Ann Cosgrove in 1885 and had seven children, the last being born in the United States after the couple separated. Robert placed the three oldest children with other families. Alexander MacLean of Lot 16 adopted James (1889-1980) who stayed in PEI until 1907 when he went out to Manitoba to find work. He was eventually hired by the Canadian Pacific Railway in Medicine Hat, Alberta. He left his job in 1914 to serve overseas with the 3rd Mounted Rifles and while in England married Dorothy Mockett (b.1894) of Sussex in 1918. They returned to Medicine Hat and in 1933 moved to Calgary. James worked for the railway for 44 years. The couple had two children, Ralph (1919-1979) and Beryl b.1921) who spent most of her working life in Vancouver.

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The materials were brought into the MacNaught Archives by Lillian Yeo who had received them from Beryl Kirk of North Vancouver, British Columbia

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The fonds consists principally of written material, documents, and photographs relating to the lives of James and Dorothy Kirk who spent most of their lives in Calgary, Alberta. There are textual records of his military and railway careers, and some biographical information about his father Robert, as well as a few items concerning Robert's sister Elizabeth who married William Hutchinson of Lot 16 and sister Catherine who married John Nelson Burns of Freetown. There is a photograph and several clippings about the sailing career of Thomas Edward (Ted) Kirk, brother of James. A few family obituaries and an article (ca. 1997) about Beryl Kirk are also part of the fonds.

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The materials had been sorted and placed in a ring binder by Lillian Yeo and friend Ruby Cousins prior to being donated to MHCA. The materials are now in acid-free folders in order by family generations.

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MacNaught History Centre and Archives

Accession 001.19.54

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