Biography of George A. Kirby
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Kirby, George A., is descended from one of the oldest families in eastern Massachusetts. Richard Kirby, sr.(1), was born about 1628 and died about 1687. He lived in Lynn, afterward in Sandwich, and subsequently in Dartmouth, and by his wife Jane had five children. Richard Kirby, jr.(2), who died in 1720, was often fined in Sandwich, as was also his father, for attending Quaker meetings. He married, first, October 19, 1655, Patience, daughter of William Gifford, of Sandwich, and a granddaughter of Walter and great granddaughter of Sir Ambrose Gifford of England. About 1666 he removed to Dartmouth. He married, second, Abigail Howland, December 2, 1678. Of his five children, Robert,(3) the youngest, was born March 10, 1674, lived in Dartmouth, and died about 1755. He married Rebecca, daughter of Nathaniel and Elizabeth (Stokes) Potter of Portsmouth, R. I., who was born March 10, 1674, bore him seven children, and died July 1, 1763. Nathaniel Kirby4 married, January 25, 1731, Abigail, daughter of James and Rebecca (Howland) Russell of Dartmouth. and had five children. Justus Kirby,(6) born April 28, 1746, died January 5, 1831, in Westport. He married, December 27, 1769, Catherine, daughter of Peleg and Mary (Russell) Cornell, who was born April 14, 1751, and died August 27, 1832. Wesson Kirby,(5) brother of Justus, was born October 14, 1831, served as tithing man, surveyor of highways, etc., in Dartmouth, for many years, and died October 9, 1798. He married, February 23, 1870, Hannah, daughter of William and granddaughter of William White of Westport, and they had fourteen children. She was born in 1781 and died in 1819. Benjamin Kirby,(6) born June 18, 1763, died August 20, 1817. February 2, 1788, he married Patience Lawton, born November 16, 1767, died January 17, 1841, and had eight children. George Kirby,(7) their eldest son and second child, was born May 16, 1794, was a farmer at Russell's Mills in Dartmouth, and died August 30, 1882. August 23, 1821, he married Abby H., daughter of George and Mary Smith of Dartmouth, and had three children. Humphrey Kirby,(8) born June 1, 1822, was a ship chandler in New Bedford and a member of the school committee, and died April 16, 1891. July 19, 1846, he married Elizabeth, daughter of Rudoiphus Howland, who was born April 13, 1829, and died November 29, 1860. They were the parents of George A. Kirby, of the ninth generation. Wesson Kirby, jr.,(6) son of Wesson and Hannah (White) Kirby, was born April 15, 1759. married in 1803 Joanna, daughter of Richard and Joanna Craw, and died December 4, 1839. Mary C. Kirby,(7) born April 20, 1803, was married October 10, 1826, to Avery Kirby. who was born October 13, 1792, died June 5, 1851, and who was a son of Luthan Kirby, born May 5, 1770, died April 11, 1860, who was a son of Justus Kirby,(5) before mentioned. William A. Kirby,(8) son of Avery and Mary C. Kirby, was born July 3, 1827, and is a carpenter in New Bedford.

Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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