Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]
This gentleman, one of the prominent farmers of Charleston, was born in the town of Lebanon, Columbia Co., N.
Y., Oct. 24, 1824. He was the son of John and Freelove (Lyon) Kirby, who had a family of eleven children, nine
of whom grew to maturity. The elder Kirby was a man of uncompromising integrity, with strong religious proclivities.
He was an industrious and successful farmer, and attained a prominent position, both socially and otherwise, in
his locality. He was magistrate of Lebanon for over twenty years, and held many other local offices. He died in
Lebanon, in 1871. John followed the footsteps of his father, and his life has been devoted to agricultural pursuits.
He resided upon the old home until 1867, when he came to Charleston and purchased the farm upon which he now resides.
He married, in 1852, Miss Mary Howland, of Mechanicsville, Saratoga Co., N. Y., where she was born in 1830. They
have been blessed with four children,— Arzelia, Marian, Alice, and Elbert.
History of Kalamazoo County, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of its Men and Pioneers.
Everts & Abbott., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincott & Co., Philadelphia.