Biography of Rev. O. C. Kirkham of Le Roy, NY

Rev. O. C. Kirkham, son of Joshua and Ruth (Witherell) Kirkham, was born January 21, 1837, at Glens Falls, and was reared on a farm. He graduated at Glens Falls Academy and Fort Edward Institute, and began theological study with his pastor, Rev. R. F. Parshall, which he continued for two years. He was licensed to preach by the Baptist Church at Sandy Hill, Washington County, April 3, 1858, and was ordained at Pittstown, near Troy, October 19, 1859, where he had a charge one year. He was called to Hoosick Falls, N. Y., to Patterson, to Connecticut, and then to Newark, Wayne County. In 1885 he was called to Le Roy, where he has since been engaged. He married, October 24, 1860, Sarah E., daughter of James Pagan, of Hoosick Falls, and their children are Ruth E., Walter A., James E., and Mary G. Joshua Kirkham was born near Glens Falls, June 19, 1780, and was a soldier in the War of 1812. He was twice married. His first wife bore him one son and four daughters, and his second wife, the mother of Rev. O. C., had four sons and two daughters. He served as justice several terms, and was a cousin of Prof. Samuel Kirkham, author of Kirkham's Grammar. Joshua's father came from Scotland during colonial. days, and participated in the war for independence. Ruth (Witherell) Kirkham was born in Rupert, Vt.

Gazetteer and Biographical Record
of Genesee County, New York
Edited by: F. W. Beers
J.W. Vose & Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1890



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