Biography of Benton Kirk
Columbiana County, OH

Benton Kirk, retired, is a veteran of the Civil War and a pioneer resident of Columbiana County. He was born in Allegheny County, Pa., Jan. 9, 1844, the son of Captain Samuel B. and Tamar (Miller) Kirk.

Captain Samuel B. Kirk, a native of Allegheny County, Pa., was a farmer. He served as captain of the militia for a number of years and in later life went to Illinois, where he died. His wife was born in Monongahela County, W. Va. They were the parents of 16 children as follows: Brison and James, deceased; Elizabeth, married John Agnew, both deceased; Samuel, deceased; Margaret, married Benona Reed, both deceased; Adam, deceased; Jane, married John Dolby, a Civil War veteran, both deceased; Maria, deceased; Isiah, served during the Civil War with Company K, Third Ohio Volunteer Infantry, died shortly after the close of the war; Agnes, married Joseph Swearingen of Lincoln, Nebraska, both deceased; Benton, the subject of this sketch; Mary, married Robert Cunningham, lives at Chester, W. Va.; William, John and Robert N., all deceased; and one child died in infancy.

Benton Kirk spent his boyhood in Allegheny County, Pa., and began life as a farmer, earning a salary of $6 per month. At the outbreak of the Civil War he enlisted in Company A, 115th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and served with this company for two years and eleven months. With his company he was rated on Sherman's March to the Sea, but they were intercepted by Gen. Hoods army and Mr. Kirk's outfit was left behind to guard the railroads. He was discharged at Murfreesboro, Tenn., June 22, 1865. He has since resided in East Liverpool, and has been retired since 1911.

Mr. Kirk was married first on Dec. 24, 1874, to Miss Isabel Johnson, of Chester, W. Va. She died in June, 1875. On April 25, 1876, Mr. Kirk married Miss Mary Ann McCoy of Beaver County, Pa., the daughter of James H. and Martha McCoy. She died April 9, 1910. Thirteen children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Kirk, as follows: (1) Martha Jane, married Robert Reed, lives at Sebring, Ohio, and they have four children: Albert C., Bernice, Elizabeth and Mildred; (2) Anna Belle, married David Morris, lives at South Heights, Pa., and they have five children, Sylvia, Florence, Olive, Carl and Hazel; (3) Tamar, born Sept. 20, 1879, married Cecil M. Fair, lives at East Palestine, Ohio, and they have six children: Harold, Raymond, Joseph, Madeline, Glenn and Charles; (4) James F., born March 3, 1881, married Ethel Evans, and they have two children, Alice and Frederick; (5) William, born Feb. 11, 1884, married Valley Bruce, and they have two children, Althea and Robert; (6) Thomas, born Dec. 6, 1885, a World War veteran, lives at Woodlawn, Pa.; (7) Bryson, born March 1, 1887, lives at Woodlawn, Pa., married Zelma Winkle, and they have two children, Leona and Russel; (8) Ira, born March 25, 1890, lives at Woodlawn, Pa.; (9) Claire Osborn, born Sept. 17, 1893, lives at Corapolis, Pa., served during the World War, with Company F, 210th U. S. Engineers; (10) Fern Elizabeth, born Nov. 17, 1895, married C. Bradshaw, lives at Monaca, Pa., and they have three children, Virginia, Eleanor and Lewis; (11) Mary Lucinda, born April 6, 1878, died in January, 1881; (12) Myrtle Mae, born July 1, 1899, married Walter Toreence, lives at East Liverpool, and they have four children: Beulah, Warren, Merle, and Bonivere; (13) a son died in infancy.

Mr. Kirk holds membership in the United Presbyterian Church and is affiliated with the Grand Army of the Republic. He is a Republican. At the present time Benton Kirk is commander of General Lyons Post, No. 44, G. A. R., East Liverpool, Ohio. Mr. Kirk is in his 83rd year.

History of Columbiana County, Ohio
By: Harold B. Barth
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1926

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