John Wesley Pershall and Jennie Kirkpatrick

Lucretia Jane “Jennie” Kirkpatrick, who married John Wesley Pershall, was a daughter of William Robert Kirkpatrick and Zilpha “Jane” Strickland, sister of our Millie Ann Stricklin who married James Kelly Crockett (direct line of this blog). All these families settled in Chautauqua County, Kansas.


From a “Chautauqua Co. History”

John Wesley PERSHALL was born in Knox County, Iowa, November 2, 1852. His parents were Samuel H. PERSHALL, born June 10, 1826, and Millicent BRASHEARS, born September 1, 1826.

Other children were Taylor, Florence, Ollie and Ellie. Taylor’s wife was Louise and their children were Avery, Sam, Dell and Nettie. Florence married Joe MCKENZIE and their children were Otis, Avery, Ray, Lloyd and Opal. Ollie married Emanuel JENKINS. They had one child, Ora. Then Ollie married Levi BARRETT. They had no children.

John PERSHALL married Lucretia Jane “Jennie” KIRKPATRICK on May 18, 1873. Their family was William Arthur, born August 29, 1874; Ada Glenn born January 13, 1876; Edward Lee born August 29, 1877; Everett Earl born September 27, 1887; Fred Wesley born January 2, 1891; and Verna Louella born November 1, 1897. William Arthur and Edward Lee died in 1897 of typhoid fever.

Everett married Elizabeth HAMRICK; their children are William Arthur, Edward W., Martha Jane, Avis, Buri and Laree. Fred married Leila Gertrude GOULD and their children are Logan “Babe”, Ray, Beulah, and Gladys. Ada married Logan ALEXANDER and they had two sons, Guy and Fred. Verna married Claude STABLER and their children are Ellis Gordon, Inez Louise, and Oleta May.

John and Jennie lived south of Peru in the Oakland and Jonesburg area. He farmed and at one time was associated with a man by the name of GARLINGHOUSE in the monument business. He also worked with his brother Taylor in the grocery store in Jonesburg, and a man by the name of Vince who had the grocery there at one time.

John and his family moved to Blackburn, Oklahoma and then back to Kansas.

The Jonesburg Church, which still stands, was built in 1882 and many of the family member’s memorial services were held there, and most are buried at nearby Elcado and Chautauqua Cemeteries. Dr. CRANDALL of Peru was one of the early day doctors who went by horse and buggy to see his patients.

A Mr. CARPENTER drove a covered wagon and toured the area selling Raleigh Products, also thread. He would spend the night with some of the farm families and go on the next day.

Early day box suppers and school programs were about the only entertainment. They enjoyed family dinners. Fourth of July and Christmas were always special.

Lucretia Jane “Jennie” KIRKPATRICK was born November 4, 1858. Her parents were William Robert KIRKPATRICK, born in Boone County, Missouri, February 28, 1832, and Zilpha Jane STRICKLIN, born December 14, 1833. They were married March 18, 1852. Their children were Eliza, John William and Lucretia Jane.

(Bottom line of column is missing in my copy, then continues on the next page)…had one daughter Glenn, who married Henry BRAMBLETT. Mr. PULLIAM enlisted in the Civil War and was killed in battle on Wilson Creek near Springfield, Missouri, on August 10, 1861.

Lucretia Jane was reared by her Aunt Millie Ann STRICKLIN, who married James K. CROCKETT. Parents of Wm. Robert KIRKPATRICK were David Fletcher KIRKPATRICK and Rachel Shelby WRIGHT who were married September 10, 1820. Other children were Mary born on October 9, 1834; Martha born January 7, 1837; and Rachel Ann, born August 16, 1840. Zilpha Jane STRICKLIN’s parents were Thomas STRICKLIN and Eliza SHOCK. They were married June 8, 1826. Their other children were Josepher (sic), John H., Mary M., Milly Ann, William L., James P., Thomas and Michael Kelly.

by Louise STABLER, daughter of Verna. Transcribed by JMK October 2001