Michael KIRK

Michael KIRK[1, 2]

Male 1755 - Abt 1815  (60 years)

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  • Name Michael KIRK 
    Born 1755  Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Abt 1815  Centre, Pennsylvania. United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I48815  BlytheGenealogy
    Last Modified 1 Feb 2019 

    Father Patrick KIRK,   b. Abt 1728, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Aug 1807, Birmingham, Chester, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 79 years) 
    Mother Anne DORAN 
    Married 6 Jan 1749/50  Christ Church Burying Ground, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F19272  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Christina BALT,   b. 1764, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1820, Centre, Pennsylvania. United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 57 years) 
    Married 1781  Northumberland County (now Centre County), Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5
    Children 
     1. Andrew KIRK
     2. Sallie KIRK
     3. Cora KIRK
     4. Jacob W. KIRK, Sr.,   b. 20 Jan 1781, York, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Sep 1853, Newman, Stark, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     5. John George KIRK,   b. 18 Aug 1786, Aaronsburg, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Dec 1856, Lawrence, Stark, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
     6. George KIRK,   b. 1788,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. William KIRK,   b. 15 Oct 1795, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Feb 1871, Freeport, Stephenson, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
     8. Christina KIRK,   b. 1797, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     9. James KIRK,   b. Between 1800 and 1810, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     10. Catherine KIRK,   b. Bef 1801,   d. Yes, date unknown
     11. Joseph F. KIRK,   b. 1 Apr 1805, Centre, Pennsylvania. United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jul 1890, Canal Fulton, Stark, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
     12. Ann KIRK,   b. Bef 1815,   d. Yes, date unknown
     13. Rebecca KIRK
     14. Polly KIRK
     15. Betsey KIRK
     16. Julia Ann KIRK
    Last Modified 20 Feb 2019 
    Family ID F19264  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Kirk, Michael; History of the Beech Creek Area of Clinton County, Pennsylvania
    Kirk, Michael; History of the Beech Creek Area of Clinton County, Pennsylvania
    Kirk Coat of Arms
    Kirk Coat of Arms

  • Notes 
    • Michael Kirk originally settled in Northumberland County, Bald Eagle T ownship in about 1778 when the 1st land grants were issued. Northumber land then was divided into Centre County, Centre Towship in 1800. Howa rd Township was erected at January Sessions 1810, by dividing what wa s then Centre Township. Howard Township is sometimes referred to as Ba ld Eagle. Villages and towns in Howard Township include Mt. Eagle, Mec hanicsville, Mountain Eagle and Manntown.

      1779 Tax Assessment Record - Cumberland County, Antrim Township, Penns ylvania
      Michael Kirk (PA State Archives, Series 3, Vol. XX, page 119)
      - Land - None
      - Cow - 2
      - Horse - None
      - Negroes - None
      - Taxes - 0.0.10

      Michael does not show up in the Cumberland County Tax Assessment Recor ds for 1778, 1780, 1781, 1782 and 1785 only 1779. If Michael still liv ed there, then the tax assessor, since he picked him up the first time , would have included him years after even if he didn't own any land.

      Michael moves from Cumberland County, Antrim Township to Northumberlan d County, Penn's Township in about 1779, but is not picked up until th e 1785 tax assessment.

      Northumberland County, Pennsylvania was formed in 1772 from Lancaster , Berk, Cumberland, Northampton and Bedford Counties.

      Michael does not show up in the 1778-1784 Tax Assessment Records - Nor thumberland County, Penn's Township, Pennsylvania. He was probably no t picked up since he may have been poor and didn't own any land.

      Michael married Christina Balt probably in Northumberland County, Penn 's Township, Pennsylvania about 1781. There is no known documentatio n to confirm the exact date other than the fact that both Adam Balt (C hristina's father) and Michael Kirk are in Penn's Township at the sam e time.

      Adam Balt moves to Northumberland County, Penn's Township, Pennsylvani a in about 1781. Adam does not appear in any prior county tax assessme nts.

      1782 Tax Assessment Record - Northumberland County, Penn's Township, P ennsylvania. Adam Balt (my guess is this is Christina's Father)
      Land - 100 acres
      Cow - 2
      Horse - 2
      Taxes = 1.0.11

      Michael Kirk first shows up in Northumberland County, Penn's Township , Pennsylvania in the 1785 Tax Assessment Record.

      1785 Tax Assessment Record - Northumberland County, Penn's Township, P ennsylvania Michael Kirk (PA State Archives, Series 3, Vol. XiX, pag e 602)
      Land - None
      Cow - 1
      Horse -1

      1782-1785 Adam Balt moves to Northumberland County, Lycoming Township , Pennsylvania.

      1786 Tax Assessment Record - Northumberland County, Lycoming Township , Pennsylvania. Adam Balt (Michael's wife Christina's Father)
      Land - None
      Cow - 2
      Horse 1

      1786 the town of Aaronsburg in Potter's Township, Northumberland Count y (modern day Haines Township, Centre County), Pennsylvania was laid o ut by Aaron Levy.

      1786 Tax Assessment Records for Potter's or Penn's Townships, Northumb erland County, do not list Michael Kirk.

      1786 Michael Kirk moves from Penn's Township to Potter's Township in t he newly formed town of Aaronsburg, Northumberland County. Michael an d Christina purchase a lot from Aaron Levy directly per a deed summar ized below from 1801 when he and Christiana sell their lot.

      1787 Tax Assessment Record - Northumberland County, Potters Township , Pennsylvania. Michael Kirk (PA State Archives, Series 3, Vol. XiX, p age 802)
      Land - 25 acres
      Cow - 2
      Horse - 2
      Taxes = 2.2

      Michael is recorded as living in the town of Aaronsburg, Northumberlan d County, Potters Township, Pennsylvania in 1789 (beginning in 1800 i t became Centre County, Haines Township which is its name today) accor ding to the History of Centre and Clinton Counties by John Blair Lin n 1883.

      February 1790, Haines Township in Northumberland County, Pennsylvani a is created from Potter's Township which included Aaronsburg.

      1790 Pennsylvania Census - Northumberland County (Does not list whic h Township Michael lived, 1786 - 1801 he lived in the town of Aaronsbu rg, Haines Township)
      Michael Kirk - Head
      Males > 16 [1] Females all [4]
      < 16 [3]

      Michael is still living in the town of Aaronsburg, Haines Township, No rthumberland County, Pennsylvania in 1799 (beginning in 1800 it becam e Centre County, Haines Township which is its name today) according t o the History of Centre and Clinton Counties by John Blair Linn 1883.

      1800 Pennsylvania Census - Northumberland County, Haines Township
      Michael Kirk - Head
      Males < 10 [2] Females < 10 [2]
      10-16 [3] 10-16 [2]
      16-26 [2] 16-26 [1]
      26-45 [0] 26-45 [1]
      > 45 [1] > 45 [0]

      1800 Centre County is formed from Lycoming, Mifflin, Northumberland an d Huntingdon Counties. Aaronsburg now located in Haines Township, Cent re County.

      Michael is still in Aaronsburg, Haines Township, Centre County, Pennsy lvania in 1801, listed as having a house and lot according to the Hist ory of Centre and Clinton Counties by John Blair Linn 1883.

      November 6, 1801 Michael and Christina Kirk sell their lot in Aaronsbu rg. "This Indenture made the sixth day of November in the year of ou r Lord one thousand eight hundred and one. Between Michael Kirk of th e Town of Aaronsburg in the County of Centre and Sate of Pennsylvani a and Christina his wife for the one part and Jacob Herring of the Tow n of Aaronsburg in the County of Centre aforesaid of the others part . That the said Michael Kirk and Christina his wife for and in conside ration of the sum of One hundred and ten pounds lawful full money of P ennsylvania... ".a certain lot or piece of Ground situated in the Tow n of Aaronsburg in the County of Centre aforesaid and in the plan o f said Town marked with the number two hundred and ten then situated o n the North Side of Vine Street on the West side of Chestnut Street o n the South side of Blackberry Alley and on the East side of Lot Numbe r two hundred & eleven containing breadth on Vine Street Sixty feet i n length on Chestnut Street twohundred and thirty feet. [It being par t of a track of land called "white thorn Grove" containing three hundr ed and thirty four Acres and a half an allowance granted to Aaron Lev y of the city of Philadelphia Gentleman his heirs by the Commonwealt h of Pennsylvania by certain Letter patent dated the 20th day of Apri l 1783 enrolled in the rolls Office for tract of land the said Aaron L evy laid out the said Town of Aaronsburg according to a plan recorde d in the office for according of Deeds in the County of Northumberlan d and Sate aforesaid in Book 8 page 2,529 by Indenture bearing even da te with the within Indenture the said Aaron Levy granted land and conf irmed the within mentioned Lot of Ground, No. 210 unto the said Michae l Kirk his heirs and ... for 120 pounds to Jacob Herring of Aaronsburg , Pennsylvania (Centre County Deed Records Volume G, page 175). Both M ichael and Christina make their "marks" underneath their names since t hey couldn't read or write. The deeds themselves are divided into seve ral major parts: the opening paragraph with the date of the deed, name s of the parties and the consideration; the body of the deed with th e description of the property being sold; the covenants; and the signa tures. In a chain-of-title, the section with the description is the mo st important. This paragraph begins with the words "All that lot or pi ece of ground. . ." If the words "with the message or tenement" or "wi th the buildings or improvements" appear immediately after these words , then a house or building sits on the property. After the description , there should be the phrase "Being the same property which (name) sol d to (name) on (date) and recorded in Deed Book (series, number and pa ge)." If the recital clause is included, this eliminates the need fo r continuing checking the grantor/grantee indices for deed book citati ons.

      NOTE: Measurements in Pennsylvania during the 17th, 18th &19th; centur ies used an early English system. Straight line measurements were no t kept in yards and feet but in perches. A perch is the same as a rod : 16.5 feet.

      Michael is shown as living in Aaronsburg, Haines Township, Centre Coun ty, Pennsylvania in 1802 according to the History of Centre and Clinto n Counties by John Blair Linn 1883. Michael is also listed in tax reco rds for Lower Bald Eagle Township, Centre County, Pennsylvania (moder n day Clinton County, Porter's Township) in 1802. Per the deed in 180 1 above, Michael moves in 1801 from Aaronsburg, Haines Township, Centr e County to Lower Bald Eagle Township (modern day Porter Township, Cli nton County) and was picked up in both places inadvertently. The Micha el Kirk in Haines Township is crossed off in 1803 (History of Centre a nd Clinton Counties by John Blair Linn 1883) but is on the Lower Bal d Eagle Township Tax List for 1802 meaning he began living there in 18 01.

      Michael appears to have lived in Centre County, Lower Bald Eagle Towns hip from 1801-1811 according to his tax records for 1802, 1803, 1805 a nd 1812. In Lower Bald Eagle Township (modern day Porter, Township, Cl inton County) he owned about 63 acres, 1-2 cows depending on the yea r and house. In the 1803 tax record it shows Tanner underneath his nam e. In the 1812 tax assessment it says he transferred his land to Pete r Sylar.

      Historical View of Clinton County, Pennsylvania by "D. S. Maynard" 187 5 CHAPTER XI Bald Eagle Township-Mill Hall Borough "This township deri ved its name from Bald Eagle Mountain. It is not only the oldest in Cl inton county, but was originally one of the largest townships in the s tate, if not in the United States. When the present territory of Clint on was a part of Northumberland, the northwestern limits of that count y extended to the confines of the Province, and Bald Eagle township co mprised all that portion lying north and west of a line which ran no t far from the present division between Clinton and Lycoming counties . Therefore its territorial area included all of that part of the Stat e west of that line, now divided into a dozen or more counties. In th e forming of Lycoming from Northumberland, in 1795, and Centre (in par t) from Lycoming, in 1800, and Clinton (in part) from Centre in 1839 , and the subsequent establishment of other counties, the township wa s allowed to retain its identity. When Clinton county was erected, Bal d Eagle township was one of the twelve townships into which it was div ided. Since that time, by the organization of additional townships i n the county, its limits have been reduced, until as at present it con tains but a very small proportion of its original territory. It is no w bounded on the south by Lamar and Beech Creek, on the west by Beec h Creek, on the north by Grugan and Colebrook, and on the east by th e city of Lock Haven and Lamar."

      Michael and Christina did live in Lower Bald Eagle, Township, but wit h research and the deed where they sold this land, it has been determi ned that they lived in what would become PorterTownship after Bald Eag le Township was divided over the years.

      Porter Township - "This township was cut off from Lamar in 1841 and na med in honor of Gov. Porter. It is about four by six miles in extent a nd is bounded on the north by Beech Creek, on the east by Lamar, on th e south by Logan, and on the west by Centre county. The Bald Eagle Mou ntains are on the northern end and the Nittany Mountains on the southe rn end. Fishing Creek flows in from Logan township and runs through t o the eastern part of the township, on the south side of Nittany Valle y. Cedar Run is on the north side of the valley; one branch rises to M arion township, Centre county, about one-half mile west of the count y line and flows east. The south branch rises on the farm of David All ison and flows east; they unite at Cedar Spring Mills. There are a num ber of splendid springs of cold, sparkling limestone water on these st reams." Historical View of Clinton County, Pennsylvania by "D. S. Mayn ard" 1875 CHAPTER XXVI Porter Township

      1802 Tax Assessment Record - Centre County, Lower Bald Eagle Township , Pennsylvania Michael Kirk
      Land - 63 acres, Value - $173
      Total Assets = $173
      Taxes = $0.5

      Michael Kirk is a well documented tanner or animal skin tanner in th e History of the Beech Creek Area of Clinton County Pennsylvania by Ha rry A. and Vera A. Lingle 1981. This is modern day Bald Eagle, Beach C reek and Porter Townships, Clinton County. Until 1839 it was all in Ce ntre County rather than Clinton County. My thinking is that the Patric k Kirk who became a butcher in Philadelphia 1745 is Michael's father . Michael probably picked up the trade of tanning working along side h is father who was a butcher, the two professions are directly relate d to each other. The dates also match for when his son Michael is bor n about 1755.

      1803 Tax Assessment Record - Centre County, Lower Bald Eagle Township , Pennsylvania; Michael Kirk
      Land - 63 acres, Value - $150
      Tanner, Value - $40
      Cow - 1, Value - $6
      Total Assets = $196
      Taxes = $0.79

      1805 Tax Assessment Record per Sprangler Book - Centre County, Lower B ald Eagle Township, Pennsylvania; Michael Kirk
      - Land - 60 acres

      1810 Pennsylvania Census - Centre County, Bald Eagle Township
      Michael Kirk - Head w/ 12 children
      Males < 10 [1] Females < 10 [2]
      10-16 [3] 10-16 [2]
      16-26 [1] 16-26 [2]
      26-45 [1] 26-45 [0]
      > 45 [1] > 45 [1]

      1812 Tax Assessment Record - Centre County, Lower Bald Eagle Township , Pennsylvania. Michael Kirk Removed.
      Land - 63 acres "Land Transferred to Peter Sylar"
      Horse - 1
      Cow - 2
      Total Assets = $634
      Taxes = $1.26

      By 1811 it appears that Michael moved from Lower Bald Eagle Township ( modern day Porter Township, Clinton County) to neighboring Howard Town ship, Centre County.

      February 6, 1813 Michael and Christina Kirk, now of Howard Township, s ell their residence and 63 acres in Lower Bald Eagle Township for $90 8 of lawful Pennsylvania money to Peter Sylar of Bald Eagle Township . Both Michael and Christina make their "marks" underneath their names . "This Indenture made the twenty sixth day of February in the year o f our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirteen between Michael Kir k of Howard Township in the County of Centre and State of Pennsylvani a and Christina his wife of the one part and Peter Sylar of Bald Eagl e Township in the same County of the other part. Henceforth that where as the Commonweatlth of Pennsylvania by their patent dated the twent y fifth day of June one thousand seven hundred and ninety-six grante d and confirmed to James Pollock a certain tract of land in Nittany Va lley in Centre County containing three hundred and twenty eight acre s and three fourths. Henceforth said Architable Allison and Margaret h is wife and Alexander Robertson and his wife Elanor made a ? and excha nged of the above tract and a certain other tract surveyed in the nam e of William Campbell" Architable Allison and his wife Elanor and Alex ander Robertson and his wife Margaret buy the land from James Pollock . Michael and Christina purchase land from Alexander Robertson. (Centr e County Deed Records Volume L, page 85).

      Note: Michael's son Jacob Kirk is marked as a witness. It appears tha t the paper work was done a couple years after the actual sale took pl ace since the tax records indicate that the land was transferred in 18 11 being accounted for in the 1812 tax assessment. The deed also say s that Michael and Christina are already residing in Howard Township , Centre County. The deed mentions Alexander Robertson, William Campbe ll, Peter Sylar, the last name Allison and Nittney Valley which indica te that this area is modern day Porter Township, ClintonCounty. Pete r Sylar is documented as moving to modern day Porter Township, Clinto n County between 1820 - 1830 and Alex Robertson is also mentioned as m oving to Porter Township between 1800-1820. I believe the author mixe d up when Peter Seyler actually arrived since the deed shows him movin g there in 1811 (according to tax assessment records). "From the yea r 1800 to 1820 the following named persons came to this township: Andr ew Eakins, father of the present James Eakins; Philip Walker, father o f the present Philip and John Walker; Jos. Gamble, who married the wid ow of John Watson; Alex. Robertson, the Moores, Peter Smith, George Oh l, Esq., the Millers, Bechtols, William and Thos. Brown, James Nixon , and a number of others whos names I cannot now recall. Between 182 0 and 1830 came: Wm. C. Wilson, David Allison, Peter Seyler, (who ha d a large family of boys and girls), Wm. Devling, Valentine Meyer, Sol omon Crotzer, J. P. McRath, (who was afterward Sheriff of the county) , Martin Long, Robert Tate, John Best, Jacob Krape Sr., John Solt, Joh n Dornblazer, (father of the present John and Peter Dornblazer). I bel ieve the latter came in 1831." Historical View of Clinton County, Penn sylvania by "D. S. Maynard" 1875 CHAPTER XXVI Porter Township That par t of the township in Nittany Valley is as good farming land as there i s in Pennsylvania; though at an early day the land along the turnpike , or what is termed the ridge, was not considered worth anything. I wa s talking to old Mr. Stephenson and he told me that John Watson, the f ather of Mrs. Wm. Reed, cleared the first field on the Custard farm; w hen he was a boy he was by there when they were cutting the first cro p and it was poor. Mr. Stephenson's father came to the township in Apr il, 1795 when he (Thomas) was eight years old; he was 89 years old th e 3d day of last March. They bought the land and settled where H. C. A llison now lives. He is a pensioner of the war of 1812. The warrants f or the farms of D. Allison, John Best, Wm. Strunk and S. B. Thompson w ere taken out in the name of Mary Pollock and William Campbell, May 5t h, 1769." Historical View of Clinton County, Pennsylvania by "D. S. Ma ynard" 1875 CHAPTER XXVI Porter Township

      There are no tax records for the time the Kirks (Both Michael & his so n John) lived in Howard Township, Centre County 1811-1823, so we do no t know exactly how much land or where exactly in Howard Township the y lived.

      1820 Pennsylvania Census - Centre County, Howard Township
      Michael Kirk - Head
      Males > 65 [1]

      John Kirk - Head
      Males < 10 [0] Females < 10 [2]
      10-16 [0] 10-16 [0]
      16-26 [1] brother Joseph? 16-26 [0]
      26-65 [1] 26-65 [1]
      > 65 [0] > 65 [0]
      Other Free [2]

      In the 1820 Census Michael and his son John (our lineage) are living i n Howard Township. I think Michael died 1820. All the family is liste d living with John and Michael is listed as > 65 years old by himse lf. If they died the same year the census was taken then they would le ave them listed. It appears that Michael was about 65 at his death, be ing > 45 years old in the 1800 and 1810 census. This places his bir th about 1755.
      [brett.w.kirk@exxonmobil.com; Brett Kirk;]

      -- MERGED NOTE ------------

      Michael Kirk originally settled in Northumberland County, Bald Eagle T ownship in about 1778 when the 1st land grants were issued. Northumber land then was divided into Centre County, Centre Towship in 1800. Howa rd Township was erected at January Sessions 1810, by dividing what wa s then Centre Township. Howard Township is sometimes referred to as Ba ld Eagle. Villages and towns in Howard Township include Mt. Eagle, Mec hanicsville, Mountain Eagle and Manntown.

      1779 Tax Assessment Record - Cumberland County, Antrim Township, Penns ylvania
      Michael Kirk (PA State Archives, Series 3, Vol. XX, page 119)
      - Land - None
      - Cow - 2
      - Horse - None
      - Negroes - None
      - Taxes - 0.0.10

      Michael does not show up in the Cumberland County Tax Assessment Recor ds for 1778, 1780, 1781, 1782 and 1785 only 1779. If Michael still liv ed there, then the tax assessor, since he picked him up the first time , would have included him years after even if he didn't own any land.

      Michael moves from Cumberland County, Antrim Township to Northumberlan d County, Penn's Township in about 1779, but is not picked up until th e 1785 tax assessment.

      Northumberland County, Pennsylvania was formed in 1772 from Lancaster , Berk, Cumberland, Northampton and Bedford Counties.

      Michael does not show up in the 1778-1784 Tax Assessment Records - Nor thumberland County, Penn's Township, Pennsylvania. He was probably no t picked up since he may have been poor and didn't own any land.

      Michael married Christina Balt probably in Northumberland County, Penn 's Township, Pennsylvania about 1781. There is no known documentatio n to confirm the exact date other than the fact that both Adam Balt (C hristina's father) and Michael Kirk are in Penn's Township at the sam e time.

      Adam Balt moves to Northumberland County, Penn's Township, Pennsylvani a in about 1781. Adam does not appear in any prior county tax assessme nts.

      1782 Tax Assessment Record - Northumberland County, Penn's Township, P ennsylvania. Adam Balt (my guess is this is Christina's Father)
      Land - 100 acres
      Cow - 2
      Horse - 2
      Taxes = 1.0.11

      Michael Kirk first shows up in Northumberland County, Penn's Township , Pennsylvania in the 1785 Tax Assessment Record.

      1785 Tax Assessment Record - Northumberland County, Penn's Township, P ennsylvania Michael Kirk (PA State Archives, Series 3, Vol. XiX, pag e 602)
      Land - None
      Cow - 1
      Horse -1

      1782-1785 Adam Balt moves to Northumberland County, Lycoming Township , Pennsylvania.

      1786 Tax Assessment Record - Northumberland County, Lycoming Township , Pennsylvania. Adam Balt (Michael's wife Christina's Father)
      Land - None
      Cow - 2
      Horse 1

      1786 the town of Aaronsburg in Potter's Township, Northumberland Count y (modern day Haines Township, Centre County), Pennsylvania was laid o ut by Aaron Levy.

      1786 Tax Assessment Records for Potter's or Penn's Townships, Northumb erland County, do not list Michael Kirk.

      1786 Michael Kirk moves from Penn's Township to Potter's Township in t he newly formed town of Aaronsburg, Northumberland County. Michael an d Christina purchase a lot from Aaron Levy directly per a deed summar ized below from 1801 when he and Christiana sell their lot.

      1787 Tax Assessment Record - Northumberland County, Potters Township , Pennsylvania. Michael Kirk (PA State Archives, Series 3, Vol. XiX, p age 802)
      Land - 25 acres
      Cow - 2
      Horse - 2
      Taxes = 2.2

      Michael is recorded as living in the town of Aaronsburg, Northumberlan d County, Potters Township, Pennsylvania in 1789 (beginning in 1800 i t became Centre County, Haines Township which is its name today) accor ding to the History of Centre and Clinton Counties by John Blair Lin n 1883.

      February 1790, Haines Township in Northumberland County, Pennsylvani a is created from Potter's Township which included Aaronsburg.

      1790 Pennsylvania Census - Northumberland County (Does not list whic h Township Michael lived, 1786 - 1801 he lived in the town of Aaronsbu rg, Haines Township)
      Michael Kirk - Head
      Males > 16 [1] Females all [4]
      < 16 [3]

      Michael is still living in the town of Aaronsburg, Haines Township, No rthumberland County, Pennsylvania in 1799 (beginning in 1800 it becam e Centre County, Haines Township which is its name today) according t o the History of Centre and Clinton Counties by John Blair Linn 1883.

      1800 Pennsylvania Census - Northumberland County, Haines Township
      Michael Kirk - Head
      Males < 10 [2] Females < 10 [2]
      10-16 [3] 10-16 [2]
      16-26 [2] 16-26 [1]
      26-45 [0] 26-45 [1]
      > 45 [1] > 45 [0]

      1800 Centre County is formed from Lycoming, Mifflin, Northumberland an d Huntingdon Counties. Aaronsburg now located in Haines Township, Cent re County.

      Michael is still in Aaronsburg, Haines Township, Centre County, Pennsy lvania in 1801, listed as having a house and lot according to the Hist ory of Centre and Clinton Counties by John Blair Linn 1883.

      November 6, 1801 Michael and Christina Kirk sell their lot in Aaronsbu rg. "This Indenture made the sixth day of November in the year of ou r Lord one thousand eight hundred and one. Between Michael Kirk of th e Town of Aaronsburg in the County of Centre and Sate of Pennsylvani a and Christina his wife for the one part and Jacob Herring of the Tow n of Aaronsburg in the County of Centre aforesaid of the others part . That the said Michael Kirk and Christina his wife for and in conside ration of the sum of One hundred and ten pounds lawful full money of P ennsylvania... ".a certain lot or piece of Ground situated in the Tow n of Aaronsburg in the County of Centre aforesaid and in the plan o f said Town marked with the number two hundred and ten then situated o n the North Side of Vine Street on the West side of Chestnut Street o n the South side of Blackberry Alley and on the East side of Lot Numbe r two hundred & eleven containing breadth on Vine Street Sixty feet i n length on Chestnut Street twohundred and thirty feet. [It being par t of a track of land called "white thorn Grove" containing three hundr ed and thirty four Acres and a half an allowance granted to Aaron Lev y of the city of Philadelphia Gentleman his heirs by the Commonwealt h of Pennsylvania by certain Letter patent dated the 20th day of Apri l 1783 enrolled in the rolls Office for tract of land the said Aaron L evy laid out the said Town of Aaronsburg according to a plan recorde d in the office for according of Deeds in the County of Northumberlan d and Sate aforesaid in Book 8 page 2,529 by Indenture bearing even da te with the within Indenture the said Aaron Levy granted land and conf irmed the within mentioned Lot of Ground, No. 210 unto the said Michae l Kirk his heirs and ... for 120 pounds to Jacob Herring of Aaronsburg , Pennsylvania (Centre County Deed Records Volume G, page 175). Both M ichael and Christina make their "marks" underneath their names since t hey couldn't read or write. The deeds themselves are divided into seve ral major parts: the opening paragraph with the date of the deed, name s of the parties and the consideration; the body of the deed with th e description of the property being sold; the covenants; and the signa tures. In a chain-of-title, the section with the description is the mo st important. This paragraph begins with the words "All that lot or pi ece of ground. . ." If the words "with the message or tenement" or "wi th the buildings or improvements" appear immediately after these words , then a house or building sits on the property. After the description , there should be the phrase "Being the same property which (name) sol d to (name) on (date) and recorded in Deed Book (series, number and pa ge)." If the recital clause is included, this eliminates the need fo r continuing checking the grantor/grantee indices for deed book citati ons.

      NOTE: Measurements in Pennsylvania during the 17th, 18th &19th; centur ies used an early English system. Straight line measurements were no t kept in yards and feet but in perches. A perch is the same as a rod : 16.5 feet.

      Michael is shown as living in Aaronsburg, Haines Township, Centre Coun ty, Pennsylvania in 1802 according to the History of Centre and Clinto n Counties by John Blair Linn 1883. Michael is also listed in tax reco rds for Lower Bald Eagle Township, Centre County, Pennsylvania (moder n day Clinton County, Porter's Township) in 1802. Per the deed in 180 1 above, Michael moves in 1801 from Aaronsburg, Haines Township, Centr e County to Lower Bald Eagle Township (modern day Porter Township, Cli nton County) and was picked up in both places inadvertently. The Micha el Kirk in Haines Township is crossed off in 1803 (History of Centre a nd Clinton Counties by John Blair Linn 1883) but is on the Lower Bal d Eagle Township Tax List for 1802 meaning he began living there in 18 01.

      Michael appears to have lived in Centre County, Lower Bald Eagle Towns hip from 1801-1811 according to his tax records for 1802, 1803, 1805 a nd 1812. In Lower Bald Eagle Township (modern day Porter, Township, Cl inton County) he owned about 63 acres, 1-2 cows depending on the yea r and house. In the 1803 tax record it shows Tanner underneath his nam e. In the 1812 tax assessment it says he transferred his land to Pete r Sylar.

      Historical View of Clinton County, Pennsylvania by "D. S. Maynard" 187 5 CHAPTER XI Bald Eagle Township-Mill Hall Borough "This township deri ved its name from Bald Eagle Mountain. It is not only the oldest in Cl inton county, but was originally one of the largest townships in the s tate, if not in the United States. When the present territory of Clint on was a part of Northumberland, the northwestern limits of that count y extended to the confines of the Province, and Bald Eagle township co mprised all that portion lying north and west of a line which ran no t far from the present division between Clinton and Lycoming counties . Therefore its territorial area included all of that part of the Stat e west of that line, now divided into a dozen or more counties. In th e forming of Lycoming from Northumberland, in 1795, and Centre (in par t) from Lycoming, in 1800, and Clinton (in part) from Centre in 1839 , and the subsequent establishment of other counties, the township wa s allowed to retain its identity. When Clinton county was erected, Bal d Eagle township was one of the twelve townships into which it was div ided. Since that time, by the organization of additional townships i n the county, its limits have been reduced, until as at present it con tains but a very small proportion of its original territory. It is no w bounded on the south by Lamar and Beech Creek, on the west by Beec h Creek, on the north by Grugan and Colebrook, and on the east by th e city of Lock Haven and Lamar."

      Michael and Christina did live in Lower Bald Eagle, Township, but wit h research and the deed where they sold this land, it has been determi ned that they lived in what would become PorterTownship after Bald Eag le Township was divided over the years.

      Porter Township - "This township was cut off from Lamar in 1841 and na med in honor of Gov. Porter. It is about four by six miles in extent a nd is bounded on the north by Beech Creek, on the east by Lamar, on th e south by Logan, and on the west by Centre county. The Bald Eagle Mou ntains are on the northern end and the Nittany Mountains on the southe rn end. Fishing Creek flows in from Logan township and runs through t o the eastern part of the township, on the south side of Nittany Valle y. Cedar Run is on the north side of the valley; one branch rises to M arion township, Centre county, about one-half mile west of the count y line and flows east. The south branch rises on the farm of David All ison and flows east; they unite at Cedar Spring Mills. There are a num ber of splendid springs of cold, sparkling limestone water on these st reams." Historical View of Clinton County, Pennsylvania by "D. S. Mayn ard" 1875 CHAPTER XXVI Porter Township

      1802 Tax Assessment Record - Centre County, Lower Bald Eagle Township , Pennsylvania Michael Kirk
      Land - 63 acres, Value - $173
      Total Assets = $173
      Taxes = $0.5

      Michael Kirk is a well documented tanner or animal skin tanner in th e History of the Beech Creek Area of Clinton County Pennsylvania by Ha rry A. and Vera A. Lingle 1981. This is modern day Bald Eagle, Beach C reek and Porter Townships, Clinton County. Until 1839 it was all in Ce ntre County rather than Clinton County. My thinking is that the Patric k Kirk who became a butcher in Philadelphia 1745 is Michael's father . Michael probably picked up the trade of tanning working along side h is father who was a butcher, the two professions are directly relate d to each other. The dates also match for when his son Michael is bor n about 1755.

      1803 Tax Assessment Record - Centre County, Lower Bald Eagle Township , Pennsylvania; Michael Kirk
      Land - 63 acres, Value - $150
      Tanner, Value - $40
      Cow - 1, Value - $6
      Total Assets = $196
      Taxes = $0.79

      1805 Tax Assessment Record per Sprangler Book - Centre County, Lower B ald Eagle Township, Pennsylvania; Michael Kirk
      - Land - 60 acres

      1810 Pennsylvania Census - Centre County, Bald Eagle Township
      Michael Kirk - Head w/ 12 children
      Males < 10 [1] Females < 10 [2]
      10-16 [3] 10-16 [2]
      16-26 [1] 16-26 [2]
      26-45 [1] 26-45 [0]
      > 45 [1] > 45 [1]

      1812 Tax Assessment Record - Centre County, Lower Bald Eagle Township , Pennsylvania. Michael Kirk Removed.
      Land - 63 acres "Land Transferred to Peter Sylar"
      Horse - 1
      Cow - 2
      Total Assets = $634
      Taxes = $1.26

      By 1811 it appears that Michael moved from Lower Bald Eagle Township ( modern day Porter Township, Clinton County) to neighboring Howard Town ship, Centre County.

      February 6, 1813 Michael and Christina Kirk, now of Howard Township, s ell their residence and 63 acres in Lower Bald Eagle Township for $90 8 of lawful Pennsylvania money to Peter Sylar of Bald Eagle Township . Both Michael and Christina make their "marks" underneath their names . "This Indenture made the twenty sixth day of February in the year o f our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirteen between Michael Kir k of Howard Township in the County of Centre and State of Pennsylvani a and Christina his wife of the one part and Peter Sylar of Bald Eagl e Township in the same County of the other part. Henceforth that where as the Commonweatlth of Pennsylvania by their patent dated the twent y fifth day of June one thousand seven hundred and ninety-six grante d and confirmed to James Pollock a certain tract of land in Nittany Va lley in Centre County containing three hundred and twenty eight acre s and three fourths. Henceforth said Architable Allison and Margaret h is wife and Alexander Robertson and his wife Elanor made a ? and excha nged of the above tract and a certain other tract surveyed in the nam e of William Campbell" Architable Allison and his wife Elanor and Alex ander Robertson and his wife Margaret buy the land from James Pollock . Michael and Christina purchase land from Alexander Robertson. (Centr e County Deed Records Volume L, page 85).

      Note: Michael's son Jacob Kirk is marked as a witness. It appears tha t the paper work was done a couple years after the actual sale took pl ace since the tax records indicate that the land was transferred in 18 11 being accounted for in the 1812 tax assessment. The deed also say s that Michael and Christina are already residing in Howard Township , Centre County. The deed mentions Alexander Robertson, William Campbe ll, Peter Sylar, the last name Allison and Nittney Valley which indica te that this area is modern day Porter Township, ClintonCounty. Pete r Sylar is documented as moving to modern day Porter Township, Clinto n County between 1820 - 1830 and Alex Robertson is also mentioned as m oving to Porter Township between 1800-1820. I believe the author mixe d up when Peter Seyler actually arrived since the deed shows him movin g there in 1811 (according to tax assessment records). "From the yea r 1800 to 1820 the following named persons came to this township: Andr ew Eakins, father of the present James Eakins; Philip Walker, father o f the present Philip and John Walker; Jos. Gamble, who married the wid ow of John Watson; Alex. Robertson, the Moores, Peter Smith, George Oh l, Esq., the Millers, Bechtols, William and Thos. Brown, James Nixon , and a number of others whos names I cannot now recall. Between 182 0 and 1830 came: Wm. C. Wilson, David Allison, Peter Seyler, (who ha d a large family of boys and girls), Wm. Devling, Valentine Meyer, Sol omon Crotzer, J. P. McRath, (who was afterward Sheriff of the county) , Martin Long, Robert Tate, John Best, Jacob Krape Sr., John Solt, Joh n Dornblazer, (father of the present John and Peter Dornblazer). I bel ieve the latter came in 1831." Historical View of Clinton County, Penn sylvania by "D. S. Maynard" 1875 CHAPTER XXVI Porter Township That par t of the township in Nittany Valley is as good farming land as there i s in Pennsylvania; though at an early day the land along the turnpike , or what is termed the ridge, was not considered worth anything. I wa s talking to old Mr. Stephenson and he told me that John Watson, the f ather of Mrs. Wm. Reed, cleared the first field on the Custard farm; w hen he was a boy he was by there when they were cutting the first cro p and it was poor. Mr. Stephenson's father came to the township in Apr il, 1795 when he (Thomas) was eight years old; he was 89 years old th e 3d day of last March. They bought the land and settled where H. C. A llison now lives. He is a pensioner of the war of 1812. The warrants f or the farms of D. Allison, John Best, Wm. Strunk and S. B. Thompson w ere taken out in the name of Mary Pollock and William Campbell, May 5t h, 1769." Historical View of Clinton County, Pennsylvania by "D. S. Ma ynard" 1875 CHAPTER XXVI Porter Township

      There are no tax records for the time the Kirks (Both Michael & his so n John) lived in Howard Township, Centre County 1811-1823, so we do no t know exactly how much land or where exactly in Howard Township the y lived.

      1820 Pennsylvania Census - Centre County, Howard Township
      Michael Kirk - Head
      Males > 65 [1]

      John Kirk - Head
      Males < 10 [0] Females < 10 [2]
      10-16 [0] 10-16 [0]
      16-26 [1] brother Joseph? 16-26 [0]
      26-65 [1] 26-65 [1]
      > 65 [0] > 65 [0]
      Other Free [2]

      In the 1820 Census Michael and his son John (our lineage) are living i n Howard Township. I think Michael died 1820. All the family is liste d living with John and Michael is listed as > 65 years old by himse lf. If they died the same year the census was taken then they would le ave them listed. It appears that Michael was about 65 at his death, be ing > 45 years old in the 1800 and 1810 census. This places his bir th about 1755.
      [brett.w.kirk@exxonmobil.com; Brett Kirk;]

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      Record for Michael Kirk
      1790 United States Federal Census - Michael Kirk
      1790 United States Federal Census - Michael Kirk


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      Record for Michael Kirk
      1800 United States Federal Census - Michael Kirk
      1800 United States Federal Census - Michael Kirk


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