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Wesley Gideon Kirk (1861 – 1935)

One of Sue’s great grandfathers was Wesley Gideon Kirk.

Line to Wesley Gideon Kirk

Line to Wesley Gideon Kirk

Wesley was born on 3 Apr 1861 in Brown Co, Ohio to parents Joshua William Kirk and Rachel (Ball) Kirk. He was the fifth of eight children.

Wesley married Effie May Long on 24 Dec 1889 presumably in Brown Co. She was about 12 years younger then Wesley. Together they had nine children, seven girls and two boys.

It appears that Wesley spent the majority of his life in Brown Co. He appears with his parents in the 1870 and 1880 census. Then he appears in the 1900, 1910 and 1920 census as the head of household. In 1930, he appears living with his daughter Mary and her husband, Ralph Trautman in Highland Co, Ohio.

I haven’t been able to determine the exact timeframe, but Wesley served as mayor of the town of Sardinia.

Brothers Bill Kirk (left), Wesley Gideon Kirk (right)

Brothers Bill Kirk (left), Wesley Gideon Kirk (right)

Wesley died on 30 Sep 1935 at the age of 74. He is buried at Sardinia Cemetery, Sardinia Ohio. He was preceeded by his wife. She died on 14 Jun 1916 at the age of only 44.

Wesley Gideon Kirk and Effie May (Long) Kirk

Wesley Gideon Kirk and Effie May (Long) Kirk

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