Sarah Methvin Kirk


    Sarah Methvin was born in North Carolina about 1798/1799, the 2nd child and 1st daughter of Levi Methvin. Her mother is quite possibly Elizabeth Gooch, but this is not proven. Sarah became the 2nd wife of Samuel Kirk on June 5, 1819 in Madison County, Alabama, and they lived in the Paint Rock Valley area of Jackson County, Alabama. Samuel Kirk was born March 15 1780 in Maryland, the son of Garrett Kirk and his wife Sarah Wingate. It is believed that Samuel's first wife was a Lamb, and they had several children before she died, including Garrett born about 1801 and married Polly Ann McCrary, Joseph (the husband of Polly Kirk) born about 1803, John W. born November 16, 1804 married Mary Lamb and moved to Missouri, Mary also called Polly and Frances "Fanny" Kirk.

    Samuel and Sarah were deeded land in old Decatur County, Alabama in 1822. They received the SE1/4 of the NW1/2 of Section 28, Township 2, Range 3 East, and their neighbors included her brother James Shelton Methvin, Eli Pilant, Joseph Kirk and the Nowlin family. He also received some land in Section 28, Township 2, Range 3E in Jackson County, Alabama on October 5, 1833. This was the homeplace of Samuel and family and it is where he died. On January 5th of 1856, this 40 acres was deeded to Edmund Williamson in exchange for his services in building a stone wall or monument over the graves of Samuel Kirk and his daughter Hannah Caroline Kirk. This was sealed by Samuel's children, Joseph, John and Garrett (by Joseph).

The children of Sarah Methvin and Samuel Kirk included

1) Levi Kirk, born about 1821/22, married Louisa Ann Cason on April 2, 1850 in Madison County, Alabama. In the 1850 census, he is listed as 28 years old and she is 18.

2) Elizabeth A. Kirk, also listed at 28 in the 1850 census, she was living next door to her parents with the Squire Hambrick family.

3) Nancy Kirk, born about 1828/29, she is listed as age 21 in 1850 and was still living with her parents. She married David C. Anglin on May 14, 1853

4) James N. Kirk, born about 1830, he is 20 in 1850 and is living in Pike County, Arkansas in the Mountain Township in 1860, with his mother Sarah Kirk, listed as age 54. He served with the 1st Arkansas Cavalry, Company H  as a private.

5) William Kirk, age 18 in 1850.

6) Samuel Kirk, age 16 in 1850

7) Morgan I.  Kirk, age 12 in 1850, served with the 4th Arkansas

8) Hannah Caroline Kirk age 9 in 1850.


    Samuel Kirk died in June 1854 and is buried next to his youngest daughter Hannah Caroline, in the Paint Rock, Valley. Sarah received land in Izard County, Arkansas in 1855, by land that was registered to Joseph Kirk that year. She had land in Section 12, Townshipe 17N, Range Sarah was last living with some of her children in Pike County, Arkansas (see 1860 census).

1830 Jackson County, Alabama page 51 Samuel Kirk 2 males under 5, 1 male 5-10, 1 male 50-60, 1 female under 5, 1 female 5-10, 1 female 40-50.

1840 Jackson County, Alabama Samuel Kirk 1 males under 5, 2 males 5-10, 1 male 10-15, 2 males 15-20, 1 male 60-70, 1 female 10-15, 1 female 20-30, 1 female 40-50.

1850 Jackson County, Alabama, District 21, page 228
Samuel Kirk 70 Farmer Maryland
Sarah 51   N.C.
Nancy 21   Ala
James 20 Laborer Ala
William 18 Laborer Ala
Samuel 16 Laborer Ala
Morgan 12   Ala
Caroline 9   Ala


1860 Pike County, Arkansas, Mountain Township, page 532
632 J.N. Kirk 29 M Farmer 120 Ala
M.F. 24 M Farmer   Ala
Sarah Kirk 56 F     NC
Nancy Englin 30 F     Ala
W.E. Englin 3 F     Tn

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