JAMES HENRY KIRK, a successful farmer and stock raiser of Cross Creek Township, Jefferson County, Ohio, owns five acres and his own substantial residence and also operates the homestead farm of sixty acres. He was born on this farm, September 18, 1880, and is a son of Eli and Jennie (Long) Kirk.
The Kirk family has been established in Cross Creek Township for many years. Eli Kirk, father of James Henry, was born in this township, a son of Henry C. and Margaret (Marsh) Kirk, who has other children, as follows: William H.; Anna, who married Lewis Armstrong; Lydia, who married William Fisher; John J.; Oliver, who was a soldier in the Civil War and was starved to death in Andersonville prison, Georgia; and Elmer, who received a fatal wound at Chattanooga, Tenn., while serving as a soldier. Eli Kirk served also in the Civil War, being a member of Company E, 157th Regiment, O.V.I., for 100 days. His subsequent life has been spent as a farmer in Cross Creek Township. He married Jennie Long, whose brothers and sisters are Taylor, David, Wesley, Mary , Elizabeth, Susan, Margaret and Kate. In politics, ELi Kirk is a Republican. Both he and wife are members of the Long Methodist Episcopal Church. They have four children: Anna, wife of George Smith; John: James Henry; and Mary, who resides at home.
James Henry Kirk obtained an excellent common school education and since he was twenty years of age has been interested in farm pursuits. He is also an active citizen of his township and on November 2, 1909, was elected a trustee and assumed the duties of the office on January 3, 1910. He is popular with all classes and possesses those solid qualities and entertains the practical ideas which belong to the best class of young American citizenship.
On December 27, 1906, Mr. Kirk was married to Miss Jennie McCoy, a daughter of John and Mary (Dinsmore) McCoy. The father of Mrs. Kirk is a substantial farmer of Jefferson County and for four years filled the office of sheriff. Me. and Mrs. Kirk have one son, James Howard, who was born September 7, 1909. They are members of Long's Methodist Episcopal Church.