Voices of the Past: Squire Henry Kirkland
Updated: Oct 11, 2021
Voices of the Past will showcase an interesting person or family within the Cemetery each week.
Squire Henry I. Kirkland
Died: February 10, 1894, aged 70
Location: Just outside the Soldier's Circle on the right hand side
Mr, Kirkland, a citizen of Hope Church for 48 years, was born in the Harrisburg area in 1823/4. He had been a well-known member of the community after having served in many public offices. He had been a member of the school board, and served for four years as Justice of the Peace. He had been a longstanding member of the McKee Methodist Episcopal Church and several local lodges, including Relief Lodge No. 181, Knights of Pythias, and Amos Smith Council 254 Order of the United American Mechanics. He had been a carpenter by trade.
He was an intelligent man, known for his strong convictions and honesty of purpose. In politics he was a staunch Democrat.
He died at 7 AM on February 10, 1894, of apoplexy following a typical Friday evening before being overcome with a sudden illness.
He was survived by his wife, Margaret J. Kirkland; and several children, including Jefferson A. Kirkland, Henrietta Cox, Abiram E. Kirkland, Margaret McMillan, Henry W. Kirkland, Mary Jane Hotz, and William Perry Kirkland.
His funeral services were conducted by Rev. B. P. Thomas, at his late residence, and he was buried at Homestead Cemetery on February 12, 1894.
Information gathered from:
"Squire Kirkland Dead," The Homestead News, Saturday, February 10, 1894, p 1
"Squire Kirkland Dead," Pittsburgh Press, 11 February 1904, p. 2