Kirkland , Rufus John (1877-1955)

Family

Rufus was born on 4 October 1877 at Skipton, Yorkshire, to parents William John Kirkland, a PM minister, and Harriet Moses.

The family arrived in Canada on 16 August 1920.

He married Elizabeth Jane Snaith (1877-1954) in the spring of 1902 in the Glendale Registration District, Northumberland. Elizabeth was the daughter of Rev John Snaith. Records identify fifteen children.

  • Bessie (1903-1996) – married Joshua Davis
  • Harold Snaith (1905-1992)
  • Freda (b1905)
  • Rufus Alan (1906-1971)
  • Kelvin John (b1907) – a waiter (1931); an oiler (1965)
  • William Eric (1909-1967) – a spinner (1935); operating a ‘gas’ station (1966), died in Ventura County, California
  • Cissie (1910-2000) – married Leslie Maurice Sharp, a farmer, in 1933
  • Cyril Clifford (1912-2000)
  • Kenneth Claude (b1914) – a farmer (1938)
  • Douglas Henry (1915-2005)
  • Margaret (b1916)
  • Jean (b1918)
  • Herbert Raymond (b1919)
  • Greta (1921-1929)
  • Elizabeth (b1923)

Rufus died on 24 July 1955 at Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Circuits

  • 1903 Craven Arms
  • 1906 Clun
  • 1909 Bradford IV
  • 1911 Sedburgh
  • 1914 Castletown
  • 1917 Chipping Norton
  • 1918 Banbury
  • 1920 to Canada

References

W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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