James Kirkpatrick: Birth: ABT 1792.
Note: Born in Columbia or Huntington County, PA Possible death in Hardin Co, KY David appears in Washington Co, MD on Oct 3, 1792, involved in a coroner's suit. The exact causes and outcome of the case are not to be found, since only an index of Court actions was kept at the time. These indexes were removed from Washington Co, MD sometime after 1794, but prior to 1809 and were taken to Nelson Co. KY. David married Catherine Shoptaugh, b 1775 in Washington Co. MD, daughter of John Shoptaugh, in 1793, and listed as living in Berkly Co., Md area; this was within VA, but is now located in WVA. It is believed the wedding took place in the Shanandoah Valley, where both the Ashbaugh & Shoptaughs had connections. Catherine was known as "Katie" and was supposed to have disappeared about 1812. Some family descendants claim she left David to go off with another, and that along the way she had been involved in several marriages. Other descendants claim she was carried off during the Indian and local fighting that accompanied the war. After her disappearance in 1812, David remarried in 1813 to a widow named Elizabeth Kirkpatrick, date and location unknown. Elizabeth had a son, James Kirkpatrick, who was of age in 1813. By 1820 David was listed as living in Grayson Co. KY, where he became a landowner. (Grayson and neighboring Heart Co lost all their records in a courthouse fire.)
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