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James Kirkwood

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Birthplace: Glasgow, Glasgow City, Scotland, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Fremont County, Wyoming, United States
Cause of death: Exposure, exhaustion
Place of Burial: Rock Creek Hollow, Fremont County, Wyoming, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Kirkwood and Margaret Kirkwood
Brother of Margaret Kirkwood; Robert Campbell Kirkwood; Thomas Kirkwood; Catherine Kirkwood and Joseph Smith Campbell Kirkwood

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About James Kirkwood

James Kirkwood (1845 - 1856), son of Thomas Kirkwood and Margaret Cuisbuill, was born 13 February 1845 at Glasgow, Scotland. He died enroute to Utah at the age of 11 on 24 October 1856.

Journey to Utah

"Let me tell you of James Kirkwood. James was from Glasgow, Scotland. On the trip west, James was accompanied by his widow mother and three brothers, one of whom, Thomas, was nineteen and crippled and had to ride in the handcart. James’ primary responsibility on the trek was to care for his little four-year-old brother, Joseph, while his mother and oldest brother, Robert, pulled the cart. As they climbed Rocky Ridge, it was snowing and there was a bitter cold wind blowing. It took the whole company twenty seven hours to travel fifteen miles. When little Joseph became too weary to walk, James, the older brother, had no choice but to carry him. Left behind the main group, James and Joseph made their way slowly to camp. When the two finally arrived at the fireside, James “having so faithfully carried out his task, collapsed and died from exposure and overexertion.” - Elder James E. Faust, November 1992 Ensign

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James Kirkwood's Timeline

1845
February 13, 1845
Glasgow, Glasgow City, Scotland, United Kingdom
1856
October 24, 1856
Age 11
Fremont County, Wyoming, United States
October 25, 1856
Age 11
Fremont County, Wyoming, United States