Kirkton Family

James Lumley Kirkton (1806-1880)-Agnes Walker (1825-?)

Kirkton Family

The Kirkton family originated in Scotland in the area around Alvah in Banffshire. Nearby Kirktown presumably was where they got their family name. The known earliest relatives are John Kirkton (1770-) and his wife Katherine Morisson (or Morrison). Our line descends through James L.(likely Lumley) Kirkton (1806-1880) and his wife Agnes Walker (1825). (Recently discovered a descendent of James L.’s sister, Elizabeth, who married John McKenzie. Her name is Cindy Amey and she lives in Australia. She kindly contributed some McKenzie photos below.) James & Agnes’ son, James Lumley Kirkton Jr. (1859-1911) married Ellen Barton Wilmot (1859-1935). Both had immigrated to America, James in 1886, and Ellen in 1881. Their daughter Ethel Black Kirkton married Murray Winter in Wrentham, MA. She died shortly after childbirth in 1921. Two years later Murray married Ethel’s sister Mary Elizabeth (May) Kirkton. Murray, with his brothers John and Charles founded Winter Brothers Tap and Die Company of Wrentham. Their father had immigrated from Perth, Scotland, in 1866, following his brother Charles who had come in 1857. Patrick, Charles, William Clark and John Bishop (who remained in Perth) were the sons of James Scott Winter, (1797-1871) and Ann Crane (1805-).

Pictures available on this page are primarily of James and Ellen’s children: Leonard, Ethel, Helen, Frances, Agnes, Wilfrid and May. More can be found on the Patrick Murray Winter page.

A family tree chart is found at end of this page. Users will have to zoom their browser in order to read the small print necessary to include more generations.




James L. and Agnes Walker Kirkton Gallery

Bridge of Alvah
James Lumley Kirkton Jr. (1859-1911) (Wilfrid's maternal grandfather) and his chum (r.) J. Cooper
About 1869
James Lumley Kirkton Jr. (1859-1911) Photographer John Bowman, Glasgow. Worked between 1855-96. The back of photo below dates the picture in the 1880s. This would put the birthdate of this person in 1860s. Picture provided by Loel and Marie Raymond.
James McKenzie (1875-?), James and George Reid are first cousins once removed of James Lumley Kirkton Jr. Pictures provided by Cindy Amey. (We think James looks like Matt Damon in mustache.)

Mary Ann Gebbie (1872-?), wife of James McKenzie, at left.

George Reid McKenzie (1883-?), brother of James McKenzie. James and George Reid are first cousins once removed of James Lumley Kirkton Jr. Pictures provided by Cindy Amey.
L to R: Unknown & James McKenzie (1875-?), Pictures provided by Cindy Amey.
James McKenzie (1875-?),
McKenzie mother and child.
Patrick Murray Winter 1840-1901
Brother of William Clark Winter
James Lumley Kirkton (1859-1911) Photographer was Richard Walzl, Baltimore, MD. Worked at the 205 West Baltimore St, from 1882-99. This is not a military uniform, likely that of a shipping line. He says he immigrated in 1886, yet he married Ellen Barton Wilmot in Boston in 1884. Maybe the met while he was working on a ship and married her before choosing to live in US. The back of photo below dates the picture after 1882,. Maybe he had his picture taken while in Baltimore with his ship. Picture provided by Loel and Marie Raymond.
James Lumley Kirkton

Ellen Barton Wilmot. She married James Lumley Kirkton. Parents of Ethel, May, etc. Picture provided by Loel & Marie Raymond. Photographer studio was Otto Sarony.
Otto Sarony sold his studio in 1898 to Jonathan Burrow. In 1902, he sold the rights to his name to Theodore C. Marceau. Sarony’s father, Napoleon, was a famous Broadway photographer. Burrow and Marceau created photos under Otto’s name.
Ellen Barton Wilmot. She married James Lumley Kirkton Jr. Parents of Ethel, May, etc. Tintype. Picture from Wilfrid Winter, courtesy Minin Winter.

Ethel Black Kirkton, 2nd row, third from left, not counting standing girl in pigtail. She can be seen between the 3rd and 4th girls on front row. She is wearing white dress with stripes.

Longfellow Elementary School, 5th grade, 1898. The school was in Roslindale, MA.

Longfellow Elementary School, Rosinlindale, Corner of South and Hewlett Streets, Boston, MA. I believe this is the school in the picture of Ethel's class. Note the two bands that wrap the school and windows resting on bands as in class photo. The staff in 1904 was: Master: Frederic H. Ripley, Sub-Master: Herbert S. Packard, 1st Asst: Elizabeth M. Mann, Assistants: M. Alice Jackson, Mary M. A. Twombly, Adalyn P. Henderson, Helen E. Chandler, Oleila R. Haynes, Rose E. Keenan, Edith Irving. Primary School Teachers: Emma Burrows, Mary A. McCarthy, Henrietta F. Johnson, Hilda G. Watkins, Margaret MacDonald?.


Longfellow Condo, 888 South Street. Zooming in I can count the bricks between the stone bands, there are 13 in the condo and also in Ethel's class photo.

L-R: James, Agnes, May, Helen, Francis, Ellen and Wilfrid Kirkton

Front: Agnes, May, Ellen, Helen, Wilfrid. Standing: Francis, ?, ?, James Lumley Kirkton

Agnes, May, Francis (or Helen) and Wilfrid Kirkton

Agnes, May, Francis (or Helen) and Wilfrid Kirkton

L-R: James, Agnes, May, Helen, Francis, Ellen and Wilfrid Kirkton

L-R: James, Agnes, May, Helen, Francis, Ellen and Wilfrid Kirkton

Kirkton Home

Francis (or Helen) at back, Wilfrid Kirkton, second from left.
?, Ethel, May and Helen Kirkton
Kirkton Home
Wilfrid in doorway, Leonard and Ethel Kirkton
Leonard Kirkton
Leonard Kirkton
Agnes, Wilfrid, May, Francis Kirkton
Kirkton Home
Ethel Kirkton who married Murray Winter
Ethel and Helen sitting. Ellen back right. Lady on left unknown.
May and Wilfrid on lawn, Ellen in chair, Agnes and Francis standing, unknown in back.
Article in The Boston Globe, August 1909. Mattapan in a neigborhook just north of Milton, MA.
Leonard Kirkton, Ethel Kirkton and Murray Winter.
Ethel Kirkton college graduation(with honors from Boston University in 1910). Ethel taught in the school in Wrentham, MA.
Ethel married Murray Winter in 1915, however she died at age 33. Two years later Murray, age 48, married her sister May. at right, age 23. Murray and May were married for 36 years.
Mary Elizabeth (May) Kirkton. Mary graduated in 1920 from Bridgewater State Normal College.
Ethel married Murray Winter in 1915, however she died at age 33. Two years later Murray, age 48, married her sister May, age 23. Murray and May were married for 36 years.
Ethel Kirkton ,
College graduation(with honors from Boston Unversity)
Ethel Kirkton wedding picture, two versions, October 1915.
May Kirkton, extreme right, front row. Probably high school class.
Ethel and Agnes Kirkton (Six years apart in ages). Pictures from Wilfrid Winter, courtesy Minin Winter.
Ethel and Agnes Kirkton. Pictures from Wilfrid Winter, courtesy Minin Winter.
Unknown children, Picture courtesy Loel & Marie Raymond. Girl on left looks like Agnes Kirkton. Can the girl at right be Ethel or Francis. Framing instructions at bottom of picture, 1/2 15 Gold 1” white mat.
Unknown girls. Picture courtesy Loel & Marie Raymond. Photographer Alfred Brown (born, April 18, 1887 in New York.) He was furnishing salesman in Boston in 1910. He had a studio in Brookline, Norfolk, MA from about 1914-30, then moved studio to Boston about 1927 and then to Newton, MA around 1940. There was an Alfred B. Brown in Boston in 1905 who was a photographer. Could be same though only 18. He made trips to Bermuda and Cuba.
Unknown man, dated 1905. Photographer maybe “Forrest.”
Picture from Loel and Marie Raymond.
In 1917, Aaron is a theological student at Andover Seminary in Cambridge, MA. WWI draft registration says he has blue eyes. tall and slender build. Better version from Bowdoin archives. Aaron was a half brother to Ruth, Lawrence and Donald Kirkton. his mother was Susan Stacy Hunt, who first married William Aaron Canney. William died two days before Aaron was born. Susan later married Leonard Lumley Kirkton. He was a congregational minister in N. Westchester, Conn.

AARON WALLACE CANNEY A.B., c.l.; S.T.B. Andover Theol. Sem. 1919; A.M. Harvard 1920. born 24 Apr 1894 Franklin, Mass. Clerg. N. Westchester Conn. 1920-. Phi Beta Kappa.

Kezar Falls 7 McKeen St.

North Parsonsfield Seminary

"Father Canney"

Mr. & Mrs Henry Geddes, relationship to Winter or Kirkton unknown. Ca. 1900. She maybe Agnes.
Mrs Henry Geddes
Lulu Round Lishman(1877-), who married Charles Clyde Petri(1877-) on May 9, 1903 in Providence, RI. Groom’s parents were William and Nancy Petri. Lulu’s parents were George A. and Josephine Round Lishman. Picture inscribed “With ‘Best Wishes’ From Your Sincere Friend, Dec. 25, 1901
James Wilfrid Kirkton (called Wilfrid)--1898-1912--about 1911
James Wilfrid Kirkton (called Wilfrid)--1898-1912--about 1911

Lillian Mae Hansen, age 76, died unexpectedly on March 21, 2007 at the Cape Canaveral Hospital in Cocoa Beach Florida. She was the daughter of the late James B. and Agnes (Kirkton) Power.

Lillian was born in Wrentham on April 20, 1930 and was a graduate of Wrentham High School Class of 1947. Lillian married her husband Harvey on April 14, 1951 at the Original Congregational Church in Wrentham. From 1972 to 1986 she was a special needs aid for the Foxboro Public School System. She was a long time member of the Easter Chapter Order of the Eastern Star in Foxboro and a member of the Bethany Congregational Church in Foxboro.

Beloved wife of Harvey Hansen. Loving mother of Donna Bailey of Billerica, Nancy Boucher of Fryeberg, ME and Brenda and her husband Michael Cavallo of Plymouth. Sister of Murial Wiklund of North Attleboro, Evelyn Arnold of Tamarack, FL, James Power Jr. of Gilmanton, NH and the late Ethel Gazzola. Also survived by six grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Donald Kirkton, ca. 1941-42

Birth: Nov. 17, 1914
York County
Maine, USA
Death: Mar. 17, 2009
Belknap County
New Hampshire, USA

Spouse: Winifred Christopher Kirkton


LACONIA ; Donald Hunt Kirkton, 94, of Laconia, passed away at the N.H. Veterans Home in Tilton on Tuesday, March 17, 2009.

He was the devoted husband of 47 years of his previously deceased wife, Winifred (Christopher) Kirkton.

Born in Parsonsfield, Maine on Nov. 17, 1914, he was the son of Leonard L. and Sara (Hunt) Kirkton.

He served in the 302nd Army Air Force Base Unit as a corporal during World War II. He lived in Wrentham, Mass., for 40 years, then resided with his wife, Winifred and family for 45 years in Walpole, Mass., where he was a member of the United Church of Christ.

He and his wife spent their last years with their daughter and son-in-law, Marilyn and Frederick Coffin, in Laconia.

He was a member of the United Baptist Church of Lakeport. His last five months were spent as a resident of the N.H. Veterans Home, where he was attended lovingly by his caregivers. He was an employee of American Airlines for 20 years and he and his wife traveled worldwide with the airlines. He was an avid skier, swimmer, baseball player and gardener, as well as a Boy Scout leader for many years.

He is survived by his sister, Ruth (Kirkton) Ellis, of Wrentham, Mass.; and his loving stepchildren, Marilyn Wardner Coffin of Laconia, and Mark Christopher Wardner of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; two grandchildren, Julie (Coffin) Swain of Tilton, and Jared A. Coffin of New York City; and two great-grandchildren, Johnathan and Hannah Swain of Tilton.

He was a sweet man who loved people and will be missed by many.

Donald Kirkton, front row, 2nd from right, ca 1933
Vern Olson, Beth Winter Raymond, Everett Olson, Earl Schumonn (groom), Ellie Olson Schumonn (bride), Helen Olson, Donald Kirkton,Olson, Wrentham, MA 9/23/1050
Donald Kirkton, Funeral Program
Donald Kirkton, Funeral Program
Boston U. 50th Decennial Issue
Ethel B. Kirkton, Class of 1910 at Boston University prepared the above document.
Birth record for James L. Kirkton, May 29, 1806. Parents are John Kirkton and Katharine Morisson. Birthplace was Upper Rosyburn. He was baptized on June 5, 1806. The witnesses were John Rayin, Nether (lower) Deuchries and James Deneorins, Upper Deuchries.
Some birth records for James L. Kirkton, May 29, 1806 list him as born in Alva, Banffshire, Scotland. As we see in the birth document it was Upper Rosyburn. Banff and Alva are shown in map abov directly under Banff. No Rosyburn however is visible or the home of the witnesses, Upper and Lower Deschries. The composite map below are detailed maps of the area that are 18th century maps.
Composite Map
Map showing location of Banff in Northern Scotland. Banff is directly in the middle and very near the coast.
Map showing Rosyburn (spelled Rosieburn here). It is directly in the middle.
Parish Church at Alvah, Banffshire. It was built 1792, might be church where Kirktons were christened.

Parish Church at Alvah, Banffshire, front view.

Parish Churchyard at Alvah, Banffshire.
Parish Churchyard at Alvah, Banffshire. Family should visit someday and look for Kirktons, Walkers and Morrisons (Morissons).
Mary “May” Kirkton, second row, right end. Bridgewater State Normal School 1920 senior yearbook.
Interior of Parish Churchyard at Alvah, Banffshire


Kirkton Descendant Chart, Zoom to view.