Balis J. Kilpatrick Family
Balis J. Kilpatrick was born 2 Aug. 1796 in Greenville District, South Carolina.  He is believed to have been the son of Joseph Milton Kilpatrick of Haywood County, North Carolina.  Balis married his wife Mary probably around 1822-23, most likely in Haywood County and lived there a number of years.  Mary was born 18 Aug. 1802 in Buncombe County, North Carolina.  There has been some debate over whether Mary's maiden name was Plott or Hunter.  Neither I, nor anyone I know, have been able to find any connection between the Plott and Kilpatrick family.  I understand a granddaughter of  Balis Jackson Kilpatrick, son of Balis J. and Mary, insists she has heard her mother say Mary's maiden name was Hunter.  This coincides with the information I have.  Two letters were received by the Bureau of  Indian Affairs from a grandson and a great grandson of Balis J. through his daughter Harriet.  Both were attempting to prove Cherokee lineage, one through Harriet's mother and one through John Partin's mother.  John Partin was the husband of Harriet Kilpatrick.  However, both letters stated that Harriet's mother Mary's maiden name was Hunter.

Balis J. and Mary Kilpatrick had ten children: Martha, Harriet, Joseph, Katherine, Elias, Abner, Thomas (died in infancy), Balis Jackson, and twin sons Elijah and Elisha.  It is interesting that twins also seemed to run in the family  of Andrew Kilpatrick, who was listed on the 1790 census of lredell County, North Carolina.  By 1840, Balis J. and Mary were living in Union County, Georgia.  They were still there for the 1850 census and, according to a guardianship bond signed by Balis J., his son Joseph and Ed Rogers regarding the guardianship of  the twin boys to their father Balis J., were there as late as May 1, 1852.  By June 1, 1860 Balis J., Mary and the twin sons were in Cherokee County, North Carolina.  Mary died between June 1, 1860 and the 1870 census.  Balis J. died between 1870 and Sept. 6, 1877.  According to some descendants still living in Cherokee County, they are both buried in Liberty  Cemetery, although no stones have been found.

The second oldest child of Balis J. and Mary was Harriet Kilpatrick, my great great grandmother.  She was born 16 Dec. 1825 in Haywood County, North Carolina.  On the 2nd of  April 1848, she married John S. Partin in Blairsville, Union County, Georgia.  John was born in North Carolina in 1825 and is believed to have been the son of Wm.  Partin and Agnes (last name unknown).  Harriet and John had eleven children: Sarah Ann, Mary Ann, Joseph, Martha Ann, Nancy Emoline, Louisa J., Lucinda, Agnes M., John Abner, Elisha and Jasper Murray.  Harriet died shortly after her 58th birthday.  According to her son Elisha, Harriet was always taking care of  sick family and friends.  She mixed her own medicines from herbs and would sometimes be gone for days nursing the sick.  On one of these occasions, she caught a disease from those she was taking care of and died 22 December 1883.  She was buried in Antioch Church cemetery in Ivy Log, Union County, Georgia.  I have been unable to learn the date of John Partin's death or place of burial.

Their fourth child Martha Ann was my great grandmother.  She was born 15 November 1852 in Union County, Georgia.  She married Robert Harrison Keasier 21 June 1874  at the home of her uncle Elias M. Kilpatrick Sr., Shoal Creek Township, Cherokee County, North Carolina.  She had been living in the home of Elias at the time of  the marriage.  She died 29 May 1932 in Hadley, Texas.  Twins seem to have skipped Harriet but Martha Ann gave birth to twin boys.  For more information on Martha and Robert Keasier. see "The James Keasier Family" article in this book.

Martha's sister Mary Ann married George Washington Truelove and died in Sweetwater, Oklahoma around 1938-1940.  Three of her brothers also moved to Texas, and in fact, were there before Martha.  They were: John Abner - died after 1910 in Dallas, Texas; Elisha - died 4 June 1936 at Graham Point, Hunt County, Texas;  Jasper Murray- died 29 Sept. 1908 in Dallas, Texas.  Jasper was a fireman and died fighting a fire in the Craddock Saloon.  Her  other  sisters and brother Wm.  Joseph are believed to have remained in the general area of  southwestern North Carolina and the upper Georgia counties.  Sarah Ann married Andrew (Jack) Green;  Nancy Emoline married Wm.  Waldroup; Lucinda, known as Cindy, married Lewis Sutton;  Agnes M., known as Aggie, married Andrew J. Loftus.  It is not known who Louisa J. or Wm.  Joseph (called Joseph) married.

 Sources: Balis J. Kilpatrick Bible record in possession  of Arnett Kilpatrick as well as other
 information from Arnett, Carl Kilpatrick, the Keasler Book by Inez Winans, Polly Opal Partin Sewell, daughter of Elisha Partin, census and marriage records, family knowledge. 

Mrs. Shirley Keasier Reed


From the Cherokee County, North Carolina, Historical Society.
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