Gershom Hinkley Kirby

Submitted by Kenneth Kirby


Gershom Hinkley KIRBY, the husband of Lucy (Moon) KIRBY, born January 1, 1805
probably in Oneida County, New York.   His parents, Catherine (Hinckley) KIRBY
and Timothy KIRBY,  and his maternal grandparents, Catherine (Wightman)
HINCKLEY and Gershom I. HINCKLEY are known to have lived in Oneida County
between 1800 and 1830.  His maternal grandparents, the HINCKLEYS, both died in
1807 and are buried with at least two (2) of their children and their wives in
a very small abandoned cemetery just south of Rome, Oneida County, New York.
Thanks to the DAR for preserving the information from the gravestones, or we
would never have known their burial sites.  Gershom Hinkley KIRBY married Lucy
MOON in 1830 and they lived in Monroe County for awhile before migrating to
Illinois and on to California for the Gold Rush of 1849.  They settled in
Soquel, Santa Cruz Co., California where Gershom Hinkley KIRBY started the
first sawmill in the area.  He and Lucy had six (6) surviving children.  After
Lucy's death in 1868 he moved to Tulare County in California to live near his
children until his death in 1888 at the age of 83.  It is believed this photo
was taken at the occasion of his second marriage to Sarah MEYERS in 1876.  He
was 71 yrs. of age at his second marriage, 20 years the senior of wife #2,Sarah.