Ralph Leonard (R.L.) Kirkley

Descendants of Ralph Leonard Kirkley

Generation No. 1

1. RALPH LEONARD5 KIRKLEY (ROBERT4, ROBERT KIRKLEY3 SR., JAMES2 KIRKLEY, (SR.), JOHN1) was born 02 Oct 1907 in Cushing, Nacogdoches Co, Texas1, and died 09 Nov 1994 in Austin, Travis County, Texas. He married (1) GRACE LINA BISSELL 08 Jun 1927 in Austin, Travis County, Texas, daughter of GEORGE BISSELL and LINA VONROSENBERG. She was born 06 Oct 1908 in Austin, Travis County, Texas2, and died 19 Sep 1958 in Austin, Travis County, Texas3. He married (2) ROSE ANA WEIMER BURTON4 14 Feb 1933 in Houston, Texas5, daughter of HARRY WEIMER and ADA. She was born Aug 1895 in Texas6. He married (3) GRACE LINA BISSELL. She was born 06 Oct 1908 in Austin, Texas, and died 19 Sep 1958 in Austin, Texas. He married (4) JULIA MAY KASCH JEFFREY 22 Nov 1950 in University Christian Church, Austin, Texas. She was born 14 Jan 1925 in Bedford, Indiana7, and died 29 Jan 2004 in Houston, Harris County, Texas7.

Notes for RALPH LEONARD KIRKLEY:

Ralph was named by his parents with no middle name. Later he took the name Leonard, but is known as R. L. Since R.L.'s son was also named Ralph, that eliminated confusion.

He was born and raised in Cushing, Texas.

He was schooled at the Austin Military Academy in Austin, Texas, and met Grace Bissell, his first and third wife, at this time.

R. L. was a machinist, a talented repairman (refrigerators, radios, and Television Sets), and taught at Austin High School in Austin Texas for a short while in the late 1940s and early 1950s.

He lived in Cushing, Austin, Houston, and Wichita Falls.

He was about 5 ft., 10 inches tall, of slender build, with sandy hair and blue eyes.

Interesting information: R. L. did not visit his half-sister, Irene Blackburn, when he returned to Nacogdoches to secure a belated birth certificate at the beginning of World War II (probably 1942). His guardian, James Dorsey, provided information on his birth, but that date is incorrect. He was born October 2, 1907, not 1906 on his belated birth certificate.

R. L. was living at 6713 Ave. H, Houston, Texas in 1936-1938. This was the time after his split with Rose and before his re-marriage to Grace. From the Houston City Directory (on Ancestry.com).

Notes for GRACE LINA BISSELL:

Grace married R. L. Kirkley twice. First in 1927; then they divorced 15 Oct 1931. R. L. moved to Houston where he could find work as a machinist. He worked at Reed Roller Bit and Hughes Tool Co. There was no contact between R. L. and his two children for many years. Then he returned to Austin, and Grace and R. L. remarried in 1937. Again a divorce took place in Sep 1950.

Grace had dark curly hair until into her 20s when she began graying. Her eyes were blue. She was 5 ft. 2 inches tall. To support her two children and her mother, Lina Bissell, she worked at the State Comptroller's Office in the Capitol Building In Austin, Texas for 28 years.

Notes for ROSE ANA WEIMER BURTON:

Rose lived in Houston and had a small son, Charles Irving Burton born 18 Sept 1929 in Texas , when R. L. married her in 1933. Her maiden name was Weimer. sometimes spelled Weimar.

Divorce decree states that Rose left R. L. 01 Aug 1935 and has not lived with him since that date. Evidently there was no divorce granted until R. L. filed in Travis County, Texas and it was granted 28 Aug 1944.

Marriage Notes for RALPH KIRKLEY and ROSE BURTON:

R. L. Kirkley filed for divorce in July, 1944 in Travis County, Texas, defendant R. Kirkley (Rose Weimer Burton Kirkley). Rose was served in Harris County, Texas (Houston) on 4 Aug 1944 by Neal Polk, Sheriff of Harris County, Texas. Decree of divorce was granted on Tuesday, 28 Aug 1944 to R. L. Kirkley from defendant, R. Kirkley, on grounds of three years abandonment (it was actually 9 years from time Rose left R. L. to granting of divorce). The Kirkley Family has assumed that a divorce was granted in Houston, Harris County, Texas soon after Rose left R. L. in 1935. No document to that effect has been found as of Oct 2006.

Notes for GRACE LINA BISSELL:

Grace Bissell and R. L. Kirkley were married twice, in 1927 and in 1938.

First divorce in 1931, second one in 1950.

Marriage Notes for RALPH KIRKLEY and GRACE BISSELL:

Re-marriage for Grace Bissell Kirkley and Ralph Leonard Kirkley

Notes for JULIA MAY KASCH JEFFREY:

This was a second marriage for Julia, and her child, Cheryl, with Ty Jeffrey was brought into her marriage to Ralph Leonard Kirkley. Cheryl b. Apr. 1947 , married Michael A. Stubblefield on 15 Feb 1986 in Travis County, Texas, named her son, Jeffrey Alton Stubblefield, b 10 Oct 1986 inTravis County, Texas..

Marriage Notes for RALPH KIRKLEY and JULIA JEFFREY:

Julia and R. L. were separated for many years before being divorced in 1994.

Children of RALPH KIRKLEY and GRACE BISSELL are:

2. i. RALPH GORDON6 KIRKLEY, b. 14 Oct 1927, Houston, Harris County, Texas.

ii. JOANNE KIRKLEY, b. 18 Oct 1928, Austin, Travis County, Texas; d. 08 Feb 1967, Hyattsville, Maryland; m. TRAVIS LESTER BLACKWELL8, 07 Sep 1952, University Baptist Church, Austin, Texas; b. Mississippi.

Notes for JOANNE KIRKLEY:

Born and raised in Austin, Texas, U.S.A.

Graduated with a Nutrition Degree from the University of Texas in Jan. 1949.

Moved to Dallas with husband, Travis Blackwell, and helped him attain his medical degree.

Moved to East Point, Georgia when Travis was in the Service of his country.

Joanne lived in Hyattsville, Maryland while Travis was overseas. She was certified in Medical Technology from The Providence Hospital of Washington, D.C. in August 1962, and worked in cancer research at a hospital in Washington, D.C. Joanne was certified as a Medical Technologist in years 1963 to 1967.

Joanne and Travis divorced in early 1967. No children were born of this marriage.

She took her own life in Feburary, 1967 after being rejected by a fellow doctor at the hospital in Washington, D.C.

She expressed a desire to be buried in the Blackwell family cemetery in Crystal Springs, Mississippi which is near Jackson. There is an error on her gravestone. She was born on Oct. 18, not the 28th, 1928.

Notes for TRAVIS LESTER BLACKWELL:

Bachelor of Arts degree from Mississippi Southern College before 1952; Doctor of Medicine from Southwestern Medical School, Dallas Texas, June 1957

Generation No. 2

Ralph G. and Mary Lee Kirkley

2. RALPH GORDON6 KIRKLEY (RALPH LEONARD5, ROBERT4, ROBERT KIRKLEY3 SR., JAMES2 KIRKLEY, (SR.), JOHN1) was born 14 Oct 1927 in Houston, Harris County, Texas9. He married "MARY LEE" LUNDSTEDT 22 Jun 1946 in Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Austin, Tex., daughter of FRANS LUNDSTEDT and ELLEN PETERSON. She was born 26 Oct 1927 in Austin, Travis County, Texas10.

Children of RALPH KIRKLEY and "MARY LEE" LUNDSTEDT are:

3. i. KENT GORDON7 KIRKLEY, b. 19 Feb 1947, Austin, Travis County, Texas.

4. ii. KAREN GRACE KIRKLEY, b. 17 Jun 1948, Austin, Travis County, Texas.

Generation No. 3

Lily, Linda and Kent Kirkley

3. KENT GORDON7 KIRKLEY (RALPH GORDON6, RALPH LEONARD5, ROBERT4, ROBERT KIRKLEY3 SR., JAMES2 KIRKLEY, (SR.), JOHN1) was born 19 Feb 1947 in Austin, Travis County, Texas. He married (1) SALLY KATHLEEN SHELTON 10 Aug 1969 in Faith Lutheran Church, Austin, Texas, daughter of LEONARD SHELTON and ZONA ADAMS. She was born 25 Jul 1950 in Kerrville, Texas. He married (2) LINDA SUE CONNER 28 Feb 1981 in Dallas, Texas, daughter of "R. V." CONNER and IRENE LEE. She was born 01 Nov 1946 in Austin, Travis County, Texas, and died 13 May 2005 in Dallas, Dallas County, Texas.

Child of KENT KIRKLEY and LINDA CONNER is:

i. LILLIAN CAROLINA8 SMITH-KIRKLEY, b. 09 Jun 1981, Dallas, Texas.

Randy and Karen Wilburn

4. KAREN GRACE7 KIRKLEY (RALPH GORDON6, RALPH LEONARD5, ROBERT4, ROBERT KIRKLEY3 SR., JAMES2 KIRKLEY, (SR.), JOHN1) was born 17 Jun 1948 in Austin, Travis County, Texas. She married (1) ROSS MERRITT HOOKS III 21 Dec 1965 in Faith Lutheran Church, Austin, Texas, son of EDDIE HOOKS and BILLIE BENTLE. He was born 10 Apr 1946 in Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. She married (2) RANDALL BRYAN WILBURN 10 Oct 1987 in First English Lutheran Church, Austin, Texas, son of GARY WILBURN and BONNIE BEECHER. He was born 23 Aug 1961 in Houston, Harris County, Texas.

Children of KAREN KIRKLEY and ROSS HOOKS are:

5. i. KARME8 HOOKS, b. 19 Aug 1969, Austin, Travis County, Texas.

6. ii. ROSS MERRITT HOOKS IV, b. 08 Aug 1972, Ft. Worth, Texas.

Generation No. 4

Bryan and Karme(Hooks)Fitzpatrick

5. KARME8 HOOKS (KAREN GRACE7 KIRKLEY, RALPH GORDON6, RALPH LEONARD5, ROBERT4, ROBERT KIRKLEY3 SR., JAMES2 KIRKLEY, (SR.), JOHN1) was born 19 Aug 1969 in Austin, Travis County, Texas. She married BRYAN ANDREW FITZPATRICK 04 Jan 1998 in Austin, Travis County, Texas, son of WALTER FITZPATRICK and BRUNHILDE GUTMAN. He was born 02 Apr 1970 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Children of KARME HOOKS and BRYAN FITZPATRICK are:

Kenyon, Kade (holding Breckin) and Braydon

i. KENYON ANDREW9 FITZPATRICK, b. 02 Dec 1998, Austin, Texas.

ii. KADE MICHAEL FITZPATRICK, b. 06 Mar 2001, Austin, Texas.

iii. BRAYDON LUKE FITZPATRICK, b. 04 Jun 2003, Austin, Travis County, Texas.

iv. BRECKIN GRACE FITZPATRICK, b. 30 May 2008, Austin, Travis County, Texas.

Notes for BRECKIN GRACE FITZPATRICK:

7 Lbs, 10 oz; 19 inches long; resembles youngest brother, Braydon, as a baby.

Ross Hooks and son Gunnar

6. ROSS MERRITT8 HOOKS IV (KAREN GRACE7 KIRKLEY, RALPH GORDON6, RALPH LEONARD5, ROBERT4, ROBERT KIRKLEY3 SR., JAMES2 KIRKLEY, (SR.), JOHN1) was born 08 Aug 1972 in Ft. Worth, Texas. He married (1) AMY ELIZABETH FERGUSON 06 Nov 1993 in Austin, Travis County, Texas, daughter of HAROLD FERGUSON and KAREN CLUTTER. She was born 03 May 1972 in Austin, Travis County, Texas. He married (2) FELICIA ANNE MARTINEZ 22 Apr 2006 in Isla Mujeres, Mexico, daughter of FELICIANO MARTINEZ and KATHY CARRION. She was born 23 Aug 1981 in Racine, Wisconsin.

Marriage Notes for ROSS HOOKS and AMY FERGUSON:

Divorced December 1999

Child of ROSS HOOKS and AMY FERGUSON is:

i. GUNNAR ROSS9 HOOKS, b. 25 Feb 1998, Austin, Texas.

Endnotes

1. 1920 U.S. Census, Nacogdoches County, Texas.

2. Bissell family.

3. Ralph G. and Mary Lee Kirkley, Austin, Texas.

4. First and middle name found on 1900 Galveston County Texas Census, Dated June 5, 1900, several months before the devastating Hurricane that killedover 6,000 people.

5. Info from Karen Kirkley Hooks Wilburn, October 27, 2006.

6. 1930 Harris County Texas Federal Census, South Houston, District 162; Pennsylvania Ave.; Image 12....Ancestry.com.

7. Obituary in Austin American-Statesman, Tues. February 10, 2004.

8. Graduation Booklet, Southwestern Medical School; Dallas Texas June 1957.

9. Birth Certificate for Ralph Gordon Kirkley.

10. Birth Certificate for Mary Lee Lundstedt.