Isaac Kirkpatrick, manufacturer and miller at Waterman, is a native of the Keystone State. His parents Jesse and Ruth (Smiley) Kirkpatrick, natives also of Pennsylvania, emigrated to DeKalb County, IL, in the spring of 1855, where they spent the remainder of their lives. He died in the spring of 1858, and she Oct. 8, 1879. They had six children, named Ann, Isaac, Smiley, Hiram, Margaret and Ellen.
Mr. Kirkpatrick was born in Perry Co., Pa., Oct. 20, 1822; followed farming and lumbering in his youth till 1855, when he came and settled in Clinton Township, on a farm which he had bought two years previously. Here he followed agricultural pursuits for 17 years, when he sold his place and removed to the village of Waterman, and began the milling business and afterwards the manufacture of bee hives and water and stock tanks and cisterns. He had formed a partnership with his son-in-law, W.S. Andrews, under the firm name of Kirkpatrick & Andrews, before he began the manufacture of bee hives, water and stock tanks, etc., and they are managing a good business. In his political views Mr. K. is a Republican. Officially he has been Overseer of Highways in his township and Street Commissioner in Waterman. Both himself and wife belong to the Presbyterian Church.
He was married in Perry Co., Pa., Oct. 28, 1848, to Catherine McCord, who was born in that county, Oct. 17, 1817. Mr. and Mrs. Kirkpatrick are the parents of four children – Lizzie, Inda, Ida S. and one who died in infancy. Mrs. K.’s parents, Benj. and Elizabeth (Smiley) McCord, were also natives of Pennsylvania, where they passed their entire lives.
Source: Portrait and Biographical Album of DeKalb Co.