Thomas Kirkman was born in Liverpool, England, in March of 1813, the son of William Kirkman. He emigrated with his parents about 1832, landing in Philadelphia. The family came to Jefferson County via
Harrisburg, Williamsport, Milesburg, Curwensville, and Luthersburg, finally settling in Pine Creek Township and cleared a homestead. Thomas married Mary Ann Vasbinder about 1834 or 35. She was born
in Pennsylvnia, the daughter of Jacob Vasbinder, whose tombstone was featured in a previous "Tombstone of the Month". Eight children were born to Thomas and Mary Ann. The family continued to reside in
Pine Creek Township until about 1872, when they moved to Brookville. After the death of Mary Ann in 1877, Thomas married a widow, Milicent Sharp, in 1881. Thomas and Milicent
lived in Sigel, Eldred Township from 1890, until his death on September 7, 1895, at the age of 83 years. Thomas and Mary Ann are buried in the Butler Cemetery, in Pine Creek Township.