Kirk Family

William Robert (Will) (1898-1940) and Annie Mae Adams (1901-1984) Kirk moved in 1931 from the Biloxi community east of Lufkin to a farm northwest of Burke later owned by Alf Tidwell. Will's father Carolinus Boyd Kirk was born in Neshoba Co., Mississippi, and he and his wife Ophelia Smith Kirk moved to Hopkins County, Texas about 1890.

The Kirk Family about 1935: Arthur,
Annie, Avis, A. D., Clarice and Will
holding Nobye Joyce

After Boyd Kirk's death in 1901, Ophelia married Henry G. Fox in Hopkins County, and they later moved to Trinity and then Angelina County.

Will was known as a talented fiddler. The author's father told of sitting on the Kirk's front porch and "seconding" on his guitar while Mr. Kirk played fiddle..

Annie was a daughter of Albert Sidney and Emma Phillips Adams. The Adams moved from Dallas County, Arkansas to Hopkins County. Texas before 1900. They later lived in Rains and Trinity Counties before moving to Angelina County by 1930. Annie taught school for a time in Trinity County.

The Kirks had the following children:

Avis Kirk was taught by Miss Tennie Thompson at Bilioxi School in 1928 before she moved to Burke and married Fayette Havard.


  1. 1900 Census, Hopkins County, Texas, Precicnt 3 (Reily Springs), Page 4, Dwelling 33 (C. Boyd Kirk)
  2. 1910 Census, Hopkins County, Texas, Precinct 3, Page 14, Dwelling 128 (Henry G. Fox)
  3. Clarice Kirk Murrah, Personal Recollections
  4. M. Lee Murrah, Personal Recollections