In a Kirkland line of mine..... there is a Lydia Jane Whitney b. Jan 1877, probably in Franklin Co., Kansas. Her parents are shown on several censuses as Jonas Whitney b. VA/OH and wife Sarah b. Ohio. Sarah is a widow by 1880.
The know siblings of Lydia are Mary b. abt 1856 OH; Sarah b. abt 1862 KS; Joana/Joanna b. abt 1866 KS; Dennis b. abt 1869 KS; William N. b. abt 1872 KS. In several censuses their is a brother of Jonas: Isaac Whitney living with the family.
Lydia Jane Whitney married William Wallace Kirkland Dec 1894 in Ottawa, Franklin Co., KS. This was the second marriage of "Wallace" Kirkland. His first wife Eliza Caylor died 1891 leaving a son Lemial Kirkland.
Lydia had a son William Franklin Kirkland b. 6 Oct 1895 Rantoul, Franklin Co., KS.
It seems that Lydia had some severe medical problems and her uncle Isaac Whitney had a learning problem.
Thanks for any further data you might have on this family.
Marysue....... now in Aransas Pass, TX