The William F. Kirk family was enumerated in the 1900 census of Gage Co., NE and in the 1910 census of Madison Co., IN. William was married to my 2nd-great grandaunt, Mary Wright.
William's occupation in 1900 was that of a farmer, but by 1910 he was working at the paper mill in Alexandria. William was born in Indiana with his father being from Kentucky and his mother from Virginia. William and Mary had been married for 20 years in the 1900 census, and their children were born in Nebraska, so that is where I should look for them in the 1880 census.
The names of the children were spelled in various ways : sometimes going by their middle names or reversing the order (i.e., Earl J. or Jessie E.)
William Frank KIRK b. December 1855 Indiana, d. after 1910 census, m. circa. 1880 to Mary A. WRIGHT, daughter of Joseph W. and Rebecca Ann (HEATON) WRIGHT. Mary b. August 1858 Schuyler Co., MO., d. May 27, 1910 Madison Co., IN.
Known children of William Frank and Mary A. (WRIGHT) KIRK are as follows :
i. Ethel B. Kirk b. November 1880 Nebraska, d. after 1910 census
ii. Jessie Earl Kirk b. February 1884 Nebraska, d. after 1910 census
iii. Tillis Harry Kirk b. September 1893 Nebraska, d. after 1910 census