Birkby John a minister of the Reformed (Dutch) Church, was born in Yorkshire, England, in 1792. He graduated at Rotherham College, and was ordained by the Congregationalists. He served in England, Earl Shelton, Leicester, Tockholes, Lancaster; in America. Hanover, N. H., 1835-40; Gansevoort, Saratoga Co., N. Y., 1840-45. He died in 1861. He was rather timid and reserved, not covetous of prominence or notoriety. He seldom took part in discussion, but, when he was drawn out by the strength of his convictions, he spoke with point, propriety, and power, revealing a clear head, logical intellect, and a hoard of wealth and resources which proved him to be a man of vigorous and independent mind. See Corwin, Manual of the Ref. Church in America (3d ed.), p. 183.