Ephraim Kirby, son of Mr. Abraham Kirby, was born in Litchfield, Feb. 22, 1757; studied law and settled in his native town. He was often chosen a representative; appointed supervisor of the national revenue for the State of Connecticut in 1801, and United States judge for the Territory of Louisiana in 1804. While on his way to New Orleans, whither his duties of his office called him, he died at Fort Stoddard, Mississippi Territory, Oct. 2, 1804, aged forty-seven. Col. Kirby married Ruth, daughter of Reynold Marvin, Esq., and left eight children. He published a volume of law reports in 1789, the first in the United States.

“History of Litchfield County, Connecticut” (Philadelphia: J.W. Lewis & Co., 1881) p. 147