NORTHERN NEW YORK
Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people
in the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
Kidder is a trade name, dealer in grain, and the family is one of the oldest in England. It possesses various coats-of-arms and has produced many distinguished men both in England and America. The original seat of the family was Maresfield or Marsfielder, county Sussex, and the earliest land record is in 1270.
(I) Richard Kidder, of Maresfield, to whom the lineage of the family is definitely traced, was living in 1492.
(II) Richard (2), son of Richard (1) Kidder, succeeded to the estate and died in 1649, leaving children: Richard, Nicholas and Mary.
(III) Richard (3), son of Richard (2) Kidder, died in 1563; married Margaretta ____, who died in 1545.
(IV) John, son of Richard (3) Kidder, died in 1599; married Margaret Norman, of Little Horsted, who died in 1569.
Susanna, John (mentioned below), Jane (born 1563); Anne, Thomas (born 1569).
(V) John (2), son of John (1) Kidder, was baptized in 1561, and died in 1616. He married Joanne Beorge, who died in 1610. They lived in East Grinstead, Sussex, England.
Philippa, born 1583.
Thomas, twin with John.
Alice; Philippa; John; Thomas; Richard; James, baptized 1595 (mentioned below).
(VI) James Kidder, son of John (2) Kidder, was born in 1595, and baptized at East Grinstead, county Sussex.
(VII) James (2), son of James (1) Kidder, was born in East Grinstead, in 1626. He came to this country before 1649, when he was at Cambridge, Mass. Thence he removed to Billerica, about 1660, where he had a grant of ten acres for a house lot and other land. The house stood on the lot later occupied by Gardner Parker, and the place has remained in the family. His house was used as a garruson in 1675, and he was ensign in Captain Danforth's company, and placed in charge of the Indians at Wamesit.
He died April 16, 1676, probably from hardships and exposure incident to the Indian war.
He married Anna, daughter of Elder Francis Moore, of Cambridge. She married (second), March 17, 1684-85, William Underwood of Chelmsford.
Hannah, born 1650-51.
James, Jan. 3, 1653-54. John.
Thomas, March 1, 1657.
Nathaniel, baptized Feb. 27, 1658-59.
Ephraim, Aug. 31, 1660.
Stephen, Nov. 26, 1662.
Enoch, Sept. 16, 1664, mentioned below.
Samuel, Jan. 7, 1665-66.
Sarah, June 1, 1667.
Joseph, Nov. 20, 1670.
(VIII) Enoch, son of Ensign James (2) Kidder, was born in Billerica, Sept. 16, 1664, and died Dec. 1, 1752. He lived on the homestead, and was selectman seven years.
He married (first) Mary Haywood, who died March 21, 1742-43; (second) June 4, 1743, Hannah Danforth, who died Oct. 3, 1752, widow of Samuel Danforth and daughter of ____ Crosby.
Children, all by first wife:
Mary, born Sept. 14, 1693; died young.
Abigail, Dec. 16, 1694.
Enoch, Dec. 30, 1697, mentioned below.
William, Dec. 5, 1700.
Francis, Oct. 1, 1703.
Mary, March 26, 1707.
William, March 13, 1709-10.
(IX) Enoch (2), son of Enoch (1) Kidder, was born in Billerica, Dec. 30, 1697, and died Jan. 5, 1781. He was a leading citizen of the town and served as deputy to the general court seven years.
He married (first) July 19, 1722, Sarah Hunt, died Jan. 26, 1749-50, daughter of Samuel Hunt; (second) Aug. 8, 1751, Sarah, widow of Josiah Bacon.
Sarah, born March 3, 1723.
Samuel, Oct. 19, 1724.
John, Sept. 18, 1726.
Enoch, Sept. 8, 1728.
Abigail, July 3, 1730.
Solomon, Aug. 3, 1732.
Benjamin, Oct. 13, 1734, mentioned below.
Joseph, March 25, 1737, died young.
Sarah, July 9, 1739.
Joseph, Nov. 18, 1741, pastor at Dunstable.
Elizabeth, July 20, 1745.
Rebecca, Aug. 9, 1753.
(X) Ensign Benjamin Kidder, son of Enoch (2) Kidder, was born Oct. 13, 1734. He was ensign in the revolution, at Crown Point, in 1782.
He married, Feb. 12, 1761, Ruth Heywood, at Lunenburg, and later removed to Winchendon, Mass.
(XI) John (3), son of Benjamin Kidder, was born Nov. 8, 1761, and died Jan. 9, 1852, at Grafton, Vermont, where he settled. He married, Feb. 25, 1784, at Shrewsbury, Mass., Dorothy Jocelyn (see Jocelyn). They had a daughter, Susan, born Jan. 17, 1787, died July, 1844, who married, at Grafton, Vermont, April 27, 1817, Simeon Evans, born at Athens, Vermont, June 24, 1782, died at Grafton Sept. 2, 1830. Children: Henry Duran Evans and Julia Jeannette Evans.
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