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Subject: [GENMASSACHUSETTS] Kidder families - History of Medford, Mass.
Date: Tue, 8 Jan 2008 17:09:26 EST
Subject: Kidder Families - England to Massachusetts.
Source: History of the Town of Medford, Middlesex Co., Mass. (google book
The Kidder family was settled for several centuries at Maresfield in the
Sussex, England, some seventy miles from London. It is believed that the
now living of that name can be traced back to this common stock. In
England, the most
distinguished bearer of this name was Richard Kidder, Bishop of Bath and
Wells. He was
born in 1633 at East Grinstead, the birthplace of the American Kidder
kinsman he was. He was the Rector St. Martin's, London: Prebend of Norwich,
1681; Dean of Peterborough, 1689; and Bishop of Bath, 1691. He was killed
great gale of November 27, 1703 by the fall of a chimney on
the Bishop's palace at Wells, which crushed him and his wife while at
daughter, Ann, died unmarried. Her only sister, Susanna married Sir Richard
one of the early governors of South Carolina - and has numerous descendants
The pedigree of the American branch, in the direct line is:
Richard1 Kidder who was living at Maresfield, 1492; his son, Richard2 Kidder
leaving eldest son Richard3 who died 1563 who m. Margaret ____ who died
Richard3 Kidder had five sons of whom John4 Kidder, the 3rd son m. Margaret
Little Horsted, England and died 1599, leaving two sons and several
John5 Kidder oldest son of the last, bapt. 1561, m. Joan Beorge and died
four sons. James6 Kidder the youngest of these, b. 1595, was the father of
b. 1626 at East Grinstead, who moved to New England and married Anna Moore
Mass., New England, in 1649. This foregoing pedigree is condensed from one
in the History
of New Ipswich, prepared by Frederick Kidder, a co-editor of that work.
7. James Kidder resided first at a farm on the north side of Fresh Pond and
River, whence he removed to Shawshine (now Billerica) He had twelve
children, of whom
Samuel8 Kidder was the youngest, who left children. He was born January 7,
1666; he m.
Sarah Griggs, Dec 23, 1689 and lived near Porter's Hotel in Cambridge, Mass.
names of Kidder's Swamp and Kidder's Lane still preserve his memory.
He was Deacon of the church; and the Inventory of his estate was £1,138. He
children: the oldest was:
Francis Kidder of Medford, b. 1692; m. Mary Prentice, Feb. 13, 1718. He died
1724 and his widow m. (2) Philip Cook in 1775. His children were: Mary,
Samuel b. 1720,
James and Francis.
Samuel Kidder m. (1) Mary Tompson, Mar 20, 1744, who died aged 42, March 30,
Samuel Kidder b. Sept 17, 1746.
Elizabeth Kidder b. Dec 6, 1750.
Samuel Kidder m. (2) Joanna ____ who died Oct 19, 1819 aged 79. He died
March 6, 1777.
Joanna Kidder b. Oct 19, 1770; died unm. April 6, 1811.
Rebecca Kidder b. Sept 11, 1772; m. Abijah Usher. Dec. 20, 1795.
Mary Kidder b. Apr 28, 1774.
James Kidder b. Apr 30, 1776.
Samuel Kidder, Jun'r m. Mary Greenleaf, May 19, 1778, who died April 1,
1830, aged 78.
He died Dec 16, 1821 leaving: Mary Kidder, b. April 1, 1779 who m. Benjamin
Samuel Kidder b. Sept 4, 1781; m. Hannah P. Rogers.
William Kidder b. Dec. 10, 1784; m. Charlotte Adams.
Thompson Kidder b. April 17, 1788; m. M. A. Cannell; died July 5, 1840.
Francis Kidder b. July 16, 1789; m. E. Blanchard; died May 11, 1827.
Joseph Kidder b. April 30, 1791; m. N. J. Homer.
James Kidder b. Nov 1, 1793; died March 20, 1837, unmarried.
Ephraim Kidder who m. Rachel ____ and had:
Hannah Kidder and Dorothy Kidder (twins) b. Sept 2, 1696.
p.552 HISTORY OF MEDFORD, MASS.
Mary Kidder m. Caleb Brooks, January 1, 1767.
Isaac Kidder of Woburn, m. Ann Goodwin, Nov. 25, 1775.
Mary Kidder of Charlestown, Mass. died Jan. 19, 1779.
Children of James & Susanna Kidder:
Susanna Kidder died Nov 5, 1801 aged 19 yrs.
Charles Kidder died June 13, 1802 aged 15
Rebecca Kidder died October 23, 1814, aged 12 yrs.
Transcribed by Janice Farnsworth
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