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From: "Betty" <>
Subject: [GENMASSACHUSETTS] Francis KIDDER, Jr., in Littleton, MA, b1752
Date: Fri, 12 Jun 2009 07:52:50 -0400
I continue to work on my KIDDER mystery, involving the 2 "teen" cousins,
both named Joseph KIDDER, who both seem to have fought in the Revolutionary
War. The Joseph, son of Francis "of Westford" (MA), had an older brother,
Francis, Jr. "Junior" KIDDER. I was just reading the paragraph on
"Junior" and it says he "might" have also fought in the War. I was
wondering if anyone is research the Francis KIDDER extended family.
Francis, Sr., seems to have lived in Westford, Concord, and then Tyngsboro,
MA. But, Francis, Jr., remained in Littleton, MA.
Betty (near Lowell, MA)
94 FRANCIS KIDDER ("JUNIOR") (Francis , Thomas, John, James), birth recorded
at Concord, Mass., 29 May 1752; died at Littleton, Mass., 10 Feb. 1822, aged
70. He married first, at Littleton, 13 July 1779, ABIGAIL RUSSELL, born
there 27 June 1757; died there 23 May 1812, daughter of John, Jr., and
Abigail (Hildreth) Russell; secondly, at Westford, Mass., 28 Dec. 1812, MRS.
LYDIA (CUMMINGS) ABBOTT, formerly wife of Joel Abbott, born 5 Nov. 1769;
died at Littleton, 5 Mar. 1813, probably daughter of Isaac and Elizabeth
(Trowbridge) Cummings of Westford; and thirdly, at Littleton, 27 Mar. 1814
or 1815, MRS. SARAH ("SALLY") (HAMLIN) DAVIS, formerly wife of Isaiah Davis
of Harvard, Mass., born at Pembroke, Mass., 29 Oct. 1775; died 31 Aug. 1865,
daughter of Major Eleazer and Sarah (Lobdell) (Bryant) Hamlin.
Francis Kidder resided in Littleton, Mass., in the Southern part of which
place he is said to have kept a tavern for some twenty years, subsequently
leasing it to others after having erected a home for himself. He appears on
the tax list of Littleton in 1783, and was active in town affairs, including
service on the school board.
On his tombstone epitaph he is designated as "Captain," bearing out the
family tradition that he acquired such a title by service in the
By the way, does anyone know the full name of his brother, John KIDDER's
97 JOHN KIDDER (Francis, Thomas, John, James), probably born at Acton or
Concord, Mass., 2 Sept. 1768; died at New Ipswich, N. H., 11 July 1853, aged
85. He married first, at Littleton, Mass., 2 Dec. 1794, OLIVE KELLEY of
Watertown, Mass.; secondly, NANCY DUTTON; and thirdly, HEPSIBETH ---, born
at Ashby, Mass.; died there 13 July 1844, aged 62.
John Kidder resided in Littleton and Ashby, Mass., and late in life at New
Ipswich, N. H., where he is said to have died at the home of his son-in-law,
James Spaulding. (This might be the John KIDDER whose gravestone I
accidentally found in Ashby, MA, a few years ago.)
(It says in the book that John and "Junior" inherited "KIDDER heirlooms"
from their uncle, Reuben KIDDER, in New Ipswich. Sure would like to know
where those "heirlooms" ended up ! Hmmmm. I wonder if they could be in
the Littleton Historical Society Museum. )