James KIDDER

Male 1626 - 1676  (50 years)


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  • Name James KIDDER  [1, 2
    Born 1626  East Grinstead, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Died 16 Apr 1676  Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Notes 
    • Excerpt from "A Genealogy of The Kidder Family": Ensign James Kidder, the progenitor of practically all persons in the United States who bear his surname, believed to have been born at East Grinstead, Sussex, England, about 1626; died at Billerica, Middlesex County, Mass., 16 Apr. 1676, "aged fify" according to contemporary records. He married at Cambridge, Mass., presumably late in 1649 or early in 1650, Anna Moore of that place, born in England about 1630; died at Billerica in 1691, daughter of Elder Francis and Katherine Moore. She married secondly at Chelmsford, Middlesex Co., Mass., 17 Mar. 1684/1685, William Underwood of that town.
      James Kidder's probable birthplace, East Grinstead, is a small town about thirty miles from London, and in the near vicinity of Maresfield, ancient seat of the Kidder family. Nothing is known of his early years nor of the reasons which prompted his leaving the home of his fathers to settle in New England where he is believed to have arrived about 1649, shortly before his marriage to Anna Moore.........
      That Ensign Kidder was a man of high standing in the community in which he lived is evident from the fact that he married the daughter of so prominent and prosperous a man as Elder Francis Moore of Cambridge, as well as from his varied activities there and in Billerica, where he filled civil and military positions of responsibility, and where he was active in church affairs.
      He died leaving an estate of about three hundred and seventy pounds, not a large one measured by present standards of wealth, but a comfortable one for the period in which he lived...

      Excerpt from "A History of the Kidder Family": In 1675, when King Philip's war took place, he was in the public service, and kept guard over the small trie of Indians at Wameset, now forming part of Lowell,and soon after was appointed to the command of a garrison-house, which contained seven families, including his own and that of his son James. He died, April 16th, 1676, in the midst of the war, aged about 50, it has been suggested from disease caued by his exposure in this war, which was the most trying time ever seen in New England......"Thus passed away the patriarch of the family in this country; and though no stone marks the spot or perpetuates his memory, the name seems destined to live through all coming time, as his descendants,now numbering some Thousands, are spread over this broad land, from the Penobscot to the shores of the Pacific, and from Canada to Louisiana," representing nearly every occupation and profession, in many of which the name has gained considerable prominence. His descendants have fought in all the wars of the Union, in all grades from the private to the colonel, and in the last war the name was largely and honorably represented both on land and sea.
    Person ID I33399  Main Tree
    Last Modified 10 Jan 2018 

    Father James KIDDER,   b. 1595/6, Maresfield, Sussex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. England Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Mother Elizabeth ?,   b. Between 1580 and 1605, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Married Abt 1600  [1
    Family ID F02477  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Anna MOORE,   b. Abt 1630, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1691, Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 61 years) 
    Married Between 1649 and 1650  Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Children 
     1. Hannah KIDDER,   b. 01 Mar 1650/51, Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1699, Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 47 years)
     2. Dorothy KIDDER,   b. 29 Jan 1651/2,   d. Bef 1724  (Age < 71 years)  [Birth]
     3. James KIDDER,   b. 03 Jan 1653/4, Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Dec 1732, Billerica, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)  [Birth]
     4. John KIDDER,   b. 1655/6, Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 07 Oct 1731, Chelmsford, Middlesex Co., Massachsuetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 75 years)  [Birth]
     5. Thomas KIDDER,   b. 01 Mar 1656/7, Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Watertown, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
     6. Nathaniel KIDDER,   b. 27 Feb 1658/9, Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 07 Jan 1690/1, Newton, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 31 years)  [Birth]
     7. Ephraim KIDDER,   b. 31 Aug 1660, Billerica, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Sep 1724, Billerica, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)  [Birth]
     8. Stephen KIDDER,   b. 26 Nov 1662, Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 05 Jul 1748, Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)  [Natural]
     9. Enoch KIDDER,   b. 16 Sep 1664, Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 Dec 1752, Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)  [Birth]
     10. Samuel KIDDER,   b. 07 Jan 1665/6, Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Jul 1724, Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years)  [Birth]
     11. Sarah KIDDER,   b. 01 Jun 1667, Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 27 Feb 1717 and 1718  (Age 49 years)  [Natural]
     12. Joseph KIDDER,   b. 20 Nov 1670, Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1683, Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 12 years)  [Birth]
    Last Modified 10 Jan 2018 
    Family ID F02719  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1626 - East Grinstead, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Between 1649 and 1650 - Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 16 Apr 1676 - Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S02314] Family Tree Maker: Descendants of Simon Kidder by Kimberly K Fisher.

    2. [S01654] A Genealogy of The Kidder Family - The Descendants in the Male Line of Ensign James Kidder by Morgan Hewitt Stafford.

    3. [S01655] A History of the Kidder Family from A.D. 1320 to 1676, (Name: Name: F.E. Kidder, Allston, Mass. 1886;;).