The Family Memorial : a History and Genealogy of the Kilbourn Family In (2024)

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HE ancestor of all in Connecticut, and most of those in other States ofthe Union and in Canada, who bear the name, was born A. D., 1580, dur-

ing the reign of Queen Elizabeth ; and with his family embarked from London for New England, in the ship Increase, Robert Lea, master, on the 15th of April, 1635. In the 8th volume of the 3d series of the Collections of the

Massachusetts Historical Society, pp. 243 and following, is an article entitled " Gleanings for New England History," by

James Savage, LL. D., of Boston, in which we find the fol- lowing

" Extract from a MS. volume in folio at the Augmentation Office (so called) where Rev. Joseph Hunter, one of the Record Commissiorers, pre-

sides, in Rolls Court, Westminster Hall. It contains the names of all per= sons permitted to embark, at the port of London, after Christmas, 1634, to the same period in the following year, kept generally in regular succession.

This was found only a few months since, and may -not have been seen by more than two or three personsfor tivo hundred years." . :

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" 15th Apr. 1635. Theis parties hereafter expressed are to he trans- ported to New England, embarqued in the Increase, Robert Lea, master, having taken the oath of allegiance and supremacy, as also being con- formable to the orders and discipline of the church, whereof they brought testimony per certificates from the Justices and Ministers where their abodes have lately been. " Husbandman, Tho. Kilborne, aged 55. His wife, Frances Kilborne, " 50.

Children, Margaret Kilborne , " 23. Lyddia Kilborne, " 22.

Marie Kilborne, " 16.

Frances Kilborne, " 12.

Jo. Kilborne, " 10.

The family settled at Wethersfield, Conn. Thomas Kil- borne died previous to December 25, 1640, as appears from the Wethersfield Land Records, book 1st, page 135, viz. "12th month, 25th day, 1649. Lands belonging t3 ffran: Kilborne, widdow, lyeing in Weathersfield. on Conecticult River," &c.

Note.—The following complete list of the fellow passengers of Thomas Kilborne and family, on their voyage to this country in the Increase, will probably gratify the curiosity of many of my readers. "Lynen weaver Tho. Chittingden, aged 57, uxor Rebecca Chitting- den 41, Isack Chittingden 10, Hen. Chittingden 6 ; a mason, Geo. Baron 43, Samuell 12, Su- san 10, John 5; a husbandman Tho. Jestlin, Rebecca his wife, Eliza Ward a maid ser-

vant, Rebecca 18, Dorothy 11, Nathaniel 8, Eliza 6, Mary 1, his children; husbandman

Wm. Rusco 51, uxor Rebecca 41, Sara 9, Marie 7, Samuel 6, Wm. 1; a tailor, Tho. Page

29, Elizabeth 28, Tho. 2, Katherin 1 , Edw. Sparks, Kat. Taylor, servants ; Sam. Andrewea

37, Jane 30, Jane 3, Eliz. 2; Robt. Naney 22, Robt. Sankey 30, John Gibbens 21, husband,

man Samuel Morse 50, uxor Elizabeth 48, Joseph 20 ; Elizabeth Daniel 2 ; linen weaver

Philemon Dalton 45, uxor Hanna 35, Samuel 5 ; Wm. White 14; husbandman Matliew

Marvyn35, Elizabeth 31, Mathew 8, Marie 6, Sara 3, Hanna 1-2; Jo. Warner 30, Isack Ireland plowrite More ; carpenter Samuell 32, uxor Marie ; Wm Buck 50, Roger Buck 18, a joiner Jo. Davies 29, husbandman Abram Fleming 40, husbandman Jo. Foker 21,

clothier Tho. Parish 22 ; chyrurgion, Symon Ayres 48, uxor Dorothy 33, Marie 15, Tho.

13, Symon 11, Rebecca 9; Jane Rainton 30, husbandman Symon Stone 50, uxor Joan 38,

Francis 16, Ann 11, Symon 4, Marie 3, Jo. 5 weeks : John Cordie 17, butcher Wm. Payne

37, Anna 40, William 10, Anna 5, Jo. 3, Daniell 8 weeks : James Bitton 27, Wm. Potter 25,

Elizabeth Woods 35, Elizabeth Beards 24, Suzan Payne 11, Aymes Gladwell 16, Phebe

Perce 18, carpenter Henry Grosse 20, James Roger 20, Richard Nunn 19, Tho. Barrett 16,

Jo. Hackwell 18, Christian Ayres 7, Anna Ayres 5, Benjamin Ayres 3, Sara Ayrcs3 mos.,

a sawer Steeven Upson 23, Jo. Myndell 16 : Isack Warden 18, Nath'll Wood 12, Elizabeth

Streaton 19, Marie Toiler, servants."

Of the persons above named, Simon Stone (sen'r.,) ' deacon of Watertown;' was adrm freeman 163R; Simon Stone (jun.,) was Representative in 1678 and 1679. Philemon Dal

ton d. in Ipswich, Nov. 10, 1661 ; his son, Hon. Samuel Dalton, was Representative from Hampton for 12 years from 16G2, and member.'of the first Council of President Cutt, of New Hampshire. Samuel Morse adm. freeman at Dedham, 1640, d. at Medfield Dec. 5, 1654;

Joseph Morsa was one of the first settlers of Dedham ; Roger Buck settled in Cambridge, where his sons John and Ephraim were born in 1644 and 1645. Thomas Barrett d. at Chelmsford Oct. 6, 1664. Thomas Joslin [Jestlin] d. at Lancaster, Mass., Feb. 3, 1661, GENERATION II.] KTLBOURN. 13

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Margaret was married to Richard Law, Esq., a distin- guished gentleman of Stamford. She was the grandmother of the Hon. Jonathan Law, who was Governor of Connecti-

cut from 1741 until his death in 1750 ; she was also the ma- ternal ancestor of the Hon. Richard Law, for many years Mayor of New London, and Judge of the Superior Court of this State. Lydia married Robert Hayward, (now written Howard,) of Windsor, Conn., and by him had children—Tayhath, born

January 1, 1646; Rebecca, August 17, 1648; Esther, June

8, 1651, died in childhood ; Lydia, January 13, 1655, died in

infancy; Ephraim, January 11, 1656. Mr. Hayward died

in 1684. His wife survived him; and in a deposition made

by her, at Windor, dated September 3, 1684, she says she is aged 70 yQars, or thereabouts.

Mary rrjarried John Root, senior, one of the first settlers and a prominent citizen of Farmington, Conn. He died in 1684—his wife surviving him. Their children were—John,

who died in 1712 ; Joseph ; Caleb, died 1712 ; Stephen, died

1717 ; Timothy, died in 1 713 ; Mary, wife of Isaac Bronson. John Root, sen., and wife were members of the church in Farmington in 1679. Frances married Thomas A. Foot. Sergeant JOHN, (the only son of Thomas and Frances,) was born in 1625, and came to this country with his parents

in the Increase, at the age often years. The first mention I

have found of him upon the Wethersfieid Records, is as fol- " lows : Ye 24 of September 1647. John Kilborne is Apoint-

ed to gather the tax Rate, and cause it to be brought into

acount when the townesmen shall Apoint." His first record

as a land-holder in Wethersfieid bears date May 20, ] 649,

and may be found on p. 136 1st book of the Land Records

ofthat town. Though History has neglected to chronicle his deeds, his name nevertheless appears conspicuous upon the — —

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old colonial records for a period of nearly half a century. He

seems to have been an active, energetic spirit in the little

colony, and to have possessed in no small degree ihe confi- dence of his fellow colonists. This is abundantly manifest in his being so often selected by them to perform public trusts,

and to fill the various offices within their gift—trusts and offi- ces which, however humble they may appear to us, were then deemed of the utmost importance to their well-being.


"Ye 8th of March, 1653-4. We also ordaine that The Line betwixt Mattabosset and vs shall be Rund some time this month, and ye Towns- men [Selectmen] and Samll Smith, John Chester, John Kilbvrne Jo. Dick- inson and Richard Chester, Junior, shall Atend ye worke vpon munday, and to give notise to Mattaboset to meet vs at ye devident Line."

" Ye second of April], 1655. Ye Townsmen Apointed John Kilborne

and Thomas Wright to Run ye Line betwixt Hartford and Wethersfield vpon ye 2d day of next weeke. Nathl Dickerson to give warning to the Hartford Townsmen."

" For ye yeare 1656 was chosen by ye towne Mr. Hoylester, John Kil. borne, Thomas Holman, and Luke Holbrooke,? Townsmen, to act for ye towne."

" March 16, 1657. The Townsmen have apoynted John Kilbvrn, Phil-

lip Smith and James Pratt to runn ye line betwixt Matabossitt and Weth-

ersfield vpon ye twenty seventh of this present March, 1657."

" 20 fieb. Townsmen for this yeare chosen are Samll boreman, Thos. Curtis, John Nott, John Kilborn, Thos. Stanclife." 1659.

He was also elected Townsman, in 1660, 1664, 1667, 1668, 1673, 1674, 1676, etc.

" April the 2d [1665-6.] The townsmen agreed with Sargt. John Kill-

bvrne to bvrne the woods belonging to the sovth end of the towne (viz. the woods between vs and Middletowne) at svch a time or times as may be most venient for the advantage of the towne, and they are to allow him for his paines, in this work, six shillings. At this time they also agreed with Enoch Bvck to bvrne the woods belonging to the other end of the towne,"

&c. Barber's Conn. Hist. Coll., p. 221.

" Jvly 3d, 1676. At this meeting Mr. Samll. Talcoat, Levt. John Ches-

ter, Ensigne Goodridge, Sargt. Kilbvrne and Sargt. Deming, together with

the townsmen in being, were empowered to order the sitting of all persons

in seats and places in the meeting hovse." Barber, p. 221.

" April 17, 1677. At Towne meting, Sargt. John Kilborne, Sargt. Hvgh Welles and John Beldin ware chosen a Comittee in the behalfe of the Generation II.] KTL BOURN. [15

towne to deale with John Waddams and to make such an exchange of

lands as they may see cause both for the benefit of the towne and for his benefit as they can agree."

" Town metting, Dec. 6, 1680, Sergt. John Kilborne, Thomas Wright, and Sergt. Warner, were chosen Selectmen for the yeare."

" March 19, 16S3. Sergt. John Kilborne and Enoch Buck were chosen a Cometee to procure a shepherd for the towne vpon as good termes as they can, who shall be paid by a sheep Rate as aforesaid, as the Comettee

aforesaid and the shepherd shall agree, and also take care of what fence is needfull and necessary."

In the Records in the office of Secretary of State, in Hart- ford, the name of John Kilbourn often occurs, as a Juror, Grand Juror, and on the " Jury of Life and Death,"* which

* To carry the reader back to the period in which our worthy pilgrim ancestor lived and acted, we make a few extracts from the proceedings of the various courts with which he was connected in the capacities above mentioned. May 29, 1677, Sergt. K. was a member of the Jury before whom Nicholas Sension, of New London, was tried "for his notorious sinfull attempting that great and unnaturall sin of sodomy," and sentenced therefor to " stand upon a lader by the gallows, with a rope about his neck, so long as he shall be appoynted there to stand, and then to be tyed to the gal-

laws and severely whipt ; and then be returned to the prison to remaine dureing the court's pleasure." He was also disfranchised, fined 6/„ and placed under a bond of 100Z.

1663. Sergt. J. K. one of the Jurors. "Jacob Mygatt complaynes of Elizabeth Palmer for ray seing of a slanderous reporte of him In saying that he with others played at cardes at Wm. Edwardses." She was fined 20s. and sentenced to "be sett in the stocks an hower to-morrow between the howers of Tenn and Eleven."

" Edward Hall and John Ellis, for their ill carriage on the Sabbath in the time of

publique worship, are to sit in the stocks for one hower and a half at the nexttraine- ing day at Wethersfield—the Constable to see itattended to."

Jan 23. 1679. "Thomas Wickham personally appeared and produced Jonathan Strickland and Susanna Kirccm, who informed him that John Hale had sayd, " God Dame King Charles." The sd persons being examined doth affirme that they heard him say, " God bless King Charles," and in a fitt when he fell off his Chaire and

foamed at his. mouth and shakt every joynt of him. They thought he sayd, "God

Dame KingCharles," butthey durst not take oath of it, he spoke so lowe. John Hale

is freed from his imprisonment, the testimony not appearing legall."

" Windsor Townesmen for not calling out there Inhabitants to cutt brush, fined five pounds." 1671. " Nath. Butler, plaintiff, John Kilborn, def., In an action of the case for detaineing a stray Bay Hors that was taken up by the sayd Butler and Jos. Green and some others, and the damage of 51. upon attachment. The Jury find for de- fendant costs of court. The plaintiff hath a review granted to the next court in March upon the account of some evidence that he pretends he hath which he could not have this court." : : :

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last was considered in those days one of the most important trusts in the colony. At a " Particular Court" holden in 1670, at which Gov. Winthrop presided, assisted by " Mr. Sam'l Willys, Capt. J. Tailcoat, Mr. John Allyn and Mr. James Richards," the following Grand Jurors were announced Thomas Bunce, John Lancton, Jobe Drake, Nathaniel Good- win, John Kilborn, Thomas Bissell, Phillip Lewis, John Goodrich, Timothy Trail, Phillip Davis, William Judd, Dan-

iel Harris. This is the first Grand Jury upon record after the organization of Hartford County,

At a " Court of Assistants" holden in Hartford, Oct, 3, 1678, he was a member of the Grand Jury in connection with John Root, Sen., Stephen Hosmer, John Judd, and eight others, April 24, 1682. The following persons were appointed

and sworn Grand Jurors, viz. : Thomas Bunce, Paul Peck, John Marsh, John Gilbert, Mr. Henry Wolcott, Thomas Bis- sell, Nathaniel Loomys, Return Strong, Sergt. John Kilburne. Mr. Samuel Wolcott, Capt. John Standly, Samuel Coale, and Sergt. John Hale. At a session holden in 1687, the Court was constituted as follows " WM. LEETE, Governor. Maj. J. Tallcott, and Capt. John Allen, Assistants.

Grand Jurors for the year ensuing Mr. James Steel, Sargt. John Kilbotjrn, Capt. John Gilbert. John Pratt, Steven Hosmer, Henry Buck, Nath'l Loomys, James Toppan, John Moore, Nicholas Buckland, John Judd, Daniel Heyden." John Keete, Sr., Thomas Spencer.

That Sergt. K. was a lover of " righteousness and peace," will appear from the following petition, taken from the Land

Records, Vol. 1, Document 182, in the office of the Secretary of State.

" To the Honored Gov. and Deputy Gov. with the Assistants and mem- bers of the General Court now sitting in Hartford. The humble petition of diverse inhabitants of Wethersfield, proprietors in the lands on the East side of the Great River in the field called Naubuck. Whereas the origin- al landmarks between the several divisions of land in the said field now long since lost, and diverse of the proprietors (apprehending much trouble likq to ensue thereupon) when the law of possession was made ; did dur- ing the time that that law was suspended, petition the General Court to appoint a Committee to lay out and limit all the several divisions of land in Naubuck aforesaid according to the original record of the town. And the Generation II.] KILBOURN. [17

said Committee did attempt to discharge the trust committed to them, hut hot being able to tind out the south bounds of the said field, they were at a loss and never did any thing to effect. And now diverse persons of the said Committee are dead, and the south bounds of the said field are found out and settled by a Committee Appointed by the General Court in the case pending between Mr. Bulkeley and Mr. Hollister, whereby the settling of the bounds of the several divisions of land according to the rules of righteousness andpeace becomes very feazible, your petitionees being very sensible of great and almost endless troubles likely to ensue to divers of the proprietors unless they will, to their great loss and damage, yield up their just and lawful right to such as will unjustly encroach upon them, do therefore humbly request the Honorable Court to appoint a new Commit- tee to lay out all the said field according to the original record of the town, as the former General Court did appoint, and also to set down leading stakes for the just lines, as need shall require. And now hope that the Honored General Court will not make difficulty about granting our peti- tion because of the present aspect of things, for we do not desire a new grant or title of land, but a settling of us in a judicious way according to the rules of righteousness and peace, upon what was our ancient right and property. And we do the more earnestly .desire this favor of the Honored

General Court at this time, because it changes threatened consequences ; contentions and divisions about limits and bounds of land will inevitably be an aggravation of our trouble,—but not to trouble the Honored Court with a multiplicity of words, we subscribe ourselves your humble suppli- ants and servants. JOHN KILBUREN, Sen'r. JOSHUA ROBINS, SAM'L WELLES, ELEAZER KIMBERLY, EPHRAIM GOODRICH. Weihersfleld, October 13, 1677."

The Response to the above Petition was made by " a Gen- eral Court held at Hartford, October 13, 1687," at which Gov. Treat presided. It was ordered that " upon the petition of John Kilborn, &c, that this Court would appoint a Commit- tee to settle the bounds of their lands on the east side of the Great River at Naubuck, This Court do therefore order and appoint Serjt. John Deming, Deac. Samuel Butler, Serjt. John Wells and Ensign Samuel Wright, to attend the said

service and perfect the same according to the first and origin- al Grants as near as they can, to begin at the south side of

Capt. Talcott's lott and so to proceed as there is occasion."

"Nov. 27, 1578. Mr. Gershom Bulkley [minister] had granted to him one hundred and fifty acres of land joyning to his land in his present pos- sesion by his mill. Serjeant Kilburne, Mr. Eleazer Kimberly, Serjt. John Deming and Ensigne Welles are appointed, they or ye most part thereof, to lay out the same." —

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Sergt. Kilbourn was married to Naomi , in 1650 ; she died, October 1, 1659, leaving three children, viz., John, Thom-

as, and Naomi. He then married Sarah , by whom he had Ebenezer, Sarah, George, Mary, Joseph, and Abra-

ham. He departed this life on the 9th of April, 1703, in his 79th year—or, as the Wethersfield Record quaintly expresses it, "of his age about 80 years, as nigh as could be come at." Sarah, his widow, died on the 4th of December, 1711, " aged

70 years, or something more," as the record has it.


" I, John Kilbourn, Senior, of Wethersfield, in the County of Hart- ford, in his majesties Territories of New England, yeoman, being at pres- ent firme in my senses and understanding, do appoint this my last Will

and Testament, in manner following : Imp's. I bequeath my Soul into the hands of my most mercifull Redeemer, hopeing for his merit's sake to find acceptance with God, and a Joyfull Resurrection, my body to be buried in a Christian manner according to the discretion of mine Execu- tors hereinafter named.—I give and bequeath to my Sonn, John Kilbourn, besides what I have formerly given and settled on him, and on his heirs and assignes, my whole right and title to that Tract of Land sometime since

parchased of the Indians, on the East side of the great River ; also I give to my said Sonn, John, my great bible and one great booke of Mr. Perkins his works.—I give and bequeath to my Sonn, Thomas Kilbourn, and to his heirs and assignes forever, the remainder of my Land in Naubuck, both meadow, swamp, and uppland, and Six pounds in Current Country pay, to be paid by my Executors hereafter named within two years after my decease. —I give and bequeath to my daughter, Naomi Hale, (besides what I have formerly given her,) my Silver beaker and one pair of Sheets, to be delivered her by my Executors at my decease. My will is that my present Loveing wife, Sarah Kilbourn, shall enjoy and possess one half of my houseing and Home lott abutting on the broad street East, and one third part of my Lands lyeing on the west side of the great River, dureing the time of her najurall Life. —I give to my Sonn, Ebenezer Kilbourn, and to his heirs and assignes forever, one half of my houseing and home lott facing against the broad street, to be to him and to his heirs or assignes, at my decease, and the other half of the same to him and to his heirs or assignes forever, at the decease of his mother, Sarah Kilbourn. Also one half of mine Eight acree Lott at the pond at the Upper end of the great Meadow, and one fourth part of my Land in the Wett Swamp, and one fourth part of my Long Lott at the Town's End. That is to say, ha or his heirs or assignes to enjoy two thirds of those lands at my decease, and the rest at the decease of his mother aforesaid.—I give and bequeath to my daughter, Sarah Crane, (besides what I have already given her,) the Sum of fifteen pounds, in goods, corn, or Chattells, to be apprized as Country pay, to be paid within two years after my decease.—I give and bequeath to my Sonn, George Kilbourn, my house and Home lott faceing against Bell Lane, which I have purchased of my Sonn Ebenezer, and one half of my Eight acree Lott at the upper end of the great meadow, and one fourth part of my Land in the Wett Swamp, and one fourth part of my Long Lott at the Town's End. That is to say, he to enjoy two thirds of those lands at the age of Twenty and one ye ars. And he, my said Sonn George, his heirs or assignes, to enjoy and possess the rest forever at the Generation II.] KILBOURN. [19 decease of his mother, Sarah Kilbourn. I also give my said Sonn George, one silver Spoon marked GM: G K, provided he shall pay Tenn pounds to my daughter, Mary Kilbourn, in Country pay, within four years after my decease, and Twenty shillings in like Country pay to his brother, Thomas Kilbourn, within the same time.—I give and bequeath to my daughter, Mary Kilbourn, the Summ of Thirty and Eight pounds in Country pay, whereof her brother George is to pay tenn pounds as above exprest, and Twenty and Eight pounds to be paid to her by my Executors hereafter named, in goods or Chattells apprized as Country pay, within two years after my decease, or after her marriage.—I give and bequeath to my Sonn, Joseph Kilbourn, and to his heirs or assignes forever, the one half of my Land at the Whirlpools in the great Meauow, and half my Land at Mile Meadow, and half my Land at Beaver Meadow, and one fourth part of my Land at Wett Swamp, and one fourth part of my Long Lott at the Town's End. That is to say, he, his heirs or assignes, to enjoy two thirds of those Lands at the age of Twenty and one years, and the rest at his mother's decease ; he also shall pay twenty shillings to his brother, Thomas Kilbourn, within one year after he enjoys the same.—I give and bequeath to my Sonn, Abraham Kilbourn, and to his heirs or assignes forever, half my Land at the Whirlpools in the great meadow, and half my Land at Mile Meadow, and half my Land at Beaver Meadow, and one fourth part of my Land at Wett Swamp, and one fourth part of my Lott at the Town's End. That is to say, he as aforesaid to enjoy two thirds of said Lands at the age of Twenty and one years, and the rest at his moth- er's decease ; also, one heiffer, he paying Twenty shillings to his brother, Thomas Kilbourn, in Country pay, within one year after he shall possess the same. I give to those two last named Sonns, vizt., Joseph and Abra- ham, my Fifty Acree Lott in the Equall Division, to be to them, their heirs

or assignes forever ; my will is that they divide the same equally between them.—Lastly, I give and bequeath all the rest of my Moveable Estate, goods, Corn, or Chattells, whatsoever, to my Loveing wife, Sarah Kilbourn, Shee paying all my just debts and Legacies. And I do nominate and ap- point my said beloved wife and my Sonn Ebenezer to be the Executors of my last Will and Testament, to whome I give the power of dividing my Lands to my Sonns respectively, as above exprest. In witness that this is my last Will and Testament, revokeing and makeing void all former Wills whatsoever, I have here unto set my hand and seal, this twenty- fourth day of September, in the yeare of our Lord, One Thousand Six Hundred and Eighty Eight, and in the fourth yeare of the reign of our Sovereign Lord, James the Second, by the Grace of God King of England, Scotland, France and Ireland, &c. JOHN KILBOURN. [seal.] Signed, Sealed and Delivered in presence of the Witnesses, Samuell Boreman, Samuell Butlar. 20] KILBOURN. [Generation III.



OHN, (ancestor of all the Kilbourns of the Glastenbury branch,) was born in Wethersfield

on the 15th of February, 1651 ; married Susan-

nah , on the 4th of March, 1673, and soon after settled " on the east side of the great river," in what was then called Naubuck, now Glastenbury. He was admitted a freeman on the 13th of October, 1681. On the list of town officers of Glastenbury his name frequently occurs. He was "fence-viewer for the east side of the great river," in 1685,

1689, &c. ; a Townsman or Selectman in 1693 and 1708; a Constable in 1697, 1702 and 1705 ; a Lister in 1710. He was also one of the Grand Jurors of Hartford county in 1695 1703, and at other timss. That the subject of this sketch was a Puritan, and one of

" the strictest of the sect," is evinced by various documents on record, and especially so by the preamble to his Will, which most strikingly exhibits his faith and piety. On the 22d of October, 1692, (soon after the settlement of the Rev. Timothy Stevens, the first minister of Glastenbury.) he gave a parcel of " land for a parsonage, as follows : I, the said John Kilburn, for divers causes and considerations him thereunto moving, and chiefly and principally for the good affection that he beareth unto Timothy Stevens of the said Town and place, and to promote his settlement in the work of the Ministry of the Gos- pel, in the said town of Glassonbury, hath given," &c. ; said land was " bounded east, west, and north, on his land, and south on his Father's Serjt. John Kilburn's land," &c.

Jan. 9, 1692-3. " Serjt. Samuel Wells, Joseph Smith, and John Kilburn, were appointed a Committee to carry on the whole work of building the said house for the Rev. Mr. Ste- phens." Generation HI,] KIL BOURN. [21

" At a Town meeting held at Glastonbury, March 22, 1696,

It was Voted, that John Kilburn should have' half a mile square of Land adjoining to the Candlewood plain."

The following is the list of Grand Jurors of Hartford coun- ty, appointed and sworn April 1, 1695, viz.—Deac. John Wilson, William Pitkin, John Catlin, George Griswold, Ben- jamin Newbury, Samuel Gibbs, Henry Buck, Ebenezer Kit- bourn, Thomas Porter, John Hart, Peter Buel, John Hall, John Kilbourn, Timothy Stanley, Daniel Cone.

The annexed petition to the General Court, containing the names of John Kilbourn, of Glastenbury, and two of his brothers, is well worthy of preservation here, manifesting, as it does, a filial attachment to and preference for their own Government, over that of a colony which was under the rule of a Royal Governor.

" To the Honorable General Assembly set at Hartford, May 11, 1682. The Petition of Richard Smith, Benjamin Crane, Jun'r., Edward Benton John Brownson, Thomas Marshall, John Hunniwell, Caleb Benjamin, Sam- uel Smith, Joseph Smith, Ezekiel Buck, John Waddams. Will Tryon, John Kilburne, Jun'r., Thomas Kilburne, Ebenezer Kilburne, Daniel Bourman, Jonathan Bourman, Jonathan Belden, John Taylor, Samuel Taylor, Jona- than Colafoxie, Peter Blin, Joseph Curtis, Thomas Hale, John Hale, Al- exander Keny, John Hollister, Will Taylor, John Morris, and Samuel Ba- ker—Humbly Shew.eth ; That whereas some of your petitioners and some other persons have lately taken a view of the Wabaquasset Country in or- der to the Discovery and settlement of a plantation there, and do appre- hend that a competent plantation may there be found—Your petitioners do

Note.—The following extracts from the Glastenbury Records will show the regard which our pious ancestry had for the support of the institutions of religion and learn. ing, even in the wilderness. " Samuel Loveman began to beat the drume the first Sabbath in April], 1701,

which was the 6 : day of the month." This was the manner of calling people to church on the Sabbath and on ' lecture day,' before the introduction of bells to the houses of public worship.

July 1. 1*01. "The Selectmen of Glastenbury hired Robbord Poog to be School master for this Towne, and the town is to give him three pound a quarter for the first quarter, and two pounds for the second quarter if the town see cause to improve him the second quarter, and keep his horse and find him board during his keeping school." " Robbard Poog began to keep school this 7th day ofJuly 1701 ; his pay is money."

" A General Court held at Hartford, May 8, 1690. Whereas the inhabitants of the Town of Wethersfield on the East side of Connecticut River, by the consent of the inhabitants of the said Town, did petition this Court that they maybe a Town- ship by themselves on the East side of Connecticut River, and may have liberty to provide a Minister for themselves, which the town having granted to their neighbors on the east side—This Court see reason to grant their petition, and advise them to be cautious how they improve it, and that they shall pay their full proportion to all pub- lic charge to said Wethersfield, until they shall have a good Orthodox Minister set- tled amongst them there on the oast side of the Connecticut River in Wethersfield. Extracted out of the Court Records, October 30, 1690. pr. JOHN ALLYN, Sec'y." — ;

22] KILBOURN. [Generation HI- therefore humbly request that this Assembly will please to grant unto them and such as shall join with them, a Township (or lands for a Town,) ten miles square ; and also afford them such other instructions and privileges as may enlarge and enable them the better to go through the difficulties of such an Inland plantation as that will be. And forasmuch as it is doubtful whether the land which they have discovered and on which they desire to settle, will fall within this Colony or the Bay, and your petitioners are not willing to remove themsesvles from under this Government, they do there- fore further request that this Honorable Assembly will please to take some course to settle the line between this Colony and the Bay ; which being done, (and not before) they shall adventure, (if it fall within this Colony,) with this Assembly's leave, to proceed upon the aforementioned under- taking. And your petitioners shall ever pray." Lands, Vol. 1 195, in the

Secretary of State's office. At a Court of Election held at Hartford, May 11, 1682, the above petition was " referred to the Governor and Council, to make answer thereto." What answer was given, does not appear. The Kilbourns, however, never removed to that "new country"—one of them having lived and died in Glas- tenbury, one in Hoccanum, and one in Wethersfield.

Susannah, his wife, died October, 1701, aged 50 ; and on the 12th day of May, 1702, he was married to Elizabeth, daugh- of John Mitchell, of Hartford. He departed this life on the

25th of November, 1711 ; his wife, Elizabeth, d. June 8, 1718. The children of John and Susannah were, Susannah, John Ebenezer, Jonathan, Benjamin, David, and Abraham.


" In the name of God, Amen. I, John Kilboukn, Sen'r., of the Town of Glastenbury, in the County of Hartford, in the Colony of Connecticut, in New England. Knowing that it is appointed for men once to die, and considering the uncertainty as to the time of death, withall knowing it to be the Will of God, who in his tender visitation calls upon me to set my house in order before I die, and I being (though weak in body) yet of perfect and sound understanding and memory, and of disposing mind, Praise be to Al- mighty God, Do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form following. I commend my soul into the hands of Al- mighty God, hoping through the merits of Christ to obtain free pardon of all my sins and to inherit Eternal Life, and my body I commit to the Earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executors hereafter named and concerning my outward Estate, since the Earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof, to him therefore belongs the Praise that I possess in ihis kind, and as for the portion thereof that he hath given me, it is my mind and Will that after my decease, the same may be disposed of as followeth. Imprimis. I Will that my just debts and funeral charges, be well and truly paid and discharged. Item. I give and bequeath to my beloved Wife, Elizabeth Kilbourn, the sole benefit and improvement of my Dwelling House, and the improvement of three quarters of my Barn, as also the use and improvement of three quarters of my meadow and uplands, with the Generation III.] KTL BOURN. [23 use and benefit of my Orchard, all being in Glastenbury aforesaid, and she to have the use of the same during- her natural life. I also give unto my said Wife, the one half of my movable estate, also all the Estate that was her own before I married her, to be forever at her own use and disposal. I also give to my said Wife, one Cow, also so much of my provisions of all 6orts whatsoever, as may be for her comfortable subsistance the year en- suing:. Item. I give unto my son, John Kilbourn, all my Land that is Eastward of the Land that I give to my son David, That is to say, the East End of my farm in Glastenbury aforesaid, bounded upon my said son Da- vid's land West, and undivided land East, lands of Thomas Kilbourn, Sen., South, and lands of Samuel Hale, North, to be to him my said son John, and to his heirs and assigns forever. I also give unto my said son John, Mr. Perkins' Book, with a share of my other small hooks, 10 be at his own disposing forever. Item. I give unto my son, Ebenezer Kilbourn, Mrs. Taylor's book on Titus, a share in the small books, a share of the move- ables, to be at his own disposing forever—having regard to what movea- bles he hath already had. Item. I give unto my son, Jonathan Kilbourn, all my labor which I laid out upon the lands in Colchester, which he now possesses and enjoys, vizt., the clearing of three acres of land, with all the Posts and rails, and a Frame, to be to him and to his heirs and assigns for- ever. Also Mr. Elton's Sermon book, with a share of my small books and remaining moveables, having regard to what moveables he hatb already had. Item. I give unto my son, Benjamin Kilbourn, my pasture land, butting East upon a highway lately laid out by the Town, if said Highway is im- proved, but if not, to butt upon my said son David's lot, and West upon my upland field, North upon the said Samuel Hale, and South upon Joseph Hill, Sen. —Provided he returns home to settle upon it, and if he return not home, and settle as aforesaid, then the same shall be equally divided between my four sons, viz., John, Ebenezer, David and Abraham, to be to them and their heirs forever. I also give unto my said son, Benjamin, Mrs. Hooker's book, with a share of my moveables, to be at his disposal forever. Item. I give unto my said son, David Kilbourn, one half mile in length of my said Farm in Glastenbury, to butt West upon said Highway lately laid out by the Town as aforesaid, if said Highway be improved, if not, then to butt upon my said pasture hereby given to my said son Benjamin, and to extend Eastward half a mile, butting East upon land I now give to my said son John, North upon said Samuel Hale, and South on said Thomas Kil- bourn and partly upon said Joseph Hill, to be to him and to his heirs and assigns forever. I also give my said son David, my Great Bible and a share of my moveables, to be to his disposing forever. Item. I give to my son Abraham Kilbourn, my Dwelling House, Barn and Orchard, with all my meadow land within said Town of Glastenbury, and my upland from the pasture aforesaid to the meadow, to be to him and to his heirs forever, after my said Wife shall be deceased, he having the use of one quarter part of my said House, Barn, Orchard, Meadow and Upland, during her natural life, if she needeth it not for her comfortable subsistance. I also give unto my said son Abraham, Mrs. Fox's book of Time, &c, and Mrs. Doolittle's book of the Lord's Supper, with a share of the moveables, to be at his dis-

posing forever, and also my Horse Colt, to be to him forever. Further, it is my mind and Will, That such of my Children as have their share of my Housing and lands, may sell their shares to none, save to other or some other of their Brethren. Further it is my mind and Will that my Debts be paid by my Executors in manner following, (viz.,) one half of my move- ables being set out to my beloved Wife, in such things as may be most for her comfort and subsistance, my debts to be paid out of the remaining part or half, and when my debts are paid, what remains of moveable Estate to be equally divided between my aforementioned sons, Ebenezer, Jonathan,. —— :

24] KILBOURN. [Generation III.

Benjamin, David and Abraham, always accounting that what estate my said Wife brought with her when I married her, be not deemed my Estate. And further, it is my Will, that my said sons, Benjamin, David and Abra- ham, shall yield a convenient way for Horse and man, to, and from, and through, each others' Land, as well for their advantage as for the advan- tage and ease of my said son John, that he may pass to his Land, which in this my Last Will and Testament, I have given unto him, unless the aforesaid Highway laid out lately by the Town shall be improved for that end, and then if the Town shall make use of that Highway, my son David shall only and alone be obliged to yield to John a convenient way for horse and man, to his own land as aforesaid. Further it is my Will, that my son John shall not deter or hinder any of my other sons from cutting and car- rying off of wood from his land, so long as the same shall lie unfenced. Lastly, I appoint my beloved Wife, and my beloved son Abraham Kilbourn, to be my Executors of this my last Will and Testament' In testimony that this is my last Will and Testament, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this fifth day of December, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ten, and in the ninth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lady Anne, Queen over England, &c. JOHN KILBORN, Sen. [seal] Signed and Sealed in the presence of Samuel Smith, Mary Smith, Philip Alco*ck.

2. Sergt. THOMAS was born in Wethersfield in 1653, and settled at Hoccanum, on the east side of the river, then within the limits of the town of Hartford. His wife was a daughter of William Hills of Glastenbury. He was a land- " holder in Hartford as early as 1677 ; and was Surveyor for

the East side of the Great River "in 1684, 1689, and 1702 ; he was also a fence.viewer, Selectman, Grand Juror, &c.

"At a Town Meeting held in Hartford, Dec'r 19th, 1700 Voted the Selectmen, Zechariah Sanford, Mr. Nath'l Hooker, Mr. Ichabod Wells, John Merrill, Sen'r, Serjeant Thomas

Kilbourn." Town Records, Vol. 1, p. 277.

" Grand Jurors appointed and sworn for the County of

Hartford, for the year 1703, are as followeth, vizt. : John Marsh, Sen., John Shepard, Sen., and Thomas Kilbourn, in

Hartford ; Lieut. Benjamin Churchill and Samuel Bourman, in Wethersfield ; Lieut. Job Drake, Henry Styles and Henry

Wolcott, in Windsor ; Samuel Porter and Samuel Brunson, in Farmington ; Izariah Wetmore, in Middletown ; John

; Samuel Humphrey, in Simsbury Kilbourn, in Glastenbury ;

Robert Hibbard, in Windham ; and Thomas Hickock, in Waterbury." Colony Records.

He died in 1712, leaving no Will. The only children men- Generation m.] KIL BOURN. [25

tioned in the settlement of his estate were, John, (the admin- istrator,) and Thomas, Jr.

NAOMI, was married to Thomas Hale, in Wethersfield, Oct. 30, 1679, by Capt. John Chester, Commissioner. Her children were, Naomi, Mary, Thomas, (b. Sept. 17, 1684,) and Timothy.

3. EBENEZER, was born in Wethersfield in 1665, and was married to Grace Bulkley, daughter of Peter Bulkley, on 20th of September, 1692, by Samuel Willis, Esq. He was a Grand Juror for Hartford County in 1678, 1702, 1705, and at other times.

" Att a Town Meeting held in Wethersfield, August ye 10th, 1694, were chosen Listers for this present yeare,—Benjamin Churchill, Ebenezer Kilbourn, John Stodart and John Riley."

"Dec. ye 17th, 1694. Agreement made between the Se- lectmen of ye town of Wethersfield in ye behalf of ye town, and Ebenezer Kilbourn of ye aforesaid Wethersfield: Know ye that Ebenezer Kilbourn has taken ye plain gate to make and maintain in good repair, and also a full length offence on

ye south and a short length offence on ye north of ye gate ; ye said Kilbourn dos covenant for himself and his successors, that they and each of them shall from time to time and at all times make and maintain ye aforesaid gate, posts, Iron and fence, in good repair. In consideration whereof the Select- men in ye behalf of ye town, free said Kilbourn from making and maintaining nine rods and a quarter of meddow fence, which said fence was part of his or his father's proportion to make and maintain for lands included within ye meddow

fence ; to the true performance of which we doe subscribe our names ye day above written. EBENEZER KYLBORN. Michel Griswold, John Curtis, Selectmen. Wm. Warner,


He was chosen Constable, Dec. 23, 1706, and Dec. 25

1707 ; and Surveyor, Dec. 18, 1710. 26] KILBOURN. [Generation III

He died (without a Will) no the 16th of December, in the year 1711.

SARAH, was married to Joseph Crane, December 16, 1684. Her children were Sarah, Hannah, Benjamin, Joseph, Hester and David.

4. GEORGE, was born in Wethersfield in 1668. May 16the, 1689, he was married to Abigail, daughter of Capt. Tho. Atwood, by Samuel Talcott, Assistant. Their children —George, Israel, Abigail, Hezekiah, and Pelatiah. He was

chosen a Grand Juror, September 5, 1704, and for several succeeding years until 1714, when he refused any longer to serve in that capacity.

" April 19, 1703. A committee of ye old society in Weth- ersfield, and George Kilbourn, agreed to divide ye fence be-

tween said Kilbourn's Home lott and ye burying ground."

"December 14, 1709. Capt. Thomas Wells, Sergt. John Curtis and Mr. George Kilbourn, are chosen aComette for the settlement of the Line with our Neighbors of Hartford, be- tween the stone F N in penny wise and the great River."

" December 24, 1712. George Kilbourn was chosen Sur-

veyor of Lands for the year ensuing." " At same meeting it was voted yt Lieut. Churchill, Sergt. Latimore and George Kilborn shall be a Comitte to Run and settle ye Line between ye Westfield Lots and ye Comon or Sequestered Land."

1714. " Whereas George Kilborn refusing to take the Grand Juror's oath, Joshua Robbins, 3d, was chosen one of the Grand Jurors in his room, and took the oath at the same time with Sergt. Will Burnham."

"December 30, 1717. Also, then voted that Mr. George

Kilbourn shall have ye whole power to seat all persons in ye meeting house in Wethersfield."

His will bears date April 16, 1739 ; the amouut of his in- ventory, taken after his decease, was £1604: 0:4. A part of his property he bequeathed to his grand-children Hez- ekiah, Keturah, and George. Generation HI.] K I LB O URN. [27

The inscription upon his tombstone, which is still standing in " the Wethersfield graveyard, is as follows : Here lies the

Body of Mr. George Kilborn, who died February 8, 1741.

in the 73 year of his age." Abigail his wife died Feb. 8, 1739-40, aged 71.


5. JOSEPH was born in Wethersfield about the year

1672, and was married to Dorathy, daughter of Deac. Sam-

uel Butler, June 4, 1696, by Capt. John Chester, Commission- er. She having died on the 19th of August, 1709, he was

married, a second time, to Hester, daughter of Jacob Gibbs, of Windsor, June 29, 1710, by Col. Mathew Allyn, Assistant. The children of Joseph and Dorathy were, Dorathy, Joseph,

Jonathan and James ; the children of Joseph and Hester were, Benjamin, Hester, Elizabeth and Mary.

He was one of the first settlers of Litchfield, and one of the founders of the Presbyterian church in that town. He was admitted an inhabitant of L. on the 12th of December, 1721, and at the next annual Town Meeting, (holden Dec. 17, 1722,) he was chosen a Selectman, his celleagues being John Stod- der and Nathaniel Horsford. At an adjourned meeting hold, en on the 26th of the same month, he was appointed, with tw others, " a committee for building the meeting-house." He served his fellow-townsmen in various offices, and occasional- ly as Moderator of their town meetings, until his death.

For the following accounts of the lands of Joseph Kilborn^ and their location, I am indebted to Geo. C. Woodruff, Esq., the Post Master of Litchfield.

Samuel Lewis and John Man were original proprietors of the town of Litchfield, owning each one-sixtieth part of the township. Jan. 11, 1719-

'20, Lewis conveyed his right to Thomas Treadway ; and Dec. 8, 1721, Treadway conveyed the same to Joseph Kilbourn, a part of which right had already been surveyed and set out, viz., a fifteen acre home-lot on the cor- ner where the County House and Jail now stand, and extending north 80 —

K I LB O URN. [Generation IIL rods, (probably to about where Miss Pierce's house now stands,) and west thirty rods in breadth ; also, a twenty acre division on the corner above, where Rev. Dr. Beecher formerly resided, extending north fifty-four rods and west sixty rods. July 30, 1720, John Man conveyed his right to James Pike, and May 23, 1722, Pike conveyed the same to Joseph Kilborn. Our East and West street formerly run straight westerly till it came to a highway once running north past the dwelling of Mr. Alfred Peck. The corner lot was bounded south by the street running west through our vil- lage, and west on the highway running north from Peck's, and was survey- ed to Joseph Peat ; and the lot next east, being 30 rods in width and ex- tending north 80 rods, was surveyed to Man, by him conveyed to Pike, and by Pike to Joseph Kilborn. The 20" acre division belonging to Joseph Kilborn, under Man's right,

r w as bounded east on Bantam river and south on highway ; it embraced the land lying north of the East Burying-Ground—the Burying-Ground lying mostly in the original highway. Joseph Kilborn having thus purchosed the original rights of Lewis and

Man, had sundry lots surveyed to him under those rights ; each right entitled him to something like seven hundred acres of land. The surveys next after the 20 acre divisions, were lots of 60 acres each. 60 acres were setoff to Joseph Kilborn on the hill west of "Butternut brook ;" 60 acres on and east of the east branch of Bantam river, "at a place called Lock Hill;" 100 acres half a mile eastward of the south end of the Great Pond ; 100 acres " on the east side of Bantam river." I cannot more particularly state the location of these lands. Sundry smaller divisions were made from time to time, and Joseph Kilborn purchased from time to time of others. It is pro- bable that the whole of his rights were not surveyed to him during his life.

He owned considerable land in Fat Swamp ; 20 acres on Chestnut Hill, bought of Culver, &c, &c.

In relation to the place of residence of Joseph Kilborn, I find that on the 1 9th of October, 1723, he conveyed to Joseph Kilborn, Jr., " half of that home-lot which my dwelling house slandelh upon, bounded as followeth south upon my own land, east upon the highway, north upon Wm. Good- rich, and west upon John Buel." This was the home-lot on the County House corner.

His Will, (omitting the preamble, which is very similar in form to those already printed,) bears date " in the Eleventh year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord, George the Seeond. 1737," Anno Domini, and is as follows ;

" Imp's. I give and bequeath to Esther K., by dearly be- loved Wife, my gray pacing mare, and one milch cow.

" Item. I give and bequeath to my three daughters, Dor- athy wife of Joseph Birge, Esther wife of Samuel Smedley, and Elizabeth wife of Isaac Catlin, Ten Shillings apiece, that being the complement of what I design for their portion of my estate.

" Item. I give and bequeath to my son, Jonathan Kilborn, Twenty Acres of land, viz., the last Twenty Acre Division granted and drawn for upon the right of land in Litchfield. :

Generation III.] K I LB O URN. [29

" Item. I give and bequeath to my two sons, Joseph and

James Kil born, their heirs and assignes, all the remaining part ofmy estate, both real and personal, to be equally divided be-

tween them, the said Joseph and James Kilborn ; always pro- vided that they, the said Joseph and James Kilborn, shall comfortably and decently provide for me and my wife both in sickness and health, for the whole term of our naturall lives.

Furthermore, I do hereby constitute and appoint my two sons, Joseph and James Kilborn, Executors of this my last Will and Testament, and I do by these presents disallow and re- voke all other former Wills and Testaments, ratifying and confirming this and no other, as my last Will and Testament, in virtue whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above mentioned. JOSEPH KYLLBORN." [seal.]

The above Will was " witnessed " by Rev. Timothy Col- lens, Elizabeth Collens, and Thomas Lamson ; and was prov- ed before the Court in 1744, which renders it probable that Joseph Kilborn died in that year.

6. ABRAHAM, was born at Wethersfield in 1675, and was married on the 26th of October, 1699, to Sarah, daugh- ter of Mr. John Goodrich, by Rev. Stephen Mix. His chil- dren were Samuel, Sarah and Abraham.

"Jan. ye 14, L696-7. Lands belonging to Abraham Kil- burn and unto his heirs and assignes forever, Lying in Weth- ersfield on Connecticut River, which he had by Deed of Gift from his father, Serjt. John Kilburn, as itt appears by his Deed dated Dec. 12th, 1696, signed and sealed by Serjt Kil- burn, and witnessed by John Chester and Jonathan Belding, and acknowledged by Capt. John Chester, Commissioner One piece lying in Middle Pasture in the west field—the ends abutt on Serjt. John Kilburn east, and a highway west, on Joseph Kilburn north, and Daniel Borman south. Another piece lying in the Woods, is part of that Land which fell to Serjt. K. in the division of Land in 1698—the ends abutt on the Common east and west, the sides against Lands of Eben- ezer Kilburn north, and David Baldoff(?) south." ;

SO] KILBOURN. [Generation III.

Town Meeting, Wethersfield.—"Dec. ye 20, 1708. Clark Borman, Serjt. Samuel Buck, and Abraham Kilborn, were chosen Listers for ye next yeare."

He departed this life, March 9, 1712-3 ; and the Inventory on his estate was taken on the 27th of the month following. Among the items mentioned in his inventory, are, "arms and ammunition," " two horses and a mare," " one mansion house," " English Goods to be sold," " carpenters' tools," etc. from the two last mentioned items, it may be inferred that he was both a merchant and a carpenter. «n

Generation VI.] KILBOURN. [31

JJRB-»TSMffX0V $v.


Susannah b. Feb 4, 1674, and d. May 7, 1685.

1. JOHN, b. in Glastenbury, Oct. 30, 1676 ; m. Sarah Kim- berly, Jan. 25, 1699. His children were Samuel, John, Sarah, and Benjamin. He was chosen a Surveyor of Glastenbury in 1710. Sarah his wife d. Dec. 25, 1713. He removed to Springfield, Mass.

2. EBENEZER, b. in Glastenbury, March 10, 1679; m. Sarah Fox in 1698, and had children, Susannah, Ebenezer, Richard, Sarah, Josiah, Elizabeth, Gideon, Ames, Naomi, and

David ; Sarah, his wife, having died Oct. 18, 1714, he m. Eliz- abeth Davis, of Hartford, May 4, 1715, and by her had sons, James, Thomas, (and probably) John, Benjamin, and Ger- shom— the three last named being b. in Morris county, N. J., where Ebenezer (the father) d. about 1732.

3. JONATHAN, b. in Glastenbury, Sept. 17, 1681, and settled in Colchester in 1707, where he was living- in 1755. He had children, Jonathan, Hannah, and Hezekiah.

4. BENJAMIN, b. March 30, 1684. He probably died previous to 1713—as the estate of his brother David, who died that year, was divided between his brothers John, Ebenezer,

Jonathan and Abraham ; no mention being made of him, who would, if living, have been entitled by law to a share.

DAVID, b. Feb. 25. 1687 ; d. 1713, leaving no descen- dants.

5. ABRAHAM, b. in Glastenbury, August 25, 1691, and was m. to Sarah, daughter of John Mitchell, of Hartford, June

5, 1712. Their children were Mitchell* Abraham, and Eliza- 32] KILBOURN. Generation IV.

t beth : Sarah, his wife, d. Oct. 3, 1710, and he m. Mary, daugh- ter of Rev. Samuel Tudor, of Windsor, and by her had Jo- seph, Sarah, and Lucy. Mary, his second wife, d. Aug. 5, 1751, and on the 23d of the April following, he m. Abigail House. He served for several years in the various capacities

of Selectman, Lister, Town Treasurer, &c. ; he was a Rep- resentative from Glastenbury to the General Court, in 1721,

1730, and 1756. Died in 1770. '


6. THOMAS, b. at Hockanum about 1677, and was mar- ried to Hannah, daughter of Joseph Hills, of Glastenbury,

Feb. 1, 1699. Their children were, Thomas, Hannah, Su-

sannah, Dorothy, and Mabel. Died Oct. 8, 1712.

7. JOHN, b. at Hockanum, (now East Hartford,) and was admitted a freeman at Hartford in 1713. His children were Mary, Sarah, Susannah, and John.

Mary, b. 1686, Naomi b. 1693. 8. SAMUEL, b. 1696.


Grace, b. June 25, 1693, married a Goodrich.

9. Lieut. EBENEZER, born in Wethersfield, March 27, 1696, and was m. to Eunice, daughter of Thomas Hale, of Glastenbury, Jan. 28, 1717, by Rev. Timothy Stevens. Their children were Eunice, Timothy, Mary, Anna, and Happy. He was a Grand Juror in 1740, and a Lister in 1743.

Town Meeting, Wethersfield, Dec. 1st, 1739.—" Att said meeting Messrs. Samuel Steel, Elizur Goodrich, Ebenezer Kilbom, Ebenezer Belding, Stephen Williams, and Ephraim Deming, were chosen Agents to prosecute such as cutt wood and timber on the Town Commons, contrary to the Lawes of the Colony and the Votes of the Town, and at the cost of the Town."

T'te following is the inscription on his tomb-stone in the grave yard of " Newington parish : Here lies Interr'd the Body of Lieut. Ebenezer Kilburn, who Departed this Life August the 21st, A : D. 1759, In ye 64th year of his Age:' Lieut. ELEAZER, b. in Wethersfield, July 26, 1698; died (without children) in 1761. Generation IV.] KILBOURN, [33

10. JOSIAH, b. in Wethersfield, June 8, 1702, was m. to Ruth, daughter of John Warner, Nov. 27, 1726, by Capt. Josh- ua Robbins, Justice of the Peace. His children were David, Josiah, John, Richard, Ruth, and Elizabeth. His Will bears date, Dec. 17, 1750. Some years after his marriage, he re- moved six miles below Wethersfield village, and settled upon a farm situated in the present town of Berlin, then in Farm- ing'ton, where he died.

DANIEL, born May 5, 1705 ; was married and lived to old age, but left no posterity. He became shiftless, and had an overseer in 17G6.

Margaret, born October 3, 1707.

Sarah, born April 13, 1710 ; married James Norton.

11. GEORGE, born at Wethersfield, Aprii 24, 1712 ; mar- ried Abigail, daughter of Benjamin Judd, of Farming-ton, and had children Joshua, Benjamin, Margaret and Hannah. He died in 1763.


GEORGE, born in Wethersfield, September 14, i690, and and died of the prevailing sickness, January 5, 17ll.

ISRAEL, bom May 5, 1692, died at the age of 7 weeks.

Abigail, bom September 5, 1696.

12. HEZEKIAH, A. M., born in Wethersfield, June 24, 1700. He graduated at Yale College in 1720, in the same class with the elder President Edwards. On the 19th of De- cember, 1722, he was married to Elizabeth, daughter of Capt. Joseph Allen, of New London, by the Rev. Sn phen Mix. Their children were, Katurab, Hezekiah, Elisha, George, Eli-

zabeth , Abigail, Mary, and Martha. He was a tavern-keep- er in Wethersfield in 1753—his tavern standing three or four rods north of the Congregational church in that town.

Graduates of Yale College, of the Class of'1720.—Daniel Turner, M. D.,

Ebonezer Wakeman, A. M., Rev. Thomas White, A. M , Rev. William Billings, A. M., Hon. Daniel Edwards, Judtie Sup. Court, R^v. Jonathan Edwards, Pres't., Rev. Daniel Kirtland, A. M., Samuel Mix, A. M., Hezekiah Kilborn, A. M., Rev. Abraham Nott, A. M., John Walton.

13. PELATIAH, A B., born at Wethersfield, February 7,

1704 ; graduated at Yale College in 1724 ; was married to . V

34] K I L B O U R N [Generation I

Abigail Beeroft, on the l7ih of March, !745, by David Good-

rich, Esq. He lived to old age, and is particularly remember- ed by many of thd aged people in Wethersfield, on account of his antique costume, and his brown wig, the hair of which

hung in heavy curls upon his shoulders. He left no descend- ants.


Dorothy, born in Wethersfield, April 17, 1607, was mar-

ried in Litchfield to Joseph Birge, November 6, 1621, by David, Goodrich, Justice of the Peace. She was the maternal ances- tor of the Birges of Milton, Conn.

14. Capt. JOSEPH, born in Wethersfield, July 9, 1700, and emigrated to Litchfield with his father in 1721, where he married Abigail Stockwell, November 12, 1723. He was at various times chosen to the different offices of Lister and Rate Maker, Collector of Town Rates, Grand Juror, Sealer of

Weights and Measures, Selectman, &c ; and was a Repre- sentative from Litchfield to the Legislature or General Court

at the October Sess ; on, 1752, and at the May Session, 1753. On the formation of the Episcopal Society in Litchfield, he gave

to said Society " one-third of an hundred acre lot, situated in

South Farms." His place of residence was in West street, half a mile from the Court House, nearly opposite the present dwelling-house of S. G. Braman, Esq. He died in 1756, hav-

ing survived his wife about eight years ; his children were, Elisha, Benjamin, Jeremiah, Ruth, Solomon, Charles, Catha- rine, Anna, and Abigail.

Town Meeting, Litchfield, Dec. 10, 1744. —"Voted, to choose a Committee to treat with Mr. Collens about the present difficulty respecting his salary and

absence from the work of the ministry : and Capt John Buel, Capt. Joseph Bird,, Maj. Ebenezer Marsh, Capt. Joseph Sanlbrd, Lieut. Joseph Kilborn, Joseph Birge, Capt. Edward Phelps, and Lieut. Benjamin Webster, were the Committee chosen for the business aforesaid."

15. JONATHAN, born in Wethersfield, March l7, 1703,

removed to Litchfield at the age of eighteen ; was married to

Sarah Dickinson, of W., in 1737, by Rev. Daniel Russel. She died April 6, !739, and on the seventeenth of September, of the ;

Generation IV.] K I L B U R N . [35 following year, he was married to Sarah Bliss, of Windsor, by

Capt. John Bael, J. P. His children were, Jonathan, Elijah, Joseph, Lemuel, and Jehiel.

Town Meeting, Litchfield, April 20, 1755.—" Capt. Moses Stockier, Supply Strong, and Jonathan Kilbom, are chosen a Committee to goe with the Survey- or of the County to the North Line of Litchfield."

16. JAMES, born in Wethersfield, April 13, l707, removed to Litchfield with his father at the age of fourteen. He was married to Sarah Bissell, September l2, 1733. He was a Grand Juror in 1742 and '61, and a Selectman in 1751, '57, &c. For many years he kept a public house of great reputation on the County House corner in the village of Litchfield. He died June 9, 1762, leaving three sons—Roswel], Appleton, and James.

Benjamin, born July 27, 1711, and died at the age of six months.

Esther, born August 4, 1713 ; married Samuel Smedley, of Litchfield, and had children—John, Nehemiah, Jededjah, Esther, Jemima, Samuel, Moses, Ann, Lucina and Joshua.

Elizabeth, born October 19, 1716 ; married Isaac Gatlin,

r of Litchfield ; her children w ere, Elizabeth, Elisha, Isaac and Charles.

Mary, born February 9, 1720.

6. Abraham.

17. SAMUEL, born in Wethersfield, January 25, 1700 removed to Litchfield about 1725 ; married Mary Garrett, The Rev. Isaac Jones, in the Appendix to his Centennial Dis- course on the Anniversary of the formation of the Episcopal So- ciety in Litchfield, calls him "a man of great energy and use- fulness, from whom the Church in that town expected much."

He died December 12, 1748, leaving seven children, viz. : Sarah, Giles, Mary, Cybil, John, Temperance, and Ann. Ma- ry, his wife, died in August, 1778.

May 12, 1733. —" Know ye that we, Joseph Kilbom, Samuel Culver, Joseph

Birge, John Cathn, and Jonathan Kilbom, for and in consideration ot the affec- tion and good will which we have and do bear to Samuel Kilbom, of said

Litchfield, and to encourage him in settling in this Town, have given, granted —

36] KILBOURN. Generation IV,

&G., to him, a certain parcel of land in said Litchfield, to be taken up in the un- divided land of the Thirty Acre Divisions already drawn and granted to each of

us, the quantity hereafter mentioned, viz., Joseph Kilborn, fifteen acres ; Samu- el Culver, three acres; Joseph Birge, six acres; John Catlin, one acre; and Jonathan Kilborn, twelve acres." Land Records.

Sarah, born May 20, 1702.

18. ABRAHAM, born in Wethersfield, April 12, 1708

! removed to Litchfield in early life ; was a Selectman in 746 with Deac. Peter Buel and Capt. Thomas Harrison, and in 1766 with Capt. Oliver Wolcott, Col. Ebenezer Marsh and

Jacob Woodruff, and filled the same office, as well as that of Lister, for several years. He was a Representative from Litch- field to the Legislature at four successive sessions, commencing with the May Session, 1769. His children were, Eunice, Isaac, David, Jesse, Rebecca, and Abraham. Rebecca, his wife, died

June 16, 1767 ; he died February 25, 1776.

" At a meeting of the proprietors of Litchfield, legally warned, held in said Litchfield, January 9th, 1727-8—Upon the Request of Abraham Killborn, of Wethersfield., for the liberty of the stream of Bantam River for a Fulling Mill,

Voted, That he shall have the liberty of the stream of Bantam River for a Full- ing Mill below the corn-mill, where it may be adjudged safe for the owners of tie corn-mill and convenient for a Fulling Mill, the place to be determined by a Committee chosen for that work: And that said Killborn, for his encourage- ment to set qp and carry on the clothing trade amongst us, shall have one acre and a half of Land given to him, to be taken up in that corner which Joseph Kilborn's pike lot abuts, upon the corn-mill pond— Provided, that a Committee chosen for that end, adjudge it may be done without Great Damage to the high- way. Upon this consideration it is granted, that said Killborn set up a FulU ing Mill in said place, within the space of two years from this Instant, January,

1727-8, and keep it in good repair."

[The Fulling Mill erected at Bantam Falls, scon after the above date, by Abrar ham Kilbourn, was the first ever erected in Litchfield county, and was owned and carried on by himself and his descendants for more than one hundred years.]

The following is from the Rev. Mr. Jones' Centennial Address, delivered in St. Michael's Church, Litchfield, Nov 5, 1S45. We are informed by Mr. Jones that the meeting alluded to was held in the house, still standing, owned and oc- cupied by the widow of Mr- Timothy Churchill, (and daughter of the late Capt. Lewis Kilbourn,) situated one mile west of the Court House.

"'Account of the beginning of the conformity to the Church of England, in Litchfield, in the year 1745, which was called on the 5th day of November by J" fob Griswold, Joseph Kilborn, John Davies, James Kilborn, Thomas Lee, —

Generation IV.] KILBORUN. 37

Samuel Kilborn, Abi?l Smith, Joseph Smith, Abraham Kilborn, Elijah Gris- tvoi'd. Isaac Bissell, William Emmons, and Daniel Landon.' This account was copied from the blank leaf of a Bible, owned by Mrs. Debo- rah Plumb, wife of Mr. Ebenezer Plumb, daughter of Elijah Griswold, grand- daughter of Capt. Jacob Griswold, and mother of Rev. Elijah Plumb, an excel- lent minister of the Episcopal Church, who died a few years since at Northum- berland, Pa., beloved and respected by all who were acquainted with him."

[The difficulties arising between ' the Town ' and Mr, Collens, (the first Pres- byterian minister in L.,) are often mentioned in the records of town meetings.]

" At a meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town of Litchfield, Feb. 9, 1746-7 Voted, That the Interest Money arising upon the Bonds for which the Parsonage Right was sold, be towards the Payment of Mr. Collens' Rate for the current year." "In open Town Meeting, James Kilborn, Stephen Smith, Isaac Bissell, Joel Bissell, Thomas Peck, Daniel Landon, Abiel Smith, Elijah Griswold, Joseph Kilborn, Samuel Kilborn, Abraham Kilborn and Henry Gibbs, did protest against the above vote."

A'ote. —As a Member of the Colonial Legislature, Abraham Kilhourn was twice a colleague of Ebenezer Marsh, once of David Welch, and once of Oliver Wol- cott, afterwards Governor and Signer of the Declaration of Independence. 38] K I L B O U R N . [Generation Vi

mswEiiaffMrar Wi

1. JOHN.

i. SAMUEL, borri at Glastenbury, February 13, i70i, re-

in oved to Springfield, and was probably one of the first settlers of Monson, Mass.—See Barber's "Massachusetts Historical Collections:" 'Monson.'

2. JOHN, born at Guilford, Conn., in 1704 • went to Hart- ford in his youth, and there learned the tanning and currying business. From thence in early manhood he removed to Northfield, Mass., where he remained until 1749, when he settled in Walpole, N. H., of which place he was one of the first settlers. Soon after the old French War, he went to Springfield, Vt, but subsequently returned to Walpole, and died there in 1789. He left one son (John,) and three daugh-

ters. For the following interesting article relative to his history and exploits we are indebted to the New Hampshire Historical

1 Collections, (vol. 2, p. 49 ;) and may also be found in " The

Early History of New England," by Rev. Henry While, (p. 107* Concord edition,) and in Thatcher's "Tales of the Indians." » THE HEROES OF WALPOLE.

"The first civilized inhabitant of the present town of Walpole, N. H., was John Kilburn, who settled there in 1749. The large and fertile meadows at

the mouth of Cold River, in that township, slightly covered with tall butter-nut and ancient elm trees, presented an inviting prospect to new colonists, and an easy harvest to the hand of cultivation. Just atbove them, along the easy bank of the Connecticut, was the defile, bounded by steep mountains, which formed the Indian highway to and from Charlestown, the next township. There, too, was the head of shad navigation, the great fishing-ground of the savages from time immemorial. Next below this narrow pass, by the river, and nearer the mead-

ows, is the site of an ancient Indian village, now occupied by a tavern. Next on the south, and bounding the meadows northerly, was Cold River, a small

branch of the main Btream, overshadowed with tall maples and elms. The

meadows themselves were about half a mile in extent ; the Connecticut on their western side, and a semi-circle of woods on the east, with a central round emi-

nence, forty feet high, from which issues at this day a medical spring. It was Generation V."l KILBOURN. here that the adventurous and hardy Kilburn built himself a log hut, and here he inhabited the solitude of the forest for two years, 'without any in- tercourse with friend or foe.

During this time, his life was one continued scene bf danger and hard- ship. He sought opportunities to cultivate the friendship of the Indians, who roamed and prowled in the woods around him ; but in this attempt he was wholly unsuccessful. They avoided him studiously in the day time, and in the night, he soon found that they approached his humble habita- tion for the purpose of dealing him the deadly blow. He was finally obli- ged, in consequence of this state of things, to adept the plan of " camping but" at different places in the woods each night, with nothing but the cold earth for his bed, a bear-skin for his covering, and a cartridge-box for his pillow. In this manner he continued himself to elude the scalping-knives of his lurking enemies, though they not unfrequently visited and plundered his hut in his absence. In 1751, Colonel Benjamin Bellows obtained the charter of Walpole, and began a small settlement on a spot occupied to this day by the buildings of a gentleman of the same name, about a mile south from the establishment

Of Kilburn. There was at this time a fort also on the neighboring town- ship of Number-Four, now called Charlestown. These additions to the power of the whites in this quarter, had an essential influence upon the respect and the fear felt for them by the Indians ; nor was it long before a company of the latter descended the river in their canoes, landed above the falls, and invited their old acquaintance, Kilburn, to trade with them. He accepted their invitation without scruple or hesitancy, Visited their en- campment, bought furs of them, and made them presents of flints, flour and fish-hooks. From this time they continued to hunt, fish and lodge occa- sionally in the neighborhood. The report of their guns, with which the whites had furnished them long ere this, and the smoke of their low wig- wams among the trees, became mingled with the familiar occurrences of daily life.

The affairs of the settlers continued to prosper Until 1753, when the first alarming incident occurred to disturb their security. Two men, by the names of Twitchell and Flint, Who had gone back to the hills, about a mile east of the settlement to procure some ash timber ibr oars, were fired upon and killed by the Indians. One of them Was scalped. The other they barbarously cut open, took out his heart, yet warm, laid it upon his breast, and thus left him to be found by his friends. This massacre was among the first appearances of a rupture of the negotiations for peace pending be- tween England and France, and was the commencement of a new and long series of Indian ravages. It was, moreover, the first christian blood which was spilt in Walpole ; and the impression it produced upon the minds of the settlers was proportionably deep and lasting, The bodies of the mur* .

40] K 1 L B U R N Geneb ation V. dered men were buried near where they were found, in a spot still indica- ted by a ridge of land, on the west side of the road about two miles north Of Walpole village. It was believed by the friends of Twitchell— at least by some of the number—that his guardian spirit continued, as long as his Savage murderers lived, to hover over them, by night and by day, and to warn them of the wiles of the Indians. Even a rock in the Connecticut

river, where he used to fish with never-failing success, was for a long time

held in religious veneration ; and few, it is rumored, of all those who to

this day go to angle from " Twitchell's Rock," return without taking from the stream a generous fry. In the spring of 1755, an Indian by the name of Philip, who had just learned enough of English to be understood, visited Kilburn's log-house, under pretence of being upon a hunting excursion and in want of provis-

ions. He was treated with kindness and furnished liberally with flints,

meal and various Other articles which he asked for. Soon after his de-

parture, it was ascertained that the same Indian had visited all the settle- ments on Connecticut river about the same time, and with the same plaus-

ible story. The conclusion was, with Kilburn and his fellow settlers, that Philip was a scout employed by the enemy. This suspicion was soon after

confirmed by intelligence received at all the forts on the frontier, through a friendly Indian, from Gov. Shirley at Albany. He stated that four or five

hundred of the savages were collected in Canada, whose object it was to butcher the whole white population on Connecticut river. The settlers—and those of Walpole among the number—were startled

by these tidings ; but they were not disheartened. They valued their hard- earned harvests and their solitary homes in the wilderness, humble as they were, too high to leave them from the mere apprehension of danger. They had been accustomed, too, to all the hardships of a rude life; and long had they looked for the time to come', as it came now, when they must defend themselves or die in the cause. Kilburn and his comrades now fortified thair habitations round about by a palisade of stakes, with such other preparations of the same nature as their means allowed. Oh these alone they depended for safety—the near- est garrison, (a force of 100 men,) being a mile distant, at the settlement of Col. Bellows. Measures being thus prudently taken, nothing remained but to wait for the onset of the enemy. On the 17th of August, 1755, Kilburn, and his ssn, in his eighteenth year, a man by the name of Peak, and his son, were returning from work about noon, when one of them suddenly discovered the red legs of Indians among the alders that skirted the mead- ows, as thick, in his own language, " as grass-hoppers." They instantly fled for the house, fastened the doors, and began to make preparations for an Obstinate defence. In this they were assisted as well as encouraged by

Kilburn's wife and daughter Hitty, whose particular charge, however, it was to keep a watch upon the movements of the enemy- Generation V.] KILBOURN. [4J.

In about fifteen minutes the latter were seen crawling up the bank east of the house, and as they crossed the foot-path one by one, one hundred and ninety-seven were counted; about the same number remaining in ambush near the mouth of Cold River. The object of this party was to way-lay Col. Bellows and his men, whom they knew to he working at his mill about a mile east. Before a great while, accordingly, these people came along, each carrying a bag of meal on his back. Presently their dogs began to

growl, and to betray other symptoms of having discovered or suspected an enemy. All this Bellows understood perfectly well, nor was he at a loss in forming his opinions of the state of the case. He had no doubt the Indians were close at hand, in ambush, and he took his measures accordingly. He ordered all his men, about thirty, to throw down their meal, and advance to the rising ground before them, carefully crawl up the bank, spring upon

their feet, give one shout, and instantly drop among the tall sweet fern, which in that place covered the ground.

The maneuvre succeeded ; for as soon as the shout was heard, the In? dians all arose from their ambush in a simi-circle around the path Bel-

lows was to follow. This gave his party a fine chance for a fair shot ; and

they improved it promptly by a general discharge, which so disconcerted

the plans of the Indians, that they darted away in the bushes, without fir- ing a single shot. Perceiving, however, that their party was too numer- ous for his, he ordered his men to file off to the south, and make for the fort. Not long after, these Indians came out upon an eminence east of Kilburn's; house. Here, the ,c old devil," Philip, as he was now generally called—be- ing the same wily savage which had visited Kilburn the season previous

—came forward, secured himself behind a large tree, and called loudly for? those in the house to surrender. " Old John—young John," he cried, " I know you—come out here—we give good quarter !" "Quarter !" shout- ed Kilburn, with a tremendous voice which thrilled through every Indian — !" heart " Quarter ! you black rascals, begone—or we will quarter you Thus disappointed in his application, Philip returned to the main body of his companions. After a few minutes' consultation, the Indian war-

whoop was raised, as if, in Kilburn's rude language, " all the devils had been let loose." Kilburn was nothing daunted by this performance, how- er ; and he even managed to get the first fire, before the smoke of the ene- mies' guns obstructed his aim. He was confident that this discharge brought down an Indian, who, from his extraordinary size, and from othejr Circ*mstances, appeared to be Philip. A moment after, the companions Of

the fallen savage—now mustered in full force—rushed fiercely forward to, the work of destruction; and probably not fewer than "our hundred bullets were lodged in Kilburn's house at the first fire. The roof especially was; made a " perfect riddle-sieve." This leaden shower was kept up for some time, with an incessant blaze and clamor, while detachments of the enemy 42] KILBOURN. Generation V, were amusing themselves with butchering the stray cattle, and destroying the hay and grain in the surrounding meadow. Kilburn and his men, meanwhile, were by no means idle. Their pow- der was already poured into hats for the convenience of loading in a hur- ry, and every thing prepared for a spirited defence or a glorious death,

They had several guns in the house, all of which were kept hot by inces- sant firing through the port-holes j and as they had no amunition to spare, each one took special aim, to have every bullet tell. The women assisted in loading the guns. When the stock of lead grew scanty, they had also the presence of mind to suspend blankets horizontally near the roof of the house, inside, to catch the enemy's balls. These they immediately run into new bullets, if necessary, while the men took it upon themselves to have them returned to the savages with interest,

The latter made several attempts to burst open the doors of the house, but the fire of the brave little band was too hot for them. Most of time, therefore, they endeavored to keep behind stumps, logs, and trees, evident- ly showing, by this management, that they began to feel the force of the remark made to them by Kilburn, as we have seen in the onset. A con-; ^inual firing, however, was kept up on their part until near sundown,

Then they gradually retreated ; and when the sun had sank behind the western hills, the sound of the guns and the cry of the war-whoop died away in silence.

How many of the enemy fell on this occasion, never was ascertained,

Of the little garrison, Peak only was wounded in the hip, by exposing him- self too much before a port-hole j and for want of surgical aid, this proved fatal on the sixth day. The French and Indian war continued until 1763, but the village of Walpole was not afterwards molested in any instance by the enemy. Kilburn united in his character, all that makes a successful warrior. No man had more of ready foresight and prudence—none could be more intrepid and brave. He lived to see his family settled and flourishing, and the fourth generation coming upon the stage. A plain unpolished stone points out the spot in the burying ground of the village, where sleep his mortal remains under this inscription : In memory of JOHN KILBURN, who departed this life for a better, April 8th, 1789, in the 85th year of his age. He was

the first settler of this town, in 1749.

His son, " young John," revisited the scene of his youthful exploits fo: the last time in 1814. He died in 1822, among his children at Shrews

\>WYi Vermont, .

Gbnerat ion V.] Iv I L B U H N [43


3. BENJAMIN, born in Glastenbury, June 10, 1712.


Susannah, born in Glastenbury, February 7, 1699. EBENEZER, born January 1, 1700; married Martha

; died in 1770. He left no children.

4. RICHARD, born February 8, 1702. Sarah, born October 29, 1704.

5. JOSIAH, born May 28, 1706; married Mary . He lived in Hebron from 1728 to 1754, when he removed with

his family to Gilsum, N. H., of which place he was the first settler—a grand-daughter of his being the first white child born within the limits of that town. His children were, Ebenezer, Joel, Josiah, Temperance, Mary, and another daughter who married a Porter and removed to Nova Scotia. 6. GIDEON, born March 30, 1710. 7. AMOS, born August 19. 1712. 8. DAVID and Naomi, (twins,) born October 12, 1714.

9. JAMES, born July 3, 1716 ; married and settled at Fish-

kill, on the Hudson river. He was drowned in attempting to

cross the river on the ice.

10. THOMAS, born April 13, 1718. Atthe age of fifteen, as appears by the Hartford Probate Records, he chose a guar-

dian ; I have found nothing further concerning him.

11. JOHN, born in Morristown, N' J. ; about the year 1745, he married Hannah Sumner of Hebron. He resided for some years in Colchester, and was a Representative from that town to the Geneial Court at the October session, 1754, and again in the year following. In 1756, he removed to He- bron, where he remained a few years, and then emigrated up the Connecticut river, and settled in or near Surry, N. H. At the commencement of the French War, he received a Lieu-; tenant's commission under Sir William Johnson, and, at the

battle of Lake George, headed a scouting party in concert with the celebrated Mohawk chief, Hendrick—which being sur«> 44] KILBOURN. [Generation V. prised by a body of Indians in ambush, Hendrick was shot dead by his side, and himself severely wounded. In 1769 he removed to Claremont, N. H., where he died in September, 1776. He had but one child (John) who lived to mature age.

12. BENJAMIN, born at Morristown, N.J.; settled in Bol- ton, Conn., where he married Elizabeth Goodrich, March 14, 1754. In 1760 he removed to Nova Scotia, where he remain- ed a few years, and then returned and settled in Wyoming, Pa., in 1774. But their new home in the depths of the forest was surrounded by perils which they little anticipated. Hos- tilities having then recently commenced between the United Colonies and the mother country, the British had leagued with the Indians for the destruction of the unprotected white settlers. In 1778, as is well known, the total destruction of all the white settlements in the Valley of Wyoming took place. Benjamin Kilbourn and family escaped the terrible massacre as by a miracle. They were awakened the night previous to the bloody incursion of Brandt and Butler, by a faithful dog, which, by its incessant barking, appeared to be keeping some unusual enemy at bay. They arose, procured lights, and prepared to defend themselves as best they could ; they remained through the night, however, unmolested.

Early on the following morning, they received such intelli- gence from a friendly Indian as led them to apprehend an at- tack from the foe, and they, in company with a few of their more immediate neighbors, precipitately fled from the valley just ia time to avoid the fate which so suddenly fell upon all whom they left behind them. His property having been main- ly destroyed by the savages, Mr. K. returned to Connecticut, where he spent most of his remaining days. He died abouf the year 1 820, in Belchertown, Mass. His children were, Eli- zabeth, Lucretia, Lucy, Benjamin, John, Gustavus, Cleopatra, Hannah, Jonathan and Moses.

13. GERSHOM, who lived at Orange, Essex Co., N. J.,

and who died in 1813 at an advanced age, is believed to have Generation V.] KILBOURN; [45

r been a member of this famil) . I learn from a son of his, now living", that he was born at " Pigeon Hill," Morris county,

N. J. He had sons, Moses, Jabez D., and Daniel.


14. JONATHAN, born in Glastenbury in 1706, and was consequently but little more than a year old when his father removed to Colchester. He was married in Colchester to Mary Skinner, October 20, 1734. He became a man of great wealth for those times, and was the owner of several valuable mills of different kinds, in East Haddam and Colchester ; and he was also particularly distinguished as an inventor. Ke was a Representative to the General Court from Colches- ter at the May session, 1750, and was chosen to the same station at seven subsequent elections, besides being for several years the only Magistrate in the town. He was an intimate friend of the elder Governor Trumbull—they frequently per- forming " horse-back journeys " to and from Colchester and

Lebanon, on visits to each other of from one to three weeks. He invented the iron screw, also an apparatus for pressing cloth, and another for pressing flax-seed, used in the manufacture of linseed cil. There is now in possession of Joel Foote, Esq., of Marlboro', Conn., a large iron screw, with brass boxes, weigh- ing in all over 200 lbs., made by Jonathan Kilborn for pressing

cloth ; they are worthy of special notice from the fact that

they are the first screw and boxes ever cut by machinery in

this or any other couutry. It has with propriety been sugges- ted that they be purchased and placed in the National Institute at Washington city Barber, in his " Connecticut Historical

Collections," (p. 306,) says :

f*Mr. Kilborn lived about a mile south of the Academy [in Colehester.J

He was an uncommonly ingenius mechanic, and it is said was the inventor

It is of the iron screw. . also stated that he admitted an Englishman into

his shop, who, observing his invention, took the proper dimensions, &c.j; went to England, and claimed to be the original inyentor." —

46] KILBOURN. [Generation V*

Colonial Legislature, July 2, 1775 it was In our ;

Voted, That aquahtity of lead owned by Jonathan Kilborn, Esq., of Col- chester, and used by him on the water-wheel of his saw mill, should not be

taken from him, for public use, until actually wanted ; and then only by the Selectmen of Colchester, without further orders. Hinman's History of the Revolution, p; 363. In the Colchester Burying-Ground are two red tomb-stones* standing side by side, from w.hich the following inscriptions are copied :

In memory of In memory of JONATHAN KILEORN, Esq., Mrs. MARY KILBORN,

who departed this life the Excellent and Honourable

Oct'r. 14th, A. D. 1785, wife of

in the 79 year Jonathan Kilborn, Esq.,

of his age. who departed this life

August 11th, A. D. 1780,

in the 65th year He was a man of invention great, of her age. Above all that lived nigh ; But he could not invent to live When God called him to die.

Hannah, married a Dean. 15. HEZEKIAHj born in Colchester, where he also lived and died. His children were, Hezekiah, Asa, Elijah, Ann* Elizabeth, and Dimis. His will bears date, October 4, 1785.

5. ABRAHAM, OF GLASTENBURY. MITCHELL, born August 16, 1714, and died at the age of two years. ABRAHAM, born February 26, 1716, and died September 23, 1741. Unmarried.

Elizabeth, born, February 19, 1719 ; and married Oliver Dudley, Esq., of Guilford, Nov. 26, 1738. .16 JOSEPH, born Jauuary 14, 1723; married Mary,

daughter of Mr. Joseph Hollister, March 1, 1744. His chil- dren were, Mary, Ann, Abigail, Nancy, Mable, Esther, Abra- ham, and Joseph. Died in Glastenbury. O deration V.] KILBOURN. [47

Sarah, born January 1, 1725 ; married Samuel Taleott.

Lucr, born December 30, 1731 ; married Samuel Welles, son of Thaddeus Welles, August, 1752.


17. THOMAS, born at Hockanum, (now East Hartford,)

September 8, 1705 ; married Mary Dig-gins, May, 1729. His children were—Thomas, Nathaniel, Thankful, Susannah, Jer- emiah, Russel, and Jerusha. Died April 24, 1748, ; amount of his inventory, .£4635 : 19 : 8. Mary, his wife, died Oct

31, 1761. For several years he was a resident of Middletown.

7. JOHN.

18. JOHN, born in East Hartford ; in llii, he married

Mary , and had children, John, Samuel, Stephen, Marys

Martha, and Freeman ; his wife having died, he was married to Rosanna, and had Lucy.

9. LIEUT. EBENEZER. Eunice, born in Newington, (a parish of Wethersfield,)

February 14, 1718. Naomi, married Samuel Butler. 19. TIMOTHY, born in Newington, August 22, i723 ; was married to Prudence Deming, August 15, 1754, by Rev. Josh- ua Belding. Himself and his three sons were soldiers in the Revolutionary Army. His children were, Timothy, Seth, Happy, Simon, and Abigail.

Mary, born March 4, 1725 ; married Josiah Curtis, of Wethersfield.

Anne, born June 20, 1728 ; married Janna Deming, of Newington, and had eleven children, all of whom lived until the youngest was upwards of forty years of age.

Happf, born June 17, 1730 ; married Timothy Wadsvvorth, of Farmington.


20. DAVID, born in Wethersfield, December 21, 1727; was a soldier in the Northern Army in the old French War, and is said to have participated in the reduction of Louisbourg* Being subsequently taken sick near Lake George, and conse* 48] KILBOURN. Generation V.

quently unable to continue in the service, he procured an hon- orable discharge, and, though weak, started homeward on foot. After a slow and wearisome journey of many days, he succeeded in reaching the inn of his cousin, James Kil- born, in the village of Litchfield, Conn. ; and being unable to proceed farther, his brother Josiah was sent for, who shortly after arrived and remained with him until his death. He was interred in the west Burying Ground in Litchfield. Ad- ministration on his estate was granted to Joseph Kilborn, of

Farmington, Dec. 5, 175S. Ruth, married Robert Booth, of Farmington, in 1757.

21. JOSIAH, born in Wefhersfield in 1730 ; removed to New Britain with his parents in early childhood, where he continued to reside until his death. In 1754 he married Anna Neal, of New Britain. His children were, Josiah, William, Anna, Eunice, Lemuel, Urania, James, Azuba, Deborah, and Amaza. Through a long and useful life, he was distinguished for his many social virtues, his dignified deportment, and the strength and vigor of his intellect. Died in 1814, aged 74.

22. JOHN, born in New Britain in 1733 ; married Jemima

Neal, and had three sons, all of whom died in infancy ; he died in New Britain in 1781.

23. RICHARD, born in New Britain, 1735 ; married Mary Brownson in 1763, and had Clarissa, Mercy, Iniphena, Le- mon, Elijah, Rachel, and David. He settled in Stephentown, Renselaer Co., N. Y. Elizabeth, married Jedediah Norton.


24. JOSHUA, born in New Britain, March 9,1742; mar- in his ried Mehetable Mather in 1763, and died 1775 ; children were, Mehetable, Elizabeth, George, William and Joshua. Mehetable, his wife, died in 1820, aged 86.

25. BENJAMIN, born in New Britain ; married Esther

in 1770, at which time he resided in Pittsfield, Mass. ; he subsequently removed to Hubbardt.on, Vt. A correspon- dent says of him, "he was an enthusiast in religion, and al- Generation V.] KILBOURN. [49

ways poor." Of his family, if he had any, I have no knowj_ edge. Margaret, lived to advanced age, but was never married. Hannah.

12. hezekiah, a. m. Katurah, born in Wethersfield January 16, 1724. She lived (unmarried) to old age, and went by the sobriquet of "Aunt Kate."

HEZEKIAH, born in Wethersfield, February H, 1725,

and died at sea—unmarried. His Will commences as follows :

'•' June 12, 1753.—On board the ship Lyon, Barbot master, from the Isl-

and oi' Bermuda, to Rhode Island—In the name of God, Amen: J, HEZ- EKIAH KILBOURN, of the town of Wethersfield, County of Hartford, and Province of Connecticut, but late of the Island of Bermuda, mariner,"

" >• &c. ; in which he bequeaths the proceeds of three hogshead of Rum to [his] father, Hezekiah Kilbourn, of Wethersfield, tavern-keeper." The remainder of his property he bequeathed to his brothers and sisters. In- ventory taken Nov. 23, 1753.

26. ELISHA, born in Wethersfield about 1727 ; married Sarah, daughter of Capt. Jonathan Robbins, of that town, and settled in Sandisfield, Mass. He was originally a joiner and carpenter, but after his removal to Saadisfield, in consequence of the difficulty in obtaining leather, he commenced tanning hides for his own use, and afterwards for the use of his neigh- bors—until he ultimately became extensively engaged in the business, and amassed therein a considerable property. He laid the foundation of the extensive tanning and curryino- works on the stream a short distance north of the village, where the business was afterwards for many years successful- ly carried on by his son, Jonathan Kilborn. The dwelling, house which he built on the premises, and occupied until his death, is still standing. His children were, Elisha Huldahj Hezekiah, Charles, Sarah, Jonathan, Ashur, Robbins, Hope-

ful, Robert and Allen.

27. GEORGE, born in Wethersfield ; was married, Nov.

1, 1753, by Rev. James Lockwood, to Rebecca Belding, who died, leaving one child ; he was married (2d time) to Abigail . —

50] K 1 L B U R N Generation V.

Pierpont, of New London, Nov. 10, 1763, by Rev. Edward Eels. Died Feb. 7, 1777. Children— Abigail, Rebecca, George, Rebecca 2d, Joshua, Martha, and Jonathan-Pierpont.

Elizabeth, married James Curtis, May 18, 1749. Abigail, married James Ayrauld.

Mary, married Ambrose Clark, of Middletown.

Martha married Justus Riley, of Wethersneld, January, 19, 1764.

Nathaniel [?] This name occurs on the Hartford Probate Records, in a single instance, in the settlement of the estate of Hezeziah Kilborn, Sen. Probably he died in youth, as aged persons now living, who recollect all the other members of this family, have no recollection or knowledge of him.


[Two sons died in infancy.]

28. JELISHA, born in Litchfield, Oct. 26, 1726 ; was a

Grand Juror in that town in 1753, and late in lifts he removed to Castleton, Vermont.

29. Lieut. BENJAMIN, born in Litchfield, April 4, 1728 ; was married to Hannah Stoddard, December 5, 1751, by Rev.

Timothy Collins. She died October 3, 1756, aged 24 years and on the 20th of March of the succeeding year, he married Lucy Bishop. On the breaking out of the Revolution, he, (in common with very many prominent and influential men in his native town,) steadfastly adhered to the cause of the king. He is spoken of by those who remember him, as a man of uncom- mon energy of character, and was accustomed to speak with great freedom and often with severity relative to what he con- sidered the ' rebellion ;' yet none were more liberal or humane to those who were suffering in the cause of their country. The following paragraph from the Hon. R. R. Hinman's ' War of

Revolution,' [p. 199,] shows the nature of the charges prefer- red against him, and at the same time exhibits the novel case

' of a King's Attorney ' informing against and prosecuting a subject for adhering to the king's cause. . —

Generation V/| K I L B U R N [51

"Hon. Andrew Adams, attorney of the king for Litchfield County, in- formed that Benjamin Iulbourn, who was Lieutenant in the 1st Military Company in Litchfield, had at sundry times declared that he wished there were ten hundred thousand regular troops then landed in the Colony, and that he would join them to subdue the Americans who were in a state of

rebellion ; that the commanding officer who fired upon the town Falmouth, treated the inhabitants too mildly and gently, much more so than he would have done if he had had the command ; that he would join the regulars, and would kill some of the inhabitants, &c, &c. The Legislature cash- iered the said Benjamin for his offences, and an order was given to fill the vacancy in said company. And said Attorney was ordered by said As- sembly to prosecute the said Benjamin for his offences.'' Proceedings of General Assembly, Special Session, Dec. 1775.

He continued to reside in Litchfield until some years after the close of the war, when he removed with most of his fami- ly to Elizabethtown, near Brockville, Upper Canada—being determined, as he said, to May his bones on King George's soil.' As he was making preparations to remove, a neighbor expressed surprise that, at his age, and after the causes of dif- ference between him and some of his fellow-townsmen had been removed, he should resolve upon emigrating to so distant

a section of the country ; to which he responded with charac- teristic zeal and earnestness—'Blood!* Col. B., J want to breathe some of King George's air before I die!' Died at Eliza- bethtown in 1810, aged, 83. His children were, Ruth, Lewis, Charles, Benjamin, David, Samuel, Joseph, Lucy, William, and Polly.

Jeremiah, born July 17, 1733 ; died in infancy.

Ruth, born May 9, 1734 ; married Nathaniel Culver.

30. SOLOMON, born in Litchfield, March 1, 1736 ; was married to Anna Palmer, April 8, 1756 ; and died July 30, 1806. His children were, Rachel, Hannah, Jeremiah, Solo- mon, Anna Olive, Whitman, and Sibbil. Charles, born Febtuary 21, 1740; was killed in youth by being run over by a cart, near the"present residence of Mr.

Amos Bissell, in Litchfield. The following inscription is cop-

ied from his tomb-stone :

A common expression or ' by-word.' 52] K I L BOURN. [Generation V.

"Charles, son of Capt. Joseph and Mrs. Abigail Kilborn; he was Killed by a Cart, May 25, 1756, aged 17.

" Deth Conquers all both yung and old, tho' ee'r so wise, discreet and bold, in helth and strength this youth did die, In a Moment with out one Cry."

Catharine, born April 19, 1742 ; married a Marsh.

Anna, born March 7, 1730 ; married Thomas Goodwin, of South Farms,

Abigail, born in Litchfield, May 20, 1744 ; married Zech- ariah Whitman, Esq., of Bridgewater, Mass. Her children were, Hon. Kilborn Whitman, of Pembroke, [graduated at Harv. Coll. 1785,] for several years a distinguished Member

of the Massachusetts Senate ; Benjamin Whitman, Esq. Attorney, of Boston, [grad. Bowdoin Coll. 1788;] Casandra and Angelina. 15. JONATHAN.

31 JONATHAN, born in Litchfield March 25, 1739 ; was married to Mehetable Agard, of Torringford, and removed to Williamslown, Mass., when that place was a wilderness. He died in 1772, aged 33 years—leaving five sons, viz., James, Uri, Zacheus, Caleb, and Joseph.

Elijah, born Jan. 17, 1742, and died at the age of six years.

32. JOSEPH, born in Litchfield March 5, 1744; was mar- ried to Elizabeth Marsh, November 30, 1765, by Ebenezer

Marsh, J. P. Admitted a freeman in L., September 19, 1769. His children were, Susannah, Timothy, Elizabeth, and Aaron. Removed to Niagara Co., N. Y.

33. LEMUEL, born in Litchfield ; was married to Phebe

Judson, of Huntington, March 17, 1762, by Rev. Jedediah

Mills, and had three children, viz., Lemuel-Judson, Philo, and Mary. He resided for several years in Granby, Conn. 34. JEHIEL, born in Litchfield; married Amy Vaill, of that town, and had nine children, viz., Ozias, Urania, Rhoda, Diantha, Heman, Huldah, Sally, Heman 2d, and Lois. He removed to Kortright, Delaware Co., N. Y., where he died April 18, 1803. 16. JAMES. mar- 35. ROSWELL, born in Litchfield, June 29, 1734 ; —

Generation V.] KIL BOURN. [53

ried Irene Bacon, and had three children—Rhoda, Roswell,

and Anna ; Irene, his wife, died in February 1768, and in the succeeding January he was married to Patience Jenkins, (by Rev, Judah Champion,) by whom he had Irene, Rebecca John, and Joseph. He was elected " Collector of Town

Rates'' in 1757 ; was a soldier in the revolutionary army, and

died while in the service of the 'camp distemper,' February 8, 1777. 36. APPLETQN, born in Litchfield, September 12, 1736 ; was admitted a freeman April 15, 1762. He had one daughter, Clarissa, who married Heman Beach. Lucy, married Roger Marsh, of Litchfield.

Rhoda, born May 9, 1744 ; married Charles Webster. Honor, married Stephen Webster of Litchfield, September

8, 1765 ; their children were—Truman, Charles and John.

37. JAMES, born in Litchfield January 3, !750 ; married

Molly Crampton, May 14, 1771- In early life he went several voyages to sea as a whaleman. While a resident of Litchfield, he owned and lived on the farm wr here Maj. David Marsh now resides, about a mile north of the Court-house. During the Revolution, he entered the American army as Quarter Mas-

ter ; and subsequently served as Lieutenant of Artillery. In 1780 he removed with his family to Castleton, Vermont, vhere he continued to reside until 1798, when he emigrated o Canada. He was a tanner and currier, and farmer. His hildren were—James, Abel, Eli, Hiram, Sarah, Mary, Ro- ean and Ruth. Died at Kitley, District of Johnstown, Can- ada, in Dec. 1820.

Rachel, born July 4, 1753 ; married Silas Dibble, February

7, 1772.


Sarah, born January 13, 1726, married Lieut. AmosParme- lee, of Litchfield ; her sons were, John, Amos, Heman and Samuel.

38. GILES, born in Litchfield, January 25, 1728; his first wife was a Pettibone, of Goshen, by whom he had one son, .

64] K I L B U R N [Generation V,

Samuel. His second wife was Chloe Munger, by whom he had Rhoda, Anna, Olive, Laura, John, Mary, Elizabeth, Chauncey and Sabra. He served in two or three campaigns of the Revolution as a substitute for his son Samuel, who had enlisted 'during the war.' He was a joiner and. carpenter, and was particularly famous as a mill-wright ; he built St, Paul's Church, in Litchfield, (recently demolished,) and several of the dwelling houses in Litchfield village—among which are, the ' Tallmadge House,' the ' Lord House,' the res- idence of Asa Bacon, Esq., &c. Died Sept. 13, 1797. Chloe, his wife, died October 10, 1824, aged 95 years ; —she was the oldest person in Litchfield. Mary, born January 17, 1730; married Nathaniel Wood- ruff in 1749; her children were, Sarah [wife of Ezra Plumb,] Hannah, Thankful, [wife of Nath'l Brown, and mother of So- lyman, A. M., M. D., grad. Yale Coll. 1812,] Nathaniel, Su- bel, Rhoda, Asceneth, Ezekiel, [Esq., attorney, grad. Yale Coll. 1779,] Mary, [wife of John Russell, and mother of John Russell, Esq., Judge of Probate for the District of Hartford.]

Ctbil, born January 31, 1732 ; m. John Dibble of Goshen.

39. JOHN, born in Litchfield April 15, 1735 ; married An- na, daughter of Abiel Smith ; he was a resident of Goshen in 1762, but soon after removed with his father-in-law to Ad- ams, Mass., of which town he was one of the first settlers.

The first dwelling erected by him in that town, occupied the present site of ihe Friends' Meeting House. In 1797, he re- moved with most of his family to Herkermer Co., N. Y., where he and his wife died. Their children were, John, Mary Ann, Jacob, James, Abigail, Mabel, Giles and Truman.

Temperance, born Oct. 18, 1739, lived to old age, and died unmarried.

Ann, born July 4, 1742 5 married Aaron Stoddard, Litchfield.


Eunice, born November 7, 1735 5 married to John Stoddard

n 1755 ; her sons were, Daniel, Jesse, Levi and John.

40. ISAAC, born in Litchfield, January 16, 1739 ; was mar- 8 rried to Mehetable Doolittle, May , 1757, by Rev. Solomon Generation V.] KILBOURN. [55

Palmer, Missionary. The name of his second wife was Edna Wedge. He had twenty children, several of whom died young. Died 1807.

41. DAVID, born in Litchfield, April 28, 1742 ; was mar-

ried to Louisa Borden, April 2, 1763, by Rev. Judah Cham-

pion. She died November 2, 1768, and he was married to Kilbourn. "He was a Lister in 1767, '68, '69 Diadema and ;

"Receiver of the Town Rate," in 1768 ; Grand Juror in 1782, '90, &c. His children were, Theral, Oiange, James, Levi, Reuben, Samuel, and Erastus. Died in Litchfield, September

20, 1815.

42. JESSE, born in Litchfield, January 2, 1744; married Sarah Mattocks, February 24, 1765, (by Rev. Judah Cham-

pion,) She died January 19, 1805 ; his second wife was Clara

Twitchel, who died in 1809 ; his third wife was Eunice

Wright. The children of Jesse Kilbourn by his first wife> were, Lucretia, Jacob, Heman, Elizabeth, Heman 2d, Jesse, Truman, Sarah, Molly, and Diantha. He was frequently a

Grand Juror and Selectman. Died April 2, 1813. Rebecca, born January 26, 1746; married Uriah Catlin,

December 4, 1765. She died of a cancer.

Abraham, died September 3, 1767.

Eunice, married Elkinah Hoskins, September 18, 1784 : afterwards to George Bissell, of Salisbury. m\ KILBOURN. Generation VI.

«BWB»g8i0N Tf%


During this Generation, and the

™ - next preceding , different branches of the family seem to have adopted, with some degree of permanence, different .modes of spelling the name. EM- burn, came into general use in the

VTalpole Branch ; Kilbourn, in the Branch which remained at Wethers- Kllbourne., in the New Britain Igfield ;

itStfcf Branch ; Kilborn, in the Colchester, Litchfield, Glastenbury and East

Hartford Branches ; Kilbon, in the Springfield Brr.nch ; Kll- burn and Kelburn, in the New Jersey Branch, &c. Within a few years, however, Kilbourn, has gone into very frequent use among the members of the Litchfield, Colchester, Clasten.bury and Hartford Branches.


1. JONATHAN, was married, and, I am informed, had a

family—but I have learned nothing concerning them. 2. SAMUEL, born in Wilbraham, Mass., in 1735. His children were, Luther, Jonathan, Abigail, Belinda, and Olive. Died in or near Wilbraham, in 1807. [There wee, perhaps, other members of this family. A daughter married Morgan, of Springfield.] u 2. JOHN. THE HERO OF WALPOLE." 3. JOHN, born in 1785; married Miss Content Carpenter, daughter of the Rev. Ezra Carpenter, of Swanzey, N. H. He Objuration VI.] KILKOURN. [57

continued to reside at Walpole until the winter of 1793, when

lie removed to Shrewsbury, Vt., at which place he died, July

20, 1S19,* aged S3. He was chosen Selectman of Walpole

in 1755, '56, '51, and '58, and was also a Justice of the Peace. The names of his children who lived to mature age, are, John> Ezra-Carpenter, Elijah, Theodosia, Elizabeth and Esther.


4. EBENEZER, born at Hebron, Conn., and removed to

Gilsum, N. H., with his father, at the age of 18 ; married Je- mima Ford, of his native town. " He was a Captain in the revolutionary army, and subsequently a Deacon of the Con- gregational Church. His house wr as a home for the citizens of the town and the people of God. Died at his residence in

Gilsum, August 2, 18l0, aged 66 years, leaving ten chil-

dren."* His second wife was Sarah Bill, also of Hebron, who

was the mother of all his children, except the eldest.

5. JOEL, married a Bliss, of Gilsum, where he lived for sev-

eral years, but subsequently removed to Jericho, Vt., and died there. His children were, Josiah, Joel, Lucy and Wealthy.

6. Rev. JOSIAH, A. M., born at Hebron, Oct. 13, 1752—

removed 1 j Gilsum with his father at the age of ten years, at

which time there w7 as not another family in the town. He graduated at Dartmouth College in 1778, and was ordained and installed pastor of the Congregational Church in Chester-

field, Mass , in 1780; married Temperance Dewey, of Gilsumj and died a few months after his ordination, aged 29 years. H. JOHN.

7. JOHN, born in Clermont, N. H., February 2, 1772, where he resided with his mother until 1794, when he removed to Wethersfield, Vt., and was there married to Nancy Melinda Hubbard, daughter of Col. Joseph Hubbard, on the 29th of November, 1795. While a resident of the latter place, he was

engaged in the mercantile business. In 1799, he settled in

Bristol, Addison county, Vt. ; in 1801, he was commissioned as Captain of Light Infantry, and the same year received and

* MS. letter from his grandson, Ezra C. Kilburn, Esq., Walpole. (

t 3IS. letter from Rev. David Kilburn, Barre,Ms., Sept. 1, 1845. Iv 1 L B U R N . N VI accepted the appointment of Justice of the Peace, which lat- ter office he held for a period of eleven years. In 1820, he removed with most of his family to Clinton, Niagara District, Upper Canada, where he continued to reside until his death, March 14, 1843, aged 71 years, leaving a widow and ten chil- dren. The names of his sons are, John-Henry, Rowley, Har- mon, Adolphus, and Cyrus.

19. BENJAMIN. Lucretia, bom at Bolton, Conn., November 11, 1756; died at Wyoming, Pa., in 1784.

Elizabeth, born at Bolton ; married Ozias Bissell, of Man- chester.

Lucy, was married, in 1786", to Daniel Lawrence, who was

killed at the fort at Wyoming-, by the British and Indians, in 1789; she subsequently married Ebenezer Strong, of Bolton, and died in 1794. 6. BENJAMIN, born in the Province of Nova Scotia in 1761, and removed with his father to Wyoming, Pa., in 1774. He was a Sergeant of a company of light infantry at the cap- ture of Cornwallis at Yorktown, Va. After the war, he mar- ried and settled in Blount county, Tennessee, where he was

living about twenty years since. I have learned nothing of his family.

9. JOHN, born in Nova Scotia in 1763; removed from

thence to Wyoming, and from thence to Connecticut, with his father. In 1781, at the age of eighteen, he enlisted as a Volunteer for the defence of Fort Trumbull, near New Lon- don. While the British were on their way to destroy New London, they were much annoyed by the firing from Fort Trumbull, and a detachment was sent by the British com-

mander to take the fort. It had been finished only on the water-side—the land-side being in a very defenseless condition. From the time the firing commenced, the subject of this notice bad been stationed at a twelve-pounder, with which he did

good service. An incessant firing was kept up until the enemy were just upon them, when the order was given by the Amer- ican Cnptain, to spike the guns and cro?s to Fort Griswold on GtNBUTfoa vi.) KILBOUB [59

the opposite »id< <>i (he Thames. Kilbourn and lhre< or four

fort othi i- 1, having stayed in the a fi w nruments longer (ban their companions, hi order, as they said, to give the enemy

"one more shot," did not rea< h the ivat< until the boat

hoved off. They seized another boat (which had the

day before been taken from the reft i ad had just pv

from the bore, when the r< made their appearance on the bluff directly above them, commenced firing, and-

ed a surrender. Thej ered, and wrere taken on .

^ate which lay in sight. After New I. on. Jon had been de- stroyed and Fori. Griswold had been captured, the prisoners

above alluded to, with aooe:-, ions from the last named fort, v/ere

taken to New York, where they v. ere confined in the memo- rable " Sugar House." On the arrival of the tidings of Corn-

walkV capture, the American ,. were exchanged, and John Kilbourn returned to Connecticut. Eight or ten years

after bis liberation, he emigrated to Virginia, and married Ma- ry Erwin, of Rockingham county, in that State, and became extensively engaged in purchasing cattle for the Baltimore market. He icntly removed to Kentucky, but after a few years' residence there, the uncertainty of land titles caused hirn to leave that State in 1805, and settle in Ohio. He died

near Chiliicothe, March 5, 1820, leaving four sons, who still survive, viz., John, Samuel, Benjamin, and Gustavus. 10. GUSTAVUS, bom in Bolton, May 17, 1708; married Betsey Skinner, of that town, in 1785. After residing a few years there and at New Hartford, Conn., he removed to New Hartford, N. Y., where he held the office of Deacon of the Congregational Church, and died much lamented in 1841. He was Collector of State Taxes in New Hartford, Conn., in 1700. Cleopatra, (twin with Gustavus,) married John Skinner, of Bolton. Jonathan, was drowned in the Susquehanna river at Wyo-

ming, in 1774, aged four years.

11. MOSES, born in 1772 ; married Sally D wight, of Bel-

chertown, Mass., and there settled. Died in Bolton in 184] Descendants living in the Western States. M] K ILBOURN. [Generation VI


13. MOSES, born in Orange, Essex Co., N. J. ; removed ti Connecticut and died there in 1790. The name of his wife Margaret.

13. Capt. JA8EZ D., born in 1773, and now resides in

Clinton, Essex Co., N. J. In the summer of 1843, I saw his name in the N. Y. Tiibune as one of the Vice Presidents of a Convention of the Whigs of Essex county, at which the lion.

'Theodore Frclinghuysen was first nominated for the Vice

Presidency of the United States ; and subsequently in the same paper, as President of a 'Mass Meeting' of the Whigs of Essex.

His son, Thomas D. Kilburn, is now living in Clinton—other children dead.

14. DANIEL, born in 1779 ; lived at Orange, N. J. ; died suddenly in New York in 1 838. His sons—Gershom, Daniel

J., and Oliver.


Mary, born in Colchester, August 10, 1735 ; married Bigelow.

Jonathan, born Maich 19, 1737; died, aged two months. Lydia, died in infancy

Lydia, born May 2, 1739 ; married Ezra Waterman, and died in 1768, in the 30th year of her age.

14. JONATHAN, bora in Colchester, April 12, 1742. Like his father, he was a man of much ingenuity and enterprize, and was extensively known for his inventions and improve- ments in the mechanic arts- I have seen "Letters Patent" for a Machine for cutting Tanners' Bark, Sumac, &c-, which ware granted to him, dated August 21, 1800, and bearing the signatures of John Adams, President, J. Marshall, Secretary of State, and Charles Lee, Attorney General.

15. DAVID, born in Colchester, November 13, 1744 ; mar-^ ried Lydia Abel, November 5, 1767—and had ten children, viz. Lydia, David, Samuel-Abel, Elizabeth, Dimmis, John, Ralph, Elizabeth 2d, Mary. He was noted in his day for his piety, general intelligence, and public spirit. For a great number of 1 G RNEK ATION VI.] B I L E U| ft N . 6 years lis tilled the offices of Deacon of the Church, Captain of

Militia, First Selectman and Magistrate. Died at the residence

of his son, Samuel A. Kilbourn, in Liberty, Sullivan Co., N.

Y., August 6, 1812 ; Lydia, his wife, died at the same place,

September 6, 1SI6.


16. HEZEKIAH, born at Col hester ; married Mary Holmes, December 27, 1753, ond had four children, viz., John Joseph, Sarah, and Amasa. He became deranged and starv- ed himself to death, in Salem, New London county, in 1807.

17. ASA, born in Colchester ; married Sarah Holmes, and had children—E'iphaz, Arena, Sarenus, John, and Wentwith. Married a second wife in Connecticut, and removed to western New York (probably Oneida county) and died there some forty

or fifty years since.

IS. ELIJAH, born in Colchester, in which place he lived

and died ; he was twice married—by his first wife he had three children, viz., Elijah, Asa, and Ellis; by his second wife, (Sally Welles,) he had ten children, viz., Sally, Lucy,

Ellis, Ira, Amasa, Clarissa, Lydia, Mary, Alford, and Ralph. Died September 30, 1S04. David Kilbourn, Esq., was the Executor of his last Will and Testament. The amount of his inventory was $1539 98. Ann, married Clark. Elizabeth, married Rev. Mr. Quitfield, of the Baptist de- nomination. Djmmis, married Day.


Mary, bora January 9, 1745—died at the age of five years. Ann, died in infancy. Ann 2d, born February 16, 1749. Mary 2d, born March 6, 1752. Mable, died in infancy. Abigail, died at the age of six years. Lucy, born March 4, 1753. 62] K I L B O U R N . [Generation VI,

Esther, born May 8, 1760.

19. ABRAHAM, born in Glastenbury, November, 13, 1762; married Mary Smith, daughter of Moses Smith, of East Hart- ford, June 7, 1784. His children were, Laura, Mary, Betsy, Electa, Emily, Mary Ann. Mary, his wife, died January 19, 1805, and on the 4th day of the following December he was married to Elizabeth Warner, daughter of Daniel Warner, of East Haddam.

20. JOSEPH, born April 1, 1765 ; married Hannah Sillew, daughter of Philip Sillew, April 4, 1793, The names of his children are, Austin, Sophia, Ogden, Eliza, Horace. Hannah,

his wife, died January 23, 1826 ; on the 22d of May, 1832, he was married to Onnor House. Both are yet living.


the ship 19. THOMAS, born August 25, 1729 ; was mate of was captain died at sea, June of which his brother Nathaniel ;

14, 1759. Unmarried. 20. Capt. NATHANIEL, born June 15, 1781; died afsea on board the ship of which he was master, on the same day with his brother Thomas above mentioned, leaving a wife and daughters. Upon a stone in the burying-ground back of the

Centre Church in Hartford is the following inscription : "Mrs Abigail Kilbourn, Relict of Capt. Nathaniel Kilbourn, who de- parted this life Jan. 19, 1798, aged 71, " When God doth call we all must go, And bid farewell to all below."

21. JEREMIAH, born October 22, l737 ; died (unmarried) May 30, 1759.

22. RUSSELL, born February 25, 1739 ; was married to Mary, daughter of David Hills, October 31, 1765, by whom he had ten children, viz., Ashbel, Harry, Noah, Lavinia, Al- fred, Lavinia 2d, Esther, Nathan, Laurena, Mary. He was an Assessor, Selectman, &c. Died in East Hartford, Septem- ber 30, 1816, aged 77 years: .

Gkntckatioji TT] KI T, B T7R N (Jt years he filled the offices of Deacon of ihe Chinch, Capiaiu of Militia, F.r.?t Selectman and M igistrate. Died at the residence of his so:i, Samuel A. Kilbourn, in Liberty, Sullivan Co., N.

Y., August G, 1812 ; Lydia, his wife, died at the same place,

September G, 18IG.

15. IIF.ZEKlAIf.

lO. HEZEKIAFT, born at Col hester ; married Mary Ho' mas, December 27, 1753, .^nd had four children, viz., John Joseph, S irah, and lie became deranged and starv- ed hi nseK to death, in Sa'em, Naw London county, in 1397.

17. ASA, b ):\i hi Cjic'ijster ; mrr'ed Sa:ah Holmes, and h\ 1 Ireti — E iph iz, Arooa, Sarenus, John, and Wen! wish.

Mafriad a secon I wife in Connecticut, and removed to western New York (probab'y Oneida county) and died there some forty cr fifty yenrs since.

13. El.UA II, born in C olehes'er, in which place he lived

and died ; he was twice married—by his first wife he had

tiree chi'tireni viz., E ij.di, Asa, and El is ; by his second

wi (•, (Sal'y Welles,) he had ten cfi Id. en, viz., Sally, Lucy,

Ej'U, 1;m, ,\')iu, C'rim, Lylia, Miy, Ajford, and Ralph. Kilb>ur:i, Eq., \vas the D.a 1 S -)te.n')j.- 31, HDl. Dt/al E vecator of his last VVill anal TaJtam si\l. The amount of hk inventory was ^1533 93. Ann, married Clark. ELizvssni, mi.-Ksi ttW, M.. QiitlUJ, of tha Baptist dc nomination. D-iMMis, married Day. 1G. JOSEPH, OF GLXSTEN3URY. the ags of five year*. Map.y, bora January 9, 1745-lied at bora February 16, 1749. Ann, died in infancy. Ann 21. Maa? 2J, bora March 6, 1752. M.V3LE, died in infancy. Abigail, died at the age of di years. Lucy, bcrn March 4, 1753. 1760. Esther, born May 8, «,-,-, November, 3, i7*J; U. ABRAHAM, born in Glasteabury, «?] KILBOUEN. Genebatioji VI.

married Mary Smith, daughter of Moses Smith, of East Har-

ford, June 7, 1784. His children were, Laura, Mary, Betsy, Electa, Emily, Mary Ann. Mary, his wife, died Januaiy 19,

1805, and on the 4th day of the following December hi: was married to Elizabeth Warner, daugh'.er of Daniel Warner, of

East Had Jam. Died May 8, 1 3 1 3.

20. JOSEPH, burn April 1, l?65 ; married Hannah Sellew,

daughter ot Philip Se'lew. April 4, 1793, The names of his children ate, Austin, Sophia, Ogden, Eliza, Horace. Hannah,

his wife, died January 23, 1826 ; on the 22i! of May, 1832, he was married to Onnor House. Both are yet living.


21. THOMAS, born Aug. 25, 1729 ; was mate of the ship of which his brother Nathaniel was captain ; died at sea. June 14, 1759. He was married, and had children, James, Noah,

Esther and Asfabel.

22. Capt. NATHANIEL, born June 15, 1731 ; died at sea onboard the ship of which he was master, on the same day with his brother Thomas above mentioned, leaving a wife and daughters. Upon a stone in the burying-ground hack of the

Centre Church in Hartford is the following inscription : "Mrs Abigail Kilbourn, Relict ofCrp':. Nathaniel Kilbourn, who de» parted this life Jan. 19, 1793, aged 7l years.

" When God doth callwenll rrust go, And bid farewell to all below."

23. JEREMIAH, born October 22, 1737; died (unmarried) May 30, 1759.

24. RUSSELL, born February 25, 1739 ; was married to

Mary, daughter of David ills, October 3!, 1765, by whom he had ten children, viz., Russell, Anna, Thomas, Mary, Na thaniel, Jeremiah, Susan, Clarissa, Emily, and Hezekiah. He was an Assessor, Selectman, &c. Eied in East Hartford, Sep- tember 30, 1816, aged 77 years. JertusMA, married John Wacbwor.h, of East Hartford.

18. jonx 25. SAMUEL, born in East Hartford in 1744; married Gexeratxto VI. J KIL BOURN'. \(&

Sarah Buiice, of Hartford. He was*, in early life, commander of a trading vessel, but subsequently became a successful and wealthy metehant in Hnrtford. That part of the ti'y through which "Kiibourii street" passe?, belonged to his estate and from him lbs street took its name. He had children, Sarah, Samuel, William, Jerusha, Henry, and Maria. He died De- cember 9, 1817, M. 73. 2G. JOHN, barn in 1745; married a daughter of of Sylva-

nus Andrus,* of Hariford ; had one fon, John. 27. STEPHEN, born in 1747; married Miss Rishy, of East Hartford, and had children, Samuel, S.'enhen, Mercy, and Peggy. 28. FREEMAN* married Miss Brimmngen, of Hartford. His children were, Freeman, Daniel, Hezekiah, Abigail* An-

\ na, and Hepsibah. The date of his Will is Nov. 20, l6l9 : amount of his inventory $22,010.50. the bequests in Among /

\ his Will is the following : " I sive and bequeath to my Executor and Nephew, Henry Kilbourn, 1

ten dollars, to he laid out in a Cane, that when tottering with ape he bends j

it, old over the Grave may not obliterate the remembrance of an man and / departed Uncle." [Eicil, Maich £3, 1E23.

\ Mary, married William Barnard, of Hartford.

Martha, born in 1753 ; died July 4, 1793; unmarried.

19. TIMOTHY. 29. TIMOTHY, born in Newington, May 9, 1752. At the breaking cut of the Revolution, he entered the service of his country, and was engaged in the Battle of Bunker Hill, be- sides sharing various subsequent peri's and losses in the war. He had three sons, viz., Samuel, Timothy, and Anson. 30. SKTH, born in Newington, October 12, 1754; mar-

ried Lo!s Blififlj by whom he had two children, Eli>,ha and died, he then married Hannah Prudence ; his wife having Churchill, and had sens Seth and Hiram. He was a soldier of the Revolution.

* He may have had a seccud wife, Jerusha Spencer. VI.

Happy, bom August 25,1757 ; married Gen. Levi Husk, •f Newin^ton, a distinguished officer of the Revolution.

3l. SIMON, born in Newington, Nov. 23, 1753, married Eunice Kirkham, and had children, Abgail, Nancy, Sabra, Sarah, Elizabeth, Henry, Erastus, Horace, Mary, and Cliaun- cey. The following Declaration cf Simon Ki. bourn was fur- warded to the Pension Office at Washing. on srme years since,

upon his application for a Pension, whieii was granted. I am indebted to Samuel H. Parsons, Esq., of Hartford, for a copy

of it.

The petitioner declares, "That he entered the service of the United

States as ;\ private, in a company commanded by Captain Hezckiah Wells, »nd Lieut. Hanmer of Wetheisfield, in or about the month of frpiefntrr,

1778 ; that the said company belonged to a regiment of Militia command-

ed by Colonel Thomas Uelden ; thai he was drafted for two months, and continued to serve in said corps until in cr about the month of Nnven.ler, 1778, when he was dismissed from the service in ci near New London,

don, Connecticut ; that he was marched from Wcthersficld 10 New London

and crossed the river Thames to Groion, ?nd there was employed in I uild-

ing a fort called Fort Griswold. 'lie deponent fiirtl.rr dtcltrcs, he

entered the said service a second time ry enlistirg into a con pany com-

manded by Capt. Hubbard, of Glastmbuiy, I'ezrkiali Wytlys being < i lo-

»el of the regiment; that he left V. ctl.crsf.tld a'

Norwich and New Lontun. in cutting fascines which were used in 1 nild- iiig ihe fort on the outside; that be was honorably dismissed r.fter frrvli g Mnee months, and returned to Wethers-field. The <'rpot cut further declare s,

thi.t 1 e eiitntri tie .*n vie e of tl e li.iud i "tcte s a ll.iid tin c. : s a m.1 .ti

tute for his father, Timoihy Ivilhcnrn, who was drafted in tl e militia cf "Wetheisfield; that he served two months at New Lends n under Crptaiu Wells of Wethcrsfield, .lames Wei's Lienteiiani, s.bout the months cf

Alareh and April, 1780; that he was employed i.». In Idiug a fort west < 1

the city of New London, upon ihe bill, whiih tie stidiers called "Few Ncr..«ente, 3; le.'rg cu sit'etid ly ihem rs unlets. "»

He died in Newirgtcn, Ncvtnrber G, 1CCD, rgccLCO

Abigail, bprn Nov. l6, 1764. ]

G rt&iwHl VI KILROURNE. £-35 .


32. Capt. JOSIAH, was born in New Hril&in in January,

1750. In April, lllo, at the age of 20 years, he e uteri (I (lie Evolutionary Army, and ih^re continued until (lie close of the War. He participated in nil (he fighth g in lhe vicinity of Bo-tcn, and was in the battles of Flalbiisdi, Harlem heights, White Plains, Monmouth, and many others, in which he was

several wounded. lie arose gradualy from a private to respectable commands, (he la&t of which was (Hal of Cap an in the Quarter Mastei's Department. These were indeed

1 days of peril and calamity. VVlfeu thei enemy were burning

the towns in (he south par: ef C r.nuectlcut, previous to (heir

driving; Wash! re? on iVcm Loft; Island and New York, (he mili-

tia of the Stale, were palled :he:e almost in masse ; and of those

who were not sl:iin, generally returned with that most malignant

disease, the " Camp Di-'emper," and spread ii wheiever (hey went. At ihis period a near relative, returning- from flu atmy\

so| ped at the lesidehee of the father cf he subject of : his no-

tice, and ccmmunicatcd the distemper to the fami'y. Seven

: of them were down with it at t lie same lime. One sls ei Had died; and while" a second was dying, an express ficin the army blew a hern, threw a letter into the yard, and pnWed on.

The eldest s ster, (t!;e only one well,) opened the letter, arid

read from it the sad int< li g.< nee thnt her c Idest It rot tier (Jo-

siah) had been killed in tie Battle cf Flat hush*. Though, as

the reader will hav^ infer. ed, this astnounremenl su'h-xqi: entry

proved to he i; cjnect, st 11 is < (F ets upon the fr.mi'y, espc- r ( ia'y at uk h a moment, may porsib y be imagined, but net desc.ibcd. Jcsiali had indeed fal'en upon tlu baU'e-lleld,

having been shot through the bm'y ; but after the wing of the army to which he was attached gave way, Wa h'ig'cn, with, the other wing, regained that rrourd, and height eff (he wounded. At the close of ih^ war, Jcsr.h Kiihourn returned home with a constitution destroyed by numerous wounds and every form of suffering. He married Isabel Whapfes, cf New C6J KILBOURNE. [Generation VI.

Britain, was active in business, but in paor health ; and died in 178G or '7, leaving no children.

33. WILLIAM, was born in New Britain, January 12, 1753; entered the revolutionary army at the age of eight- een, and in the affair at Westchester, N. Y., was ?o severely

injured as to be unable to d;> a d.iy's work on the farm for a period of six years. He occasionally (aught echool until he recovered a tolerable degree cf health, when he learn-

ed the trade of a Clothier, and followed it as a main occupa- tion. On the 21st of August, 1786, he married Sarah Sage, daughter of Jedediah Sage, of Berlin, and soon after removed

to Tunbrkige, Vermont. In LSI 0, he lemoved with his family to Chelsea, in the same State, where he died in June, 1816. Their children were, John, Alius, Julia, Emily, Ralph, Wil- liams, Sarah, Osmond, Jedediah-Sage, James, and Eliza Ann.

Anna, born in 1760; married Asahel Hart, of Northington, new Avon. Eunice, born in 1762, died at the age of 16, cf the 'Camp- Dlstemper/

34. LEMUEL, born in New Britain, October 7, 1764; mtrried Sarah Hastings, of Souihington, and had children, Jo- siah, Sally, Ursula, Hiram, Elizabeth, and Nancy. A Cloth-

ier and Millwright by trade. Died of asthma, near Chillicothe, Ohio, about the year 1820. Sy\- Urania, born October 17, 1766 ; was first married to vester Higley, afterwards to Shubael Hoskins, Esq,, of Sims- bury. She died in 1832, aged 66.

35. Hon. JAMES, was born in New Britain on the 19th cf October, 1770. As he has been more extensively known, and more distinguishsd in public life, than any other person en this side of the Atlantic who bears the name which he has honored, we are confident that no one among- his kindred and namesakes will require of us an apology for giving a some- what detailed notice of his eventful and useful life. The his- tory of few eminent men in our country presents a brighter example of persevering and successful effort over adverse cir- Generation VI] KIL BOURNE. [67

c*msiances ; and not ens more worthy of approval and imita-

tion. Hi? birth recurred at an eventful era in the history cf the colonies. Tic ccntiovcrsy between them and Great Britain

was fast lipeuirg into rein Uio:-\ When about one, year old, his father removed from his previous residence in New Britain,

to a faim then nearly new, situated two and a half miles far-

ther west, about half that distance from neighbors, and still farther from school. He made rapid improvements, and scon

became a farmer of comfortable independence ; but remained in the same condition as to neighbors and schools for many years. The long* threatened war of the revolution commenc-

ed when the subject of this sketch was but five years of a«;e.

This naturally engrossed the attention of a!!. Pi ivate business was necessarily deianged, and the prosperity of the farming interests, especially in the new settlements, was to a great ex- tent destroyed. The implements of husbandry were exchang-

ed for the panoply of war ; the currency became scarce, and

depreciated in value ; schools were virtually given up ; and in short the whole people, from childhood to age, shared and felt the vicissitudes and privations consequent upon the slate

of the country. It will be unnecessary to detail the effects of that tremendous struggle upon Mr. K. No truer patriot lived, and few suffered more as the reward of their patriotism. Let it sufnee to say-, that the war resulted in the death of three cf his family, his pecuniary ruin, and the partial derangement of his intellect for a period of years. In 1783, he was compelled to give up his finely cultivated farm and buildings, and retire to a still more secluded spot, where he put chased a small farm cf thirty acres, principally composed of new land, oa which he built a house and made ether necessary improvements. In about three years, he was obliged to part with twenty-five acres, and mortgage the remainded, together with his house. On this occasion, September 22, 1786, he called James in from his work, advised him of the state of his affairs, and proposed to him that he might, go and do the best for himself he could. 6'=* KIL BOURNE. Gknekauo* VI.

AfVer a sleepless and tearful night, lie determined to accept the offer, th nking that by so d ing ha might be better able to assist his parents than by remaining with '.hem.

Ace ndingly, on ihnt day, (Septerr.ber 23d,) with a heavy hear: he bad:; farewell to hi; ra:tn al h: me, and the dear o;ics which it con'ained, wi.h no specific place of detinatior* i:i view, and wi bout frent's in the great world before him,

: fXd pi such a- he m ght make as Jfce progressed. Not yet fif- teen years of age, p >or!y ci id for sun mer, and wi.h no winter c'cl.'; — \vi hunt coat or : h >es, and so iiliteiate ill it he eonM p.earee y write his name — wi 1: a sad but ipse lute, he had as self-

f thirty milts, lm , notWiths'tmdh g his v. any ir.quirii s, (! d net

siuceed in o'i ahYmg employment ; is wearisome hours, how- ev

lie found time to reflect en h-i'g-eciVdhion, and fo:m his plans f. r rhe future-. I].; saw that two things Were essential to his sus- e?33 i:: iife, viz., eJicition, and industry and integrity in every trust —and his reso'u'nrs then formed were never sub-se juent- ly overlooked or fcig ttcn by h in. On (he day following, ha let himself to a farmer* lor tha procurement of the ne- cessary clothing for the approaching winter, and soon after apprenticed hlm-< 11 to a Clo heir. Seven months of each year, for four )'•( a?.;, ha devo'ed faithful.' y to his master, with no oth- er compensation than his board and instruction in the art and

mysteries of his trade ; the remaining five months (during the summer and autumn) he hired himself to farmers to precure the means of defraying hb o'.har expanses. With an industry and seldom surpassed, hi labcred in the shop or on the farm during the day, and spent at least half ef ev. ry night in study and writing. During the first throe summers of Ids apprenticesh'p he was princi- pally employed as a farmer's boy by Mr. Griswold, (father of

* Mr. Eli Yonn-:, of Grariby, Conn., in whose employ he remained one mouth, a: the end of which period he presented him with tea shillings iu addition to his btiruhted wages In the words of Milton, this was

,; Sweet iu itself, but much more sweet ao given." Generation YI.J KIL BOURNE. ' [09

thi calibrated Bishop Gfiswjld of tin Episcopal ChurdT) The future Bishop, being then at home and having- the man- agement of the farm, observed the studious and industrious

habits of the young- apprentice, and became his most efficient and cordial friend—encouraging him by words of kindness and hope, and aiding him in the prosecution of his studies. So energetic and faithful were his labors on the farm, that at the end of the first five months he was presented by Mr. Gris- wold with ten shillings per month more than was agreed upon, accompanied with the remark that he " had performed much more work than he supposed a lad of his age could do." With Mr. Griswold, the younger, James acquired a knowl- edge of the grammatical construction of the English, Latin and Greek languages, and of all the branches of Mathematics which he thought he could render useful to himself or others ; though, in the mean time, Mr. G. had been settled in the min- istry in Litchfield county, having been assigned the charge of the Episcopal Churches in Plymouth, Northfield and Har- winton. During this gentleman's residence in Plymouth, his

young pupil spent a few weeks at a time with him, (at several different periods,) in pursuing his favorite studies. Thus matters continued until about the commencement of the fourth year of his apprenticeship and near the close of his 19th year, when circ*mstances occurred which induced his master to relinguish all claims to his farther services, pro- vided he would take the entire charge of the establishment, and thereby release him from labor and care. The proposal

was accepted ; and, having by this time acquired the requisite means by his summer earnings, and being extensively known as an ingenious and faithful workman, he immediately added new machinery to the works and otherwise enlarged his business operations. Being established in business thus early in life, he resolved upon taking still another step toward a per- manent settlement. Accordingly, on the 8th of November, 1789, he was married in St. Andrew's Church, Simsbury, to Miss Lucy Fitch, daughter of the celebrated John Fitch, Esq., . [Generation VI. 70] KIL BOURNE of Philadelphia, the inventor and builder of the first steamboat in the world. His labors were now, if possible, even more incessant than before, and his success exceeded his most sanguine expecta- tions. Dining the first seven months he cleared L for himself about $800, and in the following summer erected a new estab- lishment near the line between Granby and Suffield. About this time he was so fortunate as to obtain from an absconded English dyer a knowledge of all the" permanent dyes made in England. No other person in this country possessing at that time a knowledge of the same art, his business extended more rapidly than ever, and his aggregate profits were correspond- ingly increased. In the course of the succeeding season, he purchased the ground and water-power and erected clothiers' works on the spot where the village of Avon now stands. He superintended these several establishments in person, riding and laboring so constantly that he frequently saw the sun rise and set twice, and on one occasion three times, without any other rest than such as he could obtain while partaking of his ordinary meals. His constitution was such that he felt no sub- subsequent inconvenience from these protracted labors, and absence of rest ; but by constantly inhaling the poisonous fumes from the dyes, his lungs were injuriously affected, and his whole system was ultimately prostrated thereby. In the summer of 1793, being then in his 23rd year, he was so far re- duced by diseases thus contracted that a council of physicians pronounced him in a confirmed consumption. In the Sep-

tember following, however, a change took place ; the affection of the lungs was measurably removed, but he was seized with a most painful disease in the back and hips, by which he was closely confined for eight months, and was unable to move about, except by the aid of crutches, for the subsequent eight- een months. Finding that he could not follow his trade, he disposed of his works, together with the knowledge which he had acquired in the art of dyeing, and turned his attention to

farming,, hit was unable to prosecute it. He next engaged 'n Generation VI.] KILBOURNE. ^\ the mercantile business in Granby, in which he was eminently successful, and in a short time became what was termed a " wealthy man," In addition to mills, stores, &c, he was now the owner of five farms, including the one which his father had lost by the revolution, and that from which he had him- self departed in indigence and tears at the age of sixteen. Meantime he had made ample provisions for his parents and

the younger members of their family, by placing them in cir- stances of pecuniary ease and competence. During this period, he was also actively employed in promo- ting various objects of public utility. He originated and suc- cessfully carried through the great Turnpike Road from Hart- ford via. Granby, Blandford and Pittsfield to Albany—formed a flourishing literary society among the young people of the town in which he resided—commenced a public library in the same town, which soon numbered .600 volumes—was agent for building the Episcopal Church—and was frequently invi- ted to deliver addresses on public occasions, before literary associations, &c. Having by this time secured the means of ease and comfort sufficient to satisfy a chastened ambition, and having arranged his business and possessions accordingly, Mr. Kilbourne con- cluded to relax somewhat from that constant and ardent exer- tion of body and mind which had effected these results.— Amidst his herculean labors, he had found time to prosecute with vigor his researches after truth and useful information, and it is here worthy of remark that theology and ecclesiastical history had claimed no small share of his attention. His par- ents were members of the Congregational Church, but he had himself in early life united with the Episcopalians, and was ardently attached to their doctrines and forms. During this season of relaxation he was often called upon to officiate as lay-reader in the church, and was urged by his friends to take orders. After much hesitancy and prayerful self-exam- ination, he at length yielded to their solicitations, and was l ordained at Mid'11 -*i\vp v the late Rev. Abraham Jarvis, 72] KIL BOURNE. [Generation VI.

D. D., then Bishop of Connecticut. He officiated in several vacant parishes, and was invited to settle in three or four. He, however, declined the invitations thus tendered to him-, having formed a project of We&tern emigration, with the in- tention of accomplishing- it within a reasonable time. Willi this view he had already made two tours of exploration through Western and North Western New York, passing across the principal branches of the Scoh.irnakill, Delaware and Susque- hanna, and along the Mohawk to Phelps and Gorham's pur- chase—thence returning along and near Lake Ontario, to Black River, Wood Creek, &c, to Albany. He wT as subsequently, however, advised by his father-in-law, Mr. Fitch, to turn his thoughts to Ohio. Accordingly, about the commencement of the year 1800, he began to= dis- close his views of forming a company for the purpose of set-

1 tling in the " far West. ' It took about one year for him to persuade his friends that he was in earnest—and another, that he was not insane. Ohio was then regarded as on the ut- most verge of the West ; and they thought him too pleasantly situated to make so great sacrifices as were involved in such an eiaterprise. Late in the winter of 1801-2, he succeed- ed in obtaining seven associates, who desired him to explore the country, and, if he thought expedient, to purchase land enough for forty families—they agreeing to admit that number of members into their company, should acceptable persons of- fer. Accordingly, in the Spring of 1802, Mr. Kilbourne start- ed on his first expedition to Ohio. He traveled 300 miles by stage to Shippensburg, Penn., ten miles east of the foot of the Alleghany mountains, at which place the stage route terminated. From thence, carrying a heavy pack, he walked over the mountains to Pittsburgh, 150 miles ; and from thence continued to travel on foot more than 1000 miles through the eastern part of the Territory, when, finding his old disease in the back and hips returning, he stopped a few days to recruit, and pursued the remainder of his journey on horseback. After a careful survey of the country, he fixed "

Generation VI. KILBOURNE. [73 |

upon a desirable location, and returned in the following au- tumn. Having- completed the association of 40 members, known as the " Sciota Company," he closed the contract for a township of 16,000 acres, which he had previously selected. On the 7th ot April, 1803, he again started for the West, on horseback—followed by a mill-wright, a blacksmith, and nine other laborers, and a family in two wagons. At Pittsburgh he purchased mill-stones, mill-irons, bar-iron, nail-rods, cast- ings, &c, which were sent in a Kentucky boat down the Ohio to the mouth of the Sciota, and were thence taken in a keel- boat to the new purchase—now Worthington, near the city of Columbus.

Mr. K. arrived at the point of destination some weeks in

advance of the others, and May 5th, 1803, he cut the first tree on the purchase. Towards the latter part of the same month, the wagons having reached the end of the road, 50 miles from the place of location, two of the men were sent for™ ward to him, by an Indian trail, and he immediately returned with them. Cutting a wagon path through the woods, in a few days the laborers and family, together with their property,

were conducted safely to his camp ; at the first view of which, the little company sent up their united voices in hearty and long continued congratulations.

They at once proceeded to clear a large field of rich bottom land, and put in seed for potatoes, corn, turnips, &c. They also erected a blacksmith's shop, a building for a school and place of public worship, and twelve cabins, commenced a mill dam across th« east branch of the Sciota river, and laid out the town. By this time mid-summer had arrived, and Mr. Kil- bourne returned to Connecticut, and conducted his own and ten other families on to the purchase. The entire colony, in- cluding those who had removed the preceding Spring, now numbered one hundred persons, and so continued, without ad- dition or diminution, until the 4th of July, 1804, when they

all united in celebrating the anniversary of American inde- pendence in appropriate style—an oration being delivered by 7ij KILBOUBNE. [Generation VI.

Mr. K., and the falling of seventeen immense forest trees con-

stituting t'le national salute !

Nearly all the adult members of the colony united with the Episcopal Society, and w ere constituted a church under the name of St. John's parish, of which the subject of this notice was appointed Rector. Ever active and efficient, he visited the neighboring settlements and other parts of the State, preaching, and organizing societies, many of which became and remain permanent churches. He was once invited to preach, on a special occasion, in the Hall of the House of Rep- resentatives, both branches of the Legislature having adjourn- ed for the purpose, and all the members being present. At this time he had never thought of leaving the clerical office. But, subsequently, his fellow citizens began to urge upon hirn-t-hs- importance and necessity of his taking the lead in their civil affairs. Many and arduous duties had already devolved upon him, aside from those which legitimately belong to the

profession which he had chosen. . Besides superintending the affairs of the colony, he had personally made a complete sur- vey of the township and divided to each of the forty proprie- tors their Rights. His parish and colony were rapidly in- creasing in numbers, his clerical duties were consequently becoming more pressing, while at the same time his calls for the transaction of public business of a secular nature were cor- respondingly increased. A diocese having been formed, and a Bishop elected, mainly through his instrumentality, he at length determined to yield to the repeated solicitations of his friends. He accordingly resigned his rectorship, and devoted himself to other public duties and his own private occupations. Upon the organization of the State Government of Ohio, he was appointed a civil magistrate, and Captain of all the military on the Nonh Western frontier. The Indian Line (as per Greenville Treaty) was but 28 miles from their settlement, and it required great vigilance and decision to manage the wily savages by whom they were litei ally surrounded. In addition to mills, stores, &c, which he erected and carried on for the V I I H (J R . G I5NKR ATION .] K L N E

benefit and convenience of the white settlements, he opened an Indian trading h uise, by means of which he succeeded in con- ciliating- the favor of the red men, and in a great measure checking (heir depredations. In the Spring of 1805, he explored thoroughly the South shore of Lake Erie, from its most southerly bend to the Man- mce rapids, (then an Indian territory,) and selected the pres- ent site of Sandusky City for the north-western commercial

metropolis, which it has since become. About the same time, unasked for and unexpected, he received, by act of Congress, from the Hon. Albert Gallatin, then Secretary of the National Treasury, the appointment of United States' Surveyor of an immense tract of Public Lands, and executed the duties of the

office for nine years—and, still holding the Commission, com- pleted the survey by deputies of his own appointment.

In 1806, he was appointed by the Legislature in joint ballot, -

one of the first Trustees of Ohio College, at Athens, (the Gov- ernor being President, ex officio,) and continued to hold the office for several years, but at length resigned in consequenee of the pressure of other duties, and the distance of the institu- tion from his place of residence. This College was endowed by Congress with two townships of land, consisting of 46,080 acres. In 1808, he was elected by the Legislature one of three Commissioners to locate the seat of Miami University—his col- leagues being the Hon. Alexander Campbell, late Senator in Congress, and Dr. Wilson, President of the College at Athens. About this time he wr as elected Major of the Frontier Regi-

ment ; was soon after chosen Lieutenant-Colonel, and subse-

quently Colonel. The last office he declined, and resigned his former commission. On the organization of Worthington College, with a Univer- sity charter, in 1812, he was elected President of the Corpo- ration, and has been re-elected once in three years to the pres- ent time. During the same year, he was appointed by the

President of the United States, pursuant to an act of Congress,, Uj KILEOURNE. [Generation Vi, a Commissioner to settle the boundary between the Public Lands and the great Virginia Reservation. This duty was performed under circ*mstances of much peril. It was soon after the declaration of war; much of the line lay through the Indian countiy, and many of the Indians were hostile. For two nights he encamped on the site of an Indian town, which our troops had captured and burnt only a day or two before, the smouldering ruins still burning. A few days after completing this service, (which Congress subsequently ratified,) Col. Kilbourne was elected a Repre- sentative to the Congress of the United States, and served with close attention through the two regular sessions and two extra sessions of the 13th Congress. His competitor at this elec- tion was Judge Slater, President of the Central Circuit. On returning home at the close of the second session, he learned "that he had been unanimously re-elected Colonel, and his commission had been left at his house. At the urgent solici- tation of the officers of the Regiment, he at length accepted the appointment.

In the fall of 1814, he was again placed in nomination for Congress, his opponent being Gen. Philemon Beecher, who had previously been Speaker of the House. Col. K. was re- elected by a vote of more than two to one. At the end of the 14th Congress, he declined are-nomination, and Gen. Beecher was elected. In 1823-4, he was a member of the Ohio Legislature, in which body he served on fourteen committees, one of which was the committee for the revision of all the laws of a general

nature in the State ; and as an individual member of that com- mittee, he formed the Glossory of the new revised code, de- nning all the Latin, Greek, and obsolete English words and technicalities, contained therein. Soon after this, he was ap- pointed by the Governor of Ohio to select the lands granted by Congress towards the Ohio Canal. In 1838-9, he was again a member of the General Assembly, and commenced and persevered, as far as practicable, in a sys- &s*rti*iO!t VI.] KILHOUBNE. [77

tern of reform, by condencing all local legislation, corporations, &c, into a few separate acts and a3 short forms as possible, thereby simplifying* the laws as well as rendering them con- venient for reading and reference—besides making a great saving of time, paper, printing, writing, &c.

Going a little farther back from the order of dates hitherto observed, we are confident we shall be excused by the kins-

men and friends of Col. Kilbourne for referring here to one or two facts in his personal history, which, though of a less pub-

lic nature, are no less interesting and characteristic than those which we have already detailed. About the commencement

of the last war with Great Britain, it being extensively known that he had a knowledge of manufacturing and some spare capital, he was requested by friends in New York, and urged by the President and his Cabinet and members of Congress, to embark in the manufacture of woolen goods for clothing the

Army and Navy. He well remembered the total ruin of all who were engaged in similar enterprizes during the war of

the Revolution ; still the promises were now so fair, and the non-protectionists admitting their errors and agreeing to change their policy, he was induced to join a company for that pur- pose—in which he invested ten thousand dollars, and incurred liabilities to the amount of fifty-seven thousand more. He prosecuted his new enterprise with his accustomed energy, and during the continuance of the war accomplished much. —

Peace came in 1815, but with it no protection of woolens. He sustained the whole establishment, amidst immense losses,

until 1820 ; when, all hope from Government failing, the factories at Worthington and Steubenville were crushed. He now found himself, at the age of fifty years, with a large fami-

ly, (most of whom were young and unprovided for,) deprived of the last farthing which he had accumulated, by enormous sacrifices and the ^rigorous coertion of creditors. Finding himself thus"totally destitute of means, except a good degree

of physical strength and a spirit not easily conquered by un- toward circ*mstances, he took up his surveying apparatus 78] £IL BOURNE. [Generation VI. again, and went into the woods. For more than twenty years he was much of the time busily engaged in his calling—and we hazard nothing in saying that he has surveyed more town- ships, highways, turnpikes, railroads, and boundary lines, than any three other men in the State. By the practice of his wonted industry and enterprise, in a short time he again ac- quired a good degree of independence—and was enabled to educate his family in business, science, and literature. He was the presiding officer at the great State Convention holden at Columbus on the 4th of July, 1839, for laying the corner stone of the Capitol of Ohio; also, at the immense

Whig Convention on the 2£d of February, 1840. It maybe added, farther, that he has been called to preside in more than half of aH the conventions, meetings, &c, which he has at- tended for fifty years past.

Since he arrived at the age of " three score and ten," (in 1840,) Col. K. has declined ail public office, except that of Assessor of Real and Personal Estate for the County of Franklin—the duties of which station he performed until 1845, when he resigned. E;i*, though retired from public life, he

still feels a lively interest in public affairs ; and during the last six years he has delivered more than one hundred addresses on State and National policy. Lucy, his wife, having died not long after his removal to Ohio, he was married in Worthington, in 1808, to Cynthia Good ale. His children are—Hector, Lucy, Harriet, Laura, Orrel, Byron, Orrel 2d, Eliza, Cynthia, Lincoln, Charlotte, and James.

Azuba, born in 1774 ; died of "camp distemper," in 1778. Deborah, died in infancy.

AMASA, born in New Britain in 1780 ; emigrated to Ver- mont when 21 years of age, and there engaged in boating and the lumber trade on the Connecticut river, in which he was successful. Thence he went to Lower Canada, and engaged in the same business on the river St. Francis, and died there of th? spotted fever in 1805. He was unmarried. ; is ebatioh VI.] KILBOUEN. | 79

24. JOSHUA. Mehitable, b. April 23d, 1764; married Josiah D ;wey of Berlin. Their children were Daniel, Josiah, Franklin, Asa- he], Seth, Esther^Mehetabh'., Rebun, and Mary.

Elizabeth, b. April 24, 1765 ; married Reuben Hart, of Farmington, »nd soon after removed to Whitestown, N. Y. Their children—Alpheus, Ansel, Chauncey, Dorathy, Aman- da, Pluma, and Eliza.

36. GEORGE, b. at Berlin in 1769: at twenty-six years of age, he was married to Miss Almira Wilcox, daughter of James Wilcox, of Simsbury. After residing in Farmington and

Goshen for about ten years, in the fall of 1801, he joined an emigrating company which had been formed in the latter place, with a view of settling in the Far West. In their route they crossed the Alleghany mountains, and after a tedious journey of eight weeks, the emigrants with their families ar- rived safe af their place of destination, Hudson, Summit Co.,

Ohio. Mr. K. is still a resident cf Hudson. His children are, Asahel, George, Timothy, Justin, Sophia and Eliza.

37. WILLIAM, b. Jan. 22d, 1772 ; resided at Farmington ;

married late in life, and had a family, but I have not learned, their names. He died in Avon a few years since.

JOSHUA, b. in *775 ; he resided in Farmington, aad died a bachelor. 26. ELISHA.

38. ELISHA, b. in Wethersfield, and at an early age ac- companied his father to Sandisfield, Mass. He resided for several years in Tyyrmgham, but subsequently removed to Colebrook, Conn., where he died. His children were, Elisha, Roswell, Jason C«, Jonathan S., Barney, Sally, and Betsey. Huldah, married John Brown, of Sandisfield, afterwards of

Pittsfield ; her seconi husband was Jared Ingersoll, Esq., of Pittsneld. She died in 1838, aged 83. 39. HEZEKIAH, born at Wethersfield in 1756, asd was

.filled at Sandisfield, Mass., while attempting to raise the gate

of his grist-mill, by falling over the dam :snd breaking his etui', I B . 801 K L U R N f QitNEHATKm VI,

in 1809. His children were, Prudence, Hannah, Elizabeth, and Abigail. 40. CHARLES, born in Sandisfield in 1757—entered the Revolutionary Army at the commencement of the war, and

continued in it until its close. He married Susannah Fosdiek ofWethersfield. He died at Hounsfield, Jefferson Co., N. Y.

in, 1830, aged 73. He had but one son, Ashur.

Sarah, b. in Sandisfield February 26, 1758, was married to John Hastings Allen, of Sandisfield, Dec. 1785. Her children are, John-Hastings, Emily, Eunice, and Sarah—the last of

whom is the wife of (he Hon. George Hull, late Lieutenant

Governor of Massachusetts. Mrs. Allen is now [1847] living, in the 90th year of her age.

41. JONATHAN, b. in Sandisfield in 1760; married Sarah daughter of Deac. David Granger, of Suffield/Conn. F or many years he successfully carried on the tanning and curry- ing business at the stand of his father, and died in his native

town, possessed of great wealth, in January, 1829. 1 find his

name in the list of Honorary Members of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. His wife died in Oc- tober, 1832, aged 80. ASHUR, born in Sandisfield, in 1762—died in earfy man- hood, leaving no descendants. 42. ROBBINS, [twin with the preceding,] married Huldah

Wright of Sandisfield ; removed to Litchfield, N. Y., and after- wards to Frankfort, in the same State. His children were,

r Robbins, Ashur, Luc} , and Huldah. Hopeful, married Stephen Morse, of Sandisfield.

43. ROBERT, b. in Sandisfield in 1766 ; married Sarab

Hubbard ; his children are, Clarissa, Levi, Russell, Joel, Mark

and Sai ah Ann. He is still living in Great Barrington. Elizabeth,, married a Mr. Remington, of Suffield.

44. ALLEN, b. in Sandisfield in 1766 ; settled in Cham- pion, N. Y., where he was married to Rhoda, daughter of John Canfield. His children were, Jared, Allen, Nancy, Sarah,

Austin-Granger, and: others. He died in the autumn of 1841. •

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29. LIEUT. BENJAMIN. Ruth, b. October 17, 1752; married Jonah Stone, of Litchfield.

45. Capt. LEWIS, b. in Litchfield, May 22, 1755 ; was married to Anne, daughter of Lieut. Amos Parmelee, Jan. 30, 1782, by Rev. James Nichols. He was an ardent whig in

the revolution ; was a Grand Juror in 1793, and was commis- sioned as Captain of the 1st Company of the 17th Regiment, 6th ^Brigade, Conn. Militia, in !797. Died in 1805. His children were, Charles, Dothy, Norman and Benjamin.

46. Col. CHARLES, b. in Litchfield, Mar. 3, 1758. In the early part of the war of the revolution he was drafted into the aerviee of the Americans—much against his own predilections. He, however, served through one campaign, and was engaged in several skirmishes with the British. In common with his

father and most of his brothers, he was from the first a zealous and sincere loyalist in principle. When, therefore, he learned that he must run his chance a being drafted a second time, he resolved by some means to place himself beyond the reach of such a contingency. It so happened that about this time a loyal neighbor of his, Daniel Griswold, who had been a soldier in ihe British army, returned to his native town, bear- a Captain's commission, and forthwith commenced the work of his mission, viz., enlisting soldiers into the king's service, Charles Kilborn wT as among the first to enroll his name, Apr.

26, 1777. Dr. Reuben Smith, in a letter* to Gov. Wolcott, dated at Litchfield, May 12th, 1777, (in alluding to Griswold

and his soldiers,) says, " The Wednesday following, April 30, they were taken, (except Benjamin Doolittle and Charles Kil-

born, who it is said were killed in attempting to escape,) and were carried to Derby, where they we tried by a court martial,

and Griswold was sentenced to be hanged ; which sentence was executed the Monday following, at New Haven. The rest were pardoned, upon their enlisting into the Continental Army during the war." The supposition that Kilborn was killed, was a mistake. He was successful in his " attempt to escape,"

* See Woodruff's Hiilory of Litchfield, pp. 3d, 40 82] _ K PL BOURN. [Geneeation V?. and, after a scries of vicissitudes and adventures, he succeeded in rinding- bis way to Canada on foot—much of his route lying through an uninhabited country. He stopped at St. John's, then a considerable military post, where he engaged himself as a clerk to an eminent merchant named White—he being then in the 19th year of his age. He soon after became a

partner with Mr. White ; and, though extensively engaged in merchandizing, he was soon*also an active participant in the military movements consequent upon the war. Before peace was concluded, he had attained the rank of Captain in the British service. In February 1784,' he was married to Miss Margaret Young, a member of a loyal family who had emigra- ted to Canada from the State ef New York. He subsequent- ly removed to Cald\V ell's Manor, on" Lake Champlain, where for nearly seventeen years he was extensively engaged as an agriculturalist and merchant: During hisjesidence here, he was for a long time the highest civil and military officer in the place. Removing thence, he resided for two years in Al- burg. In 1804 he settled in Stanstead, on an island formed by a considerable river, about six miles south of Lake Mem- phremagog. On this stream he built mills of various kinds, and the settlement and the country around took the name of

"Kilborn," and is so put down on the English and American maps of that period. The stream also was called " Kilborn River." This property, with the exception of about 400 acres of land owned by his son, Col. Alexander Kilborn, has passed out of the family; and consequently the name of the place has been changed. At the commencement of the last war between the U. S. and Great Britain, Mr. K. held the rank of Major us the king's service, and was appointed to the command of a corps of pro- vincial troops, well known as the "Frontier Lignt Infantry," which were continued in active service under his command, until the close of the war. He was present at the Battle of

Piattsburgh, where he was eminently distinguished for his skill and bravery. He was subsequently taken prisoner in an —

VI. Q ITERATION J KILBOURN. [83 engagement near his head-quarters at La Cole, and conveyed to Greenbush, N. Y., where he was kept for several weeks, until exchanged. About this time alargs number of American prisioners were placed in his charge at La Cole, several of whom were from Connecticut, and two of them from his na-

tive town; ' They"were afterwards accustomed to speak in the highest terms of his humanity and liberality—they having previously been subjected to the harshest treatment. He gave

them an abundance of wholesome food and fresh air, and even permitted them to walk in the environs of their place of con- finement. And it is worthy of special record, as exhibiting the high sense of honor which prevailed among the American soldiers, that not one of them betrayed the confidence thus

generously reposed in them ; although at a subsequent period,

when in charge of a rigid and merciless officer, several ( f them effected their escape. At the close of the war, he retired to his homestead at "Kilborn," with the rank of Lieut. Colonel

where he designed to spend the remainder oi his days in the

quiet ot domestic enjoyment. But the public presented claims to his services which he could not well decline. His commis-

sion as a civil magistrate, which he had held previous to the

war, was renewed by the Governor-General, and its accep- tance was strenuously urged upon him by the people. He

accepted it—and was afterwards appointed a Judge of the District of St. Francis.

Col. Kilborn died June 19th, 1834, aged 76 ; Margaret, his wife, died August 21, 1841, aged 73. Their children were, Lucy, Betsey, Benjamin, Alexander, Sally, Joseph, Mary, Nancy, Matilda, and Lydia. Catlin. Nancy, born Dec 13, 1760 ; married Bradley Bissell. Hannah, born Feb 1762 ; married John re- 47. BENJAMIN, born in Litchfield, January 27, 1765 ; moved to Canada with his father, where he was married and had two daughters. He hung himself in 1790.

48: DAVID, born in Litchfield, February 1767 ; removed ot Canada, and settled on the St. Lawrence a few miles below Si] KILB O'U R N. [Generation VI.

Brockville. The*following Report from a Committee in Con-

gress, upon his petition for remuneration for services and sac- rifices during the last war with Great Britain, contains many- interesting facts in his personal history which areVeil worthy of preservation : Feb. 22, 1830.—"Mr. Dayton, fromXommittee on Military Affairs, to whom was referred the case of David Kilbourn, made the following' Report : That the petitioner sets forth that he is a native citizen of the United States, within which he re- mained until after the termination of the revolutionary war*

when he removed into Upper Canada ; that although residing in that Province, his attachment to his country was undimin-

its ished, and he was always desirous of promoting interests ; that in the year 1813, at the solicitation and by authority of General Wilkinson, then commanding officer of the American Army upon the northern frontier, he engaged to examine, se- cretly, the British posts in Canada, to procure^aceurate infor- mation of their numbers and position, and to communicate the result to the American commander; that he executed this commission to the entire satisfaction of General Wilkinson, by whose agent he was promised ample compensation for his ser- vices and indemnity against any loss"which he might suffer for having undertaken them ; that ths enemy, having been inform- ed of the petitioner's employment and acts, apprehended him, confined him in prison, treated him harshly, and proposed put-

ting him to death, when he made his escape ; that he was again arrested, again subjected to similar treatment, and again threatened with death, which would inevitably have been his

portion, had he not a second time effected his escape ; that af- ter his escape, he repaired^to General Wilkinson's camp at the French Mills, who renewed to him his former promises, fur- nished him with money to defray his expenses to Sackett's Harbour, and recommended him to the Quartermaster at that

port, who employed the petitioner in his office ; that from ill health he was compelled to relinquish this situation, since when, he has resided in the State of New York, where he is J —

GiwifiTio* VI. IILBOURNK. [85

riow living under the complicated burthens of old age, infirmi- ty, and indigence, and that since the compulsory abandon-

ment of Canada, his property there, which he valued at

$10,000, had been confiscated, and its proceeds paid into the provincial treasury. Under these circ*mstances, he prays that he may be compensated for his services, and indemnified for the loss of his property; " That such services as were performed by the petitioner

would, if discovered, expose him to the penalty of death, no other testimony is requisite to establish, than the universal and

well known practice of nations in similar cases ; that he did! per- form these services faithfully, and that they were highly use-

ful and important, is proved most fully and satisfactorily ; and that justice and policy would dictate that he should be liberally

remunerated for them is unquestionable. It must be recol- lected that the petitioner was not a traitor to his country when he penetrated into the British encampment, but an American citizen. Had he been a traitor, whatever odium might have been attached to his eonduct, our Government would have been bound to reward his treason. The Committee feel no hesitation in awarding to him what they consider to be a corn- sensation for his services and the personal perils to which they exposed him, and for that purpose they report a bill* They entertain as little doubt as to the justice and policy of indem- nifying the petitioner for any pioperty which he lost by the as the execution of his dangerous commission ; but testimony submitted to them is defective, both as the value of the proper^ ty which he ailed ges to have been confiscated, they recom- mend that no farther allowance be made to him, until he produces stronger evidence to substantiate these facts than the Committee have been furnished with." [Vol, 2, Doc. 189, Reports of Congressional Committees. a family David Kilbourn married a Miss White, and had ; Co. N.Y* he is, I believe, still living nearScriba P. O., Oswego 49. SAMUEL, b. in Litchfield Feb. 29, 1769; married Abby, daughter of Asahel Griswold, of Mill on, Ct. He settled gfj] EILBOURN. [Geke?.atioii VI at Kitley, County of Leeds, Upper Canada, where he is siiil living.

50. Capt. JOSEPH, b. in Litchfield Feb. 15, 1771 ; left

Iris native town in 1785, and became a clerk of his brother Charles, in Canada. He studied the art of surveying, and was appointed Deputy Surveyor of the Province on the 6th of June, 1792, and as such assisted in surveying nearly all the eastern townships of Lower Canada. On the 17th Feb. 1805, he was married in Ascott, Lower Canada, to Phebe Adams, daughter of Eliphalet Adams, of Hartford, Conn.; and dur- ing the same year he received a Lieutenant's commission in the army from the hands of the Governor-General, Sir Robert Shore Milnes. At the commencement of the last war between the United States and Great Britain, he was transferred to (he Engineer Department, having received the appointment of Military Surveyor and Draftsman, with the rank and pay of Captain in the regular army: Pie continued to perform the duties of this station until a short time previous to his death, which took place at the head-quarters of the army, at Kingston, Nov. 15, 1814, in the 43d year of his age. In the year 1810, he committed the care of his landed pro-

perty (about thirteen hundred acres) to an intimate friend, to whom, in his last sickness, he wrote respecting the distribution ofths property to his family. His family, however, never

came in possession of said estate ; the presumed friend having,

it is said, appropriated it to his own use. The children of Capt. K. were, William-Vincent, Joseph- Henry, Caroline-Cordelia, and Clarissa-Maria. Lucr, married John White.

51. WILLIAM, b. in Litchfield, March 6, 1778; settled in Kingston, thence removed to Stanstead, where he remained a kw years, and then returned to Kingston. In 1814 he was taken as a spy at Burlington, Vt., and was sentenced to be hanged, but escaped on the night previous to the day appoint-

ed for his execution. He is said to be still living, and has a large family. Generation VI.] KILBOCRN . [B7

Pollv, married Maj. Reuben Sherwood, of ElizabethtowD B U. C.


Rachel, b. 1757 ; married James Griswold, of Litchfield. Hannah, married Benjamin Doolittle, of Litchfield,

52. JEREMIAH, bora in Litchfield April 8, 1762; marri- ed Anne Bishop, April 28, 17S5 ; his children were, Lucretia, Noah, Freeman, Putnam, Anne, Almira, Nancy, and Louisa. Died in Litchfield. 53. SOLOMON, born in Litchfield, Dec. 17, 1764; mar- ried Nabby Gross, of L., who died young. Removed to Ohio in early life, but left there many years ago. Children—Ben- jamin, Solomon, Catharine, and others. He is still living near Whitehall, N. Y.

Anna, b. July 12, 1767; married Gideon Stoddard, of Litch-

field ; her children were, Whitman, Jesse, Sally, Solomon, Abigail, Leonard, William, Henry, and Mary Ann. D. 1844- Olive, married Thomas Goodwin, of Litchfield. 54. WHITMAN, born in Litchfield, April 12, 1772; was married to Thai a Osborn, daughter of Capt. John Osborn* April 7th, 1800, by Rev. Judah Champion. Children — Myron, Ethan, Lewis, Eliada, Amanda and James. Died

June 18, 1843. Ss-bbel, died in early childhood, from falling into the fire. 31. JONATHAN.

55. JAMES, b. in Williamstown, Mass., August 25, 1764; was a soldier of the Revolution, had a wrist broken in the ser-

vice, and is now a pensioner. He is now living in Williams-

town, Orange county, Vt. ; has no children. Uri and Caleb died young. 56. ZACHEUS, dead—left a family. 57. JOSEPH, 32. JOSEPH.

Susannah, b. July 4, 1766. Elizabeth b. June 4, 1770. 58. TIMOTHY, born in Litchfield, June 11, 1768—now

lives in Westminster, London District, U. C. RILBOURN. [Gknebation VI, 88]

59. AARON, born in Litchfield, Jan. 30, 1773—now live* in London District, Upper Canada.

32. LEMUEL. 60. LEMUEL-JUDSON, born in Litchfield. April 3, 1763, He resided for several years in Granby, and subsequently in New York and Pennsylvania. He was a man of philosophical turn of mind, and possessed much mechanical ingenuity. In

the list of inventions patented, recently published under the

direction of the Commissioner of Patents, are the following ; " For distilling Alcohol, Lemuel J. Kilborn and John Beddis,

Pennsylvania, June 4, 1803 ; Striking part of Clocks, Lemuel

J. Kilborn, Penn,, October 4, 1809 ; Castings for Clocks,

Lemuel J. Kilborn, Penn., October 13, 1809," &c.

61. PHILO, born in Litchfield, 1769 ; settled in Granby,


62. OZIAS, born in Litchfield ; married Elizabeth Pa geof

Warren ; died ia Pennsylvania in 1841, leaving a large family, Urania, married David Stockwell, of Hartwick, N. Y. Rhoda, married Elisha Marsh, of Litchfield: Diaisthe, married William Griswold, and removed to Gen* messee county, N. Y. Heman, died in infancy. Huldah, married Daniel Fairchild, Hartwick, N. Y, Sally, married Simeon Griswold, of Meredith, N. Y. Hem an 3d, died at the age of fourteen years.

Lois, married Capt. Samuel Buel, of Litchfield ; died early,


63. ROSWELL, born in Litchfield, April 7, 1763. 64. JOHN, born May 19, 1775.

JOSEPH, born February 15, 1777—died in infancy. 37. JAMES. 65. JAMES, born in Litchfield, May 24, 1774; married Anna Remington, of Vermont; died in Brockville, Canada, March 1807. Children—Phebe, James and Zadock, who were, whem last heard from, in the town of Gallatin, Cophia. jcounty, Mississippi. <5sseratio:< VI] KiLBOURN. [89

66. ABEL, bom in Litchfield, Sept. 4, 1776 ; married

"Mary Smith ; his children are, George, Remington, Hiram,

Wilson, Phebe, Lucy and Harriet ; resides in Leeds, Canada,

67. ELI, born in Castleton, Vt., April I5th, 1781 ; married

Olive Russell, in Jobnsiown, Canada, in 1801, and has chil- dren, Lewis, James-Crampton, William-Russell, Sophia A.,

Candace, and Aitemesia ; now resides in Crosby, Canada. 68. HIRAM, born in Castleton in 1784; married Sarah Billings, of Brockville, U. C, in 1809, and has children, Braddish, Hiram, Billings, James, Luther, Albert and aU

phonzo ; now lives in Elizabethtown, U. C. 38. GILES.

£1). SAMUEL, born in Litchfield; was a soldier in fhe Continental Army, and was killed by the British near New

Yoik in 1781 ; was unmarried.

Rhoda, married Phineas Hill, of Litchfield ; removed with her husband to Shelburne, Vt,, when that township was a wil- derness. To reach their log cabin, (which her husband had built the preceding season,) she rode five miles through a pathless forest, on horseback, with a child in her arms and $

ted bound on the horse behind her. She is still living, up*

wards of 90 years oJd. Her only son is KHborn Hill, of Shel^ iburne. Ann*, married a JSmith, of Vermont.

Olive, settled in Burlington, Vt, ; has had three husbands,

viz., Mr. Leason, Mr. Green, and Mr, Graves. Laura, married Ezekiel Howard, (son of the Rev, Nathan

Howard, of New London ;) removed to Vermont. 7®, JOHN, born in Litchfield, March 16, 1766; married Lois Stoddard, April 26, 1790, and had children, Thirza, Harry, Mehala, and Mary. Died in 1835. Mary, married Elisha S. Munger, Oct. 29, 1783. Eiizaebth, married Calvin Bissell. 71. CHAUNCEY, born in l/itehfield in 177<0; settled m Charlotte, Vt. He was married to Hannah Kcnyon, daughter

of Payne Ken yon, of Moreau, Saratoga Qo. % N. Y., by the OoJ Kt L B URN. Generation VI.]

Rev. Lebbeus Armstrong, J\me 30, 1811. He returned to his native town in 1814, and died there on the 3d of June, 1819. His children were, John, Payne-Kenyon, and Giles- Chauncey. Sabra, died unmarried. 39. john. 72. JOHN, born probably in Goshen, Conn., and removed with his father to Adams, Berkshire Co., Mass. ; in 1790, he married Hannah, daughter of Dr. Maeck, [a German, who was one of the first settlers of that place.] He had two chil- dren, Frederick and Marsha—neither of whom married. He died at his residence in Williamstown, April 25, 1844, aged 83.

73. JACOB, b. in Adams ; removed to Herkimer Co., N. Y- 74. JAMES, do. do. 75. TRUMAN, do. do. 76. GILES, married a Miss Doane, of Plainfield, N. Y., where he settled and still lives. His children are, John Charles,* Jsmes, Frances, Giles and Judson. Mabel, married Solomon Smith, of Williamstown. 40. ISAAC.

77. ABRAHAM, born in Litchfield, Nov. 15, 1759; re- moved to Vermont in early life, where he married Elizabeth

Morranville ; his children were, Truman, Hiram, Amos, Burden, Alvenus, Alphonzo, David, and John-Morranville. He died at Poultney, Vt., in 1806. 78. IRA, born in 1764; married a Benedict, of Norfolk, and died young. He was a teacher of vocal music. 79. ANTHONY, removed to Canada. 80. ISAAC, married a Throop, of South Farms, and re- moved to Canada many years since. 81. ASHUR, went to the West. 82. AARON, went to the West, and died at Hudson, Ohio.] 83. AMASA, married a Smith, of Bethlem, and died there. Rebecca, married Joseph Westover. MERcy, married Capt. Philander Westover. Hepsibah, married Stephen Scott, of Bethlem. Mehetible, married Joseph Westover, [2d wife.]

* Graduated ai Hamilton Coll. 1833 ; now at Attorney at Vernoni N.Y- Gf.reratioh VI. XILBOURN. I [91

Eunice, married a Roberts, of Norfolk.

Lois, liyes in Watertown ; unmarried. Huldah, married Charles Wvlliams, and Ruel Plant. [There are others of this family, most of whom died young.]

'II. DAVID. 84. THERAL, bom Oct. 19, 1767; married Rebecca Waugh, and had three children, Eliza, Ezila, and a son who died in childhood Removed to Troy, N. Y., and died there. 85. ORANGE, born February 22, 1770; married Rhoda,

daughter of Benjamin Stone ; his children are, Marilla, Julia Ann, [wife of Solon Bishop,] and Lyman, of Martha's Vineyard.

86. JAMES, born September 18, 1771 ; married Diantha, 2 daughter of Nathaniel Smith, 2d, December , 1795 ; his chil- dren were, Julia, Clarissa, Susan, James-Elisha, Orrin S.,

Julia Maria. Died at Stillwater, N. Y., May 20, 1809. 87. LEVI, born April 15, 1773; married Anne Bradley,

November 27, 179-1, and had children — Marina, Maria, and Mary Ann. He was a Grand Juror in 1798. Reuben, died young. 83. DAVID, married Sally, daughter of Col. Heber Stone, and had children, Heber, Harry, Lyman, and Betsey. Resi- dence, Camden, Oneida county, N. Y. Betsey, m. McNiel, and removed to Stillwater, N. Y.

89. ELISHA, m. Susan Humphreyville, went south ; dead.

90. SAMUEL, born 1784 ; he left his native town in the spring of 1803, and, after traveling for some time, made a stop at Lisle, Broome Co., N. Y., where he remained for about eleven years, and from thence removed to Ogden, in the county of Monroe, where he still resides. On the 10th of April, 18O8, he was married to Miss Maria Patterson, daugh- ter of General John Patterson of the latter place, a distin-

guished officer of the Revolution, formerly of Berkshire coun-

ty, Mass. From -18 15 to 1828, he was occasionally chosen

Supervisor, besides holding other town offices ; in 1823 he was elected a Justice of the Peace, which office he held for six years. His children are, Lucian, David, Sophia, Nancy- 62] PA L BOX ft N":. [Gi.5 irattob V'l. Maria, George, Ruth, John-Patterson, Samuel and Diadema.

91. ERASTUS, married a Whitmore ; children, Samuel, Orrin and Nancy.

42. JESSE.

Lucretia, married Benjamin jfohnson ; died March 20, 1823 L 92. JACOB, born September 10, 1767 : married ucy Bradley. H e was a Grand Juror in 1798, a Lieutenant of Car- airy in 1800, and was subsequently for many years First Con- stably and Collec.or of Litchfield : he is still living in the vil lage of Bantam Falls, Litchfield- His children are, Norman bigail, Truman and Sarah.

He.maNj died young. Elizabeth, m. Capt. P. Westover.

92. HEMAN 2d, married Sally Baldwin, and had two sons s William and Joseph ; he settled in hendaken, Ulster county

N: ¥., and died there in 1827.

93. Hon. JESSE, born August 5, 1778 : m. Abigail Ward,- and settled in Cazenovia, Madison county, N. Y., where he engaged in merchandizing. He early became distinguished as a politician, and was for a great number of years Post Master^ Magistrate, Representative in the Legislature of New York,

&c. ; had two daughters, Laura M., [wife of Rev. Nathaniel Porter,] and Julia, who died unmarried. Died May 14, 1842.

94. TRUMAN, born June I, 1780 removed to Burlington* Otsego county, N. Y., where he married Deborah B. Cush- hian. While residing there he was. for many years a Justice tif the Peace, Supervisor, and Town Clerk. His children are> Sarah-Mattocks, Minerva, Truman-Cushman, Don Volckert* Delia-Harmony, and Horatio. Now resides at Lockport, in the county of Niagara;

eight Sarah, born in 1784 ; died at the age of years.

Mo tit, married Dr. Abel Hannahs; who lived and died at

Columbia, Herkimer county, New York ; her children are* Kilborn, William, Maryette, Lucius, and Dianthe. She died April I7 1834, S Generation VIL] KILBOURtf. [93

Diantha, married Henry Ward; resides in Penfield, Mon- toe county, N. Y. ; her children are Edwin, Calista, Diaatha, and Henry;

Note.—The children of David and Jesse Kilboum, (who are notetf on the two preceding pages*) were all born in Lttchfisld^ M] KILBOURN. [©JtNMATION tit

3. JOHN.

1. JOHNj born in Walpole, in 1765 ; married Anna Ash-

ley of Shrewsbury) Vt, and settled there ; was Justice of the Peace, Town Clerk and Selectmen- Had three sons—John, amuel, and Henry [M. D., of Covington, Pa.]

2. EZRA-CARPENTER; married Sarah Clark, of Say- brook, Conn., and had one daughter. Now lives in Walpole.

3. ELIJAH, married Rebecca Jennison of Walpole, and had six sons—Josiah,* Gerry, John J., Frederick, Elijah C. and William J.


4. EBENEZER, married Eunice White, and settled in Al- stead, N, H., but afterwards removed to Barnston, Lower Can- ada, with his family, and died there at the age of 51. He left three sons, viz., Josiah, Ebenezer and Otis, all of Barnston.

5. JEHIEL, married Zilpha Wright, of Keene, N. H., and settled in Barnston, where he is still living.

6. IDDO, married Abigail Sampson, of Ashburnham, Mass- resides in Hartford, Vt. ; his sons are, Francis and Merrill.

7. Rev. DAVID, born in Gil sum, N. H. ; married Lovice Perkins, of Barnard, Vt. He has been for thirty-eigbt years a preacher of the Gospel, seventeen of which he has been a

Presiding Elder in the Methodist church ; he is now a resident of Barre, Mass. He has no children;

7. JOHN.

8. JOHN-HENRY, born April 8, 1797; married at Bris- tol, Vt., to Rachel, daughter of Capt. Michael Dayfoot, of that

place, July 12, 1822. He resided in Bristol until 1826, when he removed to the Province of Upper Canada, and there en-

* Representative in the N. Hamp. Legislature, fr. Lyttleton, 1843 & '44. Generation VII.] KILBOURN

gaged in mercantile business. In 1842 he was elected a mem-

ber of the Municipal Council for the District of Niagara ; in the following year he received from the Executive Govern- ment of Canada West the appointment of Justice of the Peace. In IS44 he removed to Conneaut, Ohio, where he now resides.

9. ROWLEY, born September 28, 1800 ; married at Clin- ton, C. W., to Keziah, daughter of Samuel Corwin, January 19, 1885. He was commissioned as a Justice of the Peace in

1843—and is now a Presiding Magistrate for Niagara District.

10. HARMON, born September 2, 1802 ; married Mary Corwi*, and now lives on the homestead in Canada.

11. ADOLPHUS, born July 26, 1819 ; married Mary Am Stevens, of London, C. W., and now lives in Conneaut, Ohio 12. CYRUS, born October 24, 1822;

10. GUSTAVUS. 13. GUSTAVUS A., was a wholesale merchant in N. York, house of Parmelee, Kilburn & Rogers. Died 1845. [There may be other sons in this family. One of the daughters is the wife of the Hon. Greene C. Bronson, the pres- ent Chief Justice of the State of New York.


14. JONATHAN, born January 28, 1768 ; married Eliza- beth Farnham, April 21, 179 1. He is now living at Clinton, Conn: His children are, Abner F., [Deac. Cong. Ch. in Clinton,] Leonard, Phinetta, Aaron, [of New Haven,] Jona- than, [of Middletown,] Betsey, and Peter E; (There may be others of this family.)

15. DAVID.

"' Lydia, born April 14, 1768 ; married Daniel Bulkley; % now lives in Hartford. Her son, the Hon. Ichabod Bulkley, of Ashford, died a few years since, while President of the Sen- ate of Connecticut.

15. DAVID, b. in Colchester, June 25, 1770; married

Lydia Wells, He was the first Town Clerk and first Pas* 96] KILBOURN; [Genekatigk VII.

Master of Marlborough, Conn. His children* were, Lydia, Celinda, Sarah, David-Wells, Mary-Ann, and Edward. Died

at Pittsfield, Mass., July 23, 1844; Lydia, his wife, died at

Keokuk, Iowa, July 3, 1845.

16. SAMUEL-ABEL, born July 7, 1772; married and set-

tled in Liberty, N. Y., where he still lives ; has no children: Elizabeth, died in childhood.

Dimmis, married Noah Wells ; now lives in Peekskill, N.Y. 47. JOHN, born August 25, 1779; married Lavinia Wil- liams. Residence unknown. No children.

18. RALPH, born November 11, 1781 ; married and set- tled in Nantucket, where he was a merchant. He died some years since, leaving one son and two daughters. Elizabeth, m. Solomon Wells, and settled in Utica, N. Y.

Mart, m. Stephen Austin ; died in New York city in 1839. 18 ELIJAH.

19. ELIJAH, b. in Colchester ; went on board of a Priva-

* CHILDREN 0» DAVIE KILBOURKE. 1. LYDIA, b. July 12, 1794; married Wm. Coleman, and now re« Bides in Keokuk, Lee co., Iowa.

2. CELINDA, b. April 17, 1796 ; married Alfred Buel, and now resides in Galena, Illinois.

3. SAEAH, b- January 27, 1798 j married Gen. Enos H. Buel, of Marlborough, Conn., in 1817. 4. DAVID-WELLS, died in childhood.

5. DAVID-WELLS, born in Marlborough, April 12, 1803; wag married in Albany, N. Y., June 26tb, 1827, to Harriet, daughter of Na. hum Rice, Esq. He was formerly a merchant in Albany, but remov% ed to Lee county, Iowa, some years since, where he has been Post Master, Magistrate, &c, and in 1840 was a candidate for the Territo-

ial Council or Senate. Himself and brother are merchants at Fort Madison, and among the most extensive wool>growers in the Territory. His sons are, David»Wells, Henry-Williams, George-Erskine, and JSdward-Jermaina.

6. MARY-ANN, resides with her brothers in Iowa ; unmarried. 7. Maj- EDWARD, born in Marlborough, January 22, 1814; resi- ded in Albany for several years, and in 1834 was commissioned by Gov. Marcy as Major of the Fifth Regiment of N. Y. State Artillery.

He removed to Iowa with his brother ; married Caroline Amelia, cStughter of Ezra F«ote, Eiq., July 26, 184S. Besides is Ft. Madison, .

Generation VII.] K I L B U R N [gf

teer at the commencement of the revolutionary war, and was taken prisoner by the British. After his liberation he married and settled in Ohio. Asa and Ellis, dead. 20. Hon. IRA, born in Colchester, Conn., Oct. «9th, 1772. His father designed him for a farmer, and he continued to

-work at home on the farm until near twenty years of age ; when, having an ardent thirst for knowledge, he commenced preparing for college under Ihe instruction of the Rev. Sal- mon Cone. In September 1793, he entered the freshman

class in Yale College ; he, however, soon left that institution and became a member of Williams College. Here he con- tinued to prosecute his studies with unusual success until he had entered upon the Junior year, and then returned to Old

Yale. In 1796, he went to Westerly, R. I., and was there en- gaged in teaching the Academy for about a year. In the fol- lowing Spring, he formed a co-partnership with Drs. Lee and Collings, and commenced the mercantile business under the name and firm of " Kilburn & Co." Not meeting with the success he had anticipated in this enterprize, after a trial of two years he abandoned it and commenced the study of law with the late Hon. Coddington Billings, of h"s native county. After studying- three years with Mr. Billings, and receiving his certificate to that effect, he entered the office of the late Judge Gilbert, of Hebron, in 1802. He designed to have presented himself for admission to the bar at the next Court, when un- foreseen circ*mstances called him to Tiogo county, Pennsyl- vania. Having taken up his residence in Lawrenceville, in the State and county last named, he was married to Miss Sally Ross, on the 20th of June, 1803. He purchased an extensive and beautiful tract of land lying on both sides of the Tioga river, embracing the ground on which the village of Lawrenceville now stands. Besides carrying on a very extensive business at farming, he erected mills of various kinds, and for a great number of years kept them in constant operation. In I80&, 93] KILBURN. Generation VII.

he was elected Commissioner of Taxes for Tioga county, and on the 13th of September the same year he was commissioned as a Justice of the Peace. In August 1811, he was elected and commissioned Colonel in the Pennsylvania Militia, and in the following February was appointed Post Master by Gener- al Granger. About this time he was also elected Auditor of Public Accounts, and was soon after appointed a Judge of the

Court of Common Pleas by the Legislature. This last office he held until he went out by the Amended Constitution, Feb- ruary 28, 1840—a period of twenty-eight years. The day on which his Judgeship expired, he was again commissioned as a Justice of the Peace, and during the succeeding four years- tried over eight hundred law cases.

Judge Kilburn is still living, at the age of seventy-five years —with a hale constitution, and a fair share of this world's

goods ; respected and honored at home and abroad. His children* are, Wells, Harriet R., Ralph-Lee, Eliza Ann, Adaline, and Charles-Lawrence.


1. WELLS, born in Lawrenceville, of which place he has been at Councilman and Burgess: His is tho inventor and patentee of the Corn Planter, and other agricultural implements. 2. HARRIET-ROSS, married William B. Mann, Esq: 3. RALPH-LEE, born July 4, 1810; ho is now in California, on th» Pacific, engaged in erecting mills. 4. ELIZA-ANN, is the wifa of the Hon. Norman H. Purple, of Peo* ria, 111., one of the Judges of the Supreme Court of Illinois.

5. ADELINE, married John C. Knex, Esq., an Attorney.

6. Lieut. CHARLES LAWRENCE, U S. A., a brave and gallant officer in the American Army in Mexico, was born Lawrenceville Au- gust 0th, 1819, and graduated at the National Military Academy at West Point, in the first division of his class, in 1841. He immediate* as Lieutenant ly entered the Army brevet 2d of Artillery ; and not long after was make 2d Lieutenant. In 1846, while stationed at Fort Moul- trie, S. C, he received orders to repair immediately to the seat of war, on the Rio Grande ; which summons he obeyed, having, howev* er, been appointed Adjutant previous to his departure. He participa*

led in the battles of Palo Alto, Rcsaca de la Palnia, Bueaa Vista, &c,f —

Generation VIL] K1LBOURN. \[)Q

The following anecdote went the rounds of the newspapers

in 184-1 : " A Live Judge.—As the venerable Judge Kilburn, of Pennsylva^ nia, was once traveling in a stagevcoach on his w;iy to Court, ha found among his tel!o\v-passengers a lady from one of the back-woods counties, who had evidently seen but little of the world, and whose quaint and unsophisticated remarks excited the risibles of her listen- ers to an alarming pitch. The Judgo having become interested in his new acquaintance, with true Yankee tact soon made himself ac- quainted with her origin and history. After she had finished her story, she continued " I've told you who I am, now I want to know who you be and whero you come from." " My name is Kilburn, and I came originally from the laad of steady habits." " !" I've heard tell of Judge Kilburn ; you aint him, be you said the lady. " So they call me," replied tha Judge, " I thought you was 6ome great big man ; is the land of steady habits in (his world ?" " Yes— it is in old Connecticut." 11 "Wal," she continued, after looking at the Judge for a moment in astonishment, " I've seen piclers of Judges, but I never seen a live !"— one before—and didn't know whero they come from neither Lowell Operative. Sally and Lucy died at the ages of nineteen and twenty;

21. Capt. AMASA, born in Colchester ; he was Captain of militia company in the last war, and fell in command in the battle at Black Rock, N. Y. His wife was Hannah Chipman, of Vermont. Clarissa, married Elihu Marvin; of Hebron, Mary married Dennis, of China, N. Y. Ladia, m. in Tioga co.; now lives withher sister last named. 22. ALFORD, was a Lieutenant in the American service during the last war with Great Britain; resigned, and was chosen a Justice of the Peace notwithstanding his youth. He died at Cattaraugus, N. Y., at the age of 25 years.

23. RALPH, M. D. t was long a practicing physician in Tioga county, but now resides in China, N. Y., aged about

60 years ; he is a bachelor. and is highly complimented for hia "skill and good eonduct," in the official despatches of Gen. Ttviggs and Gen. Taylor. la February 1847, he was promoted to a First Lieutenancy, the rank which, he now holds. 100 K I L B O U R N [GmstATKm Vlf. . 20. JOSEPH.

24. AUSTIN, b. in Glastenbury, January 28, 1794 ; he was cashier of the Phoenix Branch Bank in Litchfield from 1820 to 1825. For ten years he was Recording Secretary of the Hartford Co; Agricultural Society, and in 1844 published a valuable " Treatise on Agriculture." He is now and has been for many years a hardware merchant in Hartford. Unmarried;

SoPHfA, born January 23, 1796 ; married Samuel Whiting, of West Hartford.

25. OGDEN, b. in Glastenbury, June 7, 1798 : was mar- ried in 1842, to Miss Elizabeth Bates, niece and adopted daugh- ter of the late Hon. Isaac C. Bates, U. S. Senator from Mas- sachusetts. He is a hardware merchant in Hartford. Eliza, born October 28, 1803. 26. HORACE, born November 11, 1809. 31, THO MAS. JAMES, 27. b. in Hartford, Jan. 20, 1752 ; married and had one son, George ;* his widow is still living1 in Windsor, at a very advanced age.

28. NOAH, born March 18, 1755. ASHBEL, 29. born April i7, 1759 : settled in East Hartford and had sons, Ashbel, Harry, Noah; Alfred, and Nathan. 22. Capt. NATHANIEL.

Rebecca, m. Isaac Mason ; Mary Ann, m, Walker

Susannah, m. John Bunce, Jr. ; she was the grandmother of John L. Bunce, Esq., cashier of the Hartford Bank, and James M. Bunce, Esq., merchant of Hartford.

* GEORGE, born in Hartford, July 9th, 1792 ; married Mary VanZandt and had Elizabeth, Sarah, James,* and Mary; his wife having died in 1822, he married Catharine Dale, and had George, John, William, Catharine, and Harriet. For the last thirty years he has resided in Albany ; a drum maker.

• JAMES, bom in Albany, March 22, 1820 ; married Catharine Livingston, of Bern, N. Y., September 10, 1842. He is well known through the State of New York as a temperance and political stump speaker—by the title of " The Celebrated Albany Carpenter.'' Generation VII.] K TLB OUR N. 101

Capt. -SAMUEL.. Sabah, married Spencer Whiting, Esq., of Hartford. Samuel, died in Hartford, Nov; 25, 1789, M. 16 years. 30. WILLIAM, b. 1779; d. March 28, 1S37; unmarried. Jerusha, married a Mr. Hall, and bad a family.

31. Hon. HENRY, born in East Hartford ; married Eliza- beth, daughter of Maj. Elisha Babco*ck, editor of the American Mercury, Hartford, and became a merchant in that city early in life. He was for a great number of years a Director of the iEtna Insurance Company ; in 1818, he was elected a Rep- resentative to the State Legislature from Hartford, and was occasional^ chosen to the same station until 1835. In 1838, he was placed in nomination by the Whigs of Connecticut for Comptroller of the State, and, after an animated contest, was elected by a large majority. In each of the years 1839, '40, and '41, Mr. Kilbourn was re-elected Comptroller. He is still living in Front street, at the head of Kilbourn street, in

Hartford ; his children are, Henry-Samuel, James-Elisha, and Emeline, wife of Dr. E. E. Marcy.

33. WILLIAM.' Vt., 32. JOHN, A. M. y b. in Tunbridge, Aug. 7, 1789; grad-

uated at the Vermont Universityj at Burlington, in 1810 ; re- moved to Ohio, where he was for a while Principal of Wor- thington Academy, and subsequently practiced law in Chilli- cothe. He was the author of the Ohio Gazetteer, the Ver- mont Gazetteer, and one or two school books. He marrried a lady of Utica, N. Y,, and had two children ; died at Chilli- cothe several years since.

33. ARIUS, born in Tunbridge, July 12, 1790 ; resides in

Worthington, Ohio ; his wife and children are dead. Julia, married Ezra Perkins, of Chelsea, Vt. Emily, married Joshua Foster, jr., of Chelsea. 34. Dr. RALPH, [Dentist,] born in Tunbridge, August

29, 1796 ; married Sally Dearborn, of Chelsea ; now resides in Montpelier. His children are, William-Pearly, [b. 1820,] 102 KILROURN. Generation V1T.

George- Henry, Horatio-Everett, Isaac-Dearborn, Mary A., Harriet, Ann Clara, Ed ward -Ralph and Edwin- Arius, twins..

35. WILLIAM, born in Tunbridge, 1799 ; died in Dublin,

Ohio ; married, but left no descendants.

Sarah, lives in Hartford ; unmarried, Osmond, died in infancy.

S6. JEDEDIAH-SAGE, M. D., born in Tunbridge, Oct. his professional studies Dr. Russel 23, 1803 ; pursued with Clark, of Sandy Hill, N. Y., and Drs. Robbins and Wheeler,

of Troy ; and took a license to practice from the Renselaer County Medical Society. He then went to Albany and stu- dies one year with Professor Marsh, and in 1836 he graduated at the New York College of Physicians and Surgeons. A few years since, he was selected as the Private Physician of Jo- seph Bonaparte, exiting of Spain. Unmarried.

37. JAMES, born in Tunbridge, September 29, 1807, and

died a few years since in Ohio ; had been recently married. Eliza Ann, married Homer Tuller, of Worthington, Ohio,

35. HON. james: 38. Col. HECTOR, born in Simsbury, Conn., in 1791 ; removed to Worthington, Ohio, with his father. He studied the art of Surveying, and assistsd his father in laying out Sam* dusky City— at which place he ever afterwards resided. He Militia, accumulated an estate of $ 20,000 ; was Colonel of Postmaster, and Magistrate. Died in 1838. Unmarried.

Lucv, born in Simsbury ; was married to M. Matthews,

Esq., in 1811 ; their children are, Dorance, Adaline, Fitch, James, and Ellen. She died in 1838.

Harriet, born in Simsbury in 1795 ; married Dr. C. H.

Case in 1812, and had Hector and Douglas ; Dr. Case having died, she was married in 1820 to A. Buttles, and had Edwin, Julia> Love, Eden, Mary, Henry and Lucy.

Laura, born in Simsbury in 1797 ; was married to R. W. Cowles. and had Havens, Cynthia- Hector K.> Mary Antonette, Generation VII. KILBOURN, K)3

Renselaer II., Jam,es W. s Gcraldine, Granville, Laura K., Gertrude, Byron K., and Whiting D.

Osrel, was killed in early childhood by an accident,

39. Hon. BYRON, born in Granby, Conn., in 1801. and

removed with his father to Ohio when about three years old.

He first commenced business as Surveyor of Crawford and

Marion counties ; and on the commencement of the Public Works in Ohioj he was appointed by the State to the import- ant post of Resident, Locating and Superintending Engineer —and continued to exercise the duties of the appointment until the completion of the Grand Canal from Portsmouth to Cleveland* the Miami Canal from Cincinnati to Dayton, and the Sloop Canal from Pluron to Milan. After the close of the Black Hawk War, he went to Wisconsin as United States' Surveyor for that Territory. Soon after his arrival there, he purchased a large tract of wild land at the mouth of Milwaukie River, and there located and founded the city of Milwaukie, which now contains upwards of 12,000 inhabitar-cs. In 1840 he was nominated for Delegate to Congress from that Terri- tory, but though he polled a heavy vote, his competitor, Gov. Doty, was elected. In 1845, he was elected a member of the Wisconsin House of Delegates from Milwaukie county. He was a member of the great River and Harbor Convention holden at Chicago in July, 1S47, and one of the General Com* mittee appointed to call said convention and to make arrange- ments therefor.

His first wife was Mary H. Cowles, by whom he had Glor- iana, and Lucy Fitch ; his second wife was Plenrietta Karrick, by whom he had B) ron-Hector.

Orrel, 2d. born in Washington, Pa., in 1803 : married I.

* " In the summer of 1835, Mr. Kilbourn purchased the land on the west side of the river from the United States, and surveyed it into town lots. That portion of Milwaukie is still known as' Kilbourntown. The first physician in Milwaukie was the lamented Dr. Pioud, who located at r Kilbourntown in 1836. — [McCabe's ' History of Milwaukie,' 1847. 104 KILBOURN. Generation VII.

N. Whiting, Esq., a noted publisher and bookseller in Colum- bus, Ohio. Cynthia, born in Worthington, Ohio, in "1809; married

Dr. I. G. Jones. Eliza, [twin with Cynthia,] died when 18 months old. 40. LINCOLN, born in Worthington, in 1812; married

Jane Evans, and has children Alice and James. He is a mer- chant in Columbus, of the firm of Fay & Kilbourne. Charlotte, b. in Worthington, 1812; died in childhood.

Pbof. JAMES, M. D., born in Worthington in 1815 ; mar- ried Laura Pinney in 1838, and had Laura, who died aged 6m.;

his second wife was Nancy Stiles, to whom he was married in 1842, and had one son, named Lincoln-Percy. He was a man of extraordinary attainments in science and literature, and, before he had reached his 30th year, was elevated to a an important professorship in the Medical College at Cincin- nati. He died, deeply lamented, in Columbus, May 30, IS45.

An interesting sketch of his life, by Prof. Morrow, will be found in the Appendix of this volume.


Sophia, born in Farmington, Conn., in 1792 ; married He- man Oviatt, Esq., of Hudson, Ohio, formerly of Goshen;

42. ASHBEL, born in Goshen, Conn., July 9, 1796 ; mar- ried Sophia, daughter of Solomon Curtis, of Chillicothe, Ohio.

He is a Justice of the Peace, and deacon of the congregation- al church at Hudson, Ohio, where he now iesides.

43. GEORGE, born in Goshen, April 24, 1798 ; married Almira, daughter of Deac. Wolcott, of Torrington, Conn.

44. Col. TIMOTHY, born in Goshen, July 2, 1S01 ; mar- ried Louisa, daughter of Deac, Jona. Baldwin, of Atwater, O. Eliza, married Harlow Davis, of Hudson.

45. JUSTIN, born in Tallmadge, Ohio, August 14, 1812; married Amanda, daughter of Col. Luther Fitch, Sharon, O. Col. CHARLES.

Lucy, b. at St. Johns, Canada; m. John Savage, of Alburg. Generation VII. KILBOURN. 105

Betsey, married Henry Curtis : died in 1808. 46. BENJAMIN, born in 1789; married Sophia Cooley, of Dunham, L. C, and had children, Annis M., Charles P., Ly-

dia, Joseph H., Lewis P., Lucy E , Benjamin N., Sophia, Chester, Daniel R., Victoria A. He now lives in lloxton.

47. col. ALEXANDER, born at Caldwell's Manor, April

5, 1791 ; m. Thankful H. Bangs, of Stanstead ; his children are, Susan L., and Charles A. At the breaking out of what

is known as the * patriot war,' in 1836, he was appointed to the command of a company of provincials, called the Queen's Loyal Volunteers, which had been called into the regular ser- vice to aid in suppressing the outbreak. During the winter of 1836-'7, while on his way to secure some prisoners, he receiv- ed a severe wound in his abdomen, which lor a time disabled him. subsequently he resigned his commission as captain of the Volunteers, and accepted an appointment of lieutenant colonel of militia, with a view of disciplining them for active service. But peace being restored, without his being again

called upon, he resigned : he resides upon his father's home-

stead, in Stanstead, near Lake Memfremagog, in Canada. By the proceedings of the Stanstead co. Agricultural Society, for

1845, I find a premium awarded to ' Col. Alexander Kilborn,

for the best Farm' in the county. Sally, died at the age of seventeen years, Joseph, died in childhood. Mary, married Daniel Bemick: died in Quebec, aged 19.

Nancy, married Stephen Cobb : died in 1826, M 32. Matilda, married Capt. Ellphalet Bodwell, of Stanstead. Lydia, married Edward F. G. Stoddart, Esq., son of sir Thomas Stoddert, of Clair county, Irelaud, proprieter of Bon- ratta castle, on the river Shanon.

48. DAVID.

48. Hon. JOHN, lieut. colonel ; elected a member of the

Parliament in 1829 ; he is now [August 1847,] a candidate

for re-election ; resides at Newboro', Leeds co., Canada. 100" KILBOURN. Generation VII.

[There are other children of David Kilbourn, but I have on information concerning them.]


The only knowledge I have obtained of the family of Samu-

el Kilbourn is contained in the following paragraph from the Brockviile (Canada) Recorder, of June 10,1847:

< l Patriarchal.— Mr. Samuel Kilborn, who is a resident oi the township

of Kitley, and one of its first settlers, states that he is now 78 years old, and his wife 75 years. They have 13 children, 75 grandchildren, and 25 great-grandchildren. Mr- Kilborn also says he has seen the sixth genera-

tion. He is still quite comfortable as to health, and was recently in this town, for which he had to travel some 20 or 25 miles."


William V., born in Ascott ; drowned in St. Francis, river,

May 4, 1829, M. 22 years. 49. JOSEPH-HENRY, born Westbury, Canada, May 9th, 1809; m. Susan Hughes, March 18, 1832. During the "pat-

riot war" he was a leading member of the committee of vigil-

ance, and a captain in the patriot service : was arrested and

imprisoned at Toronto ; had five private examinations before a board of commissioners—was permitted to speak in his own defense, and was acquitted. Again he engaged with enthusi- asm in the patriot cause, was again arrested, and obtained his release by enlisting into the Queen's service ; after proceeding thirty miles with the soldiers, he made his escape, and ultimate- ly reached Michigan in safety, where be permanently located.

In 1842, he was appointed Postmaster at sanfoid, Ingham co. and in 1847, he was elected a member of the Legislature of Michigan. 44 WHITMAN.

50 MYRON, A. M., bom in Litchfield, October 10, 1801 ; graduated at Hamilton college in 1824 : married Miss Abbe,

(sister of Dr. Alanson Abbe, Jate of Litchfield :) he settled in Iowa, where he now resides.

51 ETHAN, born in Litchfield, August 18, 1803 : married

Thankful, daughter of Deac"Amos Bishop, May 31, 1830. ;

Gfvkratiox VII. KILROURN. 107

52 ELI A DA, born in LitcTirSdTTel^^

Maryan n3 daughter of Charles Dudley, of Litchfield, Novem- ber !, 1S43.

Amanda, born September 26, 1811 : married James B. Peck

53 Rev. JAMES, born in Litchfield, May 29, 1816 : was for two or three years a student in Yale College, and subse- quently entered the Theological Department of that instituiion, and graduated there in 1843 : and was dining the same year ordained and installed pastor of the congregational church in Bridgewater, Conn. He married Amelia Cynthia, daughter of Rev. Bela Kellogg, of Avon, December 12, 1838. 61. CHAUNCEY-

54- JOHN, bom at Charlotte, Vt., Nov. I, 1812 : entered

Yale College in 1836 and left that institution in 1839 : he has since been principally engaged in teaching in Pennsylvania and Maryland. In 1844, he was married to Miss Catharine Monroe Crawford, of Fayetteville, Pa. 55: PAYNE-KENYON, born in Litchfield, Conn., July

26, ISI5 ; married Elizabeth A., daughter of Warren Cone, of Norfolk, Litchfield county, August 3d, 1842.

Giles-Chauncey, born in Litchfield, July 12, 1817 ; died in Kent, April 3, 1826.




[Who was admitted a freeman in that town a. d. 1640.]

[During my correspondence on the subject to which this volume specially relates, the following communications concerning the descendants of George Kilburn were received. Ii is earnestly to be hoped that some mem- ber of this important branch of the family will make out a full and correct Genealogy of it.] —p. K. K.

[From Deacon Jeremiah Kilbourn, of Groton, Mass.]

Groton, Mass., Jan. 9, 1845.

Payne Kenyon Kilbotjrn, Esq —Dear Sir : Your letter of the 25th ult. came duly to hand, and with much pleasure I have taken pains lo collect such facts as were within my reach relative to the Genealogy of the Kilbourn family in this vicinity. I commence with a record which I have just taken from the

Bible of David Kilbourn, Esq., of Lunenburg, Mass., my father's cousin, viz. : " Twd brothers came to America from Devonshire, England, abi.ut the year

1630. GEORGE settled in Rowley, Mass., and died there ; the other settled in Connecticut. Samuel, son of George above-named, lived and died in Rowley: he had four sons, Samuel, Jedediah, David, and Eliphalet. David (last named) removed to Lunenburg in 1765, and there died in 1776, aired 8S: his sons, viz. Jonathan. William and Samuel, were born in Rowley. Jonathan was born in

1737, removed to Lunenburg in 1767 and died there in 1806 ; hi? son David was ; born in Rowley March 27, 1766, and removed to Lunenburg in 1767." William Kilbourn (brother of Jonathan and great-grandson of George,) was born March 20, 1744, removed to Lunenburg about 1767, and died at the resi-

dence of his son William, in Fitchburg, Aug. 14, 1832, aged 88 years ; his wife was Marcy Smith of Ipswich, by whom he had William. Jeremiah, Sf Elmous. The la?t named William is the 5th generation from George of Rowley, and the father of the writer of this sheet ; he was born at Lunenburg July 16, 1773; married Mary Mace, January 12, 1796 ; removed to Fitchburg April 1, 1802, and from thence to Groton in 1840. My grandfather's other sons, Jeremiah and Elmous, died in early life. Of my father's family, I [Jeremiah] am the oldest, llO KILBOURN

—born in Lunenburg January 24, 17'J7, married Pally Flint in 1818, and settled

in Groton same year ; my sister Mary Kilbourn married Stephen Stickney in 1830; my brother William Kilbourn was horn Jane 12, 1S02 — received the de^

gree of M. D. at medical institution at Castleton, Vt , and is now an eminent

practitioner in Wilton, Maine ; his first wife was Eliza Barrett, his 2d, Charlotte Bates; my brother Elbridge Gerry Kilbourn was born February 25, 1808 — re- ceived his education at Brown University, and is now practicing law in the city

of Baltimore: my sister Martha sn Avery Stockwell ; Sarah m. Asa S. Kendal. My children are —Martha Augusta, [died 1841 je. 23,] Jeremiah-Flint [died

young,] Mary E , Josiah-Burrage, [now of Boston,] Ann Maria, Fiancis Jane, William-Arthur, and George-Wells. I will now go back and give you such information as! have respecting some other branches of our family. I have learned nothing of Samuel, son of George, except that he had four sons (as given above,) viz., 1. Samuel, of whose descen-

dants I know nothing Jedediah, do. do. ; 3. David, the line of who posterity ; 2

I have traced through his son William to my children ; 4. Eliphalet, was a phy-

sician of some note, but I havelearned nothing of his descendants. Samuel, son David last named, removed from Rowley to Lunenburg in 1767, married Sarah Cook, and had iwo Rons and three daughters— Daniel, Samuel, Lydia, Sarah and Maria. About 1'7?5 the said Samuel with his family joined the Shakers at Shir- ley, and lived and died there —except his two sons, who left them at the age of

twenty-one; Daniel married and had three sons, Daniel, Hiram and Sumner ; settled Samuel, in Fitzwilliam, N. H , and died there in 1829, leaving two sons, Harvey and Milton. David Kilbourn of Lunenburg and Lucy Pinerey of Rowley were married in January 1793; their children, Betsey, Solon [died m. 21, while a member Junior class, Harvard college,] Jonathan, Cyrus, Asa, Milton, Nathan and Luey. Each of the sons of David Kilbourn now living have families of young children. You request me to state whether the Kilboums in our line have held office, either civil, military or ecclesiastical. If we have sought for office, we cer- tainly have not been successful My brother William holds a commission of

Justice of the peace, and I have been for some years a deacon in the first church in Groton —which facts I do not consider important in this connection. Thus I conclude, & remain yours respectfully, JEREMIAH KILBOURN.

[From Mr. John Kilborn, Bridgeton, Maine.]

Bndgeton, Me., Nov, 2. 1843. Dear Sir —I received a letter from you a short time since, asking for informa- tion relative to the ancestry and family of my father, Capt. John Kilborn, who lately died in this place at the age of 88 years. His father and mother died when he was young, and we have no record of them If I mistake not he had a brother Paul, who had no family, and a sister Rebecca who married a Tndd My father was born in Old Rowley, Mass., June 28. 1755, and married Ma'ry

How of Ipswich ; they had nine children, six of them sons, viz., 1. John, born November 16, 1782 ; his children are, Hanibal Milton, b. 1809, unmarried, living at now Hampton, New Brunswick ; John born 1811, married and lives at Cambiidgeport, M^ss. ; Jacob Barker born 1820, died 1822 ; Robert

Andrews born 1822 ; Charles Otis born 1824. 2. Enos N., went to sea early in life, and has no* been heard of since 1809. 3. William, married Betsey Senter, February 10, 1808, and had 13 childfen, Sofwhrm are living,—the others died in childhood. The sons living are, Enoch Leander Watton born 1808 m. and has — one son ; resides in Harrison , Me. Thomas Dresser born 1810—m. and has two sons; resides in Aurora: Jacob Van Renselaer, born tn. Esther 18/12, Phinney, and has3 daughters : Jesse Gibbs : — .

K I L B U R N 111 born 1S17. married Alary Ann Burnham, and has two sons and one daughter; William Tombs born 1317, and Samuel Famsworth born 1821.

4. EaENeizER.born December 20, 1791 ; married Lydia Ingalls in 1S18, and had 4 daughters and 2 sons ; the sons are, Benjamin T. Chase and Samuel A

In the History of Rowley, published in 1840, I find the names of Joseph Kil- born, Isaac Kilborn and Samuel Kilborn in a tax record 1691; also in 1777, those of my father and his brother Paul, as having enlisted into the continental army Your friend and obedient servant, JOHN KILBORN. To P- K. Kilbourn, Esq., Editor of the Columbian, Hartford.

[From Mr. Eliphalet Kilburn, Boscawen, N. H.]— 1844.

Payne Kenyon Kilbourn, Esq. — Sir : We received your letter on the 5th inst., informing us that you were preparing a History of the Kilbourn Family. We are much jratifi^d that you have engaged in such a work, and most cheerfully impart all the facts within our reach which bear upon the subject. My father, to whom your letter was addressed, is now in his 93rd year, and being unable to reply to your inquiries, I proceed to give you such facts as our records and his memory can furnish. My greatgrandfather was born and lived in Rowley; his children were Sampson, m. Rebecca Pickard of Boxford, settled in Rowley, and had four children — Paul, John, Rebecca and Huldah.

Abigail, married Jonathan Smith ; her son, the late Hon Jedediah Kilburn Smith, was long a distinguished councilor and member of congress, N. Hamp. There were three other daughters, viz— Elizabeth, wife of John Adams of Rowley, Hannah wife of David Bailey of Maine, and Susan wife of a Mr Cowan jl Jedediah, my grandlather, was born in New Rowley, Mass. ; married Hannah

Platts ; removed to Boscawen, N H, and from thence to Henniker, where he died in 1820 ; he had eight children —four sons and four daughters, viz

1 JVathan. born 1750, married Sarah Piummer and settled in Boscawen : died

1794; had four children —James resides in New Andover , others dead. 2 Eliphah't, born in New Rowley 1752; in 1777 he enlisted into the service for 8 months in col. Little's regiment, and afterwards under colonels Johnson and Wade 5 months each , was at the battles of Bunker Hill, Bemus' Heights,

&c. ; removed to Boscawen ; married Mary Thurlow and had 12 children'; his sons are —George, b. 1784, Enoch, Eliphalet, and Moody, all of Boscawen, and all having families. He has had 63 grandchildren, and 20 great grandchildren

3 Jedediah born 1762 ; married and settled in Newburyport, and engaged in the fisheries ; his sons Nathan, John and William follow the seas if living.

4 Nathaniel born 1764; married and removed toThetford, Vt. ; had 10 chil- dren —died in 1839 ; Benjamin his oldest «on married and removed to Ohio. Very respeetfully, your ob't servant, ELIPHALET KILBURN, jr.

[From James Kilburn, Esq., of Princeton, Mass:]

Buffalo, N. Y., Oct. 1st, 1844. • P. K. Kilbourn Esq., Columbian of July Dear Sir I have just receiver! a copy of the Hartford 20th, containing a notice signed by yourself, stating that you wre prepar- is ing for publication a Genealogy of the Kilbourn Family, &c; and it —

112 KILBOURN with the sincerest pleasure that I improve the earliest opportunity to give you all the information in my possession. I have no definite information which goes farther back than my great grandfather—excepting, that my ancestors who settled on the old Kilburn Farm in Sterling, Mass., came directly from Rowley. My great grandfather, Deae. Joseph Kilburn. had four sons, viz., Tim- othy, Joseph, Joshua and Levi. 1. Col. Timothy, born in 1755: married Relief Richardson, and had two sons, viz , —James, [born in Sterling, 1780, married Anna Beaman, and had 4 children. Rebecca, James (the writer of this,) Samuel and Sarah children will hence see A.] and Samuel, who died without ; you that I am the only male descendant of Col. Timothy Kilburn, who bears his name. He died in 1838.

2. Rev. Joseph, graduated at Harvard College in 1778 ; was settled over the congregational church in Wendall, Mass , and remained its pastor until his death in 1815. His only son, Joseph King Kilburn, is a mer> chant in Augueta, Georgia. o. Joshua, died in Sterling about lOyears since, and I think left one son George, now resides in Boston.

4. Levi, now about 75 years old, lives in West Boylston, Mass, : he has one son, Levi, now about 40 years old, residing in the same town. My ancestors, from my great grandfather, down to and including my father, were all born, lived and died, upon the same farm in Sterling. Caleb Kilburn, a cousin of my grandfather, is still living in Princeton, and is nearly ninety years of age. His son, Capt. Eli Kilburn, lives in Sterling. While at the Semiaary in Andover a few 3rears since, I became acquaint- ed with Mr. John Kilbourn, from Litchfield, Conn. Though my business has since often led me into nearly every State in the Union, I have not mei anindividnal bearing our name, (out of Connecticut,) except Maj. Edward Kilbourne. of Fort Madison, Iowa. I feel exceedingly interested in your enterprize, and am anxious to ob>« tain copies of your work as soon as it mav be completed. Yours, very respectfully, JAMES KILBURN".

A correspondent writing from Princeton, says Mr. Calvin Kilburn does not remember his grandfather's name, but thinks it was John, Jacob or Isaac. He came from Rowley, settled in Sterling, and had two sons, Joseph and Isaac. Isaac, who was the father of Calvin above named, married Hannah Ordway, and had ten children. Himself and one son died at Crown Point. His sons were, Aaron, Jacob, Calvin, John, Isaac, and William. Calvin was born in October 1757; married Mary Strattan in 1783, and hid six children, viz., Sally, Isaac, William, Sally 2d, Eli, and Mary.

[From Dr Alpheus Kilburn, of Akron, Summit co., Ohio] Dear Sir—I received your favor of the 3d inst., and will reply without preliminary. My father, Jacob Kilburn, was born in Sterling, Mass. ; marrried Mary Fletcher, of Lancaster, Mass., (his second wife,) and had by her ,- , four sons, viz. — 1. John ; 2. George, lives in Alstead, N H. Thad> KILBOURN. 113 dens, died in 1839, his wile died ihe same year; I. Alpfoeus, b. in Sterling*. 1801,. and has 4 sous, Edwin Oscar, and Haltet. My father was a Revolution try sol lier, and was twice wounded. You are engaged in agood work. J wish vou success. Yours, in brotherly love, 'ALPHEUS KILBURN.

[From Mr. Nathaniel Kil born, of Bell view, Ioiva.]

Bdiview, Iowa, July 8, 1844. Sir: On my way down {he river from this place to St. Louis, recently. I fell in with Maj. Edward Kilboum, who informed me that you were pre^ paring a Genealogy of the Kilborns, and requested me to send you such facts as I possessed relative to the Branch to which I belong. My grandfather, Natnaniel Kilborn, died recently at South Strafford. Vt - My father. Benjamin Kilborn, removed from Vermont to Ohio before my birth, and died when I was a child, leaving four children, George- Perry, >xa and Priscilla—all married except myself. I am engaged in merehiu ii :ing in this place. We were left poor, and have not depart

ed very fai fi n our inheritance ; hut thus far I have never seen our name disgrai ; i do not intend to be the firs! to dishonor it. 'v'om-s respectfully, NaTH'L. KILBORN.

P. K JCiib mr ,. :lditor of the Columbian, Hartford.

Esq. of Boston [From Guy R. Haynes, East ] East Boston, Mass., April 23, 1844. Dear Sir—Our nephew, George Kilborn, received yours in due time, and as he is much occupied with business, he requests me to reply to it, which I do with pleasure. I formerly devoted much time to the genealogy of the Haynes Family, particularly the descendants of Gov. John Haynes of

your state ; and notwithstanding many unanswered letters, I have-alisi of names over 40 feet in length, extending from 1578 to the present time.

Samuel Kilborn was born in Rowley ; married Mary , and had two

children, viz , Mary, born Sept. 10, 1737, married Solomon Cram, of Lynds- boro, N, H.j Capt. George, born July 22. 1743, married Elizabeth Britt, and had eleven children, seven of whom were sons, viz — 1. Tkomas, married Deborah Lunt, and had Samuel, [whom. Hannah Goodwin and had Samuel and Hannah,] Thomas, [who m. Hannah Ten- ney and had Thomas and one other,] and Richard, who died young. 2 Samuel died at sea. 3 George vV. and 4 Gecrge W 2d, died young. 5. Robert, married Abigail Qnimby, and had three sons, Samuel, George, [died at 18 years.] and Francis, who died at sea. 6. John, unmarried, lives at Calais, Maine, 7. George, married Rebecca Coleman; he is now master of a vessel sailing from Newburyport; his sons are, Benjamin Franklin, who died

r young, George born 1821, now a merchant in Boston, and he one } ou wrote to, Warren, John Augustus, drowned in childhood, and John. I married Susan Kilborn, daughter of Capt. George, and had one sonj George Albert, who died in 1830, aged 17 years. ' Respectfully yours, &c. GUY R. HAYNES. 114 KILBOURN

[From the Postmaster at Burlington, Vt.] Burlington, Vt., September 21, 1844.

P. K Kilhourn, Esq. : Dear Sir—In 'The Columbian' of the 80th of

July la^i, I bseryed a notice of yours in relation to the history and gene- alogy of the Kilbourn Family in the United Stales. Having been ac- quaintocl with a man of that name who resided in that town, I handed the paper to his widow, requesting her to answer your inquiries. She did so as follows, viz , "William Kilburn was born in Sterling, Mass, September 8, 1762. His fathet was a soldier in the French War, and died at Crown Point, leaving a wife and seven children; his sons were, Levi, Calvin, John and William. On the breaking out of the revolution, William enlisted into his country's service, and continued in the army uutil the declaration of peace. He resided in Middle'bury and Salisbury. Vt. until 1821. when he removed to Burlington, where he died November 28, 1841. His first wife was Mary Bartholomew ; his second. Ann Woodruff." For the few years I knew Mr Kilburn, he was a pensioner of the United States. He had the reputation of being an honest and upright man— very tenacions of his own opinions. In politics he was a democrat—in religioui belief a universalist. He left a small properly to his widow, he having no children Respectfully, your ob't serv't, WM. NOBLE.

[From the Hon; Charles K. Williams, ll. d., Chief Justice of Vermont.]

Rutland, Vermont, April 9, 1847. Dear Sir— I have not the pleasure of a personal acquaintance with yoH, yet I trust you will excus-c me for troubling you with this request. Mr. Alphonzo Kilborn, of Caslleton, informs me that you are have collected a genealogical list of those who benr the name of Kilbourn or Kilburn. 'I he object of th.s is to inquire whether you trace any of the name to the town of Rowley, Mass. My middle name is Kilborn- I trace my descent directly from George Kilborn, who was one of the first settlers of Rowley, but there are none of his descendants now living in that town, nor can I learn at this time to what part they removed ; though I am satisfied there must be many of them somewhere in New England. Any information you can give me will be thankful, y received, and all charges cheerfully paid. Very respectfully, your ob't servant, CH K. WILLIAMS. Mr. Payne Kenyon Kilbourn, Editor Litchfield Enquirer, Ct. & 9 p r f! & f F ,

[From the Ohio State Journal — 1845]

A Silver Pitcher for Coli James Kilbourne.

The splendid Silver Pitcher, presented to the Hon. James Kilbourne, of this vicinity, by the friends of the Eclectic Medical Irsiitute of Cincinnati, chartered by act of the last General Assembly, as a testimonial of respect for his exertions with the Legislature, and elsewhere, in explaining the principles and supporting the claims of that institution, is the vvorkmanship of Messrs. E. &. D. Kinsev, Cincinnati, and in its just proportions, supe- rior style of ornament and engraving, and perfection of execution in every part, would be creditable to the most distinguished artists of their order in America. It was piesented in the College Edifice, at Worthington, on the 27th u!t. in presence of the Board of Trustees of that Institution, and a numerous assembly of ladies and gentlemen convened on the occasion, by Dr. Thom- as Vaughn Morrow, Founder and first Professor of the Institute, who was deputed specially for that purpose. The presentation was preceded by an excellent and eloquent address by Professor Morrow, on behalf of the new corporation, to their honored benefactor and to the audience; to which, after the presentation, the venerable receiver made a most feeling and ap> propriate reply;—in all of which the audience appeared to take a lively interest. The pitcher is 13 inches high, 20 inches in circumference, and heavy in material for its general proportions. On its front is the follow^ ing inscription — PRESENTED TO THE Hon. JAMES KILBOURJME, by the friends of the Eclectic Medical Institute of Cincinnati, In consideration of his able and efficient support Of Medical Reformation. E K J) Kinney, makers. 116

John Kilborn. !d=Co]. whose Address we give beloWj is a son of Mr. David Kilborn, formerly of Litchfield, Conn.: he has been a member of the Parliament of Upper Canada, and is now a candidate for re-election.

[From the Brockville (Canada) Recorder—April 1847.] Col. KilburiVs Address. — ' It affords us much pleasure to be enabled Mr. Kilborn's to lay Address before the electors of Leeds. In Mr. Kilborn they have a candidate whose personal honesty and integrity are untainted, and whose interests are closely connected with their own—con- trasting most favorably with the wily, tortuous, office seeking course pur~ sued by the man whom he is called on by his fellow-citizens to oppose. No man need be ashamed to give his vole- for Mr. Kilbrcn ; nor will any be under the necessity of resorting to the paltry subterfuge adopted by some of the lories at the last election, &c.


Gentlemen — On the 3d of February last, I was presented with a requiss ition, numerously and respectably signed by my fellow Electors, soliciting me to stand as a candidate for your suffrages on the recurrence of an Elec^ tion for this County. 1 informed the requisitionists that I responded to their call, and would accordingly offer myself tor the high honor of rep- resenting you in Parliament, whenever you are called upon to exercise the elective franchise. That period has arrived in consequence of Mr. Gowan, your late Rep- resentative, having, as I understand, accepted office. I now come forward to iedeem my promise and to crave your united and cordial support. I consider it quite unnecessary to enter into a lengthened explanation of the political principles which I hold, and which would direct me were I returned as your Representative. It will be sufficient to state that they have under one no change since the year 1829, when I had the honor of representing you in the legislature of Upper Canada. On the contrary, the occurrences which have uanspind since that timehave tended to root me more steadfastly in my political faith. Should I attain the distinguished dignity of again becoming your Representative, I shall contend for the strictest ministerial responsibility, and resist any and every atlempt which may be made to overthrow cr pervert the resolutions of 1841. These are our guaranty for what is usually termed Responsible Government, and by me they shall be defended and cherished as essentially necessary for the preservation of that nicely balanced form of Government under which Engs land has become so powerful and free, ,and without the administration of which in its essence in this Province, the people will never be contented. My closest attention shall be given to the promotion of the interests of the agriculturalist — in whose prosperity all others participate. I will en, deavor to watch over the interests of the country at large, and aid in the re- moval of all abuses, and no efforts shall be wanting on my part to develop the resources of the Province, to remove all restrictions on trade and the navigation of our waters, and in a word, to render the commerce of the Col> ony (unless for purposes of revenue,) as free as the air we breathe.

Gentleu en it is you who have drawn me into into my present position , ; and upon you do I throw myself with unbounded confidence, believing you 117

will carry me through theapproaching contest honorably and triumphantly. I have the honor to be, gentlemen, Your obedient and faithful servant, JOHN K1LBORN. Newborough, [Leeds county, Canada,] 6th April, IS 17.

We find the following in the Western Monthly Journal of Medical and Chirurgical Science, for November, 1845.

Prof, James Kiibourne, M. D. " The following remarks trere submitted by T. V. Morrow, Professor of Pathology, Physiology, Theory and Practice of Medicine, in the Eclectic Medical Institute of Cincinnati, at the close of his Introductory Lecture, delivered November 7th instant, before the class of said Institute, on the subject of the death of the late James Kiibourne, Jr. M. D. I cannot, in justice to my own feelings, allow this occasion to pass, without adverting briefly to one of those melancholy events which occasionally happens and which, from its nature, is calculated to fill the mind with the most pro- found regret and heartfelt sorrow. Since the close of the last annual course of winter Lectures in this school, JAMES IvILBOURNE, Jr, M. Z>., late a Professor in this Institution, has clos- ed his earthly career. He died on the 30th of May last, in the city of Colum- bus, 0., surrounded by his family and his friends, aged 30 years and one month. I am informed that he met his untimely fate with all the composure and firm- ness of a man who confided in the prospect of immediately entering into a state of existence inconceivably happier than the best condition of man on earth, and that a state ©f progression forever, to higher and higher powers, still expanding in knowledge, in happiness, and in glory. His mind was clear and collected to the last. He had a great desire for longer life- here, to enjoy and cherish his family and other friends, who were ma'iy, and with them tr serve and benefit his fe!lnw men, as his attainments and opportunities might allow. But he fully believed thatahigher and happier destiny awaited him. Thus was cut down by the relentless ravages ef a complicated disease, one of the noblest and most gifted specimens of humanity. It was my fortune to have known him long and well. My acquaintance with him commenced in 1830. Even at this early age, he gave evidence of more than ordinary powers of mind. When he had scarcely attained the 191h year of his sge, he stepped forward in the career of letters, and became the successful competitor for one of the prizes offered by the Managers for the best addresses on the occasion of the opening of the Columbus Theatre. This first exhibition in a public way of the capacities of his powerful and vigorous mind, won for him the second prize, which was a beautiful silver cup, valued at .$25. This was certainly a compli- ment of the highest cast to his genius and talenfs, especially when it is remem- bered that many of the best writers in this and the surrounding States were competitors for the same. Subsequently he studied and graduated in the Med- ical Department of Worthington College, with high credit to himself. Soon after which he entered on the practical duties of his profession, but was obliged to relinquish them occasionally, on account of his physical disabilities. In the spring of 1S43, he was invited to and accepted a professorship in th's Institute, and continued in the discharge of its active duties for about one year, during which time he gave the most satisfactory evidences of his splendid qualifications 118

for the duties of hi* situation. But the insiduous inroads of disease soon dis- qualified him for its many complicated duties. To seek that repose so necessa- ry for his declining health, he once more returned to the bosom of his family and friends, and there remained until the day of his death. Seldom has it fallen to our lot to find a mind so richly endowed with the varied powers which adorn and dignify human nature, encased in so frail and languishing a body. I saw him for the last time about four weeks previous to his death, when I visited Columbus and Worthington as the agent of this Institute, to present, in behalf of its friends, a small token of respect to his venerable father, Col. James Kil,«> bourne, for his manly support of trie claims of our Institute upon the Legislature lor a charter. To high anri commanding talents, he joined the uibanity and pol- ish of the finished gentleman. His lectures as well as writings are replete with eloquence, instruction and interest, and had it pleased the Author of his being to hare lengthened his existence to the ordinary term of human life, no one could entertain a doubt but that its meridian and evening would have been marked by the same signal conquests of mind that had characterized the bright morning of his short but brilliant career. He left an affectionate wife and an interesting little son, together with numerous relatives and a vast concourse of friends, to deplore his premature death."

Lieut. Charles Lawrence Kilburn, U. S, A. From Gen. Twiggs1 Official Report of the Battle of Monterey: Dated, "Army of Occupation, Camp near Monterey, > Mexico, September 29, 1846. 5 "Captains R. Ridgely and E. Bragg, and Lieutenants W. H Shover J. F. ; Reynolds, C. L. Kilburn, and S. G. French, deserve the highest praise for their ekill and good conduct under the heaviest fire of the enemy, which, when an opportunity offered, was concentrated en them."

From Gen. Taylor's Official Report of the Battle of Buena Vista. Dated March 6, 1847. Discovering that the enemy were pressing heavily upon the Mississippi regiment, the 3d Indiana regiment under Col. Lane was dispatched to strength* en that part of our line,*which formed a crotchet perpendicular to the first line of battle. At the same time Lieut. Kilburn, with a piece ef Capt. Bragg's battery, was directed to support the infantry there engaged. The action was for a long time warmly sustained at that point— the enemy making several efforts both with infantry and cavalry against our line, and always being repuls- ed with a heavy loss." " While I commend to particular favor the gallant conduct and services of Maj. Monroe, chief of artillery, and Captains Bragg, Washington and Sherman, commanding batteries, I deem it no more than just to mention all the subordin- ate officers. They were nearly all detached at different times, and in every sit- uation exhibited conspicuous skill and gallantry. Capt. Shover and Lieut. Kilburn, 3d artillery, were attached to Bragg's battery,'' &c.

A communication in the New Orleans Tropic, dated at "Camp Buena Vista, Feb. 21, 1S47, after alluding to the flight of the Indiana regiment at the battle of Buena Vista, says —" While the day, by this disgraceful panic, was fast going against us, the artillery advanced, its front extended, and different sections and pieces under Sherman, Bragg, Kilbukn, Thorn as Bryan, and Reynolds, were 3 working such carnage in the ranka of the enemy, as to make his columns roll « to and fro like ships upon the billows." —

119 Kilbouriitown. part (A of Milwankie, Witconsin ) [From the Milwaukie Sentinel—June 9, 1847.] *' Milwaukie has heietofore been but imperfectly appreciated by those who, tranciently voyaging on the Great Lakes, have not found time to look over the city and n »te the rich and well improved country around it. If they would spend a day or two in exploring; K1LBOURNTOWN, they would find in it alone a miniature city, with facilities and prospects of expansion not surpassed by any western manufacturing town. With an abundant water power, now in use in almost every branch ol manufacture that American industry and ingenui- ty can suggest, it combines the advantages of being the mart for a rich and fer- tile country, where the New York and Boston importer finds men to buy his merchandi e,and where he can purchase in return almost any articles by whole- sale that an eastern manufacturing town or agricultural depot can furnish."

[On page 44 and 58 will be found notices of John Kilborn, and his sons John and Benjamin, who settled in the Valley of the Wyoming in 1774. In "The History of Wyoming," by the Hon. Charles Minor, published in Phila- delphia in 1S4S, I find the following paragraphs in Col. Pickering's account of his ''violent abduction" by the "Boys," as the settlers called their party, who had organized themselves for self-protection and for resistance to the militia which had been sent to dispossess them of the soil. Speaking of the guard who had him in charge, Col. P. says—'' They passed through a thick wood to the house of one Kilborit, father to two of the party. There we lodged. The next morning they pushed baek into the woods," Sfc. [pp. 425.] He adds " When arrived near te their head-quarters, they halted. One went to an- nounce their arrival. Two or three came out, Gideon Dudley at their head- when he put to me the original question, "Will you intercede for Col. Frank- lin's pardon ?' ' I will answer no question till I am set at liberty,' was my re* turn. They conducted me into Kilborn's house." " ^s soon as I had entered Kilborn's house, they brought me a razor and soap to shave, and a clean shirt and pair ot stockings , and told me I was at liberty. They roasted me a chicken, and gave me as good a dinner as the poor wretches could furnish." pp. 427-'2S.

[From the Cincinnati (0) Gazette] " HONOR TO WHOM HONOR IS DUE." '* Under this heading the Springfield (Ohio) Republic, in noticing the fact we stated a few days ago, that Nathan Hale, editor of the Boston Daily Adver- tizer, twenty years ago set in motion that great railroad ball which has since rtlled in Massachusetts and several other States to so great purpose, mikes the following reference to a venerable and respected citizen of Ohio : " The Gazette need not have traveled all the way to Boston to find a man who had far-seeing views of the Railroad system, greatly in advance of his cotempo- rariesi Earlier than the period named by the Gazette—before our State canal system had b2en adopted—that staunch old Whig, Col. JAMES KILBOURNE, —


of Worthington, Franklin county, advocated, over his proper signature, in the State Journal, a Railroad scheme of improvement for the State ot Ohio. How immensely ahead of her present advanced position would our State have been, had our public men possessed the foresight to adopt and the means to prosecute tne suggestions of Col. K."

James Kilbonrn—the (s celebrated Albany Carpenter."

The Albany Atlas, referring to the Presidential Campaign of 1844, in the State of New York, says—" Mr. Van Buren spoke on this subject (the Tariff,) to the democrats of every town in Albany county, and repeatedly to the assem- bled democracy of the city. Mr. KILBOURNE occupied the same ground on this subject, devoting his entire time for a month previous to the contest, speak- ing almost daily to all classes, with a freedom that drew upon him the denunci- ation of the federal press as " a free-trade destructive," and with an eloquence and effectiveness that elicited the warmest admiration and applause oi the thou- sands who heard him. Mr. Kilbourne is a mechanic of this city, a plain man, but with great natural powers of oratory, and an honesty, purity, and sincerity, calculated to win the confidence of all."

ORDINATION OF REV. JAMES KILBOURN. Mr. JAMES KILBOURN, late of Litchfield, and a Graduate of the Theolog- ical Seminary of Yale College, was ordained and installed pastor of the Congre- gational church in Bridgewater, Conn., on the 21st inst. Introductory prayer

by Rev. Mr. Hurd of Watertewn ; Sermon by Rev. Mr. Harrison of Bethlem ;

Ordaining Prayer by Rev. Parmelee, South Farms , Charge to the pastor by Rev . Mr. Hayes of Washington; Right Hand of Fellowship by Rev. Mr. Isham of Rox-

bury ; Address to the People by Rev. Mr. Butterfield- of South Britain , Con-

cluding Prayer by Rev. Mr. Smith of Milton ; Benediction by the Pastor. The

parts were interesting and appropriate ; the music such as did honor to the Choir ; and the harmony and good feeling which have characterize^ the church and society in Bridgewater to secure to themselves the blessings of the gospel and its ordinances, lead us to anticipate the most happy results. [Litchfield Enquirer— 1844.


In Harrep's 'History of the Irish Rebelion' I find the following, in the pro- ceedings against the Rebels, in Dublin. September 179S—"William Fleming, of Taghmon, county of Wexford, being duly sworn by the Holy Evangelists, says, That he, this informant, was a yeoman in the Taghmon cavalry, and was taken prisoner by the rebels at KILBURN, near Taghmon aforesaid, on Thursday the 31st day of May last." * * "Informant further saith, That he was again ta- ken prisoner by a body of the said rebels at KILBURN MOUNTAIN aforesaid."

FOR OREGON !—The brig Henry, Captain KILBURN, sailed from Newbu- ryport for Oregon on the 23d ult, having on board the following passengers lady Captain Kiiburn's lady and 3 children ; Capt. Swansey j Dr.G W. Watson, and 1 child; Miss Hannah Peabody — all of Newburyport; Col. Wm. Lee of

Troy; N. Y.; Charles K. Bishop of Sandy Hill, N. Y.; George C. Lawton,

121 Mas?.; Waltham, R. ami J. N. Wood, of Roxboro', Mas9. ; James Pat terson ami John McKeenol Chariestown, .Mass. The Newburyport Herald states that some three or. four hundred spectators gatl.ered at the wharf to witness the brig's departure, and there were many Insist eyes among those who took leave of their Friends. A prayer was offered by the Rev. Mr. Campbell, and an address was made by the Rev. Dr. Dana. Tlie vessel went down the river in good style, before a fine breeze. The peo- ple on the wharf gave them a parting salute of three cheers, which were re- sponded to from the wharf. — Boston Atlas, May, 1846.

The family noted in the following communication, is the only one on this

continent, of which I have any knowledge, whose genealogy could not be traced to George Kilburn, of Rowley, Mass,, or Thomas Kilborne. whose family settled in Wethersfield, Conn. An close investigation would very possibly show that

Isaac Kilburn, sen., instead of being' an Englishman,' belonged to some loyal American family, and descended from George or Thomas, above named.

p. K. K.

Kingsclear, (Province of New Brunswick, June 21, 1S46,

P. K. Kilbown, Esq. : Dear Sir— Mr. L Hustis, of this place, has put a letter into my hands addressed to him by you, and at his request I proceed to answer it. But first let me express my gratification that a person bearing my name has been found in other climes, and may 1 not presume to claim him as a rela/ive, even though our kinship may not be traced ? I have often lamented that I knew so little respecting my ancestors: My

grandfather was Isaac Kilburn ; he was a soldier in the British Army, and was killed in the service at Texes, 76 or 77 years ago. Those who belonged to the same regiment with him, say that he was an Englishman, and an officer be-

longing to the magazine ; he was killed by an accidental discharge of the same at Texes, leaving one child about 15 months old. His wife was a Dutch wo- man. In consequence of her sudden bereavement she became deranged— but, with her child, followed the regiment to which she belonged, untilshe reached St John's, in Neva Scotia, where she lived for some time. The child soon went to live with avery poor family named Prosser, where he had to endure many privations, and with whom he remained until he became of age. His name was Francis Kilburn. He had 11 children, all of whom are living His sons are

1. Robert, 42 years old ; married Sarah Esty, and has6 children ; all residents of Kingsclear, York county, N. B,

2. Isaac, (the writer of this,) 35 years old ; married Sarah F Snider, and has ' 4 children ; residence as above.

3. William, 32 years old ; married Jane Wagaman, and has 3 children ; res sides in Carlton county.

4. Benjamin, aged 28 ; m. Jane Esty, has 1 child ; resides in York co.

5. Francis, 24 years old ; m. Sarah McKeen ; resides in Carlton county.

6. John, unmarried : resides on the homestead. My father, Francis Kilburn, was a most exemplary and pious man, and died a few years since, sincerely lamented by all who knew him. I have thus given you a brief sketch of all the Kilburns in this province, so far as we know. Indeed, we had never heard of the name out of our own family, until your communication was received. I can hardly conceive your object in

collecting this information ; vet I shall be glad to obtain a copy of tbe work: Your humble servant, ISAAC KILBURN,. 122

[From the London Gentlemen's Magazire.— 1S34.]

Sketch of William Kilburn, Esq,, Artist* In the Life of William Curtis, the Botanist, publish in the Gent. Mag. Aug.

1799, it is mentioned that " In 1772 he commenced his great work, the "Flora

Londinensis,'' having t he good fortune to meet with an artist of uncommon talent in Mr. Kilburn.'' I have seen no memoir ox" Mr. Kilburn, who has been dead many years; and when a man like him disappears from the world, by whose genius, talents or industry, the arts, sciences or manufactures have been impro- ved, it may not be deemed uninteresting to rescue the incidents ot his life from that oblivion in which those of the generality of mankind are buried. William Kilburn was born in Capel-street, Dublin, 1745. His father, Samuel Kelbiun, was an architect of-some eminence, and married Sarah John- ston, of Tyrone. His uncle, Kev. Ebenezer Kelburn, was a Presbyterian cler- gyman, and reared his only son, Sinclare Kelburn, to his profession. His son was afterwards a very eloquent and popular pieacher, published a Treatise on Theology, and a volume of Sermons; but having unfortunately eaily imbibed republican principles he became a leader of the United Irishmen, and during the suspension of the habeas corpus Act in 1798, was arrested at Belfast by or- der of Government, conveyed to Dublin, and imprisoned in Kilmainham Gaol, where, from long confinement, he lost the use of his limbs, and died shortly afler his liberation. William Kilburn, the subject of this memoir, was also an only son, and very early exhibited his genius for drawing. This, and the wish to have him in the country, as his health appeared delicate, determined his parents to place him apprentice with Mr John Lisson, an Englishman, who had established a calico printing factory at Leixslip, near Dublin. Here he quickly learned the differ- ent branches of that ingenious art, but attached himself to drawing and engrar- ing—those being more congenial to the bent of his genius. Few lives are more marked than his with unceasing industry and application. During the summer he rose at four, and occupied his Leisure hours in drawing patterns for paper

stainers, which, with his master's leave, he sold ; the produce gave him pocket money, and enabled him to purchase a pony, on which he rode to Dublin on Saturday, and passed every Sunday with his mother and sister. He hat' acquired an amazing readiness of pencil, so that if a new patern caught his eye in pass- ing through Dublin, he would take out his pocket book, and have it for his master on his return. He always spoke gratefully of the attention paid him by Mr. and Mrs Lisson during his apprenticeship, at the expiration of which he found himself alone with his mother and sister. His father, who had speculated

largely in building, became embarrassed in his circ*mstances, and died. • Only

a small property settled on his mother remained ; this probably determined him to visit London, the great mart for genius Here he obtained a ready sale for his drawings amongst the calico printers. He also drew and engraved flowers froHi, nature (in which he ever delighted) for the print shops, and this led to his acquaintance with Mr. Curtis and concern in the Flora Londinensis. When he had entered into this engagement, he returned to Ireland and brought over his mother and sistor—took a small house in Page's walk, Bermondsey, with a garden and greenhouse, and there occupied himself from sunrise to sunset in drawing and engraving the plants for that ivork which reflects so much credit en English science. Soon after the completion of the Flora Londinensis, he received a proposal from Mr. Newton to undertake the management of a calico printing factory at Wallington, near London, for which he was to have a share of the profits, with- out advancing capital. To this he agreed, and they were so successful that at the end of seven years he was enabled to purchase the concern, and became 6ole proprietor. He now rose rapidly in wealth, and was soon the most eminent calico printer in England, having brought the art to a pitch of perfection never since equalled. He gave the highest wages t» his workmen, some of whom came — —


from the continent, and gave annual premiums for the best designs. His pieces of muslin chintz sold for a guinea per yard, and he had the honor of presenting one of them, the sea-weed pattern designed by himself, to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth. Finding that his patterns were pirated in Manchester, he applied for a Bill,

which was brought into t he Hou*e of Commons by his countryman and neigh- bor, the Right Hon. Edmund Burke, " to secure to calico printers the copyright of original designs." Mr. Kilburn married a daughter of Thomas Brown, Esq., an East India Direc- tor, a most amiable woman, who survives him, and by whom he ITad several children. In the relative duties of son and brother, husbar.u and father, his conduct was most exemplary, as a true believing Christian and moral man. Though he had been a delicate child, he enjoyed excellent health until a few months be before his death. On the 23d of December, ISIS, he calmly resign- ed his soul to his Maker, in the 73d year of his age. The poor inhabitants of \Vallington, by whom he was much lamented, followed him bareheaded to the grave. Mr. Kilburn was above six feet iu height, thin but well proportion, and per- fectly straight to the last. The pencil in his long fingers appeared scarcely ro touch the paper when drawing, so much had he acquired ol grace and freedom- the flowers he engraved about the time he became acquainted with Mr. Curtis, are now sought for by connoisseurs, being so true to nature.

Rev. Sinclare Kelbura, A. B,

[Extracted from a more extended Biography contained in " The Christian's Family and Pocket Companion, a Volume of Sermons by the late Rev. Sinclare

Kslburn, A. B , Minister of the Third Presbyterian Congregation, Belfast, Ire- land"—published 1821.]

The Rev. Sinclare Kelburn was the son ot Rev. Ebenezer Kelburn and Mars tha Sinclare relict of James Strahan, silk merchant, Dublin. He was born in 17f>4. He studied early in life in Trinity College, Dublin, and afterwards in the University ot Edinburgh, where he also devoted much of his time to the science of Medicine, in which he afterwards obtained considerable reputation. After gcins; through the regular studies for the Presbyterian ministry, he returned to Dublin: from whence^ in August 1779, he came to Belfast, and became assist- ant colleague to the Rev William Laird, of the third congregation. Mr. Laird dying in December 1791, Mr. Kelburn succeeded him, and continued to have the sole charge until November 1799, when indisposition compelled him to resign the care of a congregation, strongly and affectionately attached to him, and which, for upwards of twenty-two years, he delighted and edified by a faiihful discharge of his ministry. In the burial ground at Castlereagh, about three miles from Belfast, a chaste and appropriate monument has been erected over his ashes, by his relict, con>. taining the following inscription

Here rest, in hope of a resurrection to Eternal Life, all that is earthly of the late Rev. SINCLARE KELBURN, who, for 22 years, with much propriety and utility, sustained the character of Dissenting Minister of the 3d Congregation, Belfast. Obit. 31st March, 1802, aged 42years, —


Several persons were found frozen lo death during the severe snow storm in the winter of 1790 —among others, one John Kilburn. He was found on the Great North Road between Stilton and Wansford, Dec. 24, 1796. The follow- ing obituary notice soon after appeared

Dif.c— At a public house at Water-Newton, Huntingdon count)', [England,] JOHN KILBURN, a person well known to many gentlemen of the turf as a list -seller and attendant upon the stables at most ol the races in the kingdom.

He had undergone various vicisitudes in life ; had been a horse dealer of some eminence, and in that line traveled into France and other foreign paits Return- ing to England poor, he entered into seveial militias, and was at one time a Serjeant in the Huntingdonshire; but his predeliclion for horses and the turf occasioned him to quit that situation. At a town in Bedfordshire, some years ago, he was, according to the turf-phrase, quite broken down. It was in harvest time, the week before Richmond races, near which place he was born, and to reach there in time he hit upon the following expedient : He applied to a black smith of his acquaintance to stamp upon a padlock the words 'Richmond Gaol,' which, with a chain, was fixed to one of his legs, and he composedly went into a cornfield to sleep. As he expected, he was soon apprehended and taken be- fore a magistrate, who, after some deliberation, ordered two constables to guard him in a carriage to Richmond, no time being to be lost, Kilburn saying he had not been tried, and hoping they would not let him lay till another assize, The constables, on their arrival at the gaol, accosted the keeper with, "Sir, do you ?" know this man "Yes, very well— it's Kilburn ; I have known him many years." " We suppose he has broke out of your gaol, as he bears your mark : a is he not a prisoner?" A prisoner! I never heard any harm of him in my life." "Nov," says Kilburn, "have these men, sir; they have been so good as to bring me home out of Bedfordshire, and I will not give them any farther trouble ; I have got the key of the padlock, and will not trouble them to unlock it. I thank them for their good usage." The distance he thus traveled was 170 miles. London Gent. Mag. Vol. xxxvi. pt. 1st, p. 444, 5.

Extract of a letter from Dr. Reuben Smith to the late Gov. Oliver Wolcot t dated at Litchfield, Conn-, May 12th, 1777. "The infamous Daniel Griswold came into the western part of this town, the morning before the(Danbury) alarm, and was there concealed till Mon- day, and took off to join the ministerial army, David Kilborn, Benjamin Kilborn 's son Charles. Isaac Kilborn's son Abraham, and Samuel Kilborn son to Giles Kilborn, Jonathan Smith, jr , and his brother Elisha, (who was enlisted in the light horse,) David Joy, Ephraim Bates, Benjamin Doo- little, Josiah Stone, and John Davies' youngest son David, and one John Beach of Woodbury who lived at Josiah Stone's. The Wednesd-ay following they were taken,- (except Benjamin Doolittle and Charles Kilborn, who it is said were killed in attempting to escape,) and were carried to Derby, where they were tried by a court martial, and Griswold was sentenced to be hanged; which sentence was executed the Monday following at New Haven. The rest were pardoned, upon their ens listing into the Continental Army during the War." Charles Kilborn B. Note.— and Doolittle did escape ; the latter married Hannah, daughter of Solomon Kilborn, and still lives ; for notice of C. K. see p. 81. Samuel Kilborn was killed while in the continental army, 1781. —


[From the Rutland Vt. Herald.—Feb. 20, 1842.]

Great Diving in Wells Pond.

Mr. TRUMAN KILBORN, a . of Middletown, while cutting a hole in the ice on Wells Pond, dropped his axe through the hole where the water was 16 1-2 feet deep. He threw off his clothes, dove through the hole where he lost his axe, went to the bottom, got his axe, and threw it upon the ice. This was done last week.

a- Son of Abraham. See page 90.

Col. JOHN KILBORN. Extract of a communication from William Buell, Esq., editor of the Brockville Recorder, [Canada,] dated June 10, 1847. JOHN KILBORN, Esquire, about whom you inquire, received a commission during the war of 1812, as Ensign in a Provincial Regiment entitled the 'Incor- porated Militia,' and was afterwards present at the Rattle of Lundy's Lane, when getting separated from the main body of the army, he was made prisoner, and was for some time at a depot for prisoners at Pittsfield, Mass. Alter th? close of the war. he went into mercantile business. He married Elizabeth Baldwin, whose father and family came also from Litchfield. In 1824 he offered himself as a candidate to represent the county of Leeds in our Parliament, but was un- successful. In IS28, Mr. Kilborn and the writer of this were brought for- ward by a political organization as candidates for the representation ot Leeds, the county then sending two membert. Both were elected. We served two years, when the parliament was dissolved in consequence, as alledged, of the death ot King George the Fourth, but as was generally believed* because the ma- jority were liberal in their politics, the members from Leeds among them. At the next general election Mr Kilborn declined being a candidate, and another of the same politics, togetln r with the writer, was elected. Mr K, has not since

aspired to the situation ; but recently, he has been nominated as candidate on the liberal interest for this county, (it now sending but one member,") ?nd it is con- fidently believed that when another election comes round, he will be returned. Political parties in this county are. however, nearly balanced, and he maylfail. At present Mr Kilborn, as Lieutenant-Colonel of Militia, commands a Regi- ment, and is one of the presiding Magistrates for this county. He is engaged in the mercantile business and lumber trade. His residence is about 34 miles in the interior, at a village called Newborough. It has a post office, and a mail twice a week.

John Kilborn, Esq, noticed above, is a son of Mr. David K. formerly of Litchfield.

By the following, whieh is from the Brockville Recorder of Oct. 7, 1847, it will be seen with regret that he has withdrawn his name as a candidate for parliament TO THE ELECTORS OF LEEDS. Gentlemen—In the month of February, and during the late session of the TJ- nited Parliament, a requisition was presented me by many respectable Electors, requesting me to stand as a candidate for the representation of this county— it beine confidently expected that a Writ of Election would immediately beis3ue d. Fully impressed with this belief myself, after some hesitation, I con. plied with the urgent request of my friends, and subsequently addressed the Electors to that effect. That session is now closed without the looked for Writ, and another yet to come, will in all probability be got through with as the late one. We have therefore no sufficient reason to expect this county will be called on, until the General Election in 1848. For these and other reasons, I have deemed it my duty thus early to apprise my friends and the Electors generally, ef nij deter- mination to decline the honor they desired to confer on me. —


f My grateful thanks T chepr ullv tender, nnt only to particular friends, but to the Electors of all shades of politics, who have cheerfully and cordially tender- ed me their support, and in many instances beyond my expectations. In conclusion I would observe, that I consented to my nomination at. the time, only in consideration ot the emergency in which the county seemed placed. That crisis having passed. 1 trust the step I now takt will not be disapproved of by the Electors, more especially when they are aware that my consent was given under the circ*mstances above alluded to — but at the same time much against my own feelings and interests. I have the honor to be. Gentlemen, Your obedient and faithful servant, JOHN KiLBORN. Newborough, (Canada,) September, 1S47.

From the Boston Transcript— Oct. 9,1847. THE OREGON EXPEDITION.—The Brig Henry, Capt. KILBTJRN, which left Newburyport on the 23d ot February, 1840, lot Oregon, arrived at its des- tination, Oregon city, in March last, safely, and all on board well. The brig had 231 days' passage to the Sandwich Islands, where she lay three months to resfit. Several of her passengers remained there. From the Islands, 17 days' sailing brought herto Columbia bar. Here she met with a gale which lasted 8 days, and by which she was driven to Vancouver's Island: she then put into Near Bay, where she lay one week, and from thence proceeded 60 miles to Fort Victoria, one of the stations of the Hudson's Bay Co, for provisions. Bemain- ingjthere a few days, the brig re-commenced her voyage, and entered the mouth ofColumbia river early in March. Our correspondent states that Oregon city contains twochurches, two hotels, two flour& two saw mills, & a printing office

[Letters from James Savage, ll. d., Boston, Mass.]

Boston, 25 October 1845. Payne Kenyon Kilhourn, Esq — Dear Sir— I have great pleasure in receiving and answering such ques- tions as your favor of the '-0th inst. received a few days since, furnishes. Of the spelling of very few names, two hundred years ago, can we form any decided opinion- The same man wrote his own in different ways Now for this particular, you may observe the volume of the Cuss torn House at London 1C35, uses this liberty or carelessness to a great de» gree. See an example, p. 289, your Governor Winthrop and his wife and brother, and there are above a dozen similar. If your progenator came from Wales, he had probably lived not very diss tant from London for some years, as his wife and five children are in the the same ship. From Wales, passengers would have found nearer ports of embarkation— as Bris'ol, Barnstable, or Plymouth. Your Weihersfield was chiefly Fettled from our Dorchester, and perhaps

Ebenezer Clapp,Jr . of that town, might give some account of the Kilbourns before their removal. George, who is. by Farmer, in his invaluable Register, called "of Row* ley,'' did not, it appears, come ovei with Thomas, Most of the Rowley people came later than 1635, yet some portion of them moved in from Ips- wich or Newbury. Is it known whether George was a brother of Thomas ? If a brother, older or younger ? There is a History of Rowley by G^ge. Large additions by Farmer are said to belong to the New Hampshire His* tot ical Society. Your obedieut, JAMES SAVAGE. —


Boston, 13 April, 1846.

Dear Sir— I confidently infer, from the precision displayed in all parts or your letter of 20th October last, answered by me on the 25th, that you will be pleaded in know iliac one of your inquiries, the spelling of th« name as contained in my published list, may now receive more exact reply than was then in my power id furnish.. An exact collation of the original MS. volume at Westminster Hall (so far as my extender},) was last month sent out by the learned in keeper of the records the Augmentation Office ; and the result for that crowded page (261) is, that every Arabic numeral is correct ; that only four names are erroneously c.pted, two to the extent of a single letter, one for two, and one for three. For your name there is no error — that is, I copied the fault of the original, if any. inform r You may any gentleman of ) our acquaintance, who cares enough about such trifles, that I am preparing a new edition of Farmer, with large additions md corrections. I shall expect from you, as large an account as you can give me of the children of Thomas Kilborne, especially of Sergt. John—who did each many, and with what happy increase, &c I assume that you are adept at reading Farmer's Genealogical Register, the most extraordinary book that can be shown in this or any other country; and will not lament the correction os a few hundred errors, or the addition of a few thousand names. My edition of this work makes George Kilburn at Roxbury in 1638— two years before he was admitted a freeman at Row- ley. Will you pardon what may seem an impertinent question —Whence comes your middle name? I have never heard it before on this side of the ocean. Can you advise me ou whom to call for similar aid to that you will sup- ply, in the following towns of your State — Branfoid, Guilford. Middle- town, Norwich, Norwalk, Fairfield, Stamford, Stratford, and Saybrook ?

For most of the other early towns I knew whereto look for adequate intelli* gence, and feel strong confidence in the kind disposition of many, relying, dear sir, equally on your power and readiness to favor Your very obedient JAMES SAVAGE. Payne Kenyon Kilbourue, Esquire.

Boston^ 8 June, 1846. Payne Kenyon Kilbourn, Esquire Dear Sir — Your attention in forwarding me four sheets of the Kilbourn Family Memorial, and subsequently the Litchfield Enquirer with an ad- ditional sheet of the Memorial, was very gratefully felt. I. You are certainly right in desiring to learn of the William Kilborne, whom you are by the Herald's College certified of, as belonging to Louth, in Lincolnshire, who died in 1660. aged 70, because it may turn out that he was a younger brother of our Thomas, who in 1635 was aged 55. As your certificate shows that William married Sarah daughter of -Edward Wardall of Alford, and by her had estate to add to his own—Alford being distant from Louth only about 15 miles— it is desirable first know whether Thomas and William had one father ; next, if so, to what place he belong- ed. I conjecture that it would be Lincolnshire, because, in the days before King James, when trade made wonderful advance, families removed very seldom farther than from one parish to an adjoining one in a whole genes ration. In the small towns, like Louth and Aford, they might be less 128 rooted in the soil than in a wholly agricultural parish. Alford, you may recollect, was the place whence our Gov. Hutchinson says his progenator, William, husband of Ann the prophetess, came- I am refreshed at finding, for once,a tradition or family record below or within the truth, when the common tendency is so strong to run above or record taken from /he family bible ai 5 beyond it. I refer to the Lanesboro , which Deac Jeremiah Kilbourn of Groton sends you. II. Most sincerely do I thank you for the nomination of gentlemen most able in several towns of the earliest settlement to furnish me with assise tance in the details. III. It was not impertinent curiosity that led me to inquire for the derivation of your middle name, [Kenyon.] Knowing the noble holder that first gave it cejebrity in England, to have been successor, as Chief Judge of the King's Bench, to the great Lord Mansfield, and superior even to foinijn some branches of the law, I was curious, on meeting, in my visit four years ago to London, with one of the most true-hearted gentlemen with the name of Kenyon, to learn if any connexion on our side of the water might be traced to my friend—a man of letters and property, no wise related to the lawyer and peer. To pass a joke on him abeut his yankee cousins would be agreeable, bst nothing farther was in» tended. I tear the Welsh name—Kenyon—can hardly come into my Genealog- ical Register. IV. As you have, on p. 12, given the list of passengers in the Increase, com- panions of your progenators, it may be agreeable to you to make it perfect by the corrections supplied by good Mr. Hunter's collation of the original last Feb- ruay. Baron should be Bacon ; Jestlin, Jostlin ; Cordie, Owdie ; Grosse, Crosse; Warden, Warden. The ages of William Rusco 41 not 51, and the child Samuel 5 not 6 ; Sparks 22 ; Taylor 24. The error of omitting the Blog- get (Blodget) fami'y is solely yours. So much for the company in the good 6hip Increase, which may seem trifling to you, but not so to me. With high regard, yours, JAMES SAVAGE. —

C0DEH4M CHURCH, Erected during the time of William the Conquerer a. d. 1066. Annexed to the Priory of Kilbourn, a. d. 1371. Standing in 1804- Kent county, England.

" I am indebted to one of the Assistant Librarians of the British Museum for the following DOMESDAY BOOK. Codeham Church, A. D. 1066. —Given by William the Conqueror to Odo, Bishop of Baieau, of whom it was held by Gilbert Ma 3 inot. t^jj 2Q William I. —Gilbert Maminotheld it as two knight's fees,(l) parcel of the barony of Maminot, and held ot the king, in capite (2) by barony.

1192 3 Richard I.—Came to Geoffry de Say by marriage. 40th year of Edward III—Royal License upon the appropriation of the church of Codeham to Thomas de Walton clerk, and William TopclirT, that they may be authorized to give to the prioress and convent of KILBORNE, one acre of land with its appurtenancs in Codeham, together with the advowson ot the church in that town, which they hold, as it is s«id of us, 'in capite.'

(1) Knight's fees. Divisions of land by William the Conquerer—each fee being what would maintain one knight. By statute of Edward II, persons having an in- come^of 20Z.a year were obliged to take this order of knighthood" 2. 'In capite.' Tenure, in capite, was a holding of the title or dignity directly from the king, without subordination in tenure to any other lord' In the manuscript, Gilbert Maminot, a Norman, one of the Conquerer's assistants, received a barony of him ' in capite,' of which barony this Kilbourn and Codeham property was accounted of the value of two knight's fees. I i(J

A. D. 1371. Tun" 20,—The Bishop of Rochester appropriated this church to the Prioryof KILBOUR V. a up' rent portion trlthe Vicar, nnd also to the Bishop, & to the church and archbish p'.o r due and accustomed rights, &c. Confirmed on the 27r..h of the same month, saving the monastery's right to 221

acres in Apulderfie'd ; wjhich 10s continued to be paid hy tho Prioress of K1L-

BOURN to the Bishop oT Roche i i i 1377 50 Ed Ward II I -^-License 16 grant to the prioress ofKILBOURN one acre of land with the advpwson, said to be held ot'ihe King, in eapite. Richard II. —To sir W. Heron by marriage, with a tenement called North Barden DePriorissa de KYLBURNE pro Ecclesia de CodchamXs. adFestum Michaelis. Fol.62. From [or concerning! the Prioress and Convene of KYLBOTJRNE the church of Codeham. diocese of Rochester, for their maintenance [o| the allotted ceremony] on the feast of St Michael aforesaid, 10s. Folio 136. Appropriation' of"the Cod am ch., folio 13?, to the nuns or monastics of Kilbourne* 1404 6 Henry IV.— Allotted to Roger de Fines by marriage. In the Codeham church is a memorial of the burial of Walleys about 150 years 15!)0 — since, [a.d ] Kilburne's Kent, 1651.

27th Henry VIII.— Came to the crown at the suparession of KILBOURN ; and soon after the advowson was granted to George Brooke, Lord Cobham, to hold from the King in eapite by the'40rh part of one knight's fee. Edward VI. —July 20, advovysoii of the vicarage granted to sir Anthony St. Le-

ger. Roger Revel held II- Elizabeth ; Gregory Fynes 13 Elizabeth. 1671 13 Elizabeth—Came to Sampson Lennard by marriage.

James I — Again vested in the Crown.

1707 Came to Thomas Sireatsfield, in which family it now remains, 1804,


In relation to the marriage of Frances Kilborne to Thomas A Foot, [p. 13,] I have received the following note from Na- thaniel Goodwin, Esq., to whom I am indebted for several important facts. " I have been very much bothered with the marriage of Frances Kil bourn, a daughter of your ancester, Avith Thomas A. Foote, as you have it on your book, and which I believe I gave to you. Not finding a son of such a name among the children of Nathaniel Foote, the settler, I was led to read and re-read the Wethersfield records in reference to the subject, and finally came to the conclusion lhat it was not Thomas A. Foote, but Thomas Uffoote, also one of the first settlers of Wethersfield, but afterwards of Fairfield county. The Fair- field county records establish the truth of this conjecture. Be- ing- in that county a few months ago, I found on the probate —

rat records the eettletnent an 1 disfribuiioh of the Mates of Thom- as and France Uffoote, by which it appears » hat they died childless, and (heir estate was distributed to "John Kilbourn, of Wethersfield, brother of the deceased ; Margaret Law, wife ofTtichard Law of Stamford, Lydia Howard wife of Robert Howard of Windsor, and Marv Root wife of John Root of Farmington, sisters of the deceased." ''John Kilbourn was allowed 5 pounds out of the estate rjefov'e 1 distribution , to pay for him his pains in com ng ejbwn from Wethersfield to settle the estate. *'

Sarah, the 2d wife of Serjt. John Kilbourn of Wethersfield, was a daughter of John Brownson, one of tiie original settlers of Farming-ton.

James Kilborn, [p. 53.] was a quarter master and lieuten- ant of artillery in the British insiead of ihe American army.

Appleton Kilborn, [p. 53,] had three daughters— Clarissa m. Heman Beach Onlla , m. Lowll Beach ; and Sarah, unm.

Children of Asa K. of Colchester. — Eliphaz, b. in Colchester Nov. 1758; m. Polly McKay in Orange co., N. Y. in 1788: removed to Albany county, in 1800, w here he died (in Rensel- aerville,) in 1841 ; he was a revalufionary penioner. Arona, married Sarah Stone, and settled at Fort Stanwix, N. Y. Sa- renus, married Lydia Sage, oi ShaftsbUiy, and removed to Fort Stanwix, and died there. John and Wentwith died young.

Add Naomi to the list of the children of Ebenezer, sr. p. 32.

p. 64. Happy KiLborn married Gen. Levi Lusk—not Rusk.

Joshua Kilborn, jr., [see page 79,] a tanner and shoemaker, settled in Farmington street in 1807. He was a very pious man, and said the ownership of so much property—-old house, shop and tan-works, all piobably not worth $500—made him worldly-minded ; and he sold out in 1310, and removed to West Avon. I believe he had no children, though he married. — [MS. of Rev. W. S. Porter, Farmington.

There was an Abraham Kilborn in Killiugworth in 1730 probably the same who settled in Litchfield about that time.

A Joseph Kilborn removed from Farmington to Wethersfield in 1772. Who was he %

p. 112, line 24 fro.n top. For Caleb read Calvin. 132

Sketch of Austin Kilbonrii, Esq. Condensed from a more extended notice prepared by an intelligent legal gentle* man of Hartford, Austin Kilbourn, son of Joseph Kilbourn Esq., and Hannah Sellew his wife, was born in Glastenbury, Conn., A. D. 1794 The said Hannah Sellew was a descendant of Hannah Ham- ellin, daughter of James Hamellin and grand-daughter of Thomas Hamellin a commander in the sea service, who died in New England, who was the fourth son of Sit George Ham- ellin, co-heir of the Hon. George Hamellin, third son of James sixth EarL of Abercorn, lineally descended from James Ham- ellin, second Earl of Arran in the kingdom of Scotland, and duke of Chaleihtrault in Fiance, who was great grandson of King James II. August 10, 1810, he removed to. the c ; ty of Hartford, and obtained a clerkship in the counting-house of Messrs. Daniel Bance, jr., & Co., merchants, where he remained until the dis- solution of the firm by the death of Mr. Bunce in 1814. March 15, 1815, he applied for and obtained a clerkship in the Phoenix Bank, which had gc ne into operation a few months before. He commenced as youngest clerk ; was soon appoint- ed discount clerk, and subsequently First Teller. On the 20th of June, 1821, he was transferred to the Litch- field Branch Bank, for the purpose of adjusting the books of said Bank, when it was was found that James Butler, thn cash- ier, was a defaulter, ;tnd consequently he was forthwith re- moved from office. Mr. Kilbourn was appointed Cashier, pro. tem ; and at the annual meeting of the Board of Direc- tors in the September following, he wos elected Cashier, the late Hon. Benjamin Tallmadge being President. Mr. Kilbourn continued to hold the office from year to year, until August 31st, 1826, when he returned to Hartford. While at Litch- field he attended a regular course of law lectures at the cele- brated Law School in that place, then under the administration of the late Hon. Judge Gould. In Hartford, he commenced the Hardware business under the firm of " Kilbourn & Co." on the south corner of Main and Asylum streets, where he continued until 1840. He is still engaged in the same business in North Main st. in the city. For ten years he was Recording Secretary of the Hart- ford County Agricultural Society, and in 1844 he compiled and published a valuable " Treatise on Agriculture ;" the " " Bye-Laws of the Hartford Co. Agricultural Society ; Ri- enzy," &c. In 1847, July 8, he was duly commissioned and sworn a Notary Public, by Gov. Bissell. 133 ""**

JOHN, (sergeant,) was a deputy to the general court from Wethersfield, once m 1660, twice in 166 I, and once in 1662.

[son of Whitman,] b. in Litchfield, May 1806 LEWIS, 31, ; removed to Akron, Ohio, in 1832, where he still resides. He married Eliza McEwen, and has a family.

From the Cinicinnati Christian Advocate.

v " Died—At his residence in Granville, Ohio, Nov. 22, 1 84 1» HEZEKIAH KILBOURN, Esq. He was born in East Hartford, Conn., October 27, 1790. Having in early life re- ceived an education every way competent to qualify its posses- sor to occupy a high position in mercantile life, for which he was in after years so eminently and extensively known—at the age of sixteen he commenced his business career as clerk in a large eastern establishment. Very soon he obtained a high character in his profession, as a young man of accuracy, promptitude, and fidelity. His great and growing reputation prepared him for another and most important department of life. At this period, he engaged to fill an important office of trust in a foreign land ; and through storm and peril, the prov- idence of God conducted him safely to his destined haven. In Rio de Janeiro, whither the duties of his station called him, ten of his prime and better years were spent. On his return to the United States in 1816, he settled in Delaware, Ohio, and for six years, with his usual ardor and integrity as a mer- chant and a citizen, won to himself a large share of public pat- ronage and esteem. In 1822, he closed his business at Dela- ware, and the next two years were spent in Canandaigua, N. Y., after which he removed to Granville, from which place he never more removed until carried to the tomb. On Sunday, November 21st, he arose as well as usual, and was in his seat at church. At 10 p. m., while seated in his chair, he was struck with a paralysis—his left side became numb and ap- parently lifeless. Medical aid was procured, but to no use* When God calls, man must obey. By 5 o'clock on the follow- ing morning he quietly fell asleep, to wake no more until the morning of the resurrection." Samuel Kilbourn, a revolutionary pensioner, died at Chat- ham, Conn., Nov. 15, 1834. There was also recently a John Kilburn at Chicago —a Samuel Kilburne in Baltimore—and a Uriah Kilbourn in Philadelphia. I have obtained no inform- ation respecting either 134

Descendants of Thomas Kilbourn,

Professional Men, Magistrates, Noted Characters, Legislators, etc., by the name of Kilbourw

JOHN KILROURN, horn in England in 1625 ; came to this country with his parents in 1635, and settled in Wethersfield, Conn., previous to 1640. He was elected t Deputy to the General Court four times, commencing with 1660. He was a commissioner for running the boundary line be- tween Wethersfield and the l ' Indian country of Mattibossett ;" also be* fween Wethersfield and Hartford, in 1655. He was frequently a Grat.d Juror, Selectman, &c. Died in 1703

HEZEKI AH, /l.M,b in Wethersfield, 1700. Graduated at Yale College in 1720 — in the same class with the elder President Edwards. Died in his na- tiTe town.

PELATIAH. Jl.B.. born in Wethersfield in 1704. Graduated at Yale College in 1724. Died in his native town.

-\ ABR VHAM. b. in Gl t.'eiburv 1 19 1 ; he «vi« D'pufv to the General Court in 1721, 1730. and 1756 Died in Glastenbury 1770.

JOSEPH, Captain, b. in Wethersfield in 1700 , removed to Litchfipld in 1721, and was a Deputy to the General Court from that town in 1752and 1753

JOHN, b. in Guilford, Conn ,in 1704; was the first settler in Walpole, N. H.,

in 1749 ; the famous Indian lighter—see p. 38. Died in 1789.

JAMES, Colonel h, in New Britain, Conn , in 1770 ; emigrated to Worthjngton,

Ohio in lSi>4 ; U. S. Surveyor of Public Lands in the Nnith Western Ttr-.

ritory ; Trustee of Ohio College ; Commissioner to locate Miami Uni-

versity ; President of the Roard of Trustees of Wnrthingfon College : Commissioner to settle the boundary between the. public lands and the

great Virginia Reservation ; Member of the Ohio Legislature ; Member of Congress, ft.c.,&c.

JONATHAN, horn in Glastenbnry 1706- settled in Colchester, and was a Deputy to the General Court from that town at eight sessions, beginning with 1750; and a magistrate for many years. He was aloo a celebrated inventor. Died in 1785.

JAMES, Lieutenant and Quarter Master in the British army in the revolution

Born at Litchfield 1750 ; died at Kitley, Canada, 1820.

EBENEZER, born at Hebron 1714 : was a Captain in the revolutionary army, aad a Deacon in the Congregational church. Died at Gilsum, N. H., 1810.

JOHN, h. in riermont, N. H., 1772; removed to Niagara District. Canada, in 1820, where he died in 1843. He was a Captain and Justice of the Peace.

DAVID, b. in Colchester 1744 : was ft Deacon, Captain. & Magistrate. Died 1812.

JOSTAH. b. in New Britain 1756: a captain in the revolutionary armv ; was at the battles of Monmouth, White Plains, Harlaem Hights, &c. Died 1786.

CHARLES, b. at T-'tcHfipld 1758; lipnterant colrne' in the British service during

the war of 1812 ; Magistrate and Judge in Canada. Died in 1834.

JOSEPH, b. in Li'chfield 1771 ; removed to Csnada— wat Mi'itary Purveyor ard D r aft«mar> in the British per' irp. ix-hh tl e rark *pd ray of captain in the regular army. Died at the army's In ad-qi aners at Kingston* 1814. ^5

Seminary, .MES, b. in Litchfield 1816 ; graduat.d at Yale Theological now pastor congregational church in Bridgewater. Conn. "Patriot JOSEPH-HENRY, b in Canada 1809 ; was a captain in the

War" oil ihti liberal side ; afterward* settled in Michigan, and was appoiuted postmaster at Sanford in 1842, and was elected a meui' ber of tiie Michigan Legislature in l847-

A. i MYRON, M , b in Litchfield 1801 graduated at Hamilton College in

18.24 ; now resides in Iowa.

ALEXANDER, b. at Caldwell's Manor, 1791 ; lieutenant-colonel, com-

1 mander of the " Queen's Loyal Volunteer* ' in the Patriot War Canada. Now resides at Siausiead.

JOHN, (of .Vewborousrh, Canada,) lieutenant-colonel; member of the pro-,

viftcial parliament ; magistrate

ASHBEL, b. in Goshen, Conn. ; magistrate, deacon, &c, at Hudson. Ohio.

JAMES, M. n..b at Worthington, Ohio, 1815; graduated at the medical department of Wonhington College, and was appointed Professor in the Medical Cullege at Cincinnati in 1844. Died in 1845.

HECTOR, born in Simsbury, Conn. 1791 ; settled at Sandusky city, Ohio; was colonel, magistrate, and postmaster. Died 1838.

JOHN, A. -M., b. Tunbridge, Vt. 1789 ; graduated at the Vermont Univer-

sity 1810 ; author of the Onio Gazeteer, Vermont Gazeteer, &c.

HENRY, b- East Hartford ; member of the Connecticut Legislature from .Hartford; Comptroller of Connecticut from 1838 to ld4l.

AUSTIN, b. Glastentury 1794 ; cashier of the Phcenix Branch Bank,

Litchfield ; Notary Public-

JOHN-HENRY, b. 1785. resided for many ypars in Bristol, U. C where he was elected a magistrate, and member of the Municipal Council

ROWLEY, b. in 1800—now one of the Presiding Justices of Niagara District, Canada.

DAVID, b. in Colchester 1770 —he was the first post master and firs* town clerk of Marlboro', Conn. Died at Pittsfield, Mass., 1845.

JESSE, b. in Litchfield 1778 — settled alCazenovia, N. Y., and was many years post master, and member of the N. Y. legislature. Di^d 1842

TRUMAN, b. in Litchfield 1780-settled in Burlington. N. Y.. where he was a magistrate, supervisor and town clerk. Resides at Lockpojt.

SAMUEL, b. at Litchfield 1784— settled at Lisle, N- Y.— has been a ma* gistrateand supervisor. Resides at Ogdeu, N. Y.

JOHN-MORRANVILLE, b. in Tioga eo. Pa., 1816—has been a Justice of the Peace, Supervisor, and Director of Common Schools, in Pot- ter county, in the same State.

JOSIAH, b. at Walpole, N. H.—was a member of the N«w Hampshire Legislature iron} Lyttleton in 1843 and '44. 136

CHARLES, A. M-, b, in Herkimer county, N. Y.—graduated at Hamilton college i833—an attorney and counselor at law at Vernon, N. Y., late Master in Chancery, &c.

TRUMAN, b. in Litchfield 1790—a magistrate and deacon.

ALFRED, a magistrate in East Hartford 1842, &c

HOMER, a magistrate in Litchfield 1846.

ERASTUS, now postmaster at Newington,in Wethersfield, owns and lives on land which has been possession of the Kilbourns in regular suc^ cession from the Indian title, a period of nearly 170 years.

JOSlAH, A. M., b. at Hebron 1752,-gradnated at Dartmouth College 1778 — installed pastor of the congregational church in Chesterfield, Ms.

AMAZA, b. Colchester, was a Captain in the last war with Great Britain, and fell in command at Black Rock-

ALFORD, b in Colchester—was a lieutenant in the same war—and after- wards a magistrate at Catterangus, N. Y-, where ke died, aged 25.

CHARLESvL , b Lawrenceville, Pa , graduated at West Point 1841, and is now a First Lieutenant of Artillery in our army in Mexico.

DAVIDvH., b- Marlborough, Conn., 1803 —settled in Lee county, Iowa, where he has been a magistrate, post master, and a candidate for the territorial Senate.

JONATHAN, b. Clinton, Conn.— settled in Middletown ; has been a mem- ber ot theeommon council of that city; and in 1846 was chosen a State Bank Director by the legislature.

JOHN.b in Morristown, N. J. ; removed to Colchester, Conn., and was a Dep-

uty from thence to the General Court in 1754 and 1756 ; afterwards set- tled in Surry, N. H., and in the French War was a Lieutenant under Sir William Johnson, and at the baltle of Lake George headed a party of rangers in connexion with the celebrated Mohawk ehiff, Hendrick, — in the fight Hendrick was killed by his side, and himself severely wounded. Died in Clermont, N. H., in 1776.

RALPH-LEE, b. in Lawrenceville, Pa , 1810; now a resident of Upper Cali- fornia, where he is the proprietor of 6,000 acres of land.

WELLS, of Lawrenceville, Pa., inventer of the corn-planter, &c. one of the Burgesses of the borough, and a member of the Council.

LEMUEL-JUDSON,a noted inventor ; see page 88.

JOSIAH, born at Glastenbury, Conn. 1706 ; was the first settler of the town of Gilsum. N.H,—hisgrand«.daughter being the first white child born with- in its limits.

to ABRAHAM, h, in Weth»r3field in 1708 ; he was a Deputy the General Court from Litchfield at four sessions commencing with 1769. Died in Litch- field in 1776.

DAVID, b. at Gilsum, N. H, ; has been a methodist preacher for nearly forty years—and a presiding elder for seventeen years. He now resides in Barre. Mass. 137

IRA. Colonel, b. in Colchester, 177 J ; Commissioner and Treasurer ot Tioso co ,

Pa. ; Magistrals, Pusj Master, Auditor ol Public Accounts, Judg-e of the Common Pleas loi 26 years.

BYRON, b in Granby.Conn . in IS ll ; Resident, Superintending; and Locating

Engineer of the State of Ohm : [J- S- Surveyor ior Wisconsin ; candidate liouse Delegates. for Congress : Member of the Wisconsin of —


[Dated at Boston, November 20, 1847.]

While just upon the point of closing this volume, a commu-

nication from Dr. Savage came to hand, which is deserving of

Special notice—particularly the following extract : " Early this year I received, from the London State Paper office, transcripts from vi Is. 372 and 375 of returns

his wife, aged 20." Conjecture as easily springs up here, as I ever recollect in any case—that this Thomas was eldest son of Thomas, and was sent away immediately on getting his wife, to look out in the new country proper fields for father, mother, brother and sisters next year. We know from Gov. Winthrop, that the two Ipswich ships had good passage, lost very few cat- tle and no passenger. If you, then, have any branches of a great family that you could not discover the origin of, here is chance." The questions at once arise—Was he a son of Thomas, of

Wethersfield ] and, Where are his descendants 1 The first of these can only be answered by strong conjecture. The fact that his name is sp^lt precisely th \ same, [Kilborne,] and that he was about two years older that the oldest child of Thomas on board the Increase, favor the conjectures of Dr. Savage on this point, //a son of the said Thomas, he left no posterity, or at least his family was extinct in 1683, as it appears by the record of the distribution of Frances Uffoote's estate— no such heirs being alluded to. see p. 130. 139

Jedediah Kilbourn Smith, member of oorigrejs from New

Hampshire, Charles Kilborn Williams, r,i.. 5.', chief justice of Vermont, and Kilborn Harwood, of Barre, Ma^s., sheriff and candidate for the senate, descended fiom George Ki! horn of Rowley. Kilborn Whitman, member of the Massachusetts senate and < ouncil, and John Kilbourn Phepard, member of the legislature of Connecticut, from Norfolk, 1847, descended from Thomas Kilbourn of Wethersfield.

Rev. Alanson Kilbourn, pastor of the free will Baptist rb. in Fnosburar, Vt. 1839, and the Rev. Amos Kilborn, a BapMst clergyman in Virginia, —nothing futtber has been ascertained concerning them, nor is their genealogy known to the writer.

EA^T HARTFORD BURYING-OBOUND. Inscription taken from a stone (now destroyed,) in the ancient burying ground' and preserved by trip lafp Doet Brownr!!. Hptp Ives ve Bodv of Thomas Kilt-burn,

Wb'cb soone fprlusfnrid Ashes will turn ; Pis dust ve vile Wormes will profane it. But his grate soul ye earth could not contane i'. — 1712

Fere was Buried the Bodv of Mrs Susannah Fitch, formerly ve widow of Mr, Thomas Kilbourn, and died ve wife of Na'haniel F'tch, February ye 11th, 1T49 in ye 69th year of her age,

Thomas Kilborn [3d] died April 8, 1748, aged 42 years and 7 months

Mary, widow of Thomas Kilborn [3d] died Oct31, 1761, aged 50.

Thankful, daughter of -Thomas and Mary Kilborn, died Oct T3, 1740, aged 8 rrs.

[Mary and Susannah, daughters of Thomas, died each ir her 6th year.]

George Spencer son of Jeremiah Kilbourn, a lad of great promise, Pest herp, mv dear, till JeStis comes, To shake the earth, and rend the tombs, Then rise to heaven in glorious dress, Clothed in thy Saviour'9 righteousness.


171 Here li eth the body of John Kilborn, who died Nov. 26, 1. in his 60th year.

ff rrp ljpth ihp hodv of Mitchell, son of Mr Abraham and Sarah Kilborn, who died June 5th, 1716. Sarah, wife of Mr Abraham Kilborn, who died Oct 5ih 1719, aged about 32. Abraham, ye son of Abraham and Sarah Kilborn, who died Sept 23, 1741, aged 25, Mary Kilborn, wife of Mr Abraham Kijborn, died August 25ih 1757.

In memory of Mr Abraham Kilborn, who dipd April ye 20, |770, aged 79. 140

Brief Notes

ofaome of the Descendants of!"HUM AS KILBOURN, through female lines,

LAW, born in Mil ford August 6, 1674 JONATHAN ; grad- uated at Harvard college iti 1695. He was a judge of the su- preme court (or nine ye.trs, commencing with 1715 ; in 1725 he was chosen chief justice and lieutenant governor, which offices he held until 1711, when he was elected Governor. He died Nov. 6, 1750, and was succeeded by Roger Wolcott.

RICHARD LAW, ll. o., son of the preceding, was born in Milford, March 17, 1733, and graduated at Yale college in 1751. After a lucrative practice at the bar for several years, at New London, he was appointed a judge of ihe county court. In 1784 he was made judge of ihe supreme court, and in 1786, chief judge. In 1789, be was appointed by Washington district judge of the United States, and held the office until his death, January 26, 1806. For several years he was Mayor of the cit\ of New London. His son, LYMAN, of New London, was a member of congress from Connecticut, from 1811 to 1817, RICHARD, a captain in thf* Navy, and afterwards collector of customs at the port of New London, was also his son

GEORGE HALL, graduated at Yale college 1802 \ member of congress from the State of New York, from 1819 to 1821. Rev. NATHANIEL COLVER, a distinguished Baptist clergyman in Boston.

ERASTUS H. CULVER, an eloquent member of congress from Washington county, New York, in 1846 and 1847.

SAMUEL A. FOOT, graduated at college, in Yale 1797 ; was elected to congress in 1819, again in 1823, and again in 1833. In 1827, he was elected to the U. S. senate, where he faithfully served his constituents for six years. In 1834 he was chosen Governor of Connecticut. He died in 1816.

Note.—The Rev. Nathaniel Colver writes as follows, under date of Boston, Dec. Nathaniel • Culver and Ruth Kilhorn, whose marriage you mention i iTc ij at Litchfield, May 9, 1734, were mv grandfather and grandmother. The former at died Hubbardton, Vt, about 1809; the latter in 1811. They lived and died with Aunt Elizabeth, who married a Church. Mv father's name was Nathaniel ; he and his all brothers and sisters are now dead—except his sister Abigail, who mar- ried a bhoot; she ia a widow, and lives at Champlain, N, Y. The names of my grandfather's children were, Pamela, Thankful, Elizabeth, Ruth, David, Nathan- iel, Charles, Dtodatus, and Samuel. The Hon. E. D. Culver, ol the State of New York, is my brother's son. I have little knowledge of my ancestors," &c. Gov. Foot descends through the Law family. J

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[From the Charleston (S C.) Courier— Dec. 24 : 1847.

T Lieut. Claries L. Kiiburn, l . S, At

" LiF.rm. Kii.bur* .-- This {gentleman is now in our city, ant! nil those who have rtfifd the history bf oar war in IViexko. and particularly that portion >>l u which relates lo lhe field of Boena Vista, will be happy to recognize, in him i he gallant spir t who, with (Jen. Davis, of the Mib'srss sippi Regiment, kepi in check for four hours a column of seven thousand men, already flushed with victory, for they had turned our left flank. Such deeds as these so seldom occur, thai those who enact them should receive their reward — the cheering welcome of their fellow Citizens, whenever they appear among them. Lieut. Kilburn is passing through Charleston on his way to Pennsylvania, to visit his parents and at the same time to recruit his health, which has been seriously impaired. We take the lib- erty to give the public- information of the fact, that he may be invited to partake of the hospitalities now being offered to his gallant comrades from the battle-field. He is to be found at Gen. Biisbane's, Logan street.''

[From the Tioga County (Pa ) Eagle— February 9, 1848.]

This well-merited token of approbation, in honor of one of Tioga's gaK lant sons, Lieut. CHARLES L. KILBURN of the U. S. Army, came off on Wednesday evening last, at the Hotel of Col. J. Kimball, in this bo- rough [Wellsboro".] At an early hour, a very large company asssembled, composed principally of citizens of Wellsboro and vicinity —among whom we noticed many of our most eminent citizens. The company was or- ganized by the appointment of R. G-. White, Esq., as President, and Gen- H Williston and Sheriff Potter as Vice Presidents. The company then partook of a sumptuous dinner, served up in Col. Kimball's best style, highly creditable to his taste and skill- The follow-* ing Toasts were read and loudly cheered by the whole company. Each toast was followed by excellent music arranged for the occasion Dur« ing the evening eloquent and appropriate speeches were made by R. G. White, Esq., Lieut. Kilburn, Henry Sherwood, Hon. J C. Knox, Judge Cone, S. F. Brewster. A. P. Wilson; and Julius Sherwood ; the latlergen- tleman sans: two appropriate songs, which were received with great ap-

affair past- ; plause. The wb^e e n* off n the most satisfactory manner to all present, and the company separated at an early hour for their respec- tive homes.

[From a list of some forty toasts, published in the Eagle, we select the

following :] — p. e e\ Regular Toast- — 13 —Lieut. Charles L. Kilburn—A gallant, son of old Tioga: first in the deadly breach, and first in the heartsof his friends

Volunteer Toasf?.—~ By Judge Brewster— Our Guest, Lieut KiXBURN : May hfs future career be as successful a« his past, and his friends be permitted to welcome him home again, after the strife of war shall cease. By Col. J. Kimball—C. L. Kilburn, our Guest- To his memory and

th at of all the officers of the army ; may there names be inscribed in lets lers of gold on the pages of history, and never to be obliterated- — —


GEORGE K1LBURN, was a member of the famous Rev. Mr. Elliot's church in Roxbury, Mass., as early as a. d. 1639 ; was admitted a freeman in Rowley in 1640 ; and in 1643, (according to a survey of the town made in that year,) a home lot was assigned to him on Bradford street. His wife's name was Elizabeth. A communication from the Hon. Chanes K. Williams, under date of January 8, 1348, furnishes the follow ing genealogical facts concerning his iamil\ .

[Children of George arid Elizabeth Kilburn or Kilborn, of Rowley.]

1. MARY, bom May 3, 1649 ) ( 4. SAMUEL, b..rn Sept. 11, 1656. 2. JOSE fH, born Feb I, 1652 5. ISAAC, !born January 26, 1659. 3. JACOB, born Jan. 12, 1655 ) ( 6. ELIZABETH, b: Feb 1, 1663.

SAMUEL, above named, born September 1 1. 1656, mar- ried Mary daughter William November 1682 of Foster, 12, ; died April 22, 1722. His Will is on record in the Probate of- fice in Ipswich. His children were

1 HANNAH bom Octob^r-2, LS«3 .'married Julia*) CI u-k. \priL5, 1701.

2 SAMUEL oorn July 2U, l&rt ; died Augiml 11, 1701. 3 DAVID u.u-n M neb 12, 1089.

4 MARIA born July 21, 10'Ju ; died September 24, 1710.

5 JEDED.Al-1 bom April 30, 1090; died February -1, 1759.

5 ELtPhlALET born 1700 ; dL'd June 4, 17-32. Eliph-^let Kilborx, above named, married Jane, widow of Nathan Frazier and daughter of Mark Prime, in 1745 ; their only child was Jane Kilborn, born April 15, 1746 ; she mar- ried the Rev. Samuel Williams, of Bradford, Mass., May 5,

1763, and died in Rutland, Veimont, March 2 I, 1829. The children of the Rev. Samuel and Jane Williams were w 1. Jane miamSj DOrri Jariuar} 22, 1769 ; married Nathan Osgood, Esq., and died May 18, 1818.

2. Samuel Willipms born Oct. 6, 1770 ; d. March I, 1808.

3. Leonard Williams, born at Bradford, November 8, 1775 ; died March 23, 1812.

4. Chirlas, b. at Bradford, Dec. 8, 1779 ; d. the next year, 5. Charles Kilbjrn Willi ung, b. Cambridge, Jan. 24, 1782.

[This completes the g mealogy from George Kilborn, down to Chief Justice Williams, in his line of descent. Judge Wil- liams married Lucy G. daughter of the Hon. Chauncey Lang-

don, Apr. 24, 1817. Their children were :]

1. Lucy Jane, wife of John Strong;. Charles Langdon, grad. H.C. 1837;

Caroline Maria ; Charlotte Eliza ; John Warham—died 1828 ; Laura

Lathrop—died 1847, aged 19 ; Mary Augusta ; Chauncey Kilboru ; Sam* tiel. —


Letter from the Rev, Dr. Jeffreys, »f Ilawkliiirst, England.

Parsonage, Hawkurst, Kent, England, )

January 5, 1848. ) Sir—Toar letter addressed to the Parish Clerk of this village, was brought to me a week or tws since, as the party doubted about taking it out, as there was something to pay For it. Seeing it came from abroad, and thinking it might br. of importance, 1 undertook to charge myself with it, and I now proceed shortly to reply to its contents. RICHARD KILBURNE, Esq., Anthor of the Survey of Kent, publish- ed in the year 1659, lived and died at Hawkhurst His house, called ' Fowlers," is now the property and residence of his descendant, Captain Sir Richard Grant, R. N. Mr. K. was a man of some eminence in his profession as a lawyer, having been five times Principal of Staples Inn, London. He was also esteemed as a Magistrate and Historian. He died Nov. 15. 1678, aged 74 He lies buried in the Not th Chapel of Hawks hurst Church, and on a flat stone, under the floor of the present vestry, is the following inscription—" Hie jacit Ricardus Kilburne, Arm., quin> ques principalis hospitii Stapulensis, Lond. Patriae ornamentum,emol- uitieQtum. Ob 15 Nov. 1678, aet 74." The said Richard Kilburne married Elizabeth, daughter of William Dave, of Beclev, in the Couuty of Suffolk. There is a small tomb in the Hawkhurst Churchyard over, as I suppose, three children of thismairiage. Xhe inscription on the stone is as under

'•1633—4— S. H ire lye interred the Bodies of Mary, Richard and John, chil- dren ot Richard Kilburne, of Hawkehurst, Gent, and Elizabeth his wife.' He left an only daughter and heir, Anne, who was the second wife ®i Thomas Brewer, Esq., of West Farleigh, in Kent, who thereby became possessed of Fowlers. They had two sons, John and Philip, and a daugh- ter who married Davis. John succeeded his father at West Farleigh. Pbilip had Fowlers, but dyiug unmarried in 1721, aged 35, from a fall from his horse, the estate went to John who died in 1724, and was succeed- ed by an only daughter, Jane, who surviving two husbands and leaving no issue, left Fowlers to John Davis, D D., son of Davis above mentioned, who was succeeded by his only son, Sir John Brewer Davis, Knt. The Kilburnes were originally of Kilburne in Yorkshire, whence they went into Cambridgeshire and Essex. The above named Kilburne was the son of Isaac Kilburne of London, who was the 3d son of John Kilburna of Saffron Walden in Essex. The said R. Kilbirne and his wife Elizabeth bore for their arms—Ar- gent, a chevron azure between three bald cootes proper. Their Pedigree is entered in the Visitation of London by St. George Richmond 1634. There is a Mr. Kilburn who lives in Hawkhurst at this time, and who keeps a Classical and Commercial Seminary, but he is no relation to the above. Below are two extracts, marked A and B,from our Burial Register. I

conclude A to be the daughter of Mr. R, Kilburne ; and B to be h«r son, who in that ease survived her one year. A "Buried, 1720 July 5 —Ann Brewer, Gentlewoman, widow." B " Buried, 1721 June 3d— Phillip Brewer, Gentleman." I am, Sir, your obedient rerrant, HENRY JEFFREYS.

fe * "Here lies Richard Kilburne, Esq, five times principal of Staples Inn, London, He was an ornament and benefit to his country," &.c* —

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The Origin and Meaning of the Word, KILEOUfiN. eminent Philologists [From Prof. Gibbs, of Yale College— one of the most of the age.]

New Haven, March 11, 1848. have directed some little at> P. K., Esq.— My Pear Sir : 1 name, and would suggest ten-tion to the origin and meaning ofyour family the following derivation be-r-g Kilboubjv, « cold stream,'' is a word of Anglo^axon origin— ;' compounded of ml, a corruption of AnslosSaxon caJd or caeld,^ cold l ;'— being and Old Rng. bourn, AnglosSax. burnc a stream' or 'brook then to a applied first to a stream, say in the neighborhood of London, the v-ils village situated on the stream, and then to a family derived from lage. In support of this explanation of the mime, I would suggest, places, there 1. That many family names are borrowed from names of being hardly a village in England which has not given rise to a family _•-• '- name. . '. and 2 That Kilbovme is the name of a village or hamlet near London, Kilbum the name of two townS—one in Derbyshire the other in Yorkshire. 3. That there is a stream called Coldbourne, which flows through Kil- bourne near London, See the enclosed extract from Gorton's Topograph- ical Dictionary. 4. The Anglo-Saxon word bume, denotes, according to Bosworth, 'a bonrne, stream, brook, river.' It is not to he confounded with Ihe Eng- lish word bourn, ( a boundary,' which is derived from the French borne; nar with born, in the names Seaborn. Winlerborn, Newborn, which is pro- bably the participle born. 5. The syllable Kil,.has. I apprehend, no connection with Kil, given in

Webster's Dictionary, which is of Dutch crigin. I know of no belter explanation than that which is implied in the enclosed extract from Gor- ton. As it respects the family of Kilbourn, I have examined Burke's History of the Commoners of Great Britain and Ireland, 4 vols London, 1836—8, but do not find the name in any of its copious indexes. Should I learn

any thing new oa the subject, I will endeavor to communicate it'. Yours, with respect, JOSIAH W. GIBES,

[Extract from Gorton's Topographical Dictionary of Great .Britain and Ireland, 3 vols. 8 vo. Lond. 1833.] ''Kilbourue, county Middlesex- London, 6 m NW by W. " A hamlet in the pi.rish. of Hampstead and Holborn division, of the the hundred of Ossulston, was at one time celebrated for its mineral spring. Coldbourne stream, which rises near Westeud, Hampstead. and from which this place takes its name, passes through Kilbourue to Bayswater; and after supplying the serpentine reservoir in Hyde Park, flows into the Thames at Ranclugb.''

From Great Britain.—Any information relative to the name or family of Kilbourn in Great Br 1 tain, will be very gratefully received by the au- thor of this volume. Litchfield, Connecticut, (U. S. A.) April 1, 1848. ——


Letter from Goodwin Kilbura, Esq.

Hawkhurst, Kent, England, 20 March, 1848. My Dear Sir—I was agreeably surprized to receive a letter from you about three weeks since. Although perfect strangers to each other, I anticipate much

pleasure from our correspondence, as the subject you have introduced t» me is one I have long felt an interest in, and determined, whenever opportunities

might occur, to search into. You may suppose from this, the information I c».d at present give you is very limited. Such is indeed the case, but from the inquiries I am making, I hope to be able to make some approaches towards sol- ving the problem stated in your letter. Whatever may be the result of my search, I think you may at least reckon on receiving all (he information con- nected with the aame that I can collect. I have known Hawkhurst and this county about 16 years, but have resided here as Principal of this School only since Michaelmas 1846. I am a native of Norfolk, where my father and sister now reside, and where I lived for some years previous to the above date.

Easton, a village about six miles west of Norwich, is where I flrst'saw the light,

and where we possess a small piece of " mother earth," which I hope may long continue to be called by our name. This, however, came by my mother,

whose maiden name was Goodwin. My father (Isaac) is nearly 75 years of age, and has lived at Easton about 50 years. He came from a village some 40 miles from Easton, on the borders of Cambridgeshire, where his father and mother resided. How long they had lived there, I cannot now say,_though probably in a few weeks I shall know. My grandfather died when my father was four years old. He was in very humble circ*mstances, and unless some account be found of him upon the parish books, I do not expect to unravel much of his his- tory. From the fact of my father having left his native place young, and his

father dying early, we have known but little of the family ; but as I intend to

visit the neighborhood in the summer, if I possibly can, and make search and inquiry among writings and old people, I have no doubt I shall find out many things which I am at present ignorant of. My father has two sisters and some nephews and nieces living there. I am not aware that I have any relative more

distant than a first cousin. The name is by no means a common one, and I am not personally acquainted with any one bearing it except our own family. There are a few in London and elsewhere, but their residences I cannot now name,

I have been told there are several at Kilburn, er Kiibourne, a village near Lon- don.

I believe you are already in possession of a few of the facts respecting the family bearing our name who resided in this place about 200 years ago. Whether the Richard Kilburne who wrote a ". Topographie, or Survey of the County of Kent," and who is buried in this church, was the last of his family, I know not. Several of his children, who disd young, are buried in the churchyard, of which their gravestones bear witness to this day. Richard K. says in the preface, [the book was published in 1659,] that he had resided up- —


wards of 35 years in Hie county ; and under "Hawkhurst" lie stales lie resided there upwards ol 28 year9, '* God's providence having there lent him an inheri- tance ;" but he does not say where he was born, or where his family had pre viously resided. These and some other particulars I hope to be able to discov- er before long,

I should have replied to you before, but being in correspondence with a friend in the western part ef Norfolk on the subject, and having some reason to hope he could give me information, I have delayed until now. 1 find he does not live so near the places as I expected, and I must therefore wait a little lunger for information from that quarter. Though the assistance I can at pres- ent afford you is exceedingly small, I do not hesitate to reply to you, that you may at least know that you have a correspondent who quite enters into your views of the matter,and who will assist you as far as possible in attaining your object.

Do you know the cause of the Kilburns leaving England in 1635 ?—the year in which Charles the First promulgated the canons for ecclesiastical jurisdic- tion. Was their departure connected with religion at all ? Those were severe

times for all whose consciences were too rigid to please royalty Believe me to remain, my dear Sir, Your obedient servant, and remote kinsman, GOODWIN K1LBURN.

Hon, Byron Kilbourn, This gentleman, (in addition to the public stations heretofore mentioned,') was a member of the Convention which assembled at Madison, on the 15th of December, 1847, and formed the State Constitution of Wisconsin, which was subsequently accepted by the people. As Chairman of the Committee on the General Provisions ot the Constitution, he drew up and reported the clause defining and establishing the Boundaries of the State— the clause on Amend- ments of the Constitution, &c. At the first election under the City Charter of

Milwaukie,. in 1846, Mr. Kilbourn was elected an Alderman : and on the 11th

of April, 1848, he was chosen Mayor that city by a vote of 1 ,198, to 998 for his competitor, Gen. Rufus King. He was alto President of the Milwaukie and Rijck River Canal Company. The Milwaukie Courier of May 7th, 1845, contained an able article review*

ing the claims of gentlemen who had been proposed as candidates for Congress,

from which the following extract is taken. Alter speaking of Messrs. Upham and Darling, the writer continues

"Byron Kilbourn is unquestionably a man of superior abilities, the char- acteristics of his mind being liveliness of perception, accuteness of understand- ing, searching penetration, indefatigable perseverence, and withal common sense. Never satisfied w ith any subject ihat occupies bis attention till it is redu- ced to a demonstration, he is calculated to siftjevery word, thought, motive and action, to the bottom. These powers were propagated and extensively exercised

by the practice of his profession of engineering ; and it may be thought that his habits of severe thinking, and of repairing from trivial conversation, have render- ed him less popular with the mass than others. He has even been accused of be- —


}no aristocratic in his leelings ; but we venture to affirm that if ever democracy found a genial habitation, it lias found it in the breast of Byron Kiibourn. He would as willingly shake the hand of the farmer, or mechanic, and grasp it as tightly too. as that of the first nun in the nation. His whole soul is absorbed in the welfare of Wisconsin, and the breath of slander would fail to impeach his in-

tegrity i falsehood alone could successfully asperse his character. Suffice it to say the distinction lies here —Upham or Darling would be the more effective can-

didate before the people : Killourn would be the most efficient Representative oa the floor of Congress."

T Captain Charles L, Kilburn, l . S. A,

General Jefferson Davis, ih his official Report of the Battle of Buena Vista,

after referring to the temporary giving way of the Mississippi Regiment, says, " The regiment was formed again behind the first ravine we had crossed ; soon after which we were joined by Lieutenant KILBURN, with a piece of light artillery, and Colonel Lane's the thud regiment of Indiana volunteers. Lieutenant KILBURN opened a brisk and very effective fire; the enemy im- mediately receded; we advanced, and he retired to the mountain. No senior officer of Lieutenant K's corps being present, it gives me pleasure to bear tes- timony to the valuable services he rendered, and to express my admiration of the professional skill and soldierly qualities he manifested."

Major Bragg, in his official account of the same battle, says —

' Finding, when I arrived, that the attack had been made and repulsed, I di- rected my attention to the larsre infantry and cavalry force which had turned our

left flank, and was still advancing. At this time 1 saw that Lientenant KIL- BURN had joined me with his gun. He had been actively and gallantly en-

gaged in my vicinLy during the greater part of the day ; but my close occupa- tion caused me to overlook him." " Of Lieutenant KILBURN, whose coolness, efficiency and gallantry came under my personal notice, I cannot ^peak in terms more complimentary than he deserves. His services to me are invaluable, whether in the camp, on tne march, or in action." In May IS4S, Lieutenant Kilburn was promoted by the President of the Uni-

ted States, to the Brevet rank of Captain," for gallant and meritorious conduct

in the battles of Buena Vista, Mexico, on the 22d and 23d of February. s 1847, to date from February 23, 1847."

The Ancient Kiibourn Homestead, [At Wethersfieid, Conn]

Nathaniel Goodwin, Esq. of Hartford, (under date of May 22, 1848,) writes—

" Frances Kxlbourjv, your ancestreis, (her husband having deceased before the distribution of the town was recorded in 1639,) had a home lot of three acres, on the weit side of Broad Street—being the same lot, together with ano>. ther home lot next adjoining on the soutk, originally Samuel Smith's—now known by the name of the " Chester Place"—a beautiful situation. The Kii- bourn lot, either in whole or in part, remained in the hands of the Kiibourn Jarnily to and including the fourth generation," 148

Mr. DAVID KILBORN, of Litchfield, was a Delegate to the Protestant Epis- copal Convention of Connecicut in 1792, '93, and '94— the first named beiDg the Convention by which the Constitution of said Church was adopted. He was also for some years the Senior Warden of St. Michael's church in Litchfield.

JEDEDIAH SAGE KILBOURNE, M. D., was appointed Physician to the Cholera Hospital in Troy, N. Y., in 1832. For several past, h« has been a prac« ticing physician and surgeon in the city of New York, where he still resides,

He is also well known as a popular Lecturer on Physiology, Materia Medica, &c # Dr. RALPH KILBOURN, of Montpelier, Vermont, was President of a polit- cal Mass Meeting in 1844, of " unprecedented numbers ;" he has also been one of the " State Central Committee" of the party with which he acts. KILBOURN

ffyiutatital anir tigenealogical Society.

AT a primary meeting of several members of the Kilbourn Family of the

United States, holden at the Astor House, in the city of New York, Saturday, the 15th of April, 1848, (being the two hundred and thirteenth anniversary of the embarkation of the ancestors of said family from London for New England,)

J. SAGE KILBOURN, M. _D„ of the city of New York, was called to the chair, and Payne Kenton Kilbourn, of Litchfield, Connecticut, was appointed Sec- retary.

The objects of the meeting were briefly stated by the Secretary.

Several interesting communications from and relative to the Kilbourn* of

Great Britain, were read by Lieutenant Charles L. Kilburn, U. S. A;

After an hour or two spent in a free and social interchange of sentiments and feelings, it was, on motion of Rev. James Kilbouhn, of Bridgewatcr, Conn.,

Resolved, That, regarding the Kilbourns of this continent as the members of one common though long scattered family, it is expedient to form a Society for their reunion*

A Committee appointed for the purpose reported the following form of n

Constitution, which was unanimously adopted. loO


Ai licle 1. —This Society shall'be called the " Kilbcurn Historical and Gene- al igical Society of North America."

2. —The officers of this Society shall consist of a President, twenty Vice Prts- idents, a Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, Treasurer, Auditor, and a Central Committee, who shall be chosen at each General Meeting of said So- ciety.

3. —The object of this Society shell be the collection and preservation of such facts, data and documents as shall serve to illustrate the history and genealogy of the Kilbourn Family en this continent, trom the arrival of the ancestors of said family in New England, (a. d. 1633.) to the present time.

4. —A primary object of this Society shall be the collection and preservation of facts, data and documents relative to the history and genealogy of the Kil- bourn Family in Great Britain, both before and since the arrival of our ances- tors in New England; and to this end the co-operation.of our namesakes in the lather-land is earnestly and hopefully solicited.

5.—All printed documents.and manuscripts transmitted to either of the Sec- retaries, post paid, shall be entered upon the Records ol the Society, or be oth- erwise pieserved —and be laid before the Society at each General Meeting thereof,

6.—Any person bearing the name of Kilbourn, and being descended from George or Thomas Kilbourn, may become members of this Society by paying into the Treasury thereof the sum of One Dollar.

7.—Persons who have descended from the Kilbourns. through female lines, or have married into the family, or, (if bearing the name.) belong to other than the American branches of said family, may from timu to time be elected Honorary Members of said Society.

8. — All officers, members and honorary members of this Society shall at all times have free access to the records and documents belonging to or deposited therewith, with the privilege of copying the same.

9. —All letters and communications received by the Corresponding Secreta- ry, in any way relating to the Kilbourn Family, shall be preserved and laid be-. iore the Society at each General Meeting thereof.

10, —The power to call primary and general meetings of this Society shall be vested with the Central Committee, with the cone urrtnee and advice of the President.

{£f-Family Records, Biographical Sketches, Historical Reminiscences, Epi-

taphs, &c, of or concerning our namesakes, are hereby solicited, and will be tf.ntered upon the Records of the Society. 151

Officers of the Society. President, Hon, JAMES KILBOURNE, of Wortbington, Ohio-.

Vice Presidents, Hon. ByrOH Kilbourn, of Milwaukie, Wisconsin. Col. Alexander Kilborn, of Stanstead, Canada.

James Kilbnrn, Esq , of Princeton, Massachuseits. Hon. Ira Kilburn, of Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania. Mr. Jonathan Kilboitrn, of Clinton, Connecticut. Col. Timothy Kilbourn, of Hudson, Ohio. Ralph Lee Kilburn, Esq., of Sanoraa District, Upper California. Capt, Charles Lawrence Kilburn, U. S. A. Rev. David Kilburn, of Barre, Massachusetts. Dr. Jedediah Sage Kilbourne, New York city, Hon. Henry Kilbourn, of Hartford, Connecticut. Deac. Jeremiah Kilbourn, Groton, Massachusetts. Maj. Edward Kilbourne, of Port Madison, Iowa. Kilburn, Esq of Kingsclear, New Brunswick. Isaac , Truman Kilbourn, Esq., of Litchfield, Connecticut. Capt. George Kilburn. of Newburyportj Massachusetts. Hon. John Kilborn, Newborough, Canada^ Samuel Kilborn, Esq., of Ogden, New York. Hon. Joseph H. Kilbourn, of Sanford, Michigan. Josiah Kilburn, of Lyttlelon, Vermont.

Treasurer, Ogden Kilbourn, Esq., of Hartford, Connecticut.

Corresponding Secretaiy, Payne Kenyon Kilbourn, of Litchfield, Connecticut.

Reeording Secretary, Austin Kilbourn, Esq., of Hartford, Connecticut.


Henry S, Kilbourn, Esq. of Hartford, Connecticut,

Central Committee, Rev. James Kilbourn, of Eridgewater, Connecticut. Charles Kilbourn, JL. M,, Vernon, New York, Payne Kenyon Kilboui'n, of Litchfield. Connecticut Truman Cushman Kilbourn, of Lockpoit, New York. John Kilbourn, of Newville, Pennsylvania. Jedediah Sage Kilbourne, M. D., New York city.

Honorary Vice Presidents,

Hon. Greene C. Bronson, ll. b , Albany, New York. Hon. Charles Kilborn Williams, ll. d., of Rutland, Vermont William Kilburn, Esq., of London, England. Goodwin Kilburn, Esq., of Hawkhurst, Kent, England" Lord Kelburne, Kelburne Castle, Ayrshire, Scotland. Hon. George Hull, of Sandisfield, Massachusetts. Hon. Norman H. Purple, of Peoria, Illinois*


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