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KILBURiVE, [London, and Hawkehurst in Kent.] 


KILHOHNE.and Kilburne, {Lincolnshire.) -'Argent Cheveron. Azwr* 
belvveeii tliiee bald cools, close, sable, heads argent, beaks tawny. Crest — h*\i3t 
toot proper. — £dtnonsoH's Heraldry. 



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The printing of this volume was commenced in 1845, and 
has necessarily progressed slowly, in consequence of the dif- 
ficulties and delays in obtaining authentic materials, occasion- 
ed often by the tardiness of correspondents and the indifference 
of those who should have been interested in the matter. The 
nuthor takes pleasure in commending it to those for whom it is 
especially designed' — the Kilbourn Family of America. — 
Though he cannot flatter himself that his work is destitute of 
errors, he still believes it to he freer from them that the gener- 
ality of books of the kind. He would here express his ac- 
knowledgments to the Hon. James Kilbourne, of Worthing- 
ton, Ohio ; Austin Kilbourn and Geo. Goodwin, Esqrs., of 
Hartford, Conn. ; Maj. Edward Kilbourne, of Fort Madison, 
Iowa ; Hon. Ira Kilbubn, of Lawrenceville, Pa. ; Rev. Wm. 
S. Porter, of Farmington, Conn., and others, for their valua- 
ble assistance in collecting genealogical and other facts. 

Litchfield, Connecticut, Nov. 1847. p. k, k. 


It can hardly be deemed necessary to state the object of this volura* 
more fully than it is contained in the title-page. This is emphatically 
an age of antiquarian and genealogical researcn. Few inielligeut descen- 
dants of the puritan settlers of New England, especially, are to be found, 
who do not cherish a ftlial reverence for their progenators, and an ard«nt 
desire to know more of their history. It is a laudable and virtuous spirit 
which would keep alive a knowledge, and emulate the good deeds, of those 
who have passed over the stage of Existence before us, and who now "reit 
from their labors." And surely if any people on earth have a special right 
to boast of an illustrious ancestry, they are those whose homsteads are found 
in the deep glens and and along the mouniaiu fastnesses of the Land of the 

It has been the design of the author of these pages to preserve frona a pre- 
mature oblivion, the recorded and traditionary history of the KILBOURNS 
of this continent, from the date of the landing on these shores of the com- 
mon ancestors of the race— George and Thomas Kilborne, in 1635. He 
believes that of Thomas Kilborne's descendants, he has given the names and 
brief notes of ALL in the male line down to and including ihe 4th gener- 
ation ; from thence they become so numerous and so scattered thai it is by 
no meams improbable that some have escaped his researches- After the 
6th generation, several branches are designedly dropped,, were 
they continued, the volume would be made much larger than was intended, 
and the descendants will, as it is, be able readily to trace Iheir i'espectiv« 
genealogies back to where the said branches are left- 

The author has not been, able to connect the American branch of the 
family directly with that in Great Britain; though there unquestionably 
is a connection. Aside trorn the fact that our ancestors .sailed from Loti' 
dun for this country, the similarity of names in the branches of the old and 
new world at the same era, seem to evince a connection. For instance — 
it will be seen that William Kilborae who died at Louth, Eug., in 16(>0 or 

1670, had sons William, John, Joseph and Ahaham ', while John Kilborne, 
who came to America with his parents in 1635, and died at Weathersfield, 
Conn., in 1703, had sons John ^ Joseph, Abraham, and others. This could 
hardly have happened b\^ chance. 

By reference to page 109, an extract will be found from the record in the 
Family Bible of David Kilbourn, Esq., of Lunenburg, Mass., which says, 
' Two brothers came over from Devonshire,'' &c. Upon what authority this 
record was made, T have not learned. The only evidence that Thomas and 
Georjje were brothers, seems to rest on tradition — though in this instance 
tradition is probably correct. 

The name is still to be found in various parts of Great Britain — where 
it appears to have undergone as many changes in the manner of spelling as 
it has in this country. Anciently it was almost uniformly spelt with the 
final r, and the transition from e to ie and ey, is natural and easy — and" 
with these terminations it is sometimes found. In the old catalogues of 
Yale C' liege it is spelt Kilbe7-n ; and elsewhere, Killerne. See p. 56. 

In regard to the the meaningof the word — Sir Francis Palgrave, a very 
learned antiquary of London, informs William Kilburn, Esq., of that city, 
that it is of German origin, and signifies coo/ s/reaw or ooo/rn-e/- ; the Hon. 
James Kilbourne, of Ohio, on the contrary, says it is of Welch origin, 
and medins river bor J f-r. 

The annexed communications from William Killvrn, E^q., of London, 
will be lead with interest by his namesakes in America. 

Bertram House, Hnmpstead^ 
near London, 2d November, 1844, 
Payne Kenyon Kilbovrn, Esq. : 

Dear Sir — I hasien to acknowledge the receipt of yonr letter of the 23d of 
September, confainijig some very interesting particulars relative to I he family 
of Rilbnuins in America, much of which was new to ns, although we were 
aware that the natrie was known in the neighborhood of New York. 

My own ftmilv is certainly of Irish origin, but lam nof able to trace it be- 
yond my graiKJIalher, Samuel Kelburrie, who died in Dublin ah(-ut the vear 1770. 
Havina: received a CTOvernment appointment, in the patent for which his nanie 
w-^s spelt Kilburn, he adopted that mcde ot spelling it, and his descendants 
have continued the same. Mv father, William Kilburn ol Carshalton, near Lon- 
don, WHS his onlv st^n. and left Trelancl at a very eai ly age and never returned to 
if. He died in ISIS, leaving four sons, ot wlxmi uiy bnlher Benjamin and mv*. 
self are the only survivors. My brother Thomas, who died in IboO, left six 
S'lns who .ire now livinir — four in Lnndon, in various mercantile sifuat ionsf, and 
tvsn in Aus'ralia, onf> of wh^m is a farmer and wnol-grower, and the other a 
merchant. These are the inly relatives, bearing oui name; but on m\ mcMh- 
er's sidi' mv f-nmily is verv numerous; we have about IfiQ relatives within the 
d>'irree of first c..usin. and first cjuisin once removed. 

My father had a cnnsin. the Rev Sinclark Kkluurnk. who died unmairi^ 
ed. and was the only relative nn his side of whom I evir heard. I have iniio- 
known by name a Mrs. Ann Kii.BTTnv, ofMalta, and lnte1v ri'(]uested a fi ieid 
fn call upon her and makf som" in(juirie3 ; but I cuuld not learn tliat there was 
any connectinii Ix'tween our families. 

I have the pleasure tD enclose two copies of our Coats of Arms, one engraved 
and the otker colored. The description is as follows — 

•' KILBURNE, {London k, Haivkehurst, Kent.) Av^i'Wt Chevcmn, A/nre 
between three bald coots, close, sable, heads arijcnt, beuks tawny. Crest, bald 
coot proper." 

The bald coot is a water-fowl, somewhat like the common moor hen. It is 
now rather scarce in En>;land. 

I shall be glad to receive a copy of your projected work, whirh can no douht 
be forwarded through any of the New York liooksellcrs who have s-gcnts in 
London, My brother and myself are en^ajied in (he East indie trade, ((iiid.-r 
the firm of Norton, Kilburn & Co.) Our Imu-se of business is No. I'l, .'<aint 
Mary Axe, London. I have written to Ireland to make some iti(|uiri«.s alxut 
my grandfather's progenitors, but the registers are so defective lliere, tliai my 
friends have been unable to find any trace of them. 

1 remain, Sir, your obedient servant. 


C JVb. 10 ^aint Mary J re. 

\ London, 4lh of January, l&n. 

Payne Kenyan Kilhourn, Esq. : 

Dear Sir — I am favored with your letter of the 30th of November, and retrrot 
ihat I am not able lo add any further information relative to our name and family 
history. My father lelt Ireland when a b(\v, and died at the age of 7r{, wlicn I 
was J 5. so that many years elapsed from the time of his leaving Ireland to that 
of my first visiit in 1829 — at whic-h time there was no person resident in Dnlilin 
of that name. The patent a[)pointment of my grandfatner was that oi '' Kings 
Carpenter." The name of the Rev. Sinclare Kelburne's father was Ebeneztr. 

Except my father's immediate descendants, I do not hunui any person of our 
name. You are doubtless aware that the second title of the Earl of Glasgow is 
Kelburne. I think it probable that a letter addressed to Lord Viscount Kel- 
burne, Kelburne Castle, Ayrshire, Scotland, would furnish you 'with some in- 
tormation from his lordship or friends. 

I have more taste tor beautiful scenery, than for heraldry, and should be glad 
to believe tbat I had a chance of visiting Niagara at any time, but rni^re espe- 
cially upon (he very interesting occasion to which you reler But I leel rertain 
that none of my family will be able, to '' assist" (as our neighbors of France 
woulil say.) at the family gatherint;.* 

My opinion has been, and is, that you are connected with the Havkehnrst 
fainiiV. Ynii have probably seen the curious book which I lecently sent to 
Mr. Austin Kilbourn. I have since met with two copits for myself f 

I remain, Dear Sir, 

Your obedi'^nt sf^ivant, 


* A Family Meeting of the Kilbnnrns was then in con^emolation at Niagara, 
t The Survey of Kent, by Richard Kilbwrn, Esq , with a porliait — 1057. 

Kilbourns of Great Britain, 

KILBERNEY, VISCOUNT. John Lindsey, Earl ot Crawford, was created 
Viscount Kilberney, by King Robert III. of Scotland, in i;j'.»'J. 

KILBOURNE, the Abbot of, one of the Commissioners, [Ibe Bisliop of Rosse 
and Lord Herries his colleagues] sent by Mary Queen of Scots to 
Queen Eli/at)eth_. to negotiate a settlement of their difiiculties — l-'i'^S. 
Tlie Abbot's title in this conuectiou has sometimes been spell Kilvoui /i 


— the b and v buing often used, one in the place of the otheXt.. indis- 
criminately, at that period. He was probably at the head of the mo^ 
naslic institution of Kilbourn, and took his title therefrom. 

KlLBURNE, WM , of Louth, county of Lincoln, England, died there in 1660 
or 1670, aged 70 years. 

KILBORNE, WM., A- M., born at Louth, England, in 1661 ; graduated at Mag- 
dalen college, Cambridge, and was made master oi arts in 1686 ; resid- 
ed in Saffron Walden, Essex co., in I70S. 

KILBURN. RICHARD, Esq, burn at Hawkherst, county of Kent, England, in 
1605; in 1657 he published his "Topographic, or Survey of the 
county of Kent," with a portrait. A copy of this work is now own a 
Austin Kilbourn, Esq., of Hartlbrd, Conn. In the State Librar yy 
Albany N Y, is^another of his works, of which the following is acotd 
of the title-page — " Choice Precidents upon all Acts of Parliament 
relating to the office and duty of a Justice of the Peace, including 
the first session of King lYilliam and Q.ueen Mary,- with notes and 
instructions thereupon taken out of said \cts and particular cases ia 
Law adjudged therein. Also a more useful method of making up 
Court Rolls tlun hath been hitherto published in Print. By Richard 
Kilburn, Esq., ia(e one of the Ju.siices of the Peace for the County «f 
Kent, and Principal of Stapleton Inn. The 4th edition, very much 
enlarged, with new Presidents to the year 1690, and Law Cases, &.C., 
by G. T. F. of Gray's Inn, Esq. L >ndon, printed for Richard Tonson, 
w if hit:. Gray's Inn Gate, and next Gray's Inn Lane. 1690." 

KELBURNE, LORD. David Boyle, Earl of Glasgow, was created Lord Kel- 
burne, b> Queen Anne, in 1703, which continues to be the title of.the 
earls of Glasgow. 

KILBERNEY, LORD. Patrick Crawford was created Lord Kilberney, by 
Queen Anne in 1703. 

KILBORN, ROBERT, LL. D ^ and S /?„ Prebendrary of St. Paul's, London, 
in 1728. During (his yeai Dr Kilborn preached a sermon at the an- 
niversarv meeting of the Sons of the ClergVj which was published, — 
vr.lSG, p'95, 97, 326*. 

KILBOURN, LAUNCELOT, Purveyor of His Majesty's stores at Gibraltar- 
died in 1744. 

KILRORX, , a bookseller and publisher, in London — H-^IS, vol. 18, p 240. 

KILBORN, WILLIAM, E.sq , married Miss Rpvell, daughter of Thomas Rerell 
Esq., member of the H(<use of Commons from Dover, and Victualler of 
of the forces at Minorica — January 5, 1753. 

KILBURN", A., a printer in Dublin, in 1776. 

KILBOURN. WM and THOMAS. Died— At Belton, county of Putland. Eng. 
land, (in I7SS,) William Kilbourn. aged 79 — leaving 89 children and 
grandchildren: and 3 days alter, Thomas Kilbourn, 84. vol 58, p S3. 

KELBURN. Rev, SINCLARE, A B ,?i graduate of (he University of Edinbur^ 
for 22 y'rs pastor o[ 3d Presbyterian ch. in Belfast, freland; died 1602 

KELBURNR, SAMUIOL, of Dublin, a famous builder and architect; he wan' 
made '* King's Carpenter," by George II,.' In the f)atent his name was- 
8|)eit Kilburn, and his descendants continue to spell it thus. 

KILBURN, TtlOM.XS, a literary and scientific gentleman, wh« died in London, 
in 18"28, leaving a most valuable private library of over 2,000 volumes, 

KILBl'RN, MM., a celettrated Artist.— See Appendix to this work, p. 122. 

KILBURN, WM, ]-s.|,. ol London, engai^ed in the East India trade, firm of 
Norton, Kilburn ^ Cn He is one of the Directors of the Univeral 
Lile Astiurance Company. 


KILIUKN, EENJ. Feq.. hrrlhpr rf tl r j rrrr .'ire. ; » il r n « ni<r rf iJ p prne 
firm ; married a d^jiiglittr cT J( In Kni^lil, J m;., Fi ii« iui\ < 1 lie 1 sii.k 
ol England'. 

KILBURN, George and William, inn^keepers in London_18M. 

* The rtmeral and fifiures after the parapraplis in fliin list, rrfer (o (he toI- 
vmes and pages of tht London's Gent. Magazine, when i.ol othirwif:c stated. 

Names of Places, &c. 

KILEOtJRNE Priory, or Convrnt, county of Kent, England ; was 
Standing as early as a. d. 1371, and perhaps much earlier. 

KILBURN, and KILEUEN MOUNTAIN, county of Wexford, Ireland; 
noted in the history of the Irish rebellion, ^'ee Appendix — p 119. 

KILBURN, rear London, county of Middlesf x, Fnpland ; population, 
2,000. The houses at Kilburn are principally rrcupied lyT;<eaiihy trades- 
men from the west erd of London. Fpeli Kill cm in old rrgij-tcrs. 

KILBURN, 7 miles north of Derly, Dertyshire. Trglard— vlere is a 
biildiig called Kilburn-Hall. 

KILBURN, a village 5 miles frcm Thirsk, Frglard ; pop. in 1840, 847. 

KELBURNE, the seat of the Earl of Glafgc-w, rcsr Paisley, Scotland, 

KILBURN, a parish in the north riding of Yorkshire, England. 

KILBURN- W^ELLS, (mineral sprirgs)— a fashionable watering place 
ahcnt 2 miles frcm Hyde. Park arid the s£n",e frcm Han-.pstead; 

KILBURNIE, a town of considerable rote in S'cotland, 

KILIORN, a small Fortress in the S-W.of European Fufsia, in the 
GoTernment of Taiirida, en the Black Fea, on the south side of the estuary 
of the Dnieper. The harbor is tolerably secure. Long. 31 deg. 36 m. 
E., lat. 46 deg. 35 m N. See Morse's Universal Gazetteer. 

KILBORN, formerly the name of a settlement and river near Lake 
Wemphremagog, jn Stansted, Canada. The name has lately been changed. 

KILBOURNE, village and post cfBce Pelaware county, Ohio. 

KILBOURNTOWN, that part of the city of Milwaukie, (Wisconsin,) 
which lies on the west side of the river. See .Appendix — p. 119. 

KILB0T7RN Street, Hartford, Conn.— running from Front ttreet to' the 
CoDficcticut riier. The Springfield and New Haven railroad depot i« a 
the foot of Kilbourn street. 

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the only entries I find bearing upon your questions. I cannot give any reason 
/or the bearing, or the particular occasion of the grant to the Kentish family. 
The date of the confirmation of the Arms with a difference for the Lincolnshire 
family was 1706. I am, Sir, your ob't servant, 

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,HE ancestor of all in Connecticut, and most of 
those in other States of the 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 wc find the fol- 

" Extract from a MS. volume in folio at the Augmentation Office (so 
called) where Rev. Joseph Hunter, one of the Record Commissioners, 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 7nay not have been sesA by 
more than two or three per sons for two hundred years. ''^ 

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12] K I L B O U R N . [Generation I. 

" I5th Apr. 1635. Theis parties hereafter expressed are to be 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, 
His wife, Frances Kilborne, 
Children. Margaret Kilborne, 
Lyddia Kilborne, 
Marie Kilborne, 
Frances Kilborne, 
Jo. Kilborne, 

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, 1640. Lands belonging to ffran: 
Kilborne, widdow, lyeing in Weathersfield, on Conecticutt 
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. Chitlingden, aged 57, uxor Rebecca Chitting- 
den 41, Isack Chittingden 10, Hen. Chittingden 6 ; a mason, Geo. Baron 43, Samuell 12, Su- 
Ban 10, John 5; a husbandman Tho. Jestlin, Rebecca his wife, Eliza Ward a maid ser- 
vant, Rebecca 18, Dorothy II, Nathaniel 8, Eliza 6, Mary 1, his children; husbandman 
Wm. Rusco 51, u.xor 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 
3T, 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; W^ra. White 14; husbandman Mathew 
MarvynSo, Elizabeth 31, Mathew 8, Marie 6, Sara 3, Hanna 1-2; Jo. Warner 30, Isack 
More ; carpenter Samuell Ireland 32, u.xor Marie ; plowrite 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 38, Marie 15, Tho. 
]3, Symon 11, Rebecca 9; Jane Rainion 30, husbandman Symon Stone 50, uxor Joan 38, 
Francis 10, 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 Ay res 7, Anna Ayres 5, Benjamin Ayres 3, Sara Ayrcs3 mos., 
8 Bawer Stecven Upton 23, Jo. Myndell 16 : Isack Warden 18, Nath'll Wood 12, Elizabeth 
Btreaton 19, Marie Toller, servants." 

Of the persons above named, Simon Stone (sen'r.,) ' deacon of Watertown;' was adnii 
freeman 1630; Simon Stone (jun.,) was Representative in ltj78 and 1679. Philemon Dal 
ton d. in Ipswich, Nov. 10, IGGl ; his son, Hon. Samuel Dalton, was Representative from 
Hampton for 12 years from 1GC2, 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; 
JosQph Morse was one of the first sctlleri of Dedham ; Roger Buck settled in Cambridge, 
where his sons John and Ephraim were born in 16^4 and 1645. Thomas Barrett d. at 
Chelmsford Oct. 0, 1664. Thomas Joslin [Jestlin] d. at Lancaster, Mass., Feb. 3, 1661. 


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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 Winder, dated September 3, 1684, she says she is 
aged 70 years, or thereabouts. 

Mary married 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 1713 ; 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 Wethersfield 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 Wethersfield bears date May 20, 1 649, 
and may be found on p. 136 1st book of the Land Records 
• of that town. Though History has neglected to chronicle his 
deeds, his name nevertheless appears conspicuous upon the 

14] KILBOURN. [Generation II. 

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 the 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 Aprill, 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 towns Mr. Hoylester, John KiL 
borne, Thomas Holman, and Luke Holbrooke,? Townsmen, to act for ye 

*' March 16, 1657. The Townsmen have apoynted John Kilbvm, 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 ffeb. 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- 
b\Tne to bvrne the woods belonging to the so\1:h 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. Doming, 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.] K T L B O U R N . [15 

towne to deale with John Waddams and to make such an excliange of 
lands as they may see cause hoth lor the benefit of the towne and for hi« 
benefit as they can agree." 

" Town metting, Dec. 6, 1G80, Sergt. John Kilborne, Tliomas Wright, 
and Sergt. Warner, were chosen Seli'ctmen for the yeare." 

" March 19, 1G83. Sergt. John Kilborne and Enocti Buck were chosen 
a Cometee to procure a sliepherd for the towpe vpon as good termes as 
they can, who sliall be paid by a sheep Rate as aforesaid, as tlie 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 wliich our worthy pilgrim anccBtor 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 hia 
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 

1663. Sergt. J. K. one of the Jurors. "Jacob Mygatt complaynes of Elizabeth 
Palmer for rayseing of a slanderous reporte of him In saying that he with others 
played at cardes at Wm. Edvvardses." She was fined 20s. and sentenced to " be 
sett in the stocks an bower to-morrow between the howers of 'J'enn 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 bower and a half at the next traine* 
ing day at Wethersfield — the Constable to see it attended to." 

Jan 23. 1679. "Thomas Wickham personally appeared and produced Jonathan 
Strickland and Susanna Kirci m, who informed him that John Hale had sayd, " God 
Dame King Charles."' The sd persons being examined doth afiirme that ihey 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 King Charles," but they durst not take oath of it, bespoke so low^e. John Hale 
is freed from his imprisonment, the testimony not appearing legall." 

" Windsor Townesmen for not calling out there Inhabitants to cutt hrush, fined 
five pounds." 

1671. " Nath. Butler, plaintifl, John Kilborn, def, In an action of the case for 
detaineing a stray Bay llors that was taken up by the sayd Butler and Jos. Green 
and some others, and the damage of ol 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 ho pretends he hath which he could 
not have this court." 

16] K I L B O U R N . [Generation H. 

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 AUyn and Mr. James 
Richards," the following Grand Jurors were announced : 
Thomas Bunco, 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 Bunco, 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 Kilbourn, Capt. John Gilbert. 
John Pratt, Steven Hosmer, Henry Buck, 

Nath'l Loo3IYs, 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," 

w^ill 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 trouhle 
like 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.] K I LB O URN. [17 

said Committee did attempt to discliarfre the trust committed totiiem, hut 
not being ahle to find out the south hounds of tlio said liehi, tliey were at a 
loss and never did any thinfjf to ellect. And now diverse |)(.'rs(;n.s of the said 
Committee are dead, and the .soutii l)ound>> of the said litdd arc found (jut 
and settled by a Connnittee appointed by the Ceneral (Jourt in the case 
pendinjT between Mr. IJulkeley and Mr. llcjili.ster, whereby the settling 
of the bounds of the several divisions of land accordinir to tha rules of 
rightr.oasnrss and pract' becomes very I'eazible, your petitioners being very 
sensible of great and almost endless troubh.-s 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 siicii as will unjustly encroach up<jn them, do 
therefore humbly retpiest 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 aj)})oint, and also to set down leading 
stakes for the just lines, as need shall require. And now ho})e that the 
HoHored General Court will not make ditiiculty 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 Cojurt 
with a multiplicity of words, we subscribe ourselves your humble suppli- 
ants and servants. JOHN KILBUREN, Sen'r. 

Wether sfleld, 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 oj ye most part tliereof, 
to lay out the same." 

18] KILBOURN. [Generation II. 

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 hfe 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 : — Imfs. 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, he 
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 rny Eight acrcc 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 rrivc my said Sonn George, 
one silver iSpoon rnarkt'd (x M : (i K, jjrovided he slmll pay Tenn pounds 
to my daughter, Mary Kilbourn, in Country pay, within lour 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 KiLiioitRN, the Suumi of Thirty and Eight pounds in 
Country pay, whereof her brother (ieorge is to [)ay tenn pounds as above 
exprest, and Twenty and Eight pounds to be paid to Ikt by my Executors 
hereafter named, in goods or Clmttells apprized as Country pay, within 
two years after my decease, or after her marriage. — I give and Ix^queath 
to my Sonn, Josi-.rn Kilhourn, and to his heirs or assignes forever, the 
one half of my liand at the Whirlpools in tht great iMea. ow, 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 
Lett at the Town's End. That is to say, he, his heirs or a.ssignes, 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 heifier, 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, &ic. JOHN KILBOURN. [seal.] 

Signed, Sealed and Delivered in presence of the Witnessef, 

Samuell Boreman, 
Samuell Butlar. 



20] KILBOURN. [Generation III. 

®^KiEmm'^s®H m. 


)OHN, (ancestor of all the Kilbourns of the 
Glastenbury branch,) was born m 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, 16Sl. 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 times. 

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. "Scrjt. 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- 

Generation m.] KILBOURN. [31 

" At a Town meeting held atCIlastonbury, March ii2, 1000, 
It was Voted, that John Kilburn should have half a mile 
square of Land adjoining to the Candlcvvood plain." 

The following is the listof Grand Jurors of Hartford coun- 
ty, appointed and sworn April 1, 10!i.'i, viz. — Deac. John 
Wilson, William Pitkin, John Catlin, Cieorge Griswcjld, iirn- 
jamin Newbury, vSamuel Gibbs, Henry Buck, Ebcnezcr Kil- 
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 Jvilbourn, of Glastonbury, 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 tlie Honorable General Assembly set at Hartford, May 11, 1G82. 
The Petition of Richard Smith, Benjamin Crane, Jiin'r., Edward Benton 
John Brovvnson, 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, Josepli Curtis, Thomas Hale, John'llale, Al- 
exander Keny, John Hollistcr, Will Taylor, John Morris, and Samuel Ba- 
ker — Humbly Sheweth ; 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 tliesupport of the institutions of religion and learn, 
ing, even in the wilderness. 

"Samuel Loveman bpgan 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. I'^Ol. " The Selectmen of Glastenbury hired Robbord Poog to be School 
master for thisTowne, 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 of July 1701 ; his pay is money." 

" A General Court held at Hartford, May 8, 1690. Whereas the inhabitants of 
the Town of W^ethersfield on the East side of Connecticut River, by the consent of 
the inhabitants of ihe said Town, did petition this Court tha: 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 neii'hhors 
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 VVethersfield, until they shall have a frood Orthodox Minister set- 
tled amongst them there on the east side of the Connecticut RiveV in Wethersfield. 
Extracted ouiof the Court Records, October 30, 1690. pr. JOHN ALLYN, Sec'y." 

22] KILBOURN. [Generation III- 

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 atFord 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' $ 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 
Eberiezer, Jonathan, Benjamin, David, and Abraham. 


" In the name of God, Amen. I, John Kilbourn, 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 Lifo, 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 Glastonbury aforesaid, and hIk; 
to have the use of the same diirinp^ lier natural life. I also pivc unto my 
Baid Wife, the one half of my movable estate, also all tlie Kslate that waH 
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 j)rovisi()ns ^f all 
sorts whatsoever, as may be for her comfortable subsislance the year en- 
suing. Item. I give unto my son, John Kiluolrn, 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 (ilastenbiiry aforesaid, bounded upon my said son Da- 
vid's land West, and undivided land East, lauds ol 'J'liomas Kilbourn, Sen., 
South, and lands of Samuel Hale, North, to be to him my said son John, 
and to his heirs and assigns forever. 1 also give unto my said son John, 
Mr. Perkins' Book, with a share of my other small books, lo be at his own 
disposing forever. Itcin. 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. Ilem. I give unto my son, Jonathan Kilbot;rn, 
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 hath already had. 
Item. I give unto my son, Benjamin Kilboukn, 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 ujjon 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, toi)e to him and to his heirs I'orever, 
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 di.s- 
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 IH. 

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 Kilboum, 
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 Alcock. 

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 WilUam 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 folio weth, 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 
Kilbourn, in Glastenbury ; Samuel Humphrey, in Simsbury ; 
Robert Hibbard, in Windham ; and Thomas Hickock, in 
Waterbury." — Colony Records. 

He died in 1712, leavingno Will. The only children men- 

Generation III.] KILBOURN. [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, 1G84,) 
and Timothy. 

3. EBENEZER, was born in Wetliorsficld in 16G5, and 
was married to Grace Bulkley, daughter of Peter Bulkley, on 
20th of September, 1G92, 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 of fence 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 w^iereof 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 w^hich we doe subscribe 
our names ye day above written. 


Michel Griswold,^ 

John Curtis, o i + ^ » 

Txr TTr > Selectmen. 

Wm. Warner, j 

J. RoBBINS. j 

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 
vear 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- 
tw^een 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 III.] KILBOURN. [27 

The inscription upon his tombstone, wiiich 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 an 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 follov^ing 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 .Tohn 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 w^hich 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 

58] KILBOURN. [Generation HI, 


rods, (probably to about where Miss Pierce's house now stands,) and west 
thirty rods in Joreadth ; 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, 
was 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 
19th of October, 1723, he conveyed to Joseph Kilborn, Jr., "half of that 
home-lot which my dwelling house siandeth 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 
jjouse corner. 

His Will, (omitting tlie 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 Second. 
Anno Domini, 1737," 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 vShillings apiece, that 
being the complement of what I design for their portion of my 

" 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.] KILBOURN. [29 

" Item. I give and bequeath to my two sons, Joseph and 
James Kilborn, their heirs and assignes, all the remaining part 
of my estate, both real and personal, to be equally divided be- 
tvt^een them, the said Joseph and James Kilborn ; always pro- 
vided that they, the said Joseph and James Kilborn, shall 
comfortably and decently {)rovidc 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, ratifvinfj 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. 


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 lG75, 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, 1696-7. 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 BaIdoflr(?) south." 

30] 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 
xvas both a merchant and a carpenter. 

Generation VI. | K I L B O U R N . [81 

<s;i2Xi2B.^2rji(D:x xt;. 


Susannah h. Feb 4, 1G74, and d. May 7, 1G85. 

1. JOHN, b. in Glastenbury, Oct. 30, 1676 ; m. Sarab Kim- 
ber'y, 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. EBKNEZER, b. in Glastenbury, March 10, 1679; m. 
Sarah Fox in 1698, and had children, Susannah, Ebenezer, 
Richard, Sarah, Josiah, Elizabeth, Gideon, Amos, Naomi, and 
David ; Sarah, his wife, having* died Oct. 18, 1714, he m. Eliz- 
abeth Davis, of Hartford, May 4, 1715, and by her h:id 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. obout 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- 

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] K I L B O U R N . Geneeation IV. 


beth : Sarah, his wife, d. Oct, 3, 1719, and be m. Mary, daugh- 
ter of Rev. Samuel Tudor, of Windsor, and by her had Jo- 
se rb, 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 Selecfmaii, Lisier, Town Treasurer, &c. ; he was a Rep- 
resentative from Glastenbury to the General Court, in 1721, 
1730, and 1756. Died in 1770. 


6. TFIOMAS, 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. 
SamuRl 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'le 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, Avho Departed this Life August 
the 21st, A : D. 1759, In ye 64th year of his A<-e." 

Lieut. ELEAZER, b. in Wethersfield, July 26, 1698^ 
died (without children) in 176L 

Generation IV.] K I L B O U R N . [33 

10. JOSIAFI, b. in Wctlicis^fieUl, June 8, 1702, was iii. to 
Ruth, daughter oi"Johii Wanier, Nov. 27, 172G, by Capt. Josh- 
ua Robbins, Justice of the Peace. His children were David, 
Josiah, John, Richard, Rulh, and Elizabctii. PJis ^Vill bears 
date, Dec. 17, 1750. ^oine years afler his marrini^c, he re- 
moved six mih:s bidow Wcthersficld viMagc, and settU-d upon 
a farm situated in the present town of Berlin, then in Farm- 
inii,"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, April 24, 1712 ; mar- 
ried Abigail, daughter of Benjamin Judd, of Farmington, and 
had children Joshua, Benjamin, JMargaret and Hannah. He 
died in 1763. 


GEORGE, born in Wethersfield, September 14, iG90, and 
and died of the prevailing sickness, January 5, 17 U. 

ISRAEL, born May 5, 1692, died at the age of 7 weeks. 
Abigail, bom September 5, 1696. 

12. HEZEKIAH, A. M., born in Weihersfield, 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, danghier of Capt. 
Joseph Allen, of New London, by the Rev. Stc phen Mix. 
Their children were, Katurah, Hezekiah, Elisha, George, Eli- 
zabeth , Abigail, Mary, and Martha. He was a tavern-keep- 
er in Wetherslield in 1753 — his tavern standing three or 
four rods north of the Congregational church in that town. 

Graduates of Vale College, of the Class of lllij. — Daniel Turiior, M. D., 
Ebonezer Wakeman, A. M., Rev. Thomas Wliite, A. JM., l\ev. William Rillinis, 
A. M., Hon. Daniel Edwards, Judije Sup. Conif, R=;v. Jonathan E<]\vaids, Pres't., 
Rev. Daniel Kirtland, A. M., Sanmel Mix, A. JNJ., Hezekiah Kiiliorn, A. M., 
Rev. Abraham Nott, A. M., John Walton. 

13. PELATIAH, A B., born at Wethersfield, February 7, 
1704 J graduated at Yale College in 1724 ; was married to 

M] K I L B O U R N . [Generation I V 

Abigail Beeroft, on the l7th of March, 1745, by David Good- 
rich, Esq. He jived to old age, and is paiticularly remember- 
ed by many of th.f aged people in Wethersfield, on ace omit of 
his antique costume, and his brown wig, the hair of which 
hung in heavy curls upon his shoulders. He left no descend- 


Dorothy, born in Wethersfield, April 17, 1607, Avas mar- 
ried in Litchfield to Joseph Birge, November 6, ^621, 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, 17Q0, 
and emig-rated 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 
Souih 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, 17M. — "Voted, to choose a Committee 
to treat with Mr. Collens about the present difficulty respecling his salary and 
absence from the work of the ministry : and Capt John Buel, Capt. Joseph Bird, 
Maj. Ebenezer Marsh, Capt. Joseph Sanford, Lieut. Joseph Kilborn,' Joseph 
Birtje, 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 Litciifield at the age of eighteen ; was married to 
Sarah Dickinson, of W., in 1737, by Rev. Daniel Russel. She 
died April G, 1739, and on the seventeenth of September, of the 

Generation IV.] K I L B O U R N . [Mr, 

following" year, he was nian'u.'d to h^ai.ih P>lis-, of WiiulsMi-, hy 
Capt. John Buel, J. P. His children were, Joiiatiian, Elijali, 
Joseph, Lemuel, and Jehicl. 

Tuirn Mcefiiiir, TAtchfuld, April 1'^, 17.').').— •• Ciipt. Mosea Stoddcr, Supply 
Strong, and Juiiiillmn Kilburn, are cIioslmi a Coiiiinittec tu ycjc willi llic Suivt-y- 
or of the County to the North Line of Litchfield." 

16. JAMES, born in Wetheisfield, April 13, 1707, n moved 
to Litchfield with his fallier at the age of fourteen. He was 
married to Sarah Bis.sell, September l2, 1733. He was a 
Grand Juror in 1742 and '61, and a Selcctmuii in 1751, '.37, «fcc. 
For many years he kept a public house of gieat reputation on 
the County House corner in the village of Litchfield. He 
died June 9, l762, leaving three sons-r— Ro.swell, Appleton, and 

Benjamin, born July 27, 1711, and died at the age of :.ix 

Esther, born August 4, 1713 ; married Samuel Smcdley, 
of Litchfield, and had children — John, Nehemiah, Jedediah, 
Esther, Jemima, Samuel, JNIoses, Aim, Lucina and Joshua. 

Elizabeth, born October 19, 1716; married Isaac Catlin, 
of Litchfield ; her children were, Elizabeth, Eli.sha, Isaac and 

Mary, born February 9, 1720. 


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 Kilborn, Samuel Culver, Joseph 
Birge, John Catlin, and Jonathan Kilborn, for and in consideration ot the allec- 
tion and good will which we have and do bear to Samuel Kilborn, of said 
Litchfield, and to encourage him in settling in this Town^ have given, granted 

36] K I L B O U R N . Generation IV, 

Sec, to hira, 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 Bir2:e, six acres; John Catlin, one acre; and 
Jonathan Kilborn, twelve acres." — Land Fiecords. 

Sarah, bora May 20, 1702. 

18. ABRAHAM, bom in Wether.sfield, April l2, 1708 
reraoved to Litchfield in early life ; was a Selectman in 174G 
with Deac. Peter Buel and Capt. Thomas Harrison, and in 
1766 with Capt. Oliver Vv^olcott, Col. Ebenezer Marsh and 
Jacob WoodruiT, and filled the same office, as weW as that of 
Lister, for several years. Fie was a Representative from Litch- 
field to the Legislature at four successive sessions, commencing 
with the May Session, 1769. His children were, Emiice, Isaac, 
David, Jesse, Rebecca, and Abraham. Rebecca, his wife, died 
June l6, 1767 ; he died February 25, 1776. 

" At a meeting of the proprietors of Litchfield, legally warned, held in said 
Litchfield, January 9th, 1727-S — 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 
^ Committee chosen for that work: And that said Killborn, for his encourage- 
ment to set up and rarry 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 
chosan 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 Full- 
ing Mill in said place, within the space of two years from tbis Instant, January, 
1727-S, and keep it in good repair." 

[The Fulling Mill erected at Bantam Falls, scon after the above date, by Abra- 
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, IS 15. We are informed by Mr. Jones 
that the meeting alluded to was held in the house, still standing, owned andoc* 
cupicd 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 171.'>, which was called on the .5th day of November by 
Jacob Griswoldf Joseph Kilborn, John Davits, James KilOorn, Thomas Lee, 

Generation I V. j K I L B O R II N . :i7 

Samuel h'ilbuni, Abiel Smith, Josrjtk Smil/i, JlbnilKtni k'ilborn, Elijah lit in- 
wold. Isaac liisse//, ]Villium IC/inno/is, ant/ Dariir/ L/z/ntdii.'' 

This account was ccipifd (roni the hlnnU li'nf ola IJiblc. owtic-d hy Afrs. Dcho. 
rah Plumb, wile of A'r. Kbenezer riumb, (laiij-'htcr ol' Klijah (Jriswohl. frrami- 
(Jatiilhter of Capt. Jacob Griswohl, and mother (<f IJev. Elijah IHtitiib, an ex'-cl- 
lerif minister of the F.i)iscoi)al Chinch, who died a fi-w yeais since at N'orlhuin- 
berland, Pa., beloved and respected by all who were acquainted with him." 

[The dlQiculties arising between ' the 'I'own 'and Mr. Collens, (tiic fir^t Pres- 
byterian minister in I,.,) are often mentioned in the records of town mcetinjjs.] 

" At a ineeting of the Inhabitants of the Town of Litchfield, Feb. 0, 17 |r,.7_ 
Voted, That the Interest Money arising upon the JJonds (or which the 'parsona"o 
Right was Hold, be towards the Payment of Mr. CoUens' Kale for the curreiit 

"In open Town Meeting, James Kilborn, Stephen Smith, Isaac Bisj«ell, Joe] 
Pis:5ell, Thomas Peck, Daniel Landoi,, Abiel Smith, Klijiih (]riswf>l(l, J.'.sL-ph 
Kilborn, Samuel Kilborn, Abraham Kilborn and Henry Gibbs, did /jro/tW a -^am*/ 
the above vote." ' * 

A'ote.— As a Member of the Colonial Legislature, Abraham Kilbourn was twice 
a colleague of Ebenezer Marsh, once of liavid VVul-h, and once of Oliver Wol- 
cott, afterwards Governor and Signer of the I>eclaration ol Independence. 

98] K I L B O U R N . [Generation V^ 

^22K253a^€X#lSr V. 

1. JOHN. 

i. SAMUEL, born at Glastenbury, February 13, ITOl, 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 Fiench 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 
Collections, (vol. 2, p. 49 ;) and may also be found in " The 
Early History of New England," by Rev. Henry White, (p. 107^ 
Concord edition,) and in Thatcher's "Tales of the Indians." 


"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 
&nd ancient elm trees, presented an inviting prospect to new colonists, and art 
easy harvest to the hand of cultiva:ion. Just above 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 ne^rrow pass, by the river, and nearer the mead- 
ows, is the site of an ancient Indian village, now occupied by a taverii. Next 
on the south, and bounding the meadows northerly, was Cold River, a small 
branch of the main stream, 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.] KILBOURN". (39 

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 t)f danger and hard- 
ship. He sought opportunities to cultivate the friendship of the Indians, 
■who roamed and prowled in the woods around liim ; but in tliis attempt he 
was wholly uniuccessful. They avoided him studiously in the day time, 
dnd in the night, he soon found thai they approached his humble habita- 
tion foi* the purpose of dealing him the deadly blow. He was finally obli- 
ged, in consequence of this stale of things, to adept the plan of "camping 
out" 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, tiow called Charlestown. These additions to the 
power of the whites in thij 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. Fiom 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 Twitchcll and Flint, who had gone back to the hills, about a 
mile east of the settlement to procure some ash timber for 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 ot 
the settlers was proportionably deep and lasting. The bodies of the mur- 

46J K I LEO URN. Genebation V.- 

derecl 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 leasl? 
by some of the number — that his guardian spirit continued, as long as his- 
savase mtirderers lived, to hover over theih, by night and by day, and to 
Warn them of the wiles of the tndians. 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 ta 
this day go to angle from " T\vitchell's Rock," return without taking from 
the stream a generous fiy. 

In the spring of 1755, an Indian by the name of Philip, who had just' 
learned enough of English to be understood, visited Kilbiirii'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 flintSj- 
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 aboiit' the same time, and with the same plaus- 
ible story. The conclusion was, with KilBurn and his felloxv 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 oDJect it "U'as X(y 
butcher the whole white population on Connecticut river. 

The settlers — and those of Walpole among the number — were startled 
Dy these tidings ; but they were not disheartened. They valued their hard- 
ef.rned harvests and their solitary hooiies 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 ibr the time to come, as it came now, when they must defend 
themselves or die in the cause. 

Kilbnrn and his comrades now fortified th'iir habitations round about by 
a pali-^ade of slakes, with such other preparations of the same nature as 
'' :r means alcwed. On these alone they depended for safely — the near- 
-irriscn, a force of 100 men, being a mile distr nt, at the settlement o{ 
i 'ell ) V pleasures being thas prudently taken, nrching remained but 
\<. Aaii f r ii.e i;nseiof the enemy. On the 17th of Atigusi, 1755, Kilburn, 
and his son, in his eighteenth year, a man by the name of Peak, and his 
son, were returning from wcrk about noon, when one of them suddenly 
discovered liie 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 ?s well as encouraged by 
Kilburn's wife and daughter Hitty, whose particular charge, however, it 
-vas to keep a watch upon the movements of the enemy. 

Gexeration T.] K I L B U R N . [41 

In about fifteen minutes the latter were seen crawling up the bank eaat 
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. 1'ht' 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 
V/ere 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 maneuvie 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 j 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, howev?er, 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 carae out upon an eminence eastof Kilburn's 
house. Here, the ''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 ia the house to surrender. " Old John — young John," he cried, 
-" I know you — come out here — we give good quarter 1" -*' 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, bow- 
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 other 
circumstances, 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 four 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 
itiine, with aa lncessa^t blaze and clamor, while detachmeats of iheenem/- 

42] KILBOURN. Geneeation 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 ; ?Lnd 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 susper^d 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 mpn 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 lim?, 
therefore, they endeayored to l^eep behind stumps, logs, and trees, evident- 
ly showing, by this management, that they began to feel the force of th$ 
remark made to them ])y Kilburn, as we have seen in the onset. A con- 
tinual firing, however, was kept up on their part until near sundown. 
Then they gradually retreated; and when the Sy^n 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 ^.scertained. 
Of the little garrison. Peak only was wounded in the hip, by exposing him- 
self too much before a port-hole ', 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 mor^ 
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 hi? 
mortal remains under this inscription : 

In memory of 

JOHN KILEUJIN, who departed 

^his 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 foj 
the last time in 1814. He died in 1822, among his children at Shrews 
tiury, Vermont-. 

Gbnerat ion v.] K I L B U R N . [43 


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


Susannah, born in Glastenbury, February 7, 1099. 
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, 170G; married Mary . ITc 

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. 1713. 

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 w as drowned in attempting to 
cross the river on the ice. 

10. THOMAS, born April 13, 1718. Attheage 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 General 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 Wilham 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, [Geneeation V, 

prised by a body of Indians in ambush, Hendrick was shot 
dead by his side, and himself severely wounded. In 1769 he 
l-emoved 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- 
tiUiies 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 
inore 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- 
Jy destroyed by the savages, Mr. K. returned to Connecticut, 
where he spent most of his remaining days. He died abou^ 
^he year 1820, 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., 
^nd who died in 1813 at an advanced age, is believed to have 

Generation V.] K I L B U R N . [4.1 

been a member of this family. I learn from a son of his, 
now living, that he was born at " Pij^eon Hill," Morris county, 
N. J. He had sons, Moses, Jabcz D., and Daniel. 


14. JONATHAN, born in Gla^rtenbury in 170G, and was 
consequently but little more than a year old wlwn 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 kind:;;, in East Haddam and Colchester ; and 
he was also particularly distinguished as an inventor. He 
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 th€ town. He was an intimate 
friend of the elder Governor TrumbuU-^^they frequently per- 
forming " horse-bnck 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 lor pressing cloih, 
and another for pressing flax-seed, used in the manufacture of 
Hnseed . il. 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 
CiOth ; they are worthy of special notice fron) the fact that 
they are the first screw and boxes ever cut by machinery in 
this or any other country. 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 :' 

''Mr. Kilborn lived about a mile south of the Academy [in Colehe.ster.]! 
He was an uncommonly ingenius mechanic, and it is said was the inventor 
of the iron screw. It is also slated that he admitted an Englishman into' 
his shopj who, observing his invention, took the proper dimensions, d;:,c.,- 
'^tux to England, and claimed to be the original inventor." 



[Generation V' 

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

Voted, That a quantity of lead owned by Jonathan Kilborn, Esq., of Col- 
chester, and used by him on the vrater-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. — HinmarCs History 
of the Revolution^ p. 363. 

In the Colchester Burying-Ground are two red tomb-stones, 
standing side by side, from which the following inscriptions 
are copied : 

In memory of 


who departed this life 

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

in the 79 year 

of his age. 

He was a man of intention great, 
Above all that lived nigh j 

But he could not invent to lire 
When God called him to die. 

In memory of 

the Excellent and Honourable 

wife of 

Jonathan Kilborn, Esq., 

■who departed this life 

August 11th, A. D. 1780; 

in the 65ih year 

of her aigeV 

Hannah, married a Dean. 

15. HEZEKIAH, 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. 


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 January 14, 1723; married Mary, 
daughter of Mr. Joseph Hollister, March 1, 1744. His chil- 
ch-en were, Mary, Ann, Abigail, Nancy, Mable, Esther, Abra- 
aham, and Joseph. Died in Glagtenbury. 

Generation V.] K I L B U R N . [47 

Sarah, born January 1, 1725 ; married Samuel Talcott. 
Lucy, born December 30, 1731 ; married Samuel \N'elles, 
son of Thaddcus Wclle^-, August, 1752. 


17. THOMAS, born at Ilockanuin, (now East Hartford,) 
September 8, 1705 ; married Mary Dii^^^ins, May, 1729. lV\s 
cbildren were — Thomas, Nathaniel, Thankful, Susannah, Jer- 
emiah, Russel, and Jeruslia. Died April 21, 1748, ; amount 
of his inventory, X4635 : 19 : 8. Mary, his wile, died Oct. 
31, 1761, For several years he was a resident of Middlctown. 

7. JOHN. 

18. JOHN, born in East Hartford ; in 14 he married 

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

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


Eunice, born in Newin^ton, (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 Beldiug. 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 

Anne, born June 20, 172S ; married Janna Deming, of 
Newington, and had eleven children, all of whom hved until 
the youngest was upwards of forty years of age. 

Happf, born June 17, l730 ; married Timothy Wads worth, 
of Farmington. 

10. josiah, 

20. DAVID, born in Wethersfield, December 21, 1727 ; was 

a soldier in the Northern Army in the old French War, and 

s said to have participated in the reduction of Louisbourg. 

jeing subsequently taken sick near Lake George, and conse- 

48] KILBOURN. Generation V. 

qiiently uPxable to continue in the service, he procured an hon- 
orable discharge, and, though weak, started homeward on 
foot. Afier 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, 1758. 

Ruth, married Robert Booth, of Farmington, in 1757. 

2L JOSIAH, born in Wethersfield 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 hfe, he was distinguished 
for his many social virtues, his dignified deportment, and th^ 
strength and vigor of his intellect. Died in 1814, aged 74. 

22. JOHN, born in New Britain in l733 ; 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. 

11. GEORGE. 

24. JOSHUA, born in New Britain, March 9, 1742 ; mar- 
ried Mehetable Mather in 1763, and died in 1775 ; his 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 Hubbardlon, Vt. A correspon- 
dent says of him, "he was an enthusiast in religion, and aU 


Generation V.] KILBOURN. [49 

ways poor." Of his family, if he had any, I iiavc no knowi. 

Margaret, lived to advanced age, but was never married. 


12. IIEZEKIAir, A. M. 

Katurau, born in Wcthersfield January IG, 1721. She 
lived (unmarried) to old age, and went by the sobriquet of 
" Aunt Kate." 

HEZEKIAH, born in Wcthersfield, 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 of Bermuda, to Rhode Island — In the name of God, Amen: I, HEZ- 
EKIAH KILBOURN, of the town of Weihersfield, County of Hartford, 
and Province of Connecticut, but late of the Island of Bermuda, mariner," 
&LC.; 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 tq his brothers and sisters. In- 
ventory taken Nov. 23, 1753. 

25. ELISHA, born in Wethersfield ab^ut 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 SaadlsfielJ, in consequence 
of the difficulty in obtaining leather, he co nmcnced 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 currying 
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 Huhlah, 
Hezekiah, Charles, Sarah, Jonathan, Ashur, Robbins, Hope- 
ful, Robert and Allen. 

27. GEORGE, born in Wethersfield ; w?.3 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. 
Mart, married Ambrose Clark, of Middletown. 
Martha married Justus Riley, of Wethersfield, January, 19, 

Nathaniel []] This name occurs on the Hartford Probate 
Records, in a single instance, in the settlement of the estate 
of Hezeziah Kilborn, Sen. Probably be died in youtb, 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. ELISHA, born in Litchfield, Oct. 26, 1726 ; was a 
Grand Juror in that town in 1753, and late in life he removed 
to Castle ton, 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.] KIL BOURN. [51 

"Hon. Andrew Adanns, attorney of the king for Litchfield County, in- 
foroied that Benjamin Kilbourn, who was Lieutenant in the 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 slate of 
rebellion ; that the commanding officer who fired upon the town Falmou'h, 
treated the inhabitants too mildly and gently, much more so than he woald 
have done if he had had the command ; that he would join the r« gulnrs, 
and would kill some of the inliabiiariis, &c., <fcc. The Lc;,'i.slaiure cash- 
iered the said Benjamin for his ofiences, and an order was j^iven to fill the 
vacancy in saiil coni{)any. 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 Litrhficld until some 5'ears after 
the close of the war, v/lien he removed with most of his fami- 
ly to Elizabcthtown, near Brockville, Upper Canada — being 
determined, as he said, to May his bones on Kin^ Geors^e'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 npon emigrating fo so distant 
a section of the country ; to which he responded witli charac- 
teristic zeal and earnestness — 'Blood!* Col. B., / icant to 
breathe some of King George'' s air before I die T Died at Eliza- 
bcthtown 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 Febiuary 21, 1740; was killed in youth 
by being run over by a cart, near the'prcsent 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 B U R N . [Generation V. 

"Charles, sou of Capt. Joseph and Mrs. Abigail Kilbornj he was 
Killed by a Cart. JNJay 25, 1756, aged 17. 

" Deth Conquers all bolh ynng 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. Kilborii 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. 


31 JONATHAN, born in Litchfield March 25, 1739 ; was 
married to Mehetable Agard, of Torringford, and removed to 
Williamslown, Mass., ^ hen 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. 

23. LEMUEL, born in Litchfield ; was married to Phebe 
Judson, of Huntington, March 17, 1762, by Rev. Jedediah 
Mill-s 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, Hukloh, Sally, Hemaa 2d, and Lois. He 
removed to Koriright, Delaware Co., N. Y., where he died 
April 18, 1803. 

16. JAMES. 

35. ROSWELL, born in Litchfield, June 29, 1734; mar- 

Generation V.] K I L B U R N - [53 

ried Irene Bacon, and had three children — Rhoda, RohwcII, 
and Anna ; Irene, his wife, died in Fchrnary 17G8, and in tlie 
succeeding January he was marri(;d to Patience Jenkins, (by 
Rev. Judah Champion,) by whom he had Irene, Rebecca 
John, and Joscj)h. lie was eUxled " Coiicclor of Town 
Rates'' in 1757 ; was a sohher in the rcvoUitionary army, and 
died while in the service of the *camp distemper,' February 8, 

36. APPLETON, born in Litchfield, September 12, 173G ; 
was admitted a freeman April 15, 1702. He had one daughter, 
Clarissa, who married Hcman Beach. 

Lucy, married Roger Marsh, of Litclifield. 
Rhoda, born May 9, 1744 ; married Charles Webster. 
Honor, married Stephen AVebslcr of Litchfield, September 
8, 1765 ; their children were — Truman, Charles and John. 

37. JAMES, born in Litchfield January 3, ^750 ; mairied 
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 where 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 Castletoii, Vermont, 
where he continued to reside untd 1798, when he emigrated 
to Canada. He was a tanner and currier, and farmer. His 
children were— James, Abel, Eli, Hiram, Sarah, Mary, Ro- 
rean and Ruth. Died at Killey, District of Johnstown, Can- 
ada, in Dec. 18^20. 

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

7, 1772. 

17. SAMUEL. 

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


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 'yas Chloe Hunger, 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 w^ar.' 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 
whicli 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. l779,] Mary, [wife of John Russell, and mother of John 
Russell, Esq., Judge of Probate fo-r the District of Hartford,] 

Cybil, 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 the 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, hved to old age, and died 

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


Eunice, born November 7, 1735^ married to John Stoddard 
!n 1755 ; her sons were, Daniel, Jesse, Levi and John. 

40. ISAAC, born in Litchfield, January 16, 1739 ; was mar- 
rried to Mehetable Doolittle, May 8, X757, by Rev. Solomon 

Generation V.] KiLBOUHN. [55 

Palmer, Missionary. The name of his second wife was Edna 
Wedge. He had twenty childre)i, several of whom di<.'d 
young. Died 1807. 

41. DAVID, born in Litchfield, April 28, 1742; was mar- 
ried to Louisa Borden, April 2, 17G3, by He v. Judali Cham- 
pion. She. died November 2, 17f)8, and he was married to 
Diadema Kilbourn. He was a Lister in 17G7, '68, and 'G9 ; 
''Receiver of the Town Rate," in 17G8 ; Grand Juror iit 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, 174-1; married 
Sarah Mattocks, February 24, 17G5, (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 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 15, 1784; 
afterwards to George Bissell,. of Salisbury. 




©s:^^smi^w#N ui, 


During this Generation, and the 
next preceding, different branches of 
the family seem to have adopted, witii 
some degree of permanence, different 
jnod'es of spelling the name. Kil- 
burn, eame into general use in the 
Walpole Braneii ; Kilbour%, in the 
Branch Avhich remaino,d at Wethers- 
'held ; KilbGnrne, in the Nev/ Bri.faij,i 
^^-*^ Branch ; Kilborn, in the Colchester, 
Litchfield, Glastenbury and East 
Hartford Branches ; Kilbon, in the Spring-field Branch ; KiL 
burn and Kelbwm, in (he New Jersey Branch, &e. Within a 
few years, however, Kilbonrn, has gone into very frennent us^e 
amon^^ the members of the Litchfield, Colchester, Glastenbury 
and Hartford Branches. 


T. JONAlTL^vN, was m-drried, and, I am miGrmed, had a 
family — but I have learned noihing concerning them. 

2. SAMUEL, horn in Wilbrabam, Mass., in 1735. His 
children vrero, Luther, Jonathan, Abigail, Belinda, and Olive. 
Died in or near Wilbraham, in l(S07. 

[There weie, perhaps, other members of this fami'y. A 
daughter married Morgan, of Springfield.] 


3. JOHN, boin in 1733, inanied Miss Conient Carpentry, 
daughter uf the Urv. Ezra Can-^-^'-- of Swaiizcv, N. IL He 

Oener \tion VI. ) K I L J{ U U K N . [f,; 

C4>n*iiraed to rcdkle at Wiilpolo until the winter of 1793, when 
lie removed to Shrewsbury, Vt., at which lAixce he died, July 
20, 1819,* nged 83. He was chosen Selectman of Wal[)ole 
in 1755, ^56, '57, and ^dS, and was also a Justice of the Peace. 
The names of his children who lived to mature age, are, John, 
Ezra-Carpenler, Elijah, Theodosia, Elizabeth and Esther. 


4. EBENEZER, born at Hebron, Conn., and removed to 
Oilsum, N. M., with his fatlicr, 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 was a home for the citizens 
of the town and the people of God. Died at his residence in 
Gilsum, August 2, 1810, aged 66 years, leaving ten chil- 
dren."* His second w'ife was Saiah 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, ^. M., born at Hebron, Oct. 13, 1752— 
removed to Gilsum with his father at the age of ten years, at 
which time there was 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 Gilsum, 
and died a few months after his ordination, aged t9 years. 

11. 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, i795. 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. ? 
\ MS, letter from Rev. David Kilbubn, Barre, Ms., Sept. 1, 1845. 

58] KILBOUEN, [Generation Vi 

accepted the appointment of Justice of the Peace, which lat- 
ter office he held for a peiiod 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. 


LucRETiA, born at Bolton, Conn., November 11, 1756; 
died at Wyoming, Pa., in 1784. 

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

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 Ebenczer Strong, of Bolton, 
and died in 1794. 

8. 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 j^ears since. I have learned nothing of his 

9. JOHN, born in Nova Scotia in 1763; removed from 
thenre 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 tbe 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 
had been stationed at a twelve-pounder, with which he did 
good service. A n incessant firing was kept up until the enemy 
were just upon them, when the order was given by the Amer- 
ican C.'iptain, to f^pike the guns and croPS to Fort Griswold on 

Generation Vi.J KILBOUiiN. [hi) 

the opj)Ositc sitlo of (he Thutnes. Kilbourn and ihice or lour 
otlierri, having stayed in the fort a few ni( men's longer ihan 
their companions, in order, as they said, lo give thf enemy 
"one more shot," did not reach thr; water's ed^e unlil the hoat 
had shoved off. They seized another hoat (whieh \uid the 
day before been taken from the refu^^ec,) and iiad just pushed 
from the shore, w hen the red-coats made their appearance on 
the bluff directly above them, commenced firing, and demand- 
ed a surrender. They surrendered, and were taken on boanl 
a frigate which lay in sight. After New London liad be<n de- 
stroyed and Fort Griswold had been captured, the prisoners 
above alluded to, with accessions from the last named fort, were 
taken to New York, where they were confined in the memo- 
rable " Sugar House." On the arrival of the tidings of Corn- 
wallis* capture, the American prisoners were exchanged, ar.d 
John Kilbourn returned to Connecticut. Eight or ten years 
after his Uberation, 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 subsequently removed to Kentucky, but after a 
few years' residence there, the uncertainty of land titles caused 
him to leave that State in 1803, and settle in Ohio. He died 
near Chillicolhe, March 3, 1829, leaving four sons, who still 
survive, viz., John, Samuel, Benjamin, and Gustavu?. 

10. GUSTAVUS, born in Bolton, May 17, 1768 ; 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 oflice of Deacon of the 
Congregational Church, and died much lamented in 1841. He 
was Collector of State Taxes in New Hartford, Conn., in 1799. 
Cleopatra, (twin with Gustavus,) married John Skinner, 
of Bolton. 

Jonathan, was drowned in the Susquehanna river at Wyo- 
ming, in 1774, aged four years. 

n. MOSES, born in i772 ; married Sally Dwight, of Bel- 
chertown, Mass., and there settled. Died in Bolton in 1841. 
Descendants living in the Western States. 

«;0] K I L B O U K N . [Generation \1 

13. GETiSIlOM. 

13. MOSES, born in Orange, Essex Co., N. J. ; removed 
t ) Connecticut and died (here in 1790. The name of bis wife 

13. Capt. JAHEZ 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. Tiibiine as one of the Vice Presidents of a 
Convention of the Whigs of Essex county, at which the Hon. 
Theodore Frelinghuysen \vas first nominated for the Vice 
Presidency of the United States ; and subsequently in the same 
paper, as President of a ' Mass Meeting' of the V/higs 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 1838. His sons— Gershom, Daniel 
J., and Oliver. 


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

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

Lydia, died in infancy 

Lydia, born May 2, 1739 ; married Ezra Waterman, and 
died in l768, in the SOih year of her age. 

14. JONATHAN, born in Colchester, April 12, 1742. Like 
his father, he was a man of much ingenuity and enterprize, 
and was extensively know n 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 
w3re 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, Novembers, 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 

Generation VI.] B I L B U b li N . (»i 

year* he filled tiic offices of Deacon of ihe Church, Capiain of 
Militia, First Select m.m an«l Miii,nslrate. Died at tlie residence 
of his son, Sanuiel A. Kilbouri), in Liberty, Sullivan Co., N. 
Y., Ang^ust 6, 1812 ; Lydia, his w il'e, died at the same |iluce, 
September 6, l8lG. 

1.7. HKZKIvI.VH. 

iG. HEZEKIAH, born at Col hestcr ; marrii-d Mary 
Ihynncs, December 27, 1753, ond luid four children, viz., John 
Joseph, Sarah, and Ainasa. lie becanne deranged and starv- 
ed himself to death, in Salem, New London county, in 1807. 

17. ASA, born in Colchester ; nr rried Sarah Holmes, and 
had children — Eliphaz, AroJia, 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 si! ice. 

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, Altbrd, and Ralph. 
Died September 30, 1804. 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- 

DiMMi?, married Day. 


Mary, born January 9, i745— died at the age of five years. 

Ann, died in intancy. Ann 2d, born February l6, 1749. 

Mary 2d, bor:i March 6, ^752. 

Mablk, died in infanc3\ 

AerGAiL, died at the age of !:ix years, 

Lucy, born March 4, i7o5. 

e-i] K I L B O U R N . [Generation Vf . 

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 Hving. 

17. THOMAS. 

19. THOMAS, born August 25, 1729 ; was mate of the ship 
of which his brother Nathaniel was captain ; died at sea, June 
14, 1759. Unmarried. 

20. Capt. NATHANIEL, born June 15, 1781; died at sea 
on board the ship of which he was master, on the same day 
with his brother Thomas above mentioned, leaving a wife and 
dau"-hters. 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- 
j.arted this life Jan. 19, ^798, aged 71, 

" When God doth call we all must go, 
And bid farewell to all below." 

21. JEREMIAH, born October 22, 1737 ; 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, &ic. Died in East Hartford, Septem- 
ber 30, 1.^16, iiged 77 Vf:ar.-; 


years Hl' filled llie oilicL's of Dtnc in of ilic Climch, Cap ain of 
Miiilia, Fir.-t Sc'.cclman and M ii^istiatc. Died at the rrsidt-i'.ce 
of his sa:), Samuel A. Kill)jiirn, in Iiib(*rty, Sullivan C >., N. 
Y., August G, 1812 ; Lydia, his wife, died at ibc same place, 
Scptenibci- G, I81G. 


IG. IIEZRKlAn, b .rn at Cjlhcstcr; minicd M Ary 
Ilolnio'^, I)L'C!?nd)cr 27, 1753, ml ha i four children, viz., Joha 
Joseph, S irah, and Aniasa. Il(! b;c':imti derauijcd and st.irv- 
cd himself t;) death, in Sa'em, Niiw I^ond )n county, in 1S37. 

17. ASA, b^rn i:i Cj!c!i .'Sler ; m rried 8a:ah Holmes, and 
had children — E'iphiz, Arona, Sarenus, John, and Weniwi h. 
Marriod a second wife in Gonnerrticu:, and removed to wrs'crn 
New York (prohab'y Oneida county) and died there some forty 
or fifty years siiuc. 

IS. ELIJAH, born in C>)lc!iesrcr, in whch place h? lived 
and died ; he was twice n.arricd — !)y his fjrst wife he had 
three chi'dron, viz., Eij di, Asa, and Elis; by his second 
wife, (Sally Welles,) he had ton, viz., Sally, Lucy, 
Eilis, Ira, Anin, Cla/, Eylia, M i.y, Alf.)rl, and Ral.)h. 
Died Sjptcmbj. 3.1, ;331. D.iveJ Kilbvjn, Eq., wn the 
Ex-ecutor of his last Will and TjitamJui. The amranL of hii 
inventory was $153D 93. 

Ann, married Clark. 

Elizabeth, m.xrriei ll^v. M;. QaitfuU, of th: Baptist de- 

DiMMi?, married TDay. 


Mauv, born January 9, 1745--Jied at the a^^ "^[^^ /;^^^^' 
AN.v,died in infancy. Ann 2.1, bom February 16, 17-19. 
Mauy 2d, bor.i M-\rc'a 6, 1752. 
Mable, died in infancy. 
Abigail, died ai the age of li.c years. 
Lucy, bom Manh 4, t753. 

EsTHEa, born May 8, 17G0. ^ 

1^, ABRAHAM, b^raia Glastenbury, November, o, W^-, 

67] KILBOURN. Generitiow VI. 

married Mary Smith, daughter of Moses Smi'h, of East Har- 
ford, June 7, 1784. Il.s ch Idren were, Laura, Mary, Betsy, 
Electa, Emily, Mary Ann. Mary, his wife, died January 19, 
1835, and on the 4Ji day of the fallowing December he was 
married to Elizabeth Warner, daugh er of Daniel Warner, of 
Eist flilJam. DljJ .M ly 8, \3[Z. 

20. JOSEPH, bjrn April 1, l765; married Hannah Sel'ew, 
duughter ot Phil'p ?e lew. April 4, 1793, The names of his 
children aie, Austin, Sophia, Ogden, Eliza, Horace. Hannah, 
his wife, died January 23, 1S26 ; on the 22d of May, 1832, he 
was married to Onnor House. l>nih arc yet living. 

17. THvTMAS. 

21. THOMAS, born Au-. 25, 1723 ; was mate of ibn ship 
of whic'i his brothvjr Nathaniel was capraia ; died at sea. Jujic 
14, 1753. He was married, ni:d had children, James, Noah. 
Esther and .A>hbel. 

22. Capt. NATHANIEL, horn June 15, 1731 ; died at sea 
onboard the s'lip of wh ch he w:js master, on the same day 
wi;h his brother Thomas above men'.ioned, leaving a wife and 
d:iug!iters. Upon a stone in the hurying-ground back ef the 
Centre Church in Hariford i?^ the fjllovving ii)-criptinn : "Mris 
Abgail Ki bourn, Re'ict of C; p\ N;i haniel Kilbourn, wlio de- 
parted this life Jan. 19, 1793, aged 7 1 years. 

'• When God «inth rail we nil p uit ^o, 
And bid <are\%ell tt» all lielow." 

23. JEREMIAH, born October 22, 1737; died (unmarried) 
May SO, 1753. 

24. RUSSELL, born February 25. 1733; was married to 
Mary, daughier of DaviJ Hills, October 3l, 1765, by whom 
he had ten cliildren, viz., Uus-ell, Anna, Thomas, Mary. Na 
thaniel, Jeieii.iah, Susan, Claiissn, Emily, and Hezek'ah. Hft 
was an Assessor, Srlectman, &,c. Died in East IJastford, Stp- 
teniber 30, 1S16, aged 77 year?. 

Jehusma, married John Wadsworih, of East Hartford. 

18. jonpf. 

25. SAMUEL, boru iu Easi Hartford in 1744; married 


JSarali Huiict*, of llaMlbid. lie was, in eaily liJe, cuiniuaiiLlcr 
of a trading vcssi-l, but subseqiicnily bfcninc a successful and 
>vea!thy incjchint in Hartford. That pari oftlieci y through 
which *'Ivi bourn" parses, belonged lo his (sta'c — and 
from him the sivcf loo!; its name. lie had cliildren, Saiah, 
SaiTiuel, ^William, Jeru^ha, Ilcnry, and Ma:b. He died De- 
cember 9, ISI7, .E. 73. 

2G. JOHN, bnniu I74J; ntarr'ed a da';g'jtcr of of Sylva- 
nus Andrus,^ of liar; ford ; h td one f^on, J. Im. 

27. STnlMIEN, born in 1747; married Miss Ri 1 7, of 
East llard'jrd, and had thiUlren, Samuel, S.ephen, Mercy, and 

23. FREEMAN, married Mi^.s Brimmigcn, of Hartford. 
His chi! were, Freeman, Daniel, Hezekiali, Abiijai', An- 
na, ami Hep^ibah. The d itc v( bis Wi;l is Nov. 20, 1819 : 
anniint of bis inveniory $22,010.53. Among the bequests in 

!iis Will is the fallowing: 

" I ^ive an;l beqiieaih to my Expcutor and Nephew, Hemrv Kn.B>URK, 
len dollars, to he laid out in a Cane, ihai when lotterin? with act? he b«ndi 
over if. the Grjive may not obliterate the remembrance of au oil m»n ani 
depaite.l Uncle.-' [EieJ March 23. 1823. 

M.\KY, married William Barnard, of Har:foid. 

Maktiia, born in 1753 ; died July 4, 1793; unmarried; 

19. TIMOTIir. 

23. tlMOTFlY, bDrn in Newin.,'ton, May 9, 1752. At the 
breaAing out of ihe Uevolu ioti. he entered ihe service cf his 
country, and was engaged in ihe Battle of Bunker Hil', bc- 
Ei les sha:ing various subseqt:cnt [ eri's ai:d losses in the war. 
He bad three sons, v.z., Samuel, Tlmoihy, and Aiiscn. 

30. SKTH, born ill Newingron, October 12, 1754; mar- 
ried Eos Blnn, by wl»om be had two children, Eli>ha and 
Prudei.cj ; his wife having died, he then mairied llani.ali 
Churchill, and had sens Se.b and Hiram. He was a 
of the Revolution. 

* He may have had a second wife, Jerusha Spencer. 

44% ..... ^ k I L B trS N . [dEXERATICN VI. 

Happy, born August 25, 1757; manied Gen. Levi Rusk, 
•f N^svinaton, a distingiiislied officer of the Revolution. 

Si. SIMON, born in Newlngton, Nov. 23, 1753, married 
Eunice Kirkham, and had children, Abgail, Nancy, Sabra, 
Sarah, Elizabeth, Henry, Erastus, Horace, Mary, and Chaun- 
cey. The following Declaration cf S'.mon Kii bourn was for- 
warded to the Pension Office at WashiiigiOn seme years since, 
upon h;s application for a Pension, which was granted. I am 
indebted to Samuel H. Parsons, Esq., of Hartford, for a copy 
of it. 

The petitioner declares, "That he cnterc:^ the service of the United 
States ai :i private, in a company commanded hy Captain Hezekiah Wells, 
and Lieut. Ilanmer of Wethej>ficld, in or about the month of September, 
1778 ; that the said company belonged to a reginncnt of iMilitia command- 
ed by Colonel Thomas Belden ; that he was drafted for two months, and 
continued to serve in said corps until in or about the month of November, 
1778, when he was dismissed from ilie service in or near Xew London, 
don, Connecticut ; that he was marched from "Welhersfield to New London 
and crossed the river Thames to Groion, and there was employed in build- 
ing a fort called Fort Griswold. The deponent further declares, Tliat he 
entered the said service a second time by enlisting into a company com- 
manded by Capt. Hubbard, of (alastenbuiy, Hezekiah Wyllys being Colo- 
Relofthe regiment; that he left Wethcrsfield al out the month of June, 
1779, and inarched to New London, where ht served three months ; that he 
was employed to keep guard near the lighthouse en the New London shore 
cr teach of Lonp: Island Scunrt — and wr.s employed at Mohcgan, between 
Nt.rwich and New LonJun, in cunins: fascii;c.s which were used in bnild- 
ihj ihe fort on ilie oiitside; that he was honrrably dismi^^cd afier ."^crving 
Mwce montlis, and reinrned jo Weihersficld. 'i'he depot cnt farther declares, 
th:.i l.e enured tie 5rivi(e rf il e I'niied .'-Jatcs a tliird time, as a substi 
tuie fcr his father, Timothy Killcnrn, who was drafted in the militia of 
\\ ethrisfitld ; that l.e fcrvcd ivo n:onths at New Londt.n under Captain 
Wells of \Vetbef>fvl(l, Wells Licutenan», about the months of 
AJarch and April, ITfU; that lie ua^ employed i:. bu Idiiig a fort west ol 
the city of Niw Loiit!on. upnn li.e hill, vliiih the stldicrs called "Fori 
Ncr.fci.te,'" U'ii.j c(.i sidciid ly as u'^ckss.'' 

He d:td in Ncwir-tcn, Ncvcuiber C, 1£39, rgcd £0 years. 
AwiciiL. bura Kov. ^C, 1764. 



21. JO.-IAII. 

32. Capt. JOr?IAH, was ht^iu in N( w IMtain in January, 
1750. In April, 1775, at \hn ai^c of 20 yi ars, lio cntcn d llic 
lU vclutior.ajy Anny, ::n(l ili'ic d i:n!il il:e cIobc of 
the war. He parlicijatiMi in all iIjc liinliti! g in tlie vicinify of 
IJo-tcn, and in ihc batllc.'^ ol" FialLr.sii, liailrni lu'ights, 
AVIiitc Plains, jMonnion.h, and many oiIhts, in whicli he was 
several tin.cs uinnukcl. lie arose giaHnally frcm a private to 
rispcctable conunands, ibe last of which was tliat of Caplain 
in the Quaitcr Mastci's Dcj)iii tmcnt. These were indeed 
days of ])tiil and cjilamity. When the enemy were burnini^ 
the towns in ihe sonlh pari cf Connecticut, previous to their 
driving- Washiiig'ton iVcm Loncj Island and New York, the mili- 
tia of the Stale were called ihe:e ahncst en niussc ; and of those 
^vho were not ^luin, g-eneriilly returned with ihat n:ost malignant 
disease, ihe *' (^amp Di-rlemper," and spread it wheiever ihey 
went. At this period a near relative, returning from llit army, 
s:o|'ped at the residence of the father of ihe subject cf this no- 
t.ce, and ccnnnuiiicated the distemper to the fami'y. Seven 
of them were down with it at the same time. One sistei had 
died J and while a second was dying, an express frcm ihc 
army blew a horn, threu- a letter into tlieyard, and pat^^ed on. 
Tlie eldest s'ster, (the only one well,) opened the letter, and 
read from it the sad intclhgtncc that her eldest brother (Jo- 
iiah) had been killed in tb.e I^attle cf Flatbush. Though, as 
the reader will have infer. ed, Jhis announcement subsequently 
jiroved to be ir.coriect, still i:s ilFcs upon the fjimily, espe- 
cially at such a moi;:cnf, may poFsibly be imagined, but net 
desciibed. Jcsiah had indeed faKen upon the battle-field, 
having been shot through the body ; but after ihe \\ ing of the 
army to which he was attached gave way, "VVajhlngfon, with, 
the other wing, rcgaii^cd i/int ground, and b;oight off the 
wounded. At the close of th2 war, Jcsiah Kilbourn returned 
home with a constitution des:royed by numerous wounds and 
every foim of suffering. He married Isabel VVhaples, of New 

f 6] K I L B O U H N E . [Generation Vt. 

Britain, was active in business, but in peer bealth ; and died iti 
17SG or '7, leaving no children. 

33. WILLIAM, was born in New Hiitain, January 12, 
1753; entered the revolutionary army at the age of eight- 
een, and in the ; fi'air at ^^'est( hestrr, N. Y., was .-o severely 
injured as to b:? u:i ib!e to d) a d ly'jj wo.k o:i th? farm 
fjr a peril J of six ye:irs. fie occas'onary lati^ht sch )3l 
nntil he leccvere.l a tolerable dejrree rT health, when he learti- 
cd the trade of a Clothier, and followed it as a main cocupa- 
tion. On ^he 2Lst of Angus!, 178G, he married Sarah Sage, 
daugh'ei cf Jededah Sage, of Heilin, and soon after reinoved 
to TnnbriHge, Ve:mont. In ISIO, he u moved with lis fami'y 
to Cl:e!sca, in the same State, where he died in Jur.e, I8l0. 
Their (hildicn wcir, Jol n, Aiiui^-, Julio, tnii >, I^alph, NV'il- 
Tams, Sarah, Omond, Jeded ah-S:ig;e, Janirs, a::d Eliz:i Anii. 

Anna, born in 176'); married Asahel Mart, cf Norihingtoli, 
i:cw Av( n. 

Klnice, hern in ITC2, died at the of 16, cf the 'C.urp- 

34. LKMUCL, born In New Britain, October 7, 1764; 
nnnied Sarrh Hast rgs, of Sou hi? gton, and had chi dren, Jci- 
siiih, Sally, Ursu'a, Hiram, l-'Jiz ib;'th, a:ul Nancy. A C'.oth- 
KT and Millwright hy trade. Died of asthma, near Chillicothe, 
Ohio, about ihii year 1820. 

Up. AN I A. born October 17, 17C6 ; was first married to S^l- 
veser ILgley, afterwards to Shubael lloskins, Esq,, of Sim.-- 
bury. She died in 1832, aged 66. 

35. Hon. J.//J/-E.V, wm born in New Britain on the 19:h 
cf Oeto'.jer, 1770. As h3 has been more extensively known, 
and more distinguishv?d i:j public, life, tlian any other person 
en tlii-; s de of tha Atlantic who bears the name which he has 
honored, we are confident that no one among his kindred and 
namesakes wiil lequirc of us an apology for giving a some- 
what detailed notice of his eventful ar.d useful life. The his- 
tory of few eminent men in our country presents a brighter 
example of persevering and successful effort over adverse cir- 


cumstaiices ; and noi cm iiiorc wortliy o( approval and iriiita- 


His birth recurred at an cventfiil era in llic history ( f t)ic 

colonies. Tiie c( ntlovL•r^y Ldufcn thtin and Gnat Kiitnin 
was fast lipeiiiiig inio rcl)«'llioy. >N lien about one year old, 
his faiher removed from liis previous residence in New IJt itain, 
to a faiin then nearly new, situated two and a halt n.i'.es far- 
ther west, about liaif that di>tance Irc.m neighbf rs, aid still 
farther from schocl. He made rapid improvement, and soon 
became a farmer of ccmfortablc independence ; but rcmniued 
i;i the same condition as to n( {"^hbors and fchnols for many 
years. The lon^ threatened war of the revo'u'ion ccnnrrenc- 
rd when the Puhject of this sketch was but fjve years of a^c. 
This naturally engrossed the attention cfa'.l. Piivate businej:9 
was necessarily deianged, and the ^:^o^peri(y of the farmin*^ 
interests, especially in the new setilen eii!s, was to a great ex- 
tent destroyed. The i:rp'en:ents of husbandry were (xcliang- 
cd for the panrp'y of war ; the currency l)ecame sc uce, an('. 
dej r;iciated in va'ue ; schools were virtually given up, and 
in shoil the whole people, frcr.i cbildhocd to age, shared and 
kit the Nicissitudes ai;« piivations consequent uj on the slate 
of the rouiitry. It will be unr;eee^sa;y to detail the (irtcs of 
that tremendous s:rrgg'e upon Mr. K. Notiuci patriot livc<l, 
ant! few suffered more as the reward of their p^afriotism. Let 
it I'lilUca to Kay, that the war resulted in the death of three cf 
lis f. mily, liis | ecuniary luin, ;'.i:d the partial derangen'.ent of 
I. is intehct for a period of years. In 1783, he v. as con pelled 
to give up his finely cultivated fai m and buiidings, and retire to 
a St. II mere rec'tded fpot, v. h« re lie puif lir.s(d a en a'l fatn) cf 
thirty .'.ere.-', principa ly composed of i:ew land, on which ha 
btiilt a houfc and n:ade ether neces ary imp.ovcments. In 
cbout tbne years, he was obliged to pari with twent\-fivc 
acres, and mortgage the lema nded, tcgeiher wi:h his hiiutc. 
On ihs occasion, Sep'ember 22, I78C, he called James in from 
Ids work, adv.sed him of the state of bis affairs, and proposed 
to him that he might go and do the best fc r himself he could. 

6S KILBOURiXE. Cekehalioh VI. 

Aiier a slf:cp!fss and tearful nlgiit, he dote- mined to accept 
the offer, thinking; that b}- so djin^ he niight be better able to 
assist his parents than by leniuining wiih ihem. 

Acc3i(hngly, en that day, (Sepiemher SSd,) with a heavy 
lieari he bade farewell to his raien:al home, and ihe dear 
ones which if contained, wiih no speciiic place of destination 
in view, an.d wiihont friends in tb.e great world before him, 
except tuch ar^^ he m'tr'nt make as lie progressed. Not yet six- 
teen years of age, poorly cl;id for sanimer, and with no winter 
c'.otliing — Vviihont coat or thoe?, and so illiterate thit he could 
scarcely v,ii;e his name — whh a sad but resolute spirit, lie had 
assumed seir-(!irecticn, Duiiri^ that d^y he walked about 
tliirty miles, but, noiwiths'anding his maiiy inquiries, did net 
succeed in obiaining employment ; its Vv'eariscme hours, how- 
ever, v.ere not, unp:o(i!ab!y -pent. In the course of his v.Ttlk 
he found time to leflect: en his ccndition, ;ind form his plans fcr 
the future. He sav>' that two things v/ere essential to his suc- 
cess in life, viz., edr.cation, and industry and integrity in every 
trust — and his resolutions then formed were never subsequent- 
ly overlooked or forgetten by hiin. On the day follov^^ing, 
he let himself to a farmer* for the procurement of the ne- 
cessary clothing for the approaching winter, and soon after 
apprenticed himselt to a Cloiheir. Seven months of each year, 
for four years, he devoted faithfully to his master, with no oth- 
er compensation than his board and instruction in ihe art and 
mysteries of his trade ; the remaining five months (during the 
summer and autumn) he hired himself to farmers to procure 
the means of defraying his other expenses. 

With an industry and perseverence eeldom surpassed, ho 
labored in the shop or on the farm during the day, and spent 
at least half cf every night in study and writing. During 
the fust three summers of l)is apprenticeship he was princi- 
pally employed as a farmer^s boy by Mr. Griswold, (father of 

* Mr. Eli Younj:, nfGranb}', Conn., in whose employ he remained one 
monih, at the end oC which period he presented him with tea sljillings in 
addilion lo his stipulated wages- In Ihe words of Milton, this was 
" Sweet in itself, but muoh more sweet so given." 


th 3 cjlebi'aLci Bijli);) G/invjld ol' th • E;ji.scoj);il Chiircli.) 
The future Bishop, bciiin- lIjcu at home hjjcI having- ihc man- 
agement of the faim, observed t'he studious and industrious 
habits of the young apprentice, and became his most enicient 
and cordial friend — encouragin<r him by words of kindness 
and hope, and aiding him in tiie [)rosecution of liis studies. 
•So energetic and faithful were his labors on the faim, that at 
the end of the first five nionliis lie was presented by Mr. Gris- 
wold with ten shillings per month moie than was agreed upon, 
accompani(id with the rema-rk 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- 
edg^e of the gram.matical construction of the English, Latin 
and Greek languages, and of all the branches of Mafiicmatics 
which he thought he could render useful to himself or others.; 
though, in the mean time, Mr. G. had been settled in the miit* 
istry in Litchfield county, having been assigned the charge of 
the Episcopal Churches in Plymouth, Northfield and liar- 
winton. During this gentleman's residence in Ply mouth, 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 apprenticesliip and near the close of his 
19th year, when circumstances 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 tov/ard 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., 

;-( ,-j K I L B O U R N E . [Generation VL 

of Philadelphia, the inventor and builder of the first steamboat 
in the world. 

His labors \Tcre now, if possible, even more incessant than 
before, and his success exceeded his most sanguine expecta- 
tions. During thn first seven months he cleared.;^ for hinifcelf 
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 
Eno-lish dyer a knowledge of all ihe~ permanent dyes made in 
England. No olher 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' 
woiks on the spot where the village of Avon now stands. He 
superintended these several eslablishments in person, riding 
and laboring so constantly that he frequently saw the sun rise 
and set twice, and on one occasion three times, whhout any 
other rest than such as be 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 crulches, 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, but wa> unable to prosecute it. He next engaged, in 

Ui:Nr.RATro5 VI.] K I L P. U R N E . f-| 

I lie mercantile bubiiiesri in Granby, in which lie was cinincntTy 
successful, and in a sliort lime became wh:a was termed a 
*' wealthy man," In addition to mills, stores, &.c., he was n.nv 
the owner of five farms, including; the one wliich liis father 
had lost by the revolution, and that from which he had him- 
self departed in indli^ence and tears at liie ai^^c of sixteen. 
Meantime he had made ample provisions for his [)arents and 
the younger members of their family, ))y placini; them in rji. 
stances of pecuniary case and competence. 

During lliis period, he was al^o uctivL-ly employed in promo- 
ting various objects of public utility. lie or-ginated and suc- 
cessfully carried through the great Turnpike Road from Hart- 
ford via. Granby, Blandford and Pittsfield to Albanv — formed 
a flourishing literary society among the young people of the 
town in which he resided — commenced a })ublic library in tiie 
same town, which soon numbered .COO volumes — was agent 
i'or 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 eflected these results. — 
Amidst his herculean labors, he had found time to prosecute 
w ith 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 
\vas ardently attached to their doctrines and forms. During 
this season of relaxation he was often called upon to olhciate 
as lay-reader in the church, and was urged by his friends 1o 
take orders. After much hesitancy and prayerful self-exam- 
ination, he at length yielded to their solicitations, an I was 
ordniued at Mic^ ^^ '-^w" ' " the hte Rev. Abraham Jarvis, 

72] KILBOFRNE. [Generation VI. 

D. D., iheri Bishop of Connecticut. Fie officiated in several 
•\^acant parishes, and was invited to settle in tliiee or four. 
He, however, declrned the invitations thus tendered to Miiii, 
having formed a project of Western emig-ia'ion, with the in- 
tention of accomplishing it within a reasoBiibie time. With 
this view he had already made two tours of exploration tlirough 
Western and North Western New York, passing across the 
principal branches of the Scoh^rnakill, Delaware and Susque- 
hanna, and along the Mohawk to Phelps and Gorham's pur- 
chase — thence returning along and neai^ Lake Ontario, to 
Black River, Wood Creek, &c., to Albany. 

He was subsequently, hovrever, 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- 
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 liim too pleasantly 
situated to make so great sacrifices as were involved in such an 
cBterprise. Late in the wmter 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 forly 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. Fie 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 (o 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 lo recruit, and pursued the remainder of his journey on 
liorseback. After a rareful survey of the country, he fixed 

^^ENF.r.Ai'ioN VI. 1 K I L BO U R N Iv [7:^ 

upon a desirable location, and reiurned in the followin*^ au- 
tiinii). Having completed the association of 40 nieinljfjis, 
known as the " Sciota Company," he closed the contract for 
a township of 1G,000 acres, which he had pr(!vi()us]v selected. 

On the 7tli ot Apiil, 1S03, he again started iortlie ^^'est, on 
horsehack — followed by a niill-wright, a hiaeksiniih, and nine 
other laborers, and a family in t\v(v wa^rons. At Pitt.-hurgli 
lie purchased mill-stones, niilMrons, har-iron, nail-rt-ds, 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 — nosv W'orthington, near the ciiv of 

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 ihe 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 
w^ith 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 canip ; at tlie 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 n)ill 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 

7 i] K I L B U R N E . [Genhrition Vf. 

Mr. K., and the faliii)g' of seventeen inimensc forest trees con- 
stituting' tie national salute ! 

Nearly all the adnlt members of the colony united with the 
Episcopal Scciety, and w ere constituted a church under the 
name of Si. John\s parish, of which the suhject of this notice 
\vas annointed Rector. Ever active and efiicient, he visited 
the neighhoiing settlements and other parts of the State, 
preaching, and organizing societies, many of which became 
and remain permanent clunches. He vras once invited to 
preach, on a special occa-^ion, in the Hall of the House of Rep- 
rescniatives, both branches of the Legislature having adjourn- 
ed for the purpose, and all the members being present. At 
tliis time ]\e had never ihought of leaving the clerical office. 
But, suh.?equently, his fellov/ citizens hegan to urge upon 
liim (he importance and necessity of his taking the lead in their 
civil aifairs. 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 
aifairs 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 consecjuently 
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 instrumentahty, 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 North 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 literally surrounded. In addition 
to mills, stores, &c., which he erected and carried on for the 

(irNKHATioN VI.] K 1 L n () i: R X E . ^ [75 

1)0110(11 and convenience of tlvj white setilenients, lie opfniHl an 
Indian tradiiii^h use, by means of which ho succeeded in con- 
ciliating the favor of the red men, and in a great measure 
checking their deprcdalions. 

In the Spring of 180-5, he explored ihomughly fhe South 
sliorc of Lake ICrie, tVoni its most souiherly b(.-nd to (he Mau- 
ince rapids, (then an ln(han territory,) and selected the pres- 
ent site of Sandusky City for the north-we«tern commercial 
metropolis, which it has since become. About the same time, 
unasked for and unexpecled, he received, by act of Congress, 
from the Hon. Albert Gailaiin, 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 — aud;^, still holding the Commission, com- 
pleted the survey by deputies of his own appointment. 

lii 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 consequence 
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 

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 was 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, 

; •.. J KIT. E O i; R N E . ] Ukneration VI. 

a Commissioner to settle (he boundary between the Public 
Lands and the great Virginia Reservation. This duty was 
performed under circumstances of much peril. It was soon 
after the declaration of war; mueh of the line lay through the 
Indian countty, 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. Kilb.mrne 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- 
fining 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- 

C FNEitATiON" V[.] K I L H U R N h: . [77 

!em of refoini, by condencing all local legislation, corporations 
&r., into a few separate nets and as short forms as possible, 
thereby simplifying the laws as well as rendering ihem con- 
venient for reading and reference — besides making a great 
saving of time, pnpcr, printing, writin;^, Sic. 

Going a little farther back from the order of dales hitherto 
observed, we are confident we shall be excused by the kins- 
men and friends of Col. Kilbournc for refcriing here to one or 
two facts ill 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 manuficturing 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 
embcirk in the manufacture of woolen goods for clothing the 
Army and Navy. Re well remembered the total ruin of all 
who v/ere engaged in similar enterprizes during the war of 
the Revolution ; still the promises were now so fair, and «he 
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 vvith it no protection of woolens. 
He sustained the whole establishment, amidst immense losses, 
until 1820j ;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. Findmg 
himselfthus totally destitute of means, except a good degree 
of physical strength and a spirit iiot easily conquered by un- 
toward circumsfances, he took up his surveying apparatus 

78] K I L B O U R N E . [Generation VI. 

again, and went into the woods. For more than tv/enty years 
he was much of the time busily engaged in his calliag — 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 agahi ac- 
quired a good degree of independence — and was enabled to 
educate his family in business, science, and literature. 

He was the presiding oilicer at the great State Coayention 
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 2Sd of February, 1840. It maybe 
added, farther, that he has been called to preside in more than 
half of all the conventions, meetings, &c., which be has at- 
tended for fifty years past. 

Since he arrived at the age of " three score and ten," (in 
1840,) Col. K. has declined all public office, except that of 
Assessor of Real and Personal Estate for the County of 
Franklin — the duties of v/hich station he performed until 1845, 
when he resigned. But, though retired from public life, he 
still feels a lively interest in public affairs ; and during the last 
six years he has dehvered 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 
Goodale. 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 Nev/ 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 
the spotted fever in 1805. He was unmarried. 

Generation VI.J K I L B U R N . [79 

24. JOsHUA. 

Mehitable, b. April 23d, 1764; married Josiah D.iwey of 
Berlin. Their children were Daniel, Josiah, Franklin, Asa- 
hel, Seth, Esther,' Mehetahh^., Rebua, and Mary. 

Elizabeth, b. April 24, 1765 ; married Reuben Ilart, ol 
Farmington, »nd soon after removed to Whitestown, N. V. 
Their children — Alpheu?, Ansel, Chaiinccy, Doralhy, Aman- 
da, Pluma, and Eliza. 

36, GEORGE, b. at Berlin in 1769: at twenty-six years 
of age, he was married to Mit?s Almira Wilcox, daughter of 
James Wilcox, of Simsbury. After residing in Farmington and 
Goshen for about ten years, in the fall uf 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 at their place of destination, Hudson, Summit Co., 
Ohio. Mr. K. is still a resident of Hudson. His children 
are, Asahel, George, Timothy, Justin, Sophia and Eliza. 

37. WILLIAM, b. Jan. 32d, 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 1775 ; he resided in Farmington, and died 
a bachelor. 

26. ELISHA. 

38. ELISHA, b. in Wethersfield, and at an early age ac- 
companied his father to Sandisficld, Mass. He resided for 
several vears in Tyrringham, but subsequently removed to 
Colebrook, Conn., where he died. His children were, Elislut, 
Roswell, Jason C, Jonathan S., Barney, Sally, and Betsey. 

HuLDAH, married John Brown, of Sandisfield, afterwards of 
Pittsfield ; her secon I husband was Jared Ingersoll, Esq., of 
Pittsfield. She died in 1838, aged 83. 

39. HEZEKIAH, born at Wethersfield in 1756, a»d was 
killed at Sandisfield, Mass., v.hile attemptin.ff to raise the gate 
of his grist-mill,>y falling over the dam ond breaking his AiwM 

80] KIL BOURN. [Gekehation VL 

in 1809. ■ His cliiidren were, Prudence, Hannah, Eiizabeihj. 
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 Fosdick 
of Wethersfield. E^e died at Hounsfield, Jefferson Co., N. Y, 
in 1830, aged 73. He had but one son, Ashur. 

Sarah, b. in Sandisiield 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 80th year of her age. 

41. JONATHAN, b. in Sandisfield in 1760; mafri.ed SaraK 
daughter of Deac. David Granger, of SufReld, Conn. For 
many years he successfully carried on the tanning and cuny- 
icg business at the stand of his father, and died in his native 
town, possessed of great w^ealth, 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 early man-; 
hood, leaving no descendants. 

42. ROBBINS, [twin with the preceding,] married Huldah 
Wright of Sandisfield; removed to Litchfield, N. Y., andafter- 
vrards to Frankfort, in the same State. His children were, 
Robbins, Ashur, Luc}^ and Huldah. 

Hopeful, married Stephen Morse, of Sandisfield. 

43. ROBERT, b. in Sandisfield in 1766 ; married^Sarah 
Hubbard ; his children are, Clarissa, Levi, Russell, Joel, Mark 
and Saiah Ann. He is still living in Great Barrington. 

Elizabeth, nuirried a Mr. Remington, of Suflield. 

41. ALLEN, b. in Sandisfield in 1766; settled in Cham- 
pion, N. Y., where he was married to Rhoda, of John 
Canfield, His children were, Jared, Allen, Nancy, Sarah, 
ui'in-.GrangM-, ai 1 otlierj. He died in the autumn of 184L 



Ruth, b, October 17, 17o£; married Jcnah Stone, of 

45, Cap T.LEWIS, b. in Litchfield, xMay «2, 1755 ; was 
married to Anne, t'angiUer of Lieut. Amos I'ariiielec, Jar). 3C> 
1782, by Rev. James Nichols. He wa-? an ardent wlij- in 
the' revolution ; was a Grand Juror in 1703, .uid u'a.-« coiiunis- 
sioned as Captain of the 1st Company of (hfj 17th Rc^im mt, 
6th Brigade, Conn. Militia, in 1797. Died i.i 1805. UU 
children v/ere, Charles, Dathy, Norman and BoDJ-imli). 

46. Col. CHARLES, b. in Litchfield, Mar. 3, 1753. In the 
early part of tlie war of the revoliiiion he was drafted into the 
berviee 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 hi=j 
lather 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 tliis lime 
a loyal neighbor cf h\§, Daniel Griswold, T^•ho had been a 
soldier in the British army, returned to his native town, bear- 
a Captain's commission, and forthv/ith commenced the work 
of his mission, viz., enlisting soldiers into the king's service, 
Charles Kilborn was 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 
an d his soldiers,) says, " Tl»e Wednesday following, April 30, 
they were taken, (except Benjomin Docliitle 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 
Avas'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 wa.=i killed, 
was a mistake. He was successful in his " attempt to escape," 

■■■■ Sec Woodnit1'.-> History of Liichd.^M, pp. 3:», 40. 

82] K I?L E O U R N . [Generation VI. 

and, after a series of vicissitudes and adventures, he succeeded 
in finding his 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 
Bailitary movements consequent^upon the war. Before peace 
was concluded, he had attained the rank of Captain in the 
British service. In February 1 784, 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 Caldwell's Manor, on Lake Champlain, where 
for nearly seventeen years he was extensively engaged as an 
agriculturalist and merchant.' During his residence 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 
" KiL730RN," 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 commea cement of the last war between the U. S. 
and Great Britain, Mr. K. held the rank of Majo? m the king's 
service, and was appointed to the command of a corps of pro- 
vincial troops, w^ell 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 
Plattsburgb, where he was eminently distinguished for his 
«kill and bravery. He was subsequently taken prisoner in an 

Generation VI. J KIL130URN. |g3 

engagement near his head-quarlers at La Cole, and convcved 
to Greenbush, N. Y., where he was kept for geveral weeks, 
until exchanged. About this time a largs number of American 
prlsloners 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 liberaHty — they having 
previously been subjected to the harshest treatment. lie 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 subsecjuent period, 
when in charge of a rigid and merciless officer, several tfthem 
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 ol his days in the 
quiet oi domestic enjoyment. But the public presented claims 
to his services v/hich he could not well decline. His commis- 
sion as a civil magistrate, which he had held previous to the 
war, w^as 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 ef St. Francis. 

Coh Kilborn died June 19th, 1834, aged 76 ; Margaret, his 
wife, died August 21, 1841, aged 73. Their children were, 
Lucy, Betsey, Benjamin, Alexander, Sally, Jo-cph, Mary, 
Nancy, Matilda, and Lydia. 

Nancy, born Dec 13, l760 ; married Bradley Catlin. 

Hannah, born Feb 1762 ; married John Bissell. 

47. BENJAMIN, born in Litchfield, January 27, 1765 ; re- 
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 Caaada, and settled on the St. Lawrence a few miles below 

?-l] KI L B O U R N. [G ener ation VI . 

BrockviUe. The following Report from a Committee in Cor- 
^ress, upon liis petition for remuneration for services and sac- 
rifices durisg- the last war with Great Britain, contains many 
interesting facts in his personal histoiy which are well worthy 
of preservation : 

Fes. 22, 1830. — " Mr. Dayton, from Ccmraittee on Military 
Affairs, to v/hom was referred the case of David KilbourNj 
made the follcv/ing Report : That the petitioner sets forth that 
he is a native citizen of th* United States, within which he re- 
mained until after the termination of the revolutionary war, 
when he removed into Uppf;r Canada ; that although residing 
in that Provinco, hi"? att«^^chment to his country was undimin- 
ished, and he was always desirous of promoting its interests ; 
that in the year 1813, at the solicitation and by authority of 
General Wilkinson, ;hen commanding officer of the American 
Army upon the northern frontier, he engaged to examine, se- 
cretly, the BritisVposts in Canada,^to"prccure accurate infor- 
mation of their numbers and position, and (o communicate the 
result to the American commander; that he executed this 
commission to the entiie satisfaction of General Wilkinson, by 
whose agent he ^vas promised ample compensation for his ser- 
vices and indemnity against any loss which he might suffer for 
having undertaken them ; that th3 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, w-hich 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, w^ho 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 redded in the State of New York, where he is 

GMiiiTion Vr.] KILHOURNJC. (85 

now livin*^ under the complicated burthens of old age, iiitiriui- 
ty, and indigence, and that since the compulsory abandon- 
ment of Canada, his property there, which he valued at 
J 10,000, had been confiscated, and its proceeds paid into tlie 
provincial treasury. Under these circumstances, 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 discorered, 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 satisfaciorily ; 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 conduct, 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 
execution of his dangerous commission ; but as the testimony 
submitted to them is defective, both as the value of the proper- 
ty which he alledges 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. 

David Kilbourn married a Miss White, and had a family ; 
he is, I believe, stillliving nearScriba P. O., Oswego Co. N.Y. 

49. SAMUEL, b. in Litchfield Feb. 29, 1769 ; married 
Abby, daughter of Asabel Griswold,of Milion, Ct. He settled 

86] riLBOURN. [Gent.katio?* VI 

at Kitlsy, County of Leeds, Upper Canada, where he is Siill 

50. Capt. JOSEPH, b. in Litchfield Feb. 15, 1771 ; left 
his native town iji 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 to^vnships of Lovv^er Canada. On the 17th Feb. 1805, 
he was married in Ascott, Lower Canada, to Ptiebe Adams, 
daughter of Eliphalet Adams, of Hartford, Conn.; and dur- 
ing the same year he received a Lieutenant's commission in 
the army fiom the hands of the Governor-General, 
Bir Robert Shore Milnes. At the commencement of the last 
war between the United States and Great Britain, he was 
transferred to the Engineer Department, having received 
the appointment of Military Surveyor and Draftsman, with the 
rank and pay of Captain in the regular army; He 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 wTote respecting the distribution 
of the property to his family. His family, however, never 
came in possession of sard estate ; the presumed friend having, 
it is said, appropriated it to his ow^n use. 

The children of Capt. K. were, William-Vincent, Joseph- 
Henry, Caroline-Cordelia, and Clarissa-Maria. 

Lucy, married John White. 

51. WILLIAM, b. in Litchfield, March 6, 1778; settled 
in Kingston, thence removed to Stanstead, wiiere 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 eaid to be still living, and has a 
large family. 

rrtSERlTION VI.] K I L B U R N . [^ 

Polly, married Maj. Reuben Sherwood, of Elizabethtown, 
U. C. 


Rachel, b. 1757 ; married James Griswold, of Litchfield. 
Han^taii, married Bcnjnmin Doolittlc, of Llichfir-ld, 

52. JEREMIAH, bori-i in Litchfield April 8, 17G2; marri- 
ed Anne Bishop, Apnl 28, 1785 ; his children were, Lucretia, 
Noah, Freeman, Putnam, Anne, Almira, Nancy, and Louisa. 
Died in Litchfield. 

53. SOLOMON, born in Litchfield, Dec. 17, 17GI; 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 st'U living near 
Whitehall, N. Y. 

Anna, b. July 12, 1767; married Gideon Stoddard, of Litch- 
field ; her children were. Whitman, Jesse, Sally, Soloi^non, 
Abigail, Leonard, William, Henry, and Mar}^ Ann. D. 1344. 

Olive, married Thomas Goodwin, of Litchfield. 

54. WHITMAN, born in Litchfield, Aprill2, 1772; was 
married to Thala 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. 

Sybbel, died in early childhood, from falling into the fire. 


55. JAMES, b. in Williamstown, Mass., August 25, 1764; 
was a soldier of the Revolution, had a wrist broken in the ser- 
vic^ and is now a pensioner. He is now living in Williams- 
tov/n, Orange county, Vt. ; has no children. 

Uri and Caleb died young. 

5Q. ZACHEUS, dead— left a family. 

57. JOSEPH, 

32. JOSEPH. 

Susannah, b. luly 4, 1766. Elizabeth b. June 4, 1770. 
53. TIMOTHY, born in Litchfield, June 11, 1763— uow 
lives in Westminster, London District, U. C. 

88] K I L B O U R N . [G«i«EBj.TroN VI. 

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

3)8. LEMUEL. 

60. LEMUEL-JUDSON, born in Litchfield. April 5, 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. 

6L PHILO, born in Litchfield, 1769 ; settled in Granby. 

34. JEHIEL. 

62. OZIAS, born in Litchfield ; married Elizabeih Pa geof 
Warren ; died in Pennsylvania in 1841, leaving a large family. 

Urania, married David stockwell, of Hartwick, N. Y. 
Rhoda, married Elisha Marsh, of Litchfield: 
DiARTHE, married William Griswold, and removed to Gen- 
Dcssee county, N. Y. 

HEMAif, died in infancy. 

HuiDAH, married Daniel Fairchild, Hartwick, N. Y^ 

Sally, married Simeon Griswold, ot Meredith, N. Y. 

Heman 3d, died at the age of fourteen years. 

Lois, married Gapt. 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; marritd 
Anna Remington, of Vermont; died in Brockville, Canada, 
March 1807. Children— Phebe, Jamts and Zadock, who 
were, whcH last heard from, in the town of Gallatin, Cophia 
county, Mississippi. 

GgNKRATioit VI.] K I L B O U R N. [89 

66. ABEL, born in Litchfield, Sept. 4, I77G ; married 
Mary Smith ; his childien are, George, Remington, Hiranj, 
Wilson, Phebe, Lucy and Harriet ; resides in Leeds, Canada, 

67. ELI, born in Castleton, Vf., April I5th, I78I ; married 
Olive Russell, in JoLnatown, Canada, in I80I, and has chil- 
dren, Le\vi?5, JamcB-Crampton, Wiljiam-Kussell, Sophia A., 
Candace, and Artcmesia ; now residrs in Crosby, Canada. 

68. HIRAM, born in Castleton in 1784 ; married Sarah 
Billiugs, of Brockvillc, U. C, in 1809, and ha« chiidren, 
Braddish, Hiram, Billin^^?, James, Luther, Albert and a1- 
phonzo ; now lives in Elizabcihtown, U. C. 

38. GILES. 

69. SAMUEL, born in Litclifield ; was a soldier in the 
Continental Army, and was killed by the British near New 
York in 1781 ; was unmarried. 

Rhoda, married Phineas Hill, of Litchfield; removed with 
her husband to Shelburne, Vt., when that township was a wiU 
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 a 
bed bound on the horse behind her. She is still living, up- 
wards of 90 years old. Her only son is Kilborn Hill, of Shel- 

ANiSi, married a Smpth, ofVermonf. 

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. Nathar> 
Howard, of New London ;) remaved to Vermont. 

70. JOHN, born in Litchfield, March 16, 1766; married 
LoJs 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 Litchfield in 1770; lettled Id 
Charlotte, Vt. He was married to Hannah K«nyon, daughter 
of Payne Kenyon, of Moreau, Saratoga Co., N. Y., by the 

9o I K I L B U R N . Generation VI .] 

Rev. Lebbeus Armstrong-, Jjine 30, 1811. He returned to 
his native town in 1814, and died there on the 3d of June, 
1819. Ilis children were, John, Paync-Kenyon, and Giles- 

Sabra, died unmarried. 

39. JOHtN. 

72. JOHN, born probably in Goshen, Conn., and removed 
wiih his father to Adams, Berkshire Co., Mass. ; in 1790, he 
married Flannah, daughter of Dr. Maeck, [a German, who 
was one of the first settlers of that place.] Fie 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. TRUxMAN, do. do. 

76. GILES, married a Miss Donne, of Plainfield, N. Y,, 
where he settled and still lives. His children are, John 
Charles,* Jemes, Frances, Giles and Jiidson. 

Maeel, married Solomon Smith, of Wiiliamstow^n. 

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. 

8L 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 Vernon, N.Y. 

Eunice, marned a Robcrit-^, of Norfolk. 
Lois, lives in Watertowa; unmairicd. 
HuLDAH, married Ch:irl(\s WMliains and Had Plant. 
[There are others of fliis family, nnst of whom died young.] 

•II. r).-\V:D. 

84. THRRAT>, born Oct. \0, 17G7; mmried Rebecca 
Waiigh, and jiad three child: en, T '. . T:/j!n, and a son who 

died in chiIdh>oi R;'inn"jd to 'i\ ;y, N. Y., an<l di.-d therr. 

85. ORANGE, born February 22, 1770; married Rhoda, 
diui^htcr of Bcajamin Stone ; hl-s children are, Marilla, Jiilii 
Ann, [wife of Solon Bishop,] and Lyrann, of Martha's Vineyard. 

86. JAMES, born September 18, 1771 ; married Diaiitha, 
daughter of Nathaniel Smiih, 2 1, December 2, 1795 ; his chd- 
dren were, Julia, Clarissa, Susan, Jrimes-Elisha, Orrin S., 
Julia Maria. Died at Slillwaier, N. Y., May 20, 1S09. 

87. LEVI, born April 1"), 1773; married Anne Bradley, 
November 27, 1794, and had children — Marina, Maria, and 
Mary Ann. He was a Grand Juror in 1798. 

Reuben, died young. 

88. DAVID, married Sally, daughter of Col. Heber Stone, 
and had childreii, Heber, Harry, Lyman, and Betsey. Resi- 
dence, Camden, Oneida county, N. Y. 

Betsey, m. McNiel, and removed to Stillwater, N. Y. 

89. p]LISHA, m. Susan Humphrcyville, went south ; dead. 

90. SAMUEL, born 1784 ; he left his nativ3 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 etill resides. On the lOlh of 
April, 18O8, he was married to Miss Maria Patterson, daugh- 
ter of General John Patterson of the h'.tter place, a distin- 
guished officer of the Revolution, formerly of Berkshire coun- 
ty, Mass. From -1815 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- 

92] KIL BOURN. [Gi?«sritioji Vfi 

Maria, George, Ruth, John-Patterson, Samuel and Diadema. 

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

42. Jf:SSE. 

LucRETiA, married Benjamin Johnson ; died March 20, 1823 

92. JACOB, born September 10, 1767 : married Lucy 
Bradley. He was a Grand Juror in 1798, a Lieutenant of CaY- 
e/ry in 1800, and was subsequently for many years First Con- 
stable and tJollector of Litchfield : he is still living in the vil 
lagc of Bantam Falls, Litchfield- His children are, Norman 

bigail, Truman and Sarah. 

Hem AN, died young. Ehzabeth, m. Capt. P. Westover. 

92. HEMAN 2dj married Sally Baldwin, and had two sons, 
^Viiliam and Joseph ; he settled in Shendaken, Ulster county, 
N: f ., and died there in 1827. 

93. Hon. JESSE, born August 5, 1778 : m. Abigail Ward, 
and settled in Cazenoria, 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- 
man. While residing there he was for many years a Justice 
of 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. 

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

MoiiY, married Dr. Abel Hannahs; who lived and died at 
Columbia, Herkimer county, New York ; her children are» 
Kilborn. William, Maryettc, Lucius, and Dianthe. she died 
April 17, 1834- 

Generation VIl] KILBOURN. [03 

DiANTiiA, married llciiry Ward; resides in renlield, Mon- 
loe count}^ N. Y. ; her children arc Edwin, Calista, J)iaatha, 
and Henry. 

Note. — Tho children cf David and Jesse Kilbourn, (who aro QOtQd 
on the two preceding pages,) wcro ull boiu iu Lilelilivm-^ 


3. JOHN. 

1. JOHN, born in Walpole, in 1765 ; married Anna Ash- 
ley of Shrewsbury) Vt, and settled there ; was Justice of the 
Peace, Town Clerk and Selectman- Had three sons — John, 

amuel, and Henry [JM. 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 5L 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, wkere 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 Gilsum, N. H. ; married Lovice 
Perkins, of Barnard, Vt. He has been for thirty-eight 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 cn~ 

♦ Represeuiativs la \\i& N. Harnp. Legislature, fr. Lyuleion, 1843 & '44. 


gaged in mercantile business. In 1842 he was elected a mem- 
ber of the MuniciT)al 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 1844 he removed to Conneaut, Ohio, where he nowrcsidci. 
9. ROWLEY, born Seplemher 28, 1800 ; married at Clin- 
ton, C. W., to Keziah, daughter of Samuel Corwin, January 
19, 1825. He was commissioned as a Justice of the Peace in 
1843 — and is now a Presiding Magistrate for Niagara District. 

10. HARiMON, born September 2, 1802 ; married Macy 
Corwim, and now lives on the homestead in Canada. 

11. ADOLPHLS, born July 26, 1819; married Mary Ann 
Stevens, of London, C. W., and now hves in Conneaut, Ohi'j. 

12. CYRUS, born October 24, 1822. 


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- 
beih 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, A.t. *" 
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 Po*f 



m] ii I JL B U B N : [Generation VIi. 

Master of Marlborongh, 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. 

li. IlALPH, born November 11, 1781 ; married and set- 
tled in Nantucket, where he was a merchant. He died some 
years since, leaving one son a?^d two daughters. 

Elizabeth, m. Solomon 'vVells, and settled in Utica, N. Y. 

Mari-j m. Stephen Austin ; died in New York city in 1839. 


19. ELIJAH, b. in Colchester ; went on board of a Priva- 


1. LYDIA, b. July 12, 1794; married Wm. Coleman, and now re« 
Bides in Keokuk, Lee co., Iowa. 

2. CELINDA, h. April 17, 1796; married ^Alfred Buel, and now 
resides in Galena, Illinois. 

3. SARAH, b. January 27, 17S8.; married Gen. Enos H. Buel, of 
Uarlboroiigh, Conn., in lbl7. 

4. DAVID-WELLS, died in childhood. 

5. DAVID-WELLS, born in Marlborough, April 12, 1803 ; was 
fnarried in Albany, N. Y., June 26th, 1827, to Harriet, daughter of Na. 
bum 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, «Sz,c., and in 1840 was a candidate for the Territo- 
i al Council or Senate. Himself and brother are merchants at Fort 
Madison, and among the most extensive wooKgrowers in the Territory, 
His sons are, David>\Vells, Henry-Williams, George-Erskine, and 

6. MAR-Y-ANN, resides with her brothers in Iowa ; unmarried. 

7. Maj. EDWARD, born in Marlborough, January 22, 1814; resi- 
ded in Albany for Eevcral yenrs, 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, 

daughter of Ezra Fcote, Esq., July 26, 1648. KesidcBin Ft. Madison. 

GiwEBATioN VII.] K I L B U R N . 


tecr at the commencement of the revolutionary war,^aiid wm 
taken prisoner by the British. After his liberation he marrieJ 
and settled In Ohio. 

Asa and Ellis, dead. 

20. Hon. IRA, born in Colchester, Conn., Oct. £9t!), 1772. 
His father designed him for a farmer, and he contlnticd to 
work at home on the farm until near twenty years of age ; 
when, having an ardent thirst for knowledge, lie commeuced 
preparing for college under the in.^truction of the Ucv. Sal- 
mon Cone. In September 1793, he entered the freshman 
class in Yale College ; he, however, soon left that institution 
and became a member uf Williams Culk-ge. Here lie 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. Lfe and 
Collings, and commenced the mercan'.ile husines?? under the 
name and tirm of " Kilburn & Co." Not meeting ^\ith the 
success he had anticipated in thii cntcrprize, after a trial of 
two years he abandoned it and commenced the study of law 
with the late Hon. Coddington Billings, of hs native county; 
After studying three years with Mr. Billing?, and receiving his 
certificate to that effect, he entered the office of the late Judge 
Gilbert, of Hebion, hi IS02. He designed to have presented 
himself for admission to the bar at the next Court, wh ^n un- 
foreseen circumstances called him to Tiogo county, Pennsyl- 

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 1806, 

98] .^ K I L B U R N . Generation VII, 

he was elected Commissioner of Taxes for Tioga county, and 
on the l3th of September the same year he was commissioned 
as a Justice of the Peace. In August ^811, he was elected 
and commissioned Colonel in the Pennsylvania MUitia, 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 
Jourt of Common Pleas by the Legislature. This last office 
he held until he went out by the Amended Constitution, Feb- 
uary 28, 1840 — a period of twenty-eight years. The day on 
vhich his Judgeship expired, he was again commissioned as a 
fustice of the Peace, and during the succeeding four years 
ried over eight hundred law cases. 
Judge Kiiburn is still living, at the age of seventy-five years 
with a hale constitution, and a fair share of this world's 
^'oods ; respected and honored at home and abroad. 

His children'^ are, Wells, Harriet R., Ralph-Lee, Eliza 
inn, Adaline, and Charles-Lawrence. 


1. "WELLS, born in Lawrenceville, of wkich place he has feeen «l 
Councilman and Burgesa. His is the inventor and pateates of tka. 
Corn Planter, and other agricultural implements. 

2. HARRIET-ROSS, married William B. Mann, Esq. 

3. RALPH-LEE, born July 4, 1810 ; he is now in California, on tha 
Pacific, engaged in erecting mills. * 

4. ELIZA^ANN, is the wife of the Hon. Norman H. Purple, of Peo« 
ria, 111., one of Ike Judges of the Supreme Court of Illinois. 

5. ADELINE, married John C. Knox, Esq., an Attorney. 

6. LiEC'T. CHARLES LAWRENCE, U S. A., a brave and gallant 
officer in lue American Army in Mexico, was born Lawrenceville Au- 
gust 9th, 1819, and graduated at the National Military Academy at 
West Point, in th» first division of his class, in 1841. He immediate* 
ly entered the Army as brevet 2d Lieutenant of Artillery ; and not long 
after was make 2d Lieutenant. In 1846, while stationed at Fort Moul- 
trie, S. C, he received order* to repair immediately to the seat of 
war, on the Rio Grande ; which summons he obe^^ed, having, howev- 
er, been appointed Adjutant previous to his departure. He participa» 
t«d in Ibe Uttlef of Palo AltP, Rciaca de la PaUna, Buena Vista, &e.j 

GENERATION VH.] K 1 L B U R N . [90 

The following anecdote went the rounds of the newspapere 

in 1844 : 

"A LivB Judge. — As the vensrablo Judge Kilburn, of Pennsjlvan 
nia, was once traveling in a sla^CNCoacli on his \v/\y to Court, ht* 
found among his toUow-passengcrs a lady iromoneof the back-wood'* 
counties, who had evidently seen but little af tho world, and whoso 
quaint and unsoj)histicated nnnarks excited the risiblci of hor litfleo- 
ers to an alarming pitch. Tho Judge having becc n» intorested la 
bis new acquaintance, with true Yankee tact soon mado hiinsblt ac- 
quainted with her origin bud history. After she hud tiQi:>hed he\ 
story, she continued — 

" I've told you who I am, now I want to know who you bo and 
where you come from." 

" My name is Kilburn, and I camo originally from the hod of 
steady habits." 

"I've heard tell of Judge Kilburn ; you aiot him, be you V laid 
the lady, 

" So they call me," replied ihs Judge. 

"I thought you was some great big bcbq ; is the land of steady 
habits in this world ?" 

«• Yes — it is in old Connecticut." 

•• Wal," she corninued, after looking at tho Judge for a moment 
in astonishment, '' I've seen pidcrs o( Judges, hut I rifver seen a h^k 
ONE before — and didn't kiow whir* they come from neither!" — Lowed 

Sally and Lucy died at the ages of nineteen and twenty. 

21. Capt. AMASxV, born in Colchester ; he was captain of 
militia company iu the last war, and fell in command in the 
battle at Black Rock, N. Y. His wife was Hannah Chipman, 
of Vermont. 

Clarissa, married Flibu Marvm. nf Hobrnn. 

Mary married Dennis, of China, N. Y. 

Ladia, m. in Tioga co.; now lives with her sister last named. 

22. ALFORD, was a Lieutenant in the American service 
during the last war with Great Britain; resigned, and wa3 
chosen a Justice of the Peace notwithstanding his youth. He 
died at Cattaraugus, N. Y., at the age of 25 years. 

23. RALPH, J\I. D., was long a practicing physician m 
Tioga county, but now resides in China, N. Y., aged about 
60 years ; he is a bachelor. 

and is highly complimented for his "skill and good conduct," iq the 
official despatches of Gen. Tviggs and Gen. Taylor; la February 
1847, he vas prooaoted to a First Llculeaancy, the riak whicii h« 
now holds. 


100 K I L E O TJ R N . ,^ _ [Qg^^^^^iON VII. 

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; 

SoPHrA, 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, TJ. g. Senator from Mas- 
sachusetts. He is a hardware merchant in Hartford. 

Eliz.1, born October 28, 1803; 

26. HORACE, born November 11, 1809. 

21, THO MAS. 

27. JABIES, b. in Hartford, Jau. 20, 1752 ; married and had 
one son, George ;* his widow is still living in Windsor, at a 
rery advanced age. 

28. NOAH, born March 18, 1755. 

29. ASHBEL, 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. 

m i ' — - — — I J 

*' 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 
bad George, John, William, Catharine, and Harriet. For the 
last thirty years he has resided in Albany; a drum raaker. 

• JAMES, born in Albany, March 22, 1820 ; married CRtharin© 
Livingston, of Bern, N. Y., September 10, 1842. He is well known 
Ihrough the State of New York as a temperance and political stump 
Speaker— by the title of « Xhe Celebrated Albany Carpenter." 

Generation VII.] K I L H O IJ ITN . loi 

Capt. SAMUEL.. 
Sapah, married Spencer Whitin^r, Esq., of Hartford. 
Samuel, died in Ilarlford, Nov: 25, J789, TE. 16 years. 
30. WILLIAM, 1). 1779; d. March 28, 1837; unmarried. 
Jerusiia, married a Mr. Hall, and liad a family. 

31. TIoN. HENRY, born in East Hartford ; married Eliza- 
both, daughter of Maj. Elisha Babcock, editor of ihe American 
Mercm^y, Hartford, and became a merclnint in (hat city early 
in life. He was for a great number of years a Director of the 
-^tna Insurance Company ; in 1818, be was elected a Rep- 
resentative to the Slate Legislature from Hartford, and was 
occasionally chosen to the same station until 1835. In 1838, 
he was placed in nomination by (he 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, '10, 
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-EIisha, 
and Emeline, wife of Dr. E. E. Marcy. 


32. JOHN, A. My b. in Tunbridgc, Vt., Aug. 7, 1789; grad- 
uated at the Vermont University^ at Burlinglou, in ISIO ; re- 
moved to Ohio, w^iere he w^as for a while Principal of Wor- 
thington Academy, and subsequently practiced law in Chllli- 
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,] 


George- Henry, Horatio-Everett, Isaac-Dearborn, Mary A., 
Harriet, Ann Clara, Edward-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. 

36. JEDEDIAH-SAGE, M. D., born in Tunbridge, Oct. 
23, 1803 ; pursued his professional studies with Dr. Russel 
Clark, of Sandy Hill, N. Y., and Drs. Robbins and Wheeler, 
of Troy ; and took a bee use 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 v/as selected as the Private Physician of Jo- 
seph Bonaparte, ex^king 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 la5ang out San*'* 
dusky Cit}^ — at which place he ever afterwards resided. He 
accumulated an estate of $20,000 ; was Colonel of Militia, 
Postmaster, and Magistrate. Died in 1838. Unmarried. 

Lucy, born in Simsbury ; was married to M. Matthews, 
Esq., in J 811 ; 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, 


Iienselaei- 11., Jajues \V., Gcialdine, Granville, Luma k.. 
Gertrude, liyrori K., aiitl Wliiliiiij I). 

Op.rel, was killed in eaily chi'dhood by an accident, 

30. Hon. I»YR0N, born in Granby, Conn., in l0(Jl.and 
\ removed wiib bis lailur lo (Jbio when about tbree yean* old. 
He first commenced business as Surveyor of Crawford and 
Marion counties ; and on tbo connuencenjent of tlie Public 
Works in Obioj be was ap[)ointed by I he Stale to the iin[>ort- 
nnt post of Resident, Loraiin^" and Su[)erintendinj( Ent^inerr 
— and continued to exercise the duiles of tlie ap()oinin»ent 
nntil the completion of the Grand Canal from Portsmnutb to 
Cleveland* the Miami Cannl from Cincinnati to Day ion, and 
the Sloop Canal from Huron to Milan. Aliertbe close of the 
Black Hawk War, he went to AVisconsiti 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 Ibiuided the city of xMilwaukie, 
which now contains upwards of 12,000 inhabitancs. In 1840 
he was nominated for Delegate to Cong^ress from that Terri- 
tory, but though be polled a heavy vole, his competitor. Gov. 
Doiy, was elected. In 184o, be 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, 1847, and one of the General Com- 
mittee appointed to call said convention and to make arrange- 
ments therefor. 

His first wife was Mary II. Cowles, by whom he had Glor- 
iana, and Lucy Fitch; his second wife was Henrietta Karrick, 
by whom he had Bvron-Hector. 

Orrel, 2d. born in Washington, Pa., in 1803 : married I. 

* " In the summer of 183.5, Mr. Kilbonro purchased the land on the 
west side of the river from the United States, and Nurveyed it into town lots. 
That portion of MiUvankie is iiiiUknown as Kilhourntown. The first 
physician in Milwaukie was the lau.enied Dr. Pioud, who located ai 
Kilbournlown iu 183(j."— [McCabe's ' Hi^lcry 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 Wortliington, 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 I)., 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, 1845. 
An interesting sketch of his life, by Prof. Morrow, will be 
found in the Appendix of this volume. 

36. GEORGE. 

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 Cmtis, of Chillicothe, Ohio. 
Lie is a Justice of the Peace, and deacon of the congregation- 
al church at Hudson, Ohio, where he now" lesides. 

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, 1801 ; 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. 


Lucy, b. at St. Johns, Canada; m. John Savage, of -^Iburg. 

Generation VII. KILBOURN. 105 

Betsey, married Ilcnry Curtis : died In 1808. * 

4G. BENJAMIN, born in 1780; mamcd B..i)irKi Conlcy, of 
Dunham, Ji. C, and liad children, Annis M., Charles P., Ly- 
dia, Joseph H., Lewis P., Lucy E-, Benjamin N., ►^opliia, 
Chester, Daniel R., Victoria A. lie now lives in Roxton. 

47. COL. ALEXANDER, bom at Caldweir- M;in«.r: April 
5, I79I ; m. Thankful IL BaniJi^s, of Stanstead ; his children 
are, Susan L., and Charles A. Ai iln hrraking out of u hat 
is known as the * patriot war,' in I83G, Ik; was appointed to 
the command of a company of |)r()vincials', ralh-d the (^uren's 
Loyal Volunteers, which had been called into the regular ser- 
vice to aid in suppressing- the outbreak. During the winter of 
183G-'7, while on his way to secure snme prisoners, lie receiv- 
ed a severe wound in his abdomen, which for a time disabled 
him. Subse([uently he resigned his commission as captain of 
the Volunteers, and accepted an a])pointment 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 Soci»'ty, for 
1845, I find a premium awarded to ' C'A. Alexander Kiiborn, 
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, JE 32. 
Matilda, married Capt. Ellphalet Bodwell, of Stanstead. 
Lydia, married Edward F. G. Stoddart, Esq., son of sir 
Thomas Stoddert, of Clair oounty, Ireland, i)roprieter 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. 

lOG K I L B O U R N . Gen-eation VII 

* [There are odier childseii of David Kilboiirn, but 1 have 
on iiiformaf ion concerning them.] 

49. SAMUEL. 

The only knowledge I have obtained of the family of •'Samu- 
el Kilbourn is contained in (he following paragraph from the 
Brockville (Canada) Recorder, of June 10,1847: 

'• Patrtarchal. — Mr. Samue) Kilborii, who is a resident oi the township 
of Kiiley, 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 saysiie has seen the sixth geaera'^ 
tioa- He is still quiie comfonable as to health, and was recently in thi.s 
town, for which he had to travel some 20 or 25 miles." 


William V., born in Ascoti ; drowned in St. Francis river, 
May 4, 1829, M. 22 years. 

49. JOSEPB-HENRY, born Wesihury, Canada, May 9th, 
1809; m. Susan Hnghes, 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 comtnissioners — v/as permitted to speak in his own 
defense, and was acquitted. A gam he engaged with enthusi- 
asm in the patriot cause, was again arrested, and obtained his 
release by enlisting «nto the Qneen'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 Sanford, Ingham co. 
and in 1847, he was elected a member of the Legislature of 


50 MYRON, A. M., born in Litchfield, October 10, 1801 ; 
graduated at Hamilton college in 1824 : married Miss Abbe, 
(sister of Dr. Alanson Abbe, late 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. 

Gkvkration VI r. K I L M O C R V : ' 107 

52 ELIADA, born in LitcliiieUi, Feb. 20, 1809: married 

Maryann, claui^htcr uf Charles Dudley, of LiU hlieltl, Novem- 
ber 1, 1813. 
AMANOA, born Septeinl)er 2G, 1811 : married James B. Peck. 

53 Rev. JAMKS, bom in I/itebfield, Nfa) 29, 1816 : wan 
for two or ihrcc years a stutleiiL in Vale (Jollei^e, and subse- 
quently entered the Theob^l^ical l)e])artmeni ofihni insiitution, 
and graduated there in ISlo : nnd wa>^ duiiui;* liie same year 
ordained and installetl pastor ol the congrejjational ebineb in 
Bridgewatcr, (A)nn. lie inanied Amelia Cynthia, dangliter ol 
Rev. Bela Kellog'g, of Avon, December 12, 1838. 


54. JOHN, born at Charlotte, ^'t., Nov. I, I8I2 : entered 
Yale College in 1836 and left that institution in 1830 : he has 
since been principally enir^'gcd in teaching in Pennsylvania 
and Maryland. In 1814, he was married to Miss Catharine 

■ Monroe Crawford, of Fayetteville, Pa. 

55. PAYNE-KENYON, born in Litchfield, Conn., July 
26, 1815 ; 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. IG4(>. J 

[Daring my correspondence on the subjVct to which this volume specially 
relates, the foUuwini^ communications concerning the descendants of 
George Kilburn were received. If is earnestly to be hop«d that some mem- 
ber of this important branch of the family will make out a full and corf eel 
Genealogy of it.] — p. k. k. 

[From Deacon Jerimiah Kilbourn, of Groiou, Mass.] 

Groton, Mass., Jan. y, 194"). 
Payne Kenyon Kilbourn, Esq — Dear Sir : Vour lettt-r ol the 2Mh n\t. 
came duly to hand, and with much pleasure I have taken pains to 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. : 

" Tvv3 brothers came to America from Devonshire. England, abi ut the year 
16.30. GEORGE settled in Rowley, Mass., and died there ^ the other settl-d in 
Connecticut. Samuel, son of George above-named, lived and died in Rowley: 
he had four sons, Samuel, Jedediah, David, and Eliphalet. Divid (Ust naroe«l) 
removed to Lunenburg in 17o.'), and there died in 1770, axed 8b: 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 18U6 ; his son David was 
born in Rowley March 27, 1700, and removed to Lunenburg in 1767." 

William Kilbourn (brother of Jonathan afid great-grandson of George.) was 
born March 20, 1744, removed to Lurenburg about 1767, and died at the resi- 
dence of his son William, in Fitchburg, Aug. 14, 1S32, aged S? years ; hiswifa 
was Marcy Smith of I[)swieh, by whom he had Williain, Jeremiah, if 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 Lunenburi: July Ifi, 1773; 
married Mary Mice, January 12, 1790 ; removed to Fitchbiir? .April 1, 1S02, 
and Irom Ihence 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, 


— Doni in Lu lauburg Juaairy ^4, 17>J7, married Patiy Flint in 1818, aiia settled 
in Gr«ton same vfar ; my si-sfer Mary Kilbourn married Stephen Stickney in 
1S30 ; my brother William Kilbourn was borii June 12, 1302 — received the de^ 
giee of M. D. at medical institution at Castleton, Vt , and is now an eminent 
practilioner \\\ WiUon, Maine ; hi»ftrst wite was Eliza Barrett, his 2d, Charlotte 
Bates ; my brother Elbridge Gerry Kilbourn was born February 25, 1805 — re- 
(;eiv«*'i hid education at Brown University, and is now practicing law in the city 
of lialtiraore: my sister Mirtha n. Avery Stockwell; Sarah m. Asa S. Kenda 1. 

My children are — Martha Augusta, [died 1841 2E.- 23,] Jeremiah-Flint [died 
young,] Mary E , Josiah-Burragf, [now of Boston,] Ann Maria, Fiancis Jane, 
VVilliam-Anhur, and George-Wells. 

1 will now go back and give you such information as I have respecting some 
other branciies 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 1 know nothinii ; 2 Jedediah, do. do. ; 3. David, the line of who posterity 
I have traced through his son William to my children ; 4. Eliphalet, was a phy- 
sician of some note, but I have learned nothing of his descendants. Samuel, son 
David last nam^-d, remnvfd from Rovvley to Lunenburg in 1767, married Sarah 
Cook, and had kvv i sons and three daughters — Daniel, Samuel, Lydia, -^arah and 
Maria. Aloout I""-.') Ilie 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 
twc-nly-one; Daniel Uiarried and had three sons, Daniel, Hiram and Sumner; 
Samuel settled in Fitzwilliam, IN. H , and died there in 1S29, leaving tv^'o sons, 
Harvey and Milton. 

David Kilbourn of Lunenburg and Lucy Pinsjrey of Rowley were married in 
January 1793; their children, Betsev, Solon [died ^. 21, while a member Junior 
class, Harvard collpgp,] Jonathan, Cyrus, Asa, Milton, Nathan and Lucy. Each 
of the sons of David Kilbourn now living hare families of young children. 

You request me to state whether the Kilbourns in our line hare 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 year* a deacon in the first chureh 
in Groton — whirh facts I do not consider important in this connection. 

Thus I conclude, & remain yours respectfully, JEREMIAH KILBOURN. 

[Fiom Mr. John Kilborn. Bridgeton, Maine.] 

Bridgetnn, Me., Nov, 2. 1843. 

Dear Sir — I received a letter from you a shoit time since, asking lor 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 Ti)dd 

My father ^vas born in Old Rowley, Mass., June 28. 1755, and married Mary 
How of Ipswich ; they had nine children, six of them sons, viz., 

1 John, born Novpm!)er 1(5, 17S2 ; his children are, Hanibal Milton, b. 1809, 
unmarried, now living at Hampton, New Brunswick ; Jolin born 1811, married 
and lives at Cambi idgeport. Mass. ; Jacob Barker born 1820, died 1822 ; Robert 
Andrews born IS22 ; Charles Otis born 1824 

2. Eno? N., went to sea early in life, and has not been heard of since IvDO. 

3. WiLLiAAi, married Betsey Senter, February 10, 1^08, and had 13 children, 
8ofwhrmare livinir, — the others dUd in childhood. The sons living are, 
Enoch Lfander Wattnn born 1808 — m. and hasoneson ; resides in Harrison. Me. 
Thomas Dresner l)orn ISl'i.-m. and has two sins ; resides in Aurora: Jacob 
Van Ren-ielaer, born 1812, m. Esther Pliiiiney,and has 3 daughters : Gibbs 

K I L B O U R N . y I 

born IS17. in:\rrie(l Mary Ann Uurnliiiin, and \i.\h i\m) tnun .lud one d4UKhler; 
Williuii roinl)shorn H17, and .Sdtnuul FarnHWorJh born lS\il 

4. EiiKiVi:/H:u,bt)rn Ueceinbur 20, 17'JI ; marrifd Lydia In^all* in 1818, •■<! 
had 4 d.iiiiijhlerrf and '2 anns ; I he Hons are, HiMijainiti T. Clia»c ami Samurl A 

In the Hi-iifiry of Rowley, pulilishfd in 184ii, | find On* iiamen uf J..ij««|»h Kil- 
born, Isaac Kilborn and Samiitl Kilborn in a tax rtccrd lOyi; alM<i in 1777. th"«« 
ol niv father and his hrothi^r, a«* havintf enlisted info (he CMntinental itruiy . 
Y<Mir rri«-ii(l and nb.-dii-nl MHtvaiif, JOHN KlLUOK.^. 

To /-'. K. Kilbourn, Esq.^ Editor of Uu- Columbian, llariford. 

[From Mr. Eliphalct KUburn, Bnscawrn, N. H.]— 1-*"41. 

Payne K'Miyon Kilbnarn, Escj. — Sir : We received >Mur b'tltr on ihr.'Slh in«t., 
inloriniMii: u-i that ^H were prc'parini; a History of the Killx'Urn i'ainily. We 
are mnoh trratifi'-f^^it you linv« engaged in «»ucli a work, and moot che«rluily 
impart all the facts within our reach which bear upon the subject. 

My father, to whom your letter was addressed, is now in hat if'Jrd year, and 
beini? unable to reply to vour in(juirie8, I proceed to give you mucIi facts ae uur 
records and hist memory can lurninh. 

My great t^randt'at her was born and lived in Rowley; hitchildien were — 

Samrson, m. Rebecca Fr:kard of Hoxf«>rd, •eltled in Rowlc), and had four 
children — Paul, John, Rebecca and Huidah. 

Abigail, marrif-d Jonathan Smitli ; In r son, the late Hon Jedeiliah Kilbnrn 
Smith, was iooi^ a distintiuiiihed councilor and member of congres.-*, N. Hamp. 

Toere were three other dauiih'ers, viz — Klizabeth, wife of John Adama ef 
Rowley, Hannah wife of David Bailey of Maine, and Su^an wile of a Mi Cuwan 
p Jfdediah, my grandfather, was horn in New Rowley, Mass. ; married Hannah 
PlaMR; removed to Boscawen, N H, and from thence to Henniker, where be 
died in f8"30 ; he had eight children — four sons and four daughters, viz: 

1 jYathan. born 17oi), married Sarah Plummer and settled in Ho-cawen : died 
1794; had four children — James resides in New Andover , othera dead. 

2 Eliphal't, born in New Rowley 1752; in 1777 he enlisted into the service 
for 8 months in col. Little's regiment, and alterwards 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. 17S4, Enoch, Eliphalet, and Moody, all of Boscawen. and 
all having families. He has had 63 grandchildren, and 20 great grandchildren 

3 Jedediahhorn 17G2 ; married and settled in Newbury port . and engaged in 
the fisheries ; his sons Nathan, John and William lullow' the aeas it living. 

4 JYaf/ianifl born 17'"i4 ; married and removed toThetlbrd. Vl. ; had lUebii> 
dren — died in l'?3n ; Benj.imin his f)ldest son married and removed to Ohio. 

Very respeetfully, your ob't servant, ELIPHALET KILBLRN , jr. 

[From James Kilburn, Esq., of Princeton, Mass:] 

Bufalo, iV. Y., Oci. 1st, 1S44. 

P. K. Kilbourn Esq., r. , u rii 

Dear Sir— I have just received a copy of the Hartford Columbian ol July 
20th, containing a notice signed by yourself, staling ihai yuu wre prepar- 
ing for publication a Genealogy of the iiilboura Family, A.c. ; and u xs 


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 
A.] and Samuel, who died without children ; you will hence see 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 
\intil his death in 1815. His only son, Joseph King Jfeilburn, is a mers 
chant in Augueta, Georgia. 

3. Joshua, died in Sterling about 10 years since, and I think left one son 
George, now resides in Eoston. 

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 

While at the Seminary in Andover a few year* 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 
an individual 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^ 
lain copies of your work as soon as it may 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., Saiiy, Isaac, 
William, Sally 2d, Eli, and Mary. 

[From Dr- Alpheus Kilburn. of Akron, Summit co., Ohio.] 

Dear Sir — I received your favor af the 3d inst., and will reply withowt 

preliminary. My father, Jacob Kilburn, was born in Sterling, Mass. ; 

marriediMary Fletcher, of Lancaster, Mass., (his second wife,) and had by 

her, four sons, viz.— 1. John; 2. George, lives in Alstead, N H.; Thad. 

K I L B O U R N. 113 

deus, dieil in 1839, his wife died ihe same year; 1. Alpheiis, b in Sierlitigt 

IbOl. and lias 4 sons, l^Mwin. Oscar, and Flalifi 

My falticr was a [li'vuluii wjary solflicr, and was twice woun led. 
You are etiiiaged in a good work. I wish vou sucres.s. * 

Yours, in bnjiiurly love, ' A.jIHVAjH KILIiTRX. 

[From Mr. Niilliaiii<'I IvUliorn, o( Fx-llvicw, I nva ] 

lit II new, l..wa,Julv 8, 1811. 

Sir; On niv way down Ihe river iVoin tliis place u» .>i. Louis, recenlly.l 
fell in wilh Maj. Edward Kilhourn, u tio inCorined me iliai you were pre* 
paring a Genealogy of the Ivilburns, an*! requested ine lo .send you surh 
facts as I possessed relative lo the Uranch to which I belong. 

My grand'ather, Natnanicl Kilborn, died re(;enily at >rjoiith Stralliird. Vt* 
My father. Ileiijamin Kilborn, removed from Vermont to Ohio before njy 
birih, and dietl when I was a child, leaving four children, George- l*erry, 
Nathatiiei. K'l.'ia and Priscilla — all married except myselt. I am engaged 
in merchandising in this place. We were left poor, and have not depart 
ed very far !Vo>m our inheritance ; but thus far 1 have never .seen our name 
disgraced, a') I I do tiot intend to be the firs! to dishonor it. 

y.Mirs rcspectfnlly, N.aTH'L. KIL30RN. 

p. K iLili>ourii, j.'aliior ol" the Columbian, Hartford. 

[From Guy R. Haynes, Esq of East Boston ] 

East Boston, Mass., April 23, 1844. 

Dear Sir — Our nepliew, George Kilborn, leceived yours in vlue time. and 
as he is much occupied wilh business, he requests me to reply to it, which 
I do with pleasure. 1 formerly devoted much time to the genealogy of the 
Haynes Family, paiiicularly the descendanis of Guv. John Haynes of 
your stale ; and noiwiihstanding many unanswered letieis, I have a list 
of names over 40 feel in length, extending from 1578 lo the present tinje. 

Samuel Kilhorn was born in Rowley ; married Mary , and had two 

children, viz, Mary, born Sept. 10, 1737. married Solomon Tram, of Lynds- 
boro, N. H. ; Capi. George, born July 22. 1743, mairied Elizabeth Brill, 
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- 
Bey and had Thomas and one other,] and Richard, who died young. 

2 Sanluel died at sea. 3 George vV. and 4 Gecrge W 2d, died young. 

5. Robert, married Abigail Quimby, and had three sons, iiamucl, 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, iJenjamin Franklin, who died 
young, George born 1821, now a merchant in Boston, and he one you wrote 
to. Warren, John Augustus, drowned in childhood, and John. 

I married Susan Kilborn, daughter of Capi. George, and had ore son> 
George Albert, who died in 1S30, aged 17 years. 

Respectfully yours, &c. GUY R. HAYNES. 

114 K I L R OUR N 

[From ihe Postmaster at Burlington, Vt.] 

Burlinglon.. Vt., September 21, 1844. 

P. K Kilbourn, Esq. : Dear Sir— In ' I'he Columbian' of the 30ih of 
* July la'=:t, I bs<^rved a notice of yours in relation- to the history and gene- 
aloL^v of the Kilbourn Family in the United Stales. Having been ac- 
quaintod «Mth a man of that name who resided in that town, I handed the 
p<iper 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 fathei wa- a soldier in the French VV ar, 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 ."^ervice. and continued in the army until the declaration of 
peace. He resided in Middlebury 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 Woodrufi'." 

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 
tenacious of his own opinions. In politics he was a democrat — in religioufc 
belief a universalist. He left a small properly to his widow, he having 
no children Respectfully, youi 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 che pleasure of a personal acquaintance with you, 
yet I trust you will excuse me for troubling you with this request. Mr. 
Alphonzo Kilborn, of Castleion, informs me that you are have collected a 
genealogical list of those who bear the name of Kilbourn or Kilburn. 
'1 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 Ge(.)rge Kilborn, who was one of the first settlers of Rowley, 
but there are none of his descendants now livirig in that town, nor can I 
learu at this time to what part ihey removed : though I am satisfied there 
must be many of them somewhere in New England. Any information you 
can give .me will be thankfuliy received, and all charges cheerfully paid. 
Very respectfully, your ob't servant, CH. K. WILLIAMS. 

Mr. Payne Kenyon Kilbourn, Editor Litchfield Enquirer, Ct. 

SflU^ r n 5 { r . 

[From the Ohio Slate Journal — 1815 ] 

A Silver Pikher for Col. James Kilbourue. 

The splendid Silver Pitcher, presented n tlie Hon. James Kilhonrne, of 
this vicinity, by the friends of the Kclec.lic iMedical Irsiiinle of Cinfirnati, 
chartered by act of the last General Assembly, as a testimonial of rcspm 
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. & J) 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 

It was piesented in the College Edifice, at Worthingion, on the 27rh nit. 
in presence of the Board of Trustees of that Institution, and a numerous 
assembly of ladies and gentlemen convened jn the occasion, by Dr. Thom- 
as Vauzhn Morrow, Founder and first Professor of the In.siiiute, who was 
deputed specially for that purpose. The presentation was preceded ly an 
excellent and eloquent address by Proiiessor 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» 
propriale reply ; — in all of which the audien* e appeared to lake a lively 
iuteiest. The pitcher is 13 inches high, 20 inches in circumference, and 
heavy in material for its general proportions. Ou its front is the follow- 
ing inscription — 



by the friends of the 

Erlpctic Medical Iiistituie ot Cincinnati, 

In consideration of his able and efficient support 

Of Medical Reformation. 

I£ k, J) Kinsty, maker it. 


|r3=Col. Johy Kilborn, whose Addrt'ss we give below^ is a son of Mr. 
David Kilborn, former! >- of Litchfield, Conn.: he has been a member 
of the Parliament of Upper Caiii^a, and is now a candidate for re-election. 

[From ihe Brockville (Canada) Recorder — April 1847.] 
Col. Kilborn's Address. — fi affords us much pleasure to be enabled 
to lay AJr. Kilborn's \ddre^~s before the electors of Leeds. In Mr. 
Kilborn they have a candidate whose personal honesty and integrity are 
untainted, and whose intere.ns are closely connected with their own— con- 
trasting most favorably with the wily, torvuou.s, office seeking course pur^. 
.sued by the man whom he is called on by his fellow-citizeus to oppose. No 
man need be ashamed to give his' vote for Mr. Kilhcrn ; nor will any be 
under the necessity of resorting to the paltry subterfuge adopted by some 
of the lories at the last election, &lc. 


Gentlemen — On the od of February last, I was presented with a requiss 
irion, namerously and respectably signed by my fellow Electors, soliciting 
me tostami as a candidate for your suffrage*, 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 for 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 redeem 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 tiauspirtd since that time have tended to root me 
more steadfas'ly 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 attempt which 
may be made to overthrow cr pervert the resolutions of 1841. These are 
our guaranty for what is usually teimed Responsible Government, and by 
me they shall be defended and cherished as essentially necessary for the 
pre^ervation uf that nicely balanced form of Government under which Engs 
land has become so powerful and free, jand without the administration of 
which in its essence in this Province, the people will nerer 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 abiises, 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 CoK 
ony (unless for purposes of revenue,) as free as the air we breathe. 

Genileii en-, it is you who have drawn me into into my present position , 
and upon you do I throw myself wiih unbounded confidence, believing you 


will carry mc through the approachinfj contest honorably and triamphantly. 
1 have th« honor to be, gentlemen, 

Your obedient and raitbful servant, 

Newborough, [Leeds county, Canada,] 6th April, 1S17. 

We find the followinj^ in the Western Monthly Journal of 
Medical and Chiriirgical Science, for Nv)veniber, 1845. 
Prof. James Kilboiirne, M. I). 

" The following remarks x»ere submiited by T V. Morrow, Profcsfsor of 
Pathology, Physiology, Theory and Practice ol 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 Kilbourne, Jr. M. D. 

I cannot, in justice to my own feelings, allow this ocrasion fo pass, 'vithont 
adverting briefly to one of those melancholy events whirli occasionally happens 
and which, from its nature, is calculated to fill the mind with the moat pro^ 
found regret and heartfelt sorrow. 

Since the close of the last annual course of winter Lectures in thin school, 
JAMES KILBOURNE, Jr, M. 7)., late a Professor in this Institution, has clos- 
ed his earthly career. He died on the 30(h 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 statu 
of existence inconceivably happier than the best condition of man on earth, and 
that a state ©f prog^ression forever, to higher and hitrher powers, still expanding 
in knowledge, in happiness, and in glorv. His mind was clear and collected to 
the last. He had a great desire for longer lite here, to enjoy and cherish his 
family and other friends, who were ma''y, and with them tc terve and benefit 
his fellow men, as his attainments and opportunities might allow. But he fully 
believed that a higher and happier destiny awaited him. 

Thus was cut down by the relentless ravages ci a complicated disease, one 
of the noblest and most gifted specimens of humanity. It was my fortune to 
have knrwn him long and well. My acquaintance with him commenced in 
1830. Even at this earlv age, he gave evidence of wore than ordinary power* 
of mind. When he had scarcely attained the 19th year of his ?ge. he stepped 
forward in the career of letters, and became the successful coripetitor for one 
of the prizes offered bv the Managers (or the best addresses on the rrcasion of 
the onening of the Columbus Theatre. This first exhibition in a public wav of 
the capacities of his powerful and vigorous mind, won fcr him the second prize, 
which was a beautiful silver cup, valued at S'25. This was certainly a compli- 
ment of the highest cast to his genius and talents, especially when it is remem- 
bered that many of the best writers in this and the surroiinding State? were 
competitors for the same. Fubseonently 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, hut was ohliped 
to relinquish them occasionallv, on account of his physical disahiiifies. In the 
spring of 1S43. he was invited to ard accepted a rrcfescorship in th"» Institute, 
and continued in the discharge of its active duties for ab^ut one year, during 
which time he gave the most satisfactory evidences of his splendid qualificalioni 




for the duties of his! 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 visiled 
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 Kil5 
bourne, for his manly support of the claims of our Institute upon the Legislature 
for a charter. To high and commanding talents, he joined the urbanity 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 C(jnquests 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 
friend.s, to deplore his premature death." 

Lieut. Cbarles Lawrence Kilburn, F. S. A. 

From Gen. Twiggs' Official Report of the Battle of Monterey: 

Dated, "Army of Occupation, Camp near Monterey, ) 
Mexico, September 29, 1S46. 5 

"Captains R. Ridgely and B. Bragg, and Lieutenants W. H Shover, J. F. 
Reynolds, C. L. Kilburjj, and S. G. French, deserve the highest praise for their 
skill and good conduct under the heaviest hre 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 
regi.Tient, 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 
ol battle. At the same time Lieut. Kilburiv, with a piece of Capt. Bragg's 
battery, was directed to support the infantry there engaged. The action was 
for a long time w^arn»ly sustained at that point — the enemy making several 
eflorts 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 bbtteries, I deem it no more than just to mention ail the subordin- 
ate officers. They were nearly all detached at different times, and in every sit- 
»)ation 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, ISn, 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, th*- artillery advanced, its front extended, and different sections and 
pieces under Sherman, Brapg, KiLBURN, Thomas, Bryan, and Reynolds, were 
working s\irh carnage in the ranks of the enemy, as to make his columns roll 
to and fro like ships upon the billows." 




(.^ part vf .Milwunkit, H'^ttcomin 

[Frotn the Milwaukie Setitmel — Jijia* y, laH.] 

** Milwaukie has heietolore been but imperfectly appreciated by Ihoio wbo, 
trancicMilly vovai^m^; on theCJreat Lakes, have not found time to look over the 
city and n )te the rich and well uni)rovpd country ar(jiind it. If fhi-y wouid 
spend a day or two in ex[»loritiK KILHOl'RN'roVVN, they would find in it 
alone a miniature city, wiih facililied and |»rospertH of ex|)an8ion not i«urpn»ed 
by any western manufacturini^ town. With an abundant wattr power, now in 
UdC in almost every branch ol manufacture that American iiidu*(try and ingenui- 
ty can suggest, it comi)ines the i»dvantaK«'s of bein|^ the mart tor a rich and fer- 
tile country, where the New York and Ronton inipnrter finds men to buy hit 
merchandi p,,aiid where he can purchase in return almost any articles by whole- 
eale that an eastern manufacturing town or agricultural depot can lurni*h." 

[On page 44 and 58 will be found notices of John Kilborn, and hi» 9on« 
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 1845, I find the following paragraphs in Col. Pickeiing's account of 
his ''violent abduction" by the " Boys," a.s the 3«ttler8 called their party, who 
had organized themselves for sel-f-protection and for rasistance 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 Kilborx, father to two of the party. Thsre we lodged. The 
next morning they pushed baek into the woods," ^c. [pp. 425.] He adds — 

•* When arrived near t» their head-quarters, they halted. One went fo 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 Kilbohn's house." 

" \s soon a? I had entered Kilborn's house, lht?y 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 turnish." pp. 427-'28. 

[From the Cincinnati (0.) Gazette ] 

*' 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 
rslled in Massachusetts and scleral other Mates to so great purpose, makes the 
following reference to a venerable awd 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- 
raries. Earlier than the period named by the Gazette — befr-re our State cansl 
system had been adopted— that staunch old Whig, Col. JAMES KILBOURNE, 


of \Vorthi»gton, Franklia county, advocated, over his proper signature, in th© 
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 RilbOUrn— the '^ celebrated Albiiny 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 honestyj purity, and sincerity, 
calculated to win the confidence of all." 


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. Ishara 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 characterized 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 — 1S44. 


Ih Harrop's 'History of the Irish Rebelion' I find the following, in the pro- 
ceedings against the R«bels, in Dublin, September 1798 — "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 
3l3t 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, tailed from Newbu- 
ryport for Oregon on the 23d ult, having on board the following passenger* — 
Captain Kilburn's lady and 3 children ; Capt. Swansey ; Dr.G. W. Watson, lady 
and 1 child; Miss Hannah Peabody — all ot Newburyport; Col. Wm. Lee of 
Troy, N. Y.; Charles K. Bishop of Sandy Hill, N. Y.j George C. Lawton, ^ 


Waltham, Masp. ; O R. ami J. N. Wood.ol , Miss. ; James I»jjfir«ori 
and John McKeenol Chai lestowii, Mass. 

The Newbui'yport Herald slates that some three or four hundred ujiecfjilor* 
gathered at the wharf to wifness ifie hriu's deparliire, and ihtrrt- were many 
moist eyes amoi)^ ihose who took leavf of their li iiTids. A |»ra>«T wa<» nircreti 
by the Rev. Mr. Cainphell, anci an adiiress was made hy the Rev. Ur. Uana. 
The vessel went down the river in i;ood style, ijelore a line breeze. The peo- 
ple on the wharf gave Ihem a parlinfj salute of lhr«'e chcerd, which were re- 
sponded to from the wharf. — iioalon Alias, May, 1S16. 

The family noted in the following communiralion, i« the only one on thit 
continent, of which I have any knowledge, whose genealogy could not be traced 
to George Kilburn.ot Rowley, Ma«in,,or Thomas Kilhorne. whose family sellled 
in Wethersfield, Conn. An close investigation would very potisihly Ahow that 
Isaac Kilburn, sen., instead of being ' an Englishman,' belonged to some loyal 
American family, and descended from George or Thomas, abov» named. 

p. K K. 

Kingaclear^ (Province of New Brunswick, JuneQl, IS (6. 

P. K. Kilbourn, Eiq : Dear Sir — iMr. L Hustis, of this place, has put a 
letter into my hands addressed to him by you, and at hi.s request I proceed to 
answer it. But first let me e.xpress my gratification that a j)ers()n hearing my 
name has been found in other climes, and may I not presume to claim him as a 
relative, even though our kinship may not be traced ? 

I have often lamented that I kriew so little respecting my ancestors: My 
grandfather was Isaac Kilburn; he was a sjldier in the British Army, and was 
killed in the service at Texes, 76 or 77 years ago. Those who beknged 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, until she reached 
St John's, in Neva Scotia, where she lived for some time. The child soon went 
to live w.ith a very 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 has G children ; all residents 
of Kingsclear, York county, N. B, 

2. Isaac, (the writer of this,) 30 years old ; married Sarah F Snider, and has 
4 children ; residence as above. 

3. ^Villiam, 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 ha^e 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 the work: 
Your humble servant, ISAAC KILBURN. 


[From the London Gentlemen's Magazire.— 1S34.] 

Sketch of William Kiifeurii, Esq,, Artist, 

In the Life ot VVillium Curtis, the Botanist, publish in the Gent^ Mag. Aug. 
17!jy, it is mentioned that " In 1772 he commenced his great work, the "Flora 
Londinensis,*'" having the good lortune to meet with an artist of uncommon talent 
in Mr. Kilburn.'* 1 have seen no memoir o/Mr- Kilburn, who has been dead 
raanv years: and when a man like him disappears from the world, by whose 
genius', taletitsor industry, the arts, sciences or manufactures have been impro- 
-wd, it may not be duemed uninteresting to rescue the incidents ot his life Irom 
that obliviun in which those of the generality of mankind are buried. 

WiLbiAJVi Kilburn was born in Capel-street, Dublin, 1745. His father, 
Samuel Kelbum, was an architect of some eminence, and married Sarah John- 
ston, of Tyrone. His uncle, Rev. Ebenezer Kelburn, was a Presbyterian cler- 
gyman, and reared his only son, Sinclare Kelburn, to his profession. His son 
w"as afterwards a very eloquent and pop\ilar pieacher, published a Treatise on 
' Theoloiiy, 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 Kilmamham Gaol, 
where, from long confinement, he lost the use of his limbs, and died shortly 
after his liberation. 

William Kilburn, the subject of this memoir, was also an only son, and very 
early exhibited his genius tor drawing. This, and the wish to have him in the 
country, as his health appeared delicate, determined his parents to place hin 
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 ait, but attached himself to drawing and engrav- 
ing — those being more congenial to the bent of his genius, f^ew lives are more 
marked than his with unceasing industry and applicatien. During (he summer 
he rose at four, and occupied his leisure liours 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 hac 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 Mis Lisson diiring his apprenticeship, at the expiration of yvhich he 
found himself alone with his mother and sister. His father, who had speculated 
largely in building, became embarrassed in his circumstances, and died. "Only 
a small property settled on his mother remained : this probably determined liim 
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 
froKi 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 sistv>r — took a small house in Page's walk, Bermoudsey, with 
a gard.m and greenhouse, and there occupied himself from sunrise to sunset in 
drawing and engraving the plants for that work 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 
VVallington, near London, for which he was to have a share ot 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 sole 
proprietor. He now rose rapidly in wealth, and was soon the most eminent 
calico printer in Eiigland, having brought the art to a pitch of perfection never 
^ince equalled. He gave the highest wages to his workmen, some of whom came 


from the continent, and gave annnal prr ini«ini» (or the ht-st df-i^rm. iim itwcvn 
of muelin chintz sold tor a guinea per yard, and he had llu- honor cf |.ri->.«Milit!ic 
one ot' them, the sea-weed iiattein desigfad by hiinsclt, tu Hti M;ijc»ly, Queen 

Finding that his patterns were pirated in Manrhe.ater, he applied for a Bill, 
which was brought into llif IJoUvc ol (.'onwiiniis by his c< imlrw/iati and in-uh- 
bor, the Right Hon. Edmund Jiurke, '' to secure tu calu u jn inters the copyright 
of original designs." 

Mr. Kilburn married a daiinhter of Thomas Brown, E««q., an Fast Irdia Pirrr- 
tor, a most amiable woman, who snivivts him, and b\ whom he liad *trv«ial 
children. In the relative duties of son and brother, hunbai'ii and fi.lher, hii 
conduct was most exempLry, as a tine beli»>viii[» Christian and nmral n an — 
Though he had been a delicate child, he enjoyed excellent health until a few 
months be before his death. On the 2.1d of Decimber. ISl*^, he ralndy rewigti- 
ed his soul to his Maker, in the Hid year of his atre. The poor inhnbitanfji of 
Wallington, by whom he was much lamented, followed liini bareheaded to the 

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 aftpcared srarci-ly fo 
touch the paper when drawing, so much had he aecpjired o( urace and freedom; 
the flowers he engraved about the time he became ar«iuaintcd with Mr. Curtis, 
are now sought for by connoisseurs, being so true to nature. 

Rev. Siuclare Kelbnrn, 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 
Ktlburn, 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 Mar^ 
tha Sinclare relict of James Strahan, silk merchant, Dublin. He was born in 
1754. 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 obtairied considerable repufutioo. After 
gcinj; through the regular studies lor 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, cf 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 con^pelltd hin to 
resign the care of a congregation, strongly and afTecticnately attached to him, 
and which, for upwards of twenty-two years, he delighted and edified by a 
faithful 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, b_^ 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 "Sd Congregal ion, Belfast. 

Obit. 3l9t March, 1802, aged 42 years. 


Several persons were found frozen to death during the severe snow storm in 
the winter of 1796— among others, one John Kilhurn. He was found on the 
Great North Road between Stilton and Wansford, Dec. 24, 1796. The follow- 
ing obiiudry notice soon after appeared — 

D,f-r,_At a pviblic house at Water-Newton, Huntingdon county, [England,] 
JOHN KILBURN, a person svell 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 parts Return- 
ino- to England poor, he entered into seveial militias, and. was at one time a 
Serjeant in the Huntingdonshire; but his predeliction 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 belore Richmond races, near which place he was born, and to 
reach there in time he hir 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- 
tore a maaistrate, who, after some deliberation, ordered two constables to guard 
him in a cairiage 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 hare known him many 
years." " We suppose he has broke out of your gaol, as he bears your mark : 
is he not a prisoner ?" "A prisoner ! I never heardany 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 1 will not give them any faither 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. 

Exiract of a letter from Dr. Reuben Smith to the late Gov- Oliver Wolcot t 
dated ai Litchfield, Conn-, May 12lh, 1777. 

''The infamous Daniel Griswold came into the western part of this town, 
the morning before the(Danbury) alarm, and wras there concealed till Mon- 
day, and lof'k off to join the ministerial army, David Kilborn, Benjamin 
Kilborn'.s son Charles. Isaac Kilborn'sson 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, Benjamiii Doo- 
litile, Josiah Stone, and John Davies' youngest son David, and one John 
Beach of Woodbury who lived at Josiah Stone's. 

The Wednesday following they were takenj (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 mariial, 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," 

Note. — Charles Kilborn and B. 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 conlinenlal army, 1781." 


[From the Rutland Vi. Herald.— Feb. 2(), 1812 ] 

Great Divin/^ in M ells Pond. 

Mr. TRUMAN KILBORN,a. of Middleiown, while culling a hole in 
the ice on Well.H Pond, dropped his axe Ihrouf^h the hole wh«re th«? wMcr 
was 16 1-2 feet deep. He threw off his clothes, df)ve ihrr)Uf,'h ih»* 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. 


Extract of a communication from William Blell, F^q , editor of the BrockviJla 
Recorder, [Canada,] dated .Tune 10, 18^17. 

JOHN KILBOR.V, Ksquire, about whom you inquire, received a commiiition 
during the war ot ISl'i.aj Knsi;n in a Provincial Hei;iment entitUd the'Incor- 
poraled Militia,' and was afterwards present at the Hatlle of Lundy's I.ane. when 
getting separated from the main body of the army, he was made prisoner, and 
was for sometime at a depot for prisoner? at Piltsfield, MasH. Alter fh? clone 
of the war. hewent into mereant ile business. He married Kli/.abeth Baldwin, 
whose father and family came also from F-itchfield. In ISJI he ofli-red himself 
as a candidate to rei)resent the county of Leeds in our Parliament, but was un- 
successful. In TS2S. Mr. Kilborn and the writer of this were brouicht for- 
ward by a political orjanization as candidates for the represenraf ion ot Leeds, 
the county then sending two members. Both were elected. We served two 
years, when the parliament was dissolved in conseijuence. as alledgfd, of the 
death of Kinc Geortje the Fourth, but as was aenerally believed, because the ma- 
jority were liberal in their politics, the members from Leeds amont; thprn. .At 
the next general election Mr Kilborn declined beinej a candidate, and another 
of the same politics, togethe r with the writer, was elected. Mr K, has not 3. nee 
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 parlies in this county are. however, nearly balanced, and he mavffail. 
At pregent 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 and lumber trade. His residence is about 34 miles in the 
interior, at a villag** 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, which 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 parliamant — 

Gentlemen — In the month of February, and during the late session of the U- 
nited Parliament, a requisition was presented me by many respectable Electors, 
requesting me to stand as a candidate for (he representation of this county — it 
being confidently expected that a Writ of Election would immediately be issue d. 

Fully impressed with this belief myself, after some hpsiiation, I C(<ti.plied 
with the urgent request of my Iriends, 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 thronah with as the late one. We have 
therefore no sufBcient 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, »f my deter- 
mination to decline tke honor they desired to confer on me. 


My grateful thaaks T cheerfully tender, not only to particular friends, but to 
the Electors of all shades of polilics, who have cheerfully and cordially tender- 
ed me their sapi)ort, and i') many instances beyond my expectations. 

In conclusion 1 would obserre, that I consented to my nomination at the time, 
only in consideralion ot the emergency in which the county seemed placed.— 
That crisis having passed. I trust the step I now take will Rot be disapproved 
of bv the Electors, more especi ;lly when they are aware that my cojisent vi^as 
eiven under the circumstances above alluded to — but at the same time much 
against my own feelings and interests. 

I huve i,he honor to be. Gentlemen, 

Your obedient and faithful servant, 

Newberough, (Canada,) September, 1847. 

From the Boston Transcript— Oct. 9,1847. 
THE OREGON EXPEDITION.— The Bri^r Henry, Capt. KTLBURN, which 
left Nevvbnryport on the 2.3<) of February, 1846, for Oregon, arrived at its de?- 
tination, Oregon city, in March last, safely, and all on board well. The brig 
bad 231 days' pasr^aee to the Sandwich Island.**, where she lay three months to 
restit. Several of her passengers remained there. Fmrn the Islands, 17 days' 
sailing brought her to Columbia bar. Here she iTiet with a gale which lasted 8 
days, and by which she was driven to Vancouver's Island: she then put into 
N^ar 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. Remain- 
ing|there 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 ICenyoH Kilbeurn, Esq. — 

Dear Sir — I have great pleasure in receiving and answering sttch ques- 
tions as your favor of the -^Oih inst. received a few days since, furnishes. 

Of the spelling of very few name.s, two hundred years ago, can we 
form any decided opinion. The same man wrote his own in different 
ways Now for this particular, yon may observe the volume of the Cuss 
torn House at IjOndon lb8-'i, uses this liberty or carelessness to a great de«» 
gree. See an example, p.<io9, your Governor Winthrop and his wife and 
brother, and there are above a dozen similar. 

If yonr progenator carae from Wales, he had probably lived not very diss 
tant from Lnnrlon for some years, as his wife and five children are in the 
the same ship. From Wales, passengers would have found nearer pons of ' 
embarkation— as Bris'ol, Barnstable, or Plymouth. 

Your VVeihersfield was chiefly settled from our Dorchester, and perhaps 
Ebenezer Clapp,.Ir.,of Liiai luwn, 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. I.f it known whether Georerewas a brother of Thomas ? 
If a brother, older or younger? There is a History of Rowley by Gage. 
Large additions by Farmer are said to belong to the New Hampshire His- 
torical Society. Your obedient, * 




Boston, 13 April, 1816. 

Dear Sir — I confidenily infer, from ih'* precision displayed in all parw 
of your leilei ()( 2()il» (J< ujbti lasi, an.swt red f>y nic on the 25th, that you 
Will be pleased to know that one ol )()ur inquiries, iht* sjx-lling of (h« 
name as contained in my puhlishe.l lisi. may now leceive more exact reply 
than was then in my power to tnrniiih. 

An exact collation of the original MS. volume nt Westminster Hall (so 
far as my transcript extended,) was last month sent out l>y the learned 
keeper of the reeonls in the Augmeniaiion Otliee ; and the result for thai 
crowded page (2(J1) is, ihal every Arabic numeral is correct ; that only 
four names are erroneously c pied, two n the extent of a sinj,'lc letter, one 
for two, and one for three. For your name there is no error — that is, I 
copied the fault of the orii;inal, if any. 

You may inform any {^entlenian ol your acquaintance, who cares eooagh 
about such trifles, that I am preparinjj a new edition of Farmer, with large 
additions ind corrections. I shall expect from yfxi, as lar^e an account a« 
you can give me of the children of I'homas Kilborne, espfcially of ScrgU 
John — who did each marry, and with what happy increase, \.c, 

I assume that you are adcj)i at reading Farmer's Genealogical Register, 
the most extraordinay book that can be shown in this or any oiler rountryj 
and will not lament the correction os a few hundred errors, or the additioa 
of a few thousand name^. My edition of this work makes George Kilburn 
at Roxbury in 1(536 — two years before he was admitted a freeman at Row- 

Will you pardon what may seem an impertinent que»tioD — Whenc« 
comes your middle name? 1 have never heard it before on this side of 
the ocean. 

Can you advise me on whom to call for similar aid to that you will sap« 
ply, in the following towns of your State — Branford, Guilford. .Middle- 
town, Norwich, Norwalk, Fairfield, Stamford, Stratford, and Saybrook ? 
For most of the other early towns I knew \rhere to 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 

Yo'.K very obedient JAMES SA\ AGE. 

Payne Keayon Kilbourne, 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 miih an ad- 
ditional sheet of the Mem(nial, was very gratefully felt. 

1. You are certainly right in desiring to learn of the William Kilborne, 
whom you are by the Herald's College ceriitied of, as belonging to L«»uth, 
inLincolnshire,"whodiedin 1660. aged 70, because itmay turn out that 
he was a younger brother of our Thomas, who in 1635 was aged dd. A.s 
your certificate shows that William married Sarah daughter ol Edward 
Wardall of Alford, and by her had estate to add to his own— Alto:d being 
distant from Louth only about 15 miles-it is desirable first know whether 
Thomas and William had one father j next, if so, to what place he belong- 
ed I conieciure that it would be Lincolnshire, because, m the days before 
King James, when trade made wonderful advance, families removt-d very 
wldom farther than from one parish to an adjoining one in a whole gene. 
ration. In the small towns, like Louth and Alord, they might be lest 


rooted iu the soil than in a wholly agricultural parish. Alford, you may 
recollect, was the place whence our Gov- Hatchinsoc says his progenaior, 
William, husband of Ann the prophetess, ca.iie. 

I am refreshed at finding, lor once,a tradition or family record below or 
within the truth, when the common tendency is so strong to run above or 
beyond it. I refer to the record taken from the family bible av 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 as2jis« 
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 
celebrity in England, to have been successor, as Chief Judge of the King's 
Bench, to the great Lord Mansfield, and superior even to bin»Jn 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 ndght 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 about his yankee cousins would be agreeable, bat 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. Hunger'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 ; Spaiks 22 ; Taylor 24. The error of omitting the Blog- 
get (Blodget) family is solely your.s. 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. 


Erected during the time oj William the Conqutrtr a., d. \yn\u. Annexed to the 
l*riory of Kilboiirii, a. d. uti. 

Standing in lbU4- Kent county, England. 

'• I am indebted to one of the Assistant Librarians of the British Museum for 
the following — 


Codeham Church, A. D. 10G6. — Given by William the Conqueror to Ode, 
Bishopof Baieau.of whom it was held by Gilbert Ma 3 inot. 

20 William I. — Gilbert Maminot held it as two knight's fe6s,(l) parcel of the 
barony of Maminot, and held ot the king, in capite (-) by barony. 

1192 3 Richard 1. — Came toGeofl'ry 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 'roncliff, that ihey may be 
authorized to give to the prioress and convent of KILBORNE, une acre ot land 
with its apPurtenancs in Codeham, together with the advowson ot the church in 
that town, which ihey hold, as it is said of us, 'in capiie.* . , 

(i) Knight's fees. Divisions of land by William the Conquerer— each fee bein? 
what wonldmaintain one knight. By statute of Edward II. persons having an in- 
come of 20Z. a year were obliged to take this order ol knighthood' 

2. 'In capite.' Tenure, in capite, was a holding ol the title or dignity directly from 
the kmg, without suborHination 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. 


A. D. 1371. Tune 20,— The T^ish ip of Rochester appropriated this church to the 
Priory of KIL BOURN, a comp-tent portion ro the Vicar, and also to '.he Bishop, &. 
to ihe church and archbishop of Rochester due and accustomed rights, &c. 

Confirmed on the 27ih of the same month, saving the monastery's right to 221 
acres in Apulderfie'd ; which 10s continued to be paid by the Prioress of KIL- 
EOrjRN to the Bishop of Rochester. 

1377 50 Edward HI.— Linense to grant to the prioress of KTLBOURN one acre of 
land with tile advo«\ son, said to be held of ihe King, in capite. 

Richard II. — To sir W. Heronby marriage, with a tenement called North Barden^ 

De Priorissa de IvYLBURNE pro Ecclesia de Codcham Xs. ad Festum Michaelis. 
Fol. 62. 

From [or cnncernin^rl the Prioress and Convene of KYLBOURNE the church of 
Codeham. diocese ot Rociiesier, tor their maintenance [ol the allotted ceremony] 
on the feast of St Michael aforesaid, 10s. Folio 136. 

Appropria'ionof the Codam ch., folio 133, to the nuns or monastics of KilbOurnE' 

1404 6 Henry IV. — Allotted lo Roger de Fines by marriage. 

In the C'dcham church is a memorial of the burial of Walleys about 150 years 
since, [a. d 1500 ] — Kilburne's Kent, 1651. 

27th Henry VTII.— Cafne to the crown at the supnres.sion of KILBOURN ; and 
soon after ^he advowson was granted to George Brooke, Lord Cobham, to hold 
from the King in capi'e by the 40rh part of one knight's fee. 

Edward VI. — .Tuly 20. advowson of the vicarage granted to sir Anthony St. Le- 
ger. Roger Revel held II. Elizabeth ; Gregory Fynes 13 Elizabeth. ' 

1671 13 Elizabeth — Came t<» Sampson Leonard 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 Kilbourn, a daughter of your ancester, with 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 ancj 
re-read the Wethersfield records in reference to the subject, 
and finally came to the conclusion that it was not Thomas A. 
Foote, but Thomas UfToote, also one of the first settlers of 
Wethersfield, but afterwards of Fairfield county. The Fair- 
field county records establish the truth of this conjecture. B.e- 
in^ in that county a few months ago, I found on the probate 

reconl^ th.» yettlenKMit unM distrilmtioii of th<^ csfatcs of Tli )m- 
as and Frances Utf) )t<;, by wUin'i It a|)f)-ars .hat tln-y died 
childlrss, and ihrir cstat*! was disiiibniud lo "John Kill)onrn, 
of WetheisfH'ld, biotluir of thr dcceasiMl ; iMa:j,Mrtt Law, v ife 
of Richard I.auof vStanifoid, I.ydia IK.ward wifr of nol.ert 
Howard of Windsor, and Mary Hoot wib- of John Iloc.f of 
Fannington, sisters of the (l<MCJis«'d." ''John Kiihrnirn wan 
allowed 5 pounds out of the cstaU- before di>trihntion, to pay 
him for his pains in com wj; iloun Ironj Withf i sfield to settle 
the estate.'' 

Sarah, the 2d wife of Serjt. John Kilboiirn of W'cther.sfMdd, 
was a dauj^htcr of Jolui Brownson, one of tiie original settlers 
of Farminj^ion. 

James Kilborn, [p. 53,] was a (piarter masfer and lieuten- 
ant ofartiliei-y in llic JJrili^/i insiead of ihe Aineii< an arn.y. 

Appleton Kilborn, [p. 53,] had three daiiiibtrrs — Claiissa 
'm. Henian Bench , Orilla n^. Lovrll Beach ; jmk! JSarab, unin. 

Children of Asa K. of Colchester. — Eli[}haz, b. in Colchester 
Nov. 1758; ni. Polly McKay in Oraniic co., N. Y. in I7S8: 
removed to Albany county, in IHUU, where he died (in Rensel- 
acrvillc,' in 1841 ; he \\as a revabitionary penioner. Arena, 
married Sarah Stone, and settled at Fort Stanwix, N. Y. Sa- 
renus, married Lydia Sa^e, of Sbaltsbmy, anil removed lo Foit 
Stanwix, and died there. John antl Wcntwilb died young. 

Add Naomi to the list of the children of Ebenezer, sr. p. 32. 

p. 64. Happy Kilborn married Gen. Levi l.usk — not Rusk. 

Joshua Kilborn, jr., [see pai^e 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 houst-, 
shop and tan-works, ail piobablynot worth ^-^^^^ — made him 
'^orldly-minded ; and he sohl otit in 1810, and removed to 
West Avon. I b«dieve he had no children, though he married. 
[MS. of Rev. W. S. Porter, Farmin<^ton. 

There was an Abraham Kilborn in Killinsrwoitb in 1730 — 
probably the same who scLilcd in Litcblield about that time. 

A Joseph Kilborn removed from Farmington to Wethersfield 
in 1772. Who was he 1 

'p. 112, liiie 24 fro;n top. Foe Caleb ;ead Calvin. 

^ > 


Sketch of Austin Kilbonrii, Esq. 

Condensed frnrn a more extended notice prepared by an intelligent legal gentle* 

man of Hartford , 

Austin Kiibourn, son of Joseph Kiibourn E-q., and Hannah 
Seliew his wife, was born in Glastenbury, Conn., A. D. 1794 
The said Hannah Sellew was a descendant of Hannah Flam- 
ellin, dau<ihter of James Hamellin and grand-dang-hter of 
Thomas Hamellin a commander in the sea f-ei'vice, who died 
in New Ent^'biud, who was the fouith son ofriii George Ham- 
eMih, co-heif of the Hon. George Hamellin, third son of James 
sixtli Earl ot Abercorn, hiieally descended from James Ham- 
elhn, second Earl of Arrnn in the kingdom of Scotland, and 
duke of Chatelherault in Fiance, who wap great grandson of 
King James H. 

Aiigusi 10, 1810, he removed to the city of Hartford, and 
obtained a clerkship in the counting-house of Messrs, Daniel 
B;tnce, jr., & Co., merchants, where he remained until the dis- 
solution ot the firm by the death of Mr. Bunce in 1814. 

March 15, 1815, lie applied for and obtained a clerkship in 
the Piioenix Hank, which had g( 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, thfi cash- 
ier, was a defauiier, .md consequently he was forthwith re- 
moved from office. Mr. Kiibourn was appointed Cashier, 
pro. tem ; and at the annual meeting of the Board of Direc- 
tors in thf' Septem*Der following, he was elected Cashier, the 
late Hon. Benjamin Tallmadge being President. Mr. Kiibourn 
continued to hold the otiice from year to year, until August 
3Ist, 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 " Kiibourn & Co." on the south corner of Main 
and Asylum streets, wliere 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 (>ounty Agricultural Society, and in 1844 he compiled 
and pnblishi'd a valuable " Treatise on Agriculture ;" the 
" Bye-Laws of the Hartford Co. Agiicultural Society ; " Ri- 
enzy," &c. 

In 1847, jLdy 8, he was duly commissioned and sworn a 
Notary Public, by Gov. Bissell. 

jN.w^^nss' :i^i£ifjiB®w3i:ir 'j:><iQ 


JOHN, (sergeant,) wai a <l«'puty to th«^ general court from 
VVethersfield, once in 1660, twice in 166 I, and once in 1662. 

LEWIS, [sun of VVhilm;in,] h. in I.itclifi.-Ul, May SI, 1806 ; 
removed to Akron, Ohio, in 1833, when- Iw- siill iesid»'H. lie 
nitinied Eliza McKwen, and has a family. 

From the Cincinnati Chri«iinn Adroctte. 
" Died — At his residenre in Oranville, Ohio, Nov. 32, 184 1 » 
HEZEKlAH KlliBOUKN, K<(\. He was horn in East 
Hartford, Conn., Octoi)cr 27, 17!)(). llavini,^ in early hfe re- 
ceived an education every way competent lo qunhfy its posses- 
sor to occupy a hiij^h position in mercantile life, for which he 
was in after years so eminently and t;xiensively known — at the 
age of sixteen he commenced his business career as clerk in a 
large easiern establishment. Very soon he obtained a hi2:h 
character in his profession, as a younj^ man of accuracy, 
promptitude, and fidelity. His great and e^rowing re|)utation 
prepared him for another and most important dej)artmcnt of 
life. At this period, he engaged to fill an important office of 
trust ill 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 nsu?l ardor and integrity as a mer- 
chant and a citizen, won to himself a large share of pnblic 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 wa;* 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- 
parentlv lifeless. Medical aid was procured, but to no use* 
When God calls, man must obey. By 5 o'clock on the follow- 
ino" morning he quietly fell asleep, to wake no more until the 
morning of the resurrection." 

Samuel Kilbourn, a revolutionary pensioner, died at Chnt- 
ham. Conn., Nov. 15, 1834. There was also recently a John 
Kilburnat Chicago — a Samuel Kilburne in Baltimore — and a 
Uriah Kilbourn in Philadelphia. I have obtained no inform- 
ation respecting either. 


Descendants of Thomas Kilbonrn, 

Professional Men, Magistrates, A'oteri Characters, Legislators, etc., 
by the name of Kilbourn 

JOHN KILROURN, born in England in 1625 ; came to this country with his 
parents in 1635, and settled in Wethsrsfield, Conn., previous to 1640. 
He was elected a Deputy to the General Cour^ four times, commencing 
with 1660. He was a commissioner tor runninjr the boundary line be- 
tween Wethersfield and the " Indian country of Mattibogpott ;" also be^ 
tween Wetherstield and Hartford, in 1655. He was frequently a Grai.d 
Juror, Selectman, &.C. Died in 1703. 

HEZEKIAH, A M ,h in Wethersfield, 1700. Graduated at Yale College in 1720 
— in the same class with the elder President Edwards. Died in his na- 
tive town. 

PELATIAH. ^, B. born in Wethersfield in 1704. Graduated at Yale College 
in 1724. Died in his native town. 

ABRV4 VVI b. in GU-(teiburv 1591 ; he was aD'puty to the General Court in 
1721, 1730. and 1756 Died in Glastenhury 1770. 

JOSEPH, Captain, b. in Wethersfield in 1700. removed to Litchfield 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 fighter — see p. 38. Died in 1789. 

JAMES, Colonel^ b, in New Britain, Conn-, in 1770 ; emigrated fo Wnrthington, 
Ohio in I3u4 ; U. S. SnrT«ynr of Public Lands in the North Western Tt r- 
ritory ; Trustee of Ohio College ; Commissioner to locate Miami Uni- 
versity ; President of the Board of Trustees of Worthin^ton College : 
Commissioner to settle the boundary between the public lands and the 
great Virginia Reservation ; Member of the Ohio Legislature ; Member 
of Congress, Jtc, &c. 

JONATHAN, bom in Glastenhury 1706' settled in Colchester, and was a Deputy 
to the General Cmirt from that town at eight ses.«ions, befrinnine with J750; 
anH a 'nagisirate for many years. He was aUo 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. 

EBENEZRR, horn at Hebron 1744 : was a Captain in the revolutionarv armv, 
asd a Deacon in the Congregational church. Died at Giisum, N. H., 1810. 

JOHN, b. in Clermont, N. H., 1772 ; removed to Niagara District. Canada, in 1820. 
where he died in i843. He was a Captain and Justice of the Peace. 

DAVID, b. in Colchester 1744 ; was a Deacon, Captain, & Magistrate. Died 1812. 

JOSTAH, b. in New Britain T756 : a captain in th^-" revohitionnrv armv ; was at 
the battles of Monmouth, White Plains, Harlaem High's, &c. Died 1786. 

CHARLES, b. at L'fchfirld 1758; lieutenant colonel in the Priti?'^ pervire during 
the war of 1912 ; Magistrate and Judge in Canada. Died in 1834. ■ 

JOSEP^T. h. in Tii»chfield T771 ; removed to ;"''anada — wa^^^ Military Surveyor and 
Draft.«man in the British service, with the rank and pay of eaptain in the 
regular army. DieJ at the army's head-quarters at Kingston, 1814. 


JAMES, b. in Litchfield 1816 ; graduafd «t Y«lc Theological Seminary, 
now pastor congregational church in Bridgewaier. Conn. 

JOSEPIMIKNKY, b in Canada 1809 ; was * captain in the " Patriot 
War" ON iht' liberal side : afterwards sriiled in Mirhigari, and was 
app()irit(^d p()siin;\ster at SanPxd in 1M2, and was elected a njcin^ 
ber of the Alicliigan LogijLlaiiire in l847 

MYRON, ^. M , b in Litchfield 1801 : graduated *i Hamilton College in 
1824 ; now resides iti Iowa. 

ALEXAN[)ER. b. at Caldwell's Vfanor, 1791; lieut^nant-colnnel, com> 
niaiider of the '* Queen's l^yal Volunteetk' in the i^airioi War 
Canada. Now resides at Sianstead. 

JOHN, (of Newborou^h, Canada,) lieutenaot^colonel ; member ot the pro-' 
vincial parliament ; magistrate 

ASHBEL, b. in Go.shen, Conn. ; magistrate, deacon, &.C., at Hudson, Ohio^ 

JAMES, Jf. /)..b. at Worthington, Ohio, 1815; jjraduated at the medical 
department of Worihin^lon College, and was appoinled I-*r')f>s*or 
in the Medical College at Cmcinnati in 1844. Died in lc^5. 

HECTOR, born in Simsbary, Conn. 1791 ; settled at Sandusky city, Ohio; 
was colonel, magistrate, and postmaster. Died 1838. 

JOHN, Ji, 3/., b. Tunhridge, Vt. l789 ; graduated at the Vermont Univer- 
sity 1810 ; author of the Ohio Gazeteer, Vermont G^/eieer, &c. 

HENRY, b. East Hartford ; member of the Connecticut Legislature Irom 
Hartford; Comptroller of Connecticut from 1638lo 1641. 

AUSTIN, b. Glasienbury 1794; cashier of the Phoenix Branch Bank, 

Litchfield ; Notary Public- 

JOHN-HENRY, b. 1785, resided for many years 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 — ht was the first post master and first 
town clerk of Marlboro', Conn. Died at Pittsfield, Mass., 1845. 

JESSE, b. in Litchfield 1778 — settled atCazenovia, N. Y., and was many 
years post master, and member of the N. Y. legislature. Died 1M2 

TRUMAN, b. in Litchfield 1780-settled in Burlingtcn. N. Y . where he 
was a magistrate, supervisor and town clerk. Re^ides at Lockpoit. 

SAMUEL, h. at Litchfield 1784— settled at Lisle, N Y.— has been a mE- 
gistrateand supervisor. Resides at Ogden, N. Y. 

JOHN<MORR\NVILLE, h. in Tioga co. Pa., 1816— has been a Justice 
of the Peace, Supt-rvisor, and Director of Common Schools, in Pot- 
ter county, in the same State. 

JOSIAH, b at Walpole, N. H.— was a member of the New Hampshire 
Legislature from Lyitleton in 1843 and '44. 


CHABLES, A. M-, b, in Herkiraoi coaniy, N. Y. — graduated at Hamilton 
college l833— 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 Plarttbrd 1842, &c. 

HOMER, a magistrate in Litchfield 1846. 

ERASTUSj now postmaster at Newingtonjin 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. 

JOSiAH, A. M., b. at Hebron 1752-graduated at Dartmouth College 1778 
— installed pastor of the congregational church in Chesteifield, 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 Catteraugus, N. Y., where ke died, aged 25. 

CHARLESsL , b. Lawrenceville, Pa , graduated at West Point 1841, and 
is now a First Lieutenant of Artillery in our array in Mexico. 

DAVID^H., 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 bees a mem- 
ber of the common council of that city j 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 17-54 and 1756 ; afterwards set- 
tled in Surry, N. H., and in the French War vf^s a Lieutenant under 
Sir William Johnson, and at the battle of Lake Georgo headed a party 
of rangers in connexion with the celebrated Mohawk chiff, Hendrick, 
— in the fight Hendrick was killed by his side, and himself seterely 
wounded. Died in Clermont, N. H. , in 1776. 

RALPH^LEE, b. in Lawrenceville, Pa , 1810 ; now a resident o( 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 Glastonbury, Conn. 1706 ; was the first settler of the town of 
Gilsum. N.H, — his grandsdaughter being the first white child born with- 
in its limits. 

ABRAHAM, b. ip Wethersfield in 1708 ;he was a Deputy to the General Court 
from Litchfield atfour sessions commencing with 1769. Died in Litch- 
field in 1776. 

DAVID, b. at Gilsum, N. H. ; has been r methodist preacher for nearly forty 
years — and a presiding elder for •eventeen years. He now resides in 
Barre, Mass. 


IKA. Colonel, b. in CdIoIipsIit. 1772 ; C'>iniui4'«ioii»»r and Tr«««Mr»f nf Ti<»iorn , 

Pa. ; Masfistriitc. l^^>'*i M.nter, Audilur ol ruiiuc Alluh.iK, luilir* ni il.e 
Common Picas for 26 yeard. 

BYRON, b. in Granby.Conn , in 18 j1; l{»»i(l<»fit. .Superinh-ruliiuf and I^K-»iinn 
Enginetfi of llie Stale ofOliin: IJ. S- Siiivi\f.r l-ir \Vi<-iiini-i ; caridwUl* 
for Congreds : Meinbt-r of llie VViiwoiu«iu iit.u»e ul Uflcgitr*. 



[Datt^d at Lo.>l.-ii, November 26, 1847.] - 

While just upon the point of closing this volume, a commu- 

nicaiion from Dr. Savage came to hand, which is deserving of 

special notice — particularly tlie following extract : 

*' Ear'y this year I received, from the London State Paper 
office, iransciipts from Vcif^. 372 and 375 of returns lo the Pri- 
vy council from Ipswich of passengeis in two ships — the Eliz- 
abeth and the Frances — bound for New England, April 1634, 
and irom Southampton of passengers in the ship Bevis, bound 
&.C., May 1638. Of course you know, that ships from Ips- 
wich would bring Sufiolk pa^sengei's — not Devonshire, any 
more than Norvv,-gi;ins. I throw this in, because one of your 
correspondents, giving an extract from a family bible, says — 
*' Two brother came over from Devonshire," &c. I have fur- 
nished yon authentic accounts of Thomas aged 55, with wife 
Francis 50, and five children between 10 and 23 years old, 
who came from London in 1635. From the only son then 
mt^ntioned you derive descent. But here is the curiosity. My 
office copy of passengers in the Elizabeth of Ipswich from Ips- 
wich, April 1634, has "T/ioma? Kilborne a^ed 24, and Elizabeth 
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 sir^ters next year. We know from Gov. Winthrop, 
that the two Ipswich ships had good passage, lost very few cat- 
tle and no pas-enger. If you, then, have any branches of a 
great family that you could not discover the origin of, here is 

The questions at once arise — Was he a son of Thomas, of 

Wethersfield 1 and. Where are his descendants ] The first 

of these can only be answered by strong conjecture. The fact 

that his name is sp ;lt precisely thi^ same, [KilbornCf] and that 

he was about two years older that the oldest child of Thomas 

on board the Increase, favor the conjectures of Dt . 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 Uifoote's estate — no such 

heirs being alluded to. see p. i30. 

Jedediah Kill)ourn Smith, meiiibir of rr)nerre>s from Nrw 
Hampshire, ChaHes Kilhorn WiHiiiins, li.. p., chief jusf ire of 
Vermont, and Kilhorn llarwoofi, of nurn-. Ma<<.s., pfir-rin* ar».! 
candi<late for the senate, (h'sccndfd fi'Mn fJeoriro Killtorn of 
Rowley. Kilhorn Whitman, rncinhcr of ihr .Mas«»arhMSPtt<« 
senate and -"ouncil, and John Kilhnnrn Shennrd, nien hrr of 
the lesrislature of Connecticut, from Norfolk, 1817, descended 
from Thomas Kilhonrn of Wether^fieM. 

Rev. Alanson Kilhonrn, pastor of the free will Paptipt rli. in 
Fnosbnre:, Vt. 1.S30, and the Rev. Amos Kilhorn, a I^apfi-f 
clergyman in Virginia, — nothing further has hren asrprfained 
concerning them, nor is their genealogy known to the writer. 


Inscription taken from a sfone (now destroyed.) in t?>e ancient burying gToond> 

and preserved bv 'he late Doct Rrownpll. 

Here Ives ve Rndv of Thoma« Kil'-biirn, 
Which Sonne fo Hiiot awH Ashes will fiirn ; 
Wis H'.iBt ve vile Wormes will profnne it. 
But his grate soul ye earth could not contane it. 

Fere was Rnried the Podv of Mrs Siisannnh Fitrh. formerly ve wijnw of Mr. 
Thomas Kilbourn, and died ve wife of Na-hnnirl Fitrh, Febrnary ye 11th, 1T49 
in re 69fh vear of her age, 

Thomas Kilhorn [3d] died April 8, 1748, aged 42 years and 7 months 
Marv, widow of Thomas Kilborn [3d] died Oct 31, 1761, aged 50. 
Thankful, daughter of Thomas and Mary Kilborn, died Oct 13, 1740,aeed 8frs. 
[Mary and Susaanah, daughters of Thoraas, died each irher 6th year.] 

George Spencer son of Jeremiah Kilbourw, a lad of great promise, 
Rest here, mv dear, till .feeus comes. 
To shake the earth, and rend the tombs, 
Then rise to henven in irloriotis dress. 
Clothed in thy Saviour's righteousness. 

Here li eth the body of John Kilborn, who died Nov. 26, 1711, in his 60th year. 

Here lieth the body of Mitchell, son of Mr Abraham and Sarah Kilborn, who 
died June 5th, 1716. 

Sarah, wife of Mr Abraham Kilborn, who died Oct 5th I7l9, aged about 32. 
Abraham, ye son of Abraham and Sarah Kilborn, who died Sept 23, 1741, aged 25, 
Mary Kilborn, wife of Mr Abraham Kilborn, died A.ugust 25th 1757. 
In memory of Mr Abraham Kilborn, who died April ye 20, 1770, aged 79. 


Bfiief Notes 

of snipf nf the Ds-^cemlant^ of THuMAS KILROURN, thpough' female lines. 

JON\TH AN [.AW, born in Milford August 6, T674 ; grad- 
u.-iietl at Harvard college in 1695. He was a judge of the su- 
preme court for nine years, comniencing with 1715 ; in 1725 
he was chosen chiet justice and lieutenant governor, which 
offices he held until 17 U, when he was elected Governor. He 
died Nov. 6, 1750, and was succeeded by Roger Wolcott. 

RICHARD LAW, ll. d., son of the preceding, was born in 
Milford, March 17, 1733, and graduated at Yale college in I75I. 
After a lucrative practice at the bar for several years, at New 
Loudou, 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, he was appointed by Washington district 
judije of the United Slates, 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 the Navy, and afterwards collector of 
customs at the port of New London, was also his son. 

GEORGK HALL, graduated at Yale college 1802; member 
of congress from the State of New York, irom 1819 to 1821. 

Rev. NATHANIEL COLVER, a distinguished Baptist 
clergyman in Boston. 

ERASTUS D. CULVER, an eloquent member of congress 
from Wash'ngton county, New York, in 1846 and 1847. 

SAMUEL A. FOOT, graduated at Yale college, in 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. 

'^OTF.. — The Rev. Nathnniel Colver writes as follows, nnfler date of Boston, Dec. 
IR47 — " The Naihairel Culver and Ruth Kiihorn, whose marriage you meniion 

Gov. Foot descends through ihe Law family. 


[From ihe Clinrlfvion (S C.) L'miri.-r— Ocr. 24. 1847. J 

I iieut. Thai les li* Kilburn, F. 8. Ai 

" I.iF.ur. Kii-nnitN. — 'riiif> freulltmau js now in oiir city, anJ nil 
who have if ail liic hisiory oldur war in ^:('xi<o. nui\ pariicularly ihat 
[xiriioii <»( ii which roiaU's in ilu' firhl (tf Bncna Vi-^ia, will be happy lo 
reco^iii/o in him ihe <i;aliriiit spiral who. wiili (Irn. I'avis, ol'ihc .^li^sis^ 
sippi lir<,'imciu, kepi iiicheclc lor lour Iioutn a rnUiiiin of seven IhoiiNand 
men, already Hushed vviih victory, lor ihey had lurned our \vii (lank, fciuch 
deeds as these so seldom occur, thai those who cnaci iheni should receive 
their rtwaid — ihe cheerin*; welcome of their fellow ciii/en^, whencrer 
ihey appear amon^ them. Iiitui. Kii.RtTRN is passing ll.r«iiit,'h (Miarleslon 
oil his way to IV'iinsylvania, to visit his pareius atui at the same linic to 
reciruil his liealih, which has heen seriously impaired. We take the lib- 
erty to give ihe puhjic- iiilormaiion of the fact, that he miy be ittvited to 
partake of the hospitalities now being oflrred to his gallant co»nra<lcs from 
the baltle-field. He is to be found at Gen. Bi isbane'.s, Logan .street.'' 

[From the Tioga County (I'a ) Eagle— February 9, 1848.] 


This welUmeri ted token of approbation, in honor rif one of Tioga'.s gaK 
lant sons, Lieut. CHARl.KS L. KIIJIURN of the U.S. Army, came off 
on Wednesday eveninti laxt. ai the Hotel of Col. J. Kimball, in this bo- 
rough [VVellsboro.] At an early hour, a very la rQ;e company asssenib|»d, 
composed principally of citizens of Wellsboro and vicinitv — nmone whom 
we noticed many of our most eminent citizens. The company was or- 
tranized by the appointment of R. G. Whitr, Esq., as Presiilent, and Gen- 
n Williston and SheriffPotter as Vice Presidents. 

The company then p'lrtook of a sumptuous dinner, served up in Cf)l. 
Kimball's best style, hij,'hly crediiabjp to his taste and skill- The follow^s 
ing Toasts were read and loudly cheered by the whole company. Each 
toast was followed by excellent music arranged for the occa^ion Dur- 
ing the evening eloquent and appropriate speeches were made by R. G. 
While, Esq., Lieut. Kilburn, Henry Sherwood, Hon. J C. Knox, Judge 
Brewster, A. P. Cone, S. F. Wi]son, and .Tuli us Sherwood ; the latter gen- 
tleman sang two appropriate .«ioni?s, which were received with great ap^ 
plause. The whole atTair pa'^sed off in the mo.«;t sntisfictorv mnnner 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 (he F:a?:]e. we s-^lert the 
following :] — p. k- k. 

Regular Toast. ~13 —Lieut. Charles L. Kileurn— A erallani .*on of 
old Tioga; first in the deadly brpach, and first in the hearts of his friends 

Vohcnteer Tonnfs.^ By Judge Brewster — Our GuP.'st, Lieut KiT.rtJ-N : 
May his future career be as successful a« his pa.'^t, and hi? friends be 
permitted to welcome him home again, after the strife of war shallcease. 

By Col. J. Kimball— C L. Kilburn, our Guest- To his memorv nnd 
that of all the otficers of the army ; mav there nanrjes be inscribed in lets 
ters of gold on the pages of history, and never to be obliterated. 

11-2 ■ 


GEORGE KILBURN, was a member of the famous Rev. 
Mr. Elliot's church in Roxbury, Mass., as= early as a. d. 1639 ; 
was adinitted a freeman in Rowley in 1640 ; and in 1643, 
(accordiiig to a sur/ey of the town made in that year,) a home 
lot was a>sig-ned lo him on Bradford street. His wife's name 
was EUzah'Uh. A communii-alion from 'he H'»n. Chanes K. 
Williams, under date of January 3, (848, furnishes the loUovv 
ing" genealogical iacis concerning his fatnil\. 

[Chil'.ln^n of George and Elizabeth Kii'ourn nr Kiibnrn, of RowImv.] 

1. MARY, born Alav ?, 1649 ) i 4. SAMUEL, b)rn Sept. 11, 1656, 

2. JOSii:rll, born Feb I, 1652 [ \ 5. ISA \C, iborn Jaiiiiarv 26, i659. 

3. JACOB, born Jan. 1-2, 1055 ) ( 6. EL;ZABi:Tii, b: Feb 1, 1663, 

SAMUEL, abov^e named, born September i 1. 1656, mar- 
ried Mary daughter oi VVifiain Foster, Noveni;)er .12, 1682 ; 
died April 22, 1722. His VViil U on record in the Pi-obate of- 
tice in Ip'-wich. His children were — 

1 HANXvH bo!-:>':)f!to!>^r -2, 10^3 ; imrri^-a F'lrl^h C\,rU. ^prilo, 17UI. 

2 SAMUis'j \}.>rn Juiy 2U, 16"^'/ ; uj-d Vugusi 14, 17oi. 

3 DAVID u.rn M .rcii Li, Kir^O 

4 MA!^[ A b )r=i July 21, Uiyu ; died Sepfetuber 24, 1710. 

5 Jh:Oi^lO. Vil bi)ri) Aprii~30, 1690; dif-d '■'ebruary 4, 17.59, 
§ ELlPblAr.!-: r b.)rn 17J.J ■ dud June 1, ;7.52. 

Eliphalst Kilb.^rn, above nam?.d, married Jane, widow 
of Nathan Frazier and daughter of Mark Prime, iii 1745 ; ttieir 
only child was Jane Kilborn, born April 15, 1746 ; she mar- 
ried the Rev. Samuel Williams, of Bradford, Mass., May 5, 
1768, and died in Rutland, Veimont, March 2 I, 1829. The 
children of the Rev. Samuel and Jane Williams were — 

1. Jane ^^illianis, born Januar} 22, 1769 ; married Nathan 
Oss^ood, Esq., and died May iS, 1818. 

2. Samuel Wiliipms bom Oct. 6, 1770; d. March I, 1808. 

3. Leonard Wiliiams, born at Bradford, November 8, 1775 ; 
died March 23, t6I2. 

4. Chirbs, b at Bradford, Dec. 8, 1779 ; d. the next year, 

5. Cnarles Kilbjrn WAil .mi, b. Cambridg-e, Jan. ^4, 1782. 

[This completes the g mealogy from George Kilborn, down 
to Chief Justice Williams, in his line of de.-cent. Judge Wil- 
liams maii.rd Lucy G. daugh ei of the Hon. Ohauncey Lang- 
don, Apr. 24, 1817. Their children were :] 

1. Lury Jane, wife of John Strong; C'hai'les Langdon. grad. H C. 1837; 
Caroline Maria ; CharJDUe Eliza ; John VVarham — died l828 ; Laura 
Laihrop — died 1847, aged 19 ; Mary Augusta ; Chauncey Kilborn ; ^am^ 

1 n 
Lcller from ihc Urv. Dr. Jifirry^, ef llawkhuN. Lnglaml. 

PaiHo la^e, Hawkuttt. k'tnt. England, ) 
Ji4Muary .'). I'lJa. ^ 

Sir— Yo«r l.-it-r a.l.l.pssetl lo ihf Parish Clerk of ihls vilhge, was 
brouehi to me a week or two siiire, as the party j^f.uhicd al>ou( ukiog il 
out, as there wis <5i»ne'hiri- lo pny lor ii. Serintj il eaiiie frf»tn abroad, 
and ihinkiiiij ii iniwhr b. of i.iip.irianep, I iindenook to charge u:j»eif 
with it, and 1 now piocved }.h(»rily ton-ply to lis conteiilf. 

RICJIARU KILUURXE, Ks.|., Antho, of the Stirvey of K«-nt, pabiUb^ 
ed in the year U)r)Jj, livr^d and dit^l at llawUhurM Mis boose, called 
"Foolers," i.s now the properly and residence of bis descendanl, Captain 
Sir Richard Cxrant, R. N. Mr. K. was a man of s.<me etninenre in his 
profession as a lawyer, bavins been live linn-s Frin- ipal id' Siapl'-s Inn, 
L )ndon. He was also esteemed as a Ma:?i.siraie und IJiMorian. JIc died 
^>ov. lo, 1678, aged 74 He lies hnrietj in the No< tb Chnpt-l of Jfawk> 
hurst Charchj and on a tlai sione, un.ler ilie iloor ol liie prt^.seni vestry, ii 
the followins: inscription— " Hie jacit Ricardas Kilburnc, Arm., quin- 
qii es priu.:ipa!is ho-.piiii Stniuile-isis Loud. I'airi <-.• oinamenuiui.cmol- 
ujiientum. Ob 15 Vov li.)7S. ael 7\."' 

The said Richanl Kilhurne mrirri;'<l Kli^.nl. h. ^'aii-hier of Willinm 
Diive, of Jiecley, in ihe Couniy of ifuil Ik. Tbe.e »s a small lorab in ibe 
Hawkhursi Churciiyar I over, as I suppose, three cbildreu of iliis rnairiage. 

The inscripiiou >ni the sioue is as under— 

'•11)33— 4— S. Hire lye interred ti.e Bodies «d .M-iry, Richard and John, chil- 
dren of Richard Kilbnine. of Hawkehuist, Gent, and Eli^dbeth bi.s w»le.' 

He left an only daughter and heir, Anne, who was the second wife %i 
Thomas Brewer, Esq , of West Farlei^b, 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. 
Philip had Fowlers, but dyiug unmarried in 1721. ag«d 35, frona a fall 
from his horse, the estate went to Jtjbn who died in 1721, 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 raenlioned, 
who was suceeeded by his only son, Sir John Brewer Davis, Kut. 

The Kilbnrnes were originully of Kilburne in Yorkshire, "whence they 
went into Cambridgeshire and Essex . The above named Kilburne Anasthe 
son of Isaac Kilburne of London, who was the 3d son of John Kilbnrno 
of SafiVon VValden in Essex. 

The said R. Kilbarne and his wife Elizabeth bore for their arms — Ar- 
gent, a chevron a/iire helwe<m three bald cootes pro])er. Their Pedigree 
is entered in the Visitation^ of London by St. George Richmond iH34. 

There is a Mr. Kilburn who lives in Hawkhurst at this time, and who 
k«eps a Classical and Commercial Scminarvj but he is uo relation to the 

Below are two extracts, marked A ^niX B,from our Burial Register. I 
conclude A to be the daiisrhter of Mr. R, Kilburne j and h to be h«r sob, 
who in that ease survived hex one year. 

A "Buried, 1720 July 5 — Ann Brewer, Gentlewoman, widow." 

B " Buried, 1721 June 3d— Phillip Brewer, Genileman." 

I am. Sir, your obedient rervant. HEiVRY JEFFREYS. 

fe * "Here lies Richard Kilburne, Esq, five times principal ot Staples 
Inn, London, He was an ornament ani benefit to his country," &c, 

The Origin and illeaiiiJJg of the Woi% KILEOIRl^. 

[From Prof. Gibbs, of Yale Collpee— one of the emiiieiu Philologists 


New TTaven, March 11,*184S. 

P. K. KlLBouR?*% Esq — l^^y Pear Sir ; 1 have directed some little at>. 
lenlion to the origin and meaning of y( ur faniiiy nanie, and would suggest 
the following derivation — 

KiLBouRX, '' cold stream.'' is a word of Anglo'-^'axon orisrin — bein^ 
compounded of KU, a corruption of Ai)irlosSax(jn ra/d or raefd, 'cold;' 
and Old Rng. bourn, Antilo^Sax. hmme. 'a stream' or 'brook;' — being 
applied first to a stream, say in the neighborhood of London, then to a 
village situated on the stream, and then to a family derived from the vils 

In support of this explanation of the n;ime, I would siiggf-st, 

1. That many family names are borrowed from names of places, there 
being hardly a village in England which ha.s not given rise to a family 

2 That Kilboiirne is the name of a village or hamlet near London, and 
KiWurn the name of two towns — one in Derbyshire the other in Yorkshire. 

3. Thai there is a stream called Co/,Ibourne, which flows through Kil- 
bourne near London, See the enclosed extract from Gorton's Topograph- 
ical Dictionary. 

4. The Anglo-Saxon word burjie, denotes, according to Bosworth, 'a 
bourne, stream, brook, river.' It is not to be confounded with Ihe Eng- 
lish woidbourn^ 'a boundary,' which is derived from the French borne; 
ner with born, in the names Seaborn, Win terborn, Newbotn, which is pro- 
bably the participle born. 

5. The syllable Kil, has. I apprehend, no connection with Kil, given in 
Webster's Dictionary, whir-h is of Du tch crisrin. I know of no beiier 
explanation thau that which is implied in the enclosed extract from Gor- 

As it respects the family of Kilbourn, I have examined Burke's Hf.story 
of the Commoners of Great Britain and Ireland, 4 vols- London, 1836-8, 
nut do not find the name in any of its copious indexes. Should Ilearn 
any thing new oa the subject, I will endeavor to communicate it. 

Yours^ with respect, JOSIAH W. GIBBS. 

[Extract from Gorton's Topographical Dictionary of Great Britain and 
Ireland, 3 vols. 8 vo. Lond. 1833. | 

''Kilhourue, county Middlesex- 
London, () m NW by W. 

" A hamlet in the- pt rish of Hampstead and Holbnrn division, of the 
the hundred of Ossulston, was at one time celebrated for its mineral spring. 
Coldbourne stream, which rises near Westend, Hamnstead and from 
which this place takps its name, passes through Kilbourue to Bayswater; 
and after supplying the serpentine reservoir iu Hyde Park, flows into th.e 
Thames at Ranclugh.'' 

From Great Britain,— Any inforoiaiion relative to the name or familj 
of Kilbourn in Great Britain, will be very gratefully received by the au- 
thor of this volume. ^ 
Litchfield, Connecticut, (U. S. A.) April 1, 1848.