Genealogy of the Kidder Family of Claremont, Minnesota:Information about Oliver Kidder
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Oliver Kidder (b. 19 Dec 1743, d. 29 Nov 1812)Oliver Kidder (son of Ephraim Kidder and Freedom Barnard) was born 19 Dec 1743 in Coventry, Tolland Co., Conn, and died 29 Nov 1812 in Weathersfield,VT.He married Eunice Burr on 1769 in Columbia, New York, daughter of Gideon Burr and Eunice Loomis.
Notes for Oliver Kidder:
Oliver moved with his parents From Coventry, Conn to Nine Partners, Dutchess Co.,NY before 1753. From thence he went to Columbia Co., NY where he resided for a time before making his home at Albany, where he lived until 1773, in which year he settled at Weathersfield, then in Cumberland Co., NY but later a part of Vermont. This town had been settled by Conneticut people, partially from Weathersfield, the Vermont settlement adding the letter "a" to the name by way of variation, and here, in the section which later separated and became Ascutneyville, he purchased two pieces of land, the deeds, dated April 9,1773, describing him as of Albany. He soon became prominent in town affairs, and in 1775 his name appeared on the list of citizens of Weathersfield "who declared for Liberty and Independence".In 1775 and 1776 he served on the local committee having in charge the affairs of the settlers, involving in large measure controversies concerning land titles. On occasion these committees met in general convention, where they issued decrees, which were regarded as law, violations thereof being severely dealt with. In 1776 he was chosen supervisor, and later Selectman. As a young man he was active in military affairs, and on May 18, 1762 enlisted in Cornelius Van Deboregh's Company of Albany, the enlistment papers describing him as "18 years and 6 months of age, 5 feet, 8 inches in height, of fair complexion, with blue eyes and brown hair." Early in 1775 he became first ensign of the first militia company, and was so recorded August 15,1776. In "a return of men and horses employed by Capt. Abel Marsh, in carrying flour to Conneticut River to Batted Hill, for the use of the Northern Army," dated October 13,1775, appears the name of Oliver Kidder who is credited with ten days service with two horses, and 120 miles of travel, for which there was due him the sum of 8. October 24,1778 he was appointed First Lieutenant of the Weathersfield Company.
He acquired considerable property in and near Weathersfield, and after the War devoted himself principally to agricultural pursuits, although ever keenly interested in town and state affairs. He appears to have been an ardent churchman as evidenced by his activity in the small group of Episcopalians who held occasional services ministered to by a various clergymen of that denomination.
In 1799 there apparently arose a crisis in their affairs when their Congregational brethen proposed that they give up their attempts to exist as a separate organization and join in a call to a new minister. On November 29th of that year a "warning" was posted to the members of the Protestant Episcopal Church of Weathersfield, to meet at the house of Oliver Kidder on December 4th next, "at one o'clock in the afternoon," there to consider the proposed union. The meeting was held, and a committee of three was appointed and ordered to agree to the suggestion "provided the new minister should be ordained by the Episcopal bishop."
More About Oliver Kidder and Eunice Burr:
Marriage: 1769, Columbia, New York.
Children of Oliver Kidder and Eunice Burr are:
- +Moses Kidder, b. 19 May 1786, Weathersfield,Vt, d. 20 Oct 1857, Weathersfield,Vt.
- Child Kidder.
- +Rhoda Kidder, b. 27 Feb 1770, d. 27 Jan 1826.
- Oliver Kidder, b. 06 Sep 1772, Weathersfield,VT.
- Eunice Kidder, b. 17 Jul 1774, Weathersfield,VT, d. Aug 1791.
- Phoebe Kidder, b. 11 Feb 1777, Weathersfield,VT, d. 15 Aug 1817.
- Reuben Kidder, b. 30 Mar 1779, Weathersfield,VT, d. 09 Oct 1831, Weathersfield,VT.
- Gideon Kidder, b. 15 Jul 1780, Weathersfield,VT, d. 24 Apr 1853, Weathersfield,VT.
- +Hannah Kidder, b. 22 May 1783, Weathersfield,VT, d. 14 Jan 1814, Hampton,NY.
- +Belinda Kidder, b. 22 Dec 1787, Weathersfield,VT, d. 12 Mar 1855, Fairhaven,VT.