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From: Ms Betty Fredericks <>
Subject: [Q-R] Stillborn infant, named, Silence (OT?)
Date: Mon, 6 Aug 2012 02:53:16 -0700 (PDT)
I'm curious whether you have found any gravestones during your visits to cemeteries where you have seen an infant's name as "Silence."
I have the "history of Billerica, MA," and it is divided into the History section and the Genealogy section. In the Genealogy section there are at least 3 or 5 references to a "stillborn" and that the infant was given the name, Silence. It was mostly in the very early 1700's, and possibly it was during the 1600's. *
I thought about this over the weekend. I had always assumed it was a female infant, given that name, but over the weekend I decided it could have been either for a female or a male.
Betty (near Lowell, MA, USA)
It was about 21 yrs. ago that I started genealogy, and I started on the KIDDER name. As a young child in the 1940's, I lived with my great-grandmother, Mrs. Louise (RICE) KIDDER, known as "Grandma Kidder." I knew her until she passed in 1958. And, no one ever spoke of "Grandpa Kidder." I wanted to know why.
When I started researching him, I discovered he had a direct line back to James KIDDER (1626-1676) of Cambridge and Billerica, MA. I had lived in Billerica for 20 yrs. before I found out that my ancestor was one of the first settlers in the town in 1655. A few yrs. later one of my sisters gave me a copy of the "History of Billerica" as a gift. It is a great resource, both for the history of the MA Bay Colony, and for the names of the people living in the town in the 1700's.