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Subject: Re: [VT-HISTORY] [VERMONT] Joseph Souther KIDDER, b1810 VT, m1842 MA
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2009 08:05:46 -0800 (PST)
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I don't believe this Joseph S. Kidder was ever in Hawaii. Following is what I have found about this individual


Joseph Kidder, born in Lyndeborough, N.H., April 7, 1780, came to Irasburgh in February 1807. He occupied a part of a neighbor's house for a few weeks, while he was constructing a log house of his own, to which, as soon as completed, he moved his family, a distance of three miles, upon the farm now owned by Freeman Metcalf. He was the first permanent settler west of Black river, and, as near as can be ascertained, the twelfth or thirteenth family in the town. Mr. Kidder made the journey from New Hampshire, a distance of two hundred miles, with two yoke of oxen. Years after, Mrs. Kidder informed her daughter Mary (Mrs. Ware), that the summer after she came here, there was not a blade of grass about their dwelling, and that her brooms she manufactured herself, from hemlock boughs. Bears were numerous and troublesome, rendering it necessary to watch their stock at night. At the breaking out of the war of 1812, several neighbors who had settled near them,
left through fear of the Indians, leaving this family alone. In 1836, Mr. Kidder sold out, intending to go west; but, in 1837, Mrs. Kidder died and he abandoned the project and purchased an adjoining farm where he died, in 1853. Two of his five children are now living, Mrs. Joseph S. Kidder, of Coventry, and Mrs. Mary Ware, of this town.

A History of the Kidder Family from A.D. 1320 to 1676: Including a Biography of Our Emigrant Ancestor, James Kidder, Also a Genealog of His Descendants Through His Son, John Kidder, who Settled in Chelmsford, Mass., about 1681
By Frank Eugene Kidder
Published by , 1886,

1.James and Anna (Moore) Kidder (page 11)
2.John and Lydia (Parker) Kidder (page 21)
3.Joseph and Hannah (Proctor) Kidder (page 23)
4.Jonas and Alice (Barron) Kidder (page 35)
5.Joseph and Sarah (Souther) Kidder (page 51)
6.Joseph and Rebecca (Nourse) Kidder (page 96)

Page 51:

37, JOSEPH KIDDER, son of Jonas and Alice (p. 35), was b. in Lyndeboro', N. H., April 7, 1780; d. in Irasburgh, Vt., in 1855, aet. 75. He settled in Irasburgh in 1807, being one of the first settlers of the town. He possessed a farm of two hundred acres, on which he lived and died. When a young man he taught school for several terms. He was for some years one of the selectmen of the town, and was highly respected by all who knew him. He m. Sarah Souther of Danvers, Mass., in 1782; she d. at Irasburgh, in 1837. Sometime after her death he m. Huldah Stevens, of Charleston, Vt.; she d. at Charleston in 1870.


i. Jonas, b. Feb. 28, 1805; m. Sarah Cram Fuller. 84
ii. Eliza Witheredge, b. Oct. 25, 1807. 85
iii. Joseph Souther, b. Oct. 20, 1810. 86
iv. Mary, b. July, 1816; m. Alonzo S. Ware. 87
All born in Irasburgh.

86. JOSEPH SOUTHER KIDDER, son of Joseph and Sarah (p. 51), was b. at Irasburg, Vt., Oct. 20, 1810; now living in Coventry, Vt. He moved to Coventry, in, where he has since resided, practicing the profession of law. He is a prominent man in the town, and has held many offices of public honor and trust. He represented the town in the Legislature in 1870, was Lister from 1870-1880, has been State Justice since 1870, and Overseer of the Poor since 1876. He m. in March, 1836, at Salem, Mass, Rebecca Nourse, dau. of Phineas Nourse, of Keene, N. H., and a descendant of the wife of Gov. Endicott, of Massachusetts. She was b. at Littleton, N. H., Feb. 10, 1812. She d. in 1865.

Child :

ii.Ann Rebecca, b. at Saugus, Mass., Nov. 25, 1858. Lives with her father in Coventry, Vt. {Died 9/29/1926}


Kidder, Joseph Souther (b. 1810) — of Coventry, Orleans County, Vt. Born in Irasburg, Orleans County, Vt., October 20, 1810. Second cousin once removed of Isaiah Kidder, Ezra Kidder and Luther Kidder; third cousin once removed of Lyman Kidder and David Kidder; son of Joseph Kidder (1780-1855) and Sarah (Souther) Kidder (1894-1837); fourth cousin of Alvan Kidder, Ira Kidder and Jefferson Parish Kidder; third cousin of Arba Kidder; married, March 30, 1836, to Rebecca Nourse (1812-1839); married, June 10, 1842, to Clarinda Bowman. Lawyer; member of Vermont state house of representatives, 1870. Burial location unknown.


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