Tuesday, August 24, 2010

PERLEY KIDDER ( 1891 - 1918 ) aged 27

PERLEY KIDDER ( 1891 - 1918 ) - aged 27 - was Postmaster in Wardsboro, VT - He enjoyed photography, taking many pictures of the Village of Wardsboro. Below are a few of his picture postcards which now appear on eBay. The photos were taken sometime between 1915 and 1918. He died unmarried.

Bridge Street, Wardsboro, VT

W W Kidder Hardware
Store owned by William Walter Kidder his son Perley Kidder took photo

Bird's Eye View of Wardsboro

Post Office

Main Street, Wardsboro

Monday, August 23, 2010

Lt. Lyman Kidder - Dispatch to General George Custer

1st Lt. Lyman Stockwell KIDDER served in the 1st Minnesota Cavalry, Co., K, during the Civil War. Following the war, Lyman S. KIDDER was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army, assigned to 2nd United States Cavalry. He was killed at Beaver Creek, Kansas, 2 July 1867, while carrying a dispatch from General William T. SHERMAN then at Fort Sedgwick, Kansas, to General George CUSTER, in camp at the forks of Republican River, Kansas. Lt. KIDDER (age 24) and all his soldiers were killed by a Indians. The bodies were discovered by General CUSTER and buried on the spot where attacked.
A book written regarding the attack upon Lt. KIDDER and his men. “A Dispatch to Custer, The Tragedy of Lieutenant Kidder”, by Randy JOHNSON and Nancy ALLAN, (1999) Mountain Press Company, pages 119, best portrays the incident. Lt. Lyman S. KIDDER'S father Jefferson KIDEER went to Kidder battle site in Kansas about a year later with a regiment of Cavalry soldiers and recovered the body of his son and buried him at Oakland Cemetery, St. Paul, MN.

There is a historical marker near the site at Beaver Creek, Kansas.

Lt. Lyman KIDDER was the second child of Jefferson P KIDDER and Mary Ann STOCKWELL.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Colonel Reuben Kidder - Coat of Arms

Prior to the Revolutionary War, Colonel Reuben Kidder of New Ipswich, New Hampshire, had what purported to be the arms of the Kidder family carved upon the mantel of his dining room, and also had a coat painted which hung upon the walls of the drawing room of his mansion house. Except for the addition of a carpenter's square, the arms are strikingly similar to those described by Burke as having been granted to the unknown Kidder of Maresfield in the time of Henry VII. These arms cannot be found recorded in the standard works on heraldry.

Colonel Kidder's carved Arms were destroyed during the demolition of his house years after his death, while the painted ones are reported to have consigned to the flames during his lifetime by an irate member of his household who, as an adherent to the Revolutionary cause, regarded them as a Loyalist emblem which she felt she was fully justified in destroying.

Coat of Arms - Unknown Kidder - about 1485-1509

In his General Armory (London 1878, page 563), Sir Bernard Burke, C.B., LL.D., Ulster King of Arms, describes three coats-of-arms under the names of as many Kidders. The first is shown to have been granted to an unknown person of that surname during the reign of Henry VII (1485-1509), and is as follows: Vert. three crescents or (which translated means three golden crescents upon a shield of green).

Monday, August 16, 2010

1902 Family Photo - David Elwyn Kidder

Front Row, L to R - David Elwyn Kidder age 54, Abbie Ayers Kidder age 50, Bryan Ayers Kidder age 21, Royal Elwyn Kidder age 23.
Standing L to R - Eva Mary Kidder age 13, Gordon Elwyn Kidder age 20, Charles Stuart Kidder age 17, Wallace Jackson Kidder age 15.

David E Kidder was a farmer in Marshall and White Bear Lake, Minnesota.