STEPHEN KIDDER was a shipmaster. He was captured by the British at the beginning of the Revolutionary War and died of smallpox on a prison ship in New York harbor. The circumstances surrounding why Stephen Kidder was captured and reasons for his confinement on a British ship remain unknown. Federal and State archive records failed to substantiate any military enlistment for Stephen Kidder. Its possible that Stephen Kidder was captured as a civilian since he was a “shipmaster” and was dedicated to the sea.
Stephen Kidder married Eunice Knowles.