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Maine Kidder Records

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Re: Maine Kidder Records

Posted: 1312888497000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Kidder, Wilkins, Wilson, McLaughlin

Thank you very much for posting these records. I've been researching the KIDDER's in Washington Co., ME, for 20 yrs. So, I know a lot about them, or could look in my notes or old postings if I've forgotten some.

It seems many of the early records has some mistakes in them. For one, my ancestor, Joseph "Calvin" KIDDER (1799-1891) was born in New Brunswick. In ~1830 he moved over to Calais, ME, and shortly after married Mary WILKINS. (Early records have her as Mary WILSON.) And many records have him as Calvin KIDDER, confusing him with his son, James "Calvin" KIDDER. In one book, they are known as "Cal" and "Cal, Jr."

Then son, "Cal, Jr.," married Miranda McLAUGHLIN, daughter of Laughlin McLAUGHLIN from New Brunswick. They had 10 children, and then adopted one grandson. (Bella might have been the mother of the grandson, and she didn't marry the birth-father.)

I think Daniel KIDDER was the oldest son of Cal, Jr., and Miranda. If I'm remembering correctly, his first wife died young, and Gertrude McLAUGHLIN was his second wife.

There is a descendant of this KIDDER family, and he dove into that research and wrote up a document on the family. He didn't know, and some relatives didn't know that the grandson who was adopted - was not an adopted son of Cal, Jr., and Miranda.

An FYI is that Cal, Sr., and Mary KIDDER had 6 surviving the children. But, their 2nd son died shortly after his marriage and so did his new bride. Around the same time they lost a teen-age daughter. (suspect an epidemic) The older daughter married but never had children. So, only 3 sons provided them with grandchildren. The oldest, John, lived in Calais, and (my) Joseph and younger Cal, Jr., lived in Princeton.

Betty (near Lowell, MA)

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