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An American Family History

Kilburn Family

 
Kilburn is also spelled Kelbourn, Kilbon, Kilborn, Kilbourn, Kilbourne, and Killburn.
 
Essex County, Massachusetts was created on May 10, 1643 by the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, when it ordered "that the whole plantation within this jurisdiction be divided into four sheires."

George Kilburn was born about 1612 in England. He was the son of Thomas Kilburn.

He came to Roxbury as early as 1638. He moved to Rowley, where he became a proprietor. He was admitted a freeman there May 13, 1640.

He married Elizabeth Barker.

Mary Kilburn (1649),
Joseph Kilburn (1652-53, married Mary Trumball),
Jacob Kilburn (1654),
Samuel Kilburn (married Mary Foster),
Isaac Kilburn (1659, married Mary Cheney) and
Elizabeth Kilburn (1663, married Ephraim Curtis).

He died October 14, 1685.

Any man entering a colony or becoming a a member the church, was not free. He was not forced to work, but his movements were carefully observed to see if they followed the Puritanical ideal. After this probationary period, he became a "freeman." Men then took the Oath of a Freeman where they vowed to defend the Commonwealth and not to overthrow the government.

Rowley, Essex County, Massachusetts was first settled in 1639.

 
 
 

Samuel Kilburn was born on January 9, 1656 in Rowley, Massachusetts.

He married Mary Foster on November 12, 1682,


Hannah Kilburn (1683, married Judah Clark),
Samuel Kilburn (1687, married Mary Lovell),
David Kilburn (1688/89, married Ruth Fiske),
Maria Kilburn (1696, died young),
Jedediah Kilburn (1699, married Susannah Fiske),
Eliphalet Kilburn (1706, married Jane Frazer Prime).

died April 22, 1722, leaving a will in the court at Ipswich.

 
     
 

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Rowley, Essex County, Massachusetts was first settled in 1639.

Historic Homes and Institutions, Volume 1 edited by Ellery Bicknell Crane

George Kilburn, son of Thomas Kilburn (1), was baptized at Wood Ditton, England, February 12, 1612. He came to Roxbury in New England as early as 1638 and was a member of John Eliot's church there. He removed to Rowley, where he became a proprietor. He was admitted a freeman there May 13, 1640. He married Elizabeth Barker, sister of James Barker. He died October 14, 1685. The inventory of his estate was returned by his widow Elizabeth November 20, 1685.

The children of George and Elizabeth Kilburn were:
Mary [Kilburn], born at Rowley, May 3, 1649;
Joseph [Kilburn], March 2, 1652-3, married Mary Trumball, May 3, 1678;
Jacob [Kilburn], December 1, 1654, soldier in the Indian wars in 1680;
Samuel [Kilburn],
Isaac [Kilburn], January 26, 1659, married, July 24, 1684, Mary Cheney; he died December 19, 1713; was a deaf mute;
Elizabeth [Kilburn], February 1, 1663.

Kilburn is also spelled Kelbourn, Kilbon, Kilborn, Kilbourn, Kilbourne, and Killburn.

Colonial legislatures granted land to a group of settlers (proprietors) who chose how to divide the land. They had some rights of governance.

 
 
 

from Historic Homes and Institutions and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs of Worcester County, Massachusetts: With a History of Worcester Society of Antiquity by Ellery Bicknell Crane, Lewis Pub., 1907

Samuel Kilburn. fourth child of George Kilburn, was born in Rowley, Massachusetts, January 9, 1656. He settled at Rowley. Married Mary Foster, November 12, 1682, died April 22, 1722, leaving a will in the court at Ipswich.

Their children were:
Hannah [Kilburn], born October 2, 1683, married, April 5, 1701, Judah Clark;
Samuel [Kilburn], July 20, 1687, married Mary Lovell, December 7, 1734;
David [Kilburn],
Maria [Kilburn], July 21, 1696, died September 24, 1710;
Jedediah [Kilburn], April 20, 1699, married Susannah Fisher, of Ipswich, March 22, 1724, died February 4, 1759;
Dr. Eliphalet [Kilburn], 1706, married Jane Frazer, widow of Nathan Prime, widow of Mark Prime; he died June 4, 1752