An American Family History

Ruth Fiske Kilburn

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

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

Ruth Fiske married David Kilburn on March 6, 1730/31. David was born March 12, 1688/89 in Rowley, Essex County, Massachusetts. His parents were Samuel Kilburn and Mary Foster. She could not be the daughter of Joseph and Susannah Fiske because when Joseph died in 1745, his daughter was called Ruth Estey and three and David's children were born after that.

David and Ruth's children included:
David Kilburn (October 10, 1733, died young),
David Kilburn (November 22, 1734, died young),
Jonathan Kilburn (November 15, 1737, married Elizabeth Nelson),
David Kilburn (March 2. 1738-9),
Ruth Kilburn (June 15, 1740, died young)
Samuel Kilburn (April 12, 1742, died young),
William Kilburn (March 9, 1744),
Lydia Kilburn (May 22, 1746),
Ruth Kilburn Houghton (February 24, 1747/08, married Thomas Houghton), and
Samuel Kilburn (November 10, 1749, married Sarah Cook).

In 1745 Lydia, Ruth, and Samuel Kilburn became a Shakers. The United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing were known as the Shakers. They were a Protestant religious sect founded on the teachings of Ann Lee.

Ruth died in June, 1774 when she was 66 years.

David died October 25, 1775 in Sheffield, New Brunswick, Canada. Lunenburg, Worcester, Massachusetts.

First printed in Boston 1745

The town of Ipswich was established on August 5, 1634, from common land called Agawam. On October 18, 1648, that portion called the "Village" at the New Meadows was set off as Topsfield. The boundary line between Ipswich and Topsfield was established, February 28, 1694.




Lush forests in Colonial America allowed settlers to build wooden homes.

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

David Kilburn, third child of Samuel Kilburn (3). was born in Rowley, Massachusetts, March 12, 1689. He settled in Rowley also.

He married, January 25, 1724, Elizabeth Fiske, of Ipswich. She died April 17, 1731.

He married (second), November 5, 1731, Ruth Fiske, of Andover.

The children of David and Ruth Kilburn were:
David, born at Rowley, October10, 1733, died aged three months;
David. November 22, 1734, died aged two years;
Jonathan, November 15, 1737, married Elizabeth Nelson, July 22, 1760; removed to Lunenburg, 1767, and died there 1806, leaving a son David; David, March 2. 1738-9;
Ruth, June 15, 1740, died 1746;
Samuel, April 12, 1742, died 1747;
William, 1743,
Lydia, May 22, 1746, became a Shaker at Shirley;
Ruth, February 24, 1747-8, married Thomas Houghton; after he died she joined the Shakers;
Samuel, November 10, 1749, removed to Lunenburg in 1767, married Sarah Cook; he joined the Shakers in 1785; son Samuel settled in Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire.

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