An American Family History

Susanna Fiske Kilburn

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

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

Susanna Fiske Kilburn was born on March 18, 1700 in Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts. Her parents were Joseph Fiske and Susannah Warner.

She married Cornet Jedediah Kilburn on March 22, 1723 in Ipswich. Jedediah was born on April 20, 1699. His parents were Samuel Kilburn and Mary Foster.

Their children included:
Jedediah Kilburn, Jr. (1725, married Hannah Platts daughter of James Platts and Hannah Fiske),
Samson Kilburn (1729),
Elizabeth Kilburn (1732),
Abigail Kilburn Smith (1733, married Jonathan Smith, Esq.),
Hannah Kilburn (1735, died young), and
Hannah Kilburn (1739).

Jedediah died on February 4, 1759. and Susanna died on September 27, 1764. They both died in Rowley.
Children of Joseph Fiske
and Susannah Warner
  • Joseph Fiske
  • Hannah Fiske Platts
  • Susanna Fiske Kilburn
  • Sarah Fiske
  • Elizabeth Fiske Dwinnell
  • Ruth Fiske Estey
  • Abigail Fiske
  • Joseph Fiske
  • Mark Fiske
  • John Fiske
  • 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."



    New Hampshire was first settled by Europeans in 1623. It was separated from Massachusetts in 1679.

    from Genealogical and Family History of the State of Maine by George Thomas Little, Henry Sweetser Burrage, Albert Roscoe Stubbs published by Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1909

    Jedediah [Kilburn], son of Samuel and Mary (Foster) Kilborn, was born April 20, 1699, in Rowley. He was married, March 22, 1724, to Susannah Fiske, of Ipswich, Massachusetts. He was known as Cornet Kilbourne by reason of his rank in the militia, and the records state as follows: "Cornet Jedediah Kilbourne died February 4, 1759, aged sixty." His widow, Susannah Kilbourne, died September 27, 1764.

    Their children, all born in Rowley, were:
    1. Jedediah, married Hannah Platts [daughter of James Platts and Mercy Wheeler], of Rowley, November 4, 1749, removed to Boscawen, New Hampshire, then to Henniker, where he died in 1820. His children were: Nathan, Eliphalet, Lucy, Mercy, Hannah, Jedediah, Nathaniel and Susan.
    2. Sampson
    3. Abigail, married Jonathan Smith, Esq., of Danvers, Massachusetts, and her son, Jedediah Kilbourne Smith, was a senator and councillor in the New Hampshire legislature for many years, and served from 1807 to 1809 as a representative from New Hampshire in the United States congress.
    4. Hannah, born 1734, died 1737.

    Historically an esquire (Esq. or Esqr.) was the title of a man who ranked below a knight in the English gentry. Later it designated a commoner with the status of gentleman and was used by attorneys.

    A cornet is the officer who carried the colors in a cavalry troop.

    A militia is a military unit composed of citizens who are called up in time of need.
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