David Kilborn, the third son of Lt Benjamin and Lucy (Bishop) Kilborn was born in Litchfield, Connecticut on February 21, 1767. About 1780, David’s father who agreed with the concept of British rule and wanted to live under the King’s rule emigrated with his family to Elizabethtown, Brockville, Canada. About 1787 David married Hannah White, the daughter of Loyalist Joseph and Sarah (Noyes) White who had moved to Canada in 1784.
Shortly thereafter, war raged along the Canadian border where the Kilborn’s lived and while some of David’s children entered the military on Canada’s side in the War of 1812, David whose heart was still with the United States was recruited by General Wilkinson, in the Secret Service of the United States to spy for the United States. According to his petition for renumeration to the Committee on Military Affairs, David secretly visited the British posts in Canada and provided General Wilkinson with information pertaining to the British numbers and positions. He was captured, sent to prison, told he would be put to death, escaped again, was captured a second time, was told again he would be put to death and escaped crossing the border into the United States.
After his escape, David moved to Scriba, New York living near the Canadian border so that he could stay in touch with his children most of whom remained in Canada. On Nov 9, 1832 he purchased part of Lot 83 on the nineteenth township of the Scriba’s Patent in New Haven, New York containing about 45 acres from John Richardson for $1000. With the help of the New Haven historian, we’ve learned that this property was on the south side of NY Route 104, east of County Route 43 (Tollgate Rd) beyond the top of the hill heading towards the town of Mexico.
David petitioned the United States Congress multiple times for compensation and for the loss of his property in Canada. A formal report was given to the Committee on Military Affairs on February 22, 1830 where he requested reimbursement for $10,000. Multiple iterations of his request continued and finally in 1837, when David was 70, Congress approved the Act of March 3, 1837, to pay David Kilborn, of Oswego, N. Y. , $2500 for property destroyed, War of 1812.
David’s wife Hannah died about 1821 and sometime thereafter he married Eleanor (Hill), the widow of Dyer Howard. While in New Haven he became active in the Methodist Church and the Mexico, New York Anti-Slavery Society. David wrote a very detailed will on April 8, 1839 and died before March 7, 1846. He was buried in the New Haven Cemetery.
On March 7, 1846, Orvis Hart, the surrogate for the minor heirs of David’s son William petitioned the court asking to ensure they were represented in David’s probate. David’s will was proven on May 12, 1846 — probate continued through 1848.
A summary of David’s life can be found in Payne Kenyon Kilbourn’s The History and Antiquities of the Name and Family of Kilbourne. David did die before 1847 as his will was proven in mid 1846.
130. DAVID, b. in Litchfield, Feb. 31, 1767; m. Hannah White, daughter of Joseph White, a loyalist of New Hampshire, and settled on the Canada side of the St. Lawrence, a few miles below Brockville. His children were-
Whiting, William, Col. John, Polly, Pamela, Nancy, Abigail, Betsey, Catherine and Bricea. Though residing in the king’s dominions, he was a republican at heart, and in the war of 1812, he engaged in the secret service of the United States, under the direction of Gen, Wilkinson, in consequence of which his entire estate in Canada was confiscated to the British government. He soon after removed to Scriba, near Oswego, N. Y., where he continued to reside until his death in 1847. His services were acknowledged by the American Congress, and appropriations were made by that body to reward him for his services, and compensate him in part for his losses. The particulars of his transactions &c, will be found in the Appendix of this volume, in the report of the Congressional Committee, and the accompanying documents.
Polly Kilborn (abt 1787-before 1846) – married William Henry Eastman – remained in Canada
Whiting Kilborn (abt 1788-1871) – married Mary Wood, remained in Canada, involved in the Methodist Church
LtCol John W. Kilborn (1791-1888) – sergeant in the militia, commissioned a Lt in 1813, participated in attacks against forts in Ogdensburg, NY, ran a store in Brockville, postmaster, justice of the peace, and judge, married Elizabeth Baldwin
Pamela Kilborn (1792-1843) – married Amos Coolidge – moved to Tioga, Pennslyvania
Ann Kilborn (1796-????)
Abigail Kilborn (1797-1860) – married Truman Hurd, remained in Canada
Catharine Kilborn (1798-1864) – married Jehiel Hurd, brother of Abigail’s husband, remained in Canada
Elizabeth Kilborn (1800-1849) – married John Stone, moved to Scriba, New York
David D Kilborn (abt 1801-1846) – married Abigail Rathbun, then Purlina, lived in New Haven, New York
Nancy Kilborn (1801-????) – married Rowland Blackmor
William Kilborn (1802-1845) – married Eliza Lester, remained in Scriba, New York, my ancestor
Mary Bricea Kilborn (1804-1866) – married John Clothier, moved to Canada
I have DNA matches with many descendents of Mary Bricea Kilborn, John W Kilborn, Catherine Kilborn, and Elizabeth Kilborn and many descendents of my own ancestor, William Kilborn. Someday I’d like to explore Elizabethtown and the surrounding areas of Canada where David lived and to visit New Haven, New York where he settled.
via John W Kilborn: 13 cM, 11 cM, 7 cM
via Mary Bricea Kilborn: 39 cM, 22 cM, 18 cM
Where in Elizabethtown did David Kilborn live before he left Canada and what happened to the property he had owned there?
Is the gravestone in the New Haven Cemetery that of David Kilborn or that of his son David D Kilborn and if the latter, where is David buried?
What happened to David Kilborn’s property when he died? (will have to follow the deeds)
Are there any probate records showing the administration of David Kilborn’s estate?
When and where did David’s second wife Eleanor die and did she remarry?
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