We know very little about Eliza (Lester) Kilborn, as only two sources mention her:
The History and Antiquities of the Name and Family of Kilbourne, (in its Varied Orthography). states she was the wife of William Kilborn
Her gravestone which can be found in the Worden Sweet Cemetery in Scriba, New York was transcribed years ago before the images faded.
Eliza Lester was born in either September 1804 or September 1807, married William Kilborn, raised seven children, and died on January 26, 1839 at the age of 31 or 34 in Scriba, New York . Eliza had just given birth to her youngest son, George Lewis Kilborn eighteen days before she died and had six other children, ages three to twelve. Note: George’s death record lists his mother as Margaret Paddock but we believe George was adopted by Margaret and that Eliza is his mother due to his birth date, her death date and the fact we have a DNA match to his descendent.
Eliza was buried in the Worden Sweet Cemetery in Scriba, New York. (The reason for the difference in age is because Oswego Cemetery Records state the gravestone says she was 31 and a photo of the gravestone posted on FindAGrave says she was 34 years).
I’ve visited the cute Worden Sweet Cemetery and took pictures of the gravestone which was very difficult to read but unfortunately lost the photos.
Note: Many folks have Eliza Lester’s death listed incorrectly as 24 January 1842 in Canterbury, Connecticut. This is a different Eliza, who married a Captain William Lester who died 29 Jan 1847 in Connecticut. I’ve written to most of those folks, shared this blog and asked them to please correct the information they have shared in Ancestry so that others don’t continue to copy this error.
We’d love to learn more about Eliza, specifically where she was born and who her parents are – perhaps someday we’ll find more information…
Eliza Ann Kilborn (1827-1910) married Thomas Volney Kibbe. They lived in Nelson, New York; Minden, New York; New Milford, Pennslyvania; Oneota, New York; and Syracuse, New York.
Lester B Kilborn (1828-????)
Julia Ann Kilborn (1829-1878) – married George E Hinman. He lived in Trenton and Holland Patent, New York.
Margaret Jane Kilborn (1833-1874) married Thomas Evans. He lived in Owego, New York and Illinois [my direct ancestor].
William Franklin Kilborn (1834-????) was in Joliet, Illinois in 1857
Bricea M Kilborn (1836-1883) married Albert Russell Thomas. They lived in Trenton, New York, Owego, New York, and Chicago, Illinois. In Oct 1887, Bricea’s husband A R Thomas and her daughter Helen B Thomas attended the wedding of Margaret Jane Kilborn’s daughter Donna L Evans.
George Lewis Kilborn (1839-1921) – On July 3, 1863, George lost a leg at the Battle of Gettysburg. He recovered and moved to Brooklyn where he ran a store for the United States Treasury Department. He married Mary Jane Humphrey and Josephine Fritcher. He had three children with his first wife.
Eliza Lester was my third great mother. I share DNA with descendents of Bricea M Kilborn, George Lewis Kilborn and other descendents of Margaret Jane Kilborn.
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Find A Grave, Find A Grave, digital images (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 17 August 2019), Eliza Lester Kilborn, MEMORIAL ID 16786338.
Kilbourne Payne Kenyon, The History and Antiquities of the Name and Family of Kilbourne, (in its Varied Orthography) (New Haven: Durrie & Peck, 1856), page 258; digital images, Archive.org (https://archive.org : accessed 11 February 2019.
OSWEGO COUNTY CEMETERY RECORDS v 1 (n.d.), page 124; digital images, FamilySearch Books (https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/182956-oswego-county-cemetery : accessed 18 March 2019.
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