William Kilborn, the son of David and Hannah (White) Kilborn was born around 1802 in Elizabethtown, Ontario, Canada. When he was about twelve years old his father who had been born in Connecticut and had moved to Canada was arrested and imprisoned for spying for the United States during the War of 1812, escaped and fled back to the United States. William’s older siblings stayed in Canada but the younger family members moved to New Haven, New York and then Scriba, New York.
We have found some property records regarding land purchases in the Oswego area under the name William Kilborn and do need to do further research to determine if he was the only William Kilborn living in this area. However, we do know that he purchased 50 acres of Lot 103 in Scriba on March 12, 1841 which he left in a will to his family.
Our only source for the names of William’s wives comes from The History and Antiquities of the Name and Family of Kilbourne, (in its Varied Orthography). (This document does inaccurately list his death date.)
238. WILLIAM, b. in Leeds Co., Canada West; settled in Scriba, Oswego Co., N. Y., and d. there in 1847. He m. Eliza Lester, and had seven children, viz., Lester, Eliza Ann, Julia, Jane, Franklin, Bricea and George. His second wife
was Margaret Wickwire.
William’s first wife Eliza died on January 26, 1839 leaving seven young children. We suspect he married his second wife Margaret soon thereafter and know by 1841 they were one of seven members involved in the formation of a Methodist Church at Scriba Corners.
William died on June 7, 1845 at the young age of 43. His will leaving his property to his seven children who were ranging in age from 6 to 18 was proven on July 5, 1845. We’re not sure what happened to his second wife Margaret.
We’d love to learn more about William who asked that the education of his children be ensured after he died.
Eliza Ann Kilborn (1827-1910) married Thomas Volney Kibbe. He 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.
William Kilborn was my third great grandfather. I share DNA with descendents of Bricea M Kilborn, George Lewis Kilborn and other descendents of Margaret Jane Kilborn.
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Churchill John C., Landmarks of Oswego County New York (Syracuse, N.Y.: D. Mason & Company, 1895), page 771; digital images, HathiTrust (https://babel.hathitrust.org : accessed 13 February 2019.
Find A Grave, Find A Grave, digital images (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 31 January 2019), William Kilborn, MEMORIAL ID 16786344. [believe this posting has incorrect information re birth/death date. Hoping to see the gravestone in 2019 & add updated photo & data if information on stone is legible. Meanwhile see Oswego Cemetery Records data.]
History of Oswego County, New York with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Some of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers (L. H. Everts & Co, 1877), page 415; digital images, HathiTrust (https://babel.hathitrust.org : accessed 13 February 2019.
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.
“New York Land Records, 1630-1975,” digital images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed ), Erastus Stone and wife Almirice
50 Acres off of Lot 103 to William Kilborn; Oswego Deeds 1840-1841 vol 32-33, Vol 33, page 303, Image 525 of 667.
“New York Probate Records, 1629-1971,” digital images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 12 March 2019), Will of William Kilborn dated 17 May 1845; Film # 005116276, Book B, page 278-279, image 238-9 of 480.
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.
“SEVERELY WOUNDED,” Mexico independent (Mexico, New York), 16 July 1863; digital images, NYS Historic Newspapers (http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org : accessed 13 February 2019).
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Updated May 13, 2019 to add missing child George Lewis Kilborn and add information about Bricea M Kilborn.