JOHN EGBERT KIDD, a retired farmer residing near Walden, N. Y., is a descendant of an old Orange County family.
Going back over a century and a half, it is ascertained that three brothers, Alexander, Robert and Andrew Kidd,
came from the North of Ireland in 1736, and secured a large tract of land in the vicinity of the present village
of Walden. Alexander, the direct ancestor of our subject, married Jane Calderwood. Robert, their eldest son, married
Mary McGowan, and their son Andrew in 1802 married a Miss Margaret Kidd and became the parents of six children,
of whom John, the eldest, was born October 26, 1803, at the parental homestead. He followed the occupation of a
farmer and was prominent in public affairs of the town. He was highway commissioner a great many years, was a director
of the Walden National Bank and held the office of railroad commissioner.
In 1826 he married Miss Cornelia, daughter of Charles Haines, of Montgomery. Six children were born, Andrew, Mirza,
John, Egbert, David L., Margaret A. and Victor. During the Civil War, John Egbert Kidd enlisted with the "Orange
Blossoms," the famous 124th Regiment, a review of which appears in the Military History in this volume.
John E. Kidd was twice married. His first wife was Alice Decker, and the following children were born: Cornelia
(now the wife of George Wait), and one son John. Mr. Kidd's second wife was Maria Adeline Decker.
The History of Orange County New York
Edited by: Russel Headley
Van Deusen and Elms, Publishers
Middletown, N. Y. 1908
Orange County, NY
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