Biography of Morrill W. Kidder
Orleans County, NY Biographies





Kidder, Morrill W. - John Kidder, born in New Hampshire in 1804, became a resident of Vermont, moved to Genesee county in 1836, to Niagara county in 1837, to Murray in 1839, and to Kendall in 1846, where he died August 6, 1850. He was a substantial farmer and active in local enterprises. By his first wife, Charlotte Eliza Woodworth, he had one child, Morrill W., who was born in Enosburgh, Vt., March 20, 1832. His second wife, Aurelia, daughter of Dr. Thomas G. Hooker, of Murray, bore him children: Esther M., Sarah E., and Mary L. Morrill W. Kidder was enrolled in Company F., 147th N. Y. Infy., August 14, 1863, and soon after was promoted Scout of 2d Brigade 1st Division 1st Army Corps. In the spring of 1864 the corps was attached to the 5th Corps, forming the 4th Division, and on May 6th Mr. Kidder was made chief of the scouts of this division, being brevetted second lieutenant by General James S. Wadsworth. He served in this capacity until June 18, when, in front of Petersburg, he was severely wounded in the shoulder joint of the right arm, which he was obliged to have amputated, and was honorably discharged November 30, 1864. Mr. Kidder is the only survivor of a party of six soldiers who attempted to break through the Confederate ranks on May 6th, at the battle of the Wilderness, when General Wadsworth was killed, to secure the body of that brave officer. In local affairs Mr. Kidder has been very active, serving as justice of the peace twelve years, collector nine years, and deputy sheriff one term, and was a charter member and organizer of David Jones Post, No. 298, G. A. R., in 1882, which he has continually served as commander or as senior vice commander. At the formation of the Orleans County Veteran Regiment he was elected its major, serving one term, and since then until 1893 was its lieutenant colonel. In June, 1893, that organization became the Orleans County Veteran Association and Mr. Kidder was elected its president. October 27, 1857, he married Emma A., daughter of Edson Wilson, and granddaughter of Captain Daniel Wilson, who commanded a body of troops which prevented the British from landing at Charlotte in 1812. Their children are Mary E. (Mrs. H. J. Merrill) and Etta A. (Mrs. W. P. Whitney).

From:
Landmarks of Orleans County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Isaac C. Signor
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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