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Feb052011

Civil War, KIDDER, Edward Phillip

Relationship to author - younger brother of my 2nd great grandfather, William Samuel Kidder

Edward Phillip Kidder was born 16 January 1839 in Charing, Kent, England to John and Mary Ann Payne Kidder. Coming to the United States at a young age, Edward grew up in Pittsfield, Otsego, New York, on a farm.

In 1858, he married Louisa Josephine Thompson in Otsego County, New York. The couple's only child, Rushton Edward Kidder was born 5 March 1860.

Edward joined  the 121st New York Infantry (Union) in 1862 at the age of 23 years. As a Private he fought at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in July 1863. He was wounded in the left arm at the Salem Church skirmish and was discharged for disability on 26 January 1864, from Finley Hospital, Washington, D.C. He returned to the family farm.

Edward, Louisa and Rushton relocated to Little Sioux, Harrison Iowa. Edward still affected by the arm wound managed to earn a living as a plasterer and mason. He was 82 years old when he applied for his pension just a few months before he died on 15 June 1922. He is buried in the Little Sioux Cemetery.

Louisa had died a few years before. Rushton with wife, Anna Margaret Grafton Kidder, and family relocated to Stanislaus County, California after the deaths of his parents and continued farming near Turlock. Rushton Edward Kidder died 14 Dec 1937.

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