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Civil War, KIDDER, Major Henry Payne

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

Major Kidder was the youngest of the Kidder clan and the only one born in America. Major Henry Payne Kidder was born 13 October 1844 in Pittsfield, Otsego, New York to John and Mary Ann Payne Kidder.

At age 19 years, he volunteered to the 69th New York Infantry (Union) enlisting 20 August 1864 at Norwich, New York. Due to a mix-up in paperwork, he found himself in the predominantly Irish 69th New York Volunteers. This unit had seen some hard fighting in the early stages of the war, but by this time, older brother Lieutenant Colonel John Swain Kidder was not worried about his little brother's safety. Major mustered out at the Appomattox Court house in  April 1865.

In 1867, Major married Emma Jeanette Mickle, and the couple bought a farm in Harrison County, Iowa by 1880. By 1913, the couple moved to Boulder, Colorado to be near daughters Gertrude Kidder Cole (1871 - 1946) and Anna Elizabeth Kidder Hagerman (1871 - 1938) and their families.

Major died 30 June 1925 and is buried in the Green Mountain Cemetery in Boulder, Boulder, Colorado. Emma died before him on 7 May 1924 and is also buried in the Green Mountain Cemetery as are their daughters and other family members.~

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