Robert Kitchell


Father: John Kitchell ....(1578 ~ 20 Mar 1601/02 )
Mother: Joan Jordan ....(1579 ~ 1 Aug 1659 )

Family 1: Margaret Sheaffe ....(21 May 1598 ~ 26 Apr 1682 ) Woodschurch or Tenterdon, England P»

  1. Samuel Kitchell ....(6 Dec 1635 ~ 26 Apr 1690) England S» C»
  2. Joanna Kitchell ....(Oct 1637 ~ 1711) London, England S» C»
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Notes about the KITCHELL family; As published in "Whallon and Kitchell
Families"; by Edward Payson Whallon, 1932

The first of the family to come to this country was Robert Kitchell, who
landed at New Haven in 1639, his wife being Margaret Sheaffe, daughter of
Rev. Edward Sheaffe, of Cranbrooke, Kent, England. They left England
April 20 {26?}, 1639, with a company of Puritan refugees, led by Rev.
Henry Whitfield, in the first vessel, The Arabella, that anchored in the
harbor of Quinnipiac, now New Haven, Conn.

Robert Kitchell was born in England in 1604, and died in 1672. His wife
died in 1682. While on shipboard the Plantation Covenant was signed, in
which the Puritans agreed to remain together, the first name to the
Covenant being that of Mr. Robert Kitchell, the "Mr." designating him as
a "Gentleman Commoner," or some such rank of sub-noble dignity. They soon
settled at Guilford. These settlers were generally men of character,
culture and substance, several of them being of University training, and
Robert Kitchell held a large place among them in all trusts and dignities.

Samuel Kitchell, his son, married Grace Pierson, daughter of Rev. Abraham
Pierson, pastor of the Guilford Church. Laxness of views spreading
through the colony, Dr. Abraham Pierson was asked by the
"Fundamentalists," as they classified themselves, to find a new home for
them and their church. He first organized a church at Southampton, Long
Island, and then, going to the territory now occupied by Newark, N.J., he
secured this for his people and sent word to them to come down as a
Colony and Church, Samuel Kitchell, his son-in-law, being with him there
from the first, as one of the founders of Newark. The Guilford Church and
people became re-established at Newark, and Dr. Abraham Pierson became
the first pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Newark. Robert
Kitchell became known as "the benefactor of Newark." Dr. Pierson's son,
Dr. Abraham Pierson, was his assistant and successor as pastor, and
became founder and first President of Yale College, his statue in bronze
now standing on the campus. The daughter, Grace Pierson Kitchell, wife of
Samuel, is the mother of all the American Kitchells.

The Kitchell family grew into a large and influential family in New
Jersey and other states, becoming associated by marriage with many other
prominent and influential families, as Tuttle, Farrand, Baldwin,
Houghton, Gardner, Willis, Land, Pierson, Mulford, Sayre, Peck, Bruen,
Lindsley, Howard and others.

Abraham Kitchell, son of Samuel and Grace Pierson Kitchell, was born at
Newark in 1679 and died December 12, 1741. He married Sarah Bruen, who
was born in 1679 and died April 20, 1745, daughter of John and Esther
Laurence Bruen, and they had four sons and three daughters: Samuel, born
1704 and died November, 1732; Joseph, born 1710 and died December 24,
1789, who married Rachel Bates, who died December 24, 1789; John, born
1714, and died January 9, 1777, who married Marie Phoenice Keziah Ball,
daughter of Caleb Ball and Mercy Parkhurst (** suspect **); David, born
1723 and died December 26, 1753, who married Ruth Tuttle, who was born
1713, and died April 4, 1780; Grace, who married Benjamin Lindsley; Mary
Allis, who married Paul Leonard; Abigail, who married Edmund Crane.

Daniel Kitchell, son of John and Keziah Ball Kitchell, came to Cincinnati
in 1788 and his name stands as the first of the eight charter members who
organized the First Presbyterian Church of Cincinnati, in 1790. The
family that descended from this Daniel Kitchell, changed the name to
Kitchel, for some reason, and carry this as the family name. President H.
D. Kitchel, of Middlebury College, chose this spelling, although Robert
Kitchell, who signed the Plantation Covenant, certainly knew how the name
should be spelled. Daniel Kitchel, early pioneer of Cincinnati had one
son, Samuel, and one daughter, Phebe, who married Hezekiah Flint, and had
a large family. Samuel Married Margaret Kennedy, daughter of Francis and
Rebecca Kennedy. Their children were: Daniel, born in Cincinnati, in
1795, and died in Union County, Ind., in 1855; Phebe married William
Goldtrap; Mary married Joshua Druce; John died in 1839; Rebecca married
Andrew Davison and Julia married Elisha Walden.

From "Kitchell Family Genealogy" by Margaret Ellen Kitchell Whallon:

(1) Robert KITCHELL and Margaret SHEAFFE, came to New Haven, CT 1639
(2) Samuel KITCHELL and Grace PIERSON
(3) Abraham KITCHELL and Sarah BRUEN
(4) John KITCHELL and Keziah BALL
(5) Daniel KITCHELL and Esther MULFORD (went to Cincinnati, OH 1788)

Aaron Kitchel, cousin of Daniel Kitchel who came to Cincinnati in 1788,
was one of the most notable members of the family. He was a U.S. Senator
from New Jersey and a warm friend and counselor of General George
Washington, on his staff and was one of his pallbearrrers. He is buried
in the churchyard cemetery at Hanover, New Jersey. For 36 years, he was a
member of the state legislator, the National Congress and the Senate, on
the Commission of Forfeited Estates of Tories and on the Commission that
established the Northwest Territory. He was the son of Joseph.

Mrs. Wallon, through her ancestors, Abraham Kitchell, son of Samuel, a
founder of Newark, and Sarah Bruen his wife, has descended from four of
the signers of the Magna Charta, one being King John himself, who was
compelled to sign it and the three barons: Roger and Hugh Bigod, of the
de Beauchamps family and Geoffrey de Say, ancestor of Geoffrey de Say.

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