Guide to the Papers of the Kitchel Family 1690-1877 (bulk 1775-1825) MG 1618

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Descriptive Summary
Biographical Note
Scope and Content Note
Arrangement
Restrictions
Access Points
Related Material
Administrative Information
Bibliography

Series Descriptions and Container List

Series 1: Indentures, 1776-1877

Series 2: Legal Documents, 1690-1877

Series 3: Letters, 1807-1877


Guide to the Papers of the Kitchel Family
1690-1877
(bulk 1775-1825)
MG 1618
The New Jersey Historical Society
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Newark, New Jersey 07102
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The New Jersey Historical Society, Publisher
Inventory prepared by Lynn E. Gates.

Finding aid encoded by Lynn E. Gates. November 2003. Production of the EAD 2002 version of this finding aid was made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Finding aid written in English.


Descriptive Summary

Creator: Kitchel Family
Title: Kitchel Family Papers
Dates: 1690-1877 (bulk 1775-1825)
Abstract: This collection includes letters, legal documents and indentures of the Kitchel family.
Quantity: 0.125 linear feet (8 folders)
Collection Number: MG 1618

Biographical Note

The Kitchel family is descended from Robert Kitchell (1604-1672) and Margaret Sheaffe (d.1682). The Kitchells, along with their son Samuel, left England in 1639 with the Rev. Henry Whitfield and a group of Puritans refugees. The group first anchored near, what is now, New Haven, Connecticut and later settled as a group in Guilford, Connecticut. In 1766 Robert and Samuel moved their families to New Jersey, where they helped settle Newark.

Stephen Kitchel (d. 1822), son of David Kitchel (1723-1753) and Ruth Tuttle (1713-1780), had two brothers, one of whom died young, and a sister who also died young. Stephen had six children with Hannah Darling. When his father died he inherited half of his fathers homestead in Whippany, New Jersey, Stephen’s brother Uzal inherited the other half.

Zenas Kitchel (b.1785), the son of Stephen Kitchel (d. 1822) and Hannah Darling, had three brothers and two sisters all of whom lived to be adults. Zenas had six children with Mary Tuttle. Not much else is known about Zenas Kitchel, although it appears that like his father he was active in his community.

Parkhurst Kitchel is the son of Zenas Kitchel and Mary Tuttle, his date of birth and death are unknown. Parkhurst resided in Whippany with his wife, whose name is unknown, and their three children. He fought in the Civil War; his draft notice is dated September 1864. He survived the war and in 1877 was granted Letters Patent for “improvement in machines for applying powder for the destruction of insects.”

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Scope and Content Note

This collection includes letters, legal documents and indentures. Items of note include a draft notice (1864) and a patent letter (1877) for Parkhurst Kitchel.

This collection documents the following members of the Kitchel family: Albert, Charles, Ezekiel, F.W., Hannah, Joseph, Samuel, Stephen, Parkhurst, and Zenas. Other individuals who are documented are: Isaac and Johannah Alling, Thomas Bates, Thomas Brown, Abigail Carmon, David Corey, Abraham Fairchild, Jacob and Phebe Gray, Daniel and Anna Phoenix, Benjamin Poft, and Jacob Tappins.

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Arrangement

This collection is organized into three series:

Series 1: Indentures, 1776-1877

Series 2: Legal Documents, 1690-1877

Series 3: Letters, 1807-1877

Items are arranged chronologically within each series.
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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Photocopying of materials is limited and no materials may be photocopied without permission from library staff.

Use Restrictions

Researchers wishing to publish, reproduce, or reprint materials from this collection must obtain permission.

The New Jersey Historical Society complies with the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code), which governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions and protects unpublished materials as well as published materials.

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Access Points

The entries below represent persons, organizations, topics, and forms documented in this collection.
Subject Names:
Alling, Isaac.
Alling, Johannah, fl. 1805.
Bates, Thomas, fl. 1766.
Brown, Thomas, fl. 1766.
Carmon, Abigail.
Corey, David, fl. 1779.
Fairchild, Abraham, fl. 1782-1791.
Gray, Jacob, fl. 1823.
Gray, Phebe.
Kitchel, Albert, fl. 1821.
Kitchel, Charles, fl. 1821.
Kitchel, Ezekiel, d. 1848.
Kitchel, F. W., fl. 1877?
Kitchel, Hannah Darling.
Kitchel, Joseph, fl. 1807.
Kitchel, Parkhurst.
Kitchel, Samuel, 1633-1690.
Kitchel, Stephen, d. 1822.
Kitchel, Zenas, b. 1785.
Phoenix, Anna.
Phoenix, Daniel, fl. 1806.
Poft, Benjamin, 1784.
Tappins, Jacob, fl. 1779.
Subject Topics:
Draft–United States–History–19th century.
Subject Places:
Hanover (N.J.)
Newark (N.J.)
Document Types:
Draft cards.
Indentures.
Letters (correspondence)
Letters patent.
Wills.

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Related Material

Kitchel, H. D. Robert Kitchel, and his descendants from 1604 to 1879 New York: John P. Prall, 1879.

McCormick, George Chalmers. John Kitchel and Esther Peck: their descendants and some kindred families. Fort Collins, CO: Fort Collins Express, 1913.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 1618, Kitchel Family Papers, The New Jersey Historical Society

Acquisition Information

Given to the New Jersey Historical Society by Marion Taylor Wood in August 2003.

Processing Information

All of the documents in this collection are very fragile; many have tears along creases, or are in several pieces. Prior to their acquisition by the New Jersey Historical Society an attempt was made to repair some documents using adhesive tape.

The name Kitchel can also be spelled Kitchell; throughout this collection different family members use the two spellings interchangeably. This finding aid uses the spelling with one “l” throughout the document for several reasons, first, the books on the family use Kitchel, and second, the earliest spelling of the name is with one “l”.

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Bibliography

Kitchel, H. D. Robert Kitchel, and His Descendants From 1604 to 1879. New York: John P. Prall, 1879.

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Series Descriptions and Container List


Series 1: Indentures, 1776-1877

Scope and Content:

This series consists of indentures written as receipts for land bought or sold. The buyer or seller was usually Stephan Kitchel or Zenas Kitchel. There are several indentures for land between two individuals who are not Kitchels; there is also one indenture for an apprenticeship.

Box Folder Title Date
1 1 Indenture: Thomas Brown and Thomas Bates 1766 Sept 18
1 1 Indenture: David Corey and Jacob Tappins 1779 May 20
1 1 Indenture: Stephen Kitchel and Abraham Fairchild 1782 Mar 4
1 2 Indenture: Stephen Kitchel and Abigail Carmon 1783 Mar 21
1 2 Indenture: apprenticeship of Benjamin Poft to Abraham Fairchild 1784 Jan 28
1 2 Indenture: Stephen Kitchel and Abraham Fairchild 1791 Apr 17
1 3 Indenture: Ezekiel Kitchel and Isaac and Johannah Alling 1805 Nov 5
1 3 Indenture: Stephen Kitchel and Daniel and Anna Phoenix 1806 Apr 10
1 3 Indenture: Ezekiel Kitchel and brother Zenas Kitchel 1819 Sept 1
1 4 Indenture: Zenas Kitchel and William & Ford, administrators to the estate of Alvin Canfiets 1820 Apr 30
1 4 Indenture: Zenas Kitchel and Jacob and Phebe Gray 1823 Apr 30
1 4 Indenture: Zenas Kitchel and William Parkhurst Kitchel 1877 June 30

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Series 2: Legal Documents,
1690-1877

Scope and Content:

This series contains various legal documents: a will, a court judgment, a notice of money owed and patent letters; most of these documents belong to Stephen Kitchel and Zenas Kitchel.

Box Folder Title Date
1 5 Will (copy): Samuel Kitchel 1690 June 10
1 6 Court case: Stephen Kitchel 1778 Jan 5
1 6 Court case: Ezekiel Kitchel 1817 Aug 20
1 6 Notice of money owed by Zenas Kitchel 1825 Sept 16
1 6 Judgment with Ezekiel Kitchel and Zenas Kitchel 1825 Sept 19
1 7 Draft notice: Parkhurst Kitchel 1864 Sept 30
1 7 Letters patent: Parkhurst Kitchel 1877 Feb 27

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Series 3: Letters, 1807-1877

Scope and Content:

This series contains letters between Kitchel siblings and friends.

Box Folder Title Date
1 8 Letter to Hannah [Darling] Kitchel 1807
1 8 Letter: Joseph Kitchel to Ezekiel Kitchel 1807 June
1 8 Letter: Charles Kitchel to Albert Kitchel 1821 Jan 3
1 8 Letter from F[rancis] W[ilmot] Kitchel [1877?]

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