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This site represents what I had been able to find out between about
2005 and about 2008, concerning the Kidds of
Limerick and their descendants. Since then I have found much new
material, revised hypotheses, and benefitted from the work of others,
notably Ryan Kidd and his site at
more recently from William Kidd of Albany,NY. I will try to incorporate
this new material during the course of 2012.
To protect the privacy of living people I provide only the first six generations.
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Peter Kidd is at present the earliest member of the Kidd family who
can reliably be documented in Limerick [see Franklin
esp. pp. 14-15]. The evidence is as follows:
"Kidd, Peter, clothier" was made a Freeman of the city of Limerick on 7 May 1747 [see www.limerickcity.ie/media/freemen.pdf]
A deed of 21 Feb 1770 was witnessed by "Peter Kidd, Clothier, of the city of Limerick" (Trousdell deeds, no. 308, 65, 203675; ex info. Rosemary ffolliott, in a letter to Franklin Kidd dated 3 Jan 1969)
The Limerick Chronicle of of 25 Feb. 1792 records: "died this morning in an advanced age, Mr Peter Kidd, formerly an eminent clothier". On the same day The Dublin Hibernian Journal had "died at Limerick Mr Peter Kidd, formerly an eminent clothier".
From the fact that Freemen usually had to be at least 21 years old, and the fact that in early 1792 he was described as being "at an advanced age", we can deduce that Peter must have been born between about 1700 and and 1726, and probably nearer to the earlier date than the later one; on the available evidence it is likely he was born within ten years either side of 1710.
"Thomas Kean of Dublin, will dated 21 Oct. 1767, proved 5th Feb. 1768 -- wife of Jane Kean, otherwise Napper -- sister Honora Kean wife of Peter Kidd and her eldest son Michael Kidd and her younger son Edmond Kidd".
Peter and Honora had a large family, and many of the children died young. Their burials and baptisms are in the Register of St. John's Church, Limerick, from 1743 to 1767, as follows:
The last of these, Edmond Kidd, is doubtless the younger son of Honora Kean mentioned in the 1767 will of her brother. From his age in 1838 we may deduce his birth in about 1753, perhaps later in the year than the baptism of Jane in June.