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Kitchen Register Report- First Generation
Posted by: Joseph Kitchen (ID *****0820) Date: September 18, 2009 at 12:45:26
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My father's cousin visited the archives in Washington DC back in the 70's and found the first Kitchens to come to America:

John Kitchen was born in 1619 in England and died in 1676. He was 57. Name variations include: Kitchin, Kitching, Chicken, Chikin, Kitchens, Kitchings, Kitchins, Kittchen, Kittchens and Kittchins.

The Mary & John Clearinghouse lists him as #358 on their masters list as "Kitchen, John (1612-1676) of Salem MA. Possibly from Barrington, Somerset, England. They list him as a passenger of an unnamed ship that sailed from Weymouth, Dorsetshire, England in March 1635 and arrived in America on may 5th 1635. Coldham claims that this ship sailed on March 20th 1636 from Weymouth to New England. His source is the Public Record Office in Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 4DU, England #1/32/5.

The group of 103 passengers were primarily made up of roughly 20 families and their servents who had been gathered from the parishes of Batcombe and Broadway, Somerset, England by the Reverend Joseph Hull. Most of the passengers settled on the plantation at Wessaguscus-whose name was officially changed to Weymouth in July 1635.

There are two John Kitchens on this trip. One was a servent of Zachary Bicknell and was 23 years old. The other was on the manifest list as "Joseph Chikin" and was a 16 years old servent of the family of Zacheus Lovell. Once freed he settled in Salem, Essex co., MA.

If you have any questions I might be able to answer them.

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