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History and Immigration
::: Introduction
It is most likely that the Kidds were part of the great Scotch-Irish migration to America in the first half of the 18th century. "Scotch-Irish" is a term that is apparently often confused and actually denotes Scots, primarily Presbyterians from the Lowland of Scotland, who had moved in the 1600s to the Ulster area of Ireland. A good reference work for this is The Scotch-Irish of Colonial Pennsylvania by Wayland F. Dunaway. Some selected sentences from his book that describe the primary periods:
The emigration of Ulster Scots to America on a large scale began early in the eighteenth century and increased in volume as the century advanced. There were certain periods when the tide was unusually strong; these were the years 1717-1718, 1727-1728, 1740-1741, and 1771-1773. The emigration in 1717-1718, when the first mass emigration of the Ulster Scots began, was caused by the destruction of the woolen industry, by the disabilities arising from the Test Act, and by the rack-renting of the landlords, the last of which was the most immediate and potent cause. Following this first wave of emigration, the tide ebbed somewhat until 1727-1728, when it reached an even greater height than before and was still going strong in the seventeen-thirties. The causes which had produced the earlier exodus were still potent now, but to these was added the immediate cause of a series of poor harvests, culminating in the famine of 1727-1728. Another great wave of emigration from Ulster began in 1740-1741. While the grievances previously described were still operating to produce discontent and to induce emigration, the immediate occasion of this particular exodus was the famine of 1740- 1741, which was quite as severe as that of 1727-1728, and probably even more devastating in its effects. It is estimated that within two years at least 400,000 people in Ireland perished from starvation. A large movement of population to America at once began, and continued for some years above the ordinary volume; in fact, for a decade or more. The immigrant tide slackened in the period of the French and Indian War and was not noticeably strong thereafter until 1771, when a new wave of emigration from Ulster, stronger than any that had preceded it, began to gather headway and reached its climax in 1772-1773. It constituted by far the largest immigration to America of any single racial group in the years immediately preceding the Revolution. This exodus, besides the usual causes of emigration, was motivated particularly by the decline of the linen trade centering in Ulster and by a new outburst of rack-renting. It is computed that during 177i-1773 twenty-five or thirty thousand emigrants sailed from Ulster alone to ports in the New World, especially to those on the Delaware.
::: The Kidds
Generation 0: Daniel Kidd (? - ?)
::: General
Generation 1: Thomas Kidd (circa 1710/11 - ?)
::: General
Generation 2: Benjamin Kidd (1753 - 1806)
::: General ::: Notes from David Kidd, January 2010
Another update is that Nathaniel Evans Kidd (1740) is confirmed to be the brother or our Benjamin Kidd (1753) through DNA testing.
::: Notes from David Kidd, September 2009
Benjamin Kidd (1753) and his brother Joseph Kidd (1750) are buried in the Christ Union Cemetery in Schoenersville, Lehigh, Pennsylvania. The cemetery is located directly across the street from the Lehigh Valley International airport. It is my understanding that the property owned by Joseph Kidd (1750) is now part of the airport. Their father Thomas Kidd (1714?) lived and died in Northampton County (Craig's Settlement) about 10 miles north of Schoenersville. I was up there last month and went through 3 cemeteries without any luck. Either the headstones are missing, deteriorated or he was buried somewhere else. I also checked out the cemetery at Abington, Montgomery, Pennsylvania where Thomas (1714?) was baptized and there are not any Kidds buried in this cemetery. A few years back, I went through 3 cemeteries around Hilltown, Bucks, Pennsylvania without any luck.

Generation 3: Benjamin Kidd (28-Jun-1806 - 21 Feb 1892)
::: General ::: Timeline
Generation 4: Benjamin Valentine Kidd (Apr-1833 - 16-Sep-1909)
::: General
::: Timeline
::: First Wife: Martha Lockling ::: Second Wife: Mary Healey Clark
Benjamin Valentine Kidd married Mary Healey Clark as his second wife and adopted her son, D. Healey Clark who grew up as a brother to Albert Eugene Kidd Sr. and Winfield Kidd. D. Healey Clark married Eloise A.(?), became a probate judge in Michigan, and they had two children, Ruth and Charrie, seen in the photos below.

Generation 5: Albert Eugene Kidd Sr. (10-Jul-1862 - 24-Apr-1938)
::: General ::: Timeline
Generation 5/Spouse: Inez Alice Davis (16-Dec-1868 - 1962)
::: General: 1) AEK Sr. grew up in Burns NY 2) AEK Sr. is working in Council Bluffs, IA 3) Parents of IAD live 160 mi. southwest of Burns NY 4) Marry in Chicago 5) Baby in Mt Jewett, PA 6) AEK Sr. back to Council Bluffs Wut?!!! ::: Davis Family and Timeline:
Generation 6/1: Albert Eugene Kidd Jr. (5-Dec-1891 - Jun-1976)
::: General ::: Burial ::: Wife: Elizabeth Ayres (17-Dec-1874 - May-1969) ::: Daughter: Geraldine ::: Son: Harlan (22-Jan-1922 - Jan-1979) ::: Son: David
Kidd & Co.

Generation 6/2: Ednah Kidd

Generation 6/3: George Wilson Kidd
 Son Robert W.  Son George W.
Generation 6/4: Harold Frank Kidd

Generation 6/5: Louise Dorothy Alice Kidd (h. Glen Fry)
Notes from David Kidd, September 2009
Louise Dorothy Alice Kidd (Ellie's mother) apparently was married between 1920 and 1928 and went out to California. It is believed she was married in Chicago. She was in a few silent films in California during this time. She divorced, went back to Illinois and married Ephram Glen Fry.
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