1774 - 1890 (116 years)
||Robert Kidd |
||Aug 10, 1774
||Amherst county, Virginia, USA 
||Nov 12, 1890
||Sealy, Austin county, Texas, USA
||Magnolia Cemetery, Beaumont, Jefferson county, Texas, USA
- Florence Stratton begins her (1925) book "The Story of Beaumont, with the story of Robert Kidd -- on the first page of the first chapter, entitled "a href="http://mykindred.com/wiess/st-o-b/01-TheCoveredWagon.html" target="_blank">The Covered Wagon/a>".
W.T. Block, historian, wrote of Robert Kidd: "... at an age when most Americans have already or are considering retirement, Kidd's life was only beginning, for he married for the first time at age 64; raised seven children, moved to Jefferson County when he was age 75, and worked in his cotton field until age 100.... He was a tobacco farmer when he met and married Rebecca Hitchcock, who was 38 years his junior, at Salem, N. C., in 1838. After the births of three children, the family moved to Benton, Polk County, Tennessee, in 1845. In 1849, they moved to Wichita, Louisiana, and after only a short period of residence there, they settled at Aurora (now Port Arthur) in Jefferson County, Texas, in 1850. .... In 1873, during the ninety-ninth year of his life, Robert Kidd raised 200 bushels of corn and ginned a 535-pound bale of cotton, planting and picking the crop by himself. In March 1874, he began his spring plowing in preparation for his next crop, but at noon of the first day, he brought his team to the house and told his wife he would have to retire from the field. A century of hard labor had sapped his frail body of most of its remaining strength. Nevertheless, sixteen more long years would pass before Kidd was called upon for his last journey to the graveyard.
On March 28, 1881, the Rev. T. B. Buckingham of Chappell Hill, Texas, interviewed Kidd at his home at San Felipe. Kidd was then nearly 107 years old. The Methodist circuit rider reported that the old pioneer's eye sight still required no spectacles, his hearing was unimpaired, "his teeth are in a remarkable state of preservation, his appetite is good, his digestive organs are all right, but his bed rest at night is imperfect."
"His recollections extend back to the War of 1776," Buckingham continued. "He remembers having seen a detachment of British troops pass through his father's orchard. Like all persons of extreme age, he remembers events of long ago much better than those of recent date. He is still quite active and may possibly live for several years to come."
".... (after the death of his wife, Robert) lived for his remaining years with his daughter and son-in-law, Major and Mrs. Cook, at Sealy, Texas. In November, 1884, Kidd walked a mile to cast his ballot for the Democratic nominee, Grover Cleveland, in the presidential election of that year."
Florence Stratton, in her book, "The Story of Beaumont" wrote of him:
"Captain Robert Kidd, who came to Beaumont in 1849, remembered seeing the army of Cornwallis on its march to defeat in Yorktown, Virginia, in 1781."
1860 census, Beaumont, Jefferson cty, TX, pct 1, p. 84
JUL 23, 1860, HH 505
Robert Kidd, 79, W, farm labourer, VA
Rebecca " , 48, house keeper, NC
Henry " , 19, labourer, NC
F.M. " , 15, ", "
George W. " , 14, ", TN
Ann E " , 11, TN
Martha " , 9, TX
Mary " , 7, TX
Alexander Collins, 50, carpenter, VA
Jasper Leroy, 68, shingle maker, GER
Priscilla " , 51, house keeper, GER
Annette " , 16, spinster, GER
Frank Schisler, 52, shingle maker, GER
Eva " , 24, house keeper, GER
Mary E(?) " , 15, TX
1870 census, San Felipe, Austin cty, TX, pct 3
film series M593, roll 1574, p. 305; June 15, 1870, HH 32
Kidd, Robert, 95, M, W, farmer, 300, 600, VA
" , Rebecca, 59, F, W, keeping house, NC
" , Marion, 25, working farm, NC
Mansfield, Clarence, 17, M, W, working farm, MS
Shaw, Joseph, 16, M, B, working farm, LA
Cook, Norman, 25, M, W, attends cattle, ENG
" , Mollie E, 16, F, W, at home, TX
....(Mollie is Robert's daughter, wife of Maj. Norman Cook)
||Apr 24, 2011 |
||Rebecca Hitchcock, b. Abt 1811, Salem, North Carolina, USA , d. 1884 (Age ~ 73 years) |
||Salem, North Carolina, USA
| ||1. Henry Kidd, b. Abt 1841, North Carolina, USA , d. Jul 1864, Battle of Peachtree Creek, Georgia, USA (Age ~ 23 years)|
| ||2. Frances Marion "Marion" "F.M." Kidd, b. Abt 1845, North Carolina, USA , d. |
| ||3. George W. Kidd, b. Abt 1846, Tennessee, USA , d. |
|+||4. Anna Elizabeth Kidd, b. Abt 1844, Louisiana, USA , d. |
| ||5. Martha Kidd, b. Abt 1851, Texas, USA , d. |
|+||6. Mary Ellen "Mollie" Kidd, b. Mar 20, 1853, Beaumont, Jefferson county, Texas, USA , d. May 12, 1917, San Felipe, Austin county, Texas, USA (Age 64 years)|
- [S1081] The Story of Beaumont, Stratton, Florence.
Beaumont in the Wars
- [S136] 1860 US federal census, 1860 census, Beaumont, Jefferson cty, TX, pct 1, p. 84.
- [S14] 1870 US federal census, 1870 census, San Felipe, Austin cty, TX, pct 3.