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Descendant's report for Richard Kidder, Bishop of Bath and Wells, son of William Kidder, saddler and Elizabeth Kydder [Wickenden]

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Richard Kidder was born 1633/4, the eighth of nine children of the saddler William Kidder and his wife Elizabeth Wickenden, and christened at East Grinstead on 9th February 1633/4. He was educated at a grammar school and admitted sizar of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, in June 1649, took the degree of B.A. in 1652, and was elected fellow of his college in 1653. In 1662 he was ejected for nonconformity from the vicarage of Stanground, in Huntingdonshire, but conforming soon after, he was presented in 1664 to the rectory of Raine, in Essex. In 1674 the Merchant Taylors' Company gave him the rectory of St. Martin's Outwich. In 1681 he was made pre bend of Norwich, and in 1689 dean of Peterborough; two years afterwards, on the deprivation of Bishop Ken, he was raised to the see of Bath and Wells.

He and his wife died in the night of 26th November 1703, at Wells, being killed in bed by the fall of a stack of chimneys occasioned by the great storm.


See also:
Biography of Richard Kidder (including his autobiography) by Stephen Hyde Casson, M.A., F.S.A., published in 1829
Richard Kidder, Bishop of Bath and Wells, and the Kidders of Maresfield by The Rev. Edward Turner, M.A., published in 1857

Generation No. 1
  1. Richard Kidder, Bishop of Bath and Wells was the son of William Kidder, saddler and Elizabeth Kydder [Wickenden]. He was born 1633/34 at East Grinstead, Sussex; christened 9th Feb 1633/34 at St Swithin Parish Church, East Grinstead, Sussex; died 26th Nov 1703 at Bishop's Palace, Wells, Somerset, killed by a collapsing chimney stack during a storm; buried 14th Dec 1703 at Wells Cathedral, Somerset
  He married Elizabeth on c 1675. She was born c 1635; died 26th Nov 1703 at Bishop's Palace, Wells, Somerset, killed by a collapsing chimney stack during a storm; buried 14th Dec 1703 at Wells Cathedral, Somerset. They had the following children:
  iKaterine who was born 6th Oct 1679; christened 7th Oct 1679 St. Martin's Church, Outwich, City of London; died 1680; buried 28th May 1680
  iiPaul who was born c 1680; died c May 1680; buried 8th May 1680
  iiiRichard who was born c 1680; died c May 1680; buried 17th May 1680
2 ivSusanna who was born 1683; died 12th Sep 1739 Essex
  vJohn who was born 1684; christened 4th Feb 1684 St. Martin's Church, Outwich, City of London; died Sep 1684; buried 8th Sep 1684
  viAnn who was born 4th Sep 1686; christened 5th Sep 1686 St. Martin's Church, Outwich, City of London
   
Generation No. 2
  2. Susanna Everard [Kidder] was the daughter of Richard Kidder, Bishop of Bath and Wells and Elizabeth Kidder. She was born 1683; died 12th Sep 1739 at Great Waltham, Essex
  iAnne
  iiSusannah
  She married Sir Richard Everard, Governor of North Carolina on 13th Jun 1706 at St. Alphage, London Wall, City of London. He was born c 1683; died 17th Feb 1733 at London; buried after 17th Feb 1733 at Much Waltham, Essex. They had the following children:
  iRichard who was born 1709; christened 9th Feb 1709 Great Waltham, Essex
  iiHugh who was born 1710; christened 2nd Mar 1710 St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Westminster, London
   

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