Photo by Salt Water New England

Friday, April 24, 2020

New England Genealogy - The Naming of Kittery, Maine

Photo by Salt Water New England
The first town most people encounter when going into Maine is also the oldest incorporated town in the state.  Settled in 1623, and incorporated in 1647,  Kittery was named by one of its founders, my husband's tenth great-grandfather Alexander Shapleigh, after Kittery Court, his home in Devon, England.  He came over in 1635 on BENEDICTION, a ship he jointly owned with his neighbor, Captain Francis Champernowne.

Shapleigh's daughter Catherine would marry Edward Hilton, his 10th great grandfather.  Hilton, often referred to as the Father of New Hampshire, had settled Dover, New Hampshire with his brother William in 1623.




5 comments:

  1. Interesting genealogy lesson, Muffy! My family has early New England roots as well. Do you have any connection to Aldrich Hall at Univ. Rhode Island? I know it was named after a former governor who was also Nelson Rockefeller's grandfather.

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  2. Very interesting! Thank you so much!

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  3. Love anything connected with genealogy. Would love to know more place name origins.

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  4. it's nice to think of Kittery as more than an outlet mall haven on the other side of a big interstate highway bridge. i lived in Portsmouth, NH for a while, and one of my favorite cycling excursions was crossing the small bridge over the Piscataqua river and heading up the coast, as close to the water as possible. a lot of nice spots between Portsmouth and York Harbor. York Beach, forgettable except that it's a great, flat area for beach volleyball on weekend mornings.

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