Yarling / Yearling


Centralia, Illinois

August 5, 1944


Dear  Mrs. Yarling,

I have your letter of August 4 asking for information concerning  Percy Kitchel  or Kitchell.  As Percy is not my ancestor I find him rather neglected in my notes just mentioned once, in fact.  However, I do not blame myself for that for I copied all information available; he evidently was not spoken of in the papers that fell to my notice.  I have more information concerning his ancestors than concerning him or his descendants.  I am copying here what was written, I believe, by  Harvey Bates Fatout  in a little paper bound family history, which was printed some years ago.  The quotation follows:

"Once upon a time there were four Kitchel sisters, daughters of  Moses Kitchel  who was born about 1740.  This Kitchel name runs back to 1604 so far as we know.  The first Kitchel that we know anything about was born in Kent, England.  He married  Margaret Sheaffe, and they with one son, Samuel, came to this country in 1639.  As nearly as I can learn, they settled in Connecticut, and there, Samuel who was born in 1633 was married first to  Eliza Wakeman  and second to  Grace Pierson, who was the daughter of the  Rev. Abraham Pierson  the first President of Yale.  They had eight children; the only one that we know anything about was  Abraham Kitchel  who was born in 1679 in Newark, N.J.  He married  Sarah Bruen who also was born in 1679.  *He evidently omits one generation.  Moses  was the son of  Joseph  1712-179 & grandson of  Abraham  1679-1741.  They had seven children, the fourth of whom was Moses, who is supposed to have been born about 1740.  This man Moses is the one who interests us.  The Kitchel Book seems to give the idea that the wife of Moses Kitchel was probably  Phoebe Hedges.  The does not say anything about the Moses Kitchel children.

(From other sources

Moses Kitchel, son of  Joseph Kitchel, b. Hanover, N.J. 1739 m. 1st Phoebe Hedges (m. before 1761) daughter of  Elias Hedges.  M. 2nd  Eunice Fatout.  Moses Kitchel was a Lt. In the Revolution.

And from the 3rd vol. Of Abridged Compendium of Am. Genealogy p. 641  Lewis Kitchel Torbett, Mason, Illinois, lists  Moses Kitchel  whom our records list as marrying  Phoebe Hanover or Hedges as marrying  Eunice Fatout  (1756-1818) of N.J.)

It seems a difficult matter to keep track of this man  Moses Kitchel.  He was living in New Jersey in 1785.  He was in Cincinnati in 1787 at the marriage of his daughter  Mary  to  Daniel Bates.  He was in Lebanon, Ohio, in 1806 at the marriage of his daughter  Jemima  to  Joseph Allen.  It is not known where he was when his daughter  Rachel  married  Moses Flack.  As  Daniel Hosbrook  (son of  Lydia Kitchel) was born in 1785 and as  Archibald  and  Hannah, brother and sister of  Daniel  were both older than  Daniel  and also as  Moses Kitchell  was living in N. J. the probability is that  Lydia Kitchel  was married to  John Hosbrook  about 1780 in N. J.  Rachel Kitchel  must have married  Moses Flack  about 1803, I believe, in Hamilton Co., Oh.

We have information that on Nov. 5, 1785, in Morris Co., N.J., Moses Kitchel  was appointed guardian to  Samuel Hedges  so that at that time  Moses Kitchel  was still in N. J.

From different sources we come to the conclusion that Moses Kitchel had at least six children:  Lydia,  Mary,  Rachel,  Jemima,  Percy  and  Luther.  (That is the only mention I find of Percy)

I am sending you a family record which  George, the third of my sons, compiled.  Of course, that part of it which antedates the Middle Ages would not be accepted by genealogical experts, but it is 'fun' to have it, anyway.  You are welcome to keep this record long enough to make a copy if you care to do so, then please return it to me.  The Encyclopedia Britannica says in one place that no one has ever been able to trace an unbroken line back though the Middle Ages that people have spent fortunes trying to do so.  Well, we have it whether it is reliable or not.  I keep forgetting all about it and don't call the attention of the children and grandchildren to it when they are studying history.  It would make those old times much spicier for them if they knew that their relatives were the ones that figured in all these doings creditable and otherwise.

We all wish when it is too late that we had listened to the talk that went on around us about the family.  I believe that if a young person could see his ancestry written out, he might take an interest in it because the names would fall into place where they belong and would really mean something to him.  All the relatives, whom I had never seen were a jumble to me when I was little, a jumble to which I paid no attention.  As a rule we never get interested in our ancestors until those who could tell us about them are gone.  I am sorry that I cannot give you any dates of  Percy Kitchel's birth.  I should guess that these "four Kitchel sisters" were all older than he.  My ancestor  (or ancestress)  Mary Kitchel  was born 1787.  I'd guess that Percy was born in the early 1790's but I have no record.

I grieve to hear of the loss of your son and to know that your other son is still in the battle area.  Two of our boys were in the other war, but did not get across.  I used to try to comfort myself then by thinking that it does not really make any difference whether a man lives to be twenty or forty or eighty; what does make a difference is that he should play his part well while he does live.  I tried to look at life in terms of a hundred years and it helped a little.  Although  George  was in Camp Polk for a while, he is now counted too old for the ranks and the other two boys are older.  One grandson who is old enough for the draft was rejected because of a slight heart murmur.  But I have one nephew who was wounded in New Guinea and who is in a hospital somewhere there now.  We must have faith that the struggle is about over and look forward to the end as cheerfully as possible and sometimes that is hard to do.

I regret that I cannot give you the exact information that you want but perhaps something in what I have been able to send may help you a little.

Sincerely yours,

Genevieve F. (Mrs. W. S.) Perrine

Received from Norman Barnett at the Grover Museum, a letter to Mrs. Yarling from Mrs. Perrine.
Transcribed by Melinda Moore Weaver

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