John Elihu Kitchen

19 May 1822–2 August 1897 (Age 75)
New York, United States

The Life of John Elihu

When John Elihu Kitchen was born on 19 May 1822, in New York, United States, his father, Richard Kitchen, was 24 and his mother, Jane Johnson, was 18. He married Matilda Swank on 16 May 1845, in LaGrange, Indiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in LaGrange, Indiana, United States in 1880. He died on 2 August 1897, in Clearspring Township, LaGrange, Indiana, United States, at the age of 75, and was buried in Osborn Cemetery, LaGrange, Indiana, United States.

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John Elihu Kitchen
Matilda Swank
Marriage: 16 May 1845
Clarissa Kitchen
Martin VanBuren Kitchen
Harriet Kitchen
Matilda Kitchen
Richard W Kitchen
Dorothy Kitchen

Spouse and Children

16 May 1845
LaGrange, Indiana, United States


    Clarissa Kitchen


    Martin VanBuren Kitchen



    Matilda Kitchen



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World Events (8)

1825 · The Crimes Act

Age 3

The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.
1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

Age 5

During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.

Age 24

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

Name Meaning

1 English and Scottish: from Middle English kychene ‘kitchen’, hence an occupational name for someone who worked in or was in charge of the kitchen of a monastery or great house.2 Scottish and northern Irish: variant of McCutcheon .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • John Kitchen, "United States Census, 1880"
  • John Kichen, "United States Census, 1860"
  • John J Kitchen, "Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007"

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