Joseph Rylah Kitson Sr

Brief Life History of Joseph Rylah

When Joseph Rylah Kitson Sr was born on 15 February 1890, in Lawrence, Essex, Massachusetts, United States, his father, Richard Kitson, was 34 and his mother, Mary Priscilla Kershaw, was 32. He married Violet Warden on 16 June 1912. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Chicopee, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States in 1920 and Massachusetts, United States in 1935. He died on 25 December 1944, in New Britain, Hartford, Connecticut, United States, at the age of 54, and was buried in Rocky Hill, Hartford, Connecticut, United States.

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Joseph Rylah Kitson Sr
Violet Warden
Marriage: 16 June 1912
Violet Thelma Kitson
Joseph Rylah Kitson
Carl Edward Kitson
Edith Eleanor Kitson
John Kitson

Sources (18)

  • Joseph R Kitson, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Joseph J. Kitson, "Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915, 1921-1924"
  • Joseph Kitson in entry for Thelma Kitson Buckley, "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014"

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Name Meaning

English (Yorkshire and Lancashire): patronymic meaning ‘son of Kit’, a pet form of Christopher and Christian .

Irish (Wicklow): Anglicized form of Mac Ceit or Ó Ceit, see Kett .

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

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