Robert Kitchell1

#11751, (circa October 1601 - 1672)
Father*John Kitchell2 ( - 1601/2)
Mother*Joane Jordan2 (s 1579 - )


Margaret Sheaffe b. c 1598, d. 1682
Children 1.Samuel Kitchell+1 (1633 - 1690)
 2.Harman Kitchell5 (c 1634 - s 1635)
 3.Joanna Kitchell5 (s 1637 - )
 4.Sarah Kitchell5 (s 1640 - 1651)
Birth*circa October 1601He was born circa October 1601 at EnglandG.3,4 
Baptism25 October 1601He was baptized on 25 October 1601 at St. Mary the Virgin, Hayes, Kent Co., EnglandG.4 
1 November 1625He was named overseer in the Edmund Sheafe's will dated 1 November 1625.5 
Marriage License21 June 1631He and Margaret Sheaffe obtained a marriage license on 21 June 1631 at Kent Co., EnglandG.6,5 
Marriage*21 July 1632He married Margaret Sheaffe, daughter of Richard Sheafe and Margery Roberts, on 21 July 1632 at Rolvenden, Kent Co., EnglandG.5,6 
1637He and Margaret Sheaffe migrated to ConnecticutG in 1637.5,7,8,9 
June 1639He was a signer of The Guilford Covenant in June 1639 at Guilford, Connecticut; The Guilford Covenant.10 
1666/67He of Milford was a signer of The Newark Covenant in 1666/67; The Newark Covenant.11,12 
1666/67He removed to Newark, New Jersey, in 1666/67.13 
Death*1672He died in 1672 at Arthur Killl, New Jersey.14 


  1. [S1143] George Chalmers McCormick, compiler, John Kitchel and Esther Peck: Their Ancestors, Descendants and Some Kindred Families (Fort Collins, Colorado: The Fort Collins Express, 1913), p. 16.
  2. [S1147] Donald Lines Jacobus, "The Kitchell, Sheafe and Ruck Connections in England", The American Genealogist XV (July 1938): p. 74, citing the Hayes, Kent Co., register, bapt. 25 Oct. 1601, for Robert, son of John Kitchell; and, the St. George's Church records, Beckenham, Kent, of the marriage of Jhon Kitchell and Jhone Jordan, 17 May 1596.
  3. [S1143] George Chalmers McCormick, John Kitchel and Esther Peck, p. 16, stating 1604.
  4. [S1147] Donald Lines Jacobus, "Kitchell, Sheafe and Ruck Connections", p. 74, citing the Hayes, Kent Co., register, bapt. 25 Oct. 1601.
  5. [S1145] Walter K. Watkins, "Some Guilford, Conn., Settlers and Their Relationship, or the Sheafe Family In England and New England", New England Historical and Genealogical Register 53 (April 1901): 213–214. Hereinafter cited as Sheafe Family of Guilford.
  6. [S1147] Donald Lines Jacobus, "Kitchell, Sheafe and Ruck Connections", 73–74. "The marriage license states her age as “about 30“ in 1631, but as she was older than Robert Kitchell, he may chivalrously have stated her age in round figures instead of precisely."
  7. [S1331] William A. Whitehead, "A Historical Memoir of the Circumstances Leading to and Connected with the Settlement of Newark, New Jersey", Collections of the New Jersey Historical Society VI (May 1866): p. 122. "Robert Kitchell left England 26th Apr. 1639 ; with Rev. Henry Whitfield and others came to New Haven, it
    is said in the first ship that ever anchored in its Bay. On shipboard, or upon landing, they drew up and signed a
    Plantation Covenant." The emigrants arrived first at Boston, from Winthrop Journals. Hereinafter cited as Settlement of Newark.
  8. [S1718] James Kendall Hosmer, editor, Winthrop's Journal "History of New England", two volumes (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1908), I:223-224. Entry on 26 Jun 1637. "There arrived two ships from London, the Hector, and the [blank]. In these came Mr. Davenport and another minister, and Mr. Eaton and Mr. Hopkins, two merchants of London, men of fair estate and of great esteem for religion, and wisdom in outward affairs. In the Hector came also the Lord Ley, son and heir of the
    Earl of Marlborough, being about nineteen years of age..." The 1790 edition of the Journal has 1637, 4th month, 26th day
    According to Thomas O'Connor [see citation] the arrival was on 6 June 1637. Thephilus Eaton and Rev. John Davenport would be the leading founders of the New Haven Colony. Following a scouting expedition in August 1637, the new colonists sailed from Boston on 30 Mar 1638, and five hundred of them were present at the founding on 24 April 1638.
    Robert Kitchell and his family are not listed on various passenger lists of the Hector but these lists are not complete.. Hereinafter cited as Winthrop's Journal.
  9. [S1719] Thomas O'Connor, History of Early New Haven: A Connection to Our Past (Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute), online Hereinafter cited as History of Early New Haven.
  10. [S1149] Ralph D. Smith, The History of Guilford, Connecticut, From Its First Settlement in 1639 (Albany, N. Y.: J. Munsell, 1877), pp. 11–12. "We whose names are here underwritten, intending by God's gracious permission to plant ourselves in New England, and if it may be, in the southerly part about Quinnipiack, do faithfully promise each, for ourselves and our families and those that belong to us, that we will, the Lord assisting us, sit down and join ourselves together in one entire plantation, and be helpful each to the other in any common work, according to every man's ability, and as need shall require, and we promise not to desert or leave each other or the plantation, but with the consent of the rest, or the greater part of the company who have entered into this engagement. As to our gathering together in a church way and the choice of officers and members to be joined in that way, we do refer ourselves, until such time as it please God to settle us in our plantation. In witness whereof we subscribe our names, this first of June 1639."
    Robert Kitchell
    John Stone
    Thomas Norton

    John Bishop
    William Plane
    Abraham Cruttenden

    Francis Bushnell
    Richard Gutridge
    Francis Chatfield

    William Chittenden
    John Hughes
    William Halle

    William Leete
    Wm. Dudley
    Thomas Naish

    Thomas Joanes
    John Parmelin
    Henry Kingsnorth

    John Jurdan
    John Mepham
    Henry Doude

    William Stone
    Henry Whitfield
    Thomas Cooke

    John Hoadly

    [Signers of the Guilford Covenant from The History of Guilford (Smith, 1877)]

    The stone monument in Guilford, unveiled in May 2014, has:
    Thomas Jones for Thomas Joanes
    John Jordan for John Jurdan
    Richard Guttridge for Richard Gutridge
    John Permewly for John Parmelin

    Other sources have John Housegoe or Housingsoe for John Hughes.
  11. [S928] William H Shaw, compiler, History of Essex and Hudson Counties, New Jersey (Philadelphia: Everts & Peck, 1884), I:372–381.
    The covenant came after years of planning and negotiating by New Haven Colony dissidents opposed to the union with the Connecticut Colony. The covenant was first signed, on 30 Oct 1666, by the Branford members, twenty-three in number:
    1. Jasper Crane 13. Ebenezer Camfield
    2. Abra. Peirson.      14. John Ward, Senior
    3. Sam'l Swaine      15. Ed. Ball
    4. Laurance Ward      16. John Harrison
    6. Thomas Blacthly* 17. John Crane
    6. Samuel Plum      18. Thos. Huntington
    7. .losiah Ward      19. Delivered Crane
    8. Samuel Rose      20. Aaron Blacthly
    9. Thomas Peirson      21. Richard Laurence
    10. John Warde      22. John Johnson
    11. John Catling      23. Thomas L. Lyon [his mark]
    12. Richard Harrison

    This was followed on 24 Jun 1667 by the subscription to the document by forty-one members from Milford:
    1. Robert Treat.          22. Thom. Johnson          
    2. Obadiah Bruen.          23. John Curtis.          
    3. Matthew Camfield     24. Ephraim Burwell.               
    4. Samuell Kitchell          25. Robert R. Dennison. [his mark]          
    5. Jeremiah Pecke          26. Nathaniel Wheeler.          
    6. Michael Tompkins     27. Zachariah Burwell.
    7. Stephen Freeman 28. William Campe.
    8. Henry Lyon,          29. Joseph Walters.          
    9. John Browne          30. Robert Dalglish.               
    10. John Rutgers [Rogers].     31. Hauns Albers.          
    11. Stephen Davis.          32. Thomas Morris.          
    12. Edward Rigs.          33. Hugh Roberts.          
    13. Robert Kitchell           34. Eph'm Pennington          
    14. J. n. Brooks [his mark].     35. Martin Tichenor          
    15. Robert v. Lymens. [his mark] 36. John Browne, Jr               
    16. Francis f. Linle. [his mark]     37 Jona. Seargeant.          
    17. Daniel Tichenor.     38. Azariah Crane               
    18. John Bauldwin, Sen.     39. Samuel Lyon.
    19. John Bauldwin, Jr. 40. Joseph Riggs.
    20. Jona. Timipkins. 41. Stephen Bond
    21. Geo. Day     

    The document read thus:
    "1st. - That none shall lie admitted freemen or free Burgesses within our Town upon Passaick River, in the Province of Jersey, but such Planters as are members of some or other of the Congregational Churches, nor shall any but such be chosen to Magistracy or to Carry on any part of said Civil Judicature, or as deputies or assistants, to have power to Vote in establishing Laws, and making or repealing them, or to any Chief Military Trust or Office. Nor shall any But such Church Members have any Vote in such election. Tho all others admitted to be planters have right to their proper Inheritance, and do and shall enjoy all other Civil Liberties, Privileges, according to all Laws, Orders, Grants which are, or hereafter shall be made for this Town."

  12. [S1084] Francis Bazley Lee, editor, Genealogical and Memorial History of the State of New Jersey (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1910), I:243. General description of the removal to New Jersey by those in Branford and Milford.
  13. [S1149] Ralph D. Smith, The History of Guilford (Smith), p. 23.
  14. [S882] J. Percy Crayon, Rockaway Records of Morris County, N. J., Families (Rockaway, N.J.: Rockaway Publishing Co., 1902), Reprinted 1982 by the Historical Society of Boonton Township, Inc., p. 248.