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Kidman farm, Dry Drayton

History of the Kidman family, Dry Drayton

Location of farm is currently unknown


Richard Kidman, 50, farmer

Elizabeth, 45

James, 24

William, 22

Elizabeth, 14

Thomas, 17



William Kidman, 29, farmer 141 acres, b Croxton

Thomas, brother, 25

Elizabeth, mother, 56, b Comberton

Rebecca Friar, servant, 13, b Dry Drayton

Cottage (not known at present if this family next door were related)

Thomas Kidman, 33, carpenter, b Hardwick

Elizabeth, 28, b Caldecote

James, 1, b Dry DRayton


William Kidman, 40, farmer 140 acres, b Croxton

Ann née Summers, 36, b Dry Drayton

Thomas Kidman, brother, 35, farmer, b Croxton

Susan Loats, 71, visitor, b Caxton

Emily Binge, 16, servant, b Dry Drayton

John Amps, 68, shepherd, b Toft

1861 Apr:

Mary Elizabeth Kidman born

1865 Sep:

Anne Jane Kidman born


Thomas Kidman, head, farmer of 8 acres, 47, b Croxton

‘Uncle’ Tom Kidman, Dry Drayton

Ann Kidman, sister in law, widow, 46, b Dry Drayton

Mary Elizabeth Kidman, niece, 9, b Dry Drayton

Anne Jane Kidman, niece, 5, b Dry Drayton

Mary Aust, servant, 40, b Dry Drayton


Mary Aust, head, widow, 51, b Dry Drayton

Mary Kidman, niece, 19, b Dry Drayton

In this census the next household listed is headed by brothers Richard and John Few, described as farmers of 141 acres. This is the same size as the Kidman farm in 1861 and suggests that the Few brothers own or at least manage the farm now.

Annie J Kidman is a boarder, an apprentice, aged 15, living with Hannah Joyce, 69, at 10 Whitby Street, Wisbech St Peter.


Ann Jane Kidman married William Collett Phypers (1857-1921)

Ann Kidman


Mary Kidman is now a general servant working for the Griffith family in Hammersmith.

Ann Jane Phypers née Kidman is now living with her family on the High Street, Dry Drayton.


Mary Kidman married farmer Stephen William Chapman, b 1862, Withersfield, Suffolk. Their marriage certificate shows that Stephen was a farmer at Helions Bumpstead and his father, William, was also a farmer.

Mary Elizabeth Kidman

Mary’s sister Ann Jane and her husband were also farming in Helions Bumpstead by 1901.

In 1891 at New House Farm in Helion Bumpstead there are:

Sarah Chapman, head, widow, 47, farmer, b Balsham

Linda Chapman, daughter, 5, b Wickham

William Chapman, son, 3, b Wickham

Frederick Chapman, boarder, 25, agricultural labourer, b Woodditton Suffolk

John Chapman, boarder, 21, agricultural labourer, b Hargrave Suffolk, idiot from childhood

Stephen Chapman, boarder, 29, farm bailiff, b Withersfield

In 1881 William Chapman, 41, (wife Susan, 38) is farmer of 119 acres at High Noon Farm in Withersfield, Suffolk. Their children are Stephen W 19, Robert 16, Harriet 13, John 11, George 9, Jameson 7, Charles William Potter Chapman 5.


Stephen and Mary have a son, William and are living at Elm Halls, Colne Engaine, Essex.

1911 Perry Appleton, Helion’s Bumpstead

Susan Chapman, widow, 68, farmer, b Withersfield

George Chapman, son, 39, working on farm, b Withersfield

George Chapman, Helions Bumpstead

Beatrice Chapman, daughter, 29, dairy work, b Helion Bumpstead

Beatrice Chapman, Helions Bumpstead

In 1911 Beatrice and George’s brother, Charles W P Chapman, is a farmer aged 35 at Olmstead hall, Castle Camps.


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