The Kildon family surname varies in both the census and the parish registers between Kildon, Kilding, Kilden, and Hildon. We use Kildon for the chapter title, as the early references after Joseph arrived in Castle Bolton are Kildon, but by the time of his death, and his grandchildren's births, Kilding seems the chosen spelling.

1851 Census

In November 1845, Joseph Kildon married Elizabeth Storey. By 1851, they have two children:

Name Relationship Age Occupation Birthplace
KILDON Joseph Head 31 Agricultural Labourer Tanfield
KILDON Elizabeth Wife 29 Castle Bolton
KILDON Alice Daughter 4 Castle Bolton
KILDON James Son 6m Castle Bolton

Joseph was of Aysgarth when he married. Elizabeth was baptized 2 June 1822, the daughter of Henry Storey and Alice, nee Fowler.

Joseph and Elizabeth's first children are:

  1. Alice: baptized 16 May 1847
  2. James: baptized 3 November 1850

1861 Census

Joseph and Elizabeth are lodging with Elizabeth's mother in 1861:

Name Relationship Age Occupation Birthplace
STOREY Alice Head, Widow 72 Castle Bolton
HILDON Joseph Lodger, Married 41 Agricultural Labourer Tanfield
HILDON Elizabeth Lodger's Wife, Married 38 Castle Bolton
HILDON Alice Lodger's Daughter 14 Castle Bolton
HILDON James Lodger's Son 10 Scholar Castle Bolton
HILDON Henry Lodger's Son 6 Castle Bolton
HILDON Elizabeth Lodger's Daughter 3 Castle Bolton

Their new children since 1851 are:
  1. Henry: baptized 14 May 1854
  2. Elizabeth: baptized 20 September 1857
  3. Annie Emmaline: baptized 16 January 1859
Annie doesn't appear in the burial records for Redmire -- it is uncertain if she died and was buried elsewhere, or if she is still alive and staying relatives on census night.

1871 Census

In 1871, only two children remain at home:

Name Relationship Age Occupation Birthplace
KILDEN Joseph Head, Married 52 Farmer, Labourer West Tanfield
KILDEN Elizabeth Wife, Married 48 Castle Bolton
KILDEN Henry Son 16 Castle Bolton
KILDEN Elizabeth Daughter 13 Castle Bolton

1881 Census

By 1881, daughter Elizabeth has married:

Name Relationship Age Occupation Birthplace
KILDING Joseph Head, Married 60 Agricultural Labourer Tanfield
KILDING Elizabeth Wife, Married 58 Castle Bolton
PYBUS Henry Son in Law, Married 34 Gardener Bishop Monkton
PYBUS Alice Daughter, Married 34 Castle Bolton

Henry and Alice married 27 July 1873, Henry being of Scruton at the time.

Joseph and Elizabeth's son Henry has also married, and in 1881 is living on Railway Street in Leyburn with his wife Isabella (nee Blades) and two children.

Joseph's memorial in Redmire reads:

In loving memory of Joseph Kilding of Castle Bolton who died 27 April 1882 aged 63 years. Also Elizabeth wife of the above who died 26 January 1895 aged 72 years.

1891 Census

In 1891, Elizabeth is living with her daughter Elizabeth, now husband of Joseph Shields:

Name Relationship Age Occupation Birthplace
SHIELDS Joseph Head, Married 36 Plumber Redmire
SHIELDS Elizabeth Wife, Married 33 Castle Bolton
SHIELDS William T. Son 10 Scholar Castle Bolton
SHIELDS Alice Daughter 8 Scholar Castle Bolton
SHIELDS Joseph Son 6 Scholar Castle Bolton
KILDING Elizabeth Mother in Law, Widow 68 Living on Own Means Castle Bolton

Elizabeth Kildon died 26 January 1895, and was buried in Redmire 29 January.
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