Rash's Surname Index

Notes for William KITE

KITE, William, librarian, was born in Philadelphia, Pa., Oct. 25, 1810; son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Barnard) Kite; grandson of Benjamin and Rebecca (Walton) Kite, and of John and Jane Barnard, of Wilmington, Del., and a descendant of James Kite, who emigrated from England before 1675, settled at
Blockley, Philadelphia county, Pa., and was married to Msry Warner, a daughter of William Warner. His grandmother, Rebecca Walton, was descended from Daniel Walton, one of the first settlers in Byberry, Philadelphia. William was educated in the Friends' schools in Philadelphia; taught school at Evesham, N.J., 1898-29; was employed in his father's book store for several years, and was in partnership with his uncle, Joseph Kite, in the printing business, printing court papers and official documents for the U.S. bank. He was married, Nov. 8, 1888, to Mary F., daughter of Josiah F. and Esther (Canby) Clement, and granddaughter of Samuel and Frances (Lea) Canby, all of Wilmington, Del. He removed to Birmingham, Pa., in 1844 on account of failing health, and engaged in farming. He was a teacher at the Westtown school, 1863-68; removed to Germantown in 1869, and was librarian of the Friends' free library, 1869-96, and librarian emeritus, 1896-1900. He was admitted a member of the Franklin Institute about 1840, was a member of the Germantown Historical society, and was elected a member of the American Library association in 1876. He was for about fifty years a recommended minister in the Society of Friends, and for more than thirty years a member of the representative body of Philadelphia Yearly meeting, called the "Meeting for Sufferings," being on the publication committee. He is the author of: A Memoir of Thomas Kite; Memoir of Christopher Healy,
and of Biographical Sketches and Anecdotes of Friends, and many articles on natural history for the leading periodicals. He died at Germantown, Pa., Feb. 10, 1900.

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