Tuesday, August 23, 2011


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Bury St. Edmonds, St. James Parish

"The Kilham surname has been spelt many ways including Callum, Killum, Lillam, Killom, etc. Henry Hilham was buried at Dennington, 27 May 1631. Widow Elizabeth Goodale of Dennyngton (Henry's mother-in-law) made her will on 1 March, 1602, which was proved 7 March, 1601. She mentions her sons George, John and Robert (who came from Ipswich, England to Salem, Massachusetts in 1634) Goodale, Henry Kilham and Alice, his wife, my daughter. William Downing and Margaret his wife, my daughter, her grandchildren Alice Kilham and Margaret Downing. The three eldest children of my son, William Goodale, at ages of one and twenty years. Son: Thomas Goodale to be executor of the estate. The widow Elizabeth Goodale was buried in England, 5 March, 1601/2."

THE EARLY KILLAMS – by Horace Wilson Killam.

Previous to 1931, I had considered Henry Killam as being of the first generation until my coworker, our secretary sent me 15 generations before Henry, which is found in Thornton’s History of Nottingham, County, England. The first being Gilbert deKillam, 2 – Ralph, 3 – Maurice, 4 – Peter, 5 – Peter, 6 – Walter, 7 – William, 8 – Henry, 9 – Robert, 10 – Robert, 11 – John, 12 – Richard, 13 – Robert, 14 – John. Gilbert 1 began with 1100. John 14 had a son Thomas 15 who removed to York County.

Brown’s Yarmouth Gen. says "It is said the Kilham Family has been seated in York County since the time of William the Conqueror," who came from Normandy to England in 1066.


To Mr. Henry F. Waters belongs the credit of first discovering the home of the Kilham Family, the same being published in the New England Historic and Genealogical Register in April 1898, and in his Genealogical Gleanings in England in 1901 and confirmed by Mr. Walter Kendall Watkins of Malden, a well-known genealogist who visited the Parish in 1897. In 1856, Joseph Whitney Killam, then of Wilton, New Hampshire and father of the writer traces his ancestry and that of a few others of the family from the arrival of Austin Kilham in Salem, Massachusetts in 1637 up to 1857, 220 years.

At Dennington, and referring to Henry Kilham, the name is spelled Kilham, Killam, and Kellam. In America, the name has some twenty variations in spelling. Among the many of the name that I have collected probably three fourths of them use Killam, the remainder being divided into Kilham, Kellam, Kellom, and Kellum. Kellam is followed by the Virginia family generally, and Kellum by two families who came from Ireland. I find no reason to suppose the Callam family of Salem or any McCallam family was of the Kilham family as has been stated by some genealogists, although the Salem records contain some errors in the Kilham and Callam families.

As to the origin of the name, I quote from the Century Dictionary. Kil or kill – An element in Celtic place-names signifying cell, church, churchyard; very frequent in Ireland, and common in Scotland. Ham – An obsolete (Middle English and Anglo-Saxon) form of home. Doubtless Kilham is correct, the h. being silent in the pronunciation.

I took up this work in 1900, being at that time a resident of Hyde Park, a town since annexed to Boston, Massachusetts, the most fruitful field for this work in New England. I retired from active work in 1914 and in 1915 left Boston. Since then I have taken up the work intermittently.

I wish to extend my thanks to the many who have replied to my inquiry for data on their branch of the family, and acknowledge the aid received from the following:

A Historical Record of the Posterity of William Black, by Cyrus Black, Esq., Amherst, Nova Scotia, 1885.

A History of Captain Roswell Preston of Hampton, Connecticut, by Edward M. Preston of Nevada City, California
Genealogy of the Killam Family, a reprint from the Yarmouth, Nova Scotia Herald of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

Genealogies from 1597 to 1902 by George W. Brown, with some additions by the printer, Nelson C. Killam, Baltimore, Maryland, 1906

The Early Killam’s in the New England Historic and Genealogical Register, by William Stowell Mills, LLB, Brooklyn, New York

Killam Genealogy in the Essex Institute Historical Collection, July 1913, by Sidney Perley, Esq., Salem, Massachusetts.

By Horace Wilson Killam
Transcribed from his notes by his granddaughter Edith Patten Heys
Transcribed from her transcripts by William Benjamin Heys
Copyright © 2009 by William B. Heys
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"Genealogical Gleanings in England" by Henry F Waters contains the following account:
Will of Henry Kellam, of Dennington (Suffolk Co.) nuncupative, proved 3 June 1631.
"To Mary Kellam, my eldest daughter, I give my desk. To Alice Cosbie, my daughter, my featherbed, furnished as it stands, and my chest, with the linen that is in it. To my son Austen Kellam all my apparell. To Daniel Kellam, my grandchild, ten shillings or else my biggest kettle. To Ezechiel Tomson, my grandchild, my new chest. To William Tomson, my grandchild, my bible. To Alice Kellam, my grandchild, one coffer and two pairs of sheets. To my grandchild Ezechiel Tomson my flock bed. To Henry Kellam, my grandchild, my cupboard table and my coopers’ tools. To Robert Kellam, my son, my lease. And I make said Robert my son sole executor of this my will. Witnessed by Elizabeth Booteman, widow, and Joane wife of Thomas Kerrich.

Arch. Suff. (Ipswich), B. 60, L. _____ (1631)."

[I have no doubt that we have here the family of our Austin or Augustine Kilham who went to New England in the ship Mary Anne of Yarmouth, William Goose master, in the spring of 1637 (see Drake's Founders of New England, page 49), in company with sundry others from Norwich, Yarmouth and parts of Suffolk. I myself examined the list of passengers some years ago, and made out a trifle more than Mr. Drake seems to have done. It reads as follows (i.e. to my eyes) :

May the 11th 1637. The examinaction of Augsten Call . . . . Alles his wife ageed 40 yeares . . . . . . . . . . desirous to goe to Salam in New Eng . . . . . . . . .

I have occasionally seen the name written Callum in our records at Salem.

In the Assembly Book (1585-1613), Norwich (in the Guild Hall there), I found (on fol. 36, among those admitted to the freedom of the city 30 January 30 Elizabeth, Augustine Kylham, Pynner, non apprenticius. This man must have been of an earlier generation than our Augustin Kylham.

Among the Marriage Allegations (Bishop of London), I found, under date July !(?), 1623, that of Augusten Kellam of St. George, Botolph Lane, pinmaker, a widower, age about 55, and Ellen Clarke of St. Clement's, East Cheap, widow, age about 50, relict of _______Clarke, haberdasher, deceased, to be married at St. George's &c. Who this man was I cannot say.


Henry Killam and Alice Goodale were married at Dennington, Suffolk, England, 12 August 1582. Their eldest daughter Mary was baptized there 12 August 1583, as were other children of Henry Killam. There also is recorded the baptism of Daniel, son of Austen Killam, in 1620. Henry Killam was buried 27 May 1631

Rev. John Ward was presented to the church of Dennington, Suffolk in the diocese of Norwich, by Sir John Rous in 1624, but 13 years afterwards, viz. in 1637 he was accused of simony (trading in sacred things: the buying or selling of sacred Christian objects), and
superseded by Archbishop Laud, who procured a presentation from the King for Ezekiel Wright. Afterwards articles were objected in the High Commission Court against Ward for the pretended simony, although he denied knowledge of any corrupt practices. To free himself from a vexatious and chargeable suite, Ward by advice of his counsel, pleaded his Majesty’s coronation pardon, and although the Archbishop took notice thereof, yet it was ordered more than once that the cause should go on to hearing, notwithstanding the said pardon, and in Midsummer Term 1638 the Archbishop pronounced Ward simoniacal and to be deprived of the benefice worth L200 per annum. (Domestic State Papers, Charles I., vol. ccccxcix., 16.) Ward was suspended by the Chancellor, a Commissioner of Bishop Wren then Bishop of Norwich, because he would not read the second service at the Communion Table set altarwise where few of his parish could hear. (Vol. cccclxxvi.) "Wednesday, 26th Day Jan. It was reported in the House of Commons that there were 52 Families of Norwich that went to New England, by Bishop Wrens pressing their conscience with illegal oaths, ceremonies, observations, and many strange innovations." ("Diurnall Occurrences, or Daily Proceedings of both Houses in this great and happy Parliament, from the third of November 1640, to the third of November 1641. London 1641") Matthew Wren, Bishop of Norwich, and later of Ely, through his persecution of the Puritans, was persecuted in turn by them in the destruction of his records, of which however some survive, and are stored in the muniment room of the Episcopal Palace, at Ely; and the writer can testify to the extraordinary industry of Bishop Wren in his records and associations during his short stay at Ely.

The immigration of Killam and others from the Norwich Diocese was doubtless caused by the zeal of Wrenn and his associates.

John Ward, born about 1593, was youngest son of the Rev. John Ward of Haverhill and Bury, St. Edmunds, and brother of Rev. Nathaniel Ward of Ipswich, Mass. He was instituted rector of Dennington, 29 June 1624, and ejected 14 January 1638. In 1643 he was found at the George Inn, Lombard Street, London. He was afterward, in 1645, rector of St. Clement, Ipswich, England. The writer while visiting Newport, in the Isle of Wight, was fortunate in procuring a sermon preached by him, "The Good-Will of him that dwelt in the Bush," preached before the House of Lords, 23 July 1645. The identity of which with a book with an imperfect title was suggested by Mr. John Ward Dean in his "Memoir of the Rev. Nathaniel Ward, A.M.," p. 164 – Walter K Watkins]

Transcribed by William B. Heys
Copyright © 2009 by William B. Heys

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1 comment:

  1. Interesting and informative. I suppose I am most interested in the two Kellum families which emigrated from Ireland since my personal research has failed to find any connections to Austin Killam of New England or Richard Kellam of VA. If you ever find any info on Gilbert Kellums (Callams) who came out of PA and settled in VA in mid 1700s and on to Cumberland Gap region circa 1800, I would love to review the info. Best wishes.