James Kitchen
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James Kitchen

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James L. Kitchen
Born 1930s.
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Brother of , , and [private sister (1940s - unknown)]
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Father of [private son (1960s - unknown)], [private daughter (1960s - unknown)] and [private daughter (1960s - unknown)]
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James Lee Kitchen (Jim) was born in San Diego, California on 16 January 1935 to Frances Helen Mead and Lucien Howard Kitchen. He was the middle child of five children. In May of 1940 his mother died at the age of 28 of an infection. This was before the days of antibiotics. The children were then split up in many different directions and put in foster homes for the next three to five years. Lucien, while fighting alcoholism joined AA, met and married Ruth Weeks and added her two kids for a total of nine when united. Alcoholism continued to be a problem. At 15, Jim left and later discovered a cousin (Robert Bush) from Florida. They pooled their money and drove to Orlando, Florida in his cousin’s car. Jim immediately got a job and paid room and board to Bob’s parents Anastasia and Cyrill Bush; part of the Bethel family from Key West and the Bahamas (of which he is a part). They were wonderful people. Sadly, his parents have passed as well Bob and his brother William (Bill) Bush. His sister Alice is still living, and he continues to correspond with her frequently. Jim stayed with them for a year then decided to enlist in the US Army. After Basic Training in Ft. Bliss Texas in 1952, he was sent to Okinawa and Japan on duties during the Korean War. He re-enlisted for another three years and was sent to Ft. Bliss, Texas for nine months for Radar Electronics school, then sent to San Francisco to be a part of the Bay area military defense as a Radar and Analog computer repairman. Jim Got out of the Army in 1958 and was hired as an instructor of Integrated Fire Control Systems (early radar and Analog Computer technology to direct the fire of 90 mm and 120 mm guns) as a civilian contractor for the US Army for two years. Following that assignment, he was selected by the company to install, checkout and operate satellite tracking stations in South Africa, Alaska, Hawaii and Vandenberg Air Force Base in California as a contractor. While in South Africa he met and later married his first wife Louisa Christina Hilse. They were married in Tijuana, Mexico. His Mexican marriage license is attached. In 1966 he was sent to Houston, Texas to be a part of the Manned Space effort starting with the Apollo Space program to assist in the development of operational concepts, and was moved to the Flight Control Division to implement these concepts into actual mission operation procedures throughout the Apollo Moon Landing program, Skylab Program and the Shuttle Program. He continued for a total of 23 years in Houston, and then he accepted his final assignment at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida as a manager for the Space Station Information System (SSIS) integration under a Subcontract with Grumman. Jim Retired in 1994, after 40 years in the space business and he and his third wife traveled all over Alaska, all of the Provinces of Canada, all of the lower 48 states and many of the northern states of Mexico in their motor home. They first settled in a remote location along the Salmon River in Idaho and later decided that at their age, they should be nearer family and came back to Texas where there is little snow and less taxes and where most of their kids, grand kids, and Great grand kids live. His Son Michael is Retired Military, daughter Moira (Mish) has retired from Shell Oil Company and Kim is still working.

For the past 30 years he has been very involved in researching and documenting not only his family’s genealogy, but that of his late wife’s South African genealogy for the benefit of his children, grand children and great grand children.

His DNA tests have included the Autosomal, mtDNA Full Sequence, YDNA-111 and Big Y-DNA 500 and 700.

Genealogists associated with the Seven Septs of Laois Project have paid for some of Jim's DNA tests to isolate or separate the origin of the Kitchen name form the county of Laois, Ireland. Even after years of research and YDNA tests including Big Y-500 and 700, the Kitchen name remains part of the Seven Septs of Laois Project. Most research shows that the Kitchen name is English, but the DNA shows that He is Irish. Of the seven Irish surnames of the Seven original Irish names, Kelly seems to be the closest name.


Historical facts attesting to the viability of the "Seven Septs of Laois" concept were extracted from a book labeled "From Laois to Kerry" written by Michael Christopher Keane. Notation is made of the following names that make up the Seven Septs: Dee, Doran, Dowling, Kelly, Lawlor, Moore and McEvoy.

Other Source documentation to be provided at a later date after my move.

  • First-hand information. Entered by James Kitchen at registration.
  • Family Records

Mexican Marriage affidavit for James Lee Kitchen and Louise Christina Hilse.

Marriage certificate for James Lee Kitchen and Allison Bradbury.

  • The Genealogy for the Kitchen Family paternal descendants for James Lee Kitchen (Kitchen-311) was extracted from the publication of "James Kitchen and Jane Patterson", Volume I and II by Lenney M. Carter. Copyright 2010 by Lenney M. Carter 1616 Taylor Street., NW, Washington DC 2011-5311.
  • The Genealogy for the maternal (Mead) side of Jim's family was extracted from "LONG, LONG AGO 1776-1996, Book II" A genealogical record of our Virginia Ancestors; Prou, Benson, Berry, Prince, Sammons, Wynne and Cowden. This book was Compiled and self Published by the writer Harriet Farris Boozer, Sandy Springs, Georgia. This book was a gift to me by my aunt Eugenia Maitland (Mead) Perry prior to her passing in 2010.
  • The Dutch side the family for James Kitchen with names like van Deursen, van Dusen, VanDusen and others was extracted from a professional publication of the " Van Deursen Family" genealogy by Abert Harrison. Copyright 1912 by Frank Allaben Genealogy Company . It contains 384 pages of family hstory.
  • Much of the Family history for James kitchen relating to his family from the Bahamas was extracted from a document "The Genealogy of Wyannie Malone" American Loyalist and Early Settler of Hope Town, Abaco, Bahamas published in 1998.Copyright John J. McAleer. Jr.1 September 1998. It was published by the Broadfoot Publishing Company, Wilmington, NC 28411. Wyannie Malone was the 4th Great Grandmother of James Kitchen.
  • Another rich source of information pertaining to James Kitchen family history in the Bahamas was extracted from KINFOLKS; a Genealogical and Biographical Record by William Curry Harrllee. This book was a precious gift given to my by Al and Joy Lowe Jossi.

    • Other source documentation related to the Bahamas family was:

1. The Genealogy of NATHAN KEY early settler of Abaco, Bahamas by Col. J. J. McAleer, US Army, Retired, Alice Slocum Key, and Oreste Lombardi. ISBN No. 1-56837-387-2.

2. ABACO The History of an Out Island and Its Cays. By Steve Dodge.

3. The Early Settlers of the Bahamas and Colonists of North America by Talbot Bethell.

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It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with James or other carriers of his ancestors' Y-chromosome or mitochondrial DNA. Y-chromosome DNA test-takers in his direct paternal line on WikiTree:
  • James Kitchen: Family Tree DNA Y-DNA Test 500 markers, haplogroup R-BY71668, FTDNA kit #193185, MitoYDNA ID T11414 [compare] + Y-Chromosome Test 700 markers, haplogroup R-BY71668
Mitochondrial DNA test-takers in the direct maternal line:
  • James Kitchen: Family Tree DNA mtDNA Test Full Sequence, haplogroup H1ba, FTDNA kit #193185, MitoYDNA ID A10194 [compare]
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The 5th! Source-a-Thon will take place from the 2nd of October till the 5th of October. We really hope you will join us at our Team The Flying Dutchmen. Registering is open now HERE. More info at our Team page HERE or at our G2G-S-a-Th-Chat.

Hope to see you!

Margreet, Bea and Astrid

Hi James,

After a great Liberation day challenge, the Connect-a-Thon is coming up, it will take place from Friday 17 July 2020-Monday 20 July 2020) so everyone is invited to join the Flying Dutchmen Team - Vliegende Hollanders..so let's all hop on the boat (teampage) ;) again and have some fun together. Don't forget to first register here (you can register until wednesday 15 july) and let them know you're going to rock the Flying Dutchmen (women) - Vliegende Hollanders boat ..and here's our connect-a-thon chat.

Hope to see you soon,

Bea and Astrid x

posted by Bea (Timmerman) Wijma

We'd love to have you join the Twisted Thistles in the upcoming Connect-a-thon the weekend of July 17 - July 20. If you'd like to join us and help to develop our ever-expanding Scottish tree, please register on the G2G post here and be sure to mention you'd like to be on the Twisted Thistles team for Scotland.

We also have our team Chat page posted here.

Hope to see you there!
Bobbie & Sarah
Twisted Thistles Co-captains
posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall
I know......... first the Cl-a-Th now a DRP challenge. But it is our 5th Liberation Day challenge. Just to celebrate freedom and remember those that made us to live in FREEDOM! Join us please!
The fourth Spring Clean-a-Thon is coming! The cleaning will start on Friday, April 24, at 8 AM (EDT) and run until Monday, April 27, at 8 AM (EDT).

Please join us at Team Flying Dutchmen after registering HERE.

And please feel welcome to join us in the mean time at cleaning up a Dutch Roots Gedcom we work on together for the next weeks.

Hope to see you soon!

Margreet, Bea and Astrid

Hello James,

My name is Sarah and I’m the Project Coordinator for the Scotland Project. As you may have heard, we have merged the Scottish Clans project into the Scotland Project. I am contacting you today to find out if you are interested in continuing with us under this new format. If you would like to go forward on the Scottish Clans Team, please reply and let me know which clans you have been working on or would like to work on. I look forward to hearing from you.

Best Regards,

Sarah Mason, Scotland PC

posted by Sarah Mason
Welcome to the Netherlands and the Dutch Roots Project Jim !

At our Dutch Roots Project page you can find all project info .. if you still have questions or need some help feel free to ask, we're all happy to help :)

Here's a direct link to our most important links for info for and about Dutch profiles. And here's the latest Project Update.

Good luck, have fun and thanks for joining !

the Dutch Roots Project Team :)
posted by Bea (Timmerman) Wijma

You and I are 4th cousins. You helped me quite a bit when I started ancestry research in 2017. I appreciate your prompt reply to my message and news of your move from Idaho to Texas, where we have many distant cousins. Thanks for the frequent notifications of our new relatives on Ancestry.com. I would like to keep you posted about new discoveries in our shared family tree in the Bahamas. I agree with much of what you said in your discussions with my 5th cousin Peter J. Roberts, yet I must put in a good word for Peter, who has helped all of our many cousins. My father's great-aunt, the late Alecia Ann Roberts Curry is my current relative of interest, because my mother thinks that my sister and I resemble her. Another relative of interest is my father's 3rd cousin, the late Elise Barr Curry, married to Admiral John Henry Newton, Jr., commanding officer at Pearl Harbor. Yet another relative of interest is my father's 3rd cousin, the late Rispah Lowe, tax adjuster in the Out Islands, who married our 4th cousin Isabel Roberts. Their sons Roland Lowe, attorney and Dr. Gregory Lowe live in Nassau. We have a very interesting and talented family, with many engineers, like you and Donald Scott Lowe, father of Google Earth. Best regards to Allison.

posted by Victor Lowe
edited by Victor Lowe
Hello cousin jim.

I'm happy to see you on wikitree. It seem that we are a very great family around the world. It's nice to can discover other things throught our genealogies.


posted by Manuel Mahé
Hi James,

I haven’t heard back from you about the break up of the United Kingdom Project. I hope all is well with you. I assume you don’t wish to join any of the country-level projects at present, and will go ahead and remove the United Kingdom badge. If you wish to join England, Scotland, Wales or Ireland in the future, you would be most welcome to do so via the respective G2G sign-up post.

Many thanks for all your contributions,

Susie :-)

Hi James,

We realise the time has come to dissolve the UK Project in favour of the individual country projects of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

We are checking in with all UK badge holders to find out which country project(s) you would like to be in so you can collaborate with other members, have the opportunity to select which team(s) you would like to join, and so we can ensure you have all the correct badges.

Please respond by PM to let us know which country project(s) you would like to be in. Please don’t assume we know. We are effectively starting from scratch to make sure no one falls through the cracks.

Once you have done this, the Coordinator for Membership in the relevant country project(s) will be in touch to help get you situated.

Many thanks,


Hi James,

Welcome to the US Presidents project, make sure to add presidents as one of your followed tags.

posted by Robin Lee
Continued to Peter.

The European union's GDPR just knocked the stilts out from under much of the Wikitree membership. With most of my relatives being removed from the wikitree DNA listings on my profile page, I find that WikiTree is of little or no value to me. It is just another family tree. I do want to thank you Peter for all of the help that you have been to me over the years. I wish that i could understand though, why everyone has to be dictated by the European Union's GDPR.


posted by James Kitchen
Hello Peter,

Thank you for the answers to my questions. I am not at all pleased with the answers albeit no fault of your own.

I know hat I am preaching to the choir here Peter, but probably the majority of the WikiTree members have either paid out of pocket, or talked family members into DNA testing at their expense with the understanding that they wont have to babysit their account. My Grand children are either in the Military, college, or married, and either don't have the time for this in their lives for this at this time, or don't have the same passion for this that we do. They may not respond to WikiTree's invitation to join and refill out the membership and DNA form. Accordingly, much of our effort will have gone for nothing.

--- I will continue on another page---

posted by James Kitchen
Hello Jim,

Each DNA tester now has to join WikiTree. In the Edit mode of your son's profile, add his e-mail address in the e-mail address field. He will then automatically get an e-mail inviting him to join WikiTree which he needs to accept. He then needs to add his DNA information back and change his privacy setting from Unlisted to "Private with Public Biography and Family Tree." Same for our other living DNA tested relatives. We can thank the European Union's GDPR for this ;-(

posted by Peter Roberts
I do not understand why my Son (Michael James Kitchen), and my Grandson (Justin Blaine Hilse) have been removed from the Autosomal list on my profile page. I also don't understand why My other Grandson (Anthony James Kitchen) who also tested with FTDNA is not listed here on the Autosomal list on my profile page. Will someone please explain it to me.

Thanks---James Lee Kitchen (Kitchen-311)

posted by James Kitchen
Hi James,

I’m Susie the new leader of the England Project. We are contacting all existing members of the project to find out how you are currently involved, and how you would like to be involved moving forward. Please have a look at the England Project page for more information, and then contact either myself or Gillian to let us know what you’d like to do, or if you have any questions. We can then list your interests, help you join the team in the Google group forum for England, and give you any help you might need to get going. If we don’t hear back from you we’ll assume you no longer want to be a part of the England Project at this time.

Many thanks and I look forward to hearing from you,

Susie :-)

HI Cousin, Thanks for all the thank you's! What a nice surprise!
posted by Sara Mosher

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