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