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NOTE: This page has been adapted for the Website from Donald Coburn’s My Line. Use of the first person is in relation to Donald and not the webmaster/author of the site. Subscript index numbers (ex. Moses4) refer to generations after the family’s arrival in North America. Edward Colborne being generation 1.


HAZEL8 EDESSA GWENDOLYN COBURN (Benjamin7, David6, David5, Moses4, Moses3, Joseph2, Edward1) b. 1 Feb. 1892 d. June 1970 daughter of Benjamin Coburn and Euphemia (King) Coburn m. 1912 Willard George Kitchen b. 5 Nov. 1891 d. 1979 son of Hamilton Kitchen and Nancy (Parker) Kitchen.

Willard & Hazel Kitchen
Willard and Hazel8 (Coburn) Kitchen

Hazel was born in her parentís residence at McKeenís Corner, Keswick Ridge. Her father, Dr. Coburn, was an important man in the community. He served a wide country area and was also doctor to the Indians of the Kingsclear Reserve. When Hazel was seven years old, the family moved to Fredericton. She attended York Street School and Fredericton High School located then on Regent Street and later attended Acadia Ladies Seminary in Wolfville, N.S. In 1912 Hazel married Willard Kitchen. Willard also attended Acadia University. He excelled in sports and was on both varsity teams of football and hockey.He maintained a life-long interest in golf and bowling. At age 85 he won a bowling tournament in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Willard, along with his brother Albert, were the partners who formed Kitchen Brother Wholesale. Their place of business was that concrete block building, recently torn down, on the northwest corner of Queen and Westmorland Streets. Willard was mayor of Fredericton for one year, 1936-1937.

After Hazelís brother, Dr. Dow Coburn, died she and Willard moved in with her mother into the large double house on the southwest corner of Charlotte and Westmorland Streets where they raised their family. Hazel died in 1970, Willard in 1979.