1213 Barlow | Asahel Kilbourne House​

1213 Barlow | Asahel Kilbourne House​


Asahel Kilbourne (1797-1851), son of a Hudson pioneer, ran a dry goods store, tannery and farm. He was a member of the First Congregational Church (his father was a founding member) but left the church with Owen Brown over the abolition controversy to form the Free Congregational Church in 1842. His anti-slavery convictions were well-known in Hudson. His daughter recalls that he was a "reformer by nature as well as from principle" and that "anti-slavery, temperance and Sabbath keeping were all dear to him." In her tribute, she remembered a run-in her father once had over his stance on slavery:


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"I remember he came home from an anti-slavery lecture, delivered in Aurora by the Pres. James Walker, D. D., then a theological student at Hudson, with his best coat ruined with rotten eggs thrown by a mob."


Asahel Hooker Kilbourne, "A Daughter's Tribute," Pioneer file, Hudson Library & Historical Society​