Served in the 3rd
NJ Continental Line, and listed as being at Valley Forge
in the winter of 1777 - 1778. Promoted to Sgt. in the 3rd
NJ Regiment in 1780 (Fold3 p42 - Revolutionary War Rolls, 1775 - 1783
After the Revolutionary War he is found residing in Connecticut Farms, NJ (near present day Newark), working with Benjamin Stites
on the western frontier of PA before accompanying him on the first boatload of settlers that left Maysville, Kentucky in 1788, headed down the Ohio River to Losantiville, in the Ohio Territory, in the "Symmes Purchase
", (that small village would become present day "Cincinnati"). He was a frontiersman (a contemporary of Simon Kenton
), a surveyor, and a Representative (from Warren County) in the first two legislatures of Ohio (1803 & 1804). He was Capt. in the Rangers (they were called the Columbian Scouters, aka "The Forty Famous Scouts") under Gen. Anthony "Mad Anthony" Wayne, and his "Legion of the United States", at the "Battle of Fallen Timbers
" on the Maumee River (20th
of Aug 1794), just south of present day Toledo, Ohio. Officers involved in that battle were William Clark
(of Lewis and Clark fame) and William Henry Harrison
, (later president of The United States).
He was certainly known to Aaron Burr, the Ex-U.S. Vice President and survivor of his duel with Alexander Hamilton. It came out at the Burr treason trial that he (Burr) had been engaging in "loose talk", and was heard to state that a "certain Captain Kibby, late of Wayne's Rangers, was waiting in Ohio with a force of men, ready to march." The March 9th
1807 edition of "The Western Spy" newspaper carried a deposition wherein E.K. states that, while he "saw Mr. Burr in the Revolutionary War", he did not meet him, and denies any part in the "Burr Conspiracy".
By 1809, a Major in the Ohio Militia, Ephraim Kibbey died and is buried
in the Pioneer Section of the Deerfield Cemetery, in South Lebanon, Warren County, Ohio.