Kita Chikakazu


Kita Clan


Mutsu Province

Lifespan:  15xx to 6/7 of Kanei 11 (1634)

Rank:  bushi

Clan:  Kita

Bakufu:  Edo

Lord:  Nanbu Nobunao → Nanbu Toshinao

Domain:  Mutsu-Morioka

Father:  Kita Nobuchika

Mother:  Daughter of the Minami clan

Siblings:  Chikakazu, Hidechika, Naotsugu, Chikatomo, Taneichi Chikahisa

Children:  Naochika, Chikagoto

Kita Chikakazu served as a bushi from the Sengoku to early Edo periods.  He was a retainer of the Nanbu clan of Mutsu Province.  He also was known as Sadachika and Hikonosuke.

Chikakazu was born as the eldest son of Kita Nobuchika.  His mother was a daughter of the Minami clan.

According to genealogical records, Chikakazu received a fief of 2,050 koku from his lord, Nanbu Nobunao, to recognize the contributions of his father, Nobuchika.  Based on another record, the fief was 2,150 koku.

Following the Revolt of Kunohe Masazane, Chikakazu moved from the base of the Kita at Hanamaki Castle to Terada Castle which was the former base of the Ichinohe clan who sided with the Kunohe in the rebellion and were ruined.  This had a fief of 2,500 koku.  From early on, he acquired landholdings and became independent of his father, Nobuchika, so after the deaths of his younger brother, Kita Hidechika and father, he did not succeed to the Kita clan at Hanamaki Castle which came to an end.  Nobuchika died without desiring a successor and his territory was requisitioned by the domain so Chikakazu and his younger brother, Kita Naotsugu, obtained new stipends and raised the family.

His son, Kita Naochika, inherited 2,100 koku.  Naochika’s younger brother, Chikagoto, started a cadet family.  After the death of Naochika, Kita Chikatoki inherited a fief of only 500 koku.  Moreover, owing to frail health, Chikatoki soon retired and his son, Kita Iwamatsu died early, ending the bloodline of the Kita clan.  Based on one genealogy, Chikatoki’s younger brother, Kita Chikanori, inherited the headship of the clan from Iwamatsu with a fief of 300 koku.  Later, after his lord took his own life, he was temporarily removed from his position, and then revived with a fief of 50 koku, with descendants continuing for generations until the end of the Edo period.

There is also a theory that his son, Saemonza Naochika, was the same individual as his younger brother, Kita Hidechika (Shume).