An American Family History

Caleb Kimball

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Various spellings of Kimball:
Kemball, Kembolde, Kembold

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In 1688, during the Glorious Revolution, the Protestant king and queen,William and Mary, took the English throne from Catholic King James II. The bloodless revolution profoundly impacted the American colonies.

Caleb Kimball was born in 1639 in Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts. His parents were Richard Kimball and Ursula Scott. He was a farmer.

He married Anna Hazeltine on November 7, 1660. Anna was born April 1, 1640. She was the daughter of Robert and Ann Hazeltine of Rowley, Massachusetts. Anna's sister, Mercy married Caleb's brother, Benjamin Kimball.

When the court was held at Ipswich on May 5, 1664 Caleb was fined for striking Symon Tuttle and for breach of the peace.

John Brewer [husband of Susannah Warner?] deposed that being by his house side he heard Caleb Kimball call to Samuell Lord to witness that Goodman Sachwell struck him, but he did not see them. Bye and bye Caleb's oxen came by deponent's house alone and when they were half way to Goodman Day's, Caleb came running by and took them back within about eight or ten rods of deponent's house, where the blows and words about the oxen occurred. Sworn in court.

Samuel Duch [son Mary Kimball and Robert Dutch?] testified that being in his uncle Caleb's yard, he saw Goodman Sachwell coming along the street after some oxen, two of which were Caleb Kimball's, and they came into the yard of themselves. Bye and bye Goodman Sachwell came to take them out and deponent's uncle warned him against coming on his ground, saying that he would pay for the pounding and the damage they had done. Goodman Sachwell forced the oxen out of the yard, struck his uncle three or four blows with a piece of board he had in his hand, and the oxen went to the common, toward Goodman Daye's house. Said Sachwell went toward his own house.

At the same court in 1664, Caleb and Anna Kimball, John Leeds and Abraham Knowlton were fined five schillings each for playing cards.

Anna and Caleb's children included:
Caleb Kimball (1662),
Hannah (Anne) Kimball (1664, married Christopher Martin),
Elizabeth Kimball (1666),
Abigail Kimball ( 1668, married Nathaniel Adams),
Mary Kimball (1671, married Thomas Palmer),
Robert Kimball (1674),
Abraham Kimball (1676),
Benjamin Kimball (1678), and
Sarah Kimball (1680, married Joseph Fellows).

He was a soldier in King Philip's War.

When his father died in 1675 he received

that peace of land knowne by the name of Tings lott,
and all my land att Wattells neck with my marsh at the hundreds knowne by the name of Wiatts marsh,
and all my working tools exsept two axes, all to be delivered present after my discease
also I give fourteene pounds to his seven children equally to be devided, to be payd as they come of age or at Day of marriage, and if any dye before, that part to be equally devided, to be equally devided among the rest. 

Caleb died in 1682 when he was 43 years old. and Anna died April 8, 1688.
Children of Richard Kimball, Sr.
and Ursula Scott
  • Henry Kimball
  • Abigail Kimball Severens
  • Elizabeth Kimball
  • Richard Kimball, Jr.
  • Mary Kimball Dutch
  • Martha Kimball Fowler
  • John Kimball
  • Thomas Kimball
  • Sarah Kimball Allen
  • Cornet Benjamin Kimball
  • Caleb Kimball
  • Old Style Calendar
    Before 1752 the year began on Lady Day, March 25th,. Dates between January 1st and March 24th were at the end of the year. Old Style (O.S.) and New Style (N.S.) are used to indicate whether the year has been adjusted. Often both dates are used.

    American colonists continued to use British monetary units, namely the pound, shilling and pence for which £1 (or li) equalled 20s and 1s equalled 12d. In 1792 the dollar was established as the basic unit of currency.
    The town of Ipswich was established on August 5, 1634, from common land called Agawam. On October 18, 1648, that portion called the "Village" at the New Meadows was set off as Topsfield. The boundary line between Ipswich and Topsfield was established, February 28, 1694.

    Rowley, Essex County, Massachusetts was first settled in 1639.





    Early European settlers in the American colonies were mostly farmers and craftsmen. They had to work hard to provide daily neccesities for themselves.

    from Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of the State of Massachusetts by William Richard Cutter, William Frederick Adams published by Lewis Historical Pub. Co., 1910

    Caleb Kimball, son of Richard Kimball, was born in Ispwich, Massachusetts, in 1639, died in 1682. He married, November 7. 1660, Anna Hazeltine, born April 1, 1640, died April 8, 1688, daughter of Robert and Ann Hazeltine, of Rowley, Massachusetts, and sister of the wife of Benjamin Kimball, his brother.

    Caleb Kimball resided in Ipswich and was a prosperous farmer. He owned at various times many tracts of land. He bought his brother Richard's house in Ipswich, July 6, 1665.

    Children, born in Ipswich:
    1. Caleb, born September 8, 1662.
    2. Anna or Hannah, born December 11, 1664; married Christopher Martin, of Bradford.
    3. Elizabeth, born June 3, 1666; died August 17, 1728; married, January 4, 1687, Jeremiah Jewett. [Other sources say he married Elizabeth Kimball daughter of John Kimball and Mary Bradstreet]
    4. Abigail, born June, 1668; died May 30, 1758; married, January/ 1693, Nathaniel Adams.
    5. Mary, born about 1671; married, June 16, 1695, Thomas Palmer.
    6. Robert, born 1674; died in England, June 27, 1703.
    8. Abraham, born June 29, 1676; died young.
    9. Benjamin, born March 22, 1678; died 1764 s. p.
    10. Sarah, born May 19, 1680; married, December 17, 1701, Joseph Fellows. There was a son Richard, died April 10, 1678.

    Mary White Rowlandson,Talcot
    was captured by Native Americans
    during King Philip's War (1675-1676).
    King Philip’s War was a bloody and costly series of raids and skirmishes in 1675 and 1676 between the Native American people and the colonials. King Philip was the Native American leader Metacom.

    Caleb Kimball and his wife, John Leeds and Abraham Knowlton, complained of for playing at cards, were fined 5s. each.

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