An American Family History

Henry Kimball

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Various spellings of Kimball:
Kemball, Kembolde, Kembold
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.

Lush forests in Colonial America allowed settlers to build wooden homes.

Henry Kimball was baptized on August 12, 1615 in Rattlesden, Suffolk County, England. His parents were Richard Kimball and Ursula Scott.

He inherited 40 schillings from his grandfather, Henry Scott, which he would receive when he turned 21. Henry died in 1623.

He came to America with his family on the ship Elizabeth in 1634. At first he settled in Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. In 1638 he was made freeman.

He married Mary Wyatt about 1640. She was a daughter of John and Mary Wyatt, who came to America in the same ship he did.

Henry and Mary made their home in Wenham, Essex County, Massachusetts.

Henry and Mary's children included:
Mary Kimball (1641),
Richard Kimball (1643, married Rebecca Abby),
John Kimball
(1645, married Mary Hobbs or Jordan and Deborah Weed Bartlett),
Caleb Kimball (1647),
Dorcas Kimball Dow (1649, married Thomas Dow),
Abigail Kimball Wycome (1652, married John Wycome),
Sarah Kimball Gage (1654, married Daniel Gage),
Henry Kimball (1655, married Hannah Marsh),
Mehitable Kimball Stickney (1658, married Thomas Stickney),
Benjamin Kimball (1659),
Joseph Kimball (1661),
Martha Kimball Chase (1664, married Daniel Chase), and
Deborah Kimball (1668).

About 1646 he moved to Ipswich and in 1655, he moved to Wenham.

In 1656 he was chosen to look after the swine and to make sure they were yoaked & ringed or shutt up by April 1st." That year he also went to court to sue for damages to his corn crop.

In 1659, he contributed the equivalent of £3 towards the minister's salary in wheat and Indian corn. In 1660 he contributed 10 shillings for a new meeting-house.

In 1660 he was chosen constable in Wenham and again in 1669.

Mary died at Wenham. August 12, 1672.

His second wife was Elizabeth Black. She brought to the marriage a house and 12 acres of land valued at £40, which was her former husband's. It became Henry's because married women could not own property.

He was a soldier in King Philip's War.

When his father died in 1675 he received

three score and ten pounds to bee payd Twenty pounds, a year & half after my decease, & the remaining part in the two years following that.

In 1675 his son Caleb also died at Bloody Brook. Henry, Jr, was also a soldier in the war.

When he was 60 years old, he died in 1676 in Wenham. June 16, 1676, an inventory of his estate was taken. It amounted to £177.11.00.

After Henry died two of Henry's sons, Richard and John, gave Elizabeth the property that she had brought to the marriage.

Elizabeth later married Daniel Kilham.

Mary White Rowlandson,Talcot
was captured by Native Americans
during King Philip's War (1675-1676).

The ship Elizabeth sailed from Ipswich, England in April, 1634 with William Andrews, Master. On board were Richard and Ursula Kimball and their children, Ursula’s mother Martha Whatlock Scott and her brothers Roger and Thomas Scott. Humphrey and Bridget Bradstreet sailed on the same ship. They arrived in July at Boston.

Rattlesden is a village in Suffolk in eastern England. St. Nicholas church dates from the 13th century. The village was a center of Puritanism in the 16th and 17th centuries.

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
  • During the 17th and 18th centuries an adult unmarried woman was considered to have the legal status of feme sole, while a married woman had the status of feme covert. A feme sole could own property and sign contracts. A feme covert was not recognized as having legal rights and obligations distinct from those of her husband and could not own any property. When a woman became a widow she became a feme sole again.

    Old Style Calendar
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    Indian Corn (or flint corn) is the type of maize that Native Americans taught colonists to cultivate. The kernels come in a range of colors and are less prone to spoiling.

    Europeans who made the voyage to America faced a difficult journey of several months.
    Estate inventories give us a glance into the home life of Colonial Americans.


    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.

    Historic Homes and Places and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of Middlesex County, Massachusetts by William Richard Cutter, Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1908.

    Henry Kimball, son of Richard Kimball (1), was born in Rattlesden, in 1615, and came to America in the ship Elizabeth with his father. He married, about 1640, Mary Wyatt, daughter of John and Mary Wyatt, who came in the same ship. She died at Wenham. August 12, 1672.

    He married second, Elizabeth (Gilbert) Rayner, widow of William Rayner, son of Thurston Rayner. Elizabeth Gilbert was a daughter of Humphrey and Elizabeth Gilbert.

    Henry Kimball remained at Watertown after his father removed to Ipswich, but about 1646 he also removed to Ipswich, and in 1655 to Wenham, where he lived the rest of his life.

    In 1659 he subscribed to the fund for the new meeting house; was constable at Wenham in 1669. He died in Wenham in 1676, leaving twelve children who divided the estate by agreement dated September 26, 1676.
    1. Mary, born at Watertown, November 29, 1641.
    2. Richard, born October 13, 1643; resided in Wenham.
    3. John, born December 25, 1645 ;
    4. Caleb, born at Ipswich in 1647; was in Captain [Thomas] Lothrop's company at Bloody Brook, in King Philip's war, and was killed.
    5. Dorcas, born about 1649; married December 1, 1668, Thomas Dow.
    6. Abigail, born about 1652; married May 14, 1673; John Wycome.
    7. Sarah, born about 1654; married May 3, 1675, Daniel Gage.
    8. Henry, born about 1655.
    9. Mehitable, born at Wenham in 1658; died December 7, 1689, in Bradford
    10. Benjamin, born December 12, 1659.
    11. Joseph, born January 20. 1661.
    12. Marina, born in Wenham, August 18, 1664; married August 25, 1683, Daniel Chase, of Newbury, Massachusetts.
    13. Deborah, born at Wenham. in 1668.

    A constable was an elected official who was responsible for keeping the peace. His duties were more limited than the sheriff's. He apprehended and punished offenders, helped settle estates, and collected taxes.
    The Driver Family is available.

    Boxford, Essex County, Massachusetts is approximately 25 miles north of  Boston. Boxford was set apart from Rowley Village and incorporated in 1685.

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

    The Driver Family by Harriet Ruth Waters Cooke
    Henry Kimball (No. 3), son of Richard1 and Ursula (Scott) Kimball, born in England in 1619; came to New England when fifteen years of age with his parents in the ship Elizabeth; removed from Ipswich, where his father settled with his family, to Wenham, Mass., about 1655, where, June 16, 1676, an inventory of his estate was taken, amount being £177.11.00.

    Administration granted Elizabeth, relict of ye deceased, 30, 4 mo. 1676, who owned at her marriage to Henry a house and 12 acres of land valued at £40, which was her former husband's, William Rayner.

    He married first, about 1642, Mary Wyatt, daughter of John and Mary Wyatt, of Ipswich, Mass., who died in Wenham, Mass., Aug. 12, 1672.

    He married, second, Elizabeth, widow of William Raynor (son of Thurston Raynor), who previously had been the second wife of Humphrey Gilbert, of Ipswich Hamlet, and probably the mother of his only son, John Gilbert.

    Mr. Humphrey Gilbert died Feb. 13, 1657-8, and his widow, Elizabeth aforesaid, married, Sept. 24,1658, Wm Rayner, Reiner, Rainer, or Raynor, who died Oct. 26, 1672. She married fourth, Daniel Kilham, Sr., of Ipswich, Mass., with whom she unites with a deed, Dec. 25, 1679, conveying to John Lambson the

    privilege and commonage belonging to ye house ye formerly was Gilberts' and Raynors. . .the said house standing in Ipswich bounds on North side of Boston Road as it enters into Wenham from Ipswich.
    Acknowledged by Elizabeth Kilham, June 19, 1684.
    Samuel Adams and Isaac Comins witnesses.
    New Eng. Gen. and Hist. Register, Volume XXIX. p. 109. by H. F. Waters.

    Henry Kimball was made a freeman May 2, 1638. Jan. 6,1656, he, with another, "was chosen to look after swine," and see that "they are yoaked & ringed or shutt up by April 1st."

    Nov. 8, 1659, he subscribed £3 as minister's rate, "in wheat, and the other half in Indian Corn, at merchants price." In 1660 he contributed 10s. towards the new meeting-house. Oct. 22, 1660, he was chosen constable.

    Aug. 26, 1676, Henry Kimball received £01.06.10: as wages due him for services in King Philip's War of 1675-76, his brother Caleb serving at the same time. Hannah, wife of James Godfrey, daughter of Henry Kimball, drew a grant of land in Narragansett No. 4 as a reward for her father's faithful services in that war (New Eng. Gen. and Hist. Register) [I think this was his son Henry because he was about 60 years old in 1676 and he did not have a daughter named Hannah.]

    The following clause in the inventory of the estate of Caleb Kimball, brother to Henry, confirms that Henry had thirteen children, which is as follows:

    The said Henry being deceased, sole administration is granted to the sd Richard whoe is to paye out of the estate to the 12 children of ye deceased Henry Kemball, to say 18s to each of them, when they com of age; in court 30: 4:1676.

    Then something was due to Caleb, another son of Henry, thus making thirteen children.

    Sept. 26, 1676, an agreement was made between two of Henry's sons, Richard and John, to resign to their mother-in-law [step-mother] Elizabeth, all her right to such things as were her former husband Reyner's (Reg. Deeds, Book 4, p. 55).

    Children were:
    13. Richard Kimball, born about 1642; was seventy-two years of age in 1715; died in Wenham, Mass., date not known;
    md. first. May 13, 1667, Rebecca, dau. of John Abbey, of Wenham, Mass.; she died June, 1704;
    md. second, widow Ford, of Ipswich, Mass., to whom he was published Nov. 20, 1706. . .
    14. John Kimball, born in Ipswich, Mass., about 1644; at sixteen years of age went to live with his grandfather, John Wyatt, of Ipswich. . .
    married first, Feb. 25, 1665-6, Mary Hobbs, of Boxford, Mass.;
    md. second, Deborah, dan. of John Weed. He died May, 1726. . .
    15. Caleb Kimball, born about 1646; died unmarried Sept. 18, 1675, having been slain by Indians at the battle of Bloody Brook, being in the expedition commanded by Capt. Lathrop. In his will it is be that makes mention of his brother Henry's thirteen children, as before stated.
    16. Dorcas Kimball , born about 1648; md. Dec. 17, 166[8 ?] Thomas Dow.
    17. Abigail Kimball, born about 1652; md. in Rowley, Mass.. May 14, 1673, John Wycome.
    18. Sarah Kimball, born about1654; md. May 3, 167[4?], Daniel Gage.
    19. Henry Kimball, born about 1656; removed to Haverhill, Mass., about 1675. . .He md. Dec. 14, 1677, Hannah Marsh, dau. of Onesipherus Marsh, of Haverhill, Mass. She was killed by the Indians, March 15, 1698. . .
    20. Mehitable Kimball, born Aug., 1658; died in Bradford, Mass., Dec. 7, 1689, according to her gravestone; md. before 1689, Thomas Stickney, a twin, fifth son and seventh child of William Stickney, the emigrant settler, and his wife Elizabeth. Thomas was born in Rowley, Mass., May 1, 1646, and died in Bradford, Mass., July 17, 1714 (gravestone) .. .
    21. Benjamin Kimball, born in Wenham, Mass., Jan. 20, 1660; made a freeman Oct. 11, 1682.
    22. Joseph Kimball, born in Wenham, Mass., Jan. 20, 1662.
    23. Martha Kimball, born Aug. 18, 1664; md. Aug. 25, 1683, Daniel Chase.
    24. Hannah Kimball, born in 1666.
    25. Deborah Kimball, born in 1668.

    Any man entering a colony or becoming a a member the church, was not free. He was not forced to work, but his movements were carefully observed to see if they followed the Puritanical ideal. After this probationary period, he became a "freeman." Men then took the Oath of a Freeman where they vowed to defend the Commonwealth and not to overthrow the government.

    ye is an archaic spelling of "the."
    The Battle of Bloody Brook was on September 12, 1675 between the colonial militia led by Captain Thomas Lothrop and Native Americans. A wagon train carrying the harvest from Deerfield to Hadley was ambushed and about 60 colonists massacred.
    The New England Meetinghouse was the only municipal building in a town. Both worship and civil meetings were held there. It was customary for men and women to sit separately and the town chose a committee once a year to assign seats according to what was paid, age, and dignity.

    John Kimball, son of Henry Kimball (2), was born in Watertown, Massachusetts, December 25, 1645. When about sixteen years of age he went to live with his grandfather, John Wyatt, of Ipswich, and remained until his grandfather died in December, 1665, when the property was left to him on his fulfilling certain conditions. This homestead was bounded by the Meeting House Green. He sold it March 25, 1667, and settled in Newbury, Massachusetts. About 1669 he again removed, settling in Amesbury, where he lived the rest of his life.

    He was a witness in the trial of Susan Martin for witchcraft, May 16, 1692. He was a yeoman, wheelwright by trade; took the oath of allegiance December 20, 1677; was admitted a freeman in 1690. He died previous to May 20, 1726, and his son John was appointed administrator June 6, 1726.

    He married. October, 1665, Mary Jordan, daughter of Francis and Jane Jordan. He married second, probably February 9, 1712-13, Mary Pressey, of Amesbury. He married third, April, 1715, Deborah (Weed) Bartlett, widow, who was born June 15, 1659, daughter of John Weed.

    1. Mary, born July 19, 1667; died unmarried.
    2. John, born July 19, 1668;
    3. Abigail, born June 12, 1669, married November 8, 1712, Daniel Morrison of Newbury.
    4. Joseph.
    5. Abraham, born about 1670; died unmarried.
    6. Hannah, married January 5, 1710-11, Roger Eastman of Amesbury.
    7. Deborah, born in 1678; married January 29, 1701, Barnes Brouse.

    The Salem witch trials were between February, 1692 and May, 1693.

    from History of Lawrence and Monroe Counties, Indiana
    Daniel [Chase], the tenth child of Aquila and Anne Chase, was born on December 9, 1661, and became a wheelwright. On August 25, 1683, he married Martha Kemball. His death occurred in Newbury February 8, 1707.

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