Two theories exist for the parents of Richard Kimball
Many online family trees claim his parents were Henry Kimball and Joann Eisely/Eyesley. This appears to be based on the 1589 baptism of a daughter Rachel to this couple, with the assumption that they must have had other children, Richard (and Henry) being of them.
Robert Charles Anderson (in TGM IV:154, "Henry Kemball", citing Kimball Family of America (1890), p 17) argues for Richard Kemball/Kimball (brother of Henry, above?) and Elizabeth as the parents of both immigrants Henry Kemball and Richard Kimball, who he also claims as brothers:
"The identity of the father of this immigrant Henry Kemball is based on geography and occupation. In his will proved on 10 September 1619, Richard Kemball of Lawford, Essex, wheelwright, bequeathed to "my eldest son [implying there was at least one younger son] Henry Kemball all my working tools belonging to my trade except out of them as many as hall be fitting for to serve to axe a cart withall". The immigrant Henry Kimball had his first two children baptized at Mistley, Essex, immediately adjacent to Lawford. We do not know the occupation of the immigrant Henry Kimball, but we do know that his brother Richard Kimball was a wheelwright, as were some of his sons."
It is the policy of WikiTree's Puritan Great Migration project to follow Anderson until more authoritative research or sources are located to indicate otherwise. Please use g2g to discuss.
NEHGR 28:241 says this: "As to the Kimballs, Mr. M.A. Stickney, of Salem, has kindly given me the following particulars: Richard1 Kimball and Ursula, his wife, came in the Elizabeth of Ipswich, in 1634... With them came Martha Scott, aged 60, and Thomas Scott, aged 40, who were probably the mother and brother of Richard's wife as he calls Martha Scott his mother in records.
Anderson's Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Vol. IV, I-L, p 157 says this: "MARRIAGE: (1) By 1615 Ursula Scott, daughter o Henry Scott of Rattlesden, Suffolk (in his will of 24 September 1623, Henry Scott included bequests to 'Abigail Kemball my grandcihld,' to 'my grandchild Henry Kemball' and to 'grandchildren Elizabeth and Richard Kemball [NEHGR 52:248, citing 'Bury Wills, Book Pearle, L., 117"; Phoebe Tilton Anc 117-20]."
He was certainly in the parish of Rattlesden, county of Suffolk, England, at the time of his son's christening, as is shown by the following entry on the parish register:
"Henry Kemball ye sonne of Richard and Vrsula his wife baptized 1615 12 of August."
Richard, age 39, sailed with wife Ursula, and several children from Ipswich, Suffolk, England either 10 April 1634 or "last of April 1634" and arrived Boston? in July 1634 on the ship "Elizabeth," William Andrews, master.
Also on the same ship was Henry Kemball and a set of children, believed by Anderson in The Great Migration to be brother of Richard.
The Planters of the Commonwealth gives the following:
Elizabeth, of Ipswich, William Andrews, Master. She sailed from Ipswich 'bound for New England the last of April, 1634' and arrived in July at Boston. Richard Kimball, 39 of Rattlesden, County Suffolk bound for Watertown Mrs. Ursula Kimball ( ), Henry Kimball 15, Elizabeth Kimball 13, Richard Kimball 11, Mary Kimball 9, Martha Kimball 5, John Kimball 3, Thomas Kimball 1. Also on board are (these are relatives of Richard and Ursula):
Henry Kimball 44 of Rattlesden, County Suffolk bound for Watertown
Mrs. Susan Kimball 35, Elizabeth Kimball 4, Susan Kimball 1 1/2.
Thomas Scott 40 of Rattlesden, County Suffolk bound for Cambridge
Mrs. Elizabeth Scott 40, Elizabeth Scott, 9, Abigail Scott 7, Thomas Scott 6, Mrs. Martha Scott 60.
Page: Volume 2, Page 391
Page: Page 118
The Elizabeth of Ipswich departed April, 1634, Ipswich, England, for New England. William Andrew(e)s, Master.
These took the Oath of Allegiance and Supremacy.
Ipswich Customhouse, November 12, 1634.
Skott, Thomas 40 from Rattlesden, Suffolk,
bound for Cambridge
(wife) Elizabeth 40
Kemball, Henery 44 from Rattlesden, Suffolk,
bound for Watertown
(wife) Susan 35
Kemball, Richard 39 from Rattlesden, Suffolk,
bound for Watertown
(wife) Ursula [blank]
Scott, Martha 60 (listed in Planters as with Thomas Scott)
A Note of all the names and ages of all those which did not take the Oath of Allegiance or Supremacy being vnder age shipped in or Port. In the Elizabeth of Ipswich Mr Willia(m) Andrewes bound for new England the last of Aprill 1634.
Kemball, Elizabeth 13 with Thurston Raynor
(listed in Planters as with Richard Kimball)
Scott, Elizabeth 9 with Thomas Scott
Scott, Abigail 7 with Thomas Scott
Scott, Thomas 6 with Thomas Scott
Kemball, Elizabeth 4 with Henery Kemball
Kemball, Susan 1½ with Henery Kemball
Kemball, Henry 15 with Richard Kemball
Kemball, Richard 11 with Richard Kemball
Kemball, Mary 9 with Richard Kemball
Kemball, Martha 5 with Richard Kemball
Kemball, John 3 with Richard Kemball
Kemball, Thomas 1 with Richard Kemball
Coat of Arms?
While a coat of arms exists for a Kimball family from the county of Cumberland, England, there is evidence that the Suffolk county Kemball family never had such a coat of arms. The Cumberland coat of arms takes its origin from a parish of that name upon the Scottish border. Arms: Argent (Silver) a lion rampant, gules (Red) upon a chief (Sable) three crescents of gold. Crest: A lion rampant holding in the dexter paw a dagger au proper. Motto: "Fortis non ferox".
Life in New England
Richard Kimball settled first at Watertown, Massachusetts, in a different part of town from Henry Kemball. His home lot is thus given by Dr. Henry Bond: :"Richard Kimball, six acres, bounded on the north by Cambridge, east by the land of W. Hamlet, south by the highway, and west by land of Edward White."
This lot was situated a long way from the centre of the town. It is now in Cambridge, which many years ago annexed the eastern part of Watertown. The lot was situated near what is now the corner of Huron avenue and Appleton street, and near springs of water.
He was proclaimed freeman on 6 May 1635, and was a proprietor in 1636-7. Soon after this date he was invited to remove to Ipswich, where they were in need of a competent man to act as wheelwright to the new settlement. Here he spent the remainder of his days. The town granted him a house lot, 23 Feb 1637, "next adjoining Goodwin Simons at the west end of the town." He was also granted at the same time "40 acres Beyond the North Riuer near the land of Robert Scott." In 1639 he had liberty to pasture "two cows free." On "the last day of the last month 1641" he is mentioned as "Among the Commoners of Ipswich." He was appointed one of the seven men on 1 Mar 1645. On the "22nd day of the tenth mo. 1647" he was allowed two Pounds for killing two foxes.
19 Dec 1648, he contributed with others three shillings as his annual proportion toward the sum of £27, 7s, as a rate for the service of their military leader, Major David Dennison, then commander of the military forces of Essex and Norfolk counties.
In September, 1652, he was one of the appraisers of the estate of John Cross, one of the earliest settlers of Ipswich.
On the "25th day, 11 mo 1652," he and his son Richard, Wheelwrights, "for £14, seel 30 acres upland bounding on the land of Mr. John Winthrop," also another lot of land of ten acres of "medow." 1653 he was one of a committee of three to survey fences in the common fields north of the river. His brother-in-law, Thomas Scott, died Feb. 1653-4 and he was joint executor with Edmund Bridges of his will. On May 25, 1654, their official position was recognized by Thomas Scott, Jr., then a resident of Stamford, Conn.
Richard KEMBALL. sen'r, & Joseph FOWLER, both of Ipswich,
wheelwright & husbandman, in the county of Essex, in New England, do bind
ourselves, heirs & executors, to Humphry BRADSTREETE of Rowley, in the same
county, in the full & just sume of fifty pounds, for to secure the said Humohrey,
his heirs, executors & administrators, from all charges & incumbrances touching
the horse that the s'd Humphry BRADSTREETE, hath sould me, and recovered
from Zacheus GOULD, in December 1649, witness our hand. Richard KIMBALL
(the marke of). Joseph FOWLER. Signed, sealed & del'd in the presence of these, 3
of the 01 month, dat. 1653, witnes Matha WILLIMS. John BRADSTREETE.
In 1660 he was granted the right "to fell 20 white oak trees to make wheels for the townsmen their use." In 1664 he owned 43 shares in "Plumb Island."
Richard Kimball "Sr." died June 22, 1675 in Ipswich, having previously made his will and set his earthly affairs in order. He was then over eighty years of age.
Richard Kimball married (first) by the 1615 baptism of their first child, Ursula Scott, mother of all his children, daughter of Henry Scott of Rattlesden, Suffolk County, England; Ursula was baptised at Rattlesden 14 Feb 1596-7.
Some online trees claim that the marriage took place 23 OCT 1611/2 in St. Nicholas Church, Suffolk, England. However, Ursula would have been only 14 as of that date. Not impossible but not at all common.
Ursula's father, Henry Scott, left a will (made "24 Sept. 1625 in the 21st year of James of England by Henry Scott of Rattlesden in the Co. of Suffolk and the diocese of Norwich" and proved in the court of the Archdeaconry of Sudbury 10 January 1624-5 [must be 1626].) which serves to establish the relationship between the families:
"To Abigale Kemball my grandchild twenty shillings to be paid at 21 to Henrie Kemball my grandchild twenty shillings to be paid at 21 to Elizabeth Kemball my grandchild twenty shillings to be paid at 21 to Richard Kemball my grandchild twenty shillings to be paid at 21."
Henry Scott was buried in Rattlesden 24 Dec. 1624. (Parish Register.) Henry Scott's will also mentions his wife Martha, and sons Roger and Thomas Scott.
Thomas Scott came with his wife, Elizabeth (Strutt) Scott and children to this country on the same ship as Richard Kimball and his family, and they brought Martha (Whatlock) Scott with them. Elizabeth Strutt was also of Rattlesden; her parents were probably Christopher and Anne (Waller) Strutt. She married Thomas Scott at Rattlesden, 20 Jul 1620. Among the children of Thomas Scott was Elizabeth, bapt. 18 Nov 1623, in Suffolk, and given in the shipping list as 9 years of age. This Elizabeth Scott married in Rowley, Massachusetts in 1647, John Spofford, from an ancient Yorkshire family (pre-dating 106, according to the records). John Spofford was the son of another John Spofford, who, in 1662, lost his ministery in Silkston, Yorkshire for "non-conformity." He was, of course, a Puritan. A daughter of John and Elizabeth (Scott) Spofford, Sarah Spofford, born 22 Mar 1661-2, married Richard Kimball(3). The passengers on the Elizabeth were very much an inter-related group; it also included Munnings, undoubtedly related to Richard Kimball.
Ursula (Scott) Kimball apparently died in Ipswich 1 Mar 1660, although another record gives her death as 17 June 1656.
Richard Kimball married second, 23 Oct 1661, Margaret (Cole) Dow, widow of Henry Dow of Hamptom, New Hampshire. There were no children from this marriage, although, from his will, Richard evidently held Margaret Dow's children from her first marriage in great affection.
Richard and Ursula had eleven children. The first eight were born in Rattlesden Parish, Suffolk county, England, the ninth at Watertown, Massachusetts, the last two at Ipswich:
Abigail, listed first in her grandfather's 1625 will, died June 17, 1658; married John Severans; she died in Salisbury, Massachusetts, mother of twelve children. Not on the "Elizabeth" passenger list; may have been married by that time.
Henry, listed second in his grandfathers 1625 will, married, about 1640, Mary, daughter of John and Mary Wyatt, a passenger on the "Elizabeth" with him in 1634; married (second) Elizabeth (Gilbert) Rayner, a widow; Henry was a resident of Watertown, Ipswich, and Wenham, Massachusetts; thirteen children.
Elizabeth, listed third in her grandather's 1625 will, born about 1621; living and still single ? in 1675.
Richard, listed fourth (and last) in grandfather's 1625 will
Mary, born probably shortly after Sept 1625 (not named in her grandfather's Sept 162 will); married Robert Dutch, of Gloucester and Ipswich, Massachusetts; six children.
Martha, married before January 1650 Joseph Fowler; he was killed by the Indians, May 19, 1676.
John, born about 1631, died May 6, 1698; was a wheelwright and an extensive farmer, about 1655 married Mary Bradstreet, born in England, 1633; they came to America on the same ship in 1634; thirteen children.
Thomas, born about 1633, died May 2, 1676; was a mechanic and thrifty farmer, owning over four hundred acres of land and a large amount of personal property; on the night of May 2, 1676, at his home in Rowley, on the Boxford road, he was killed by three Indians, his wife and five children taken captive and carried forty miles into the wilderness where they were kept forty-one days when they were freed; married Mary, daughter of Thomas and Joanna Smith; nine children.
Caleb was born about 1635; married Anna Hazelton, daughter of Robert Hazelton at Ipswich on November 7, 1660.
Benjamin was born about 1637. Married Mercy Hazelton, daughter of Robert Hazelton at Salisbury on April 16, 1661.
Sarah, born about 1635, died June 12, 1690; married, November 24, 1658, Edward Allen, of Ipswich.
Note: R. C. Anderson in "The Great Migration" has Henry Kimball as the oldest child; bp. Rattlesden, Suffolk on 12 August 1615. m. (1st) Mary Riddlesdale dau. of Edward Riddlesdale. m. (2nd by 1675 Elizabeth (Black) (Gilbert) Raynor, daughter of John Black and widow of Humphrey Gilbert & Wm. Raynor. Abigail as 2nd oldest b. say 1617; m. John Severance. She may have been the Abigail Kimball baptized at Hitcham, Suffolk on Nov. 5, 1617.
Last Will & Testament
Richard Kimball left an estate inventoried at seven hundred and thirty-seven pounds, which was a large sum in those days. He had previously given parts of his property to his children at their marriages.
The last will and testament of Richard Kimball sen of Ipswich in Essex in new England who although weake in body yet prfect memory doe dispose of my lands & estase in maner & form as followeth.
To my Loveing wife my will is that she drell in my house and have the Improvement of my ground and meadow belonging thereto with the use and increase of my whole stock of cattle, one whole yeare after my decease, and then at the years end, the forty pound due to her acording to contract at marriage to be payd her and that hous-hold stuff she brought with her. And to have liberty to live in the parlor end of the house, the roome we now lodge in: and liberty for her nesessary vse of some part of sellar: also the liberty of one cow in the pasture, the executors to provide winter meats for the same, and to have a quarter part of the fruit of the orchard, and firewood as long as she lives ther., And if she desire to remove to her owne house, then to be sett in it with what she have by my executors and to be allowed forty shillings yearly as long as she lives.
And to my Eldest son Henry, my will is to give him 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.
To my son Richard I give fforty pounds.
To my son John I give twenty pounds.
To my son Thomas I give Twenty five pounds to bee payd two years and a halfe after my decease, and to his children I give seaven pounds to be divided equally among them and paid as they come of age or at day of marriage. provided if any dye before then their share to be distributed equally amongst the rest.
And to my son Benjamin, besides the two oxen, allready recieved I give the sum of twenty five pounds, ten pounds to be payd a yeare and halfe after my decease. The rest the two years ffollowing, also to his children I give five pounds, equally to be devyded, and payd, as they come of age, or at day of marriage, in case any dye before, that part to be equally divided to the rest.
And to my son Caleb I give 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.
To my son-in-law John Severns, I give ten pounds to be pay'd two yeares & halfe after my decease.
And to my Daughter Elizabeth, I give thirty pounds, ten pounds to be payd, a year & halfe after my decease, and that the other two parts, the two following years after that.
To my Daughter Mary I give ten pounds, five pounds to be payd a year & halfe after my decease, the other five pound the year after that.
To my daughter Sarah I give forty pound, five pound to be payd the yeare & halfe after my decease and the rest five pound a yeare till it be payed, also to her children I give seaven pounds ten shillings to be payed to them as they come of age or at day of marriage, if any dye before, that part to be equally devyded to the rest.
And to my daughter Sarah above sd: I also give the bed I lye on with the furniture after one year use of it by my wife.
To my wives children viz Thomas, Jerimiah, and Mary.
To Thomas and Mary I give forty shillings apeece to be payd a yeare & halfe after my decease, and to Jerimiah I give fifteene pounds to be payd at the age of one & twenty. I give also eight pounds to the two Eldest daughter of Gyes Cowes (that he had by his first wife) to be payd and equally devided to them at the age of sixteene, if either of them dyes before then the whole to be given to that remaines.
I also give four pounds to my Couyzen Haniell Bossworth , And doe ordaine & apoynt my two sons above sd. Richard and John Kimball to be my lawfull and sole executors.
And my Couzen Haniell Bosworth above sayd to be my overseer that this my last will and Testament be duely and truly performed And thus I conclude with setting too my hand and seale the fifth of March 1674-75
Richard Kemball & a mark and a seale. Signed & sealed afther the enter-.........................This will is proved in court lining (and firewood) in the...................................held at Ypswich the 28th of seventh line in the originall....................................Sept: 1675 by the oaths of the yn the presence of..........................................Deacon Pengry And Aron Moses Pengry Senr.............................................P engry to be the last will of Aron Pengry Ser............................................... ..Richard Kimball to the best of yr knowledge and that they know of noe other. Attest Robert Lord cler."
More Relatives Biography, not in wikitree
: [move to pertinent profile page]The late Charles Franklin Kimball, of Salem, New Hampshire, himself a capable farmer, keen business man, devout churchman, and a power in the political affairs of his State, no doubt received, through heredity, many of those extraordinary qualities that were responsible, in a large degree, for the important part which was his in the history of Salem and the community. Charles Franklin Kimball was of the eighth generation removed from Richard Kimball, the common American ancestor of practically all of the families of the name in America.
↑ In Essex Court records is the following: "Know all men by these presents, that I, Joseph FOWLER of Ipswich, in the county of Essex, in New England, husbandman, doe sell unto Richard KEMBALL, sen'r of ye same towne, wheelwright, my father-in-law, such land & cattell as followeth, viz.:---one cow & one yearling, 40 acres of ground joyning to Richard JACOB, on ye one side, & Thomas BYSHOP & Jobe BYSHOP, on the other, 34 acres of it I enjoyne myselfe to fence in, of upland & meadow, which the said Richard is to have of the said Joseph, for such goods as I have received of him for satisfaction therof. In wittnesse wherof, I have hereunto sett my hand, the 12th of January 1650."
↑ Soldiers in King Philip's War: Being a Critical Account of that War, with a Concise History of the Indian Wars of New England from 1620-1677, by George Madison Bodge, Rockwell & Churchill Press, Boston, 1906
↑ The Fowler Family: a Genealogical Memoir of the Descendants of Philip and Mary Fowler, of Ipswich, Mass: Ten Generations: 1590-1882, Matthew Adams Stickney, Salem Press, 1883
↑ History of the Kimball Family in America, from 1634 to 1897 : and of its Ancestors the Kemballs or Kemboldes of England; with an Account of the Kembles of Boston, Massachusetts, by Leonard Allison Morrison, Stephen Paschall Sharples, Damrell & Upham, Boston, 1897
↑ 11.011.111.2 Great Migration 1634-1635, I-L. (Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008.) Originally published as: The Great Migration, Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume IV, I-L, by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2005. sketch of Richard Kimball. pp 154-160.subscribers
Massachusetts Applications of Freemen, 1630-91 (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2000). Original data - Paige, Lucius R.. List of Freemen of Massachusetts. Boston, MA, USA: New England Historical and Genealogical Society, 1849.
Charles Edward Banks, The Planters of the Commonwealth: A Study of the Emigrants and Emigration in Colonial times 1620-1640, Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc. 1930, 2006, pp 117-121 (in 1961 reprint)
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Abstracts of Kimball Family Court Records & Deeds, Post on the Massachusetts Bay Colony mailinglist (Ma-Bay-Colony), Tid-a-bits: Burials of Ipswichs Ancient Burying Ground-part 1 from Cynthia (NewEnglanders1620@samnet.net) to MA-BAY-COLONY-L@rootsweb.com, 14 June 2002, citing Essex County, Massachusetts court records.
Charline Pennell Shockley, The Carlton Family of Hardin County, Kentucky and Related, privately published, Santa Cruz, California, 1986.
Bassett-Preston ancestors : a history of the ancestors in America of Marion Bassett Luitweiler, Howard Murray Bassett, Preston, pg. 167
Jackson, Ron V., Accelerated Indexing Systems, comp., Massachusetts Census, 1790-1890, Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1999. Original data - Compiled and digitized by Mr. Jackson and AIS from microfilmed schedules of the U.S. Federal Decennial Census, territorial/state censuses, and/or census substitutes.
Ivory G. Kimball, Reflections from a Busy Life (year?), ??
Savage, James, A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, Before 1692, Vols. 1 & 3, Boston, MA, 1860
Michael Tepper, ed., Passengers to America: A Consolidation of Ship Passenger Lists from The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1977, pgs. 42-43, 45.
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Cuyler Reynolds, ed., Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs, New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company (1911), Vol. II, pp. 610-613. It can be found in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 929.1 R45.
Find A Grave, database and images (accessed 21 April 2019), memorial page for Richard Kimball (unknown–22 Jun 1675), Find A Grave: Memorial #145605202, citing St Nicholas Churchyard, Rattlesden, Mid Suffolk District, Suffolk, England ; Maintained by BeNotForgot (contributor 46974545) . Cenotaph at St Nicholas Churchyard, Rattlesden, Mid Suffolk District, Suffolk, England