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 and Stephen Paschall Sharples (Boston, 1897).  2 Vols., 8vo, 1283 pages of text, including a 126-page index, plus 61 interleaved images. Digital Edition on CD-ROM © May 2005.

The lion's share of this Kimball genealogy -- 1063 pages -- is about Richard Kimball (the immigrant ancestor) and his descendants through ten generations.  The first chapter, nine pages, concerns the English origins of the family.  The second chapter, eight pages, is about Henry Kimball and his descendants.  Henry might have been Richard's brother, but authors of the Kimball Family in America found no definitive proof for this.  The fourth chapter, 61 pages, features genealogies and notes on Amos Kimball of Vergennes, Vermont; Phineas Kimball of West Fairlee, Vermont; the Kimballs of York County, Maine; descendants of Benjamin and Abraham Kimball of Lyman, Maine; descendants of Thomas Kimball of York, Maine; descendants of Nathan Kimball of Jeffersonville, Indiana; and Kimballs of Meredith, New Hampshire.

Richard Kimball, wheelwright, came to America in the Elizabeth in 1634.  He settled first in Watertown, where he took the freeman's oath in 1635 and was designated a proprietor in 1636-7.  Soon after, he removed to Ipswich, where he resided for the remainder of his life.  By the end of the nineteenth century, Richard's descendants could be found in most of the United States.

Of the Kimballs, Morrison had this to say:

As a family, it has not been distinguished for men who were leaders in thought. Not many of its members have been noted in the great political world or in professional or literary work, but they have figured more largely in the common walks of life. They have been looked upon in the communities where they have lived as reliable men and women, and, commencing with Richard and his sons, they have frequently been placed in positions of trust in the town and church government in the places where they resided. In business circles, they have been exceptionally strong. They have loved the activities and excitements of commercial life and have very generally been successful as business men. They have been money-getters and money-keepers, and while until recent times not many of them have been rich, they have generally been in comfortable circum-stances. Now, many of the name are wealthy.
This not withstanding, it is noted that one of the Kimball daughters married Levi P. Morton, Governor of the State of New York and Vice President of the United States.  Another Kimball, Heber C., is well-known to Mormons.

Among surnames that occur most frequently in the Kimball genealogy we find ANDREWS, BROWN, CHAPMAN, CHASE, DAVIS, DAY, EASTMAN, FOSTER, GAGE, HALE, JOHNSON, MERRILL, MOORE, SMITH, STETSON, WEBSTER, and WOOD.  For the convience of our customers, we have posted the book's indexes at the name list.

The Digital Edition:  Complete with three text files (5.5 Mb) and sixty-one image files (3.6  Mb).

Enhancements: Lineage-tracking hyperlinks, links in text to high-quality images in separate files; errata incorporated in the text as specified by the compiler; fomat improvements.

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