An American Family History

Corporal Richard Kimball

Various spellings of Kimball:
Kemball, Kembolde, Kembold
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.

Corporal Richard Kimball and his twin, Elizabeth Kimball Jewett, were born on September 22, 1665 in Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts. His parents were John Kimball and Mary Bradstreet.

He (Richard Kimbole) married Lydia Wells (Liddea Welles) on November 13, 1685 or on February 13, 1687/88. Lydia was born April 5, 1668 in Ipswich. Her parents were Nathaniel Wells and Lydia Thurley. Nathaniel was the son of Thomas Wells and Abigail Warner.

Richard and Lydia's children included:
Lydia Kimball (1690, died as an infant),
Richard Kimball,
Aaron Kimball (1692),
Lydia Kimball Kinsmanm (1694),
Mary Kimball (1699, married her cousin Moses, son of Moses Kimball),
Nathaniel Kimball (1700) and
Martha Kimball Heard (1701, married Edmund Heard son of Edmund Heard and Elizabeth Warner). 

On June 19, 1697, his father deeded him the house and land on which he was living and other property.

On November 2, 1700 he was chosen to be on a a committee to meet with the indigenous people concerning land titles.

After Lydia died, he married, Sarah Waite on August 30, 1705.

He died on May 26, 1716.
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.

Children of John Kimball
& Mary Bradstreet
  • Mary Kimball Knowlton
  • Sarah Kimball Potter
  • Hannah Kimball
  • Rebecca Kimball Lull
  • Elizabeth Kimball Jewett
  • Corporal Richard Kimball
  • & Mary Bradstreet
    or Mary Jordan
  • Abigail Kimball Poole Estey
  • John Kimball
  • Benjamin Kimball
  • Moses Kimball
  • Aaron Kimball
  • Joseph Kimball
  • The indigenous population in the United States before the arrival of Europeans included many distinct tribes and languages

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



    Cutter's work is available on CD

    from Genealogical and Personal Memoirs, Volume 3 edited by William Richard Cutter, William Frederick Adams

    Corporal Richard [Kimball], sixth child of John and Mary (Bradstreet) Kimball, was born in Ipswich, Massachusetts, September 22, 1665, died there May 26, 1715. On November 2, 1700, he was one of a committee to treat (sic) with the Indians concerning the title to land, the land in question being within the limits of the present town of Bedford.

    He married, February 13, 1688, Lydia Wells, of Ipswich. After her decease he married Sarah Waite, who died February 22, 1725. Lydia was the mother of his children:
    Lydia, born October 16, 1690;
    Aaron, January 10, 1692;
    Lydia, September 14, 1694;
    Mary, May 10, 1699;
    Nathaniel, May 11, 1700;
    Martha, February 1, 1701.


    Historic Homes and Institutions by Ellery Bicknell Crane

    Nathaniel Wells, eldest child of Thomas (1) and Abigail (Warner) Wells, was born in Ipswich, Massachusetts, about 1640. He was a farmer all his life in the place of his birth, and died December 15, 1675.

    He married, October 29, 1661, Lydia Thurley (the name was variously spelled Thorla, Thorlo, Thurlow, and Thurley), born April 1. 1640, daughter of Richard and Jane Thurley. and granddaughter of Francis Thurley, of Newburyport, Massachusetts. Richard Thurley was a planter at Rowley, Massachusetts, and later Removed to Newbury, where he built a bridge at his own cost across the Newbury river. The general court fixed a rate of toll for animals on May 3, 1654. He had two sons—Thomas and Francis.

    The children of Nathaniel and Lydia (Thurley) Wells were:
    1. Abigail, born August 17, 1662, married Edmund Potter.
    2. Martha, born January 13, 1664, died February 12, of the same year.
    3. Sarah, born March 10, 1665, married John Day, published January 27, 1691.
    4. Nathaniel,
    5. Thomas, born June 19, 1673, married Elizabeth .
    6. Elizabeth, married George Hart, published May 5, 1698.
    7. Lydia, married Richard Kimball

    Planter is an archaic term for a settler. Plantation was a method of colonization where settlers were "planted" abroad. A plantation is also the kind of large farm that was the economical basis of many American Colonies and owners of these farms were also called planters.

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