“Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists."
― Franklin D. Roosevelt
Rattlesden, Suffolk County, England
Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts
Europeans who made the voyage to America faced a difficult journey of several months.
Essex County, Massachusetts was created on May 10, 1643 by the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, when it ordered "that the whole plantation within this jurisdiction be divided into four sheires."
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.
Richard Kimball and Ursula Scott married in 1611 in Rattlesden, Suffolk County, England. The oldest eight children were born in England.
The family immigrated to American in April, 1634 on the ship Elizabeth.
Joseph Fowler [Martha Kimball’s husband], Thomas Cooke, Thomas Scott [a cousin], and two of ye sons of Richard Kimball [John and Thomas], for goeing into ye woods, shouting and singing, taking fire and liquors with them, all being at unseasonable time in ye night, occasioning yr. wives and some other to go out to them.
In 1651 the Essex Court record reads:
There appeared jealousy between Rich. Kemball and Marke Simons, and between Tho. Harris and Joseph Fowler. Kemball and Fowler promised to pass by their offences and never trouble each other again.
Wit: Joseph Fowler, John Broadstreete, Thomas Scott, Rob. Lord, Marke Simons, Mr. Chute, Richard Kemball and Thomas Harris.
Thomas Scott, Joseph Fowler, Daniell Rofe, Phillip Fowler, Richard Kemball, jr., Richard Kemball, Sr., John Kemball, Henry Kemball and Edward Coleburne. Also presented for reproachful speeches against Mr. Samuell Symondes, the magistrate.
Wit: Daniell Roffe and John Brodestreet.
Also, presented for several railing and scandalous speeches against Joseph Fowler. Wit: Edward Coleburne, Thomas Smith, Richard Kemball, Sr. and jr., John Johnson, Sr., and Thomas Lovell.
Joseph Fowler testified that Goodman Simons affirmed at Robrt. Dutch's that the hog in controversy had a mark on his near ear so small that it could hardly be seen, and that no man would use a knife to make such a little mark; that Goodman Simons later affirmed that the mark could be plainly seen from Mr. Baker's parlor to the street gate; and that Simons said to him: "Joseph Fowler you thinke ye I prosecute against you in this matter aboute ye hogg, but I profess I doe not neither haue I any hand in it." Rich. Kemball, Sr., testified in substance to the same. Both sworn in Ipswich court, 3:4: 1651.
Ursula died on March 1, 1659 and Richard married Margaret Cole Dow in 1661.
Richard died on June 22, 1675 in Ipswich.
Mary White Rowlandson,Talcot
was captured by Native Americans
during King Philip's War
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.
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.
Lush forests in Colonial America allowed settlers to build wooden homes.