An American Family History

John Kimball and Mary Bradstreet

Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts
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 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.

John Kimball and Mary Bradstreet married in 1655 in Massachusetts. 

The scholars who wrote that he married Mary Bradstreet include Almira White and Benjamin Marshall.

William Cutter said her name was Bridget Bradstreet.

Martha Maltby in Genesis of the White Family wrote that it was either Mary or Bridget.

John and Mary came over together from England on the ship Elizabeth when they were both babies. Their families were closely associated in Ipswich.

John's children were all born in Ipswich. 

The first child named John Kimball was born on November 8, 1657. He died as an infant on February 24, 1658. Mary Kimball Knowlton was born on December 10, 1658. Sarah Kimball Potter was born on July 29, 1661. Hannah Kimball was born about 1662. Rebecca Kimball Lull was born in February, 1664. Twins Corporal Richard Kimball and Elizabeth Kimball Jewett were born on September 22, 1665.

Mary Bradstreet Kimball may have died due to complications of childbirth when the twins were born.

Some researchers wrote that the mother of all of John Kimball's children was Mary Bradstreet. These researchers include Almira White and Benjamin Marshall.

Other researchers believe John married Mary Jordan on October 8, 1666. The researchers who believe that John married Mary Jordan include William Cutter and Martha Maltby.

Other reseachers believe that Mary Jordan's husband was John Kimball, son of Henry Kimball and Mary Wyatt. These researchers include Harriet Cooke and Leonard Morrison. John (son of Henry's) children are not the children listed below.

Abigail Kimball Estey Poole was born on March 22, 1667. John Kimball, Jr. was born on March 16, 1668/69. Benjamin Kimball was born on July 22, 1670. Moses Kimball was born in September, 1672. Aaron Kimball was born in January 1673/4. Joseph Kimball was born on January 24, 1675.

On March 28, 1696 John Kimball, Sr. gave Moses the right to pasture three cows in the pasture of Richard Kimball that was his father John’s. He also gave him a house, orchard, and one acre of land on the road to Topsfield in consideration of his marriage to Susannah Goodhue.

On April 25, 1696 John Kimball, Sr. gave his son Benjamin a deed of the north end of his farm, with house, barn , and orchard bounding on Ipswich common and partly on the farm of his brother Joseph.

John and Mary both died in 1698.
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.

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 common (commons) was a small, open field at the center of the town which was jointly owned. It was used as a marketplace, a place for the militia to drill, or for grazing livestock.

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



It was common for bequests to include wearing apparel.

from Ancestry of John Barber White and His Descendants edited by Almira Larkin White

John Kimball, b. in Rattlesden, Suffolk Co., England, in 1631; m. about 1655, Mary Bradstreet, b. in Ipswich, England, in 1633, and came with her parents to New England. He d. May 6, 1698.

John Kimball, b. in Ipswich, Mass., 1657; d. Feb. 24, 1658.
Mary Kimball, b. Dec. 10, 1658; m. in Bradford, May 7, 1682, Dea. Thomas Knowlton of Ipswich.
Sarah Kimball, b. July 29, 1661; m. John Potter of Ipswich.
Hannah Kimball, b. -; living in 1697.
Rebecca Kimball, b. Feb. 1664; m. Jan. 21, 1689, Thomas Lull.
Elizabeth Kimball, m. Jan. 4, 1688, Jeremiah Jewett.
Richard Kimball, b. Sept. 22, 1665; m. (1) Feb. 13, 1688, Lydia Wells; m. (2) Aug. 30, Sarah Wait; they lived in Ipswich, where he d. May 26, 1716.
Abigail Kimball, b. Mar. 22, 1667; m. (1) Oct. 14, 1689, Isaac Esty; m. (2) Apr. 25, 1718, William Poole.
John Kimball, 
Benjamin Kimball, b. July 22, 1670; m. Mary Kimball, his cousin of Topsfield. They lived in Ipswich, where he d. May 28, 1716.
Moses Kimball, b. Sept. 1672; m. 1696, Susan Goodhue, lived in Ipswich; he d. Jan. 23, 1750.
Aaron Kimball, b. Jan. 1674; not mentioned in his father's will.
Joseph Kimball, b. Jan. 24,1675; m. Sarah; d. 1761.

Early European settlers in the American colonies were mostly farmers and craftsmen. They had to work hard to provide daily neccesities for themselves.
Europeans who made the voyage to America faced a difficult journey of several months.

from Genealogical and Personal Memoirs by William Richard Cutter

John Kimball, third son and seventh child of Richard and Ursula (Scott) Kimball, born in Rattlesden, county of Suffolk, England, 1631, came to America with his father and settled in Ipswich, Massachusetts, where he died May 6, 1698.

By trade he was a wheelwright, but by occupation was an extensive farmer. He also frequently bought and sold land and a number of deeds on record in Salem bear his name.

About 1655 he married Bridget Bradstreet, born in England, 1633, and came to New England with her parents in the same ship which brought John Kimball.

He married second, October 8, 1666, Mary Jordan, of Ipswich.

On March 8, 1673, he united with the church. His will was made March 18, 1697-8.

Children, born in Ipswich, four by his first, the others by his second marriage:
1. John, born November 8, 1657, died February 24, 1657-8.
2. Mary, born December 10, 1658; married, May 17, 1682, Deacon Thomas Knowlton, of Ipswich, Massachusetts.
3. Richard, born September 22, 1665, died May 26, 1716.
4. Elizabeth, twin with Richard.
5. Abigail, born March 22, 1667...
8. Sarah, born July 29. 1671. died 1724; married John Potter, of Ipswich.
9. Moses, born September, 1672,
10. Aaron, born January, 1674, died probably before his father, as he is not mentioned in latter's will.
11. Joseph, born January 24, 1675, died 1761.

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.

In 1688, during the Glorious Revolution, the Protestant king and queen,William and Mary, took the English throne from Catholic King James II. The bloodless revolution profoundly impacted the American colonies.


Connecticut's first European settlers were Dutch.

A Modern History of New London County, Connecticut by Benjamin Tinkham Marshall, published by Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1922

John Kimball, son of Richard and Ursula (Scott) Kimball, was born in Rattlesden, Suffolkshire, England, in 1621, and came to New England with his parents in the Elizabeth in 1634. He settled in Ipswich, Massachusetts, and there died May 6, 1698. He was a wheelwright by trade, but bought and sold lands frequently, and was an extensive farmer.

He married, about 1655, Mary Bradstreet, who came over in the same ship with him, she being accompanied by her parents. John and Mary (Bradstreet) Kimball were the parents of thirteen children, all born at Ipswich:
1. John, died young.
2. Mary, married Deacon Thomas Knowlton. of Ipswich.
3. Sarah, married John Potter.
4. Hannah, died young.
5. Rebecca, married Thomas Lull.
6. Richard, married Lydia Wells.
7. Elizabeth, born September 22, 1665.
8. Abigail, married (first) Isaac Estey, and (second) William Poole.
9. John, of further mention.
10. Benjamin, married Mary Kimball.
11. Moses, married Susanna Goodhue.
12. Aaron, born January, 1674.
13. Joseph, born January 24, 1675.

New London County, Connecticut was one of four original Connecticut counties and was established on May 10, 1666, by an act of the Connecticut General Court.
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