An American Family History

Richard Kimball, Sr.

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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.

Various spellings of Kimball:
Kemball, Kembolde, Kembold
Europeans who made the voyage to America faced a difficult journey of several months.

Richard Kimball was born in 1595 in Rattlesden, Suffolk County, England. He was the son of Henry Kimball (1565 in Brettenham, England) and Johan (1567 in Mistley, England). His siblings were John Kimball (1584), Frances Kimball (1587), Rachel Kimball (1589), Henry Kimball (1590), and George Kimball (1598).

He and his brother Henry Kimball, came to Massachusetts in 1634.

He was a wheelwright and a farmer. He was admitted as a freeman in Watertown, Massachusetts on May 6, 1635. Humphrey Bradstreet was made a freeman the same day. Richard became a proprietor of the town in 1636-37.

He married Ursula Scott before 1615 in England. Their children and life together are described in detail in the section on Richard and Ursula Kimball. He moved to the new settlement Ipswich where he worked as a wheelwright and had a grant of 40 acres.

March 1, 1645 he was elected a selectman. He was one of the proprietors of Plum Island.

On October 22, 1647 the town of Ipswich paid him two Pounds for killing two foxes.

In 1653 he was executor of Humphrey Bradstreet's will.

In 1659 he became a widower when Ursula died. 

He married his second wife, Margaret Cole Dow on October 23, 1661 in Essex County. She was the widow of Henry Dow.

He made his will on March 5, 1675. He carefully provided for Margaret and her children in his will. Margaret died on March 11 of that year.

He died on June 17, 1675.

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.

Any man entering a colony or becoming a a member the church, was not free. He was not forced to work, but his movements were carefully observed to see if they followed the Puritanical ideal. After this probationary period, he became a "freeman." Men then took the Oath of a Freeman where they vowed to defend the Commonwealth and not to overthrow the government.

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 Richard Kimball, Sr.
and Ursula Scott
  • Henry Kimball
  • Abigail Kimball Severens
  • Elizabeth Kimball
  • Richard Kimball, Jr.
  • Mary Kimball Dutch
  • Martha Kimball Fowler
  • John Kimball
  • Thomas Kimball
  • Sarah Kimball Allen
  • Cornet Benjamin Kimball
  • Caleb Kimball
  • In early New England towns policy was set by a board of 3 to 5 selectmen. They oversaw public responsibilities such as the policing, roads, and fences.

    Colonial legislatures granted land to a group of settlers (proprietors) who chose how to divide the land. They had some rights of governance.




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    Richard Kimball of the parish of Rattlesden, county of Suffolk, England, sailed from Ipswich, England, to this country in the ship Elizabeth, William Andrews, Master, in 1634.

    His first wife (mother of Sarah Allen) was Ursula, daughter of Henry Scott of Rattlesden, England. Richard Kimball first settled in Watertown, Mass.: was made freeman 6 May 1635; and was a proprietor in 1636-7.

    Soon after, he removed to Ipswich, as he was a wheelwright, and a competent man was wanted there as wheelwright to the new settlement; and he spent the remainder of his days there. He had a grant of 40 acres there. He was mentioned as "among the commoners of Ipswich," and was appointed one of the seven men 1 March 1645. He died 22 June 1675.

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    Dedham, Norfolk County, Massachusetts was settled in 1635 by English Puritans.

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    Henry [Dow], second child of Henry and Elizabeth Dow, was born in Runham, about 1608. He married, February 11, 1631, Joan, widow of Roger Nudd, of Ormsby, in the same county. Six years later he applied for permission to emigrate to America, was examined April 11, 1637, and was granted license to depart to these shores, the document being entitled:

    The examination of Henry Dowe, of Ormsby, in Noff, husbandman, aged 29 years, and Joane, his wife, aged 30 years, with four children, and one servant, Ann Maning, aged 17 years, are desirous to pass into New England, to inhabitt.

    They settled in Watertown, Massachusetts, where Henry Dow was admitted freeman, May 2, 1638. He removed to Hampton, New Hampshire, in the latter part of 1643 or early in 1644, having previously bought of John Saunders a dwelling house, and several tracts of land for a farm... Henry Dow was a man who possessed the qualities of leadership, as is shown by his official record. He was selectman in 1651; deputy from Hampton to the general court of Massachusetts in 1655-56; and appointed with two others in 1658 to examine and record all land grants and highways.

    This last work was interrupted by his death, April 21, 1659. Joane, or Jane, Dow died and was buried in Watertown, June 20, 1640.

    Henry married (second) in 1641, Margaret Cole, of Dedham, Massachusetts, who was dismissed thence to Watertown church in 1643.

    She survived him and married (second) October 23, 1661, Richard Kimball, of Ipswich.

    The children of Henry Dow by his first wife were: Thomas, Henry, an infant and Joseph;

    by the second wife: Daniel, Mary, Hannah, Thomas and Jeremiah.

    American colonists continued to use British monetary units, namely the pound, shilling and pence for which £1 (or li) equalled 20s and 1s equalled 12d. In 1792 the dollar was established as the basic unit of currency.

    From his will

    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 quarterpart of the fruit of the orchard, and firewood as long as she livest her. And if she desire to remove to her owne house, then to be settin it with what she have by my executors and to be allowed forty shillings yearl  as long as she lives. . .

    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 oft hem dyes before then the whole to be given to that remaines.

    I also give four pounds to my Couyzen Haniell Bossworth      


    DNA match with other descendant in this line.
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    Aaron Estey
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    Israel Dwinnell
    Isaac Davis Dwinnell, Sr.
    Isaac Davis Dwinnell, Jr.
    Victoria Dwinnell Miller
    Robert Wilson Miller, Sr.
    Robert Wilson Miller, Jr.

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