An American Family History

Sarah Kimball Allen

Various spellings of Kimball:
Kemball, Kembolde, Kembold

Connecticut's first European settlers were Dutch.

Sarah Kimball Allen was born in 1635 in Watertown, Massachusetts. Her parents were Richard Kimball and Ursula Scott.

She married Corporal Edward Allen on November 24, 1658. Edward probably came from Scotland.

They settled at first in Ipswich, Essex County, Massachuetts.

Their children included:
John Allen (1659, married Elizabeth Pritchard),
Sarah Allen (1661, died young),
Edward Allen (1662, married Mercy Painter),
Sarah Allen Smith (1664),
Elizabeth Allen Pritchard (1666, married William Pritchard),
William Allen (1668),
Martha Allen Kent (1696),
Benjamin Allen (1673),
David Allen (1676),
Abigail Allen Palmer (1678, married Timothy Palmer),
Samuel Allen, and
Caleb Allen (1685, married Hannah Eaton).

In 1670 their barn with sixty loads of barley was burned by lightning.

When her father died in 1675 she received

forty pound, five pound to be payd the yeare & halfe after my decease and the rest five pound a yeare tillit be payed, also to her children I give seaven pounds ten shillings to be payed to them as they come of age or at day of marriage, if any dye b effort, that part to be equally devyded to the rest. And to my daughter Sarah above sd: I also give the bed I lye on with the furniture after one year use of it by my wife

They moved to Suffield, Hartford County, Connecticut in 1678 where he had purchased 180 acres.

On December 16 1695 the Allens were allowed to sit near the pulip because Sarah was hard of hearing.

Sarah died on June 12, 1696 in Suffield, aged about fifty six years. Edward followed soon after on November 21, 1696. His estate was inventoried at £257. In his will he directed that their son Samuel should live with Benjamin, and Caleb with David, until they were twenty-one. The older brothers to teach the younger the "art or trade of a weaver," and when they came of age to build each a house, and give each a cow.

Mary White Rowlandson,Talcot
was captured by Native Americans
during King Philip's War (1675-1676).
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
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    Coverlets (Coverlid) are woven bedcovers, used as the topmost covering on a bed.

    Boston was founded in 1630 by Puritan settlers from England.

    Women played an essential role in American society as mothers and homemakers.


    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.
    It was common for bequests to include wearing apparel.
    Estate inventories give us a glance into the home life of Colonial Americans.
    A trammel an arrangement of links and a hook in a fireplace for raising and lowering a kettle.

    Cattle were vital to a household and an important legacy.
    Unweaned cattle are calves.
    Female cattle are heifers and cows (had a calf).
    Male cattle are steers (castrated) and bulls.
    are trained draft animals and are often castrated adult male cattle.

    A bed warmer or warming pan is a metal container with a handle which was filled with hot coals and placed under the bedcovers to warm the bed.

    Some of the Ancestors and Descendants of Samuel Converse, Jr. Volume 2 by Charles Allen Converse

    Corporal Edward Allen of Ipswich, according to tradition, came from Scotland, and had been a soldier under Cromwell. He was as early as 1658 of Ipswich, Mass.

    In 1662, he was occupying the farm in Ipswich owned by Rev. John Norton formerly of Ipswich, who had been preaching in Boston since 1652. In 1670 Edward Allen possessed a farm in Ipswich and that year his barn with sixty loads of barley was burned by lightning.

    He removed to Suffield where he had purchased 180 acres in 1678 for himself and sons, and there he died 21 November 1696, leaving an estate inventoried at £257.

    From 1689 to 1691, inclusive, he was one of the selectmen of Suffield. Under date of 16 December 1695, the following entry appears on the church records

    Corporall Allyn, in reference to his wife being thick of hearing, it was granted that he should have liberty to make a seat before, or just under the pulpit, somewhat higher than other seats, for the better accomodating to hear the word dispensed.

    Edward Allen married in Ipswich, 24 November 1658, Sarah, daughter of Richard Kimball of Ipswich, formerly of Rattlesden, Suffolk, England. She died 12 June 1696, aged about fifty six years. . .

    In his will, made one week before his death, Corporal Edward Allen provides for his five younger sons at Suffield, and his two younger daughters Elizabeth and Sarah. The older daughters are not mentioned and were probably both dead. He provided that Samuel should live with Benjamin, and Caleb with David, until they were twenty-one; the older brothers to teach the younger the "art or trade of a weaver," and when they came of age to build each a house, and give each a cow.

    In regard to the orthography of this name, the weight of evidence is in favor of Allyn; in the body of the will of Edward and in the signature it is Allyn, but as Edward made his mark, both were by the same hand. The Judge of Probate, John Pinchon, wrote Allin in the attestation and Alline in the filing; in the inventory taken by three of his neighbors, it was Alen; Samuel Partridge, Register, wrote Alline; in 1704, Edward and John, the elder sons, wrote the name indifferently Allin, Allen, Alline. This unsettled orthography continued for several years, but Allen finally obtained preference.

    Inventory of the Estate of Edward Alen Suffield, deceased, Nov. the 21: 1696.
    In wearing clothes £300
    Books 1 10 0
    In Bildings and Land 150 0 0
    " Neat chattel 20 0 0
    " horses 10 0 0
    " sheep 200
    " swine 12 0 0
    " cart, plows and tackling 12 0 0
    " two fether beds and two other beds & bedding 15 0 0
    " loome and tacklin 300
    " foure pots, and iron cettle 3 10 0
    " two brase cettles, a brase pan and scilet 2 10 0
    " two iron tramels, two pair of pot hooks and a pair of tongs 1 10
    " a iron spit, a frying pan and slise 050
    " two felling axes and a morticing ax 0 15 0
    " three broad hows and two stubbing hows 1 50
    " a beetel and three wedges 0 10 0
    " other small iron tooles 040
    " a warming pan, and a candlestick 070
    " a box iron and heaters 030
    " pewter 200
    " two earthern platers and a culender 050
    " two guns 200
    " other household lumber 2 10 0
    " new cloth, yarn and wool 300
    In sadles and bridles 200
    " three sickles 030
    " come and meat 6 0 0
    257 7 0
    This is a trew Inventory taken the 17, of Decembr, 1696
    John Penoilly. Jonathan Taylor. John Ke Nt.
    Henj. Alline vt David Alline made oath to the above Inventory that it was a true Inventory of Edward Alline, deceased his estate etc.
    Samuel Partridge, Register."[See H. S. Sheldon's History of Suffield, and George Sheldon's History of Deerfield.]

    Children of Edward and Sarah (Kimball) Allen:
    John, born 9 Aug. 1659.
    Sarah, born 4 July 1661; died 10 February 1662.
    Edward, born 1 May 1663.
    Sarah, born 1 March 1664; married, 21 April 1685, Edward Smith of Suffield.
    Elizabeth, born 20 Dec. 1666; died 16 June 1694; married, 14 Nov. 1683, William Pritchard.
    William, born 12 March 1668.
    Martha, born; married, 28 July 1696, Samuel Kent, Jr., of Suffield.
    Benjamin, born Sept. 1673.
    David, born 1 Feb. 1675.
    Abigail, born 25 March 1678; married Timothy Palmer of Suffield.
    Samuel, born 1679.
    Mary, born 9 April 1683; died, unmarried, in Deerfield, 25 Oct. 1707.
    Caleb, born 31 March 1685.

    When a mark is used for a signature, the person was probably illiterate, but may not have been able to sign because of age or infirmity.

    John Norton (1606-1663) was a Puritan divine. He wrote Responsio ad totam quæstionum syllogen, the first Latin book in America in 1645 (published 1648). His biography of John Cotton, Abel Being Dead, Yet Speaketh, was published in 1658.
    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.
    Tools were an important legacy because they were essential part of daily life.
    Personal property can be called personalty (personality), goods, chattels, articles, or movable property. It includes both animate or inanimate property.
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