Person:Richard Kimball (1)

Richard Kimball
b.abt 1595
m. abt 1583
  1. John KIMBALL1584 -
  2. Frances KIMBALL1587 -
  3. Rachel KIMBALL1589 -
  4. Henry Kimballabt 1590 - bef 1648
  5. Richard Kimballabt 1595 - 1675
  • HRichard Kimballabt 1595 - 1675
  • WUrsula Scott1596/97 - bef 1661
m. by 1615
  1. Henry Kimball1615 - abt 1676
  2. Abigail Kimball1617 - 1658
  3. Elizabeth Kimballabt 1621 - aft 1674/75
  4. Richard Kimballabt 1623 - 1676
  5. Mary Kimball1625 - 1686
  6. Martha Kimballabt 1629 - 1677
  7. John Kimballabt 1631 - 1698
  8. Thomas Kimballabt 1633 - 1676
  9. Caleb Kimball1635 - bef 1682
  10. Cornet Benjamin Kimball1637 - 1696
  11. Sarah Kimball1639 - 1696
m. 23 Oct 1661
Facts and Events
Name[1][2][3] Richard Kimball
Gender Male
Birth[1] abt 1595
Marriage by 1615 to Ursula Scott
Emigration[1] 1634 On the Elizabeth.
Residence[1] 1634 Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
Other[1] 6 May 1635 Admitted freeman.
Residence[1] 1637 Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Occupation[1] Wheelwright.
Marriage 23 Oct 1661 Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United Statesto Margaret Cole
Will[1][4] 5 Mar 1674/75
Death[5] 22 Jun 1675 Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Estate Inventory[1][4] 12 Jul 1675 £737-03-06; £557 in real estate.
Probate[1][4] 28 Sep 1675 Will proved.


Richard Kimball is thought to be of or from near Rattlesden, Suffolk, England as that is where he and his wife Ursula christened their son, Henry. Rattlesden was also the home of his wife's father who names his Kemball (note spelling) grandchildren, which match up with the children of the Kimball emigrant.

While some genealogists argue against the emigrants Henry and Richard being brothers due to the distinct spellings of their last names, the 1890 Kimball genealogy clearly points out that the name was spelled both ways throughout many generations. Robert Charles Anderson (The Great Migration, IV:153, 159) also asserts that they were brothers, based on geography and occupation connecting them to their father Richard Kimball of Lawford, Essex.

Richard married (first) in England Ursula Scott, dau of Henry Scott of Rattlesden, England.

1634: Came from Ipswich, England on the Elizabeth (which left 10 April 1634), which on (date of record) 12 Nov 1634 (when arrived at Boston) included the following:
Henry Kemball, 44
Susan, 35 [wife of Henry]
Richard, 39
Ursula, [no age] wife of Richard.

Also on this ship where the following children of Richard (and Ursula?):
Henry, 15
Richard, 11
Mary, 9
Martha, 5
John, 3
Thomas, 1

Note the absence of known daughter Abigail from this list. She married John Severance perhaps before emigration.

Life in New England

While they landed at Boston, he and his family soon afterwards settled in Watertown, MA, where he soon became active in the life of the new settlement.

1635: made a freeman May 6

1636-7: one of the proprietors (first residents) of Watertown; soon afterwards moved to Ipswich (where he was also one of the first residents) for the rest of his life. He was a wheelwright.

1645: Elected selectman

He was one of the strong men of the town and of frequent mention in the records.

1661: He married (second) Oct 23, 1661 Margaret DOW, widow of Henry DOW, of Hampton, New Hampshire.

Granted to Richard Kemball, the 23rd of February 1636, a house lott next adjoyning to Goodman Simons at the West end of Towne.


Lived after his 80th birthday. Made a will March 5, 1674-75 that was probated Sep 28 1675. Richard Kimball died Jun 22, 1675; his widow March 1, 1676.

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Richard Kimball, in Anderson, Robert Charles; George F. Sanborn; and Melinde Lutz Sanborn. The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635. (NEHGS, 1999-2011), IV:154-160.

    ORIGIN: Rattlesden, Suffolk.
    MIGRATION: 1634 on the Elizabeth (on 30 April 1634, "Richard Kemball," aged 39, and "Ursula his wife," aged [blank], took the oath of allegiance at Ipswich for passage to New England on the Elizabeth, with six children in his care: "Henry Kemball," aged 15, "Richard Kemball," aged 11, "Mary Kemball," aged 9, "Martha Kemball," aged 5, "John Kemball," aged 3, and "Thomas Kemball," aged 1 [Hotten 280,282]).
    OCCUPATION: Wheelwright [ILR 1:89, 160, 209, 4:445].
    CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: Admission to Watertown church prior to 6 May 1635 implied by freemanship.
    FREEMAN: 6 May 1635 [MBCR 1:370].
    BIRTH: About 1595 (aged 39 on 30 April 1634 [Hotten 280]).

  2. Savage, James. A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England: Showing Three Generations of Those Who Came Before May, 1692, on the Basis of Farmer's Register. (Boston: Little, Brown, and Co, 1860-1862), 3:22.

    Kimball, Richard, Watertown, prob. br. of Henry of the same came from Ipswich, O. E. 1634, aged 39, in the Elizabeth, with w. Ursula; ch. Henry, 15; Richard, 11; Mary, 9; Martha, 5; John, 3; and Thomas, 1; and serv. John Laverick, 15; was freem. 6 May 1635; rem. 1638 to Ipswich, there had more ch. and d. 1675, leav. Henry, Richard, Mary, Thomas, Benjamin, Elizabeth Caleb, Sarah, and ano. d. w. of John Severns. He is call. by Thomas Scott (a passeng. with w. and fam. in the same sh.) br. and this may mean, that one m. a sis. of the other, or they m. sis. but in this case not, I judge. the mere ch. relationsh. See Scott. It is said, that two of his s. Thomas and William, were k. by the Ind. in 1675; but I suppose Caleb was one. A William K. of capt. Oliver's comp. was wound. 19 Dec. 1675, in the gr. battle of Narraganset, but he was of Boston, and serv. as substitute for his master, John Clear. An Elizabeth K. aged 13, was passeng. in the same sh. with Henry and Richard; but on the custom-ho. list is not insert. as ch. of either, but under the care of Thomas Reyner.

  3. Kimball, Judith A. The History of the Kimball Family in America. (Kittery, Maine: Kimball Family Association, 1988), 16-21.

    "The common ancestor of the great majority of Kimballs in this country was Richard Kimball, who with his family embarked at Ipswich, in the county of Suffolk, England, 10 April 1634, in the ship Elizabeth."

  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Massachusetts, Probate Court (Essex County). The Probate Records of Essex County, Massachusetts. (Salem, Massachusetts: The Essex Institute, 1916, 1917, 1920), III:16-19.
  5. Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, United States. Vital Records of Ipswich, Massachusetts to End of the Year 1849. (Salem, Massachusetts: Essex Institute, 1910, 1919), II:600.

    Kemball, Richard, sr., (died) June 22, 1675 [court record, Essex Co. Quarterly Court].

  6.   Schonfield, G. A. The ancient records of the town of Ipswich: from 1634 to 1650. (Ipswich, Mass.: G.A. Schofield, 1899), 35.

    "Granted to Richard Kemball, the 23rd of February 1636, a house lott next adjoyning to Goodman Simons at the West end of Towne."

  7.   Cutter, William Richard. New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of the Commonwealths and the Founding of a Nation. (New York, New York, United States: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1913-14), III:1114.
  8.   Hurd, Duane Hamilton. History of Essex County, Massachusetts: with biographical sketches of many of its pioneers and prominent men. (Essex, Massachusetts: J.W. Lewis & Company, 1888), I:570.
  9.   Marshall, Benjamin Tinkham. A modern history of New London County, Connecticut. (New York, New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co., 1922), II:111.
  10.   Sheldon, George. A History of Deerfield, Massachusetts: the times when and the people by whom it was settled, unsettled, and resettled, with a special study of the Indian wars in the Connecticut Valley; with genealogies. (Greenfield, Mass.: Press of E. A. Hall & Co., 1895-1896), II:II:9.

Elizabeth (1634)
Sailed: 30 Apr 1634 from Ipswich, England under Master Willis Andres
Arrived: July? 1634 at Massachusetts Bay Colony

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