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Friday, March 5, 2010

Farming and Living

Our next two generations of Kimballs in North America
Led quiet and unassuming lives.
Only the usual records indicate their births, deaths,
Marriages and children.

Richard, the son of Richard the Emigrant,
Must have received a land grant in Wenham
Just down the road a piece from Ipswich
Where he lived and died, as wheelwright and farmer.

He married Mary Cooley, of parts unknown;
Their youngest child was Caleb, also of Wenham.
Caleb is described as mason and farmer, wife of Sarah Safford
Who both lived and died in Wenham.

Interestingly, a New Hampshire connection arises
As Caleb left land in Exeter to his three sons.
Exeter, New Hampshire, would have been
A two day drive from Wenham in those days.

We do know that his son John settled in Exeter
John Kimball was a ship carpenter and farmer
Who served under Captain Folsom of Exeter.
In capturing a French fort on Lake Champlain in 1755.

John lived to be eighty-five, a rarity for the times.
His son Joseph, also a carpenter and farmer
Married three times, siring ten children.
In 1778, he served briefly in a New Hampshire regiment.

Joseph's first wife was Mary Sanborn.
The poor girl had only one child, then died at age 23.
She was lost to the genealogical record until traced
Through the Sanborn family to Peter Sanborn Kimball.

This feckless fellow could not cope with the death of his wife
In Brunswick, Maine, while on the road to Lisbon.
He left his five small children with strangers in Brunswick
And apparently never provided for them again.

Peter Sanborn Kimball is described as a cooper and farmer.
At seventeen, he fought in the climactic battle of Saratoga in 1777.
He and his wife, Abigail Dean, were first cousins.
Sharing John and Abigail Lyford Kimball as grandparents.

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