John Kimball

John KIMBALL (1631 – 1698) was Alex’s 9th Great Grandfather; one of 1,024 in this generation of the Miller line.

John Kimball was born about 1621 in Rattlesden, Suffolk, England.   His parents were Richard KIMBALL and Ursula SCOTT. When John was 3 years old, he sailed for America on 30 Apr, 1634 on the ship Elizabeth of Ipwich with his parents, brothers and sisters, grandmother, uncle and cousins.  The crossing took almost three months and they landed in Bostson.  He first married Dollie Hoyt in 1653 in Ipswich, Mass.  After Dollie died, he married Mary BRADSTREET on 6 May 1655 in Ipswich Mass. He came over on the same ship with her and her father and mother.  Mary Bradstreet Kimball may have died in 1665 due to complications of childbirth when the twins were born. Some researchers believe John married Mary Jordan on Oct  8, 1666.  John died 6 May 1698 in Ipswich Mass.

John Kimball House - 77 High St. Ipswich 1680 - 1st period 2 story, timber frame, transom-lit entry.

Dollie Hoyt was born in 1631 in Rattlesden, Suffolk, England.   Dollie died 6 May 1698 in Ipswich, Essex, Mass.

Mary Bradstreet was born in 1633 in  Ipswich, Suffolk, England.  She emigrated with her parents Humphrey BRADSTREET and Bridget HARRIS , brothers and sisters on the same voyage of the Elizabeth as the Kimball clan.   Mary died in 1665 in Ipswich Mass.

Mary Jordan was born 16 May 1641 Ipswich, Essex, Mass. Her parents were Francis JORDAN and Jane WILSON.  Mary died Jan 1674 Newbury, Essex, Mass.

Children of John and Mary Bradstreet:

Name Born Married Departed
1. John Kimball 8 NOV 1657 Ipswich, Mass. 24 FEB 1657/58 Ipswich
2. Mary Kimball 10 DEC 1658 Ipswich, Deacon Thomas Knowlton (Son of William KNOWLTON)
17 MAY 1682
20 Nov 1688
3. Sarah Kimball 20 JUL 1661 Ipswich John Potter
Ipswich, Mass
13 JUN 1724 Ipswich
4. Rebecca Kimball FEB 1663/64 Ipswich Thomas Lull
21 JAN 1688/89
Ipswich, Mass
21 Jan 1689
Rowley, Mass
5. Elizabeth Kimball 22 SEP 1665 Ipswich Jeremiah Jewett
4 JAN 1687/88
15 Feb 1731/32 Ipswich
6. Corporal Richard Kimball 22 SEP 1665 Ipswich Lydia Wells
13 Feb 1688 – Ipswich, Essex, Mass
Sarah Waite
30 Aug 1705
26 May 1716 – Ipswich, Essex, Mass

Children of John and Mary Jordan:

Name Born Married Departed
7. Abigail KIMBALL 22 MAR 1666/67 Ipswich Isaac ESTEY
14 OCT 1689 Topsfield, Mass.
12 FEB 1760 Topsfield, Mass
8. John Kimball 16 MAR 1667/68 Ipswich Sarah Goodhue
2 DEC 1692 Watertown, Mass
4 MAY 1761 Preston, CT
9. Benjamin Kimball 22 JUL 1670 Ipswich Mary [__?__]
16 JUL 1694
28 MAY 1716
10. Moses Kimball SEP 1672 Ipswich Susannah Goodhue
23 JAN 1749/50
11. Aaron Kimball Jan 1673/74 Ipswich 1697
12. Jospeh Kimball 24 JAN 1674/75 Ipswich Sarah Warner
(Daniel WARNER’s grand daughter)
29 Apr 1696 in Ipswich

By trade John was a wheelwright, but by occupation, he seems, like his brothers, to have been an extensive farmer. He frequently bought and sold land, and there are a number of deeds on record in Salem bearing his name.

Sep 1649 (when John was 18 years old)  the Essex Court admonished

Joseph Fowler [John’s brother-in-law, his sister Martha Kimball’s husband], Thomas Cooke, Thomas Scott [a cousin], and two of ye sons of Richard Kimball [John and Thomas], for goeing into ye woods, shouting and singing, taking fire and liquors with them, all being at unseasonable time in ye night, occasioning yr. wives and some other to go out to them.

1656 – John was appointed attorney for his cousin Thomas Scott of Stamford, Connecticut, [son of Thomas Scott, Sr., late of Ipswich, the brother-in-law of John’s father, Richard Kimball, Sr.] Thomas Scott’s will was approved 8 Mar 1653/54, and mentions children Thomas, Elizabeth, Abigail, Hannah, Sarah, Mary and brother Richard Kimball.  Thomas Scott, Jr., was in the Indian War, under Capt Lathrop, when he was killed at Squakehege (Northfield, Massachusetts) 8 Sept 1675.

16 Oct 1665, he was appointed one of the executors of the will of Bridget Bradstreet. In her will she mentions her oldest daughter, Martha Kimball. (This is evidently a clerical error, Martha was the wife of William Beal). She givers to her “the ground she hath now in her possession, and my greine hood, peuter dish, and Mr. Morton’s Bocke and on sheet and on peliber (Pillowbear) To my daughter Mary Kemball my ould bible, my cloth waskate, my stamell peticote, on boulster and on palow, on peuter dish and on candlestick.”

On 8 Mar 1673, he united with the church by taking the covenant.

1680 –  A saltbox house is a Colonial style of architecture which originated in New England.  Saltboxes are frame houses with two stories in front and one in back, having a pitched roof with unequal sides, being short and high in front and long and low in back. The front of the house is flat and the rear roof line is steeply sloped. The sturdy central chimney is a simple but effective focal point. The simplicity and strength of this design, first seen around 1650, continues to make saltbox houses popular today.

John Kimball House - General view from the southeast

The John Kimball house  has an unusual 12 inch overhang and an early molded gutter. The interior represents 2 different periods. The great keeping room to the left has a chamfered summer beam with a small cupboard with wide-board tongue and groove sheathing, all in a rich, old tobacco brown color. The rooms on the right side of the house are Federal in appearance with painted woodwork, smaller fireplaces, wall-papered walls, and fine 18th century panelling.

John Kimball House Elevations

One theory holds that the saltbox form was popularized by Queen Anne‘staxation of houses greater than one story. Since the rear of the roof descended to the height of a single-story building, the structure was exempt from the tax.  More likely, though, the saltbox shape evolved organically from the need for additional space for growing families; adding a lean-to was an economical way to enlarge the house. The earliest saltbox houses were created when a lean-to addition was added onto the rear of the original house extending the roof line sometimes to less than six feet from ground level. Old weathered clapboards are still in place on parts of the original rear exterior walls of some of the earliest New England saltbox houses.

In a deposition made in 1684, when John was 53 years old, he and his nephew, Philip Fowler, testify “that Mary wife of Thomas patch, Abigail Bosworth (probably wife of Haniniel Bosworth, who Richard, Sr., calls cousin in his will), and Elizabeth Spofford were daughters of Thomas Scott, Sr.”

His will is made 18 Mar 1697/98. In it he mentions his sons Richard, John and Mosis, to whom he gives “sixe shillings a peece in money, which is all i intend to for them having by deed of gift giuene before what I them intended out of my estat.” He mentions his six “dafters Mary, Sarah, hannah, Rebekah Elizabeth and Abigail.” His “sunes Beniaman and Jospeph kimbal” have all the personal property divided between them, except one steer that he gives “to my sun beiamin, and my best cubbard I gue toe my sun beniamin’s wife: in consideration of what they have dune or may doe for em in my eage and weaknes.” His real estate had all been given away before this time, and his personal property which was estimated at £131.9s.11d. consisted mainly of “Quick Stock” as follows: “Six Oxen £24. Eight cows £26. 13 young cattle £18.10s. 29 shepp £6. 12 swine £5.”


2. Mary Kimball

Mary’s husband Deacon Thomas Knowlton was born 1622 in Canterbury, Kent, England.  His parents were William KNOWLTON and Ann Elizabeth SMITH. He first married Susannah [__?__]. They left a beautiful manor hall in Kent and sailed on the ship that Captain Knowlton owned to New England. They settled in Ipswich. Thomas had been married before to Susannah who died on November 20, 1680. Thomas died 23 Apr 1692 in Ipswich, Mass.

When Mary and Thomas married on 17 May 1683 she was 25 and he was 61.

Thomas had a share in Plum Island. He was a cordwainer and shoemaker, a deacon of the old First Church of Ipswich. Since he had no children of his own, he sent his brother William’s boys to school and cared for a daughter until she married. as well as taking in Nathaniel, his nephew, to live with him.  His will of 5 Dec 1688 settles the matter of his childlessness since all legatees are stated to be children of his brother.

3. Sarah Kimball

Sarah’s husband John Potter was born 1652 in Ipswich, Essex, Mass. His parents were Anthony Potter and Elizabeth Stone. John died 9 Sep 1718 in Lynn, Essex, Mass.

Their children were Mary Potter, Esther Potter, John Potter (1680), Sarah Potter (1685), Elizabeth Potter (1695, married Jonathan Perkins) and Aaron Potter (1699).

4. Rebecca Kimball

Rebecca’s husband Thomas Lull was born 1661 in Ipswich, Essex, Mass. His parents were Thomas Lull and Elizabeth Whitmore. Thomas died 11 Feb 1713 in Ipswich, Essex, Mass.

Children of Rebecca and Thomas:

i. Mary Lull Lakeman b. 22 Oct 1690; m. Lt. Sylvanus Lakeman

ii. Elizabeth Lull  b. 28 Aug 1692, m. Captain John Caldwell and Edmund Heard, Jr.). She was killed by Indians.

iii. Rebekah Lull b. 26 Nov 1694, m. Deacon Jacob Caldwell and Samuel Goodhue).

iv. Hannah Lull b. 26 Nov 1696

v. Abigail Lull Henderson b. 10 May 1699 m. John Henderson in 1725

vi. Thomas Lull b. 10 Apr 1701 m. Miriam Trask of Salem

vii. Sarah Lull Knowlton b. 5 Jun 1705, m. Abraham Knowlton in 1725

viii. John Lull b. 5 Jun 1705 m. widow Margaret Greenleaf in 1733. She died in 1754

5. Elizabeth Kimball

Elizabeth and Richard were twins.

Elizabeth’s husband Jeremiah Jewett was born 20 Dec 1661 in Essex. His parents were Jeremiah Jewett and Sarah Dickinson. After her death Jeremiah married Elizabeth Bugg. Jeremiah died February 15, 1731.  Jeremiah died 15 Feb 1732 in Ipswich, Essex, Mass. Elizabeth married Thomas Day after he died.

6. Corporal Richard Kimball

Richard and Elizabeth were twins.

Richard’s wife Lydia Wells was born 5 Apr 1668 in Ipswich. Her parents were Nathaniel Wells and Lydia Thurley. Nathaniel was the son of Thomas Wells (son of our ancestor Thomas WELLS and Abigail Warner. (daughter of our ancestor William WARNER).

Richard and Lydia’s children were Lydia Kimball (1690—She died as an infant), Richard Kimball, Aaron Kimball (1692), Lydia Kimball Kinsman, (1694), Mary Kimball (1699), Nathaniel Kimball (1700) and Martha Kimball Heard (1701). Mary married her cousin Moses Kimball, son of Moses. Martha married Edmund Heard son of Edmund Heard and Elizabeth Warner.

19 Jun 1697 – His father deeded him the house and land on which he was living and other property.

2 Nov 1700 – He was chosen to be on a a committee to meet with the Indians concerning land titles.

7. Abigail KIMBALL (See Isaac ESTEY‘s page)

8. John Kimball

John’s wife Sarah Goodhue was born 1672 in Ipswich, Essex, Mass. She was Susannah’s sister and her parents were Joseph Goodhue and Sarah Whipple. Sarah died 1726 in Preston, New London, CT.

In 1726 they moved to Stonington, Connecticut and then in 1727 to Preston, Connecticut where they bought a farm of 200 acres.  John died on May 4, 1761 in Preston, New London County, Connecticut.

Ipswich in the Massachusetts Bay Colony … By Thomas Franklin Waters, Sarah Goodhue, John Wise, Ipswich Historical Society 1927

After the Common lands were distributed, and the Common fence ceased to be, John Kimball acquired possession of a lot, beyond the Smith Dow location. On May 25, 1752, he deeded to his son, John, “the southeast half of my lot of land, on which my said son John’s house and barn now stand, together with the orchard & buildings on the premises, bounded east on the lane leading to the Parsonage Pasture, south on said Parsonage Pasture (101: 141).” The house still stands, and near the house on the east, a lane leads over the railroad track to the Parsonage Pasture, which is still enjoyed by the old First Parish. The property was inherited by Charles Lord and by Eben Kimball his son-in-law.

John Kimball Jr House - 110 High St Ipswich - 1730 2 story, asymmetrical, eastern half earlier

9. Benjamin Kimball

Benjamin’s married his cousin, Mary Kimball. on July 16, 1694. Mary was born on 15 Jan 1670/71 in Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts. She was the daughter of John and Sarah Kimball.  John was the son of Richard Kimball, Jr.

10. Moses Kimball

Moses’ wife Susannah Goodhue was born 1676 in Ipswich, Essex, Mass. She was Sarah’s sister and her parents were Joseph Goodhue and Sarah Whipple. Susannah died 23 Jan 1750 in Ipswich, Essex, Mass.

On March 28, 1696 his father sold him a house and orchard and an acre of land in Ipswich when he married Susannah.

Their children were Moses Kimball (1697), Ebenezer Kimball (1699), Susanna Kimball Sutton (1701), Ezekiel Kimball (1705), Katherine Kimball Pindar (1706), Mary Kimball Smith, John Kimball, Sarah Kimball Leatherland (1713), Joseph Kimball (1715), and Aaron Kimball (1718).

He died suddenly in his tailor shop on January 23, 1749/50.

12. Jospeh Kimball

Joseph’s wife Sarah Warner was born 22 Oct 1673 in Ipswich, Essex, Mass. Her parents were Daniel Warner and Sarah Dane. Her grandparents were Daniel WARNER and Elizabeth DENNE. Sarah died 28 Feb 1754 in Ipswich, Essex, Mass.

On his marriage Apr 29, 1696 his father deeded to him the southern end of the farm, bounding on the commons in Ipswich, and he farmed there.

The Essex County Court at Newberry records for September 26, 1699 cite

Joseph Kimball, with Sarah Warner, whom he carried to Salem with the child within 24 hours after birth, which child died an hour and half after arrival in Salem. Bond of 50 pounds, sureties, Richard Kimball and Philemon Warner.

Joseph and Sarah’s children were Sarah Kimball ( Jul 19, 1700), Joseph Kimball (Apr 12, 1702), Philemon Kimball (1704), Eunice Kimball Skillon (1706), Mercy Kimball Skillon (1708), Daniel Kimball ( Nov 11, 1710), Stephen Kimball (Dec 27, 1713), Joshua Kimball (Dec 18, 1715), and Dean Kimball (Sep, 1717 to 1771).


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  10. Lucinda LaFleur Borrone says:

    I’m interested to know if the John Kimball house on 77 High St., in Ipswich was ever known as The House of Oak and Pine? My parents bought the house around 1945-46 and four of us were born there. I have two brochures for historic tours that took place in the early 50’s that refer to the house as The House of Oak and Pine.

  11. The Early New England Families Study Project has been created to fill the need for accurate and concise published summaries on seventeenth-century New England families. Using Clarence Almon Torrey’s bibliographic index of early New England marriages and its recent successors as a guide, our goal is to compile authoritative and documented sketches to be published in searchable format on – One sketch that has been written is of Henry Kimball. Henry’s son John Kimball b. in Watertown married Mary Jordan in Ipswich.

  12. Carol Kimball Stahl says:

    Mark: I am just seeing your site and all the great pictures, some of which I have seen on the Historic Ipswich site. However, I would point out to you that the death information on Dollie Hoyt may need to be corrected? It appears to be the same date on which John died. Also, if you would share the source for the Hoyt marriage, I would really appreciate it, as John is my ancestor. Thank you.

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