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Kimball Family Papers, 1804-1836, undated

Identifier: MSS 336

Scope and Content Note

The Kimball Family Papers consist of deeds, receipts, insurance policies, probate documents, and other materials created by William Kimball (1758-1833) and his son, William Kimball, Jr. (1790-1855). This collection is divided into five series.

Series I. Deeds includes the sale of one-half of a woodlot in Methuen, Mass., by William Kimball, Sr. to Joseph Williams; the sale of a pew in the Second Congregational (North) Church to William Kimball, Jr., from Porter Russell; and a deed for a plot of land in Newburyport from Thomas Davis to William Kimball, Jr.

Series II. Receipts includes a small account book for the year 1832, receipts for tuition, furniture, including a coffin, and a request for 24 gold necklaces.

Series III. Insurance Policies include five policies issued to William Kimball, Jr. for property in Newburyport.

Series IV. Probate Documents includes a bill of sale for a tract of land in Bradford to William Kimball from the estate of Jesse Johnson, and the appointment of William Kimball, Jr. as administrator of the estate of his late father.

Series V. Miscellaneous Material contains a booklet, The Confession of Faith and Covenant of the Second Congregational Church in Newburyport, and a recipe for coloring gold and making silver solder.


  • Creation: 1804-1836, undated


Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.

Biographical Sketch

William Kimball (1758-1833) was born in Bradford, Massachusetts, on 10 May 1758, the son of Nathan and Susanna(h) George Kimball. Kimball lived most of his life in Newburyport, Mass., and is listed as both a cordwainer and yeoman. He married Hannah Gallashan in Newburyport on 25 November 1784; they had four children: one son and three daughters. He died in Bradford on 1 September 1833.

William Kimball, Jr. (1790-1855) was born in Newburyport, Massachusetts, on 31 January 1790 and married Mary Coll(e)y on 6 November 1814. Ten children are listed in the Newburyport Vital Records. The family moved to Avon, Connecticut, sometime after 1836. Kimball, Jr. died there on 28 December 1855. William Kimball, Jr. was listed as both a goldsmith and trader.


0.25 linear feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



The Kimball Family Papers consist of deeds, receipts, insurance policies, probate documents, and other materials created by William Kimball (1758-1833) and his son, William Kimball, Jr. (1790-1855).

Series List


SERIES II. Receipts

SERIES III. Insurance Policies

SERIES IV. Probate Documents

SERIES V. Miscellaneous Material

Physical Location

Phillips Library Stacks


This material was purchased on July 16, 2002 (acc # 28,536). A booklet, Constitution and Laws of the Independent Fire Society (Newburyport, Mass., 1832) was removed and cataloged into the print collection.

Bibliography and Related Collections

Currier, John J. The History of Newburyport, Massachusetts: 1764-1905. Reprint; Somersworth, N. H.: New Hampshire Publishing Co., 1977.

Morrison, Leonard A. and Sharples, Stephen P. History of the Kimball Family in America from 1634 to1897. Reprint; Interlaken, N. Y.: Heart of the Lakes Publishing, 1981.

Vital Records of Bradford, Massachusetts. Topsfield, Mass.: Topsfield Historical Society, 1907.

Vital Records of Newburyport, Massachusetts. Salem, Mass.: Essex Institute, 1911.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Robert F. Craig, August 2003.

KIMBALL FAMILY PAPERS, 1804-1836, undated
Processed by: Robert F. Craig; machine-readable finding aid created by: Rajkumar Natarajan.
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Repository Details

Part of the Phillips Library Repository

Peabody Essex Museum
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