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Benjamin "Cornet Benjamin" Kimball

Birthdate: (59)
Birthplace: Essex, Massachusetts
Death: Died in Bradford, Essex, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Bradford, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Kimball, of Rattlesden & Ipswich and Ursula Kimball (Scott)
Husband of Mercy Kimball
Father of Anna Hannah Barker; Richard Kimball; Elizabeth Carleton; David Kimball; Jonathan Kimball and 6 others
Brother of Alexander Kimball; Henry Kimball, of Rattlesden & Wenham; Abigail Ursula Severance; Elizabeth Kimball; Richard Kimball, Jr and 12 others

Occupation: Wheelright and Farmer
Managed by: Michele McAffee
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About Benjamin "Cornet Benjamin" Kimball


Benjamin Kimball, born in 1637, about the time that his father movedfrom Watertown to Ipswich, Massachusetts. He died 11 June 1695. He was probably a resident of Exeter, New Hampshire, in 1659, a carpenter by trade. Removed to Salisbury, Massachusetts, and was on the trial jury in 1662. Was a resident of Rowley, Massachusetts, 12 May 1663, when he bought land in Rowley of Elizabeth Starrett of Haverhill, Massachusetts. At this time Rowley included within its limits the present Bradford, Georgetown, and Groveland. His land was in what is now known as Bradford. On 20 Feb. 1668; at the first town meeting in Merrimack, afterwards Bradford, he was chosen an overseer of the town. He was called of that town, 16 March 1670, and 15 March 1674.

On 6 Jan. 1675, he and his wife Mercy of Bradford, Massachusetts, sold forty acres of land to the inhabitants of that town for the use of the minister. On 23 Nov. 1667, he bought several tracts of land. Among them was land, which once belonged to his brother, Thomas Kimball, who was killed by an Indian on May 3, 1676.

He was cornet of horse troops and was known as 'Cornet Kimball.' He and his brother, Richard Kimball, were soldiers in 1683 and 1684, under Capt. Appleton.

His house was in the west parish of old Bradford, not far from the ancient cemetery. He was a wheelwright and a farmer.

He married in Salisbury, Massachusetts, April 1661, Mercy, daughter of Robert and Ann Hazeltine.* She was born 16, 8mo, 1642, and died 5 Jan. 1707/8. She was one of the first members received into the first church in Bradford, when she, with sixteen other women, were admitted 7 January 1682/3. Her will, made 14 May 1706, was proven 2 February 1707-8. She gives the names of her children in the will.

His inventory showed that he was well off for the times. The total amount of the estate was £1060.7s. Among the assets was a one-fourth interest in a sawmill in Haverhill, Massachusetts, near the Amesbury line that he bought of Matthew Harriman. This interest was handed down in the family for several generations.

The gravestones of Benjamin and Mercy Kimball may still be seen in the cemetery at Bradford.

  • Robert Hazeltine and his brother John were among the earliest settlers or that part or Rowley that is now known as Bradford, and Robert had afterwards permission to ferry passengers across the Merrimack river. The first marriage recorded on the Rowley books is 'Robert Hazeltine and Ann his wife were married 10mo 23, 1639,' but her family name is not given.


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Benjamin "Cornet Benjamin" Kimball's Timeline

May 12, 1637
Essex, Massachusetts
December 23, 1661
Age 24
Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
December 27, 1663
Age 26
Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts
December 3, 1664
Age 27
Bradford, Essex, Massachusetts
July 24, 1669
Age 32
Bradford, Essex, Massachusetts
July 26, 1671
Age 34
Bradford, Essex, Massachussetts, USA
November 26, 1673
Age 36
Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
March 5, 1674
Age 36
Bradford, Essex County, Massachusetts
March 24, 1678
Age 40
Bradford, Essex, Massachusetts