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Mary Kimberly (unknown)

Also Known As: "Seabrook", "widow Preston", "Marie Preston"
Birthplace: Wingrave, Buckinghamshire, England
Death: 1680 (74-83)
Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticut Colony, British Colonial America (poss. died after 1680; poss. died Stratford, Conn.)
Immediate Family:

Wife of William Preston, Sr. and Thomas Kimberly
Mother of Jehiel Preston; Hannah Curtis; Deacon Eliasaph Preston; Joseph Preston; Edward Preston and 3 others

Occupation: 2nd wife of William Preston
Managed by: Private User
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About Mary Kimberly

Evidence needed to support as daughter of Robert Seabrook of Stratford

Mary married twice. 1) After 22 February 1633/4 (death of his first wife, at Chesham, Buckinghamshire, England) she married William Preston (1591-1647) as his second wife. 2) Between April 1660 and August 1661at New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut she married Thomas Kimberly (1604-1673) following the death of her first husband and his first wife, Alice Atwood in 1659. [3]

Born ca 1601. Mary died aft 1680 in Stratford, CT.

Their children include:

  1. Hannah Preston (ca 1636-bef 21 Oct 1701)
  2. Jehiel Preston (ca 1640-1684)
  3. Hackaliah Preston (ca 1643-20 Nov 1692)
  4. Dea. Eliasaph Preston (ca 1643-1707)
  5. Sergt. Joseph Preston (ca 1646-1733)

She was step-mother to the children of Elizabeth Sale Preston: Daniel, William, Sarah Mallory, Elizabeth, Mary Meeker, and John.

Living in 1680. Came with her husband to New England in 1635 on the Truelove, aged 34.

Mentioned in her husband's will 1672 (Thomas Kimberly).


Disputed Origins

Robert Seabrook and his wife had three children:

i. Mary Seabrook was born in Wingrave about 1604. She married William Preston; she married more than once.
ii. _____ Seabrook [#537]: She was born in England before 1620, and died between 1653 and 1662.

  • iii. Sarah Seabrook was born in England about 1623. She married Thomas Sherwood of Stratford sometime before 1642. Note that he is not the Thomas Sherwood of Fairfield who is an ancestor in this genealogy. Jacobus has the following entry for Robert Seabrook.

An elderly man, one of the early settlers in Stratford, he did not long survive. His will is not found, and our only knowledge of it comes from mention made of it in Stratford Deeds, where land was entered to the following persons which they had by gift from their grandfather Robert Seabrook: —Samuel Fairchild, Thomas Fairchild, Jehiel Preston, John Wheeler's wife, Samuel Stiles's wife, and perhaps others not noted. From this we deduce that he had daus. who m. Thomas Fairchild, William Preston and Thomas Sherwood; the wives of Wheeler and Stiles were daus. of Sherwood.

Preston was from Chesham, co. Buckingham, and the name Seabrook is common in that county, where at Wingrave a Robert Seabrook m. 12 Sept. 1596, Alice Goodspeed, bapt. 19 Aug. 1576, dau. of Nicholas, Jr., and Margaret Goodspeed. She was a cousin of Roger Goodspeed, the Barnstable settler. If this was the emigrant Robert, he may have married more than once; but unless research in England be made, we have only vague surmise on which to build.

Children (perhaps others) ?Mary, b. abt. 1601, living in 1680; m. (1) abt. 1635, William Preston, and came with him to New England in 1635 ae. 34; m. (2) Thomas Kimberly, of New Haven and Stratford. Daughter, b. by 1620; m. by 1639, Thomas Fairchild, of Stratford. Sarah, b. abt. 1623; m. by 1642, Thomas Sherwood, of Stratford.

The New England Historical and Genealogical Register has:

Alice, bapt. 19 Aug. 1576; probably d. before her father, as she is not mentioned in his will; m. at Wingrave, 12 Sept. 1596, Robert Seabrooke, a legatee, with his children, in the will of her father.


Sources: Jacobus, Donald Lines, History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield, 1930 (reprinted with corrections 1976 by Genealogical Publishing Co.), vol. 1, p. 523 The Frost and Related Families of Bedford County, Tennessee, by Wright W. Frost, 1962, p. 53 New England Historical and Genealogical Register, vol. 82, pp. 448–453 (Long entry on the Goodspeed family) Mormon family record sheet which includes the following references: "New Haven Genealogical Magazine" 4–6: 1479, 1090; New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 82: 443–453, 105: 81–84, 9: 348–9, 2: 67, 3: 86, 27: 62; History of the Goodspeed Family, by Weston A. Goodspeed; History of Wethersfield, by Stiles, p. 625; History of Stratford, by Orcutt pp. 1291, 1272, 1357; History of Stratford, by Wilcoxson pp. 114–116; and others.


Source 3. Families of Early Guilford, Conn. Thomas Kimberly family lived in Dorchester, Mass. in 1635; New Haven, Conn. 1638; Stratford, Conn. 1659.

Source 4. House Genealogy: 929.273 H816K Thomas Kimberly was one of the founders of New Haven, and an original signer of the Fundamental Aggrement of June 4, 1639. Was admitted member of the court Nov 3, 1649; WAs the 20th to take oath of Allegiance 1 July 1644, to the new jurisdiction of Colony of New Haven. Was chosen corporal of the New Haven Train Band in Aug 1642, and clerk for the Military Co. April 1655; He Was marshal of the New Haven Colony throughout most of its existance. The first volume of colony records in Oct 1643, was entered in the first book of town or plantation records as was also the list of colony officials in 1646 and in both of these records Thomas is entered as marshal. The second book of colony records shows his election to that post from 1653-1661 inclusive. There is a record of his election as marshal of the plantation or town of New haven on oct. 30 1643, for nearly every year through 1661. He was chosen a townsman (selectman) in 1651, 1653, & 1664, and constable 1666. He was a member in good standing of Davenports church, and was able to argue and quote scripture against heretical views.

Source 5. Will of Thomas Kimberly dated 11 Jan 1672: (Reads in part) I give and bequeath my soul into the hands of my loving and Mercefull maker my body to a Christian buriell the which I desire may be according to my rank where it shall remain until the reuniting of it to my soule at that great and latter day: And for that little which the Lord hath bine grafiously pleased to betrust me withall: he gives Unto my dear and loving wife Mary Kimberly the use and improvement of my present dwelling house...belonging to it, and soe much of my other estate during her natural life as may be for her comfortable substance and conveniency. Names wife Mary, sons Nathaniel, Thomas, Eleazer, and Abraham; Dau. Abiah Bordman and her 3 children Hechaliah and Joseph Preston and grandchildren Nathaniel, Elizabeth and Mary Hayes.

Source 6: Founders Of Early American Families; Thomas Kimberly was of Dorchester Massachusetts in 1636, New Haven, Connecticuit in 1638, Stratford, Connecticuit in 1659 & died here after 11 january 1672/73; He was a Tailor; A Freeman & Marshal of the New Haven, Comnecticit Colony

Source 7: The Kimberley Family;

Source 8: New England Register Volume 102: pg: 102

Source 9: The American Genealogist Volume 28: pg: 85 (See Kimberly File)

Source 10: The Kimberlys A Glimpse at One Familys Years In North America;

Source 11: The Kimberly Genealogy pg: 5; Thomas Kimberly, the colonist had a wife Alice, and sons named Abraham and Nathaniel. Both names are found in the early Kimberly families of Wooten down Under, in England;

His wife Alice is found in the neighboring parish of Kings Stanley; Thomas, our imigrant ancestor, was a Taior, and may have been apprenticed, as was back then customary, to learn that trade. It is possible that after completing his apprenticeship, he settled in London, or some other city for a few years before emigrating to New England.

At his first appearance in Dorchester, Mass. in 1637, his name appears directly beneath that of Mr. Thomas Trowbridge, a merchant connected with Taunton, Co. Somerset, and Exeter, Co. Devonshire, and both he and Trowbridge removed shortly to New Haven. Perhaps Thomas Kimberly had been living in one of those cities, which are in the west of England, south of Gloucestershire. The mother of Thomas was a Howe, ant that surname appears early at New haven, but the fact is without special signifinance, because the name of Howe is a common name.

Sorce 12: Records of the Colony and Plantation of New haven, 1: 14,24,82, 91, 137, 183: Thomas Kimberly was one of the founders of New Haven, Connecticut and an original signer of the Fundamental Agreement, of 4 June 1639. He was admitted member of the court, 3 Nov. 1649, and was ordered to keep a pound by the creeke, 16 Jan, 1642/43. In the list of persons and estates, undated and entered under 1643, but probably drawn up in 1641, or earlier, he was credited with seven persons, presumably himself, his wife and the five elder children, and a small estate incommensurate with his future standing, which must have been based on personal worth and ability rather than on birth or inherited weath. He was the twentieth to take the oath of allegiance, July 1644, to the new jurisdiction or Colony of New haven. William Preston succeeded him as keeper of the pound, 8 Dec 1645.


  1. Mary first married William Preston, second Thomas Kimberly.
  2. cites
    1. Hotten, John Camden (editor). The Original Lists of Persons of Quality: Emigrants, Religious Exiles, Political Rebels, Serving Men Sold for a Term of Years, Apprentices, Children Stolen, Maidens Pressed, and Others, who Went from Great Britain to the American Plantations, 1600-1700. London: John Camden Hotten, 1874
    2. Hoadly, Charles J, MA. (editor) Records of the Colony and Plantation of New Haven, From 1638 to 1649.] (Hartford: Case, Tiffany and Company, 1857.) Sweepin pp 86, 449; husband’s will p 323;
    3. Source: #S590 Data: Text: He married (2) MARY (?) Bet. Apr 1660 - Aug 1661 in Connecticut.
    4. Great Migration 1634-1635, M-P. (Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2010.) Originally published as: The Great Migration, Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume V, M-P, by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2007. < >
    5. Hoadly, Charles J, MA. (editor) Records of the Colony and Plantation of New Haven, From 1638 to 1649.] (Hartford: Case, Tiffany and Company, 1857.) Sweepin pp 86, 449; husband’s will p 323;
    6. Atwater, Edward Elias, and Lucy M. Hewitt, and Bessie E. Beach. History of the Colony of New Haven to Its Absorption Into Connecticut Meriden, Connecticut: 1902. Pp 544, 548, 552
    7. Dexter, Franklin Bowditch (editor) Ancient Town Records Vol 1. New Haven Town Records 1649-1662. (New Haven: New Haven Colony Historical Society, 1917.) p. 215
    8. Dexter, Franklin Bowditch (editor) [Ancient Town Records Vol II. New Haven Town Records 1662-1684. (New Haven: New Haven Colony Historical Society, 1919.) p. 35.
    9. Jacobus, Donald Lines (compiler). Families of Ancient New Haven, Vol I-VIII. and Index Vol IX New Haven: 1931. Reprint, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1974, 1981, 1997. Originally published as New Haven Genealogical Magazine, Volumes I-VIII. Rome, NY and New Haven, CT 1922-1932.
    10. Source: [[#S78]: Vol 6, page 1478-79
    11. Source S78: Abbreviation: Families of Ancient New Haven: Title: Donald Lines Jacobus, Volumes 1-9, printed by Clarence D. Smith, Rome, New York, 1923; originally published as New Haven Genealogical Magazine - reprinted by Genealogical Printing Company, Inc. Baltimore in 1974, 1981, 1997.
  3. Bradford, Mildred. Moses S. Curtis, Descendants and Ancestors. U. of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin: Gateway Press, 2000.
    1. Source: S590 The Ancestery of the Nichols, Bedwell, Bundrum & Reaves Families. Found at Italicized: Y Paranthetical: Y
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Mary Kimberly's Timeline

January 31, 1601
Wingrave, Buckinghamshire, England
January 31, 1601
Wingrave, Buckinghamshire, England, (Present UK)
January 31, 1601
Wingrave, Buckinghamshire, England
January 31, 1601
Wingrave, Buckinghamshire, England
January 31, 1601
Wingrave, Buckinghamshire, England
New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States
New Haven, New Haven Colony
February 19, 1641
Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA
New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut Colony, British Colonial America