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Thomas Kimberly

Also Known As: "Kimberley", "Kemberly", "Kimberlye"
Birthplace: Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom
Death: February 12, 1672 (67)
Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticut Colony (poss. died 1671)
Place of Burial: Wethersfield Village Cemetery, Hartford Co., CT
Immediate Family:

Son of Abraham Kimberly and Katherine Kimberly
Husband of Alice Kimberly and Mary Kimberly
Father of Abraham Kimberly; Thomas Kimberly; Mary Hayes; Nathaniel Kimberly; Mary Hayes and 10 others
Brother of John Kimberly and Elizabeth Kimberly

Occupation: immigrated 1636
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About Thomas Kimberly

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.


Thomas Kimberly (1604-1672) was probably apprenticed a tailor in England. He was literate. Thomas Kimberly married at Kings Stanley, England in 1628 to Alice Atwood (1607-1659) and their first 4 children were born in England. Mr. Loveland, who appears to have died on the voyage over, is recorded as paying for this family of six's passage to America from England. They probably landed at Boston and settled first at Dorchester, MA in 1635 where "Good. Kimberly" is granted an acre of land on 02 Jun 1637. They went to New Haven, Connecticut in 1639. Thomas Kimberly was one of its founders and an original signer of its "Fundamental Agreement" on 04 June 1639. Their son Eleazor Kimberly (1639-1709) is listed as the first white child born in New Haven and his sister Abiah was born there a couple of years later.. The 1641 New Haven list, which was recorded in 1643, has Thomas Kimberly with a family of 7 persons and a "small estate". Thomas Kimberly was the 20th person there to take the Oath of Allegiance on 01 July 1644 for the new Colony of New Haven. Thomas Kimberly was "admitted as a member of court" on 03 November 1649 and he became "keeper of the pound" there. Thomas Kimberly was Corporal of the New Haven Train Band in August of 1642, Clerk for the military company there in April of 1655, and Marshall of the New Haven Colony most years from 1643-1661. Thomas Kimberly was elected townsman/selectman in 1651 and 1663 and 1664. He was elected constable in 1666. Thomas Kimberly was a "member in good standing of Davenport's church and was able to argue and quote scripture against heretical views". Thomas Kimberly in 1649 bought a homelot, house, and barn of Richard Perry who was returning to England. Thomas Kimberly sold the same on 17 April 1668 to Abraham Dickerman. Thomas Kimberly bought a half acre on 18 March 1671 from Benjamin Blackman in Stratford, CT and built a fine home there and died there in 1672. Widower Thomas Kimberly's will was dated 11 January 1672. His estate inventory was 12 Feb 1672.

Daughter Abiah Kimberly (1641-1723) married at New Haven, Connecticut in about 1665 to Isaac Boreman (1643-1719) and they settled at Wethersfield, Connecticut and raised 6 children there.

Sources: Genealogical Dictionary by Savage, 1860; The Genealogy of the Kimberly Family by D. L. Jacobus, 1950; Board, Trenchard, Wilsey, McKee by F. B. Rose, 1961

He was a tailor by trade and a freeman.∼Baptized in Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, 24 Jun 1604, son of Abraham Kimberly. Tailor from Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, to Massachusetts Bay in 1635 (based on Dorchester land grant ofr 18 Feb 1635/6). First settled in Dorchester; moved to New Haven in 1639, & Stratford in 1668. Died between 11 Jan 1672[/3?] (date of will) & 12 Feb 1672[/3} (date of inventory).
Married (1) at King's Stanley, Gloucestershire, 28 Aug 1628, Alice Awood. She died at New Haven on 10 Oct 1659.
(2) after Apr 1660 & before Aug 1661, Mary (____) Preston, widow of WILLIAM PRESTON {1635, Dorchester}.* Reference: Find A Grave Memorial - SmartCopy: Mar 4 2023, 14:04:13 UTC

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Thomas Kimberly's Timeline

June 24, 1604
Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom
June 24, 1604
Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, England
June 24, 1604
Wotten-sub-Edge, Gloucester, England (United Kingdom)
Wotton Under Edge, Gloucestershire, England (United Kingdom)
Probably England
January 14, 1634
Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom
England, United Kingdom
Age 30
New Haven, Connecticut
Age 30