Richard and Ursula Scott Kimball of Rattlesden, who settled in Ipswich

The common ancestors of the great majority of Kimballs in this country are Richard Kimball Sr. of the parish of Rattlesden, county of Suffolk, England who with his wife Ursula Scott and eight children embarked from Ipswich, Suffolk England, April 10, 1634, in the ship Elizabeth. They arrived in Boston and first settled in Watertown, Mass. He was proclaimed freeman in 1635, and they removed to Ipswich, where he worked as a wheelwright. The town granted him a house lot, Feb. 23, 1637, adjoining Goodman Simons at the west end of the town, on what is now High Street. The plaque above is located at St Nicholas Churchyard Rattlesden, Suffolk, England.

In 1641 Richard Kimball is listed among the Commoners of Ipswich, and was appointed one of the seven men (selectmen) March 1, 1645. After Ursula died in 1659, Kimball married second, Oct. 23, 1661, Margaret Dow, widow of Henry Dow of Hampton, NH. They died within a few months of each other in 1675.

Richard and Ursula had a total of eleven children, eight born in Rattlesden Parish, Suffolk county, England, one in Watertown and two at Ipswich:

The Kimball houses of Ipswich

There are six houses in Ipswich built by the early descendants of Richard Kimball, and the slight possibility of one more under study.

83 High Street, the Isaac Lord house, 1696 (?) – 1806 - This house was in the Lord family for several generations. The right side is possibly the 17th Century home of Richard Kimball. Boards and timbers from the 1771 Jail on Meeting House Green were used when the house was enlarged in 1806. The house is currently undergoing extensive renovation.
8 Meeting House Green, the David T. Kimball House (1808) 8 Meeting House Green, the David T. Kimball House (1808) - In 1808 the jail site was sold to Reverend David Tenny Kimball; the old jail was removed, and he built the house that is located there now. Rev. Kimball was highly respected for his ministry and a staunch abolitionist.
77 High Street, the John Kimball house (1680) - Richard Kimball owned this lot in 1637. The property passed to John Kimball, and the present house dates from the time of his ownership. It belonged to the Lord family through the 19th century.
3 Summer Street, the Benjamin Kimball house (c 1720, alt. 1803) - This house dates to about 1720 and was a single-floor 2 room cape moved to this location in 1803. The first floor outside corners have gunstock posts, evidence that they once supported the roof.
24 Topsfield Road, the Moses Kimball house (1688) - The land on which the Moses Kimball house was built, is part of a larger grant to early settler Samuel Appleton. His son John Appleton sold a five and 3/4 acre lot on the south side of Topsfield Road to Moses Kimball, a taylor, who built some portion of this house in 1688.
2 Jeffreys Neck Road, Ipswich MA 2 Jeffreys Neck Road, the Merrill-Kimball house (1839) - Abigail Holland sold Ezra Merrill, a mariner, 3/4 of an acre in 1839 and he built the present house shortly thereafter. The house was conveyed to his daughter, Kate M. Kimball, upon his death in 1901 An interesting feature in this house is the presence of an oven on the second floor, suggesting that it may have been a 2-family house.
18 North Main Street, the Charles Kimball house (1834) 18 North Main Street, the Charles Kimball house (1834) - Charles Kimball attained honor as a colonel of the militia, a distinguished probate lawyer, and deacon of the Church. He was one of the original trustees of the Ipswich Female Seminary. The house shares a subdued Greek Revival style with the Stephen Coburn house next door. It is remembered as the home of the Manning School master.
110 High Street, the John Kimball Jr. house (1730) 110 High Street, the John Kimball Jr. house (1730) - John Kimball Sr. acquired this land in 1708. Kimball's son, John Jr. built the house and a barn. The eastern half is older, and its timbers were originally exposed. The driveway is the original High Street before the bridge was constructed in 1906.
Caleb Kimball "house with orange shutters" 106 High St. the Caleb Kimball house (1715) - Caleb Kimball (1) was born in 1639 in Ipswich, the son of Richard Kimball and Ursula Scott. The owner has maintained the left inside as a First Period home, with exposed beams and a large fireplace. The right inside was updated with Georgian features, plaster ceilings and a Rumford fireplace.
104 High Street, the John Kimball house (1715) - This is is one of three John Kimball houses along High Street, two said to have been built by the father, the third by the son. The 1st period house has a chamfered summer beam and wide plank tongue and groove sheathing. This house is protected by a preservation agreement between the owners and the Ipswich Historical Commission.


Books and other online resources about the Kimball family

18th Century Kimball graves at the Old North Burying Ground

The letters with numbers are the map locations at the Old North Burying Ground 

Kimball, Aaron c-23 February 12, 1728
Kimball, Aaron c-24 November 19, 1731
Kimball, Aaron e-247 September 10, 1779
Kimball, Benjamin d-31 May 28, 1716
Kimball, Lucey d-87 August 13, 1714
Kimball, Richard d-61 May 26, 1716
Richard Kimball tombstone Ipswich

Tombstone of Richard Kimball Jr. at the Old North Burying Ground in Ipswich


6 replies »

  1. I also am descended from Richard and Ursula through their daughter Martha , They are my 9th Great Grandparents. I was born and raised on Vancouver Island in canada. Now live in Alberta Canada.

  2. My family in Leamington , Ontario ,Canada are also descendents . Very interesting seeing the homes still there and I want to visit the area next time we are out east

  3. I am descended from Richard and Ursula through their daughter Martha Kimball Fowler. I grew up in Ipswich, where both my parents had grown up, with both lines going back a long way. My first husband is also related to the Kimballs, but to a brother. Small world in those days!

  4. It was fun to see this in today’s post. I descend from Richard and Ursula in this way: Richard/Ursula, Benjamin/Mercy Hazletine, Ebenezer/Ruth Eaton, Abner/Dinah Barnard, Lt.Moses/Jemima Clements, Charles Kimball/Jane Mansfield, Thomas Mansfield Kimball/Harriet Edith Whisner, Sarah Rebecca Kimball/Benjamin Franklin Jackson, Frederick Kimball Jackson/Martha Mae Lisenbury, Mary Lee Jackson/Delbert Wayne Anderson (my parents). Richard and Ursula are my 8th Great Grandparents.

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