Frederick Marius Kimball, of Topeka, vice-president of the Kansas Building & Loan Association, of Kansas City, Kan., and president of the Security Mining Company, of Idaho, has been a resident of the capital city since 1892, and is numbered among its most respected citizens. He is descended from one of the old and distinguished families of America and one that has had an illustrious military history. Mr. and Mrs. Kimball each have the unique distinction of having had four great-grandfathers in the Revolutionary war. The Kimball family was founded in America by two brothersRichard and Henrywho left Ipswich, England, April 10, 1634, and immigrated to America, landing in Boston. The branch of the family to which Capt. Frederick M. Kimball belongs, is descended from Richard Kimball. He was a Puritan and left England when that country was in the throes of revolution and when the conflict between the established church and the Puritans was at its height. He settled among others of his belief at Watertown, Mass., where he was proclaimed a free man in 1635 and was made a proprietor in 1636-37. His services as a competent wheelwright were sought at Ipswich, Mass., to which place he removed and there spent the remainder of his life. That town granted him a home lot on Feb. 23, 1637, and also forty acres of land. He is mentioned frequently in the town records, and it is recorded in one of them that in January, 1649, he was given permission to fell such white oaks as he needed in order to follow his trade. His birthplace is supposed to have been Rattlesden, Suffolk, England. Capt. Frederick Marius Kimball, of this review, was born at Barton, Vt., June 14, 1840, and is of the eighth generation descended from the common ancestor, Richard Kimball, the line of descent being as follows: Benjamin, the son of Richard, the emigrant, was the father of Richard, born in 1665; Richard II had a son, Benjamin, whose son, Deacon John Kimball, became a very prominent churchman at Bradford, Mass., and at Concord, N. H., whither he removed from Bradford; Judge John Kimball, the son of Deacon Kimball, and the grandfather of the subject, was born at Concord, N. H., Oct. 3, 1769, and was married Dec. 6, 1792, to Eunice White, of Stratford, Vt., who was born Sept. 26, 1770, and died May 24, 1840. He settled on a lot of wild land at Vershire, Vt., later removed to Concord, N. H., and then in 1801 removed to Barton, Vt., where he served as town clerk and justice continuously from 1803 to 1842, and where he died, May 9, 1844. He was frequently a selectman, served as a representative in the state legislature from 1807 to 1809, and was a judge of the probate court ten years, also an assistant judge of the county court. He was one of the founders of the Congregational church at Barton in 1817. Frederick White Kimball, son of Judge John Kimball, and the father of the subject, was born at Barton, Vt., Jan. 7, 1805, and died at Glover, Vt., Dec. 2, 1872. In 1835 he married Mrs. Mary (Hinman) Chadwick, a widow with two daughtersAnn and Martha. She died Nov. 17, 1891. Frederick W. Kimball went to the gold fields of California in 1850 via the Isthmus of Panama, and returned to his family in Glover, Vt., in 1854, with quite a sum in gold, but broken in health. After his return from California he served as a justice of the peace at Glover seventeen years, beginning in 1855, and in 1870 he was a member of the State Constitutional Convention of Vermont. He was a man of high standing among his fellow townsmen.
Capt. Frederick Marius Kimball, after completing his education in the Orleans Liberal Institute at Glover, Vt., taught school several years and then began the study of law, but before finishing his legal studies, the Civil war opened, and he enlisted and was mustered in Oct. 15, 1861, at Montpelier, Vt, in Company D, Sixth Vermont infantry. The regiment was immediately ordered to Washington, where it arrived Oct. 22, and proceeded at once to Camp Griffin, where it was attached to the Vermont brigade. The command remained at Camp Griffin during the winter of 1861-2 and on March 10, 1862, broke camp for the Peninsular campaign. On April 6, 1862, at Warwick Creek, Va., the regiment was first in action. In the battle of Golding's Farm the Sixth Vermont won complimentary mention from General Hancock. The loss at Savage Station was severe, and in the Maryland campaign this regiment bore an active part. It was actively engaged at Fredericksburg and soon after that great battle, it went into winter quarters at White Oak church, where it remained until camp was broken for the Chancellorsville movement in the spring of 1863. There and at Gettysburg and Funkstown later in the summer, the regiment proved its right to be known as one of the fighting regiments of the war. Mr. Kimball entered the service as a sergeant and was mustered out a captain, having been promoted a lieutenant early in 1863. He has the distinction of having participated in no fewer than twenty-three battles and was twice wounded, the first time at Banks' Ford on May 4, 1863, and the second time very severely at Funkstown, Md., on July 10, 1863. At the latter engagement the valorous conduct of Lieutenant Kimball was commented upon in the reports of both Generals Howe and Grant. The circumstances relating to his being wounded appear as follows in the Shawnee County History:
"His experiences on both these occasions were thrilling in the extreme and their recital must afford interest to all who admire courage and valor. At Banks' Ford, where his regiment charged Early's assailing columns, the enemy was thrown into great confusion by the unexpected attack, broke and ran, hotly pursued by the Sixth Vermont with fixed bayonets. Captain Kimball's belt plate turned a minie ball and thus saved his life, but in glancing off wounded him slightly in the arm. The regiment captured over four hundred prisoners in this charge, and one Confederate captain surrendered his sword and the remnant of his company to Captain Kimball, after having been shot in the face. The prisoners threw down their muskets and were left in charge of privates and ordered to the rear. Captain Kimball had only turned to go forward when a Confederate, who had surrendered, picked up a gun from the ground and was in the very act of shooting him when his movement was discovered by Sergeant Cleveland, of Captain Kimball's company, who was still quicker and shot the Rebel."
Captain Kimball was incapacitated for further field service on account of his wounds of July 10, 1863, and received his honorable discharge by order of the secretary of war, Oct. 22, 1863. Very shortly after his discharge, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Veteran Reserve Corps by President Lincoln, and thereafter until the close of the war he performed post and garrison duties at various points, a portion of the time at Brattleboro and St. Albans, Vt. He was promoted to a captaincy in the Veteran Reserve Corps. After the close of the war he was assigned to duty in the Freedmen's Bureau and was stationed in Virginia where, in connection with his other duties, he had supervision of the registrations and elections in several counties, with headquarters at Lawrenceville. His was a dangerous mission and required supreme courage and tact to fulfill it. Upon the expiration of the Freedmen's Bureau by limitation of law, on Jan. 1, 1869, Captain Kimball received his honorable discharge, after an unbroken service of seven years and three months for the government. He was a delegate from the Fourth Congressional district of Virginia to the Republican national convention at Chicago, May 20, 1868, and there assisted in nominating General Grant for the presidency. Under General Stoneman, who was provisional governor of Virginia, he was appointed clerk of the county and circuit courts of Brunswick county. He had been a candidate for state senator in Virginia and had been urged to run for Congress, but he put aside political aspirations and what promised to be a successful political career in Virginia to take advantage of a business opening for him in the West. He resigned his offices in Virginia and in September, 1869, removed to Cameron, Mo., where he was engaged in mercantile pursuits some years. He at one time served as acting mayor there and in 1884 was appointed postmaster. Later, he spent three years in Colorado, engaged in the real estate business; then he returned to Cameron, Mo., and in July, 1892, removed to Topeka, Kan., where he has since resided. Soon after locating in Topeka he became secretary of the Aetna Building & Loan Association. Later, he formed his present connections as vice-president of the Kansas Building & Loan Association, of Kansas City, Kan., and as president of the Security Mining Company, of Idaho. He was married Sept. 27, 1863, to Susanna S. Hoyt, the daughter of Joseph and Mary Vinal (Perry) Hoyt. The mother of Mrs. Kimball was the daughter of Anthony and Submit (Wheatley) Perry, the latter of whom was the daughter of Nathaniel Wheatley, a member of a New Hampshire regiment in the Revolutionary war, under Col. Jonathan Chase, and a participator in the engagements at Ticonderoga and Saratoga, in 1776-77. He was one of the four great-grandfathers of Mrs. Kimball that fought in the Revolution, the other three being Joseph Hoyt, Lieut.-Col. William Smith and Capt. Benjamin Perry. The four great-grandfathers of Captain Kimball who were patriots in the Revolution were: John Kimball, Hugh White, Capt. Elijah Hinman and Gideon Bowker. Captain and Mrs. Kimball have complete records covering their respective family histories, the former's going back to 1595, and the latter's to 1634.
Captain and Mrs. Kimball are the parents of four children. Carl Willis Kimball, the eldest son, born Aug. 26, 1867, is married and has two children: Richard S., born in December, 1897, who is now taking a course in a military academy at Tarrytown, N. Y., and Elizabeth, who is attending the Brooklyn graded schools. The second child, Mary Gertrude Kimball, was born in 1870 and died in infancy. Claude Frederick Kimball, third in order of birth, born at Cameron, Mo., May 27, 1873, died Nov. 19, 1906, a promising young man at the time of his death. Maude Inez Louise Kimball, born at Cameron, Dec. 22, 1877, married Dr. Francis A. Birch, a prominent practicing physician at White Plains, N. Y. Dr. and Mrs. Birch have one child, a son, born July 10, 1911, and named Frederick Kimball, in honor of his grandfather, the subject of this review. Carl W. Kimball, the eldest son, is a graduate of the Cameron High School and of the St. James Military Academy, at Macon, Mo. He entered into business in 1890, at Pittsburgh, Pa., and in 1893 connected himself with the Austin Kimball Company, a wholesale commission house of New York City. That company was formed in the early '50s by T. C. Kimball, a cousin of the subject, and descended to different members of the family until Charles H. and Carl W. Kimball obtained complete control of the business in 1907, since which time, under their able management, it has grown to be the largest commission house of the kind in New York City. He has now been a member of the firm nearly twenty years. He began at the bottom and worked his way up to a prominent and responsible position in the business. The firm handles all kinds of fruits, especially apples, which they export. They own a fine 800-acre apple orchard near Leavenworth, Kan., containing about 50,000 trees, and very frequently they buy the entire crop of other orchards. C. H. and Carl W. Kimball own two-fifths of the orchard and all of the business. Carl W. Kimball frequently visits Europe, as well as all parts of the United States, in the interest of the firm and during his visit in June, 1909, to Hamburg, Germany, the Commercial Club of Hamburg tendered him a banquet, at which he was honored as vice-president of the National League of Commission Merchants of America, and as president of the New York branch of the league. In 1911, at Minneapolis, Minn., Mr. Kimball was elected president of the National League.
Captain Kimball was commander of the Joe Hooker Post, Grand Army of the Republic, at Cameron, Mo., for a number of years, and now holds his membership in Lincoln Post, No. 1, at Topeka. He is a Knight Templar Mason, and a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, and Mrs. Kimball, who by virtue of lineal descent, is entitled to membership in both the Daughters of the American Revolution and in the Colonial Dames of America, has her application made out for membership in both of those societies. The Kimball family are members of the Episcopal church.Pages 1589-1593 from volume III, part 2 of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar. Transcribed December 2002 by Carolyn Ward. This volume is identified at the Kansas State Historical Society as microfilm LM195. It is a two-part volume 3.
TITLE PAGE / LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I
TITLE PAGE / LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
J | K | L | Mc | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z
A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | Y | Z
Background and KSGenWeb logo were designed and are copyrighted by
Tom & Carolyn Ward
for the limited use of the KSGenWeb Project.
Permission is granted for use only on an official KSGenWeb page.
Home Page for Kansas
Search all of Blue Skyways
The KSGenWeb Project