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Thursday, April 10, 2014

1634 :: The Ship Elizabeth



On this date in our family history . . . the 10th day of April . . . in the year 1634 . . . the Elizabeth sets sail from Ipswich, Suffolk, England, bound for New England . . . amongst those onboard are Richard Kimball and his family . . . this Richard is a 10th great-grandpa to the Keeper to this family history blog . . .

Richard Kemball came to this country in the ship Elizabeth, William Andrews, master, in 1634. He appears to have gone, soon after landing, to Watertown, Mass. . . . Richard is said on the shipping list to be thirty-nine years old, but he was probably somewhat older. He was, however, in the prime of life, and soon became a prominent and active man in the new settlement. . . . He was proclaimed freeman in 1635, May 6. Was a proprietor in 1636-7. Soon after this date he was invited to remove to Ipswich, where they were in need of a competent man to act as wheelwright to the new settlement. Here he spent the remainder of his days. . . . excerpt from History of the Kimball Family . . .

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