George Kimble & Elizabeth Bandy of Lawrence & Jackson Counties, OH

Elizabeth Bandy was the seventh of the children (fifth daughter) of Andrew and Rebecca (Wooldridge) Bandy, born c1833 in Lawrence County, Ohio.

Elizabeth Bandy married George Kimble on 18 April 1852, also in Lawrence County, Ohio. George was born in November 1828 and died after the 1900 census, when he was living with his sister’s and brother-in-law’s family in Jackson County, Ohio.

It is unclear whether Elizabeth, his wife, had died. He is enumerated as having been married for 49 years, but Elizabeth isn’t living there and I can’t find any trace of her elsewhere. I’ve occasionally found instances where a person has been widowed, but was still reported as married.

In any case, George Kimble is not found anywhere after 1900 and Elizabeth is last found in the 1880 census.

This family stayed in once place their entire lives, yet it has taken hours to piece together their family. That is because their surname – Kimble – is also found as Kimbel, Kimbell, Kimbol, Kimmel, Kymbol and even Cimble, which is how they appear in the 1880 census. I only found them because I read page by page.

George made his living, like most others, in the mines. In 1860, he was a furnace hand. By 1870, he was an iron ore miner and, in 1880, George was only identified as a laborer. Perhaps he had left the mining business behind. He was 71 in 1900 and had no occupation listed.

George and Elizabeth were the parents of eleven children, some of whom have also played hard-to-find in the genealogy game. Here is what I’ve documented so far:

Children (All events in Lawrence County, Ohio unless otherwise noted.):

1. Joseph, born c1853; died before 7 May 1905, probably married Elizabeth Rayburn, 12 November 1874. Joseph received a Civil War pension from 17 August 1889, when he applied as an invalid. He hasn’t been found in 1900 and wife Elizabeth applied for a widow’s pension on 7 May 1905. They were the parents of at least three children – Joseph Thomas, Lewis, born October 1878, and Eliza J., born 22 June 1886, Jackson County, Ohio. Sadly, Eliza was living in the Girls Industrial Home in Delaware County, Ohio at the time of the 1900 census.
2. Mary Jane, born c1855; died after 1870; no further record found.
3. Lewis William, born 13 March 1857; died 6 May 1944, Dearborn, Wayne, Michigan; married Mary Betts, 24 December 1879, Jackson County, Ohio. She was born 13 April 1863, Ohio; died 13 November 1944, Inkster, Wayne, Michigan. They were the parents of five children – Pearl, Lizzie, Daniel, William and Charles. All were living in 1910.
4. Julia Ann, born September 1859; married Charles Kyser, 30 April 1876. In 1880, the family lived in Gallia County, Ohio and they were the parents of two children – Elizabeth Alice, born 7 April 1877, and Charles Henry, born 10 November 1878, both in Jackson County, Ohio. None of these people has been found after 1880.
5. Solomon, born November 1864; died 23 June 1927, Kanawha County, West Virginia; married Margaret Stephenson, c1892. She was born 29 August 1870, Ohio; died 29 January 1913, probably Jackson County, Ohio. Solomon and his children moved to West Virginia after the death of Maggie. They were the parents of four children, three living in 1910 – Harry, Jennie and Benjamin.
6. Martha, born c1867; died after 1880 when she was at home; no further record.
7. William Seymour, born c1869, probably 28 May 1869 with an online record being wrongly transcribed; at home in 1880; no further record.
8. George W., born 29 April 1872: died 9 July 1935, Fayette County, West Virginia; married Annie Edwards, 8 March 1896, Fayette County, West Virginia. They were the parents of four children – J. Frank, Lalah S., Carl S. and Evelyn M. Annie was born 6 December 1869; died 4 October 1945, probably Fayette County, West Virginia. George worked in the mines.
9. Frank, born 1875; at home in 1880; no further record; may have died young as brother George named his first child Frank.
10. Ella Elizabeth, born 2 September 1877; working as a domestic in Ironton and unmarried in 1900 census and 1904 Ironton city directory; no further record.
11. Rhoda Louise, born c1879; died after 1940 census when she lived in Huntington, Cabell, West Virginia; married Robert Luther Ball, 4 September 1916, Bristol, Virginia. In 1920, they lived in Huntington, Cabell, West Virginia. Robert was born c1880, Virginia and died before 1940. They aren’t found in 1930, but had no children.

It appears that five of George’s and Elizabeth’s children married and had children of their own, but there are descendants out there today.


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