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Richard Kimball & Ursula Scott, England to Massachusetts, 1634

This is part of a series about my New England colonial ancestors who arrived by during the Great Migration. If you have early Massachusetts ancestry, be sure to check out AmericanAncestors, as the Great Migration Study Project can be viewed there with a membership to the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

Richard Kimball was born c1595, possibly in Essex, England, the son of Richard Kimball of Lawford, Essex, England.  He married Ursula Scott, daughter of Henry and Martha (MNU) Scott, c1614, probably in Kent, England.

The Kimballs were more fortunate than most who lived in the 17th century, as they had eleven known children who all lived to adulthood.

The Kimball family left England in April 1634, sailing on the Francis. On the same ship was the family of Henry Kimball, about five years older than Richard. He was from Mistley, Essex, while Richard Kimball had been living in Rattlesden, Suffolk. The two towns are only about 20 miles distant from each other. In spite of the differing towns, Richard and Henry were brothers per the Great Migration Study, but others are not so sure.

Upon arriving in Massachusetts Bay Colony, the Kimball brothers and their families settled in Watertown. However, Richard Kimball soon moved to Ipswich, Suffolk, Massachusetts.


  1. Henry, baptized 12 August 1615, Rattlesden, Suffolk, England; died before 16 June 1676, probably at Wenham, Essex, Massachusetts, when his estate inventory was taken; married (1) Mary Riddlesdale, c1640 (2) Elizabeth Black.
  2. Abigail, baptized 5 November 1617, Hitcham, Suffolk, England; died 17 June 1658, Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts; married John Severance, c1636.
  3. Elizabeth, born c1621, England; died after 5 March 1674/75 when she was mentioned in her father’s will. If she married, the name of her husband hasn’t been found.
  4. Richard, born c1623, England; died 20 May 167[torn], Wenham, Essex, Massachusetts; married (1) Mary (Cooley?) (2) Mary Morris, after 2 September 1672.
  5. Mary, born c1625, England; died 12 July 1686, Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts; married Robert Dutch, c1646.
  6. Martha, born c1629, England; married Joseph Fowler, c1657. He was killed by Indians on 19 May 1676 Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts. No further marriage or death record has been found for her.
  7. John, born c1631, England; died 6 May 1698, Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts; married Mary Bradstreet, c1657.
  8. Thomas, born c1633, England; died 2 May 1676, Rowley (now Bradford), Essex, Massachusetts in an Indian attack; married Mary Smith, c1658.
  9. Caleb, born c1635, Massachusetts; died before 23 September 1682, when his estate inventory was taken, Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts; married Anna Hazelton, 7 November 1660, Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts.
  10. Benjamin, born c1637, Massachusetts; died 11 June 1695, Bradford, Essex, Massachusetts; married Mercy Hazelton, 16 April 1661, Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts.
  11. Sarah, born c1639, Massachusetts; died 12 June 1690, Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts; married Edward Allen, 24 November 1658, Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts.

Ursula (Scott) Kimball died c1661m probably in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts. Richard married (2) Margaret Cole, 23 October 1661, Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire, but they had no children together.

Richard Kimball died on 22 June 1673, Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts.

My line of descent:

  1. Richard Kimball & Ursula Scott
  2. John Severance & Abigail Kimball
  3. James Coffin & Mary Severance
  4. Ebenezer Coffin & Eleanor Barnard
  5. Cromwell Coffin & Ruth Coffin
  6. Joseph Coleman & Eunice Coffin
  7. Joseph Coleman & Ruth Spur
  8. Thomas Coleman & Mary Elizabeth Astle
  9. William Coleman & Sarah Moriah Crouse
  10. Hartwell Thomas Coleman & Anna Elisabeth Jensen
  11. Vernon Tarbox Adams & Hazel Ethel Coleman
  12. George Michael Sabo & Doris Priscilla Adams
  13. Linda Anne (Sabo) Stufflebean – Me!

Richard & Katherine (Marbury) Scott, England to Massachusetts, 1634

This is part of a series about my New England colonial ancestors who arrived by during the Great Migration. If you have early Massachusetts ancestry, be sure to check out AmericanAncestors, as the Great Migration Study Project can be viewed there with a membership to the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

Richard Scott & Katherine Marbury, two of my 9X great grandparents, have produced some of the most interesting family history.

Richard Scott was baptized on 9 September 1605, Glemsford, Suffolk, England, the son of Edward Scott and possibly Sarah Carter, as an Edward Scott married Sarah Carter on 18 December 1599 in Glemsford.

Edward was a clothier; Richard was a shoemaker.

Edward left a wife Marie (MNU), named in his 1642 will, so if Sarah was his first wife and mother of his first set of children, she died c1633 or earlier. Edward and Mary’s daughter, Mary, was baptized on 29 June 1634, and son Charles was baptized on 20 August 1637, both in Glemsford.

Richard Scott and Katherine Marbury married 7 June 1632, Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire, England.

This family experienced several religious conversions during their lifetimes. Katherine’s father was a devout Anglican minister, yet they migrated to Massachusetts because of Katherine’s unorthodox beliefs. Next, they took up antinomianism for a short while, followed by Baptist beliefs with Roger Williams, followed by several years of Quakerism.

Here are a few of the details:

Katherine Marbury was the sister of Anne (Marbury) Hutchinson, who was involved in the Antinomian Controversy of 1637-1638, which was religious and political in nature.

Rev. John Cotton was the leader of this religious Free Grace movement, defined on Wikipedia as teaching that anyone can receive eternal life the moment they believe that Jesus is . . . the One who guarantees eternal salvation to the believer. Good works are not the condition to merit, maintain, or to prove eternal life, but are part of discipleship and the basis for receiving eternal rewards.

The Puritans settled in New England to enjoy religious freedom, but were not tolerant of others who didn’t adhere to their beliefs.

As you might correctly infer, the Scott family was not the most popular family in Massachusetts. By 1638, they had removed to Providence, Rhode Island, aligning themselves with Roger Williams’ Baptist beliefs for a short time.

Not only were the Antinomians not to be tolerated by the Puritans, even lower in their esteem were Quakers. In addition to the Scotts aligning themselves with Rev. John Cotton’s teachings, various family members also became . . .  Quakers!

In 1658, Katherine (Marbury) Scott traveled to Boston to support Christopher Holder and several other men who received the punishment of having their ears chopped off for their Quaker activities. Katherine was not only jailed, but whipped ten strokes because of her belief. Daughter Patience, aged 11 years, was also jailed.

Apparently, by 1660, Katherine had become disinterested in Quakerism, too.

One thing is quite obvious – Anne and Katherine Marbury had strong personalities and beliefs, which were at least tolerated by their husbands. Based on Patience Scott’s jailing, they raised their daughters to be strong young ladies, too.

Richard Scott died by 1 July 1679 in Providence, Providence, Rhode Island. Katherine survived her husband by 9 years, passing away in Newport, Newport, Rhode Island on 2 May 1687.


  1. James, baptized 23 March 1633/34, Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire, England; died after 1650.
  2. John, born c1637; died 1677, Pawtucket, Providence, Rhode Island.
  3. Mary, born c1640; died 7 January 1664, Newport, Newport, Rhode Island; married Christopher Holder, 12 August 1660, Olveston, Gloucestershire, England. they apparently traveled back to England with her mother and married there.
  4. Joseph, born c1642; died after 1667, possibly London, England, where he was last living.
  5. Hannah, born c1646; died 24 July 1681, Newport, Newport, Rhode Island; married Walter Clarke, February 1666, place uncertain.
  6. Patience, born c1644; died 12 September 1715, Newport, Newport, Rhode Island; married Henry Beere, 20 September 1663, Newport, Newport, Rhode Island.
  7. Deliverance, born c1650; died 1676, place uncertain; married William Richardson, 30 August 1670, Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, as his second wife.

My line of descent:

  1. Richard Scott & Katherine Marbury
  2. John Scott & Rebecca (MNU)
  3. Sylvanus Scott & Joanna Jenckes
  4. John Wilkinson & Rebecca Scott
  5. Israel Thornton & Joanna Wilkinson
  6. Ira Hicks & Sarah Thornton
  7. Israel Hicks & Abigail Carlisle
  8. Charles Stewart/Stuart & Elida Ann Hicks
  9. Charles Edwin Adams & Annie Maude Stuart
  10. Vernon Tarbox Adams & Hazel Ethel Coleman
  11. George Michael Sabo & Doris Priscilla Adams
  12. Linda Anne (Sabo) Stufflebean – Me!

Saymer/Saymour/Seymore Scott of Cumberland County, Virginia (c1735-1788) & Wife Hannah

Three years ago, I wrote about Saymore/Seymour/Saymour Scott who died in Cumberland County, VA by 12 May 1788. My interest in this family stems from his association with Samuel Williams, also of Cumberland County and part of my husband’s very extended Williams family that migrated to eastern Tennessee by 1805.

Previously, I shared several proven facts about Saymer and his family and, thanks to the terrific Virginia Chancery Court records, I am able to add a few updates of proven knowledge about this family. was probably born c1735 in Virginia, possibly in the area of what became Cumberland County in 1749.

Given the ages of his children, it is safe to assume that Saymer was likely born c1735 or possibly even a bit earlier. Although no marriage record has been found for him, his wife at the time of his death was Hannah; there is no evidence of an earlier marriage so Hannah seems to be the mother of all of his children.

Here are several more tidbits of facts I’ve recently uncovered:

FACT: Although Saymore died by 20 May 1788, when Samuel Williams and David Low were granted letters of administration on Saymore’s estate, there is a one line statement in court records that says he died in February 1788.

FACT: In November 1790, Samuel Williams was named as guardian to Hannah’s children.

FACT: Saymore left a widow, Hannah, and infant children: Sarah, Samuel, Nancy, Benjamin, Hannah and Saymour Jr.

FACT: Saymore was the father of the following children, but their BIRTH ORDER is unproven, except that Samuel, Nancy, Benjamin, Hannah and Saymore were all under the age of 21 in 1793:

1. Mary/Molly, born c1761; married John Morrow Jr., 12 September 1781, Prince Edward County, VA
2. Patty,born c1765,  who married Daniel Lowe, before 1793
3. Judith, born c1768, who married Joseph Byrd, before 1793: Judith may have died by 1798, with no surviving children, as no Byrds are included in any of the court actions between 1798-1807.
4. Sally, born c1771, who married Benjamin Whitehead, possibly around 1793 as a court record indicates that Hannah Scott agrees that the couple was married by that time.
5. Samuel, born c1773, generally mentally unable to care for himself as an adult and who died unmarried by 1807
6. Nancy, born c1775, who married Robert Beasley between 1793-1798
7. Benjamin, born c1776, who married Sarah Legrand, 8 March 1798, Prince Edward County, VA.
8. Hannah, born c1778, who married Stephen Hooper between 1799-1802
9. Saymore, born c1780

With all these missing marriage records, I have to wonder if they married in Buckingham County, which shares an eastern and southern border with Cumberland and Prince Edward Counties and is a severely burned county, having lost most of its records in an 1869 fire.

FACT: Hannah Scott died before March 1798 when Samuel Williams was appointed to appraise Hannah’s estate. The inventory was returned to the court on 12 April 1798.

FACT: Benjamin Scott was over the age of 21 years by 12 April 1798 when he was appointed administrator of his mother’s estate.

Who was Hannah? I believe she was a sister of Samuel Williams for three reasons, all found in the chancery court records of Cumberland County.

#1 – Samuel became the guardian of Saymer’s children who were still not of legal age when he died (Nancy, Hannah, Saymore, Samuel and Benjamin).

#2 – When the chancery court approved the division of lands to Saymer’s heirs, the land bordered that of Samuel Williams.

#3 – Samuel stated that he agreed to care for Hannah in her old age, which he did until her death in 1798. He was also assigned by the court to appraise her estate.

That is a lot of responsibility to take on for a casual acquaintance. I believe that Hannah was Samuel’s sister and that both were children of Thomas Williams and Susannah Anderson. Hannah was probably older than Samuel, who was born c1740 and died in Cumberland County in 1823.

Samuel Williams was most likely the son of Thomas Williams and Susannah Anderson. Thomas was born in 1712 in Wales according to an old family Bible. Samuel was born 18 September 1744, so Hannah is certainly of an age to be his sister.

Clues are sparse for this family. I have no idea of the birth years for these children, except that Mary, mentioned first in court papers,  was probably the oldest and she married in 1781. Because her father is named on that marriage record, I doubt that she was of legal age, so born no earlier than 1761 and, if only, say 16, when she married, she might have been born as late as 1765.

Land deeds will be my first stop, as each child inherited a portion of their father’s land holdings.

I have some probate work to do – there are Cumberland County wills for John Morrow filed in 1834, Ewing Morrow in 1842 and Ewing’s estate settlement in 1848. Those are the only Morrows listed in the index. Whether this is the same John, I have no idea.

I also need to check the personal property tax lists for Cumberland County and Prince Edward County to see if any of the entries are for Hannah Scott, Robert Beasley, Benjamin Whitehead, John Morrow or the male children of Saymour and Hannah.

Many families headed out of Virginia for westward lands in the early 1800s. The Williams family migrated en masse about 1805 to Tennessee. Perhaps some of the Scott relations went with them.

I also need to check Prince Edward County deeds, probate and tax records on the chance that any of these couples moved over the county line. Since Mary and brother Benjamin Scott both married in Prince Edward County, it is very possible.

Unfortunately, no one seems to have done much work on this family. The few mentions I see online are very questionable clues – one has a man marrying at the age of 1. I won’t waste anytime following up on that!

Perhaps I will have a detailed update in the near future if more documented records turn up. In the meantime, if you have suggestions to offer, please do so in the comments.