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John and Martha Kimbrell of SC
Posted by: Marilyn Smith Date: January 06, 2002 at 19:17:56
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I am looking for help on my Kimbrell family from Edgefield SC. Here is the information I have:

John Kimbrell m. Martha 0. Kimbrell
- John was born between 1794-1804. One census from children says he was born in SC, another says England
- Martha was born in Virginia in 1811 and died in 1884 in Aiken (Edgefield) SC. She is buried in the Kimble cemetery outside of
Langley SC. Her headstone reads wife of "John Kimbell". She may be the daughter of Oliver Simpson (d. Edgefield, 1856) of VA.

Family consistently used Kimbrell spelling from 1840s until the War. Sometime after the war - about 1880 - they changed the spelling to Kimbell.

I think this family is related to the Benjamin and/or William Kimbrell family of VA. The reason is the naming pattern of John's children:

a) William H. (1829/1830 - 1870/1880) m. Marintha Powell
b) James B. or R. (1832 - 1864, battle of Calhoun GA)
c) Idaho b. 1834
d) Benjamin (1836) m. Ednie (?). Both buried in Kimble Cemetery
e) Robert S. (1849) -- no further info
f) Carolina (1842/1844) m. William W. Pollard Both buried Kimble Cemetery
g) Martha Virginia (1845?) m. T. Hazel - buried Kimble Cemetery
h) Louisianna (1849 - 1924) m. Alfred Owens Jones. Buried Kimble Cemetery.

Per census info, John died about 1848/1849 in order to father youngest daughter.

The John Kimbrell of the 1820/1830 Edgefield Census may be "my" John Kimbrell, as the neighbors at the time indicate their liviing in the Langley area. Martha bought property in the 1850s in the same area (the old Andrew Glover plantation). They are not listed on the census in 1840.

Could my John and Martha moved from Spartanburg or York where there are many Kimbrells? Or could they have moved from another state?

I have some scepticism that "my" John is the son of Ransom as there were several Johns in the area at the time, and ALL of the information I have on my family shows the spelling to be Kimbrell, while all Ransom's family used the Kimbell spelling. Ransom's family also lived on the other side of the county in 1810. BUT,
Ransom's antecedents have the names Benjamin and William over and over, and John and Martha's line continued the tradition over the generations until today!!???

Deeds show that there was a John and Frances Kimbrell in Edgefield in 1800, but it appears they had one daughter Nancy, who married Elisha Rumley. Frances was the daughter of Moses Robertson.

Deeds also show Joseph Kimball married a Rebecca Pursell (daughter of Edmund Pursell) in June 1806 in Edgefield.

There was also (by deeds) a Bartholomew Kimbrell in the area in 1815/1816 time frame.

Does anyone have any suggestions/connections to the Kimbrell/Kimball family that may help me?

I have lots of info on Edgefield SC if anyone needs it.

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