D-3-14

David Kimball

Originally built by David Kimball in 1784 who came from Boxford, Massachusetts. Kimball saw much service in the Revolutionary first answering the call at Lexington in 1775, then only fifteen. He went on to serve for most of the war. Kimball married Lydia Simmons also from Boxford and moved to Packersfield at age 24. They raised 7 children in this house. In 1799 they sold the house to David’s younger brother, James, and moved in with their daughter and son- in-law who built a new four-room house (D-3-15). Later David and Lydia Kimball moved to a house near the old town common. James and Harriet Kimball moved in with at least five children. They went on to have four more.  They sold the place to Jonas Child in 1807 who moved there with his wife, Susan, and their young children. He likely made a home for his widowed sister-in-law, Naomi, and her two children. Jonas was a cabinet maker and son of Amos (C-3-15). He sold the property to Naomi*, Naomi, Amos JR’s widow, in 1821. Jonas moved to the outlet of Silver Lake where he ran the mill. Naomi sold it to Zopher and Gardner White in 1833. She seems to have moved to Hillsborough, perhaps to live with her son, Amos 2nd (actually the 3rd Amos.) The Whites may have lived there as late as 1851 when it became part of Abijah Wilson’s farm.

*There is some confusion about Naomi’s identity. Ancestry.com identifies her as Jonas’ sister-in-law and married to Amos JR.  The deed for Amos JR’s property at D-2-9 supports this identifying her as Amis JR’s widow.  Struthers writes that there’s a marker in the cemetery identifying Hannah as Amos’ wife. Naomi can be a second wife only if she and Amos were divorced – unlikely.  Amos died in 1805 and Hannah in 1820.