Wednesday, January 4, 2017


EZEKIEL V. KIMBLEY, Ohio County, was born in Muhlenburgh (sic) County, Ky.,
March 4, 1817, and is a son of Francis E., and Esther B. (Vallandingham) Kimbley, the former of whom was a native of Kentucky and the latter of Maryland, and were of Norman and English descent, respectively. At the age of thirteen, in 1804, Francis E. Kimbley removed with his parents from Nelson to Muhlenburgh County, Ky., then almost an unbroken wilderness. There his father, Andrew Kimbley, who had immigrated to America during the Colonial period, and served in the employ of the Continental government during the war of the Revolution, bought some 400 acres of wild land on the Green River, near the present village of Paradise, and subsequently improved a farm, upon which he resided until his death. There Francis E. was educated and married; after attaining his majority he bought wild land in the neighborhood of the old homestead and improved a farm, upon which he remained for many years; afterward he sold this place and bought another in Ohio County, upon which he resided until his death, which occurred in August, 1861, in his seventy-first year. He and wife were from early life members of the United Baptist education in youth as the schools of the time afforded. He was employed on his father's farm until he attained his majority, after which he bought 215 acres of wild land near Ceralvo, Ohio Co., Ky., and subsequently improved the farm upon which he now resides. In 1869 he left the farm and engaged in general merchandising at Ceralvo, in company with his son. Some five years later, they also engaged in the tobacco business in connection with the same. In the fall of 1884, he sold out the store and returned to the farm, but still continues the tobacco business in company with his son in connection with farming. For four years he held the office of police judge at Ceralvo. He was first married, in July, 1840, to Margaret Graves, a native of Muhlenburgh County, Ky. Six children were born to them, only one of whom, William A. J., is living. Mrs. Margaret Kimbley departed this life July 13, 1879. She was a member of the United Baptist Church for over 40 years. Mr. Kimbley was next married May 1, 1883, to Mrs. Elizabeth (McConnell and Fulkerson) Dexter, also a native of Muhlenburgh County, and a daughter of James McConnell, who was one of the early pioneers of Muhlenburgh County, and was a veteran of the war of 1812, having gone into the services at the age of eighteen and served under Gen. Jackson at the battle of New Orleans and under Gen. Harrison at the battle of Tippecanoe. Mr. Kimbley and wife are and have been for many years, members of the United Baptist Church. Mr. Kimbley's paternal grandfather was a veteran of the Revolution. Mr. Kimbley is a Democrat.

Source: J. H. BATTLE, W H. PERRIN, & G. C. KNIFFIN 1895

Note:  Ezekiel V. Kimbley died 11 Sep 1889 in Ohio County. and is buried in the Ceralvo Cemetery.

ISAAC F. KIMBLEY, Ohio County. Among those who came to America from
Germany prior to the Revolutionary war, was Andrew Kimbley, who settled on Bear Grass Creek, at the old fort near Louisville. He found the Indians troublesome and did some fighting with them, then became a Revolutionary soldier. After the war he removed with his family to Muhlenburgh (sic) County, near Green River, and engaged in farming. He reared a family of ten children, Jacob, the father of our subject, being the eldest. He was was educated in the schools of that time, and was married in 1820, to Elizabeth McLaughlin, and in 1832, to Maria Hickson. He had in all nineteen children. Isaac F. was one of the children of the first wife, and was born November 8, 1821, in Muhlenburgh Country; when he was one year old, his father removed to Indiana, and died there in 1865, having spent twenty-nine years in the meantime near Fort Scott, Kas. Jsaac F. remained in that State until he was twenty-two years old, when he returned to Kentucky. He was married January 1, 1848, to Julia Gill, who died September 10, 1857. His second wife, to whom he was married October 12, 1858, was Lucy Ann Curtis, who died in June, 1859; he married his third wife, Mary A. Shuley, in 1860; she died April 25, 1867, and Mr. Kimbley married his present wife, Matilda Coleman, daughter of Richard Coleman. His third wife bore him two sons; Charles Martin and Andrew J.  Mr. Kimbley has been a life long Democrat. He is a member of the Grange, and owns a good farm near the town of Cromwell, where he has a wide reputation for honesty and integrity.

Source: J. H. BATTLE, W H. PERRIN, & G. C. KNIFFIN 1895

Note:  Isaac Franklin Kimbley died in July 1898 in Ohio County.

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