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William Esty Kimball (1805-1895) Papers

William Esty Kimball (1805-1895) Papers

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WILLIAM ESTY KIMBALL (1805-1895) PAPERS, 1826-1884

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Processing and rehousing of this collection were funded by a grant from the Topsfield Historical Society.





Collection Summary

Repository:The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum 132 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970 Phone: 978-745-9500 Fax: 978-531-1516
Creator:Kimball, William Esty, 1805-1895
Title:William Esty Kimball (1805-1895) Papers
Dates:1826/1884
Quantity:4 linear feet (23 volumes)
Abstract:The William Esty Kimball papers document Kimball's activities as a blacksmith, general storekeeper, and postmaster in Topsfield, Massachusetts.
Collection Number:MSS 219

Scope and Content Note


The William Esty Kimball papers document Kimball's activities as a blacksmith, general storekeeper, and postmaster in Topsfield, Massachusetts. Early general store accounts include entire for blacksmithing as well as listing groceries, dry goods, and fabrics purchased by local residents. The postmaster ledger begins one year before Kimball's official appointment.


Biographical Sketch

William Esty Kimball was born in Topsfield, Massachusetts, on January 22, 1805, the son of Benjamin (1778-1817) and Deborah (Esty) (1779-1879) Kimball. In his earlier years he carried on a blacksmithing business in a shop. "He afterwards removed the shop, and built a store, where he engaged in the grocery and East India goods business, in partnership with Andrew Gould. He was one of the prime movers in forming the Topsfield Warren Blues" (Long) and served as postmaster for the town from 1841 to 1849. In 1828 he married Mary Ann Reed (1809-1883). They had five children. While Kimball reside most of his life in Topsfield, he died in Danvers on November 3, 1895.


Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in Philcat. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Massachusetts. Militia. Topsfield Warren Blues
Blacksmithing
Dry-goods
General stores
Postal service
Topsfield (Mass.)
Account books

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.


Administrative Information

Copyright

Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in writing to the Manuscript Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum.

Preferred Citation

William Esty Kimball (1805-1895) Papers, MSS 219, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

This collection is a reorganization of records placed on permanent deposit by the Topsfield Historical Society on November 11, 1969.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Prudence K. Backman, May 1987. Updated by Tamara Gaydos, March 2016.


Related Material


Ancestry.com. U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.


Long, Henry Follansbee. "The post-office in Topsfield with some account of the postmasters." Historical Collections of the Topsfield Historical Society, 1908, XII, p. 14.


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