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were funded by a grant from the Topsfield Historical Society.
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Kimball, William Esty, 1805-1895
William Esty Kimball (1805-1895)
4 linear feet (23 volumes)
The William Esty Kimball papers
document Kimball's activities as a blacksmith, general storekeeper, and postmaster
in Topsfield, Massachusetts.
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.
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.
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
Restrictions on Access
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