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THE KIMBERLINS OF NORTH WARWICKSHIRE
some notes by P John Partington
THOMAS KIMBERLIN (bef. 1765 - c. 1824)
Although Kimberlin is a fairly common name in the USA, derived no doubt from German and Scandinavian immigrants, it is very rare in England: even today there are only a few dozen in the country, living largely to the north of Coventry.
Our earliest known ancestor with the surname Kimberlin was Thomas, who married Sarah Mousley at Mancetter, near Atherstone, on 16 October 1780. (He may be the Thomas, son of Thomas and Ann, baptized in Cadeby in 1753.) They had seven children – Richard born in about 1783, Thomas in about 1786, Joseph in about 1788, Susannah in about 1791, Charles in about 1794, Sarah (date unknown) and John in about 1800. Thomas was dead by 1824, whereupon Sarah moved into the almshouses in Tamworth – where she lived into her ninetieth year, dying on 30 April 1846.
An otherwise unknown (as yet) John Kimberlin was buried at Mancetter on 10 July 1823, aged seventy-one. He seems likely to have been a brother of Thomas.
THE CHILDREN OF THOMAS (bef. 1765 - c. 1824)
Thomas’ first child, Richard, was baptized on 5 October 1783 in Mancetter. He married Dorothy Silvester on 14 June 1804 in Tamworth, and they had five children: Jane in about 1805, Joseph in about 1813, Charles in about 1816, John in about 1818 and Nathaniel in about 1819 (details below). In 1841 Richard & Dorothy were living in Belmont Row, Aston with their son John and with Nathaniel’s wife, Amelia; Richard was working as a canal-lock keeper. He was still alive when his mother died in 1846.Thomas’ second child, Thomas, was baptized on 25 June 1786 in Mancetter. He married Mary Marriott on 30 August 1813 at St Mary’s, Warwick, and they had five children – John born in about 1818, Elizabeth in about 1823, Samuel in about 1825, Mary in about 1827 and Martha in about 1828 (details below). In 1841, 1851 & 1861 Thomas & Mary were living at 14 Regent Grove, Leamington Priors; he was working as a cooper. Thomas died on 12 September 1864, still at Leamington Priors. In 1871 Mary was still at 14 Regent Grove, living on “income from horses”; her daughter Mary and family were living with her. She died in 1875/6.
Thomas’ third child, Joseph, was baptized on 4 January 1789 in Mancetter. He married Ann (surname unknown), and is recorded in the 1841 census as a cooper, living [place unclear] with her and his twenty-five year old son (presumably), Joseph, also a cooper, together with the latter’s wife (presumably) Mary, and five-year old William. It is presumably also he who was recorded in Spon St, Coventry as a cooper in 1830. He was still alive in 1846, but is not on the 1851 census for Warwickshire.Thomas’ fourth child, Susannah, was baptized on 25 September 1791 in Mancetter. She was still alive in 1846, but nothing else is known at present.
Thomas’ fifth child, Charles, was born in Mancetter in 1794. Evidently a weak baby, he was baptized at home on 6 June; it was 19 September 1797 before he was received into church. He is probably the Charles recorded in 1830 as a “Boot & Shoe Maker” in Spon St, Coventry. He married Ann (surname unknown), a woman sixteen years older than himself, and in 1841 they were living in Aston; Charles was a shoemaker. In 1851 the couple were living at 24 Curzon Street in Aston, Birmingham: Charles was a “master cordwainer employing eleven men”; ten years later they were both still there.
Thomas’ sixth child, Sarah, is mentioned on her mother’s epitaph in 1846, when she was still alive, but nothing else is known of her as yet.
Thomas’ seventh child, John, was baptized on 22 September 1800 at Mancetter. On 27 August 1822 he married Elizabeth Smith at St John the Baptist Church in Coventry. They had three children, Thomas born in about 1823, Charles in 1825 and Elizabeth in about 1827 (details below). John is recorded in various directories as a “boot & shoemaker”, and on Charles’ marriage certificate as a “cordwainer”, which means the same thing. Elizabeth died on 7 July 1840, and on 6 November 1843 John married Ann Hubbard at Grendon in Warwickshire. The 1851 census has him living at Market Place in Atherstone (“bootmaker, master employing two men”), with his wife Ann aged 39, Thomas & Elizabeth. On 22 June 1859 Ann died, and the following year John was living at Millfield Cottages, South Street, Atherstone. We know from his will that John married a third time: Jane. He made a will on 10 August 1867, and died on 16 January 1871, being buried at Mancetter four days later. Jane is recorded in the 1881 census as still living in South Street, Atherstone. She died, still in Atherstone, in 1890.
THE CHILDREN OF RICHARD (1783 - aft. 1817)
Richard’s first child, Jane, was baptized at Tamworth on 2 June 1805. Nothing further is yet known of her.
Richard’s second child, Joseph, was baptized at Tamworth on 14 November 1813. (Why the long gap after Jane is not clear: were there perhaps baptisms somewhere else?).
Richard’s third child, Charles, was baptized at Tamworth on 25 February 1816. Nothing more is known of him at present.
A Thomas, born in London in 1816/7, is recorded in the 1851 census as uncle of Jane (John’s daughter, below). At the time he was living at 38 Railway Terrace, Aston, working as a cooper. His wife was Maria, born 1826/7 in Basford, Notts. Thomas was dead by 1861, in which year Maria was back in Nottinghamshire, living in Radford with her brother Samuel Morrell and his family.
Richard’s fourth child, John, was baptized on 29 March 1818. In 1841 he was living with his parents in Belmont Row, Aston. That same year he married Jane Whateley; the couple had at least nine children – Thomas, born in 1843/4, Jane in 1845/6, Richard in 1848/9, John in 1850/1, Charles in 1851/2, Joseph in 1855/6, Clara in 1857/8 and William in 1859/60 (details below). In 1851 John & Jane were living in Aston with three young children. Ten years later they were still in Aston; James was working as a “brass founder”. John died in 1867, and Jane in 1897.
Richard’s fifth child, Nathaniel, was baptized in Tamworth on 26 December 1819. In 1839 he married Amelia Nightingale, in Solihull. Two years later Amelia was recorded, a “pearl button polisher”, with Nathaniel’s parents and brother John in Belmont Row, Aston; Nathaniel himself was working away from home, and is recorded in Roade, Northamptonshire, working as a railway porter. By 1851 Nathaniel is back in the West Midlands, living at 56 Spring Field, Wolverhampton with Amelia, and recorded as “clerk at a machine”, probably for the Birmingham Canal Company. Ten years later the couple are recorded at St Peter’s Wolverhampton, with Nathaniel now a Police Constable, and in 1871 they are at 7 Richmond Terrace, Great Francis Street, Aston, with Nathaniel a “general labourer”. Nathaniel died in 1873, and in 1881 Amelia was working as domestic servant for Philip & Ann Walters of Aldersley Lane, Tettenhall. She died in 1884; there had been no children.
CHILDREN OF JOHN
(1818 - aft. 1860)
John’s first child, Thomas, was born in Birmingham in 1843/4. In 1851 & 1861 he was living in Aston with his parents, in the latter year working as a brass founder. He married Hannah (surname unknown, born 1845/6 in Ellesmere), and they had at least four children: Thomas, born in 1876, Herbert, in 1879/80, Ada in 1883 and Beatrice in 1886/7 (details below). In 1881 the family was living at 43 Mulberry St, Oldham; Thomas was working as a “brass burnisher”. In 1891 & 1901 they were at 250 Belgrave Road, Oldham.
John’s second child, Jane, was born in Birmingham in 1845/5. In 1851 she was staying with her uncle and aunt, Thomas & Maria Kimberlin, at 38 Railway Terrace, Aston. Ten years later she was with her parents, working as a tin plate worker.
John’s third child, Richard, was born in Birmingham in 1848; and his fourth, John, was born there in 1850/1.
John’s fifth child, Charles, was born in Birmingham in 1851/2. In 1861 he was living in Aston with his parents. He married Amey Amelia Charles (known by her second name), and they had six children – Amelia, born in 1875/6, Charles in 1878/9, Clara in 1880, Emma in 1883/4, Katherine in 1891 and John in 1895 (details below). In 1881 the family were living at 50 New Bartholomew Street in Birmingham: Charles was working as an “iron labourer”, while Amelia was an “umbrella riveter”. Ten years later they were at 4 Bk 20, Barn Street: Charles was now a “mason’s labourer”. Amelia died in 1897, and it seems that Charles subsequently remarried; he died in 1910.
John’s sixth child, Joseph, was born in Birmingham in 1855/6; In 1861 he was living in Aston with his parents. Twenty years later he was living with his bother Charles and family, working as a “stationer’s porter”.
John’s seventh child, Clara, was born in Birmingham in 1857/8; and his eighth, William, was born there in 1859/60. In 1861 they were both living in Aston with their parents.
CHILDREN OF THOMAS
(abt. 1843 - aft.
Thomas’ first child, another Thomas, was born in 1876 in Oldham, and his second, Herbert, was born there in 1879/80. In 1881 they were living at 43 Mulberry St, and ten years later they were living with their parents at 250 Belgrave Road. In 1901 they were still there, both working as a cotton spinners.
Thomas’ third child, Ada, was born in Oldham in the second quarter of 1883. Nothing further is yet known of her.
Thomas’ fourth child, Beatrice, was born in 1886/7. In 1891 & 1901 she was living with her parents at 250 Belgrave Road, Oldham.
THE CHILDREN OF CHARLES (abt. 1851 - aft. 1889)
Charles’ first child, Amelia, was born in 1875/6 in Worcester. In 1881 she was living with her family at 50 New Bartholomew Street, Birmingham; Ten years later she was still with them, working, like her mother, as an “umbrella rivetter” .
Charles’ second child, also Charles, was born in 1878/9 in Birmingham. In 1881 he was living with his parents at 50 New Bartholomew Street, Birmingham.
Charles’ third child, Clara, was born in 1880. In 1881 she was living with her parents at 50 New Bartholomew Street, Birmingham. She married James Palin in Birmingham in 1905. The 1911 census records them in Stourbridge; Clara’s brother John was living with them.
Charles’ fourth child, Emma, was born in Birmingham in 1883/4. In 1901 she and her sister Katherine were living at 8 Court House, 6 Adderley Street. She was still living there when on 3 December 1905 she married Joseph Whiley; the couple had three children, one of whom died in infancy. The survivors were Florence, born in 1905, and Joseph born in 1915. In 1911 the family were living at 1 Back 20, River Street, Deritend. Joseph died in 1926.
Charles’ fifth child, Katherine, was born on 25 July 1891 in Birmingham. In 1901 she and her sister Emma were living at 8 Court House, 6 Adderley Street. She married George Chadwick in 1913 and had at least two children: George Elias born in 1914 and John in 1919.
Charles’ sixth child, John, was born in Birmingham in 1894/5. His mother died while he was very young, and family memory is that Charles’ “new wife did not want to take on John and he was then placed in a children’s home. He later ran away from the home after being told that he was on a list of children who were being sent to Canada to start a new life. He ran away to his married sister’s home in Birmingham ... and continued to live with her for a while.” Indeed the 1911 census records him as an engineer, living with Clara in Stourbridge. In 1914 he married Rose Catherine Bagley.
THE CHILDREN OF THOMAS (1786 - 1864)
Thomas’ first child, John, was baptized at All Saints, Leamington Priors on 28 June 1818. In 1841 he was living with his parents in Regents Grove, and working as a cabinet maker. He married Frances A (surname unknown), and in 1851 was living with her at 2 Waterloo Street, Leamington Priors, still working as a cabinet maker. It seems that at some point he was widowed, for in 1871 & 1881 the census finds him married to a Sarah and working, still as a cabinet-maker, in Lambeth; Sarah, twenty years younger than John, was recorded as a laundress. In 1901 she was still there, with occupation “laundress, iron, wash”.
Thomas’ second child, Mary, was born in 1820. In 1841 she was living with her parents in Regents Grove, Leamington Priors. She married William Bicknell at Leamington Priors on 30 August 1842, and a had children Mary and Louisa Mary. In 1871 Mary & William were living with Mary’s mother at 14 Regents Grove; Mary was a “servant” and William had “no employment”.
Thomas’ third child, Elizabeth, was baptized at All Saints, Leamington Priors on 31 March 1823. In 1841 she was living with her parents in Regents Grove. She married Alfred Smith at All Saints on 1 October 1845. Six years later the couple were living in the High Street, Uxbridge; Alfred was working as a tailor. Alfred was dead by 1861, when Mary was recorded living with her parents. She herself died sometime after 1864.
Thomas’ fourth child, Samuel, was baptized at All Saints, Leamington Priors on 21 August 1825. In 1841 he was living with his parents in Regents Grove, and working as an apprentice architect. He married Ann, surname unknown, and had at least six children: Samuel, born in about 1849, Walter in 1855/6, Martha L in 1857/8, John G in 1859/60, Mary in 1862/3, and Hugh in 1868/9 (details below). In 1861 the family were living in Northumberland Street, Toxteth Park, Liverpool; Samuel was working as a land surveyor. Samuel died in 1864, and im 1871 Ann was living in Toxteth Park with several of her children, and working as a dressmaker.
Thomas’ fifth child, Martha, was baptized at All Saints, Leamington Priors on 25 December 1827. In 1841 & 1851 the census records her as living with her parents at 14 Regent Grove, Leamington Priors. On 20 August 1853, still in Leamington Priors, she married George Whitfield Hayward. She died after 1863.
CHILDREN OF SAMUEL
(1825 - 1864)
Samuel’s first son, another Samuel, was born in Leamington in 1849/50. In 1861 he was recorded living in Northumberland Street, Toxteth Park, Liverpool. On 30 August 1869 he married Alice Kewley at St Michael’s Toxteth; both were recorded as living in Northumberland Street. The couple had at least six children: William J, born in 1870/1 in Liverpool; Henrietta, in 1872/3 in Kidsgrove; Ernest, in 1874 in Kidsgrove; Samuel, in 1876/7 in Kidsgrove; Mary, in 1878/9 in Norton; and Stanley, in 1880 in Liverpool. In 1881 the family, except for Henrietta, were living at 117 Bangor Street, Bootle-cum-Linacre, Lancs: Samuel was an “iron worker”. Henrietta was living nearby with the Dennis family, described as a niece of George O & Jane.
Samuel’s second son Walter was born in Liverpool in 1855/6. In 1861 he was living in Northumberland Street, Toxteth Park. Ten years later he was living with his widowed mother, and working as a butcher. In 1881 he was still unmarried, living with his brother Samuel & family, and described as an “iron worker”. Also lodging with them was the Cain family: the forty-seven year old wife, Ann, had been born in Leamington.
Samuel’s third child, Martha L, was born in Liverpool in 1857/8. In 1861 she was living with their parents in Northumberland Street, Toxteth Park; ten years later she was still in Toxteth Park, living with her widowed mother.
Samuel’s fourth child, John Guy, was born in Liverpool in 1860. In 1861 he was living with his parents in Northumberland Street, Toxteth Park; ten years later he was still in Toxteth Park, living with his widowed mother. He married Harriet (surname unknown), and in 1891 the two of them were in Bakewell Street, Beswick with children Amy M (4) and Guy (1); John was a “labourer in iron works”.
Samuel’s fifth child, Mary, was born in Liverpool in 1862/3, and his sixth, Hugh, was born there in 1868/9. In 1871 they were in Toxteth Park, living with their widowed mother.
THE CHILDREN OF JOHN (1800 - 1871)
John’s eldest child, Thomas, was baptized in Mancetter on 12 October 1823. In 1851 the census recorded him living with his parents and sister Elizabeth at the Market Place in Atherstone. On 7 August 1854 he married Mary Ann Hubbard, a woman about twelve years younger than himself (the niece of Thomas’ stepmother Ann), and in 1861 they were living in Church Street, Atherstone; Thomas was recorded as a “currier, shoemaker, dealer”. Mary Ann died in 1862, and on 13 February 1865, still at Atherstone, Thomas married Mary Mellar. They had three daughters: Mary Ann born in about 1865, Gertrude Alice in about 1867 and Florence Lucy in about 1870 (details below). In 1871 he and Mary were living with their two younger children, and niece Anne Kimberlin, in Church Walk, Atherstone; Thomas was a “currier employing five men”. He died in Atherstone on 21 February 1872 and was buried a week later in the town cemetery.John’s second child, Charles, was born at Atherstone on 15 December 1825, and baptized there on 6 January the following year. In 1841 he was working as an apprentice tailor in Kingsbury, just a few houses away from the Mason family (whose daughter Emily he was to marry ten years later). The 1851 census has him living at Common Row, Nether Whitacre with his brother-in-law (ie half-brother) William Smith, and working as a “journeyman taylor”. On 26 April of that same year he married Emily Mason at Stt Peter & Paul, Aston in Birmingham – the register has him as a tailor resident in Aston Manor. He and Emily had four children, Mary Elizabeth born in 1852, Emily in 1853, Thomas in 1857 and Charles in 1859 (details below). By 1860 Charles seems to have become too ill to work, for in March of that year we find that he has become a charge upon the parish, the petty sessions recording as follows: “William Jacobs, relieving officer of the Meridan Union applied for an order against John Kimberlin of Atherstone, gentleman, for an order to contribute to the maintenance of his son Charles Kimberlin, who had become chargeable to the parish. Defendant appeared and consented to an order of 6s a week, which was accordingly made with 8s.6d costs.” On the eighteenth of the following month, Charles died, and was buried four days later in the churchyard at Nether Whitacre; there was no will. The 1861 census recorded Emily as a “sempstress”, living in the village with her four young children and her mother Esther Mason. On 23 May 1865 she married a sixty-one year old widower, Joseph Black, by whom she had a daughter, Minnie, the following year. In 1871 and 1881 she was recorded in Nether Whitacre with Joseph & Minnie. In 1891 she was with her daughter Mary Elizabeth (Brain) and family in Watling Street, Wilnecote. She died on 4 March 1916, and was buried with her first husband Charles at Nether Whitacre.
John’s third child, Elizabeth, was baptized at Atherstone on 25 November 1827. In 1851 the census records her as living with her parents and elder brother Thomas at the Market Place in Atherstone. In 1851 the census records her as living with her (step-)parents and elder brother Thomas at the Market Place in Atherstone. In January 1858 she was evidently working in her father’s boot shop, since her name appears in the Leicester Journal: “A servant, at Mancetter, stole money from her employer and spent a greater part of a pound of the money buying two pairs of boots at Mr Kimberlin’s boot shop. Elizabeth Kimberlin was called to verify this purchase.” She must have been heavily pregnant at the time, because that same spring she apparently had an illegitimate daughter, Anne – before, in that same quarter, marrying Henry Moore, by whom she subsequently had a son, Charles. In 1861 Henry, Elizabeth & Charles were living in Church Street, Atherstone; Henry was working as a coach builder. Elizabeth died on 24 May 1863, apparently in childbirth, and in 1871 Ann was living in Atherstone with her uncle and aunt, Thomas & Mary Kimberlin.
THE CHILDREN OF THOMAS (1823 - 1872)Thomas’ first child, Mary Ann, was baptized at Atherstone on 21 July 1865. In 1891 she was living in Worcester, the “principal of a girl’s school”; ten years later she was again the “principal of a girls school, run at home” now in Eckington, Derbyshire.
THE CHILDREN OF CHARLES (1825 - 1860)
Charles’ eldest child, Mary Elizabeth, was born on 1 March 1853 at Nether Whitacre and baptized there on 17 April. She appears in the 1861 census of the village with her mother and siblings. In 1871 she was working as a “general domestic servant” for the Wildey family in Curdworth. She went as housekeeper to Robert Brain of Glascote shortly before the death of his young wife in 1876, and on 10 July of that year she married him at Aldergate St Chapel in Tamworth. Robert and Mary had eleven children: Robert Ernest born in 1877, Beatrice Winnie in 1878, Charles Kimberlin in 1881, Millicent Mary in 1883, twins Leslie Joseph & Leonard John in 1885, Emmeline May in 1887, Leslie John in 1890, Dorothy Gwendoline in 1892, Reginald Thomas in 1894 and Kenneth Roy in 1898. In 1891 Mary was with her husband and family in Watling Street, Wilnecote; her mother Emily was with her. She was living at Hillcrest in Glascote when Robert died in 1915.Charles’ second child, Emily, was born on 3 July 1854, and baptized on 17 September at Nether Whitacre. She appears in the 1861 census of the village with her mother and siblings. In 1871 & 1881 she was working as a domestic servant for the Aston family in Edgbaston. In 1891 she was housekeeper to the Porter family in Hinckley – her half-sister Minnie Black was visiting her. Ten years later she was in Llandrillo yn Rhos, with her occupation recorded as “letting apartments”.
Charles’ third child, Thomas, was born on 24 July 1857 at Nether Whitacre and baptized there on 13 September. He appears in the 1861 census of the village with his mother and siblings. He was educated at Christ’s Hospital, London (where the 1871 census finds him), and emigrated to the USA, where no more was ever heard of him. He was believed to have been drowned in the Ohio floods.
fourth child, Charles,
was born on 19 September
1859 and baptized at Nether Whitacre on 23 October; he
appears in the
1861 census of the village with his mother and siblings. In
census records him as a “scholar” at home in
Coventry Road, Nether
Whitacre, with his mother, stepfather Joseph Black and stepsister
Minnie. Ten years later he is a “grocer’s
living or staying with his sister Mary Elizabeth and her family in
Watling Street, Wilnecote. In 1909/10 he married Eliza Jane
and in 1911 was living with her at Four Crosses Farm, Penybont,
Oswestry, working as a “poultry keeper”.
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