Abraham Kimberly and Hannah Preston

My 9x Great Grandparents, Abraham Kimberly and Hannah Preston started in Connecticut then made the head scratching move to Albemarle, NC. Abraham Kimberly born around 1630 in England to Thomas Kimberly and Alice Awood. Hannah Preston born around 1636 perhaps in Dorchester, MA where her parents first lived when they came to America or in CT but her brothers were all registered in CT to William Preston and Mary.

Abraham and Hannah married around 1655 in Stratford, CT and had 5 children. The first 2 were born in Stratford and the last 3 were born in Albemarle, NC. Hannah 1655, Mary 1559, Mary 1668, Sarah 1672, and Abraham 1674. It is presumed the oldest 2 daughters died young as they are not named in the will of their grandfather, Thomas. This family moved to North Carolina before 1668 as the last 3 children were born there. Below is a map of a section of North Carolina from 1676 the time Abraham and Hannah would have been living there. Albemarle County is on the bottom right in the yellow section.


Abraham has been found in 2 records there. It is presumed he was connected with boats based on one passage.

Before I go any farther, Captain Jo Outlaw! I looked him up and his name is actually John Outlaw and he seems to be quite the character. There were multiple lawsuits against him and he was arrested. He sailed up and down the east coast. I looked up the other men also and quite frankly it sounded like a rough and tumble area. Which as I go further on this post things may make sense. Anyway back to this passage, they settled debts with the worth of tobacco which upon looking at other passages in this book most settlements involved tobacco.

There is one more passage in this book that involves Abraham. In 1680, two men, Joshua Lambe and William Therrill were to inventory Abraham Kimberly’s estate. I personally have not found this inventory but have read other accounts and they have said that there was nothing left of his estate after the debts were paid. Again, I have not seen evidence of this.

Hannah moved back to Connecticut with her 3 children where there was land waiting for her. It seems that in 1672, Abraham’s father, Thomas, left the remainder of his estate to Hannah and her child Mary who was the only grandchild alive before Thomas died. The only thing in Thomas’s will given to his son Abraham was a cloak. He did not give Abraham land or money. Was this because Abraham was a free spirit and couldn’t be trusted? The other interesting thing about Thomas’s will is that he provided for his second wife, Mary’s, sons from her first marriage. Mary also happens to be Hannah’s mother. Follow this? Hannah, Abraham’s wife, is also his step sister and the step daughter of Thomas. Hannah registered the births of her 3 children born in North Carolina in the books in Connecticut. Is this so they can claim the estate of Thomas? Below is the entry of her 3 children and their births.

Hannah remarried to John Curtis of Stratford. It is unknown when she died but John died in New Jersey 1704.

The three children settled the estate that was left for them by their grandfather and it said they were the legatees of their deceased mother Hannah Curtis. This was in 1701. The 2 daughters conveyed their right to the house and lot to their brother Abraham.

It is unknown where Abraham Kimberly or Hannah Preston are buried.


Abraham Kimberly and Hannah Preston their son,

Abraham Kimberly and Abigail Fitch their daughter,

Hannah Kimberly married James Hard their son,

Abner Hard married Hannah Beers their daughter,

Currence Hard married David Bostwick their son,

Jabez Bostwick married Freelove Frisbee their son,

Jabez Bostwick married Sarah Jane Chase their son,

John Day Bostwick married Ida Shelby their son,

Charles Bostwick married Alpha Wilkins their daughter,

Florence Bostwick -my grandmother


The genealogy of the Kimberly family by Jacobus, Donald Lines, Published 1950

Ancestry . com Abraham Kimberly Connecticut, Town Birth Records, pre-1870 (Barbour Collection) Stratford

The North Carolina Historical and Genealogical Register, Volumes 1-3
By J. R. B. Hathaway page 136 and 138

Wikipedia images Albemarle County, NC page

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