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Nathaniel Holmes and Abigail Kimball

Deacon Nathaniel Holmes, the son of Peleg Holmes and Abigail Bradford, was born on Tuesday, 21 October 1755 in Kingston, Plymouth County, Massachusetts. He died at the age of 83 on Monday, 4 February 1839.

Nathaniel Holmes (aged about 28) married Abigail Kimball (aged about 25) in 1784 in Central Chebogue, Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia.

Abigail Kimball, the daughter of Nathaniel Kimball (name uncertain) and his wife Martha (name uncertain), was born in about 1759 and was baptized on Sunday, 9 April 1758 in Wenham, Massachusetts. She died at the age of about 87 on Saturday, 21 March 1846.

Their children were:

Research Notes:

Nathaniel b. 1787. Elisha b. 1789, m. 1811. John b. 1791. Joseph b. 1793.
Samuel b. 1795, d. 1796. Abigail b. 1797. Ruth b. 1802. IGI has Nathaniel (Sr.)
born 21 Oct 1755 (might be 1757)

If the Yarmouth Genealogies printed in the Yarmouth Herald is correct and our
Abigail died at the age of 87, then she would be born between 22-Mar-1758 and
21-Mar-1759. Also, Abigail's sister-in-law Mary Holmes married a Samuel Kimball
in 1776. Thus our Abigail should have a brother named Samuel born before 1760,
probably around 1750-1752.

IGI lists no Abigail Kimballs born in either CT or RI, but does list the
following born in MA:

    Abigail b.  1 Jun 1755      Dover           Richard Kimball & Ann Hanson
    Abigail bpt 9 Nov 1755      Ipswich         Benjamin Kimball
    Abigail b.  20 Feb 1756     Bradford        Nathan Kimball & Sussanah
    Abigail bpt 4 Dec 1757      Hopkinton       Richard Kimball
    Abigail bpt 9 Apr 1758      Wenham          Nathaniel Kimball

as well as

    Samuel  b.  11 Nov 1750     Wenham          Nathaniel Kimball & Martha

Thus it would appear that there is a reasonable chance that Abigail and Samuel
are the children of Nathaniel and Martha Kimball of Wenham, MA. I've listed
them as her parents and 9 Apr 1758 as her baptism date based solely on this

Nathaniel was from England, reputed to be the brother of John Holmes the
ancestor of Oliver Wendall. Lists Nathaniel's children as: Peleg, Nathaniel,
Elisha, and Tamazon.