Family History of Admiral Kimmel

"Kentucky Ante-bellum Portraiture," Whitely includes on pages 298-299 a copy of the portrait of Johann Philip Kimmel (1695-1777) who came with his sons to America in 1755.  The text below accompanied the photo.

Colonel Philip Kimmel (Polish Army)      (1695-1777)

Born in Germany, the oldest son of Judge Michael, 1662-1734, and Margarethe Souter Kimmel of Gimbsheim, Rhinehesson, our subject was married there in 1719 to Anna Elizabeth Volsom.  In 1755 they emigrated to the colonies with their six sons, Philip, 1724-1796, Nicholas, 1728-1804, Jacob, 1734-1818, Michael, 1736-1818, George, 1743-1818 and Anthony, 1745-1817.  Landing at Alexandria, they received permission to travel as far as Frederick, Maryland, with Colonel Washington's and General Braddock's men, who were marching against Ft. Duquesne.  Following a trail to York County, Pennsylvania, they settled on land there.  Westward the succeeding generations made their way.

George, born in Bavaria, settled on the edge of the Alleghanies, after Revolutionary service in the Lancaster militia and his marriage to Julianna Ruby.  Peter, 1771-1843, who married Phoebe Husband, cast cannonballs for the War of 1812 at his forges in Somerset County and near Pittsburgh, and followed his son, Singleton, to Kaskaskia, Illinois.  After flatboat trading on the Mississippi, the later married Caroline Monica Manning, edited an Illinois newspaper, and served in the legislature before moving to St. Louis.  There he was acting mayor.  After graduating from West Point in 1857, and fighting Comanches in Utah and Mexican marauders in Texas, their son, Marius Manning Kimmel, resigned after Manassas to serve as major and brigadier general of Confederate forces from 1861 to 1865.

Brought to Henderson by him and his wife, Sibella Lambert Kimmel, the portrait was inherited by their son, who served in both World Wars.


Description of portrait:  "Egg tempera opaque watercolor on paper 8" x 6".  By an unrecorded artist.  Data from the owner:  Admiral Husband E. Kimmel, New London, Conn.  Dameron print from the late Miss Fannie Kimmel, Henderson.'
Tim's Reality Check
Detail From Public Documents That Support or Counter Claims in This Document

Michael Kimmel was town judge in Gimbsheim in 1712 and town mayor the next year according to a list on the wall of the town archives.  Alsheim Lutheran church records record Michael's death in Gimbsheim in 1734.  Existing Alsheim church records do not start until 1766 so they cannot verify his birth year.

Eich Reformed church records confirm the birth dates of Philip's children except for Michael who was actually born in 1737 and Anthony who was actually born in 1746.  Eich, where George was born, was in the Palatinate (the part later known as "Rhinehesson") and not in Bavaria.

Braddocks' troops left Belle Haven on April 18, 1755 and left Frederick May 1 headed towards Pennsylvania.  But Philip (of Eich) was granted his permit to emigrate at Alzey, the district capitol, on April 19.  Since it took at least three months just for the trip across the Atlantic, Philip and sons could not have accompanied Braddock's troops.

A George Kimmel did serve as private in 8th class of Capt. J. Vanderslice's Company of the 3rd Battalion of Lancaster Co., PA in 1780.  But George was living in Bedford (the part now Somerset) Co. since as early as 1773 (per tax records).  There was another George Kimmel who arrived in Philadelphia aboard the Neptune in 1751 and was living in Lancaster where he took the oath of allegiance in 1777 and where he died in 1782.

Land and city directory records place Peter in Pittsburgh 1813-1819.  The 1815 city directory identifies him as an iron merchant.  I haven't found the source for the cannonball forging story.  Known land purchases in Jackson Co., IL in 1817, 1836, 1837 and 1841 and in Monroe Co. in 1837.  Union Co., IL probate records place Peter in Union Co. at his death in 1843.  According to the "History of Illinois" he and his sons and Henry Eddy printed the "Illinois Emigrant" the second paper in the Illinois Territory.

M. M. Kimmel does appear with troops along the Rio Grande in Texas in the 1860 census and Manning Kimmel is among the names listed in the index to Confederate veterans.  The family understood his name to be Marius Manning and it is that way in the family history compiled by his son Husband.  But, his military records and even his obituary say he was Maj. Manning Marius Kimmel and the 1900 census records say Manning M. Kimmel.  Descendants do not know why this is.

Details on the pages of the Kimmel Family Record web site come from the collection of
Timothy W. Kimmel of Fort Wayne, Indiana.  You can contact Tim at

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