Philip Kimmel of York County,


Family of Johann Philip Kimmel in Reading Township near Bermudian

Members of this family appear in the Summary of Lineages web page with the prefix "AC-."

General History

Johan Philip Kimmel -- "Philip" -- was born in Gimbsheim in the Palatinate (Germany) in 1695 to Johann Michael and Anna Margaretha (Sauter) Kimmel.  He married in 1721 to Anna Elisabetha Voltz who was born in 1703 to Andreas and Anna Elisabetha Voltz  of Eich.  They produced eleven children.  Anna Elisabetha and six of the children died in Germany. Philip left for America with his five surviving sons in 1755.  He settled on Bermudian Creek near Red Run in Reading (the part now Washington) Township, York County, Pennsylvania on land sold to him by his nephew Adam Kimmel; 300 acres of the adjoining Red Run property was inherited from him by his sons Philip, Michael and Jacob.  Anthony stayed with him until his death in 1777.

Children of Philip and Anna Elisabetha, with birth year (all births in Eich), death year and place of death:
Johann Conrad -- 1722 - (death date and place unknown)
Johann Philip -- 1724 - 1796 near Brotherton, Somerset County, Pennsylvania
Johann Jacob -- 1726 - 1734 Eich, Palatinate (Germany)
Johann Nicolaus -- 1728 - 1804 near Stoystown, Somerset County, Pennsylvania
Maria Christina -- 1731 - 1731 Eich, Palatinate (Germany)
Anna Maria -- 1732 - 1732 Eich, Palatinate (Germany)
Johann Jacob -- 1734 - 1818 East Berlin, Adams County, Pennsylvania
Johann Michael -- 1737 - 1818 near Greensburg, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania
Anna Margaretha -- 1738 - 1742 Eich, Palatinate (Germany)
Johann Georg -- 1743 - 1818 Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
Anthonius -- 1746 - 1817 Baltimore, Baltimore County, Maryland

The largest share of Kimmels in America today descend from Philip's sons Philip whose sons lived in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, near Dayton and Youngstown, Ohio and in western Kentucky; Nicolaus whose family stayed in the York County, Pennsylvania area; Jacob of East Berlin, PA; Michael whose sons lived near Greensburg, Pennsylvania; George whose sons lived in Berrien and Washtenaw Counties, Michigan, southern Illinois and southeastern Missouri; and Anthony whose sons lived in Baltimore and Frederick County, Maryland.


Early Family Recollections

Early Family Histories

Pedigree of the Kimmel Family, written 1890 by Walter Garland Kimmel (1861-1940; AC-BAEBJ) of Union Co., Illinois for the descendants of Crawford and Anna Minerva (Kimmel) Trees. The letter gives a brief history of Michael Kimmel in Germany, his son Philip and grandson George as passed down to Walter.

Anna Mary (Kimmel) Rector Letter.  Written about her great-grandfather Philip Kimmel and grandfather Elijah Kimmel of Dubois County, Indiana.  Excerpt as published in the February 1977 issue of the "Laurel Messenger," published by the Historical and Genealogical Society of Somerset County.

General Anthony Kimmel's Letter to Samuel Kimmel. Written by General Anthony Kimmel (1798-1871; AC-KI) of Baltimore, son of Anthony who came to America with his brothers and father Johann Philip Kimmel in 1755. Samuel was most likely the Samuel Kimmel (1830-1912; AC-BBFJ) a dental surgeon in Philadelphia, PA who was in possession of the German family Bible of his grandfather Jacob that is now in the collection of the Pennsylvania Historical Society. General Kimmel tells the story of the three Kimmel brothers Jacob, Valentine and Philip who came to America in the 1750s. This text comes from one of Dr. H. K. Stoner's reports from 1937, "Genealogy of the family of John Philip Kimmel, b. Mar. 2-1724-d. Aug. 7-1796; Oldest of the six sons of Johann Philip Kimmel, 1695-1777"

Family History From "Kentucky Ante-bellum Portraiture."  Accompanied  a copy of the portrait of Philip Kimmel that was brought to Henderson, Kentucky by Marius Manning Kimmel, father of Admiral Husband E. Kimmel.

Family Bibles

Ref:  John Kimmel (1792-1846) of Holmes and Mercer Counties, Ohio (AD-AA) > Johann Andrew > Johann Jacob of Greensburg, PA
1)  John and Rachel Kimmel family German Bible
2)  William and Eliza Kimmel family Bible
Bible pages and inserted material from scanned copies provided by Chris Beard of Reynoldsburg, Ohio -- Oct. 1998
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Ref:  Philip Kimmel (1837-1884) of Titus Co., Texas (AC-BAACD) > Benjamin > Philip > Philip > Philip of York Co., PA
1)  Philip and Rachel (Cox) Kimmel family Bible
Information related as passed to Elaine Roosz of Hurst, TX -- Jan. 1999
Ref:  Elijah Walker Kimmel (1864-1933) of Warrick Co. and Evansville, Indiana (AC-BAADCC) > Edward > Elijah > Philip > Philip > Philip > Philip of York Co., PA
1)  Elijah W. and Louisa (Barton) Kimmel family Bible
Transcript by Mary Ann Kimmel as retyped by Elijah "Jake" Kimmel of San Antonio, TX -- July 1999
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Ref:  John Henry Kimmel (1842-1914) of Somerset Co., PA, Cedar Rapids, IA and Dickinson Co., KS (AC-BBCCB) > Joseph R. > John > Jacob > Philip > Philip of York Co., PA
1)  John Henry Kimmel family Bible.
Photographs of pages from Donald Dolton of Kansas City, MO - June 1999
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Ref:  Kiser Kimmel (1851-1911) of Somerset Co., Pennsylvania  (AC-BBBGC) > William > Jacob > Jacob > Philip > Philip of York Co., PA
1)  Kiser and Emma (Woolley) Kimmel family Bible
2)  Edward and Elizabeth (Hoover) Kimmel family Bible
Transcripts among papers of Mary Louise (Kimmel) Evans and received from Laurie Evans of Yuba City, California -- April 2001
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Public Documents For Revolution Era Kimmels

Transcriptions on This Web Site

Eich Reformed Church records have the birth and baptism dates for all of the children of Johann Philip and some detail on his uncle Johann Georg. Johann Philip's wife Anna Elisabeth Voltz was born in Eich and both her birth and death records are here. The church records are on microfilm #1442049 in the Mormon Church family research library in Salt Lake City. Some mistakenly believe Johann Philip lived and raised his children in Darmstadt, possibly because the Eich am Altrhein church records are kept in Darmstadt archives.  See detail.

Documents Available Not Added to This Web Site

Lower Bermudian (Reformed) church records

York Co., PA land records (also filed in Philadelphia and Lancaster)

York & Adams Co., PA tax records

Documents to Be Found

    (to be added)



Secaur-McLeod-Kimmel murders of 1872 -- research page of David Kimmel of Tiffin, OH

Funeral card of Philip Kimmel (1810-1901) of Jackson Co., IL


Special Reports

Debate on origin of Stonycreek Church in Somerset Co., PA

Children of Joseph Kimmel (1769-182x) of Greensburg, PA

Military service of Joseph Kimmel (1844-1921) of Jackson Co., IL

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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