North Carolina Kimmels

Kimels of Davidson and Forsyth Counties

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

General History

We don't yet know where the original Kimmels (Kimel) in the Davidson County area of North Carolina came from.  John George Myers (first wife Catharina) was in York Co., PA in the 1750s before moving to Rowan County, NC.  There were Myers and Evans families Rowan Co. in what is now part of Guilford Co. by 1768 (tax) and then in what is now Davidson Co. by 1778 (tax) where they had been joined by Essigs.  Current conjecture is that Catharina, widow of the unknown Kimmel ancestor, married Daniel Evans (who died in 1781 during the Revolution), and then married John George Myers.  Known birth years for John George Myers (1727), his son John Myers (1750), Joseph Essig (1742) and his son John (1771) place Catharine's birth year in the early 1730's and those of her Kimmel children in the 1750's and 1760's.  That conforms to "Georg Claus" Kimmel being born about 1751 (headstone) and "Barny" Kimmel being born between 1766 and 1770 (census records) with the Evans children just barely fitting into the family. 

The first Kimmel mentioned in Rowan County documents was Frederick Kimmel on the 1782/83 tax list for the area south of Salisbury. The related families first appeared in the Pilgrim Church records when "George Myer and his wife Catharine" were reported as godparents in the 1783 baptism of John George Sink, son of Michael.  (Next Myers entry was in 1788.) The first Kimmel entry in the church records was for the 1796 baptism of Christian "Kumling"

Kimmel name variations were Gimble, Gimbler, Gimmel, Kimel, Kimmling, Kumling and Zundling.  The spelling "Kimel" is what persisted. 

Note:  this history is evolving.  It'll keep changing for awhile while others help me work the bugs out. Last change 1/10/01.


Early Family Recollections

Early Family Histories

    (none known)

Family Bibles

    (none known)


Public Documents For Revolution Era Kimmels

Transcriptions on This Web Site -- see raw data page

Cathrina Myers (Caty Miers) will -- summary and full transcript

Cathrina Myers estate inventory -- full transcript

John George Myers will -- summary and full transcript

Kimel Family Cemetery -- oldest stones only

Pilgrim German Church Records -- Kimmel entries from "Pilgrim German Lutheran Church Records, Davidson County, North Carolina" copied by Rachel Caldwell Chapter NSDAR, Greensboro, NC

Friedberg Moravian Church Records -- from "Records of the Moravians in North Carolina."

Rowan County, NC Census Records -- Kimmel neighbors 1800-1820, Kimmel detail 1800-1840

Early Rowan County, North Carolina Tax Records -- Kimmel and Myers entries from "Rowan County, North Carolina Tax Lists 1757-1800," (Linn)

Rowan County, North Carolina Tax Lists -- from North Carolina Core Collection, roll #72, at Allen Co. Public Library (1802-1814)

Stokes County, North Carolina Tax Lists -- from North Carolina Core Collection, roll #49, at Allen Co. Public Library (1819-1835)

Land Deed Grantees from "Rowan Co., NC Index to Real Estate Conveyance - Grantee 1753-1921"

Barny Kimble Deed -- summary of detail, from Rowan County, North Carolina Deeds, Book 22, pages 648-649

North Carolina Marriage Bonds -- Kimmel/Kimble marriages on microfilm at Allen Co. Public Library, early to 1868 and 1741 to 1868.

Joseph Essig's pension application for service during Revolutionary War, includes statement by Joseph and his son John about Joseph's life.

Documents Available Not Added to This Web Site

    (to be added)

Documents to Be Found

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Special Reports

How Leonard Kumling/Zunling of Pilgrim Church is Bernhard Kimmel/Kimel.



Bernhard Kimmel entry in The Collignon-Foley Family Tree gedcom on the WorldConnect Project. This links to other Kimmels and Kimels on this gedcom.  Postings on the GenWeb forum (above) refer to these entries. 

Current Conjecture From Available Data

Children of Cathrina Myers, maiden name unknown:
By unknown Kimmel husband
    Georg Claus P. -- 1751 - 1806, Kimel Family Cemetery (name no longer legible on stone)
    Elizabeth -- born early 1750s?, married Joseph Essig b.1742
    Cathrina -- born early 1750s?, married John Myers b.1750
    Anna Margaretha -- born mid-to-late-1750s, married Peter Myers b. 1755
    Frederick -- on 1782/83 Rowan Co. tax list (the only known mention of this name)
    Bernhard (Barny) -- born between 1766-1770 and died 1837, see family below
By Daniel Evans, who died in Guilford Co. area 1781    (still only conjectured)
    Hannah Evans -- born 177?, (died c.1856 Rowan Co., NC), m. Christian Myers b. 1763
    Daniel Evans -- born 1773, (died 1841 Davidson Co., NC)
    Joseph Evans -- born 1775, (died 1866 Putnam Co., Indiana)
By John George Myers, son of John George Myers
    No children
Note:  Positions in family changed for Elizabeth and Hannah 1/10/01.
Children of Bernhard Kimmel (Barnabas Kimel / Barny Kimble):
Wife:  Catharine Weaver
    Christina -- 1795 -- Friedburg Church records, allowed by 1800 & 1820 census records
    Christian -- 1796 -- per Pilgrim German Lutheran Church records
    female --179x -- suggested by 1800 and 1820 censuses
    Catherine -- 179x -- 1820 census suggests female born 1790s; believed to be Catherine
        Kimble who married Henry Shutt in Stokes Co. in 1826, same yr. Barnabas Jr. married
    Jacob -- 1799 -- per Pilgrim German Lutheran Church records
    Andrew -- c.1802 -- allowed by 1820 census record, neighbor of Jacob in 1840 census
    female -- 180x -- suggested by 1830 census
    Barnabas -- c1807 -- suggested by Friedberg Moravian Church records
    Lazarus -- 1808 -- per Friedberg Moravian Church records
    Alfred Kimmel -- c.1810 -- allowed by 1830 census record
    male -- 181x -- per Friedberg Moravian Church records
    Sally -- 181x -- 1820 & 1830 census support a daughter Sally Kimmel who married Jesse
       Mack in Stokes Co. in 1835.

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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