John Peter Kimmel of Decatur County, Indiana

Determining Who his Father Was

John Peter Kimmel first appears in Decatur Co., Indiana public records in 1833. He is buried in Clay Township there. Son George W. Kimmel moved to Kokomo, Indiana. Local records do not give his parents' names. But there were two Peter Kimmels in Pennsylvania who could be considered.

John Peter, son of Johann Andrew of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania

This is not Peter of Decatur County, Indiana because:

1) Peter of Decatur Co., IN was born 8/26/1792 according to a calculation from his tombstone (died 1/11/1846 at age 53 years 4 months & 16 days). Source: Kimmel headstone inscriptions in cemetery in Clay Tp., Decatur Co., IN copied in 1994 by Rosalie Robbins of Greensburg for William Payne of Kokomo, IN.

But Peter of Westmoreland Co., PA was born 6/18/1794. Source: his baptism record for Brush Creek Lutheran Congregation in North Huntingdon Tp., Westmoreland Co., PA)

2) Peter of Indiana appears in the1840 census in Decatur County, IN (as "Peter Kimble" in "mixed townships")

But Johann Andrew's sons by his first wife-except John, who went with him to Holmes Co., Ohio-stayed in Armstrong Tp., Indiana Co., PA. This is where Johann Andrew lived last before leaving for Ohio in the 1830s. His sons Peter, George and Andrew (Jr.) appear there in the 1840 census. (It appears son Philip had died by then, but Philip's son Andrew is there in later censuses.)

Peter, son of Johann Anthony of Perry County, Pennsylvania This most likely is Peter of Decatur County, Indiana because:

1) Peter of Decatur Co., IN was living in Wayne Co., IN at the time he purchased his first property in Decatur County in 1833. See Indiana Land Records, Original Tracts on microfilm at Allen Co. Pub. Library (ACPL) roll A-8 and A-16.

Peter of Perry Co., PA had just left. His father Johann Anthony's estate in Perry County had to be assigned to an administrator "de bonis mon" on 8/23/1833 because son Peter "having removed from the state" leaving no heirs authorized to administrate the sale. See Perry Co., PA Deed Book #N1, pages 338-340. Peter is on the 1831 tax list for Perry Co., PA, but not the 1835 (1832-1834 are missing). All point to his leaving about 1832. At the time Peter's uncle Jacob Kimmel was living west of Hagerstown in Wayne Co., IN and his cousin Jacob son of his uncle George Jacob Kimmel was living near Milton in Wayne Co., IN. It's reasonable to assume Peter joined his uncle and cousin to Wayne Co., IN and purchased the Decatur Co., IN land while with them.

2) Although Peter of Perry Co., PA's birth date is not on record, the 1830 census places Peter of Perry Co., PA's birth in the 1790s, conforming to Peter of Decatur Co., IN's birth date.

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