Volume 5, Number 1, Fall 1973
John P. Kimberling, the eldest son of Nathaniel and Nancy (Birchfield) Kimberling, was born in Missouri 1832. The family went to Texas about 1836. They came back to Franklin County, Arkansas, where they were in 1840. Before 1844 the family was back in Missouri, at that time in Taney County.
In 1850 John P. Kimberling married his cousin Nancy Jane Kimberling b 1836. Their children were:
Nathaniel James b 31 August 1851, Stone County, Missouri
James Perry b 21 Sept 1854
Melissa J. b 1856
Amanda b 1859
Cordelia d 1919
David Obediah b 11 May 1869d 13 Dec 1917
Mary Elizabeth d 1951
The date of John P. Kimberlings death is unknown, but his body is buried in Millers Cemetery at Mammouth, Missouri. Nancy Jane Kimberling was a well known mid-wife around Clarkridge, Arkansas. Leaving Clarkridge and the farm on the creek west of Clarkridge (now owned by Bird Thacker) she went to live with her daughter Cordelia Lemons in the Burford Community. It was here that she died in 1902 and was buried in the Fairview Cemetery, here in Baxter County Arkansas.
Nathaniel James Kimberling
Nathaniel James Kimberling was born 31st of August 1851 in Stone County, Missouri, where he later married Vienna Mexico Wikle, 27 Dec. 1868, dau of Samuel Wikle and Emily Burch Wikle.
Their children were:
Mary Frances b Stone County, Mo. married Lester Drewett
John Samuel b Stone County, Mo.
Hattie b Stone County
Emmet James b 9 April 1877
Archie Elmer married Alma
Wilbur Ernest married Clara
Elsie Blanche married Frank French
When Emmett James was one month old the family started to Oregon State. They settled in the John Day Valley.
Nathaniel James Kimberling died Dec. 1, 1886 at Prairie City, Oregon. Vienna Mexico (Wikle)
Kimberling b July 25, 1851 in Georgia d April 25, 1956 Prairie City, Oregon.
James Perry Kimberling
James Perry Kimberling was born in Stone County, Mo. 21 Sept 1854. He married JoannaAdams 11 May 1873. She was born 15 April 1856.
Their children were:
Robert A. b 10 Mar 1874
Rebecky C. b 14 Jan 1877
Melissa J. b 21 Feb 1879
After Joannas death James Perry Kimberling married a widow, Sarah E. Gifford Carroll b 6 Jan. 1856. She had two sons by a first marriage.
Jacob A. Carroll b 31 Oct 1876
Joseph F. Carroll b 21 Jan. 1879
James Perry Kimberling married Sarah E. Carroll in 1880. Their children were:
Mary F. b l4 Jan 1881 d l9Aug. 1881
William F. 20 June 1882d 17 Nov. 1882
Jesse A. 14 Nov 1883 d 28 Dec 1903
Rosie. 12 Dec 1885d 17 Oct. 1887
Lillie E. 7 Feb. 1888 Married James Mishler
Mattie Angeltine b 7 April 1890 m Everett Pleasant
James Perry Kimberling had lived in Oklahoma at various times. He was living in Ozark County, Missouri when he died 19 Oct. 1898 and Sarah followed the 28th of Nov. They were buried in the Faye Cemetery. The younger children were reared by half brother Joseph F. Carroll and wife Belle (Pleasant) Carroll. Mattie Kimberling Pleasant is still living on College street in Mountain Home Arkansas.
Melissa J. Kimberling
She was born 1856 in Stone County, Missouri. Nothing further is known. It was thought she stayed in Stone County when the family moved to Baxter County, Arkansas.
She was born in 1859 in Stone County, Missouri, married Davis. They had two known sons, Albert and David. They went to Oklahoma early, the sons died in Sapulpa, Oklahoma.
Little is known about him. My mother remembered them saying that he was a Methodist minister, unmarried who went to Portland Oregon early. A descendant of Nathaniel J. Kimberling says there was a Will Kimberling came to Oregon with Nathaniel in 1877." (There was supposed to have been an argument or something and will went up in Washington state.)
George Kimberling married Mary Shipley at Mountain Home, Arkansas. They moved to Atoka, Oklahoma. One known son, John did have Kimberlings Grocery in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Cordelia Kimberling married Thomas Lemons. Known children, Everett, Roy and Silas (who was living in Texas. They lived in Buford Community where Mr. Lemon ran a cotton gin for some years. They later moved to Broken Arrow, Okla.)
David Obediah Kimberling
David Obediah Kimberling was born 11 May 1869. He married Mary Emaline Ogle b 3 Dec. 1872 in Carroll County, Virginia, daughter of Canaan and Martha Jane (Surratt) Ogle. Their children were:
James Monroe b 10 May 1893 d 26 June 1921 m Martha Combs
Myrtle Ann b 30 Aug 1894 d 24 July 1951 m Albert Leroy Cowart
Arthur William b 11 July 1897 m Nancy Belle Stone Meredith
Cordelia Ada b 17 Sept 1899 m Julius William Combs
Mark b 28 Feb 1902 d 3 Nov 1954 m Rosa Lee Johnson
Almeda b 18 Jan 1904 d Apr 7 1966 m Melvin Henry J. Crawford
David Obediah Kimberling ran a cotton gin corn mill and country store near Clarkbridge, Arkansas. After the death of Mary Emaline Kimberling 30 July 1911, he moved to Amagon, Arkansas (Jackson County) where he ran a dredge boat, digging the big ditches to drain swamp lands. Here he met and married Charley Lulu Stansberry. Their children were:
Lillie Dorothy m John C. Stucks
Record d 6 Mar 1918
David 0. Kimberling died 13 Dec 1917 and was brought back to Clarkbridge to be buried beside Mary Emaline in Thacker Cemetery
Mary Elizabeth Kimberling
Mary Elizabeth Kimberling married Taylor. Their children:
Infant daughter buried by Mr. Taylor in Fairview Cemetery.
Emma born 20 Aug m Luther Webb.
After Mr. Taylors death Mary Elizabeth married Lonnie Hargraves. Their children were:
Roy Clifton b 22 Aug of her death and is buried at Fletcher, Okla.
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