Dr. Joseph C. Kimsey Family
Dr. Joseph C.2 Kimsey was born 9 Dec 1819 in Virginia,
the son of John1 and Lydia (Bolen) Kimsey. His father was
a native of New Jersey and his mother was born in England. When he
was six weeks old his parents moved to Carroll County, Ohio and when fifteen
years old, they moved to Allen County, Indiana, where he grew to manhood.
On 6 Feb 1845 at Blue Creek, Adams County, Indiana he married
Mary Dill, who was born on 6 Jun 1828, the daughter of William and Sarah
Joseph Kimsey studied medicine and kept a general store at
Manmouth, Indiana for a few years. He then practiced medicine for a
while at Fairfield Center in DeKalb County, Indiana and about the year 1855,
moved to Salem Center, Indiana where he continued the practice of medicine
and where he began a dry goods store about 1867. He continued in that
business until he retired.
Mr. Kimsey tried to enlist in the defense of the Union but
was rejected because he was not able to meet the test of the medical examination.
However, on 15 Oct 1864, he entered the service as a drafted man, serving
in the 29th Indiana Infantry, Company “K” and remained in the
army to the close of the war. He was mustered out on 26 June 1865 and
his name is on the east side of the monument in Angola, IN.
Joseph Kimsey died at the home of his daughter Mrs. Dole in
Angola on 16 May 1910, aged 90 years 5 months and 7 days old. His wife
Mary, died on 16 Sep 1905, both are buried in the Block Cemetery, Salem Township,
Steuben County, Indiana.
Several sources stated they had 11 children, however only
nine are listed in our county’s cemetery books, as follows:
1. William Edward3 Kimsey (Joseph2
, John1) was born 12 Oct 1851 in Allen Co., IN. He
married on 11 Apr 1872 to Elizabeth Dole, daughter of John and Susana (Kirkwood)
Dole, who was born the 19 Mar 1851 in Huron County, Ohio. He became
a farmer, merchant, postmaster, and notary public. He lived in Salem
Township, Steuben County, Indiana until he was elected county clerk from
1886 to 1894, when he moved into Angola. Afterward he returned to Salem
Center, and in 1913 moved to Arizona for the sake of his wife’s health.
While there he developed some orange groves and became the president of the
Scottsdale Bank until he retired. He also served as a justice of the
peace at the time of his death, on 13 Apr 1924. His wife Elizabeth
died 13 Oct 1932, both are buried in Circle Hill Cemetery, Angola, Indiana.
They had three children as follows:
1. Lois Irene4 Kimsey (William
3, Joseph C.2, John1) was born 9
May 1873 and grew to womanhood. When her father was elected as county
clerk, she assisted him in the office as deputy. At that time, she
met and became aquainted with a struggling lawyer from Columbia City, IN
who came to Angola to attend to court matters.
In September of 1895, Lois Kimsey made out her own marriage
license and they were married by the Rev. R.E. Knopf, Congregational minister
at the Kimsey home in Salem Center on Oct. 2. It was a small family
wedding with both sets of her grandparents present, Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Kimsey
and Mr. and Mrs. John Dole. After partaking of the banquet provided
for this occasion, they left for a wedding trip to the east and south.
On returning, they made their home in Columbia City.
2. Wallace D.4 Kimsey married
Ruth Woodford and died between 1930 and 1940.
3. Morton Edward4 Kimsey was
born 7 May 1889 and was an office manager of the Arizona Public Service Company.
He died in Jan of 1974 in Scottsdale Arizona, at the age of 85 years.
2. Evans3 Kimsey, who died at 4 months of
3. Thomas Brenton3 Kimsey, who died at 4
months of age.
4. Joseph Elmer3 Kimsey, who died at 7 months
5. Sarah Catherine3 Kimsey, who died 6 Jan
1859, age 4 years.
6.&7. A set of infant twins, that are buried in Block
8. Nancy Ellen3 Kimsey, was born 6 Nov 1859
and married the 6 Nov 1879 to Franklin Thomas Dole, son of John and Susana
(Kirkwood) Dole, who was born in 1858. Frank Dole was a carpenter for many
years, then he became a merchant, county treasurer, and owner of a canning
business. Franklin Dole died in 1948 and Nancy died on 30 Apr 1938, both
are buried in Circle Hill Cemetery, Angola, Indiana. They had four children:
1. William Earl4 Dole was born 28
Apr 1883 and married Edna Cowen, a daughter of Elmer and Francis Latson Cowen.
She was born on 23 Jul 1882 and she died in 1972. .
2. Floyd J. Dole was born 3 Jul 1887, married
Mamie Snyder and died in May of 1969.
3. Cora Mildred Dole was born 21 May 1890
and married Wayne McKillen, who was born 28 May 1890. She died 15 Jul 1986
and he on 15 Feb 1947.
4. Lewis Pyrl Dole was born 20 Mar 1897
and died 13 Jan 1957.
9. Mary Cora3 Kimsey was born in 1869 and
married 8 Jan 1891 to George H. Parker, who was born in 1867.
They lived in South Bend, Indiana and Columbus, Ohio for many years. George
died in 1944 and Mary died 10 Nov 1937, both are buried in Block Cemetery,
Salem Township, Steuben County, Indiana They had at least
1. Lois Berniece4 Parker married
2. Morton K. Parker.
And Now The Rest Of The Story----
The struggling lawyer from Columbia City, that married Lois
4 Kimsey was Thomas R. Marshall, only child of Dr. Daniel and
Martha A. (Patterson) Marshall. He was born in North Manchester, IN on 14
Mar 1854, graduated from Wabash College in 1873 and was admitted to the Columbia
City Bar in 1875. He became Governor of the State of Indiana from
1909-1913 and then was elected the 28th Vice-President of the United States,
under President Woodrow Wilson, from 1913-1921. He enjoyed much popularity,
becoming known for his humorous remarks. In 1917, during a Senate debate
and a long speech by Senator Joe Bristow of Kansas on the needs of the country,
Marshall turned to a clerk and said: “What this country needs
is a good 5-cent cigar.” After his term in office ended in 1921,
he returned to private life and a steady stream of lecture appearances, delighting
audiences across the country with his wit.
Thomas Marshall died of a heart attack on 1 Jun 1925 in the
Willard Hotel in Washington D.C. Mrs. Marshall was a gracious, capable
assistant and mentor to her husband. After his death, she made her
home in Phoenix, Arizona, where she died on 6 Jan 1958. Both Thomas
and Lois Marshall are buried in Crown Hill Mausoleum, Indianapolis, Indiana.
1885 History of Steuben County, Indiana p. 727, 750;
History of Northeast Indiana (1920) Vol.2 p.69 (Biography of
1955 History of Steuben County, Indiana p. 55-56
Obituaries of the following taken from the Steu.-Rep.: Joseph C. Kimsey,
Wed. 18 May, 1910, P. 1 clm. 4 (picture); William E. Kimsey, 16 Apr 1924,
P.1 clm. 4; Lois (Kimsey) Marshall, 8 Jan 1958, P.1 clm. 6; Mary (Kimsey)
Parker, 17 Nov 1937 P.13 clm 5; Morton E. Kimsey, 6 Feb 1974;
Marriage Announcement, Steu.-Rep. 9 Oct 1895; “Brief Sketch of the
Vice-President Elect and His Wife,” Steu.-Rep.Wed, 20 Nov 1912 (picture);
Audree’ Lewis Cemeteries of Steuben County (1990);
Audree’ Lewis Steuben County Marriages 1832-1890 (1967);
1870 IN Census, Steuben Co., Salem Twp. Printed P. 172, Written P. 5, (William
Family information sent to me by Paul Schoaff.
Compiled by Jean Ann Childers