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Below is a sample of a family biography
included in The History of Jackson County, Missouri by W. Z.
Hickman and published by Historical Publishing Company in 1920.
These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing
ancestors or filling in the details in a family tree. Family biographies often
include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.
Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place
of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including
maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if
married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service,
church and social organization affiliations, and more. There are often
ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical
Robert Samuel Kimsey, proprietor of a fine farm of 74 acres in
Fort Osage township, which he is cultivating together with a tract of 52 acres
located near Lake City, in the same township, was born in a log cabin on the
same site of his present home, June 20, 1869. Mr. Kimsey is a descendant of
some of the first pioneers of Jackson County, his grandfather, Samuel Kimsey,
having settled in this county during the early thirties on a place including
R. S. Kimsey's present home.
The parents of Robert S. Kimsey were James W. and Missouri (Hudspeth) Kimsey,
the former of whom is deceased and the latter is still living, one of the
oldest of the pioneer women of Jackson County. Mrs. Kimsey was born Nov. 29,
1837 on a pioneer farm in Jackson County and is a sister of Thomas B.
Hudspeth, a sketch of whom appears in this history.
James W. Kimsey was born in the northern part of Fort Osage township in 1839
and died on Jan. 22, 1893. He was a son of Samuel Kimsey, a native of Alabama,
who married Emily Connor, daughter of an early pioneer and located on a farm
in Fort Osage township.
James W. Kimsey was reared in Jackson County. He enlisted under Gen. J. 0.
Shelby and General Price at the outbreak of the Civil War and served for four
years with the Confederate forces, surrendering at Shreveport, La. After the
war was over he returned home and settled down to farming. He resided upon the
farm now owned by his son, Robert Samuel Kimsey. He was married Sept. 15, 1868
to Miss Missouri Hudspeth, who bore him two children: Robert Samuel, of this
review; and Sallie, who died at the age of 11 years. Mr. Kimsey was a lifelong
Democrat, who was widely and favorably known in his section of Jackson County
and was an excellent citizen.
Robert S. Kimsey attended the old Academy School and has always been a farmer.
His early education was mostly obtained in log school houses. With the
exception of two years spent in Colorado and California in 1889 and 1890, he
has always lived in Jackson County.
Mr. Kimsey was married Oct. 23, 1893 to Miss Elizabeth Carpenter, who was born
July 24, 1874 in Cass County, Mo. She is a daughter of 0. A. and Sarah Ellen
(Chiles) Carpenter, the former of whom was born in Independence, Aug. 15, 1844
and is now residing in Cass County. He is a son of James Crandall and Lamira
Ann (Overton) Carpenter, the former of whom was born at Providence, R. I. His
wife, Lamira Ann (Overton) Carpenter was born near old Fort Osage, now Sibley,
in 1825, and was a daughter of Aaron Overton, one of the first pioneers of
Jackson County who entered land near the present site of Sibley, Mo., while U.
S. soldiers were stationed there guarding the early settlers from attacks or
raids by unfriendly Indians.
J. C. Carpenter was a contractor and builder, one, who in the old days, knew
his trade from tree trunk to the finished product of his skill. He was one of
the original "forty-niners," hiring his tool chest hauled in one of a train of
wagons starting at Weston's blacksmith shop in Inde- pendence, himself riding
a mule, going over the Santa Fe trail, leaving his wife and small son, 0. A.
Carpenter, with relatives in Independence. He remained two years in California
working at his trade and returned by water, coming around Cape Horn into the
Atlantic ocean, up the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, landing north of
Independence at old Wayne City landing. He lived at Independence until 1873,
when he bought a farm in Cass County and moved there and engaged in farming.
He now resides in Freeman, Mo. His children are as follow: Mrs. Robert S.
Kimsey; J. W. Carpenter, Pueblo, Colo.; Mrs. Anna Laura Gillespie, Cass
County, Mo.; Mrs. Emily Pearl Beaver, Colby, Kan. Since she was 13 years old
to the time of her marriage, Mrs. Kimsey was reared by her grandmother. Her
mother, Sarah Ellen (Chiles) Carpenter was born April 21, 1854 and is a
daughter of James Ramsey and Jane (Kimsey) Chiles, the former of whom was a
son of Joseph Chiles, a Jackson County pioneer who came here from Kentucky
when a young man. Joseph Chiles was married in Westport to Polly Ann
Stephenson, later locating permanently in California, rearing ten children.
After their marriage in 1853, J. R. Chiles and wife started across the plains
enroute to California on April 2. They made a home in California and remained
there, Mrs. Chiles dying in California. Some years after her death, J. R.
Chiles returned to Missouri and married Addie Johnson.
Aaron Overton, great grandfather of Mrs. Robert S. Kimsey, had the first
flouring mill in Jackson County. This mill was operated by water power and
located two miles north of Independence on and in connection with his mill.
Mr. Overton operated a still. In the pioneer days he was one of the best known
and influential men of the county. He was a kind slave owner and participated
in the battle with the Mormons during the Mormon trouble.
The Kimsey residence in Fort Osage township is undergoing remodeling and is
being transformed into a pretty modern bungalow which is attractive as well as
Mr. Kimsey is a Democrat. He is affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd
Fellows, of Sibley and the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Buckner and the
Royal Arch and Chapter of Independence. Mr. and Mrs. Kimsey are well informed,
progressive and hospitable folk who have many warn friends in Jackson County.
This family biography is one of 452
biographies included in The History of Jackson County, Missouri published
in 1920. For the complete description, click here:
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