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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 record.

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 comfortable.

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: Jackson County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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