One late Saturday afternoon John and I were driving through Kimball Junction in Summit County and I saw a beautiful old home. Commenting to John about it, he proceeded to tell me that it was an ancestral home belonging to William Henry Kimball and that all of Kimball Junction was part of his land.
I had always assumed that Kimball junction had originally been associated with the Heber C. Kimball family, with so many children it would be impossible for it not to be, but I had no idea that it was part of our direct line.
See John is the first son of the first son, of the first son, of the first son, of the first son, of the first son of Heber C. and Vilate (first wife) Kimball. In this picture from 1904 are William Henry Kimball, John Henry Kimball, Henry Ferguson Kimball (Dad Harry has he was affectionately known), and John Felt Kimball (Papa John as a baby)
I love hearing my father in law talk about his father and grandfather. There is something wonderful about connecting to your ancestors and learning from their lives. We are fortunate to have ancestors who kept journals and family members who research and write their histories. It is a blessing in our lives.
This photo is of John's father (the little guy), his grandfather (Papa John), his great grandfather (Dad Harry) and his great great grandfather. John's sister scanned all the photos and it's a treasure for us. It makes me want to scan more photos of John and his family, of my family when were were younger. It has also given me a little push to be more diligent in writing the little stories I hear or things I remember about our past. I want to do better. It's important.