JOHN KIMBERLIN


The Kimberlin name goes back to the founding of Scott County. I'll include a few notes for your pleasure on the Kimberlin family. (I'm descended from Silas Harmon & Elizabeth (Park) Harmon of Clark County). --James Hutchinson

= = = = = =

John Kimberlin was born in Hampshire County, Virginia, in 1751, son of Peter Kimberlin, of Virginia. Some time previous to 1779 he married Ruth Jones. They had nine children. Previous to 1804 the Kimberlins moved to Green County, Pennsylvania. An April 4, 1804, John Kimberlin Purchased for the sum of $1,600 from Thomas Hughes, 500 acres of land in what is now Scott County, Indiana, but was then in Clark county. This land was Tract 264 of Clark's Grant (or the Illinois Grant, as it was then called). This Grant of 150,000 acres was given by the Commonwealth of Virginia to General George Rogers Clark and his men in appreciation for their services in the conquest of the Northwest in 1778 and 1779. The Grant was surveyed in 1786, and a deed for Tract 264 was issued to Captain William Harrod (1737-1801), brother of Colonel James and Thomas Harrod. We do not know whether William Harrod assigned this tract, or his heirs deeded it, to Thomas Hughes. The bond of Thomas Hughes for the deed was recorded April 27, 1824, in the Recorders offfice in the Scott County Court House then in Lexington, but now in Scottsburg (Deed Record A, page 240), and guarantees that the land is free of "all expense or incumbrances whatever," and "is level and apparently of good soil. The timber is oak, intermixed with poplar, small timber, spice and dogwood, and as such I sell it."
--Taken from: "Early Pioneers" 977.201 Sco8k

Lexington Township, Scott County, Indiana:
The old Kimberlin cemetery--This long abandoned and badly neglected cemetery is located about one-half mile northwest of the village of Nabb, which is astride the Scott-Clark County line. It is in the northwest quarter of Tract No. 264 of Clark's Grant, which was originally granted in 1784 to Captain William Harrod (brother of Col. James Harrod, of Kentucky) for his services with Gen. George Rogers Clark during the conquest of the Northwest, 1778-1779. It is situated partly on the Ray Wells farm and partly on the farm belonging to Luther Campbell, which to this day is still called "the John Kimberlin Farm."
The first white settlement made in what is now Scott County was in the spring of 1805, when John Kimberlin of Virginia, and his two sons, Daniel and Isaac, came down the Ohio River from Green County, Pennsylvania in a flatboat during April of 1805, disembarked at what is now Madison and made their way westward over the historic Cincinnati Trace, which connected Cincinnati and Vincennes and was laid out as a road between 1799 and 1805 by Captain E. Kibbey. They built their cabins on the banks of a stream which became known as Kimberlin Creek.
Luther Campbell lives in a remodeled log house which was built many, many years ago by one of the early Kimberlins. In a meadow directly south of his house and just above the creek bank he points out the site of John Kimberlin's log house, which was located about 100 yards west of the cemetery. Because of Indian unrest before the beginning of the War of 1812 John Kimberlin converted this log house into a blockhouse for the protection of the settlers, a purpose which it served very well at the time of the Pigeon Roost Massacre on September 3, 1812. About 50 feet west of the site of the blockhouse is still to be seen a large, never-failing spring, which probably was the determining factor in the location of the Kimberlin cabins. In later years the old blockhouse was torn down and the logs were used to build a barn which stood until fairly recent times and was finally torn down by Luther Campbell about 1919.
There are many rough rocks marking graves in this old burying ground. The few remaining tombstones are broken, toppled over and badly eroded. The old pioneer, John Kimberlin is buried here in an unmarked grave.
--Collected and compiled by Carl R. Bogardus, M.D. & Leland P. Langdon, M.S.; Austin, Indiana, 1951

After the Pigeon Roost Massacre, on September 3, 1812, the Kimberlin house was converted into a block house to which other settlers fled for protection from the Indians. About 596 men of the neighboring counties of Kentucky and Indiana turned out as volunteers, and camped near Kimberlin's block house. As these men had no provisions, John Kimberlin furnished forage for their horses and other needed articles. It wasn't until 1834 that he received payment for these provisions from the United States Government. On December 1, 1832, he presented a petition to the Congress of the United States:

"The petition of the undersigned humbly represents that he settled in Clark County now Scott then Territory now the State of Indiana in the year of 1805 under all the disadvantages of making a settlement in a wild forest and remote from any Settlement: as also advancing in years and destitute of eye sight and after having a small improvement made your petitioner would further represent in September 1812 some murders haveing been committed by the hostile Indians at a place called the Pigeon Roost in the County and Territory afore said: Mounted Volunteers to the number of from five to seven hundred (as it was said) from Kentucky and Indiana assembled and encamped near my farm and continued for three days during which time the corps above named pulled down my fences, cut and carried off my corn--using it as forage for their horses, took many articles of provisions for the useof said volunteers while at said encampment--The value of articles thus taken is estimated to exceed one hundred Dollars, for which no compensation has been given.

Your petitioner further represents that he is upwards of eighty one years of age blind and infirm, my wife is also far advanced in years and very frail and infirm so that we are entirely incapable of doing any thing towards our support consequently we are in needy circumstance. Under a more favourable circumstance I should not have solicited the generosity of my country, but of circumstances as above state I conceive it my duty to approach your honorable body to be remunerated for the losses I have sustained, hoping that you in your wisdom will take my case into consideration and grant the small sum asked for.
And your petitioner in duty bound will ever pray John Kimberlin December 1st 1832"
Neighbors, John Tipton and John Carr added letters of verification to the above contention.
Finally on May 26, 1834, Congress passed a bill called "Bill for the Relief of John Kimberlin." The order of payment for his assistance in the War of 1812 was "The United States to John Kimberlin: For corn and other of his property used by a number of Volunteers from Kentucky and Indiana Territory who assembled to bury the dead and protect the frontier inhabitants from an attack of the hostile Indians at a place called Pigeon Roost in September 1812 allowed by an act for the relief of John Kimberlin. Approved March 24, 1834 $150.00 --signed Treasury Department, Third Auditors Office, May 26,1834., J. Thompson

To report new information, corrections, or web errors, click here

Indiana Patriot Graves - Indiana State SAR