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J. Golden Kimball was born 9 June 1853 in Old Kimball Mansion, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States to Heber Chase Kimball (1801-1868) and Christine Golden (1823-1896) and died 2 September 1938 Washoe County, Nevada, United States of unspecified causes. He married Jane Smith Knowlton (1867-1940) 22 September 1887 in Meadowville, Rich County, Utah. Alfred the Great (849-899)/s, Charlemagne (747-814)/s, Henry II of England (1133-1189)/s, Hugh Capet (c940-996)/s, William I of England (1027-1087)/s, Rollo of Normandy (860-932)/s.

Biography[]

J. Golden Kimball was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, on June 9, 1853. He grew up in an unusually beautiful Utah home -- one of the many residences of his father's, Heber Chase Kimball -- that was erected in 1848-49.

BY Academy High School Class of 1881. Jonathan G. Kimball. A Commercial Program student, he received a Certificate in Bookkeeping & Commercial Arithmetic. Source: The Territorial Enquirer, June 22, 1881, Provo, Utah.

His 67-year-old father died on June 22, 1868, as a delayed result of a buggy accident in Provo at night in the spring of 1868. J. Golden Kimball was only 15 years old at the time.

Fatherless, the large Kimball family fell on hard economic times. Being the eldest child of his mother's family and feeling the need to provide income for his family, against his mother's wishes, the gangly teenager early secured a team of government freighter mules and set out to haul for the railroads, getting good pay. Most of the hauling for the railroads, however, terminated soon after the celebrated joining of the Union and Central Pacific railroads in 1869. J. Golden continued to drive wagon teams engaged in such tasks as hauling wood from the canyons, ore from the mines, etc. In short, he became a "muleskinner". He contracted jobs until he was 20, and was known for his honesty, punctuality and fairness. He also earned money by digging cellars, and was often up at 4:00 am to start his work. With almost no resources, his mother went out the second time as a pioneer, and in 1875, relocated her family in Meadowville, Rich County, Utah. Just four miles from Bear Lake near the Idaho border, J. Golden and Elias bought property from Isaac and Solomon Kimball, two of the eleven sons of Heber C. Kimball living in that territory.

They signed a note for $1,000, purchasing four hundred acres of farm and meadow land, and in that cold, northern clime established a ranch and farm. For fifteen years they followed the horse and cattle business. They were relatively successful and accumulated considerable means.

In addition to farming, the boys cut and hauled logs to help build the Logan Temple. The temperature was often 40 degrees below zero in Logan Canyon, where J. Golden said, "It was nine months winter and three months fall." The family lived in a log cabin measuring 16 by 20 feet.

J. Golden Kimball and his brother Elias S. continued as partners in business their entire lives. J. Golden recalled that from the time of his father's death and up to the fall of 1878, he was under no restraint of any kind, but was as free as the birds that fly in the air -- no man's hand was stretched out to guide him in the footsteps of his father or in the footsteps of any other man.

Two years after leaving the Academy, J. Golden Kimball was called by Church President John Taylor, during conference on April 6, 1883, to fill a mission to the Southern States.

Eight days after receiving his call he was set apart by Brother Moses Thatcher. Together with twenty-four Elders he landed in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and was appointed by President Brigham H. Roberts to labor in Virginia, where he joined his companion as a traveling Elder and labored absolutely without purse or scrip.

After laboring one year he was appointed to act as Secretary of the Southern States Mission at Chattanooga under the direction of President Roberts.

He was very familiar with the details of the martyrdom of Elders Gibbs and Berry, as well as with the mobbing, shooting at and whipping of "Mormon" Elders during the year 1884.

During the last year of his mission his health and constitution were broken; he was troubled with malaria, which continued to afflict him for many years. In the spring of 1885 he received an honorable release, and returned to Utah via New Jersey, where he preached, and visited his mother's relatives.

J. Golden Kimball married but once, to Jeanette (Jennie) Jane Smith Knowlton on September 22, 1887 in Logan, Utah. Jennie was born on February 12, 1866 in Skull Valley, Davis County, Utah. Her parents were John Quincy Knowlton and Ellen Smith Knowlton.

J. Golden and Jennie had six children: Jonathan "Jack" Kimball; Quince "Jane" Kimball; Elizabeth Kimball; Gladys Kimball; Richard Kimball; and Max Kimball.

J. Golden Kimball, together with Newel Kimball and Elias Kimball, entered into the farm implement business under the name of "Kimball Brothers", establishing places of business at Logan, Utah and Montpelier, Idaho. They signed promissory notes for over thirty thousand dollars. They labored hard for four years, and completely lost their investment, but saved their good name and paid their debts.

They decided to exchange their Bear River Valley ranch for Cache Valley property, and used the proceeds from the sale of their cattle and horses to invest in real estate. There was a real estate boom underway, and they were not yet convinced of the danger of speculation. They bought almost every property that was for sale.

Kimball was acting as the senior President of the Seventy when he was killed in 1938, at the age of eighty-five, in a single-vehicle automobile accident in the Nevada desert 50 miles east of Reno. He was buried at Salt Lake City Cemetery.

Marriage and Family[]

  1. Jane Quincy Kimball (1889-1968) - m. William Brown
  2. Jonathan Golden Kimball (1890-1939) - m. Sarah Clyde
  3. Elizabeth Kimball (1892-1980) - m. Colin Harris
  4. Gladys Kimball (1894-1987) - m. Harold Warburton
  5. Richard Heber Kimball (1896-1941) - m. Helen Epperson
  6. Max Knowlton Kimball (1901-1966) - m. Josephine Musser


Children


Offspring of J. Golden Kimball and Jane Smith Knowlton (1867-1940)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Jane Quincy Kimball (1889-1968)
Jonathan Golden Kimball (1890-1939)
Elizabeth Knowlton Kimball (1892-1980)
Gladys Kimball (1894-1987)
Elizabeth Kimball (1896-)
Richard Heber Kimball (1896-1941)
Max Knowlton Kimball (1901-1966)



Siblings[]


Offspring of Heber Chase Kimball (1801-1868) and Vilate Murray (1806-1867)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Judith Marvin Kimball (1823-1823)
William Henry Kimball (1825-1907) 10 April 1825 Mendon, Monroe County, New York, United States 29 December 1907 Coalville, Summit County, Utah, United States Melissa Burton (1828-1903)
Mary Mariah Davenport
Helen Mar Kimball (1828-1896) 20 August 1828 Mendon, Monroe County, New York, United States 13 November 1896 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States Joseph Smith (1805-1844)
Horace Kimball Whitney (1823-1884)
Roswell Heber Kimball (1831-1831)
Heber Parley Kimball (1835-1885) 1 June 1835 Kirtland, Geauga County, Ohio, United States 8 February 1885 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States Phebe Teresa Judd (1837-1909)
David Patten Kimball (1839-1883) 23 August 1839 Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, United States 21 November 1883 St. David, Cochise County, Arizona, United States Caroline Marie Williams (1843-1916)
Juliet Merrill (1852-1872)
Charles Spaulding Kimball (1843-1925) 2 January 1843 Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, United States 2 December 1925 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States Sarah Alvina Free (1840-1897)
Anna Sinclair (1863-1949)
Brigham Willard Kimball (1845-1867) 29 June 1745 Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, United States 23 July 1867 Lodgepole Creek Valley, Kimball County, Nebraska, United States
Solomon Farnham Kimball (1847-1920) 2 February 1847 Florence, Douglas County, Nebraska, United States 7 February 1920 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States Mary Ursula Pomeroy (1860-1892)
Caroline Rasmene Fillerup (1867-1920)
Murray Gould Kimball (1850-1852)


Offspring of Heber Chase Kimball (1801-1868) and Sarah Peak (1811-1873)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Adelbert Kimball (1842-1843)
Henry Kimball (1844-bef1868)
Sarah Helen Kimball (1845-1860)
Heber Kimball (1849-1850)


Offspring of Heber Chase Kimball (1801-1868) and Ann Alice Gheen (1827-1879)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Samuel Heber Kimball (1851-1943) 9 December 1851 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States 18 April 1943 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States Oradine Merrill Pratt (1853-1872)
Martha Isadora Schofield (1852-1901)
Rosabell Thomas (1871-1946)
Daniel Heber Kimball (1856-1936) 8 December 1856 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States 26 April 1936 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States Johanna Okelberry (1852-1899)
Mary Alice Britt (1879-1955)
Andrew Kimball (1858-1924) 6 September 1858 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States 31 August 1924 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States Olive Woolley (1860-1906)
Josephene Cluff (1860-1922)
Mary Elizabeth Connelly (1876-1937)
Alice Ann Kimball (1858-1946) 6 September 1858 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States 19 December 1946 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States David Patten Rich (1853-1930)
Joseph Fielding Smith (1838-1918)
Sarah Gheen Kimball (1861-1913) 31 May 1861 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States 8 February 1913 Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States Louis Seckels (1855-1942)


Offspring of Heber Chase Kimball (1801-1868) and Mary Ellen Harris Abel (1818-1902)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Peter Kimball (1855-1860)


Offspring of Heber Chase Kimball (1801-1868) and Ellen Sanders (1823-1871)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Samuel Chase Kimball (1848-1848)
Joseph Smith Kimball (1850-1864)
Augusta Kimball (1850-1861)
Rosalia Kimball (1853-1950)
Jedediah Heber Chase Grant Kimball (1855-1927)


Offspring of Heber Chase Kimball (1801-1868) and Clarrisa Crisey Cutler (1824-1852)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Abraham Alonzo Kimball (1846-1889) 16 April 1846 Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, United States 24 September 1889 Kanosh, Millard County, Utah, United States Mary Eliza Hatton (1849-1911)
Lucy Adell Brown (1856-1904)


Offspring of Heber Chase Kimball (1801-1868) and Lucy Walker (1826-1910)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Rachel Sylvia Kimball (1846-1847)
John Heber Kimball (1850-1918) 12 December 1850 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States 29 November 1918 Huber, Washington County, Oregon, United States Frances Adalaide Hopkins (1850-1931)
Willard Heber Kimball (1853-1854)
Lydia Holmes Kimball (1856-1928) 15 January 1855 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States 15 April 1928 Oakland, Alameda County, California, United States Frances Xavier Loughery (1844-1912)
Ann Spaulding Kimball (1857-1932) 18 March 1857 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States 26 November 1932 San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, United States Richard Gatlin Knox (1850-1914)
Eliza Kimball (1860-1906) 14 May 1860 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States 18 May 1906 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States Frank Albert Woolley (1856-1890)
Washington Kimball (1862-)
Joshua Heber Kimball (1862-)
Franklin Heber Kimball (1864-)


Offspring of Heber Chase Kimball (1801-1868) and Sarah Ann Whitney (1825-1873)
Name Birth Death Joined with
David Kimball (1846-1847)
David Orson Kimball (1848-1849)
David Chase Kimball (1850-1910)
Newel Whitney Kimball (1852-1931)
Horace Heber Kimball (1855-1922)
Sarah Maria Kimball (1858-1901)
Joshua Heber Kimball (1861-1925)


Offspring of Heber Chase Kimball (1801-1868) and Harriet Sanders (1824-1896)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Anna Marian Kimball (1848-1848)
Harriet Kimball (1852-1852) 8 May 1852 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States 8 May 1852 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
Hyrum Heber Kimball (1855-1943)
Eugene Kimball (1863-1932)


Vital Records[]

Gravestones[]

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