Mr Edwin Nelson Kimball was born in Atlanta, Georgia on 9 March 1870.
He was the son of Edwin Kimball (b. 1840), a carriage manufacturer, and Emma Cook (b. 1850). His father and mother were from Maine and Connecticut respectively and his known siblings were Emma (b. 1873) and George Cook (b. 1880).
It appears that in some time in his youth he had lived in Canada where his sister was born and he and his family later settled in Massachusetts, appearing there on the 1880 census living in Newton, Middlesex. He was educated in Boston and following graduation entered the piano retail business with his father.
He was married on 26 September 1893 in Brookline, Massachusetts to Gertrude Susan Parsons (b. 1866), a native of Northampton, Massachusetts, and they appeared on the 1900 census living in Brookline and on the 1910 census in Boston. Edwin was the president of the Hallet & Davis Piano Company in Boston, Massachusetts. The couple remained childless.
Travelling as first class passengers (ticket number 11753 which cost £52, 11s, 1d), the Kimballs occupied cabin D-19. On the night of the sinking the couple were rescued in lifeboat 5 along with their friends Richard and Sallie Beckwith and Karl Behr and Helen Newsom.
In years after the sinking Edwin continued to reside in Massachusetts and was shown on the 1920 census living with his wife in Newton, Middlesex. He retired in 1922 and became active in various associations, including the Boston Athletic Association, Brae-Burn Country Club and the Automobile Club.
Later a resident of 305 Fuller Street, Newton, he died on 6 April 1927 as a result of pneumonia and was buried at Newton Cemetery, West Newton, Massachusetts.