Mr Edwin Nelson Jr. Kimball

Edwin Nelson Jr. Kimball

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.



Edwin Kimball
San Francisco Chronicle  (1912) 
Edwin Kimball
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette  (1912) 
Newton, Massachsetts family homestead and site of Edwin's funeral
Edwin Nelson Jr. Kimball
Edwin Kimball's Grave

Articles and Stories

Chicago Evening Post (1912) 
Washington Herald (1912) 
Brooklyn Daily Times (1912) 
New York Times (1912) 

Comment and discuss

  1. Rolf Vonk said:

    Hello dear people, I've a question about a sentence in my Dutch version of Don Lynch's book "Titanic: an illustrated history". On page 106 under the point "Monday 15th of april 0.40" there is a sentence which says: "The Beckwiths, their daughter Helen Newsom, her Tenniscrack Karl Behr and Edwin Kimball and his family climbed into the boat." I was wondering which family was meant. I can't find any relatives to the Kimballs aboard Titanic. Maybe it's a translation error from the real English version. It's rather confusing. Is there anyone who could give me more information? I'm looking... Read full post

  2. Norman Olsen said:

    Rollie, Mr. Edwin Nelson Kimball Jr. and his wife Mrs. Edwin Nelson Kimball Jr.(Gertrude Parsons) are listed on the ET First Class Passenger List. They occupied cabin D-19 reference the Cave List. I hope this helps. Norm

  3. Rolf Vonk said:

    Hi Norman, Thank you for the information. I was wondering if there was also some other family of the Kimballs aboard beside Edwin and his wife, cause that's what I understand from the book. I couldn't find any information about that. I'm looking forward to hearing from you, Rollie

  4. Norman Olsen said:

    Rollie,I've looked on ET and others who have a passenger list,and also life boat lists,and various books I have, and I don't find any other Kimballs on board Titanic. I have come across a lot of last names followed by "possibly", meaning those names could be another name. But that's all I have come up with so far. Take care. Norm

  5. Rolf Vonk said:

    Hi Norm, I did the same thing and I must also conclude that I couldn't find any links to other Kimball-family aboard. Not with the name "Kimball" and not with the nee name of Mrs Kimball. I think it's possible that the translation from Lynchs "Titanic an illustrated history" into Dutch was a bit false. Family could mean a lot in English though it does not in Dutch. For example it could mean the whole family including aunts, uncles etc. but also just a man and his wife. In Dutch it only means the whole family including aunts, uncles etc. That must have been the reason for my confusion.... Read full post

  6. Daniel Rosenshine said:

    Hi Rollie, I have the English version of Lynch's book in front of me. It is on pg. 106 and there is absolutely no mention of the 'family' in this book. The paragraph reads: '"Of course, madam," he replied. "Every one of you." The Beckwiths, their daughter Helen Newsome, her fiancé, tennis star Karl Behr, and the Edwin Kimballs of Boston all climbed in.' That's all. No other mention of the Kimballs or any family. I guess the translation was incorrect. I have come across things like this before, where English versions of books were translated into other languages, giving... Read full post

  7. Rolf Vonk said:

    Hey Daniel, I guess you're right about that. Cause the sentence from the English version is a bit different, but certainly more clear. Rollie

  8. mike disch said:

    "Mr Edwin Nelson Kimball was the president of the Hallet, Davis Piano Company in Boston, MA After the sinking, Mr Kimball continued to make his home just outside of the Boston area" Any connection to the Kimball piano company, or just an interesting co-inky-dink?

  9. Gianni Yrois said:

    Hello Did Mr. and Mrs Kimball had any children ? Gianni

  10. Arne Mjåland said:

    Newton Journal, Newton MA wrote the obituary about Edwin Kimball April 8 1927. According to this Kimball s adress was 59 of 305 Fuller Street, West Newton. He was connected with the piano business for many years. Mr.Kimball retired from active work five years before he died. He was very active in club life. Mr. Kimball was survived by his wife. Mr. Kimball was survived by his wife , Gertrude Parsons Kimball. and his brother George Cook Kimball of Pittsburg. No mention of any Kimball Piano Company. No mention of any children.

  11. Gianni Yrois said:

    hello evrybody, was Gertrude Kimball the daughter of William Barclay Parsons sr. and Eliza Livingston Glass ? need help! gianni

  12. Arne Mjåland said:

    Wellesley Free Library sent me this: Mrs Edwin Nelson Kimball Jr. (nee Gertrude Parsons - born Northampton MA. 10/4/1866 daughter of Isaac Parsons) Died 3/21/1963 age 95 Arrangements by J.S. Watermand Sons Inc., 542 Washington St. Wellesley. Cremated Newton Crematory.

  13. Gianni Yrois said:

    thank you very very very much arne, thats helps a lot best regards gianni

  14. Arne Mjåland said:

    Thank you for kind words Gianni. Neewton Graphic published the probate for Edwin Kimball April 29 1929. Commonwealth of Massachusetts Middlesex Probate Court. The last will had been presented to the court, for probate, by Gertrude P. Kimball and Old Colony Trust Company. The public were asked to appear at a probate Court, to be held at Cambridge May 3 1927, to show cause. Witness John C. Leggat, Esquire, First Judge of said Court. Lorang P. Jordan Registrer.

  15. Matt Casey said:

    Kimball's home still stands in Newton. It is not far from where I grew up.

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References and Sources

Commonwealth of Massachusetts Standard Certificate of Death
Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279])
Brooklyn Daily Times, 18 April 1912
Cairo Bulletin, 24 April 1912
Search archive British and Irish newspapers online

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Encyclopedia Titanica (2018) Edwin Nelson Jr. Kimball (ref: #178, last updated: 25th September 2018, accessed 27th June 2020 07:18:09 AM)