The Book of Kimm


With deep respect and admiration, this book about the family of Kimm is dedicated to Irma Thresa Kimm Grigsby.  Irma has devoted much of her lifetime to compiling - both in memory and in writing - information about the family members.  She has done exhaustive research and she is thorough in trying to locate each descendant.  Without her efforts this book could not have been completed.



About The Cover:

Virgil Miles Kimm developed and provided the Kimm coat of arms on the cover. Virgil is the only Kimm we know of who has visited Sand, Hesse Kassel, Germany, and our only source of information about the place where our family lived before coming to the United States.

After locating the coat of arms in Zangerer's Coat of Arms, Vol. IV, Part II, Page 5, he used the information to complete the coat of arms on the cover. A copyright was issued to Virgil M. Kimm in 1974.  Recent copyright laws permit changing the copyright date to 1982 since this is the first publication.  We are grateful to Virgil for permitting use of the crest for the cover.

The following is an English 
translation of the coat of arms:

Click for Larger Image

About The Book:

Sometimes we forget our heritage and who made us.  We know we are of German stock depending upon how many generations we are removed from the original stack.  We know that Grandpa, or Great-Grandpa, fought in the Civil War, but we fail our ancestors in pride.  We neglect to visualize the hardships, the difficulties, and the heartbreaks they experienced before us.

This book is intended to trace the Kimms from the time they came to the United States until today (1982).  It is intended to provide for those Kimms alive today and for future generations a record that will permit each to trace his/her roots.

The record includes information about and descendants of the five sons of Jacob Conrad Kimm.  Since research is not available about the three daughters, only the names of the third generations are included.

Obviously, this book is not complete.  Information is missing but omissions are not deliberate.  An honest effort has been made to trace each family and the records received have been carefully recorded and proofread.  We apologize for any errors, omissions, and incorrect information that undoubtedly are in this book.  Hopefully, corrections can be listed, printed, and sent to book owners.

Also - the original intent was to record the Justus Kimm family.  There is more information on this family than on the other four brothers.  First, the Justus Kimm family is the largest and also has had more research completed.  The other lines aren't less important but may have more missing information.

Most of the information included has come from family members.  Family group sheets have been completed by dozens of people.  This effort makes the book possible.


Claire Barr

Ora Kimm

Violet Kimm Bennett

Ross Kimm

Earl and Ruth Burdicker

Virgil M. Kimm

Eldo and Flossie Burdicker

Juanita Kinkade

Suzanne Zahrt Edington

Nancy Kimm Less

Garnet Hathaway Feldhusen

Ruth Montague

Richard and Helen Ferreter

Mary Barr Pryer

Marie Kimm Gerner

Aurabelle Kimm Rogers

Gerry Hardersen

Glen Salzbrenner

Berenice Kimm Kanke

Margaret Montague Stanek

Frances Kimm Jordan

Edna Burdicker Stens

Adele Kimm

Curtis George Warneke

Dale Marten Kimm

Hazel Martin Warneke

Gene Kimm

Eleanor Kimm Wayson

Jackie Kimm

Lillian Kimm Wessling

Kenneth A. Kimm

Francis Wodstrchill

How To Use The Book:

Find the name in the index for Kimm descendants and/or in the separate index for other names.  The index will list page number/s.  Each person is often listed on more than one page: once as a child and again as a parent. Often, both listings will be on the same page.  A person who did not marry is usually listed only as a child.

Without some system of code numbering for each lineal descendant, it is difficult and time consuming for a researcher to trace a fine backward from any given name.  Index alone is inadequate, particularly for a researcher who does not know the names of the ancestors.  So, we developed the code number system to aid in finding a given person's forebearers without researching step by step backwards.

Listings are in the order of families rather than generations.

Example:  1.7 Justus H. Kimm2

The (2) by the name indicates Justus was the second generation Kimm in the United States


The number 1.7

1 = 1st generation - Jacob Conrad Kimm

This numeral is the same for each listing since our purpose is to list descendants of Jacob Conrad Kimm

7 = Justus is the 7th child of Justus

Conrad Kimm

So, there are two ways to determine the generation:

1.       The small digit following the name

2.       Counting the number of digits separated by decimal points in the numeral preceding the name. (The decimal is necessary since some families have more than 9 children.)

Example:  Sara Jayne Kimm6

Sara is the sixth generation Kimm in the United States

1 = Jacob Conrad Kimm (great-great-great grandfather)

7 = Justus Kimm; 7th child of Jacob (great-great grandfather)

5 = Henry Gus Kimm; 5th child of Justus (great-grandfather)

1 = Porter John Kimm; 1st child of Henry Gus (grand~Qther)

8 = Earl Dean Kimm; 8th child of Porter John (father)

2 = Sera; 2nd child of Earl Dean

In the listings, each family is completed before the next is started.  So Mayme Kimm, Justus Kimm's 1st child, follows Justus.  Next is her oldest child with all of that child's descendants.  Then the second child of Mayme, etc. After all of Mayme's family is listed, Laura, the second child, is started. Females are listed by the given (maiden) name.

About The People Who Compiled The Book:

Dorothy Madsen Kimm

Dotti is the only "non-Kimm" authoring the book.  She married Jim Kimm in 1952 and became fascinated by the stories he told of the Kimms.  She started assembling materials about the Justus Kimm line about 15 years ago and worked with Irma Kimm Grigsby.  Irma found the information; Dotti compiled, typed and edited it.

intro2.jpg (15646 bytes)James Wilson Kimm

Jim is the book "publisher," though his engineering business allows very little time for hobbies such as this.  In addition to providing his love of family, he has provided all the materials, the typewriter, the copier, and the printer to complete the task.


Jim has written some of the anecdotes about the Justus Kimm family in the book.  The "I Remember" items are his.  Jim is the second son of Arthur, who was the 9th child of Justus, and is the youngest grandchild of Justus.  He loves to tell of sitting on the porch of the farm house in South Dakota (age 4) and listening to his grandfather (age 90) tell stories about the Civil War. (His grandfather called him "Humbug.")


Weston Charles Kimm

Weston has completed the indexing to the book.  This task involved making approximately 3,000 index cards - one for each name listed - and then adding the page numbers before alphabetizing.

Weston personifies "Mr. Kimm."  In physical appearance, personal grace, refinement and intelligence, he exemplifies qualities of the Kimms.

Weston has a wealth of information and stories about the family.  He is the 3rd child of Charles, who was the third child of Justus.

Kaye Smith Sanchez

Kaye is the daughter of Forrest Smith, who was the son of Anna Elizabeth Kimm, who was the daughter of Silas.  She has been working in the field of genealogy for 11 years.  Kaye is very thorough and determined to complete her records which include other lines of her family than the Kimms.  She compiled the Silas Kimm family information and pictures, and she typed the rough draft.

Elma Jean Edwards

Elma Jean is the daughter of Reuben Kenneth Kimm, 13th child of Jacob.  She lives in the state of Washington.  Elma Jean has compiled most of the information included about Jacob.  She is an elementary school teacher and has worked on the Kimm genealogy for a number of years.

Navigation: Home || Jacob Conrad || Leonhart || Henry || Silas || Justus || Jacob || Mary || Martin