Date of Death: 22 Jul 1904
Subject: Ferdinand W. Kimberlin
Source: unknown, 29 Jul 1904
Ferdinand W. Kimberlin was born in Bottetout county, Virginia, May 25, 1828. Departed this life July 22, being at the time of his death 76 years, 1 month and 27 days of age.
At about the age of 12 years he moved with his parents to Illinois, and about two years latter [sic] moved to Andrew county, where he has since resided with the exception of four years spent in California. In 1849, during the excitement of the discovery of gold in California, he in company with two of his brothers, Jacob and Wm., went west and meeting with success, remained there until 1853.
He was converted to the Christian faith about 55 years ago, being soon after baptized unto the fellowship of Bethel Baptist church, of which he remained a faithful member until death. He was very charitable toward religious institutions and ever ready to relieve the suffering and help the needy.
On December 13, 1855, he was married to Miss Ruth Halbert. To this union nine children were born, viz.: John, Marion, Mary, Dora, Perry, Galen, Louisiana, Reba and Sera, three of whom, John, Perry and Galen, having died. All of his married life was spent on the farm where he died.
On Sunday morning funeral services conducted by Rev. A. L. Cooper, were held at Bethel church, Rev. Cooper taking for his there this passage of scripture, "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith," after which the remains were laid to rest in the cemetery.-- A Friend