Thursday, August 22, 2019

From Kentucky to Evansville

James M.
1912 - 1964

LaVerne L.

James M. Kimsey is buried in Salem Cemetery, Salem, Livingston County, Kentucky.  His tombstone was photographed 14 May 2019.

Many Western Kentucky residents, looking for steady jobs, were drawn to Evansville, Indiana  to work in industrial plants in the production of items needed for World War II. One of those moving to Evansville was the James M. Kimsey family.

James M. Kimsey and his wife, Louise L., were living on West Gum Street in  Marion, Crittenden County  in 1930, not long after they were married.[1]  By the time James M. Kimsey registered for the World War II draft on 16 October 1940, he and his wife were living on Harlan Avenue in Evansville, Indiana and he was employed by Ideal Pure Milk Company.  His physical description was as follows:  5 feet 4 inches tall, weight 124 pounds, gray eyes, brown hair and light complexion. [2]

In 1950, Kimsey was recorded as a factory worker at American Dairy. [3] According to his death certificate, he was the son of Charles Kimsey and Henrie Brown.[4]  He had worked for American Dairy 15 years and was a member of Central Methodist Church. Survivors included his wife, LaVerne, a son and a sister.[5]

LaVerne Louise was born in Sikeston, Missouri 16 October 1913 and was reared in Crittenden County, Kentucky. She married James M. Kimsey in June 1929. During the years of World War II, she worked at the Evansville Ship Yard, Chrysler and Servel in the production of LST vessels, ammunition and aviation components. She also managed several businesses in Kentucky and Evansville. Several  years after the death of James M. Kimsey, LaVerne was married to B.C. Jernigan from 1973 until his death in 1998.[6]

According to her death certificate, LaVerne Louise was the daughter of Flavie Chambliss and Lovie Grimes. She died 18 August 2005 in Evansville. Her death certificate and obituary are under the name of Kimsey.  Although her name is engraved on the tombstone of James M. Kimsey,  she is buried at Park Lawn Mausoleum in Evansville. [7]

[1] 1930 Crittenden County, Kentucky census, Marion, p. 4B, E.D. 0001, 315 W. Gum Street, James M. Kimsey, age 17 (married at age 17), laborer in spar mines, born Kentucky, parents born Kentucky;  Louise L. Kimsey, age 16, (married at age 15), no occupation, born Missouri, parents born Kentucky,
[2] U.S. World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1946-1947, James Mart Kimsey.
[3] U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Evansville 1950, p. 403,
[4] Indiana Death Certificate #64-003353, James M. Kimsey,
[5] Obituary of James M. Kimsey, Evansville Courier, Wed., 22 Jan 1964.
[6] Obituary of LaVerne Louise Kimsey, Evansville Courier, 20 Aug 2005, p. B4.
[7] Indiana Death Certificate #027338, Louise Kimsey, born 16 Oct 1913; died 18 Aug 2005 Good Samaritan Home, Evansville, Indiana,

Published 22 Aug 2019, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog,

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