I wanted to pass along the following link, http://www.pinegroveumc.org/Archives.htm
, to some great Kimel resources and pictures on the founding/building of Pine Grove Methodist Church in Winston-Salem, NC (outside Winston-Salem). The land for the church was given by Alfred Kimel in 1859.
The line of Alfred Kimel is through the NC Kimels referred to by Tim Kimel in his great genealogy research (wish the link for his site was still active). Tim had not been able to make a definitive link between the earliest NC Kimel/Kimmel ancestor Bernhard/Barnabas/Barny Kimel (wife was Catharine Weaver). Bernhard's mother is confirmed to be a Catherine Kimel, but here maiden name is unknown to date. According to one researcher, Dan Kimel, Bernhard was the son of Georg Kimmel (Kuemmel) who was the son of one of the immigrant Kimmels, Johann Georg. The information from Dan Kimel can be found at http://www.fmoran.com/kimel.html
Anyone have any research on the authenticity of Bernhard's father?