|"Midwives To Whom Certificates Have Been Issued" from the Annual Report of the State Board of Health of Illinois|
Nancy was born on May 8. 1821 in Akron, Ohio to Solomon Tombaugh and Catherine Myers. At the age of 21, Nancy Tombaugh married Jacob Kimmel on October 9, 1842 in Stark County, Ohio. Jacob's sister, Elizabeth Kimmel Shook, was also a midwife in Richland County. Nancy and Jacob had seven known children. Their youngest child, Susanna, born in 1860, was my third great-grandmother.
On March 14, 1862, their 13-year-old daughter Sarah died of "winter fever" (an archaic term for pneumonia that was used only in Southern Illinois.) Soon after Sarah's death, Nancy began her occupation as a midwife. (Perhaps to keep her mind off of her loss?)
Nancy Kimmel died on May 9, 1879, less than a year after she received her midwife certificate.