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The 1820 Settler Correspondence
 as preserved in the National Archives, Kew
 and edited by Sue Mackay

Additonal Information

This is pre 1820 information mainly taken from actual images of UK parish registers and other primary sources which I have personally researched. Further information about the settlers and their families once they reached the Cape can be found at

Sue Mackay

KEMP, James - Extra Data


(member of ERITH's Party)


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James KEMP married Hannah BROWN on 24 December 1819 in Minster-in-Sheppey, Kent


It is not clear whether the James KEMP in Erith’s Party is the same as James KEMP the gardener, who was the sister of Martha KEMP, third wife of Philip HOBBS. The Death Notice (Cape Archives) for James the gardener says he was a childless widower and suggests a birth of around 1791. The death took place at the house of Philip HOBBS and Martha (nee KEMP) signed the certificate. His will (Cape Archives) leaves everything to his sister Martha, whom failing her two children Sarah Anne HARTLEY (nee KEMP) and Benjamin HOBBS. James the gardener was known to have been at the Cape in 1834, as NAAIRS has a memorial asking “that he be allowed to continue his superintendence of the Drostdy garden”. Martha had a daughter Sarah Ann KEMP born in 12 May 1832 in Rodmersham, Kent and baptised in Sittingbourne Wesleyan Chapel on 1 July 1832, supposedly the daughter of James KEMP and his wife Martha. Martha’s maiden name was KEMP, and she was baptised in Rodmersham on 11 July 1802, the daughter of James and Mary. I suspect that she pretended that her brother James was the father at the baptism of Sarah Ann.


James KEMP applied for his brother (of Rodmersham, Kent) to join him at the Cape in 1826 - see Shepherd's correspondence.



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