Kemp

Origin of the surname
The surname Kemp is derived from the Old English word "cempa" meaning champion, warrior, soldier, knight and perhaps, athlete. The Old English word was derived from the Latin word campus, meaning plain or field (of battle). The Saxons used a verb to kemp or combat that is retained to this day in Norfolk, England where a football match is referred to as camping or kemping. In some parts of Scotland, the striving of reapers in the harvest-fields is still called kemping.

This surname (and its variations) is found in a number of European countries including:
     England:   Kemp, Kempe, Kempson
     Germany: Kempe, Kempf, Kempfner, Kempfle, Kampf, Kampfl, Kompf, Kempner
     Holland:   Kemper, Kempers
     Finland:    Kemppainen
     Poland:    Kempa, Kempski, Kepka, Kepa, Kepski, Kempinski, Kepinski, Kepczynski

In England, the name first appeared in Kent where the family was seated from very ancient times, possibly well before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Australia
The first thing that we know about Isaac Kemp is that he was working as a labourer in the parish of Ticehurst, Sussex, in 1817, aged 21. The identity of his parents is unknown, although it appears that he had a brother called William.

At midnight on 12 December 1817, brothers Isaac and William Kemp, along with John Campany, burgled a house in Ticehurst (Sussex) belonging to James Golday with force of arms. The three were caught and tried at the Lent assizes in Sussex on 16 March 1818. Isaac and John Campany were found guilty but they were reprieved from the death sentence and committed to transportation for life. William Kemp was acquitted and discharged.

Three months later, Isaac had the misfortune to sail from England aboard the General Stewart under captain Robert Granger. John Campany was also aboard, as were several other convicts who had been convicted at the Sussex Assizes on the same day as Isaac and John. Also aboard was another of my ancestors: Thomas Casey.

Robert Granger was an incompetent and cruel captain. The voyage of the General Stewart was a nightmare for all on board, particularly the convicts. Many convicts died and many more were hospitalised in Sydney after the ship arrived on New Year's Eve after five and a half months of misery.

On disembarkation, Isaac was described as 5 feet five and a half inches tall with a dark ruddy complexion, dark brown hair and hazel eyes. He was 22 years old.

It appears that Isaac was assigned to work as a convict labourer for the Blackman family who had extensive landholdings in the Bathurst to Rylstone area.

Kemp ancestors
Our Kemp ancestors include:

Kemp clan

Our Kemp clan descends from Isaac Kemp (1796-1857).
Isaac Kemp's descendants
Isaac Kemp
(16/05/1796 - 11/04/1857)
William Isaac Kemp
(c __/__/1826 - )
Emma Mary Elliott
(17/10/1835 - 10/11/1856 - 12/12/1931)
William Kemp
(c __/__/1857 - b 12/12/1931)
Frances Kemp
(07/07/1859 - 10/05/1943)
Edgar Elliott
(26/11/1877 - 12/12/1953)
Josephine Louvatt
Attwood Charles Gardner
(24/12/1862 - 08/11/1884 - 01/05/1937)
Frances Elizabeth Gardner
(27/12/1883 - a 01/05/1937)
Edward Charles Wise
Attwood Charles Gardner
(28/03/1886 - a 01/05/1937)
Bridget Roche
Bertha Ada Gardner
(04/11/1887 - a 01/05/1937)
John Bowman
Emma Mary Gardner
(12/06/1890 - a 01/05/1937)
Ernest Boatswain
Amy Laura Emily Gardner
(12/03/1892 - 23/09/1952)
James Jolliffe
(01/01/1883 - 26/09/1909 - 04/01/1969)
Stella Jolliffe
(01/05/1910 - 07/04/2007)
Reginald Angus Fleming
(11/09/1908 - 31/01/1929 - 22/05/1984)
Johannes Willemsen
(c __/__/1917 - 18/12/1944 - 16/03/1945)
Jacques Pelissot
(c __/__/1915 - 09/11/1949 - 03/11/1984)
Merle Jolliffe
(16/04/1911 - 28/06/2014)
Leo Claude Robinson
(20/02/1909 - 16/06/1937)
Isobel Jolliffe
(20/08/1913 - 03/09/2011)
Fred Carmen
(26/09/1907 - 07/10/1933 - c __/__/1991)
Wilfred James Jolliffe
(22/06/1915 - c __/__/1992)
Joyce Whittle
Unnamed twin son2 Jolliffe
(c __/__/1917 - c __/__/1917)
Unnamed twin son1 Jolliffe
(c __/__/1917 - c __/__/1917)
Brian Attwood Jolliffe
(10/08/1924 - 20/01/2013)
Gwen Hamilton
Clarinda May Gardner
(03/06/1893 - a 01/05/1937)
Jack Dwyer
Vida Robina Gardner
(09/12/1895 - 24/03/1967)
Leo Finucane
(01/03/1946)
Mary Finucane
Verna Finucane
Olga Finucane
Reginald Finucane
(c __/__/1922 - 23/02/1923)
Stella Finucane
John Finucane
James Finucane
Anthony Finucane
(c __/__/1928 - 08/08/1929)
Josephine Finucane
Peter Finucane
Paul Finucane
Richard Finucane
Robert Finucane
Georgina Jane Gardner
(14/03/1897 - a 01/05/1937)
William Ingram
Nora Olive Lavina Gardner
(26/01/1900 - a 01/05/1937)
Roy John Ingram
Audrey Ingram
Roy John Ingram
Daisy Gardner
(a __/__/1902 - )
Albert Roberts
Albert George William Gardner
(28/01/1902 - b 01/05/1937)
Emily Kemp
(21/04/1861 - a 12/12/1931)
James Lithgow
(29/03/1886)
W J Lithgow
Elizabeth Kemp
(21/04/1861 - b 12/12/1931)
George Kemp
(c __/__/1863 - a 12/12/1931)
Lucy Kemp
(11/04/1864 - b 12/12/1931)
Thomas Pearson
(19/05/1885)
Alfred Frederick Kemp
(c __/__/1865 - a 12/12/1931)
Henry Isaac Kemp
(27/01/1867 - b 12/12/1931)
James Kemp
(19/03/1868 - a 12/12/1931)
Sydney Edward Kemp
(19/10/1869 - 27/07/1954)
Ada Louise Kemp
(02/03/1872 - b 12/12/1931)
Herbert Ernest Kemp
(c __/__/1873 - a 12/12/1931)
Evelyn Edith King
Amy Laura Kemp
(c __/__/1875 - b 12/12/1931)
Alfred Ambrose Evans
Marita May Kemp
(19/01/1877 - a 12/12/1931)
Robert Alderton
(19/07/1898)
Thomas Ogilvie
Clarinda Mary Kemp
(c __/__/1879 - a 12/12/1931)
John R Evans
Edith J Kemp
(28/04/1881 - a 12/12/1931)
Margaret Murphy
(04/10/1836 - 01/06/1837)
Sarah Shervington
(c __/__/1814 - 04/09/1839)
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