Thomas KEMPE Sir 1513 - 1590
Sir Thomas KEMPE was born about 1513 in Of Olantigh,
Wye, Kent, England. He died 6 on 22 Mar 1590 in Of Olantigh, Wye, Kent, England. He was buried on 22 Mar 1590 in Wye, Kent,
England. Created a Knight of the Carpet in 1546.(Kemp Families, G.Ward Kemp 1939)
He was a gentleman of the court
and sheriff of Kent. His prestige was bolstered by his mother's royal descent. He was created a Knight of the Carpet on February
22, 1546. He was sheriff of Kent in 1548, 1549, and 1563. In 1567 he and other Kent gentlemen met at Ashford as commissioners
for the defense of the sea coast, and developed a system of signaling by means of beacon fires. In 1588 he commanded a band
of Kentish men-at-arms during the time of the Spanish Armada.
BOLLEY, BOULEY, or BOWLEY is a Manor located in the
parish of Boughton Malherbe. Anciently the hold of the Priory of St. Andrews in Rochester, it was owned by a family named
Bone. This Manor devolved to Cecily Cheney who married Sir Thomas Kempe. Their daughter Alice, who married Sir James Hales,
inherited it. Their son Sir Cheyney Hales sold it to John Hales of Lenham. His successor sold it to Samuel Hales, and his
son, Edward Hales was in possession of it in 1659.
Thomas married MOYLE Ann(Amy)daughter of Sir Thomas MOYLE and Lady
JORDAN Katherine on 19 Jan 1550 in Eastwell Church, , Kent, England. Ann(Amy) was born about 1521/1529 in Ollantigh , Wye,
Kent, England. She was christened on 7 Nov 1551 in Wye, Kent, England. She died on 17 Aug 1557 in Kent, England. She was buried
on 17 Aug 1557 in Wye, Kent, England.
Ursula Kempe 1525-1582 Of Saint Osyth , Essex, England
Urseley (Ursula) (Ursley) Kempe was born about 1525
to Christopher (Xtofer) Kempe & Maria Guildford in Saint Osyth , Essex, England. Ursula died in 1582 Of Saint Osyth, Essex,
In St Osyth in 1570, 13 women from the village were tried for witchcraft. It began with a petty quarrel
between Ursula Kemp and Grace Thurlow after which Kemp was blamed for causing Grace's daughter to fall from her cot and to
become ill, and for putting a spell on her mother which made her go lame. This was just the beginning: accusations and fear
spread like wildfire with neighbour accusing neighbour, and mistrust and gossip fanning the flames. Six of the accused were
eventually put to death.
Ursley Kempe lived in the Village of Saint Osyth in Essex, England. Young Davy Thurlowe became
ill and Ursley paid the family a visit. Davy's pregnant mother, Grace Thurlowe, watched as, allegedly, Ursley went through
some kind of ritual, reciting words, leaving the room, re-entering the room and repeating the words etc. Davy began to get
better by that night and, after Ursley had visited the Thurlowe house a fourth time, he was completely recovered.
after Davy was 'cured' Grace gave birth to a little girl and Ursley claimed that Grace had promised her that she could help
care for the baby. Grace denied this and, shortly after, the baby fell from the cradle and died from a broken neck. Grace
Thurlowe then went to the local magistrate and accused Ursley of witchcraft.
After another woman accused her of bewitching
a child, the magistrate questioned Ursley's eight-year-old son, Thomas, who told him that his mother had four familiars that
would occasionally drink her blood. He also said that his mother had killed a man and a woman by bewitchment.
accusations followed and the magistrate told Ursley that she would be treated fairly if she confessed. At this she burst into
tears and confessed to owning familiars that killed, and made people sick for her. She also confessed to making Grace Thurlowe's
daughter break her neck. She then went on to accuse more people in Saint Osyth of witchcraft and another thirteen people were
arrested. Many of the women were condemned, at least in part, by the evidence given by their own children. At the end of the
trial, Ursley and several other women were hanged.
Zachariah Willis Kemp
DR. ZACHARIAH WILLIS KEMP, principal
of Sanborn Academy at Kingston, N. H., was born April 12, 1855, at Otisfield, Me. His parents were Charles E. and Sybil J.
(Wardwell) Kemp. The father, born at Gorham, Me., August 15, 1830, was a successful farmer; he died in Decem- ber, 1907. The
mother, born in Otisfield, Me., December 24, 1835, is now a resident of that place. They were the parents of six children,
of whom four are now living. The origin of the Kemp family is found in England, having been traced back to 1380, when flourished
John Kemp, an ecclesiastic of the English church, who later, during the reign of Henry V, held the sees of Rochester, London
and York, became archbishop of Canterbury and Lord High Chancellor, and was created Cardinal by the title of St. Rufina. The
first of the family to come to America, as far as there is any record, landed here about the year 1700, and settled at Groton,
Mass. Ebenezer Kemp, Dr. Kemp's paternal grandfather, fought for American Independence and was wounded at the Battle of Bunker
Hill. Another ancestor, Col. Brad- street, was in the British expedition to Prince Edward's Island. At the age of three years,
Z. Willis Kemp began attending country school, walking the distance to and from his home, about a mile each way. He continued
to do so until he was eighteen years old, at which time he began teaching, in order to earn enough money to pay his way through
college. He studied one term at Hebron Academy, and then entered Bridge- ton Academy, from which he was graduated in 1879.
Entering Bowdoin College in 1880, he completed the prescribed course and was graduated from that institution in 1884, with
the degree of A. B. He then taught for one year at Norway, Me., being principal of the high school there. Being elected principal
of the high school at Fairhaven, at an increase of $400 a year in his salary, he accepted the position and was there four
years. He then left to accept the position of vice-principal of the Tabor Academy at Marion, Mass., where he taught Latin
for four years. After this he went to the French-American College at Springfield, Mass., as professor of Latin, and after
being there two years was elected dean of the college. In 1901 he came to Kingston, N. H., to become principal of the Sanborn
Academy, which position he has retained for the last thirteen years. Since he took charge of this institution the number of
students has been increased from 75 to 140, and there are now eight teachers. In 1912 Dr. Kemp conferred honor upon the Academy
by having his team win the state championship in debate. He received the degree of A. M. from Bowdoin College in 1887, and
that of Ph. D. from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1895. He belongs to the college fraternity known as Theta Delta Chi. [Pages
825 and 826 contained a portrait of Z. Willis Kemp] Page 827 Dr. Kemp was married, December 24, 1885, to Miss Mary L. Boynton,
a daughter of Gardner B. and Sarah G. Boynton, of Norway, Me. Her father, now deceased, was a prosperous tanner of that town,
and a Civil war veteran. Her mother is still living. Dr. and Mrs. Kemp are the parents of eight children, as follows: Ida
B., wife of Arthur B. Grant, of South Poland, Me.; Charles W., married, who is principal of Colebrook Academy, at Colebrook,
N. H.; Marion T., unmarried, a graduate of Bates College, class of 1911; Sybil M., unmarried, a graduate of Brown University,
1914; Alice B., unmarried, a graduate of Sanborn Academy, 1914, who won first prize from the New Hampshire Peace Society for
an article on "Peace;" Ralph B., now a freshman at Sanborn Academy; and Ruth H., and Robert D., who are attending public school.
Dr. Kemp is a Republican in politics. He belongs to the Masonic Order, in which he is a past master, and to the Odd Fellows,
in which he is a past grand; he is also a member of the New Hampshire Peace Society. Mrs. Kemp belongs to the Eastern Star,
and to the Rebekahs, being past matron in the former lodge and past grand in the latter. She and her husband attend the Congregational
church. They are people of culture and refine- ment, who take a warm interest in the moral and material development of the
community in which they reside, and whose aid and influence may usually be enlisted on behalf of any worthy cause.