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Lothrop Withington published an abstract of the PCC admon for Edmund Kempe, of Stepney, Middlesex (25 Sep 1649), which was granted to his widow Bridget. In collaboration with English genealogist, F.H. Kemp, the two concluded this was the fifth son of Robert Kempe, Esq.(1) Bridget Kempe of Stepney, who was likely Edmund's widow, did have interests in Virginia, as shown by a 1651 power of attorney recorded in Lancaster County, Virginia (see RA 3:414).
I studied Edmund Kemp of Stepney in more detail. He lived in Spitalfields, Stepney Parish, and was a weaver. He took the protestation oath at Stepney in 1641/2.(3) He was chosen a sideman for Mile End, Stepney Parish in 1643.(4) In 1647, Edmund Kempp and Maurice Thompson [is this the same Maurice Thompson who was an eminent Virginia merchant?] were serving alongside one another as officials for Stepney Parish.(5) 'Edmund Kempe of Spittlefeildes weaver' was buried at Stepney, 5 Sep 1649.(6) I couldn’t find record of his marriage to Bridget, nor of any children baptized to them, nor Bridget’s burial or possible remarriage after Edmund’s death on Ancestry, FamilySearch, or findmypast.
Backing up to Robert Kempe, Esq., of Gissing, Norfolk (d. 1612). His fifth son Edmund Kemp matriculated at Magdalen College, Oxford, in 1624, aged 18.(7) His career after Oxford isn’t traced in Alumni Oxonienses. Did an Oxford man become a Spitalfields weaver? Or are these different men with the same name? They are different men with the same name. CCED has published clergy records that tell us more about Edmund’s life. He was ordained a deacon and priest at Peterborough in 1628. He was collated at Mattersey, Nottinghamshire in 1629/30.(8) He was serving there through at least 1641/2.(9)
So we definitely have two distinct Edmund Kemps - one took the protestation oath in Stepney, Middlesex and the other in Mattersey, Nottinghamshire.
Of critical importance to identifying Edmund Kemp, vicar of Mattersey, Nottinghamshire as the Oxford alum, he had the qualification of LLB, as recorded in his collation record in 1630 at Mattersey. That degree was offered at Oxford and Cambridge(10) and there is record of only one Edmund Kemp graduating from either university during this period - the son of Robert Kempe, Esq.
Edmund Kemp, vicar, and his wife Mary baptized a daughter Anne in 1634 and a son John in 1640 at Mattersey.(11) In the 1644 PCC will of Arthur Kemp of Michael at the Thorne Parish, Norwich, he made bequests to the four eldest children (not named) of his brother Edmond. He also remembers his brother Sir Robert Kempe.(12) Arthur, Edmund, and Sir Robert are the sons of Robert Kempe, Esq., of Gissing, Norfolk (d. 1612).
Edmund Kemp, vicar of Mattersey, did not leave a PCY will between 1636 and 1653, nor was administration granted on his estate in that court between 1627 and 1652.(13)
Returning to the Virginia immigrant, Edmund Kemp (d. Lancaster County, Virginia, c1660). I see little reason to doubt he is identical to “my neaphew Edmund Kempe” bequeathed “one new servante this yeare, two Cowes next yeare, and five hundred poundes of Tobaccoi to bee payed him next yeare towardes his buildinge” in the PCC will of Richard Kempe of Rich-neck in the Collonie of Virginia Esquire, dated 1649/50.(14) Richard is a well-known figure in Virginia history. He served as Secretary of Virginia and Acting Governor of Virginia. He was the third son of Robert Kempe, Esq., of Gissing, Norfolk (d. 1612).
In conclusion Edmund Kemp (d. Lancaster County, Virginia, c1660) was probably the grandson of Robert Kempe, Esq., of Gissing, Norfolk (d. 1612), but which of Robert’s seven sons was Edmund’s father is currently uncertain.
(1) VMHB 20 (1912):73-75.
(2) RA 3:414, RD900:483-484. Roberts expresses uncertainty about Edmund’s parentage.
(3) Middlesex Protestation Returns 1641-42, findmypast.co.uk.
(4) Memorials of Stepney Parish (1890-1891), 180.
(5) Memorials of Stepney Parish (1890-1891), 190.
(6) Stepney, Middlesex, parish registers, ancestry.co.uk.
(7) Alumni Oxonienses, http://www.british-history.ac.uk/alumni-oxon/1500-1714/pp837-867 .
(8) CCED sub Kemp and Kempe.
(9) 1637. Fire at Mattersey. Elizabeth Hall widow, Thomas Hall yeoman Edmond Kemp clerk, and 11 others sustained losses to the value of £2,000 and upwards. On the 6th October, 1637, "evidence was given on oath that they are not able to susteyn themselves and their families wthout want uidess they be releeved wth a colleccon and they were bound over not to apply any parte of their colleccon if it shall be granted, to the Landlord or other person of ability nor put over the benefit thereof to any other according to the Lord Keepers direccon And thereupon a Certificate of the premises was made by this Court to the Lord Keeper accordingly." http://www.nottshistory.org.uk/books/nottsrecords1915/nottsrecords17.htm; W. F. Webster, Protestation Returns: 1641/2-Notts./Derbys (1980), 19. Original record: http://digitalarchive.parliament.uk/HL/PO/JO/10/1/100/38
(10) Wikipedians, ‘Bachelor of Laws,’ cite Reed (1921), 160-161.
(11) Mattersey, Notts, bishops transcripts [FHL film 503793]. The Rev. signed his name several times between 1632 and 1641. Interesting godparents in Anne’s baptism: 1634 Apr 01, Anne Kempe daughter of Edmund: Kempe vicar of Mattersay & of Mary his wife was baptized the first daye of Aprill 1634 Mr Charles Nevile godfather Mrs Anne Nevile wife of John Nevile of Matteresay Esquier & Mrs Stringer wife of Nicholas Stringer of Sutton Esquier Godmothers.
(12) VMHB 20 (1912):73-75.
(13) PCY calendars.
(14) VMHB 20 (1912):73-75.