Hannah Kemp

Brief Life History of Hannah

When Hannah Kemp was born on 17 August 1762, in Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America, her father, Ebenezer Kemp, was 58 and her mother, Mary Bradstreet, was 32. She married Joseph Sawtell 3rd on 22 February 1788, in Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 4 daughters. She died on 21 December 1814, at the age of 52.

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Joseph Sawtell 3rd
Hannah Kemp
Marriage: 22 February 1788
Aaron Sawtell
Mehitabel Sawtell
Matilda Sawtell
Hannah Sawtell
Lucy Sawtelle
John Sawtell

Sources (15)

  • Hannah Kemp, "Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915"
  • Hannah Kemp, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"
  • Hannah Sawtell in entry for Aaron Sawtell, "New Hampshire, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1636-1947"

Name Meaning

English, Scottish, Dutch, and North German: status name for a champion, Middle English and Middle Low German kempe. In the Middle Ages a champion was a professional fighter on behalf of others; for example the King's Champion, at the coronation, had the duty of issuing a general challenge to battle to anyone who denied the king's right to the throne. The Middle English word corresponds to Old English cempa and Old Norse kempa ‘warrior’; both these go back to ancient Germanic campo ‘warrior’, which is the source of the Dutch and North German name, corresponding to High German Kampf .

Dutch and North German (North Rhine-Westphalia): from the personal name Kempe, Kampe; see 1 above.

Dutch and Flemish: metonymic occupational name for someone who grew or processed hemp, from Middle Dutch canep ‘hemp’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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