William James Kempthorne

Male10 May 1859–24 June 1919

Brief Life History of William James

When William James Kempthorne was born on 10 May 1859, in Lafayette, Chippewa, Wisconsin, United States, his father, James Lewis Kempthorne, was 26 and his mother, Rebecca Jane Thompson, was 19. He married Nellie Righthouse in 1886, in Beloit, Mitchell, Kansas, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. He lived in Big Grove Township, Kendall, Illinois, United States in 1870 and Beloit, Mitchell, Kansas, United States in 1880. He died on 24 June 1919, in Downs, Osborne, Kansas, United States, at the age of 60.

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William James Kempthorne
Ada Lilla Thomas
Marriage: 31 August 1904
Russell Thomas Kempthorne
Katherine Melissa Kempthorne
Louise Minnette Kempthorne

Sources (5)

  • William Kempthorn in household of James Kempthorn, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Legacy NFS Source: William James Kempthorne - Individual or family possessions: birth-name: William J. Kempthorne
  • William kempthorne in household of James kempthorne, "United States Census, 1860"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    31 August 1904Beloit, Mitchell, Kansas, United States
  • Children (3)

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    Siblings (5)

    World Events (8)


    Age 4

    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.


    Age 9

    Historical Boundaries: 1868: Mitchell, Kansas, United States

    1875 · A Treaty with Hawaii

    Age 16

    In the Mid 1870s, The United States sought out the Kingdom of Hawaii to make a free trade agreement. The Treaty gave the Hawaiians access to the United States agricultural markets and it gave the United States a part of land which later became Pearl Harbor.

    Name Meaning

    English (Cornwall): habitational name from Kempthorne in Clawton (Devon). The placename derives from an Old English personal name Cyma + Old English thorn ‘thorn tree’.

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

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