Jemima Kemp

about 1776–4 June 1854 (Age 78)
Heathfield, Sussex, England, United Kingdom

The Life of Jemima

When Jemima Kemp was born about 1776, in Heathfield, Sussex, England, United Kingdom, her father, William Kemp, was 34 and her mother, Mary Punnett, was 32. She married William Pennalls on 28 June 1795, in Ticehurst, Sussex, England. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 7 daughters. She died on 4 June 1854, in Burwash, Sussex, England, United Kingdom, at the age of 78.

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William Pennalls
Jemima Kemp
Marriage: 28 June 1795
Sophia Pennals
Jemima Pennalls
Rebecca Pennalls
William Pennalls
Caroline Pennalls
Judith Pennals
Maria Pennals
Celia Pennals
Henry Pennalls
Nelson Pennels

Spouse and Children

28 June 1795
Ticehurst, Sussex, England


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World Events (6)

1801 · The Act of Union

Age 25

The Act of Union was a legislative agreement which united England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland under the name of the United Kingdom on January 1, 1801.

Age 39

The defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte at Waterloo marks the end of the Napoleonic Wars. Napoleon defeated and exiled to St. Helena.

Age 47

Rugby Football 'invented' at Rugby School.

Name Meaning

1 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 Germanic campo ‘warrior’, which is the source of the Dutch and North German name, corresponding to High German Kampf .2 Dutch: 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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Sources (3)

  • Jemima in entry for Nelson, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"
  • Jemima Kemp, "England, Sussex, Parish Registers, 1538-1910"
  • Jemima in entry for Sophia, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"

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