Nathan Kemp

7 August 1810–7 October 1883 (Age 73)
Fayette City, Fayette, Pennsylvania, United States

The Life of Nathan

When Nathan Kemp was born on 7 August 1810, in Fayette City, Fayette, Pennsylvania, United States, his father, William Kemp, was 21 and his mother, Catherine A. Zirkle, was 26. He married Mary Elizabeth Shockey on 11 May 1837, in Stark, Stark, Ohio, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Ohio, United States in 1870 and Union District, Pleasants, West Virginia, United States in 1880. He died on 7 October 1883, in Brohard, Wirt, West Virginia, United States, at the age of 73, and was buried in Hartley Cemetery, Brohard, Wirt, West Virginia, United States.

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Nathan Kemp
Mary Elizabeth Shockey
Marriage: 11 May 1837
Mary Margaret Kemp
Rachel Jane Kemp
Rachel Jane Kemp
William J. Kemp
James Harrison Kemp
Isaac Newton Kemp
Isabelle Matilda Kemp
Jacob Luther Kemp
Charles Wesley Kemp
John Emery D Kemp

Spouse and Children

11 May 1837
Stark, Stark, Ohio, United States


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    Peter Kemp




World Events (8)


Age 2

War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.
1812 · Harrisburg Becomes the State Capital

Age 2

Harrisburg had important parts with migration, the Civil War, and the Industrial Revolution. 
1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 20

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.

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)

  • Nathan Kemp, "United States Census, 1840"
  • Nathan Kemp, "United States Census of Union Veterans and Widows of the Civil War, 1890"
  • Nathan Kemp in household of Isaac N Kemp, "United States Census, 1880"

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