Silas A Kemp

24 December 1918–1 October 1954 (Age 35)
Gary, McDowell, West Virginia, United States

The Life of Silas A

When Silas A Kemp was born on 24 December 1918, in Gary, McDowell, West Virginia, United States, his father, Joseph Arthur Kemp, was 31 and his mother, Margaret Elizabeth Stanley, was 31. He married Garnet Mildred McAlister in 1938, in Wyoming, West Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. He lived in Pearisburg, Giles, Virginia, United States in 1930 and Barkers Ridge Magisterial District, Wyoming, West Virginia, United States in 1940. He died on 1 October 1954, in Bud, Wyoming, West Virginia, United States, at the age of 35, and was buried in New Richmond, Wyoming, West Virginia, United States.

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Silas A Kemp
Garnet Mildred McAlister
Marriage: 1938
John Alda Kemp
James Edward Kemp

Spouse and Children


    Garnet Mildred McAlister


Wyoming, West Virginia, United States


    John Alda Kemp


    James Edward Kemp


Parents and Siblings



    Jane L. Kemp


    A Ruth Kemp




    Paul Kemp


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World Events (8)

1919 · The Eighteenth Amendment

Age 1

The Eighteenth Amendment established a prohibition on all intoxicating liquors in the United States. As a result of the Amendment, the Prohibition made way for bootlegging and speakeasies becoming popular in many areas. The Eighteenth Amendment was then repealed by the Twenty-first Amendment. Making it the first and only amendment that has been repealed.

Age 2

The Prohibition Era. Sale and manufacture of alcoholic liquors outlawed. A mushrooming of illegal drinking joints, home-produced alcohol and gangsterism.

Age 11

13 million people become unemployed after the Wall Street stock market crash of 1929 triggers what becomes known as the Great Depression. President Herbert Hoover rejects direct federal relief.

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)

  • Albert Kemp, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Silis Kimp in household of Arthur Kimp, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Silas A Kemp in household of Joseph A Kemp, "United States Census, 1930"

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