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Samuel Kempton

Male 1681 - 1766  (85 years)


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  • Name Samuel Kempton 
    Born 4 Mar 1681  Salem, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Died 17 Apr 1766  Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Notes 
    • Samuel Kempton was listed as a shipwright in a deed recorded in 1739 at Plymouth. About the same time that Samuel had married Mercy Dunham, his brother Thomas died in Boston leaving an infant son Thomas. Evidently he was sent to Plymouth to be raised by his uncle Samuel Kempton. Samuel Kempton had all of his children baptized in the Plymouth First Church at the same time on 24 September 1721. Thomas was listed as being there; "Thomas being about 17 years of age covenanted on his own account."

      Samuel and mercy (Dunham) Kempton maintained her mother at their home in Plymouth and were forced to go to court to get some of her other children to help in her support. The following records appear:

      General Sessions, September 1740:

      "(Plymouth) that he hath for Some time maintained his Ancient Mother in Law Bathshia Dunham, which he thnks unreasonable."

      The Court ordered:

      "the severall persons mentioned on the back of said Petition living in the County be Cited to appear at the next term to show Cause, if any they have, why they should not bear there proportion of the aforsaid person's maintenance."

      General Sessions, March 1740 / 1: Petition of Samuel Kempton (Plymouth Shipwright) from December term 1740:

      "that your Petitioner the beginning of October A.D. 1739 took into his house and family his aged mother in Law Bathua Donham, widdow, under Necessitous Circumstances, much impared in her health and senses who he hath maintained at his own Costs Except four pounds Given her as One of the poor of the Town, and your Petitioner's Circumstances not well allowing him to be at the Charge and trouble (which is considerable) of Maintenance Needfull for her Comfort, hath often times applyed himselfe to the other sons and daughters of his said Mother in Law, desireing theire assistance in part or in proportion towards her maintence, which they all Refuse doing. Whereby your Petitioner finds mimselfe much aggreived and Cannot keep her much longer, humbly Entreating assistance for Redress in this affaire"

      Court ordered those relatives mentioned in the petition to appear at the next term to answer for their nonsupport. At present term Court ordered:

      "The the Children and Grand Children of the said Bathshua Donham's maintenance after the Rate of Thirty-six pounds a year. Commencing on the first of October A.D. 1739" and apportioned as follows: Cornelius Clarke, who maried her daughter Susanna -- Pounds 6; Nathaniel Donham and Ezekiel Donham, her grandsons -- Pounds six; Sylvanus and Cornelius Donham, Two Sons of her son Israel Donham, deceased -- Pounds Six; Elisha Donham, in Casco Bay -- Pounds Six; John Colling, who married her daughter Bathshua -- Pounds Six and Samuel Kempton -- Pounds Six." [3]
    Person ID I593894  7_families
    Last Modified 15 Sep 2006 

    Father Ephraim Kempton,   b. 1 Oct 1649, Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1712, Salem, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Mother Mary Reeves,   b. Abt 1653, Salem, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 7 Nov 1673  Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Family ID F215122  Group Sheet

    Family Mercy Dunham,   b. 10 Dec 1686, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Dec 1724  (Age 38 years) 
    Married 8 Apr 1706  Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    Children 
     1. Thomas Kempton, Adopted Nephew,   b. 18 Jan 1707, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +2. Mary Kempton,   b. 12 Dec 1707, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jan 1771, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
     3. Lois Kempton,   b. 12 Feb 1710, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +4. Bathsheba Kempton,   b. 9 Mar 1712, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jun 1767, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years)
     5. Samuel Kempton,   b. 7 Apr 1714, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1749, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 34 years)
    +6. John Kempton,   b. 27 Dec 1716, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Apr 1806, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
     7. Mercy Kempton,   b. 12 Feb 1719, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     8. Sarah Kempton,   b. 28 Feb 1721, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     9. Sarah Kempton,   b. 16 Jun 1722, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     10. Sarah Kempton,   b. 27 Feb 1724, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     11. Sarah Kempton,   b. 11 Jun 1725, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     12. Rebecca Kempton,   b. 31 Mar 1731, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 15 Sep 2006 
    Family ID F215115  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 4 Mar 1681 - Salem, Essex, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 8 Apr 1706 - Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 17 Apr 1766 - Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S7730] Massachusetts, Essex, Salem - Vital Records to 1849, Essex Institute (Salem, Massachusetts), (Salem, Massachusetts : Essex Institute, 1916-1925. Film # 874032 - 3 - 4, items 1-2), Film # 874032 - 3 - 4, items 1-2., 484: bSam[uel] s. Ephraim and Mary, Mar. 4, 1681/b (Reliability: 4).

    2. [S315] Kempton Families, Morton W. Saunders, (Baltimore, MD: Gateway Press, 2000), 7 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S315] Kempton Families, Morton W. Saunders, (Baltimore, MD: Gateway Press, 2000), 17, 18 (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S315] Kempton Families, Morton W. Saunders, (Baltimore, MD: Gateway Press, 2000), 5, 7 (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S407] Massachusetts, Plymouth, Plymouth - Vital Records to 1850, Lee Douglas van Antwerp (Main Author), Ruth Wilder Sherman (Added Author), (Camden, Me. : Picton Press, c1993), 89 (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S315] Kempton Families, Morton W. Saunders, (Baltimore, MD: Gateway Press, 2000), 7, 17 (Reliability: 3).