England & Virginia
The English Camp/Kemp Ancestors
Several researchers have proposed that there is a connection to the family of William Campe of London, who married Mary Farmer in 1584 in London but no true ancestorl line has been established. William Kemp and Mary Farmer had at least four sons: Lawrence, Richard, Nicholas, and Thomas. Most of the records that could have established this family line were burned the Great Fire of London of 1666. William Campe may be related to the Kempe family of Norfolk.
In 1637 in Nasing (Gissing ?) Parish, Essex County, England, the names of Nicholas and Thomas Camp, brothers were listed on a Jury Duty List. It is claimed these two men came to America. there was a mention of kinsmen in Essex County noted in the LW & T of Frances Mingay Kempe in 1632. This, the relationship is possible. however, there was a John de Combes in County Essex in the middle of the 13th Century. He and his wife Alice Gunter had a son named Nicholas Combes or Camp or Kemp, who fathered a son John Kemp (Kempe) he, in turn, fathered William, who fathered a Robert who married Ann Apulderfield and had among others, a son named William. William married Mary Colt and had Robert, Henry, John, Arthur, Ann, George, and Margaret.
Nicholas previously mentioned and the brother of Thomas Camp or Kemp, settled in New England and Thomas went to Virginia, not long after 1635.... Thomas Kemp appeared in Virginia, in or before 1641. Just what relationships these men had with the ones of the same names in Nasing is not definitely proven, but it is accepted that they were the same persons. Not too far distant from Nasing Parish lay Hundson Parish in Herts. The register of that parish showed an Edward Camp and wife Grace with children. One Edward was baptized in that parish on September 21, 1617. Edward and Grace had other children named William, Philemon, George, Mary and Grace. (See Herbert C. Bibbs, The Parish Registers of Hunsdon 1546-1837, London, 1915) [William. p. 4]
Lawrence Kemp, son of William and Mary Farmer Campe was a member of the Company of Honorable Drapers and Weavers. Lawrence had no children of his own but was a prominent figure who made a number of investments that left him very well off. In John Burke's History of Virginia, Vol. No. 1 appendix, Lawrence Camp is the named as a large subscriber to the fund for colonizing Virginia and was therefore called a "Member of the Great Charter of the Virgina Company" when it was granted by King James I on May 23, 1609. He had owned seven shares of stock in the Company which he was allowed to draw 700 acres of land in Gloucester County, Virginia. This land fell to his brother Thomas Camp upon his death. In England, Lawrence Camp endowed a fund at Cambridge University for the maintenance of poor scholars. He also gave 7000 pounds to found an Alms House in Parish of Fraim Barnet in his home county. He was also the builder and patron of the Church of All-Hallows-In-The Wall where be was buried. On his death his estate was divided among his three brothers. Richard took the property in England and remained there, Nicholas took the New England investments, and Thomas received the land and estates in Virginia.
This Thomas may have had a son, Thomas Camp, who is one of the early known settlers. Therefore the Thomas Camp of King and Queen Co. Virginia is probably the great grand nephew of the Lawrence Camp. Most of the Colonial Records of Gloucester and county were destroyed which could prove this association. [Williams. p.43]
m. Mary Farmer 1584 St. Peter Westcheap, London
|Lawrence Campe||b. *||d. 1751||m.|
|Richard Campe||b. *||d.|| m.
|Nicolas Campe||b.*||d.|| m.
|Thomas Campe||b.*||d.|| m.
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