Friday, March 24, 2017

52 Ancestors - Week 168: #241 Anna (Van Vorst) (Van den Bogart) Kemp (1732-1789) of Fredericksburgh, Ontario

Here is my 52 Ancestors biography for week #168:

Anna (Van Vorst) (Van den Bogart) Kemp (1732-1789)  is #241 on my Ahnentafel List, my 5th great-grandmother, who married #240 John Kemp (1723-1795) in about 1760, probably in Schenectady, New York.

I am descended through:

*  their son, #120 John Kemp (1768-1861), who married #123 Mary Dafoe (1776-1832) in 1795.
*  their son, #60 Abraham Kemp (1795-1881), who married #61 Sarah Sephrona Fletcher (1802-1861) in 1822.
*  their son, #30 James Abraham Kemp (1831-1902), who married #31 Mary Jane sovereen (1840-1874)  in 1861.
*  their daughter #15 Georgianna Kemp (1858-1952) who married #14 Charles Auble (1849-1916),  in 1898.
*  their daughter #7 Emily Kemp Auble (1899-1977) who married #6 Lyle Lawrence Carringer (1891-1976) in 1918.
* their daughter #3 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002), who married #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983), in 1942.
*  their son #1 Randall J. Seaver (1943-....)


1)  PERSON (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Name:                           Anna Van Vorst[1–4,6]
*  Alternate Name:           Anna Kemp[5]        
*  Sex:                               Female   

*  Father:                           Jacobus Van Vorst (1703-1790)   
*  Mother:                         Anna Beck (1704-1749)   
1)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Birth:                           before 22 October 1732 Schenectady, Schenectady, New York, United States[1,3,6]   
* Christening:                22 October 1732 (after age 0), Schenectady, Schenectady, New York, United States[1,3,6]   
*  Death:                        before 15 July 1789 (before age 56), Fredericksburgh, Lennox and Addington, Ontario, Canada[4–5]   
*  Burial:                       15 July 1789 (after age 56), Fredericksburgh, Lennox and Addington, Ontario, Canada[4–5]

1)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Spouse 1.                  Nicolaas Tjerkse Van den Bogart (1723-1758)    
*  Marriage 1:               29 July 1753 (after age 20), Schenectady, Schenectady, New York, United States[2-3]    

*  Child 1:                     Tjerk Van den Bogart (1754-1835)    
*  Child 2:                     Francis Van den Bogart (1755-1829)    
*  Child 2:                     Rachel Van den Bogart (1757-1767)    
*  Child 4:                     Margarita Van den Bogart (1758-    )

*  Spouse 2:                  John Kemp (1723-1795)   
*  Marriage 2:               about 1759 (after about age 27), probably Schenectady, Schenectady, New York, United States[4]   

*  Child 1:                     Joseph Kemp (1761-1836)   
*  Child 2:                     Jacobus James Kemp (1763-1803)   
*  Child 3:                     Rachel Kemp (1767-    )   
*  Child 4:                     John Kemp (1768-1861)   
*  Child 5:                     Nancy Kemp (1770-1836)   
4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):   

Cheryl Kemp Taber has researched and collected a wealth of information about this family, and posted it in her WorldConnect database on Rootsweb ( titled "Kemps and Kin" updated 13 January 2010[4].

Anna Van Vorst was baptized on 22 October 1732 at the First Reformed Church of Schenectady, New York, the daughter of Jacobus and Anna (Beck) Van Vorst[1,3,6].  

She was married on 29 July 1753 to Nicolaas Van Den Bogaert, son of Tjerk Frassen and Margaret Grietje (Vedder) Van Der Bogaert, in Schenectady, New York[2-3].  They had four children, who were all baptized in the First Reformed Church in Schenectady[4]
*  Tjerk, 5 March, 1754 
*  Frans, 4 May, 1755 
*  Rachel, 6 February, 1757;  it is believed that Rachel Van den Bogart died young. 
*  Margarita, 16 July, 1758.

Sometime between Dec. 11, 1757 and before the baptismal of his fourth child on July 16, 1758, Nicolaas died leaving Anna a young widow of only 26 years of age[4]

In about 1759, Anna married John Kemp. John Kemp raised the young Van den Bogart children and he and Anna subsequently had five children, three of whom were baptized in the First Reformed Church in Schenectady[4]:
*  Joseph Camp, 20 July 1761
*  Jacobus Camp, 9 Janaury 1763
*  Rachel Camp, 23 August 1767

Two other children, John and Nancy were born after 1767 and no baptism records have been found for them[4].

"John Kemp" fought for the British in the American Revolution, as did his sons and a stepson.  He served in His Majesty's Service in the Corps styled as King's Rangers under the command of Lt. Col. Robert Rogers in Captain Samuel Harden's Company.  When the British lost the war, the King's Rangers disbanded at Cataraqui, Ontario, near Kingston, in October 1784.  Because of their loyalty to the Crown, John Kemp and his family were given the title of "United Empire Loyalist" and were each granted 200 acres of free land[4].  

The John Kemp family may have resided in Fredericksburgh in Addington County, Ontario as early as 1784, listed as a farmer, and he attended the Anglican and/or First Reformed Church.  The old United Empire Loyalists List shows John Kemp Sr of Fredericksburgh, soldier, on the Land Board of Mecklenburgh in 1790 and of 1793[4].  

Anna Kemp was buried 15 Jul 1789 in Fredericksburgh Township, Addington County, Ontario at about 57 years of age[4-5].  No burial place is known.

Anna's father, Jacobus Van Vorst, left instructions in his will, written in 1790, for Tjerk Van der Bogart (one of Anna's sons from her first marriage) to care for Rachel Kemp (a daughter by John Kemp). Her father's will read: "Then I give & bequeath to my said daughters Elizabeth Quackenbos & Angelica Welch & in trust to Cherick Van de Bogart for keeping & maintaining Rachel Camp daughter of John Camp all the Stock & Cows to be divided equally among them & to their heirs & assigns for ever."[4]

1. Arthur C. M. Kelly and Donald A Keefer, Baptism record of Schenectady Reformed Church : Schenectady, New York, 1694-1811 (Rhinebeck, N.Y., A.C.M. Kelly, 1987), page 45, #990, Anna Van Vorst baptism entry.

2. Donald A. Keefer and Arthur C. M. Kelly, Marriage Records of Schenectady Reformed Church, 1694-1852 (Rhinebeck, N.Y., A.C.M. Kelly, 1988), page 17, #363, Klaas Tjerkse Van den Bogart and Anna Van Vorst marriage entry.

3. Jonathan Pearson and J. W. MacMurray, A history of the Schenectady patent in the Dutch and English times :being contributions toward a history of the lower Mohawk Valley (Albany, N.Y. :  J. Munsell's Sons, 1883), pges 32, 215, 245, 246, Anna Camp, Van den Bogart and Van Vorst entries.

4. Cheryl Kemp Taber, "Kemps and Kin," online database, Rootsweb WorldConnect Project (

5. William Briggs, Ontario Historical Society Papers and Records (Toronto, Canada : Ontario Historical Society, 1899), page 60, Anna Kemp burial entry.

6. "U.S. Dutch Reformed Church Records from Selected States, 1639-1989," digital images, (, New York > Schenectady > Schenectady Baptisms, Vol. 1, Book 41, Page 10 (penned, image 79 of 163), Anna Van Vorst baptism entry, 22 October 1732.


NOTE:  Amy Johnson Crow suggested a weekly blog theme of "52 Ancestors" in her blog post Challenge:  52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on the No Story Too Small blog.  I have extended this theme in 2017 to 208 Ancestors in 208 Weeks.

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