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Jacob & Harriet (Hoy) Kemp


Jacob M. Kemp and Harriet Hoy are my maternal 3rd Great-Grandparents.

300 block of Main Street
Main Street, Fayette, Fayette County, Pennsylvania

Jacob M. Kemp, was born on 11 July 1811, in Fayette City, Fayette County, Pennsylvania to Edward & Eve (Penrod) Kemp; his father was 39, his mother 37.For more information about them see the Kemp~Penrod Post.

Village of Plymouth, Ohio

Jacob & Harriet married 23 April 1830 in Plymouth, Richland County, Ohio. They had seven (7) children in 23-years and their fourth child, Narcissa, is my maternal 2nd great-grandmother. They were pioneers, living first on a farm in Richmond County, Ohio and after selling this they moved to Michigan buying another farm at Coe, Isabella County. This U.S. Agricultural Census of 1870 shows the number of acres owned at Coe by Joseph, as well as those of his sons Joseph and George. Later Jacob gave up farming and they moved to St. Louis, Gratiot, Michigan where Jacob opened a grocery store. Their eldest son Joseph was partner with W. A. Williams of another store in St. Louis that sold boots, shoes. crockery and glass-ware. Eventually Jacob took over Williams’ share and he and son Joseph were partners for four years before Jacob retired.

During the Civil War, Jacob and two of his sons, Joseph and George, enlisted in the Union Army: Jacob was a private with the 1st Regiment, Michigan Light Infantry, Battery B; Joseph enlisted as a private, discharged as a captain with the 5th Regiment, Michigan Infantry, Companies F, D & C ; George entered as a private, was discharged as a corporal with the 2nd Regiment, Michigan Infantry, Company F.

Jacob died on 24 November 1891 at the age of 80-years. The executives of his will, filed 7 December 1891, were Elias Phillips and Robert W. Hoy.

Jacob’s wife, Harriet Hoy, was born 22 February 1810, at Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland to Robert & Alice (Talton) Hoy (sometimes spelled Hoey/Hoye); her father was 27, her mother 21.  Harriet was the third of six girls and three sons born to Robert & Alice whose births and marriages were recorded in the Hoy Family Bible. For more information about Harriet’s parents see the Hoy~Talton Post.

2 thoughts on “Kemp~Hoy”

  1. Hi Margie: This is your sister. It’s amazing you were able to find out this information about Jacob and Harriet Kemp. Larry and I stopped in Saint Louis, MI while traveling up north in October. I can add one more piece of information. Their youngest son, Stewart J (I think for Jacob) drowned accidentally at age 19 in Pine River, which runs through Saint Louis. He was helping to direct logs down the river toward the saw mill when he fell in and couldn’t lift the logs off of him to surface. This, of course, was Narcissa’s brother and grandma’s great uncle. I believe Narcissa’s husband, James Bennett, worked in the family store, perhaps as a partner. An old timer told me that the store was called “Bennett’s.” It was torn down several years ago.

    1. Hi Margie: Your sister again. I was also told by an elderly lady in Saint Louis that “You will end up in Adrian” was a common threat from her mother and other mothers in town. That’s where grandma was sent at around age 16. It was a girl’s reformatory/school. I found her name Jennie Waldron (her adopted name) on their roster listed in 1900.

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