The Kemp Family Line: This is an overview of some of the main family members.
There is no blood relationship between myself and the Kemp Family, however, as Amelia Crossthwaite Kemp was my Great Grand Father's 2nd wife, and who was apparently partly responsible for several of my Great Aunts and Uncles emigrating to Australia, the family should be mentioned here.
Amelia Crossthwaite Kemp's parents were Thomas Reginald Kemp and Esther Nesbitt, both having been born in Finsbury, London, Thomas Reginald in 1810 and Esther on 26th September 1811. They married in Hackney on 27th July 1833 and had 9 children, Thomas Richardson in 1835, Reginald Llewellin in 1837, Louisa Adelaide Horneman in 1839, Ada Elizabeth Carter in 1841, Alfred Charles Holmes in 1844, Frederick Nesbitt in 1846, Edward Owen in 1848, Amelia Crossthwaite in 1850 and Arthur Wilde in 1852.
When Amelia was first discovered, it was thought that her surname was Crossthwaite-Kemp but subsequent research showed that 'Crossthwaite' was in fact her 2nd forename. You will see from the children named above, that all of the Kemp children were given a rather unusual combination of names. Frederick Nesbitt was clearly named for his Mother, but the reason for the others can only be guessed at. It could be that they were named after other family members or perhaps prominent people of the time, both real and fictional as in Holmes (Sherlock Holmes) and Wilde (Arthur Wilde). One possible explanation for 'Crossthwaite' was found in connection with Amelia's older sister, Louisa Adelaide Horneman, who attended a Boarding School in Hammersmith run by George Francis Crossthwaite and his Wife.
Thomas Reginald Kemp appears on the 1841 to 1871 Census Returns and is variously described as a Banker and Bill Broker. All of the male children appear to have done well in life, Thomas Richardson was a Practicing Barrister, Reginald Llewellin worked for the East India Company (and died in the East Indies), Alfred Charles Holmes was a Bank Clerk, Frederick Nesbitt was an Architect and Surveyor and Arthur Wilde became the Editor of the East Kent Times newspaper. Louisa Adelaide Horneman married twice, firstly to Alfred Howell Maitland and following his early death, to Robert Hopké Reed. Ada Elizabeth Carter died at the age of 6 in Brighton, from this it may be assumed that she was asthmatic and was sent to Brighton for the sea air.
Amelia Crossthwaite Kemp appears to be the odd one out. She first came to our notice as the 2nd wife of my Great Grand Father, Edward Hector MacKay when they married in Tendring Essex on 30th October 1888. She had been born on 6th August 1850 and so appears on the 1851 Census at the age of 8 months, again on the 1861 Census as a 10 year old Scholar and on the 1871 Census aged 20. Initially, there was no record found for her on the 1881 Census but she was on the 1891 Census with Edward Hector MacKay in Greenwich, but named as Minnie MacKay. Finally, on the 1901 Greenwich Census with Edward Hector, she is correctly named as Amelia. From this it was assumed that 'Minnie' was Edward Hector's pet-name for her, but we were wrong.
Amelia died on 18th March 1911 in Greenwich and when I obtained a copy of her Death Certificate, she was correctly named as Amelia Crossthwaite McKay, but I was surprised to find that the 'Informant' of her death was recorded as G. M. Cambridge, Daughter of 59 Mauritius Road. Clearly she was not a daughter of Edward Hector, so she must have been a daughter of Amelia's from a previous marriage, or as it turned out, relationship. It proved quite easy to find that G. M. Cambridge was Gladys Murial Cambridge and that she was married to Francis Edwin Cambridge. The record of her marriage showed that her maiden name was Lewis and that her Father was Henry Lewis, a Solicitor. This ultimately lead to the 1881 Census which recorded Henry Lewis, Solicitor, his Wife Minnie and their Daughter, Gladys Murial. There is no doubt that Minnie was Amelia Crossthwaite Kemp and that as it turned out, the 'Common-Law Wife' of Henry Lewis. No record has been found that Amelia/Minnie and Henry Lewis were married. At some point after the 1881 Census, Amelia/Minnie left Henry Lewis and by 1888 was in Tendring in Essex where she married Edward Hector MacKay.