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Sir Thomas Kempe, MP, of Wye in Kent

Also Known As: "Thomas Kemp", "Sir Thomas Kempe Of Olantye"
Birthdate: (78)
Birthplace: Olantigh, Wye, Kent, England
Death: March 7, 1591 (74-82)
Wye, Kent, England
Place of Burial: Wye, Kent, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir William Kempe, II and Eleanor Kempe
Husband of Lady Anne (Amy) Kempe; Joan Fermor, and Cecily - Catherine Kempe, of Eastchurch
Father of Sir Thomas Kempe; William Kempe; Reginald Kempe; Edward Kempe; Elyn Kempe and 6 others
Brother of Emiline Kempe; John Kempe; Cecilia Kempe; Anthony Kemp, Esq. of Slyndon; Edward Kempe and 5 others
Half brother of Anne Fogge and Alice Fogge

Occupation: Gentleman Of The Court And Sheriff Of Kent
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About Sir Thomas Kempe, MP, of Wye in Kent

  • KEMPE, Sir Thomas (1517-91), of Wye, Kent.
  • Family and Education
  • b. 1517, 1st s. of Sir William Kempe of Wye by Eleanor, da. and h. of Robert Browne. m. (1) bef. June 1543, Katherine (or Cicely), da. of Sir Thomas Cheyne†, 5da.; (a) by 1560, Amy (or Anne), da. and coh. of Sir Thomas Moyle† of Eastwell, 7s.; (3) aft. or in 1571, Joan, da. of Richard Fermor†, wid. of Robert Wilford, merchant taylor of London, and of Sir John Mordaunt†, 2nd Lord Mordaunt, s.p. suc. fa. 1539. Kntd. 1547.2
  • Offices Held
    • Household official, prob. by 1537; j.p. Kent from c.1554, rem. by 1582, sheriff 1555-6, 1564-5.3
  • Biography
  • In May 1540, over a year after his father’s death, Kempe was granted livery of his lands in Kent, and by his second marriage, and by purchase, he increased his property in the county until he was a considerable landowner. His inquisition post mortem gives a long list of Kent manors, including the Moyle inheritance in the Bonnington district, and land in Crundale, Olantigh, Stowting, Waltham and other parts of the county. In March 1549 he and his father-in-law, Sir Thomas Cheyne, received a joint grant of the manors of Tremworth and Fames, formerly belonging to the college of All Saints, Maidstone, with the advowson of Crundale rectory. After the death of Sir Thomas, Kempe bought the manor and castle of Chilham from the heir, Henry Cheyne.4
  • The first reference found to his court career is at Queen Jane Seymour’s funeral in November 1537, when he was one of the four ‘henchmen that sat upon the chariot horses’. He attended the Earl of Suffolk in the party which met Anne of Cleves on her arrival at Dover, and in the summer of 1543 Sir Thomas Cheyne asked that he should be sent to Guisnes, ‘to gain experience’. No details of any military service have been found. He was evidently in some household office during 1546, since two receipts survive, signed by him, for jugs and knives bought for the King.5 After his knighthood at the beginning of Edward VI’s reign he may have retired from the court.
  • In Kent he was an important official for over 30 years, serving as justice of the peace, sheriff and commissioner for sewers, an office which he held as early as 1540. In 1552 he sat on the commission for church goods in the lathe of Shepway, and during Mary’s reign there are references to his providing post horses for King Philip on his way through Kent, and supervising the enrolment of troops and the erection of beacons when an invasion was expected in 1558. In September 1565 he was one of those who met Lady Cecilia of Sweden at Dover and escorted her on her way to London. He sat in Parliament once only, being chosen at a by-election on 6 Feb. 1559 to replace the county’s first choice, Sir Richard Sackville, who chose to sit for Sussex.
  • Kempe was a generous benefactor to his own district of Wye, maintaining an almshouse there ‘only upon his charity zeal’. Towards the end of his life he agreed to repave the north aisle of Wye church, where his ancestors were buried, at his own cost, his ‘sesses’ for church repairs being consequently remitted from 1588 to his death. Further afield he was perhaps less generous: in September 1561 he was reported for not having paid his £10 towards the loan for Rochester bridge.6
  • In 1564 all the Kent justices of the peace were described by the archbishop of Canterbury as at least ‘outwardly conformable’ in religion. However, after his third marriage Kempe began to cause the ecclesiastical authorities anxiety. In 1578 he and his wife were noted by the ecclesiastical visitors as not having received communion, Kempe was put off the commission of the peace, and in 1583 he and ‘divers of their families’ were charged with absenting themselves from church. Lady Kempe was ‘a hindrance to true religion [who] refuseth stubbornly to communicate’. Kempe died 7 Mar. 1591, and was buried at Wye, 22 Mar. His inquisition post mortem, taken in June the same year, gives the age of the heir, his son Thomas, as 39. Four of his five daughters married Elizabethan Members—Thomas Chicheley, William Cromer, Richard Lee and Thomas Shirley I.7
  • Ref Volumes: 1558-1603
  • Author: N. M. Fuidge
  • Notes
  • 1. Did not serve for the full duration of the Parliament.
  • 2. E150/493/2; Vis. Kent (Harl. Soc. lxxv), 62-3; LP Hen. VIII, xviii(1), pp. 380-1; xv. 403; CPR, 1548-9, pp. 291-2; Hasted. Kent, ii. 334 et passim; CP, ix. 196; F. H. Kemp, Gen. Hist. Kemp and Kempe Fams. ped. opp. p. 14.
  • 3. LP Hen. VIII, xii(2) p. 373; CPR, 1553-4, p. 20.
  • 4. E150/493/2; C142/228/49; LP Hen. VIII, xv. 403; CPR, 1548-9, pp. 291-2; 1566-9, p. 303; T. Philipott, Villare Cantianum, 116.
  • 5. LP Hen. VIII, xii(2), p. 373; xiv(2), p. 200; xviii(1), pp. 380-1; xxi(2), pp. 400, 404.
  • 6. LP Hen. VIII, xvi. 14; Arch. Cant. viii. 86; xvii. 227-8; APC, vi. 69; CSP Dom. 1547-80, p. 258; Add. 1547-65, pp. 472-3; G. E. Hubbard, Old Bk. of Wye, 82, 113.
  • 7. Cam. Misc. ix(3), pp. 8, 57-8; C. S. Orwin and S. Williams, Hist. Wye Church and Coll. 61, 79, 81-3; C142/228/49; Vis. Kent
  • From: http://www.historyofparliamentonline.org/volume/1558-1603/member/kempe-sir-thomas-1517-91
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  • Sir Thomas Kempe, Sheriff of Kent1,2,3,4,5
  • M, b. circa 1513, d. 7 March 1591
  • Father Sir William Kempe, Sheriff of Kent6,7 b. 1487, d. 28 Jan 1539
  • Mother Eleanor Browne6,7 b. c 1485
  • Sir Thomas Kempe, Sheriff of Kent was born circa 1513 at of Olantigh, Wye, Kent, England. He married Katherine Cheney, daughter of Sir Thomas Cheney and Frediswith Frowich, circa 1535; They had 3 daughters (Frideswide; Margaret, wife of Sir Thomas Shirley; & Alice, wife of Sir James Hales).2,4 Sir Thomas Kempe, Sheriff of Kent married Amy Moyle, daughter of Sir Thomas Moyle, Speaker of the House of Commons, Burgess of Rochester & Lynn, Sheriff of Kent and Katherine Jordan, on 19 January 1550 at Eastwell, Kent, England; They had 6 sons (Sir Thomas; Reginald, Gent; Moyle; Moyle; William; & George).8,2,3,4 A settlement for the marriage Sir Thomas Kempe, Sheriff of Kent and Joan Fermor was made on 20 December 1571; No issue.2,4 Sir Thomas Kempe, Sheriff of Kent died on 7 March 1591 at Cornwall, England; Living with her step-son, Moyle Kempe.2 He was buried on 22 March 1591 at Wye, Kent, England.9,4 His estate was probated in 1592.2
  • Family 1 Katherine Cheney b. c 1517, d. b 1550
  • Marriage* He married Katherine Cheney, daughter of Sir Thomas Cheney and Frediswith Frowich, circa 1535; They had 3 daughters (Frideswide; Margaret, wife of Sir Thomas Shirley; & Alice, wife of Sir James Hales).2,4
  • Child
    • Anne Kempe+10,5 b. c 1546, d. c 1623
  • Family 2 Amy Moyle b. c 1529
  • Marriage* Sir Thomas Kempe, Sheriff of Kent married Amy Moyle, daughter of Sir Thomas Moyle, Speaker of the House of Commons, Burgess of Rochester & Lynn, Sheriff of Kent and Katherine Jordan, on 19 January 1550 at Eastwell, Kent, England; They had 6 sons (Sir Thomas; Reginald, Gent; Moyle; Moyle; William; & George).8,2,3,4
  • Child
    • Sir Thomas Kempe+2 b. 7 Nov 1551, d. b 10 Dec 1607
  • Family 3 Joan Fermor b. c 1521
  • Marriage Settlement* A settlement for the marriage Sir Thomas Kempe, Sheriff of Kent and Joan Fermor was made on 20 December 1571; No issue.2,4
  • Citations
  • 1.[S6699] Unknown author, Plantagenet Ancestry of 17th Century Colonists, by David Faris, p. 207; The Royal Descents of 500 Immigrants, by Gary Boyd Roberts, p. 231.
  • 2.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 556.
  • 3.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 218.
  • 4.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 276-277.
  • 5.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. IV, p. 326.
  • 6.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 555-556.
  • 7.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 275-276.
  • 8.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 534.
  • 9.[S61] Unknown author, Family Group Sheets, SLC Archives.
  • 10.[S11568] The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom, by George Edward Cokayne, Vol. IV, p. 160-161.
  • From: http://our-royal-titled-noble-and-commoner-ancestors.com/p732.htm#i21989
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  • Cecily (Catherine) CHENEY
  • Born: ABT 1517, Shurland House, Eastchurch, Kent, England
  • Died: BEF 1550
  • Father: Thomas CHENEY (Sir Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports)
  • Mother: Frideswide FROWICH
  • Married: Thomas KEMPE (son of William Kempe and Eleanor Browne) ABT 1540, Kent, England
  • Children:
    • 1. Anne KEMPE (b. ABT 1544 - d. 1622) (m. Thomas Shirley)
    • 2. Frydeswide KEMPE
    • 3. Margaret KEMPE (m. William Cromer)
    • 4. Alice KEMPE (m.1 James Hales - m.2 Richard Lee)
    • 5. Ellen KEMPE
  • From: http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/CHENEY.htm#Cecily (Catherine) CHENEY1
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Sir Thomas Kempe, MP, of Wye in Kent's Timeline

1513
January 24, 1513
Wye, Kent, England
1544
December 26, 1544
Age 31
Sussex, England
1546
1546
Age 32
Ollantigh, Kent, England
1548
1548
Age 34
Olantigh, Wye, Kent, England
1551
November 7, 1551
Age 38
Chilham, Kent, England
1557
January 24, 1557
Age 44
Wye, Kent, England
1563
1563
Age 49
Norwich, Norfolk, England
1565
1565
Age 51
Born after 1565