Birth: Manasseh Kempton was baptized on February 26, 1589/90
at Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland.
Death: He died on January 14, 1662/3, in Plymouth.
Ship: Anne or Little James, 1623
Life in England: Manasseh (also written Manasses) was the
son of George Kempton, whose other children included Ephraim,William,
Annis, and probably Francis. Manasseh went to Colchester, Essex where he
may have become involved with aSeparatist congregation. From there, he
joined Henry Jacob’s Separatist congregation in London in 1620.
Life in New England: Manasseh Kempton came over as a
single man in 1623. He was a freeman of Plymouth in 1633. He served as a
deputy to the Plymouth General Court and on anumber of juries and
committees. He owned land in several towns besides Plymouth, including
Eastham and Dartmouth, much of which he gave to his stepchildren.
Family: Manasseh married Julian (Carpenter) Morton, widow
of George Morton, before May 1627. She married George Morton in Leiden
on July 23, 1612, and had five children.The family came to Plymouth on
the Anne in 1623, and George died in June 1624. Manasseh and
Julian Kempton had no recorded children.
Children of George and Julian Morton (all born in Leiden, with the
possible exception of Ephraim):