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  • Pilgrim Village Families Sketch: Manasseh Kempton

    Robert Charles Anderson

    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):

    • Nathaniel was born about 1613.He married (1) Lydia Cooper on December 25, 1635, in Plymouth and had eight children. He married (2) Anne (Pritchard) Templar in Plymouth on April 29, 1674. He died in June 1685.
    • Patience was born about 1615. She married (1) John Faunce in Plymouth by 1633 and had eight children. She married (2) Thomas Whitney after June 9, 1660. She died in Plymouth on August 16, 1691.
    • John was born about 1617. He married Lettice _____ by 1649 and had nine children. He died in Middleboro in 1673.
    • Sarah was born about 1620. She married George Bonham on December 20, 1644, in Plymouth and had four children. She died in Plymouth in 1694.
    • Ephraim was born by 1623. He married Ann Cooper on November 18, 1644, in Plymouth and had nine children. He died in 1693.
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