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The county was formed in 1746 from Edgecombe County. It was named for John Carteret, 1st Earl Granville, who as heir to one of the eight original Lords Proprietors of the Province of Carolina, claimed one eighth of the land granted in the charter of 1665. The claim was established as consisting of approximately the northern half of North Carolina and this territory came to be known as the Granville District.

In 1752 parts of Granville County, Bladen County, and Johnston County were combined to form Orange County. In 1764 the eastern part of Granville County became Bute County. Finally, in 1881 parts of Granville County, Franklin County, and Warren County were combined to form Vance County. Source Wikipedia

The county seat of Granville County is Oxford. The county is divided into the following townships: Brassfield, Dutchville, Fishing Creek, Oak Hill, Oxford, Salem, Sassafras Fork, Tally Ho, and Walnut Grove.

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Census

1790 Federal Census – surnames only – constructed from Tax lists

1800 Federal Census Index – by last name only

1810 Federal Census Index – by last name only

1820 Federal Census Index – by last name only

1830 Federal Census Index – by last name only

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Tax Records

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1760 Tax list

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Cemeteries

USGS listing of cemeteries in Granville County

Cemetery Transcriptions

Granville County Cemetery Census

Query Forums

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GaryPace on “Kemps of Wake Co. / Ganville Co. NC”

I am researching the Henry Kemp family of NC, Henry and some of his children (and their families) moved to Smith & Wilson Counties of TN about 1805, the rest of his children and their families remaining in the Wake Co./Granville Co., NC area. I am trying to define Henry’s parents and siblings. Henry’s father is likely a Richard Kemp. Here is what I know of these Kemps – any other info about them, elaboration of their families, spouses, parents, siblings, dates, etc would be appreciated. I am trying to definitively push back the Kemp lines from Henry, so need to start with more info about his putative father, Richard. A major question of great importance is who are Richard’s parents and siblings – could Moses Kemp be a sibling? Thank you for your consideration, Gary Pace g.j.pace@comcast.net

I am looking for all info about Henry’s children & families remaining in NC:

John Kemp (~1757 – ?), born in NC
Jesse Kemp (~1772 – ~1813), born in NC, married Mary Fullager (~1763 – ~1840) ~Oct. 1783. They had 13 children. All I know of these children is:
*****Drury Kemp (~1790 – 1850<) [1850 USC/ZTN], born in NC, married Sarah (Sally) Mangum (~1798 – 14 May 1843), daughter of John and Sarah Mangum, 28 Jan. 1815 in Wake Co., NC. Sally passed in Wake Co., NC.
*****Jesse Kemp (~1795 – 7 Aug. 1865) [1850 USC/ZTN], born in Wake Co., NC, married Martha Unknown (~1795 – 1850<) [1850 USC/ZTN], born in NC, ~1819. Jesse was a farmer.

Wake County North Carolina County Court Minutes 1793 thru 1796 Page 113 (133)
Ordered that Thomas Dean, Samuel Thompson Jr., William Martin Junr and Jesse Kemp be patrolers in Capt. Dread Roger’s district.

The land associated with the Purefoy-Chappell House was owned during the early 1830s by Jesse Kemp, a substantial land owner who gave his name to a stream a half mile to the east of this lot, Kemp’s Spring Branch, which was later shortened to Spring Branch. Jesse Kemp sold one acre of his land on December 30, 1837 to James Simpson Purefoy for fifty dollars. (Wake County Deed Book 14:63, Wake County Court House, Raleigh, North Carolina.)

Henry Kemp and his family who went to TN were:

Henry B. Kemp (1731/1736/1739/1740/1743 – February 15, 1819<) [1790 USC/WNC] married Dinah Unknown (? – February 15, 1819<) ~1756. He was born in Queen Annes Co., MD (?) / Orange Co., NC (?) / VA (?), and emigrated prior to April 1745 with his father Richard to Johnston Co., NC. After Wake County was created from Johnston, Cumberland and Orange Counties, Henry, about 1804 – 1806, migrated from Wake Co., NC, to Wilson Co., TN, and then later to the Defeated Creek area of Smith Co., TN. Some sources have the migration beginning from Granville Co., NC, which was just north of Wake Co., NC. He died in Smith Co., TN. The extent of his issue is not definitively known.

Rebecca Kemp (~1755 – ~1833) was born in Caswell Co., NC and died in Wilson Co., TN. On 20 Jun. 1781, in Wake Co., NC, she married 1) Roger Reece Jr. (1751/1760 – 1798), son of Roger and Fanny Reece, born in Caswell Co., NC, 20 June 1781 in Wake Co., NC; they had six children. Roger and Sarah Reece (Richard Kemp’s wife) were siblings. On 4 Nov. 1799, Rebecca married 2) Fielding Neal in Granville Co., NC. (This is the same day that her brother Richard Kemp married Sarah Reece, sister of her late husband Roger!)

Murphy Kemp (21 Mar. 1770 – 1851/1860) was born in Granville/Wake Co., NC and married Sarah Seay/See (22 Apr. 1775 – <1825). They had four sons and five daughters.

Burrell P. Kemp Sr. (~1760/1771 – 1 Sep. 1827) was born in NC/VA and married Nancy Foster/Fauster/Fouster (1765/1775 – 1835) on 15 Dec. 1791 [WCNCMR], in Wake Co., NC. He died in Cainsville, Wilson Co., TN, she in Scott Co., IL. (Nancy Foster’s parents may have been John and Maria Johnston Foster.) They had four sons and five daughters.

Richard Kemp (1774 – 1850<) was born in NC, was literate and married Barbara (Sarah) Reece (~1780 – <1875), born in Caswell Co., NC, daughter of Roger and Fanny Reece, on 4 November 1799 [GCNCMR] in Granville Co., NC, marriage bond 5303. Roger (Rebecca Kemp’s husband) and Sarah Reece were siblings. They had three sons and two daughters.

Solomon Kemp (1782 – 1861/1869), born in Wake Co., NC, married twice, first to Judah (Juda) Lankford (~1784 – ?), daughter of William Lankford and Amanda Stone, on 7 Feb. 1801 [GCNCMR] in Granville Co, NC, then to Hannah (1788 – ?), also from NC. Solomon and Judah had four sons and five daughters.

Here’s what I have found in NC records re Henry Kemp and his father Richard Kemp.

1754 [Johnston 1754 or before] A list of Soldiers belonging to Capt. Edward Powers containing 75 men includes “Henery Kemp” and “Richard Kemp, Clark”

Avera Parham – March 1798-Wake Co., NC A Deed from James Kirkham to Henry Kemp
proved by Avera Parham. Also a Deed from Drury Parham to Wm. Wynn proved by Wm.
Partin??(Parham).

Deed Book Q Granville County, North Carolina 1797-1802
p. 146 Richard Banks of Wake Co, NC deed to Henry Kemp of Granville Co June 2, 1797

ABSTRACTS OF THE EARLY DEEDS WAKE COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA 1785-1802
by JOSEPH W. WATSON, Published by JOSEPH W. WATSON 406 Piedmont Ave. Rocky Mount, N. C. 1978

Deed Book Q
p. 89 HENRY KEMP of Granville Co., N. C. to JESSE GILL of Wake Co., March 19, 1798, for 250 pds. N. C. currency a tract of 160 acres in Wake Co. on the north side of Nuce River and on both sides of Newlight Creek adjoining JOHN DAVIS, SIMS, and Bells Road. Wit: JOHN RAY, WM. BARLOW.

Deed Book R Granville County, North Carolina 1801-1805
p. 369 Henry Kemp of Granville Co deed to Turner Bobbett of Franklin co, NC September 25, 1804

Deed Book S Granville County, North Carolina 1805-1806
p. 205 Henry Kemp of Granville Co, deed to Edward Fletcher of Franklin Co, NC October 8, 1804

Wynette Parks Haun, Court Minutes 1777 thru 1784, Book I, Wake County, North Carolina. Wake County, North Carolina County Court Minutes (Abstracts)
1777 thru 1784, Book I
Wynette Parks Haun

Note: Dates used are the dates the sessions began.

01 Mar 1779 The Court met according to Adjournment. Present The Worshipfull Joel LANE, Joseph DAVIS, Richard BANKS, Esquires Justices.
Ordered that the following Persons attend the next Court to be held for this County as Jurors to wit — list includes Henry Kemp.

06 Dec 1779 Ordered that the following Persons attend the next County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions to be held for the County of Wake on the first Monday in March 1780, to wit as Jurors — list includes Henry Kemp.

Ancestry.com North Carolina Marriage Collection 1741-2004
John Kemp to Viney Peace 5 Jan 1840 Granville Co NC ? – probably related to Anne Kemp, below
Richard Kemp to Sarah Peace 4 Nov 1799 Granville Co NC – son of Henry B. Kemp
Richard Kemp to Sarah Reace 4 Nov 1799 Granville Co NC – same as above; “Reece” is the likely name
Solomon Kemp to Judah Langford 7 Feb 1801 Granville Co NC – son of Henry B. Kemp
Anne Kemp to William Mangrum 12 Dec 1782 Wake Co NC ? – probably related to John Kemp, above
Braswell Kemp to Nancy Fauster 15 Dec 1791 Wake Co NC – son of Henry B. Kemp
Drury Kemp to Sally Mangum 28 Jan 1815 Wake Co NC – s/o Jesse Kemp, gnds/o Henry B. Kemp
Hicksey Kemp to Jeremiah Shaw 22 Nov 1804 Wake Co NC – daughter of Moses Kemp
Rebecca Kemp to Roger Reace 20 June 1781 Wake Co NC – daughter of Henry B. Kemp
Sarah Kemp to Jesse Forest 26 Mar 1789 Wake Co NC ?
William Kemp to Elizabeth Pope 28 Sep 1840 Wake Co NC ?
Barnett Kemp to Mary McKee 23 Feb 1810 Caswell Co NC ??? probably not our Kemps
Elizabeth Kemp to Reubin Smith 1 Mar 1818 Caswell Co NC ?
Matilda Kemp to John Henslee Jr. 2 Apr 1816 Caswell Co NC ??

Granville County (Beaverdam District), North Carolina has the following tax lists for Kemps. Note that the order of appearance of names on the lists matches the birth order of Henry’s sons and confirms the order and approximate ages of their births.

1769, 1771 and 1784 – No Kemps listed.
1796 – Henry – 400 Acres – 1 white & 1 black poll.
Murfrey – No land – 1 (free or white) poll – no slaves.
1797 – Henery – 550 Acres – 1 white, 3 black polls.
Murfy – no land – 1 white.
Burrel – no land – 1 white..
1798 – Henry – 650 Acres – 3 blacks.
Murphey – no land – 1 white.
Burril – no land – 1 white.
1800 – Henry – 750 Acres – 2 whites.
Murphy – no land – 1 white.
Burrel – no land – 1 white.
1801 – Henry – 650 Acres – 1 white – 1 black.
Murphy – no land – 1 white.
Burwell – no land – 1 white.
Richard – no land – 1 white.
1802 – Henry – 650 Acres – 2 white – 1 black.
Murphey – no land – 1 white.
Burrel – no land – 2 white – 1 black
Richard – no land – 1 white.
1803 – Henry – 450 Acres – no white – 1 black.
Murphet – no land – 1 white.
Burwell – no land – 1 white.
1804 – Henry – 350 Acres – 1 black.
Murphet – 100 Acres – 1 white.
Burwel – 100 Acres – 1 white – 1 black.
Richard – no land – 1 white.
Solomon – no land – 1 white.
1805 – Richard – no land – 1 white.
Solomon – no land – 1 white.
No Kemps listed in 1806 and 1808.

1790 U.S. Census, Wake Co., NC (this was the first US Census)
= Jesse Kemp, head of household
1 free white male 16 or older, including the head of the family
(Jesse)
1 free white males under 16
(Drury)
2 free white females
(Mary & TBD)
= John Kemp, head of household
3 free white male 16 or older, including the head of the family
(John)
3 free white females
= Richard Kemp, head of household
1 free white male 16 or older, including the head of the family
(Richard)
3 free white males under 16
2 free white females
= Henry Kemp, head of household
3 free white males 16 or older, including the head of the family
(Henry, Burrell Sr., & Murphy)
3 free white males under 16
(Richard, Solomon, TBD)
1 free white female
(Dinah)

1800 U.S. Census, Wake Co., NC
= Jesse Kemp, head of household
1 free white male 45 or older, including the head of the family
1 free white female 45 or older

1800 U.S. Census, Granville Co., NC
= Henry Kemp, head of household
2 males 16 to 25
1 male 45 or older
1 female 45 or older
7 slaves
= Burrell Kemp, head of household
2 males under 10
1 male 26 to 44
2 females under 10
1 female 16 to 25
1 slave
= Murphey Kemp, head of household
4 males under 10
1 male 26 to 44
1 female 26 to 44
= Bunel Kemp, head of household
2 males under 10
1 male 10 to 15
1 male 26 to 44
3 females under 10
1 female 26 to 44
= Richard Kemp, head of household
1 male 16 to 25
1 female under 10
1 female 16 to 25

The following Kemps were listed in the 1800 U.S. Census of North Carolina, but not in the following 1810 U.S. Census: Henry, Burrell, Burrett, Isaac, Jesse, Jesse, Joseph, Joseph Jr., Joseph Sr., Murphy, Richard and Zebulon. There is no trace of Henry Kemp or any of his children in the 1810 US Census, leading to the unlikely speculation that the whole family was on the move during the census periods at both their points of departures and arrival.




mminorhsd on “John Minor Family”

In my research of the Minor family history, I’ve hit a road block in Granville County, NC. late 1700s. I found a listing for John Minor on ancestry.com that shows he is buried in the “minor burying ground”, and also that he was listed as being a revolutionary war soldier.

Does anyone know of a listing or map of old burial sites in Granville County? I plan on visiting that area in late 2009 and would like to be able to locate the cemetery.


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Cities and towns of Granville County:

Bullock
Butner
Creedmoor
Northside
Oxford (County Seat)
Stem
Stovall

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