An American Family History

Anna Maria Kessler Kemp

Shelby County, Ohio is in western Ohio and was formed in 1819 from Miami County.
Buildings in Clark County, Ohio ranged from simple log cabins to sophisticated Italianate and Gothic Revival structures.

In the War of 1812 (1812-1815) the United States declared war on England because of trade restrictions, impressment, and British support for Indian attacks. They signed the Treaty of Ghent on December 24, 1814 after reaching a stalemate.

Anna Maria (Mary) Kessler was born on June 3, 1794, in Rockingham County, Virginia. Her parents were Henry Kessler and Barbara Kenoyer.

She moved to Ohio with her family when she was a young woman. They were early pioneers.

She married George Kemp about 1816 in Clark County, Ohio. George was born on July 23, 1786 in Maryland. His parents were John Henry Kemp and Elizabetha Snow. George was a soldier in the War of 1812.

George and Mary's children included:
John Kemp (1817),
Samuel Henry Kemp (1821, married Sarah Jane Kieber),
Eliza J. Kemp Highlands (1825, married David Highlands),
Henry Kemp (1828, married Eliza Jane Gray),
Emanuel Kemp (1831, married Emma Roberts),
Lucinda Kemp Munch (1836, married William Mu), and
Silas Kemp (1838).

George and Mary were members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church

In 1820, the George Kemp family was in Green Township, Clark County, Ohio. The household consisted of a man between 26 and 44, a woman between 16 and 25 and two boys and a girl under 10.

In 1829 they moved to Shelby County, Ohio.

In 1850 the household was in Salem Township, Shelby County, Ohio. The household consisted of George age 68, Mary age 32 (sic), John age 32, Henry age 12, Mannal age 19, Lucina age 14, and Silas age 12.

George died on November 3, 1874 in Shelby County and Anna Maria followed in 1878.

Clark County, Ohio was formed March 1, 1817, from Champaign, Madison and Greene Counties. The first settlement was in 1796. The inhabitants of German Township were German Lutherans who came from Virginia.

Children of Henry Kessler and
Barbara Kenoyer
  • Catherine Kessler Smith
  • Henry Kesler
  • Simon Kessler
  • Barbara Kessler Peary
  • Mary Elizabeth Kessler Baker
  • John Kessler
  • Mary Magdalene Kessler Myers
  • Anna Maria Kessler Kemp
  • Shays's Rebellion was an armed uprising in Massachusetts in 1786 and 1787. Daniel Shays led four thousand rebels (Shaysites) in rising up against perceived economic injustices.

    Daniel Shays and Job Shattuck
    from Bickerstaff's Boston Almanack

    In 1831 Page County, Virginia was created from Rockingham and Shenandoah Counties. Originally it was part of Frederick County.

    Rockingham County, Virginia was established in 1778 from Augusta County. European settlement began in the 1740s.
    American pioneers migrated west to settle areas not previously inhabited by European Americans.

    In 1607 the London Company established Virginia as the first permanent New World English colony.




    From the History of Shelby County, Ohio

    Henry Kemp was born in Clarke County, Ohio, in 1828; came with his father's family to Shelby county in 1829. He married Eliza J. Gray in 1852.

    They have seven children, Phoebe J., born 1852; John H., born 1855; Mary A. born 1857; Lavina B. born 1859, George C., born 1861, Emanuel E. born 1863, and Samuel N. born 1865.

    George Kemp, the father of the above, was a pensioner from the war of 1812, came to Shelby County in 1839, and settled on section 1, Salem Township. He died in 1876, in his 89th year; Mrs. Kemp, his wife, died in 1878.


    Died 3 November George Kemp, Salem Twp., age 82. Born in Maryland July 23, 1786. Moved to Virginia when small and at age 15 to Clark Co., Ohio where he married and lived until 1839 when he came to Salem Twp.

    Was a soldier of the War of 1812. He lost his sight 10 years ago. He was a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church from early youth. A few days before he died, he fell and broke his thigh.

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