NORTHERN NEW YORK
Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people
in the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
Transcribed by Coralynn Brown
Simon Kemp, born in Scotland, died in Edinburgh, Scotland. He had a liberal education and was an educator and writer of note, having a private academy for many years in Edinburgh. He was prominent in the temperance movement.
He married Wilhelmina Burns.
1. James, mentioned below.
2. Rev. Alexander Ferrie, who was a Presbyterian minister; came to Canada as chaplain of a regiment of Highlanders; became pastor of St. Gabriel's Presbyterian church at Montreal; was first president of the Ottawa Ladies' College; editor of the Canada Presbyterian; pastor of the Presbyterian church at Joliet, Illinois.
3. Simon, was a master mariner; died at sea; had charge of a government transport in the Crimean war.
(II) James, son of Simon Kemp, was born in Port Glasgow, Scotland, 1828, died in British Columbia, 1894. He was a college graduate and a teacher in Scotland; came to Canada in 1854 and was a teacher of the classics in the Montreal high school; principal of the Royal Arthur School; removed to British Columbia and engage in the real estate business, which he carried on the remainder of his life.
He married (first) in Scotland, Jessie Laurie, a native of the Shetland Isles.
1. James Alexander, now a builder and contractor of Los Angeles, California.
2. William B., a marine engineer of Vancouver, British Columbia.
He married (second) in 1868, Margaret Patterson, of Montreal, born in 1839, died in 1874.
Children of second wife:
3. Patrick Arkley, mentioned below.
4. Margaret Stanley, principal of the Winnebago, Minnesota, high school.
(III) Patrick Arkley, son of James Kemp, was born in Montreal, Canada, March 23, 1869. He attended the schools of his native city, and began his business career as clerk in the auditing office of the General Trunk Railroad at Montreal. After a year he went to British Columbia, where he followed ranching for three years. In 1888 he became a compositor in the office of the Montreal Star, and worked at this trade as printer in various offices in that city until 1893 when he bought the Huntington Enterprise at Huntington, Quebec. He conducted this newspaper and a printing business there until 1894 when he sold out. He worked on various newspapers during the next two years in New York and New Hampshire.
He became the editor of the Adirondack, at Lake Placid, N.Y., where he remained from 1896 to 1899. Since then he has been editor and manager of the Tupper Lake Herald at Tupper Lake, N.Y.
In politics he is a Republican. He is a charter member of Mount Arab Lodge, No. 847, Free and Accepted Masons, of Tupper Lake, and has been its secretary from the first. He is a member of Excelsior Lodge, No. 17, Independent Order of Odd Fellow, Huntington, Quebec; of the Independent Order of Foresters and of the Maccabees of Tupper Lake.
In religion he is a Presbyterian. He married, in 1895, Henrietta, born Ticonderoga, N.Y., daughter of Thomas and Betsey (Manley) Sinclair, of Ticonderoga, N.Y. They have no children.
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