Richard Kemp was born in about 1721 in Fairfax County, Virginia. His parents were John Kemp and his wife, Mary (Ball) Kemp. Richard was their 4th child (of 6) and 3rd son. The family had just moved from their Bolton plantation on the Chesapeake Bay in Charles County, Maryland, to northern Virginia when Richard was born. They were members of the Society of Friends or Quakers. The land where they settled would become part of Loudon County, Virginia, when it was formed in 1757, so many family genealogies say Richard was born in that county.
On 29 January 1745 Richard Kemp married fellow Quaker Susannah Piggott, b: 1 March 1723, at Loudon MM, Fairfax (later Loudon) County, Virginia. The couple moved to the Cane Creek Quaker settlement in Orange (later Alamance) County, North Carolina. They had 6 children:
Joseph Kemp b: 1750 in Cane Creek, Orange, NC
Margery Kemp b: 31 Oct. 1759 in Cane Creek, Orange, NC
Susanna Kemp b: 1761 in Cane Creek, Orange, NC
Richard Kemp b: 1762 in Cane Creek, Orange, NC
Prudence Kemp b: 1767 in Cane Creek, Orange Co., NC
Rachel Kemp b: 24 Jan 1772 in Cane Creek, Orange, NC
The Kemps were a very devout and devoted Quaker family. Susannah (Piggott) Kemp died on September 11, 1781, at Cane Creek, Orange Co., NC. Her husband survived her passing but only by 7 months. He died on April 9, 1782 and they were buried next to each other in the Cane Creek Monthly Meeting Cemetery, Snow Camp, Alamance County, North Carolina, USA.
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Richard by comparing test results with other
carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known yDNA or mtDNA test-takers in his direct paternal or maternal line.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Richard: