John H. Kemp was born in Daviess county, June 24, 1847, and is a son of John and Ellen Kemp, the former a native of Indiana, and the latter of Virginia, who came to this county in 1838. They had six children, as follows: John H., the subject of this sketch, Francis M., Mary J., Martha E., and Martin L. John H. Kemp lives on the old homestead, and his mother lives with him; his father died in March, 1865.
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John H. Kemp was married, November 22, 1877, to Miss Amelia J. Brown, who was born in this county March 2, 1858, and died May, 1879. They had one child, Etna, born April 29, 1879.