STEPHANUS JOHANNES KEMPEN:
born 15th March 1808. He married Louisa Elizabeth Petronella De Villiers at Beaufort West 15th February 1835. They had 10 children. He died at Elandsfontein, Nieuweveld, 6th April 1881
LOUISA ELIZABETH PETRONELLA DE VILLIERS:
Born 19th November 1815 at Paarl. Died unknown.
Willem born 2nd February 1835
Catharina Louisa born 20th June 1837
Anna Petronella Cecelia born 12th June 1840
Louisa Elizabeth Petronella Kempen 4th April 1843
Abraham Jacobus born 12th September 1845
Stephanus Johannes Gerhardus born 23rd August 1848
Magdalena Francina Johanna born 8th August 1851
Jacobus Frederik Gerhardus born 16th May 1854
Petronella Susanna Catharina born 5th March 1857
Susilia Izabella Margaretha born 7th July 1860
WILLEM HENDRIK MARTHINUS ABRAHAM KEMPEN:
Born at Beaufort West 31st July 1818. He married twice.
He married Anna Margaretha Stoffelina Wilders. They had 10 children.
He married Magdalena Johanna Theron. They had 4 children. He farmed for most of his life at Ystervarkspoort, Loxton and he and AMS Wilders are buried there.
He died 16th January 1901 at Ystervarkspoort.
WHMA was born in Beaufort West. He farmed at Ystervarkspoort ( also spelt Yzervarkspoort ) near the present day hamlet of Loxton. He and his wife Anna lie buried on the farm which is today owned by the Wiese Family. Anna was WHMA’s first cousin. Anna’s mother and WHMA’s mother were sisters. I visited the graves in March 2000. Sadly, the small cemetery is in disrepair. Willem and Anna had 10 children and after her death in 1875 he married Magdalena Johanna Theron and they together produced another 4 children. WHMA was 67 when his last child was born.
Ystervarkspoort is the birthplace of many Kempens as the second, third and fourth generation farmed there. They then continued farming and moved to farms such as Beyersfontein on the fringe of the Victoria West district and Kromvlei in the Carnarvon district. In later years the family branched out to the towns of Prieska, Britstown, Hopetown, Warrenton and Pofadder.
WHMA headstone reads:
GEBOREN DE 31st JULLI 1818
OVERLEDEN DE 16DE JANUARI 1901
ZALIG ZYN DE DOODEN
DIE IN DEN HEERE STERVEN
OPDATZY RUSTEN MOOGEN
VAN HUNNUN ARBEID EN HUNNE WERKEN
VOLGEN MET HEN
ANNA MARGARETHA STOFFELINA WILDERS.
Born 2nd July 1821 at Quaggasfontein, Victoria West. She married her first cousin on 2nd July 1838. AMS Wilders was the daughter of Johannes Bernardus Wilders*abt 1797 at Beaufort West and Emmerentia Maria Nel*8 January 1795 (sister of Anna Catharina Nel, AMS’ mother-in-law). She died on 31st May 1875 at Ystervarkspoort, Loxton.
She lies buried at Ystervarkspoort
Her Headstone inscription reads
ANNA MARGRITA STOFFELINA KEMPEN GEBORE WILDERS. OVERLEEDEN DE 31 MY 1875 EN DE OUDERDOM VAN 54 JAAR 47 DAAGEN. WORD IK OOK BY MYNE VAADREN IN HET GRAF TER NEERGELEID. GOD ZAL EENS MYN STORVEN GAADREN LEEVEN DOEN VOOR DE EEUWIGHEID DAAR VERWACHT MY VOLGENOT BY MY MYN HEILAND EN MYN GOD
Willem born 1st February 1840
Anna Catharina Margaretha born 19th October 1843
Johannes Bernardus born 20th December 1845
Amerentia Maria born 2nd June 1847
Stephanus Johannes born 2nd September 1848
Gerhardus Petrus born 2nd January 1850
Cecelia Margaretha Isabella born 25th September 1852
Isabella Johanna Maria born 25th April 1855
Margaretha Johanna Stoffelina born 20th November 1856
Hendrik Marthinus Abraham born 1st October 1860
MAGDALENA JOHANNA THERON:
Born 21 August 1841 at Tulbagh. Daughter of Wouter Arnoldus Theron *abt 1815 at Tulbagh and Sara Gertruida Rossouw abt 1819 at Tulbagh. She married on 14th January 1876. She died about 1902.
A Family Bible commemorating the Marriage of WHMA and MJT has surfaced in the USA and is now in the possession of Evangelist Joel Hitchcock formerly of Caledon in the Cape Province
Wouter Arnoldus born 6th Febraury 1878
Willem Hendrik Marthinus Abraham born 6th September 1879
Sarah Gertruida born 12th November 1881
Magdalena Johanna born 8th November 1885
ANNA MARGARETHA HELENA KEMPEN:
Born 8th August 1821. She married Pieter Christiaan Wasserfall on 16th August 1847
GERHARDUS PETRUS KEMPEN:
Born 20th December 1823. Married Engela Maria Magdalena Esterhuizen on 22 April 1847 at Victoria West. They had 8 children. He died 5th April 1887 at Kromvlei, Carnarvon.
ENGELA MAGDALENA MARIA ESTERHUIZEN:
Born 13th April 1824. She was the daughter of Johannes Christoffel Esterhuizen and Huibrecht Botma She was baptised at Tulbagh
Willem born 25th March 1849
Wilhelmina Isabella born 18th February 1851
Anna Catherina born 3rd February 1854
Engela Maria Magdalena born 27th March 1856
Jacoba Louisa born 7th August 1858
Gerharda Petronella born 7th August 1858
Petronella Johanna Maria born 3rd February 1861
Gerhardus Petrus born 5th March 1864
PETRONELLA JOHANNA MARIA KEMPEN:
Born 17th June 1829. She married Frederik Albertus Oppel on 6th October 1845 at Victoria West.
CECELIA MARGARETHA ISABELLA KEMPEN:
Born 6th June 1832. She married Johannes Hendrik Claassens on 2nd April 1855 at Victoria West .