In the wills and testaments of our early Emptage ancestors and in the occupations given in the early parish registers, there are several references to a person being a yeoman. What was a yeoman?
To recap, as at the time of the 1841 census, there were four Emptage trees, two in Thanet, one in Sheppey and Grimsby, one in Barbados and we are seeking to prove that the descendants of all four trees are genetically linked. We have Team Emptage members who represent all four trees but only the […]
Our theory is that all those with the name Emptage are descended from the same ancestor who originated in Thanet and we would like to prove it.
To do so, we need to connect all the dots or, at least, as many dots as we can but what can we do if the paper trail is lost?
As family historians, we are detectives and all detectives have a kit to take along on the trail as they search.
That the Emptages of the Isle of Sheppey were genetically linked to at least one branch of the Emptages of the Isle of Thanet has been proved by DNA tests.
Whilst the chances of finding a documented paper trail confirming the link are highly unlikely, the study of the baptism and marriage parish registers, coupled with the use or re-use of certain names, has identified the Emptages who probably migrated from Thanet to Sheppey, the place that they stopped at along the way and when the migration happened.
We can trace the origins of all the Emptages in the UK at the time of the census in 1841 back to three places in Kent: the Isle of Thanet, the Isle of Sheppey or Dover.
But between 1560 and 1840 there were many baptisms elsewhere, both in the wider Kent county and outside of Kent including the London/Surrey/Middlesex areas. What happened to those children and to their descendants?