This website and study of the Emptage family of Thanet and the One Name Study of the Emptages worldwide is a team effort.
Susan Morris, daughter of Eileen Emptage, is the one who had the bright idea of having such a website but generally tries to blame David Emptage for it, especially when faced with the initial steep learning curve of designing and managing the website.
David Lindsey Emptage did nothing to deter Susan from her crazy idea but everything to encourage her, as did Pat and Tim when she met them in Margate in April 2013 at the Dedication Service of the Victory Lugger Memorial Stone.
Our friends at Strix technica provide technical know-how when Susan yells for help, especially when she is threatening to throw the computer through the window because the website is being particularly recalcitrant. (Translate that as Susan not being able to work out how to do something.)
Susan is the website editor and manager. The website and the research has developed far beyond anything ever envisaged in 2013 and Tim Emptage is now assisting by uploading and publishing some of the articles so that the flow is not interrupted whilst Susan is off researching or building databases.
David Emptage is our aboriculturist (tree grower). He has established an enormous family tree on Ancestry.com, gathering together many people from around the world who are descended from the Emptages of Thanet and is engaged in the same exercise for the Emptages of Sheppey and Grimsby. DNA testing has proved the genetic relationship between the Thanet and Sheppey Emptages.
Analysis of the 1841 census shows that, at that time, there were three branches of Emptages in England, two in the Isle of Thanet and one in the Isle of Sheppey with Sheppey descendants having started a sub branch in Grimsby.
By 1841, some descendants of the Thanet Emptages had emigrated to Ohio, USA and had begun a branch there.
There were also Emptages/Emtages in Barbados.
Joan, Mary, Tessa, Andrew, Mark and Tim are descended from the Henry Emptage and Ann Peal branch of the Isle of Thanet Emptages.
Pat, Susan and David are descended from the Humphrey Emptage and Catherine Pearce/Pierce branch of the Isle of Thanet Emptages.
Evelyn and Roger are descended from William Emptage and Ann Fisher, the Isle of Sheppey Emptages.
Michele is descended from John Emptage, who found his way to Barbados, married in Elizabeth Stafford in 1764 and began establishing the branch there. Michele is an expert on the Emptages and Emtages of Barbados and is engaged in the hunt for the origins of that first John Emptage. DNA testing has confirmed the relationship between the Emptages of Thanet and Barbados.
Mary is our Wills Project expert and is working on identifying and establishing the links between the early Emptages (1560 – 1700).
Pat provides David with very able assistance as they seek to solve tree conundrums. She has become our Margate cemetery expert, delving into cemetery records and unearthing several Emptages who would otherwise have stayed buried, figuratively speaking.
Andrew took many of the photos of WWI graves on our In Memoriam page.
Mark is our American member, descended from Emptages who emigrated from Thanet to Ohio in America in 1835. He contacts and co-ordinates American Emptages wherever he can find them.
Mark is also our DNA Study co-ordinator.
Tim is our military expert, spending long hours delving into the records in the National Archives in London.
Two of our team members live in Australia, two in the USA and eight in England.
The team members have not only provided their own research and ideas for articles but also a good deal of encouragement. Without them, this website would just be a shadow of what it has become, a gathering together of our Emptage heritage from Thanet and beyond.
|Evelyn Skinner||Read Evelyn’s profile here|
|Joan Leary||Read Joan’s profile here|
|Mary Clark||Read Mary’s profile here|
|Michele Martin-Taylor||Read Michele’s profile here||Pat Johnson||Read Pat’s profile here|
|Susan Morris||Read Susan’s profile here.|
|Tessa Towner||Read Tessa’s profile here||Andrew Emptage||Read Andrew’s profile here|
|David Emptage||Read David’s profile here.|
|Mark Emptage||Read Mark’s profile here|
|Roger Emptage||Read Roger’s profile here|
|Tim Emptage||Read Tim’s profile here|
As well as the Team, we have a growing band of contributors who help by providing their research on the Emptage family.
Eileen Emptage of Grimsby deserves an honourable mention. Married into the Emptage family, Eileen and her husband spent twenty five years or so researching the Isle of Sheppey Emptages, from whom the Grimsby Emptages are descended. Two of our Sheppey team members, Evelyn and Roger, were fortunate to have had contact with Eileen before she sadly died in 2009, just a few years before this website came into being. Although Eileen added the Thanet Emptages into the family history pot she was unable to find that vital missing link between the two islands, so close geographically and yet so far in family history terms. Our hope is that we will be able to make that connection some day.
John Hobday suggested the article about his distant cousin Herbert George Robins, who was descended from the same Emptage branch as himself.
We would like to hear from anybody who is descended from the the Emptage family of Thanet and or other Emptages elsewhere in the world who would like to contribute their research or ideas for articles about people in their family history.
Please go to the contact page for our email addresses.