When we visited the Margate lifeboat, Nick Smith, the archivist, had extracted the names of Emptages from the RNLI records, with their dates of service. He also provided a list of notable services and some historic photographs. This is an attempt to identify those Emptages.
On the Sunday of the Gathering weekend, several of us visited the church at St Nicholas at Wade, where Henry Emptage and Ann Peal were baptised in 1737 and married in 1763. Ten of their direct descendants were at the Gathering, including four who had flown from the USA.
In recognition of our mariner heritage, we arranged a group visit to the RNLI’s Margate lifeboat for the Saturday afternoon of the Gathering.
The very sad and untimely death of David Lindsey Emptage has left a great hole in the Emptage family. Just as walking on a beach leaves footprints in the sand, so David has left footprints in our hearts.
On 8th September 2018 24 direct descendants of the Emptage / Emtage familes, plus 11 partners gathered at St Peter’s in Thanet for the inaugural Gathering. And so began a wonderful weekend.
Just five weeks from today, on 8th September, we will be gathering at St Peter’s in Thanet, to meet fellow Emptage / Emtage descendants.
Results of our DNA Study indicate that all of the descendants will be cousins. Some will have a fairly close relationship with traceable links. Others will be of a distant degree, connected only by the same common ancestor, whose name remains lost in the midst of time.