Ann Homersham Emptage died in 1894 in Ohio. She and her husband Thomas Emptage had emigrated from the Isle of Thanet, Kent, England in 1835 and raised a large family in Ohio. She “had a quiet life, showing forth its goodness not so much in words as in deeds”.
Born in Birchington, Thanet, in 1795, Elijah was 40 when he and his wife Sarah decided to emigrate to Ohio, USA with their five daughters though their eldest child, Daniel, chose to remain at home in Thanet. The son of an agricultural labourer, Elijah became a respected gardener and prominent figure in his new community.
Seeking new opportunities and the chance to own land, in 1835 Thomas and his wife Ann, with their two tiny children, made the long trip from Thanet to Liverpool and then across the Atlantic Ocean to New York. Then followed a journey of 470 miles across country by covered wagon until they arrived in Wyandot County, Ohio.