HEMPSON, Katharine

1858 - 1945

Katharine Hempson, was born at Hill House, Ramsey Hall, Essex on 21 June 1858, daughter of Amis Hempson (1828-1898), a substantial farmer, and his wife Sarah Ann née Salmon, who married at Great Oakley, Essex in 1854. Amis Hempson was a brother to George Davey Hempson, the father of Elizabeth Hempston [q.v.]. In 1861, a 2 year old farmer's daughter, living at Hill House with her parents, 33 year old Amis and 30 year old Sarah, and a sibling brother Charles (1856-1896) and they retained four indoor servants, they went on to have two further children, Rose and Amis Ayton. In 1891, Katharine was a 32 year old 'on own means' living at Hill House Farm, High Street, Ramsey with her parents, 63 year old Amis and 59 year old Sarah but no siblings. A member of the Ipswich Art Club 1888-1894 and exhibited from Hill House in 1890, 'On the Side of the Stour'. Her father died at Hill House on 4 March 1898 and in 1911, 52 year old Katharine was still living at Hill House with her 80 year old widowed mother, who died on 18 October the following year. In 1939 Katharine was living at The Street, Tendding, Essex and she died at Holmesdale, Ardleigh, Essex on 12 February 1945, aged 86, she was unmarried.