by Margaret ALLAN
Frank James KEMSHED was my Great Grandfather, an interesting character. It seems that the name KEMSHEAD or Kemshed is derived from the Anglo-Saxon words KEM – CEMBAN – to comb, and SHEAD or SHED – to separate. From these words were derived the occupations of Kember (male), and Kempster (female) which meant Wool or flax combers or shedders. It used to be a common name in East Anglia when sheep were the main “crop” in that part of the country. The name is apparently pronounced in England as Kemshead. I consider myself fortunate to have gleaned many facts about Frank Kemshed through looking up references on the Papers Past website. Being an uncommon name meant that there were few other conflicting references to sort through.
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