This Christian Kemp was one of Ludwick’s eight children with his first wife Barbara Groin. He received the property in his father’s 1805 will. The will stated that Christian received “the plantation he now lives on and all the land belonging to me in Frederick County.” (Frederick County Wills GMRB 1:117.)
Ludwick (also called Lewis) was Christian Kemp’s son from Elizabeth, Christian’s first wife. Property tax records showed his ownership lasted from 1798 to 1805 and listed the parcel at 228 acres.
Christian Kemp passes away, and his wife Gertrude now owns the farm. His will, signed November 7, 1789, denotes, “…the possession and use of all my estate real and personal during her natural life provided she shall remain my widow and not marry again after my decease.”
The next phase of the farmhouse was built c. 1790 as a separate structure, about 20 feet north of the original structure, on the other side of the spring and stream. Based on records of will, it was occupied by Kemp’s growing family, notably his son Ludwick and Ludwick’s son Christian.
It is now the far northeast portion of the house.
In 1748, Christian Kemp petitions for a road from Nelson’s Ferry to Frederick. It is what we now know as MD-351 Ballenger Creek Pike.
By conservative estimates, construction was completed on the original farmhouse by 1745. Some sources list the house as built as early as circa 1740.
The original portion of the house comprises the northwest portion of the building. The original front door (still existing) is between the current-day dining room and family room.
In 1740, Christian Kemp (1715-1790) purchased the 230-acre “Dispatch” and 100-acre “Kemp’s Delight.” (Davis, J. (1993). Maryland Historic Trust Inventory of Historic Properties F-1-179.)