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Male 1719 - 1781  (62 years)


Joseph Hempsall 1719

4B (i) Their eldest son, Joseph Hempsall (1719-1802) who moved to Beckingham, Notts. Most of Joseph’s descendants adopted the variant spelling HEMPSELL. Two brothers moved to Rotherham in the 1830s, working in the metal industry. Their cousin was transported to Western Australia as a convict in 1859, giving rise to a cluster of HEMPSELLs there to this day. Another cousin, Joseph, as already mentioned, had his house washed away by the Sheffield flood of 1864 (the Bradfield dam burst). They lost all their possessions apart from a donkey, a cow, a calf and a pig, all of which managed to escape. They also lost the initial “H” of their name, perhaps having lost any documents and certificates, and their descendants are now called EMSELL. (Note, however, that other EMSELLs of West Yorkshire arise from a quite different source- the village of ELMSALL).

Joseph Hempsall 1719

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