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KEMEYS and KEMEYS-TYNTE family, of Cefn Mabli, Mon.

The Cefn Mabli branch of the Kemeys family is said to be descended from one Stephen de Kemeys , who held land in what is now Monmouthshire c. 1234 . The first connection with Cefn Mabli came when DAVID KEMEYS , son of Ievan Kemeys of Began , m. Cecil , daughter of Llewelyn ab Evan ap Llewelyn ap Cynfig of Cefn Mabli c. 1450 . They were succeeded by their son LEWIS . The next heirs were JOHN KEMEYS and his son DAVID (d. 1564? ). David 's eldest son, EDWARD , was sheriff of Glamorgan , 1574-5 , but d. without issue. The estate came to Edward 's nephew DAVID , son of Rhys Kemeys of Llanvair Castle . David was sheriff of Glamorgan , 1616-17 , and was succeeded by his son EDWARD , whose children either died in infancy or without issue. The estate then developed upon Sir NICHOLAS KEMEYS of Llanvair , son of the afore-mentioned Rhys of Llanvair Castle . He served as sheriff of Monmouthshire , 1631-2 , and of Glamorgan , 1638-9 . He was also M.P. for Monmouthshire , 1628-9 . In 1642 he was created a baronet . An ardent Royalist , he took an active part in the Civil War , and d. in defence of Chepstow Castle , 25 May 1648 . His son, CHARLES KEMEYS , who had been student at Jesus College , Oxford , and had been knighted in 1643 , became the 2nd baronet . Like his father he took an active part in the Civil War , and held Pembroke castle for the king. On its fall he was fined £3,500, and exiled for two years. He d. 1658 . He was succeeded by his son CHARLES KEMEYS , who had been a student at Wadham College , Oxford . He was M.P. for Monmouthshire , 1685-7 , 1695-8 , and for Monmouth Borough , 1690-5 . His name appears as sheriff of Glamorgan for the period 18-24 March 1689 . He was also governor of Cardiff castle in 1702 . He d. Dec. 1702 . His son, again named CHARLES KEMEYS , b. 23 Nov. 1688 , became the 4th baronet on his father's death. He was sheriff of Glamorgan , 1712-13 , M.P. for Monmouthshire , 1713-15 , and M.P. for Glamorgan , 1716-34 . He d. 29 Jan. 1735 , without issue, and the baronetcy became extinct.

JANE KEMEYS (d. 1747 ),

sister of the last baronet , had m., 1704 , Sir John Tynte , bart. ( 1683 - 1710 ), of Halswell, Som. They had three sons, HALSWELL ( 1705 - 1730 ), JOHN ( 1707 - 1740 ), and CHARLES ( 1710 - 1785 ), and one daughter, JANE ( 1708 - 1741 ). All their grandchildren d. young with the exception of JANE ( 1738 - 1825 ), daughter of the afore-mentioned Jane and Ruishe Hassell , major in the Royal Horse Guards . The estate devolved on her. She m. 19 Feb. 1765 , colonel JOHN JOHNSON of Glaiston , Rutland , and he assumed the family name of Kemeys-Tynte . He d. 1807 . During the 19th cent. the succession was as follows, in each instance from father to eldest son.


CHARLES KEMEYS ,

b. 29 May 1778 , M.P. for Bridgwater 1820-37 , colonel of the West Somerset Yeomanry . He m. 25 April 1798 , Anne daughter’ of the Rev. T. Leyson , vicar of Bassaleg, Mon. He d. 22 Nov. 1860 .


CHARLES KEMEYS ,

b. 1800 , colonel Royal Glamorgan Light Infantry , M.P. for West Somerset , 1832-7 , and Bridgwater , 1847-65 . He m., as his first wife, 18 July 1820 , Elizabeth , daughter of Thomas Swinnerton , of Butterton Hall, Staffs. , and, as his second wife, Vincentia , daughter of W. Brabazon , of Rath House , Louth , 15 April 1841 . He d. 16 Sept. 1882 .


CHARLES KEMEYS , b. 16 March 1822 ,

J.P. , D.L. , for Monmouthshire and Somerset , colonel Somerset Militia . He m., as his first wife, 2 Nov. 1848 , Mary , daughter of George Frome , of Puncknoll , Dorset ; as his second wife, 1873 , Hannah Lewis ; and, as his third, 1879 , Elizabeth , daughter of Richard Fothergill (see Fothergill ), M.P. , Tenby . He d. 10 Jan. 1891 .


HALSWELL KEMEYS ,

b. 1852 , J.P. , and D.L. , for Monmouthshire , J.P. , for Glamorgan and Somerset . He m. 25 Sept. 1875 , Rosabelle , daughter of Theobald Walsh of co. Kildare . He d. 18 Feb. 1899 .


The next heir was CHARLES KEMEYS , b. 18 Sept. 1876 .

He served as J.P. for Monmouthshire and Somerset . He m. 10 Aug. 1899 , Dorothy , daughter of major-general Sir Arthur E. A. Ellis . The abeyance of the barony of Wharton , with which a branch of the family had been connected, was terminated in his favour by writ of summons to Parliament 15 Feb. 1916 , and he became 8th baron Wharton . He d. 4 March 1934 .

Author:

Sources:

  • G. T. Clark , Limbus Patrum Morganiae et Glamorganiae (1886) ;
  • Foster , Alumni Oxonienses ;
  • W. R. Williams , The History of the Parliamentary Representation of Wales (1895) ;
  • Annals and Antiquities of the Counties and County Families of Wales ;
  • P.R.O., Public Record Office, List of Sheriffs for England and Wales … to A.D. 1831 (1898) ;
  • Archaeologia Cambrensis , 1883 , 114; 1887 , 127;
  • J. R. Phillips , Memoirs of the Civil War in Wales and the Marches, 1642–1649 (1874) ;
  • Catalogue of tracts of the Civil War and Commonwealth period relating to Wales and the Borders, National Library of Wales (Aberystwyth, 1911) ;
  • Burke's Landed Gentry ;
  • Burke's … Peerage, Baronetage, and Knightage ;
  • Return of Members of Parliament Pt. 1. Parliaments of England, 1213-1702. Pt. 2. Parliaments of Great Britain, 1705-1796. Parliaments of the United Kingdom, 1801-1874. Parliaments and Conventions of the Estates of Scotland, 1357-1707. Parliaments of Ireland, 1559-1800 (London, 1878) , 1213-1302 ;
  • NLW MSS 5172, 5178, 5181, 6535, 6546, 6548, 6587, 6588, 6594, 6610, 6611, 9263.

Author:

Griffith Milwyn Griffiths, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959