Subject: Edgar Thaddeus Kemp|
From: Dr Constance T McNeill
Date: April 04, 2000
Looking for information on Edgar Thaddeus Kemp who not only had a brick Yard in Marietta, Greenville, but also was a Professor in his own School in Marietta. His mother was Mary Ann Kemp, daughter of Harry Johnson and Hannah Gorman Kemp. Mary Ann was not married. Edgar T was born about 1851 in Edgefield and apparently attended Furman University (paid for by his father who was a married man in Edgefield, but that's another story) and after Edgar closed his school in Marietta and his brick yard he moved to Texas. Ron English of Texas is his grandson and is looking for more information on him also so I will forward any info to him The book "The Upper Part of Greenville County, South Carolina" by Mann Batson has the following entry on page 341. "Another industry, brick making, had been scattered all over the area with many of the brick used in the construction of the larger houses made on the site. As roads and transportation improved, brick making became more consolidated. In 1884, there were five brick-making factories in the county: near Greenville, Murray's yard, J.W. Murray; Earle's Yard, Theron Earle; Kemp's Yard, E. T. Kemp; Goodwin's Yard, W.D. Goodwin; Johnson's Yard, James Johnson. These yards had an annual production of about 2,500,000 bricks, consumed primarily by local markets at about five or six dollars per thousand." The City Directories of Greenville, S.C. in 1880-81 and 1883-84 both list Edgar T. Kemp as resident on Rutherford St., and profession as teacher. This residence was on a 20 acre tract adjacent to the fairgrounds.
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