Kemsley Genealogy

 

Bruce Michael Kemsley

 

Bruce Michael Kemsley was born on Tuesday the 3rd of May 1998 at 2.28 AM. He weighed 3.4kg and was 54cm long.

 

Bruce was the tenth generation Kemsley who’s decent is directly traceable from Thomas Kemsley (1699), father to son and with a small degree of licence, the 19th generation following John Kemsley who died in 1495.

 

His paternal grandfather Keith Kemsley wrote in the Family History Book:

 

“There are no words to express the anguish and utter despair I feel as I record in this Family History the death of my little grandson Bruce Michael Kemsley who at the age of two years, two months and twenty five days died on the 28th of July 1990.

 

That such a little boy should leave such a profound impression on all who knew him speaks for its self and makes his loss so much more heartbreaking.”

 

He later recorded:

 

Over the years the pain and anguish over the loss of my little grandson Bruce Kemsley has diminished little. While words cannot convey the emotions that followed the phone call from my son Martin Kemsley, Bruce’s father, on that Saturday afternoon, the 28th July 1990, the verse from the Second Book of Samuel 18:33 may come close:

 

And the King was much moved and went up to the chamber over the gate and wept and as he went thus he said, O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom; would God I had died for thee. O Absalom, my son, my son,

 

Bruce’s maternal grandfather, Pierre Brooks, wrote a poem on the night following Bruce’s death which appears on the plaque on the Wall of Remembrance where his ashes are interred.

 

FAGILE CHILD

WHO FROM GOD’S ANGELIC HOST

WAS LENT TO US FOR A FLEETING HOUR

TO REVEAL

THE JOY THAT WILL BE OURS

IN HIS ETERNAL REALM

 

Bruce was the last male Kemsley of his line going back through four generations

 

 

 

The first Kemsley Family to arrive in South Africa also tragically lost

 a little son James Kemsley son of William Kemsley (1795-1855)

 in Port Elizabeth. His Epitaph reads:

 

In memory of my little boy

 

Shall ever check thy parents joy

This little grave shall never be free

From mournful thoughts to deal with thee

Until the Almighty call us thither

Where we in joy shall join together

Here sleeps our babe in silent heavenly rest

For God takes soonest whom he loveth best.

 

REST IN PEACE TOGETHER JAMES AND BRUCE