Hi David, Will let Chrissie in New Zealand know about your message. I have been helping her with her research into persons named in her old Family Birthday Book. Don't know where the Kempster family fit in with her line. My own line has no known connection with Chrissie's line or your line.
Have checked the UK 1881 Census for your John Kempster bn 1866 and found the following entry - are you already aware of this information?.
Dwelling: No 31 Cort St Census Place: Benfieldside, Durham, England Source: FHL Film 1342188PRO Ref RG11Piece 4944Folio 10Page 14 Marr Age Sex Birthplace Elizabeth KEMPSTER W 48 F Sunderland, Durham, England Rel: Head Arthur KEMPSTER U 20 M Leadgate, Durham, England Rel: Son Occ: Iron Worker Plate Mill Charger William KEMPSTER U 18 M Leadgate, Durham, England Rel: Son Occ: Lab At Iron Works John KEMPSTER U 15 M Workington, Cumberland, England Rel: Son Occ: Engine Driver At Iron Works Henry KEMPSTER 11 M Purtons, Cumberland, England Rel: Son Occ: Scholar Alfred KEMPSTER 10 M Purtons, Cumberland, England Rel: Son Occ: Scholar Frederick KEMPSTER 5 M Black Hill, Durham, England Rel: Son Occ: Scholar
If you let me have your email address by return I will then be able to contact you direct with any details which I get from Chrissie in due course. Leslesdunn1@hotmail.com