Genealogy of Slemp Family of Virginia and Tennessee

SLEMP Family in America

                “It appears that the first of this family in America was Frederick Slemp.  TENNESSEE COUSINS, TENNESSEE RECORDS and Dr. John B. Shoun’s reference to him as Simeon Slemp (Schlemp) is probably a confusion of names rather than individuals.  However it is thought by some that Simeon was the father of Frederick.  No proof has been found to justify this belief.  The family name was originally Von Schlemp, shortened to Schlemp and now Slimp or Slemp. 

                Frederick Slemp was born in Alsace, a German principality on the Rhine River and was of German origin.  He was probably born about 1737.  It seems to be the opinion of most authorities that he sailed from Amsterdam in 1751 and after nine months voyage, landed at either Norfolk, Virginia or Philadelphis, Pennsylvania.  Other Schlemps seem to have come to the colonies later.  There is a record of Johann Deter Schlemp who sailed or arrived October 16th 1754 on the ship PEGGY ABERCONBRIE; and of George Schlemp who arrived October 3rd 1764 on the ship KING OF PRUSSIA; and of John Frederick Schlemp who arrived on October 5th 1767 on the ship SALLY. 

Frederick Slemp located in the Rye Valley near what is now Sugar Grove, Smythe County, Virginia, was then Wythe County and Wytheville the county seat.  Frederick Slemp’s Will was dated February 17th 1807 and ws proven in June 1807 at Wytheville.  He specified that his iron works in Virginia was to be sold and the proceeds be divided among his wife and nine childen. 

 Frederick Schlemp married Mary Metz (Mitz, Mitts).  There is a city of Metz in Lorraine so that spelling is given preference here.  The birthdates of their children would indicate that they were married  about 1766.  It seems probably that they were married in Washingotn County, Virginia although some authorities believe that they were married in Europe before either came to America.  Mary Metz is reported to have been born iin 1742, possibly in what is now Washington County, Virginia.  She died on the 20th of April 1826 at Shouns Junction or least at Shouns, Tennessee.  She is buried in Washington County, Virginia at least two days journey from Shounds.”

LEONARD SHOUN and his wife BARBARA SLEMP by Carl Neal
ANNALS of SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA  by L.P. Summers                  




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 Campbell Bascom Slemp, Calvin Coolidge, Sanders

SLEMP, Campbell Bascom


SLEMP, Campbell Bascom, (son of Campbell Slemp), a Representative from Virginia; born at Turkey Cove, Lee County, Va., September 4, 1870; attended the public schools; was graduated from Virginia Military Institute at Lexington in 1891; studied law in the University of Virginia at Charlottesville; was admitted to the bar in 1901 and commenced practice at Big Stone Gap, Wise County, Va.; commandant of cadets at Marion Military Institute for one year; professor of mathematics at Virginia Military Institute for several years, resigning in 1901 to enter professional and business life at Big Stone Gap, Va.; was chairman of the Republican State committee from 1905 to 1918, when he was elected a member of the Republican National Committee; was elected as a Republican to the Sixtieth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of his father, Campbell Slemp; was reelected to the Sixty-first and to the six succeeding Congresses and served from December 17, 1907, to March 3, 1923; declined to be a candidate for reelection in 1922; was appointed secretary to President Calvin Coolidge on September 4, 1923, and served until March 4, 1925, when he resigned; continued the practice of his profession in Big Stone Gap, Va., and in Washington, D.C., until 1932, when he retired and resided at Big Stone Gap, Va.; died August 7, 1943, in Knoxville, Tenn.; interment in the family cemetery at Turkey Cove, Va.


Hathorn, Guy B. "The Political Career of C. Bascom Slemp." Ph.D. diss., Duke University, 1950.
Hathorn, Guy B. "C. Bascom Slemp—Virginia Republican Boss, 1907-1932." Journal of Politics 17 (May 1955): 248-64.
———. "Congressional Campaign in the Fighting Ninth: The Contest Between C. Bascom Slemp and Henry C. Stuart." Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 66 (July 1958): 337-44.
———. "The Political Career of C. Bascom Slemp." Ph.D. diss., Duke University, 1950.
Slemp, Campbell Bascom, comp. Addresses of Famous Southwest Virginians . Bristol, Va.-Tenn.: The King Printing Company, [pref. 1939.]

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present


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1 Frederick Von Schlemp b. abt 1737 Alsace, Lorraine d. aft. 1807 Wythe Co., VA  m. abt. 1766  private Rev. War  See Will
+  Mary Metz b. 1742 either Washington Co., VA or Germany d. 4/20/1826 Shouns, Johnson Co., TN, bd. Washington Co., VA
2. Jacob Slemp b. 1767
  +  Mary Shoun
  +  Mary Daughtery m. 11/27/1792
2. Elizabeth Slemp b. 1770
  +  Samuel Wells
  +  John Vaught 7/11/1809
2. Michael Slemp b. 2/8/1773 Sugar Grove, Smythe Co., VA d. 3/6/1846 Johnson Co., TN  m. abt 1808  See Will
  +  Nancy Reasor b. 4/9/1790 d. 6/17/1876 Johnson Co., TN
  3. John b. 12/6/1809
    +  Kathy Cook
  3. Daniel b. 6/22/1811
    +  Susan Mitchell
  3. Alfred b. 4/16/1813 d. 5/15/1878 1850 Census
    +  Polly Mast
    4. Joseph b. 1836
    4. William b. 1838
    4. Elizabeth b. 1840
    4. Susan b. 1843
    4. Sarah J. b. 1845
    4. Mary b. 1848
    4. Ellen b. 4/1950
  3. David b. 3/4/1816 m. 3/23/1851
    +  Evelyn Mathason
  3. Sarah b. 9/18/1818 m. 11/29/1840
    +  Hyder Moses Mitchell
  3. Mary b. 10/8/1820
    +  John Kidd
  3. Elizabeth b. 2/22/1823 m. 10/28/1849
    +  Rev. Joel E Brown
  3. Frederick b. 11/26/1824 d. 9/26/1904  Capt. Co. F 13th TN Cavalary (Federal Army) Civil War
    +  Nancy Naomi Ward m. 11/2/1854
    +  Martha Stout m. 12/9/1889
  3. Andrew B. b. 6/5/1827 d. 6/1861 m. 11/1/1853
    +  Martha N. Jones
  3. Martin b. 3/28/1830 m. 11/2/1852 or 1854  served in Civil War
    +  Sarah J. Jones
  3. Susana b. 6/1/1832
    +  Jesse Bradley
  3. Louisa 2/7/1833
2. Virginia Barbara Slemp b. 5/3/1775 d. 4/20/1851 Johnson Co., TN  m. 8/14/1792 Wash. Co., VA bd. Shouns, Johnson, TN
+ Leonard Shoun b. 11/10/1773 Loudon, VA d. 6/9/1845 bd. Shouns, Johnson Co., TN
2. Ury (Julian) Slemp abt. 1776 m. 9/20/1793 Wythe Co., VA
+ Jacob Low b. Wythe/Smythe Co. 1765
  3. Mary E. Low 4/3/1794
  3. Michael low 9/24/1798
  3. Abraham low 9/24/1801
  3. Sarah Low abt. 1804
  3. Jacob Low b. 3/23/1813 Johnson Co., TN, d. 1860
  +  Rebecca Jackson b. 1815 TN d. 1870
  4. William Harrison Lowe b. 1840 d. 5/18/1913
  +  Sarah C. Pleasant b. 8/27/1843 d. 3/17/1904
  5. Jacob H. b. 10/1866 m. 8/22/1897
    +  Laura unknown b. VA
  5. Noah S. Lowe b. 1869
  5. Jospeh E. Lowe b. 7/25/1870 m. 3/18/1901 m. 3/18/1901
    Martha Ellen Miller b. 1/18/1877 d. 1958
    6. Glidie E. Lowe b. and d. 9/17/1900
    6. William H. "Bill" Lowe b. 1902
    6. Eliabeth E. Lowe b. 1905
    6. George Elmer Lowe b. 1908
    6. Almer Lowe b. 1908
    6. Fred Lowe b. 1910
    6. Fina Estelle Lowe b. 8/1/1911 d. 7/14/1984 Bristol
      +  Carson Clyde Privette b. 2/3/1905 Washington Co., VA d. 3/21/1960 Bristol
    6. Hugh Lowe b. 1914
    6. Noah Lowe b. 1919
    6. Nora Lowe b. 1919 m. 4/11/1936
      +  Sam Stapleton
  5. Charles b. 1871 d. 1941
    +  Mary Miller b. 10/9/1869
  5. John Mason 2/11/1876 m. 8/22/1897
    +  Alice Mullins b. 1/1881 TN
  5. Stephen J. b. 1879
  5. Caleb b. 8/1884
  5. Mitchell b. 3/1888
2. Frederick Slemp b. 1777 m. 7/1/1813 
+ Celia Lynch b. 1778 d. 1881
2. Katie (Caty) Slemp b.1779
+ unknown Whiseman m. Lee County, VA
+ William Twyford 10/13/1797 Wythe Co., VA
2. John Slemp b. 4/2/1781 m. abt. 1809 Wythe Co., VA 1850 Census
+ Alpha Smythe
2. Mary (Polly) Slemp b. 1784 d. 10/28/1858 Lee Co., VA m. 9/20/1804
+ Peter Shoupe

SLEMP, Campbell, (father of Campbell Bascom Slemp), a Representative from Virginia; born near Turkey Cove, Lee County, Va., December 2, 1839; attended a private school and Emory and Henry College, Emory, Va.; interested in agricultural pursuits and also engaged in the real estate business; during the Civil War served in the Confederate Army as captain and lieutenant colonel of the Twenty-first Virginia Battalion and colonel of the Sixty-fourth Regiment, composed of Infantry and Cavalry; member of the house of delegates 1879-1882; unsuccessful Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor in 1889; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-eighth, Fifty-ninth, and Sixtieth Congresses and served from March 4, 1903, until his death in Big Stone Gap, Wise County, Va., October 13, 1907; interment in the family cemetery in Lee County, Va.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present


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Campbell Bascom Slemp

Campbell Bascom Slemp was born in September 1870 in Lee County, VA. He was the son of Colonel Campbell Slemp, who served as a congressman. In 1887 Slemp attended the Virginia Military Institute. He graduated with the highest grade point average in the school’s history – a record which still stands today.

Slemp began his law studies in 1891 at the University of Virginia, completing his courses in one year, and then began studying for the Bar Exam. Slemp served as Commandant of Cadets at the Marion Military Institute for one year after which he was hired as Principal of the Stonega Academy in Big Stone Gap. After teaching at VMI as Professor of Mathematics for several years, he was admitted to the Virginia Bar in 1901.At that time, he returned to Big Stone Gap to finally begin practicing law.

Bascom Slemp’s father, a colonel of the 64th Army during the Civil War, passed away in 1907 while serving as Virginia’s Ninth District Congressman. Slemp succeeded his father in Congress and was elected to seven additional consecutive terms. Six months after Slemp completed his last term as Congressman, President Calvin Coolidge selected him to serve as Secretary to the President of the United States. After leaving the White House in 1925, he practiced law in Washington for several years.

In 1931, Slemp was awarded the prestigious French Legion of Honor Medal for his work on the French Exposition — one of his last official services prior to his retirement. Congressman Slemp retired from the practice of law and returned to his home in Virginia to look after farm, oil and coal interests. He died August 7, 1943 at the age of 73.

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