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251 Religion: 1830 Member of Sweetwater Primitive Baptist Church, Butler Co., AL. 3
Note: Mary Caudle had moved to Bibb Co., AL by 1845, following the death of her husband Stephen Caudle. Apparently the remaining members of her family also made the move. She had two step-daughters, Edith Hubbard and Nancy Deason, residing in Bibb Co. prior to 1845. In 1850, Mary was living in the home of her daughter Feraby and son-in-law Joseph Shows. The 1860 Bibb census has Mary Caudle born SC, living in the household Henry (age 46) and Sarah (age 30) Hallaman. This could be Stephen Jr's daughter, Mary's grandaughter. 
ADAMS Sarah (I1836)
252 Reuben Thomas is the twin of Nathaniel Green. He is also a brother of Will Shinn and was known throughout VZC as a Minister. He preached in several communities of VZC. He died in 1934 and is buried (as is his twin Brother, Green Shinn) in Carter Cemetery in VZC. SHINN Reuben Thomas (I1334)
253 Richard Allen Gray married Annie Vituria Myers who was the daughter of his step-mother Leah (Vance) Myers. He later married Nancy Matilda Wynn Lee, the mother of his sister-in-law, Eulala Lee GRAY Richard Allen (I2347)
254 Richard L. Tharp ? 10/30
VINTON ? Richard L. Tharp, 61, died Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2003, in his residence.
He was a native of Humble, Texas, and had lived in Vinton for most of his life. He attended St. Joseph Catholic Church. Mr. Tharp was a graduate of Vinton High School. He completed his undergraduate at McNeese State University and juris doctorate at LSU Law School in 1970. He was a self-employed attorney for 33 years. Mr. Tharp was a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association. In 1982, he was assistant attorney for the town of Vinton, and in 1984, he was attorney for the town of Vinton. Mr. Tharp was the town of Vinton representative at the Louisiana City Attorneys Association in the year 2000. He served as secretary-treasurer for the LCAA in 2001, vice president in 2002, and in 2003, he was president. He was on the executive board for the Louisiana Municipal Authority. Mr. Tharp was a veteran of the Navy.
Survivors include his wife, Mary McCall Tharp of Vinton; one son, Jason Lee Tharp and wife Stacie LaBorne Tharp of Sulphur; one granddaughter, Kalli Ann Tharp of Sulphur; mother-in-law, Louise Benoit McCall of Vinton; one brother, Phillip Wayne Tharp and wife Aleaia of Vinton; and three sisters, Elizabeth Tharp Boudreaux of Vinton, Patricia Tharp Male and husband Richard of Georgetown, Texas, and Carolyn Tharp DeOre and husband Jim of Willis, Texas.
His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 31, in St. Josephs Catholic Church. The Rev. Susil Fernando will officiate. Burial will be in Big Woods Cemetery under the direction of Hixson Funeral Home. Visitation is from 11 a.m. today, with rosary at 7 p.m., in the funeral home.
THARP Richard Lee (I11018)
255 Salmon, Texas is named after Major Salmon SALMON Meredith D (I0444)
256 Sammie Clinton came to be known only as Bill Huff. One day, at the age of 5, Sammie's uncle, Clifford Cook was leading Sammie into the yard on a pony, and someone remarked how much Sammie looked like the "Bronco Billy" advertisements for the Bronco Billy saddle, and from that day on, Sammie was known as Bronco Billy, and eventually Bill. HUFF Sammie Clinton (I0163)
257 Samuel Hager, son of John Hager (Johannes Jacob Hager) and Elizabeth Johnson, was a Minister of the Gospel, married Margaret Ann Jane Clark, emigrated to Texas and was killed by a runaway horse. HAGER Samuel Thomas (I4005)
258 Samuel served in the North Carolina Militia during the American Revolution from Burk County, under the command of Maj. Joseph McDowell. CLARK Samuel (I4251)
259 Sarah Besouth (died 1705 Bruton Parish, York Co, Virginia) was the daughter of James Besouth (d 1681
Bruton Parish, York Co VA). He was granted 100 acres at Timber Creek in York Co VA in 1643, and in 1652 he was granted 98 acres near Briery Swamp in York Co. In 1648 he helped inventory the estate of John Hartwell of Queen's Creek in Hampton Parish of York Co. By 1674 he was a vestryman for Bruton Parish, and in 1678 he pledged L5 sterling toward building a brick church for the parish: the building is in present Williamsburg. In 1681 his executor was bonded and probate was opened. James Besouth married 1) Joane (d c1662), the widow of Robert Jackson, and 2) Catharine (died March 19, 1694 Bruton Parish, York Co VA). In 1712 her estate made a gift to Bruton Parish of L10 sterling for sliver plate for the use of the parish, with this inscription on the silver: "Ye gift of Mrs Catharine Besouth". James Besouth and Catharine are known to have had two children: It is believed that 1) Sarah (d 1705 Bruton Parish, York Co VA) m Hugh Norvell and 2) Stephan Besouth (d 1726 Bruton Parish, York Co VA).
BESOUTH Sarah (I2542)
260 Saundra Kay Buckelew ?Nanny? Pryor

Jacksonville Progress

Funeral services for Saundra Kay Buckelew ?Nanny? Pryor, age 59, of Maydelle are scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 9, 2008 in Wallace-Thompson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Ronnie Glover officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery under the direction of Wallace-Thompson Funeral Home in Rusk.

Mrs. Pryor died July 6, 2008 in a Jacksonville hospital. She was born March 18, 1949 in Tyler, TX. She was a resident of Maydelle for 23 years formerly of Tyler. She was a member of Bible Baptist Church in Overton, TX and a United States Postal Service worker for 25 years serving in Maydelle, Jacksonville, and Tyler. She was Postmaster for 15 years in Maydelle. Mrs. Pryor was editor of NAPUS for one year as well as head of the Hospitality Committee for NAPUS with her husband. Mrs. Pryor and her husband were frequent travelers and visited Washington D.C. and the Rose Parade in Pasadena, California. She received her Associates Degree in Computer Science from Tyler Junior College and studied family genealogy and also organized and held the yearly Maydelle Community Easter Egg hunt for many years.

Preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Dorothy Buckelew, sister, Peggy Jennings. She is survived by her husband of 39 years, Earl Pryor of Maydelle, four sons, Anthony Earl Pryor of Wylie, TX, James Eugene Pryor of Keller, TX, Kevin Wayne Pryor Sr. and wife Sandra of Overton, TX, Tracy Duane Pryor of Texarkana, TX, sister, Shera Duncan and husband Ron of Overton, eleven grandchildren including Heather Watson, Taylor Watson, Preston Pryor, Wesley Pryor, Nicholas Pryor, Tyler Pryor, Kevin Pryor Jr., Sarah Bracewell, Emily Bracewell, Brent Pryor, Chelsey Pryor, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and one uncle.

Pallbearers will include Phillip Brent, Brent Pryor, Kevin Pryor Jr., Jonathon Duncan, Eric Lewis, E.G. Reed and Jimmy Lusk. Honorary pallbearers will be U.S. Postmasters. Family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 8, 2008 at the funeral home. If desired, memorials may be made to Scleroderma Foundation, 300 Rosewood, Suite 105, Danvers, Massachusetts, 01923.
BUCKELEW Saundra Kay (I10352)
261 See article "Hugh Norvell of Mecklenburg County, Virginia & James Norvell of Granville County, North Carolina" by Grace Norvell, 1996. NORVELL Hugh, Jr (I0325)
262 See article in the "Dallas Life Magazine" April 12, 1992 by Andy Clayton. He died of a stroke and his bicycle is still hanging in Dallas Fire Station 34, above 34 Engine as a reminder to those who were touched by his life. NORVELL John Thomas (I0069)
263 Served as a Private in Battery C, 1 FA - Texas NG in World War I WORSHAM John Knox (I0044)
264 Services for Barbara Sue Tharp McFaul, 75, of Kemp, were held Jan. 13, 2013, at the Kemp High School Auditorium with Dr. Daniel Sue officiating. Interment followed in Kemp Cemetery.
McFaul was born July 12, 1937, in Kemp, to Bessie Jones and B. Tharp and died Jan. 10, 2013, at her home.
Mrs. McFaul, as she was known by everyone at Kemp High School and around the town of Kemp, was a fixture in the community, a woman who proudly represented Kemp on the city council and who devoted herself to her students at Kemp High.
She had high principles and strong opinions, and she did not hesitate to express herself; her opinions showed who she was and that was a person who cared deeply about her family, school and town.
She could be counted on to help anyone who asked her for assistance and everyone would go to Mrs. McFaul because she would always come through.
After working in business and then at teaching elsewhere, McFaul returned to her home town of Kemp to become the symbol of Kemp High School. She ?bled? orange and white, which she would let anyone know are the school colors.
As a teacher and sponsor, she worked with all students, but frequently said she did not need to have the honors-level students; give her the average, ?B-C? students as those were the ones she knew needed her if they were to succeed. And Mrs. McFaul made certain that they did.
Her standards were high, and she expected, no, demanded, those students reach those standards. Finished work had to be ?mailable,? no mistakes because that work represented the student and her.
Students learned McFaul wanted their best on every assignment and that they could produce that best. She accepted nothing less. McFaul proudly noted that students from Kemp could compete with students from any school ? 3A, 4A, or 5A.
Her BPA members represented KHS at numerous contests ? district, regional, state, and national ? and always returned with medals and honors.
McFaul loved her students, and they, as well as her fellow teachers, loved and respected her. Community members knew that she worked diligently to improve Kemp and she had the best interests of the town at heart.
She was a leader, friend, colleague and mentor. She showed every day that people need to be willing to work for what they want and that dedication, coupled with hard work, brings success. She made everyone better and exemplified what a teacher should be.
News reporter Dan Rather once commented that ?The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called ?truth.??
McFaul pushed, pulled, dragged, and led. She made boys and girls grow up to become men and women. She showed the truth, even when that truth was stark.
?The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.? McFaul was an inspiration.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son Barry McFaul; infant son Kelly McFaul; and brother Tom Willis Tharp.
Survivors include her loving husband of 56 years, Harvey McFaul; daughter Jana Cox and husband Tim; granddaughters Erin and Nicole Cox; numerous nephews, cousins, friends, former students, and colleagues. 
THARP Barbara Sue (I7887)
265 Services for Mary Gray Kersh, 85, Jacksonville, formerly of Troup, are scheduled for 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, at Henry's Chapel United Methodist Church near Troup with the Rev. David Goodwin officiating. Burial will follow in the Henry's Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Cottle Funeral Home, Troup.

Our beloved Angel Mary left us on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010. She was born June 14, 1925, in the Henry's Chapel Community in Cherokee County to the late Luther and Mary Verda Gray Kersh.

A bright light in our constellation, Mary was a very special person, loving and pure of heart, full of joy with a wonderful sense of style and pizzaz. A native of Troup and Henry's Chapel, Mary touched the lives of everyone she met and she never met a stranger. Mary entered the Cherokee County Sheltered Workshop Program in 1986 and participated fully. She loved the experience and considered everyone there as part of her extended family.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Luther Joe Kersh.

She is survived by her cousins, C.A. Wilkinson Jr., Willie Dave Wilkinson, Pamela Gray Ventouras, Kevin Gray and Madeline Gray Merritt.

Pallbearers will be Mike Davis, Anthony Martin, Wes Barron, Kevin Gray, Octavio Ventouras and Willie Dave Wilkinson.

If desired, memorials may be made to Henry's Chapel Cemetery Association, c/o Pam Barron, 4646 FM 13 East, Troup, 75789; or the Cherokee County Sheltered Workshop Program, 417 SE Loop 456, Jacksonville, 75766.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5 until 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16.

Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on  
GRAY Mary Verda (I11980)
266 She committed suicide by hanging. THARP Dura Jane (I0422)
267 She is buried in Oakdale Baptist Church Cemetery in Rankin Mississippi RHODES Mary Ann (I0031)
268 She is the twin of Linda Kay. CRAWFORD Claudia Faye Hogue (I0643)
269 She was the mother of 10 children, only four (4) survived infancy. Two of the four girls were twins and one of them died at age 7, leaving only the three girls (one of which was my grandmother, Josie) who were put in the Masonic home in Fort Worth. After the girls got out, got jobs and got married Nancy came to live with my great Aunt Ella and her daughter Emma until her death. She was addictied to dipping snuff. One day, while in the garden she cut her hand on the can she used for spitting her snuff in. Her hand got infected and eventually caused her death.

One interesting side note is that while Joseph Kersh was still alive and working as a Foreman for the railroad, they had a sevant. She was, of course, black, from Vigrinia. She too was the mother of ten (10) children and at the time of the 1900 census, only four (4) of her children were living.

Nancy is found living with her father and mother, Washington and Polly McKinney in Anderson County, Texas. 
MCKINNEY Nancy Ann (I0026)
270 Shirley Jean Tharp Stuart Christman

Private family services for Shirley Jean Tharp Stuart Christman, 64, of Midland and formerly of Sweetwater, will be held later this week with B.G. Sanders officiating. Burial will be at Garden of Memories, under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.

Christman died Wednesday, June 3, 2009, at Midland Memorial Hospital.

She was born April 13, 1945, in Amherst. She married Steve Christman Nov. 13, 1982, in Las Vegas, Nev. She was a graduate of Sweetwater High School and San Angelo State University in 1979. She had lived in Midland for the past 30 years and was an accountant. She was a devoted Harley-Davidson rider.

Survivors include her husband, Steve Christman of Midland; daughter, Danna Stuart Flemons and husband Jerry of Allen; sister, Kay Kropp of Sweetwater; brother, Tony Clay Tharp and wife Jamie of Leander; mother, Imogene Tharp of Sweetwater; and two granddaughters.

THARP Shirley Jean (I7550)
271 Shreveport, LA- Leroy Chester Ross passed away Saturday October 11, 2008 in Bossier City, LA. He was born October 30, 1925 in Becton, TX to George and Hattie Ross. He was a member of the North Point Untied Methodist Church. He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years Ellawese T. Ross of Shreveport, LA, two stepchildren; Dennison (Deborah) Hunt of Brazilia, Brazil, Shirley Hunt of Gretna, LA, one sister; Yvonne Ross of George West, TX and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents; one brother; Jackson A. Ross, and two sisters; Thelma Ross Harris and Ella Louise Ross Poer.

Leroy graduated from Corpus Christi High School in 1943. He joined the Air Force after graduation during WWII as a Staff Sergeant, and flew 32 missions over enemy territory with the 15th AF, 451 Bombardment GP. He received the Certificate of Valor in recognition of courageous service in Aerial Combat, Air Medal, Two Oak Leaf Clusters two Air Medals and the Good Conduct Medal. Campaign Medals European, African, and Middle Eastern and two Bronze stars for Air Combat Balkans and Germany Campaigns. After returning from the war he graduated in 1951 from Texas College of Arts and Industry, Kingsville, TX, with a BA degree in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering. He retired from Atlantic Richfield Co. in 1985. Leroy had worked in several different fields in this company; Venezuelan Atlantic Co., Fenix and Scisson Co., Atlantic Oil Producing Co., England, Libyan Atlantic Co., and Manager of Production, International Operations; Jakarta, Indonesia, Dubai, UAE.

ROSS Leroy Chester (I5506)
272 Simeon Stanley Allen Tharp was born in Roddy, Texas at the Tharp Home Place, one mile south of Roddy.

He was ordained as an Assembly of God Minister April 22, 1917.

In 1918 Rev Sim A Tharp became the first elected minister of Flatwood Assembly of God Church just outside Ben Wheeler.

The Reverend S A Tharp was a veteran Assembly of God minister in Texas. He was the first elected minister of the Maplewood Assembly of God Church, which was formerly known as North Side Tabernacle at the corner of Lake and Lucas before moving to 4515 Maple Ave in Dallas in the 1930's. The Church is today known as Christain Life Cathedral.

Uncle Johnny Huff and his wife, Mella Faye have informed us that Reverend Sim A Tharp was also pastor of Barton's Chapel in Murchison, Texas.

The family home between Ben Wheeler and Edom burned in 1936.

Reverend Tharp is buried next to his wife Zora in the Elm Grove Cemetery in Mabank, Texas. They are on row 21, last grave sites away from the fence, next to the center driveway. Their tombstone reads, "They fought a good fight - They kept the faith" And that they did!

The Elm Grove Cemetery has a Texas Historical Marker which reads:

"Early Elm Gove Community leader Anthony Hyde originally donated this property as land for a local school and church in 1881. It was first used as a cemetery in 1883 for the burial of his grandchild. In 1886 Hyde gave an an additional five and one-half acres to the cemetery. A cemetery committee formed in 1895 named M Johnson the first caretaker. In 1900 Elm Grove United Church moved to adjacent land. This cemetery is the burial ground of pioneer settlers and prominent members of the Elm Grove and Roddy Communities.

The Elm Grove Union Church across the road from the cemetery also has an Historical Marker which reads, "This community church traces its history to the early 1870's. A log structure used as a church, school, and community gathering place was built on land owned by early settler Anthony Gray Hyde in 1875. Called Hyde Schoolhouse, it served the community until 1882, when it was replaced by a larger wooden building, one year later the school was moved to a new location near this site and renamed Elm Grove.

The school became a public free school in 1885 to serve residents in the Roddy community (named for pioneer Steven Groven Roddy). After this property was given to the community church in 1900 by T H and Minerva Hardin, a new sanctuary was built. At that time the school and church ceased sharing the same building. A new church building erected in 1922 was replaced after it was destroyed by fire in 1941.

Since its beginning, this has been a multi-denominational Union Church. The three congregations which share use of the building and operate a cooperative Sunday School Program include Elm Grove Presbyterian, organized in 1872; Elm Grove Methodist, organized in 1893 and Elm Grove Missionary Baptist, organized in 1897."

On a visit made 8/14/99 by Doris Jean Norvell Tharp and David Lynn Tharp to the lovely Cedar Creek Lake, lake side home of Lloyd and Bertha Shinn (Shorty and Bert) near Gun Barrell City, Texas, the following discoveries were made.

Lloyd invited Doris and David, and of course Bertha, into his "private quarters" (it was noted by the visitors that this was the room with the most panoramic views afforded in the house.) Lloyd got down on his knees, sat on the floor and opened a cabinet, which was part of a much larger wall unit. On that day, we discovered some true pieces of history. At one point, Lloyd kind of raised his voice and shouted out, "Birth certificate!" We all waited anxiously to see whose long lost birth certificate had been found. Lloyd very carefully opened the folds of the preciously held document, then he read with yet another shout, "Cabbage Patch Doll # 3478!".

That wonderful day of laughter will be remembered, and cherished for a long time. Further discovery, produced issues of "Reader Digest" which had never been open, much less read, as they still had the white, 4" piece of binding paper wrapped and sealed around the middle.

We found letters dated 1893 and love letters of Veda and Willie Shinn (it must be made clear! -- the love letters just mentioned, were not the same letters dated 1893.

But the true treasures found that day, the real jewels found in that cabinet, were a duplicate of the "Certificate of Ordination" granted by the General Council of the Assemblies of God Headquarters in Springfield, MO. Simeon Allen Tharp would have been 31 years old at the time this Certificate was issued.

The Certificate is headed by the Biblical verse, "Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father, and of the son, and of the Holy Spirit: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the world." Matt. 28:19, 20. The Certificate goes on to read, "This is to Certify: That Sim Tharp of Mabank, State of Texas being a member of the general assembly of God (Heb. 12/23), having proved his Divine Gift and Calling to the Ministry of the Gospel of Christ, and having Consecrated himself to said Calling according to the Word of God and in fellowship with the GENERAL COUNCIL of the ASSEMBLIES OF GOD in the United States of America, and Foreign Lands, has been regularly ordained of the TWENTY-SECOND day of APRIL, 1917.

We , the EXECUTIVE PRESBYTERY of the General Council, by earnest prayer, invoke the Divine Presence with blessing and power upon him, and hereby recognize his Divine Ordination to ministry of the Gospel, conferring upon him the right to preach the Word, administer the ordinances of the church, perform the rite of marriage, bury the dead, and exercise all other functions pertaining to the Christain ministry, in compliance with the laws and customs of the state and country in which he resides, so long as in fellowship with said ASSEMBLIES OF GOD, and while maintaining a Godly life and a Scriptural standard to teaching.

Given this Nineteenth day of June 1917 A.D."

The document is signed by J W Welch, General Superintendent and Stanley W Frodsham, Secretary and is Sealed with the gold, embossed Certificate of Fellowship under the Seal of the General Council.

Found that same day was the Bible of Mrs. Veda Shinn, Lloyd's mother. From the Family Register of that precious Bible, in the penmanship of Willie Shinn we have documented the following information.

" Husband, William Harris (Willie) Shinn
Born, September 3, 1903
Wife, Veda Gertrude Tharp Shinn
Born, August 21, 1905
Married November 7, 1922 (7min after 7 PM)

Grand Parents: William Harris Coleman Shinn (Wil
Oct. 24, 1858 (Washington Co., Ala-St. Stephens)
Sarah Emiline Jones (Shinn) Sall
Aug. 4, 1875 (Near Edom, Van Zandt Co., Texas)

Rev. Simeon Stanley Tharp, July 3 1885 - Known as S. A., the A being for the A inAllentharp - formerly family name
Zora Gertrude Hager Tharp - Oct 25, 1883

S. A. near Roddy (Van Zandt Co.,) Texas near Mabank, Texas
Zora - East of Wills Point, Texas

Entered 6-4-67 after looking at grave markers for Bro & Sister Tharp & realizing we were not sure of Dates"

From the Deaths listed in this same Bible, we have the following entrie

Rev S. A. Tharp - Sept. 7, 1938 buried at Elm Grove
Mrs. Zora Tharp Nov 20, 1957, '' "
W. H. C. Shinn Feb 13, 1934 " " Edom Texas
Sallie E. Shinn July 1948 " " " "

Upon finding the Bible, and seeing that the entries were in Willie's handwriting, Bertha said, "Well you can rest assured, David Lynn, if your Uncle Willie wrote it, it's the truth and it's 100% accurate." I knew that to be the truth and every effort has been taken to duplicate the above entries just as Uncle Willie wrote them.

The entire day was a great joy, but one of the most fun times came later in day when we moved to Bertha's private quarters, (it was noted by the visitors, this room seemed to have no view). Here we all sat in the floor looking at old pictures. My mother, Doris, and Bertha got a kick out of finding pictures of when they were much younger. At one point Lloyd got very involved in looking at old family and church photos. Every once in awhile he would pass one over to Betha and say, "Bert, who is this?" Bertha would look at it awhile, flip it over and see that something was written on the back, but due to her problems with vision, she couldn't read what ever was written on the back. She would pass them to me and say, "David, what does this say?" I'd flip it over, read it, turn it back over, look at the picture again and say, "Well, this is Gracie Guinn (one of Uncle Willie's sisters) or whoever it was" Due to Lloyd's problems with hearing, he couldn't her Bertha asking me to read the backs of the photos, but he could hear me calling out the names. After about the 3rd or 4th time of my doing this, Lloyd put the photo he had in his hand down, looked right at me and said, "David Lynn, I find it absolutely remarkable that you know all these people's names and yet Betha and I don't know who they are." I didn't bother to explain my secret.

The good times just got better when Judy Shinn Horton showed up with her granddaughter, a camera and a graduation picture of David Lynn. Of course, the day had already produced some darling little gems of Judy and Lloyd Wayne as children.

But I think the biggest laugh of the day had come much earlier, in fact it came as we were being greeted at the door. Bertha was hugging mother, I was shaking hands with Lloyd, and Bertha started saying how nice and lovely Doris looked, how she hadn't changed a bit, still had such a tiny waist, and just looked so young. Immediately upon making these gracious comments, Bertha went on to say that she was legally blind, and couldn't really tell what anybody looked liked.

THARP Reverend Simeon Stanley Allen (I0011)
273 Source of the following information is Betty Ashley.

Thanks, Betty!

!CENSUS: 1800 Laurens Co., SC, Thomas and wife enumerated, ages 16-25, living near Papa John and Nathaniel Ashley, next door to one another and also near Garrett and Harris relatives.

!CENSUS: 1810 Rutherford Co., TN Jefferson Page 31, Thomas with wife, ages 26-44 with one boy and 1 girl, each under age 10. Relative Garret Sullivan nearby.

!CHURCH: 1811 Thomas and wife are listed in Bedford Co., TN Baptist records, and in 1812 Thomas and Frances Ashley are listed Garrison Fork Baptist records, as well as relative Halford Ashley (probably bro. of Tho.) In 1813 they transferred to that church. 1815 Bedford Co. Tho. and Frances leave Garrison Fork Baptish Church by letter. Some time after that, Thomas appeared in Smith Co. TN where Joseph Allison (father of Frances) was living.

!RUTHERFORD CO TN: 1812 mentioned in Minute Bk. G. 1813 recorded as security for relative Samuel Uselton, Constable. In 1813 Thomas is listed as among executors on deed of James Brookshire.

!WAR OF 1812: Thomas and Edward Ashley are recorded as participants in Rutherford, Franklin, and Lincoln Co. TN records. 1814 Rutherford records show that Thomas Ashley deserted the service in Mobile, AL,

!1814-15: Thomas and Edward Ashley among others appointed as road hands, Rutherford Minute Bk. H, p. 14.

!1820: I have not discovered whereabouts of Thomas and Frances during this census. Supposedly Thomas was in Smith Co. TN from about 1821 to 1829. In 1827 Joseph Duncan paid Thos Ashley $650 On 27 Aug for a tract of land on Mulherrow Creek. In 1829 Thos. Ashley paid $442 to Leander Hughes on 13 Feb. for a tract on Mulherrow Creek.

!1829: "Smith Co. TN History" tells that the pioneer Allison Family, father Joseph Allison from Laurens Co. SC came to this county in 1809. Frances' brother, Thomas Allison and wife Lucy Ann Brown had been members of the Garrison Fork Baptist Church also. They later moved to Ray Co. MO where Edward Garrett Ashley's descendants lived.

!1829: Frances and Thomas were members of the Primitive Baptist Church in Smith Co. TN as were others who were their relatives. This couple as well as some of the relatives moved together to Livingston Co. KY. Some time in the years that followed Frances died and Thomas remarried to a widow, Elizabeth Hart.

!1830: Thomas enumerated in Livingston Co., KY, 50 to 60 yrs old. One male 10 - 15, wife 40 - 50, female 5 - 10.

!1836-37: Livingston Co. KY Thomas Ashley died. At that time his brothers Williamson and Edward as well as Papa John were counted in Kentucky. Frances Watson must have erred in reporting that he died 1827. See item above.

!1840: Livingston Co. Ky enumerated brother Edward Ashley with 9 males, 2 females. Williamson's record he as head with one younger male, one older male 80 to 90 (Papa John), and 4 females. Samuel Ashley, adult son of Edward is enumerated in this census.

!SOURCES: Frances Egger Watson, a descendant of Williamson, provided me with most of this information. She cited "Nineteenth Century TN Church Records", Vol. 2, p. 8, as well as the Garrison Fork Church Records which I have at hand, supplied by the Coffee Co. Historical Society. Censuses, Ancestry.com.
ASHLEY Thomas (I7374)
274 Source: Council Journal of SC-1744 & Bible of John Kersh

History:Hans George Kersh came to America from Germany with his wife, two daughters and four sons, leaving Rotterdam February 16, 1744 on the ship St. Andrew, and landing at Charleston, SC. The names of his wife and two daughters are not known. It is said that three of the boys were bound out to pay for their passage. They were Lutherans and believed they fled Germany in part due to persecution. Since there were no Lutheran Churches in SC at that time, they joined the Methodist Church.

In 1749, Hans (John) George Kersh received a land grant from King George II of England for 250 acres, located in Saxe-Gotha (present Lexington County, SC). He deeded this land to his son Conrad, in 1751. This information is written on the bottom of the grant.

Hans (John) George Kersh had two sons after coming to America. They were William and Jacob and must have been the ones who lived in Barnwell County and later changed their name to Kearse. 
KERSH Hans (John) George (I1663)
275 Southern Campaign American Revolution Pension Statements
Pension application of Solomon Barnes S6569
Transcribed by Will Graves
State of Mississippi, Madison County
On this 28th day of January 1833 personally appeared in open Court before Nicholas Callahan
Judge of the Orphan & Probate Court of the County aforesaid now sitting Solomon Barnes a resident of
the County & State aforesaid aged seventy years now passed his nearest neighbors are Zachariah Ratliff
David Hailey John Austin & John Cole, who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on his Oath
make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress passed June 7th,
1832. That he entered the service of the United States when he was very young, being only 17 years of
age. He therefore cannot recollect with precision many things which have transpired that might be
important here to be declared. Besides though only 70 years of age he is much broken in Constitution
and enfeebled in memory and the energies of mine he once had yet he will herein declared the facts that
have made a lasting impression on his mind and will offer the affidavit of the Reverend Henry H. Hill a
resident of said County and the affidavit of David M. Fulton who is now a citizen of this County and
from his boyhood was a near neighbor to him Solomon Barnes in Sumner County State of Tennessee
and he will be able to procure the affidavits of Colonel Samuel Gwin & Col. Anthony Shelby of Hinds
County of this State who were also his neighbors in Sumner County Tennessee ? to sustain the true [sic,
truth] of some facts in the Declaration & their entire confidence in the veracity of said Solomon Barnes.
That he was born in the County of Bartee [sic, Bertie?] State of North Carolina some time in the month
of December A. D. 1762. The record of which (which is in his father's family Bible) he has not seen
for many years and where it is now is he has no idea it having fell into the possession of some of other
members of the family. That he lived in that County & State until some time in the month of December
1799 at which time he left & removed to the County of Sumner & State of Tennessee where he
constantly resided until November 1831 at which time he removed to this County where he has lived
ever since.
He further declares that he entered the service of the United States in May or early June 1780
under the command & in the Company of Captain Francis Pugh in the County of Bertie State of North
Carolina, as a volunteer to serve for the term of nine months which service he performed for he did not
leave the Army until late in March 1781. Shortly after joining the service he marched in Captain
Francis Pugh's company with Charles Barber his lieutenant in the second Regiment under the command
of Colonel John P. Williams through North Carolina into the State of South Carolina a little while after
getting into that state they became scarce of provisions and were compelled to tarry some time at one
Douglin's or Jooselin's Mill waiting for supplies, after the receipt of which they marched under the
Command of General Gates towards the enemy during which time the Army was joined by a great
number of light horse men which were the only regulars except some Continentals under Colonel
Howard that he recollects of and indeed he is not certain they were. He thinks however they were
called two years man. He don't recollect who they were commanded by. The Army and he with them
met the British at Camden South Carolina about the middle of August and had with them a very severe
Battle on the 14th, 15th, 16th or 17th of the same month 1780 which contest terminated in our defeat. Our
Army retreated ? we crossed the Pedee River at what was then called the White House and halted &
remained some time at the hanging Rock. From this we proceeded to Salisbury North Carolina &
thence to Hillsborough where we received the [illegible word, looks like ?squandering?] Army & some
reinforcement. He then went to Charlotte where we remained until late in December or early in
January at this place some time about the last of November or first of December General Green [sic,
Nathanael Greene] took command of the Army. On leaving this place the Army was divided. We went
to Cheraw Hills where we remained until it was understood that the other detachment had fought &
gained a Victory at the Cowpens. Shortly after this battle & news we joined with our friends the
Victors & went into the State of Virginia, where we were joined with a reinforcement. We then
returned to North Carolina and about the middle of March 1781 we arrived & stationed ourselves at
Guilford Court house, at which place a few days after our arrival we had a desperate fight with the
enemy, but were compelled to retreat after a severe struggle. The Affiant was not in this engagement he
was a short distance off stationed to guard the wagons & baggage. The Army did not retreat far shortly
after this battle we were marched to Orange County at which place this Affiant received his discharge
from Captain Pugh and returned home. His discharge he supposes he must have lost he has not seen it
since these times nor did he ever think it would be of any use to him & therefore did may not have
taken the care of it that he should have done. He cannot now recollect any of the officers but those
already mentioned. These are the isolated facts impressed upon the mind of the Affiant declared as
well as his memory serves him in the form of a history of the events & occurrences of his tour of
service. He hereby relinquishes every Claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present and
declares that his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any State.
Sworn to and Subscribed the day and year aforesaid in open Court.
S/ Wm Balfour, Clk S/ Solomon Barnes
By S/ Samuel D. Livingston, Dept. 
BARNES Solomon (I8420)
276 Stinnett
Helen Stinnett, 80, of Crittenden County died at 10:28 p.m., Monday, July 16, 2007 at Salem Springlake Health & Rehab Center in Salem.
A member of the Caldwell Springs Baptist Church, Stinnett was a homemaker and wife of 53 years to husband Captain Vernon Stinnett, who survives. She was also a Kentucky Colonel.
Her parents were Roy Atwell Hamby and Grace Perkins Hamby.
Survivors include a son, Jimmy R Stinnett of Crittenden County; a granddaughter Lesa Carol Stinnett of Princeton; two great-grandchildren; four brothers, Bill Hamby of Stockton, California, Buck Hamby of Marion, Harold Hamby of Princeton and Steve Hamby of Kuttawa; three sisters, Norma McPherson of Eddyville, Sandra Lockhart of Princeton and Rita Joiner of Eddyville; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by three brothers, Jimmy Hamby, Dennis Hamby and Donnie Brindley and four sisters, Edna Campbell, Dorothy Dycus Whitner, Betty Owen and Hazel Tubbs.
Services were July 19 at Lakeland Funeral Home in Eddyville with Reverend Lonnie Knight and Reveverend Shoney Oliver officiating. Burial was at Dycusburg Cemetery in Dycusburg. 
HAMBY Helen Marie (I11832)
277 Summer is a chreeleader at Texas Christain University in Fort Worth SHINN Summer Rhea (I1409)
278 TEXAS CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE, October 7, 1886, p. 7, c. 3 BERRY.?Mahulda Berry, whose maiden name was Tunnell, was born Sept. 27, 1810; was married to Wilson Berry, Dec. 20, 1827. She was converted and joined the Methodist Church in her thirteenth year, in which church she lived a very devoted and useful member until Aug. 29, 1885, when she left this poor world for a brighter one. I knew Sister Berry for a long time; was her pastor for three years. She suffered much in her last years; but I have seen her shouting happy often. Her sufferings are over, and doubtless praises God on high. She leaves several children and grandchildren, but most of them, I think, are on the way to heaven. Go on and meet her there. C. H. Smith.  TUNNELL Mahulda (I0414)
279 Texas Death Certificate #69702  ROBINSON Zenith C (I6309)
280 The 1880 Denton County Texas census tells us that Fanny's father was born in Georgia and her mother was born in Tennessee. BERRY Fanny (I0954)
281 The Captain, a capable leader, is recognized as the "First Settler of Owensboro, Kentucky," and the scenic Smeathes Pioneer Park has been dedicated to his memory and marked with a commemorative plaque. SMEATHERS Captain William (I0473)
282 The children of Hillie and Myrtle Young reside in Nashville and Mt. Juliet, Tennessee. YOUNG Hillie Hartwell (I0982)
283 The family lived in Halifax County, North Carolina.  POPE Jessie (I1098)
284 The family lived in Halifax County, North Carolina. Phillip was drafted in the Revolutinary Army in 1778, from Edgecomb County, North Carolina. He served as a Private under Captain Hall and Col. Johnson.

In 1810, Phillip and Elizabeth moved to Smith County, bought land on what is now known as Pope's Hill. They lived the remainder of their lives on this farm.

Family tradition is that both are buried on the family farm on Pope's Hill.

Both Phillip and his father were soldiers in the North Carolina lunit of the Revolutionary War, for which Phillip received a pension of $80 per year.

Died at age 86 of fever 
POPE Phillip (I1097)
285 The following "Statement of Ancestry" was sent in a letter from EMB Norvell to his son, David Crockett Norvell in June of 1881. It was then willed to David Crockett's son, Elijah Grady and passed down in that family.

"My grandfather on my father's side was James Norvell who was one hundred years old when he died of old age. He was born in North Carolina. His wife was Mary Knott who was born in North Carolina and was seventy-five years of age when she died.

My father, David Norvell, was born in North Carolina in 1775 and was sixty-five years of age when he died of cancer. My mother, Elizabeth Downey, was born in North Carolina in 1785 and was sixty-five years of age when she died of congestive chills.

My grandfather on my mother's side was John Downey, born in North Carolina, and he died of some kind of fever. My grandmother on my mother's side was Margaret Smith, born in North Carolina and she died of fever.

I was born in Tennessee in 1813. My father's people were Methodists and my mother's people were all Presbyterians."

EMB Norvell was born in early February 1813 during the time that his old grandmother, Mary (Knott) Norvell lay dying. A week later they buried Mary Knott. The following week, her husband, James Norvell, Sr., deeded the original homeplace to his son John, an joined John's household where James lived until his death, living to be one hundred years old. During this same eventful month, David Norvell, father of EMB, was either in Granville County, North Carolina or preparing to go there on business. 
NORVELL Edward Morris Butcher (I0383)
286 The possible sister of Margaret Hunter, wife of John Fife HUNTER Mary (I0752)
287 The story that I have been told, many years ago is this. Granny Tharp lost her husband and two sons within fourteen days of each other. They died from measles and phenomena. The night that my granddaddy lay corpse, back then they did not or could not embalm them, he had 200 dollars and a check in his pocket hanging by the door. Some one stole the money and check from the pocket of his jacket. Several years later Granny received the check in the mail. My grandmother had glaucoma and she was blind in one eye and was going blind in the other. She was left to raise these young boys alone. Aunt Bessie, Uncle Henry's wife is the only daughter law that she ever saw.
THARP William Harvey (I4955)
288 There is a John A Tharp found in the Bibb County, Georgia 1830 census.

Was a planter/farmer whose property was valued at $3,000

The family settled in DeSoto Parish, Lousianna where most of the children were born before moving to Texas circa 1859. John A Tharp is found in the 1880 census for Denton County Texas, he's listed as a farmer and is without a wife, therefore, Catherine has died by 1880. He has two new sons, born after relocating to Texas in 1859.

The 1880 Denton County Texas census tells us John's father was born in Kentucky and his mother in North Carolina.

Wolf-Foster Cemetery in in the southwest section of Denton, County 
THARP John Allen, Sr (I0231)
289 They were married on a Wednesday evening by Isaac Bradweel, Esquire. Family F0088
290 They were married over KPRC Radio Station at Stowers Furniture Store on Wednesday evening at 8:00 PM. Samuel Waits, Fay Hager, Tom and Bev Conroy and Alfred Daniels participated in the marriage ceremony. They were married by the Reverend J N R Score, Pastor of St Paul Methodist Church in Houston, Texas. Family F4201
291 This information is supported by the Records of the Kaufman County Court under Case 69739-86 in the 86th district Court of Texas.
PRINCE Courtley Brieana (I12084)
292 This is the old Carnahan Cemetery, the first burial ground in Washington County, Arkansas. Buried in the stone enclosure of the old graveyard on the Maxwell homestead which later became the Bean Farm and in 1956 was owned by James Pyeatt. CARNAHAN Reverend John (I2237)
293 Thomas Jefferson Tharp was born in LA and orphaned at age 8. He returned to GA and was raised by relatives in Twiggs Co. T.J started out selling sewing machines, but ended up running a mercantile business in Preston, GA. THARP Thomas Jefferson (I6923)
294 Thomas Page Tharp

LEESBURG ? Thomas Page Tharp, 77, of Leesburg died Sunday, September 9, 2007, at his home after a brief struggle with cancer. He was a lifelong Lee County resident and a 1947 graduate of Leesburg High School. He was a graduate of Emory University where he was awarded a Bachelor?s in Business Administration in 1951 and was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity and the Emory Glee Club. He was a member of the Leesburg United Methodist Church and previously served as a deacon of the Leesburg First Baptist Church.

He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict during which he was appointed Lee County Treasurer in 1952 at the death of his father, who had held the office since 1918. He retired from that office in 1992. He was appointed the first full-time administrator of Lee County where he had also served as Clerk of the Lee County Board of Commissioners. His other areas of public service included serving as Clerk of the City of Leesburg. He had served on the Lee County Board of Health, on the advisory board of HCA Palmyra Medical Center and as past commander of American Legion Post 182. He had managed Tharp Insurance Agency founded by his father in 1910.

He was a devoted husband and father and took great pride and interest in his family?s activities. Most recently, he was a dedicated grandfather attending as many of his grand-children?s sporting, music, and school activities around Georgia as possible until July of this year. He enjoyed the friendship of many lifelong friends as well as new acquaintances. His love for Lee County was evident throughout his life, and he was delighted with the county?s development during his professional career and beyond. He had served as contributor to the Lee County Chamber of Commerce?s chronicles of the County history: A Train Ran Through It, and The Caboose Came Last.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Patricia Dunaway Tharp; two sons, Thomas Page Tharp Jr. (Daphne) of Leesburg and Jeffrey Lanier Tharp (Louise) of Marietta; grandsons: Andrew Alex Tharp, Garrison Heath Tharp, both of Leesburg, and Addison Harris Tharp of Marietta; niece: Myra Moye Morgan (Larry) of Columbus; nephew: Allen Tharp Moye of Cuthbert; brothers-in-law: Harvey Lanier Dunaway Jr. of Columbus, David Dunaway (Sandra) of Lumpkin and Danny Dunaway of Columbus and sister-in-law, Margaret (Dunaway Allmon (Russell) of Lumpkin.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Cobb Tharp and Pauline Page Tharp of Leesburg and sister, Florence M. Tharp Moye (A.J.) of Cuthbert.

Services will be held on Wednesday, September 12, 2007, at 11 a.m. at Leesburg United Methodist Church with the Revs. Bobby Moye, Mike Lyons and Eugene Barlow officiating. Interment will follow immediately at the Leesburg Cemetery.

THARP Thomas Page (I8827)
295 Tracy Lynn Rickman, 34, of Lewisville, passed away on Thursday, August 25, 2005 at her residence in Lewisville. She was born on October 29, 1970 in Dallas, Texas. Tracy could light up a room, just by walking into it and when she did, everyone knew she was there. There was always a smile on her face and she was definitely her kid's mom. Her world revolved around her children and she showed them that daily. THARP Tracy Lynn (I7939)
296 Twin RHODES Florence (I7102)
297 Twin of Brian Jessie

Graduated Lake Highlands High School 1999, was a member of the award winning Lake Highlands Marching Band, playing Drums. Awarded "Outstanding Business Student". Joined the Reserves. 
THARP Casey Paul (I0007)
298 Twin of Carrie Jo. STUBBLEFIELD Sherrie Jo (I0629)
299 Twin of Casey Paul

Graduated Lake Highlands High School 1999. A member of the award winning Lake Highlands Marching Band, played the Tuba.

Joined the National Reserves 
THARP Captain Brian Jessie (I0008)
300 Twin of Catherine Ann  BERRY Julia Ann (I0492)

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