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THARP, John Allen, Jr.

A brief biography that originally appeared as a magazine article in 1904.

In 1884, John Allen Tharp came to Van Zandt County and settled on a farm one mile southeast of Roddy. John Allen was born 2 Mar 1846, in DeSoto, Parish, Louisiana. He was the son of J A Tharp, Sr. This family came to Texas in 1859, accompanied with a goodly number of slaves and settled in Ellis County. There he was reared and received his education. On 28 Jul 1868, he married Miss Emily Fisher also from Louisiana. They had nine children. Seven of these children were still living in 1904.

Mr Tharp was essentially and truly a farmer, and proved that farming could be made successful in Van Zandt County. He believed in diversification and began its practice early. He also believed that a man must study farming to succeed, just like any other calling. He had his farm fenced into small parcels with tanks and fences and gates according to his ideas of convenience. His principal products were corn and cotton, but he also had an excellent orchard and had a quantity of blackberries. He grew watermelons, sweet potatoes, Irish potatoes, onion, etc. In his orchard one wold find peaches, apples, pears, plums, quinces, apricots, figs, grapes, dewberries, etc. Mr Tharp was known to have said, "A man can raise everything he may desire to use here and then raise much for the market and have his cotton strictly for surplus." Mr Tharp farmed 100 acres, had plenty of corn for his livestock, ample supply of vegetables and fruit for his family and for the market as well, and $1,000 of cotton as a surplus in 1903. John Allen Tharp was a believer in progress and the diversification of crops by the farmers. He was member of the Methodist Church.

Linked toVan Zandt County Texas Histories and Biographies - Volume II; Texas, Van Zandt County Genealogy Library; FISHER Emily Pernicia; THARP John Allen, Jr; THARP John Allen, Sr

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