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A General Introduction and History
A Personal Introduction and History - How these pages came to be, and what they represent
Ten years ago, on January 3, 1997, I was given a copy of Family Tree Maker. Since that time, I have been collecting and compiling family data and photographs. Today, January 3, 2007, I share my findings with you.
In the fall of 2005 I made, what I call, "My Genealogy Journey". I left Dallas and drove to Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Middle Tennessee - Rutherford, Coffee, Cannon and Smith Counties - is where my Norvells, Paschals and Carnahans were before coming to Milford, Ellis, Texas in the early 1900's before settling in Dallas in 1907.
From Murfreesboro, I went to Lexington, Kentucky. It is there, in nearby Bourbon and Scott Counties, where the Allentharps settled after leaving Stafford County, Virginia. It is also there that the family name was shortened from Allentharp to Tharp. Allen, or just the initial A, became the common middle name for both male and female family members.
Prestonsburg, Kentucky was my next stop. The Hagers and the Clarks intermarried in Floyd County and lived in the communities of John's Creek, Mud Creek and .... before making their move to Rusk County in East Texas in mid 1800's.
From Kentucky, I headed to Amherst County, Virgina. Amherst is where the Hagers had settle after having fought on the side on the Americans during the Revolution in South Carolina, which is where Johan Hager had landed after being tricked by the British Generals into leaving his motherland of Germany.
My next stop was Aquia, Stafford, Virginia and nearby Owens, King George, Virgina. It was here that we first find records for the Allentharps. John A Allentharp married Ann Sebastian in St Paul's Parish in Owens on April 16, 1723. The Church Register of St Paul's also records the births of several of the Allentharp childern, but it is on the Church Register of the historic Aquia Church that we find where Jacob Allentharp, the youngest child, was christened on Christmas Eve, 1742. Jacob Allentharp would later move his family to Bourbon County, Kentucky.
Colonial Williamsburg was my next destination. It is here that the first records are found for the Norvells. The Norvells were instrumental in the building of Williamsburg's Bruton Chapel and active members of the Vestry. I was told by the secretary of Aquia Church, my father's family church, that at one time Aquia Church had fallen on difficult times, and had to sell their glass windows. The windows ended up in a warehouse in Williamsburg. Some say that those same glass windows were used in the construction of Bruton Chapel, my mother's family church. I have not been able to confirm this story, and indeed, some at the Church in Williamsburg flatly deny it.
After leaving Williamsburg, I worked my way through North and South Carolina and eventually to Charleston. In was in 1744 when Hans Johan Kersh and his family arrived aboard the St Andrew. The Kersh family was from Zusenhousen, Germany, a place I visited while touring Europe in July and August celebrating my mother's 80th birthday.
Savannah, Georgia was the next stop I made, but so far as I know, has no family connections. Pulaski County, Georgia, however, does. Here in the southern region of central Georgia is where George Allentharp, later known as George Allen Tharp would start his family circa 1816. George who was born in Kentucky in 1791 had married Anna Spencer and made the move to Georgia.
From Pulaski County, I drove to Birmingham, Alabama where I found the marriage record of Robert Wilson Berry and Maludah Tunnel. It was their granddaughter, Eunice Berry who would later marry Lorenza Jasper "Dow" Hager in Henderson County, Texas in 1879. They are the parents of my grandmother, Zora Gertrude Hager.
Mississippi was next. Rankin County was where the Kersh family had settled after leaving South Carolina, and the George Allen Tharp family had settled, first in Copiah and then Hinds and Madison Counties, Mississippi. From Rankin County, Daniel Green Rogers Kersh would move his family to Anderson County, Texas while the family of George Allen Tharp would have one more stop before making it to Texas.
So my next stops were in various parts of Louisiana. First, Lake Providence in East Carrol Parish and Oak Grove in West Carrol Parish. This is the area, when it was but one Carroll Parish, where we find Emily Fisher, her brother, Joesph and mother Penicia in 1860.
But it was through documents found in Shreveport, in Caddo Parish, and in Mansfield, in DeSoto Parish, where my coffers were filled with a wealth of information. George Allen Tharp settled his family in the village of Keachi, in DeSoto Parish and it there that he died in 1851. His son, John Allen Tharp, after hosting a Cotillion in Keachi on Christmas Day 1860 would move the family to East Texas just as the Civil Conflict began to split the country in two.
John Allen Tharp moved his family from Keachi, Louisiana to East Texas in 1860. Wallace Waldo Novell moved his family from Beechgrove, Coffee, Tennessee to Dallas in 1907. Samuel T Hager moved from Floyd County, Kentucky to East Texas in mid 1800, and Daniel Green Rogers Kersh moved his family from Rankin County, Mississippi to Salmon, Texas in Anderson County in 1850.
With now the Tharps and the Hagers, and the Norvells and the Kershes in Texas, it was time for me to return home to Dallas as well. While my trip was in the reverse order of the migration of my acestors, it was a journey with rewards which cannot be measured monetarily or adequately expressed in words.
I will simply let my findings speak for themselves.
I hope you enjoy receiving them as much as I enjoyed finding them.
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