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Saturday
Aug162008

More dead people found

I just got an email from someone who found my family tree on rootsweb with my Cumberland County, NJ, family. Before 30 minutes ago, Mary and I had thought that our cousin James Tharp (previously thought to be Thorp) married Sarah Hughes, had two deceased infant children, and died in Philadephia where they were living in 1850. Mary's brother hired me on retainer to help out for the first 6 months of 2008, so I know this family quite well even though they are distant cousins. (you know you want to hire me, too!)

It turns out that they had at least two surviving children Ananias G. Tharp and Hannah P. Tharp. James dies before 1859 and Sarah marries Ananias G. Richer as his third wife. Since his second wife was a Mary Hughes, I assume that the Hughes girls were siblings because of the name of Sarah's son. I am going to confirm all of this with death certificates later.

I happen to have photos of James Tharp's sister Eliza Tharp Pedrick and her family because they took in my great great uncle Daniel after he was orphaned.

It turns out the guy who emailed me is my 8th cousin 1x removed. This is why I stress that you need to get your tree out there on Ancestry so it can be searched. This new cousin found me when the names were misspelled as Thorp.

-andrea

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Reader Comments (1)

Andrea, you have a very cool job! Thanks for all your help!

August 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAndy Bowen
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