The Rev.and Mrs.James Tharp

Rev. James Henry Tharp and Mary Frances Jeter

Rev. James Tharp (ggrandfather) 1847 - 1916
Sara Frances Maxwell (mother) 1907 - 1995
Wilbur Tharp Maxwell (uncle) 1898 -1945
Mary Frances (Jeter) Tharp (ggrandmother)1847 - 1923
Taken about 1908

 My great-grandmother Mary Frances Jeter (Tharp) was born 11/29/1847 on the family farm between Petersburg and Atterbury in Menard County, Illinois and remained there until the age of ten when the family moved to live in Livingston County near Chillicothe, Missouri. She was wed on 7/5/1871 to James Henry Tharp, a Presbyterian minister and they had one daughter, my grandmother, Lillian Frances Maxwell. After Rev. Tharp passed away in 1916, Mary Frances went to live with her daughter's family in Silverton, Colorado and died there on 3/1/1923. She and Rev. Tharp are buried in the Hillcrest Cemetery in Gallatin, MO.

Rev Tharp, Lillian, Mary Frances
Photo taken about1885

Missouri Presbyterian Synod Meeting about 1900

(On back) Left to right: Rev. James H. Tharp, S.L. Ramsey, Dr. N. H. Block, J.C. Babb, Rev. J. H. Norman, Isaac Pearson, Thomas R. Taylor, N.C. Maxwell, & Chris Wagner. Rev. Tharp is father of Lillian T. Maxwell. N.H. Block was first president of Missouri Valley College (where Lillian Tharp graduated), Rev. Norman married N.C. Maxwell and Lillian Tharp.

Grave stone of James Henry Tharp and Mary Frances Jeter Tharp
Located in the Hillcrest Cemetery in Gallatin, MO

Photo by C. Victor Jeter who also shared this:

"..excerpt from a letter written by William T. Jeter (Lt. Gov. of California, 1896-1900) to his brother Mayo Emmett Jeter on October 6th, 1925.  He was writing of a motor trip he had made a couple of years earlier from California through Arizona and New Mexico to Silverton, Colorado and across Kansas and Missouri to Quincy, Illinois (he returned by rail) and his visit with his sister, Mary Frances in Silverton.  He writes,
"Sister Mary and Lillian's family were living together as they had been since the death of Henry.  Sister seemed to be quite well as to her general health, and was comfortably situated.  It was plain that she was lonesome for the association of friends she had left at Gallatin, where she and Henry lived through the many years that he was pastor of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church before the union of this denomination with the Presbyterian Church, and his continuation as pastor of the latter after the union, up to the date of his death.  I was at Mary's home in Gallatin in June, 1916, a month after Henry's death, to arrange for administration of his estate, and learned more of what I had known before pretty well, --- the high regard the people there, irrespective of church affiliation, had for him.  I have never known of an instance where a minister was so universally and so well loved.  This was reflected in the fact that business places closed on the day of his funeral as a mark of respect to his memory.  Mary died within the year after my visit with her in Silverton, and her body was taken to the cemetery in Gallatin for burial."

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The Jeters

My Maxwell Line
Rev. Brown Portrait

Albert Leander Maxwell
Nathaniel Carson Maxwell
Arthur Leonard Maxwell

Sara Maxwell Baily
Wilbur T. Maxwell