Thomas Harper[1]

Male 1802 - 1866  (~ 64 years)

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  • Name Thomas Harper 
    Born 0___ 1802  Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • probably Harper's Valley
    Gender Male 
    Religion Primitive Baptist  [2
    Military 1861-1865  [2
    Died 0___ 1866  Marion County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried O'Mary Cemetery, Marion County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I2316  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 7 Jun 2014 

    Father Josiah Harper, Sr.,   b. 0___ 1762, Franklin, Southampton County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Sep 1837, Smith County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 75 years) 
    Mother Sarah E(lizabeth) "Sally" Parrot,   b. 0___ 1770, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 0Sep 1837, Smith County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 67 years) 
    Married 27 Dec 1787  Franklin, Southampton County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Family ID F2574  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Unnamed Spouse(s) 
    Residence (Family) EARLY 1820'S  Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Residence (Family) 0___ 1825  Smith County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Residence (Family) Abt 1843  Walker County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
     1. Sarah Elizabeth Harper,   b. 24 Jun 1825, Smith County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Dec 1883, Marion County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years)
     2. James Warren Harper,   d. 3 Oct 1868
     3. Mary Emmaline Harper
    Last Modified 19 Aug 2020 
    Family ID F2596  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 0___ 1802 - Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence (Family) - 0___ 1825 - Smith County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence (Family) - Abt 1843 - Walker County, Alabama Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 0___ 1866 - Marion County, Alabama Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - O'Mary Cemetery, Marion County, Alabama Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence (Family) - EARLY 1820'S - Warren County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    The Harper Family
    The Harper Family
    This is a partial ahnentafel of John Harpar of Noke, Oxfordshire, England who died in 1584.

    Compilers are Quinnie Harper and Betty Harper of Portland, Tennessee.

    Document was contributed by Glenda McWhirter Todd, June 8, 2014

  • Notes 
    • Louise Hanson stated Thomas signed Sarah's pension application in early 1866 but was not on the 1866 AL State Census. She also stated that Charlene Stough mentioned that Thomas Harper's next to last wife was Nancy Webb, born in TN, but the census shows her to be Mary. She stated that Thomas was a cook in the Civil War.

      Thomas was a delegate to Hopewell Primitive Baptist Church's delegations from 1850-1855. The Harper family attended Hopewell Primitive Baptist Church (located in present Fayette County), which Thomas represented as a delegate to the North River Baptist Association from 1855 to 1860. During this same time period, he acquired several more federal land patents to the north and south of the church. Thomas reported owning real property valued at $5,000 and personal property worth $1,500 on the 1860 census of Marion County [p. 615]. He then disappeared from the records and is supposed to have died before 1870.

      If Thomas outlived the Civil War, his final years were plagued by tragedy and grief. Seven of his sons were old enough to have served in the conflict three are known to have enlisted in the Union army, and at least two joined the Confederate army. Of these seven brothers, four died from illness or wounds received during the war, and one was hanged as a Union sympathizer. No military service records have been found for the other two brothers, but the evidence suggests that they too were lost during the deadly decade. In addition, at least one of Thomas' sons-in-law died in the war.

      The birth and death dates for Thomas A. Harper are approximate dates. He was born in Virginia, probably Harper's Valley, VA, to Josiah Harper, Sr., and Sarah E. "Sally" Parrott. Other children of Josiah and Sarah were: Benjamin, John, Sarah "Sally", Josiah, Jr., Rachael, Robert & Rebecca. Thomas was married about three times and his probable last wife was Mary Jane Griggs. The following children belonged to Thomas but is is unclear as to who he was married to when they were born: Sarah, Robert, James Warren, Mary Emmaline, Josiah Houston, Rebecca Jane, Thomas Wade, Elisha Denton, Tennessee Polk, George Washington, Jasper Green, Martha Ann, Nancy, Malissa A. & Jesse H. Harper.

      It is not certain that Thomas Harper was buried in the O'Mary Cemetery but they lived close to there and his sister, daughter, Sarah Harper McWhirter is buried there.
      (Thanks to Louise Hanson for the Harper information.) [2]
    • David, enjoyed talking to you. First of all, the Thomas I mentioned who was killed or died 15 Sep 1862 in Knoxville, TN was Thomas Harper's son, Thomas Wade Harper. His name was listed on the Confederate Monument up there. He served in Co. H of the 43rd Regiment, CSA. Some of those brothers served in the Confederacy while others served in the Union Army.

      Another thing, I should never say something from memory, when it comes to genealogy, without looking it up. The will I mentioned was not for Thomas, it was for his father. I had tried to prove that Thomas was the son of Josiah, but I found his will at the Family History Center (Mormon's Research) but the copy did not mention Thomas as a son. It also didn't mention one of his daughters, I believe it was. That was when I called my buddy in D.C. and he found a copy of the original will and the Family History Center, when they were taking pictures of the wills in the National Archives, left out one whole line which mentioned Thomas and the sister, May have had another child in there but don't remember.

      I have been burned doing this before, but I'm going to trust you. I'm sending you a copy of the original copies of both wills and I'm also sending the family history of Qunnie Harper which is what I used in my book, Heartbreak of a Civil War Widow, so PLEASE copy and return them to me. My printer is on the blink. I'm also going to send you a copy of the book. Please overlook any typos or errors as my editor/proof reader, unbeknownst to anyone including herself, was dying with lung cancer. They kept doing endoscopies on her and saying her esophagus needed stretching and just about a week before she died, they ran some tests and found a large malignant mass in both lungs that had wrapped around her esophagus. Anyway, she certainly was having problems when she proofed the book, which I can certainly understand.

      The Case of The Snatched Note

      A search warrant was issued, only it was issued for the arrest of GARRETT, his wife, his brother, and PETER STROUD. This warrant was put into the hands of THOMAS HARPER (age 31) as an "officer". HARPER went to GARRETT's house and arrested him and his wife. However, before he was allowed into the house, HEZEKIAH and PETER hid under the floorboards of the cabin. They were let out by Robert's negro woman. HEZEKIAH GARRETT drew a knife on HARPER who decided he had better go get more help. He stated that as he was leaving, he "heard ROBERT GARRETT call out to the other boys that HARPER was going for a stronger guard and to clear themselves out". Evidently when the law returned, PETER and HEZEKIAH had escaped.

      HARPER called upon JOHN HAYES (age 40) to help guard the defendants (ROBERT and his wife), while holding them in custody at their home, ROBERT GARRETT pointed up on a mountain and said "the boys" were there and he had taken them a whiskey or two that he must go and take them some more. Then GARRETT's wife spoke up and said that she had "sent or took" HEZEKIAH and PETER some "victuals and bed clothes" and that she would do the same again if they needed it.

      From the record, it is not clear what happenened after this. In May of 1833, the Sheriff noted that all the GARRETTS and PETER STROUD had left he country and gone to North Carolina. I think it is possible that they went west towards Missouri, Illinois or Arkansas instead. Robert and his wife, dau. of DAVID TAYLOR SR, had a baby daughter named BETSY born in 1831 in Indian Creek. She evidently stayed there or perhaps came back later as she married JOHN C. TAYLOR, her first cousin. It appears that she was living in the household of DAVID TAYLOR and was mentioned in his will. He may have raised her. The 1850 census of DeKalb County lists a PETER GARRETT (born 1837) and ROBERT GARRETT (born 1839) in the household of WILLIAM and ELIZA TAYLOR. These two boys were born in Missouri. Were they also sons of DAVID TAYLOR's daughter?

      A search of Smith County records revealed no deeds for either Robert Garrett or David Stroud. DeKalb county records revealed two deeds for DAVID STROUD dated 1839 and 1851. There were no deeds to show what land he had acquired in 1832. The two deeds located in DeKalb are:

      Deed Book D p 89-90, 21 Dec 1839

      JOHN FISH to DAVID STROUD, for $150, 200 acres, survey dated 14 April 1838, Camp Branch of Indian Creek, adjoining the conditional line between JOHN FISH and BENJAMIN TAYLOR
      Wit: JOHN C. (his mark) TAYLOR, FARIS (his mark) TAYLOR.

      Deed Book D p 328, 7 July 1851

      DAVID STROUD to GEORGE A. EVANS, for $300, land on Indian Creek purchased of JOHN FISH Survey No 6708.
      Wit: T. WHALEY, S. B. WHALEY
      You can view the entire document at: <>

      Thomas Harper Vs Merritt & Lyon. Injunction. 25 Feb 1839 Chancery Book 1

      Chancery Book 2 8 Oct 1838 p 104-109

      Thomas Harper versus Merit Lyon et al. Complainant is a citizen of Smith Co while defendant is a citizen of Wilson Co. In Dec 1835, complainant was engaged in building a flat bottom boat upon the Caney Fork River which he designed. Complainant sold the defendant some tobacco . The defendant wanted a contract signed but the complainant not being able to write proposed going to Esq Winfrey to do the business. Lyon directed Esq Winfrey how to write the obligation. Harper,
      being illiterate and wholly inexperienced, trusted Winfrey and Lyon to put the contract down in such a way that no advantage would be taken. Lyon promised to furnish money as fast as it was needed. The complainant did not suspect the fraud which was going to take place.

      Thomas A. Harper had a water/grist mill and tanned hides in Alabama.

      1844, Thomas Harper sold land to John Harper 1844 p. 114 Deed Book R.

      16 July 1841, Thomas Harper, Benjamin Harper, Rachel McGaffee, John McGuffee, Nevel H. Smith, and Rebecca Smith to John Harper 390 acres. 16 July 1841 pg 11-12 Deed Book S

      Thomas Harper, 1830 Smith Co., TN Census,
      2 M -5
      1 M 20-30
      1 F 5-10
      1 F 20-30

      1840 Warren Co., TN Census, (lived 9 houses from William McWhirter)
      Thomas Harper
      1 M -5
      1 M 5-10
      2 M 10-15
      1 M 30-40
      1 F -5
      1 F 5-10
      2 F 10 - 15
      1 F 30-40

      Let me know if I can be of further assistance, Glenda [6]
    • "Harper, Thos. 01001-20001"

      1830 Census - Middle Tennessee, by Byron Sistler, p. 166.

      Thomas is listed next door to Elizabeth. Given her age, it is likely that she may be his mother...DAH.

      Posted By: Mary Smith Hanson

      Date: Saturday, 23 April 2005, at 7:38 p.m.

      Thomas A.Harper and wife unknown(searching for) living in Warren Co.TN in the early 1820's. Several children were born in TN, Sarah b.1825, Robert, James W.,Josiah H.,Rebecca Jane, Elisha Denton,Thomas Wade.

      In the early 1840's his family left and settled in Walker County AL. The oldest daughter, Sarah Harper had married Andrew Ferrier McWhirter abt. 1842,and they also settled in Walker Co. AL.,living next door. Thomas A. Harpers first wife may have died in Warren Co.TN because in the 1850 AL census his wife Mary E. Harper b.1817 was too young to have been the mother of the oldest children.

      By 1860, there were more children and another wife had died. Thomas A. was then married to Mary Jane Griggs b.1829 AL and they had four children. The first two wives could have been from Warren Co.TN. If you have knowledge of these families, I would appreciate hearing from you. i will happily remit charges. I would like to find the mother of Sarah Harper who married Andrew Ferrier McWhirter in Warren Co. TN. Sarah is my gr gr grandmother. Mary Hanson [4]
    • There are no HARPERS enumerated in the 1820 Federal Census for Warren County, Tennessee [7]

  • Sources 
    1. [S18] 1840 Warren County Census, transcribed by Betty Anderson Bridgewater, 1985., p. 6 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S1044]

    3. [S1119]

    4. [S1040] Posted By: Mary Smith Hanson .

    5. [S1043]

    6. [S1131] Glenda McWhirter Todd | 2 Jun 2014 |

    7. [S37323] David A. Hennessee| Researcher | | 626 Biscayne Drive, West Palm Beach, FL | 561.832.6612.