William Thomas Harp (1804->1870) & Mary Jane Workman (1804-1834)

William Thomas Harp & Mary Jane Workman are my 4X great grandparents, the parents of my 3x great grandfather James Albert Harp.

William Thomas Harp was born in 1804 in North Carolina. He was a son of Beverly Harp & Sarah Dickerson.

Mary Jane Workman was born in 1804. She was a daughter of Abraham Workman and Margaret Lightner.

William and Mary married in about 1823 based on their oldest child’s birth in 1824, likely in Tennessee.

On the 1830 US Census, William was head of a household of 5 in Warren County, Tennessee: 1 male under age 5 (Phillip was 4); 1 male aged 5-9 (James was 6); 1 male aged 10-14; 1 male aged 15-19 (unknown); 1 male aged 20-29 (William was 26); 1 female under age 5 (Elizabeth was 1); 1 female aged 20-29 (Mary was 26); 1 female aged 50-59 (perhaps William’s mother Sarah).

The family moved to Arkansas by 1832 when their youngest son was born. Mary died around 1834, when she was around 30 years old. William married Nancy J. Terry in about 1838 based on their oldest child’s birth in 1839.

In 1838 William appears of the Tax List for Madison County, Arkansas Territory.

On the 1840 US Census, William was head of a household of 8 in Prairie, Madison County, Arkansas: 1 male under age 5 (John was 1); 1 male aged 5-9 (Carter was 8); 1 male aged 10-14 (Phillip was 14); 1 male aged 30-39 (William was 26); 2 females aged 5-9 (Elizabeth was 11); 1 female aged 20-29 (Nancy was 22).

On the 1850 US Census, William was 46 and Nancy was 32. They farmed in Prairie, Madison County, Arkansas. Children at home were: John, age 12; William, age 9; Hetty, age 6; Martin, age 5; Mary, age 2; Winnie, an infant. Also in the home was Sarah Harp, age 60.

William purchased land in Washington County, Arkansas in 1854, 1859, and 1860.

On the 1860 US Census, William was 60 and Nancy was 40. They farmed in Elm Springs, Washington County, Arkansas. Children at home were: John, age 21, and his wife Mary, age 18; William, age 18; Hester, age 16; Martin, age 13; Mary, age 12; Winnie, age 10; Elizabeth, age 6; Carlton, age 4; Narcissa, age 2; Harriett, and infant.

On the 1870 US Census, William was 63 and Nancy was 51. Children in the home were: Matilda, age 19; Sarah, age 17; Carlton, age 16; Angeline, age 13; Elmine, age 12; John, age 31 and his wife Mary, age 30. Only Nancy, Matilda, and Mary can read and write.

William died sometime after that 1870 US Census.

In 1895, Nancy was counted in the Kansas State Census. She lived in Cowley County, Kansas, was 75 years old, with daughter Elmina and her husband.

On the 1900 US Census, widowed Nancy was 80. She lived with son John and his wife Mary and their niece Ella in Jordan Valley, Pawnee, Oklahoma.

Nancy died in 1906. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

The children of William T. Harp & Mary Jane Workman:

James Albert Harp – My 3x great grandfather James was born in 1824 in Tennessee. He married Nancy Jane Hinds in about 1842 in Arkansas, when James was about 18 and Nancy was 15. They had 11 children. James died sometime between 1863 & 1880, and some say he was bushwhacked in the Civil War.

Phillip Harp – Phillip was born June 18, 1826 in Tennessee. He married Mary Elizabeth Hinds in 1845. They had 13 children. Phillip fought in the Civil War. He died November 16, 1903.  He was 77 years old. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Elizabeth Jane Harp – Elizabeth was born September 15, 1829 in Tennessee. She married William Henderson Bohannan. They had 9 children, and William fought in the Civil War. On the 1870 US Census, the couple was separated and living next door to each other.  Elizabeth died July 9, 1870, when she was 40 years old. Her husband married a neighbor that same year. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Carter Harp – Carter was born December 27, 1832 in Arkansas. He married Diana Clinkenbeard and they had 11 children. He died February 5, 1897. He was 64 years old. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

The children of William T. Harp & Nancy Jane Terry:

John Harp – John was born on March 6, 1839 in Arkansas. He married Mary E. Finley on May 1, 1862 in Washington County, Arkansas. He enlisted (along with brother William) to fight in the Civil War in November of that same year. They had 8 children. John died on April 20, 1932 in Glencoe, Oklahoma. He was 93 years old. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

William Terry Harp – William was born on August 31, 1841 in Arkansas. He enlisted to fight in the Civil War. He married Julia Ann Conway in about 1868. They had 3 children, and she died. William married Margaret Susan Waddle on November 25, 1878 in Greene County, Missouri. They had 7 children. William died on September 2, 1918 in Greene County, Missouri. He was 77 years old. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Hester Harp – Hester was born in about 1844 in Arkansas. She appeared on the 1850 & 1860 US Census with her parents, and those are the only records I have for her.

Martin Harp – Martin was born April 30, 1846 in Arkansas. He fought in the Civil War. He married Lucinda Josephine Sparks in 1868. They had 8 children. Martin died on December 4, 1926 in Cushing, Payne County, Oklahoma. He was 80 years old. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Mary Jane Harp – Mary was born June 14, 1848 in Arkansas. She married Thomas Jefferson Conway on July 18, 1867 in Greene County, Missouri. They had 7 children. She died August 25, 1887. She was 39 years old. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Martha Matilda Winnie Harp – Martha was born August 24, 1850 in Arkansas.  She married William White in 1874, and they had 6 children. After his death she married Samuel H. Matthews and after his death she married Daniel C. Hill. Martha died May 29, 1941. She was 90 years old. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Sarah Elizabeth Harp – Sarah was born on June 4, 1853 in Arkansas. She married Erastus Philow Jerome in 1873. They had 12 children. Sarah died on May 25, 1927. She was 73 years old. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Ambrose Carlton Harp – Ambrose was born September 3, 1855 in Arkansas. He married Nancy Elizabeth Gilmore in 1878 and they had 4 children. Ambrose died on August 11, 1916. He was 60 years old. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Elmina Paralee Harp – Elmina was born in about 1858 in Arkansas.  She married William Thomas Blanchard on November 21, 1878 in Dade County, Missouri. They had 10 children. The last record I have of her is the 1940 US Census when she was 79, widowed, and living along in Caney, Osage County, Oklahoma.

Angeline Narcissa Harp – Angeline was born February 6, 1860 in Arkansas. She married John Madison Boyd in 1887. They had 9 children. Angeline died October 8, 1949 in Allen, Pontotoc County, Oklahoma. She was 89 years old. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

James T. Harp (1824-186*) & Nancy Jane Hinds (1826-1886)

James T. Harp & Nancy Jane Hinds are my 3X great grandparents, the parents of my 2x great grandmother Louisa Cumi Harp.

James T. Harp was born in 1824 in Tennessee. He was the son of William Thomas Harp & Mary Jane Workman.

Note 4/2020: For this James T. Harp, the T may stand for Thomas, but we don’t know for sure. He is often confused with another James Thomas Harp/Harper. It was James Thomas Harp/Harper who married a McGinnis.

Nancy Jane Hinds was born December 20, 1826 in Tennessee. She was the daughter of William M. Hinds & Matilda Baker.

James & Nancy were married in about 1842 in Arkansas, when James was about 18 and Nancy was 15.

On the 1850 US Census, the family lived in Spadra, Johnson County, Arkansas. James was 26, Nancy was 24. They had 4 children: William, age 5; Julia, age 3; Sarah, age 2; Joseph, age 1.

On the 1860 US Census, the family lived in the township of War Eagle & Walnut in Benton County, Arkansas. James was 37 and Nancy was 32 – neither could read. They had 8 children: William was 16, Julia was 14, Sarah was 11, Mary was 8, Louisa was 5, John was 4, Martha was 2, and James was 1. Son Joseph had died. They had two more sons, Phillip in 1861 and Thomas in 1863.

James died sometime before 1880. I’ve seen various people online say that he was “bushwhacked in the Civil War.” It’s possible that he served, because I find a James Harp from Madison County Arkansas, age 35, enlisting in Company B, 1st Regiment Arkansas Cavalry (Union) June 24, 1862.

On the 1880 US Census, widowed Nancy was 54. She lived in Prairie, Madison County, Arkansas with sons James, age 21; Phillip Allen, age 18; and Thomas, age 16.

Nancy died on October 6, 1886. She was 59. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

The children of James T. Harp & Nancy Jane Hinds:

William Alexander “Alex” Harp – Alex was born in 1845 in Arkansas. He fought in the Civil War, having enlisted in Company B, Arkansas 1st Cavalry Regiment on June 24, 1862. He married Louisa Jane Evans in about 1863, and they had 6 children. Louisa died in 1887, and Alex married Matilda Holeman the same year – it was the second marriage for both, and Matilda had two sons. Together they had 5 more children. Alex died May 13, 1935 in Madison County, Arkansas. He was about 90 years old. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Julia Ann Harp – Julia was born in April of 1845 in Arkansas. She married Christopher Columbus McDonald in 1869 in Arkansas. They had 6 children. The last record I have of her is the 1900 US Census.

Sarah M. Harp – Sarah was born January 10, 1847 in Arkansas. She married Monroe McDonald in 1868.  They had 5 children. She died May 23, 1905.  She was 58. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Joseph R. Harp – Joseph was born in 1849 in Arkansas. The only record of him is the 1850 US Census.

Mary Harp – Mary was born about 1851 in Arkansas. The only record of her is the 1860 US Census.

Louisa Cumi Harp – My 2x great grandmother Louisa was born November 30, 1852 according to her gravestone, but I suspect she was born in 1855. She married Isaac Newton Hinson in 1870 and they had 10 children. She died April 8, 1918 in Washington County, Arkansas. She was 65. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Martha Harp – Martha was born April 21, 1856 in Arkansas according to her gravestone, but I think she was born in 1858. She married Abraham H. Neal, probably around 1879 and probably in Texas, and they had 7 children. She married John B. Nail on October 13, 1895 in Clay County, Texas. They had a son. Martha died January 15, 1936 in Wichita Falls, Texas. She was 79. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

John B. Harp – John was born September 3, 1857 in Arkansas. He died October 27, 1875 in Arkansas. He was 18. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

James Albert Harp – James was born January 2, 1858 in Arkansas. He married Victoria Monterre Hammett in 1891. They had 9 children. He died September 8, 1935 in Arkansas. He was 77. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Phillip Allen Harp – Allen was born August 16, 1861 in War Eagle Twp, Benton County, Arkansas. He married Louise Bristol White and they had 8 children. He died July 28, 1945 in Kirkland, Childress County, Texas. He was 83. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Thomas Burton Harp – Thomas was born January 9, 1863 in War Eagle Twp, Benton County, Arkansas. He married Delia F. Pierce on November 8, 1891 in Washington County, Arkansas. She died in 1925. He married Gertrude Whittemore Lewis on February 27, 1928 in Madison County, Arkansas. He died November 11, 1937 in Washington County, Arkansas. He was 74. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Louisa Cumi Harp Hinson (1852-1918) – Her Obituary

HARP Louis Cumi Left Her Sister HARP black and white cropped

Louisa Cumi Harp Hinson on the left, and one of her sisters

My grandfather Wallace Paul Cowan had a clipping of his grandmother’s obituary published in Springdale News (date unknown) and I have transcribed it:

Louisa Curry Hinson (nee Harp) was born November 30, 1852 near Hindsville, Madison County, Ark., and died April 10, 1918 at the family home on East Emma Avenue, Springdale Ark., at 5:20 am, age 65 years, 4 months and 10 days.

At age fifteen years she was converted and joined the Baptist church in the community of her childhood. She lived a consistent Christian life until the day of her death.

October 14, 1868, she was married to I.N. Hinson to whom she was a faithful and devoted wife until the day of her death. They had ten children, eight of whom still live. They are Mack of Springdale, Daniel of Iola, Kansas, Len of Camp Beauregard, LA, Mrs. Blake Baggett and Mrs. Bertie Cowan of Springdale, Mrs. Elmer Loyd of Van Buren, Mrs. S. O. Johnson of Memphis, TN, and Mrs. Andrew Sanders of Lorenzo, TX. All of these except Mrs. Johnson and Mrs. Sanders were present at the funeral, sickness preventing their presence. Besides these she leaves one sister, Mrs. Martha Nail of Wichita Falls, TX and three brothers, Jim and Burden Harp of Hindsville and Allen Harp of Kirkland TX. The last named brother couldn’t be present at the funeral.

Mrs. Hinson was a beautiful patient Christian character. Her influences in the home meant much to the family. She was cheerful, pleasant and patient in all things. As a mother she was kind and gentle and devoted to the interests of her children. As a wife she was devoted and patient and helpful. The stars she will wear in eternity can alone reflect the kindly patience and gentle care which she showed in every realm of her life.

On the morning of April 4, she suffered a paralytic stroke while about the duties of the house. She did not think she was very sick, but soon sunk into unconsciousness. From this she never aroused. Gradually her condition grew worse, until on Wednesday morning, April 10, at 5:20 oclock she went away to meet her savior. Her place will not be filled here again. She is gone from us never to return but awaits us coming to her. The Lord grant that we should go to that way at the end of our days.

Funeral services were conducted at the home Thursday afternoon, April 11, by pastor W. I. Elledge of the Baptist Church in the presence of a large crowd of sorrowing friends and relatives. Her remains were laid away in Bluff Cemetary the same day. The friends of the family showed their appreciation of her excellent character in every possible way. The beautiful floral tribute spoke more eloquently than words can express the esteem in which she was held by those who knew her best.

Card of thanks: We take this method of extending our thanks and of expressing our deep appreciation to every person who so kindly helped us in the sickness and death of our wife and mother. The kindness of friends is worth more at such a time as this as any other thing we know. We thank you every one. I.N. Hinson and family.