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Thomas Tharp

Birthplace: Middlesex County, Province of East Jersey
Death: Died in Woodbridge, Middlesex County, Province of New Jersey
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Tharp and Elizabeth Powell
Husband of Hannah Tharp
Father of Zebulon Tharp; Alice Dennes; Sarah Runyon; Jonathan Tharp; David Tharp and 3 others
Half brother of Hanna Andrews; William Thorpe and Thomas J. Thorpe

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About Thomas Tharp


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This represents an unknown number of individuals between Thomas Thorpe of Woodbridge and Benjamin Tharp of Virginia. The connection is proven by DNA evidence. See Benjamin Tharp, Benjamin Tharp


The Thorpe surname originated in England almost a thousand years ago and most likely has Norse roots. A number of Thorpe families emigrated to the United States in the 1600-1700's from England and today thousands of families can claim descendant from these early American settlers.


Thomas Thorpe is the progenitor of the Thorpe clan of Woodbridge, New Jersey, though his earliest appearances are in Massachusetts and Long Island, New York. He was born about 1631, and is said by early historians to be from Ipswich, Massachusetts. Yet no research up to this date has revealed his birthplace or parentage. There has been speculation that Thomas is the son of John and Alice (Chandler) Thorp of the Plymouth Colony, but no evidence of this connection has ever been found.

Thomas married Rebecca Milward (abt 1640) on March 27, 1656 in Boston, Massachusetts. He was a soldier in King Phillips war and was in Oyster Bay, Long Island, New York, in 1677. While all the children of Thomas and Rebecca Thorpe were born in Long Island, this family relocated to Woodbridge, Middlesex County, New Jersey sometime after 1675. Thomas is considered one of the earliest settlers in the Woodbridge area, where he inherited a large amount of land from his father-in-law, Daniel Pierce. Thomas was very active in the Woodbridge community, serving as Constable (1690), Grand Juror (1692), and Deputy of the General Assembly (1693-4). Thomas Thorpe died about 1693 and his will was was proved December 24, 1694.

Thomas and Rebecca Thorpe had the following children: Thomas (1657-1689), William (1659), Daniel (1661), Zebulon (1663), George (1665), Joseph (1667), Benjamin (1669), Ann (1671). While Zebulon Thorpe relocated to Yarmouth, Massachusetts, most of these children and their descendants remained in Woodbridge or the general vicinity for generations.

In the late 1700's, some of the descendants of Thomas Thorpe, including Reuben Thorpe (1755) and his brothers, relocated to Fayette County, Pennsylvania. Reuben owned land in Perry County, Ohio, where some of his children later settled (most using the surname "Tharp"), while others remained in Fayette County (using the surname "Thorpe"). Reuben's brother, Benjamin Thorpe (abt 1759), removed briefly to Fayette County, Pennsylvania, but later settled in nearby Greene County, Pennsylvania, where some of his descendants remain to this day.

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Thomas Tharp's Timeline

Middlesex County, Province of East Jersey
Age 35
Frederick, Virginia Colony
Age 85
Woodbridge, Middlesex County, Province of New Jersey