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Thomas Wharton

Birthdate: (55)
Birthplace: Aberdeen, Scotland
Death: Died in Inverness, Highland, UK
Immediate Family:

Son of James Campbell and Mary Wharton Campbell
Husband of Sarah Collins Wharton
Father of Thomas Wharton Collins

Managed by: Rick Collins
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About Thomas Wharton

Thomas Wharton fled to Philadelphia from Scotland after the Seven Years War in 1763. Wharton assumed his mother’s maiden name, Collins, in order to attain anonymity in the Colonies. It seems that as a Scottish militiaman Thomas Wharton Collins found himself on the winning end a dual defending his sister's virtue, however evidently killing someone more popular than himself. Once in the Colonies Thomas was found to be a Tory sympathizer and imprisoned during the Revolutionary War. His wife Mary successfully gained his freedom upon appeal to George Washington. Thomas was released and the family moved to Nova Scotia where Thomas died in 1790 leaving Mary a widow with seven children. Obviously a resourceful woman, somehow Mary made her way to New York where she reared her children. Son William became a postal boat captain and was the first of the family to move to New Orleans. John later followed in 1800 and opened a mercantile store on Magazine Street.

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Aberdeen, Scotland
June 12, 1732
Age 41
Aberdeen, Scotland
April 16, 1746
Age 55
Age 55
Inverness, Highland, UK