Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]
Nathan Tharp was a native of Virginia and moved with his father to Logan County, Ohio, in an early day, and
here married Lucinda, daughter of Isaac Zane, who was born March, 1766. Mr. Zane was one of the heroes of the war
of 1812, in which he participated as a soldier. He removed to Cass County in 1833, and settled in Jefferson Township,
where he died, February 19, 1839, in his seventy-fourth year. S. C. Tharp, son of Nathan, was born in Logan County,
Ohio, June 26, 1828, and came. to Cass County, in 1830, with his parents, who had a family of eight children, three
of whom died in infancy. Of the other children, Hale is in California; Helen, deceased; Fanny, now Mrs., H. R.
Cooper; Zane and S. C., both of whom are residents of this township. Nathan Tharp died February 19, 1839, while
his widow still survives, and although in her eighty-third year, in the full enjoyment of all her faculties, and
is a fine representative of the brave pioneer women who have done their full share in the developing .of this county.
Having lost his father at the youthful age of eleven years, the necessities of the family were svch that S. C.
Tharp was obliged to add the results of his daily labor toward the maintenance of himself snd the family, and he
has nobly performed his part, and as a consequenee is conversant with the methods and expedients adopted by pioneers
to succeed under adverse circumstances. His opportunities for obtaining an education were confined to the common
By industry and economy he has acquired a competency, and now possesses a farm of 126 acres, and is accounted among
the successful farmers of his township.
Politically, he is a Democrat, and has been honored with nearly all the township offices, including Justice of
the Peace, Supervisor, etc.
He has been for many years an honored member of the Masonic fraternity.
December 19, 1848, he was united in marriage to Christinia, daughter of Ephraim Maxon. Mrs. Tharp was born in Clark
County, Ohio, September 17, 1827. Two children have blessed their union-Nathan P. and Mary A., now Mrs. J. D. Williams,
all residents of Jefferson.
History of Cass Couny, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of some of it's Prominent Men and Pioneers.
Waterman, Watkins & Co., Chicago 1882.