Obituary of John O. Tharp
January 12, 1927
Fulton County, Indiana
John Overly Tharp, age 86, veteran of the Civil war, died Tuesday night at the home of his son, Albert Tharp, who lives seven miles east of Rochester in the Bethlehem neighborhood. Mr. Tharp was ill only one day having been stricken with paralysis early Tuesday morning.
The deceased was born on August 16, 1840 in Ross county, Ohio, and at the outbreak of the Civil war enlisted in Company D, 53 Ohio Volunteer Infantry and was severely wounded in the battle of Gettysburg and was confined to a hospital practically until the close of the war. For the past thirty years he has lived in Rochester and Richland townships. He is survived by the widow and two sons, Newton, of South Bend, and Albert.
Funeral services will be held at the Bethlehem Baptist church Thursday afternoon at 1:30 with Rev. C. Polen, of Lakeville, in charge. Burial will be made at Richland Center.
Thursday, January 13, 1927
John Overly Tharp was born August 16, 1840 in Ross County, Ohio, and died at his home near Rochester, Ind., January 11, 1927, age 86 years, 5 months and 24 days. He was married to Mary M. Gratwood [Gatwood] July 25, 1872 and to this union six children were born, four having preceded him in death.
He enlisted as a soldier in the Civil War in Co. H, 33 Inf. and was wounded at Stone River, lying on battle field for three days before relief came. He united with the Christian church about 20 years ago and was a member of the Methodist church at his death. He was faithful to his Lord and Master, found delight in his service.
He leaves to mourn his loss his wife, two sons, Newton of South Bend and Albert of Rochester, and two grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at the Bethlehem Baptist church. Rev. C. Fields in charge assisted by C.S. Barkman. Burial in the Richland Cemetery.