98% chance he was born in Callaway Co. MO the son of James M. Tharp b. 1834 KY and Matilda Ann Goodrich.
James Tharp married Matilda Ann Goodrich 7/16/1857 Callaway Co. MO
1860Callaway, MO Tharp, James 27 MO[KY] Matilda A. 20 MO Dore, Henry 24 MO
Looks like Matilda died by 1870
It appears they had 3 children who were living with James' sister Orintha in 1870.
1870 Auxvasse, Callaway, MO Jackson, Thos J. 40 KY Orintha 34 KY Mary E. 11 MO Martha 8 MO Lula 3 MO Anna 9/12 MO Moore Elizabeth 64 KY (James & Orintha Tharp's mother) Moore, Antha 24 MO Tharp, Jeffeerson 8 MO Tharp, Emmet 6 MO Tharp, Hattie 4 MO
In 1880 Hattie is still with the Jackson's and her grandmother.
In 1880, Emmet is with his father
1880 Auxvasse, Callaway MO Tharp, James 47 KY KY -- widower Emmett 16 son MO KY KY
In 1880 I think J. D. is off on his own somewhere.
There is a marriage for J. D. Tharp to Francis G. Maddox 3/25/1885 in Callaway Co.So he may have been married 3 times.Frances G. Tharp died 6/21/1887 at age of 21 (from Callaway County newspaper)
Anyway, Hattie married Jesse C. Carney, a clergyman.Hattie died in 1949 in Kansas City & gives James & Matilda as her parents.James lived with Hattie in 1910 & 1920 & died in 1927 in Jasper Co. MO.His DC gives parents as Ragin Tharp and Elizabeth Tucker (Eliz. Tucker Tharp Moore.)
Elizabeth Tharp married Jasper Moore in 1845 in Callaway Co. MO.