Coltharp Family Genealogy Forum
Nothing new on this couple. But somewhere in Texas--probably Henderson County, maybe Rusk, I suspect there's a grave for Mary Coltharp Upton. When E.O. Coltharp started his research in the 1950s, he mostly just talked to people--and I think someone among the Henderson/Van Zandt Coltharps or Bealls directed him to her grave because he carefully recorded a death date of 25 Dec 1853 and the fact that she married a Wh--ton. Meaning, of ocurse, the grave marker was so well worn even then that he couldn't really read it--only got the last syllable, "ton," of the name right. (Also meanig he hadn't seen John Coltharp's will in Monroe TN.) I don't imagine anyone is going to turn it up-probably long gone by now--but it would be nice, wouldn't it? Somewhere in the backwoods around Tyler...
The other unsolved puzzle about Mary and James M. Upton--where did they marry--and when? And how old was she? The Uptons moved to Carroll Co GA from McMinn about 1827--the same time my ggrandparents, Chris Garst and Sarah Coltharp, moved to Carroll. Did they all go together? Were the Uptons married by then? Or did Mary come down for a visit later--perhaps when James Coltharp came just after 1830? There was a lot of traffic between Carroll and TN for all these famlies. Chris Garst was in both places for the 1830 census, and several other Coltharp siblings visited Carroll.
A lot we don't know, but at least Uptons now know James M's first wife's name!
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