On April 12, the descendants of Emily and John Allen Tharp will have a family reunion at the Elm Grove Community Church and Cemetery in Roddy, family members announced.

John Allen Tharp and his wife, Emily Fisher Tharp, were both born in Louisiana — John in 1846 and Emily in 1848. Emily died in Roddy in 1913; John died in Ben Wheeler in 1920.

The great-grandchildren of John and Emily, many of whom still live in Kemp, Kaufman and throughout the North and East Texas areas, are expecting more than 100 guests for this tribute to their Tharp ancestors, according to the information.

The event will be hosted by Linda Carey Keeling, of Katy, granddaughter of Fannie Tharp Downing; and by David Tharp, of Dallas, grandson of the Rev. Sim Allen Tharp.

For information, call David Tharp, 214-349-9765 or DTharpTX@aol.com.

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