Early Ministers of Van Zandt County

Van Zandt County Genealogical Society


Biographies and Obituaries

We are compiling as many biographies and/or obituaries of the early ministers of Van Zandt County during the years 1848 to 1920 as we can find. Some lived in the county a short time but some lived out their lives here. We welcome submissions if you have an ancestor who was a pastor or minister at any time in this county. Email us, or write to the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 1388, Canton, TX 75103.


Rev. Simeon Stanley Allen Tharp

Submitted by David Tharp

Rev. Simeon Tharp was ordained in 1917 and was a traveling pastor all over East Texas including Ben Wheeler, Edom, Frankston, Grand Prairie, Murchison, Beckville, Tyler, Dallas and back to Ben Wheeler. He served as the first pastor of the Flatwood Assembly of God Church near Ben Wheeler; Barton's Chapel in Murchison and Maplewood Assembly of God Church in Dallas. He died of a stroke in Troup while trying to gather in the crops and live stock just before a sudden thunderstorm. He and his wife Zora are buried at Elm Grove Cemetery. All of his brothers were also ministers but all of different faiths, but mostly Methodist and Baptist. See more original documents below, especially the poem that he wrote for his mother.


Submitted by David Tharp


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