Martin Finley Harp

22 September 1877–23 May 1954 (Age 76)
Wilkesboro, Wilkes, North Carolina, United States

The Life of Martin Finley

Martin Finley Harp was born on 22 September 1877, in Wilkesboro, Wilkes, North Carolina, United States as the son of James A. Harp and Sarah Wattson. He married Minnie Johnson on 16 October 1900, in Kewanee, Henry, Illinois, United States. He died on 23 May 1954, in Marshall Hall, Charles, Maryland, United States, at the age of 76.

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Martin Finley Harp
Minnie Johnson
Marriage: 16 October 1900

Spouse and Children

16 October 1900
Kewanee, Henry, Illinois, United States

Parents and Siblings

    James A. Harp


    Sarah Wattson




World Events (8)

1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 4

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.
1897 · First Bill for Women Suffrage

Age 20

In 1897, Senator J.L. Hyatt introduced the woman suffrage bill in North Carolina. The bill did not make it past the committee.
1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 21

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.

Name Meaning

1 English and Scottish: metonymic occupational name for a harpist ( see Harper ), or occasionally a habitational name for someone living at a house distinguished by the sign of a harp.2 English: habitational name from a minor place such as Harp House in Eastwood, Essex, or South Harp in South Petherton, Somerset, denoting a place where salt was produced, from Old English hearpe ‘harp’, an implement used in the processing of salt. Compare Harpham .3 German: metonymic occupational name for a harpist, from Middle High German harpfe ‘harp’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • 1920 United States Federal Census
  • 1910 United States Federal Census
  • 1930 United States Federal Census

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