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Thomas Harrop
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Birth: Sep. 12, 1819
Cheshire, England
Death: Oct. 4, 1867
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA

Born in Gawsworth, Cheshire, England the second child of seven to Thomas Harrop & his first wife Mary Kelley.

Married Martha Evans December 25, 1839, at St. James Church Gawsworth, Cheshire, England.

He was a silk weaver who migrated from England to Philadelphia, Pa in 1842 with his wife and first child John Harrop. He built a silk mill, Rose Mills, in West Philadelphia but died an untimely death at the age of 48, of pneumonia. He had 3 sons and 6 daughters, only 4 of whom reached maturity.

Based upon statements made by Wilhelmina Morgenroth Marlin about Mary Ann Harrop's father being born in England and a silk factory owner, and Mary Ann's death certificate stating her father's name was Thomas, all addresses and occupations for him are taken from the Philadelphia city directories, Federal censuses and IRS Tax Assessments online at

In the mid 1830's Philadelphia was promoting the raising of silk worms and manufacture of silk and the Penna. legislature offered incentives for such from 1838 to 1843, an inducement that may have contributed to the migration of Thomas Harrop to Philadelphia. (History of Philadelphia Vol III page 2312)

In the 1850 Census, 7th Ward Kensington, Philadelphia there is Thomas Harrop, spinner, 32 born England and his family, including Samuel Butler, weaver, 65 born England. (Samuel Butler was a native of Nottingham, England as found in his August 24, 1850, Public Ledger obituary.) Also marked in the 1850 census for Thomas is the column for "Persons over 20 who cannot read or write". In the 1849 Phila Directory his address is listed as, Cadwalader above Oxford.

Thomas Harrop, silk manufacturer, Rose Mills, Maylandville, h NW corner Oak & Rose, West Philadelphia in the 1859 directory.
Thomas apparently owned Rose Mills as he was listed in the 1860 census with a personal estate of $20,000. Maylandville was located just south of Woodlands Cemetery. Oak St in West Phila. is now Ludlow. (See PhiladelphiaWest.doc)
In the January 24, 1860, Public Ledger newspaper page 4, Thomas placed an advertisement for "Two experienced HANDS wanted, to spool machine silk. Apply to Thomas Harrop, Rose Mill Silk Factory, West Philad."
In the U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918 January 1866 assessments, Thomas Harrop is listed as now: "Smith & Harrop, 43rd & Chestnut" Under that heading they are listed as "Silk Yarns at 43rd & Chestnut". In the 1867 Phila. city directory on pg 841 there is "Smith & Harrop (John J. Smith & Thomas Harrop) Penn Silk Mills, 1900 Spring Garden & 15 N 4th" [streets] In the same directory page 844 John J. Smith is listed: "silk manuf, 15 N 4th, h[ouse] 1504 Race [Street] 
Family links: 
  Thomas Harrop (1794 - 1886)
  Mary Kelley Harrop (1800 - 1830)
  Martha Evans Harrop (1820 - 1883)
  John Harrop (1840 - 1877)*
  Ann Harrop Fleming (1845 - 1937)*
  Sarah Harrop (1847 - 1851)*
  Ellen Harrop Brewster (1850 - 1902)*
  Jemima Emily Harrop Beamer (1853 - 1934)*
  Edwin Harrop (1854 - 1855)*
  Matilda Harrop (1854 - 1872)*
  Thomas Harrop (1857 - 1858)*
  Mary Ann Harrop Ball (1859 - 1935)*
  Jemima Harrop Dutton (1817 - 1865)**
  Thomas Harrop (1819 - 1867)
  John Harrop (1820 - 1896)*
  Edwin Harrop (1843 - 1923)**
*Calculated relationship
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: 7-54 NW
Created by: James Harry Lawrence
Record added: Jan 22, 2012
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Thomas Harrop
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Thank you for posting this information. Thomas Harrop's business partner, John J. Smith, is my 3G Grand Uncle, and I have been researching him tonight. He and his brother Thomas Smith both came over from Macclesfield, Cheshire.
- Tim Doyle
 Added: May. 3, 2014

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