WHARTON BROTHERS DIED BEFORE THEIR TIME

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by Bartee Haile

William H. Wharton was still mourning the premature passing of his younger brother, when he accidentally cut his own life short on Mar. 14, 1839. At ages 14 and 10, William and John Austin Wharton suddenly became orphans after losing both parents in 1816. A big-hearted uncle in their hometown of Nashville, Tennessee opened his home to the boys and three other siblings. Jesse Wharton not only kept the children together but provided each of them with a first-class education.

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