April 19, 1883 (The Commonwealth, a newspaper of Scotland Neck, NC, 3d page)
[From the exchanges]
Toisnot Sunny Home: Capt. John Thorp, one of the most highly respected citizens of Nash county, died at his home near Rocky Mount, on Saturday, the 7th inst. To know him was to love and respect him. He was a good man and will be sadly missed by a large number of relatives and friends.
[I believe he was born in 1814. His Find A Grave entry is here. His familysearch.org record ID# is KZ6X-PC6.]