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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Sharp Family Land Purchase, Livingston Co., KY, 1869

On 22 May 1869, William C. Sharp purchased 260 acres of land in Livingston County, Kentucky from Web and Octavia Owen for 2500 dollars. A transcription of the deed follows the images.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Sharp Family Land Sale, Pope Co., IL, 1869

On 21 April 1869, William C. and Delilah Sharp sold 148 acres of land to Gabriel Clore for 3500 dollars. The 148 acres came from the North East 1/4 of Section 10 in Township 14 South Range 6 East, near the town of Tansill in Pope County, Illinois. The document image follows below.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Sharp Family Land Sale, Pope Co., IL, 1859

On 6 April 1859, William C. and Delilah Sharp sold 12 acres of land to Samuel D. Hemphill for 96 dollars. The 12 acres came from a 12 rod by 160 rod strip along the western boundary of North East 1/4 of Section 10 in Township 14 South Range 6 East, near the town of Tansill in Pope County, Illinois. A transcription of the deed follows the document image. 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Sharp Family Land Purchase, Pope Co., IL, 1855

On 21 April 1855, William C. Sharp purchased 160 acres of land in North East 1/4 of Section 10 in Township 14 South Range 6 East, near the town of Tansill in Pope County, Illinois from Benjamin and Lucinda Belford for 500 dollars. A transcription of the deed and maps showing the location follow the images.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Sharp Family Land Purchase, Rising Sun, IN, 1846

On 6 July 1846, William C. Sharp purchased the south half of In Lot 40 of Pinkney James Addition, from Joshua and Susannah Seward for 100 dollars. A transcription of the deed follows the images.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Sharp Family Land Purchase, Rising Sun, IN, 1843

On 24 November 1843, William Sharpe purchased In Lot 42 of Pinkney James Addition, from Pinkney and Ann Mary James for 150 dollars. In 1843, when the deed was written, the property was located in Dearborn County, Indiana but by the time the deed was recorded, it had become part of Ohio County, Indiana. A transcription of the deed follows the images.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Pinkney James Addition to Rising Sun, IN : 1838

The Pinkney James Addition is a land annexation in 1838 to the city of Rising Sun. Pinkney James laid out the streets, alleys and lots for this addition to the town. It extended Rising Sun to the east by adding Fifth and Sixth Streets, bounded by Front Street at the Ohio River and by High Street to the north. Pinkney James was also the proprietor for this annex and sold lots to attract new citizens and encourage growth of the city.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Sharp Family Land Sale, Rising Sun, IN, 1854

[Originally published: August 27, 2012]
The Sharp family made two sales of Rising Sun, Indiana property to Joseph Neale. The first sale was the subject of another posting, Sharp Family Land Sale, Rising Sun, IN, 1853.  On 1 May 1854, a second sale of the same property was made to Joseph Neale. The property was again described as: In Lot Number 42 and two thirds of the south half of In Lot Number 40 of P. James addition to the town of Rising Sun, Ohio County, Indiana.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Sharp Family Land Sale, Rising Sun, IN, 1853

[Originally published: August 24, 2012]
William and Delilah Sharp owned real estate in Rising Sun, Indiana. On 25 August 1853, a sale of this property was made to Joseph Neale. The property was described as: In Lot Number 42 and two thirds of the south half of In Lot Number 40 of P. James addition to the town of Rising Sun, Ohio County, Indiana.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Better Know a Repository: Boone County Clerk's Office


The Boone County Clerk's Office is on the first floor of the Boone County Administration Building in the photo. It houses many important original sources for Boone County researchers, including land records (from 1799), probate records (from 1800), and marriages (from 1799).

Monday, October 22, 2012

Elijah Neal's deed for inherited land, 1864, Boone County, Kentucky

This deed, recorded 3 August 1864,  finalizes the transfer of land from William Neal to his son, Elijah Neal. William Neal bequeathed 15 acres of his land to Elijah in his 1856 will. The transfer was contested by some members of the Neal family listed as plaintiffs on the deed. A greater number of family members are listed as defendants of the deed. The enumeration of the family makes this an especially valuable source.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

William Neal's land division, 1864, Boone County, Kentucky

On 12 March 1864, surveyors divide William Neal's land into two parcels. One parcel is the 15 acres he willed to his son Elijah and the remainder parcel is that which will be sold and the proceeds divided amongst the other heirs. The probate document which describes this land division was subsequently recorded on 4 June 1864.

Friday, October 19, 2012

William Neal's estate sale bill, 1863, Boone County, Kentucky

On 10 April 1863, the day after the inventory of William Neal's personal estate was made, the following items were sold.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

William Neal's personal estate inventory, 1863, Boone County, Kentucky

The executor of William Neal's will does an appraisal of the deceased's personal estate, as recorded in this estate inventory on 9 April 1863.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

William Sharp household, 1840 U.S. Census, Dearborn County, Indiana

This census enumeration was made in 1840, a decade earlier than the 1850 census in a previous post. The 1840 census does not give the names of all members of the household, only the head (William Sharp). Other members of the household were counted within various age brackets. Household members who were employed, were also counted in various occupation categories.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday - Delilah (Neal) Sharp (1824-1904)

This tombstone is for Delila N. and William C. Sharp, my great-grandparents from my mother's side of the family. Inscriptions cover three sides of the stone; here, only Delila's side is shown, another side is for William (shown in a previous post), and one more is for their marriage. Delila's final resting place is in the Old Good Hope Cemetery, Livingston County, Kentucky, about 1/4 mile southwest of the former family homestead.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday - William C. Sharp (1812-1884)

This tombstone is for William C. Sharp and Delila Sharp, my great-grandparents from my mother's side of the family. Inscriptions cover three sides of the stone; here, only William's side is shown, another side is for Delila, and one more is for their marriage. William's final resting place is in the Old Good Hope Cemetery, Livingston County, Kentucky, about 1/4 mile southwest of the former family homestead.

Monday, August 20, 2012

William Sharp household, 1850 U.S. Census, Rising Sun, IN

This census enumeration follows a year after the marriage of William and Delia Sharp described in another post. The 1850 U.S. census does not explicitly give the relationships between members of the household. The sex recorded for Clarence on line 39 is flagged as a potential recording error.  Here, is the extract of the William Sharp household, lines 36 to 40...

Friday, August 17, 2012

The Sharp-Neal 1849 Marriage

Nothing beats a marriage record for anchoring a family history.  This source was obtained from the Clerk's Office at the Courthouse in Burlington, Boone County, Kentucky in 2001. It is the marriage bond, license, and return for William Sharp and Delia Neal, my maternal great-grandparents.  The return is important because it confirms that their marriage did take place 19 July 1849.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Greetings!

My interest in genealogy began around 1998. It was around that time that my mother started giving me family photos and records for "safe-keeping". Amongst the items were some letters she received from one of my cousins. He was trying to learn the birthplace of my great-grandfather and ran into a brick wall. I wondered if I could do any better. And so began my quest.