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


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.