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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.

Inscription reads:
"Father
William C.
Sharp
Born
Dec. 19, 1812
Died
Dec. 18, 1884"
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"O thou who dried the mouther's tears
How dark this world would be
Did we not know our father dear
Was only called to thee"

Source:


Old Goodhope Cemetery (Livingston County, Kentucky; 1 mile from intersection of state roads 133 and 1436 (Pisgah Road) on the side of Newman's Bluff), William and Delila Sharp marker, photographed by Stanley Mitchell, May 30, 2001.

Commentary:


This grave marker is the primary source for William's date of death and it is the only known source with an explicit birth date.

In the intervening years since this photograph was taken, an asphalt service road has been constructed which passes by the cemetery. This road is named Old Good Hope Cemetery Road on Google Maps:


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