31 Days to Better Genealogy – Day 26

31 Days to Better Genealogy – Day 26

I’m taking Amy Crow’s challenge for 31 Days to Better Genealogy and blog Amy’s questions, with my answers; I plan to make one blog post, adding daily. Hopefully by the end of the 31 days, I will learn how to better solve some of my genealogy questions. If you haven’t signed up yet, just click on the link below… never too late to catch up!

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Day 26: Create a Timeline

Timelines are very important – actually seeing a life year-by-year of events, definitely put their life in perspective!

Just as Amy mentioned – many details are lost on family group sheets, but when you take the time to create a timeline – you view and think about it differently. By studying this timeline I created for Joseph Thomas Sharp, my thoughts are…


Joseph Thomas Sharp

1835 – 1910

1835: Birth – 17 FEB 1835 – Taliaferro Co., GA.

1835: President of the United States – Andrew Jackson: On Jan. 8, 1835, all the big political names in Washington gathered to celebrate what President Andrew Jackson had just accomplished. A senator rose to make the big announcement: “Gentlemen … the national debt … is PAID.” That was the one time in U.S. history when the country was debt free. It lasted exactly one year.

1850: Residence – Division 78, Taliaferro, Georgia
1858: 8 DEC 1858 • Marriage to Narcissa C. Meadows (1838-1880) Taliaferro Co., GA.
1860: The South Secedes from the Union of the United States
1860: Birth of Son James Thomas Sharp (1860–) Taliaferro Co., GA
1860: Death of Father James S. Sharp (1790–1860) Taliaferro Co., GA.
1861: The Begin of The Civil War
1862: Joseph Thomas Sharp enlists in the Confederacy – August of 1862
1863: Discharge date from the Confederacy due to unable to perform regular militia duties but detailed to service in arsenal in Augusta, GA. until end of war: August 1863 (not actually discharged)
1863: Birth of Son Edwin Levi Sharp (1863–1925) June 15, 1863 – Taliaferro, GA.
1864: The Civil War Ends – Joseph T. Sharp is discharged
1867: Residence – 1 Aug 1867 • Taliaferro, GA.
1867: Signed Oath of Reconstruction – Aug. 1, 1867 – Taliaferro Co., GA.
1869: Birth of Daughter Rossie L. Sharp (1869–1902) 16 Nov. 1869 – Taliaferro Co.,     GA.
1870: Residence – Crawfordville – Taliaferro / Hancock Co., GA.
1870-80: Death of Mother Elizabeth Lancaster (1794–1870) Taliaferro Co., GA.
1872/73: Birth of brother William Sharp – Taliaferro Co., GA.
1873 ABT: Death of Wife Narcissa C. Meadows (1838–1873) BEF. 1880
1880: Residence – District 109, Hancock Co. GA
1880: Widower – 1880 – Hancock Co. GA.
1899: Death of Brother James L. Sharp (1820–1899)
1900: Georgia Confederate Pension Applications – Hancock Co., GA.
1900: Residence – Militia District 107, Hancock Co., GA. – Widowed: Relation to Head of House: Father in Law to Head of Household
1901: Georgia Confederate Pension Applications – Hancock Co., GA.
1902: Georgia Confederate Pension Applications – Hancock Co., GA.
1902: Death of Daughter Rossie L. (Sharp) McKinley (1869–1902) 08-July-1902 – Powelton Community Cemetery, Hancock Co., GA.
1903: Georgia Confederate Pension Applications – Hancock Co., GA.
1903: Death of Brother Thomas J. Sharp (1826–1903) 25-May-1903 – Catoosa Co., GA.
1904: Georgia Confederate Pension Applications – Hancock Co., GA.
1905: Georgia Confederate Pension Applications – Hancock Co., GA.
1906: Georgia Confederate Pension Applications – Hancock Co., GA.
1907: Georgia Confederate Pension Applications – Hancock Co., GA.
1910: Residence – Augusta,Ward 3, Richmond, Georgia – Widowed; Relation to Head of House – Father: (Last found documentation of residence)

By studying this timeline I created for Joseph Thomas Sharp:

My thoughts are…

I decided to see what the world news was in 1835 when Joseph Thomas Sharp was born – and with this year being such a political year, I thought it interesting that this year of 1835 was the first time in history that the “national debt” was paid off by President Andrew Jackson- a debt of 75 million: it lasted one year!

It seems that Joseph T. Sharp left a pregnant wife and one child behind when he enlisted and left to fight for the South. And most likely she had this second child – alone – while he was away. At the time of the second child, he had been relocated to a lighter duty of work in the arsenal in Augusta, GA. – did Joseph receive a leave to come home for the birth of his second born of Edwin Levi Sharp on June of 1863?  He was not far from home being in Augusta. I’m thinking that Narcissa stayed with her parents while Joseph was gone as they also lived in Taliaferro Co., Georgia.

Joseph was only 28 years old in 1863 – what made him unable to perform regular militia duties? What were his health issues? He fought for one year – was it the stress of war?

Where – and exactly when – Joseph Thomas Sharp died is still a mystery to me. By taking a more detailed look at the timeline, I see that Joseph didn’t immediately leave the household of his son in law after the death of his daughter Rosie in 1902. I say that because his pension records show him still living in Hancock County. Did he leave after 1907 when his pensions stopped? And why did they stop?

He is last found on the 1910 Augusta, Richmond Co., Ga. census living in the household of his son, Edwin Sharp. On the 1920 Augusta, Richmond Co., census – he is not listed.

At this time, I have not located an obituary, cemetery listing or burial site.

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