Saturday, May 30, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
On this date in our family history . . . the 24th day of May . . . in the year 1843 . . . Mary Alexandrien Lemaire is born in Liberty County, the Republic of Texas . . . aka Nellie . . . aka Alex . . . this baby girl grew up to marry Samuel Houston Sharp . . . and they had several children . . . one of whom was the great-grandma of the Keeper of this family history blog . . .
A Texas Historical Marker at the Hall Cemetery in Houston County, Texas indicates that the earliest marked grave is that of this Mary A. Sharp (1843-1876) . . . the historical marker is located on FM 229, 10.9 miles NW of Crockett . . . although the fact that our Nellie had a tombstone is documented on this historical marker, as well as in a 1962 deposition given by one of Nellie's daughters, no evidence has been found of the location of her grave . . .
Hall Cemetery. Joshua James Hall (1790-1871) gave a portion of his land on this site about a mile from his homestead to be used as a burial ground. Hall Cemetery was already in use when freedmen French Taylor (1842-1937), Bob Denby, & Alf Warfield petitioned Hall for permission to bury their dead in the graveyard. Hall agreed, & the cemetery was used by both Anglo & African American Settlers. The earliest marked grave is that of MARY A. SHARP (1843-1876). Hall Cemetery had several owners during the 20th century. A 1997 count revealed 29 marked & more than 105 unmarked graves. Descendants of early settlers continue to care for & maintain the land. (1998).
Sketchy family lore says that Nellie's father was a French gentleman by the name of Mr. Lemaire . . . sometimes written as Lamar (see further discussion below) . . .
Nellie's mother, Elizabeth A. Lemaire Beale nee Waring, was born ca.1824-1827 in Maryland . . . she is the daughter of Edward Gantt Waring and his wife (and 2nd cousin), Catherine Ann (Kitty) Waring nee Waring . . .
- On the 1850 census, Nellie's mother is enumerated as E.A. Lemarre with the head of household being Kitty Waring (mother of E.A. Lemarre)
- In 1860 Nellie's mother is indexed as Elizabeth Beale
- Throughout 1865 and 1866, Nellie's mother is mentioned frequently in the Civil War-era journal of James Madison Hall (1819-1866) . . . always referred to as Mrs. Beale
- In 1870 Nellie's mother is enumerated as Elizabeth A. Beale
- 10 June 1871 :: Deed from C. L. Cleveland to Elizabeth A. Beale . . . this is the last known mention found of her name . . . her date and place of death is unknown
The story passed down through the generations indicated that it was believed that Nellie's father died under suspicious circumstances on a voyage to or from France . . . is he the Alexander Lemaire mentioned below? . . . the few details I have found on the following Alexander tend to "fit" with the few details we have on Nellie's father . . .
France is the first European power to recognize the independence of the Texas Republic. A treaty is proclaimed between France and the Republic of Texas in 1840, and continues until 1846. A French chargé or minister is sent to the Republic, and plans are made for sending French colonists to Texas.
- Google Books. The Living Age (1845). Shipwreck of the Delphine. Regarding the captain of the ship that A. LEMAIRE last sailed on . . . translated from the French. . . . We sailed from Havre for Valparaiso on the 30th March, 1840, in the ship Delphine, CAPTAIN COISY, with a crew of sixteen sailors and four passengers. . . . Those on board of her were not strangers; they were CAPTAIN COISY, Lieutenant Lepine, our sailors and companions, who came to deliver us and bring us provisions. . . .
- Google Books. Annual Report of the American Historical Association (1911) . . . 26 April 1842. A. de Saligny, Legation de France au Texas, to Hon. Anson Jones, Secretary of State. [Announcing the appointment of ALEXANDER LEMAIRE consular agent of France at Liberty, and asking orders for his recognition by the Texan authorities.] . . . 2 June 1842. Hon. Anson Jones, Secretary of State to Saligny. [Transmitting exequatur of ALEXANDER LAMAR, consular agent of France for "Liberty County," and of F. Guilbeau, consular agent of France for San Antonio.]
- Google Books. The French Legation in Texas (1971). Vol. 1 contains chiefly the diplomatic and private correspondence, between 1839 and 1842, of A. Dubois de Saligny, Chargé d'affaires of the French Legation in Texas. . . . MR. ALEXANDER LEMAIRE, former student at the Agricultural Institute at . . . with necessary information on events taking place in various parts of Texas . . . and ALEXANDER LEMAIRE for the new agencies at San Antonio, Matagorda . . . Ten or eleven months ago MR. LEMAIRE, who had been named for the post at Liberty on the Trinity, embarked at Galveston on the brig Amanda (under CAPTAIN COISY from Havre) for France to look after his affairs. It was learned that the Amanda was forced to put into port at Bermuda for repairs. However, since she put to sea again she has not . . .
- Found online . . . regarding the ship that A. LEMAIRE last sailed on . . . Google Books. History of Thomaston, Rockland, and South Thomaston, Maine . . . Gather up the fragments, that nothing be lost. John 6,12. (1865) . . . Nathan Robinson, lost at sea in BRIG AMANDA, 1843.
- Found online . . . regarding the ship that A. LEMAIRE last sailed on . . . Google Books. Annals of the Town of Warren; With the Early History of St. George's, Broad Bay, and the Neighboring Settlements on the Waldo Patent. (1851). The town of Warren, in the county of Lincoln, State of Maine, . . . Capt. William James Lermond, b. July 18, 1813; sailed in THE BRIG AMANDA from N.O., in March, 1843, and with his vessel was never heard from. . . .
- Google Books. The French in Texas: History, Migration and Culture . . . Upon the death of LEMAIRE, the French consul of the town of Liberty, Cramayel chose not to replace him, declaring: "Liberty is only a hamlet in the interior of a region that has no direct commerce with foreign countries. In the surrounding area there are only about thirty French residents, widely scattered, & living in a situation close to destitution." . . .
- 1840 :: there is a Samuel F. Lunier on the Liberty County tax list . . . is he some kin to Alexander?
- 24 May 1843 :: Mary Alexandrien Lemaire is born in Liberty County, Texas
- 1846 :: there is a Lamiel (Samuel?) Lanier on the Liberty County tax list
- 27 March 1848 :: there is a Samuel Laimer (b. 1826) who arrives in New York from Le Havre, France
- 1850 :: Mr. (Alexander?) Lemaire is NOT listed on the Liberty County, Census with his wife and daughter
- ca. 1852 :: The "widow" Lemaire marries John S. Beale . . . according to family lore, there was speculation that this Mr. Beale might have had some involvement in Mr. Lemaire's disappearance . . . but ongoing research is indicating that he actually disappeared at sea along with an entire shipload of people
- 1850 Liberty County Census :: looks like Mary A. Lemarre (indexed as Lamane)
- 1860 Liberty County Census :: enumerated as Mary A. Lamire
- 11 July 1861 :: listed as Mary Alexandrien Lamier in the Journal of James Madison Hall when he writes about her marriage to his step-brother / brother-in-law, Samuel H. Sharp
- 13 March 1862 :: JMH refers to her as Alexandrien
- 20 & 22 March 1862 :: JMH refers to her as Alex
- 17 & 30 April 1862 & thereafter :: JMH refers to her as Nellie
- 7 October 1862 :: Nellie Sharp is a witness for the will of J. M. Hall
- 15 January 1863 :: JMH refers to her as Mary A. Sharp familiarally called Nellie . . . thereafter he calls her simply Nellie
- 1870 Houston County Census :: enumerated as Mary A. Sharp
- 10 October 1876 :: Mary A. Sharp dies, and is buried in the Hall Cemetery in Houston County, Texas . . . she is survived by her mother, her husband and six children, and her mother-in-law, Mahala Lee Sharp Hall nee Roberts
Lamarre :: French: habitational name from any of the places in Normandy called La Mare, from Old Northern French mare ‘pool’, ‘pond’ (Old Norse marr).
Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4
Mary Alexandrien Lemaire
Lamane (on census /index)/
Mary A. /Lamaire/
LaMire /LaMar/, Lemarre, LeMire
Mary A. /Lamar/
Mary Alexandrien /Lamar/
Mary Alexandrien /Lamier/
Mary A. /Lamire/
Mary Alexandrien /LeMire/
Mary A. /Sharp/
- Born on 24 May 1843 - Liberty County, Texas
- Died on 10 October 1876 - Houston County, Texas
- Buried after 10 October 1876 - Hall Family Cemetery, Houston County, Texas
- Age at death: 33 years old
Marriage and children
- Alexander ? Lemaire +ca 1843
- Elizabeth A. Waring ca 1824-1871/
- Married on 11 July 1861, Liberty, Liberty County, Texas, to Samuel Houston Sharp ca 1839-ca 1885, with
- James Hall 1863-1936
- Infant 1864-1864
- Samuel Houston 1867-1921
- Margaret Elizabeth 1869-1935
- Ida Mae 1871-1964
- Berta Mary 1873-1955
- Willie /1876-ca 1885
Notes -- as per Aunt Ida (Sharp) Halyard . . . My mother, Mary Alexandren Lamar Sharp, was born in France [sic] & was of French extraction, but I know nothing about her family history, except that she owned land on the Robeson Survey, Liberty County, Texas, & I still own my inherited interest in this land. My mother died when I was four years old, & is buried in the Hall Cemetery on the old Hall Plantation on Elkhart Creek, where I was born. There is a marker at her grave.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
From 28th September 1840 until 18th November 1851, Nicholas Adolphus Sterne kept a diary of his daily activities, which is a valuable source of information on the period of the Republic of Texas . . . the names of some of our kith 'n kin are scattered through these pages . . . and regarding this date in our family history . . . the 20th day of May . . . here are the words Sterne penned in his diary in the year 1843 . . .
Saturday the 20th May  fine weather for traveling -- left after Breakfast, called to see my old friends ELISHA ROBERTS and his wife, arrived at Sabine Town at 5 P. m. stopped at the House of Judge Hotchkiss, met with Mr Pemberton, Mr Peck, and Mr Austin, was introduced to Mr Clapp partner of Austin, they appear to do good Business they have the only Store in the place, wrote a letter home to be send in the mail to morrow morning --
This Elisha Roberts, an early Texas alcalde, is a 4th great-grandpa to the keeper of this family history blog . . . Elisha lived until the 3rd of October 1844 . . . and his wife, Patsy, died on the 18th of December 1845 . . . both were buried near their home in San Augustine County, Texas . . . in 1936 a Texas Centennial marker was erected at the site . . .
When I saw that the theme for the premier issue of A Festival of Postcards was Wheels, I immediately knew I wanted to showcase the 19th-century steam side-wheeler, Mt. Washington, whose huge paddle wheels were driven by a single-cylinder steam engine. Unfortunately, I am unable at this time to locate the originals of my Mt. Washington postcards, so I am using available scanned images from the internet of a few similar postcards.
In the book entitled simply Lake Winnipesaukee, Bruce Heald states that . . . In 1872, a new steam side-wheeler at Alton Bay was launched, which was christened the steamer Mount Washington. This vessel was built by the Boston and Maine Railroad, which used an extension of her rail service on Lake Winnipesaukee. She was longer, faster, and considered by many the most beautiful side-wheeler ever built in the United States. . . . This vessel was to become the largest steamer to ply the waters of Lake Winnipesaukee and would outlive her builders, her competitors, and three generations -- a variable Winnipesaukee tradition, as famous a side-wheeler as was ever launched in America. . . .
The paddlesteamer Mount Washington, named after the highest of New Hampshire's White Mountains, was launched in spring 1872 to carry mail, goods, and passengers on Lake Winnipesaukee, under the flag of the Boston and Maine Railroad. With a hull length of 178 feet (54 m) and a beam of 49 feet (15 m) she appeared as a typical representative of the North American sidewheelers around the second half of the century and was the largest steamer on the lake at that time. The huge paddle wheels were driven by a single-cylinder steam engine of 450 hp (340 kW) at approximately 26 rpm. The power was transferred from the vertical single cylinder to the wheel shaft by the walking beam, high above the upper deck, oscillating in the frequency of the paddle wheels. Known as "The Mount", her kitchen and restaurant service became famous.
The last time Mom and I traveled to New England was in March of 1998. While visiting in the home of Mom's 1st cousin, Margie, in Lynn, Massachusetts, I used my Canon AE-1 to preserve images of the pages of a family scrapbook. These two snapshots of Mom's mother, Elizabeth, and Elizabeth's mother, Eva, were amongst the faces glued to the typical black paper pages of that album. Because we can see the Mt. Washington in the background, we know that Elizabeth and Eva are on the dock somewhere on Lake Winnipesaukee -- possibly Alton Bay. . . .
Elizabeth was out picking up pawpaws with her childhood friend, Diantha, when they met their future husbands. When Elizabeth married her handsome cowboy / sailor from Texas in July of 1929, they honeymooned at Lake Winnipesaukee. In 1978, Diantha wrote the following to my Mom --
I had forgotten about Alton Bay. Betty* & I went up with her mother & stayed in the cottage one week end. I too have since been back to try to locate the cottage. I had forgotten that that was where they honeymooned . . . Win died in Nov. 1940 - I wonder did your father ever know? As I said we did have a postcard that you'd all gone to Texas - and I can recolect no further word. . . . *Betty aka Elizabeth
See also :-
The above postcards and postcard collages -- with a wheels-theme -- were posted for the 20th May 2009 inaugural edition of A Festival of Postcards which is hosted by Evelyn Yvonne Theriault who lives near Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Make sure you check out her delightful blog.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
SAM H. SHARP
1867 - 1921
aka Samuel Houston Sharp, Jr.
08 November 1867 ~ 14 May 1921
Samuel Houston Sharp, Sr.
Mary Alexandrien (Nellie) Lemaire
Sam and Nellie are 2nd great-grandparents to the Keeper of this family history blog . . . and this Sam, Jr. is a great-grand-uncle . . . following is a newsclipping regarding his death . . .
Taylor Daily Press. Taylor, Texas. Saturday Afternoon, May 14, 1921.
Sam Sharp Dies in Taylor Today. Body Will Be Shipped to Former Home in Lovelady for Burial.
Sam H. Sharp, age about 60 years, died this morning at the home of his son-in-law, T. A. Newton, 807 ? West Seventh Street, following a brief illness. Mr. Sharp has been a resident of Taylor for only a short time and was employed as bookkeeper for the Tip Top Milling Company. The body was turned over to the Forwood Undertaking Company to prepare for shipment to his former home in Lovelady, where burial will take place tomorrow. Short services will be held at the Newton home. The deceased is survived by several children.
In or near the area of the southern part of Maine were living at this exact time in history certain ancestors of ours, including (but not limited to) . . . Daniel Merrill & and his wife, Hannah Runnels . . . and their son, Levi Merrill & his wife, Jerusha Milliken . . . and Jerusha's father, Edward Milliken . . . and Edward's father-in-law . . . Samuel Nathaniel Harmon.
Also Thomas Thurston and his wife, Lucy Fenderson . . . and his widowed mother, Martha Piper.
Also Morrill Hobbs and his wife, Miriam Brackett . . . and his widowed mother, Abigail Urann Hobbs . . . and Miriam's parents, John Brackett and Miriam Thompson . . . and John's father, Samuel Brackett.
The darkness commenced between the hours of 10 and 11 A.M., and continued to the middle of the next night. It was occasioned by a thick vapour or cloud, tinged with a yellow color, or faint red, and a thin coat of dust was deposited on white substances.
The wind was in the southwest; and the darkness appeared to come on with clouds in that direction. Its extent was from Falmouth, (Maine,) to New Jersey. The darkness appears to have been the greatest in the county of Essex, (Mass.) in the lower part of New Hampshire, and Maine; it was also great in Rhode Island and Connecticut.
In most parts of the country where the darkness prevailed, it was so great, that persons were unable to read common print, determine the time of day by their clocks or watches, dine, or manage their domestic business, without additional light; 'candles were lighted up in their houses; the birds having sung their evening songs, disappeared and became silent; the fowls retired to roost; the cocks were crowing all around as at break of day; objects could be distinguished but a very little distance; and every thing bore the appearance and gloom of night.'
The following is an extract of a letter from Dr. Tenney to the Massachusetts Historical Society, giving an account of the dark day of May, 1780.
"You will readily recollect that, previously to the commencement of the darkness, the sky was overcast with the common kind of clouds, from which there was, in some places a light sprinkling of rain. Between these and the earth there intervened another stratum, to appearance of very great thickness. As this stratum advanced, the darkness commenced and increased with its progress till it came to its height; which did not take place till the hemisphere was a second time overspread. The uncommon thickness of this second stratum was probably occasioned by two strong currents of wind from the southward and westward, condensing the vapours and drawing them in a north-easterly direction. I remember this observation was made by an anonymous writer in one of the public papers soon after the event.
As I set out the next day, from my father's at Rowley, to join my regiment in New Jersey, I had an opportunity to inform myself what were the appearances in different parts of the country between here and Pennsylvania. The result of my enquiries, on that journey, and after my return, was that the darkness was most gross in the county of Essex, the lower part of the State of New-Hampshire and the old Province of Maine. In Rhode-Island and Connecticut it was not so great, and still less in New-York. In New-Jersey the second stratum of clouds was observed, but not of any great thickness; nor was the darkness very uncommon. In the lower parts of Pennsylvania, if my recollection does not fail me, no extraordinary appearance was noticed. Through this whole extent the lower stratum had an uncommon brassy hue, while the earth and trees were adorned with so enchanting a verdure as could not escape notice, were amidst the unusual gloom that surrounded the spectator. This gradual increase of the darkness from southwest to northeast, which was nearly the course of the clouds, affords a pretty good argument in favour of the supposition that they were condensed by two strong currents of wind blowing in different directions. To these two strata of clouds we may, without hesitation, impute the extraordinary darkness of the day."
Friday, May 15, 2009
I created this postcard collage to highlight the elements of a Mason Bros. & Co. postcard (Boston, Mass.) with the following inscription explaining the image -- Lynn, Mass., Gold Fish Pond, Lafayette Park.
The back of the card shows a postmark dated 16 June 1913 in Lynn, Mass. The enlargement of the stamp is the actual one-cent stamp from this 1913 greeting. The card is addressed to Miss Frances Thom-- in Gardiner, Me RFD 12 from your dear friend Margaret. The brief message says, "Your card received am pleased you are enjoying your self. hope you will continue doing so. Please answer soon."
The children in the photo on the bottom left are siblings, Robert and Roberta Henry (my Mom), who are actually sitting at the edge of the same Gold Fish Pond. Lafayette Park was in their neighborhood when they were small children in the 1930s before coming to Texas to live with their paternal grandparents.
Mom and I collect themed postcards, e.g., Lynn MA, Old Orchard Beach ME, Rockdale TX, forget-me-nots, pansies, et al. The Goldfish Pond postcard is from our collection.
The above postcard collage was posted for the 15th May 2009 edition of Postcard Friendship Friday which was hosted weekly by Marie Reed.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
On this date in our family history . . . the 11th day of May . . . in the year 1810 . . . our very own America . . . aka America James Fears . . . is born somewhere in the state of Georgia, possibly in Greene County . . . she is the 3rd of eight children known to have been born to James Fears (1772-1857) and Mary Anthony Porter (1784-1826) . . . this America is the mother of our Josephine (1842-1899), who is a 2nd great-grandma to the Keeper of this family history blog.
The dates of America's birth and death are recorded on photocopies of Bible pages that are said to come from a Davis family Bible. I have never seen that Bible, or the actual Bible pages, but the copies I have were given to me by a cousin, Georgia Faye Kaseberg nee Henry (1925-2001), probably 25 or 30 years ago. It is believed that Georgia probably acquired the photocopies from another cousin and family genealogist, Miss Laura Hamilton (1898-1987).
We have scans (of the photocopies that were given to me) of four pages from this family Bible, including -- a page of births, a page of marriages, and a page of deaths (with additional family births listed on it).
The fourth page from this Bible has the hand-written heading, Negroes Births. On another website, I have posted what information I have accumulated that may pertain to this page of names and dates of birth. Included on that website is information from the 1850 and 1860 slave schedules that pertains to the 19th Century family members known to be connected in some way to the names mentioned in this Bible. While I have posted information about this list on various websites in the past, it never hurts to mention it one more time, just in case it might help somebody make a connection with their own past.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
On this date in our family history . . . the 10th day of May . . . in the year 1842 . . . Josephine Wingfield Davis is born to Milton Grant Davis (1811-1863) and America James Fears (1810-1857) in Morgan County, Georgia . . . and sometime . . . somewhere . . . somebody penned her name and date of birth on the pages of a family Bible . . . based on the timing of the changes in the handwriting on those Bible pages, it would seem that quite a few of these entries were made at the same time . . . which may well have been quite some time after the recorded events actually occurred . . . see also . . .
- The Birth of America in the Family Bible to read about Josephine's Mother and their family Bible
- Tombstone Tuesday :: Carved in stone? to read about Josephine's death
The date of our Josephine's birth fell on the 439th anniversary of the death of a historical figure who is currently believed to be one of Josephine's ancestors . . . that being Katherine de Roet . . . aka Katherine Swynford . . . aka Katherine, Duchess of Lancaster . . . who was the long-time mistress, and mother of the children of, and brief wife, and then brief widow, of Sir John of Gaunt, King of Leon and Castile . . .
Saturday, May 09, 2009
On this date in our U.S. history . . . the 9th day of May . . . in the year 1914 . . . President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation setting aside the second Sunday in May as the official Mother's Day -- this day to be a national expression of love and reverence for the mothers of the country. The proclamation, issued 95 years ago today, read in part as follows:
Now, Therefore, I, Woodrow Wilson, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the said Joint Resolution, do hereby direct the government officials to display the United States flag on all government buildings and do invite the people of the United States to display the flag at their homes or other suitable places on the second Sunday in May as a public expression of our love and reverence for the mothers of our country.
So if you happen to drive by my house tomorrow, and wonder why there's a flag flying in my yard, it's flying for my Mom and my sisters and the Mommies of my grand-nephews. And it's flying for the grandmas . . .
Tomorrow will be the first Mother's Day for two of my beautiful nieces -- which means that I have officially been a grand-aunt for almost eight months now -- and this collage is for the new Mommies.
- That's my Mom in the lower left corner.
- At the top, on the left, is my middle sister holding her middle child, who is in turn holding her own son in the photo just to the right.
- On the right side of the collage, the lower photo is my youngest sister holding her first born child, who in turn is holding her own son in the upper right photo.
Sunday, May 03, 2009
On this date in our family history . . . the 3rd day of May . . . in the year 1270 . . . King Bela IV of Hungary dies . . . he is believed to be a 22nd great-grandpa to our Josephine . . . who is a 2nd great-grandma to the Keeper of this family history blog . . .
. . . The last years of Bela's life were embittered by the ingratitude of his son Stephen, who rebelled continuously against his father and ultimately compelled him to divide the kingdom with him, the younger prince setting up a capital of his own at Sarospatak, and following a foreign policy directly contrary to that of his father. Bela died on the 3rd of May 1270 in his sixty-fourth year. With the people at large he was popular to the last; his services to his country had been inestimable. He married, while still crown-prince, Maria, daughter of the Nicaean emperor, Theodore Lascaris, whom his own father brought home with him from his crusade. She bore him, besides his two sons Stephen and Bela, seven daughters, of whom St Margaret was the most famous. From the 1911 Encyclopedia.