On this date in our family history . . . the 17th day of October . . . in the year 1850 . . . 33-year-old Mahala L. Sharp is enumerated in San Augustine, Texas . . . this Mahala is my 3rd great-grandma . . . also in her household are 11-year-old Samuel Sharp (my 2nd great-grandpa) and 9-year-old Margaret Sharp (future wife of James Madison Hall, the Keeper of The Journal) . . . other folks in the neighborhood (on the same page) include . . .
- Noel G. Roberts (Mahala's brother) and his family . . .
including 12-year-old Benjamin Roberts who in 1869 marries Anna Cartwright, who in 1850 is the 6-year-old Anna Cartwright who is listed in the household of . . .
- Matthew Cartwright . . . the house pictured in the heritage collage above was the home of said Matthew Cartwright in 1850 . . . and was apparently next door to the home of our Mahala . . .
Missing from the 1850 census is Mahala's first husband, John M. Sharp (my 3rd great-grandpa) . . . the marriage records for San Augustine indicate that John and Mahala were married in 1838 . . . and he appears on the tax list for that year . . . the daughter mentioned above (Margaret) is born in 1840 . . . by 1846, the tax lists are showing Mahala Sharp, with no mention of John . . . and we have no further evidence of our John's existence . . .