To: Kenneth Dale Sharpe
My name is Roger Dale Sharpe and I live in the suburbs of Chicago, IL. I have also been researching the descendents of Alpheus Calvin and Alpheus Green Sharp(e). Is your father "Bobby" Sharpe, the son of Calvin Sharpe who lived in McLeansville? My father was Carl Sharpe, the brother to Calvin. If so, then your father and I are cousins. I haven't seen any of my father's relatives since his funeral in 1973. I was also born in St. Leo's Hospital on November 2, 1953. You mentioned that the home place still stands near McLeansville. My father built the brick house across the road from that home place on McLeansville Road.
I lived in McLeansville and attended to Northeast Guilford High School. After high school, I attended UNC-G and graduate school in geology at the University of Georgia. I am the Chief Geologist for the United States Gypsum Company, the company that makes Sheetrock wallboard products and have worked there for 25 years.
The paternal lineage is shown below for the Sharp and Sharpe family in Alamance, Guilford, and Rockingham Counties.
Alpheus Green Sharp
Alpheus C. (Calvin) Sharpe
Carl V. Sharpe
Roger D. Sharpe
The earliest Isaac Sharp arrived in Philadelphia on the ship "Elizabeth" which sailed from the port of Rotterdam, Netherlands. I believe that they arrived with the Albright (Albrecht) and Faust families that arrived on August 27, 1733. However, I've scanned through the passenger lists but haven't found the Sharp name. They may have sailed on another trip on the same ship. These families were eventually integrated by marriage. The three families, Sharps, Albrechts, and Fausts (Fousts) originally lived in Langenselbold, Hessen, Germany. This is now more or less in the far southern suburbs of Frankfurt, Germany. These families originally settled in Berks County, Pennsylvania, before migrating to the Belmont area of Orange County. Orange County eventually split and Alamance County was formed.
In January, I visited Hillsborough and was helped by a man at the public library who was a great storehouse of knowledge on the Sharp family. The Sharp family was concentrated around the town of Belmont in Alamance County. I was in Burlington earlier this week and visited a cemetery that contains some of the Sharp ancestors from the 1700s. The Stoner's Church cemetery (the church doesn't exist anymore) is located on private property just east of Belmont on the Dale farm.
I have found considerable information regarding the lineage of the Sharp family in Alamance County and ultimately Rockingham County. Alpheus G. Sharpe was a soldier in Co. K, 47th NC Infantry and was wounded at the battle of Gettysburg. I visited the state archives in Raleigh in January and viewed the military records of Alpheus G. Sharp that substantiates these facts.. He also had a brother, named Michael R. Sharp, who served in the same unit. Their unit, part of the Third Corps, Heth's Division, Pettigrew's Brigade, were at the leading edge of Pickett's Charge, known as the "High Water Mark". Michael Sharp was captured and interred as a POW at Fort Delaware, an island in the Delaware River south of Philadelphia. He died in October, 1863, while a prisoner and is buried in Finn's Point cemetery on the Delaware side of the river.
There were also two other Sharps from the same area who served in Company F, 53rd NC Infantry and were also involved in the battle of Gettysburg.
Alpheus G. Sharp was wounded in the hand during the battle on July 3, 1863. He was wounded again in 1864 during the battle of Cold Harbor and was eventually discharged for the gunshot injury to his right thigh in March of 1865. I have copies of the medical discharge papers for him. He was discharged in Greensboro. My great-grandmother (Annie Cobb) applied for a Confederate Soldier Widow's pension in 1919. The application and an endorsement letter from his commanding officer during the war are on file in the state archives in Raleigh.
Alpheus C. Sharp(e) was married twice. As a kid, I remember a group of 40-50 year-old aunts and uncles from his first marriage and Calvin and Carl were children from the second marriage to Harriet Boone.
Following the war, Alpheus G. Sharp was a miller.
I also remember being told that we were related to Judge Suzy Sharpe.
I would love to find out any information that you have accumulated on the family lineage.
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