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Julius Henry Sharpe



13. Julius Henry Sharpe (Born Julius Henry Sharp) (Married 1st: Mary Elizabeth Donnell (#14) on 4 April 1878 A copy of the wedding certificate can be seen by clicking here. ; Married 2nd: Margaret Forsythe 17 July 1915)


Born: 15 May 1858 in Guilford County, North Carolina of Henry Albright Sharp (#25) & Ellen "Nellie" Glass (#26). Photos of Henry Albright Sharpe (#25) and Ellen "Nellie" Glass (#26) ) are shown below.

Died: 24 February 1930; he is buried in the Moriah United Methodist Church Cemetery, Greensboro, North Carolina.


[His siblings included:

a) Nancy Elizabeth Sharp: (Julian's half sister, born of Henry Sharp and Catharine Findley); Born: about 1842, christened 23 April 1842 in Stoner's Church, Alamance County, North Carolina; Died: ? (In the 1850 United States Federal Census enumerated on 29 August, Henry Albright Sharp, Julius' father, was 33. He was living in the Southern Division, Guilford, North Carolina. Other members of his household were Ellen Sharp aged 36, Nancy Sharp aged 8 and William Sharp aged 0;) therefore, Nancy died sometime after the 1850 census in Guilford County [Nancy Sharp would have been born about 1842, and was a child of Henry's first marriage to Catharine Findley.] When Catharine died "in child bed", there were two children left behind.];

b) Edgar Tompke (Thomas) Sharpe: (Julian's half brother, born of Henry Sharp and Catharine Findley); (Married: Adeline D. Jobe) Born: November 1843, christened 22 November 1843 in Stoner's Church, Alamance County, North Carolina. Died: 1890 [His mother died in "child bed" with him on 22 November 1843. He was raised by his mother's mother and is buried at Alamance Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina. The source of this information about Edgar is from Cindy Fentress, descendent of Edgar. The source for the date of Edgar's death is the Alamance Presbyterian Church Cemetery complete survey.]

c) Mary L. (J.) Sharpe (Sharp): Born: 4 November 1848 in Guilford County, North Carolina. Died: 5 December 1848 She is buried at Moriah Church Cemetery, Greensboro, North Carolina. Her tombstone reads: "Mary L Dau. of H.A. & E. Sharp Died Dec. 5 1848 Ag'd 1 mo. 1 day.";

d) William Alexander Sharpe: (Married: Rebecca C.Thom) Born: 4 March 1850 in Guilford County, North Carolina. Died: 7 October 1910, buried Alamance Presbyterian Church, Greensboro, N.C.;

e) John Calvin Sharpe: (Married: Sarah Rebecca Donnell, sister of Julius' wife, Mary Elizabeth Donnell (#14)) Born: 17 October 1852 in Guilford County, North Carolina. Died: 1 January 1936 (age 83-buried Moriah Methodist Protestant Church);] [Source for the green information is research done by Michael Cavenaugh (Glass family genealogist denoted on Guilford County Genealogy Association Website]


Miscellaneous: As stated above, Julius' father, Henry, was married to Catherine Findley before marrying Ellen Glass, Julius' mother. Catherine died in child birth, leaving behind two children according to Stoners Church, N. C. records; therefore, Julius had two half siblings that were born before 22 November 1843 when Catherine died. Julius was the youngest of Henry's children.

In the 1860 United States Federal Census for South Division-Guilford County, North Carolina enumerated on 9 July 1860, Henry, Julius' father's age is difficult to read, but he would have been 41, Ellen was 44, Nancy was 18, William was 10, John was 7, and Julius was 2.

Julius became an orphan at the age of 12. In the 1870 United States Federal Census enumerated on 29 July 1870, his father, Henry was 54 and was living in Gilmer Township, Guilford, North Carolina with his sons, William (20), John (17), Julius (12), and a woman named Rachel McAdoo (20) who was Keeping House. William, John and Julius were attending school and Henry was a farmer. Henry's wife Ellen is not listed because she died Dec. 1, 1869, a little more than 6 months earlier. Henry died two months after this census was taken. It is unknown who raised Julius after his father's death. His older brothers would have been about 20 and 17 and they may have raised him.

The 1880 United States Federal Census for Gilmer Township, Guilford County, North Carolina lists Julius H. Sharpe as 22, a farmer, married to Mary E[lizabeth] [ Donnell], and the father of one child, Earnest. Julius is living near his brother, John, and near William P. Glass, who is probably a cousin. [Note: At some time prior to 1880, Julius and other members of his family added the "e" to the end of their name.]

The 1900 United States Federal Census for Gilmer Township, Guilford County, North Carolina lists Julius H. (42), Mary E. (45), Ernest (21), Terry D. (18), Mary G (5), Henry W. (13), Sarah E. (10), Robert W. (7), Nellie N. (4) and Katie (6/12). Also listed on this census are the family of Julius' brother John: John (47), Rebecca S. (42), Mittie E. (22), James A. (19), Charles C. (15), Arthur E. (11), Lillian I. (8), and Annie M. (2).

Julius and his wife had eight children. In this photograph (ca 1900) Julius posed with part of his family. Left to Right: Sarah Edna (Edna), baby Katharine Elizabeth (Kate), Julius, Robert Norman (Bob), Nellie Novella (Nellie), and wife Mary Elizabeth. The older children: Ernest Perry (Perry), Terry Donnell (Terry) (#7), William Henry (Henry), and Mary Gertrude (Gerti) are not shown.


Julius built the house where Terry Sharp (#7) (his son) was born. [It is not known by this webmaster which of Julius' other children were born in this home.]


Julius was a farmer of 500 acres in Greensboro, N.C. He raised cantaloupes, watermelons, and corn.


Above: Julius stands next to his display of goods at the fair.

Below: This Certificate of Award was presented by the North Carolina Agricultural Society to Julius on November 1, 1911 for the Best Flock of Angora Goats.


Below: Handmade willow basket used by Julius to store vegetables in the cellar. It was made from willows grown on his farm. Note its large size when compared to eyeglasses.



Below: Julius posed with two of his grandchildren, his second oldest son Terry Sharp (#7)'s oldest daughters: Gladys Lucile Sharpe and Alma Elizabeth Sharpe.


Below: Julius posed in his lily field with his son Terry Sharp (#7) and grandchildren: baby Helen, Alma (standing), Lucile, and Evelyn.

Below: Julius in his church clothes. He was a member of the Moriah Methodist Church in Greensboro, North Carolina. Next to his photographs is his family bible.

Below: Julius’ family Bible with inside pages labelled for births, marriages, and deaths.


Julius' will was witnessed on May 4th 1928 and recorded and filed on March 1, 1930. In his will, he left his real estate and personal property to his wife, children, and Moriah Methodist Protestant Church. His will has been transcribed and can be read in its entirety. He died on February 24, 1930 of a cerebral hemorrhage. His death certificate can be read in its entirety.


Left and Below: Julius’ tombstones at Moriah Methodist Church in Greensboro, North Carolina. (GPS: 36° 1.145 minutes N, 79° 45.480 minutes W.) These photographs were taken on September 29, 2005.


Lifetime Events Summary for Julius Henry Sharpe:

Julius' age
Civil War
3 - 7
Age at Mother's Death
Age at Father's Death
Marriage to Mary Elizabeth Donnell
Children's births
1879 - 1900
21 - 42
Terry Donnell Sharpe (#7) birth
Spanish American War
Age at Mary Elizabeth's Death
World War 1
1914 - 1918
56 - 60


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