Joseph Smith Sharp

17 July 1840–25 November 1899 (Age 59)
Belleview, Calhoun, Illinois, United States

The Life Summary of Joseph Smith

When Joseph Smith Sharp was born on 17 July 1840, in Belleview, Calhoun, Illinois, United States, his father, James Robertson Sharp Sr., was 31 and his mother, Martha Arminta Griffith, was 19. He married Rebecca Jane Higley on 13 March 1862, in Tooele, Tooele, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 3 daughters. He died on 25 November 1899, in Egin, Fremont, Idaho, United States, at the age of 59, and was buried in Parker Cemetery, Parker, Fremont, Idaho, United States.

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Family Time Line

Joseph Smith Sharp
Rebecca Jane Higley
Marriage: 13 March 1862
Joseph Truman Sharp
James Irven Sharp
William Franklin Sharp
Anna Rebecca Sharp
Lucy Ellen Sharp
John Henry Sharp
Araminta Elizabeth Sharp
George Albert Sharp
Daniel Higley Sharp

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    13 March 1862Tooele, Tooele, Utah, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    Age 6
    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
    Age 11
    Historical Boundaries: 1851: Mills, Iowa, United States
    1857 · The State Capital moves to Des Moines
    Age 17
    The Capitol was located in Iowa City until the 1st General Assembly of Iowa recognized that the Capitol should be moved farther west than Iowa City. Land was found two miles from the Des Moines River to start construction of the new building. Today the Capitol building still stands on its original plot.

    Name Meaning

    English and Scottish: nickname from Middle English sharp(e) ‘sharp, quick, smart, acute, keen-witted’ (Old English scearp).Irish: when not the English or Scots name in 1 above, an Anglicized (part translated) form of Gaelic Ó Géaráin ‘descendant of Géarán’, a personal name based on a diminutive of géar ‘sharp’.Americanized form (translation into English) of German Scharf ‘sharp-cutting’ or of any of several other European names with similar meaning.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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    Joseph Smith Sharp

    This account was written by Murland Packer great grandson of Joseph Smith Sharp in 1991. Joseph Smith Sharp was born 17 July 1840 in Bellevue, Calhoun, Illinois. This was a little town on the east s …

    Sources (35)

    • Joseph Sharp in household of James R Sharp, "United States Census, 1850"
    • Joseph Sharp in entry for William F. Sharp and Bertha M. Kelly, "Montana, County Marriages, 1865-1950"
    • Joseph S. Sharp in entry for Emily Rebecca Sharp Haglund, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1956"

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