This is my genealogical journey. I started as a rank amateur and have become a well-seasoned, but still amateur, genealogist through the years. I'll share techniques that I’ve learned through trial and error, publish excerpts from old letters and journals and show you photographs and documents that relate to my history, and maybe yours. But mostly I’ll tell stories that engaged and entertained me, educated me and that made me a more meticulous and detailed family history researcher.
Thomas Sharp, my great-great-great-grandfather (b 16 Feb
1808; d 9 Sept 1896, both in Salem, OH) was described as “a curmudgeonly
agnostic abolitionist Quaker”
Married to Sarah Antrim in 1830, they had four daughters and
one son. My great-grandmother, Reba
Baxter, was the daughter of their middle child, Elizabeth (“Lizzie”) Sharp and
her husband, John Lendrum Baxter.
Thomas and Sarah became Hicksite Quakers, following the more
restrictive doctrine (plain clothing and few personal niceties), which held
that divinity is achieved through obedience to the “inner light”. In fact, the doctrine rejected the virgin
birth of Christ and held that Jesus was the son of God only in that he had
achieved this harmony with his inner light.