People, Place, and Time

Telling my family's stories

A really neat picture of the Sharps in Grundy, Illinois.


I don’t know much about the provenance of this picture – it was posted by a member of It purports to show the Richard Sharp family in the late 19th century. They appear to be out having a music festival of some kind.

Richard Sharp is the hypothetical brother of my great-great-great-grandfather Andrew Sharp. Andrew was born in Dublin, Ireland in May 1850, the son of Andrew Sharp and Mary Maley. He immigrated to the United States in 1868. At the same time, Richard Sharp was born 1832 in Dublin, Ireland, and immigrated to the US about 1864. They ended up living in the same town, living next door to each other, doing the same kind of work, and they even married half-sister (Mary Ann Boyd and Ellen Hoy).

The age gap between them is complicated; Andrew may have been born as early as 1843. Like most Irish people, he was illiterate and the record of his birth was probably foggy, to say the least. So the age gap is anywhere from 12-18 years. That’s within range to be an older brother, but not really a father.

The long and the short of it is, that picture of the Sharps there probably has some of my famiy in it, too. But I don’t know what they look like. So I look at the faces and wonder.


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Age: 37 Lives: All over the place. Education: PhD, linguistics, UBC.

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