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The Sharpe Family

(Information from Wayne County, Georgia; Its History and Its People, published by the Wayne County Friends of the Library, article submitted by Clara Sharpe Roberson, p. 325-326.)

James Turner Sharpe:

My great-grandfather was James Turner Sharpe, born in Buncombe Co., N.C. in 1803. After moving to Gilmer Co., Georgia, he married Margaret Hipps, born in 1803. They had eight children: John N., Preeck, Lucious Halen, Elias P., Jane C., Martha A., and Sarah L.

Lucious Halen Sharpe, born in 1836, was my grandfather. He married Jane Louise Slate, born 1831. They had three children: Albert Elias, born 1866, Margaret Elizabeth, born 1867 and James Turner, born 1869.

Albert Elias wa my father, and he married Minnie Cornelia Withrow in 1893. She was born in 1878, and was the daughter of John Wesley and Clarissa Parks Withrow. They had ten children: Pearl Mae, born 1894, married Luther L. Green. Manila Pauline, born 1896, married Leon Vann. Lucious Chandler (Buster), born 1898, married Iona Green. Verna Maud, born 1900, married Tifton Hires. John Lovick, born 1902, married Mildred Ammons. Albert Reed, born 1904, married Clare Epsey. Lewis Paul, born 1906, married Hazel Ogden. Clara Louise, born 1909, married Kenneth L. Roberson. Claudia Maria, born 1913, married O. Z. Watkins. Robert Lee, born 1917, married Ruth Montgmery.

In the early 1900's there was a movement of Gilmer Countains to Wayne County as so many had come to Gilmer County from North and South Carolina years before.

Among the first was our Uncle James (Jim) Sharpe and Mr. John Harper. With Uncle Jim's encouragement, Daddy came to Wayne in the fall of 1916 and bought the Old "Plunkett Farm." From then until the first of 1917 the excitement was on. Sad for Mom, Dad and the older ones, but for me of seven years, it was very exciting. We spent the last night with our Withrow grandparents. Uncle Claud Withrow had a covered wagon warmed up with hot rocks to take us eight miles into Ellijay to catch the train. The roads were muddy and frozen from the snow and sleet, with mud up to the axles. We made it into town just before the train left at 10 a.m. Daddy, Mr. Harper and the older boys had driven all the stock into town the day before and stayed at the hotel that night. Loading the stock into the railroad cars was really a task in the rain and mud.

We arrived in Jesup at 4 a.m. Uncle Jim and his son William Halen (Bill) were there with two wagons. It didn't take long to fill them up with Mama, Daddy, and eight children. Pauline was in school at Blue Ridge, Georgia, and Pearl was already in Wayne County teaching school. After getting settled in our new home, the next thing to be decided was where to go to school. Liberty was two miles to the east and O'Quinn was two miles to the west. We went to Liberty for a few days but changed to O'Quinn, where we finished the ninth grade in a three teacher school. We then went to Screven High School.