Re: Mary Sharp(e) b 1855 Allegheny Pensylvania
Larry, thanks for the follow up. And I find the Cotton dealings interesting. The only Mary Sharp that fits birth around 1855 in Alleg., City is part of a Prussian born family unit:
Nicholas b. abt 1817 (husb)
Mary b. abt 1830 (wife)
Mary b. abt 1855 (daugh)
Jessie b. abt 1858 (daugh)
Mary b. abt 1815 (sis of Nicholas)
Source : 1870 US Census for Allegheny City, Pennsylvania.
AND NOTE THAT THE DAUGHTERS WERE WORKING AT A COTTONMILL.
However, I have had this info for a while, and am reluctant to have this qualify as "our" Mary Sharp(e), but do not rule it out.
I keep this info "just in case" files, as there are 2 Mary Sharp(e)s in Ontario 1871 Census files, correct age, (and perhaps same individual, as the census took 3 months in rural areas)that our Ontario based JOEL FOSTER "married" or at least started a family by May 1872. One case in the Ontario 1871 Census for Mary Sharp, shows her living in a German household. Hmmmmm.....
The Foster/Sharp line you are following, I am not so sure is mine, again, I can't rule it out.
I did not write all that I have as oral tradition passed down, just to see if something fits, that is offered to me.
Bottom line on JOEL M Foster - we believe he may be the JOEL M Foster, son of Archilles Foster and Jane Blackstock Foster b 1829, supposedly died 1860's, but actually only "disappears" in the 1860's.
I thought that by identifying who MARY SHARP(e)was, might lead us to more conclusive evidence.
PS I have been through every available Allegheny Townshiprecord in Pennsylania, in the various counties, this is the only one with a Mary even near age.
I have also taken into consideration post Civil war times, illigitimacy, both in Canada and US.
Thanks for the suggestive connection!