James was a Confederate Soldier
45th Infantry Regiment
He was the eighth child and was born in Mayo Township, in Rockingham County, N.C.
He enlisted in Company F of the 45th North Carolina Confederate Infantry soon after the War started.
James was seriously injured at the Battle of Gettysburg in July of 1863, but he recovered sufficiently to rejoin his Company. Once again he was wounded, captured at the Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse in mid-May of 1864, and spent the remainder of the War in a Northern prison.
After the War, he returned home with rifle balls in his chest and jaw.
He married Eliza on 20 Nov. 1866 and they settled in Intelligence, N.C.
James was a farmer and he and Eliza raised orchids.
They had at least nine children:
James Marshall Sharp fought for the Confedarate States of America in the Civil War. He enlisted in Company F, 45th North Carolina Infantry on Sept 1st, 1862 at the age of 22. On July 1st, 1863 he was wounded at Gettysburg but recovered and rejoined his unit by Nov. 30th, 1863.
He was wounded again and captured at the Battle of Spottslyvania Court House. He returned to duty but was captured March 25th, 1865 at Petersburg.
He was confined to Point Lookout Prison, Maryland where he spent the remainer of the war. He took the Oath of Allegiance on June 20th, 1865 at Point Lookout, Maryland.
The 1900 Federal Census for New Bethel Township, Rockingham County, N.C., District 78, page 156A records J. M. Sr. (March 1844) and Eliza M. (August 1845) Sharp with children:
William W. (Oct 1867), Adolphus A. (Nov 1868)
John B. (May 1876)
James M. Jr. (Sept 1878)
Bertha (Dec 1879)
Joseph A. (Mar 1882)
Calvin R. (Aug 1884)
On the Census above, James and Eliza report having 10 children of which 8 are still living.
James Jr. is listed as a teacher.
The 1910 Federal Census for New Bethel Township, Rockingham County, N.C., District 161, page 180B taken in April 1910 records J. M. Sr. (66) and Eliza M. (64) Sharp with son Adolphus A. Sharp (41)
James married Elizabeth (Eliza) Merritt Garrett, daughter of Jarrett Bolyn (Bouldin/Bolden) Garrett and Clarissa Walton Hill, on 20 Nov 1866 in Rockingham County, N.C.
Elizabeth (Eliza) Merritt Garrett was born on 13 Aug 1845 at Old J. B. Garrett Farm Near Madison, N.C, died on 22 Aug 1938 in Madison, Rockingham Co., N.C and was buried on 24 Aug 1938 at Sardis Church, Madison, N.C. The cause of her death was senility.
James' granddaughter, and namesake, was...
Source: Rockingham County Heritage book.
Eliza Merritt Garrett Sharp
William Walton Sharp
Adolphus Archer Sharp
Robert Marshall Sharp
Benjamin Franklin Sharp
John Bolyn Sharp
James Merritt Sharp
Bertha Sharp Thompson
Joseph Alexander Sharp
Calvin Russell Sharp
Infant Son Sharp
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