Moran Place is located in Dresden,TN. Built by John Williamson Moran for his wife Sophia Riley Gunn. The house used a modified design of George Barber's Cottage no. 36 from his Cottage Souvenir Book No. 2. Construction began in 1895 but was put on hold when Sophia Moran became ill. She died Oct. 7 1895. A few months after her death construction resumed. This blog is about the history of the Moran family & their life at Moran Place. Money is fleeting, History is forever.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Major Samuel Sharp (CSA) and Family
Major Samuel Sharp
Today I'd like to present Major Samuel Sharp and his grand-daughter Ida May Sharp. Major Sharp served in the Confederate States of America and was in the same unit as John W. Moran, the 31st Tennessee. He was born in McNairy County Tennessee on February 20, 1838 and died in Corinth Mississippi on December 1, 1906. His wife was Mary Jane Idotha "Dosh" Fulghum. Samuel and Dosh had five children: Ida Lee Sharp 1867-1945, William Raiford Sharp 1875-1878, Elmer Clinton Sharp 1877-1942, John Benjamin Sharp 1879-1912 and Thomas Jefferson Sharp 1881-1913.
His grand-daughter, Ida May Sharp, is the daughter of his son Elmer Clinton Sharp and Edna Browning Sykes. Her step-mother was Louise L. Sharp. According to information on ancestry.com Ida May was born September 3, 1905 and died May 23, 1996 in Jackson Mississippi. She married Leon White Burton. The picture we have is signed and dated 1911, Corinth Mississippi.
There may be another connection between the Moran and Sharp families. Samuel Sharp's son, John Benjamin Sharp had a son named Carl MORAN Sharp 1901-1984. He in turn named his son Carl MORAN Sharp Jr. 1933-2004. In the obituary below another son is listed as Kenneth MORAN Sharp but according to Sharp family sources Kenneth's middle name was Darwin, not Moran.
Sophia E. Ezzell and John Williamson Moran about 1905
Are the Sharps related to the Moran's or did they give them the Moran name in honor of the friendship between Major Samual Sharp and Captain John W. Moran? It seems most likely that the Sharp's used the Moran name because of the friendship and military connection of Samuel and J.W. I am presuming that the reason we have Ida May Sharp's picture is because the two men both had grand-daughters about the same age and they probably exchanged pictures as proud grand-parents like to do! J.W. Moran's grand-daughter was Sophia Eleanor Ezzell, 1898 - 1995.
Ida May Sharp
Here is the obituary for Carl Moran Sharp Jr:
CORINTH - Carl Moran Sharp, 71 died Friday, July 23, 2004, at his home. He was born April 6, 1933, to Carl Moran Sharp Sr. and Maude Mahar Sharp. He was a retired accountant for the Richards Medical Company.
Services will be at 2pm Wednesday at the Corinthian Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev Ralphp Culp officiating. Burial will be in Henry Cemetery.
Additional services will be at 10 am Saturday in the chapel at White Station Church of Christ in Memphis.
Survivors incude a son, Jeffery Lynn Sharp of Memphis; a daughter, Laurie Anne Sharp of Pflugerville, Texas; two brothers, Billy Fred Sharp of Memphis and Joseph Franklin Sharp of Cleveland, Tenn.; six granchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Anne Robinson Sharp; his parents; a son, Steve Sharp; and two brothers, James Logan Sharp and Kenneth Moran Sharp.