Post by benotforgot on May 17, 2008 20:35:34 GMT -5
On the 24th day of May . . . in the year 1843 . . . a baby girl is born in Liberty County, Republic of Texas . . . she is given the name "Mary Alexandrien Lemaire" . . . and is also sometimes referred to as Alex . . . but is more frequently called Nellie . . .
Sketchy family lore says that her unknown father was a Frenchman by the name of Lemaire (sometimes written as Lamar) . . . see speculation below about his possible identify and fate . . .
Nellie goes on to marry . . . and have children . . . and die . . . in the state of her birth . . .
A Texas Historical Marker at the Hall Cemetery in Houston County, Texas indicates that the earliest marked grave is that of Mary A. Sharp (1843-1876). The marker is said to be located on FM 229, 10.9 miles NW of Crockett.
This Mary A. Sharp is the above mentioned Mary Alexandrien Lemaire . . . who is the mother of Berta Mary Henry nee Sharp (1873-1955) . . . who is a great-grandma of the Keeper of this genealogy website . . .
Post by benotforgot on May 17, 2008 20:47:25 GMT -5
Nellie's mother -- Elizabeth A. Lemaire Beale nee ? Waring -- was born ca.1824-1827 in Maryland. She is believed to be the daughter of Edward Gantt Waring & his wife (and 2nd cousin), Catherine Ann (Kitty) Waring nee Waring.
On the 1850 census, Nellie's mother is enumerated as E. A. Lemarre with the head of household being Kitty Waring (mother ? of E. A. Lemarre).
In 1860 Nellie's mother is indexed as Elizabeth Beale.
Throughout 1865 and 1866, Nellie's mother is mentioned frequently in the Civil War-era journal of James Madison Hall (1819-1866) -- always referred to as Mrs. Beale.
In 1870 Nellie's mother is enumerated as Elizabeth A. Beale.
10 June 1871 :: Deed from C. L. Cleveland to Elizabeth A. Beale
Post by benotforgot on May 17, 2008 20:56:56 GMT -5
The father of Mary Alexandrien Sharp nee Lemaire is said to have been a Frenchman who dies under suspicious circumstances on a voyage to or from France. Is he the Alexander Lemaire mentioned below? The few details I have found on him tend to "fit" with the few details we have on Nellie's father. France is the first European power to recognize the independence of the Texas Republic. A treaty is proclaimed between France and the Republic of Texas in 1840, and continues until 1846. A French chargé or minister is sent to the Republic, and plans are made for sending French colonists to Texas.
Found online . . . regarding the ship that A. LEMAIRE last sailed on . . . Arrived at New York, he immediately went among the shipping to see if he could obtain a passage to New Orleans. His object was to work his passage to New Orleans on some ship, . . . Passing along South Street, a small brig, which he had not seen before, attracted his attention, and on a board fastened to some of the ropes he saw, to his great delight, 'For New Orleans To-morrow.' It was the BRIG "AMANDA," George Gibbs, captain. . . .
Google Books. The Living Age (1845). Shipwreck of the Delphine. Regarding the captain of the ship that A. LEMAIRE last sailed on . . . translated from the French. . . . We sailed from Havre for Valparaiso on the 30th March, 1840, in the ship Delphine, CAPTAIN COISY, with a crew of sixteen sailors and four passengers. . . . Those on board of her were not strangers; they were CAPTAIN COISY, Lieutenant Lepine, our sailors and companions, who came to deliver us and bring us provisions. . . .
Google Books. Annual Report of the American Historical Association (1911) . . . 26 April 1842. A. de Saligny, Legation de France au Texas, to Hon. Anson Jones, Secretary of State. [Announcing the appointment of ALEXANDER LEMAIRE consular agent of France at Liberty, and asking orders for his recognition by the Texan authorities.] . . . 2 June 1842. Hon. Anson Jones, Secretary of State to Saligny. [Transmitting exequatur of ALEXANDER LAMAR, consular agent of France for "Liberty County," and of F. Guilbeau, consular agent of France for San Antonio.]
Found online . . . regarding the ship that A. LEMAIRE last sailed on . . . Galveston Daily News. Galveston, Texas. 13 May 1876. The Colorado Gazette, of 12 July 1842, says the French emigrants who arrived in the FRENCH BRIG AMANDA have been comfortably provided for by ? Pellegrini, the head of the colony. He has purchased land on the Colorado, nine miles above Matagorda, and on Peyton's bayou.
Google Books. The French Legation in Texas (1971). Vol. 1 contains chiefly the diplomatic and private correspondence, between 1839 and 1842, of A. Dubois de Saligny, Chargé d'affaires of the French Legation in Texas. . . . Consequently, I have created consular agencies at San Antonio, Matagorda, and Liberty, and have appointed three men highly recommended to me by the most estimable citizens of the country . . . Liberty, MR. ALEXANDER LEMAIRE, former student at the Agricultural Institute at Roville, whose honorable character is personally known to me. . . . with necessary information on events taking place in various parts of Texas . . . and ALEXANDER LEMAIRE for the new agencies at San Antonio, Matagorda . . . Ten or eleven months ago MR. LEMAIRE, who had been named for the post at Liberty on the Trinity, embarked at Galveston on the brig Amanda (under CAPTAIN COISY from Havre) for France to look after his affairs. It was learned that the Amanda was forced to put into port at Bermuda for repairs. However, since she put to sea again she has not . . .
Found online . . . regarding the ship that A. LEMAIRE last sailed on . . . Google Books. History of Thomaston, Rockland, and South Thomaston, Maine . . . Gather up the fragments, that nothing be lost. John 6,12. (1865) . . . Nathan Robinson, lost at sea in BRIG AMANDA, 1843.
Found online . . . regarding the ship that A. LEMAIRE last sailed on . . . Google Books. Annals of the Town of Warren; With the Early History of St. George's, Broad Bay, and the Neighboring Settlements on the Waldo Patent. (1851). The town of Warren, in the county of Lincoln, State of Maine, . . . Capt. William James Lermond, b. July 18, 1813; sailed in THE BRIG AMANDA from N.O., in March, 1843, and with his vessel was never heard from. . . .
Google Books. The French in Texas: History, Migration and Culture . . . Upon the death of LEMAIRE, the French consul of the town of Liberty, Cramayel chose not to replace him, declaring: "Liberty is only a hamlet in the interior of a region that has no direct commerce with foreign countries. In the surrounding area there are only about thirty French residents, widely scattered, & living in a situation close to destitution." . . .
1840 :: there is a Samuel F. Lunier on the Liberty County tax list
24 May 1843 :: Mary Alexandrien Lemaire is born in Liberty County, Texas
1846 :: there is a Lamiel (Samuel?) Lanier on the Liberty County tax list
27 March 1848 :: there is a Samuel Laimer (b. 1826) who arrives in New York from Le Havre, France
1850 :: Mr. Lemaire is NOT listed on the Liberty County, Census with his wife and daughter.
ca. 1852 :: The "widow" Lemaire marries John S. Beale. According to family lore, Mr. Beale was suspected of having some involvement in Mr. Lemaire's disappearance.
Last Edit: Sept 10, 2010 10:47:19 GMT -5 by benotforgot
Post by benotforgot on May 20, 2008 2:38:09 GMT -5
1850 Liberty County Census :: looks like Mary A. Lemarre (indexed as Lamane)
1860 Liberty County Census :: enumerated as Mary A. Lamire
11 July 1861 :: listed as Mary Alexandrien Lamier in the Journal of James Madison Hall when he writes about her marriage to his step-brother / brother-in-law, Samuel H. Sharp
13 March 1862 :: JMH refers to her as Alexandrien
20 & 22 March 1862 :: JMH refers to her as Alex
17 & 30 April 1862 & thereafter :: JMH refers to her as Nellie
7 October 1862 :: Nellie Sharp is a witness for the will of J. M. Hall
15 January 1863 :: JMH refers to her as Mary A. Sharp familiarally called Nellie . . . thereafter he calls her simply Nellie . . .
1870 Houston County Census :: enumerated as Mary A. Sharp
10 October 1876 :: Mary A. Sharp dies, and is buried in the Hall Cemetery in Houston County, Texas. She is survived by her mother, her husband and six children, and her mother-in-law, Mahala Lee Sharp Hall nee Roberts.
Post by benotforgot on Mar 28, 2009 19:22:15 GMT -5
F Mary Alexandrien Lemaire Lamane (on census /index)/ Mary A. /Lamaire/ LaMire /LaMar/, Lemarre, LeMire Mary A. /Lamar/ Mary Alexandrien /Lamar/ Nellie /Lamar/ Mary Alexandrien /Lamier/ Nellie /Lamier/ Mary A. /Lamire/ Alex /LeMire/ Mary Alexandrien /LeMire/ Mary A. /Sharp/
* Born on 24 May 1843 - Liberty County, Texas * Died on 10 October 1876 - Houston County, Texas * Buried after 10 October 1876 - Hall Family Cemetery, Houston County, Texas * Age at death: 33 years old
* Alexander ? Lemaire +ca 1843 * Elizabeth A. Waring ca 1824-1871/
Marriages and children
* Married on 11 July 1861, Liberty, Liberty County, Texas, to Samuel Houston Sharp ca 1839-ca 1885, with o James Hall 1863-1936 o Infant 1864-1864 o Samuel Houston 1867-1921 o Margaret Elizabeth 1869-1935 o Ida Mae 1871-1964 o Berta Mary 1873-1955 o Willie /1876-ca 1885
* . . . . . . . . . . Aunt Ida (Sharp) Halyard :: My mother, Mary Alexandren Lamar Sharp, was born in France [sic] & was of French extraction, but I know nothing about her family history, except that she owned land on the Robeson Survey, Liberty County, Texas, & I still own my inherited interest in this land. My mother died when I was four years old, & is buried in the Hall Cemetery on the old Hall Plantation on Elkhart Creek, where I was born. There is a marker at her grave. . . . . . . . . . . A Texas Historical Marker at the Hall Cemetery in Houston County, Texas indicates that the earliest marked grave is that of Mary A. Sharp (1843-1876). The marker is located on FM 229, 10.9 miles NW of Crockett. . . . . . . . . . . Hall Cemetery. Joshua James Hall (1790-1871) gave a portion of his land on this site about a mile from his homestead to be used as a burial ground. Hall Cemetery was already in use when freedmen French Taylor (1842-1937), Bob Denby, & Alf Warfield petitioned Hall for permission to bury their dead in the graveyard. Hall agreed, & the cemetery was used by both Anglo & African American Settlers. The earliest marked grave is that of MARY A. SHARP (1843-1876). Hall Cemetery had several owners during the 20th century. A 1997 count revealed 29 marked & more than 105 unmarked graves. Descendants of early settlers continue to care for & maintain the land. (1998). . . . . . . . . . . 1850 United States Federal Census Ida Mae Sharp Halyard Affidavit Ida Mae Sharp Halyard Affidavit