Chapter 17 My Genealogical Journeys
Dwight Albert Sharpe is a fifth-generation Texan, born 1939 in Ballinger, Runnels County, Texas. My great, great grandfather, Ohio born Judge Felix Benedict Dixon, settled in San Augustine County in 1841, having taken a citizenship oath to the Republic of Texas in order to purchase several hundred acres of land.
I am a sixth-generation descendant of an American Revolution military officer, New York State Militia Lt. George P. Sharp, his third great grandfather.
In this photograph, IÕm 75 years old in April of 2016. All three of our children, the spouses two of them have, and our seven grandchildren.
The Sharpe surname derives from the German Palatines who immigrated for English investors in 1710 to what became New York State. They were a group of 3,000 with indentured servant contracts to work along the Hudson River, north of Manhattan Island, around what became Germantown, New York. Lt. Sharp above is a grandson of one of those 3,000 German immigrants.
My presence in America is as a tenth-generation American, whose seventh great grandfather, Gov. William Bradford, arriving on the Mayflower as a passenger in 1620, and who reputedly had much to do with compiling the Mayflower Compact. Though self-taught, for the most part, he did have knowledge of six languages, and was among the most literate of the Mayflower passengers.
My genealogy has made me a qualified member of the lineage societies of the Sons of the Republic of Texas and the Sons of the American Revolution. The certification of my connection with Judge Felix Benedict Dixon was awarded by the Sons of the Republic of Texas on October 27, 2005, SRT #7671. The certification of my connection with Lt. George Sharp was awarded by the Sons of the American Revolution on October 26, 1988, National Member Number 131981 (State of Texas Number 6157).
Texas Governor Rick Perry, now the U.S. Secretary of the Department of Energy, commissioned me as an Admiral in the Texas Navy. Texas Admirals affiliate with the Texas Navy Association, the historical educational organization promoting knowledge about the Texas Navy of the Republic of Texas 1836-1845.
It has been my
privilege to serve as an Official of the State
of Texas, having been appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Texas
Senate to serve on one of the State professional
licensing boards. A current duty is as Chairman of the Wise County Ballot Board,
which oversees elections. Another
duty is serving on the Historical Preservations
Commission of the City of Aurora, where we reside in Wise County, Texas.
I am a 1957 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas, TX; attended Austin College in Sherman, TX 1957-1959 and am a 1962 BBA graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.
My wife, Suzanne, and I raised two sons and a daughter. We enjoy seven grandchildren among their children, 24 great nieces and nephews and three great, great nephews (who are eighth generation Texans) and one great, great niece. One son and our daughter's family of five children, reside in North Texas. Another son and two children lived in Texas till 2012, but now reside in Montana.
805 Derting Road East
Aurora, TX 76078-3712