Monday, May 14, 2012

Joseph Scharf 1821-1863

Heather's 4th Great Paternal Grandparents
Our Scharf Line

Joseph Scharf
Born: May 18 1821
Died: April 25 1863
Marianna Elizabeth Kurtz
Born: Feb 14 1822
Died: Aug 2 1889

Sarah Ethel Scharf  1845 – 1924 m. Joseph Lumbard
Jeremiah B Scharf  1859 – 1926

The Scharf Brothers - sons of Joseph Scharf

1821 - Joseph Born
18 May
Columbia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Columbia County when he was born, Danville is now Montour County
Marriage to Ann Elisabeth Kurtz

1822 - Anna Elisabeth Kurtz born
24 Feb
Easton, Northampton, Pennsylvania
St John's Lutheran Church

Name: Mariana Elisabeth Kurtz
Birth Date: 14 Feb 1822
Event Type: Baptism
Baptism Date: 24 Feb 1822
Baptism Place: Easton, Northampton, Pennsylvania, USA
Baptism Age: 0
Father Name: Henry Kurtz
Mother Name: Sarah Ann Kurtz
Denomination: Lutheran
Organization Name: St John´s Lutheran Church

Sarah Ann Bauman, age 18, was baptized on the same day as her daughter, Marianna Elizabeth Kurtz.

Note - Sarah Ann's maiden name was Bauman.  Joseph & Anna Elizabeth's son Jeremiah's middle name was Bauman - Jeremiah Bauman Scharf.  This leads me to believe this is in fact the "right" Ann Kurtz.  It's also what our family has recorded.

Her Children's death certificates give her name as follows: John : Anna Kertz, Sarah: Eliz. Kurtz, William: A. Elizabeth Kurtz, 

1842 - Married Anna Elisabeth Kurtz
9 Feb
Age: 20
Joseph Scharf married Ann Elizabeth Kurtz, February 9th, 1842, Rev. Samuel Norton of Northumberland officiating Minister.

1850- Residence
Age: 29
Penns, Union, Pennsylvania

1850 Census
Name: Joseph Scharp
[Joseph Scharf]
Age: 29
Birth Year: abt 1821
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1850: Penns, Union, Pennsylvania
Gender: Male
Family Number: 1015
Household Members:
Name Age
Joseph Scharp 29
Anna E Scharp 28
John Scharp 8
Sarah A Scharp 5
Maria C Sharp 2
William Sharp 1
John Sharp 72
Mary Jarret 15
He kept "the union house" hotel on the southwest corner of Market and Chestnut Streets with his father.  His father, John, had his clock shop on the south side of the hotel.
The Snyder County Historical Society has a large wall map published at Lewisburg in 1858 which has sketches of various buildings in the county set around it's borders.  Among these is the Union House with the customary sign hanging plainly in front of it. The block of buildings was burned in the great fire which struck Selinsgrove in the last quarter of the century. 

1857 - Committee Position To Be Filled
Age: 36

1860 - Residence
Age: 39
Selinsgrove, Snyder, Pennsylvania, United States

1860 Census
Name: Joseph Scharff
Age in 1860: 38
Birth Year: abt 1822
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1860: Selinsgrove, Snyder, Pennsylvania
Gender: Male
Post Office: Selinsgrove
Value of real estate: View image
Household Members:
Name Age
Joseph Scharff 38
Ann Scharff 37
John Scharff 16
Sarah Scharff 14
Maria Scharff 12
William Scharff 10
George Scharff 8
Joseph Scharff 6
Jeremiah Scharff 6/12
Franklin Weirick 29
Jacob Baracks 56

1862 - Residence
Age: 41
Name: Joseph Scharf
Tax Year: 1862
State: Pennsylvania, USA

1863 - Joseph Died
25 Apr
Age: 41
aged 41 years, 11 mo., 9 days

Joseph died not long before the battle of Gettysburg at a rather young age because of a spinal injury suffered in a fall.

1889 - Anna Died

A Family Record, copied from an old bible and from the files of Howard Scharf, tells us that Ann Elizabeth Scharf lived in the old homestead at the corner of Water and Snyder streets, died there August 2nd 1889, aged 68 years, 5 months and 16 days.

Selinsgrove, Snyder County, Pennsylvania, USA


Joseph Scharf and Ann Elizabeth Kurtz lived in Selinsgrove Pa. They had 7 children. One child according to my records was Sarah 1845-1924 who married Joseph A. Lombard June 19, 1866. The place and the Joseph Lombard name strongly suggest your Esther and my Sarah are the same person. There were no other Scharf's in Selinsgrove at that time period that I am aware of. I believe I have pictures of this family in addition to scads of information if you are interested.

Joseph was born in Pa to John Scharf and wife Anna Katherine about 1821. John Scharf emigrated from Zeiningen switzerland in 1817 to Philadelphia and ultimately to Selinsgrove where he made and repaired clocks. John was married twice and had at least 6 children. Sarah who married Jos Lombard was from his second wife. Johns parents were Johannes Scharf and Maria Kaufmann, complete lineage to Johannes Scharf 1607 were found in the canton records of Aargau Zeiningen town a few years ago
For complete family history
Kurtz - 
Washington Lafayette, born in 1824, married twice, first to Sarah H. Kurtz (1826-1870) on November 10, 1845, a daughter of Henry Gerhring Kurtz (1799-1850) and Sarah A. Bauman (born 1806), and again after Sarah's death to Anne W. King (1843-1939), a daughter of Joseph Koenig (1815-1897) and Maria Wagner (1815-1896). Much like his grandfather, Washington established English speaking schools and churches in Pottsville and Ashland and also lived in Mifflinburg and Harrisburg, where he died in 1894;
From the Richards Family Story

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