9/17/1850 Walker Co, TX. The newlyweds were living alone at census time, Sharp Whitley at 20, Tabitha at 15. He was a farmer with $80 worth of real estate. Down the road lived his sister Sarah and George Lawrence followed by their parents, then brother John.
7/26/1860 PO Waverly, Walker Co, TX. The census taker listed Sharp Whitley, 30, with wife Tabitha L, 25, and three children: Julia E, 8, Josiah, 6, and John T, 4. Sharp's occupation was farmer, his property was valued at $1250/275. James Besser lived next door, probably Tabitha's brother. His brother William lived in the same county.
8/12/1870 Pct 4, PO Huntsville, Walker Co, TX. Recorded in that census were Sharp Whitley, 40, Louisa, 28, Josiah, 17, John, 14, Emily, 2, and Erisus (?), 4mo. Sharp was a farmer without property but Louisa had $250 worth of personal property. Brother William was in the same area.
From personal letter of John S. Besser, Huntsville, November 29, 1874:
"One of my son-in-laws (Sharp Whitley,) married to my daughter Louisa who was born in October 1834, was killed about one year ago by a desperado at one of the Rail Road stations. She has four children. The two older are boys able to do man’s work, and she owns a place about 12 miles from here and is doing very well."