The SHARP Family Line

Revised 01-Jan-2001

Robert Mark Sharp is the 10th lineal descendant of William Sharp of Flower Northamptonshire, England.

THE SHARP NAME

The earliest record of the Sharp name is in the famous Hundred Rolls. It gives evidence of early forms of the name and shows usage as early as 1273. The earliest record is for Alexander Scharp of County Buckinghamshire in 1273. The name shows up in as many as seven different spellings, including: Scharp, Scharpe, and Scharppe. It is found in several counties and shires of England, including Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, and Rutlandshire. The records show the name to be among the landed gentry as well as in the lower feudal class. It is thought the name might be of Anglo-Saxon origin.

It was common from earliest times to take surnames from a vocation (Miller, Wright, or Carpenter), location (Hill, Wood), or nickname for a personality trait (Hardy, Bland). It is thought that Sharp could have been a nickname for a rude person as in one with a 'sharp tongue'. More likely, it was given to a smart person as in one with a 'sharp mind'.

By the time of the first U.S. census, there was over 200 Sharp households. In 1974 the name Sharp was the 343rd most commonly occurring surname in the nation with approximately 76,500 adult Americans named Sharp.

The word 'sharp' comes from the Middle English s(c)harp and the old English scearp.

EARLY SHARP HISTORY

The original Sharp family was from Saxony, eventually migrating to Little Horton (now Bradford) England in the 13th century. The family in Little Horton was split by the War of the Roses in 1470 with one branch going north to Scotland, one south to Bristol and the third remaining in Yorkshire. The Scots became Presbyterian, our clan became Quaker and those remaining became Anglican.

James Sharp of the Scotish clan, was Archbishop of St. Andrews and prominent in the English Civil War. Another Archbishop, John of York, has a statue in the York Minster, and his family of Little Horton was very prominent as mathematicians and astronomers.

There are wills and legal records on the Tetbury clan, going back to about 1500. The most prominent of this group was Anthony, who moved to Ireland and became a wealthy merchant. Thomas, who came to New Jersey, was his nephew and agent there. His son, Isaac, came to New Jersey in 1702 or 1703 and left a large family and was a member of the Assembly from Salem Co. Isaac later returned to live on Anthony's estate (Roundwood) near Dublin.

There are four major Sharp families in new Jersey at the end of the 17th century. Our John of Evesham, William of Woodbridge, Thomas Sharp of Ireland who arrived in Salem, NJ Nov 18, 1681,and John Sharp who migrated to Perth Amboy, NJ in 1684. It may be possible that all were descended from the Little Horton Sharps.

At one time, it was thought that Francis Sharpe was our family founder. That point is now disputed. An article on the Sharp family, written by Milton Rubincam of the National Genealogical Society, challenges the 1902 book of Richard Haines that ties John, Hugh and William of Evesham to Francis Sharp of London through their father William of Flower (Floore or Flour). The father, William, died in Flower and there is no evidence that he had a brother Thomas or lived in Limehouse, Middlesex, England. Haines states that Wm. Sr. and Thomas came to America, but Thomas, although Quaker, came from Ireland and was descended from the Tetbury (Bristol), England family. The Hoover text asserts that William Sharpe, who married Hannah, [parents of Hugh] came to America in the Samuel with his 'brother' Thomas Sharpe. The "Sharps of Southern New Jersey" history refutes this and says that Williaml & Hannah never actually came to America, and that William did not have a brother Thomas.

First Generation

1. William1 Sharpe was born in England, abt 1638. William died 30 Mar 1690 in Flower, Northamptonshire, England, at 51 years of age. Flower (sometimes spelled Floure) is a few miles northwest of Nether Heyford, just a short distance north of London.

He married Hannah ??. Hannah was born about 1638.

Three of the six children of William Sharpe, progenitor, emigrated to America. William, his wife Hannah, and their other three children did not leave England. For the convenience of this record, I have used the English spelling "Sharpe" for those who remained, and the American spelling "Sharp" for those who emigrated. The three brothers who made the trip, John, Hugh and William, came to America in 1682, landing in what is now Burlington, New Jersey. Parts of the bible of John Sharp survive today, and several historical accounts repeat the writings in this bible: "of the Flower in Northamptonshire" [from Flower, Northamptonshire, England], "came over Sea on the ship 'Samuel'," arriving in "West Jersey about the 4th or 5th Day of September 1682." The record continues: "Born in the year . . . December ," "Elizabeth my wife Departed this life ye 28th November 1705." The record then lists the names of his children. Flower, or Floore, is known by the same name today.

The Sharps were staunch Quakers. George Fox, the Quaker leader, died in 1691, and by that time the Society of Friends numbered 40,000 in England. The English, staunch supporters of the Church of England, considered the Quakers as "Dissenters" and threw many of them in prison. This persecution prompted them to seek settlement in America as early as 1656. George Fox himself came to America and in 1672, crossed New Jersey with Indian guides. His coming spurred additional Quaker settlement in America and by 1700, they controlled New Jersey, Delaware, and Pennsylvania. The Sharps emigrated in the wave of Quaker departures from England in the late 1600's, to escape the persecution applied to the Quakers.

William Sharpe and Hannah ?? had the following children:

2 i. Elizabeth2 Sharpe was born in Flower, Northamptonshire, England, 29 Aug 1656. Elizabeth died 29 Nov 1705 in Flower, Northamptonshire, England, at 49 years of age. She married Thomas Falkner in Richard Ashby's House, Buckbruck, England, 25 May 1682. Thomas was born about 1656 in England. Thomas died in England.

3 ii. Henry Sharpe was born in Flower, Northamptonshire, England, 07 Nov 1659. The only living son of Wiliam to stay in England at Flower.

+ 4 iii. John Sharp was born 29 Dec 1661.

5 iv. Hugh Sharpe was born, 11 Mar 1662/63. Hugh died in infancy.

6 v. Hugh Sharp was born in Flower, Northamptonshire, England, 03 Jun 1668. Hugh died 13 Jan 1741/42 in Burlington Co., New Jersey, at 73 years of age. He married Rachel Ffrench in Newton Colony, Cambridge Co., New Jersey, 09 Feb 1701/02. Rachel was born 24 Mar 1663/64 in Nether Heyford, N'hamptonshire, England. Rachel died abt 1742 in Wellingborrow, Burlington Co., New Jersey.  This is near the Sharpe's ancestral home in Flower. The IGI indicates that Rachel was baptised in Nether Heyford either April 3, 1663 or March 24, 1664. In the "Descendants of Thomas French" : "He located in Chester township, becoming the owner of several large plantations in that vicinity. In 1715 he received a grant of 3700 acres of unsurveyed lands from the Council of Proprietors, 230 of which were located in Hunterdon County and 400 acres in Morris county." "Hugh Sharp's special gifts as a writer and man of affairs were utilized in various ways. His signature, as a witness, is found on wills and other documents and he prepared many inventories. He drew petitions to the legislature, notably for a bridge over the Rancocas, in 1709. The same year he served in that body as a member for the western division of Burlington County, the first Assembly of Governor Lord Lovelace." On February 18, 1708/09, Hugh was appointed guardian of Thomas Allen, his step-son. In the description of his step-daughter's husband, Jarves Stockdell, Hugh's family is described as "influential."

7 vi. William Sharp was born in Flower, Northamptonshire, England, 28 Jun 1670. William died in Newton Colony, Collingswood Co., Nj. He married Jemima Estlack in Newton Colony, Collingswood Co., Nj, 18 Jun 1695. Jemima was born 3 Dec 1671 in Bermuda.

Second Generation

4. John2 Sharp (William1 Sharpe) was born in Flower, Northamptonshire, England, 29 Dec 1661. John died about 1727 in Evesham, Burlington Co., New Jersey.

He married three times. He married Elizabeth Paine in Burlington, Burlington Co, NJ, 17 Jun 1688. John SHARP married Elizabeth PAINE under the care of the Burlington Quaker Monthly Meeting (MM), Burlington County, New Jersey. Elizabeth was the daughter of John Paine, one of the signers of West Jersey's constitution, "The Concessions and Agreements of West Jersey of America", signed in London in 1676.

As a matter of historical and geographical perspective, in 1663, King Charles II of England granted the Carolina territory to his brother, the Duke of York. From this territory, a tract of land called Nova Caesurae or New Jersey was formed. In 1676, a deed divided the land into West Jersey and East Jersey. The above mentioned constitution was the landholders agreement upon a form of government for West Jersey.

Elizabeth was born 19 Feb 1665/66. Elizabeth was the daughter of John Paine and ?? ??. Elizabeth died 28 Nov 1705 at 39 years of age. He married Elizabeth Green 11 Apr 1707. Elizabeth was born about 1662. Elizabeth died before 1719. He married Jane Curtis in Haddonfield MM, Camden Co, NJ, about Dec 1719. Jane was born in Bugbrooke, Northamptonshire, England 11 Feb 1660/61. In an article in New Jersey Historical & Genealogy by Stillwell he identifies Jane CURTIS, daughter of Thomas and Jane CURTIS, and wife of Samuel OGBORNE, was born Bugbrook, Northampton, England on 2mo,11, 1661. Jane's second marriage was to John HAMPTON of Freehold. Jane's third marriage was to Nathanial FITZ-RANDOLPH of Woodbridge, NJ. Jane's fourth marriage was to John SHARP of Gloucester whom she also outlived.

He made a will in Burlington Co, NJ, 17 May 1725. Abstarct of Will-1725 May 17.

Sharp, John, of Evesham Twonship, Burlington Co.; will of. First wife Elizabeth Green. Second wife Jane. Children--William, John, Thomas, Samuel, Elizabeth, Hannah Addams, Sara. Real and personal estate. Executors-sons William and John. Witnesses-William Evens, William Troth, Hugh sharp. Proved March 29, 1727 1727 March 28. Inventory of the personal estate, L138.14; made by John Haines and William Evens. From the Sharp Family History, page 11, it states:

John settled 1250 acres of land in Evesham Twp., which were located next to Thomas Ballinger. John was frequently mentioned in public business affairs. He arrived in America on the ship "Samuel" which landed at Burlington, New Jersey on the 4th or 5th of September, 1682. John was the oldest of three brothers who came from England to the present site of Burlington, New Jersey.

John Sharp and Elizabeth Paine had the following children:

8 i. William3 Sharp was born 2 Dec 1689. William died 4 Aug 1759 in Evesham Twp, Burlington Co, NJ, at 69 years of age. He married twice. He married Mary Austin in Haddonfield MM, Camden Co, NJ, Jul 1716. Mary was born 1702. Mary was the daughter of Francis Austin and Mary Borton. Mary died 1732 at 30 years of age. He married Hannah Austin in Burlington Co, NJ, 05 May 1735. Hannah was born about 1710. Hannah was the daughter of Francis Austin and Mary Borton. Hannah died 25 Dec 1767 at 57 years of age.

9 ii. Elizabeth Sharp was born 04 May 1692.

+ 10 iii. John Sharp was born 08 Dec 1693.

11 iv. Thomas Sharp was born 23 Aug 1698. He married Elizabeth Smith in Haddonfield MM, Camden Co, NJ, about Dec 1724. Elizabeth was born about 1698.

12 v. Hannah Sharp was born 01 Dec 1700. Hannah died after 1727. She married Thomas Adams in Haddonfield MM, Camden Co, NJ, Dec 1720. Thomas was born 12 Dec 1698.

13 vi. Samuel Sharp was born 05 Sep 1702. Samuel died 31 Dec 1736 at 34 years of age. He married twice. He married Elizabeth Haines in Burlington MM, Burlington Co, NJ, 03 Jan 1725/26. Elizabeth was born in Northhampton, New Jersey (?) 1698. Elizabeth was the daughter of Thomas Haines and Elizabeth Austin. Elizabeth died before 1730. He married Mary Tomlinson in Haddonfield MM, Camden Co, NJ, abt May 1730. Mary was born about 1702.

14 vii. Sarah Sharp was born 03 Jun 1705. She married Peter Phillips in Haddonfield MM, Camden Co, NJ, 11 Sep 1729. Peter was born about 1705.

Third Generation

10. John3 Sharp (John2, William1 Sharpe) was born in Evesham Twp, Burlington Co, NJ 08 Dec 1693. John died 15 Oct 1729 at 35 years of age.

He married Ann Haines in Mt. Holly MM, Burlington, NJ, 28 Nov 1717. John Sharp married Ann Haines at Mt. Holly Meeting House under the care of the Burlington MM. They resided in Evesham township, Burlington County, New Jersey.

Ann was born in Northampton, New Jersey (?) 1696. Ann was the daughter of Thomas Haines and Elizabeth Austin. She married William Hooton in Haddonfield MM, Camden Co, NJ, 21 Jan 1730/31. Ann Haines was a descendent of Richard Haines who with his wife Margaret lived in "Aynhoe of ye Hills", Northamptonshire, England. He and his family came to America in 1682 on the ship Amity. Richard died enroute and his son, Joseph was born on the voyage. The family landed in Burlington in the fall of 1682 at nearly the same time and place as the brothers John, Hugh, and William Sharp.

He made a will in Burlington Co, NJ, 15 Oct 1729. Abstract of Will 1729 Oct 15

Sharp, John, of Evesham Tonwship, Burlington Co; will of. Children--Ammoss, John, Debora, Elizabeth, all under age; an expected child. Home farm, land bought of John Nathan Pain, adjoining Henry Baringer and brother Thomas Sharp, 100 acres bought by father from John Ingle. Personal estate. The wife sole executrix. Witnesses-John Foster, Mary Evess, Hugh Sharp. Proved December 9, 1729. 1729 Nov. 26. Inventory of the personal estate, L331.1.6, incl. 23 cows L57.10, 16 sheep L4. 6 fat swine L6, a servant lad L10, made by Josiah Foster and Sam. Lippincott.

John Sharp and Ann Haines had the following children:

15 i. Amos4 Sharp was born 1720. Amos died 1788 at 68 years of age. He married Deborah Haines in Burlington Co, NJ, 2 May 1751. Deborah was born about 1733.

16 ii. Deborah (Sarah?) Sharp was born 1723.

18 iv. John III Sharp was born in NJ 01 Jun 1724. John died 1788 at 64 years of age. He married Dinah Peacock in Burlington Co, NJ, about 1750. Dinah was born 1 Jun 1730. Dinah was the daughter of John Peacock and Elizabeth Prickett. Dinah died 1811 at 81 years of age. John Sharp was reported at Haddonfield MM for marrying out. They lived in Evesham Twsp, Burlington Co, NJ. His will was dated 05 Jul 1788 and probated on 15 Aug 1788. Inventory was taken on 18 Jul 1788.

19 v. Elizabeth Sharp was born 1726.

+ 20 vi. Samuel Sharp was born 07 Mar 1729/30.

Fourth Generation

20. Samuel4 Sharp (John3, John2, William1 Sharpe) was born in Evesham Twp, Burlington Co, NJ 07 Mar 1729/30. Samuel died 25 Jul 1824 in Evesham Twp, Burlington Co, NJ, at 94 years of age.

He married Elizabeth Peacock in Burlington Co, NJ, 02 May 1754. Elizabeth was born in Evesham Twp, Burlington Co, NJ 15 Jul 1732. Elizabeth was the daughter of John Peacock and Elizabeth Prickett. Elizabeth died 08 Jul 1806 in Evesham Twp, Burlington Co, NJ, at 73 years of age. Elizabeth was the sister of Dinah Peacock who married Samuel's brother John. They resided in Evesham Township, Burlington county, New Jersey.

He made a will in Burlington Co, NJ, 01 Feb 1818.

The Last Will and Testament of Samuel SHARP is dated February 01, 1818. He divided the plantation on which he lived between his two sons, Noah SHARP and Joshua SHARP. The portion north and east of a central dividing line was given to Joshua and the south-eastern portion to Noah. They also split a piece of meadow which had been given to Samuel in his father's will. Samuel also gave Joshua $300, his granddaughter Elizabeth SHARP a 'cafe of drawers', and divided his remaining personal estate between the two brothers, Joshua and Noah. Joshua and Noah were appointed executors of the will and witnesses included Isaac SHARP, Isaac HAINES, and William GLOVER. The will of Samuel SHARP was probated August 5, 1824 and affirmed by the witnesses, Isaac HAINES and Isaac SHARP and the executors, Joshua SHARP and Noah SHARP40. The inventory taken included wearing apparel $29.79, cash $454, household goods $82.44, bonds and notes $432, and interest due $29.37 for a total of $1027.60

Samuel Sharp and Elizabeth Peacock had the following children:

21 i. Leah5 Sharp was born on (birth date unknown).

22 ii. Rhoda Sharp was born in Evesham Twp, Burlington Co, NJ 20 Dec 1756. Rhoda died 03 Oct 1809 in Evesham Twp, Burlington Co, NJ, at 52 years of age.

+ 23 iii. Noah Sharp was born 04 Jan 1763.

24 iv. Joshua Sharp was born 14 May 1765. Joshua died 12 May 1838 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co, PA, at 72 years of age. He married twice. He married Elizabeth Johnson. He married Jane Haines in Evesham MM, Burlington Co, NJ, 10 Dec 1788. Jane was born 07 Dec 1767. Jane was the daughter of Solomon Haines and Rebecca Sharp. Jane died 17 Jul 1825 at 57 years of age. Her body was interred Jul 1825 in Easton, Burlington, Nj. buried - Friends Burial Ground

Fifth Generation

23. Noah5 Sharp (Samuel4, John3, John2, William1 Sharpe) was born in Evesham Twp, Burlington Co, NJ 04 Jan 1763. Noah died 23 Aug 1827 in Evesham Twp, Burlington Co, NJ, at 64 years of age.

He married Elizabeth Braddock in Evesham Twp, Burlington Co, NJ, 17 Jun 1789. Elizabeth was born in Evesham Twp, Burlington Co, NJ 12 Oct 1767. Elizabeth was the daughter of Rehoboam Braddock and Jemima Darnell. Elizabeth died 05 Dec 1834 in Evesham Twp, Burlington Co, NJ, at 67 years of age. Noah SHARP (Senior), was also a lifetime resident of Evesham Township, Burlington County, New Jersey.

He made a will in Burlington Co, NJ, 20 Aug 1827. It states, in part;

"I give and bequeath unto my Beloved Wife Elizabeth SHARP in lieu of her Right of Dower at Common Law. That is to say A privilege to and about my Mansion House also a privilege to and about the house where my son Noah SHARP now dwells and to be amply supported as I do by these presents hereafter order and direct." He gave two large parcels of land to his son Noah with the remainder of his plantation being divided between his sons, Samuel SHARP and Joshua Sharp. The piece of meadow mentioned in Samuel SHARP's will is mentioned again and was to be divided evenly between the three brothers, as were all of his 'pine lands'. He also gave his daughter Elizabeth HAINES a piece of land, one bureau, one card table, six large silver spoons, five silver teaspoons, one set of bed curtains, and $500. Joshua was to receive an eight day clock. The will goes on to state; "...and further I do hereby charge my Real Estate herein before devised to my sons Noah SHARP and Samuel SHARP the sum of two hundred dollars to be paid to my beloved Wife Elizabeth SHARP yearly and every year out of said Real Estate. Provided nevertheless that if the said Noah SHARP and Samuel SHARP their heirs and assigns should well and sufficiently provided sufficient clothing, Board Lodging etc. then and in that Case the above named sum is to remain irrecoverable by any action brought against them the said Noah SHARP and Samuel SHARP or against the Real Estate herein bequeathed to them."

Lastly, he divided the remainder of his personal property between Noah and Samuel and appointed them executors of the will. The will was witnessed by Isaac SHARP, Isaac HAINES, William BRADDOCK, and William B. BRADDOCK. The will was probated September 03, 1827 and was affirmed by Isaac SHARP, Isaac HAINES, Noah SHARP and Samuel SHARP. The inventory of personal property included wearing apparel $14, cash $9.74, note on hand $92.55, household good and kitchen furniture $184.25, farming utensils $37.25, and livestock $54, totally $391.79.

Information on the Sharp Family can be found in "Early Church Records of Burlington County, New Jersey; vol 2 Meldrun, 169. Meldun's 3 volumes contains abstracts of Quaker records of Burlington County, NJ.

Noah Sharp and Elizabeth Braddock had the following children:

25 i. Noah6 Sharp was born before 27 May 1817, the first event for which there is a recorded date. Noah died 1834. He married Rachel Sharp in Burlington, Burlington Co, NJ, 27 May 1817. Rachel is the daughter of Aaron Sharp and Rachel Cox.

26 ii. Samual Sharp was born 27 Feb 1802. He married Lydia Sharp. Lydia is the daughter of Aaron Sharp and Rachel Cox.

27 iii. Elizabeth Sharp was born 02 aug 1804. She married Thomas Haines.

+ 28 iv. Joshua Braddock Sharp was born 07 Aug 1813.

Sixth Generation

8. Joshua Braddock6 Sharp (Noah5, Samuel4, John3, John2, William1 Sharpe) was born in NJ 07 Aug 1813. Joshua died 25 Oct 1863 in Randolph Co, IN, at 50 years of age. His body was interred Oct 1863 in Union Chapel Cem, Carlos, Randolph Co, In, Union Chapel.

He married Mercy Ann Steward 12 Dec 1833. Mercy was born in NJ 08 Jul 1803. Mercy was the daughter of Josiah Steward and Mercy ??. Mercy died 02 Jun 1868 in Randolph Co, IN, at 64 years of age. Her body was interred Jun 1868 in Union Chapel Cem, Carlos, Randolph Co, In.

He made a will in Randolph Co, IN, 24 Oct 1863. An abstract of the will states he left the home farm and personal property to his wife Mercy Ann. At the time of her death the home farm was to go to son Samuel Sharp. The balance was to be divided among the remaining children except for one horse which was to go to a granddaughter, Mary Jane Hockett. Joshua B. Sharp was only 14 years old at the time of his father's death. Perhaps he was the youngest child since he is mentioned the least in his father's will.

A family history compiled by Winifred Kinsey shows that Joshua B. Sharp is the son of Noah and Elizabeth Sharp and married Mercy A. Steward who was the daughter of Josiah and Mercy Steward. Mercy A. Steward was born July 8,1803 and died June 2, 18682. Joshua B. Sharp was born in New Jersey according to the 1850 Federal Census for Randolph County, Indiana. His first four children were born in New Jersey prior to 1839. He is also found in the 1840 Federal Census for Randolph County, Indiana, indicating that he migrated to Randolph County in late 1839 or early 1840. His next door neighbor in 1850 was William Haines and wife Elizabeth A. from New Jersey. It is quite possible that this Elizabeth is Joshua B. Sharp's sister mentioned in his father's will. The ages and birthplaces of their children could lead you to believe that perhaps these two families emigrated from New Jersey together.

Joshua Braddock Sharp and Mercy Ann Steward had the following children:

29 i. Amos A.7 Sharp was born in NJ 1834.

30 ii. Anna Mariah Sharp was born in NJ 30 Oct 1834. Anna died 24 Mar 1883 at 48 years of age. Her body was interred Mar 1883 in Union Chapel Cem, Carlos, Randolph Co, In, Union Chapel. She married John Hodgson in Randolph Co, IN, 07 Apr 1853. John was born in IN 24 Jan 1830. John died 26 Jul 1888 at 58 years of age. His body was interred Jul 1888 in Union Chapel Cem, Carlos, Randolph Co, In.

+ 31 iii. Josiah Steward Sharp was born 15 Jun 1836.

32 iv. Elizabeth Sharp was born in NJ 20 Oct 1837. Elizabeth died 12 Dec 1843 at 6 years of age. Her body was interred Dec 1843 in Union Chapel Cem, Carlos, Randolph Co, In, Union Chapel.

33 v. Mary Jane Sharp was born in NJ 16 Oct 1839. Mary died 01 Oct 1862 at 22 years of age. She married Nathan Hockett 19 Sep 1858. Nathan was born in IN 1842.

34 vi. William Henry Sharp was born in Randolph Co, IN 28 February 1842. William died 02 December 1908 at 66 years of age. His body was interred in Union Chapel Cem, Carlos, Randolph Co, In. He married Sarah C. 'Sallie' Neal. Sarah was born in Milton, Wayne Co, IN 22 August 1843. Sarah died 1929 at 85 years of age. Her body was interred in Union Chapel Cem, Carlos, Randolph Co, In. According to the Information receivd from Jane Holman, Sarah is the daughter of Moses and Polly Neal.

35 vii. Samuel Purviance Sharp was born Washington Twp, Randolph, In 10 Nov 1847. Samuel died 19 Jan 1891 in Carlos, Jackson Twsp, Randolph Co, IN, at 43 years of age. Obituary Abstract-Samuel P s/o Josiah (eror should be Joshua) and Mercy SHArp, b. Wash twp. Nov 11, 1847, d. near Carlos City Jan 19, 1891 ae 43y-2m-9d. He m. Amanda Norman in 1870. Had 13 sons and 2 dts. I son dec'd Mem M.E. Church bur. Union Chapel Cem His body was interred Jan 1891 in Union Chapel Cem, Carlos, Randolph Co, In, Union Chapel. He married Amanda Norman 03 Mar 1870.

Amanda was born in IN 01 Jun 1850. Amanda died 1930 in Carlos, Jackson Twsp, Randolph Co, IN, at 80 years of age. Her body was interred 1930 in Union Chapel Cem, Carlos, Randolph Co, In. She resided in West River Twsp, Randolph Co, IN 1908.

Samuel was listed as the head of a family on the 1860 Census in Randolph Co, IN. Age 13 at time of census.

Seventh Generation

31. Josiah Steward7 Sharp (Joshua Braddock6, Noah5, Samuel4, John3, John2, William1 Sharpe) was born in NJ 15 Jun 1836. Josiah died 20 Feb 1910 in Randolph Co, IN, at 73 years of age. Josiah Sharp died of blood poisoning. His body was interred Feb 1910 in Union Chapel Cem, Carlos, Randolph Co, In, Union Chapel. He is buried alongside his wife, father, mother, and brother Samuel.

He married Lydia Adeline Neal 01 Apr 1857. Lydia was born in Milton, Wayne Co, In 24 May 1839. Lydia was the daughter of Daniel Neal and Lutitia Perdue. Lydia died 06 Nov 1900 in Bloomingsport, Randolph, In, at 61 years of age. Her body was interred 07 Nov 1900 in Union Chapel Cem, Carlos, Randolph Co, In, Union Chapel.

According to an 1882 county history of Randolph County, Indiana, Josiah SHARP was born in New Jersey and census records confirm that. After moving from New Jersey at the age of 3, he spent the rest of his life in Randolph County, Indiana. He is found in the 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, and 1900 Federal censuses and in a 1908 Randolph County directory.

Josiah Steward Sharp and Lydia Adeline Neal had the following children:

36 i. Daniel Thomas8 Sharp was born in Randolph Co, IN 1 Feb 1862. Daniel died 1 Dec 1864 at 2 years of age.

37 ii. William Oscar Sharp was born in Randolph Co, IN 7 Oct 1863. William died 12 Dec 1865 at 2 years of age.

38 iii. Martha Belle Sharp was born in Randolph Co, IN 27 Jun 1865. Martha died 14 Nov 1923 at 58 years of age. Her body was interred in Fountain Park Cem, Winchester, Randolph Co, In. She married Daniel H. Engle in Randolph Co, IN, 15 Apr 1880. Daniel was born Washington Twp, Randolph, In 11 May 1849. Daniel was the son of William Engle and Lutitia Cabe. Daniel died 23 Feb 1928 in Indianapolis, Marion Co, IN, at 78 years of age. His body was interred 1928 in Fountain Park Cem, Winchester, Randolph Co, In.

+ 39 iv. Henry Edgar (Ed) Sharp was born 30 Nov 1870.

40 v. Estella Letitia "Stell" Sharp was born in Randolph Co, IN 20 Feb 1875. Estella died 23 Feb 1956 at 81 years of age. Her body was interred 1956 New Liberty Cem, Randolph Co, IN. She married Ozro Francis Bales in Randolph Co, IN, 04 Jun 1892. Ozro was born in Randolph Co, IN Jul 09 1872. Ozro died 18 Aug 1954 at 82 years of age. His body was interred New Liberty Cem, Randolph Co, IN.

Eighth Generation

39. Henry Edgar (Ed)8 Sharp (Josiah Steward7, Joshua Braddock6, Noah5, Samuel4, John3, John2, William1 Sharpe) was born in IN 30 Nov 1870. Henry died 21 Apr 1938 in Richmond, Wayne Co, IN, at 67 years of age. His body was interred 23 Apr 1938 in Richmond, Wayne Co, IN.

He married Luonna Emogen "Onna" Kinsey in Lynn, Randolph Co, IN, 23 Aug 1890. At the time of their marriage Henry was living in Bloomingsport and Onna was living in Lynn, where they were married. The 1900 Randolph County Federal Census shows that Henry was employed as a glass blower living in Parker City, breaking away from the farming life of his father and grandfather.

Luonna was born in IN 29 Jul 1871. Luonna was the daughter of David Marcus Kinsey and Martha Ann (Alice) Thorn. Luonna died 17 Jul 1952 in (rural), Wayne, In, at 80 years of age. Her body was interred Jul 1952 in Richmond, Wayne Co, IN. Henry Edgar Sharp was most probably born in Randolph County, Indiana and resided there until after his marriage. He was a travelling salesman and moved frequently within the next thirty years, living in Parker City, Winchester, Blountsville, and Richmond where he died .

Henry Edgar (Ed) Sharp and Luonna Emogen "Onna" Kinsey had the following children:

41 i. Infant Daughter9 Sharp was born 7 Jun 1891. Infant died 7 Jun 1891 at less than one year of age.

42 ii. Idris Irena Sharp was born in IN 23 dec 1892. Idris died 03 Dec 1960 in Richmond, Wayne Co, IN, at 67 years of age. Her body was interred Dec 1960 in Earlham Cem, Richmond, Wayne Co, In. She married Harry E. Day 05 May 1923. Harry was born 15 Jan 1897.

43 iii. Lydia Alice Sharp was born in IN 29 Apr 1895. Lydia died 24 Jan 1963 in Richmond, Wayne Co, IN, at 67 years of age. Her body was interred Jan 1963 in Earlham Cem, Richmond, Wayne Co, In.

+ 44 iv. Robert Earl Sharp was born 05 Apr 1897.

45 v. Chester Glen Sharp was born 04 Jun 1900. Chester died 06 Oct 1927 in Richmond, Wayne Co, IN, at 27 years of age. His body was interred in Earlham Cem, Richmond, Wayne Co, In. He married Mary Chenoweth 14 Jan 1924. She married Ed Kanitz in Long Beach, Los Angeles Co, Ca.

Ninth Generation

44. Robert Earl9 Sharp (Henry Edgar (Ed)8, Josiah Steward7, Joshua Braddock6, Noah5, Samuel4, John3, John2, William1 Sharpe) was born Washington Twp, Randolph, In 05 Apr 1897. Robert died 12 Oct 1939 in Hines, Cook, Il, at 42 years of age.

Robert Earl SHARP was an assistant sales promoter and reseller for the Standard Oil Company of Indiana. In August of 1939, he was seriously ill and left his home in Indianapolis, IN to enter the Veterans Administration Hospital at Hines, IL. He was in the hospital for more than a month and died of colon cancer. His body was interred 15 Oct 1939 in Earlham Cem, Richmond, Wayne Co, In.

He married Catherine Marie Smith in Richmond, Wayne Co, IN, 16 Jun 1927. Catherine was born in New Paris, Preble Co, OH 17 Jan 1901. Catherine was the daughter of Harry Alexander Smith and Mary T. Marrinan. Catherine died 11 Jul 1956 in Chicago, Cook, Il, at 55 years of age. Her body was interred 14 Jul 1956 in Earlham Cem, Richmond, Wayne Co, In. Catherine attended grade school in New Paris and graduated from High School in Richmond, Indiana.

Robert served in the military May 1917. He was in the 35th Infantry from May 1917 to January 5, 1918. He was one of the first area men to answer the call to arms after the United States declared war on Germany on April 6, 1917. He went into the Army April 21, 1917 and spent nine months overseas. According to his own account, he landed in Liverpool and after convoying to St. Aignan, France was assigned to the 32nd Division on September 20, 1917. A few days later, he was placed in command of 128th Infantry, "L" Company and immediately started for the Verdun front. According to the official record, he earned the Distinguished Service Cross for his efforts performed on October 6-7, 1918 near Estrees, France. "Acting as battalion gas officer, Lieutenant Sharp volunteered to carry an important message to 1 of companies after 3 runners had been killed in attempting to do so. He succeeded in making the trip through heavy shell and machine gun fire and returned safely. Next morning, upon his own request, he was permitted to join one of the attacking companies and was severely wounded while leading a platoon to its objective".

He was promoted to First Lieutenant on November 3, 1918. He was in command of his company during the decisive Argonne Meuse offensive. On November 10, the day before the signing to the Armistice, ..."after his company had crossed the river suffering heavy casualties, the remnants were entirely surrounded by the enemy, and cut off from the battalion. Sharp, with unusual coolness and bravery, led his men out of the trap to their own lines, without further casualties. His company participated in some of the fiercest fighting of the war, and in this one engagement lost all but 35 of the 150 men that started with the offensive". He was discharged from the service June 3, 1919. After the war, Robert Earl Sharp was engaged in real estate and the insurance business.

Robert Earl Sharp and Catherine Marie Smith had the following child:

+ 46 i. Robert Edgar10 Sharp was born 04 Jun 1928.

Tenth Generation

46. Robert Edgar10 Sharp (Robert Earl9, Henry Edgar (Ed)8, Josiah Steward7, Joshua Braddock6, Noah5, Samuel4, John3, John2, William1 Sharpe) was born in Richmond, Wayne Co, IN 04 Jun 1928.

He married Mary Louise (Anna) Puthoff in Richmond, Wayne Co, IN, 17 May 1952. After their honeymoon to Washington, D. C., they returned to Chicago where Robert was a design engineer for Chicago Transformer. Robert went to work for Belden Wire Company and returned to Richmond, Indiana in 1957. They lived in Richmond until 1968, when Robert was transferred to Belden's Technical Research Center in Geneva, Illinois. They moved to St. Charles, Illinois where Robert currently lives. Robert retired from Belden in 1990.

Mary was born in Richmond, Wayne Co, IN 04 Apr 1929. Mary was the daughter of Omer Casper Anthony Puthoff and Ferne Elizabeth Marshall. Mary died 02 Oct 1996 in Chicago, Cook, Il, at 67 years of age. Her body was interred 05 Oct 1996 Resurrection Cem, Geneva, Kane, Il. Mary Louise Puthoff was, as she describes it, born in the bushes. She was born on her father's farm on Reservoir Road east of Richmond. The original farmhouse, built by her grandfather, had burnt to the ground several years after she was born. When the house was rebuilt, the room she was born in was not included. In its place along the exterior of the new house was a row of bushes allowing the claim about being born in the bushes.

Mary attended grades one through six at Pleasantview Grade School which was a four room school house with two grades to a room. She transferred to Highland Grade School for seventh and eighth grades and Rieley for ninth grade. She was very active in the 4-H program in many different areas. She showed cattle and was an alternate to the grand champion in dress fashion design competition at the Indiana State Fair. She also attended the International 4-H Congress in Chicago to receive a National Safety Award. She graduated from Richmond High School in 1947.

She attended Purdue University and Reid Memorial Hospital where she was in x-ray training. She also attended St. Anne's Hospital in Chicago. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Richmond before moving to St. Charles, IL in 1968. She had been employed in the insurance department for Belden Corp. before retiring in 1979. She also was a lifelong member of the Delnor Community Hospital Auxiliary, a former member of the St.Edwdard High School Parents Club, and a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in St. Charles.

Robert was baptized in St. Mary's Catholic Church, Richmond, Wayne Co, In, 16 Jun 1928. Religion: religion unknown. As a boy, he lived in Richmond, Covington, Indiana and Indianapolis, Indiana. At the time of his father's death, he and his mother moved to Chicago, Illinois. Robert graduated second in his class at Foreman High School in Chicago. He received the Civic Assembly Award. According to his school newspaper, "This award is given for scholastic standing, leadership, and school service. The winner of this award will represent his class at the Civic assembly luncheon during Chicago Youth Week, and is publicly given a bronze award. Robert will also receive a Phi Beta Kappa certificate." He was also president of the Advanced Photography Club and a member of the National Honor Society. He received a competitive scholarship to the Illinois Institute of Technology where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.

Robert Edgar Sharp and Mary Louise (Anna) Puthoff had the following children:

+ 47 i. Robert Mark11 Sharp was born 20 Feb 1953.

48 ii. Barbara Jeanne Catherine Sharp was born in Chicago, Cook, Il 21 Sep 1954.

49 iii. Thomas Matthew Sharp was born in Richmond, Wayne Co, IN 13 Dec 1957.

50 iv. Mary Catherine Sharp was born in Richmond, Wayne Co, IN 10 Oct 1961.

Eleventh Generation

47. Robert Mark11 Sharp (Robert Edgar10, Robert Earl9, Henry Edgar (Ed)8, Josiah Steward7, Joshua Braddock6, Noah5, Samuel4, John3, John2, William1 Sharpe) was born in Bethany Hospital, Chicago, Cook Co, Il 20 Feb 1953.

He married Constance Suzanne Klamm in Racine Assembly Of God Church, Racine, Racine Co, Wi, 26 Jun 1976. Constance was born in Racine, Racine Co, Wi 21 Feb 1955. Constance is the daughter of Heinrich Karl Klamm and Shirley Jane Nelson.

Constance attended grade school and high school in Racine, graduating from Washington High in 1973. She attended Ray Vogue School in Chicago and graduated with a degree in fashion design. They have lived in Oak Park, Arlington Heights, Carpentersville, and currently reside in West Dundee, Illinois.

Robert was named after his father and grandfather; the Mark, because his mother liked the name. Robert attended kindergarten at Westview Elementary School and grade school at Holy Family Catholic school in Richmond, Indiana. He attended freshman year at Dennis Junior High School in Richmond and graduated from St. Edward Catholic High School in Elgin, Illinois in 1971. Upon graduating, he received several awards including an Illinois State Scholarship and the Bausch & Lomb Science Medal which is a national honor awarded to the school's top science student. He was also selected to attend the National Youth Science Camp in West Virginia as one of two students representing Illinois. He attended the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering in 1975.

Robert Mark Sharp and Constance Suzanne Klamm had the following children:

51 i. Brianna Nicole12 Sharp was born in Arlington Heights, Cook, Il 21 Feb 1978. Brianna was born on her mother's birthday at Northwest Community Hospital.

52 ii. Stephanie Diane Sharp was born in Arlington Heights, Cook, Il 4 Aug 1984.