Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The Sharp Family from Virginia

John Sharp was probably born before 1718 in Virginia. He was living in Goochland County before the formation of Albemarle County in 1744. and died 1778 in North Carolina. He had multiple land transactions as he moved to North Carolina.
He received a patent in Goochland This patent, issued to him 26 Mar 1739 [Patent Book 18, p. 227] , states... for the consideration as 20 shillings.-----200 acres on the branches of Phills Creek, a branch of Bird Creek; ... ( TL NOTE If required to be minimum 21 yr old then he was born at least by 1718), and sold that land about 5 years later to Philip Hoggarth (in Weisiger, Goochland County, Virginia, Wills, 1742-1749, page 37, giving its date as 21 Aug 1744 and its location at Goochland County Deed Book 4, page 394. ). He then obtained a patent for land in Littleton Parish, Albemarle (the land was located in what later became Buckingham County).
------Albemarle Co., VA, Deed Book 2, p. 187. 19 May 1759. Grantor John Sharp of the Parish of Tillotson in the County of Albemarle & Katharine his wife to Warham Easley of the parish and county aforesaid, for 175 lbs., 400 acres on both sides of a branch of Slate River known by the name of Great Creek in the County of Albemarle formerly Goochland . . .Wits.: Saml. Jordan, Adrian Anglin, John Nicholas.
------Albemarle Co., VA, Deed Book 2, p. 199. No date. Grantor William Baber of the County of Albemarle to Warham Easley of the same county, for Warham Easley's cancelling and delivering Baber's bond of 100 lbs. To John Sharp, which Sharp had assigned to Easley, 200 acres in Albemarle County on both sides of the Great Creek of Slate River, granted to William Phelps by Patent dated 16 August 1746, and by him given by will to the said William Baber, and bounded beginning at John Sharp's corner . . . No wits.

------Bought 300 acres of land on the North side of the Dan River from Anthony Hampton on what is now called Sharps Creek east of the town of Madison in Rockingham County, N.C.. He sold this land in November 1770 to Baker Degraffenidt.
Later John and Catherine moved a few miles west to the Mayo River near what is now the town of Mayodan(?). John and his sons, Samuel and Isham Sharp were given land grants in 1778.-

John Sharp signed with a distinctive mark not the typical X most often seen. It is seen here on his will. John died between March 6, 1778 and May 1778.
Guilford Co., NC will book A, page 332
In the name of God, Amen. I, John Sharp, of Guilford County and Province of North Carolina, being very sick & weak in body, but of sound mind & memory...
--Item - I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Cathren Sharp my plantation where I now live, also one Negro man named Quash, one man ditto named Tom, one Negro boy named Bob, one Negro wench named Hagoe. Also my stock, horses, cattle & hogs, sheep, all & every kind whatsoever, likewise my household furniture to enjoy during her natural life …--. (see the will images for more)
(TL Note ? where is Samuel? in the will)
KATHREN SHARP  Her first name is spelled so many ways. Catherine's maiden name is not known, though many researchers say it was Campbell. (TL NOTE Possible clue a researcher mentioned a man named Watson Gentry as the uncle of Isham's sister, Mary, Watson was a witness to Cathren 's will and found mention of him in Guilford county court records 1781-1790 as well as several notes of a James Gentry.)
As a resident of Guilford Co, NC, Catherine Sharp was paid on 2 Aug 1782 the amount of 42:10:0 which was allowed by Bruce and Hunter of the Upper Salisbury District for the patriotic service she rendered during the American Revolution. She is listed as #1257 in Vol. 1, page100, folio 2 in the Treasurer and Comptroller Records, Revolutionary Army Accounts the NC Archives.

Catherine died after 23 Dec 1800,the date of her will in Rockingham Co, NC Old Wills Book, page 123; The division of John's property among the children was already listed in his will. Catherine only had a few personal possessions to give to her children upon her death.

In the name of God, Amen. I Catharine Sharp of Rockingham County & State of North Carolina being of Sound and perfect mind and memory blessed be God, Do this 23rd day of Decr, in the year of Lord 1800 Make and publish this my last will and Testament, in manner following, that is to Say,

I give and bequeath unto my beloved Daughter Alisabeth Pegs for her Services my black horse my Cubbard and all my Cotton and one blue Counterpin with an Equal part of my wearing apearel So as to not Deprive her of any Lawfull Claim as a Legatee, and I hereby make and ordain my son Isham Sharp Executor of this my Last will and testament.

In witness whereof, I the said Catharine Sharp have to this my Last will and

testament, Set my hand and Seal the Day and year above written

Catharine (her X mark) Sharp {seal}

Signed Sealed published and Declared,

by the Said Catharine Sharp the testator,

as her Last will and testament, in the presence of us who were present at the time of Signing and Sealing thereof

Watson Gentry x

Mary Mason

Joseph Richardson

Samuel Sharp born abt 1749 in VA, a Revolutionary War soldier with a checkered past.
Found in Guilford Co. Court records 1781-1790 page 39
Bruce, James Hunter and James Martin Esqs. Are appointed to examine Samuel Sharp on oath (who has turned evidence in behalf of the State) against sundry persons with whom he hath committed divers thefts
He married Susanna Nowlin Sept 9, 1789 in Rockinghham Co., NC, and later moved to Breckinridge, KY and died 8 Jun 1838.
August 21, 1833 $36.66 Sharp, sr., Samuel, private, North Carolina militia ; Age 85.

10 Jan 1840 in Breckinridge Co, Ky. (GSA File W-9290) (TL note widows pension application)
Elizabeth Richardson of Breckinridge Co attested to the marriage of Samuel and Susannah Sharp in
Rockingham Co, saying that she was not at the wedding but was at the "infair" the next day. Susannah Noland Sharp was her aunt.

Richard Sharp is listed as #993 in Rev. Army Accounts, Vol. 1,page 52, folio 2 as being paid by
Bruce and Hunter on 30 July 17824:1:0. He has several mentions in the Guilford County Court records 1781-1790 . He purchased some land from his brother, 1796 May 19 Deed Bk (D-297)
Isham Sharp to Richard Sharp, land on S. side Mayo R. Wit: Watson Gentry.
Richard left NC sometime after 1800 and was in Anderson Co., TN in 1802 (deliquent tax list ) and in 1813 he was in Campbell Co., TN shown on the March 2nd jurors list.
March, 1823 Richard made a gift bequest that listed his children sons William, Richard, James,and Isham (this Isham had a- son Joseph, also named in bequest),He named daughters Sarah, Mary, Agnis, Nancy,

The brother James  Sharp appears to have stayed in the Rockingham and Guilford area.
The sisters of Isham are as follows : Mary married Samuel Gann, Elisabeth married Matthew Pegs, Susannah,  Agness, and Sary no other information.

Isham Sharp born 1755 in VA died 2 Nov 1840 in KY most likely Russell county
Revolutionary War Pension SHARP, ISHAM NC, SERIES: M805, ROLL: 728, IMAGE: 328,
FILE: W11442/BLWT36550-160-55

Guilford Co. Court records 1781-1790 page 233 no info on what the case involved
Isaac Whitworth ) vs ) Isham Sharp )
The following Jury to wit
1 Robert Pearce
4 William Brasilton
7 Joseph Hamilton
10 Thomas Be____ ?
2 Isaac Phipps
5 William Armfield
8 David Hamilton
11 Thomas Brown
3 Jacob Jessop
6 William Howlet
9 John McMurry
12 John Dukey
being impaneled and sworn find for the plaintiff one penny and cost.

Isham appears to have been married twice but there is not any evidence of who the first wife was. The 1810 census in Rockingham list the household as one boy and three girls and the parents
* - Males - Under 10: 1 * - Males - 45 and over: 1
* - Females - Under 10: 3 * - Females - 26 thru 44: 1
Number of Household Members Under 16: 4 Number of Household Members Over 25: 2
The marriage records for Isham to Mary Holt are clearly in 1813.( see images) So Mary Holt is not likely a blood relative at all to me. There is also little known of these children though the name Mark has been suggested for the Boy and most believe Ann Coffey was one of the Girls.
Ann's son, Allen, was a witness for Mary on her widows application and Salathiel Coffey was a witness when Isham applied for benefits.

June 17, 1834 ; $40. Age 79 approved for Sharp, Isham, private, North Carolina militia

Mary “Polly” Holt Coffey
Allen Coffey and Wade? Popplewell witnessed & a John F Popplewell was JP
Said she was 85 in April 1855 said 84 in Dec. 1854 Another name on app looks like a different Coffey

Some of the sources include
"Rockingham County, North Carolina, Deed Abstracts 1785-1800", Madison, NC, 1973 Charles Dyson Rodenbough, editor,
“The Heritage of Rockingham County", Rockingham Historical Society, Wentworth, NC, 1983. and

Monday, February 22, 2016


Vikky Wilburn Anders has a lot of research on Wilburns, this is just one part of it , much more is found on the Rootsweb Wilburn mailing list
Richard Wilburn 1720 to 1820

Richard was most likely from the Goochland, VA area, He had no schooling and signed legal documents using an X. There was a Richard and Ann Wilburn earlier that may have been his parents but not certain.
He was mentioned in the 1769 court record Amherst Co. VA
1783 October 6 – page 440 – Charles Ellis and Sally his wife to Richard Wilburn of Amherst Co.,
118a on Hersely’s Cr. lines Ed Goodwich, Chas. Davis, Wm Clopton, Ambrose Eubank.
1783 December 5 - page 576 – Richard Wilbourn of Amherst to John Eubanks 118 a on
Horselys Cr. Lines: Ed Goodrich, Chas. Davis, Chas. Ellis
1784 – Book E page 576 - John Eubank from Rich. Wilbourn
and in 1787, Richard signed a marriage bond for his son, William, to marry Eda Guttery.
Richard Wilburn lived in 1790 in Amherst County, Va., and at that time had ten white persons in his family, and no slaves.
McBrides' index to the Records of the Recorder's Office of Highland Co., OH, there are references to two properties purchased by Richard Wilbourn. The first one (p.44), from 1816, one hundred acres. This seems to have been sold shortly after purchase. The second was 1817 from James Hirons (Irons) and Margaret, his wife; James probably being somehow related to Richard's second "wife", Elizabeth Irons for seventy five acres.
Richard died in 1820. In a later court action, his son, Lewis, stated that Richard was around 105 at the time of his death, the 1820 census of Highland Co. Ohio, taken shortly before his death supports this claim. Lewis' suit listed Richard's surviving children as William Wilburn of Giles, VA, Stephen Wilburn of Claiborne TN and Lewis and Robert of Carter, KY....and two of Richard's grandsons, Randolph and Russell Wilburn of Highland County.
This Lewis Wilburn, of Carter Co. Kentucky, claimed that the woman, Elizabeth Irons Wilburn, had never been legally wed to his father. Lewis claimed that she had taken advantage of Richard's feeble mind and influenced him to make her his sole heir in 1819. (The will was not probated until 1830 -McBrides' will book, p.13). He also believed Elizabeth had sold some of the property in an attempt to prevent the rightful heirs from claiming their inheritance.
***75 acres sold -McBrides, pp 227-228-: "Elizabeth Willburn to Jane Hubanks, wife of Anthony Hubanks, 75A., formerly owned by Richard Willburn."
Upon her death, Elizabeth's heirs, Anthony and Jane (Irons) Eubanks, the granddaughter of Elizabeth Irons, inherited her remaining property.
Lewis lost the court suit. Subsequently, for over one hundred and fifty years, this land was known as the Eubanks Farm. Cemetary on the farm has this stone partially intact EUBANKS, Jane, wife of Antony, d. Feb 19 (year missing), age 23 years - 3 months - ? days

Stephen Wilburn
Stephen Wilburn born in abt 1766 Virginia. He is listed in the1808 tax records in Hawkins Co, TN and the 1820 Giles. Va census show him living there with one other male in the household He married the daughter of of John (or Joseph?) Wallen. Her name was Morning and she was 21 years younger than Stephen. (TL NOTE probably a 2nd marriage for him but no records ) However, Stephen appears to have outlived her and in 1850 (census records) show him living with his youngest son, Claiborne Wilburn , in Hancock TN Stephen and wife and children were recorded along with birthdates in a Family Bible now in possession of genealogist William Yates. According to Yates, Bible was carried from Hawkins TN to MO by 1855.

Elizabeth Wilburn (b November 25, 1804 Giles Co., VA – d 1873 Laurel Co., KY)
Elizabeth married Eli T(h)ompkins about 1820. He divorced her in 1840. (see the Hot Grandma story). She married Dudley Faris – M. E. Tompkins married Dudley Faris in Laurel Co. the date is given is February 29(?), 1859, Witnesses were Burnetta Tompkins and Mary Tompkins.
Census July 20, 1860, Laurel county Kentucky, Page 102
Dudley Farris m 60 ky farm laborer
Elizabeth Farris f 55 ky
Viva Farris f 11 ky
Bernetty Farris f 18 ky

I do not know if Mr Faris died or if they also divorced because her will is written as
I, Elizabeth Thompkins (Tompkins) of Laurel County being of feeble health and advanced in years and being of sound mind and disposing memory and
desiring to make such disposition of my estate as seems to me justice do make and constitute this my last will and testament.
1. It is my will and desire that my daughter Nancy Morgan have one bee hive.
2. This my desire that my daughter Malinda Adams have one bee hive.
3. This my desire that my daughter Mary Thompkins have one bee hive.
4. This my desire that my grandson W. S. Turner have my red heifer calf and bed clothing, bedstead. . (TL NOTE this is Wm Sherman he was only about 4 yrs old)
  1. It is my desire that my daughter Burnetta Turner have one bee hive and all the rest of my estate consisting of household and kitchen furniture and one brown milk cow 2 years old heifer, two head of sheep, and five head of hogs.
This is my will and desire that Robert Early be appointed Executor of this my last will and testament. It is my desire that this instrument be placed upon record in the Laurel County Court.
Witness my mark and signature this 25 of Aug, 1873.

Witness: W. E. Smith Elizabeth Thompkins mark
John Sparks State of Kentucky

Laurel County Court, Oct. two 1873, a paper purporting to be the last will and testament of Betty Thompkins was produced to court and by the oath of W.E. Smith subscribing who also attended the signature of John Sparks. Whereupon the same to record this day by: L. Ewell (probably *Logan Ewell) W. E. Smith

Side note of interest Elizabeth's uncle , Lewis Wilburn, was a neighbor to families of Nancy Morgan and Malinda Adams in 1860 Laurel Co., KY.

FAMILY PATH  Turner to Tompkins, to Wilburn.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Wilburn Turner 1845-1916

The sixth son of Thomas H. Turner(1812-aft 1880) and Mary Johnston(1815-1853)
Mary died of fever when Wilburn was just 8 years old. I have read that Thomas
sent the children to live with relatives after her death. Thomas according to
family lore was called "Humpy Tom" because of a humped back and was said to
be a"very contrary" man.
In 1860 Wilburn was living with his father Thomas, sister Mary, and brother Shadrick
in Breathitt County,KY. On Oct 31, 1861, the the age of just 16, he enlisted as a private in Company G. 8th Regiment of KY volunteers, Union Army. Sometime during the Battle of Stone Creek, Wilburn was captured by the Rebels about Jan 2,1863. He was paroled at City-Point, VA January 20,1863 reported at Camp Parole, MD January 21,1863 and was sent to CCO and re- enlisted in either March or May of 1863. On February 1,1864 he was paid $60 bounty and was due $340. On Nov 17, 1864
he is shown as have drawn a clothing allowance of $22.18 a bounty paid of $110 as a
veteran volunteer bounty recruit and $290 due. On November 17,1864 he was shown as discharged by reason of re-enlistment as a veteran.
The 1890 Veteran Census says that he was shot in the left shoulder sometime during his service. I did not see any absent to hospital record so either it was not too serious or it occurred during his capture by the Rebels.
Wilburn was 23 years old when he married 24 years Burnetta Tompkins on 15 Mar 1866 in Laurel county, KY. The marriage bond was signed by Wilburn and his cousin, Robert Johnston,
( a son of Elliott Johnston, the brother of Wilburn's mother) Wilburn apparently never learned to read and write but his wife could. There are Turner researchers that state Burnetta was a teacher,but I have not yet found where they get that information. I have not found the couple in the 1870 census so perhaps that will tell me something.

1850 Breathitt, KY
Thomas Turner 38
Polly Turner 35
Jesse Turner 15
Timothy Turner 13
Elliott Turner 11
Edward Turner 9
John Turner 7
William Turner 5
Mary Turner 4
Paschal Turner 3
Shadrach Turner 1
1860 Breathitt Co. KY
Thomas Turner 50 b.Wilkes NC
Wilbourne Turner 17 b. Breathitt KY
farm laborer
Mary Turner 14 b. Breathitt KY
Shadrick Turner 10 b. Breathitt KY
Turner Wilbourn 37 KY KY KY
Turner Burnetta 30 wife KY VA VA
Turner Wm 12 son KY KY KY
Turner Robert H 5 son KY KY KY
Turner Elizabeth A 3 dau KY KY KY
Turner Millie B 1 dau KY KY KY

Veteran's name    Willburn Turner
Home in 1890   

   Dallas, Pulaski, Kentucky
Year enlisted    1861
Year discharged    1864
Rank    Private
Turner Wilborn head Mar 1843 57 KY NC KY farm
Turner Burnettie wife Feb 1841 59
7 births 6 living KY NC VA
married 35 yrs
Turner Mollie dau Feb 1878 21
KY KY KY servant
Turner John D son Dec 1880 19
Turner Jesse E son Nov 1884 15