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


  1. I read your question about Samuel missing from the will. I've read it several times, and there is something left to Samy of Saml. It's very difficult to read, but Samuel is in there.

    Thank you for the hints about Catherine's surname. That's a mystery!

    1. Thanks! Do you have a tree or blog on line? Teresaa