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John Sharpless, 

(No. 1500.) 



GENEALOGY 



SHARPLESS FAMILY , 



DESCENDED FROM 



John and Jane Sharpies, 

SETTLERS NEAR CHESTER, PENNSYLVANIA, 
1682: 

TOGETHER WITH SOME ACCOUNT OF 

THE ENGLISH ANCESTRY OF THE FAMILY, 

INCLUDING THE RESULTS OF RESEARCHES BY 
Henry Fishwick, F. H.S., and the late Joseph Lemuel Chester, LL. D. ; 

AND A 

Full Report of the Bi-Centennial Reunion of 
1882. 



Compiled by 

OILBE^RT COPE , 






OF WE3T CHKSTFR, PA. 



PUBLISHED FOR THE FAMILY, 

UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE 

BI-CENTENNIAL COMMITTEE. 



--. L oi I „ PHILADELPHIA. 

^n^'ft 1887. 



Dindo PrlnUng and Publlshine C 
u South Third Street 



Philadelphia 



1127469 



CONTAINING THE 



SETTLEMENT, AND GENEALOGY TO THE 
PRESENT TIME, 



SHARPLES FAMILY, 

IN NORTH AMERICA. 

with an appendix, 

containing memorials of the dying sayings, s^c. 

of several deceased members of the 

family: not before published. 



Bt JOSEPH SHARPLESS. 

PHILADELPHIA : 

PUBLISHED AND SOLD BY THE AUTHOR, NO. 30, ARCH 

street: SOLD ALSO BY KIMBER & SHARPLESS, 

NO. 93, MARKET STREET. 

1816. 



^Edition of iSid.l 



PREFACE. 

EVERY author has, or ought to have, 
a reason for his undertaking; and I conclude 
some wUl wonder what induced me to write 
the history of an individual family, which is 
not likely to contain any thing very interest- 
ing to the public. 

For their information I may say, that it 
arose from a desire in some of the family, 
to have a rec&rd preserved, as perfect as it 
can be obtained (at this late period) of 
the emigration to, and settlement of their 
Ancestors, in this, then wilderness country; 
and also of the situation and connection of 
their descendants at the present time ; and not 
through a desire of exalting themselves, by 
publishing to the world, their imperfect and 
uninteresting history; which is intended to 
be kept pretty much within the family, or 
those concerned. In writing such a history, 
considerable difficulty presents, for want of 
records being kept of occurrences as they 



took place ; therefore the author hopes to be 
excused for the omissions and errors which 
may occur ; as the former is unavoidable, for 
want of information; and the latter must be 
expected, considering his resources for ob- 
taining materials ; which, in many instan- 
ces, depended on the memory of individ- 
uals ; and that, in some cases, wiU, no 
doubt, prove incorrect ; but I judge, correct- 
ness in all cases wiU not be expected, under 
such circumstances . The history begins with 
the first emigrants to this country, by the name 
of Sharpies, at least as far as we know; and 
continues their genealogy to the present time; 
keeping principally to the name in question; 
though the descendants out of the name, are 
as much of the family, and as nearly allied, 
as those of the name : yet to trace them aU, 
would open too large a field for my present 
plan, or for the satisfaction of my readers ; 
therefore I have established a rule, to which I 
have adhered throughout ; and that is, to pro- 
ceed no farther out of the name, than second 
Cousins : that is, if a woman marry, she 
changes her name ; if she have children mar- 



ried, I mention their marriage, and name their 
children, and then leave them. 

Of the first family who came to this country, 
only three brothers lived to marry, therefore 
I have divided their history into three parts, 
beginning with the eldest, and tracing his 
descendants to the present time ; then the 
second and third in order. 

I have met with a Deed, containing the 
grant of the Province of Pennsylvania to 
WUliam Penn, by King Charles II. also the 
grant of one thousand acres thereof, by Wil- 
liam Penn, to John Sharpies, the first settler 
of that name ; an exact copy of which I pro- 
pose inserting, as an introduction to the his- 
tory, with William Penn's name engraved 
from his own hand writing. 

It appears by the Deed, that the name was 
originally spelled with single s, at the last, 
which makes it pronounce Shar-ples, as Ap- 
ples : but as it is universally pronounced 
Sharp-less, it is frequently spelled so, and I 
think properly so ; though as it is necessary 
to preserve a uniform method of spelling 
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throughout the history, I thought proper to 
attend to the original. 

I expect some will conclude, that in re- 
presenting so large a family, many interes- 
ting anecdotes, &c. would be introduced : 
but as it is not my plan, neither would it be 
generally satisfactory, that I should give a 
history of the lives of individuals ; and as 
but few circumstances have presented, which 
I thought worthy of insertion, little more 
must be expected, than what may be termed 
a Family Record, stating some circumstan- 
ces respecting the first settlement of the 
family in this country, and shewing the situ- 
ation and connection of their children, and 
their children's children, unto the fourth and 
fifth generation. My original plan was to in- 
sert the trades and occupations of individuals ; 
believing it would be satisfactory to many, 
to know what business their connections 
follow; but as people frequently change their 
occupations, for that and other reasons, I 
concluded to omit that part. As to dates, we 
must be content with having the years in 
which marriages, deaths, &c. took place; and 
that, in many cases, cannot be ascertained. 



PREFACE TO THE PRESENT EDITION. 



This work was naturally inspired by the former edition, and its 
compilation was suggested to the writer at various times within the 
past twenty-five years ; but the movement inaugurated by J. Clemson 
Sharpless, and earnestly espoused by others, for a bi-centennial family 
gathering in 1882, was the culminating cause of its inception. As a part 
of the history of the book, the following minutes are offered : 

At a meeting of the subscribers for the publication of the proceedings of the Sharpless 
Bi-Centennial and Family Record, held at the office of Samuel L. Smedley, City Hall, Phila- 
delphia, December loth, 1882, at 3 P. M. 

Present, J. Clemson Sharpless, William Sharpless, Samuel L. Smedley, Philip P. 
Sharpies, Sylvester Garrett, William C. Sharpless, Samuel J. Sharpless, John Sharpless, 
William Bancroft, John S. Garrigues, Henry Palmer, Elton B. Gifford, Casper T. Sharpless. 
Of twenty-five subscribers thirteen were present. Ezekiel Hunn, Jr., and Gilbert Cope, were 
also present by invitation. 

Philip P. Sharpies was unanimously chosen to preside, and on motion of J. Clemson 
Sharpless, Samuel L. Smedley was appointed Secretary. 

Samuel L. Smedley stated that the committee appointed at the Bi-Centennial had met at 
West Chester in the nth month, and carefully considered the object of their appointment, 
and were unanimously of the opinion that a circular should be issued to obtain tvventy-five 
subscribers at $100 each, to assume the responsibility of the publication of a Family Record, 
and that the requisite number having been obtained on the 6th instant, J. C. Sharpless had 
issued the call for this meeting. 

The paper was then read with the signatures thereto, as follows : 

Sharpless Bi-Centennial Record, 1682-1882. 

The Publication Committee appointed by resolution passed at the Sharpless Bi-Centen- 
nial Meeting, held the 24th day of August, 1882, for the purpose of preparing and publishing 
a memorial of the event, and an extension of the family genealogy, have carefully considered 
the subject, and have reached the following conclusions : 

ist. That the interest manifested is so great as to give the assurance that the publication 
of such a work is not only warranted, but very generally desired and demanded at the present 
time. 

2d. That the Genealogical Record should be prepared with great care, and be made 
so complete as to be a credit to the family and all concerned. 

3d. That in order to accomplish this considerable labor and expense will have to be 
incurred before the work reaches completion. 

4th. That the publication should be made by representative men of the family, and not 
by any individual assuming responsibility or issuing it for profit ; the aim being to furnish the 
work as complete in material and execution as the price will warrant. 



5th. It is believed that the whole expense can be met by the disposal of five hundred 
copies at $5 per copy, amounting to $250x3, and that not more than half that amount will be 
required in preparing the work previous to printing and distribution. 

6th. The most feasible plan proposed is for twenty-five representative men to divide 
the responsibility into as many shares, equivalent to twenty-five shares at $100 each. 

7th. That $2S shall be paid by each subscriber when the list of subscribers is complete, 
making up a fund of J625 to commence and carry on the work : additional instalments, if 
required, to be called for when directed by the subscribers ; and no subscription to be binding 
until twenty-five names are subscribed. 

8th. That when five hundred copies have been disposed of the money advanced to be 
reftinded to the subscribers in full, or books, in lieu of money, may be taken at the subscribers' 
option ; and if distribution is made before five hundred copies are sold, the cash and books on 
hand to be distributed pro rata. 

9th. The subscribers to appoint a Treasurer, and take such measures as they shall deter- 
mine as best adapted to carry the above into effect as speedily as possible. 

loth. The undersigned are subscribers to the amount of gioo each, for the purposes 
and conditions above specified. 

Signed by J. Clemson Sharpless, William Sharpless and Philip P. Sharpies, West 
Chester, Pa.; Samuel L. Smedley, Casper S. Garrett, Sylvester Garrett, William C. Sharpless, 
Samuel J. Sharpless, Henry W. Sharpless, Charles W. Sharpless, William Sellers, John Sellers, Jr., 
Philadelphia, Pa.; John Sharpless, Henry Palmer, Chester, Pa.; William P. Bancroft, Edward 
Bringhurst, Wilmington, Del.; Casper T. Sharpless, Camden, N. J.; John S. Garrigues, Bryn 
Mawr, Pa. ; Elton B. Gifford, Media, Pa. ; J. Kersey Sharpless, A. H. and C. C. Sharpless, 
Catawissa, Pa. 

(Four others who had signed afterward withdrew.) 

J. Clemson Sharpless moved that an Executive Committee of five be appointed, who 
shall have full control and management of the preparation and publication of the Sharpless 
Family Record and proceedings of the Bi-Centennial held at Chester on the 24th of August, 
1882, which was unanimously agreed to, and J. Clemson Sharpless, John Sharpless, William 
C. Sharpless, Samuel L. Smedley and Henry Palmer, were appointed the committee. 

A motion that the President of the meeting, Philip P. Sharpies, should be ex-officio a 
member of the committee, was also agreed to. John Sharpless moved that William C. Sharpless 
be elected Treasurer, which was also agreed to unanimously, and he accordingly appointed. 

Elton B. Gifford moved that the Executive Committee call for the payment to the 
Treasurer of the first instalment of $25, and that notice of his appointment be sent to the 
subscribers, which was approved. 

Samuel L. Smedley remarked that in a work like the present a great mass of information 
could be collected with comparative ease, while in completing full details a small amount of 
obscure matter demanded time and labor in much greater proportion, and the Executive Com- 
mittee would have to determine what amount of this latter they would be warranted in entering 
into, but this could be determined as the work progressed. Experience shows that a large 
amount of correspondence and investigation must be made, requiring the persevering attention 
of those in charge ; members of the family by early and determined effort could aid much, 
but it had been expected to call in the professional assistance of Gilbert Cope, who by years of 
research had collected such complete data as could nowhere else be found in the State, who 
could forward the work more rapidly than any other person who could be selected. 

Gilbert Cope was called on to express his views, and said that he had much work on 
hand so that he could not give to this his undivided attention, but was willing to undertake 
the task, and do the best he could, because he felt a deep interest in the undertaking. 



The appointment of Gilbert Cope was favorably received, and the matter was referred to 
the Executive Committee. 

William C. Sharpless inquired whether an early effort should not be made to ascertain 
what response might be given in the way of subscriptions for copies of the work, but it was 
concluded that it would be best to direct the efforts to the collection of the family records 
first. The subject was referred to the Executive Committee. On motion adjourned to meet 
at the call of the President of the meeting. 

Executive Committee Minutes. 

The Executive Committee met immediately after the adjournment of the Subscribers' 
meeting. 

Present, J. C. Sharpless, Philip P. Sharpies, W. C. Sharpless, Henry Palmer, Samuel 
L. Smedley. 

J. Clemson Sharpless was appointed Chairman, and Samuel L. Smedley, Secretary. 

It was agreed upon to engage Gilbert Cope, of West Chester, to give all the time he 
possibly could. He being present consented thereto. 

It was determined that an abstract of the proceedings of the meeting be sent to the 
subscribers, by the Treasurer, giving notice to pay the first instalment, and J. C. Sharpless in 
conjunction with Gilbert Cope, were requested to prepare the necessary blanks and circulars 
and have them printed. 

Other meetings were held from timfe to time as the work progressed, 
and questions arose for determination. At one of these it was decided to 
engage the services of Henry Fishwick, an English antiquary, in making 
researches into the early history of the family prior to the emigration ; by 
which means considerable interesting information was obtained. 

The compiler wishes to acknowledge the kindness of many persons 
who have assisted in the work beyond their own immediate records, and 
his intercourse with whom, either in person or by correspondence, has been 
truly pleasant. Among those, not of the family, who have assisted materi- 
ally, he is under special obligations to T. M. Potts, of Canonsburg, Pa., and 
J. Mortimer Dutton, of Chester, Pa. It is to be regretted that some mem- 
bers of the family have not shown a proper interest in the work, but have 
manifested either indifference or objection to furnishing their records. In 
this day of genealogical publications, it is unnecessary to offer any apology 
for such a work, yet its true value will be better appreciated in the future. 

GILBERT COPE. 

West Chester, Pa. , 

loth month, 1887. 



ADDITIONS AND CORRECTIONS. 



p. 25, line 18, after "others" insert a comma instead of a period. 

p. 78, first line, read 1684 instead of 1864. 

p. 129, Isaac Sharpies, writer of the letter given, was the son of William and Phebe Sharpies. 

p. 171, line 8 from bottom, read 1699 instead of 1669. 

p. 180, last line, read Blakey instead of "Balkey." 

p. 194, line 18, read Hannah instead of "Susanna" Owen, of Chester. 

p. 232, No. 456, Robert Crosley left issue. 

p. 288, No. 782, Alice Sharpless, d. 8, 29, 1887, aged 85 years. 

p. 303, No. 971, Ruth Yarnall, d. Media, Pa., 9, 22, 1887, aged 85. 

p. 306, Isaac Engle, according to one account, d. 2, 20, 1805, aged 47 years, i month. 

P- 333. No. 1387, John T. Davis, d. 2, 21, 1887, aged near 96. 

P- 339. No. 1446, Nathan Sharpless, m. Hesteranne Liston. 

p. 341, No. 1487, Phebe Walter, b. 12, 18, 1822. 

p. 343, line 10 from bottom, George Martin, m. Edith Sharpless. 

p. 350, For further information of Jane Edwards, No. 415, see p. 1086. 

p. 361, Abigail Eldridge, No. 1702, d. 4, 17, 1887, aged near 94. 

p. 366, No. 1777. For Steadman read Stedman. 

No. 481, Elizabeth Dunn, m. James Paiste, son of William. 
p. 369, No. 1829, Sarah Yarnall, d. 8, 9, 1887, in 72d year, 
p. 387, No. 2059, Joseph Jackson, born i, 5, 1825, instead of 6, 5, 1825 ; and No. 2061, 

Rebecca, was bom 8, 24, 1829. 
p. 389, Insert No. 2074 >^. Eli C. Piersol, b. 4, 4, 1837, (see p. 680). 
No. 2077, Grace, b.-3, 4, 1844. 

No. 2080, Elizabeth Campbell, m. 1,4, 1883, Theodore F. Cummings, druggist, of 
Scottdale, Westmoreland Co., Pa., b. Washington twp., Fayette Co., i, 27, 1856; 
son of James Cummings and Louisa Heister, of Scottdale, where they reside. 
Child, Clayton, b. 3, 10, 1884. 
p. 412, Insert No. 2299^, Hannah Iddings, (see p. 731). 
p. 426, line 4 from bottom, for country read county, 
p. 427, No. 2451. Read Franklin instead of B. Franklin, 
p. 428, No. 2485, Palmer Pyle, b. 8, 10, 1810, according to his Bible. 

No. 2492, Robert F. Pyle, d. 3, 17, i860, according to his record, 
p. 435, No. 2635. For Susanna's birth and death, see also p. 804. 
p. 436, No. 2637, Salome W. Heacock, d. 10, 24, 1838, according to her son Elmer. 
p. 439, No. 2697, Phebe Parsons, b. 7, 28, 1819 ; d. 9 mo., 1821. 

p. 454, No. 803, Samuel Sharpless, m. 2nd wife, Mary Ann Rogers, daughter of Joseph 
Rogers, ofWillistown, by whom he had a daughter Ella E., who d. 4, 19, 1887, 
aged 21 years. Her death resulted from being thrown from a carriage by the run- 
ning of her horse, 
p. 477, No. 3257, Benjamin Simonson, m. Maria Johnson. 
p. 482, Esther Howard, widow of George, (No. 948), d. i, i, 1887, aged 82. 

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p. 484, No. 3380, Phebe Ann Hamor, d. 12, 16, 1886. 

p. 488, No. 3443, Margaret Gaskell, d. 1,2, 1837, by her daughter's account. 

p. 504, No. 3810. For Gutchins read Getchins. 

p. 537, No. 4294, Caroline Howell, m. Abel " Pannepacker. " 

p. 540, No. 4335, Elisha Swinney, d. Eddington, Pa., i, 26, 1887. 

p. 552, No. 4485, Sarah J. Howard, d. Newark, 6, 23, 1887. 

P- 565, No. 4673, Dr. J. S. Hill, d. Ardmore, Pa., 5, 3, 1887. 

P- 576, No. 4846. For Fennimore read Fenimore. 

p. 577, No. 4855. For Bennington read Benington. 

p. 582, No. 4901, Lydia Anna Thatcher, buried Chichester, i, i, 1887. 

p. 595, The children of Benjamin Coulson, were not born at the places named, but Ellen died 

at New Sharon, and the others live near Coal Creek P. O. 
p. 596, No. 51 10, Mary Ann Evans, d. 4, 10, 1887, aged near 86. 
p. 611, No. 5387, Nancy Weaver, d. 1865, not 1855. 
p. 612, No. 5409. For Vernard read Venard. 
p. 615, No. 5459, Dell Pennell, m. Sarah May Hill. His step-mother and brother William 

died 8 mo., 1887. 
p. 617, No. 1710, Sarah M. Pennell should be Sarah W. Pennell. 
p. 618, Nos. 5504 and 5506, erase " No further record." 
p. 624, No. 1744, Sidney Ann Gilpin, m. " Evan " Lewis, 
p. 627, No. 1774, Ann Sharpless, widow of Amos, d. Thornton, Del. Co., 12, 5, 1886: 

buried at Bethlehem M. E. Church. 
p. 632, No. 5717. For Dingass read Dingess. 
p. 642, No. 1875, Mary Pennell, should be 1 871, &c. 
p. 648, No. 5764, William A. Ford, should be No. 5964, &c. 

No. 5959, Seth K. Sharpless, m. Nettie Gelette. 
p. 651, No. 6009, John P. Overholt, m. 12, 30, 1878. 

Sharpless Worrall, No. 1921, d. 3, 8, 1887. 
p. 688, No. 6479, Sidney R. Sharpless, d. 9, 19, 1887. 
p. 690, No. 6492, Charles B. Sheppard, d. i, 5, 1887. 
p. 737, Read Blanche "A." Thomas, child of No. 6856. 
p. 763, No. 2413, Thomas J. Sharpless, removed to Media, Pa., where he died, 9, 16, 1887, 

from the effect of a spider's bite. 
P- 765, No. 6929, Anna M. Haines, m. Howard Darlington, b. Thornbury, Chester Co., 10, 

5, 1822 ; son of Abraham Darlington and Susan Hoopes, of that place. They 

reside in West Chester, Pa. Children, — 

Eugene Spencer, b. 3, 7, 1846; d. 8, 8, 1847. 

Charles Howard, b. West Chester, 8, 23, 1848; m. 2, 5, 1874, at Woodstock, 111., 
Louise Hart. Residence, Phillips, Wisconsin. Children, Hart, b. 11, 25, 1875 : 
Ernest Marshall, b. 2, 5, 1878: Ethel, b. 4, 15, 1880; Edith M., b. 3, 11, 1882. 

Herbert, b. West Chester, 2, 25, 1851 ; m. Chicago, 111., 2, 15, 1876, Catharine A. 
Flynn, b. Hudson, N. Y.; daughter of John Flynn and JaneMcCann, of Chicago. 
He is in the insurance business at Chicago, where were born his children, Jennie, 
10, 17, 1878: Herbert Spencer, 3, 29, 1880: Grace Howard, 10, 8, i88i : 
Harley Chester, 5, 23, 1884. 

Alice Lea, b. 7, 18, 1854; a crayon artist, West Chester, Pa. 



Florence May, b. i, 9, 1861 ; d. 6, 12, 1885, unmarried. 

Arthur, b. 5, 25, 1862; d. 8, 11, 1864. 
p. 766, No. 6937, Henry C. Derrick, m. Emma C. Barker, in 1854. Second m. 7, 21, 1858, 

to Mary E. Terry, and 3rd to Matilda F. Casby, 9, 23, 1868. Children, Henry 

Sharpies, b. 6, 15, 1855: Guy H., b. 2, 4, 1870: Anna P., b. 2, 5, 1873: 

Dabney C, b. 9, 9, 1874; d. i, 2, 1878: Cornelia C., b. 11, 28, 1879: 

Clarence, b. 9, 7, 1881. 

Henry S., m. 10, 6, 1880, Sue Hales, and has Emma H., b. 6, I, 1881, and 

Henry, 
p. 766, No. 6938, Josephine Derrick, m. Abner D. Fowlkes, and had Anna P., b. 12, 9, 

1856: Georgia Derrick, b. i, 21, 1859: Emma L., b. 12, 31, 1861 : Estella D., 

b. 9, 27, 1864: Abner D., b. 10, 2, 1866; d. 3, 27, 1867. By 2nd husband. 

Dr. Henry J. Garrett, she had Etta H., b. 2, 24, 1871, and Josephine T., b. 5, 

4, 1876. 

Anna P., m. i, 23, 1879, Benjamin Whitaker, and had Benjamin, b. 10, 8, 1882. 
Georgia D., m. 12, 2, 1880, Thomas L. L. Temple, and had Gertrude C, b. 9, 8, 

1881. 
p. 766, No. 6939, Estelle Derrick, m. James H. Gilmore. Children, Estelle, b. 9, 9, 1858 : 

Lucretia D., b. 9, 18, 1859: Margaret S., b. 12, 28, 1862: Anna L., b. 12, 11, 

1864: James H., b. i, 28, 1868. 

Estelle, Jr., m. 11, 30, 1875, George E. Penn. Children, Lucretia R., b. 9, i, 

1876: Gilmore, b. 6, 2, 1878 : Clarence B., b. 2, 28, 1880: Anna, b. 8, 27, 1882 : 

Janie Preston. 

Lucretia D., m. 9. i, 1881, Samuel B. Woods. Children, Edgar L., b. 5, 28, 

1882 : James Gilmore, b. 8, 6, 1884. 
p. 766, No. 6941, Georgine Montgomery Derrick, m. 10, 16, i860, Dr. Henry J. Garrett, and 

had children, Georgie Gilmore, b. 9, 28, 1861 : Clarence D., b. 12, 15, 1863. 
p. 769, No. 2439, Hannah S. Hammond, d. 10, 6, 1887. 
p. 770, line 10 from bottom, read Catharine instead of Chatharine. 
p. 778, Insert No. 69711^. Hannah, b. 6, 5, 1840, m. Amos C. Sharpless (No. 5642). Her 

name was omitted in the record of her father's family, furnished by her brother Eli. 
p. 820, line 19. Insert Samuel before "Ivison." 
p. 917, line 23. For "Arthua" read Arthur, 
p. 948, line 14. For " Joseph" read James H, Boatwright. 
p. 970, No. 3873. For "Nate" Yarnall read Kate Yarnall. 
p. 1014, No. 4370, Rebecca J. Barnes, d. Millville, N. J., 5, 14, 1887. 
p. 1022, Mary J. Davis, wife of David Davis, (No. 4398), d. 8, 21, 1887. 
p. 1038, line 14 from bottom, for " Budd " read Bubb. 
p. 1 106, first line. For " Rohbert " read Robert. 

p. 1 140, line 9. For James "Stewart" Brown read James Stuart Brown, 
p. 1197, line 16 from bottom. For " Cohn " read Cohu. 
p. 1203, No. 6063, Jacob H. Way, M. D., d. Tempe, Arizona, 9, 3, 1887. 

[There are doubtless other errors which the compiler would be pleased to have pointed 
out.] 



ILLUSTRATIONS. 



Portrait of John Sharpless, (No. 1500) (frontispiece.) page 

Sharpies Hall, near Bolton, Lancashire, England facing 10 

Sharpless Bi-Centennial Group, (right) " U 

Sharpless Bi-Centennial Group, (left) '| '5 

House built by Joseph Sharpies about 1700 " 4° 

Entries from an old Bible Record '' 45 

Receipt for Money paid to William Penn " 72 

Marriage Certificate of John Sharpies and Hannah Pennell " 86 

First Friends' Meeting House at Chester, Pa 99 

Friends' Meeting Houses, Middletown, Delaware Co., Pa i&z.m% 133 

Marriage Certificate of George Smedley and Jane Sharpies "^ 135 

Marriage Certificate of Henry Howard and Hannah Sharpies " 136 

Marriage Certificate of Daniel Sharpies and Sarah Coppock " 148 

Friends' Meeting House, Willistown, Pa 200 

Seventh-Day Baptist Church, Shiloh, N. J 211 

Portraits of Benjamin Sharpless, Catawissa, Pa.; Benjamin Ferris, Wilmington, Del.; Esther Garrett 

and Gilbert Cope ^^"^'^^ ^47 

Friends' Meeting House, Catawissa, Pa " ^47 

Friends' Meeting House, Springfield, Pa 284 

Friends' Meeting House, Birmingham, Pa 291 

Portrait of Elder John Davis, Shiloh, N. J f^-jl^e 332 

Portrait of Edward Sharpless, of Marion, O " 383 

Portrait of Jesse Kersey Sharpless, Catawissa, Pa " 386 

Portrait of Jared Darlington, of Middletown "_ 402 

Portrait of Elizabeth Poole Sellers, of Darby, Pa ' 404 

Friends' Meeting House, Uwchlan, Chester Co., Pa 419 

Group of Seven Daughters of Jesse Sharpless 'ac|°g 450 

Portrait of Eliza Sharpless Parker, Philadelphia |^ 457 

Portrait of Townsend Sharpless, Philadelphia " 46o 

Portrait of William M. Green, Bishop of Mississippi " 497 

Portrait of James F. Hibberd, M. D., Richmond, Ind " 5I4 

Portrait of Naomi D. Wood, of Baraboo, Wis '^' 545 

Portrait of George Sharpless, of Nether Providence, Pa ^^ 57t> 

Portrait of Lydia Shipley, Philadelphia " 597 

Portrait of William S. Jackson, of Wabasha, Minn __ o7» 

Portrait of Isaac Sharpless, President of Haverford College ^^ ^94 

Portrait of Washington Townsend, West Chester, Pa "^ 775 

Portrait of Mary E. Auze, New Orieans, La. '^_ J^ 

Portrait of Elizabeth S. Worth, Coatesville, Pa 

Portrait of J. Clemson Sharpless, Bryn Mawr, Pa 



Portrait of Thomas S. Dando, Philadelphi: 



" 871 

" 874 

Portrait of Cbaries L. Sharpless, Philadelphia ^^ ' 

Portrait of Daniel Agnew, Beaver, Pa ^^ 993 

Portrait of Alvinus B. Wood, Ann Arbor, Mich ^^ ^4 

Portrait of Henry Palmer, Avondale, Pa ^^ 

Portrait of Samuel L. Smedley, Philadelphia _ 7 

Portrait of I. Howard Bullock, of Kelton, Pa 55 

XV 



EXPLANATIONS. 



The arrangement is by generations, and the names of the children in 
one generation, if married, are carried forward as parents in the next gene- 
ration, where they may be readily found by their corresponding numbers. 
For the sake of economy in space, this order is not strictly adhered to in 
the later generations. 

The sniall figures attached to names, as ThomasS, indicate the 
generation to which the individuals belong, counting the earliest immi- 
grant ancestor as No. i. 

The line of ancestry given at the head of the page is not always correct 
as to all the descendants on that page, yet will frequently be found an assist- 
ance in tracing relationships. 

Dates are given in the order of month, day, and year, and for economy 
in space, numbers are used instead of names for the months. 

Abbreviations : — b. for born ; d. for died ; m. for married ; bur. for 
buried ; dau. for daughter ; gr. for grand ; Mo. Mtg. for Monthly Meeting. 



Early History. 

UY 

Henry Fishwick, F.H.S. 

THE SHARPLES FAMILY OF LANCASHIRE, ENGLAND. 



SHARPIES OF SHARPLES. 



THE hamlet of Sharpies (from which the family derived its name), 
though not mentioned in Domesday Book, formed at a very early 
period one of the members of the original barony of Manchester, 
in the county of Lancaster. One of the earliest, if not the 
earliest. Baron of Manchester, was Albert de Gredle or Greslet, who held 
the barony in the latter decade of the eleventh century. He was a favored 
friend of Roger de Poictou, who held very large possessions in Lancashire 
at that period. In the time of Edward I. (A. D. 1 272-1 307) Robert de 
Samelisburie and Alexander de Harwoode held an oxgang* of land in 
" Chappies," by payment of three shillings a year to Robert de Gredle, 
Baron of Manchester.-j- 

The Duchy Records do not name Sharpies as a manor and there is no 
evidence of a court leet — or of frank-pledge — having been held here, yet 
the Lord of Sharpies, by an ancient tenure, claimed from the owner of the 
adjacent manor of Smithells a pair of gilt spurs annually and also a some- 
what singular right of the free use of the contents of the cellar of Smith- 
ells Hall for one week in each year.J The gilt spurs were claimed and 
paid until a comparatively recent date. 

The hamlet probably took its name from some natural peculiarity of 
formation or appearance, and this may have originally been applied to some 
small field or clearing out of the surrounding waste. The Anglo-Saxon 
"scearp," sharp or acute, in its diminutive form, might give "Sharpies." 

* An " oxgang " is as much land as an ox can plough in a season, said to be fifteen acres, or, as others allege, 
twenty acres. — Webster's English Dictionary. 
t Testa de NeTiill, folio 404. 
X Whitaker's History of IVhalley, ii. 320, new edition. 



4 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

In 1427, the hamlet, including the lands therein called the " Fouldes," 
contained four thousand acres, exclusive of one thousand acres called 
" Hordern Solyns." The Sharpies of to-day is a township and district 
parish separated from Bolton-le-Moors for ecclesiastical purposes. It has 
a parish church and school, Wesleyan and Baptist Chapels, several cotton- 
mills and bleaching-works, and contains some four thousand inhabitants. 
The area of the townshijD is three thousand two hundred and ninety-four 
statute acres. The township of Sharpies lies about two and one-half miles 
north of Bolton. The village of Sharpies (near to which is the Hall) is on 
the road from Bolton to Preston. In the township of Sharpies are two 
other small villages, Belmont and Astley Bridge. The name of Sharpies 
is not an uncommon one. Only a few of the name are still to be found in 
Bolton, but the Manchester Directory furnishes over forty families of 
Sharpies. They are also found in Liverpool and other towns in Lan- 
cashire and Yorkshire. Sometime before the commencement of the four- 
teenth century, the hamlet had given its name to a family, as in the year 
1297 Adam de Sharpies appears as a witness to a charter. In a survey, or 
more correctly an inquisition, taken before the year 1320, Adam de 
Sharpies held one twenty-fourth part of a knight's fee in Sharpies, and 
Henry de Trafford, for land in the same place, paid homage and fealty and an 
annual rent of three shillings and two pence. From this Adam de Sharpies 
no doubt descended the Sharpies of Sharpies, the Sharpies of Freckleton, 
and other collateral branches. 

In 1427, Richard Sharpies de Sharpies, "juxta Bolton-les-Mores," 
held a house and six other tenements, which were together worth forty-one 
pounds thirteen shillings and four pence a year, of the chief lord in socage, 
with suit of court eighteen pence. Richard Holland held at the same time 
three tenements in Sharpies, worth ten marks per annum. In the same 
year Robert Sharpies held there a messuage and a tenement worth forty 
shillings a year, with court service of ten pence.* 

It may be assumed that Richard de Sharpies was a descendant of 
Adam de Sharpies, and may have been the father or grandfather of the 
John Sharpies, of Sharpies, with whom the pedigree recorded by Dugdale, 
at the Heralds' Visitation, begins.f (See Pedigree). 

For some reason unexplained, two generations of the family are 
described as "Sharpies a/z«j- Warde." Sometime before 1578, Janet, the 

* Mamecester, Chetham Society, vol. liii. 

f An Edmund Sharpies, of Little Howarth, near Rochdale, in Lancashire, between 1413-22, being then 
eighty-four years of age, gave evidence in a dispute between Theophilus Howarth and Arthur Butterworth. 



THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. g 

daughter of Richard Sharpies, of Bolton, married Thomas Warde, but 
this throws no light on the question. 

In the Duchy Court, on October 31, 1599, Hugh Wood and Anne, his 
WIFE, FORMERLY WIFE OF ALEXANDER Ward ttlias Sharples, lodged a bill 
of complaint against Thomas Heaton, the father-in-law of Roger Sharpies, 
the substance of which was as follows : 

Hugh Wood and Anne, his wife, complain, that — 
Whereas, Alexander Warde, otherwise Sharpies, of Sharpies, county 
Lancaster, gentleman, deceased, was about February, 24 Elizabeth (1581- 
82), seized in fee of the manor of Sharpies, county Lancaster, and of mes- 
suages, etc., in Sharpies and Bolton-in-the-Moors, in the same county, of the 
yearly value of one hundred pounds, and in consideration of a marriage 
between Alexander Ward, otherwise Sharpies, deceased, son and heir of 
Richard Ward, otherwise Sharpies, son and heir of the said Alexander, the 
grandfather, Alexander Ward, the grandfather, and Anne, his wife, 
conveyed the moiety of the said manor, etc., to the use of himself for life, 
remainder to said Anne for life. Alexander Ward, the grandfather, died 
so seized shortly after, and Alexander Ward, the grandson, and Anne 
entered into the premises so conveyed to them. And the said Richard 
Sharpies alias Ward entered into the other moiety, as son and heir of 
Alexander, the grandfather. Afterwards, Richard Sharpies alias Ward 
and Alexander, the grandchild, and Anne, his wife, exchanged their 
respective moities. Alexander, the grandchild, died about four years ago. 
Thomas Heaton, an attorney at the common law, at Lancaster, seeks to 
procure to himself not only the moiety conveyed to Anne Sharpless, worth 
sixty pounds a year, but also the marriage of Roger Ward alias Sharpies, 
being her eldest son, an infant aged about eight years and heir apparent 
to the said Alexander, her late husband, which marriage is worth three 
hundred pounds, and Thomas Heaton, conspiring with Thomas Anderton, 
his [Thomas Heaton's] father-in-law, and Christopher Anderton, the 
younger, his [Thomas Heaton's] brother-in-law, and Robert Heald and 
John Buckeley, his bailiffs, to counterfeit a capias, pretending himself to be 
the under-sheriff's deputy, did about 4 June, 39 Elizabeth (1594), write 
a warrant in the sheriff's name and directed it to Heald and Buckeley, 
who apprehended the said Anne, being a widow, and carried her to the 
house of Thomas Anderton, where Heaton, with the bailiffs, Thomas 
Anderton and Christopher Anderton, shut Anne up in a chamber of 
^ Thomas Anderton's house, in Chorley, ten miles from where she dwelt, 
\ and kept her prisoner for four days, and frightened her into sealing a 



•6 THE SHAKPLESS FAMIL Y. 

writing, which Heaton says is a bond of many hundred pounds, with 
condition that Anne should suffer him to enjoy her jointure and to have 
the marriage of Roger Sharpies alias Ward, her son. Heaton wrote 
articles of agreement permitting Anne to occupy a house and four parcels 
of ground, parcel of the premises, worth fifty shillings a year for her life, 
for the maintenance of herself and four small children, he enjoying the rest 
of the premises, worth fift)'-six pounds a year, and also the marriage of 
Roger, worth three hundred pounds, to whom she was guardian in socage. 
Divers other writings besides the writing concerning the jointure have 
come into the possession of James Anderton, of Lostock, Esq., who 
delivered some of them to Christopher Anderton, gentleman, his brother. 

By this record, it appears that Hugh Wood married Anne, widow of 
Alexander Sharpies, the grandson, between 1597 and 1599. 

There was then living at Sharpies and at Turton, near Bolton, a junior 
branch of the family, one of which was a husbandman and another humbly 
calls himself "a poor laboring man ;" that they both were descendants of 
the owners of the manor is proved beyond a doubt by the following extract 
from the Duchy Record : 

Bill of Complaint Brought in 30 October, i 598.* William Kennion, 
Claiming by Lease from William Orrel versus Elizabeth Sharples, 
widow, Margaret Sharples and Anne, her Daughters. 

William Kennyon, of the Foules, county Lancaster, a yeoman. 

Whereas, William Orrell, of Turton, county Lancaster, Esq., is seized 
in fee of a messuage and lands in Turton, now or late in the tenure of 
Edmund Sharpies, of Turton, husbandman, and Elizabeth Sharpies, widow, 
mother of the said Edmund, and by indenture leased the same to William 
Kennyon, the suppliant, and also tithes of corn, for the lives of the sup- 
pliant and Elizabeth Kennyon, his wife, and of Elizabeth Sharpies, widow, 
and the longest liver of them. But Elizabeth Sharpies, widow, combining 
with Margery Sharpies and Anne Sharpies, her daughters, got into their 
hands the said indenture of lease and expelled the suppliant. 

The Answer of Elizabeth Sharples, widow, Margery Sharples and 
Anne Sharples. 

Elizabeth Sharpies, widow, says that the messuage and lands have been 
in the name, blood and kindred of the Sharpies as farmers to the same for 
divers descents, and that John Sharpies, deceased, her late husband, by 

* Record Office, vol. 143, K. 5 and S a. 



THE SHARPLESS FAMIL Y. ■ J 

himself and his assigns, occupied the tenement during his Hfe by virtue of 
a lease made to him by some of the ancestors of William Orrell, of Turton, 
Esq., and John Sharpies, being so possessed, did about 17 Elizabeth 
(1574-5) covenant with William Orrell, that in consideration of thirty 
pounds to be paid by John Sharpies to William Orrell, the said William 
Orrell should at all times during his own life seal and deliver as his deed 
a lease of the messuage and tenement, to hold to John Sharpies and his 
assigns during the lives of the said Elizabeth Sharpies and of Edmund 
Sharpies, their son ; and if Edmund die in the lifetime of his father, then 
John Sharpies, another of the sons of the said John Sharpies, the father, is 
to be put in the lease ; and if John Sharpies, the son, die before the making 
of the lease, then Edward Sharpies, another son, is to be put in the lease. 
Since the agreement and since the death of John Sharpies, the father, that 
is to say in or about 34 Elizabeth (159 1-2), William Orrell, for sixty pounds 
to be paid by Elizabeth Sharpies and Edmund, her son, demised the said 
messuage and tenement in variance to Elizabeth and Edmund for their 
lives. William Orrell demised to Elizabeth Sharpies for twenty pounds 
(her portion of the sixty pounds) certain closes specified, for her life. And 
it was agreed that the Bent, with the Fouldes lying about the messuage 
and tenement, should be occupied in common between Elizabeth and 
Edmund ; and afterwards Edmund assigned to the complainant his title to 
the said messuage and tenement, for a sum of money. 

Margery and Anne say they make no claim than as children and 
servants to Elizabeth, and only to that portion possessed by Elizabeth and 
to her demised. 

The Replication of William Kennyon, Complainant (3 Feb., 1598):* 

William Kennyon says that he indicted the defendants at the Quarter 
Sessions, at Manchester, about four years ago for unlawfully disturbing him 
in the possession of the property, yet by the means of Richard Holland and 
Edmund Hopwood, Esqs., two of the justices of the peace at the Quarter 
Sessions, held at Manchester 9 October, 36 Elizabeth (1594), it was agreed 
between him on the one part and Elizabeth Sharpies, widow, on the other 
part, that the land in her occupation should be measured by William Orrell, 
Esq., and if it amounted to more than fifteen acres the repliant should have 
the surplus, but if less then to be made up from the land of the repliant, 
paying him for the same. (A long account about this follows.) William 

* Record Office, K. 5 b. 



8 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

Orrell, by indenture of award dated i6 February, 38 Elizabeth, ordered 
that EHzabeth Sharpies should have fifteen acres. (A long account follows, 
in which he denies the statement made by the defendants.) 

William Ward alias Sharples versus Richard Ward alias Sharples. 
(Brought in 31 October, 1600.'") 

William Ward alias Sharpies, husbandman, complains, that — 

Whereas, Edmund Wardef alias Sharpies, late of Sharpies, county of 
Lancaster, husbandman, deceased, late father to the complainant, was an 
ancient tenant of a tenement in Sharpies and his ancestors before him, 
unto one Alexander Warde alias Sharpies, now deceased (kinsman to 
William Warde and Anne, his sister), late lord and owner and his ances- 
tors before him. The said Edmund Warde, father of the complainant, 
died tenant of the tenement, leaving the complainant and one Anne, his 
sister, both within age, being his only children. Afterwards one Richard 
Warde, uncle to complainant, now also deceased, entered into the tenement 
as their guardian, and so prevailed with the said Alexander Warde as to 
obtain a lease of the tenement for himself, which he would not grant until 
Richard promised to pay a sum of money to your subject and to Anne, his 
sister, which Richard consented to do. Afterwards, Richard Warde alias 
Sharpies, made his will and made Margery, then his wife, and William 
Stones his executors. Since which time Anne, the complainant's sister, is 
also dead. But one Richard Warde alias Sharpies, gentleman, son and 
heir of the said Alexander, having come into the possession of the writing 
proving the complainant's right to the money, combining with the execu- 
tors, refuses to give it up to complainant or to pay the money, to the utter 
undoing of the complainant, who is a poor laboring man. 30 
October, 1600, 42 Elizabeth. 

Another of the same stock was Geoffrey, or Jeffrey Sharpies, who 
appeared as defendant in a bill filed 27 April, 1581.J 

Alan Hulton versus Adam Stones and Jeffrey Sharples. 

Alan Hulton, of Farneworthe, county of Lancaster, Esq., complains 
that — 

Whereas, He was seized of messuages, etc., in Farneworthe, Rum- 
worthe, Kersley and Bolton, county of Lancaster, in fee, and, being in 

* Record Office, vol. 159, W. II. 

t This Edmund was probably the " Mr. Ed. Sharpies, of Towerton (Turton)," who, according to Dugdale 
married Margaret, the daughter of Richard Sharpies, of Sharpies. 
X Record Office, vol. 71, H. 15. 



THE SHARPLESS FAMIL Y. o 

suit for some part of the said lands, stayed at the house of Adam Stones, 
his natural uncle, and when he was going to London about the suit he left 
in the custody of Adam Stones and Margaret, his daughter, now the wife 
of Geoffrey Sharpies, six pieces of evidences concerning the lands in 
Farneworthe and Bolton, besides various goods and chattels, which they 
refuse to give up. 

This Geoffrey Sharpies appears to have removed to Flixton, in the 
county of Lancaster. His will is dated March 2, 1602-3 ; in it he is 
described as a yeoman; he bequeathed his "leather breeches" to Adam 
Stones ; to his cousin Richard Ward ten shillings, and he acknowledges 
a debt of five pounds to his uncle, Alexander Ward. 

The Flixton Registers prove the following : 

Anne==Jeffrey Sharples=2d Margaret Stones 

buried 30 March (will 1602-3) married 20 October, 1580 
1580. I 



Richard Sharpies, Elizabeth Sharpies, Elizabeth Sharpies, 

buried 23 Feb. buried 27 May, 

1576-7- 1577- 

There was a Richard Sharpies living at Wynbunbury, in Cheshire, 
from 1579 to 1 641, and a Jeffrey Sharpies,'" of the same place, is supposed 
to have been his brother ; this Jeffrey's son John emigrated to Pennsyl- 
vania. The foregoing particulars seem to point to the probability that 
either Alexander Sharpies alias Warde, who married the daughter of 
Richard Urmston, or his son Richard had two or more sons whose names 
were not recorded by the Heralds, an omission of this kind being a very 
common occurrence. There can be no reasonable doubt but that Jeffrey 
Sharpies, of Flixton, was a descendant of the original stock. 

After the death of John Sharpies, of Sharpies Hall, in 1736, the estates 
passed to the two daughters, Anne and Mary, and by deed of partition 

* A Jefifrey Sharpies held a cottage in Ribchester, in Lancashire, in 1647. (See Church Survey, Record 
Society of Lancashire and Cheshire, vol. i. 201. 



lO THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

dated i May 1749, their two husbands, the Rev. Samuel Lawson and Roger 
Brantwood, gentleman, divided the estates. In this deed, amongst other 
things, is mentioned a "pew in Bolton Church." Sharpies Hall descended 
to John Lawson, son of Samuel Lawson, and afterwards to his son, John 
Sharpies Lawson, M.D., of Edinburgh, who, in 1815, sold it to James 
Rothwell, of Much Hoole, in the county of Lancaster, Esq., for six thou- 
sand five hundred and twenty pounds. 

The date of the erection of the first Sharpies Hall is unknown, but 
probably an Elizabethan building gave place to one of later date. The 
present Hall is a plain building with a centre and two gables. 

Another branch of the family lived at Sharpies House, in Eccleston, 
in Lancashire. They descended from Roger Sharpies, the second son of 
Roger Sharpies, of Sharpies Hall, and Hester (the daughter of Thomas 
Heton), his wife; this Roger (the younger) died at Sharpies House in 
1675, leaving issue: 1. William, died young; 2. Henry, was living in 1666; 
3. John, of whom presently; 4. Ellen, born 1658; 5. Jane, died 1657. 

John, the third son of Roger Sharpies, was born in February, 1645, 
was an M.D., and lived at Sharpies House. He married Christiana, 
daughter of William Carter, of Blacklow Hall and Carter House, in 
Mawdesley, in the parish of Croston, in Lancashire, by whom he had 
issue: i. Henry, died young; 2. William, of whom presently ; 3. Elizabeth, 
died unmarried 17 June, 1687 ; 4. Jane, born 1684. 

William, the second son of John Sharpies, was born 12 August, 1693; 
he followed his father's profession and lived at Sharpies House and 
Blacklow Hall. He died in July, 1765, having married Mary, daughter 
and co-heiress to Daniel Pilgrim, of Warrington, and niece of Dr. Thomas 
Pilgrim, rector of Standish. He had issue four daughters: i. Christiana, 

who married the Rev. Mr. Knowles, died 1826 ; 2. Jane, married Mr. 

Mackie ; 3. Mary, married Lancelot Graham,* a clergyman ; 4. Eliza, 
married Mr. Fayer. This branch then became extinct. 

* He had issue four sons, the eldest of whom, Lancelot Graham, married Ellen, daughter of John Torbock, 
of Torbock, county Lancaster, and had issue two sons, Alfred and Henry; the former died in 1873. To his 
eldest son, Henry Graham, Captain Sixteenth Lancers, I am indebted for the details of this branch of the family. 




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SHARPIES OF FRECKLETON. 



DUGDALE, in his Visitatiotts of Lancashire, records two pedigrees 
of this family, the one of Sharpies and the other of Freckleton, 
in the parish of Kirkham. Flower, in his visitation in 1567, only 
gave the Freckleton branch — in ever)- case, however, the arms 
assigned are the same. 

In the fifteenth century, an offshoot of the parent stock settled in 
the parish of Kirkham. By deed dated 22 October, 19 Edward IV. 
(1479),=^ Richard Butler, of Laton, in the county of Lancaster, attornied 
William Billisdale to receive seizin from Thomas Sharpies, of Killymire, in 
the "vil" of Thistleton (in Kirkham,) of certain lands there. A Thomas 
Sharpies, probably the son of the above-named Thomas, died at 
Kellermere 12 July, 19 Henry VIII. (1527), and his son William, then 
fifteen years old, was his heir.f Before the close of the century, the 
parish register gives evidence that the family had very much increased, 
as there were the following and perhaps others then living in the parish, 
viz. : James Sharpies married Joan Wilkinson 30 September, 1569 ; they 
had a son John, baptized 20 March, 1586. Ester, the wife of James 
Sharpies, of Wray, died in April, 1578, and his inq. post. mort. was 
taken in 37 Elizabeth (1594-5). John Sharpies had a son James, 
baptized 11 November, 1552. James Sharpies was buried 9 Januarj-, 
1562-3 ; a son of his was buried 23 January, 1540-1, and a son Miles was 
buried 31 January, 1 560-1. Henry Sharpies, of Wray, died in November, 
1578. Giles Sharpies was buried in 1568. Richard Sharpies and Ellen 
Cowbron (widow) were married 3 December, 1568. 

In 1589, John Sharpies, gentleman, was churchwarden of Kirkham, and 
in 1648 George Sharpless was elected a feofee of the Kirkham Free 
Grammar School in the place of James Sharpies, "who had gone to live 
across the Ribble." It may safely be assumed that the John who was 

* John Harland, MSS. t Inq- Post- Mort. Record Office. 

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12 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

elected churchwarden in 1589 was die same John Sharpies to whom, on 8 
December, 1591, the dean and chapter of Christ Church, Oxford, granted 
the advowson of Kirkham Church for twenty-one years.* 

In 1591, John Sharpies was nominated as vicar of Kirkham. James 
Sharpies, who was a graduate of St. John's College, Cambrige, and who in 
giving the usual bond to the bishop on his appointment to the vicarage, 
named as his bondsman his kinsmin, John Sharpies, of Freckleton, 
yeoman. The Rev. James Sharpies did not long enjoy his preferment, as 
he was buried at Kirkham, 21 September, 1594. 

The next vicar was presented by John Sharpies in the following month. 
In 1598 the living was again vacant, and this time Cuthbert Sharpies, the 
son of John Sharpies, of Orford, near Warrington, made the presentment. 

Cuthbert Sharpies was himself living at Orford and was acting as 
steward or auditor of the Ireland estates. He died in 1618 ; his inq. post, 
mort. was held in 17 James I., and from this and his will (proved 1618) it 
appears, that he then lived at Latham, near Ormskirk, and held lands there. 
He had issue a, son George and a daughter Elizabeth. His wife Anne sur- 
vived him, and he had a brother Arthur, and John Nowell, of Read, was 
his brother-in-law. There must have been two marriages between the two 
families, as Anne, the daughter of Roger Nowell, of Read (who was high- 
sheriff of Lancashire in 16 10), married John Sharpies, of Freckleton, who 
died in 1651. The great-uncle of Roger Nowell was Alexander Nowell, 
dean of St. Paul's, London. He died 13 February, 160 1-2, aged ninety-five. 

The John Sharpies, of Freckleton, who purchased the advowson of 
Kirkham, in 1591, and John Sharpies, of Orford, we take to be identical, 
and that being so, Cuthbert Sharpies was the brother of Arthur Sharpies, 
although his name is omitted by Dugdale, and one of his sisters (also 
omitted) married a John Nowell, of Reed Hall. (See Pedigree.) 

In the civil wars a Captain George Sharpies, of Lytham (the adjoining 
parish to Kirkham), served under Colonel Alexander Rigby on the Parlia- 
mentary side, and in May, 1644, he was taken prisoner by the Earl of Derby 
and was " carried through the streets (of Bolton) almost naked and bare- 
footed, in the mire and dirt, to Mr. Cuthbert Clifton, eldest son of Mr. 
Thomas Clifton, of Lytham, landlord to the said Captaine, who, when he 
came before him and others like himselfe, they caused him to stand in the 
dirt to his knees, jeering at him, and put a Psalter into his hands that he 
might sing them a Psalme to make them sporte." He was afterwards sent 

* Hist. Kirkham, Chetham Soc, xz\\. faszim. 



THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 



13 



with the other prisoners to the parish church for safe custody, the next day, 
" with a paire of clogs upon his feet and a musket upon his shoulders, 
like a pore soldier." He was marched off towards the Moors, but on the 
road he managed to escape.* This was probably George Sharpies, of 
Freckleton, who would then be about twenty-three years old. He married 
the daughter of Edward Veale, of Whinings, in the parish of Rispham, in 
Lancashire, and Edward Veale, in "his will dated 25 November, 1650, left 
" ten shillings to his son-in-law, George Sharioles." 



A Discourse of the Warr, in Lancashire, Clietham Society, 



PEDIOREE OK 

SHARPIES OF FRECKLETON. 



Authorities, 
Heralds' Visitations, 
Inq. Post. Mort., 
Registers, Wills, etc. 



John Sharples : 
of Freckieton, 
in the parish 
of Kirkham 
andofOrford, 
living 1591. 



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pel, Kirk. 
Cam, Co, 



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of Orford and Lath- living 

Inq. Post. Mort., 



NE, daughter of 
Roger Now- 
ELL, of Rede, 



ICE. Married 
Mr. Robert 
Parkinson, 
of EUhall. 



ton, in the parish of 
Poulton, Co. Lane, 
gent., bap. at Poul- 
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of Freckieton, 
St. 43, Sep. 19, 
1664. Will 



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of Bolton. Will livin; 

proved 1594. 



Edmund Sharples. 
Will proved at 
Chester, 1594. 



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of Turton, living 
1598. 



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Proceedings 

OF THE 

Bi-Centennial Celebration of the Landing of 
John Sharples and Family, 

1682. Held at Waterville 24TH of 8th month, 1882. I 882. 



GOOD deeds are in every way worthy of commemoration. They 
serve as an example to others. The perpetuation of their 
memory as a means of presenting a lesson to succeeding gene- 
rations has received the favor of mankind throughout the history 
of the race. The memory of the simple life of the ancestor of the Sharpless 
family in America, clings with greatest tenacity to the fact, that its salient 
characteristic was a devout adherence to principles and maintenance of testi- 
monies to them, so at variance with those commonly accepted, as to lead to 
harsh treatment and persecution. In order that his convictions might be 
maintained in their integrity without interference, and that he might enjoy 
the freedom to worship in accordance with the guidance of the light given 
him, John Sharpies gave up his home in his native country to establish one 
in the wilderness of the new world amid its savage tribes. The faith in 
his Divine Guide and Protector, which gave him courage to meet the 
dangers of the sea and the wilderness, was the seed then planted. Its 
fruit is shown in the blessings now enjoyed by his decendants living in the 
fairest land and under the best government yet known. It was the grand 
demonstration in memory of the independence of our country, held on the 
centennial anniversary of its birth, that presented to the mind of one of his 
descendents the thought of preserving the memory of John Sharpies' 
achievement of independence of conscience by gathering his posterity at 
the site of the settler's cabin when the bi-centennial of his landing in this 
country should arrive. This thought was mentioned to a few of the family, 
who received it with approval, and it was by these remembered until the 

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dawn of the bi-centennial year, 1882. About the first of the sixth month 
(June) of that year, a circular was prepared, to which several prominent 
members of the family attached their names. The following is a copy of 
the circular : 




"It is believed that all now living in the United States, of the name of Sharpless, are 
descendants from John Sharpies, who, with his family, emigrated from England and landed at 
Chester, Pennsylvania, on the 14th of 6th mo. (old style) 1682. 

"In commemoration of that event, it is proposed to hold a reunion of his descendants at 
the place where the family settled, on Ridley Creek, near Chester, on the 24th day of the 8th 
month (August) next, that being, according to the present mode of chronological reckoning, 
the two hundredth anniversary of the day on which the family landed. 

. " It is intended to be a social family gathering, to promote friendship among kindred and 
strengthen the bonds of relationship ; held on the spot where our common ancestor (after suffering 
for conscience sake in his native land) erected his cabin in the wilderness of the new world. 

"Sketches of family history will be read; the old family Bible, and such other relics as 
can be obtained, will be exhibited. 

"A cordial invitation is extended to all of the descendants of the family to be present, 
and bring with them anything they may have in their possession that will throw any light on the 
history of the family or indicate its progress. 



Samuel J. Sharpless, Philadelphia. 

Henry W. Sharpless, " 

Charles W. Sharpless, " 

William C. Sharpless " 

Samuel L. Smedley, " 

Sylvester Garrett, " 
Henry Palmer, Chester. 



Philip P. Sharples, West Chester. 
William Sharpless, " 

J. Clemson Sharpless, " 
Nathan J. Sharples, West Grove. 
Jesse K. Sharpless, Catawissa. 
Isaac Sharpless, Haverford. 
John S. Garrigues, Haverford." 



About one thousand of these were sent through the mails, and a 
general and thorough interest was manifested by the descendants in all 
parts of the country. A spirit of genealogical investigation was incited 
and many persons were surprised to find that they belonged to the family, 
a fact they were quite willing to accept. Friends and neighbors discovered 



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ties of relationship they knew not of, and scattered members of the tribe 
came forth to assert the integrity of their Hneage. 

Numerous letters of approval were received, some of which are of 
sufficient interest to mention here. The venerable William M. Green, 
Episcopal Bishop of the Diocese of Mississippi, then in his eighty-fifth 
year, wrote to J. Clemson Sharpless as follows: 

"Sewanee, Tennessee, July 24, 1882. 
"My Dear Sir: Your letter ha.s been truly welcome, and has stirred up my Quaker 
blood considerably. I would say that I am proud of that blood, if pride were not forbidden 
to us. But oftentimes, when I have either heard or read of the boast of 'Norman blood,' I 
have felt very well content with my more peaceful origin. You will not wonder that I heartily 
approve of your proposed bi-centennial commemoration, and that I have a strong desire to 
attend it. If my health and other circumstances will admit, I will try during that time to be 
with you and see the very spot where my worthy and unpretentious progenitor first pitched his tent." 

Helen Hunt Jackson, the wife of William Sharpless Jackson, of 
Colorado Springs, a leading poetess and writer over the signature of 
"H. H.," whose recent death is sadly lamented, wrote as follows : 

" Mr. Jackson and I are very sorry we cannot be present at the Sharpless reunion. I 
think too much cannot be made of such family reunions. They tend to arouse and keep alive 
that sentiment of reverence for the past which is so deficient in the average American nature. 
A boy who begins life with a strong sense of worthy pride in his ancestors is far less likely to 
become an unworthy man than the boy who does not know or care who went before him in the 
family record." 

The interest manifested by the members of the family was so general 
that it gave the promise that the occasion would indeed be a notable one. 
This promise was fully realized. 

Early in the seventh month (July) a few of the family met at Sharpless 
Rock in order that an organization might be effected for the purpose of 
preparing for the interesting event. John Sharpless, of near Chester, was 
made president of this meeting, and Charles W. Sharpless, of Philadelphia, 
secretary. Plans for the bi-centennial were discussed, and it was finally 
resolved to appoint a committee to whom should be assigned the charge of 
preparing for the meeting on the approaching anniversary. 

The following persons acted as the committee: John Sharpless, 
Townsend T. Sharpless, George Sharpless, Henry Palmer, Susan 
Sharpless, Sallie Sharpless, Anna Sharpless, Anna P. Sharpless, Ruthanna 
Sharpless, Phebe H. Palmer, Ann Trimble, Anna P. Chambers, all of the 
vicinity of Chester; Joel Sharpless, of Middletown ; R. Anna Darlington, 
Lydia C. Sharpless, J. Clemson Sharpless, of West Chester ; Charles W. 
Sharpless, Samuel L. Smedley and Sylvester Garrett, of Philadelphia. 



1 8 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

A meeting of the committee was held at the same place on the second 
of the eighth month, at which time definite plans were adopted and 
sub-committees were appointed to special duties in connection with the 
occasion. 

On the 24th, after a night of frequent showers, the morning broke 
bright and beautiful, opening a day which proved charmingly fitted for the 
gathering of John Sharpies' descendants at the site of the first home of 
the family in the new world. 

At an early hour members of the committee of arrangements were 
upon the grounds busy in preparing for the reception of visitors. A 
vacant dwelling which stood near the Rock had beeii fitted up with beds 
and cots, that the aged, the infirm, and infant children might have a place 
to rest when fatigued by the journey or the heat of the day. Here too 
was a room where lunch-baskets, and fruits and refreshments and extra 
garments were stored. Barrels of ice-water were provided for the thirsty 
ones, and all arrangements necessary for the comfort of the visitors were 
full and complete. Under the trees, near by, glass cases, upon rude 
stands, were ready for the reception of relics to be displayed. Upon the 
bluff a platform, with hastily constructed seats, had been prepared for the 
meeting, and a commodious foot-bridge had been built over the creek in 
order to facilitate the approach to the grounds from the public road. AH 
this, together with the decoration of the grounds, represented a large 
amount of labor, and to the energy, ingenuity, and thoughtful care of 
members of the family residing in the immediate vicinity of the place 
the visitors were largely indebted for so much that contributed to their 
comfort and pleasure. 

Each member of the committee of arrangements was provided with a 
badge of white satin ribbon, about two inches wide, on which was printed 
in gold letters — 

Committee 

OF 

Arrangements 

SHARPLESS 

BI-CENTENNIAL. 

6-14-1682. 

8-24-1 882. 



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For a few invited guests (not members of the family) badges of pink 
satin were provided ; on tliese in black letters was printed — 

SHARPLESS 

BI-CENTENNIAL. 

6-14-1682. 

8-24-1882. 

A handsome bronze medal, executed by the engraver of the United 
States Mint, prepared under the direction of Charles W. Sharpless, of 
Philadelphia, was purchased by many as a memento of the occasion. This 
was much admired and was regarded as a fine specimen of art. 





To each member of the family who registered at the registry bureau 
was given a badge of pink card-board, the size of a silver dollar, on which' 
was printed "Sharpless Bi-Centennial, 8th mo. 24th, 1882." The name of 
the person, with their number on the registry list, was written on this, and 
it was worn in a conspicuous place, to indicate at a glance that the wearer's 
name had been entered in the registry. 

In the following account of the gathering we have copied largely from 
the Daily Local N'ezvs, published at West Chester, Pa., August 25, 1882 : 

In 1682, 6th mo. 14, John Sharpies, with his wife and seven children, 
after a long, tedious and perilous journey, landed in Chester, in Pennsyl- 
vania. 

Observing the difference between the old and new style in the com- 
putation of time, the bi-centennial of the landing takes date August 24, 
1882, and in commemoration of this event Thursday was duly observed 
by a grand reunion of the descendants at Waterville, in Nether Provi- 
dence Township, Delaware County, at which place the original ancestors 



20 THE SHARPLESS FAMIL Y. 

first located themselves in the land of their adoption and erected and lived 
in what, "though ever so humble," was nevertheless a home. 

SHARPLESS ROCK. 

Two miles north of the city of Chester they found upon the banks of 
Ridley Creek and amid the almost unbroken forest a beautiful stream 
flowing at the base of a rather steep bluff formed of rock and lying to the 
south. The spot is a charming one now, and two hundred years ago it 
appeared to have charms also, at least sufficient to enlist the admiration 
and love of the pioneer Sharpless family, composed of John and Jane and 
their seven children. 

Now it is known as Waterville, a quaint-looking little village, contain- 
ing a dozen or so dwellings with a couple of abandoned and dingy looking 
woolen-mills and one grist-mill, the latter being the only active manufac- 
turing feature in the village. The little town is nestled between hills, and 
in its own character and through force of its natural surroundings it is 
beautifully picturesque. 

Though the inroads of two centuries of civilization have robbed the 
place of much of its native and original grandeur, still it presents features 
of quiet, diversified scenery and rural home attractions such as impress 
themselves upon the mind of the visitors. 

Upon the stream, along the rocky hillside, on the summit, in the 
sparkling valley — in fact at every point the descendants of the venture- 
some John gathered by the hundreds on Thursday. By car and private 
conveyances they came from every point, and long before the sun had 
reached his quarter pole the landscape was dotted with groups of happy 
people of all ages, bent upon doing honor to the day and date set apart 
for family observance. 

Busy committees of arrangements, with their sub-committees, flitted 
here and there in the active discharge of their duties that their guests 
might find every cdmfort common to such an occasion. At the head of all 
this work our townsman, J. Clemson Sharpless, was conspicuously active 
and energetic, and to his energy and executive abilities much credit is due 
for the very successful observance of this day, so rich in historic lore to 
every member of this well-known, influential and prosperous family. 

Large baskets, with snow white cloths, bespoke an ample provision of 
good things to tempt the inner man, and, as each new arrival reached the 



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grounds, they were carefully taken charge of, and in the rounds of hand- 
shaking and cheerful greetings the scene was such as is only seen when 
long-separated friends again join hearts and hands at the family altar. 

Up to high noon the stream of visitors, relatives and participants 
continued to pour into the grounds from all directions, and amid the many 
greetings prominent was heard the exclamation, " Why I never before 
knew that you were a Sharpless !" 

Members of the various family branches carefully and enthusiastically 
compared their respective family-trees, and thus the kin found unlooked- 
for enjoyment in meeting those whom they never had met before and with 
whom they had never realized' any existing kindred tie. 

The committee of arrangements gathered together at about eleven 
o'clock in the old dwelling on the grounds and held a conference for 
making such changes and additions to the programme as were deemed 
necessary. The fast increasing multitude proved that the most sanguine 
expectations of those foremost in getting up the event were being more 
than realized and success in every particular was assured. 

Upon the sloping lawn benches from a near by meeting-house had 
been placed, and upon these hundreds took occasion to rest and enjoy little 
tete-a-tetes. Beside the race which babbles along in its sparkling way lead- 
ing from the old grist-mill into the village, Mr. Gutekunst, Philadelphia's 
famous photographic artist, had erected a stand or lookout, and upon this 
he at this hour proceeded to place in position one of his largest instruments 
for the purpose of taking views of the beautiful scene, to which the 
rugged hill formed a most charming background. 

In this interim almost everyone took occasion to visit the house built 
by Joseph, son of John ist, which stands on the brow of the hill to the west- 
ward. Relics of all kinds, rich in their traditions, were displayed, and to 
every eye were objects of unusual interest. On the grounds near the Rock 
scores of these were exhibited in systematic order in glass cases, and in 
this department of the occasion much forethought, good judgment and 
arduous labor was abundantly manifested. We have prepared a list of 
these curiosities, which will be given hereafter. 

Upon an arch made of evergreens, etc., on the end of the foot-bridge 
spanning Ridley Creek, and which led you direcdy to the grove, was placed 
the word " Welcome," underneath which were the mottoes in two wreaths: 
"1682, J. & J. S., Our Parents," and " 1882, Our Brothers." On the 
reverse side were the inscriptions: ''Pro Veritas Suffer Foriiter." 
" Dwellers in Peace" and " Pioneers for Conscience." 



22 THE SHARP LESS FAMILY. 

And, too, the work of registering the members of the family required 
no Httle amount of time and labor. This feature the committee of arrange- 
ments had well considered and most thoroughly provided for — the plan 
being the best we have ever seen. Cards were issued to the people, with 
instructions to write thereon the names, dates of birth, residence, and of 
what branch of family, which greatly facilitated the work. A large wall 
tent, well equipped with all appliances for the business, and with several 
active men in charge, served to fill this part of the bill of needs to a 
nicety. 

At this registry department, photographs of the Rock, the old house 
built by the hands of Joseph, and other spots of interest, also medals bear- 
ing the coat-of-arms, etc., were displayed for sale, and for which there was a 
lively demand all day long. Genealogical charts, prepared by Samuel L. 
Smedley, showing much care and elaborate detail, were here also spread 
out for the benefit of all who wished to study the great family-tree and its 
branches, and thus it was that many were brought to realize the possession 
of relations of whom they had never before known in any other sense of 
relationship than within the lines of friendship. An instance came to the 
notice of the writer as he stood before these charts, which will elucidate 
what we have said above, as to the value of the information derived and 
imparted by these carefully gotten-up family records. Two men, one 
standing before the other, were examining the location of their farms and 
the branches of the genealogical chart. Suddenly the one in the rear 
tapped the other on the shoulder, and moving his finger over it said, " Here 
is your farm and here is mine. Now look at this branch record of the 
family-tree. Here is your name and here is mine, and as true as I live, 
though we have owned adjoining farms and lived near neighbors for over 
twenty years, never until this moment was I aware of our being relatives." 
There was considerable good feeling manifested over the discovery, and 
the two walked pleasantly away together, evidently experiencing a new 
interest for each other — one based upon the broader grounds of family ties. 

At eleven-thirty o'clock the committee of arrangements announced 
that at one o'clock the relatives of the family would assemble on the lawn 
and slope of the hill and immediately around the Sharpless Rock for the 
photographic picture, and at one-thirty the programme of literary exercises 
would be commenced in the grove on the brow of the hill. After this 
announcement the dinner hour was observed, and all over the grounds 
families scattered themselves beneath the ample shade trees and partook 
of the good things with which they had well provided themselves. 



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23 



This interesting part of the day's observances having been faithfully 
performed, the throng gathered at the Rock, the more patriarchal members 
being given a conspicuous position in the foreground, and in a few moments 
three views were taken by the photographer, after which the stand on the 
hill was sought and the literary exercises of the occasion were entered 
upon. 

The meeting was brought to order by Samuel L. Smedley, Chief 
Engineer and Surveyor of the City of Philadelphia, and was organized by 
calling John Sharpless, a resident of the vicinity of the first home of the 
settlers, to the chair. Upon his taking the stand he expressed thanks for 
the honor thus conferred upon him, and stated that he had been born and 
lived continuously near that spot, that he bore the name of the pioneer 
emigrant — his worthy ancestor. His remarks were apropos to the hour 
and place, and were listened to with marked attention by the vast 
concourse of friends and relatives grouped around the platform. 

On motion, Jesse K. Sharpless, of Catawissa, Pennsylvania, Bishop 
Green, of Mississippi, William C. Sharpless, Philadelphia, George 
Sharpless, Nether Providence, Delaware County, Stephen P. Sharpless, 
Massachusetts, and Lewis Garrett, of Radnor, were chosen vice-presidents, 
the six representing the three branches of the family — descendants of John, 
James and Joseph Sharpies. 

Three secretaries were next elected, also representing the three 
branches, in the persons of Professor Isaac Sharpless, of Haverford 
College, Pennsylvania, Samuel M. Garrigues and Eugene G. Sharpless, of 
Philadelphia. 

The meeting being thus organized, James E. Clark, Esq., from Philadel- 
phia, was introduced, who read a genealogical sketch of the Sharpless family 
in England, prepared and furnished for the occasion by Ezekiel Hunn, Jr., 
Esq., of Philadelphia. This paper, in as accurate a manner as the records 
in England permitted of doing, gives the family history as far back as the 
fifteenth century, and also much valuable information relating to the 
coat-of-arms adopted and worn by them in the mother country. The 
preparation of this production showed that much labor and research had 
been resorted to, and in the work the most reliable and authentic 
authorities had been consulted. As the reading progressed the interest 
became more earnest on the part of the hearers, and those on the outskirts 
of the throng were not a little exercised at not being able to hear it as 
plainly as they desired. This valuable contribution will be found complete 
at the close of the account of the proceedings. 



24 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

Next, Nathan J. Sharpies, of West Grove, well and familiarly known 
to many of those present, was introduced, and in a careful and intelligible 
manner, as the family historian of the day, read the following : 

FAMILY ADDRESS. 

We are kindred and represent various branches of a family extended 
over the wide area of this country from the northernmost tier of States to 
the southernmost, and from the Atlantic to the far western settlements. 

We have gathered here at the Rock sacred to memory as the one 
against which the first cabin that gave shelter to our progenitors in 
America was placed. We have come not only to commemorate an event 
from which we date our existence in a free country, where liberty of 
conscience, freedom of speech and of action, as well as the possibilities of 
reaping the fruits of labor and enterprise, are to be had, but to look each 
other in the face and grasp each other by the hand, and find the realization 
of that ancient apothegm, that " as iron sharpeneth iron so does the 
countenance of a man that of his friend." 

Here on this spot, two hundred years ago to-day, our ancestors came, 
worn with the tedium and discomforts of a long voyage, pressed with the 
cares and fears that beleaguer the mind on the threshold of so momentous 
an event, and conscious of the deprivations, hardships and trials that must 
of necessity be met and encountered in a new world, where complete 
civilization had not yet spread her mantle, and where the conveniences 
and comforts of society were comparatively unknown ; where Nature, 
though decked in all the panoply that wealth of soil, magnificent primeval 
forest, crystal streams, genial suns, and benign skies, still could not 
supplant the abundance that successful tillage added to the production of 
art and science found in the home of their birth could supply ; and which 
to them were henceforth to be beyond the barrier of the great ocean. 

They came to this country with unwavering faith and willing to 
endorse, no doubt, the declaration of their friends in a letter to their 
brethren in Great Britain dated 17th of first month, 1683, in which they say: 

" Dear friends, we have no cause to murmur; our lot is fallen everyway in a goodly place, 
and the love of God is and growing among us, and we are a family at peace within ourselves, 
and truly great is our joy therefor." (Janney's Life of Penn, page 224.) 

I could not fail to notice, in letters written early after their coming 
here, how little detail of incident and how much of thankfulness for 
blessings was expressed. 



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25 



In the inquiry respecting the earliest history of the family, it is of 
interest to discover when and how the name originated. It is known that 
the earliest names of history have a meaning from Adam (red earth) 
down through the various ages. Among all nations and peoples — at first 
by baptismal name, afterward by prefix or affix compounding names and 
conferring extended significance — becoming a surname, individualized, 
some more distinguished than their fellows, as "Simon surnamed Peter," 
Ptolemy Soter, Edmund Ironside, etc. These surnames were not 
hereditary, however. Camden places the era of hereditary French 
surnames at A. D. 1000, and of English at about the time of the conquest 
or a little before. This has reference to the people generally. Family 
names had been transmitted at an earlier period. 

A very large proportion of French and English names are German in 
their origin, and it is in Germany we find the earliest record of our family 
name. 

After an examination of the several works of different dates, begin- 
ning with Grimm, the father of Teutonic Philology, and also those of Graff 
and Forstemann, who supplements the others. Ferguson, in his Teu- 
tonic Name System, etc., a work published in England in 1864, has given 
the name we are in quest of. He remarks : 

" The study of English names embraces a wider fteld than that of the English language, 
because we have no longer the same Anglo-Saxon starting-point. The dialects of the various 
tribes who came to this country were fused into one common language, and that was Anglo- 
Saxon, but there was no such fusion of their names. In all their dialectic variations the names 
of those early settlers still stand in the London Directory." 

It is not without interest to know the name — Salverte, who wrote on 
the names of men, nations, and places, has well said : 

" Our proper name is ourself in our thoughts, and in the thoughts of those who know us, 
and it cannot be separated from our existence. A name, however apparently insignificant, 
instantly calls to our remembrance the man, his personal appearance, his moral attributes, or 
some event by which he is identified. The few syllables constituting it suffice to reopen the 
fountain of a bereaved mother's tears, to cover with blushes the forehead of the maiden, to 
agitate the heart of the lover, to light up in the eyes of an enemy the fires of rage and to 
awaken in the breast of one separated by distance from his friend the liveliest emotions of hope 
or regret." 

The old adage. Sine nomine Homo non esl, is beyond question, and 
we are therefore excusable in attempting to discover the name and its 
significance which belong to this people here to-day. We are not left to 



26 THE SHAKPLESS FAMILY. 

tradition for our teacher. Tradition as to origin of facts has been found 
many times substantially correct; but "as to origin of names," in almost 
all cases delusive and worthless and in matters of etymology is generally 
sheer invention. 

Ferguson, in speaking of the credibility of the various authorities 
consulted by him, says of the Aldeutsches Nainenbuch, "old Dutch 
name book," by Forstemann : 

"It is a most complete, solid, and trustworthy work, extremely well an-anged and throw- 
ing more light on English names than any.other book I know." 

In this we find the derivation of our name. From the old High 
German "Lezan," modern German "Lesen," to read, old Norse "Lesa," 
to study, is derived the stem "Las," "Les," "Lis." As a termination 
"Leis" is found in five German names of the eighth century, in all cases 
conferring a parallel meaning. 

He also gives English names with this termination : "Leis " rendered 
into its proper complement "Less." This with "Scarf," of old High 
German, which is synonymous with " Scearp " in Anglo-Saxon, forms 
"Sharpless," the equivalent of a word found in the vocabulary of 
Germany, and representing the meaning just referred to. 

There is no authority discoverable indicating a change of orthography 
to have been made. It is tradition on which depends the assertion that 
" Sharpels," pronounced as this termination would indicate, was at one 
time the proper name. 

To recapitulate, Sharpless as a name is first found in Germany about 
the eighth century and its significance is "skillful at learning." The name 
occurs in England, but at what period its advent was we are not informed. 
As to origination in the beginning, we may speculate or imagine; perhaps 
some fond parents, who with many in every generation, were prompted by 
a desire to impress upon the coming man a sense of the ideal pointed to 
m the name, gave motive for aim at the desired purpose to be prompt 
at learning, or, what is more complimentary, some conspicuous merit 
summoned the appellation from willing compeers. 

There can be no doubt that the persecution imposed in England 
impelled our first American ancestry to seek a new home, and they came to 
the land purchased by Penn as the most inviting field offered to escape to, 
and avoid the discomforts of their situation in England, as well as offering 
prospects of extended character. 



THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 27 

That the followers of Fox were persecuted is commonly known. A 
historian remarks of George Fox : 

"He abhorred all principles of expediency and would do right, or what the inspired 
voice within him assured him to be right, regardless of all consequences and all tribulations." 

He also says, speaking of the Friends : 

" Neither their inoffensive lives, nor their doctrine of non-resistance, nor their elevated 
spiritualism could screen them from the wrath of judges, bishops and legislators. They were 
imprisoned, fined, whipped, and lacerated without mercy, but they endured their afflictions with 
patience and never lost their faith in truth or trust in God." (Lord's Modern History.') 

Our progenitor was a victim of this ruthless persecution. In proof 
of this we refer to Besses Sufferings ; at page 105, in the year 1674 and 
1675, in the account of distress made, Thomas Brassey, John Symcock and 
John Sharpies are named, among others, as being subjected to fine. And 
on page 108, twenty-three persons are said to have been convicted under 
the act of Queen Elizabeth for one month's absence from their parish 
church and fined tive^ity poimds. 

That John Sharpies was a prominent member of his profession we 
have evidence in a work printed in London, in 1677, entitled. The Light 
Unchangeable, by R. Smith. He says on page 9 : 

" My friends in this county have, every month, a meeting, where commonly two or three 
-or more from every particular meeting meet together about such affairs as are requisite to keep 
and preserve societies in peace and unity, and they who commonly meet at these places are these 
and more, viz. : Thomas Janney, John Badily, John Sharpies, Thomas Brassey, John Symcock," 
etc. etc. 

Two of the above named came to this country the same year as their 
neighbor, John Sharpies, and a third, Thomas Janney, in the following year, 
in the ship "Endeavor." 

John Sharpies and family possibly left England in the ship "Lion" — 
he, his wife, Jane Moor, and children : Phebe, John, Thomas, James, 
Caleb, Jane and Joseph. In a letter published here, written by one of the 
passengers, the death of a child is referred to as occurring on the passage. 

Our fathers found peace under the shelter of the branches of a fallen 
tree and were content, because of the relief they found, though it were but 
an imperfect shield 'gainst scorching sun or merciless rain. Thus they 



28 THE SHARP LESS FAMILY. 

lived six weeks or more until better protection could be had in a cabin of 
their erection against this Rock. Yon house upon the rising ground erected 
by Joseph, the youngest son, attests his skill as carpenter of that early 
period. 

Here in the wilds with roving Indians around them, but from whom 
they probably received kind acts, because their better nature had as yet 
been only appealed to, and fresh in their memory were the published 
purposes of the coming Governor, who, in a letter dated twenty-first of 
second month, 1682, addressed to them, says : 

" This I send to assure you of my love and desire you to love my friends; and when the 
great God brings me among you, I intend to order all things in such a manner that we may live 
in peace, one with another, which I hope the great God will incline both me and you to do. I 
have already taken care that none of my people wrong you ; by good laws I have provided for 
that purpose," etc. 

He also had written to a great Sachem a letter dated second month 
2 1st, 1682, in which he thus addresses him : 

"The great God that made thee and me and all the world inclines our hearts to love 
peace and justice, that we may live friendly together as becomes the workmanship of the great 
God. This will I say, that the people who come with me are a just, plain, and honest people, 
that neither make war upon others nor fear war from others, because they will be just. ' ' 

The Indian was their friend and joined in offering the best entertain- 
ment that could be offered to Penn and his friends when they came over at 
a little later date than the arrival of our people. 

The grant of lands from Penn to John Sharpies consisted of one 
thousand acres. Part of this was in Middletown and part in Nether 
Providence. The railroad at Wallingford passes through one of these 
tracts. 

Of the two hundred and forty acres here at Waterville the heirs of 
John M. and those of Daniel Sharpless are possessed of parts, George 
Sharpless also a part. Others of another name share in the possession of 
the tract. 

That at Middletown is mostly owned by the sons of Jared Darlington, 
who belong to the Sharpless family. This was the western woods, which 
was assigned to Joseph, the youngest brother, originally. 

John, the father, died nth of fourth month, 1685, at about the age of 
sixty-one years, his daughters Jane and Phebe in the same year, and his 
son Caleb in the next. 



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Our immediate progenitors, although not rich in the fullest sense of 
worldly treasure, had treasure in a higher sense of which they could not 
be despoiled. A blessing rested on them, their offspring have been 
prospered, and it is not an uncommon remark that they compare favorably 
with the masses for sobriety and good citizenship. 

Our first ancestor had but a short tenure here. But as he had lived 
so as to deserve a good name, we trust that he realized in full the proverb: 
" A good name is better than precious ointment, and the day of death 
better than the day of one's birth." 

His consort died at the age of eighty-five years and three months, 
her zeal for her religious profession having been manifested in her old 
age by her walking to meeting and back, a distance of more than two 
miles, when she was eighty years of age, and her health and vigor are 
testified to by the fact that it was of preference she performed the journey 
on foot. 

John, James, and Joseph were left, and from these the whole of this 
family have descended. 

In the year 1736, Joseph removed to lands purchased by his son 
Benjamin of his uncle Samuel Lewis, who had obtained the patent. 

These lands consisted of three hundred and eighty-seven acres in 
West Cain Township. Joseph purchased of his son these lands, at the 
same time selling or exchanging one hundred and fifty acres of land in 
Middletown to Benjamin. As by the records in the office at West 
Chester, the dates of the deeds are shown to be alike, June 24, 1736. 

Of this land, on the 27th of January, 1743, the records show a 
transfer of one-half of the whole to John Taylor by Joseph. And at the 
same time a removal to Middletown by him, where he still held lands. 

The lands spoken of in West Cain are described by survey of record 
as by lines of lands of Evan Lewis, Richard Tranter, and Nathan 
Sharpies. This was probably a son of Joseph, and these then 
"western lands" were fields of speculation, no doubt, as those beyond 
the Mississippi now, in their relation to the rest. 

We can say little of the history of the descendants of the three 
brothers. They are great in number and found in every profession, every 
trade and business. As well might we attempt to describe a mighty oak 
of the forest with no limb or leaf like another, as to portray even the 
leading features of such diversity. So far have the branches of our family- 
tree extended that it needed some such an event as this to bring them to 
a mutual knowledge of their many relatives. Yesterday but few of those 



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born on Pennsylvania soil knew of their many brethren in the south, 
children of Elizabeth, daughter of John 3d, of whom we have a worthy 
representative with us — Bishop Green. There comes from Iowa the voice 
of many, where but few were known to us. 

This occasion has offered social privileges, and we hope good has been 
gained by us all. That an examination of ourselves in view of the faith- 
fulness to sacred principle brought to notice afresh in the recital of the 
history of those who gave us name, has raised the query as to the courage 
and fortitude of ourselves, and incited to resolve that we will show 
ourselves "worthy sons of worthy sires" in the contests of the day, on 
fields where Christian warfare summons us to battle against the cohorts of 
evil. Let us carry to the world in such encounters, by our living examples, 
emblazoned by act and deed, our valued and inspiring lesson learned of 
our earliest fathers and engraven on our hearts, to be by our voice pro- 
claimed to others for their emulation, the inscr'iption of that heraldic 
device : 

"Pro veritate Siiffer Fortiter." 

J. Clemson Sharpless, of West Chester, then read the following poem, 
composed for the occasion : 

THE FAMILY REUNION. 

BY JOHN CLEMSON SHARPLESS. 

Dear friends, we have met on this bright summer day, 
A tribute of love to our fathers to pay, 
And as we have gathered from far and from near, 
I trust each will feel 'tis good to be here. 

Like pilgrims we come and gather around 
The home of our fathers, to us hallowed ground. 
For this spot is our Mecca ; this Rock is the shrine ; 
The altar on which to lay gifts, yours and mine. 

Let our gifts be the symbols of honor to those 

Who first 'neath these shades sought peace and repose, 

Who suffered with bravery the truth to uphold ; 

To whom freedom of conscience was better than gold. 

When the heart of George Fox was touched as with fire. 
He hastened to prelate and priest to inquire 
The way of salvation ; but nought could he find 
That brought rest to his soul, or gave peace to his mind. 



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Then his spirit, enshrouded in shadows of night, 
Was quickly illumined by the true Inward Light, 
When he clearly discerned he must closely abide 
With the Spirit of Truth hence his teacher and guide. 

Then gathered about him such tnith-seeking men 
As EUwood and Pennington, Barclay and Penn. 
They founded a sect, and we freely must own 
We are reaping rich fruit from the seed they have sown. 

The hand of oppression soon on them was laid. 
But from duty none shrank ; not one heart was afraid. 
They were true to their faith ; with united accord 
Their tnist was reposed in the arm of the Lord. 

'Twas a trust ne'er betrayed, for His arm was their stay, 
His finger it was that oft pointed the way. 
His voice that gave comfort ; they knew it was He 
Whose voice stilled the waves of the wild Gallilee. 

That our ancestor found with these worthies a place, 
Let us join in our thanks everyone of his race ; 
We own it to this, tho' deny it you may, 
That we've homes in this land full of blessings to-day. 

In this land o'er the sea, Penn was founding a State, 
An asylum for all, both the poor and the great, 
Under laws wisely framed they could worship at will, 
With their conscience unfettered its dictates fulfill. 

Two centuries have seen its prosperity grow, 
And millions to-day own the debt that they owe 
To Him, its great founder, whose wisdom has planned 
The best of all governments known in our land. 

When the monarch-like oak stood fast rooted here. 
And this stream slaked the thirst of the fleet-footed deer, 
When the fox from his lair, and the wolf from his den. 
Stole forth in the shadows to prowl through this glen ; 

'Twas then that our ancestor came to this spot, 
By the side of yon rock he erected his cot, 

Though rude it might seem in the sight of those here, 
It gave shelter and comfort to all he held dear. 

'Twas here with contentment and peace he was blessed, 
'Twas here that he toiled, and here he found rest, 
While the stars o'er his head did loving watch keep. 
This murmuring stream sweetly lulled him to sleep. 



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Here he lived, here he died, and they bore him away, 
Not like Jacob of old, with his fathers to lay. 
We know not the spot, but the dews kiss the sod, 
And his spirit, we trust, is at rest with his God. 

The dear, aged mother in sorrow bereft, 
Now leaned on her sons, they were all she had left. 
Five of her loved ones had passed to that shore 
Where life's waves break in silence, returning no more. 

By her pious care nurtured to manhood they grew. 
They were men strong in purpose, to principle true. 
Rude Nature transformed by their skill and their toil. 
Rewarded their care with the fruits of her soil. • 

The youngest of all, the infant who came. 

Has builded a monument, thoughtless of fame, 

A venerable pile, on yon hill-top it stands, 

We may gaze with just pride on the work of his hands. 

And we, their descendants, who hither have come 

And joined this reunion around their old home ; 

May our hearts warm with love, as with hand clasped in hand 

We greet kindred and friends from throughout this broad land. 

What though, down tlirough the mist of the years that have rolled. 
There comes to us glittering with silver and gold. 
The shield and the crest of a warrior who bore 
Our name deeply traced on the sword that he wore. 

Of his deeds or his valor, we nothing have known ; 
They have sunk 'neath the tide that resistless sweeps on; 
They belong to the past, they were prized in their day. 
Let us choose for ourselves something better than they. 

Let us take a step forward, and mark on our shield 
The Symbol of Faith to the Christian revealed. 
In place of the sword, that its power may decrease. 
For our crest we'll have only the emblem of Peace. 

Let us strive as our fathers before us have striven, 
To win and to merit the favor of Heaven, 
To be true to our faith. May we never neglect 
To cherish the good and the evil reject. 

Let us learn well the lessons their living has taught. 

Let us thank the dear Lord for the good they have wrought. 

Let us cherish the virtues their memory inspires, 

That the world may declare we are worthy our sires. 



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William M. Green, the veteran Episcopal Bishop of the Diocese of 
Mississippi, aged 84 years, was next presented. The venerable gentleman 
addressed the audience as follows: 

My Dear Friends: I did not come all the way from the South to 
make a speech. I come as a descendant of John Sharpies ist, 2d and 3d, 
and then as the grandson of Elizabeth Sharpies, who married Richard 
Bradley on the fifteenth day of the fifth month, 1755, from whom lam 
descended, and who moved from this spot to Wilmington, N. C, and resided 
there until their death. They had seven children, two of whom died young; 
five lived, becoming the heads of some of the leading and most distinguished 
and influential* families of the State of North Carolina. My mother was 
the youngest of the five, and I am the eldest of her children, and the only 
one living on one side, and I have brought the marriage certificate of 
Richard Bradley and Elizabeth Sharpies with me. 

Most of the family united with the Episcopal Church, and I have the 
honor to be a minister. I have long desired to see this spot; for sixty 
years, since my boyhood, I have longed to see this and now I see it, and I 
rejoice to see so many in whose blood that of old John Sharpies flows. I 
will say no more as my heart is too full to say anything except that I am 
happy to meet you all. May God bless you and make you all worthy of 
the name of John Sharpies. 

William Sharpless, Sr., of West Chester, here read a poem, composed 
by him for the occasion, entitled "Lines written on the arrival of John 
Sharpies and family in Pennsylvania on the fourteenth day of the sixth 
month (August), O. S. 1682." 

In this production the author alluded to the coming to America of John 
Sharpies and family, of their rude home at the Rock, their privations, 
energies, trials and success. 

Some very interesting reminiscences relating to the place of the rude 
abode of the pioneer, together with entertaining mention of many relics 
owned by various members of the family, formed a paper prepared and read 
by Samuel L. Smedley. This paper referred to many of the curiosities 
which we have briefly described elsewhere and was one of the most inter- 
esting productions forming the literary programme of the occasion. 



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ADDRESS OF SAMUEL L. SMEDLEY. 

Twenty-five years ago, while on a visit at the house of my venerable 
friend Enos Sharpless, he showed me an account of his reminiscences and 
observations which he had written by request of the Delaware County 
Institute of Science. It interested me so much at the time that I took a 
copy of a portion of it by his permission, and many of the incidents related 
are so appropriate to this occasion that I have been requested to read it. 
It is as follows : 

"Friends, I received your circular on die subject of the liistory of Delaware County, and 
now proceed to reply to it. As I now live on the same place my ancestors on the male side 
have lived on ever since William Penn's time, where I have lived for the last seventy-five years, 
I think I can furnish you with some information respecting our particular location that may be 
interesting to you ; at any rate it will afford me amusement to look over old times and contrast 
them with the present. 

"Beginning with the family, I will first give you a record in my father, Daniel Sharpless' 
family Bible, to wit : 

" 'When I have thought of preserving some short notes concerning my worthy predecessors, 
as also of my times for my own satisfaction, and perhaps for information of succeeding ages, the 
observation of Solomon hath often occurred : ' One generation passeth away and another 
cometh, but the earth abideth forever.' I have now before me a very old account written by my 
grandfather, John Sharpies, in which, after shortly noting the marriage of his father John 
Sharpies and his mother, whose maiden name was Moore, in 1662, his own birth in 1666, and 
the birth of his three brothers, Thomas, James and Joseph, and his two sisters, Phebe and Jane, 
he proceedeth thus : ' And my father and mother, with these their children, left old England, 
their native country, and came on shore in Pennsylvania the fourteenth day of sixth month, 
16S2, all but my brother Thomas, who died upon the sea. John Sharpies, my father, died in 
16S5, being about the age of 6i years, and my brother Caleb in 1686. Jane Sharpies, my 
mother, died in the year 1722, being about 84 years of age. We have now seen the desolation 
of the family, except three brothers, John, James and Joseph, and from these have sprung the 
numerous descendants of the name in America. 

" ' I have also the marriage certificate of my grandfather, John Sharpies, and Hannah 
Pennell, daughter of Robert Pennell of Middletown, dated 1692. Then follows an account of 
their children, ending with Daniel Sharpies, born 171 1.' 

"The last mentioned Daniel Sharpies was my grandfather. My grandmother, Sarah 
Sharpies, daughter of Bartholomew Coppock, was born in the year 1 7 1 2, and they were married 
in 1736. 

" From what I can collect of the above named couple they lived in the same house with 
their father, John Sharpies — who was about sixteen years of age when he came from England— 
until his decease, which was eleven years after my father was married, and as my grandmother 
lived in the same house I did until I was sixteen years of age, she had a good opportunity of 
collecting information from her father-in-law and handing it down to us, such as their coming 
to this country, settling here, etc. etc., some of which I shall proceed to relate. Well ! — they 
landed at Chester, as we have seen, on the fourteenth day of the sixth month, 16S2, and loaded 



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upon their backs such things as they could carry, and set off, wending their way up through the 
woods, and got this far, about two miles, and just crossed the creek, when they thought they 
were far enough back in the forest. Here they cut down a large tree, and made themselves a 
shelter among the boughs of it, and remained there for the night, and they could hear the wolves 
howling about them. 

"In this booth they lived about si.\ weeks and within that time they built a cabin, with a 
large perpendicular rock for a chimney back, which is still there, having the date 1682, as well 
as other inscriptions, cut in it. f ■% 0"*''1 ''Q 

"There they lived about twenty years, until they built a good substantial stone house near 
by, which is still standing and occupied by my brother Isaac and family. 

"The Rock spoken of is also on his ground. Many anecdotes I have heard her relate 
which were interesting to us, though not much to the historian ; such as the pigeons being so 
abundant that they used to go on moonlight nights with long poles and knock them off the 
roost and kill as many in that way as they wanted. 

"Another circumstance I have heard my grandmother relate: a young girl, a daughter 
of one of their neighbors, came in one day in a state of great excitement to tell what a pretty 
thing she had been in chase of. She said it was the prettiest thing she had ever seen. She 
thought she would catch it, and seized hold of it, but it slipped through her hands and got away 
into the briars, ' and see here,' she exclaimed, ' what I got off it,' showing the rattles of a rattle- 
snake which she had stripped off with her hands, and, from the number of the rattles, it must 
have been a large snake. 

"The old patriarch being comfortably settled in his cabin alongside ot the Rock, and 
having obtained a warrant while in England from William Penn for one thousand acres of land, 
for which he paid him twenty pounds and agreed to pay a shilling a year quit-rent for every one 
hundred acres (a low price for those times), proceeded to take up the land in three different 
tracts : one here, one in Nether Providence, and one in Middletown. The portion of it taken 
up here, as well as that in Middletown, in great measure remains in their descendants' possession 
to this time ; the one in Providence has all gone out of the family. 

"The tract at this place was occupied by John Sharpies, the eldest brother; that in 
Nether Providence by James, the next brother ; while Joseph, the younger, went back into the 
woods, to that in Middletown, where I shall leave the two last, settled on their respective farms, 
and take some further notice of John and his successors, at this place. 

" It does not appear that our ancestors from the first had aspirings after great things. We 
do not find the names of any of them among William Penn's great men, either as legislative or 
executive officers. Therefore we may conclude that as they came to this country to get clear 
away from 'woeful Europe,' having attained that end, they were satisfied to settle down in the 
quiet, on their own farms, and having land to cultivate it afforded them sufficient of the neces- 
saries of life and they were therewith content. 

"Thus things remained with very little exception for two generations. There was a 
saw-mill built on the creek, either by my great-grandfather or grandfather, I do not know which, 
but it had gone down before my time. It was left to my father and his successors to develop 
the advantages of the water-power, and having more energy and enterprise than his ancestors, 
and as the Hessian fly had lately destroyed the wheat crop, so that it w;is not so easy for the 
farmers to make a living as it had been, he came to the conclusion to improve the water-power. 
Accordingly, about the year 1787, he built a saw-mill which was the nucleus for all the other 



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improvements on the creek, and, having a large quantity of wood-land, he made it his business 
to cut and saw the timber; still keeping the greater part of the farm under his particular 
management until the year 1793, when he put the farm generally out of his hands. A part wa-, 
let out on shares, and a part rented out, and in this year he built the house where I now live and 
came here to live himself. In 1796 he built the grist-mill, and in 1798 the fulling-mill for my 
brother Isaac, which is now a part of the wool-factory, thus laying the foundation of the present 
establishment of Waterville. 

"After I arrived at mature age, I rented the grist and saw-mill of him, and Isaac occupied 
the fulling-mill, and after I married he gave up the home to me and built the one that my 
brother Henry lived in a short distance to the northward, and went there to live himself. At 
his decease he left the mill property (except the fulling-mill) to me, and, as I had rented it of 
him about fourteen years, I was prepared with a knowledge of business and the means to improve 
it to what it is now. Those who saw the property as I did when my father began improving it 
in 1787 will see that there has been a great deal of work done in it. It was then a poor old 
field worn out by long tillage and neglect, grown up with briars, bushes and large trees. It is 
now a cluster of mills with six overshot water-wheels (two of them double) manufacturing grain, 
and merchant mill, a saw-mill, three wheels manufacturing dyewood and the wool factory, all 
pushed with energy. At that time the whole of my father's property supported but two or three 
families, now my part of it supports about twenty-five families by their employment here. 

"In the grist mill we grind about fifteen thousand bushels of grain a year ; cut two 
hundred thousand feet of lumber with the saw-mill ; manufacture about fifteen hundred tons of 
wood and other dye-stuffs a year, in the dye-wood mill, beside grinding about one hundred tons 
of plaster ; and the wool factory makes about one hundred and twenty or one hundred and 
thirty thousand yards of stuff a year. 

" Beside the mill seat, we have improved the land considerably. From about thirty acres, 
when I plow, I raise nearly as much grain and keep as much stock as my father ever did on his 
large farm ; when I do not plow I sell hay. There are two other farms cut out of the old 
plantation, each of which produces twice as much, and thus have literally turned a desolate 
wilderness into a fruitful field. I think Solomon says : ' Say not within thyself, why is it that 
the former times were better than these? for thou dost not inquire wisely.' Whether wisely or 
not, there is a great deal of such inquiry now, and I think there was as much of it when I was a 
little boy. Old people used to lament the change. They would say that when they were young 
there was so much friendship and love among them, neighbors were so glad to see each other, so 
willing to assist and befriend each other in any service they could render ; and they were all 
upon an equality, and what was the interest of one was the interest of all ; but, say they, it 
is not so now, we have become selfish, each one takes care of himself, without any regard for 
others. If it was so then it is increasingly so now. I have heard my father say he never sued 
nor was sued. Contrast that with the trial list at Media. No doubt there were unhappy 
differences between neighbors then, but they could be settled without going to law, or without 
breach of friendship. 

"As for their way of making a living, they were industrious, frugal and economical, by 
which means they had the necessaries of life, and their desires being moderate, they had them 
fulfilled as well as the rich and luxurious do in these times of refinement. And to go back no 
further than my time, the rich would bring up their families, at least their children, at less 
expense than the poor do now, and the people were stouter, stronger and at least as healthy as 
they are now." 



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This is all of Enos Sharpless' account which I preserved. It continued, 
I recollect, to give his observations of the times and records of many 
incidents, among which was an account of the unprecedented flood of 
August 5, 1S43, when this valley and all others in Delaware County were 
inundated, houses and factories swept away and many lives lost. 

The tide flows backwards as well as forwards. The railroads and the 
mighty power of steam outrun the meandering stream and the facilities 
which they offer attract enterprise to them. The many factories at 
Waterville are at the present silent except the old grist-mill ; the fiery 
element has recently contributed to still the hum of the loom in the building 
near by, and, as if to bring us back this day to a better appreciation of the 
primitive loveliness of the place, we are only greeted with the rippling of the 
waters as in the days of yore. 

As chairman of the committee on relics I have been requested to 
furnish some historical notes and an account of the mementoes which have 
been preserved of the early settlement of our forefathers in and about 
this place, and a description of the relics which the hand of time has 
spared from destruction or decay ; which have been brought forward 
from comparative obscurity in order that we may all gaze upon and 
admire them as possessing a common interest which we can all share 
together. 

The antiquarian will naturally look among title papers engrossed on 
enduring parchment for the most ancient evidences of settlement in this 
country, because the value of such documents induces a greater care for 
their preservation. The search in our case is rewarded by the production 
of no less than four documents bearing the autograph and seal of the 
illustrious Penn, the founder of the commonwealth. 

Two of these bear date the fourth and fifth days of April, A. D. 1682, 
more than four months before the arrival of John Sharpies and his family 
at Chester, and no doubt were brought over by him on his voyage to 
America. 

They are called deeds of Lease and Release, and are of the form of all 
those granted by William Penn, of Worminghurst, in Sussex, to what have 
been termed " first purchasers," giving them the right to locate the number 
of acres granted to each in such places or parts of the province as they 
might select. The first of these deeds is now the property of John 
Sharpless, our presiding officer, and the other belongs to Beulah Sharpless 
and her children, the present owners of the land whereon we are now 
assembled. 



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They granted to John Sharpies one thousand acres of land in the 
province of Pennsylvania, for which he paid the sum of twenty pounds, 
and agreed, in addition thereto, to pay yearly to the Proprietary the chief 
or quit-rent* of one shilling for each hundred acres thereof, at or upon the 
first day of March, for ever, in lieu or stead of all other services or 
demands whatsoever ; prices low enough to satisfy those of moderate 
means and calculated to stimulate emigration to the infant colony. 

John Sharpies located but forty acres of his purchase from Penn at 
this place, having bought two hundred acres, including this spot, from 
Thomas Nossiter, an earlier settler; but he took up three hundred acres 
about half a mile northward and another tract of three hundred acres in 
Middletown Township, which may be designated as in the vicinity of 
Darlington Station, on the West Chester railroad. For all three tracts 
patents or deeds of confirmation were taken out on the 28th and 29th of 
fifth month, 1684. One of these, bearing the signature of William Penn, 
with the great wax seal attached, is here exhibited. It belongs to Jesse 
Darlington, of Middletown, a descendant of Joseph Sharpies, who settled 
on the land in that township. 

These three tracts are shown on an original print of Thomas Holme's 
map of Pennsylvania, in our collection, upon which the names of the first 
setders are marked — the ancestors of many whose names have been 
transmitted to their successors of this day, and are as familiar to us as 
household words. 

We now come to speak of domestic souvenirs. The most noteworthy 
of these is the solid silver tankard now before you. It is inscribed Jf J the 
initials of John and Jane Sharpies, with a coat of arms consisting of a 

* Quit-rents appear to have had their origin in the feudal system, under which all the lands were supposed 
to Ijelong to the king, and those who occupied them were allowed to do so in consideration of personal services 
of various kinds, but chiefly those of a military ch.iracter. These services were not always rendered immediately 
to the king, but often to an intennediate class, as the barons, who in turn were tenants under the king. From this 
arose the custom of paying a fee or fine in lieu of personal service, and by a quit-rent it is to be understood that 
the tenant goes quit or free of further service. In the course of time this institution, like many others, lost much 
of its original significance and at the time William Penn sold lands in his province quit-rents were probably 
regarded merely as a judicious method for securing a revenue. lie says, in his proposals to the early purchasers : 

" The shares I sell be certain as to the number of acres ; that is to say, everyone shall contain five 
thousand acres ; the price one hundred pounds ; and for the quit-rent, one English shilling, or the value of it, 
yearly, for a hundred acres ; which, such as will, may now, or hereafter, buy off to an inconsiderable matter ; but 
as I hold by a small rent of the king, so all must hold of me by a small rent for their own security ,'' etc. 

Purchasers of large amounts of land frequently obtained them at a merely nominal quit-rent, and in some 
patents it is specified that this rent should be paid in "good merchantable wheat." Tlie payment of quit-rents 
was generally considered a grievance, was much neglected, and sometimes done only under compulsion of the 
law. They were generally abolished at the Revolution when the State assumed to pay the Penn family for their 
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shield with three stags. It weighs twenty-four troy ounces and holds three 
pints. It was, no doubt, brought over by John Sharpies and inherited by 
his son John^ who devised it in 1737 to his son of the same name, after 
whose death it became the property of his brother Daniel. The latter 
devised it to his son Daniel, from whom it passed to his son John, father of 
John Sharpless, the present owner. 

Customs have changed, and the passing around of a tankard filled 
with ale for each one to partake of, as our forefathers did, would seem 
quite curious to many of us at this day, but its manufacture was then of so 
much importance that the Proprietary established several brew-houses for 
the brewing of ale in the province. It is well, however, to remember that 
intemperance was strongly condemned by the early Friends, and we are 
fortunate in having here one of their primitive records in antique binding, 
wherein, as early as 1 688, the members of Chester monthly meeting have 
signed with their own hands a mutual agreement not to sell rum or other 
strong drink to the Indians. John Sharpies 2d is one of the signers. 

A silver cup, the property of Josiah Hibberd, of Whiteland, formerly 
of his great-grandmother, Phebe (Sharpies) Hibberd, is exhibited, and a 
Spanish coin, bearing date 1676, which was presented to Samuel Hannum, 
of West Chester, by his grandmother, as being the first money earned by 
her grandmother, Susanna Chamberlin, daughter of Joseph Sharpies, the 
youngest son of the immigrant. A silver knife, a silver spoon, wooden 
spoons, boxes and chairs are also in the cabinet of curiosities. 

We have the Sharpies Record, published in 1816, by Joseph 
Sharpies, of Philadelphia, who, in advance of others in this country, with 
two or three exceptions, supplied a treasure to the genealogist rarely met 
with. Copies of it are highly prized by descendants and eagerly sought 
for by others. 

John Sharpies 2d, by will, in 1737, bequeathed to his son Daniel two 
hundred and fifty-eight acres of land with cattle, horses, sheep, hogs, plows 
and harrows; also the clock and the pewter and the new big brass ceiic/l a.nd 
the Bible and the best feather bed. Where now is that clock and where 
the ancient Bible? can anyone answer? We have one ancient Bible, 
however, which belonged to the Joseph Sharpies branch. It descended to 
Joseph W. Jones, of Middletown, through his great-grandmother Hannah, 
the daughter of Joseph Sharpies 2d and wife of Abraham Pennell. 

Its family record is highly interesting. It contains the date and place 
of birth of each one of the children of John and Jane Sharpies, as well as 
of the children of their son Joseph, and other entries. The Bible bears the 



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imprint, London, 1697, and the inscription, " Lydia Lewis, her Book, 1703," 
shows it to have been her property before her marriage, in 1 704, to Joseph 
Sharpies. 

The most imposing reUc of Sharpies handicraft Is the grand old man- 
sion on the hill, the carpenter work of which was done by the youngest son, 
Joseph, about the year 1 700. It was probably his first work after learning 
his trade and must have been a great undertaking for that time. The 
curious old cupboards and closets, the floor secured to the joists by wooden 
pins, all excite our admiration. 

But we have a relic beside us which has withstood the elements for 
ages, and undisturbed by man may remain for centuries to come. John 
Sharpies, by the selection made two hundred years ago, has consecrated 
this Rock to the veneration of his descendants, as the Plymouth Rock Is to 
the descendants of the New England pioneers. It Is to be hoped that we 
all with one accord shall resolve that we will unite for its protection from 
the ravages of time and the ruthless advance of human destroyers, so that 
It shall be preserved for centuries to come as the place of reunion. 

Under its shelter the pioneer lived and died and two of his daughters 
died also, all within two weeks of each other. His son Caleb died a year 
later from the bite of a snake, but for thirty-five years afterwards no break 
appeared in the ranks until their venerable mother, Jane Sharpies, passed 
away in 1722, at the advanced age of eighty-four years, forty of which she 
had spent on this charming spot. 

How welcome to this assemblage would have been the reminiscences 
of the older members of the family, if they had been written out and 
l^reserved. How little dear old Enos thought of the interest which would 
soon be attached to every word which he wrote, and how little we think that 
In a few fleeting years the recital of what we now behold will become as a 
tale of the olden time. 



Here the President of the meeting, John Sharpless, read a couple of 
ancient letters relating to the family and also made a few remarks appro- 
priate to the closing of the day's observances, which were listened to with 
much Interest. He specially referred to the coat of arms of the family, 
saying that according to tradition It had been buried after the arrival of the 
family In this country, and he earnesdy expressed the wish that this heraldic 
sign might have been permitted to lie buried, as he regarded it of more 




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value to remain in obscurity than to be revived and fostered by present and 
future generations. 

The letters are as follows : 



Daniel Moore to JoJui Sharpies, &c. 

To my Loving cousens John, James & Joseph Sharpies, and to my Aunt, if Liveing, to you 
all & to youre wifes & children, the Salutation of my dear and unfeigned Love in theese few 
Lines I Send you ; for al though we are deprived of y° benifitt of Seeing one another or the Injoy- 
ment of one Another's Company, as outwardly, throw the vast distance of miles by w""" we are 
seperated, yet neverthe Less I have you often In my Rememberanc, even In A simpathy of nere 
and dere affection In y' we are nearly related as to the outward ; yea, and y' allso more 
abundantly because I have belieff y' we are of an Inward Relation Spiritualy, as being children 
of one father & all of one family & Househould of faith. I do abundantly wish you all health, 
Happyness & prosperity as for my owne self, and I Have been glad & comforted in the hearing 
from you by your letters to my mother, is allso by a verball acount I had lately y' you were 
Honnest & prosperous men. I, with you have cause to be abundantly Thankfull to y' divine 
hand & harme of Providence, who hath In admireabel kindness & faver so richly provied for 
you and us ; even for y° Wisdome [widow] & father Less, may we In sincerity and faithfull 
obedience give up our harts to god, even to follow him ; so to derect our ways & so to lead us 
& guid us by his holy Spirit y' we may in the end arive at one port & haven of Rest & peace, 
is what is by me Earnestly desired & sought after ; and now you may know hereby that I my 
wife & tow childer are in the favorabel Injoyment of haelth, as I wish these may find you all. 
my mother allso is prity well in health but my sister has had a sore fitt of illness and still con- 
tinues weakly, yet we are not quite with out hopes of her Recovery. The bearer hereof, John 
wright=l=, has been my neighbour, a vary honest man & has been very Serviceable amoungst us & 
will be sore mised out of our little meeting : if it so fall out y' he should Settel neer any of you 
I hope you will be assisters & Encouragers of him. I shall be glad at any time when you have 
an opertunity to heare from you of your wellfare, and w'" my dear Love againe unto you all I 
conclud your Loving & Affectionate 

Kinsman 

Manchester in Lanca.shier Daniel Moore 



*Johii Wriglil, with Patience, his wife and four children, brought a certificate of membership from the 
Monthly Meeting at Hartshaw, in Lancashire, dated the i6th of the 1st month, 1713-14, in which it is said : 
" The Church here will greatly miss them on diverse accounts, he having proved himself in some eminent services 
and engagements on Truth's behalf a workman that need not be ashamed." After a short stay in Philadelphia 
the family came to Chester, towards the close of the year 1 7 14, and in 171 7 he was commissioned a Justice of the 
Common Pleas, a position he held for several years, being also elected at different times to the Provincial Assem- 
bly. About the year 1726 he removed to the banks of the Susquehanna and upon the organization of Lancaster 
County, in 1729, he became the presiding justice of its courts and so continued till 1741. His last charge to the 
grand jury was a remarkable document and has been printed. He died in 1751, at the age of 84 years, highly 
esteemed as a citizen and as a minister inthe Society of Friends. 



42 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

Jolm Sharpies to Daniel Moore* 

Loving Couson, Danel Moore: being in hopes this may be an oppertunity to lett thee here 
from me I am willing to vvright this few Lines that thee may understand how it is with us. I 
receved thy letter of the hand of John wright, thy ould friend, and allso wxs glad to heare from 
you. I likewise writ and gave thee an acount how it was with us upwards of 2 years agoe, 
which I hope thee heast receved, and now not haveing much new mater to write but let thee 
heare of our wellfare. I, my wife, and nine Children are in health at this present, which I 
prise as a great mearcy, and am thankfull to the Lord for ; and my mother is in health and lives 
with me as she [yoused to doe — erased] hath done of lat years and is very hearty, and can go 
to the meeting on hir feet, which is better then two miles, and she makes chice soe to doe 
rather then to ride, for which I can but take notes of, considering that she is in the fourthscore 
year of hir age ; and hir kind love is to thee and thy wife and Children and also to hir 
sister thy mother, and my tow brothers, James and Joseph, and there wifes and Children are 
in health and there Love is to thee, my Eldst doughter is married this last Spring, and hir hus- 
band's name is george Smedly, and I beleve hee is a onest, sober, well inclined yong man, and the 
lives about five miles from me, and I hope the are like to doe well ; and in deed wee all live well, 
for wee have had peas and plenty for the most part, ever since wee came, which is upwards of 
thirty-five years, and yett is continued ; for which I prais the Lord, and am thankfull for, and I 
desire we and you may ever walke with the fear of the Lord before our ies, for the same, and 
not give him caus to draw his mearcy from us nether Sprituall nor tempurall. 

And our Cousen John moor and his wife, and all his Children are all liveing, and in 
health, and he follow his trad of weaveing, and is like to doe well, and his son thomas, and tow 
of his daughters are marryed, Elizebeth and margret. 



The Honorable John M. Broomall, of Media, being present, arose and 
said: "I am requested by some of the descendants of John Sharpies who 
are present to tender to the committee of arrangements their sincere 
thanks for the entertainment, and to express their satisfaction at being at 
the meeting and at its result, and with the hope that this celebration may 
be repeated from century to century and that somebody at least will be 
present to preside and to take care of its proceedings. It seems to me 
that if John Sharpies had had any idea of this anniversary he could not 
have selected a better site than this or that the weather could have been 
more propitious. Although I am not one of the descendants of John 
Sharpies, I have a great many warm friends amongst them, one of whom 
is your chairman himself. I therefore move that a vote of thanks be given 
to the committee of arrangements." 

Which motion, being seconded and put to vote, was carried 
unanimously. 

* This letter, without date or signature, was written on a blank page of that which precedes it, and was 
doubtless the essay of one which was sent to England. From the facts mentioned it must have been written 
toward the close of the year 1 7 1 7 . 






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On motion it was decided that a committee of five be selected to 
prepare the proceedings of the day for publication and make the 
necessary arrangements for placing them in book-form. 

This closed the exercises of the day. The sun, mellow and warm, 
was fast journeying towards the western horizon, and homeward the 
impulses of the throng took their way. Good-byes were said, fond ones, 
too ; many earnest wishes were exchanged ; grasps of the hand helped 
hearts to say "farewell; " and soon the grove, the sward, the rocks and the 
banks of the flashing stream were left to themselves, and the Bi-Centennial 
Reunion of the Sharpless family of the United States had added itself to 
that family's history. 

This was probably the largest and most successful family reunion held 
in this country. The number in attendance was by some estimated at 
three thousand, but by a reasonably accurate computation it appeared to 
be from fifteen to eighteen hundred. 

LIST OF RELICS AND OBJECTS OF INTEREST. 

About fifty yards from and facing Ridley Creek stands the traditional 
"Sharpies Rock," the rock against which John Sharpies built his cabin in 
1682, and in which the family lived for eighteen or twenty years. Near 
the top of the rock is carved the inscription "J. S. 1682," which was 
doubtless originally done by the pioneer John Sharpies with a pointed iron, 
but which has evidently been recut several times since. 

The first house of the Sharpies family in America, built by Joseph 
Sharpies, son of the pioneer, is a two-story stone structure with small 
dormer windows in the roof. On the first floor are two rooms and a 
kitchen ; on the second floor two bed-chambers, and one room in the attic. 
The walls are heavy and well built and look as though they might stand 
for two more centuries. The floors are of solid oak, fastened down by 
wooden pins. The carpenter work throughout the building, which is said 
to have all been done by Joseph Sharpies himself, is equal in many respects 
to the carpenter work of to-day. The panel work in the doors and 
cupboards throughout the house show that he was a mechanic of more 
than ordinary ability. In one of the rooms on the first floor was hanging 
in a frame the original deed from William Penn to John Sharpies, dated 
the fifth day of April, 16S2. In the same room were several large chairs, 
which some suppose were brought from England two hundred years ago 
by members of the family. The chairs are put together with wooden pins. 
In the garret were several . chests, trunks, bedstead and spinning-wheel 



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belonging to different members of the family, all of which are upwards of 
one hundred years old. In each room of the old house different articles 
of furniture were exhibited which were owned by the old Sharpies family. 

In the old house are also exhibited two linen bed sheets, which were 
made by Isaac and Mary Thomas from flax grown, spun and woven on 
their farm in Willistown, and given to their daughter Hannah in 1775, 
when she was married to Daniel Sharpies. The sheets are very fine and 
apparently in as good condition as when made. 

A looking-glass, purchased in 1804, bangs upon the wall. 

Among the many articles offered for sale, and which found hundreds 
of purchasers, was the fac simile of the original lease from William Penn 
to John Sharpies, on the 4th of April, 1682. Photographic view of the 
first house of the Sharpies family in America. View of the rock against 
which John Sharpies erected his first hut and in which the family lived for 
eighteen years. Pictures of the silver mug which belonged to John 
Sharpies in 16S2. The medal of the bi-centennial reunion of the Sharpless 
family, August 24, 1S82. 

Among the many old documents, ancient furniture, ware and souvenirs 
of the Sharpies family which were exhibited in the grove, were the 
following: A map of the original farms purchased of William Penn, in 
Middletown township, including three hundred acres purchased by the 
first John Sharpies in 1684, and where ^^is son Joseph settled in 1712; 
afterwards divided between the three grandsons, Joseph, Samuel and 
Benjamin. This map was presented to S. L. Smedley, January 2, 1880, by 
B. H. Smith. 

Original Record Book of Chester Monthly Meeting of Friends, in 
which John Sharpies 2d and seventy-four others signed an agreement 
not to give rum or strong drink to the Indians. 

A "bull's eye" silver watch, owned by Chalkley Smedley, of Uwchlan, 
Chester County. Tradition says it was brought over by John Sharpies 
in 1682. 

A letter from John Sharpies 2d, in 171 7, to his cousin Daniel Moore, 
in Wales ; now owned by John Sharpless. 

A large pewter dish, brought from England by the early setders of the 
family ; now owned by Mary Randolph. 

Horn box and sleeve buttons, once owned by Thomas Sharpies, 
the shanks of which are made from old copper pennies ; now owned by 
W. H. Rigby. 



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Two large striped linen bags, which were originally made for curtains 
one hundred and thirty years ago ; now owned by Elizabeth L. Otley. 

Sample of work on canvas, made in 1755 by Alice Passmore, 
daughter of Augustine Passmore ; now owned by Deborah P. Mendenhall. 

Plot of survey of transfer from Jane Sharpies to Joseph Sharpies in 
1696 ; owned by Jesse Darlington. 

A coverlet, spun in 1784 by Ann Sharpies, wife of Jacob, son of 
Joseph. Tacked to this coverlet is the following inscription : 

"John Sharpies immigrated from England with his wife (Jane) and seven children in 1682. 
All departed this life when young except three sons, John, James and Joseph Sharpies. Jacob, 
the son of Joseph, whose wife (Ann Sliarpless) sj^un the yarn for this coverlet when their oldest 
child was an infant, born in 1749. Slie rocked him in a basket, tied up to the joist, with a 
wheel-finger (a small stick) with a knob to turn the long or big wheel with. This coverlet has 
been in use every winter for 69 years. In 1S58 I knit this fringe and sewed it on, as the old 
fringe was nearly gone. 

Elizai;eth L. Otlev." 

A photograph of a Delaware Indian of unmixed race of the Lenni 
Lenape tribe, which occupied the vicinity of the old homestead when John 
Sharpies settled in the forest ; belongs to Samuel L. Smedley. 

Wooden book-rest, made by Samuel, grandson of Joseph ist; now 
owned by Joel Sharpless. 

A beautiful bo.x or chest, inlaid with white horn or bone, supposed 
to have come from India, belonged to John Sharpies, son of Daniel 2d, now 
owned by George Sharpless. The box is about 20 x 16 and sixteen inches 
in depth, inlaid inside and outside with coundess pieces of bone, being the 
result of years of patient and tedious labor. 

A hackle, owned by George Sharpless, which has been in the family 
nearly two hundred years. 

Sharpies Bible, printed in London, A. D. 1697. It first belonged to 
Lydia Lewis, in 1 703 ; she married Joseph Sharpies in 1 704. It contains 
the record of births of all of John Sharpies' children in England and all 
of Joseph's children in Nether Providence and Middletovvn, Delaware 
County, Pa. It is now owned by Joseph W. Jones, to whom it descended 
from his great-grandmother, Hannah Pennell, daughter of Joseph Sharpies. 

The patent deed for the Hastings tract, owned by John Sharpies. 
The deed is from William Penn, to which is attached a red seal, about four 
inches in diameter, surrounded by a wooden frame. 

A silver mug, now owned by Josiah Hibberd, of Whiteland. 

A silver tankard, brought over by John Sharpies in 1682, now owned 
by John Sharpless. 



46 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

Horn box and sleeve buttons, made by Samuel, grandson of Joseph ist, 
owned by Joel Sharpless. 

Coin scale of John Sharpies, in the fourth generation, owned by Sylvester 
Garrett. The box in which the small scale is placed is marked John Sharp- 
less, December 25, 1784. 

A china tea pot, owned by Beulah E. Sharpless, very ancient. 

A Daniel Sharpless Bible, containing records of the original John 
Sharpies, owned by Mary Randolph. 

The marriage certificate of Abraham Pennell and Hannah Sharpless, 
owned by Joseph Pennell. This certificate is dated 9th day of 5th month, 
A. D. 1776, and signed by sixty witnesses. 

The marriage certificate of Joseph Sharpies 2d and Mary Pyle, dated 
19th of 4th month, 1740 and signed by fifty-two witnesses. 

A silver spoon which belonged to Sarah Coppock, wife of Daniel 
Sharpies ist; now owned by Beulah E. Sharpless. 

Handkerchief, owned by Nathan Sharpless, of Downingtown, now 
owned by Annie S. Hoopes. 

Record of John and Jane Sharpies' family, now owned by John 
Sharpless^ reads as follows : 



" For my own satisfaction I take this account as follows : — Jane Moor, who is my mother, 
was born 1638, and John Sharpies, my father, and she was married 27th 2d month, 1662, and 
Phebe Sharjjles, his eldest child, was born 20th loth month, 1663. I, John Sharpies, was 
born i6th nth month, 1666. 

Thomas Sharpies was born the 2d nth month, 1668. 

James Sharpies was born 5th ist month, 1671. 

Caleb Sharpies, my brother, born 22d 7th month, 1673. 

Jane Sharpies, my sister, born 13th 6th month, 1676. 

Joseph Sharpies, born 28th 9th month, 1678. 

And my father and mother, with these, their children, left old England, their native 
country, and came on shore in Pennsylvania on the 14th day of 6th month, 1682, all but my 
brother Thomas, who died upon the seas the 17th 5th month, 1682. 

John Sharpies, my father, died nth 4th month, 1685, being about the age of sixty and 
one years. 

Phebe, my sister, died 2d 4th month, 1685. 

Jane, my sister, died 28th 3d month, 1685. 

Caleb, my brother, died 17th 7th month, 1686. 

Jane Sharpies, my mother, died ist of 9th month, 1722, being the age of 85 years and 
3 months. Rebecca Caudwell and Mary Ellis, my father's sisters, died the 25th and the 26th 
2d month, 1703, Rebecca being past the age of 72 and Mary past the age of 75 years and 6 
months." 



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A plow, used by John Sharpless of the fourth generation in his early 
days, supposed to be over one hundred years old. 

A wool spinning-wheel. 

A flax spinning-wheel and a fla.x breaker, owned by John Sharpless. 

A letter from Benjamin Sharpless, in 1776, to his father, Benjamin, of 
Middletown, son of Joseph Sharpies ; now owned by Jacob Hewes, of 
Mississippi. 

The marriage certificate of Daniel Sharpies, son of John Sharpies, 
of Ridley, in the county of Chester, dated 15th day of 2d month, 1736, at a 
public meeting at Springfield, in the county aforesaid, and signed by seventy- 
six witnesses. 

A carved powder horn, very old, now owned by Harvey S. Garrett. 

A panel of the chest brought over by John Sharpies in 1682. 

Bible of Edith Sharpies, bought for her in her 5th year, 1747, now 
owned by Mary D. Moody. 

Bible of Benjamin Sharpies, son of Joseph ist, dated 1752, now 
belonging to William P. Bancroft. 

A pewter mug belonging to John Sharpies. 

Copy of the original marriage certificate of George Smedley and Jane, 
daughter of John Sharpies, in 171 7, signed by about one hundred witnesses. 

A large hand-made pocket book of Daniel Sharpless, marked D. S., 
1767, now owned by Henry M. Paxson, Continental Terrace, Philadelphia. 

Bishop Green, of Mississippi, showed a marriage certificate of Richard 
Bradley and Elizabeth Sharpies. Richard Bradley was a son of John 
Bradley, of Yorkshire, Great Britian. Elizabeth Sharpless, daughter of 
John Sharpless, of the township of Providence, county of Chester, married 
on 15th day 5th month, 1755, in Chester; signed by forty-four witnesses. 
Elizabeth Sharpies, above mentioned, was the grandmother of Bishop 
Green and daughter of John Sharpies 3d. 



THE SHARPLESS FAMILY IN ENGLAND. 



ADDRESS 

Ai Sharplcss Rock, Eighth Month 2-j.th, iSS^ 

PREPARED BY EZEKIEL HUNN, JR., ES(,>. 



It would seem appropriate that on this day, the anniversary of the 
landing of the first Sharpies in this country, at this place, where stands the 
Rock which first afforded him shelter and the first house which became his 
home, a short account should be read to those of his descendants who are 
present of the origin of his family so far as that has been ascertained and 
of the English family arms he was entided to claim, which, although they 
give no superior rights or privileges to the present head of the family in 
this country, may be justly referred to by all the descendants of the first 
setder as an emblem of the dignity and respectability of the name of 
Sharpies in the mother country, as well as of the high degree of confidence 
reposed by the sovereign in the ancestor to whom they were originally 
granted ; a dignity, respectability and confidence which it is believed have 
never been abused by any of the descendants of that ancestor either in 
England or America. 

With a view of obtaining some information as to the history of the 
family and the family arms, a correspondence was commenced in the year 
1878 between Henry W. Sharpless, a prominent member of the American 
branch and at that time a member of the well known firm of Sharpless & 
Sons, Philadelphia, Pa., and Colonel Joseph Lemuel Chester, of London, 
England, who was undoubtedly the chief genealogical student and the 
highest authority in pedigrees that England or America could produce ; 
and the information furnished by him was incorporated in a very interesting 
report, especially prepared by this learned man, which report is made a part 
of this essay verbatim. And here let it be said that few men have even 
after death received such and so many tributes of well deserved praise 
from the people of a land they have adopted as Colonel Chester. He died 
in London May 29, 1S82. During his illness he was called on by Mr. 

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Lowell, the American Minister, and by many distinguished Englishmen. 
His death was caused by internal cancer and his remains were interred in 
Nunhead Cemetery. Flattering obituaries appeared in TJie Times, The 
Academy, The Aiheiucnm and other English papers ; the Dean and the 
Chapter of Westminster announced their intention of erecting a memorial 
tablet for him in Westminster Abbey ; and full notices and complimentary 
articles appeared in all prominent newspapers in the United States. From 
this man, therefore, while he was yet able to give us the benefit of his 
superior knowledge and his extensive research, we have obtained the 
report above referred to, and as Mr. Sharpless spared no expense and 
Colonel Chester no trouble in obtaining the material wherewith to compile 
it, we have the satisfaction of knowing that it is the result of the combined 
effort of money, experience and industry, and that it probably exhausts the 
subject. 

There is now living in Philadelphia a widow named Mary Sharpies, 
who emigrated with her husband, Thompson Sharpies, to this country only 
a few years ago from the very locality in question, who takes an especial 
pride in spelling her name with one final s (never, as she says, having 
heard of it being otherwise spelled), who has raised a large family of 
children in this country and who is perhaps present at this reunion with 
some of those children. Although these people cannot be numbered among 
the descendants of John Sharpies, they are of course most welcome as our 
own kindred and as members of the original stock from which we are all 
sprung, representing as they do the English branch of the family-tree. 

The number of persons present at this gathering must be only a small 
fraction of the almost innumerable posterity of John Sharpies scattered 
over the United States, for circulars of invitation have been sent by the 
committee of arrangements to them in almost every State of the union, 
and there seems to be no doubt that the English branches of the family 
have been quite as prolific as the American. 

On this side of the water we number among us, it is said, bishops, 
governors and judges, as well as many individuals of wealth and distinction, 
and, what is still more desirable, of high social standing and respectability. 

The report of Colonel Chester is as follows: 

Result of Researches Concerning the Ancestry of the Family of 
SiiARrLESs, of Philadelphia. 

By Joseph Lemuel Chester, LL.D. 
The origin of this family appears to be satisfactorily traced to 
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hood. The existence in Bolton of a hamlet named Shai-plcs suggests the 
probability that the hamlet took its name from the family, or that the family 
originally assumed the name of the locality in which they were living when 
surnames were first introduced. 

They appear to have been a prolific race, and its members eventually 
scattered themselves all over the kingdom, there being scarcely a county 
in which the name has not been found, but so far the various representa- 
tives of it, wherever found, are clearly traced back to the common stock in 
Lancashire. As a general rule they belonged to the rank of yeomanry, 
while they are to be found still lower in the social scale engaged in almost 
all the various trades and avocations. It is certain, however, that at least 
one line ranked among the gentry of the country and were entitled to bear 
arms. 

The two families of Sharpies of Sharpies, and Sharpies of Freckle- 
ton, no doubt descending from common ancestors, had their right to bear 
arms recognized by the Heralds at their Visitation in 1664, and the coats 
they then presented and claimed were identical. There is no record now 
in existence at the College of Arms to show on what grounds their claim 
to this coat was allowed by the Heralds, but the king of arms, who made 
this visitation, was the celebrated Sir William Dugdale, who enjoys the 
highest reputation for careful and accurate official investigation, and it may 
be safely assumed that he did not then accept and confirm these arms 
without abundant evidence that those who claimed them were lawfully 
entitled to them. Whether this coat was originally granted only to their 
immediate line, and so could only be borne by them and their direct 
descendants, it is impossible to say positively. The probability is, however, 
that they produced evidence that the coat had been borne by their ancestors 
from time immemorial, as the heraldic phrase is, and it was thereupon con- 
firmed to them as a matter of course. In such case it follows that all of 
the name who could trace to the same ancestors would possess the same 
right, if they chose to press their claims, while those who could directly 
connect themselves with the pedigrees then accejDted and recorded by the 
Heralds would enjoy the right to bear that coat without further ceremony. 
The facts appear to be, after a careful investigation, that these two families, 
of Sharpies and Freckleton, had acquired wealth and social standing, and 
chose at that time to assert their right to bear arms and be recognized as 
belonging to the rank of gentry, while the rest of the name, who were plain 
farmers or tradesmen or engaged in occupations still socially lower, could 
not or did not care to assert the same ricrht, but were content to remain 



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what they had been before. The rijjht, however, existed and still exists 
among their descendants, as will be made clear hereafter. 

The name appears to have been originally Sharpies. In that form it 
occurs more often than in any other in the records that have been examined. 
There was not, however, during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, 
any recognized standard of orthography even as to surnames and conse- 
quendy we find the name spelt in various ways, such as Sharpeles, Sharpe- 
lesse, Sharpless, Sharplesse, Sharplis, .Sharplisse and even Sharpulls. 
Several genuine signatures of Sharpless occur at a very early date, but, as 
has been said, Sharpies was the predominant form. The ancestors of the 
American line, so far as ascertained, invariably wrote their name thus. 
The addition of a second terminadng letter in modern times is a mere 
matter of taste and by most persons will be considered an improvement*. 
It changes the pronunciation of the whole word and that change may also 
be regarded as an improvement. 

It is to be feared that it will be impossible to trace the line of the 
American family further back than about the middle of the sixteenth 
century. The difficulty arises from the fact that its early ancestors, although 
perfecdy respectable, did not occupy that rank which would bring them and 
their history into the public records. They were not owners of land in fee 
simple and therefore no transfers of property are among the rolls in 
Chancery. Unfortunately, also, although the wills of the various branches 
of the family exist in great profusion in the general registry in London, and 
at the local registries at Lancaster and Chester, they do not, after a careful 
and thorough examination, except in a single instance, throw any light upon 
the history of the ancestors of the American family. 

In the absence of such data as the ordinary public records of the 
country furnish, we can only fall back upon wills and parish registers. If 
the wills indicate the parishes in which the testators lived and died, 
then if the period is not too remote, and the parish registers are still in 
existence the ancestry of a family may be readily traced. But no parish 
registers were kept until the year 1538, and comparatively few commencing 
at that date are now in existence. In the present instance the registers of 
Bolton, the undoubted cradle of the Sharpies family, do not begin until 
15S7, all the earlier ones being hopelessly lost, and this date, as will be 
seen, is far too modern for our purpose. We are left, therefore, to do the 
best we can with such collateral and circumstantial evidence as is how to be 
obtained. 



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THE SHARP LESS FAMILY. 



We Start with the fact, abundantly proved hereafter, that John Sharpies, 
the emigrant to Pennsylvania in 16S2, was the son of Jeffrey Sharpies, of 
Wybunbury, in the county of Chester, where he was baptized on the 15th 
August, 1624. My first search was for the antecedents of this Jeffrey 
Sharpies. ' The result was that among all the wills of the name, at London, 
and the local registries named, the will of but one Jeffrey Sharpies can be 
found of any date. More than this, after having examined all the Sharpies 
wills at these registries, from the earliest date, 1384 down to 1760, a ])eriod 
of nearly four centuries, I am able to say that, except in these two instances, 
the Christian name of Jeffrey never occurs in any branch of the family 
represented by the wills. This is obviously an important fiict and the chief 
link in the chain of circumstantial evidei.ce to be presented. 

This Jeffrey Sharpies made his will on the 2d March, 1602-3, describ- 
ing himself as of Flixton, in the county of Lancaster, yeoman. Flixton is 
a parish about seven miles west of Manchester, while Bolton is about 
eleven miles northwest. The two parishes are therefore but a few miles 
apart. 

The following Is a full abstract of the will : 

To be buried in Fbxton church. My goods to be divided into 3 parts, one of which 
I give to my wife Margaret, and one to my daughter Klizalieth; to I'homas Hopwood 20 
shilUngs; to James Harper 40; to Kalherine Harper 10 shilUngs; to my brother Eicliard 
my best suit of apparel ; to Richard' s datighler Alice 5 shiUings and 4 pence ; to my 
three god-daughters each 12 pence; to Adam Stones my stag leather breeches and pair of 
shoes; to John Stones 40 shillings; to xwj cousin Richard Ward 10. All residue of my 
estate to my said wife and daughter. I appoint my wife and Richard Ward executors. I 
owe my uncle Alexander Ward ^5.10.0. My wife to have and enjoy half my Tenement 
for life, and I desire my right worshipful Master to be good to my wife and daughter, and 
not have my Tenement divided so long as my daughter is unmarried, and my said d:uighler i.-> 
not to marry without their consent. 

The will was proved by the executors, at Chester, on the 19th Ma)', 
1603. The amount of personal property left by the testator, according to 
the appraisement in the inventory filed, was ninety-eight pounds and ten 
shillings. 

This sum must be multiplied by ten, in order to show the relative value 
of money at that and the present date, and thus the personalty amounts to 
one thousand pounds or five thousand dollars. 

It must also be remembered that such appraisements did not probably 
represent more than half the actual value oi the goods. 



THE SHAH PL ESS FAMILY. ^, 

It is evident, therefore, that this Jeffrey Sharpies was what may be 
called a well-to-do yeoman. The expression " my right worshipful Master" 
does not imply that he was in service, but was a common term between 
landlord and tenant, and in the present instance doubtless indicates the lord 
of the manor of Flixton, under whom he held his tenement. Other items of 
the will will be referred to hereafter. 

An examination of the parish registers of Flixton brings to light the 
following facts : 

Jeffrey Sharpies was not a native of Flixton, as beyond the entries relat- 
ing to himself and his wives and children the name of Sharpies does not occur 
again in the registers. None of his children were baptized at Flixton, nor 
was he himself buried there, although he so directed in his ^vill. But on 
the 23d February, 1576-7, his son Richard was buried; on <he 27th May, 
1577, his daughter Elizabeth, and on the 30th March^ 1 5S0 his first wife, 
Anne. About seven months later, viz., 20th October, 1580 — no unusual 
occurrence — he was married again, at Flixton, to Margaret Stones, who 
survived him and by whom he had the daughter Elizabe'.h, who was still a 
minor at his death. 

Of his widow and daughter I have found no further trace. If he was 
a native of Bolton, as were the uncle and cousin named in his will, the 
impossibility of identifying his ancestors from the Bolton registers is 
apparent, as he was born some thirty years before they commence, and die 
same remark applies to his brother Richard. 

We will now go to Wybunbury, in Cheshire, where, at a little later 
date, we find the only other Jeffrey Sharpies who has been discovered 
among all the records examined. After an exhaustive examination of the 
registers there the following results are obtained. 

The first Sharpies baptism in the registers is that of Thomas, son of 
Richard Sharpies, on the 19th August, 1579. This child evidently died 
young and was not buried at Wybunbury. On the 4th April, 1583, a 
daughter of the same Richard Sharpies was baptized and on the 4th 
November, 1 589, another son, named Thomas. These are the only Sharpies 
baptisms in the registers until we come to those of the children of Jeffrey 
Sharpies at a later period. On the 8th December, 1614, Cicely, the wife 
of Richard Sharpies, was buried. He remained a widower about fifteen 
years and was then married again, at Wybunbury, the 5th December, 1629, 
to Jane Cowper. There is no further trace of her in the registers, but 
Richard Sharpies himself was buried there on the 27th April, 1641. He 
must of course have died a very old man, as, if his son Thomas, baptized 



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THE SHARP LESS EAJfJLV. 



in 1579, was his first child, he himself could not have been born later than 
about the year 1555, and his Identity seems fully established by the fact 
that in the entry of his burial he was described as "senex," a descriptive 
word that in all my experience of parish registers I have never known used 
except to indicate extreme old age. We find him then living at Wybunbury 
from 1579 to 1641, a period of sixty-two years, clearly a permanent resi- 
dent of the parish. We also find the name continuing in the parish and 
another generation being baptized there, who were the children of Jeffrey 
Sharpies. The (question arises, was this Jeffrey a son of the Richard just 
named. To this I am compelled to reply that there is no positive evidence 
and we must fall back upon that which is circumstantial. Jeffrey Sharpies 
certainly was not baptized [of record] at Wybunbury, but this is not a fatal 
objection. C'lildren were often baptized, from various causes, in other 
parishes than those in which their parents resided. A common occurrence 
was for the mother to visit her own parents and have her child baptized at 
her old home. Parish registers, too, were not always perfectly kept. 
Entries were often omitted through accident or carelessness. (A notable 
instance has come under my own observation this very day : John Locke, 
the celebrated philosopher, is known to have been baptized in the parish 
church of Wrington, in Somerset, and yet, although there is no deficiency 
in the register at that period, his baptism was never recorded.) It is not at 
all unlikely that Jeffrey may have been born before Richard came to 
Wybunbury, when of course his baptism would not appear there. My 
reasons for believing that Jeffrey was the son of Richard are that the name 
of Sharpies was so uncommon in this part of the country, the surname itself 
being an uncommon one, that it is most unlikely that two persons bearing 
it, not very closely related to each other, should have settled down in this 
small and out of the way neighborhood. One ceases to have children 
baptized in 1589 and the other commences in 161 2. There is just the 
proper space of time between these dates that there would be if we knew 
that the children of Jeffrey were the grandchildren of Richard. There are 
other strong reasons to be found in the identity of Christian names and this 
involves another question. It will be remembered that Jeffrey Sharpies, of 
Flixton, whose will has been quoted, names his brother Richard and his 
brother Richard's daughter, showing that he was still alive at the date of 
the will, in 1602, and with children. It will also be remembered that the 
only son of this Jeffrey was named Richard, no doubt after his brother. If, 
as I assume and believe, this " brother Richard " was no other than Richard 
Sharpies, of Wybunbury, what more natural than that the latter should in 



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turn name one of his sons after his brother Jeffrey? Then again it was 
ahnost the invariable custom at this period for a young married couple to 
name their first son after the husband's father, a custom which prevailed all 
over England down to the time of the commonwealth, in the middle of the 
seventeenth centur)^ Now what name did Jeffrey Sharpies, of Wybunbury, 
give to his first born son ? No other than Richard. Taking all these facts 
into consideration, coupled with the fact that these two Jeffreys are the only 
ones that have ever appeared at any date among the vast amount of records 
that have been examined, it is difficult to avoid the conclusion that Jeffrey, 
of Flixton, and Richard, of Wybunbury, were brothers and that Jeffrey, of 
Wybunbury, was the son of Richard and perpetuated the race in that 
parish. It is to be feared that no more direct evidence will ever be forth- 
coming. Richard Sharpies left no will. Probably his extreme age would 
account for that, for he could hardly have been less than eighty-si.x years 
old at his death and it is also probable that his worldly possessions were 
not of sufficient magnitude to render such a ceremony necessary. From 
this point onwards every statement to be made is substantiated by abundant 
proof 

Jeffrey Sharpies, of Wybunbury, was married under a license obtained 
from the Bishop of Chester, dated 27th April, 1611, to Margaret Ashley, 
described as of Wich Malbank (the modern Nantwich), of the county of 
Chester, she being then a spinster. Who she was or to what family she 
belonged it has so far been impossible to ascertain. But it may be 
remarked that marriages by license at that period usually Indicate that the 
parties were not of the humblest rank in life, as they were attended with 
considerably more difficulty and expense than marriages by banns, a 
bondsman being required, a personal journey to Chester and the expenditure 
of no small sum In ecclesiastical fees. Something more concerning this 
Margaret Ashley may perhaps be learned hereafter. At present it Is only 
known that she was married at the date mentioned and that she was burled 
at Wybunbury on the 21st January, 1643-4, '^^ "Margaret, the wife of 
Jeffrey .Sharpies." 

The following facts in reference to their children have been acquired 
irom a personal examination of the Wybunbury parish registers and of the 
registers of the Society of Friends, now deposited with the registrar- 
general In London, as also from the will of John Sharpies, the emigrant. 
I will deal with them In chronological order. 

I. Richard Sharpies, evidently the eldest child, was baptized at 
Wybunbury 4th .September, 161 2, and probably named after his grand- 



56 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

father, as before intimated. He evidently died young-, or else when grown 
up migrated from Wybunbury, as he certainly was not buried there nor 
does his name again appear in the register. As he is not named in the 
will of his brother John, in 1682, which mentions all his sisters and their 
children, it is clear that he was dead before that date. 

II. Ellen, who was baptized at Wybunbury 4th March, 1614-15. Her 
marriage does not occur in the Wybunbury registers, but she was named in 
the will of her brother John, in 1682, as Ellen Jennings, of Newcastle (/. e., 
Newcasde-under-Lyme), in Stafford.shire, with three children. 

III. Margery, who was baptized at Wj'bunbury 12th July, 161S. 
According to the Friends' register she was married in an assembly of 
the said people on the 2d of the twelfth month, 1667 (/. e., 2d Fel^ruary, 
1667-S), to Daniel Moore, of Hankelow, she being described as of 
Blakenhall. Both Hankelow and Blakenhall are hamlets in the parish of 
Wybunbury. Among the witnesses named are John Sharpies, Jane 
Sharpies, Mary Sharpies and Rebecca Sharpies, /. c, her brother and his 
wife and her two unmarried sisters. According to the same register she 
died the 24th of the tenth month (December), 1670. Her husband, Daniel 
Moore^ remarried the 26th of the first month, 1678 (?'. e., March), Mary 
Briggs, of Newton, lately of London. He was buried the 26th of the first 
month (March), 1681. She appears to have left no issue, and no will of her 
husband is to be found. 

IV. A child, probably dying before baptism, was buried at Wybunbury 
2 1st January, 1620-1, as "a daughter of Jeffrey Sharpies." 

V. John Sharpies, the emigrant to Pennsylvania, of whom hereafter. 

VI. Mary, who was baptized at Wybunbury 19th August, 1627. She 
was mentioned in the will of her brother John, in 16S2, as "my sister Mary 
Ellis," and evidently without children. From the Friends' registers it 
appears that she married, first, the i6th of the twelfth month, 1667 (/. r., 
i6th February, 1667-8), Richard Clowes, of Nantwich, in Cheshire, the 
witnesses being John Sharpies, Rebecca Sharpies and Richard Caldwell, 
i. r., her brother and sister, and the subsequent husband of the latter. 
Richard Clowes lived but little more than three years, dying the 20th of the 
third month (May), 1671. Remaining a widow a little more than two 
years, she re-married, the 19th of the fourth month (June), 1673, Samuel 
Ellis, of Nantwich, the witnesses being Richard Caldwell, Daniel Moore, 
Rebecca Caldwell and Jane Sharpies, ?'. c, her two brothers-in-law, her 
sister and her brother John's wife. She evidently had no children by either 
husband, and neither their wills nor her own can be found, nor is there any 
further trace of her or her last husband in the Friends' registers. 



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VII. Rebecca, who was baptized at Wylninbury, 30th January, 1 630-1. 
She was married, in 1671 (no other date being- given in the Friends' 
register), to Richard Caldwell, of Rope, another hamlet in Wybunbury. 
The witnesses were John Sharpies, Jane Sharpies and Daniel Moore, i. e., 
her brother and his wife and her brother-in-law. Richard Caldwell died 
the 13th of the eighth month (October), 1678, but no will of his has been 
discovered. She was named in her brodier John's will, in 16S2, as still 
living, with one child, but no further trace of her has been found. 

We now return to John Sharpies, the fifth child, and apparendy only 
surviving son of Jeffrey Sharpies by his wife, Margaret Ashley. He was 
baptized at Wybunbury on 15th August, 1624. He is always described in 
the Friends' registers as of Hatherton, another hamlet in the very large 
parish of Wybunbuiy. He married, in 1662 (no other date being given, 
but more probably, from the date of the birth of his first child, in January 
or February, or even March, 1662-3), J-i'ie Moore, also of Hatherton. It 
is probable that she was a sister of Daniel Moore who married her 
husband's sister, Margery Sharpies, and that it was their mother, Jane 
Moore, who died, according to the Friends' registers, the 27th of the first 
month (March), 167 1. The entire absence of wills of this family of Moore 
renders her identification difficult if not impossible. As in the American 
records of the family she is said to have died in 1722, aged about eighty- 
four ; she was born about 1638, being fourteen years younger than her 
husband, and their ages at their marriage were respectively about thirty- 
eight and twenty-four. The births of all their children are recorded in the 
registers of the Society of Friends as follows : 

1. I'hebe, 20th of tendi month (December), 1663. 

2. John, i6th of eleventh month, 1666 (/. c, January 16, 1666-7). 

3. Thomas 2d of eleventh month, 166S (/. c, January 2, 166S-9). 

4. James, 5th of first month (/. e., March), 1 670-1. 

5. Caleb, 22cl of seventh month (/. c, September), 1673. 

6. Jane, 13th of sixth month (/. c, August), 1676. 

7. Joseph, 2Sth of ninth month (/. c, November), 167S. 

As no deaths of any children of John and Jane Sharpies are recorded 
in the registers, it is pretty certain that they had no others. All the above- 
named children emigrated with their parents to Pennsylvania in the year 
16S2, and their subsequent history must be dealt with there. 

It may be safely assumed that John Sharpies, the emigrant, was among 
the earliest disciples of George Fox. The last date of the connection of 



58 THE SHARP LESS FAMILY. 

the family with the Church of England that we have is that of the burial of 
his mother, in 1644, which was four years before Fox began to teach his 
peculiar doctrines. From that date the name of Sharpies is no longer to 
be found in the Wybunbury parish registers. John himself and all his sisters 
married Friends, and as his was the earliest marriage, viz., 1662, it seems 
clear that the entire family had before that date joined the new society. 
Whether the father, Jeffrey Sharpies, also became a Friend can only be 
conjectured from the fact that the only record to be found of his death is in 
the Friends' registers, where he is stated to have died on the 15th of the 
tenth month (December), 1661, and is described as of Blakenhall. He 
was doubtless buried in the Friends' burying-place, but over that he would 
have had no control. It seems likely, however, that if he had not himself 
become a Friend, or if he had expressed the desire to be buried by his wife 
and the mother of his children, that his surviving children would not have 
contravened that wish, and that he would have been buried with her at 
Wybunbury, which certainly was not the case. 

Jeffrey Sharpies left no will, nor were letters of administration of his 
estate issued, which indicates either the extreme meagreness of his posses- 
sions or else that he had in his lifetime disposed of anything he had to leave 
behind him. It is perfectly clear, however, from the character of the entries 
in the Wybunbury registers, and from all else that has been gleaned, that 
he made no pretension, nor did his son after him, to any other character 
than that of a small yeoman in an obscure country hamlet. 

John Sharpies had a grant of land from William Penn on the 5th 
April, 16S2, and not long after emigrated with his entire family to Pennsjl- 
vanla, landing at Chester on the 14th of August in that year. Before 
leaving England, however, he made his will, viz., on the 4th May, 1682, 
describing himself as of Hatherton, In the county of Chester, yeoman. 
The followinor is a full abstract of It: 



My messuage and tenement in Blakenhall, which I hold for 99 years of Sir Thomas 
Delves, of Dodington, Co. Chester, Baronet, for the lives of John SIiari>les, Jnhn Sharpies the 
younger, and Jane wife of said John Sharpies the elder. I give one-half to my said wife Jane 
for her life, with remainder to my said son John, and the other half to my said son John — to 
my said wife Jane ^50. — the rest of my goods equally among my younger children, but if all 
die before receiving their shares, then each of my executors to have ^^5. If all said children 
be dead at my wife's death, then all my goods to go among my sister Mary Ellis, my sister 
Rebecca Caldwell and her child, and the three children of my sister Ellen Jennings, of 
Newcastle in Staffordshire — I appoint executors my friends Thomas Read the elder, of Rope, 
yeoman, his son Thomas Read, and William Wase, of Hankelow, yeoman. 



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The will was proved at Chester, on the loth November, 16S5, m wliich 
year the testator had died in Pennsylvania. 

It is evident that John Sharpies, with a forethought nniisual in American 
emigrants of that period, instead of disposing of all his possessions, 
reserved the lease of the house and lands which he held at Blakenhall, 
probably with the idea that, if dissatisfied with his new home, he would have 
one to return to in England. He therefore made his will before emigrating 
and left it behind him in the custody of his executors. He was a tenant of 
Sir Thomas Delves, the lord of the manor, from whom he held a lease for 
ninety-nine years, and that he was able to retain this, after the purchase he 
had made in Pennsylvania and the necessarily considerable expense of 
transporting so large a family there, speaks well for his thrift and proves 
conclusively that if only a "yeoman," as he chose to call himself, he was 
certainly one in comfortable circumstances. 

It now remains only to discuss the question of arms. It will be 
remembered that Jeffrey Sharpies, of Flixton, in his will names his uncle 
Alexander Ward and his cousin Richard Ward. Now it is evident that 
these two persons appear on the pedigree of Sharpies, of Sharpies, accepted 
and entered by the Heralds on their Visitation of Lancashire before referred 
to, as Alexander Sharpies alias Ward and Richard Sharpies alias Ward, 
being father and son. Alexander was himself son of another Richard 
Sharpies. Why he and his son took the additional surname of Ward is 
not clear, and it was not used by the eldest son of the last Richard, but 
other descendants of Alexander continued to use both surnames, some- 
times as Sharpies alias Ward and sometimes as Ward alia$ Sharpies, while 
others called themselves only Ward or Sharpies. 

This pedigree, as was very common, gives only the direct line of 
descent of Alexander Ward alias Sharpies, without mentioning any of the 
brothers in either generation, but it is clear from the will of Jeffrey 
Sharpies, of Flixton, that he was the son of one of Alexander's brothers, 
and most probably a Richard, and hence be rightly called Alexander his 
uncle, and Alexander's son Richard his cousin. This being the case, 
although he styled himself a yeoman, he had as much right to the arms as 
Alexander himself, and was rightfully a gentleman. It follows, that, 
if Richard Sharpies, of Wybunbury, was the brother of Jeffrey, of Flixton, 
as there seems good reason to believe, he was also entitled to the arms, 
and hence the descendants of Richard, through John Sharpies, the 
emigrant, have equally the right to bear them. The coat is a very pretty 
one and is blazoned thus : Sable, three crescents, argent, between the points 



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of each a mullet or. The crest is a dexter hand brandishing a sword, 
proper. When or to whom this coat was originally granted it is impossible 
now to ascertain, but the Heralds evidently recognized it as having been 
borne by die family of Sharpies from time immemorial and confirmed it to 
the representatives who claimed it, both in 1567 and 1665. 
London, December 3, 187S. 



SHARPIES OF SHARPIES. 



From the Visi/a/ioii of Laiicasltii-L\ /^6'y. 

John Sharpies of Sharpies in com. Lane, gent., marled and had ylsue 
Rychard Sharpies his eldeste Sonne, Hewghe seconde sonne. 

Rychard Sharpies of Sharpies aforesayde, gent., sonne and heire to John 
aforesayde, maryed Elyzabethe Doughter to Robert Bolton of Bolton in com. 
Lane, gent., and by her hathe yfsue Alexander Sharpies his eldeste sonne, 
Jane marled to Rychard Kyrkman, Margerye maryed to Edmonde 
Sharpies of Exton in com. Lane, gent., Elyzabethe marled to Roger 
Taylor of Hallyvvaye in com. Lane. 

Alexander Sharpies, als Ward, of Sharpies aforesayde, gent., sonne 
and heire to Rychard aforesayde, marled to his fyrste wyfe Anne Daughter 
to Rychard iirmston of Lastocke in com. Lane, gent., and by her had 
yfsue Rychard Sharpies, a/s Warde, his eldeste sonne, Elyzabethe maried 
to Robert Sharpies of Blackborne in com. Lane, gent., Agnes maried to 
Wyllm Swetclowe, Cycelye and Jane unmaryed. After the sayde 
Alexander mar. to his second wyfe Margarett, Doughter to Wyllm Morrj'e 
of Bolton in com. Lane, and by her hathe as yet no yfsue. 

Rychard Sharpies, a/s Ward, of Sharpies aforesayd, gent., sonne and 
heire to Alexander aforesayde, mar. Ellyn Doughter to Lawrence 
Brownlowe, and by her hathe yfsue Alexander, sonne and heire, and 
Margarett. 

Extracted from the J'isi/a/ion of the County of Lancaster made, anno 
1567 (in the 9th year of Reign of Elizabeth) by Wm. Flower (not Lawrence 
Dalton), Norroy King of Arms, this 22nd Feb. 187S. 

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MISCELLANEOUS. 



Alfred Fryer, of Elm Hirst, Wilmslow, Cheshire, writes under date of 
4 mo. 3, 1886, as follows : 

"Since writing to thee I made a pilgrimage into the district whence 
the Sharpless family came. I visited the church and by the kindness of the 
vicar saw the registers, but there was nothing there, I e.xjDect, which had 
not already been searched out by descendants who had exj^lored them. 
Thou may probably be aware that the parish registers in England usually 
commenced with the reign of Elizabeth, and they were in the first instance 
made on paper, afterwards transcribed into books made of parchment. In 
some cases the paper originals exist. The registers of Wybunbury are in 
beautiful preservation, yet they are more difficult to read than any which 1 
have met with. Not only do the inscriptions include curious contractions, 
but the writing is extremely small and the most quaint in character that I 
have met with ; so they have to be picked out rather than read. Wybun- 
bury is pronounced Wib'-en-berry. I send a photo, of the tower, which is 
very beautiful and ancient, and must have been very familiar to John 
Sharpless, but would present to him a much less pleasing picture than it 
does to us. Neglect to attend their legal places of worship brought on 
Friends the penalties, under the cruel statute of Elizabeth, of twenty 
pounds a month. The tower is worth examining with a magnifying glass 
in order to see the statues on the fiice. The church has been rebuilt about 
1S30. No ancient gravestone exists in the yard with the name of Sharpless 
on it, and indeed the name seems to have died out of the district. Among 
the numerous ancient benefactors to the parish the name is not found. 

" I also went to Blakenhall, where he lived for a time. This is not the 
name of a house, but of a district or rather township, and after diligently 
hunting I could find no tradition of the existence of Sharpless, nor any 
house with letters inscribed on it. I also proceeded to Hatherton and 
treated it in like manner, and then went to Hankelow. I send thee a photo' 
of an extensive odd-timbered house, the 'Cliff,' at Wybunbury.- I also went 
to Nantwich, a place in the district often mentioned in Bcssc and Fox. It 

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65 



possesses a beautiful church with an octagonal tower. It is ancient. I 
send thee a photo. At Nantvvich the last wife of John Milton was buried, 
but at a little Baptist graveyard and not at the church." 

The same correspondent informs, that on the 20th of 5th month, 1659, 
a petition signed by women, against tithes, was presented to Parliament, and 
among the Cheshire signers were Anne Sharpies, Mary Sharpies and 
Margery Sharjiles. 

In ]'irginia Caroloriuii, or an account of the colony of Virginia, liy 
Edward D. Neill, it is stated that Mr. Davison was elected secretary of the 
Virginia Company in 1621, after whose death, in 1623-4, an oath was 
administered to Edward Sharpies, acting as secretary, in these words : 

"You shall keep secret all matters committed unto you, with all things 
that shall be treated secretly at the Counsell table untill such tyme as by 
the consent of his Majestie's Governor and Captayn Generall and the full 
Councel of the State then resydent, or the maior part of them, publication 
shall be made thereof," etc. 

On the 15th of June, 1625, Governor Wyatt and Council notified die 
Privy Council in England that they had been forced to suspend Captain 
John Martin from their body, and that the reason they had taken the 
secretaryship from and cut off the ears of Edward Sharpless, was because 
he had violated his oath and " delivered papers committed to his charge 
which greatly concerned" them. 

In Ilotten's Lists of Emigrants mention is made of a Thomas 
Sharpless, aged twenty, who embarked 6th June, 1635, at Gravesend, for 
Virginia. 

In Burke's History of the Coiinnoiicrs it is stated that Judith, daughter 
ot Armigill Sharpies, of Louth, in Lancashire, married Edward Massing- 
berd, Esq., baptized 15S9, and left two sons. Cuthbert Sharpies was 
mayor of Liverpool in 1 699. Aaron Troughton, Escp, of Preston, in Lanca- 
shire, married Miss Nancy Gornall, who wedded secondly Thomas 
Sharpies, Esq., of Blackburn. 

William Penn, writing from Kensington, England, to James Logan, 3d 
of 12 mo. I 701, says : " I have sent my negative to the charter by way of 
New York, per Lord Cornbury's ship, the Jersey. Captain Stapleton has 
it, directed to the Post-master Sharpies." 

John Sharpless and others were signers to a certificate dated 4 mo. 3, 
I 711, which Mark Carleton brought to Philadelphia from P^riends of Mt. 
Melick Meeting, in Ireland. 



Genealogy 

OF THE 

Sharpies Family 



N AMERICA 



Children of Geoffrey and Margaret Sharples,* of Wyuun- 
BURY, Cheshire, England. 

Richard, bapt. at Wybunbury, Sept. 4, 161 2; probably died young or 
without issue. 

Ellen, bapt. at W. Mar. 4, 1614-15 ; married Jennings and had three 

children, who were of New Castle, in Staffordshire, 16S2. 

Margery, bapt. at W. July 12, 1618; married from Blakenhall 12 mo. 2, 
1667 to Daniel Moor, of Hankelow- (It is also of record that the 
marriage occurred 12 mo. 2, 1 671, at Richard Chadwell's house, at 
Rope, but the year is doubtless in error.) She is said to have died 
10 mo. 24, 1670, after which he married again, as already shown 
(p. 56). The death of a Margaret Moor, of Hankelow, is also 
given II mo. 19, 167S, and Daniel Moor, of the same place, was 
buried i mo. 26, 1681. Abigail Moor, dau. of Daniel and Mary, 
was born 11 mo. 26, 167S. Margery does not appear to have left 
issue. 

A daughter, probably unnamed, buried at Wybunbury, Jan. 21, 1620-1. 

* It is proposed to xise this spelling of the name in the early generations and, so far as known, in the 
cases of those who still adhere to it. 

(67) 



68 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

I. John, bapt. at W. Aug. 15, 1624, of whom presently. 

Mary, bapt. at W. Aug. 19, 1627; married from Namptwich, 12 mo. 16, 
1 667, to Richard Clowes of that place, who died 3 mo. 20, 1671, 
and she m. 4 mo. 19, 1673, Samuel Ellis of Namptwich. Tlie)- 
subsequently came to Pennsylvania and were witnesses to the 
marriage of her nephew, John Sharpies, in 1692. She died 2 mo. 
26,(?) 1703, according to the statement of her said nephew. Of her 
last husband nothing further is known and it does not appear that 
she had children. 

Rebecca, bapt. at W. Jan. 30, 1630-1 ; married from "Roppe," 1671, at the 
house of Mary Fletcher^ in Edlestone, to Richard Caldwell of Roppe,'-' 
who died 8 mo. 13, 1678. He is supposed to have been the Richard 
"Chadwell" at whose house her sister Margery was married. 
Rebecca Caldwell and daughter Mary came to Pennsylvania, 
perhaps in company with her brother John Sharpies, 16S2, and 
settled on adjoining land, taken up on rent. She died 2 mo. 25,(?) 
1703, "being past the age of seventy-two." The name was 
frequently written Caudwell and Cordwell in the old records. 
Mary Caldwell married William Swaffer, in 1694, and some of their 
descendants will be given at the end of this volume. 



(!•) John Sharpies', bapt. at Wybunbury, Cheshire, England, 
Aug. 15, 1624; died 4 mo. 11, 1685, "^^^ Chester, Pennsylvania; married 
2 mo. (April) 27, 1662, to Jane Moor, perhaps a sister to Daniel Moor, of 
Hankelow, born 1638, died near Chester, Pa., 9 mo. i. 1722. Issue: 

2. Phebe, b. at Mearemore, 10 mo. 20, 1663 ; d. near Chester, Pa., 4 mo. 2, 16S5, 

unmarried. 

3. John, b. at Blakenhall, 11 mo. 16, 1666 ; married Hannah Pennell. 

4. Thomas, b. at Hatherton, 11 mo. 2, 166S ; d. at sea 5 mo. 17, 16S2. 

5. James, b. at Hatherton, i mo. 5, 1670-1 ; married Mary Edge and Mary Lewis. 

6. Caleb, b. at Hatherton, 2 mo. 22, 1673 ; d. near Chester, Pa., 7 mo. 17, 16S6, from 

the bite of a snake. 

7. Jane, b. at Hatherton, 6 mo. 13, 1676 ; d. near Chester, Pa., 3 mo. 28, 16S5. 

8. Joseph, b. at Hatherton, 9 mo. 28, 167S ; married Lydia Lewis. 

Among the Friends' records in Cheshire we find the burials of Thomas 
Moore, 5 mo. 30, 1658, and Joshua Moores, 4 mo. i, 1659, at Over 

* Rope is the place, I e.\pect, which is now called Rough. — .\lfred Fryer. 



JOHN SHARPLES-. 69 

Whitley, sons of Ralph and Ehza (Elizabeth?), of Norcott or Norcett ; also 
of Ralph Moores, of Norcett, 11 mo. 23, 1661. Jane Moore died i mo. 
27, 1671. The relationship of these to Jane Sharpies can only be con- 
jectured. After 1682 the names of Sharpies and Moore do not occur in 
the records of Cheshire Monthly Meeting for one hundred and forty years. 
The Daniel Moore, of Manchester, whose letter to his cousins has been 
given (p. 41), was doubtless the son of a brother to Jane Sharpies. 
Another nephew was John Moore, weaver, who, with Margaret, his wife, 
came to Pennsylvania prior to 171 7, and settled in Thornbury township. 
They appear to have had the following children (named Moore): 

Daniel, m. Elizabeth and settled in West Nantmeal, Chester County ; d. about 

1763- 

Thomas, m. Mary and had several children, of whom a dau. Mary, m. James 

Batten, 1733. Thomas died in Newtown township, 1752, leaving a widow, Susanna. 

Margaret, b. Apr. 24, 1699, m. June 26, 1717, William Trego, supposed to be of a 
French Huguenot family, and resided in Goshen township. Their son Benjamin, 
b. June 2, 1730, gave the ground upon which the public buildings were erected at 
West Chester, to which the county seat was removed from Chester in 17S6, 

Elizabeth, m. James Trego, son of Peter and Judith and brother to William. 

Mary, m. Richard Barry, 7 mo. 24, 17 19. 

Samuel, m. Mary . 

Ann, m. 10 mo. 23, 1725, to Nathaniel Grubb. 

John, m. Elizabeth and d. 1733. 

The movements of John Sharpies are to some extent indicated by the 
places of his children's births. That he became an early convert to the 
doctrines of the Society of Friends, or Quakers, and an active member of 
their meetings for discipline, has been shown (p. 27). Some of his 
sufferings on account of his religious principles are set forth in the 
following extracts from Besse's Sufferings of the Quakers, vol. i. pp. 105, 
loS. 

" CHESHIRE. 
"Anno 1674 and 1675. 

"In these Years for their religious Assemblies held at Willison, the following Distresses 



Taken from Thomas Brassey, for preaching there. Goods worth 
Henry Fletcher ...... 

John Sharplace 

Randal Elliott, for suffering a Meeting in his House 
And from several others, to the "Value of . 

In all 



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THE SHARPLESS FAMIL Y. 



Anno 1679. 



"About twenty-three others, convicted at the Quarter Sessions of one Month's Absence 
from their Parish Church on the Act of 23 Q. Eliz. were fined 20/. each, and returned into the 
Court of Exchequer, as Delinquents, indebted to the King, namely John Wrench, Richard 
Picton, Alice Jackson, Anne Wrench, Thomas Norcott, John Hall, Thomas Powel, Mary 
Norcott, Peter Dix, Samuel Tovie, John Jackson, James Dix, William Woodcock, Mary 
Stretch, John Peckow, Helen Peckow, Thomas Vernon, Thomas Peckow, Gilbert Woolani, 
Thomes Brassey, Joseph Powel, John Sharpies, and Henry Fletcher." 



At a Still earlier date one of the name had suffered persecution in 
company with several other Friends, as related by Besse, i. 744. 

.WALES, Anno 1660. 

"On the 5th of December, a Lieutenant and several Files of Soldiers came into the 
Meeting at Shrewsbury, with Swords drawn, and Matches lighted ; they put the Women out, 
and then guarded the Men to the Town-hall, where the Justices tendered them the Oath of 
Allegiance, and upon their refusing to take it, the Mayor sent twenty-three of them to Prison, 
where they lay fifteen Weeks. Their Names were, John Shield, Richard Moore, Oliver 
Atherton, Ralph Sharpies, Jeremiah Owen, Thomas Rowley, Richard Ward, Thomas Woolrich, 
Henry Rawson, James Farmer, William Trattle, William Griffith, John Houston, Richard Ap 
Edward, John Millington, John Medlicott, Thomas Bracy, Joseph Fletcher, Abraham Poyner, 
Owen Roberts, Thomas Somerfield, John Farmer, and John Whitaker." 

At some period after the birth of his eldest son, John Sharpies took a 
lease of some land from Sir Thomas Delves, as mentioned in the abstract 
of his will (p. 58) and there is evidence that this lease was placed on 
record in Philadelphia about the year 1 700. The index in the office of the 
Recorder of Deeds for that city contains the reference: "Thomas Delves 
to John Sharpies, Book E. 3, vol. 5," but the book cannot be found.=-= 
Perhaps the instrument was about to be sent back to England and as a 
precaution against its loss it was placed on record here. 

With the hope of greater advantages to his family, both spiritual and 

* The printing of tliis work has been somewhat delayed with the hope of obtaining a copy of this lease. 
It appears that the book refeiTed to was for some obscure reason kept in the Land ClBice and with the other 
records of that department removed to Harrisburg when that city became the State Capital. By a resolution of 
the General Assembly, in 1S38, the Secretary of the Land Office was directed to have copies made of all patents 
and other deeds relating to land in Philadelphia City or County for the use of the latter. A copy of the greater 
part of the book in question forms what is known as " Exemplification Record, No. 7," in the Philadelphia ofhce, 
but the lease was omitted. Diligent search has been made at Harrisburg but the original book has not been 
found and has possibly been sold by dishonest officials for waste paper, as is known to have been the case witli 
other valuable documents. 



JOHN SHARP LES '. 7 1 

temporal, John Sharpies embraced the offers of William Penn and became 
a purchaser of lands yet unsurveyed in the wilds of Pennsylvania. The 
purchase was according to the usual form of that day, by deeds of Lease 
and Release. The first for a merely nominal sum of five shillings gave 
possession for the term of one year, and the second, dated the next day, 
gave full title to the land, entering also more minutely into the details of 
tlie transaction. A copy of the release is here given : 

" %\\\$ ^ttrtcatUVie, made the ffifth day of April, in the yeare of our 
Lord One thousand six hundred Eighty and two, And in the xxxiiii yeare 
of the Reigne of King Charles the Second over England, &c., ^{tll'ffHf 
William Penn of Worminghurst, in the County of Sussex, Esquire, of the 
one part, and John Sharpies of Hatherton in the County Pallatine of 
Chester, yeoman, of the other part. WhieitaSi, King Charles the Second, 
by his Letters Patents, under the greate seale of England, beareing date 
the fourth day of March in the Three and Thirtieth yeare of his Reigne, 
for the Consideracons therein menconed |jiatlt given and granted unto the 
said William Penn, his heires and Assignes All that Tract or part of Land 
in America with the Islands therein conteyned and thereunto belonging, as 
the same is bounded on the East by Delaware River from Twelve Miles 
Distance Northward of Newcastle Towne to the Three and fortieth Degree 
of Northerne Latitude, and Extendeth Westward five Degrees in 
Longitude and is bounded on the South by a Circle drawne att Twelve 
Miles distance from Newcastle aforesaid Northwards and Westwards to 
the begining of the fortieth Degree of Northerne Latitude, and then by 
a Straite Line Westward to the Limit of Longitude above menconed ; 
together with divers greate powers Preheminences, Authoritys, Royalties, 
ffranchises and Immunities, and hath erected the said Tract of Land into a 
Province or Signory by the name of ^fUiSylJfJlUiJt in order to the 
establishing of a Colony and Plantacon in the same And hath thereby 
alsoe further granted to the said William Penn, his heires and assignes 
from tyme to tyme power and Lycense to assign alien grant demise or 
enfeoffe such parts and parcells of the said Province or Tract of Land as 
hee or they shall think fitt to such person or persons as shall bee willing to 
purchase the same in fee Simple fee Tayle or for Terme of Life or Yeares 
to bee holden of the said William Penn his heires and assignes as of the 
Seignory of Windsor by such services, Customes and Rents as shall seeme 
fitt to the said William Penn his heires or assignes and not immeadiately of 
the said King his heires and Successors notwithstanding y^ Statute of Quia 



72 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

Emptorcs tcrraniin made in the Reigne of King Edward the first. ^OW 
tlliiS 3furtC»tmt JirtlitlKe.S.iSCtIt that the said William Penn as well for and in 
consideracon of the summe of Twenty pounds Sterling moneys to him in 
hand paid by the said John Sharpies the Receipt whereof hee the said 
William Penn doth hereby acknowledge and thereof and of every part 
thereof doth acquitt and discharge the said John Sharpies his Executors 
and Administrators As of the Rents and services herein after reserved ItJttJl 
Aliened granted bargained sold released and Confirmed and by these 
presents doth Alien grant bargain sell release and confirme unto the said 
John Sharpies in his Actuall possession (now being by vertue of a Bargaine 
and sale to him thereof made for one whole yeare by Indenture beareing 
date the day next before the Date of these presents and by force of the 
Statute for transferring of uses into possession) and to his heires and 
Assignes The full and just proporcon and quantity of One Thousand Acres 
of Land (every Acre to bee admeasured and Computed according to the 
Dimencons of Acres menconed and appointed in and by the Statute made 
in the Three and Thirtieth yeare of the Reigne of King Edward the first) 
Situate lying and being within the said Tract of Land or Province of 
Pensylvania the said One Thousand Acres to bee alloted and set out in 
such places or parts of the said Tract or province and in such manner and 
att such time or times as by certaine Concessions or Constitucons beareing 
date the Eleaventh day of July last past And signed sealed and Executed 
by and between the said V/illiam Penn on the one part and the said John 
Sharpies and other purchasors of Lands within the Tract or province of the 
other part are agreed lymited and appointed or hereafter to bee signed 
sealed and Executed by and betweene the same parties shall be agreed 
lymited and appointed ^ttfl alsoe all the estate right Title and interest of 
him the said William Penn of in and to the said One Thousand Acres %t^ 
\\Mt aiul tU IloUl the said One Thousand Acres and every part and parcell 
of the same to him the said John Sharpies his heires and assignes for ever 
to the use of him the said John Sharpies his heires and assignes for ever 
To bee holden in free and Common Soccage of him the said William Penn 
his heires and assignes as of the said Signory of Windsor ^(eilfliUQ JUWl 
piling therefore yearely unto the said William Penn his heires and assignes 
the Chief or Ouitt Rent of one shilling for every hundred Acres of the 
said One Thousand Acres att or upon the ffirst Day of March for ever in 
lieu and stead of all Services and demands whatsoever, gmd the said 
William Penn for himselfe his heires and assignes doth Covenant and agree 
to and with the said John Sharpies his heires and assignes in manner and 



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JOHN SHARPLES'. 73 

forme following That is to say that hee the said William Penn his heires 
or assignes shall and will by and before such time or tymes as for that 
purpose are lymited and appointed in and by such Constitucons or 
Concessions made or hereafter to bee made as aforesaid Cleare acquitt and 
Discharge the said One Thousand Acres soe to be sett out as shall bee 
therein appointed and every part of the same of and from all manner of 
Titles and Claymes of any Indian or Native of the said Tract or Province 
^H(l allsoe that hee the said John Sharpies his heires and assignes shall and 
may quietly and peaceably have hold and enjoy the said One Thousand 
Acres and every part thereof according to the true intent and meaneing of 
these presents without the Lett Disturbance or interrupcon of him the said 
William Penn his heires or assignes or any other person or persons what- 
soever Claimeing or to claime from by or under him them or any of them 
^Urt furtUfV that he the said William Penn his heires and assignes shall and 
will from time to time make doe and execute all such further and other 
Act and Acts thing and things Conveyances and assureances whatsoever 
as by or in pursuance of or according to the true intentof such Concessions 
or Constitucons so made or to bee made as aforesaid shall bee agreed or 
appointed for the better Conveying and assureing of the said One Thousand 
Acres to him the said John Sharpies and his heires To the use of him and 
his heires g^Mtl ^iliStly it is the true intent and meaneing of all the parties 
to these presents for the better preserveing and securing the Title of the 
said One Thousand Acres And the said John Sharpies doth for himself 
his heires and assignes Covenant promise and agree to and with the said 
William Penn his heires and assignes That hee the said John Sharpies his 
heires or assignes within the space of six months after such time as a 
publike Register shalbe appointed and setded within the said Tract or 
Province shall and will Cause and procure these presents or Sufficient 
Memorandums of the same to bee entered and Inrolled in the said Register 
in such manner and sort as shalbe for that purpose ordained and appointed. 
%\\ W\\\\t$%t whereof the said parties to these p'sents have to these p'sent 
Indentures interchangably sett their hands and seals Dated the day and 
yeare ffirst above written. 

WM PENN" 
"Sealed and delivered 
in the presence of 

John Martin, 
the mark of 

Wm X Corker, 

Harb'^ Springett." 



74 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

This release was recorded 5 mo. 11, 168S, in the first Deed Book for 
Chester County, Pa., and the lease, together with a receipt for the 
consideration money, on the following day. The original of the last 
document is now the property of Mary Randolph, of Philadelphia. There 
is evidence that the autograph of William Penn, as it appears on these 
deeds, was made by a stamp. Two of the above witnesses were 
doubtless prospective emigrants while Harbert Springett acted as the 
attorney and conveyancer for Penn, whose wife is supposed to have been 
his niece. 

It has been suggested that John Sharpies and family came over in 
the "Lion," of Liverpool, John Compton (or Crompton), master. The 
eldest son, who was in his sixteenth year at the time of their arrival, wrote 
thus several years afterward : "And my father and mother, with these their 
Children left Ould England, their native Country and came on Shour in 
Pennsylvania on the 14 da. 6 mo. 16S2, all but my brother Thomas who 
died upon the Seas the 17:5 mo. i6S2."''- The time of the arrival of the 
" Lion " is fixed by a certain Bible record and corroborating evidence at the 
13th of 6 mo. 16S2. An interesting letter f written by Dr. Edward Jones, 
a passenger, dated " Skool Kill River, y^ 26th of y^ 6 mo. 1682," says: 
" This shall lett thee know that we have been aboard eleaven weeks before 
we made the land (it was not for want of art, but contrary winds) and one 
we were in coming to Upland, y« town is to be buylded 15 or 16 miles up 
y« River. And in all this time we wanted neither meate, drink or water 
though several hogsheds of water run out. * * * * The passengers 
are all living save one child y^ died of a surfeit * * * * We are short 
of our expectation by reason that y^ town is not to be builded at Upland, 
neither would y^ Master bring us any further, though it is navigable for 
ships of greater burthen than ours." 

The close coincidence in the given date of arrival, and the death of a 
child at sea, are the grounds for supposing that John Sharpies and family 
were passengers on the Lion, but it is a question whether the son Thomas, 
in his fourteenth year, would be referred to as a child. The records of 
Chester Monthly Meeting show that Thomas Powell, son of Thomas, was 
buried at sea " about the same time " as Thomas Sharpies, and that a child 
of Thomas Minshall died at sea 4 mo. 5, 1682. Dr. Smith, the historian of 



* The original of this account is not known to exist, but a copy made by a grandson, Daniel Sharpless, is 
preserved. 

t Contributed by Dr. J. J. Levick, to Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, iv. 314. 



JOHN SHARPLES'^ 75 

Delaware County, says that Thomas Powell and family came in the same 
vessel with John Sharpies, being probably led to this conclusion by the 
coincidence and mention of their children's deaths. 

At the time of the arrival of John Sharpies, the place now called 
Chester was known as Upland, a name given to it by the Swedes near forty 
years before, but upon the arrival of William Penn in the following 
October, he changed the name to Chester to please a personal friend, and 
the same name was given to one of the three counties into which the 
province was afterward divided. Prior to 1 6S2 there were perhaps not more 
than twenty English families within ten miles of this place, and although 
the Swedes had been in possession so long, yet their settlements were con- 
hned to the lowlands along the Delaware River. 

We have seen that the family took up their abode on the bank of 
Ridley Creek, then called Batcome Branch or Oele Stille's Creek, from 
Oele or OlofT Stille, a Swede who had settled on the river as early as 1641. 
It is assumed that the settlement was made immediately after the landing, 
but it appears to have been upon the land of a former settler. At the 
Upland Court, June i8,(?) 167S, "Thomas Nossitur desiering of the Court 
a grant to take up Twoo hundered acres of Land, The Court granted y'^ 
same hee seating and Improoveing s'^ Land according to his hono'' y*-' 
governo" Regulacons." Nov. 12, 1678, permission was given for Thomas 
Nossitur " & associates " to take up one hundred acres more. Upon 
some part of this land John Sharpies settled, that purchased from William 
Penn being unlocated and consequently unimproved. The necessities of the 
setders made it desirable to get some land which had been brought under 
cultivation, and John Sharpies doubtless agreed with Thomas Nossiter at 
once for one-half of his land, postponing the execution of a deed until a 
visit could be made to the Commissioners of Property at Philadelphia. The 
conveyance for this land being quaint and somewhat historical is here given 
in full : 

"tfUiS ^lUUttturC made the Twelfth day of Septemb' in the yeare of 
our Lord, according to the Computation used in England, one Thousand 
Six hundred eightie and Two, Between Thomas Nossiter of Batcome 
branch, alias Wolley Still's Creeke, in the province of Pennsilvania, hus- 
bandman, of the one part, and John Sharpless of Batcome Branch, alias 
Wolley Still's Creeke, aforesaid, husbandman, of the other part, Witnesseth 
That the said Thomas Nossiter, for and in Considera^n of the sume of 
ffourtie pounds of Current English money, to him in hand paid by the said 



76 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

John Sharpless, att or before the ensealling and delivrie of these presents, 
The receipt whereof the said Thomas Nossiter dothe hereby acknowledge, 
and thereof & of evrie part & parcell thereof dothe acquit exonerate 
release and discharge the said John Sharpless, his heirs executors & adm'■^ 
& evrie of them, for ever by these presents. Hath Granted bargained, sold, 
assigned, enfeoffed & Confirmed, And by these presents dothe fullie clearlie 
& absolutlie grant, bargain, sell, assign, enfeoffe & Confirme unto the said 
John Sharpless, his heirs & assigns for ever, all that the right. Title, interest, 
possession, propertie. Claim and demand whatsoever of him the said Thomas 
Nossiter, in Law & equity or either of them, of & in all that Two hundred 
acres of Land, being the one moity or half part of all that his Tract or 
parcell of Land Containing ffoure hundred acres. Lying and being between 
Wolley Still's Creeke & the Crump kill, within the province of Pennsyl- 
vania, aforesaid, now in the Tenure or Occupation of the said Thomas 
Nossiter or of his Assignee or Assignees ; which said granted Two hundred 
acres (being the one moity or halfe part of the aforesaid foure hundred 
acres), is to be separated, aparted & divided from the rest of the said foure 
hundred acres by an equall Lyne of division, To begin att the fence upon 
the west side of that part of Land, being now the planta°n of the said 
Thomas Nossiter, by the brooke or Creeke, then & so to Runne from 
thence with a straight line to the Crump kill aforesaid. Together also with 
all & singular, ways, waters, woods, underwoods, proffitts. Commodities & 
appurtenances to the said Two Hundred acres of Land «& premises hereby 
granted, & evrie or anie part or parcell thereof: ®0 ItiUJf JHUl td ^told the 
said Two hundred acres of Land & premisses hereby granted, with the 
appurtenances, unto the said John Sharpless, his heirs & assigns for ever. 
To the proper use & behoof of him the said John Sharpless, his heirs & 
assigns for evermore. And the said Thomas Nossiter for himselfe his. 
heirs exe" & adm''^ dothe hereby Covenant, promise and grant to and with 
the said John Sharpless, his heirs & assigns, by these presents That hee 
hath not wittinglie or willinglie Comitted omitted or done anie act matter 
or Thing whatsoever whereby, or by reason whereof, the said granted 
premisses or anie part thereof, is are or shall be Charged, burthened or 
Incumbered, in anie Title, charge, estate or otherwise howsoever (other 
than the rents and services for the said granted & bargained premises from 
henceforth to become due & payable to the proprietary of the said Province 
of Pennsilvania, his heirs & assigns, or his or their agents, servants & 
officers, from time to time to be appointed) ; And that the said Thomas 
Nossiter, his heirs & assigns, shall & will at the request, cost & charges of 



JOHN SHARPLES'. 77 

the said John Sharpless, his heirs or Assigns, att anie Time or Times 
hereafter during the Terme & time of seven years next ensuing the date 
hereof, make do & execute, or Cause to be made done & executed, such 
other & further Lawfull & reasonable act & acts, Thing & Things, Con- 
veyance & assurance of the said premisses hereby granted with the appur- 
tenances, for the better more full & better Conveying & assuring the said 
granted premisses, with the appurtenances, unto the said John Sharpless, 
his heirs & assigns for ever, according to the purport of these presents, so 
as the parties who shall be requested to make such further assurance be 
not Compelled to travell above the space of twelve miles from the place of 
his or their abode. In Witness whereof the said parties to these present 
Indentures interchangeablie have sett their hands & sealls the day & yeare 
first above written. 1682. . — '— ^ 
" Signed Sealed & delivred " Thomas Nossiter. J se.-\ 
in the presence of us, ^ 

Jos. Curtis. John Sharples." 

Richard Ingelo." 

Recorded in Phila. 3 mo. 25, 16S5 ; E i. vol. 5, p. 61. 



Considerable inquiry has been made for the original of this document, 
but it has not been found. Richard Ingelo was for some time clerk of 
the Provincial Council and possibly wrote the deed. On the same date 
the following warrant was granted by the Governor and addressed to the 
Surveyor, though their names do not appear. 

" By order from the Governor and Commissioners for setting out 
Lands to the Purchasers in Pennsylvania, &c., I hereby authorize thee to 
Survey and lay out unto John Sharpless four hundred acres, next unto 
Thomas Brasseys thousand acres, up Mill Creek, next Creek above Crum 
Creek, and to lay it out on the Western side of the said Mill Creek at the 
Rule of twenty Pole to the hundred if the Place will bear it, and to Return 
unto me a true duplicate of the field work and protracted Figure, which 
is to remain in my office: dated this 12th 7 Month 1682." 

The next creek above Crum is Darby Creek, of which a branch, now 
Cobb's Creek, was formerly called Mill Creek, but it does not appear that 
any land was surveyed there for John Sharpies, or that any survey had 
then been made, of one thousand acres, for Thomas Brassey. The above 
warrant was probably mostly located in Nether Providence, on Crum Creek, 



78 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

some distance above the place of settlement. Prior to 5 mo. 29, 1S64, a 
tract of three hundred and thirty acres had been surveyed there for 
John Sharpies. 

The first Assembly for the Province convened at Chester, Dec. 4, 
1682, and passed the "Great Law or Body of Laws," comprising sixty-one 
chapters. After this William Penn issued writs for an election on the 20th 
of 12 mo. (Feb. 1682-3) of twelve persons as members of Council "and 
that thou there declare to the said freemen that they may all personally 
appear at an assembly at the place aforesaid according to the contents of 
my charter of liberties." The place of meeting was at Philadelphia, on 
the 1 2 th of March, but each county sent only twelve persons — three for 
Council and nine for Assembly. The following petition, without date, 
was doubdess presented at this time : 

"To William Penn, proprietary and governor of the province of Pennsylvania and 
territories thereof — The petition of the freeholders of the County of Chester respectfully 
showeth, That in obedience to the writ sent to our Sheriff we have chosen twelve persons for 
our delegates to serve in the provincial Council, but considering that the numbers of the 
people are yet small and that we have few fit for or acquainted with such public business, and 
also that we are unable to support the charge of greater elections and Assemblies. After our 
humble acknowledgment of the favor intended us therein we take leave humbly to request 
that three of the twelve we have chosen may serve as provincial councillors and the other nine 
for the Assembly, which provincial Councillors are John Symcock, for three years, Ralph 
Withers for two years, and William Clayton for one year, leaving it to thee to increase the 
number as occasion shall serve hereafter." 

This was signed by James Browne, William Woodmancy, John 
Sharpies, Albert Hendrickson and some others whose names are now 
illegible-* 

Upon the organization of townships the land late of Thomas Nossiter 
proved to be in Ridley township, adjoining the line of Nether Providence. 
John Sharpies made an addition to his purchase, of forty acres in the latter 
township, in right of his one thousand acres. A memorandum of the 
county surveyor reads thus: "July the 2d, 1683: Surveyed for John 
Sharpies 240 acres of Land lying between Ridley Creek and Crum Creek. 

Charles Ashcom." 

A plot of the land shows that his sister Rebecca Caudwell had taken 
up adjoining land, and it is noted that two hundred acres was a late 
purchase and forty acres old purchase. It is also endorsed that "J. S. says 

* Hazard's Annals, 603, 



JOHN SHARPLES-. jg 

that the Governor askt T. Nossiter for his Title to the Land, but not 
answering the Regulation the Governor promised to confirm a Pattent 
to J. S." 

In the /th month (September) following another warrant was granted, 
as follows : 

" William Penn, Proprietary and Governor of the Province of 
Pennsylvania and the Territories thereunto belonging : 

"At the Request of John Sharpless that I would grant him to take up 
some Land of his Purchase in the County of Chester, These are to Will 
and Require thee forthwith to survey, or Cause to be surveyed, unto him 
three hundred acres of Land, up Chester Creek, where not already taken 
up, according to the method of Townships appointed by me, & make 
Returns thereof into my Secretary's Office. Given at Philad"- the ist of 
the 7th month, 1683. Wm. Penn. 

" For Thomas Holmes, Surveyor General.} 

[Endorsed] "iSth 8th Month, ordered C. A, to set it out in Upland 
Township after former Warrants." 

This warrant was executed April 9, 16S4, by the survey of three 
hundred acres on the east side of Chester Creek, in what is now Middle- 
town township, for which the name of Upland appears to have been 
proposed at first. Three separate patents or deeds of confirmation were 
executed by William Penn 5 mo. 28, and 29, 1684 — just two weeks before he 
sailed for England — for the three tracts of land surveyed to John Sharpies. 
That for the homestead is here given as a sample of such documents. 

Jp//wm J^f/"^ by y^ Providence of God & y^ King's Authority 
Proprietary and Govern'' of y'= Province of Pensilvania & y^ Territories 
thereunto belonging. To all to whom these presents shall come, sendeth 
Greeting: SJtlUcvfaSi there is a certain Tract of Land in y^ County of 
Chester, Begining at a Corn'' marked post Standing by Ridly 
Creek from thence North 21 De: Easterly, by y<^ Land of Thomas 
Nosetor, four hundred and twelve perches to a Corner marked 
Poplar Tree Standing by Crum Creek thence along y'= Several Courses 
of y« s'' Creek to a Corner marked white Oak, from thence 
South West by South by a Line of marked trees two hundred and 
fourty perches to a Corn'' marked post, from thence North by West by a 
Line of marked trees fourty perches to a Corner marked red oak, from 
thence South West by South by a Line of marked trees two hundred & 



8o THE SHARPLESS FAMIL Y. 

seventy perches to a Corn'' marked Chestnut tree, standing by y*-' s^ Ridly 
Creek from thence along y'= several Courses of y'^ s'^' Creek to y*^ first 
mentioned j^ost, Containing two hundred & fourty Acres of Land, Granted 
by a Warr' from Cap' William Markham Dep'y Govern & Com : bearing 
Date y^ twelfth day of y'^ seventh moneth One Thousand six Hundred 
Eighty Two,' & laid out by y^ survey'' Gen''= Ord'' y^ twenty sixth of y"^' said 
moneth & year, unto John Sharpless, Purchaser, (Two hundred Acres 
whereof is late purchased of y^ Govern'' & fourty is part of his Land he 
purchased in England ;) And y*-' s"^ John Sharpless requesting me to confirm 
y^ same by Patent, ^'ttOW yc y'= I have given granted & confirmed, & by 
these presents for me my Heirs & succes''^ do give grant & confirm unto 
y^ s'l John Sharpless, his Heirs & Assignes for ever, y^ 8"^ Two hundred and 
fourty Acres of Land ; ©a \\Mt^ ItoUl a«(l lenjoy y<= s^ Land to y^ only use 
& behoof of y<= s'' John Sharpless, his Heirs and Assigns for ever ; (j^O bf 
lloUUtt of me my Heirs & succes''^ Proprietaries of Pensilvania & y<= Terri- 
tories thereunto belonging, as of ©«r ^ttanov of ^l)»*lng SUWU in y-^ County 
afores'i in free & comon soccage by fealty, it being seated planted & 
improved ; ^((iUIilug k pyillfl therefore to me my Heirs and succes''^ at or 
upon y*^ first day of y"^ first moneth in every year, at y*^ Town of Chester, 
one silver English shilling for every Hundred Acres, or value thereof in 
Coyn Curr', to such person or persons as shall be from time to time 
appointed for that purpose. ||tl ?li*itttif|S!S whereof I have caused these my 
Letters to be made Patents. Witness myself at Philadelphia y^ twenty 
ninth of y^ fifth moneth One Thousand six Hundred Eighty four, being y« 
Thirt}' Sixth year of y^ King's Reign & the fourth of my Government. 

WM. PENN. 



Owning land in and adjoining the township of Providence, John 
Sharpies was doubdess interested in having a road laid out thence to the 
town of Chester, and we find that " Att a Cort held att Chester for the 
County of Chester y^ i7thofy<= 8th moneth. Called October, 1683," before 
John Symcocke, President, and Thomas Brassey, Otto Ernest Cocke and 
Robert Wade, Justices, "The Inhabitance of Providence made their Appli- 
cation to this Cort for a highway Leading to y^ Towne of Chester : Ordered, 
that the Grand Jury doe meet on y^ 22th Instant att Tho : Nositer's there 
to Consider of y^ Premises. 



JOHN SHARPLES' 



"The names of the Grand Jury Impanelled to looke out a Convenient 
High way leading from Providence to Chester, — 



'James Kenela, 
James Saunderlaine, 
Thomas Nositer, 
Neales Lawson, 
John Hastings, 



William Oxlev, 
Thomas Minkshaw, 
John Harding, 
R(jeert Taylor, 
"VVm : Rawson, 
George Wood, 



Anthony Nelson, 
Michael Isard, 
John Child, 
Richard ffew, 
Thomas Colborne, 
Robert Robinson." 



In this day it would not be thought proper to appoint a person on a 
jury to la)' out a road through his own land, as was the case with Thomas 
Nossiter, who, however, does not seem to have been satisfied with what 
was done. " Att a Cort held att Chester for the County of Chester the 
1st 2d day in y"^ ist weeke of y<= loth moneth, 1684:" "Robert Taylor, 
Supervisor for the High Wayes Presented Thomas Nositer for tarnning 
(turning) the High way from Providence to Chester. The names of the 
Grand Inquest ordered to Inspect the same, — 



Joseph Richards, 

William Woodmanson, 
John Child, 
John Sharply, 
Gilbert Williams, 
Thomas Powell, 



John Nexen, 
John Worell, 
Randolph Vernon, 
WoLY Rosen, 
William Hues, 
Thomas Vernome, 



Robert Taylor, 
Thomas Person, 
Thomas Minkshaw, 
Randolfe Maline, 
Joseph Steedman." 



With some other business the Court adjourned " vntill the ist 3d day 
of the next moneth," and the next session was held "the 6th day of the 
I ith moneth, 16S4," at which time it was — 

"Ordered, that Peter Taylor and Robert Vernome be received into the 
Grand Jury in the Roome of John Child and Thomas Minkshaw [Minshall], 
And Thomas Colborne in the Roome of John Sharply." 

These are the only instances in which the name of John Sharpies 
appears on the records of the Court, and the reason for his being set aside 
from the grand jury is not given. At the next Court, held 12 mo. 3, 1684, 
"Thomas Nositer made Over a Certaine deed unto Walter ffausett, dated 
the 3d day of y'= 12th moneth 1684, for a Parcell of Land lying and being 
on the north side of Ridly Creeke." Also, " Thomas Nositer was Presented 
by y*^ Grand Jury for falling of marked Trees and Blocking up the high 



82 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

Way laid out by them by a former Order of this Cort." The complaint is 
not further mentioned, and it is likely that having sold his land he ceased 
to be interested in the road. 

Robert Wade settled at Upland in 1675, and in that year William 
Edmundson, a traveling minister, held a meeting there. A meeting was 
probably held regularly after 1677, by which time several other Friends 
had arrived in the neighborhood. They at first belonged to Burlington 
Monthly Meeting in New Jersey, of which a session was "held at Upland 
in the house of Robert Wade, the 15th of the 9th month, 1681," but the first 
meeting of the kind held by Friends of the Western Shore alone, is set 
forth in the following minute: "the 10 day of y^ 11 month 1681. A 
monthly meeting of frends belonging to marcus hooke & vpland held then 
at Robert Wad's house." 

At a Monthly Meeting held 7 mo. 11, 16S2, "It was then agreed y' a 
meeting shall be held for y^ service & worship of god every first day at 
y* court house at Vpland. And also agreed that there be three meetings 
in the week time ; the westerne part to meet at Chichester the 5 th day of 
the week, and the middle meeting at Harold, at Wm. Woodmanson's, the 
4th day of the week, and the Eastern meeting at Ridley, at John Simcock's, 
the 5th day of the week, untill otherwise ordered." 

It seems evident that all were to meet together on First-days at 
Upland. John Sharpies doubtless attended the mid-week meeting at John 
Simcock's house, but this never became an established meeting, and after 
a few years those composing it met altogether at Chester. There is no 
mention of the name of John Sharpies on the minutes of Chester Monthly 
Meeting. According to the known usages of the Society at that day, it 
would seem likely that he brought a certificate of membership from Friends 
in England. At a monthly meeting held at Walter Faucit's 2 mo. 2, 1688, — 

"It is desired by the. meeting that all friends belonging to this meeting 
bring in their Cerdficates to the next monthly meedng ; and those that have 
none, to come to the said meeting and sadsfy friends the reason thereof ; 
and that these friends following doe publish the same at the respective 
meetings following, the first day before the next monthly meeting, viz., George 
Maris for BartholomeAV Coppock's meeting, John Boweter for his meeting, 
Randal Varnon for Chester meeting, Thomas Minshall for his meeting." 

Fourteen certificates were produced at the next meeting and others 
soon after, yet there is no mention of the name of Sharpies among them. 
John Sharpies was not living, but his widow and eldest son, then of age, 
might have been expected to produce the evidence of their membership. 



PATENTS ..^'^GI^ANTSto 
i John Sharples and orHEas from William Penn 

^'^ IN NETHER-PROV!DENCE, 

DELuUVARK cxhjniy. PEmr'A : 

iotjeUter }vLtk mzr-i^y ircuhsfens . 

5-1 PffEPAffeo BY B.H.SM/TH- 










'"^^^SC''^''''''^'"^ M ^ '' •'■' 's ' 






DarJi. 



JOHN SHARPLES- 



«3 



According to the "Conditions and Concessions" agreed upon between 
William Penn and the first purchasers, the latter were to receive lots and 
liberty lands in the city it was designed to lay out. The 5th article of the 
conditions stated, " That the proportion of lands that shall be laid out in the 
first great town or city, for every purchaser, shall be after the proportion of 
ten acres for every five hundred acres purchased, if the place will allow it." 
In John Reed's " Explanation of the Map of the City and Liberties of 
Philadelphia," 1774, we find the following surveys of liberty lands quoted : 

" John Sharpless in his own right, beginning at a corner of Thomas Philips' land ; then 
N. N. W., 56 perches and a half; then E. N. E., 45 perches ; then S. S. E., 56 perches and a 
half; then W. S. W., 45 perches to the beginning, containing sixteen acres." 

" Nicholas Scull in right of John Sharpless, beginning at a White Oak in the line of 
Thomas Venable's land; then S. 24° E., 52 perches; then N. 65° and a half E., 45 perches; 
then N. 24° W., 52 perches; then S. 65° and a half W., 45 perches to the beginning, con- 
taining fourteen acres and a half." 

The evidence is that these surveys relate to the same land, being 
probably made at different times, yet there is some discrepancy to be 
noticed. The land was in the northern part of the city at or near a place 
now known as Hunting Park. On Reed's map it is represented that the 
city lots appurtenant to John Sharples's purchase were at the N. W. corner 
of Front and Race Streets, extending to Second Street, and at the S. W. 
corner of Second and Race Streets ; yet in the book of "Explanation " it 
appears that three lots were surveyed, viz., 20 feet front on the west side of 
Front Street, beginning 144 feet north of Arch Street, surveyed 7 mo. 29, 
1692 ; 24 feet front south side of Market Street, 99 feet east of Third 
Street, surveyed 11 mo. 20, 1692 ; also a lot on the west side of Front 
Street, 725^ feet north of Race Street — no number of feet or date of 
survey given, but possibly 171^ feet front. 

With the design of taking up the rest of his purchase, John Sharpies 
obtained the following warrant : 

" By the Commissioners empowered to grant Lotts and Land in the 
Province of Pennsylvania and the Territories thereunto belonging : 

At the Request of John Sharpies, Purchaser of one thousand acres, 
that we would grant him to take up the remainder of his Purchase (being 

Acres) in the County of Chester, These are in the Proprietary and 

Governor's Name to Will and Require thee forthwith to survey or Cause 
to be Surveyed unto him the said Number of acres in the aforementioned 
County where not already taken up, he seating and improveing the same 
within six months from the date of survey according to Regulation, & make 



84 



THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 



Returns thereof Into the Secretary's Office. Given at Philad'\ y^ 26th of 

3 mo. 1685. 

For Thomas Holmes, Surveyor Generall." 

The execution of this warrant was doubtless delayed and ultimately 
prevented by the sickness and death of John Sharpies sixteen days after 
the above date. 

We have seen (p. 58) that he made his will before coming to Penn- 
sylvania, leaving it to be proved in England, and if any copy was brought 
or sent over here it has been lost. An inventory of his estate in this 
country was filed in Philadelphia, giving the valuation of the various items 
in pounds, shillings and pence. The document is somewhat worn and 
indistinct, especially at the folds, but the following is as nearly correct as 
it can be deciphered : 



y" 9th of }•' 



month, 1685 
I' 



An appraisment made of y'' eastate of John Sharpies of y= county of Chester latly 
deceaced by vs whose names are herevnto it subcribed being y^ appraysers of y° said count)', 
which said appraysment is as followeth ; 
(viz) for his wearing apparell .... 
for ip/^ yards of cloth & for new tiking 
for 5 & >^ yards of serge & 2 yards of Kersey 
for 23 yards of camlett & 20 yards of flaxen cloth . 

for 5 yards of holand & 2 remnants more of linen cloth 

for 4 & >^ yards of dimetee & one peece of firett Ribon 

for butens & filletting, a sadle & pillion 

for a bed, bedsted blankets & sheets & bolsters for one bed 

for annother bed bedsted & blankets 

for annother bed bedsted blankets & sheets, &c. 

for 2 blankets more & 2 bolsters & a pillow 

for 7 & ^ yards of round [?] tiking 

for 6 & 3^ yards of hukellback 

for a parcell of new Shoes & for torah [or terall ?] flax 

for a paire of sheets & for torall hemp 

for a fish nett & a cuting knife & 4 old reaping hooks 

for 2 spits & for wheat & buckwheat in y^ vper room 

for plate & 2 bushell of Indian & 1 1 cheshiere cheeses 

for 5 sacks & for lumber in y= vper room . 

for a set of harow teeth & a chafing dish & 8 lb of steell 

for 4 locks plains & a paire of old boot legings 

for Pheebee's wearing apparell 

for more wheat .... 

for a bed bedsted curtains sheets & blankets, &c. 

for 3 turkey workt cushins 

caried over 69 : 16 : 06 



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10 


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10 


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09 


GO 


06 


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10 


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15 


06 


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03 


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JOHN SHARPLES' 



85 



Brought over 
for a paire of sheets a paire of drawers a white wast coate & a childs coate . 
for sheets table linen pillow bears [?] & 2 yards of holand 
for a remnant of callico & 4 shirts 
for 16 lb of new pewter for 33 pound of old dito . 
for a brase warming pan & 4 brase pans 
for one old dito pan & 3 old kitels & 2 frying pans 
for 4 shovels 2 dung picks 6 iron hoops & some scrape Iron for cart wheels 

and 2 shirs 2 coulters 3 old siths 
4 saks 2 bags one winowing sheet & woorking tools a cart roap a pa 

small brase kittell a bridle & a desk . 
for a small brase ladle & porke & beefe & a brase morter 
for chests tubs chirns a spining wheell & other lumber in y'= iner room 
for 2 pots 3 kitles a small skillott & a brase skimer 
for a fire shovell & tongs &c in y'= kichin chimney 
for a paill a tin pan 6 nogens & other lumber in y'= kichin . 
for 4 bush of english salt & a parcell of old Iron things in a chest 
for a maull Steell mill & 2 chains of iron & other old- Iron things 
for 5 old suas [?] 2 Iron rakes & 2 tubs & a grindstone & winles 
for 3 ploughs & a cart & a harow & an oxe yoake & iron traces & other 

horse harnes ........ 

for corn in y° barn 9 "^* = 10* & corn in y'= ground 14 'J* is all 23 '.^' = 10^ . 

for y" cleard land with fencing & y'= dwelling house barn & other buildings 

for 226 acres of uncleared land at home 

for a horse 2 mares & a colt & an oxe a cow & a heifer 

for swine ...... 

for 630 acres of land taken up in y" woods 

for 330 accres of purchased land untaken up 

for dpts [debts] ..... 

for cash ...... 



16 :o6 
05 : 00 



00 : 06 
17 : 00 



02 : 00 : 00 
01 : oS : 00 



13 : 06 
06 : 06 



00 



00 



00 : 05 : 00 
02 : 00 : 00 

01 : 00 : 00 
01 ; 01 : 00 

3 : 00 : 00 
23 : 10 : 00 
65 : 00 : 00 
45 : 00 : 00 
28 ; 00 : 00 
OS : 00 : 00 
63 : 00 : 00 
1 6 : 00 : 00 
01 ; 16 : 00 



totall 359 : 17 ; 00 



Witnes our hands : 
the mark of R. Randall Vernon, "| 



Caleb pusey, 
Joshua Hastinges, 



\ appraysers. 
J 



It is likely there was a Registry of Wills established in Chester County 
soon after the organization of the county, as it is known there was in Bucks 
County, but after a few years the county registries were discontinued and 
all wills in the Province were registered at Philadelphia until about 1714, 
when offices were again established in the other counties. The records 
of the early office in Chester County are probably lost. 



85 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

" Att an Orphans' Court held att Chester y<^ 6th day of y^ ist moneth 
1687:" 

"Ordered, that Jane Sharpies give in Security to this Court faithfullj 
and Truely to discharge her trust as Administatrix to her Deseacc' 
Husband, John Sharpies." 

"Att an Orphans' Court held y<= 3d day in y« istWeekeof y"-' 8t 
moneth, 168S :" 

"Jane Sharpies being called came into Court and made appear by 
Thomas Brasie and Jacob Simcocke, Register, that Shee had given in 
Security to y«= Registry of this County according to law in the behalfe of y'= 
Children of her late Husband John Sharpies Disceased." 

A division of the real estate among the sons was afterwards made by 
the mediation of certain friends, as will be noticed hereafter. 

After the death of her husband the widow was occasionally appointed 
to attend to the business of the Monthly Meeting. Thus, 8 mo. 13, 1690, 
Jane Sharpies and Lydia Carter were appointed to inquire concerning 
Susanna Churchman's clearness of marriage engagements — except with 
Joseph Coebourn ; 8 mo. 3, 1692, Mary Hodgkins and Jane Sharpies are 
appointed to inquire concerning Elizabeth Vernon, who declared intentions 
of marriage with Andrew Job. 4 mo. 26, 1704: "Bartholomew Coppock 
& Rebecca Minchall Laid their Intention of marriclge before this meeting, 
it being the first time ; the meeting orders Jean Sharpells & Jean Edgg to 
inquire concerning her clearness & Report the same to the next months 
meeting." 

The widow probably continued to reside at the old homestead, with 
her son John, until her death in 1722. 



(3-) John Sharpies-, John', born at Blakenhall, Cheshire, Eng., 
1 1 mo. 16, 1666 ; died near Chester, Penna., 7 mo. 9, 1747 ; married 9 mo. 
23, i692,''- at a meeting at John Bowater's house, in Middletown township, 
Chester (now Delaware) County, Pa., to Hannah Pennell, born 7 mo. 23, 
1673 ; died 10 mo. 31, 1721. 

* The original marriage certificate, 13 by 16 inches in size, of which we have a phototype, is now the 
property of Mary Randolph, 733 Pine St., Philadelphia. It may be remarked of this, and of some other old 
documents, that a critical examination finds fewer autographs than would appear at first sight. The birth of 
Hannah Pennell is stated in one record as 7 mo. 24, 1674, but this conflicts with the record of her father's family 
obtained in England. 






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JOHN SHARPLESK 87 

The proceedings relative to the marriage are thus set forth in the 
minutes of Chester Monthly Meeting : 

"At a monthly meeting held at Walter ffaucet's the 3d of y" 8th 
month, 1692 : John Sharpies «& Hannah Pennell, belonging to this meeting 
Layd their intentions of marriage before this meeting, being the first time : 
the meeting orders Thomas Vernon & Walter ffaucet to inquier concerning 
his Cleareness, & Margaret Minchall & Lydia Carter to inquier concerning 
her Cleareness, and report y= same y"^ next months meeting." 

"At a monthly meeting held at Walter ffaucet's the 7th of the 9th month, 
1692 : John Sharpies & Hannah Pennell Layd their intention of marriage 
before this meeting, being the second time : all things being found cleare 
concerning them they are referred to their Liberty to proceed according to 
the order of Truth." 

The children of John and Hannah Sharpies were, 

9. Caleb, b. 7 mo. 27, 1693 ; d. 2 mo. 29, 1720, unmaiTied. 

10. Jane, b. 12 mo. 24, 1695-6; d. 6 mo. 29, 1725 ; m. George Smedle)-. 

11. Hannah, b. S mo. 5, 1697 ; d. 10 mo. 17, 17S0; m. Henry Howard. 

12. John, b. S mo. 16, 1699; d. 8 mo. 17, 1769; m. Mary Key and EUzabeth 

Ashbridge. 

13. Phebe, b. 11 mo. 9, 1701-2; d. 3 mo. 29, 1772; m. Benjamin Hibberd. 

14. Rebecca, b. 12 mo. 17, 1703-4; d. 9 mo. 30, 1727, unmarried. 

15. Margaret, b. 4 mo. 21, 1706; d. 9 mo. 2d (or 2S), 1727, unmarried. 

16. Ann, b. 6 mo. 23, 170S; d. S mo. 22, 1786; m. Samuel Bond. 

17. Daniel, b. 12 mo. 24, 1710-11 ; d. 8 mo. 17, 1775 ; m. Sarah Coppock. 



Robert Pennell, with Hannah, his wife, setded in Middletown town- 
ship as early as 1686. He came from Boulderton, in Nottinghamshire, Eng- 
land, having obtained a certificate from " Friends at ffulbeck " the third day of 
the Fifth month, 1684, in conjunction with Thomas Garrett, Hugh Rodnell, 
Henry Pennell and Richard Parker, with their wives and children, intending 
to transfer themselves beyond the seas into East Jersey, in America. 

The children of Robert and Hannah Pennell were : 

Ann, b. ; d. 5 mo. 1749 ; m. Benjamin Mendenhall, 16S9. 

Elizabeth, b. ; d. ; m. Josiah Taylor, 1690. 

Hannah, b. 7 mo. 23, 1673; d. 10 mo. 31, 1721 ; m. John Sharpies. 
Joseph, b. 10 mo. 12, 1674; d. 9 mo. 30, 1756; m. Alice Garratt. 
James, b. 9 mo. 11, 1676; probably died young. 
Jane, b. 5 mo. 13, 167S ; d. 6 mo. 27, 1736; m. Samuel Garratt. 
William, b. 8 mo. 11, 16S1 ; d. ■ 1757 ; in. Mary Mercer. 



88 THE SHARP LESS FAMILY. 

Robert Pennell was appointed constable of Middletown in 1687. In 
1 69 1 he purchased 250 acres of land in Edgmont township, and 264 acres 
in 1705, on the north of Philip Yarnall, extending from the present 
Howellville to the Willistown line. He died about the year 1728. His 
wife died 12 mo. 4, 171 1, aged 71 years ; both active members of Middle- 
town Meeting. 

Joseph Pennell married Alice Garratt 12 mo. 25, 1701, setded in 
Edgmont township, and had the following children : 

Hannah, b. 11 mo. 4, 1702; d. 6 mo. 21, 172S; m. Joseph Jackson. 
Robert, b. 6 mo. 20, 1704; d. i mo. 9, 1726, unmarried. 

Joseph, b. 6 mo. 3, 1706 ; d. 1728, immarried. 

Alice, b. 8 mo. 2, i 709 ; d. young. 

Ann, b. 8 mo. 2, 1711 ; d. i mo. 25, 1802 ; m. Cadwallader Evans. 

Mary, b. 1717; d- 10 mo. 31, 1807 ; m. Moses Meredith. 

The name of John Sharpies appears as witness to deeds as early as 
1687. The Yearly Meeting of Friends held 7 mo. 7, 1687, issued a 
testimony against selling rum or other strong liquor to the Indians, and 
advised " that this our Testimoney may be entered in every monthly meeting 
booke, and Every friend belonging to their monthly meeting to subscribe 
the same." In pursuance of this advice the testimony was entered in the 
minutes of Chester Monthly Meeting and signed by about seventy-five of 
the male members, but it is known that some of those whose names appear 
were not in this country until several years after the above date. Robert 
and Joseph Pennell and John Sharpies signed, as well as many others whose 
names will appear in this record. 

In the division of his father's estate the homestead fell to the lot of 
John Sharpies, as appears by the following endorsement on the patent to 
his father for 240 acres in Ridley, dated 5 mo. 29, 1684: 

" ^ttOW all men That Jane Sharpies, widow and administrat'x of the 
within named John Sharpies, her late husband, deceased, for the natural 
Love & affeccon which she beareth to her son John Sharpies, son & heir to 
the s"* John Sharpies, Hath Remised Released & lor ever quit claimed unto 
the said John Sharpies All her Right Title Interest Claim & demand what- 
soever of in & to the Two hundred & forty acres of Land within menconed, 
with all the Improvem*^ & ap^^tenances thereto belonging, now in the 
Tenure of him the said John in pursuance to a certain division of the s"* Jo" 
Sharpies, the father's Estate lately made by the mediacon of certain freinds : 



JOHN SHARPIES' 



89 



iO ImV( and fa bald the s"^ Two hundred & forty acres of Land & premises 
w'^ the ap^.tenances, unto the s'' John Sharpies his heirs & assigns, To the 
use of him the said John Sharpies his heirs & assigns for ever ; Reserving 
unto her the s"* Jane her Thirds of the s"^ Land & p'mises Dureing her life, 
If she require the same. In witnes whereof she hath hereunto set her hand 
& seal the ninth day of the ffourth month Ano. Dni. 1696. 

"Sealed & delivered in the p'sence of " the mark of 

John Croxton. Jane (J.) Sharples." 

John fawcit." 



Prior to this John Sharpies had purchased from Joshua "Hastinges" 40 
acres in Nether Providence, adjoining the homestead, by deed of 4 mo. 
10, 1691 ; of which the price was £12,. This deed was acknowledged "in 
open Court" on the same date, and on 4 mo. 12, 1695, "Joshua Hastings 
Acknowledged A Deed for one hundred Acres of land to John Sharply ; 
the land lying In the Township of Neither Providence, the deed beareing 
date the Eleventh day of June, 1695." Although this with other land, 390 
acres in all, had been surveyed to Hastings in right of a purchase made 
from Penn in 1681, yet it was not patented to him until 3 mo. 18, 1702. 
The next day Joshua " Hastinges " of the city of Philadelphia, yeoman, for 
^53 (already paid?) in silver money, executed a deed to John Sharpies for 
140 acres, including the above two purchases. On the same date, 3 mo. 
19, 1702, Hastings conveyed the rest of his land, 250 acres, to Robert 
Vernon, who in the same year conveyed it to his son John Vernon. 

March 10, 1696-7, "David Lloyd Acknowledged A Deed to John 
Sharply for A lott In Chester Greene, being fourty foote front towards the 
River, the deed bearing date y^ lothof y* first month, 1696-7." This lot 
was assigned by John Sharpies, 12 mo. 4, 1699, to his brother Joseph. 
William Swarfur (or Swaffer), for £2)~'^7^-A^^ i" Pennsylvania currency, 
paid by John Sharpies of Ridley, conveyed to the latter. May 26, 1706, a 
tract of 5 acres, 61 perches in Nether Providence adjoining his other land. 
This was part of 180 acres taken up by Rebecca Caldwell and i^atented 
May 7, 1 704, to William Swaffer, who had married her daughter, Mary 
Caldwell. Aug. 26, 17 12, Jonas Sandelands of Chester borough, and 
Mary his wife, for ^,'45, conveyed to John Sharpies a lot in Chester, 
beginning at a post on the west side of Front Street " near the corner of 
Jonas's old Logg house," &c. John Sharpies also purchased 4 mo. 16, 



90 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

1709, from Caleb Pusey and Henry Worley a tract of 53 acres, 70 perches 
over Ridley Creek, in Chester township, immediately opposite the home- 
stead, for ^56. This was part of a survey made in 16S5 for Thomas 
Brassey. It was stipulated in the deed that " the said John Sharpies nor 
his heirs shall make or suffer to be made any mill Dam, or Digg or cause 
or suffer to be Digged any mill race or Ditch without the liberty and 
concent of the said Caleb Pusey or his heirs & Henry Worley or his heirs." 
Pusey and Worley being interested in mills doubdess wished to repress 
competition in their line of business. The following document explains 
itself: 

"Pennsylvania} William Penn. absolute Proprietary and Governor 

'' — ^ ^ in Chief of the Province of Pennsylvania and Counties 

•| SEAL. [^ annexed. 

At the Request of John Sharpies that I would grant him to take up three 
hundred and fourteen acres of Land in right of his Father, John Sharples's 
Purchase of one thousand acres, being the remainder untaken up, and the 
full Complement thereof Liberty Land excepted, — These are ^ to require 
thee to surveyor Cause to be surveyed unto him the said Number of three 
hundred and fourteen acres, according to the method of Townships by me 
appointed, in the first Township that shall be laid out in the County of 
Chester after the date hereof, of land that has not been already surveyed 
nor taken up nor is concealed nor seated by the Indians, and make Returns 
thereof into my Secretary's Office. Given under my hand & seal at 
Philad=^ the 21st day of the 12th Month, 1 700-1. 

"To Edward Penington, Surveyor Generall of j William Penn." 

the Province of Pennsylv^ and Territories." ) 

It may be remarked that William Penn had returned to his colony in 
November, 1699, intending to make it his permanent home, but in 1701 he 
was forced to go again to England to defend his proprietary rights against 
the Crown, and sailed from Philadelphia on the ist of 9th mo. (November), 
never to return. 

Edward Penington, Surveyor General, issued an order, reciting the 
above warrant, directing Henry Hollingsworth, a deputy, to make the 
required survey, and the latter made return dated 3 mo. 2, 1701, that he 
had surveyed 316 acres, 36 perches in pursuance thereof. This was located 
on the "South side of Brandywine " in what is now East Marlborough 



JOHN SHARPLES^. ^I 

township, Chester County, and was patented July 23, 1701, to John 
Sharpies, who assigned the patent 6 mo. ('Aug.) 15, 1701, to Caleb Pusey. 

The original purchase of 1000 acres appears to have been thus 
accounted for — 40 acres at the place of settlement, 330 acres in another 
tract in Nether Providence, 300 in Middletown, 314 in Marlborough and 
16 acres of liberty land. There seems to be some correspondence between 
the variation in the amount of liberty land mentioned and the difference 
between the warrant and survey of the Marlborough tract. The liberty 
land was probably resurveyed (to Nicholas Scull) after it was found that 
the Marlborough survey exceeded the warrant, and the quantity reduced 
to 14^ acres. 

In 1726, John Sharpies conveyed to his eldest son, the 3d John, 155 
acres, embracing the most easterly and northerly parts of his land, leaving 
a greater amount to be disposed of by his will. 

In public affairs he appears to have performed his part, being a 
member of the Grand Jury as early as i mo. 8, 169 1-2, at a time when the 
duties of that body embraced those since assigned to county commissioners 
and road jurors. He appears again in this capacity 9 mo. 30, 1703, and 
7 mo. 27, 1709 ; and was appointed constable for Ridley in 1700, when the 
usages required all landholders to take their turns in township offices. 

In a suit at Court, Sept. 9, 1696, James Swaffer, plaintiff, and Robert 
Woodward, defendant, " John Sharply being Attested deposeth that as he 
was going Two James Swafars mett with Robert Woodyard and he Asked 
me to goe to James Swafards with him, and I did & I herd Robert Wood- 
yard Promise James Swafard To Pay him forty shillings, & on the morrow 
I writt the bill for forty shillings, & further saith not." 

In the affairs of the Meeting he was also active. Fourth mo. 4, 1694, 
John Sharpies and Andrew Job were appointed to inquire concerning 
William "Swaford" who declared his intentions of marriage with Mary 
" Caudwell." Tenth mo. 29, 1701, "Robert Barber & John Sharpies is 
apoynted to be y*^ oversears for y*^ meeting of Chester." Sixth mo. 25, 
1707, "Chester meeting presents John Sharpies and Thomas Vernon for 
overseers of their meeting, which this meeting accepts of untill further 
order." They were succeeded by John Smith and James Lownes, 5 mo. 
25, 1709. Eighth mo. 25, 17 14, John Sharpies is appointed overseer of 
Chester Meeting in the room of William " Swarfford." Twelfth mo. 25, 

1 716, John Wright and Samuel Jones are appointed overseers in room of 
Caleb Pusey and John Sharpies, who desire to be released Ninth mo. 25, 

1 71 7, John Sharpies is appointed an elder in the room of Caleb Pusey. 



92 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

Second mo. 25, 1720, he is appointed overseer in the room of William 
"Swarfard," deceased. First mo. 25, 1723, John Sharpies and others are 
appointed on committee to visit the families of the Monthly Meeting (David 
Lloyd, John Salkeld and Grace Lloyd being the others from Chester). 
Filth mo. 29, 1723, he is succeeded by Thomas Vernon as overseer. 
Second mo. 27, 1724, he is succeeded by Thomas Vernon as one of the 
committee to visit families. Third mo. 30, 1726, he is replaced on the 
committee to visit families, and reappointed 7 mo. 25, 1732, and 4 mo. 30, 
1735. Eighth mo. 27, 1735, Thomas Cummings is appointed elder for 
Chester Meeting in place of John Sharpies, released. 

On 3 mo. 25, 1 71 2, Caleb Pusey and Henry Worley conveyed to 
Nicholas Fairlamb, John Sharpies, John Smith, Thomas Vernon, James 
Lownes and Joseph Vernon a lot of 103 perches, 104 feet, in Chester, for 
the use of the meeting. 

First mo. 25, 1703, " Eliz: ffishborn & hannah Sharpells are Chosen 
overseers for Chester Meeting." The latter is succeeded by Katherine 
Fairlamb 6 mo. 25, 1707. First mo. 30, 1713, "Hannah Sharpells is 
Chosen overseer for Chester Meeting along with Sarah howell, instead of 
Lidia Vernon." She is succeeded by Grace Lloyd 5 mo. 25, 1715. 

John Sharpies doubtless continued to reside in the substantial stone 
house built about 1700, and still standing, until his death in 1747. The 
following is a copy of his last will, taken from the original, which is not 
very well written : 



WILL OF JOHN SHARPLES. 

The twentyth second day of the third month, in the yeare one thousand seven hnndred' 
and thirty seven, 1737. 

Whereas I, John Sharpies of Ridley in the county of Chester and provance of Pensilvania, 
being in health of body and perfect in mind and memory I coniit my soule to the Lord that 
gavie it And my body to be buried as near my wife as can be found conv[eni]ant by my 
executors According to there discresion. I leave my twoo sons John and Daniel Sharpies to 
be my whole and sole Executores of this my last will and teastioment. I order and Apuint 
them to pay all my depts and discharge all my funerall expences, and now I give and bequeath 
unto my son John Sharpies fifteen accers and one halfe acre and ninteen pearch of land 
Joyning to the land that I gave him foniierly, begining at A black oak tree Standing near a 
run coming out of Moses Uernan's land in Moses Uernan's line, thence by the said line South 
twenty four degrees west seventy pearchis to a black oak devideing this land from other land 
of the said John Sharpies onely I except a pearch in breadth Along the said line for a roade for 
to goe to Provedence as I excepted in his other land that I gave him formerly and from 
that black oack that Devides this land from other land of the said John Sharpies which I 



JOHN SHARPLES^ 



93 



shall give to m}- son Daniel Sliarples from this last black oak along the said land South 
foiirty one degrees east seventy pearches to a stone standing in the line of the land of 
my son John Sharpies and likewise I give and bequeath unto my son John Sharpies a 
second peece of Land belonging to John Sliarpless lying and being in the township of 
Chester and County of Chester and Provance of pensilvania laid out the time above said 
intended for my son John ; begining At a cheesnut tree standing by ridly Creek thence 
South twenty two degrees east fifty six pearches to the ould queens road thence north 
tliirty fifve degrees east fourty two Pearch to ridly Creek thence up the said Creek west 
fourteen Pearch, thence still up the said Creek north sixty seven degrees west twenty six 
pearches to the place of begining Containing neare four Acors and one halfe an acor and 
like wise I give and Bequeath unto my son John Sharpies a lot of ground lying in Chester 
town lying betwene James Mader's stone house and Joseph Uarnon's lot and frunting the 
street and so down to low water mark in Chester Creek ; all which I give and bequeath 
unto my said son John Sharpies and his heares and A Sines for ever. 

And likewise I give and bequeath unto my son Daniel Sharpies and his heiares and 
A sines for Ever all the lands buildings and all the Improvements that belongs to the place 
I now live upon with fourty Eight or nine Acors which lyeth over y= Crick Against my 
Plantation In Chester township, which I by Computation look upon the whole to be two 
hundred and fifty Eight Accors of land and like wise I give and bequeath unto my son 
Daniel Sharpies all my stock of cattel as cowes, horses sheep and hogs with the metarreaals 
as plow and plow irons and harrow with the geares there unto belonging and likewise of 
tlie house hould goods as the clock and the pweter and the new bigbrass Cattell and 
the big bible and the best feather beed in the best chamber with the furnetue belonging 
to hit with all the rest of the Comman househould goods allso the steel mill all which 
I give to my son Daniel Sharpies for which hee is to Pay at my desease fourty pounds 
of Pensilvania money to my Executores to be disposed of as heareafter derected ; and I 
allso give and bequeath to my son John Sharpies one bond of tenn pounds of pensilvania 
money with the Interest due upon it, which was dated in the yeare one thousend seven 
hundred twenty nine. 

And like wise I give and bequeath unto my two sons John and Daniel Sharpies all 
my Wright and Interest in that Acor of land where the ould bureing ground is which 
lyeth in Chester township I give to them and tliere ares for ever and like wise I give 
and bequeath unto my Daughter Phebe hibard and hir haires and asignes for Ever all that 
tract of land which I bought that lyeth in the township of Whiteland in the County of 
Chester & Provance of Pensilvania more or less and like wise I give and bequeath unto 
my Daughter hannah howard fifty poimds of Courent money of Pensilvania and like wise 
I give and bequeath unto my daughter Ann bond fifty pounds of Courent money of 
pensilvania and like wise I give and bequeath unto my two grand sons georg and Joshua 
Smadly tenn pounds Eather of them pensilvania money and like wise I give and bequeath 
to my grand daughter hannah Sharpies tenn pounds Courent money of Pensilvania and 
like wise I give and bequeath to my son in law george Smadly and my son in law beingaman 
haibard and my son in law Samuel bond Either of them forty shilings a peece and I 
allso give and bequeath one silver tankard to my son John Sharpies and I allso give and 
bequeath the beed with the furnertur belonging unto it which I now ly or sleep upon to 
my daughter Ann bond and I allso give and bequeath to my son in law henry howard 
one bond of tenn pounds of Pensilvania money with the intrest due upon it which was 
dated in the yeare one thousand seven hundred twenty and nine and I allso give and 



94 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

bequeath unto my kins woman Phebe Swarford fourty shilings of Pensilvania money and 
like wise it is my mind and will that when all these Arteckles and legeces are ancered and paid 
that if there be any tiling to spare that It shall be Equily devided Amongst you all I 
meane you my five Children John hannah Phebe Daniel and Ann If liveing or If not 
A mongst y« Survivers of them. So I conclud as this my Last will and Testiment. 



John Sharples \ seal 



Signed Sealed Publesehed pronounced 

and declared by the said John Sharpies 

As his last will and Testament in ye 

Presence of us the Subscribers, Aaron Vernon, 

William Swarfer, 
Sarah Swarfer. 



Chester, 8'"" ist 1747 : Then personally appeared Aaron Vernqn, W'". 
Swarfer and Sarah Swarfer, the witnesses to y^ above Will who on their 
Solemn Affirmacons Did Declare y' they were present and saw y<= Tes- 
tator therein named sign seal Publish Pronounce and Declare y^ s^^ Writing 
to be his Last Will and Testam' and y' at y« Doing thereof he was of sound 
mind and memory to y^ Best of their Understandings. 

Affirmed Coram Jo : Parker, D. Reg''. 

Be it Remembered y' the first Day of October Anno Dom., 1747, The 
Last Will and Testam' of John Sharpless of the s'l County Dece'd was 
proved in Due form of law and Probate and Letters of adm'on was Granted 
to his two sons John and Daniel sole Executors in y^ s*! Will named Being 
first attested accords to law well and truly to administer and to Bring in an 
Inventory of the Deced'^ Estate into y^ Reg'^^ office at Chester on or before 
y^ first Day of November next to Exhibitt a true and Just acco' of their 
adm'on when Legally thereunto required. Given under y'^ seal of s^^ office 

^: Jo : Parker, D. Reg''. 



INVENTORY. 

An Inventory of the appraisement of the Goods & Chatties of John 
Sharpless, senior, of y<= township of Ridley in y'= County of Chester, 



JOHN SHARPIES^ 



95 



Deceased ; appraised by Peter Dicks & Caleb Harrison the 24th Day of 
y^ 8th month, Anno. Dom. 1747. 



116 



.V. d. 
16:9 



Imprimis, Purse and apparel, sadle bridle and Cain . 

Item, In the Parlor a bed which y^ s'^ John Sharpless 
usually layd upon. With the furniture there- 
unto belonging . . . . 
30 pounds of Nails at £\-\os-od \ 20 yards of 
Linnen £2-os-od 
Item, the goods and Chatties willed to Daniel Sharpless 
Item, One Silver Tankard willed to John Sharpless 
Item, Bonds, Bills and Notes of hand 
Item, George Fox's jornal and Nine other Books 



656:05 :4 

Item, The tract of land willed to Phebe Hibbart, 150 acres as per 

Deed may appear. 
Appraised ~{t^ us the Day and year above written. 

Caleb Harrison, 



3 


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40 


00 





10 


10 





• 473 


3 


7 


2 


15 






[Filed Sbr 29"' 1747.] 



Peter Dicks. 



EXECUTORS' ACCOUNTS. 



The account of John Sharpless and Daniel Sharpless, Sole Executors 
of all and singular the Goods, Chatties and Creditts of their Father, John 
Sharpless, senior, late of y^ township of Ridley, Deceased, And of 
y^ Administration by them made, as well of such Goods and Credits of the 
said Decedant that Came to their hands, as also of What Debts, &c., of 
y'= s'J Deced' they have paid, & money Necessarily Laid out & Expended in 
and about Administering of y*= Estate of the s"^' Decedant, as followeth 
(viz) 

Imprimis, the said accountants Charges themselves with! 
all and Singular the Goods, Chatdes and Credits of the said 
Decedant mentioned in an Inventory thereof Exhibited into \ £6^6-<^s-^d 
the Regester's Office for the County of Chester, Amounting, 
as ~f_: said Inventory appears, to y"^ sum of 



■96 



THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 



The said accountants Craves allowance of the severall sums of money 
herea-fter mentioned By them paid and Expended in and about administer- 
ing the Estate of y"^ said Deced', as followeth : 

To Funarel Charges, Doctor's Bill, Debts & other 

Expences .... 
To three Legacies paid to Henry Howard 
To four Legacies paid to Samuel Bond . 
To two Legacies paid to Benj'"^ Hibbard . 
To three Legacies paid to John Sharpless 
To one Legacy paid to Daniel Sharpless 
•To a Legacy paid to George Smedley, Sine"" 
To a Legacy paid to George Smedley, Ju'' 
To a Legacy paid to Joshua Smedley 
To a Legacy paid to Hannah Sharpless . 
To a Legacy paid to Phebe Swaffer, alias Jarvis 
To Commissions to the Executors 





09: 
154: 


16: 5 
15:3 




149: 


4: II 




89: 


4: II 




iiS: 


0:11 




87: 


4: II 




02 : 


: 




10 : 


: 




10 ; 


0: 




10 : 


: 




02 : 


: 




13: 


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Total 


^656 : 


5 : 4 



January 28"^ 1748-9- 
Errors Excepted 



^. us John Sharpless, 

Daniel Sharpless. 



The "Cain" mentioned in the inventory is probably the one now in 
possession of Richard L. Sharpless, of Germantown, and the silver tankard 
is supposed to have been included in the '' plate " mentioned in the inventory 
of 1685. 

John Salkeld' of Chester, a noted minister among Friends, visited 
England in 1726. In his manuscript diary we find the memorandum, " the 
10, of y'= 4 mo: 1726, Left with Tho^ Edes two pounds five shillings for a 
sett of Slays for John Sharpies. 



CHESTER MEETING. 

We have seen that in 1681 it was agreed that a meeting should be 
held every First day of the week at the Court House at Upland, and this 
was probably continued for ten or more years. Fourth mo. 6, 1687, it was 
"Agreed that Bartholomew Coppock, James Kenerly, Randall Vernon & 
Caleb Pusey do agree & contract with such workmen or workman, as they 
shall see meet, to build a meeting house att Chester 24 foot square & 10 
foot high in y^ walls, & y' y^ abovesaid persons do come themselves, & 
the said workmen they agree [with], & give an account thereof to y^ next 
monthly meeting." Nothing is said of the proposed location but on 10 
mo. 5, 16S7, the following trustees were appointed, viz., John Simcock, 
Thomas Brassey, John Bristow, Caleb Pusey, Randall Vernon, Thomas 
Vernon, Joshua Hastings, Mordecai Maddock, Thomas Martin, Richard 
ffew, Walter ffaucit and Edward Carter. To these Urin Keen (Joran Kyn) 
of Chester, for ^lo^ conveyed a lot of ground in Chester, on the ist of ist 
month, 1687-S, "to the use & behoof of the s^' Chester meeting of the 
people of God called Quakers." 

On the 13th of 8th month, 1690, the following persons were appointed 
to receive subscriptions towards building a meeting-house in Chester : for 
Upper Providence, Randall Malin ; for Middletown, John Worrall and 
David Ogden ; for Edgemont, Thomas Worrilow and James Swaffer ; for 
Springfield, George Maris, the younger, and Mordecai Maddock ; for 
Marple, Thomas Pearson and Josiah Taylor. The following subscription 
list, without date, and with some of the amounts illegible, is believed to 
represent the result of their labors : 





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Thomas Powell . 


2 


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Will"^ Coborne 


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00 


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Thomas Brassey. 


3 


10 : 





Joseph Coborne 


. 01 


■ 00 


00 


Randall Varnon . 


3 


00 : 





John Edge . 


. 01 


00 


00 


Thomas Varnon . 


01 


00 : 




John Crosby 


. 01 


00 


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John Sharpies 


I 


10 : 


=i: 


John Parker 


. 00 


: 10 


■.|: 


Walter ffaucet . 


I 


10 : 


:i: 


John Martin 


. 01 


: 00 


:i: 



93 



THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 



John Hoghkins 
Caleb" Pusey 
Robert Barber 
Joshua Hastings 
John Baldwin 
John Broomall 
John Bristow 
John Simcocke 
William Woodmansee 
Jacob Simcock . 
James Sharpies . 
Andrew Job 
James Whittacree 
Mord. Maddock . 
John Simcock iuner 
Robert Taylor . 
Edward Walter . 
Edward Carter . 
John Beall . 
Charles Brookes . 
William Browne . 
Thomas Vernon, yon 
ffrancis Worly 



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Tho: Martin 
Nat. Evans 
John Churchman 
[End of I St page, am 
Henry (Hams?) 
Thomas Coebourne 
John Worall 
randell Maillen . 
robert Vernon 
tho: Mmshall 
Peter tailler 
Joseph Vernon & [ 
Jacob Vernon ) 

John Hoskins 
James Swaford . 
William Swaford 
henry Worly 
John Powell 
thomas Joans 
Larawnce rooth . 



George Churchman 



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ount illegible.] 


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01 : 00 : 00 



Second mo. 6, 1691 : " Its agreed by this meeting that John Bristow and 
Caleb Pusey do forthwith agree with & Imploy workmen in the Building 
y^ meeting house at Chester with stone, on the place y' was formerly 
bought for that purpose ; the situateing of which, as allso y^ manner of 
Building the same, is left to their discretion, And that this meeting do 
defray the charge of the same, so that it exceed not one hundred pounds ; 
and that there be one conveniant chimney at least, and that the s"^' John 
Bristow & Caleb Pusey do give account of what they have done at y^ next 
months meeting." Eighth mo. 12, 1691: "this meeting allso desiers 
Walter ffaucet and Randall Vernon to goe to these y' subscribed to the 
building the meeting house, that they forth with bring their pay unto 
Caleb's mill & make report at y^ next months meeting." 

Eleventh mo. 2, 1 692 : " Ordered by this meeting that Randall Vernon 
and Randall Meallen goe to Tho: Powell and returne him the two pound ten 
shillings that he saith he Lent toward building y*= meeting house, & paying 



CHESTER MEETING. 



99 



for y^ ground it stands on, at Chester, & make returne of their proceedings 
to the next months meeting." This will be better understood when it is 
stated that in this year Thomas Powell had joined in the defection from 
Friends, caused by George Keith, and afterward became an Episcopalian. 
First mo. 5, 1693-4: "This meeting appoints John Simcocke, Randall 
Vernon, Walter ffaucet, Rob'. Barber, R. Carter to meet John Bristow & 
Caleb Pusey in order to make up y^ accounts w"^ y"" concerning y^ meeting 
house at Chester, and also to receive y'= Deed of y^ Land the s'^ house 
stands upon, and give an account thereof to the next monthly meeting, 
and also to bring the s'' Deed." Second mo. 2, 1694 : " In pursuant to the 
order of last months meeting John Bristow brought in the Deed of the 
meeting house, as allso his account of his disburstments for Building 
y^ same, & this meeting orders John Simcocke to keep the Deed till 
farther order," &c. 




FIRST MEETING HOUSE AT CHESTER, IIUILT I693 



This, the first meeting-house in Chester, was doubtless completed in 
1693. It is not now standing, but our picture of it is taken from Dr. 



lOO THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

Smith's History of Dclazuare County. In 1736 a larger meeting-house was 
built on another lot and this property was sold to Edward Russell, who 
probably added an attic story and the back building of brick, in order to 
adapt it to use as a dwelling house. 

After the division in the Society, in 1827, what is known as the 
Orthodox portion built a new meeting-house on land given for that 
purpose by Enos Sharpless, at Shoemakerville, a suburb of Chester. For 
more than one hundred and sixty years the meetings of Chester, 
Springfield, Providence and Middletown have formed what is called 
Chester Monthly Meeting, which is the meeting of record. The Monthly 
Meetings of Chester, Darby, Concord and Goshen formed Chester (now 
Concord) Quarterly Meeting, a branch of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. 



5- James Sharpies/ John', born at Hatherton, Cheshire, Eng., 
I mo. 5, 1670-1 ; died in Nether Providence township, Chester (now 
Delaware) County, Pa., about 1746; married i mo. 3, 1697-8 to Mary 
Edge, who died 2 mo. 17, 1698: 2d marriage 12 mo. 20, 1699, to Mary 
Lewis, born in Glamorganshire, Wales, 5 mo. 10, 1674; died about 1753, 
in Nether Providence. Issue by last wife, — 



Lydia, b. 12 mo. 20, 1701 ; m. Abraham Vernon and Jacob Way. 
Mary, b. 2 mo. 27, 1702; d. about 17S0; ni. Joseph Garrett. 
Jame.s, b. 9 mo. 6, 1703; d. 1775; m. EHzabeth Taylor. 
Rachel, b. 5 mo. 9, 170S ; d. before 174S; m. Thomas Dell. 
Sarah, b. i mo. 27, 1710; m. Edward Woodward and George Gilpin. 
Thomas, b. 8 mo. 6, 1712; d. S mo. 2, 1713- 

David, b. 4 mo. 24, 1715; d. ; m. Priscilla Powell. 

Esther, b. ; m. Mordecai Taylor and Richard Gorman. 



John Edge ^^"'th his wife Jane and family, emigrated from St. Andrew's 
Holborne, in the county of Middlesex, England, and settled in Nether 
Providence about the year 1685. He was an earnest member of the 
Society of Friends, and the Monthly Meeting' was sometimes held at his 



JAMES SHARPLESk JOI 

house. He had been subjected to heavy fines and imprisonment in his 
native country for refusing to act contrary to his conscientious scruples, 
and on one occasion was subjected to a public trial. He died 5 mo. 10, 
171 1, aged about sixty-five years. The following are believed to have 
been his children — certainly all except Sarah and Joseph : 



Sarah, m. 16S6 to Thomas Bowater, and d. 2 mo. 26, 1692. 

Joseph, not known to have married. 

Mary, m. to James Sharpies. 

Abigail, m. 3 mo. 24, 1705, to Edward Woodward; d. 9 mo. 27, 17 16. 

John, b. about the beginning of 5 mo. 1685; d. 1734; m. 8 mo. 1709, to Mary 

Smedley, who m. 2dly John Yarnall, 9 mo. 7, 1739. 
Jacob, b. 3 mo. 8, 1690; d. 2 mo. 7, 1720; m. Sarah Jones. 



The Bible of James Sharpies, a large folio, in a much dilapidated 
condition, is now in possession of John Leedom, of Haverford township, 
through his late wife Hannah WorralP (Mary', Nathaniel-*, James^, James=). 
The inscriptions show that it was bought from Walter Faucet, evidendy by 
Joseph Sharpies, whose birth at " Hadderton " is twice recorded therein. 
As Joseph's wife was the owner of a Bible before her marriage it is 
presumed that Joseph disposed of this to his brother James about that 
time. It contains the births of James, at " Hadderton," and of his wife and 
children, but a part of the latter has been torn off The records of the 2d 
James are wanting. 

"At a monthly meeting held at John edge's one y^ last of y'= ii'^' 
month, 1697-8: Jams Sharpies & Marey edge laid thayr intention before 
this meetin of taking each other as husband & wife, this being y^ first time, 
thayre parants being heare & consenting: tho: Minshall & robart Vernon 
is opoynted to make inquirie conserning his clearnes & mak report to 
y^ nixt meeting thereof" The women appointed Mary Hoskins and 
Phebe Peckow to inquire concerning Mary Edge. 

"At a monthly meeting held at robart Vernon's one y^ 28"' of y^ 12"' 
month, 1697-8: Jams Sharpies and Marey Edge, both belongin to this 
meeting, proposed thayr intentions of taking each other as husband & wife, 
this being y^ second time, & inquirey being made & nothing appearing to 
obstruct thay proceeding with thayr s'^ intentions thy are therefor left to 
thayr liberty to proceed according to y^ order of truth." 

The marriage certificate, which was recorded, shows that James 
Sharpies of Neither Providence, yeoman, and Mary Edge, daughter of 



THE SHARPLESS FAMIL Y. 



John Edge of the same town, were married 
appointed meeting at John Edge's house : signed 



I mo. 
by 



RANDAL MALIN, 
JOHN SIMCOCK, 
JONATHAN HEYES, 
ROBERT VERNON, 
GEORGE MARIS, 
THO: BOWETER, 
CALEB PUSEY, 
JOHN KINGSMAN, 
GEORGE LOWNES, 
THOMAS CLEYTON, 
RICHARD MARIS, 
JOHN WORRALL, 
JOHN SIMCOCK, 
JOSEPH PHIPPES, 
JOHN BOWETER, 
JOHN VERNON, 
THOMAS MINSHALL, 
FFRANCIS WORLEY, 
PETER LESTER, 
ROBERT BARBER, 



ELINOR VERNON, 
MARY VERNON, 
HANNAH VERNON, 
MARY WORLEY, 
SARAH VERNON, 
ELIZABETH FISHBOURN, 
JANE LOWNES, 
FFRANCES WORRALL, 
RACHEL MINSHALL, 
ELIZABETH VERNON, 
ROBERT CARTER, 
HENRY WORLEY, 
JOSEPH VERNON, 
JACOB VERNON, 
JOHN FFAUCITT, 
JACOB VERNON, 
THOMAS VERNON, 
PHILIP PRITCHET, 
JOHN HOSKINS, 



1697-S, at an 

James Sharples, 
Mary Sharples, 



JANE sharples, 
JOHN EDGE, 
JANE EDGE, 
JOHN SHARPLES, 
HANNAH SHARPLES, 
JOSEPH SHARPLES, 
ABIGAIL EDGE, 
JOSEPH EDGE, 
MARGARET STEEDMAN, 
REBECKAH CAUDWELL, 
BENJ MENDENHALL, 
ROBERT PENNELL, 
CALEB SHARPLES, 
JANE PENNELL, 
MARY SWARFFER, 
LYDIA CARTER. 



Certificate for Ralph Lewis from Treverig Glamorganshire, South 
Wales, loth of 7th mo. 16S3 (after one for John ap Bevan) : 

In like maner doe we hereby certifie unto those concerned herin, That Ralph Lewis, 
w* his family, passing y= same time with our frind John ap Bevan, for Pensylvania, belonging 
to our meeting nere Trevrigg, Is such a man knowne unto us to be of an Innocent life & 
conversation, walking amo'gst us as become one prophefsing the trueth ; not knowing by him, 
sine we had acquaintance together in the Gospell, any failing or Infimiitie wherby y= trueth 
did in the least suffer by him ; and that is much to our comfort wherever we find honestie in 
the Inward, the token of a right Speritt, though the p''sent Atainm' might be but small. And 
thus of him can we truly Judge, And w'** all this much can we Certifie, y' in the outward, 
when passing from us, he was a freeman and [clear of] Ingagments with any, And that we are 
Certaine noe man Could demand aught from him, & that he owed to any nothing but love, in 
the w':'^ the Lord p serve him; as together soe afunder. 

William Lewis, Walkin Thomas, 

Howell Thomas, John David, 

Tho: Howell, James Thomas, > 

Edward Howell, William Thomas, 
John Mayo, Thomas Prichard, 

Meirike Howell, Jenkin Howell. 

[Records of Radnor Mo. Mtg.] 



JAMES SHARPLES^. JO^ 

William Lewis, of Eglwys Ilan, Glamorganshire, a brother of Ralph, 
with his wife, Ann, and family, came over about the year 1686, and settled 
in the north-eastern part of Haverford township, afterward removing to 
Newtown township, Chester (now Delaware) County. The following copy 
of a letter is from a somewhat indistinct photograph of the original, said to 
have been in possession of the late Dr. George Smith, of Upper Darby, 
whose widow is a descendant from Ralph Lewis : 
"Dear Brother Ralph Lewis: 

My Love unto thee and all thy family, hoping y' thou art in good 
health as I am at this p''sent writing : thy Brothers and thy to sisters and 
all their familyes are in very good health and doe remember their loves 
unto thee and thy wife. I have received thy letter and wee Are all very 
glad to heare of thy wellfare and prosperity. I am of y"^ same Intentions 
as I was before but y' y« hindrance is still, as thou dost know, as was 
before. I desire to heare from thee as soon thou hast opportunity and 
how doth thy affairs Therive. I pray writ to me what is wanting to thee 
and what Commodities is most needfull for thee, if thou dost want any, 
y' I may send them to thee, for thy Letter was soe short y' thou didst 
send y' it did not mention nothing how y* Squeaces(?) went. I did 
expect heare from thee concerning y^ Lands, whether thou hast it or not, 
how thou camest into possession of it, and concerning y^ money whether 
thou hast them or not. I have Receved a letter from henry Lewis y' did 
mention y' thou wert not willing to content him for y« paines he tooke in 
my businesse, and y' was a great vexation of Spirit. I doe intrate thee to 
doe him Satisfaction and to send me notice how, & soe doeing thou willt 
unlade me great truble ; soe nothing at present but y' thou remember 
me to all my frends in thy parts and I shall Rejoice greatly in y^ Lord to 
heare of thy wellfare and prosperity. I Rest this y<= *nteenth day of 
July, 1684. Thy ever Loveing Brother 

William Lewis, from Ilan. 

Thy Brother David doth Remember himselfe 
to thee under the token y' didest promise to send 
him a cople of Skines if thou cast come to them. 

And thy Loveing frn'' Howell thomas and 
Edward Howell and William thomas and all 
y« Rest of thy frinds, 1 684. 

Remember me to my Loveing frind John ab 
Evan, for his Chilldren were Sike and now they 
are well, youre unkel thomas prichard were ded 
and mary william." 



I04 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

Ralph and Mary Lewis settled in the north-eastern part of Haverford 
township, but he subsequently purchased land in Upper Darby, adjoining 
Haverford, and removed thither. Mary died (or was buried) 7 mo. 2, 
1704, and Ralph in 7 mo. (September) 171 2. Their children so far as 
known were, — 



Mary, b. 5 mo. 10, 1674; m. James Sharpies. 

Martha, b. ; m. David Hughs of Merion, 4 mo. 9, 1696. 

David, b. ; d. 2 mo. 1694, unmarried. 

Evan, b. ; m. Ann David, 3 mo. 1707. 

Lydia, b. 8 mo. 3, 1683 ; m. Joseph Sharpies. 

Abraham, b. ; m. Mary Morgan 6 mo. 28, 1707. 

Samuel, b. ; m. Phebe Taylor, dau. of Josiah, 4 mo. 17, 

Thomas, b. 5 mo. 11, 16S7; m. Jane Meredith, 8 mo. 9, 1711. 

Sarah, b. 3 mo. iS, 1691; m. William Walter of Merion, 3 mo. 26, 1720. 



Of these children Evan settled in Edgmont township, but about 1720 
removed to Cain township, near twenty-five miles back in the woods ; and 
on the 2 2d of Feb. 1747-8, he conveyed to certain trustees a lot of two 
acres upon which West Cain Meeting House was soon after erected and a 
burying ground established. Samuel Lewis also settled in Edgmont, but 
took up some land in Cain, which he afterward sold to his nephew, Benj'a- 
min Sharpies. His son Josiah Lewis was the father of Judge William 
Lewis, a noted jurist of Philadelphia. Abraham Lewis, son of Abraham 
and Mary, of Haverford, m. Ann Rees, of Springfield, in 1751, and their 
son Abraham , Lewis m. Rebecca Lawrence of Haverford, in 1806. These 
had a daughter, Mary, who became the wife of Dr. George Smith, the 
historian of Delaware County, and mother of Benjamin H. Smith, whose 
valuable maps of the early surveys and patents in this county have been 
of service in this work. 

" Att a monthly meeting held at John Edge's one y'^ 25"^ of y^ 10"^ m^ 
1699, James Sharpies, belonging to this meeting, proposed his intention of 
marig with Marey y« daughter of rallph lluis, belonging to Haverford 
meeting. In order for to have a certivicate on that behalf, this being 
yf^ first time : robart uernon & thomas Minshall is a poynted for to make 
inquirey conserning his clearnes & make report thereof to y*^ nixt monthly 
meeting." 

"Att a monthly meeting held at robart uernon's on 29''^ of y'^ ii''' m'^ 
^^•. James Sharpies, belonging to this meeting, propos'd his Intention of 



JAMES SHARPIES \ 1 05 

taking Marey y^ daughter of ralph lluis, belonging to haverforcl, to be his 
wife, and Inquirey being mad[e] & nothing appering for to obstruct or 
hinder him in his s'l Intention, therefor he hath a certivicate granted him in 
that behalf." 

"To the monthly meeting of haverford : Wheras, James Sharpies, 
belonging to this meeting, purposed his Intention of taking Mary, y<^ 
daughter of Ralph Lewis, to be his Wife : These may certifie y' according 
to y^ good order of truth wee have made Inqiery concerning his clearness, 
& finds nothing to obstruct or hinder him in his said Intention, & refers 
him & it to your further consideration. Soe we remain your frinds in 
y« service of y^ Gospell. 

" from Chester monthly Signed by order and 

meeting, held at Robert in behalf by 

Vernon, on y^ 29* of y^ ii''^ Andrew Job." 

month i^." 



MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE OF JAMES SHARPLES. 

AVhereas, James Sharpies of Neither providence & county of Chester & province of 
Pensilvania, & Mary Lewis of Darby, daughter of Ralph Lewis, in the county & province 
aforesaid, having declared their intention of taking each other as husband & wife before 
severall publique men & women's meetings, according to y' good order used amongst them. 
Whose proceedings therin, after a delibarate consideration therof & concent of parties & 
Relation concerned, being approved of by y' said meeting : 

Now these are to certiefie all Whom it may concern, y' for y= full determination of their 
s'' Intention, this 2o"i day of y= 12^*' month 1699-700 The said James Sharpies & Mary 
Lewis appeared in a publick Asembly, mett together for y' end & purpose, at Haverford 
meeting house in y= county & province aforesaid, according to y' good Example of y= holy 
men of god Recorded in y= Holy Scripture of truth ; he the said James Sharpies taking the 
said Mary Lewis by the hand did openly declare as foloweth ; viz., frinds in y» presence of 
y"= Lord & before you his people I take this my frind, Mary Lewis, to be my wife, promising 
to be to her a Loving and faithfull husband until it shall please y= Lord by death to separate us, 
&c : And then & there in the s<* Assembly the s"* Mary Lewis did in Like manner declare as 
followeth ; viz., frinds in y' presence of god & before you his people I take this my frind, 
James Sharpies, to be my husband, promising to be to him a faithfull & Loving wife untill it 
may please the Lord by death to separate us, &c. : And then and there y' s<^ James Sharpies 
& Mary Lewis, as a further Confirmation of their intention, did then and [there] to these 



io6 



THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 



presents set their hands; & we whose names are hereunto subscribed, being pre^' amongst 
others, at y= solemnizing of their said marrage & subscription, as Witnesses thereunto having 
allsoe subscribed our names the day & year above written. 

James Sharples, 
Marv Sharples, 



JOHN SHARPLES, 
RALPH LEWIS, 
JOSEPH SHARPLES, 
JOHN EDGE, 
WILLIAM LEWIS, 
DAVID LEWIS, 
DAVID HUGH, 
ABRAM LEWIS, 



EVAN LEWIS, 
LEWIS LEWIS, 
EVAN LEWIS, 
JOHN SIMCOCK, 
GEORGE MARIES, 
JOHN BEVAN, 
JOHN ROBERT, 
RICHARD WALTER, 



WILLIAM LEWIS, 
ROWLAND ELLIS, 
REES THOMAS, 
ELLIS ELLIS, 
SAMUEL GARRET, 
DANIEL HUMPHRY, 
JANE SHARPLES, 
HANNAH SHARPLES, 

[Records of Haverford Monthly Meeting ] 



JANE EDGE, 
ABIGAL EDGE, 
MARTHA WISDOM, 
MARTHA HUGH, 
ANN LEWIS, 
ELLINOR VARNON, 
SEABORN LEWIS. 



James Sharpies was appointed constable for Nether Providence March 
9, 1696-7, 12 mo. (Feb.) 29, 1703-4, and 12 mo. 27, 1704-5; was a 
member of the Grand Jury 10 mo. 13, 1698, 12 mo. 23, 1702-3, and 9 mo. 
(Nov.) 28; 17 10. Thomas Price, servant to John Martin, was assigned in 
Court, to James Sharpies May 27, 1707.. 

At a monthly meeting at John Edge's, 11 mo. 31, 1703-4, "Providence 
meeting presents Thomas Minshall and James Sharpies to bee overseers 
for there meeting, which this meets approves of." Robert Vernon and 
John Edge were appointed to succeed them, i mo. 25, 1706, and these 
were followed by Thomas Minshall and Joseph Sharpies, 10 mo. 30, 1706. 
James Sharpies was again appointed, 6 mo. 27, 171 2, in room of Thomas 
Minshall, and was succeeded by John Edge, 9 mo. 30, 171 3. 

In the year 17 16 the Friends of Chester Meeting brought to the 
attention of the Monthly Meeting "the Inconvenience of friends Comeing 
so untimely together at Burials," and the concern was forwarded to the 
Quarterly Meeting, followed the next year by another respecting " the 
frequent Carrying about of Cups & Glasses with Liquor at Burials." In 
1 7 19 the following advice was issued by the Yearly Meeting : 



"And whereas at some burials where people may come far, there may be occasion 
of some refreshment, yet let that be with such moderation, & the Behaviour of all friends 
be with such Gravity & Solidity as becomes the occasion ; and if any appear otherwise 
let such be reproved & dealt with, as advised in case of misdemeanors or Indecencys at 
Marriages ; and it may be farther noted that any Excess in this case, & in making so solemn 
a time as this ought to be & Really is, in its own nature, to appear as a festival, must 
be burdensome and Greivous to a sober Christian mind, which will of course be under a 
far different Exercise. At such times friends are desired therefore to have great care therein, 



JAMES SHARFLES^. 107 

& use all Endeavours every where, more & more, to break from and avoid that offensive 
& unsuitable custom of large Provision of Strong drink, cakes, &c., &c., the formal & 
repeated servings & offers thereof. This Indecent & Indiscreet Custom & Practice has 
run to such excess that Invitations being made to greater Numbers than their own or 
neighbours' houses could contain, the very Streets & open Places are made use of for 
handing about burn'd-wine & other strong liquors; and besides the Indecencies above 
mentioned (the custom of waiting for the last that will please to come, tho' never so 
unseasonable) and the formality of repeated servings to each, breaks in upon another 
decent order among Friends, of Keeping to & observing the time appointed." 



In 1729 the subject was again recommended to the attention of 
subordinate meetings which were advised to appoint " elder friends to 
attend on burials as is already done on marriages to see the same be 
orderly," &c. Accordingly at Chester Monthly Meeting, 10 mo. 29, 1729, 
"Chester and Providence Friends have brought the names of two friends 
each to attend at Burials, to see that good order be kept and that the time 
appointed for leaving the house with the corps be kept to, viz., for Chester 
Thomas Vernon and Thomas Dell ; for Providence, James Sharpies and 
Henry Miller. Springfield and Middletown are desired to bring the 
names of two for each, to our next meeting." 

Those chosen for Springfield were Samuel Levis, Jur., and Jonathan 
Haycock, and for Middletown, Philip Yarnall and Peter Hunter. 

Ninth mo. 25, 1706: "This meeting Chooses Jean Edgg & Mary 
Sharpells, overseers for providence meeting." These were succeeded, 
2 mo. 25, 1709, by Elinor Vernon and Sarah Crockson, and they in turn 
by Mary Malin and Jean Edge, 4 mo. 26, 1710. Sixth mo. 28, 1710: 
"Mary Sharpells is chosen to stand overseer for providence meeting along 
•with Jean Edgg, instead of Mary Malin." They were succeeded, 7 mo. 24, 
171 1, by Elinor Vernon and Rebecca Minshall, and 4 mo. 29, 171 3, "Mary 
Sharpells is chosen overseer for providence Meetting along with Abigail 
Woodward, instead of Rebecca Minshall." She was succeeded, 4 mo. 25, 
1717, by Sarah Miller, and again chosen, 11 mo. 27, 1723, instead of 
Mary Camm. 

Mary Sharpies and Alice Pennell were appointed 2 mo. 25, 1726, to 
join some men Friends in visiting families. Mary was succeeded, i mo. 29, 
1 73 1, by Sarah Dicks, as overseer, and again chosen, 4 mo. 28, 1736, 
instead of Elizabeth Taylor, and Susanna Malin took her place 2 mo. 30, 
1739. She was appointed to this station for the last time, 10 mo. 29. 1744, 
and was succeeded by Judith Broom, 7 mo. 25, 1749. 

In the division of his father's estate the land in Nether Providence was 



Io8 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

awarded to James Sharpies. This had been patented to his father 5 mo. 
28, 16S4, for ZZ'^ acres, extending from "Providence Great Road" to 
Crum Creek. Wallingford Station is upon the south-westerly part of this 
land. At a Court held 4 mo. 9, 1696, "Jeane Sharply and her son John 
Sharply Acknowledged A Deed unto James Sharplye for three hundred and 
thirty Acres of land lying in Neither Providence, the deed bearing Date 
the ninth day of June, 1696." For some reason not ascertained, but 
probably on account of the inaccuracy of the first survey, another patent 
was granted to James Sharpies, 10 mo. 31, 1701. Of this land he and his 
wife conveyed 100 acres to their son James, in 1729, and the remainder he 
devised to his wife. 



WILL OF JAMES SHARPLES. 

"The twenty eight Day of the fifth month, (called July,) in the Year 
one Thousand seven Hundred Thirty four, I, James Sharpies of Nether 
Providence in the County of Chester and Province of Pensylvania, yeoman, 
Being in health of Body and of Perfect mind and memory, thanks be given 
to God Therefore, Calling unto mind the mortality of my Body and 
Knowing that it is appointed for all men once to Dye, do make and ordain 
this to be my Last Will and Testament (that is to say) : Principally and 
first of all I Give & Recomend my Soul into the Hands of God that Gave 
h, and my Body I Recomend to the Earth, to be Buried in a Christian like 
and Decent manner, at the Discretion of my E.xecutors herein after named, 
and as touching such Worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to 
Bless me in this Life, I Give, Devise and Dispose of the same in y« follow- 
ing manner and form. 

Imprimis, I Give and Bequeath unto Mary, my Dearly Beloved Wife, 
all my Estate, both Real and Personal, to Her, her Heirs and Assigns for 
Ever, She paying five shillings to Each of my Children (that is to say), to 
Lydia, Mary, James, Rachel, Sarah, David and Esther ; and as for those 
that are yet unmarried I Leave my Wife to Give them or any of them 
What she shall see meet : and my Will is that all my Just Debts that I 
shall owe at my Desease, with my funerall Expences, be first paid & 
Discharged, The same to be Levied and Raised out of my Estate by my 
Wife, Mary, and Samuel Levis, yeoman, both of Chester County, aforesaid, 
Whom I likewise do hereby Constitute make and ordain my only and sole 



JAMES SBARFLES-\ Iq^ 

Executors oi this my Last Will and Testament ; and I do hereby utterly 
Disallow Revoke & Disannull all & Every other former Testaments, 
Wills, Lagasies & Executors by me in any wise before this time named 
Willed and Bequeathed, Ratifying and confirming This and no other to be 
my Last Will and Testament : in Witness whereof I Have hereunto set 
my Hand and Seal the Day and Year above written. ^ — '- 

"James Sharples. \ seai 
" Signed, Sealed, Published, Pronounced > — -, — - 

and Declared by the said James 
Sharpless as his Last Will and 
Testament in y^ Presence of us the 
Subscribers, viz: 

Thomas Vernon, 
Joseph Vernon, 
John Needham." 

The foregoing will was proven Oct. 1 3, i 746, by Thomas and Joseph 
V'ernon, on their affirmations. It shows entire confidence on the part of 
the testator that his wife would deal jusdy toward their children, yet the 
ideas of parental justice in that day might not be sanctioned in this. It 
appears that the eldest son had already received nearly one-half the land 
as a gift, in accordance with the ancient law of primogeniture, which many 
of the early setders upheld. 



THE SHARP LESS FAMILY. 



INVENTORY. 

The Inventory of the Goods & Chattels of the Estate 
Sharpless, Late of Nether Providence In the County of Chester, 
Both Real and personal, viz : 

Purse and Apparel, horse Saddle & Bridle 

One Bed and furniture, belonging thereto 

A Chest of Drawers & Some Table Linnen 

One Walnut Chest \£, an Ovel Table \ £, Case of Knives <^s 

five Chairs 13J & one Satles 4^ . 

three pewter Dishes and 6 Porringers 

A Brass niorter & Candlestick loj-, & Delf ware on 7"= mantle Tree 55 

One Looking Glass 2£,, a hone and Raisors 5^ . 

One Large Bible & Sewels history 3;^ & three small Books 51 

One Bed and furniture in the next room 

Two Dishes & a bason \ ^, a Dozen of plates & 20 Spoons i;^ 

three Brass Kettles, one of Cast brass 

Three worn Brass pans ..... 

A Warming pan gj-, a Lanthorn & Candlestick 2S 

five Earthen pans & a pot .... 

One pot & potthooks sx, a bra.ss Skellet & Ladle ^s 

A Walnut Table, and Dough trough & 2 pails 

A Smoothing Iron & heaters 5^-, fire Shovel & Tongs 2s 

A Large pott & potthooks .... 

A frying pan 5^, Two Large Tubbs ^ . 

A Bed and furniture up Stairs .... 

Three peices of Linnen Cloth 3^^, & 6 pair of Sheets ^^3 

A hackel ioj-, and Lumber up Stairs i6j 

A pair of Stilliards and 5/ & i^ of Steel 

One Bay horse . 

Three Cows & a Calf . 

Wheat in the barn 

Corn in the Ground 

five Bags, half Bushell, riddle & sive 

five Swine 

Ten Sheep at 6^ Each 

Cart & wheels 5^, Two plows & plow Irons thereto \£ 2S 

20 harrow teeth 10^, a Spade, Iron bar & some other Lumber i^ 

A Cart Saddle, horse Gears & Cart rope 

A Grindstone loi-. Two hives of bees i^ 

Book Dept .... 

The House & Plantation with the appurtenances thereunto Belongina 



Appraised By us the 24 of the 8" 
Peter Dicks, 
Moses Vernon. 



1746. 



of James 
Deceas'd, 

£ ^ 'i 
25 : 



5 
17 
6 
15 
5 

3 : 5 
6 



4 
350 



/476 



[filed gb 



746] 



JAMES SHARPIES^. 



EXECUTORS' ACCOUNTS. 



The accompt of Mary Sharpless & Samuel Levis Executors of the 
Last Will of James Sharpless of providence in the County of Chester 
Deceased : 



These accomptants Chargeth tliem- 
selves with all and singular the goods and 
Chattels of the said Deceased Specified in 
an inventory thereof made and Exliibited 
into the Registry Generall office at Chester, 
the 24''' day of the eighth month 1746, 
amounting as By said Inventory appears, 
to the sum of . . ^'476 :i4:o. 



These accomptants desireth allow- 
ance of Certain Debts, Due By the said 
Deceased at his Death, and Legacies given 
in and By his Last will ; which these 
accomptants have since payd and Dis- 
charged, as followeth : 



1746. 
8-31. 


By payd to John Taylor 


I 


10 





9-1. 


By payd to Peter Trego 





5 





9-10. 


By payd to Joseph Parker 


I 


5 





9-10. 


By payd to John Mather 





17 


2 


9-15- 


By payd to James McCuUoug 


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By payd to Walter McjMichel 


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6-6. 


By payd to James Sharpless 





5 





6-13. 


By payd to Mary Garratt 





5 





6-14. 


By payd to Ester Taylor 





5 





6-31. 


By payd to Thomas Dell 





5 





7-9- 


By payd to Lidia Varnon 





5 





7-9- 


By payd to Sarah Woodward 





5 





7-23- 


By payd to David Sharpless 





5 







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Errors Excepted ^ 
Mary Sharpless, 
SamII Levis. 



[Filed 2nd of S''^ 1749] 



In 174S the widow conveyed to her son James Sharpless 40 acres 
more of the homestead and to her son David 102 acres for the sum of five 
shillings and natural affection. 

Mary Sharpies died intestate and letters of administration on her 
estate were granted, Oct. i, 1753, to her son James Sharpies. 



1 1 2 THE SHARPLESS FAMIL Y. 

INVENTORY. 

The Appraisment of the Goods and Chattels of the Estate of Mary 
Sharpless, late of Nether Providence, In the County of Chester, Widdow, 
Deces'^^; Appraised the Ninth Day of October, Anno Dom., 1753, as 
followeth, viz : 



The Apparell, £i2-6s, and Cash £io-2s id . 

A feather Bed, Boulster and Two Pillows, ^8; Pair of Sheets 15^; 

Coverlid £i-\os ...■■■ 
A Case of Drawers, /^i-ios ; a small ovel Table, 15^ 
A feather Bed, Bolster and Chaff Bed, ^3: lor; set of Curtains, 151 

Walnut Bed Stids & Cord, iSs 
five pair of Toe Sheets, ^1:19; Two Bolster Cases, 2S, an old rug, is. bd. 
A Coverlid, loi, Two flannen Blanketts, £1 -.^s.; a small rugg, 153-. 
A Coverlid, 12s. ; a pair of white Blanketts, £1 : 10s. 
Two Blanketts, 12s &. 6d; a Bed map & some other things, 51. . 
A Table Cloth and Two Pillow Cases, ^s. ; four old Table Cloths and 

Towels, y. :6d . 

five Pewter Dishes, £1 : 5^. ; a Dozen of Plates, 15^. 
Six Pewter Porringers, -js. 6d; 21 Spoons, a Tankard & Salt Sellar, 5^- 
Some Delf ware and 2 Glass Bottles, 3s. : 2d. ; a Brass Candlestick & 

other things, 2s. :6d. 
An armed Chair, 35 ; Two other Chairs, 4^. . 

Nineteen Trenchers, 3^. : 6d. ; fi\'e kni\^es & 3 forks, i^ : 6d. 
Some Earthen ware & Small things, t,s. ; four Pails, ij- : 6d. 
And old Saddle and Pileon, -js. ; Two Bags and a Wallet, 5^. 
An old Brass Kettle, I Sj. ; a Small Kettle, 5 J-. 
A small Iron Pot and Pot hooks, 4.;. ; Pot racks & spit, is. : 6d. . 
A frying Pan, y. ; fire shovel and Tongs, 2S. -.Gd. 
A warming Pan, -js. : 6d. ; a Pillow and some feathers, iJ-. : 6d. 
A Couch, 2S. : 6d. ; a Little Wheel and reel, 2s. -.Gd. 
A Beef Tub & Churn, 5s. ; a Small Beef Tub, 2s. : 6d. 
An Iron Bar, 4^. ; old ads & Pinchers, 2s. : 6d. . 
Several Books, yj. : 6d. ; a Lanthorn, 2S. ... 

One Cow at _;^3 . 



The Dwelling house. Barn, Improved Land &c., That 
remained In her Possession and not Conveyed, Twent)--Si.x 
Acres & upwards with the reversions, &c., Contained In the 
Patent, Being part of the Land Bequeathed to her by the Last 
Will and Testament of her husband, James Sharpless, Deces''. 



JAMES SHARPLESk 

Appraised as above, By us the Subscribers, the Day & year 
above Written. 

Witness our hands^ Jn°.Fairlamb. 

W". Fell. 

Twenty Pounds mentioned In award for her son David to] 
Pay unto her Only, and some Yearly Covenants or Payments 
Contained In an article for her son James to Perform to her [ 
only, Which the appraisers would not admitt to be Entered as 
returned by them, and it is here Inserted by order of the 
Administrator. 

[Filed 29th October, 1753] 



ADMINISTRATOR'S ACCOUNT. 

The Accompt of James Sharpless administrator of the Estate of Mary 
Sharpless Late of Nether Providence, Deces'J, as well of the Administration 
By him made as also of the Goods & Chattels of the Deces'', He has 
Receiv'd, as also what Debts he has Paid and money Necessarily Laid out 
and Expended in & about administering The s'^ Estate, as Follows, (viz) : 
Imp'^: The Accompt' Charges himself with all and Singular 
the Goods & Chatties, Rights & Creditts of the 
s'l Deces<^ mentioned In an Inventory thereof, 
Exhibited into the Reg'^ office for the County of 
Chester, amounting to . . . . /59 : i : 9 

The Advance arising ^, the Sale . . .11:14:6 



£lo : 1 6 : 3 



Item : The said Accompt' Craves allowance of the severall 
Debts & Sums of money &c Hereafter mentioned 
By him Paid and Expended in and about adminis- 
tering the s'i Estate, as follows (viz) : £ s. 
By Cash Paid Joseph Parker as ^. Rec' . . 0:14 
By Cash paid John Mather as ^. D'^' . . . 2:0 
By Cash paid John Haycock as |^ D"^ . . 1:12 
By Cash paid David Broomall as "Ip, D^ . .0:4 
By Cash paid Sarah Woodward as ~-^. V)" . .1:9 



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THE SHARPLESS FAMIL Y. 



By Cash paid William Lindsay as ^. D° 

By Cash paid Will™ Burn as f. D° 

By Cash paid Elizabeth Taylor as '^, D° 

By Cash paid Mercy Edwards as 1^, D° 

By Paid To Lydia Vernon as appears '^, Rec' 

By Paid Joseph Garrett as ^ D° 

By Paid Sarah Woodward as f. D° . 

By Paid Richard Gorman as f, D° . 

By Paid James Sharpless as appears '^ Rec' 

By Cash Paid Robert Crozer as ^. Rec' 

By Cash paid Joseph Vernon as ^, D° 

By Cash paid Richard Gorman as ^, D° 

By Due To James Sharpless (adm'') as appears 



S:o 
7 • 3 
3 :9 
3 :9 

15:3 
15:8 
:6:3 



By Commissions on 34 : 10 : 8, at 5 ~f Cent 



By Exp5 at D : Cowplands 
By d'^ to H. H. Graham 



Ball" 



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Chester, 17th December 1754, 

Errors Excepted. James Sharpless. 



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^36: 12:8 
34 : I'-l 

£70: 16:3 



On the last date a petition to the Orphans' Court was presented by 
James Sharpless, Joseph Garrett, Isaac Weaver, William Pennell, Ju^, 
Richard Gorman, Lydia Vernon and Sarah Woodward, asking for a division 
of the real and personal estate of Mary Sharpies. A jury appointed in 
accordance with this petition simply reported, Feb. 26, 1755, that the real 
estate could not be divided without spoiling the whole, whereupon a second 
petition was presented by Joseph Garrett, Richard Gorman, Lydia Vernon, 



JAMES SHARPLES^. I j - 

Sarah Woodward, Isaac Weaver and William Pennell, Jr., asking not only 
for a division but that the inquest should also consider what had been 
advanced to some of the heirs in the lifetime of the decedent. A jury 
composed of John Hannum, Joseph Gilpin, William Trimble, Joseph Cloud, 
William Walter, John Bennett, James Dilworth, John Brinton, Moses 
Palmer, Joseph Eavenson, Samuel Osborn and John Taylor made report 
Apr. 26, 1755, that they "find y^ Intestate Died seised of a Messuage and 
plantation of ffifty five acres of Land in y^ s*^ Township affors'^, of y'^ value 
of 1 3 7-1 0-0 ; and also of a personal Estate in y« hands of James Sharpless, 
to y'^ value of 34-3-7 ; all which we find subject to a Divison amongst 
y<^ five Daughters of y^ Intestate or their representives," &c. A division 
of the real estate between them not being advisable they had agreed to 
expose it to public sale. "And further we do find that James Sharpless 
y'^ Eldest son of y^ Intestate, haveing been advanced by y^ Intestate in her 
life time by 40 Acres of Land to y^ value of 100 pounds and also we find 
that David Sharpless, another son of y^ Intestate has been advanced 100 
acres of Land to y^ value of 250 pounds ; all which we submit to y^ wisdom 
of y'^ Court." 

From this it appears that the eldest son received, in all, 200 acres of 
land, and the youngest 100 acres, while their sisters' shares in the estate 
amounted to about ^6-16-8, each, if the real estate were sold at the 
valuation set upon it. 



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At the first Quarterly Meeting- of Friends held in Chester County, 
mo. 4, 16S3-4: "at This quarterly meateing There was brought ir 
colecttion of y^ severall meetings following, viz — 

Chester meeting of pensillvania mony 

Chechesf meeting of y-" same monys 

Darby meting of y^ s"^' monys 

providence metting of y^ s'^ monys 

Paid out at y^ same Time for y^ widow Stidman 1 2s : o6d. of y"" afores'i 
monys. Left in the hands of Tho: Brasey iSs. 

Providence Meeting is also mentioned 3 mo. 4, 16S5. 

"Thomas Minshall's Meeting" is mentioned as early as 2 mo. 2, 16SS 
(see p. 82), when it was doubtless held at his house in Nether Providence. 

At a Quarterly Meeting held at Walter Faucet's, 9 mo. 2, 1691 : 
"Ordered by this meeting that from henceforth a monthly Collection be 
settled in each perticular first day's meeting, and two appointed to receive 
them and give account to the querterly meeting." 

At Chester Monthly Meeting 10 mo. 7, 1691 : "It being agreed by 
the Last Quarterly Meeting that a monthly Collection be setded in each 
perticuler first day's meeting, w<='^ is to be upon the Last weekly first 
day of each month by order of this meeting, the persons to receive it 
are, for Chester, Randell Vernon, Caleb Pusey ; and Thomas Minchall & 
Bartholomew Coppock for their meeting, and Robert Burrow, John 
Boweter for their meeting." 

First mo. 7, 1691-2: "Ordered by this meeting )•' from henceforth 
Walter ffaucet receive all y<= respective collections belonging thereto, & 
that y^ persons y' receive it at each meeting either bring or order it into 
his hands to every monthly meeting, and y' y^ said Walter pay away none 
of it but by y^ consent of this meeting, and that an account be kept by him 
in this Book, of what he receives and what he payes, and give an account 
thereof to every monthly meeting." 

This custom, so common in other churches, of making collections in 
(.16, 



PR O VIDENCE MEE TING. i r - 

First-day meetings, was continued by Friends liere for at least fourteen 
years, but there are probably very few of the present generation who are 
aware that it ever existed. From the accounts of Walter Faucet, treasurer, 
and his successor, Randall Vernon, we learn the amounts contributed by 
the different meetings, and it appears that in the nth month, 1692, Thomas 
Minshall's collections were six shillings, seven pence. After this date the 
receipts from "Thomas Minshall's Meeting " are regularly reported until 
12 mo. 24, 1 700-1, when the name of Providence is substituted. 

At a Quarterly Meeting held at Thomas Vernon's 3 mo. 4, 1696: 
"This meeting consents y' the meeting at Bartholomew Coppocks be 
Setteled every first and 3'^ day, and at Thomas Minchall's every first & 4"' 
day, and at John Bowater's every first and 5'"^ day." Third mo. 2, 169S: 
"Chester monthly meeting being called, Chester ffriends desiering the 
weekly meeting to be at Randell Vernon's the second 5''' day of each 
month This meeting doth alovve it. Its also agreed that the meeting at 
Thomas Minchalls do joyne with them that day. Its also agreed that the 
meeting at Bartholomew Coppock's on the 3^ day be on y^ 5"' day." 

Twelfth mo. 6, 169S-9: "The friends belonging to Thomas Minshall's 
meeting propose their Intention of building a meeting house at the burying 
ground by Tho : Powell's: This meeting upon Consideration thereof think 
fitt to deferr the matter untill the next Quarterly meeting. It being the 
sence of this meeting that no meeting house be hereafter built upon any 
new situation without y^ advice & Consent of the Quarterly meeting." 
"This meeting appoints Caleb Pusey, Thomas Worth, John Hood, George 
Peirce, Nicholas Pyle & Robert Carter to meet with those ffriends belonging 
to Thomas Minchall's meeting, to view & consider of the most convenient 
place where to sett the above proposed meeting house." 

Third mo. i, 1699: "According to the order & request of y^ Last 
Quarterly meeting The friends appointed to inspect into & consider of the 
most Conveniant place to build the meeting house, to answer that of Tho: 
Minchall's, Do make return under their hands that it is their sence that at 
the farther end of Thomas Minchall's Land, by y'-' high roade side, is the 
most Conveniant place for that service & accordingly this meeting approves 
of y^ same." 

Sixth mo. 5, 1700: "Ordered that the next Quarterly meeting be held 
at the new meeting house in nether Providence." 

Ninth mo. 4, 1700: "Nether Providence ffriends request that their 
first days & week days meeting be removed from Thomas Minchall's to 
their new meeting house, which this meeting alowes oft"." 



IlS THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

Third mo. 12, 1701: " Providence meeting requesting that whereas 
their weekly meeting being the second 5''' day of each month at Randal 
Vernon's, It may be removed to the new meetinghouse, which this meeting 
doth alow off." 

The first house was probably of logs. In 1723 a committee was 
appointed to enlarge the building for the accommodation of the Quarterly 
Meeting, they being David Lloyd, John Wright, Richard Maris, George 
Maris, Henry Miller, Philip Yarnall, John Mendenhall and William Pennell. 
Perhaps this was not accomplished very soon, but on 6 mo. 29, 1726, John 
Wright requested to have the accounts examined, and from the report 
there appeared to be due to John Owen eight pounds, twelve shillings. 
On II mo. 30, 1726-7, David Lloyd, Thomas Vernon, Samuel Levis, Junr., 
Isaac Minshall, Peter Dicks, Daniel Williamson, George Smedley and 
Bartholomew Coppock were appointed to have a gallery erected for the 
accommodation of large gatherings. 

Eighth mo. 26, 1754: 'Tt appearing to this meeting that this meeting 
House Is very much out of Repair, and in order to Have it Repaired it is 
agreed by said meeting That John Sharpless, Joseph Hoskins, Isaac Howell, 
William Fell, Peter Dicks, Peter Taylor, John Haycock, George Smedley 
and Nathan Yarnall be appointed to agree with Workmen to build y*= Old 
End with stone and such necessary Repairs on y'^ Inside as They shall 
Think proper, and to make Report of y^ cost and Charge when Done, — 
Providence friends agreeing To pay a Quarter part Thereof; and this 
meeting agrees to keep y^ next monthly meeting at Chester at y'^ usuall 
Time." 

At the next meeting the masons had sent in their account but it was 
not satisfactory, but on 11 mo. 25, 1754, it was reported settled at 

/15: 17 :9- 

On 8 mo. 30, 1773, it was agreed "to repair the part of the Meeting 
House where the Men Friends now hold their Monthly Meeting, during 
the summer season, to make it more suitable for Winter, as followeth: To 
lay a Floor overhead, provide a stove, set it up in the said apartment, and 
likewise that part of the Roof over the same," &c. 

Third mo. 28, 1814: It was proposed to build a meeting house at 
Providence, 65 by 35 feet in size, at an estimated cost of $1500, by using 
the old materials; and on 5 mo. 30, 1814, 'Tt is now agreed to fix the 
back wall of the House midway on the present boundary of the Grave 
Yard." Afterward it was concluded to have the building three feet higher 
than first proposed, at the additional cost, by contract, of $106. The 



JOSEPH SHARPIES^ 



19 



Monthly Meeting was held at Middletown during the time of rebuilding, 
but in the new house again, i mo. 30, 1S15. 

The place proposed in 1698, for building, near Thomas Powell's, was 
doubtless at what is called "Sandy Bank" graveyard, in Upper Providence, 
close by the present water reservoir of Media. This graveyard was bought 
from Powell, and had he not joined the Keithites perhaps the meeting 
house might have been built there. The earliest deed has not been found, 
but on I mo. 25, 17 17, Randall Malin and Peter Taylor, trustees, conveyed 
the ground to James Sharpies, Isaac Minshall, Henry Miller, Jacob Edge, 
Jacob Vernon and Edward Woodward. The last named and survivor of 
these is said to have executed a deed to new trustees, i mo. 7, 1 748-9, but 
on I mo. 27, 17S3, it was represented that the former trustees (of 1717) 
were all deceased and Thomas Smedley, Roger Dicks, Ambrose Taylor 
and Samuel Malin were appointed to succeed them. 

Thomas Minshall and wife Margaret, Nov. 19, 1726, conveyed to 
Henry Miller, James Sharpies and Edward Woodward one acre, on which 
the meeting house was located, and their son Isaac Minshall, with Rebecca, 
his wife, on the following day, conveyed to the same trustees an acre of 
land adjoining, for a burial ground. These three trustees executed a deed 
Nov. 24, 1726, for the two acres to John Camm, Peter Taylor, Peter Dicks, 
James Sharpless, Jun^, Caleb Cowpland and William Surman. In 17S3 
these were all' deceased, and Providence Meeting appointed Thomas 
Smedley, Roger Dicks, Ambrose Taylor and Samuel Malin " in their 
steads of & for both the said Lotts of Ground, so long as they shall 
continue in Membership with our religious Society." The title to the two 
lots being found defective an Act of Assembly was passed March 28, 1814, 
vesting the property in certain trustees. 

8. Joseph Sharpies-, John', born at Hatherton, Cheshire, Eng., 
9 mo, 28, 1678; died in Middletown, Chester (now Delaware) County, Pa., 
in the spring of 1757 ; married 3mo. 31, 1704, at Haverford Meeting, to 
Lydia Lewis, born in Glamorganshire, Wales, 3 mo. 8, 16S3 ; died 1763 : — 
a sister to the wife of his brother James. Their children were — 

26. Susanna, b. 12 mo. iS, 1705 ; m. Joseph Chamberlin. 

27. Joseph, b. 7 mo. S, 1707 ; d. i mo. 4, 1769 ; m. Mary Pyle. 

28. Benjamin, b. 11 mo, 26, 170S-9; d. 3 mo. 16, 1785; m. Edith Broom and 

Martha Mendenhall. 

29. Samuel, b. 12 mo. 7, 1710-11 ; d. 11 mo. 24, 1790; m. Jane Newlin. 

30. Lydia, b 3 mo. 7, 1713; d. 1741 ; m. John Martin. 



I20 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

31. Nathan, b. 9 mo. 2, 1715 ; d. 1755 ; m. Hannah Townsend. 

32. Jane, b. 12 mo. 4, 171S; d. 1775; m. Jacob Pyle. 

33. Abraham, b. 5 mo. 7, 1720 : d. 17S4 ; m. Ann Young. 

34. Jacob, b. 10 mo. 14, 1722 ; d. 7 mo. 19, 1775 ; m. Ann Blakey. ■ 

35. William, b. 3 mo. 31, 1725 ; d. 5 mo. 4, 1751 ; m. Abigail Sharp. 

Of these the first four were born in Nether Providence and the others 
in Middletown township, as appears by the family Bible. 

At Chester Monthly Meeting, i mo. 27, 1704, Joseph Sharpies 
proposed his intention to marry Lydia Lewis, daughter to Ralph Lewis 
of Haverford Monthly Meeting. Thomas Minshall and Randall Malin were 
appointed to make inquiry concerning him. At the next meeting, 2 mo. 24, 
1704, a certificate of clearness was granted him. The following is a copy 
of his marriage certificate, as recorded by Haverford Monthly Meeting : 

Whereas, Joseph Sharpies, of neather Providence in y« county of Chester, yeoman, & 
Lidya Lewis of haverford in y' county afores'*. Spinster, having declared their Intentions of 
taking each other as husband & wife before severall Publick meetings of y'' People called 
Quakers, according to y^ good order used amongst them, whose ^ceedings therin, after 
deliberate consideration therof and consent of parties and Relations concerned, being approved 
by y' meetings : Now these are to certifie, all whom it may concern, that for y^ full 
determination of their s^^ Intentions, this 30''' day of y' 3'^ month in y"= year 1 704, They, 
y= s"^ Joseph Sharpies & Lydia Lewis, appeared in a Publicke & solemn assembly of y= afore- 
said People, niett together for y' end and purpose, at the meeting house at Haverford, afores , 
according to y^ E.xample of the holy men of god Recorded in y= Scriptures' of trueth ; he the 
said Joseph Sharpies, taking y= s") Lydia Lewis by the hand, did openly declare as foUoweth, 
viz., In the fear of the Lord and in this Assembly, I take this my frind, Lydia Lewis, to be 
my wife, ^raising to be to her, by god's [assistance], a faithfull loving husband untill it shall 
please y^ Lord by death to part us : and then and there in y« s"! Assembly y* s"" Lydia Lewis 
did in Like manner declare as followeth, viz., In y= fear of y' L'^and in this assembly, I take 
this my fr"", Joseph Sharpies, to be my husband, ^mising y' by y' Lord's assistance to be to 
him a faithfull & Loving wife till it may please y' Lord by death to separate us. 

And they y« s'* Joseph Sharpies & Lydia Lewis, as a further confirmation therof, did 
then & there to these ^sents sett their hands ; and we whose names are hereunto subscribed, 
being present, amongst others, at y= solemnizing of their said marriage and subscription, as 
Witnesses thereunto have allsoe subscribed our names y= day & year above written. 

JOHN SHARI'LES, WILLIAM SWARFUT. IJijSEPH SHARPLE.S, 

"[AMES SHARPLES, CALEP SHARPLES, LVDIA LEWIS, 

RALPH LEWIS, GE(_)RGE MARIES, I 

AIIRAHAM LEWIS, JACOl! SIMCOCK, ANN LEWIS, 

SAMUEL LEWIS, EDD JONES, SE.\E0RN LEWIS, 

EVAN LEWIS CADD. MORGAN, HANNAH SHARPLES, 

WILLIAM LEWIS, EDWARD REES, ARICIALL EDGE, 

DVVID LEWIS, DANIEL MEREDITH, MARTHA LEWIS, 

LEWIS LEWIS, GRIFFITH JOHN, SUSANAH MARIES, 

EVAN LEWIS, DANIEL HUMPHREY, MARTHA THOMA.S, 

WILLIAM LEWIS, ELLIS PUGH, ELIZEBETH HAVES, 

DAVID HUGH, JOHN REECE, MARY LEWIS, 

JOHN BEVAN. BENIA>HN HUMPHREY, JANE D.WIES, 

RICHARD MARIES, InN.\THAN O >CKSHAW, ELLIN ELLIS. 



JOSEPH SHARPLES-. I ^ i 

At a Court held 4 mo. 9, 1696: "Jeane Sharply and her son John 
Sharply Acknowledged A Deed To Joseph Sharplye for three Hundred 
Acres of land lying in Midletowne, the Deed Bareing Date the ninth 
day of June, 1696." 

This deed never having been recorded it is thought proper to give it 
here in full : 

" Know all men That Jane Sharpies, widow & administrafx of Jo" 
Sharpies, late of Providence, in the County of Chester, deceased, & John 
Sharpies, son & heir of the s'' John Sharpies & Jane his wife, for the 
Consideracon of six shillings to them payd by Joseph Sharpies, another 
son of the s'' John & Jane Sharpies, And for y^ better support & mainte- 
nance of him the s"' Joseph, have given, granted, enfeoffed, & by these 
presents confirmed, unto the said Joseph Sharpies, all that Tract of Land 
in the s'^ County of Chester, Beginning at a corner marked maple Tree 
Standing by Chester Creek, by the mouth of a small run of water, Thence 
runing up the several Courses of the s'l Run to a corner marked Red oak ; 
Thence north west, by a Line of marked trees, Two hundred & ten 
perches to a corner marked white oak ; Thence by a line of marked trees, 
South west, Two hundred & eighty perches, to a corner marked Ash tree 
standing by the said Chester Creek ; Thence down the Several Courses of 
y*^ s^i Creek to the first menconed maple tree, containing three hundred 
acres : — granted & confirmed unto the s'^ Jo" Sharpies in his life time in fee 
simple, by patent from the propriefy, Wm. Penn, under his hand & lesser 
seal, dated the Twenty Eighth day of the ffifth month, 16S4 ; Recorded at 
Philadelphia in patent Book A. fol. 69 : and the Revercons & Remainders, 
Rents & profits thereof. To have and to hold the said Three hundred 
acres of Land & premises, with the ap~^tences, unto the said Joseph 
Sharpies & his heirs. To the use of him the s'' Joseph Sharpies, his heirs & 
assigns forever, Under the yearly Ouitrent thereof accruing to y'' s'> Pro- 
priefy & his heirs, and Reserving unto the s'> Jane Sharpies her thirds of 
the s<' Land dureing her natural life, If she require the same. And the 
said Jane Sharpies & her heirs, and the s'' John Sharpies & his heirs, the 
s'l Three hundred acres of Land & premises, with the ap'^tenances, unto 
the said Joseph Sharpies & his heirs & assigns, against them & their heirs, 
and against all others Lawfully claiming or to claim by from or under them, 
or any of them, or under the s'' John Sharpies, deceased. Except only the 
Ouitrent & Reservations above menconed, shall & will warrant & forever 



12 2 THE SHARPLESS FA MIL I : 

defend by these p''sents. In witnes whereof they have hereunto set their 
hands & seals the ninth day of the ffourth month, Ano. Dni. 1696. 



Sealed and delivered 


Jane Sharples, 


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in the p^sence of 


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Richard Crosby, 




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Michael Blunston, 


John Sharples. 


Dad Lloyd." 





The seal used on this occasion represents something like a rose tree 
with S on one side of the stem and B on the other. It may have 
belonged to the Blunston family. 

This land was surveyed by Charles Ashcom, 2 mo. (April) 9, 1684, 
by virtue of a warrant dated 7 mo. i, 1683, and the above descripdon, 
taken from the patent of 1684, agrees with the surveyor's return. 

In 1696 the following persons were assessed in Middletown : John 
Bowater, David Ogden, John Turner, John Musgrave, Thomas Martin, 
William Edwards, John Edwards, Joseph Cookson, Joseph Jarvis, George 
Smedley, Richard Woodward, Robert Woodward, Thomas Coebourne, 
John Martin, Richard Crosby, Joel Baily, Robert Pennell and Thomas 
Taylor. The Sharpies land was in a remote part of the township, and 
no doubt was considered far back in the woods, but at that time 
Joseph Sharpies was a boy of eighteen and not ready to make a 
settlement. 

A survey for Joseph Powell, of 120 acres in Nether Providence, 
immediately north of John Sharples's upper tract, was made 9 mo. 2, 
1682, in right of his purchase of 250 acres from Penn, March 21 and 
22, 1 68 1. He was probably a brother to Thomas Powell, already 
mentioned. Thomas Powell, son of Joseph and Esther, was born 3 mo. 
27, 1686, about which time the father died, and Esther, the widow, married 
]0 mo. 1687, George Gleave of Springfield. In 1691 she married a third 
husband, Joseph Ware, of Salem County, N. J. By the first marriage two 
children, Hannah and Mary Powell, and by the second, John and Phebe 
Gleave, survived. Josiah White and wife Hannah (Powell), Joseph Ware 
and wife, Hester, and Mary Powell, executed a deed to Joseph Sharpies, 
2 mo. 24, 1700, for the above land. 

In connection with the story of Joseph Sharpies having built, about 



JOSEPH SHARPIES^ I 2 ■, 

1700, the old house, which is still standing, the folloAving statements by 
David Simpson of Blairsville, Pa., will be of interest: 

I will sa)- here in regard to family heirlooms the first John Sharpies brought with him a 
small Roman \ase that was dug up in London fourteen feet below the present surface of the 
streets. Just how he became owner of it I don't know, but he hid it beneath that famous Rock 
full of money in gold and there it staid for twenty years and his youngest son Josejih took that 
money and built that house for his mother which is called this day the first Sharpless House in 
America. The vase descended to Phebe Sharpless, the mother of my mother, and on her death 
was given to my mother, being the youngest child, with many other things belonging to the 
family, which were all lost at the death of my mother. I being here in Blairsville and my 
sister having her own family to attend to at that time, strangers carried every thing off they 
could lay hands on. I ^^'anted my mother to give me that ^^ase some years before she died but 
she told me she would not part with it while she li\-ed : at her death it would be mine. 

Joseph Sharpies was appointed constable for Nether Providence 12 
mo. 23, 1702-3, which would indicate that he had settled on his land in that 
township. At Chester Monthly Meeting, 10 mo. 30, 1706: "This meeting 
appoints Thomas Minshall and Joseph Sharpies to be overseers for 
Providence meeting untill further orders." Thomas Minshall was his ne.xt 
neighbor, on the north, upon whose land the meeting-house had been built. 
They were succeeded, i mo. 29, 1708, by Robert Vernon and Isaac 
Minshall. Joseph frequently represented his meeting at the monthly 
meeting, the last time from Providence being 6 mo. 27, 171 2, and the first 
time from Middletown, 10 mo. 28, 1713, from which we may conclude that 
he removed to the Middletown tract in the spring of 17 13. 

There having been great inaccuracies in many of the early surveys, a 
law of property was passed in 1700, and confirmed in 1701, which enacted 
that any person's land might be resurveyed, "and if upon such resurvey 
(after allowance of four acres in the hundred, over or under, for difference 
of surveys, and six per cent for roads) an overplus shall be found, the 
possessor thereof should have the refusal of it from the Proprietary at 
reasonable rates ; and in case of disagreement about such rates the 
Proprietary was to choose two men and the possessor two more, who 
should either fix a price on the said overplus land, or appoint where it 
should be taken off for the Proprietary, in one entire piece, at an outside 
(saving to the purchaser or renter his improvements and best conveniences), 
any three of whom agreeing should be conclusive ; and the charges of 
resurveying should be borne by the purchaser or renter of the main tract, 
if he bought the overplus, or if not, then by the Proprietary ; and that 
deficiencies should be made good by the Proprietary, according as he 
received for overplus land as aforesaid." 



124 ^-^-^ SHAJiFLESS FAMILY. 

The following warrant may have been applied for under the impression 
that the tracts In question were deficient in quantity : 

Pennsylvania : By the Commissioners of Property. 

\ SEAL j- At the Request of Joseph Sharpless, of in y"= 

^•^•^ — ' County of Chester, that we would grant him a Resurvey on 

two Tracts of Land in the s'' County, one in Middletown, laid out to John Sharpless 
for 300 acres, the other in Providence, laid out to Joseph Powel for 125 acres, but are 
both now in Possession of the s'' Joseph Sharpless; these are to require thee forthwitii to 
resurvey, or cause to be resurveyed, the s<' two Tracts according to their first lines & true 
bounds of survey & make Returns thereof into the Secretary's Office. Given under our hands 
& the seal of the Province at Philad'^ the 15th Day of y' 10 m° 1701. 

EDWARD SHIPPEN, GRIFFITH OWEN, 

To Edward Penington, | THO: STORY, JAMES LOGAN. 

Surveyor Gen'. ) 

On the following day the Surveyor General directed Isaac Taylor, 
deputy surveyor, to resurvey the lands, and from his returns it appears 
that the tract in Middletown was resurveyed i mo. 14, 1 701-2, and the 
other II mo. 17, 1701, containing respectively 330 and 130 acres. Perhaps 
this 330 acres was strict measure, equal to 300 acres and allowance of six 
per cent, for roads and four per cent, for difference in surveys, and this 
exclusive of overplus land. 

James Logan, Secretary, writing to Isaac Taylor,. 9 mo. 26, 1702, says, 
— "The Comm''^ upon application made by & non agreem' w'^' Joseph 
Sharpless have ordered that thou shalt cutt off from his Tract lately 
resurveyed the 90 acres of overplus found therein, which pray ^form as 
much to y^ Prop'''^ advantage as may be, the Law being still observed in 
case he will agree to what is reasonable : if not We must appoint two men, 
one besides thyself, & he two others to determine where the Line shall be 
run." 

This 90 acres of overplus land was patented to Thomas Martin, Oct. 
26, 1709, but afterward became the property of Samuel Sharpies, son of 
Joseph. 

A new patent, dated 3 mo. 4, 1703, and signed by Edwd: Shippen, 
Tho: Story and James Logan, was granted to Joseph Sharpies, for the two 
tracts in Providence and Middletown ; in which document the facts of 
former surveys and conveyances are recited, though with some errors as 
to dates. The survey of the Middletown tract begins "at an ash Tree 
growing by a Run by y'^ land of Thomas Martin ; from thence running by 
a piece of overplus land, taken oft" from this Tract for my use, Northwest 



JOSEPH SHARPIES^. j ^ - 

two hundred & fifty four perches, to a corner black Oak ; then South 
forty six degrees westerly, two hundred & eleven perches, to a walnut Tree 
growing by y*^ side of Chester Creek ; from thence down by y^ said Creek, 
on several Courses, four hundred & fifteen perches, to a white Oak 
growing by y* mouth of y^ said Run ; from thence up by y*^ s'^ Runn, on 
several courses, one hundred eighty five perches to y^ place of beginning, 
containing three hundred & thirty acres. To this patent was attached the 
"Great Seal" (of 1699) of the province, made of brick-red wax, three and 
three-quarter inches in diameter and encased in a tin box. This and the 
former patent, together with the deed from Jane and John Sharpies to 
Joseph, and several later documents, are in the possession of Jesse 
Darlington at the old homestead in Middletown. 

The tract in Providence is said to have been first surveyed to Powell 
by a warrant dated Sept. 9, 16S2, yet the patent gives 2 mo. (April) 9, 
16S2, as the date of survey. Joseph Sharpies and Lydia, his wife, by deed 
of Sept. 3, 1720, conveyed this land to John Broomall, who devised it June 
23, 1729, to his son John Broomall. The latter, with Ann, his wife, and 
Mary Broomall, widow of the first John Broomall, conveyed a house and 
100 acres thereof, June 9, and 10, 1731, to David Regester, who with 
Lydia, his wife, conveyed the said 100 acres, March 8, and 9, 1733-4, to 
William Gorsuch. He with Rebecca, his wife, sold the same Jan. 1, 
1742-3, to John McMichell^ who with his wife, Barbara, conveyed it, Jan. 
iS, 1762, to Samuel Oliver, and the latter, with Elizabeth his wife, now of 
Goshen Township, conveyed it to Josiah Wilkinson of Nether Providence. 
Oliver, about the same time, purchased the "Boot" tavern in Goshen, 
from Joseph Lacey, who had succeeded (his father-in-law?) Josiah Wilkinson 
at the same place. 

It is inferred that Joseph Sharpies was appointed an overseer of 
Middletown Meeting in 17 15, in place of Jacob Minshall, and he was 
succeeded by Joseph Pennell 3 mo. 27, 1717. He was appointed an Elder 
7 mo. 25, 1732, in room of Ephraim Jackson, who desired to be released, 
and was succeeded by Thomas Goodwin, 2 mo. 25, 1737. 

By deed of i mo. 26, 171 5, he purchased from Samuel Tomlinson of 
Middletown, "cordwinder," and Mary his wife, 98 acres in Middletown, on 
Chester Creek, immediately above his other land. He had also bought 
from Caleb Pusey, 4 mo. 27, 1709, 21 acres on the other side of the creek 
in Aston township. In 1734 he conveyed to his son Joseph the Tomlinson 
tract and 60 acres of the old survey, and by deeds of lease and release, 
July 24, and 25, 1736, divided the remainder of his land in Middletown 



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between his sons Benjamin and Samuel, giving the latter loo acres, and to 
the former 1 50 acres, with the buildings, and 9 acres of the Aston tract. 
At the same time he purchased from his son Benjamin a tract of ■x,%'] acres 
which the latter had bought in 1734, in West Cain township, more than 
twenty miles to the northwest of Middletown. At the age of fifty-eight the 
father still possessed a pioneering disposition, and as the new purchase was 
within the limits of Bradford Monthly Meeting, he made a request 6 mo. 
29, 1737, for a certificate of removal thereto, with his wife and some of his 
children. The request was granted in the following document : 

"From Chester Monthly Meeting, held att Providence meeting house, 
the 26th Day of 7 month, 1737, to Bradford Monthly Meeting, These, — 

" Dear ffriends : after the sallutation of Brotherly Love this comes to 
aquaint you that our well Esteemed friends Joseph Sharpless and Lydia 
his Wife, being Removed and Settled within the verge of your meeting, 
have Requested of us a Certificate in order to be joyned as members with 
you. Now these may Certifie on their Behalf, that needfull inquirey hath 
been made Concerning them, by Persons appointed for that Purpose, and 
we find that they are of a sober and orderly Conversation, have been of 
service among us, and are in unity with us ; and also they have four sons 
with them, viz., Nathan, Abraham, Jacob and William, which are sober, 
hopefull children, and worthy of your Care and notice : and as such we 
Recommend them with their tender Pareance to you, Desireing their 
growth and Preservation in the Blessed way of Truth ; to whose Divine 
Protection we commit them, and Remain your friends Brethren and sisters 
in the Best Relation. 



Signed in and by order of 
our monthly meeting by 

HANN.\H HOWARD, 
JANE FENN, 
SUSAN" MALIN, 
MARY EDGE, 
EDITH SHARPLES, 



GRA : LLOYD, 
DOROTHY YARNALL, 
MARY SHARPLES, 
LOWRY HAMMANS, 
AGNES SALKELD, 
HANNAH LEVIS, 
MARY FENNEL, 
KATHARINE PE.A.RSON, 
SUSANNA MARIS, 
ELIZABETH MARIS, 
SARAH MINSHALL, 
REBECAH MINSHALL, 
SARAH HOWELL, 
SARAH TAYLOR, 



JOHN SALKELD, 
JOHN SHARPLES, 
WILLIAM HAMMANS, 
JACOB HOWELL, 
SAMUEL LEWIS, 
THO : GOODWIN, 
JOHN MARIES, 
JONATHAN MARIS, 
GEORGE SMEDLEY, 
JOSEPH PENNALL, 
THOMAS VERNON, 
GEORGE ASHBRIDGE, 
BARTHO : COPPOCK, 
WILLIAM SANKEY, 
PETER DICKS, 
THOMAS KENDALL, 
JOSEPH HOSKIXS, 
TOB YARNALL." 



JOSEPH SHARPLES\ 



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In his new home Joseph Sharpies was an active member of West Cahi 
Meeting. In 1743 he joined with other inhabitants of West Cahi in 
petitioning to have some of the boundary- hnes of that township more 
definitely determined. 

At a monthly meeting at Cain, 8 mo. iS, 1744, "Joseph Sharpless 
requested of this meeting a Certificate for his son Nathan & his wife, 
directed to Concord monthly meeting, as also a Certificate for his son 
William directed to the same monthly meeting, as also a Certificate for his 
two sons Abraham «&: Jacob directed to Chester monthly meeting ; therefore 
this meeting appoints William Sinklar & Jesse Woodward to make the 
needfull enquirie concerning them, & if they find nothing to obstruct to 
prepare certificates accordingly, and produce them to next meeting." On 
12 mo. 21, 1744, "Joseph Sharpless acquainted this meeting that he and 
his wife intends shortly to remove from hence and setde within the verge 
of Chester monthly meeting, and requested a Certificate to said meedng ; 
Therefore this meeting appoints William Sinklar & Peter Babb to make 
the needfull enquirie concerning him, & if they find nothing to obstruct to 
prepare one and produce it to next meeting." The women appointed 
Phebe Sinclear and Elizabeth Fisher to inquire respecting Lydia 
Sharpies. 

Just where Joseph and Lydia Sharpies made their home after their 
return to Middletown is not known : — perhaps with their son Benjamin at 
the old homestead. An old house which was probably built by Joseph 
when he first settled there, stood a few yards north of the present residence 
of Jesse Darlington, but was torn down about 1S68. The flooring, fastened 
down with wooden pins, and other wood work somewhat resembled the old 
house at Waterville and suggested the same builder. Their cerdficate 
from Bradford does not appear to have been presented at Chester undl 4 
mo. 30, 1746. 

Lydia Sharpies was appointed an overseer for Middletown Meeting, 
1 1 mo. 30, 171 5, along with Rachel Jackson, and in the room of Alice 
Pennell, who in turn succeeded her 9 mo. 25, 171 7. She was again 
appointed, 5 mo. 29, 1734, instead of Sarah Worrall, and was succeeded, 
2 mo. 26, 1736, by Mary Pennell. 

The following letter addressed to Joseph Sharpies by Isaac Sharpies, 
of Hitchin in Hertfordshire, Eng., is still preserved, though somewhat 
mudlated by the loss of a litde from the upper end of the sheet, and from 
the side in a few places. The date is wanting but from circumstances 
mentioned it was probably written in 1757, and it is doubtful whether 



128 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

Joseph Sharpies was Hving at the time of its reception. An attempt is 
made to supply some of the missing words : 

I rec'd thine ^ Sara" Fothergill and was verj- [welcome] to me, having often heard of 
som of my name on [that] side the water, by severall friends from yonr parts, thou hints in 
thine, so I take it, that it Looks very [likely] we may be of the same family, but I can gi\e 
[but] a very slender account of my famaly, my father and mother Dying when I was young, 
and I Left that [part] of the country when young. I have heard that [ni)'] granfather, by m\' 
father, was the huntsman at L[ ] hall, and my father was a convinced man when young, 
and maryed my mother Phebe Endon among friends; by whom he had five children, of whom 
I am the [only] SerA'i\'er. m)' father mist his way In his second marriage, and Lost his 
condision Inwardly and outwardly, and also the unity of friends ; by which means his famil}' 
sufered and wear dispersed. One went to Sea and dyde at Jamaco ; another In London, and 
two when young. I was put an prentis to a Taylor, and after I had served my time I Traviled 
to London and the west of England, and about the 22 year of my age was convinced and 
Brought In among fr''^ : about 1 2 years after maried Into glostershire, Into a reputable famal)' ; 
Lived about 5 years with that wife and she dide. I Lived about five years single, having no 
children, and then I married into a ^\'orthy famly In Hertfordshire whear I now Live, and 
through the favour of provedence am Blessed with an agreeable help meet and comfertable 
compentcy of the ne[cessaries] of Life : have had by this wife six children, but two Living 
whose names are Phebe and Isaac, my fr<' Sam" Spavold,* the Bearer hearof, who is comeing 
over to visit your parts and Lives in the same Town as I do, will give thee a verbal! account of 
my famaly and present condison, if he may be presarved in his voige, which I greatly Desire he 
may. as to what thou says of Daniell Moor I have som nosion that my mother was related to 
that famaly but cannot make it out at this Distance, but have no doubt we are of the same 
amaly. 

It is pleasent to hear from relations att a distance in the outward, but I ofen thought that 
the Spirituall Kindered exceeds all outward Linage ; and to have our names writin in heaven, 
and to be of that generall assembly and Church of the first Bom, and of the household of faith, 
and to have our union in Christ, In whom all the famalys of the earth are Blessed — this is m)' 
Delight ; and where the outward and the Inward meet in one I have true imity with it ; and I 
am truly glad to hear that you ha\-e so many of you keept your unity with friends, and I greatl)' 
Desire that you may be keept and presarved to the End through all your tryalls, temptations 
and provokeations, in these perillious times, wherin the tryal of our faith and patience is 
Exercised. I ha\'e ofen had a near simpathy with you on that side the water of Late, and had 
you in rememberance in m_v near aproches before the Lord, that he might arise to your help 
and scater your eniniys ; and as friends are carfuU and conserned to flee to the name of the 
Lord, that Everlasting Tower of Safty, where the rightious and the right minded have allwa}-s 
been protected, through fire and through water, and these that are thus jjresarved of the Lord 
have greatly the advantage of those that make flesh their arm, and Depart from the Lord in 

* Samuel Spavold was present at Chester Monthly Meeting 9 mo. 26, 1757, and Isaac Howell oljtained a 
certificate to accompany him to Carolina. Samuel Fothergill landed at Wilmington 9 mo. 24, 1754, in company 
with John Churchman, who had spent some years on a religious visit to Great iJritain, and the former fret^uently 
visited the latter at his home iu East Nottingham, during liis stay here. One of his letters is dated at Chester, in 
Pennsylvania, 11 mo. II, 1755. After traveling over 8,000 miles on religious service in America, he sailed from 
New York, 6 mo. 5, 1756, and arrived at Dublin, 7 mo. 9, 1756. 



JOSEPH SHARPLESk I2q 

their harts, who Live to themselves and are at Ease in a form of godleyness without the power ; 
tliat Eat and Drink and rise up to play; who are unthankfull, unholy and sencuall, not haveing 
the spirit, fearfullness will surprise these when the Lord shall arise to shak terably the Earth, 
and to sift the nations in his anger, then shall these be a stuble before the wind, and the chafe 
of a sumers threshing floor that is driven of the fierce wind. May the Long sufering of our 
good and gratious god Lead us to humilaty and amendment of Life, that we may quicken our 
pace and Duble our Diligence, and redeem the time, because the days are few and Evil. 

* % * * -A- * * % * * * 

of England, but where I have meet with any they are [mostly] Lancashire people. I am red)- 
[to] thenk you hardly spell the name right in puting a duble ss at the end of the name. I have 
[heard] it disputed by scholers hear but they generaly agree [that] it should be but a single s 
tho most in their writing [put two] but I make use but of one, for I think it should be 
pronounced Lik these words, Aples, needles, beedles, staples, naples, or the Lik. I shall be 
glad to hear from any of the * as opertunity may ofer and [with] very Dear Lo\e remain 
thy frd 

Isaac Sharples. 
[On outside] To Joseph Sliarples, sen 

att Midletown In the 

County of Chester 

In Pennsalvainia 
These. 

From an account of the writer of the foregoing letter hi Friends' 
Library, xiii. 349, we learn that he was born about the year 1702, near 
Prescot, in Lancashire, to which Meeting his parents belonged. When 
about twelve years of age, by the persuasion of some of his father's 
relations, he was sprinkled at Ormskirk, and for some time attended the 
public worship. His first wife was Esther Thurston, a widow, of Thorn- 
bury in Gloucestershire, and he was married again, in 1746, to Mary 
Ransom, daughter of Joseph and Mary Ransom of Hitchin. "His ministry 
was plain and powerful, often reaching the witness of truth in the hearts of 
his hearers. In supplication he was inward and weighty, an awful solemnity 
covering his spirit, whereby he was frequently favored with near access to 
the throne of Divine Grace. An innocent cheerfulness, tempered with 
gravity, adorned his conversation, and his conduct was a pattern of meek- 
ness, moderation and love, which gained him great esteem." He died 5 
mo. 18, 1784, about the eighty-second year of his age and a minister about 
sixty years. 

Joseph Sharpies died intestate as the following proceedings will show: 

"Be it Remembered that on the Nineteenth day of May, Anno Dom., 

1757, letters of Adm'on in Common form on the Estate of Joseph Sharpless, 

late of MIddletown in the County of Chester, deceased, who died Intestate, 



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was duly granted to Joseph Chamberlin, who was Solemnly affirmed to 
Exhibit a true and perfect Inventory and Conscionable appraisement of all 
& singular the goods & Chattels, Rights & Credits, which were of the said 
Intestate, into the Register's office at Chester, on or before the Nineteenth 
day of June next, and to make a true and Just account of his Adm'on on 
or before the nineteenth day of May, Anno Dom., 175S. 

Jo: Parker, D. Reg." 

" Know all Men by these presents that I, Lydia Sharpies, the Widow 
and Relict of Joseph Sharpless, the elder, deceased, do hereby Renounce 
my right of Administration to the said deceased's Estate, and desire that 
letters of Administration be by y"^ proper officer Granted to the deced's 
son-in-law, Joseph Chamberlin. Witness my hand & Seal May 19th, 1757. 
Sealed and delivered her 

In the presence of Lvdia [_ Sharpless." 

Joseph Sharples, mark 

Benj™ Chamberlin." 

"We do hereby certifie the Register General for probate of Wills and 
Grantino- letters of Adm:, that Lydia Sharpless, the widow of Joseph 
Sharpless, the elder, deceased, did in my hearing Renounce and Refuse to 
administer on the said deceas'd's estate and did desire that Adm: might 
be o-ranted to the deceas'^'^ son-in-law, Joseph Chamberlin. Witness my 
Hand. May 19th, 1757. _ Joseph Sharples." 

" Witness, 

Henry, H. Graham." 

[who wrote both papers] 

The Administration Bond is for /lOO, signed by 
Witnesses, Joseph Chamberlin, 

Henry H. Graham, Joseph Sharples, 

Elisha Price. Benjamin Sharples. 



JOSEPH SHARPLES' 



INVENTORY. 



A True & Perfect Inventory of all & Singular, y«= Goods and Chatdes, 
Rights & Credits, of Joseph Sharpless, Senior, Late of Middletown, 
Deceased, as y^ same is appraised by us y^ Subscribers this 



To Purse & Apperrel, Riding horse Bridle and Saddle and Saddle Baggs 

To a Chest & Drawers . . ■ . 

To a writing Box . 

To a trunk 

To a Looking Glass 

To two Reasors & hone . 

To a Pare of Sheets 

Curtains Linnen . 

Bed Curtains 

To a Blanket 

To a Linnen & wooling Coverlid 

To a Rugg 

To a Coverlid 

To a Little trunk . 

To a Big trunk and Small Box 

To a Book Called fox's Jurnal, 

To a Concordance 2/, two testimen 

To sundry other Boks 

To 3 Pillow Cases, towel, wallet & 

To Bed, Bolster & Pillows ' 

To a hockaback table Cloth 

To two yards & a half of Linnen 

To Sive & Rope, 2 hogsheads 

To Small Remnants 

To a tea Kettle, i3j-, tea Pot, Slop 

To foure Boles & Bottles 

To knives and forks 

To Basket & 141b y, of Linnin yarn 

To two Riddles, a Sive & Basket &: Peice of a Riddle 

To 4 Pounds of yarn, 4/, 27 Pounds of Chees, 9/ 

To a Cubbard 

To Skeals and weights 

To a Basket & 3 pounds of yarn 

To foure Bottles, seven Pots, Jugg Earthenware 

To Earthen pans, 2 Beasens and other ware 

To four Bowles & Platter 

To Chees tub Churn and foure Pailes 



OS, Culpepper, 5J, & Dixonary, 
ts & part of a Bible 2s 



Table Cloth 



Bole & Set of tea ware 



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To two Brass Kettles ..... 

To a tin Gallon, half gallon & funnel 

To two Dozen of trenshers & Eleven spoons 

To 5 Earthen Plates, 6 Earthen porrengers & othe Earthen ware 

To 3 Puter Dishes, 6 plates, 5 Porrengers, i tankerd & Puter Bottl 

To a Brass Pan, 4/6^, Creator, 2 tin pans, 3^, warming Pan, 10/ 

To a Box Iron & heators, Cricken, Butter Print, Ladle Skiming 

To a Poplar Chest, 7/6</, Screen, 6d, Chees fat 

To two Pots, Pothooks & Kettle .... 

To a table, Cash & foure Chears .... 

To a Rowling Pin and Brush, "jd. testing Iron, flesh fork, 2s 

To hand Irons, fire Shovel, tongs Pot Racks & hook . o : 14 

To the furniture on the mantle Peice . . . . .0:15 

To two Candle Sticks, hour Glass, 2 Pear of Scisers and Snuffers . .0:4 

To 3 Pare of Specktecles ..... 

To a frying Pan, Candle Stick & Pitch fork 

To a Crumpit Iron and Iron oven 

To a Iron Pot ..... . 

To a Pare of Bedsteds, 3^, Chare u, 3 pare of Cards, 4/ . 

To two Beds and Bolster, 10/, three pounds and a half of Cotton, 3/6;/ 

To Little wheels, a Big wheel and Reel 

To a splent shever 3/ to a set of spooles 3/ a bed Rope 2/ . 

To a Basket Cards & wool 3/ tobacco 2/ a yue Box 1/4^' . 

To 2 Cheese fats, 2/8^/, soal Leather 3/, teerce & other sundries, 1/ 

To Dryed apples, 2/, 3 Baggs 6/, 3 Bells, -i\(>d 

To 3 augurs, \s, a Goudge and three Chissels & three plains 

To 2 frows. Drawing Knife & hand saw . 

To a mall, wedge, adds. Broad ax, 2 Pitch Axes . 

To 2 hammers. Pinchers, Vice, Rasp, Bore Iron . 

To Chest and Sundry Small tooles 

To a vice, Splent Shaver & Dial . 

To a baskets & Shovel . . . ' . 

To Cash note ...... 

To Cow & Calf ...... 

To I pare of Sheets, Rug, Coverlid & Pillow Case 

To a Bible ...... 

To Earthenware ...... 

Joseph Gilpin, 
RoB^ Mendenhall. 
[Filed May 19, 1757.] 

The administrator did not file any account of his administration of the 
estate. 

Lydia Sharpies, widow of Joseph, received a certificate of removal from 
Chester to Concord Monthly Meeting, i mo. 30, 1758, having probably 
gone to live with her daughter, Susanna, or some other of her children. 



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Friends' >«'Ieeting Housed 

tVUdclletown, Dela^vare Co., Pti. 
Tlje upper one Vjuilt about ITTO. 



MIDDLETOWN MEETING, 



At a Quarterly Meeting held 3 mo. 3, 1686: "Agreed y' a meeting 
be kept at John Bolters upon y' same first day it used to be at Bartholomew 
Coppocks, for y^ ease of such y' live westerly in y^ woods, and y^ rest of 
friends living y« other way, upon y' same day, to meet at ffrancis Stanfields 
until further consideration." 

Third mo. 4^ 1696: "This meeting consents y' the meeting '■' * * be 
setteled ='= ='= =•= * at John Bowaters every first & 5th day." Ninth mo. 6, 
1699: "The ffriends of John Bowater's meeting Lay their Intentions of 
Building a meeting house. This meeting constituts & appoints Philip 
Roman, Robert Pyle, Nathaniel Newlin, George Robinson, John Hood & 
John Wood to determine the place for that service, and make report to 
y^ next Quarterly meeting, under all their Hands, that it may be entred in 
this meeting Book." 

At Randall Vernon's, 12 mo. 5, 1699-700: "Whereas the friends 
belonging to the meeting that is kept at y^ house of John Bowaters have 
an intention to build a meeting house for the service of Truth, but not 
wholy agreeing where to sett it, y^ friends concluding to Lay it before 
y^ Quarterly meeting for y^ determination thereof; accordingly it was done 
y'= 6''' of y^ 9'^^ month, 1699. And after some debate & consideration this 
meeting did nominate & constitute six friends, whose names are under 
written, to goe up to y^ house of John Bowater, there to meet friends 
concerned in the business afore mentioned, and to hear & determine the 
same, and to make returne thereof to the next Quarterly meeting : and 
now we haveing heard & seriously considered to y^ best of our 
understanding, for y'^ service above mentioned, doth give our sence & 
judgment as followeth, — That ffriends belonging to the said meeting shall 
build a meeting house, for the service of ffriends and Truth, upon the Land 
or Lott belonging to y^ said meeting's Burying place. Given under our 
hands y« 2o"> of y^ 9'^ mo*, 1699. 

"PHILIP ROMAN, NATHANIEL NEWLIN, 

JOHN HOOD, JOHN WOOD, 

ROBERT PYLE, GEO: ROBINSON." 



134 



THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 



In the treasurer's account of collections received, this is called 
" Bowaters Meeting" until 5 mo. 27, 1702, when the name of Middletown 
is substituted, and it is likely the house was then completed. A survey of 
the land belonging thereto, made by Isaac Taylor, 4 mo. 10, 1700, 
represents that it contained five acres, in the form of a square ; bounded 
by land of John Bowater on one side, of Joseph Baker on another, and of 
John Turner on the other sides. The last named had purchased from 
Joshua Hastings, for whom 472 acres had been surveyed by warrant of 
Jan. 16, 1684. 

The first building was doubtless of wood, to which an addition of 
stone was afterward placed at the south-east end. In 1770 subscriptions 
were made to the amount of ^215, to put up a stone addition in place of 
the wooden part, and in 1773 a subscription was made towards enclosing 
the graveyard with a wall, which was finally accomplished- In 1783 the 
sum of ^106 was raised in the same way to build a school house upon 
the lot. 

At a monthly meeting held 2 mo. 24, 1783, "Middletown Preparative 
Meeting informs that the friends who had the care of the Lott of Ground 
whereon their Meeting House stands are all Deceased, and they have 
appointed William Yarnall, Jacob Minshall, John Hill & Thomas Evans, 
Trustees, for the said Lot of Ground in their stead." 

Sixth mo. 24, 1822: "Middletown Preparative meeting informs that 
they have obtained a Deed from the Heirs at Law of Joshua Hastings, the 
original Proprietor (under William Penn) of their meeting-house Ground, 
who put them in possession thereof about the year 1 690 ; confirming and 
conveying the same unto Enos Painter, James Emlen, Peter Worrell, 
William Yarnall, George Smedley, Joseph Pennell & Samuel Hibberd, In 
Trust for the benefit and use of middletown Preparative Meeting of 
Friends : which said Deed they have had recorded in the office for recording 
Deeds, in and for the County of Delaware, in Deed-book O, vol. ist, Page 
591, &c., the 30th day of the 4th month, A. D. 1822 ; which said Deed is 
deposited in the monthly meedng book case." 

In the fifty years, commencing with 1787, there were over nine 
hundred interments in the grave-yard belonging to this meeting. 



9. Caleb Sharpies^, John-, of Ridley, weaver, b. 7 mo. 27, 1693, 
d. unmarried 2 mo. 29, 1720. His will, dated April 25, 1720, proven 12 
mo. 29, 1720, gives to his loving father, John Sharpies, all his estate, and 



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appoints him executor. Joseph Vernon and John Powell were the 
witnesses. 

" This is the account of what Caleb Sharplesh did poses : 

Cash and Clothing 

a bed & furnitud 

a hors and maire 

and mony upon bond 

and book dets 

and a lome and gers 

" This is the value of Caleb Sharpies astat acordeing to our iudgment, 
as witness our hands 

" George Smedlev, 
Jane Smedley." 

10. Jane Sharpies^, John^, b. in Ridley (now Nether Providence, 
Delaware Co., Pa.), 12 mo. 24, 1695-6; d. in Middletown 6 mo. 30, 1725 ; 
m. 3 mo. 2, 17 1 7, at Chester Meeting, to Georgfe Smedley of Middle- 
town, b. I mo. 2, 1692-3 ; d. 1 1 mo. 20, 1766, about sunset; son of George 
and Sarah Smedley of the same township : all doubtless buried at Middle- 
town Meeting. Children : — 

36. George, b. 6 mo. 2, 1719 ; d. 12 mo. i, 1765 ; m. Hannah (Norbury) Matson. 

37. Caleb, b. 4 mo. 26, 1721 ; d. 7 mo. 4, 1725. 

38. Joshua, b. 8 mo. 30, 1723 ; d. 4 mo. 14, 1S12, in Sgth year ; unmarried. 

George Smedle3^ married again 10 mo. 14, 1727, at Middletown 
Meeting, Mary Hammans, b. i mo. 28, 1710; d. 2 mo. 18, 1774, dau. of 
William and Margaret (Staples) Hammans of Upper Providence, from 
Gloucestershire, Eng., and by her had children — 

William, b. 9 mo. 19, 172S; d. 3 mo. 6, 1766 ; m. Elizabeth Taylor. 

Joseph, b. 7. mo. 17, 1730; d. 5 mo. 10, 1746. 

Caleb, b. 9 mo. 20, 1732 ; d. 3 mo. 19, 1S06 ; m. Elizabeth Blue. 

Jane, b. 12 mo. 6, 1734-5; d. 10 mo. 28, 17S2; m. William Larkin and Thomas Wilson. 

Sarah, b. ii mo. 18, 173 7-8; d. 3 mo. 11, 1810; m. Samuel Hampton and Moore. 

Samuel, b. 7 mo. 3, 1740 ; d. 4 mo. 12. 1762. 

Thomas, b. i mo. 25, 1742-3 ; d. i mo. 22, 1791 ; m. Elizabeth Rhoads. 

Ambrose, b, 11 mo. 19, 1745 ; d. 7 mo. i, 1820; m. Mary Taylor. 

Joseph, b. 7 mo. 13, 174S; d. 2 mo. 15, 1760. 

James, b. 2 mo. 20, 1752, N. S.; d. 2 mo. 29, 1772. 

George Smedley was appointed overseer of Middletown Meeting 1 1 



136 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

mo. 30, 1720, in room of Joseph Pennell ; appointed vvitli Samuel Levis, 
3 mo. 27, 1723, to visit families: succeeded by Daniel Williamson as 
overseer, 5 mo. 27, 1724: recommended as a minister 8 mo. 25, 1725; 
appointed, with others, 7 mo. 25, 1732, to visit families, and afterward to 
visit delinquent members: mentioned 3 mo. 23, 1764, as among the 
subscribers to George Fox's Journal (3d Edition). The marriage certificate^ 
on paper^ of George and Jane Smedley is now in possession of Susanna 
L. and Georgianna Cox, of West Chester, Pa. 

Jane Smedley was chosen overseer for Middletown Meeting, 1 1 mo. 
25, 1724-5, along with Dorothy Yarnall, and on 8 mo. 25, 1725, " Phebe 
Lewis is chosen overseer for Middletown meeting, along with Dorithy 
Yarnall, Instead of Jean Smedly, who is Removed by Death." 

George Smedley, senior, appears to have come from Derbyshire, Eng., 
about 1682. In 1684 he took up 295 acres on the west bank of Ridley 
Creek, in Middletown, about one mile north-west of the present town of 
Media. In 1687 he married Sarah, widow of John Goodwin, formerly 
Kitchen, and had children — 

Thomas, b. 2 mo. 15, 16SS ; d. 3 mo. 9, 175S ; m. Sarah Baker. 

Mary, b. 2 mo. 3, 1690 ; m. John Edge, Jr., 1709, and John Yarnall, 1739. 

George, b. i mo. 2, 1692-3 ; m. Jane Sharpies and Mary Hammans. 

Sarah, b. 8 mo. 2, 1695 ; d. 5 mo. 29, 17S9 ; m. John Williamson. 

Alice, b. 3 mo. 2, i697(?); m. John Allen, 1718, and Edward Woodward, 1722. 



II. Hannah Sharpies-^ John-, b. at Ridley 8 mo. 5, 1697; d. 
10 mo. 17, 17S0; m. 6 mo. 11, 1720, at Chester Mtg., to Henry 
Howard, who was "christened" Dec. 22, 1689, son of Richard Howard 
of Lower Darwen, Lancashire, Eng. ; d. in Edgmont township, Chester 
(now Delaware) County, 10 mo. 12, 1760. Their children were — 

39. Grace, b. 3 mo. 11, 1721 ; d. 12 mo. 1774; m. Benjamin Kendall. 

40. Mary, b. 8 mo. 11, 1722; d. 10 mo. 12, 1790; m. Isaac Moss. 

41. John, b. 2 mo. 3, 1725 ; d. 10 mo. 12, 1793,; m. Elizabed: Perry. 

42. Peter, b. 1 mo. 15, 1726-7; d. 4 mo. 7, 1S03; m. Elizabeth Chadwick and Sarah 

(Osborn) Price. 

43. Hannah, b. 2 mo. 15, 1729; d. 3 mo. 2, 1774; ni. Augustine Passmore. 

44. Rebecca, b. 9 mo. 4, 1731; certificate to Philadelphia, 3 mo. 26, 1762; d. in 

Phila. 2 mo. 14, 180S, unmarried. 

45. Henry, b. 10 mo. 26, 1733; d. 11 mo. 27, 1737. 

46. Richard, b. 3 mo. 9, 1736; d. 11 mo. 24, 1825 ; m. Jane Wood. 

47. James, b. 11 mo. 9, 1738; d. 3 mo. 19, 1825; m. Alice Passmore and Hannah 

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Henry Howard appears to have resided at first in the neighborhood of 
Darby, whence he brought a certificate to Chester Mo. Mtg., dated lo mo. 
4, 1 71 7, which states that he had " Hved some time amongst us ^'= ■'^ "•'= 
frequented our meetings ■■■ * * Clear from all women in Relation to 
marriage as far as we know," &c. This was signed by Richard Parker, 
Jr., and Josiah Hibberd, and it shows that prior to this time he had joined 
with Friends. He resided in Upper Providence and was a weaver at the 
time of his marriage, but had purchased from William Willis of Edgmont, 
blacksmith, and Gaynor his wife, by deed of 3 mo. 16, 1720, a tract of 196 
acres in Edgmont, and 4 acres in Newtown, whereon they setded, and 
which is still in possession of their descendants. Their marriage certificate, 
on parchment, 151^ by 16 inches in size, is now in possession of Henry C. 
Howard of Media, and is herein presented on a reduced scale. The name 
of John Salkeld and the first name of his wife, Agnes Salkeld, among the 
witnesses, have been eaten by mice. David Lloyd, Chief Justice of Penna., 
and Grace, his wife, were also witnesses. It is not known that any of 
Henry Howard's immediate family came to this country, yet there was a 
Lawrence Howard (m. Nanny James Dec. 7, 1752), and a Henry Howard 
(m. about 1772), who may have been relatives. 

Hannah Howard was appointed an overseer of Middletown Mtg., 
I mo. 25, 1728, in room of Phebe Lewis, and was succeeded by Dorothy 
Yarnall 9 mo. 24, 1729. Henry Howard was appointed overseer, 11 mo. 
31, 1731-2, in room of Samuel Lewis, who in turn succeeded him 8 mo. 28, 
1734. Henry received a certificate, 7 mo. 30, 1734, on account of having 
" occation to go to Great Britian to settle some affairs & the vessell being 
like to sail before next meeting." He, being returned, produced this 
certificate 4 mo. 30, 1735, with endorsement from Friends in England. He 
was appointed an Elder for Middletown Mtg., 8 mo. 25, 1742, in room of 
Thomas Goodwin, and was succeeded by Joseph Pennell 8 mo. 27, 1746. 

Hannah was appointed overseer, 9 mo. 26, 1739, instead of Mary 
Edge, and was succeeded by Ann Evans 5^ 28, 1746 : was again appointed 
10 mo. 26, 1748, and was succeeded by Agnes Minshall 10 mo. 30, 1752. 

The will of Henry Howard of Edgmont, was dated 9 mo. 13, 1758, 
and proven Oct. 27, 1760. In it he gives to his son John, for seven years, 
the plantation whereon John lives in Edgmont and Newtown, except six 
acres of meadow on S. W. side of Crum Creek, after which the same to 
be divided between sons John, Peter and Richard : to son Peter, /20 : to 
son Richard, /30 : to dau. Grace Kendal, ^5 and the large Bible : to dau. 
Mary Moss, ^^20 : to dau. Hannah Passmore, £\o : to dau. Rebecca 



138 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

Howard, £20 : to son James, the homestead and the six acres of meadow 
above mentioned, he paying the legacies within two years and maintaining 
his mother: to wife, Hannah, all the furniture of our lodging room, one 
horse, saddle and bridle, £1 yearly and to have sufficient meat, drink and 
fire-wood, with keep of horse, &c. : son James residuary legatee. The 
inventory of personal property, by Edward Farr and George Bishop, 
appraised at ;^224 : 10 : 6. 

The will of Hannah Howard ol Edgmont, was dated June 29, 1775, 
and proven April 11, 1782. She gives to dau. Mary Moss, £2: to son 
John 25, 6d: to son Peter 2s, 6d: to son Richard, ditto: to son James, 
ditto : to granddau. Jane Chance, dau. of son John, my feather bed, bolster 
and pillows : to granddau. Esther Andrews, my large Bible, and to her son 
Benjamin Andrews, lOi-. : to granddau. Abigail Passmore, 20^-., and to her 
brothers and sisters 2s., 6d., each: to dau. Rebecca Howard the residue. 

The name was written Howarth in the deed for land from William 
Willis, as well as in the marriage certificate. 



12. John Sharpies^, John^, b. at Ridley 8 mo. 16, 1699; d. in 
Nether Providence 8 mo. 17, 1769; m. 9 mo. 18, 1725, at Concord Mtg., 
to Mary Key of Aston, b. 3 mo. 8, 1707 ; d. 10 mo. 24, 1727 : Second m. 4 
mo. 6, 1729, at Goshen Mtg., to Elizabeth Ashbridge of Goshen, b. 12 mo. 
6, 1708-9; d. 12 mo. 18, 1767. His children Avere — 

48. Hannah, b. 11 mo. 13, 1726-7; m. Jeremiah Starr. /' 



Mary, b. 2 mo. 17, 1730; m. Thomas Swayne. 'b '• 7 -■ - 
Margaret, b. 7 mo. 7, 1731 ; d. 1791: m. Reuben Roberts. 
Elizabeth, b. 6 mo. 25, 1734; d. 1802; m. Richard Bradley. 

John, b. 5 mo. 26, 1736 ; m. Slay. 

George, b. 5 mo. 14, 173S ; d. 5 mo. 17, iSigm. Mary Lewis. 



Moses Key, of Middlewlch, in Cheshire, Eng., brought a certificate 
from Friends of the meeting there, dated 8 mo. 20, 1700. He settled in 
Nether Providence, but was married 12 mo. iS, 1701, at Concord Mtg., to 
Elizabeth Yearsley, and removed to Aston township, where he died about 
1748. He was an active member of Concord Mtg., and for several years 
clerk of the Monthly Mtg. His children were Lettice (m. John 
Chamberlin and Thomas Vernon), William, Mary (m. John Sharpies), 
Elizabeth, Moses, Hannah, Hannah 2d, John, Robert, Rebecca and Ann. 



LINE OF JOHNS, JOHN^. j-g 

George Ashbridge arrived at Philadelphia, 5 mo. 5, 169S, as re- 
corded in the family Bible, a large book, 20 by 13 inches and 41^ inches thick, 
printed 1716, presented to Friends' Library, on Cherry Street, Philadelphia, 
by Sarah Ashbridge. George Ashbridge, of " Edgmond " and Mary Malin, 
of Upper Providence, were married 8 mo. 23, 1701, at Providence Mto-., 
and settled in Goshen township. She was perhaps a widow, or possibly a 
daughter of Randall Malin, of Upper Providence, from Great Barrum in 
Cheshire, Eng. She died 2 mo. 15, 1728, and he m. again i mo. 6, 
1729-30, at Goshen, Margaret Paschall, widow; after which he removed to 
Chester borough, and died in 1748. The children of George and Mary 
were — 

John, b. 6 mo. i, 1702 ; d. 5 mo. 21, 1747 ; m. Hannah Davies. 
George, b. 12 mo. 19, 1703-4; d. 3 mo. 6, 1773 ; m. Jane Hoopes. 
Jonathan, b. 9 mo. 25, 1705; probably died young. 
EHzabeth, b. 12 mo. 6, 1708-9 ; d. 12 mo. iS, 1767 ; m. John Sharpies. 
Mary, b. 11 mo. 10, 1710-11 ; d. 11 mo. 20, 1745 ; m. Amos Yarnall. 
Aaron, b. 12 mo. 25, 1712-13 ; m. Sarah Davies and Elizabeth Sullivan. 
Hannah, b. 2 mo. 26, 1715 ; d. 9 mo. 13, 1793 ; m. Joshua Hoopes. 
Phebe. b. 8 mo. 26, 1717 ; m. Richard Thomas and William Trimble. 
Lydia, b. 11 mo. 22, 1719-20 ; m. Ellis Davies. 
Joseph, b. 5 mo. 9, 1723 ; m. Piiscilla Davis. 

John Sharpies, Jur., was appointed an overseer of Chester Mtg. 1 1 
mo. 30, 1737-S, in place of John Low, and was succeeded b)- Thomas 
Morgan, 7 mo. 28, 1741 : appointed again 11 mo. 26, 1746-7, in place of 
Thomas Vernon, and succeeded by Daniel Sharpies 11 mo. 28, 1757: 
appointed Elder for Chester Mtg. 4 mo. 24, 1758. At Chester Monthly 
Meeting, 12 mo. 31, 1759: 

Chester meeting informs that the ground on which their meeting house is erected was 
conveyed by deed of 2 mo. 17, 1736, to six trustees, Jacob Howell, Thomas Cummings, John 
Owen, Samuel Lightfoot, John Salkeld, Jun'r, and John Sharpless, Jun'r, and that by the 
declaration of trust it was provided that if any of these were disowned or deceased, their places 
might be filled by appointment of this monthly meeting. John Owen being deceased, and 
John Salkeld, Jun'r, disowned, the meeting appoints Jonathan Cowpland and Joseph Ashbridge 
to succeed them. 

. On 12 mo. 26, 1774, Howell, Cummings and Sharpies being deceased, 
Edward Russell, Caleb Harrison and John Eyre were appointed trustees 
in their stead. 

Elizabeth Sharpies brought a certificate from Goshen to Chester in 
1729, representing that "her conversation hath been modest and orderly." 
At Chester Mo. Mtg., 11 mo. 30, 1 74S-9, "Alice Commings is chosen 



I40 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

overseer for Chester meeting along with Eliz: Sharpies, in place of our 
Friend Agnes Salkeld, Deceased." Elizabeth was succeeded by Sarah 
Sharpies 5 mo. 30, 1757, and their positions were reversed 6 mo. 27, 1763. 
On 12 mo. 28, 1767, "Esther Hoskins is chosen overseer with Elinor 
Harrison, for Chester Meeting, in the room of Elizabeth Sharpies, 
Deceased." 

By a deed dated April 16, 1726, John Sharpies of Ridley, yeoman, 
conveyed to his son John Sharpies, cordwainer, " for the sum of five 
shillings of lawfuU money of the s'^ Province," and "for the natural love & 
affection which he hath & beareth to the s"^^ John," a messuage or tenement 
where the son then dwelt, together with 155 acres of land. George 
Sharpless, the present owner of this homestead, says he resided in the old 
house from 1832 to 1830, and that it was part of stone and part of frame, 
the sides of the latter being covered with clapboards. The timbers were 
evidently cut with a whip-saw. The building was torn down about thirty 
years ago and some of the joists and doors used in the construction of a 
kitchen to the present mansion, which stands some rods nearer to the 
Providence Road. 

John Sharpies, 3d, also inherited some more land by the will of his 
father, including a few acres in Chester township, which was probably 
marshy ground, then considered valuable for hay and pasture, as little had 
been done toward the cultivation of the so-called artificial grasses. 

By deed of Apr. 21, 1763, John Sharpies and wife conveyed to James 
Mather of Chester, Innkeeper, a lot in Chester for /45, which his father 
bought of Jonas Sandelands in 171 2. 

In 1764 he was assessed in Nether Providence with 105 acres of land, 
with buildings, 65 acres uncultivated land, 4 acres of marsh in grass, 5 
horses, 5 cattle and 5 sheep. He died intestate and letters of administration 
on his estate were granted Sept. 9, 1769, to Thomas Swayne. The 
inventory of his personal property, appraised 9 mo. 12, 1769, by William 
Swaffer and Isaac Weaver, amounted to ^364 : o : i. The following were 
some of the items : 

A silver watch and two walking Cains, /5 : 15 : o 

Two Bibles, one Testament, Sewel's^j 

History, Thomas Story's Journal, and \ 4:13:2 

other books, .... J 

Six silver tea spoons, 7 cups, 3 saucers ) 

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One Silver Tankard, . . . . 9:10:0 

One old clock, ..... i 

A Shoemaker's seat, hammers, pinch- | 

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His forth part of the Iron works of the -^ 

Saw Mill and a third part of his Right I 

in the said mill for about 2 years yet I D • o • o 

to come, ..... J 

His share of various crops at home, and hay at the marsh 



mentioned. 



The administration accounts, filed Dec. 17, 1770, show a total of 
^^425 : 12 : 53^, and on the same date a petition was presented to the 
Orphans' Court for an inquisition on the real estate. By the old English 
laws in regard to intestates, the eldest son was entitled to a double share, 
but in this case he was deceased, leaving an only daughter, who thus 
inherited twice as much as her uncle. The lands consisted of 195 acres 
surrounding the homestead, 8^^ acres in Ridley, on the Delaware River, 
and 4 acres in Chester township, valued altogether, by Sheriff, Jesse Maris, 
and twelve jurors, at ^^^-53 : 2 : 6, making the shares worth ^^179 : o : 4, 
each. The surviving son and eldest daughter declining to take the 
property at this valuation, it was awarded May 31, 1771, to Reuben 
Roberts, who had married the second daughter, Margaret. 

The following petition relative to a change in the township line, having 
been chiefiy in the interest of the Sharpless family, is here presented 
verbatim : 

Chester fs : To the Honourable Justices of the Court of Gen' Quarter Sessions of the Peace to 
be held at Chester the Twenty Seventh day of February Anno Domini 1753. 

The Petition of John Sharpless, Daniel Sharpless, Isaac Weaver and Thomas 
Swayne, inhabitants of the Westermost parts [of] Ridley Township in the County of 
Chester aforesaid, 
Humbly Sheweth, 

That your Petitioners live in a very remote Part of the township of Ridley 
between Crum & Ridley Creeks, joining to the Township of Nether Providence, far 
from the principal part of the inhabitants of the said townships. 

That your petitioners labour under very Great Hardships in being obliged, 
when warned by the Supervisors, to travel as far as the Township of Lower Darby to 
repair and amend the highways thereabouts, itt being upwards of five Miles from the 
nearest of your Petitioner's Plantations, when the Inhabitants of the other End of 
the said township Seldom or never Come to repair the Roads on that End of the 



142 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

Township where your Petitioners dwell ; and also are at \-ery Great inconveniency 
in being obliged to meet at the Whitehorse tavern to Consult about any affairs 
Relative to the said Township. 

Your Petitioners therefore Pray that your Honour would be Pleased to take 
your Petitioners' Case into Consideracon, and order that all that part of Ridley 
Township aforesaid, lying to the Westward of the Eastermost line of the lands late 
of Thomas Dell, the Elder, & Thomas Dell, y^ younger, deceased, may be 
Joyned to the Township of Nether Providence, and that the same may allways 
hereafter be deemed Taken and Esteemed to be part of the said Township of Nether 
Providence, and your Petitioners as in Duty bound Shall Pray, 

John Sharpless, 
Sam"- Minshall, Daniel Sharpless, 

Moses Vernon, Tho" Vernon, Isaac Weaver, 

Da". Weatherby, Thomas Swayne. 

The freeholders of Nether Providence In 
Concurrence with the above Petitioners 
have Subscribed their Names 

William Lindsay, 
John McMichell, 
James Sharpless, 
Joseph Vernon. 
[Endorsed] allowed. 

13- Phebe Sharpies^, John-, b. at Ridley " y« 5 day of the week, 
near the 9 hour at night, y<= 9 of y'= 11 mo. under sign Gemini, in year 
1 701-2 ;" d. in Willistown township, Chester County, 3 mo. 29, 1772 ; m. 

2 mo. 25, 1732, at Chester Mtg., to Benjamin Hibberd, b. 2 mo. 27, 

1707 ; d. about 1785. Their children were : 



Josiah, b. 2 mo. 22, 1733; d. 10 mo. i, 1S02 ; m. Susanna Owen. 
Jane, b. 12 mo. 23, 1734-5; d. 10 mo. 28, 177S; m. Amos Yarnall. 
Hannah, b. i mo. 31, 1737; d. 3 mo. 8, 1S04 ; m, Caleb Sheward. 

Jo.seph, b. 12 mo. 19, 1738-9; d. ; m. Jane James. 

Benjamin, b. 8 mo. 25, 1740 ; d. 4 mo. 14, 1819 ; m. Mary Garrett. 
Caleb, b. 12 mo. i, 1742 ; d. i mo. 18, 1829 ; m. Phebe Thomas. 
Phebe, b. 2 mo. 16, 1745 ; d. i mo. 7, 1795 ; m. Allen Farquhar. 



Josiah Hibberd doubtless came from England but the exact place 
of his nativity has not been discovered. He setded in Darby township, 
Chester (now Delaware) County as early as 1692, and on 9 mo. (Nov.) 9, 
1698, was married before John Blunston, Esq., to Ann Bonsall, dau. of 
Richard Bonsall of Darby, and Mary his wife. Daniel Hibberd, possibly 
a brother of Josiah, had married in 1697, Rachel Bonsall^ a sister to Ann, 



LINE OF PHEBE3,J0HN=. 

but the father of the latter interposing some objection to the second 
marriage, it could not be accomplished in the usual way of Friends, hence 
before a magistrate. The children of Josiah and Ann were ; 

John, b. II mo. iS, 1699 ; d. 9 mo. 25, 1766 ; m. Deborah Lewis (ist wife). 

Joseph, b. II mo. 20, 1700; d. 6 mo. 11, 1737 ; m. Elizabeth Fearne (ist wife). 

Josiah, b. 7 mo. 28, 1701 ; d. 11 mo. 13, 1727-8, unmarried. 

Abraliam, b. 9 mo. 28, 1703 ; d. young or unmarried. 

Mary, b. 6 mo. 29, 1705 ; m. Benjamin Lobb. 

Benjamin, b. 2 mo. 27, 1707 ; m. Phebe Sharpies. 

Elizabeth, b. 12 mo. 11, 1708-9; d. 3 mo. 19, 1738, unmarried. 

Sarah, b. 3 mo. 19, 171 1 ; d. 2 mo. 24, 1795 ; m. Samuel Garrett. 

Isaac, b. i mo. 16, 1712-13; m. Mary Lownes. 

Ann, b. 3 mo. 12, 1715 ; m. John Ash. 

Jacob, b. 2 mo. 21, 1718 ; m. Jane Garrett. 

Josiah Hibberd, senior, in addition to his land in Darby, purchased 
500 acres in Willistown township, by lease and release of May 16, and 17, 
1722, from Martha Barker of London, widow of Thomas Barker, to whom 
a survey of 1000 acres had been made in that township. This land he 
divided between his sons, John and Benjamin, the deed to the latter beino^ 
dated Feb. 26, 1731. Josiah Hibberd died 6 mo. (Aug.) 16, 1744, and his 
widow, Ann, just five years later. 

There is a tradition that Phebe Sharpies was under engagement of 
marriage to Josiah Hibberd, Jr., who at his death devised to her a token of 
his love in the form of ^30, and that she invested this in a silver cup ; in 
evidence of which a silver cup or tankard, having the letters P. S. on the 
side, has been handed down in the line of the Josiahs to the present day. 
If the said Josiah made a will it must have been verbal and never 
registered ; and if he gave her /"30, it is likely that only a part of it was 
thus expended. 

At Goshen Monthly Mtg., 6 mo. 21, 1732, Benjamin Hibberd produced 
a certificate of membership from Darby, and his wife one from Chester. 
She was appointed overseer of Goshen Mtg., 9 mo. 17, 1735, instead of 
Jane Malin, along with Jane Davies ; and was succeeded by Jane Haines, 
3 mo. 16, 1737: appointed 5 mo. 18, 1748, with others, to visit families: 
appointed overseer 10 mo. 19, 1748, instead of Hannah Osborne: 
appointed 4 mo. 19, 1756, with others, to visit families, and 4 mo. 16, 1759, 
to inspect the necessities of the poor in the stead of Ann Goodwin, 
remaining in the latter position until her death, when she was succeeded, 
12 mo. 10, 1773, by Mary Ashbridge. She was appointed 11 mo. 6, 1761, 



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THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 



and again 4 mo. 6, 1 764, to join with the overseers in visiting those who 
neglected the attendance of meetings. 

Benjamin Hibberd was appointed overseer of Goshen Mtg., 12 mo. 
17, 1745-6, in room of Lawrence Cox, and was succeeded by Aaron 
Ashbridge 6 mo. 15, 1748: again appointed i mo. 19, 1756, instead of 
Amos Yarnall, and was appointed an Elder 4 mo. 19, 1756. Aaron 
Ashbridge succeeded him as overseer 12 mo. 17, 1759, but he was again 
chosen 7 mo. 11, 1777, in place of Samuel Garrett, and was followed by 
Randal Malin, 12 mo. 9, 1780: was appointed with others, 2 mo. 5, 1779, 
to visit families: and it is mentioned i mo. 7, 1785, that he had been paid 
;^i : 19 : 9, for transcribing the women's minutes. 

He built a brick house in 1742, to which an addition of stone was 
afterward made. In 1857 the brick part was torn down, at which time 
Enos Hibberd built a large brick house a few rods northerly from the old 
one, in which his widow and some of the family still reside. 

Benjamin Hibberd and wife, Phebe, by deed of 10 mo. 17, 1765, 
conveyed to their son Josiah the land in Whiteland township which her 
father had devised to her. In 1753 Benjamin bought about 102 acres in 
Willistown, of the estate of Thomas James, dec'd, and in 1774 (Jan. 10,) 
gave 5 acres thereof to his son Caleb, to which on the following day was 
added 50 acres taken off the homestead tract. Jan. 13, 1774, he gave to 
his son Joseph the remainder, 96 acres, 100 perches, of the James tract. 

The will of Benjamin Hibberd of Willistown, yeoman, was dated 1 2 
mo. 26, 17S1, and proven Oct. 3, 1785, in which he gives to son Josiah 
"my silver can, having before advanced him in full proportion to my 
estate: " to son-in-law, Amos Yarnall, and his seven children, ^60: to dau. 
Hannah Sheward, £60 : to dau. Phebe Farquhar, £(iO: to son Joseph, 14 
acres, 32 perches, he paying ^20: to son Benjamin the homestead, 134 
acres, no perches, he paying _^i 25 : to son Caleb two tracts of 86 acres, 
103 perches, and 14 acres, 75 perches, he paying ^212 : to kinswoman, 
Ann Rogers, who formerly lived w'ith me, £2i- 

The inventory of his estate as appraised 9 mo. 19, 17S5, by Isaac 
Massey and Enoch Yarnall, amounts to £2j'] : 16 : 8, the following being 
among the items : " To a Silver kan & teaspoons, £^ : 1 7 : 6." 



14- Rebecca Sharpies^ John-, b. at Ridley 12 mo. 17, 1703-4; 
d. 9 mo. 30, 1727, unmarried. At Chester Monthly Mtg., i mo. 28, 1726, 
David Lloyd was appointed to draw a certificate to recommend Rebeckah 



LINE OF ANNB^JOHNK j.c 

Sharpies to the meeting of Ministers and Elders, Agnes Salkeld and Agnes 
Cowpland being appointed by women to make inquiry respecting her. 
The certificate was signed 2 mo. 25, 1726. 



16. Ann Sharpies^ John^, b. at Ridley, (according to the family 
Bible and the meeting records) 6 mo. (Aug.) 23, 1708; d. Aug. 22, 17S6, 
at Shiloh, Cumberland Co., N. J., aged, according to her tombstone in the 
Seventh-day Baptist Churchyard, 77 y, 9 m, 29 d : m. about 1726 to 
Samuel Bond, b. Jan. i, 1692-3; d. Apr. 10, 1783, "aged 90 years, 
3 months and 10 days ;" son of Richard and Sarah Bond. Their children 
were — 

61. Richard, b. Oct. 4, 1728 ; d. Jan. 14, 1819 ; m. Mary (Jarman) Wells and Mary 

(Passmore) Booth. 

62. Sarah, b. Feb. 9, 1729-30 ; d. Dec. 30, 1S12 ; m. Ebenezer Howell. 

63. Margaret, b. Oct. 4, 1732 ; d. Oct. 6, 1822 ; m. Jonathan Davis. 

64. Susannah, b. Oct. 21, 1735 ; d. Apr. 12, 1810; m. Elnathan Davis. 

There are some traditions in this branch of the family, which, although 
not in harmony with the facts, will be noticed. 

Morris W. Blair, of Kossuth, Iowa, writes, Jan. 21, 1884, — "The date 
given of the marriage of Samuel Bond and Anne Sharpies, in the genealogy, 
is probably seven or eight years too late. They eloped at the respective 
ages of 'under 19, and turned 14,' going to New Jersey on horseback. 
The father, John Sharpies, followed, was too late for the ceremony, but 
good naturedly joined in the feast and took the children home. Within 
the year was born to them Richard Clayton Bond in Cecil Co., Md., to 
which place they removed shortly after marriage." 

The name of their eldest child is thus explained : Samuel Bond and 
Richard Clayton came from England in company, the latter being engaged 
to marry a sister of the former, but in his absence she died and the 
disconsolate lover, settling near his friend, remained a bachelor and made 
his namesake Richard C. Bond his heir. He planted walnuts brought from 
England, lumber from which made his cofifm ; also a " claw-footed table " 
and a " chest of drawers," which were given by her mother to Lydia Job; by 
her to her daughter, Anne Bruce ; by her to Lydia Smith, who on removing 
to Iowa, in 1857, could not bring them and left them with a step-daughter. 

Levi H. Bond of Milton Junction, Rock Co., Wisconsin^ born May 10, 
1801, writes — "I do remember distinctly of hearing my father frequendy 
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1 46 THE SHARPLESS FA MIL V. 

from England and setded on joining farms: Both observers of the Lord's 
Sabbath, as their posterity bearing the name of Bond does to day, with the 
exception of those who think more of gaining the world than Heaven." 

M. W. Blair also gives the tradition that the first Bond arrived at 
Philadelphia when but a single cabin stood there, its chimney topped out 
with a headless barrel, and that his name is said to have been Samuel. 

Allen Robinett, a purchaser of land in 1681 from William Penn, was 
living, with Margaret, his wife, in Upper Providence township early in 
1683. A warrant dated 2 mo. 28, 1701, directs the resurvey of 250 acres 
in Upper Providence to Samuel Robinett, son of Allen Robinett, and 
Richard Bond, son-in-law of Allen Robinett ; and it appears that a patent 
was granted for this land 4 mo. 30, 1702, to Samuel Robinett and Sarah 
Bond, for 335 acres. Randall Malin acknowledged a deed to Richard 
Bond, dated Dec. 22, 1696, for two acres of land in U. Providence, and the 
latter was constable for Upper Providence in 1697. The family may 
possibly have returned to England for a time, but Samuel Bond appears as 
a taxable in Upper Providence from 17 15 to 1724. In 1732 his mother 
was the wife of Joseph Carter, of Ridley, to whom she was probably 
married in 1708. Joseph Carter was disowned by Friends of Chester Mo. 
Mtg., 6 mo. 30, 1708, because he "hath actually married to one who doth 
not any wayes profess the truth with us," notwithstanding he had been 
precautioned two months ago. In 1732, Sarah Carter appointed her son 
Samuel Bond of Cecil Co., Md., her attorney to acknowledge two deeds 
for a tract of land called " Kinsly " in and about the forks of North East 
river in Maryland, which she and her husband had sold to Samuel Gilpin of 
Concord and Edward Taylor of Naaman's Creek. 

At Chester Mo. Mtg., 9 mo. 28, 1726, Ann Sharpies was complained 
of for marriage by a "priest" to Samuel Bond, who was not a member. 
For this she made an acknowledgment, which was accepted 5 mo. 31, 1727. 
She and her husband probably removed to Maryland soon after marriage, 
as he is not found among the taxables in Chester County after 1724; but 
it was not till 3 mo. 30, 1737, that a certificate was granted by Chester Mo. 
Mtg., transferring her membership to Nottingham. In the records of the 
latter meeting we find the following : 

Ann Bond informs this meeting in writing that she has dehberately, from a principle of 
duty, joined the 7th day Baptists ; we therefore release her from membership with us, desireing 
her welfare every way. Signed in and by direction of Nottingham Monthly Meeting of friends 
held ist Mo. 5th 1747. 

John Churchman, Clerk. 



LINE OF ANNi,/OHNK ' 
Morgan Edwards, in his account of the Seventh Day Baptists, says — 



147 



The third society of them is at Nottingham in Chester county =i= * * The meeting 
is kept sometimes at the house of Abigail Price in said Nottingham, but chiefly at the house of 
Samuel Bond in Cecil county, in the province of Maryland. The families to which Notting- 
ham is central are six, whereof 8 persons are baptized, viz. : Daniel Osborn, Joseph Osborn, 
Samuel Bond, Richard Bond, Richard Clayton, Abigail Price, Ann Bond, Mary Bond. Here 
a Yearly Meeting is kept on the last Sabbath in August. This was their state in 1770. They 
originated from the Keithians at Upper Providence, but having no minister among them, and 
lying wide one of another, they have not increased. 

By deed of Jan. 14, 1742, Samuel Bond purchased 200 acres of land 
from Richard Clayton, which the latter had obtained by patent from the 
Lord Proprietary of Maryland in 1728. The consideration was ^50, and 
the land is described as part of a larger tract lying on the west side of 
the little branch called " Batchelor's fun" (or fund), adjoining George 
Robinson's land, called " Doe Hill." This tract of land is also called 
Batchelor's fund in other records. Doe Hill is on Little North East Creek, 
directly east of Gilpin's Falls. Samuel Bond also purchased 100 acres, 
June 10, 1743, from John McFarland, for ^36, Pennsylvania money. This 
was patented to Edward Rumsey in 1703, under the name of " Rumseys 
Ramble," and is described as lying in the forks of North East River 
adjoining " Coxe's Park " and " Batchelor's Fund." 

The will of Samuel Bond of Milford hundred, Cecil County, Mary- 
land, is dated Oct. iS, 1776, and proven April 30, 1783, in which he gives 
to his wife, Ann, during life, the homestead and 100 acres, adjoining 
Augustine Passmore and Richard Clayton ; and at her death the same was 
to be the property of his grandson Samuel Bond: to son Richard the 
remainder of the land : to wife the clock and one-third of the personal 
estate, and the remainder to daughters Sarah Howell, Margaret Davis and 
Susannah Davis : wife and grandson, Samuel Bond, executors. Witnesses, 
Richard Clayton, Samuel Gilpin, Ann Smart, Margery Gilpin, Elnathan 
Davis, Elijah Cole. 

In 1785 Ann Bond leased the land devised to her by her husband, to 
her grandson Samuel Bond, for ^15 per annum, to be paid to the person 
whom the said Ann Bond should agree to live with. Her death occurred 
the following year in Cumberland Co., N. J., whither she had gone to visit 
her daughters. 

Samuel Bond, senior, is spoken of traditionally as a popular Justice of 
the Peace and quite an "oracle" in legal matters. 

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148 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

departed this life the 4th day of August in the year 17S1, supposed to be 
about 88 years of age." His will is dated July 8, 1781, and proven Aug. 
20, 1 78 1, in which he devised all the land he then lived upon to his well 
beloved friend Richard Bond senior, of Cecil County, whom he appointed 
executor : to Phebe Whitacre, ^10 : to Mary Becket, 40 shillings ; to John 
Baker, 50 shillings : to John Killey, /s : to Hannah Davis, /s, and my 
Bible : to Jonathan Jarman, ^^5 : to Margaret Davis, ^^5. His supposed 
age seems to identify him with the subject of the following record of the 
Orphans' Court of Chester County, under date of Nov. 29, 1705 : 

Richard Adams preferred a petition to this Court concerning y« Estate of Thomas 
Clayton, deceased : 

That whereas, Thomas Clayton, a bond servant unto your petitioner, about 6 years ago, 
■on his voyage from England unto this province, died at sea, leving behind him Elinor, a child 
of about y' age of seven years, and a boy of about five years of age named Richard, for 
which children's passage your petitioner paid in England and hath ever since mentained them 
with meat drink and apparrell. 

The Court having considered of Richard Adams' charge against y« two orphans, viz., 
Richard and Elinor Clayton, Dus allow Twent)- six pounds to Richard Adams, of Pennsylvania 
mony, for their passage & dyett in England and dyett on bord ship, dyet in Maryland, and 
bringing them up to Pennsylvania. 

17- Daniel Sharpies^ John^, b. at Ridley 12 mo. 24, 1710-11 ; d. 
at the same place (then Nether Providence) 8 mo. 17, 1775; m. 2 mo. 15, 
1736, at Springfield Meeting, to Sarah Coppock, b. 7 mo. 22, 171 2, d. 11 
mo. 30, 1797. Their children were — 

65. Thomas, b. S mo. 29, 173S ; d. , 1797 ; m. Martha Preston. 

66. Rebecca, b. 10 mo. 22, 1740; d. 2 mo. 3, 1796; m. John Eyre. 

67. Phebe, b. 6 mo. 11, 1744; d. 7 mo. 30, 1746. 

68. Abigail, b. 9 mo. 29, 1746 ; d. 10 mo. 5, iSiS; m. Solomon Mercer. 

69. Daniel, b. 4 mo. 12, 1751 ; d. 6 mo. 20, 1S16 ; m. Hannah Thomas and Sarah 

Reynolds. 

Among the first purchasers of land from William Penn were Barthol- 
omew Coppock of Saltney, in the "county palatine" of Chester, England, 
and Bartholomew Coppock of High Leigh, in the same county, both of 
whose deeds bear the same dates, March 21 and 22, 1681. One of this 
name was a witness to the will of John Worthington, executed on board 
the "Friendship of Liverpool," Jan. (11 mo.) 16, 16S4. Both setded in 
Springfield township, and their lands were laid out adjoining the line of 
Marple, the first named being to the eastward of the odier. He of High 
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LINE OF DANIELS, JOHN'. j .„ 

Daniel Williamson, and had three daughters, Mary, m. to Richard Wood- 
ward ; Deborah, m. to William West, an uncle of the celebrated painter 
Benjamin West, and Hannah, b. lo mo. 9, 16S4, who m. her cousin Robert 
Williamson. The father died in Springfield 2 mo. 8, 1720, and his son-in- 
law, West, to whom he had conveyed his land, died three days later. Dr. 
Smith {Hist. Del. Co.) represents that Springfield Meeting was first held 
at the house of this Bartholomew, but the meeting-house was certainly not 
built on his land. A warrant was granted 7 mo. 17, 1 701, to resurvey to 
Bartholomew Coppock, Jr., a tract of 400 acres in Springfield, formerly 
laid out for him and his " cousin " Bartholomew Coppock, senior. 

Bartholomew Coppock, of Saltney, was married 4 mo. 13, 167S, to 
Margaret Yarwood. Perhaps she was not his first wife, but she was at 
least the mother of Jonathan Coppock, b. 1680, who, in 1708, married Jane 
Owen, dau. of Dr. Griffith Owen of Philadelphia, and she after his death 
married John Scholler of Springfield, 7 mo. 9, 1719, and a third husband, 
Robert Taylor, 3 mo. 21, 1724. This Bartholomew also purchased, 2 mo. 
12, 16S7, from John Nickson (or Nixon), 300 acres in Marple, for ^28, 
Bartholomew Coppock, senior, being a witness to the deed. This was but 
about half a mile northward of his land in Springfield and it seems that he 
was living thereon at the time of his death, 12 mo. 20, 171S-19. It is 
likely that Jonathan occupied the Springfield tract, upon a part of which 
the meeting-house had been built, and which the executors of his father 
sold to John Scholler 2 mo. 15, 17 19, a few months prior to his marriage 
with the widow of Jonathan. 

Bartholomew Coppock, Jr., the only surviving child of Bartholomew 
and Margaret, succeeded his father in Marple. He m. 7 mo. 5, 1704, 
Rebecca Minshall, dau. of Thomas and Margaret Minshall, at whose house 
Providence Meeting was first held. She was b. 4 mo. i, 1685, and d. 5 
mo. 30, 1 70S. He then m. 3 mo. 10, 17 10, Phebe Massey, widow of 
Thomas, and dau. of Robert Taylor of Springfield. His mother died 7 mo., 
1735, and his second wife 12 mo. 27, 1749. His children were — 

Margaret, b. 4 mo. 21, 1706; m. Henry Camm, 4 mo. 5, 172S. 

Moses, b. 5 mo. 2, 170S. 

Rebecca, b. 5 mo. 14, 171 1 ; m. William Fell, 9 mo. S, 1744. 

Sarah, b. 7 mo. 22, 1712 ; m. Daniel Sharpies. 

Esther, b. 10 mo. 12, 1714; m. Seth Pancoast, 3 mo. 21, 1741. 

Martha, b. 11 mo. 2, 1716-17. 

Daniel Sharpies was appointed an overseer of Chester Mtg., 1 1 mo. 
28, 1757, in room of John Sharpies, released, and was succeeded by W^illiam 



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THE SHARPLESS FAMIL Y. 



Starr, 9 mo. 24, 1762 : again appointed 9 mo. 30, 1765, and succeeded by 
James Barton 9 mo. 23, 1768. In 1758 he became one of the trustees for 
Chester Meeting, and in 1759 was appointed a trustee for a school lot, in 
which stations he continued until his death. 

Sarah Sharpies was chosen overseer for Chester Mtg., 5 mo. 30, 1757, 
with Jane Bezer, instead of Elizabeth Sharpies: appointed with others, 4 mo. 
24, 1758, to visit families: appointed Elder 5 mo. 29, 1758, in addition to 
Grace Lloyd, for Chester Mtg.: succeeded by Elizabeth Sharpies, 6 mo. 
27, 1763, as overseer: appointed with others 9 mo. 23, 1763, to visit 
families. On 8 mo. 27, 1764, Elizabeth and Sarah Sharpies and Agnes 
Minshall are appointed to revise the women's minutes, and Sarah Sharpies 
to record them. Sarah Sharpies was chosen overseer with Elinor Harrison 
8 mo. 27, 1772, instead of Esther Hoskins : appointed with others i mo. 
-7' ^111 y to pay a general visit to all the families of this monthly meeting : 
appointed with others 12 mo. 29, 1777, to join men friends in discouraging 
" the too frequent use of Spirituous Liquors and visit those that keeps 
Houses of Publick entertainment:" appointed 3 mo. 30, 1778, to join the 
committee on reformation : succeeded by Hannah Sharpies as overseer 4 
mo. 26, 17S6: with others appointed 11 mo. 27, 1786, to visit the prepara- 
tive meetings, and 11 mo. 28, 1790, to visit families. 

A lease, dated 25th of March (New Year's Day in Old Style), 1736, 
but never executed, between John Sharpies, of Ridley, yeoman, of the one 
part, and Daniel Sharpies, his son, of the same place, Joyner, of the other 
part, was intended to give to the latter the possession of all the lands of 
the father for twenty-one years, at a rent of £b per annum ; and allowing 
to his father "good and sufficient meat & drink, and one good Riding 
horse, and Good sufficient fire wood, Ready brought into the yard, for one 
fire." The father reserved " the Lower Room on y^ west end of the Dwelling 
house," "Two Beds and furniture, one press, one Chest of Drawers, one 
Silver Tankard, one box, one Cask of Sugar, one Cask of nails, and some 
other small things." 

Daniel Sharpies inherited the homestead by the will of his father, 
together with about 25S acres of land, to which he added about 40^^ acres 
by purchase from Nathan Vernon in 176S. William Starr, who appears to 
have bought or built a mill on Ridley Creek, obtained from John Sharpies 
2 mo. 12, 1768, the "Privilege of drowning a part of my Land on the 
southerly side of Ridley Creek with the water of William Starr's Mill 
Dam," and of keeping the water up to a mark on a certain rock for the 
sum of ^3. Daniel Sharpies was also interested in this matter and on 



LINE OF DANIEL3, JOHN^. jcj 

Jan. 13, 1769, conveyed to Starr the right to keep the dam up to a certain 
height for the sum of ^16, according to an award of William Parker, 
Henry Hale Graham and John Morton, dated Dec. 6, 176S. 

At a Court held May 26, 1767 : 

Daniel Sharpless of Nether Providence came here into Court and did Acknowledge him- 
self to be indebted to our Lord the King in the sum of thirty pounds, to be levied on his goods 
& Chatties, Lands and Tenements, On condition that he the said Daniel Sharpless do secure 
and Indemnify the Township of Nether Providence from any charge or Incumbrance that may 
be brought upon the same in case Phillis Meneneau, alias Hazard, (a slave he lately set free,) by 
sickness or otherivise be rendered Incapable to support herself. 

John Minshall entered into a similar recognizance Aug. 26, 1766, on 
account of having set free Oram Hazard. " Orum Hazard, alias Negro 
Hazard of the Township of Middletown * ''^ * and Philis Meneanu, 
alias Malatoe Philis, of the Township of Nether Providence, having set up 
papers, signed by John Fairlamb," were married Nov. 9, 1765, at John 
Fairlamb's house in Middletown. Deed Book O, p. 284, Chester Co. 

John Minshall kept a few slaves, which his brother Moses (being a sea captain and trading 
to the West India Islands,) brought him. On one occasion he found an African which the 
owner was willing to dispose of in consequence of his being quite sickly, but it ^^'as thought a 
hazard to buy him : he however brought him to Pennsylvania, where he recovered his health. 
His African name was Oram, to which was added the name of Hazard, and Oram Hazard 
became Jiis name ever after. He proved to be a very worthy man and after serving some time 
was liberated. He married and settled on the farm of his master, and was known as one who 
was quite successful in raising good tobacco. His children were Joel, Jane, Mary, Phebe and 
Eli. — Minshall Painter's Reminiscences. 



Oram Hazard received a legacy of _^io from Richard Blackham, of 
Philadelphia, who married a cousin of John Minshall. His own will was 
dated Dec. 24, 1796, of which he appointed Ambrose Smedley executor. 
Thomas Hazard, Esq., of Thornbury, who is probably the first colored 
Justice of the Peace in Pennsylvania, is doubtless a descendant from Oram 
Hazard. 

In 1764 Daniel Sharpies was assessed in Nether Providence v>'ith 4 
acres of marsh in grass, 49 acres woodland in Chester, iSo acres of land 
with the buildings, 34 acres uncultivated land, 6 horses, 7 cattle and 7 
sheep ; one negro girl and one saw-mill. 

The will of Daniel Sharpies of Nether Providence, yeoman, was dated 



1 5 2 THE SHARP LESS FA MIL \ : 

7 mo. 29, 177-, and proven Sept. 7, 1775, of which the following is an 
abstract : 

To wife, Sarah, /200, within twelve months, a bed and furniture with 
three changes of sheetes and Pillow Ceases, that stands in my lodging- Room 
and all other furniture in the room except the desk : also two silver spoons, 
three pewter dishes, one of the best cows, bay riding horse, saddle and 
bridle, use of best bed in room over my lodging room, with six chairs and 
all other furniture in that room during life, with various other privileges 
and a maintenance : 

To son Daniel the desk, and after his mother's death the furniture in 
the upper room : 

To son Thomas a lot in Chester borough on High Street, 40 x 120 ft., 
bought of Stephen Cole, with the building erected since ; also another lot 
of the same size and 24 square feet purchased of Henry Piatt ; also 48 
acres which my father bought of Caleb Pusey and devised to me, in Chester 
borough ; also two silver table spoons, a note of his for £\o, dated 10 mo. 
31, 1765, but the note of ^64, dated i mo. 4, 1772, he is to pay to his 
mother as part of her legacy ; also best riding saddel and half my carpenter's 
and joyner's tools : 

To son Daniel, subject to his mother's privileges, the land my father 
devised to me on the north side of Ridley Creek, in Nether Providence, 
about 200 acres, and about 40 acres I bought of Nathan Vernon, in the 
same township ; with the marsh and upland in Ridley, bought of Peter 
Dicks — about 8 acres, — in all near 250 acres ; also all the stock of horses, 
cattle, sheep and swine, except as hereafter excepted, with the implements 
of husbandry and the other half of my carpenter's and joyner's tools. 
"Itam, I order and appint my son Daniel Sharpless to pay the Recognizance 
of Thirty Pounds of Indamnification that I entered into at the County Court 
of Chester, on account of setting free my Negroe woman, Filles, when 
ever the same appears Requiset, agreeable to the Tanor of the said 
Recognizance." " Itam, I Give and Bequeath to my son Daniel Sharpless 
the following Household goods or Furniture, viz. : one silver Tankard, the 
Clock and the largest brass Ketde," &c : 

To dau. Rebeckah Eyre £,\^o: 

To dau. Abigail, ^200, with the beds and bedding called hers, and one 
good cow : 

Residue to wife and four children. 

Executors, sons Thomas and Daniel. 

Witnesses, Wm. Swaffer, Isaac Weaver, Roger Dicks. 



LINE OF LYDIA3, MARY 3, rAMES-\ 

i8. Lydia Sharpies^ "the Daughter of Y Above said James 
Sharpies, was born at neither providence y^ twetieth day of y^ twelveth 
month, which was y^ fourth day of y« week, 1701 " (1700-1) : d. 1 1 mo. 20, 
1760. She was married 10 mo. 14, 1726, at Providence Mtg., to 
Abraham Vernon (not Aaron, as in edition of 1S16), b. 5 mo. 5, 
1706 ; son of Jacob and Ann Vernon of Thornbury township, Chester Co., 
Pa. They had children, — 

70. Joseph, who probably died young. 

71. Abraham, and perhaps others, of whom nothing further is known. 

Abraham Vernon, of Thornbury, died intestate and letters of adminis- 
tration were granted to his widow, May 2, 1749. The inventory amounted 
to^2io:6: i, and the accounts, filed Nov. 26, 1757, show disbursements 
amounting to ^245 : 16 : 5, to persons who do not appear to have been 
heirs. Lydia Vernon, widow of Abraham, was m. 7 mo. 3, 1758, at 
Concord Mtg., to Jacob Way of Kennet township, Chester County. 

Jacob Vernon, son of Randall and Sarah Vernon, from Sandyway, 
Cheshire, Eng., was married 5 mo. 1701, to Ann Yearsley, dau. of John and 
Elizabeth Yearsley, from Middlewich, Cheshire, Eng., and had several 
children. 



19- Mary Sharpies-^, "the Daughter of y"^ Above Said James 
Sharpies, was born at neither providence y^ twentith Seventh day of y^ 
Seckond month, & hit was the Seckond day of y'^ week, 1 702 ; " d. in 
Goshen township, Chester Co., about 1780; m. 2 mo. 25, 1722, at 
Providence Mtg., to Joseph Garrett, b. in Darby 2 mo. 25, 1701, d. in 
Goshen about 1770. Their children were — 



Joshua, mentioned in edition of 1S16 : nothing further known. 

Caleb, ditto. 

Sarah, married Thomas White ; d. 3 mo. 10, 1791. 

James, d. 12 mo. 25, 1793, unmarried. 

Jonathan, married Hannah Brinton; d. iSoi. 

Mary, married Joseph Eldridge. 

Esther, mentioned in edition of 181 6 : nothing further known. 

Jane, married Josiah Haines. 

Joseph, b. 3 mo. 12, 1743; d. 10 mo. i, 1792 ; m. Charity Collins 

Abraham, married Mary Taylor; d. about 1S06. 



154 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

An old bible, printed 1634, in possession of the late Nathan Garrett, 
of Upper Darby, contains the following record : 

John garat borne the second day ofebruari 1635 and baptised the seaventh. 

Elizabeth garat was borne the 10 day Januari 1637 [by some thought to be 1631] and 

baptised forteanth. 
Dorothe garat was borne the 30 day of aprill 1640 baptised the third of may. 
Mari garat was baptised the fiftenth of may 1642. 

William garat borne 21 of august and baptised the third of September 1643. 
Catren garatt Baptised may 26 In the yeare of our lord god 1646. 

Thomas 
Garrat the 
Sonne of 
John Garratt his booke John Garratt 

god give him grace there on to and Mary his 

look. wife was 

baptised 
in May the 17 
1649. 
Ann Garratt wife of William 
Garat was born the 19 of March in the yeare 1642. 

One Thomas Garrat married Ellin Raworth, 4 mo. 1672, and lived at 
Baulderton, Nottinghamshire, Eng., where the following children were 
born: Thomas, 3 mo. 26, 1674; Sarah, 1675; Mary, 1677; Timothy, 1678; 
Mary, 1679; John and Dorothy, 1680; Thomas, 1682. He was doubdess 
the son of John and Mary Garrat, and the same Thomas who emigrated in 
1684 with Robert Pennell (see p. 87). In the records of Darby Meeting, 
Penna., we find the death of Thomas Garrett, 12 mo. i, 16S4, and of Ellen 
Garrett, 10 mo. 7, 1702. 



\A/illia.m Garratt', son of John and Mary, was married 2 mo. 19, 
1668, to Ann Kirke, and resided at Harby in the county of Leicester, Eng., 
from 1672 till 1684. He had the following children : 

Anne, b. 12 mo. 4, 1668, at " Hosse " ; buried 9 mo. 10, 1672. 

Mary, b. 9 mo. 1670, at "Hose"; d. 11 mo. 16, 1703; m. Abel Noble. 

Samuel, b. 5 mo. 7, 1672, at Harby; d. i mo. 4, 1743-4; m. Jane Pennell. 

Hannah, b. 4 mo. 23, 1674 ; m. George Emlen and William Tidmarsh. 

Sarah, b. 4 mo. 23, 1676 ; m. Randall Cro.xson. 

Alee, b. 4 mo. 24, 1678 ; m. Joseph Pennell. 

William, b. 2 mo. 4, 1679; d. i mo. 5, 1726-7 ; m. Mary Smith. 

Thomas, b. 11 mo. 1681; d. 12 mo. 1716-17; m. Rebecca Vernon. 

John, b. I mo. 22, 16S5-6, in Penna. ; d. 8 mo. 21, 1713, unmarried. 



LINE OF MARY3, JAMES'-. j._ 

William Garratt and Samuel Levis, both of Harby, purchased looo 
acres of land in Penna., by deeds of lease and release, Aug. 9 and 10, 16S4, 
and having obtained a certificate of membership from Friends at Harby, 
dated 5 mo. 20, 16S4, they came over the same year. William settled in 
Upper Darby and was a serviceable member of the meeting for about 
thirty-seven years, after which he removed to Philadelphia. His wife died 
(or was buried) 2 mo. 7, 1721, and he in 1724. 



Samuel Garratt^ son of William and Ann, was married in 1698 
to Jane Pennell, dau. of Robert and Hannah of Middletown, and remained 
on the homestead in Darby. They had children as follows : 

Mary, b. 4 mo. 7, 1699 ; m. Thomas Oldman and Obadiah Eldridge. 

Joseph, b. 2 mo. 25, 1701 ; d. about 1770; m. Mary Sharpies. 

Hannah, b. 7 mo. 17, 1704 ; m. WilHam Lewis. 

Samuel, b. 10 mo. 20, 1706 ; d. i mo. 19, 1707. 

Samuel, b. 8 mo. 22, 1708 ; d. i mo. 29, 1747 ; m. Sarah Hibberd. 

Nathan, b. 12 mo. 13, 171 1 ; d. 9 mo. 16, 1802 ; m. Ann Knowles. 

James, b. 4 mo. 17, 1714; d. 6 mo. 13, 1736. 

Thomas, b. 10 mo. 26, 1717 ; d. i mo. 16, 1747-S ; m. Rebecca Sykes. 

Jane, b. 4 mo. 20, 1719 ; m. Jacob Hibberd. 



Joseph Garrett^ took a certificate from Darby Mo. Mtg., dated 5 
mo. 4, 1722, which, with one for his wife from Chester, was presented to 
Goshen Mo. Mtg., 6 mo. 3, 1722. Their residence was a short distance 
northeasterly from Goshen Meeting, of which he was appointed an overseer 
I mo. 12, 1732-3, in place of Isaac Malin. He was succeeded by John 
Holland, 12 mo. 16, 1735-6. Mary Garrett was appointed an overseer, 3 
mo. 16, 1743, instead of Hannah Ashbridge, and was succeeded, 7 mo. 10, 
1 744, by her sister-in-law, Sarah Garrett. The will of Joseph Garrett of 
Goshen was dated 5 mo. i, 1769, and proven Aug. 30, 1770, of which he 
appointed his sons James and Joseph e.xecutors. To his wife he gave a 
home and maintenance Avith "all the legacy left to her by her mother," &c. : 
to son James a tract of land purchased of Robert Williams : to son Jonathan 
the tract bought of Stephen Beakes, with part of the homestead, in all 140 
acres: to son Joseph the remainder of the homestead, he paying £100 to 
his brother Abraham, and to have the 8 day clock ; to son Abraham ^^300 
more : to dau. Sarah White, ^^50: to dau. Jane Haines, ;^ioo: to gr. son 
Joseph Eldridge, £2^ at 21. 



156 



THE SHARPLESS FAMIL V. 



The will of Mary Garrett, dated 4 mo. 22, 1773, proved June 10, 1780, 
gives to dau. Sarah White a case of drawers, looking-glass, ^^5, &c. : to 
sister Esther Gorman some clothing and a warming pan : to son Jonathan 
his father's watch and £s '■ to gr. son Joseph Eldridge, ^^5 : to gr. dau. 
Jane Haines 5 shillings : sons James and Abraham residuary legatees. 

In 1764 Joseph Garrett was assessed in Goshen with 220 acres and 
buildings, worth ^35, per annum, 280 acres of woodland, at ^7, per 100, 
7 horses, 8 cattle and 12 sheep. He was a weaver by trade. In the in- 
ventory of his estate, g mo. 24, 1770, consisting of four pages, not summed 
up, the following items are mentioned : 

Bonds, Bills and their amount at simple interest 
Cash in the house .... 

Book debts ..... 
One bed and furniture 
Eleven silver spoons .... 



. ^848: 


11 


II 


44 


6 


2 


70 


19 


5 


20 








1 1 


10 






20. James Sharpies^ " y^ Son of y^ Above Said James Sharpies, 
was born at neither providence y'^ fifth day of y^ ninth month, & it was 
ye Sixth day of y^ weeke, 1703 ;" d. in N. P., 1775 ; m. 4 mo. 12, 1729, at 
Springfield Mtg., to Elizabeth Taylor, b. 4 mo. 9, 1705: dau of Isaac and 
Sarah Taylor of Springfield. Their children, as mentioned in the edition 
of 1S16, were — 



82. Sarah, married to Nathan Dicks, d. about 1759. 
S3. Isaac, not further mentioned. 

84. Mary, ditto. 

85. Lydia, ditto. 
Rebecca, married Leonard Helm. 

James, m. Ann Wilson, and probably died before his father. 
Joshua, m. Susanna Brogden : d. iSii. 
Job, not further mentioned. 
Nathaniel, m. Elizabeth Wilkinson ; d. 6 mo. 9, 1789. 



Robert Taylor', of Little Leigh, Cheshire, Eng., is supposed to 
have come over in 1682, but his wife, Mary (Hayes — possibly his second 
wife), and children arrived on the " Endeavour" of London, 7 mo. 29, 1683. 
They settled in Springfield township, where Robert died in 1695, and his 
widow married Joseph Selby in 1701. His children were Isaac, Josiah (m. 
Elizabeth Pennell and Sarah ), Mary (m. Henry Lewis), Phebe (m. 



LINE 0FJAMES3, JAMES'. i^- 

in 1692 to Thomas Massey, and in 17 10 to Bartholomew Coppock), 
Thomas (m. Hannah Howell), Jonathan, Jacob and Martha, of whom at 
least four were by his wife, Mary Hayes. 

Isaac Taylor, the eldest son, was m. 9 mo. 4, 16S9, '" Cheltenham, 
Philadelphia Co., to Sarah Broadwell, who, with her mother, Mary, and 
sister Mary, arrived on the " Unicorne " of Bristol, 10 mo. 16, 16S5. They 
settled on land given to him by his father, in Springfield, where Isaac died 
in 1 716. His children were — 

Isaac, b. 6 mo. 28, 1690 ; m. Sarah Smith. 

John, b. 7 mo. 27, 1692 ; m. Elizabeth (Hall?) 

Joseph, b. 1 1 mo. 11, 1694; m. Mary Maris. 

Mary, b. 10 mo. 21, 1697 ; m. Job Thomas. 

Benjamin, b. 7 mo. 18, 17CXD. 

Sarah, b. i mo. 9, 1703; m. Thomas Massey, first cousin. 

Elizabeth, b. 4 mo. 9, 1705; m. James Sharpies. 

Josiah, b. 4 mo. 7, 1708 ; m. Jane Stewart. (Ancestor of Bayard Taylor.) 

James Sharples3 was, for several years prior to his death, a trustee of 
Providence Meeting, but does not appear to have taken an active part in 
the affairs of the Society. On 4 mo. 26, 1756, a complaint was made 
against him for refusing to refer to arbitrators a matter in dispute with Joel 
Willis, but a committee subsequently reported that Joel had no right to 
complain of James Sharpies, " for that he had broke no part of his 
engagement." 

James Sharpies- of Lower Providence, yeoman, and Mary, his wife, 
in consideration of the sum of five shillings and natural affection, conveyed 
to their son James, 162 acres of the N. E. part of their land, Aug. 6, 1729. 
This was bounded on the South, except for a short distance, by the old 
Philadelphia road. On Sept. 9, 1 748, Mary Sharpies, widow, conveyed by 
deed of gift, to her son James, 40 acres additional on the south side of the 
road, from Crum Creek westward. 

In 1764 James Sharples3 was assessed in Nether Providence with 160 
acres and buildings, worth £\^ per annum ; 40 acres of uncultivated land, 
at £(i per 100 ; ^^3 per annum, ground rent ; 3 horses, 3 cows and 3 sheep. 
His ta.x amounted to ^i : 6, and he was appointed to collect the tax for 
that year. On Oct. 16, 1766, he and Elizabeth his wife conveyed to John 
Hinkson of N. Providence, yeoman, the 40 acres on the south side of the 
Philadelphia road, and on Mar. 13, 1770, they sold to Elisha Jones, of 
Springfield, yeoman, one acre and twelve perches, on the north side of the 
road at Crum Creek bridge. 



1 58 THE SHARPLESS FA MIL } '. 

Elizabeth Sharpies was chosen overseer of Providence Meeting, 8 mo. 
28, 1 75 1, instead of Judith Broom, and was succeeded by Ann Vernon, 3 
mo. 24, 1755. She was living in 1775, but the date of her death is unknown. 

The will of James Sharpies was dated Feb. iS, 1775. and proven June 
19, 1775. The following is a synopsis : To wife, Elizabeth, during life, the 
profits of the lease to James Crozer — £'^ per annum, half the dwelling 
house and a maintenance, two feather beds and their furniture, six black 
walnut "Cheers," case of drawers, oval table, all my pewter marked 
"E. T."; two brass ketdes and two iron pots: To grandson James 
Sharpies, son of James, _;^5, at 21 ; to be paid by son Nathaniel : To son 
Joshua one English Shilling: "And as for my daughter Rebecca and my 
Granddaughters, Elizabeth Sharpies, Mary Richards, Sarah and Abigail 
Dicks, I do not see cause to give anything but love and good will :" To 
son Nathaniel the homestead, about 161 acres, subject to his mother's 
privileges and maintenance, and he to pay his nephew, James, ^5 ; also to 
son Nathaniel the profits of the above lease after his mother's death, with 
my horse, mare and colt, and cow, and residue of estate ; he paying all 
debts, &c. Wife and son Nathaniel, executors. Witnesses, James Crozer, 
Joseph Gibbons, Jun'', and Caleb Davis. 

The inventory of personal estate, Sept. 15, 1775, by James Crozer 
and Caleb Davis, amounted to ^125 : i : 7. 



21. Rachel Sharpies^, "y^ Daughter of y= above Said James 
Sharpies, was born at neither Providence y^ ninth day of y^ fifth month, 
and it was y^ Sixth day of y^ weeke, 170S," and was married 8 mo. 17, 
1728, at Providence Mtg., to Thomas Dell, of Ridley, where they 
settled. She died at the age of about 30 years. Their children are said 
to have been six in number (ist ed.) but only the following are named : 

gi. Abraham, probably died young. 

92. Sarah, married Isaac Weaver : died in her S2d year. 

93. Mary, b. 7 mo. 16, 1734 ; d. 10 mo. 5, iSoi ; m. William Pennell. 

94. Lydia, probabl)' died j-oung. 



Thomas Dell', of Upton, Co. Bucks, Eng., j-eoman, born 12 mo. 
22, 1665-6, son of Thomas and Elizabeth of that place, Avas married at 
Reading, Co. Berks. 3 mo. 22, 1691, to Mary Eldershaw of Reading, 



LINE OF EA CHEL J, JAMES^ 



59 



spinster, dau. of Edward and Mary Eldershaw of Southwark in Surrey. 
Their children were — 

Mary, b 5 1110. 31, 1695 ; died unmarried, after 1720. 
Elizabeth, b. 6 mo. i, 1697 ! ^- I743 I '"'''• William Swayne. 
Sarah, b. 6 mo. 11, 1699 ; d. 7 mo. 27, 1714 (or 1715), immarried. 
Thomas, b. 9 mo. 29, 1701 ; d. about 174S ; m. Rachel Sharpies. 
Edward, b. 2 mo. 24, 1704 ; d. 5 mo. 20, 1704. 

Thomas Dell, "Late of Reading in Barkshire in Old England produced 
a certificate to the Satisfaction of this meeting," 10 mo. 27, 1708. By deed 
of Feb. 9, 1709, he obtained from John Faucit a "Stone messuage or 
Tenement where y^ s<i Thomas Dell now Inhabits, with y« Two Tracts or 
parcels of Land and Tenements thereunto belonging," containing 260 
acres, in Ridley, for £l"]^. One of these tracts, being 200 acres, was the 
remainder of Thomas Nossiter's land, of which John Sharpies' bought the 
other half, and this had been sold to Walter Faucit, the father of John, in 
16S4. 

Thomas and Mary Dell were active members of Chester Preparative 
and Monthly Meetings, she being for many years clerk of the women's 
meeting. The women first began to keep separate minutes in 1695, ^"^^ 
in 1 71 2, the meeting directed "Agnes Salkeld to pay Mary Dell four pound 
for new transcribing of the ould booke into y^ new one, out of the 
monthly meeting stock." The new book, bought of Francis Knowles, of 
Philadelphia, 3 mo. 28, 171 1, for fifteen shillings, is now in possession of 
Sarah L. Miller, of Media, Pa. 

On 8 mo. 25, 1742, "The Representatives of Chester Meeting 
acquainted this meeting that there is some Differance depending between 
John Crosby and Thomas Dell because the said John Crosby and Peter 
Dicks, haveing built a forge on Crum crick, y^ damm whereof overflows 
some part of y'= said Dell's land, the Damage of which they have not yet 
been capable to setde, neither by themselves nor by some assistance they 
have had ; y'^ said Thomas Dell haveing insisted to have a certain sum of 
money yearly or to have the dam Pull'd down." A committee appointed 
by the meeting afterward awarded Thomas Dell _;^5 per annum, to which 
the others agreed, but it is not clear what was the result. 

Thomas Dell died 6 mo. 15, 1750, aged 84, and his widow, Mary Dell, 
9 mo. II, 1 75 1, aged Si. 

By deed of 2 mo. 13, 173I; Thomas Dell of Ridley, yeoman, and 
Mary, his wife, gave to their son, Thomas Dell, two tracts of land in 



l6o THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

Ridley, containing togetlier 157 acres, being part of tlie 260 acres already 
mentioned. Thomas Dell, senior, by will, S mo. 31, 1749, devised the 
messuage where he lived and about loS acres to grandsons, Thomas and 
Samuel Swayne, for twenty-five years, and then to the two daughters, Sarah 
and Mary, of his son Thomas, deceased. 

Thomas Dell, Jr., died intestate, and letters of administration were 
granted May 2, 1748, to Joseph Garrett. An inventory of his personalty 
made 3 mo. 5, 1 748, by Caleb Harrison and Moses Vernon, amounted to 
^193 : o : 3. By proceedings in the Orphans' Court it appears that beside 
the property in Ridley, he was possessed of a. messuage and 265 acres in 
Fallowfield township. On petition of his daughters, Sarah and Mary, the 
Court appointed John Sharpies and Robert Squibb to be their guardians. 



22. Sarah Sharpies^, " y^ Daughter of y« Above Said James 
Sharpies, was born at neither Providence y^ twenty Seventh day of y^ First 
month, & it was y<= seckond day of y^ week, 1710 ; died about 1800 ; married 

I mo. 21, 1733-4, at Providence Mtg., to Edward Woodward, 

Jr., of Middletown, born 10 mo. 28, 1707 ; died 1746. Their children were : 



Mary, married Samuel Crosley : d. 6 mo. i, 1S23. 

Abigail, b. 6 mo. 29, 173S; d. 11 mo. 10, 1S15 ; m. Vincent Gilpin. 

Lydia, married Porter. 

Hannah, married Jonathan Dawes. 

Edward, married Mary (Engle) James ; d. 10 mo. 7, 1S05. 



Edward Woodward, Jr., was appointed an overseer of Providence 
Meeting, 2 mo. 28, 1746, in room of Mordecai Taylor, and was succeeded 
by Nathan Taylor, 10 mo. 29, 1746. His widow was married 4 mo. 9, 1760, 
at Providence Mtg., to George Gilpin of Birmingham township, widower 
and took a certificate to Concord Mo. Mtg. for herself and children, Lydia 
and Edward, dated 10 mo. 27, 1760. Her second husband was buried 10 
mo. 17, 1773, and she received a certificate from Concord to Chester, dated 
8 mo. 3, 1774. 

Richard Woodward', with Jane, his wife, settled in Thornbury 
township, where he purchased 230 acres of land from John Simcock, by 
deed of i mo. 6, 1687. I" 1698 he conveyed this land to his sons, Richard 
and Edward, and removed to a purchase of 250 acres in Middletown, where 
he died 10 mo. 7, 1706, aged about 70 years. His widow was alive in 171 5. 



LINE OF DA VID3, JAMES=. 1 5 j 

Edward Woodward^ received a deed from his father Dec. 10, 1698, for 
100 acres in Thornbury, to which he added 100 acres by jDurchase from 
John Simcock, 12 mo 23, 1702-3; all of which he sold May 30, 1704, to 
Philip Taylor, and on the same date purchased from Thomas Taylor, brother 
to Philip, 200 acres in the southern part of Middletown, which was then his 
residence. He was married 3 mo. 24, 1705, to Abigail Edge, dau. of John 
and Jane, of Providence. She died 9 mo. 27, 1716, leaving five children : 

Margaret, b. 12 mo. 22, 1705; m. Aaron Vernon of Providence. 

Edward, b. 10 mo. 28, 1707; m. Sarah Sharpies. 

Abigail, b. 5 mo. 24, 1710 ; m. Moses Vernon, bro. of Aaron. 

Mary, b. 6 mo. 25, 1712 ; probably died unmarried. 

Hannah, b. 5 mo. 2, 1715 ; m. William Hunter of Newtown. 

Edward Woodward, senior, married again 3 mo. 23, 1722, Alice Allen, 
widow, dau. of George and Sarah Smedley, by whom he had a son George, 
who died unmarried, and a dau. Jane, who married Nathaniel NeM'lin. 
About ) 734 they removed to Newtown township, where he married a third 
time, 4 mo. 15, 1743, Elizabeth, widow of Peter Taylor of Providence. He 
died in Newtown, 1754. 

Edward Woodward, Jr., received a deed of gift from his father, dated 
Dec. 30, 1741, for the homestead in Middletown. He died intestate and 
administration was granted to Sarah, his widow, Oct. 18, 1746. An 
inventory of his estate, by Caleb Harrison and John Martin, amounted to 
^■709 : 4, beside the 200 acres of land. The widow filed her accounts Mar. 
1 5, 1 747-8, and at the same time petitioned for guardians for her five 
children, upon which Abram Vernon and John Fairlamb were appointed. 
Her will was dated Feb. 12, 1793, and proven Feb. 16, iSoo, in which she 
gave her daughter Lydia Porter ^5, and to her grand son, Edward 
Woodward, her eight-day clock, &c., <S:c. 

24. David Sharpies^, James^, b. 4 mo. 24, 1715, in Nether Provi- 
dence, m. Priscilla Powell, dau. of Joseph Powell of Marple, and settled on 
a farm in Providence. They had six children : 

100. Mary, 
loi. Esther. 

102. Ann, married to John Andrews Dec. i8, 1766 (St. Michael's and Zion Ch.urch 

record). No further information obtained. 

103. David, married to Sarah Moore. 

104. Jesse, married to . 

105. Lydia. 



1 62 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

In the edition of iSi6, the marriage of David Sharpies and the names 
of his children are given, but nothing further, and their history is rather 
obscure. He was complained of by Providence Meeting, 6 mo. 25, 1740, 
for marriage by a "priest," as ministers of other denominations were then 
styled by Friends ; and having been precautioned he was disowned, S mo. 
27, 1740, for this offence. No further information has been obtained 
respecting his -wife's parentage, though there is little doubt that she was of 
the family of Thomas Powell, who came from the "Lordship of 
Rudheith" in Cheshire, Eng., in 1682. The family settled in Upper 
Providence and were Friends, but through the influence of George Keith 
became Episcopalians. Thomas died in 17 14, leaving a second wife, Anna> 
and sons John, Joseph and Thomas. One Joseph Powell of Nether 
Providence made his will May 2, 1752, of which he appointed his wife 
Katharine and John Sharpies, executors. He does not mention any 
daughter, Priscilla. Joseph Powell of Marple died about 1775, leaving 
several children and grandchildren, but there is no mention of a Priscilla 
among them. 

Mary Sharpies, widow of James, by deed of gift, dated Dec. 20, 1748, 
conveyed to her son David Sharpies, yeoman, 102 acres in Nether 
Providence, adjoining land of Joseph Powell, James Sharpies and others. 
David Sharpies of Nether Providence, yeoman, and Priscilla, his wife, 
conveyed this land April 25, 1759, to Peter Dicks, for £2'5,o : 10. This is 
the last that has been noticed of David Sharpies. 

An inventory of the estate of Priscilla Sharpies, late of Darby 
township, widow, was made Feb. 25, 1782, by Robert Pennell and James 
Pennell, containing the followincr items : 



Apparel ..... 






£2 


iS 


3 


Cash in bills of credit of the States of Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware 








& Continental money ...... 


39 


4 


6 


Cash due on bond, bill, note, &c.. Interest Included 






357 


5 


8 


Book debts ..... 






17 


13 


3 


4 yards of Cloth @ 17-6 ^ . 








10 





I Book 









I 





I Long wheel ..... 








7 


6 


I Littel wheel ..... 






: 





6 



p{:42l : o : S 

There is no record of the granting of letters of administration, yet 
Daniel Young filed an account Mar. 13, 17S4, as administrator of the estate 



LINE OF ESTHERS, JAMES^ 



of his mother-in-law, Priscilla Sharpies, of Darby. This shows a total of 
receipts of /43S ; 13 : 6, disposed of, in part, as follows: 

By Cash paid Nathan Pearson for a Cotfin . . . 4:0:0 

By nursing the Deceased in lier last Illness & funeral Expences paid Geo 

Husticler f>, Rec' .... 
By Cash paid Samuel Taylor (Funeral E.xpences) ^ Rec' 
By Cash paid Isaac Brooks for digging a Grave 
By Cash paid Jn° Pearson, Esq., for drawing her will 
By Drawback from appraisement in Rudolph's account 
By Cash paid Register's Fees, 17-6, & a Caveat against y 
By drawback in appraisment In Gorman's bill of sale 
By Paper Currency appraised 

By Balance due Dan' Young in account with David Sharpli 
By do. in account with Priscilla Sharpies . 
By Cash paid Samuel Taylor In part of his share . 
By Cash paid Geo : Husticler, ditto 
By Cash paid Ann Andrews, ditto 
By Effects Delivered Samuel Taylor, ditto 
By Effects Delivered Geo : Husticler, ditto 
By Effects in Daniel Young's hands, ditto 



IS 



The accounts showed a balance in hand of /154 
Daniel Young made his mark. 

The evidence here presented is to the effect 
George Husticler and Samuel Taylor had married 
Sharpies, but the names of their respective wives are unknown, 
anything further known of the husbands or wives. 



19 : 6 
6, to all of which 



that Daniel Young, 

daughters of David 

Neither is 



25. Esther Sharpies-', James-, b in Nether Providence, was married 
3 mo. 18, 173S, at Providence Mtg., to Mordecai Taylor, b. 12 mo. 7, 
1 713; d. 1747; son of Peter and Elizabeth (Jarman) Taylor of Upper 
Providence. They had two children — 

106. Mary, m. to Jacob Dunn; d. 12 mo. 28, 1S36. 

107. Sarah, m. to William Robinson; d. 2 mo. 12, 1S18. 

Esther married a second husband, Richard Gorman, of Providence, 
and had issue — 



Esther, b. i mo. 29, 1750; d. 1S3S, unmarried. 

James, b. 9 mo. 15, 1751 ; d. 1S35, unmarried. 

Enoch, b. 12 rao. 27, 1752 ; d. 1S37; m. Martha Thomson. 

Rachel, b. u mo. 25, 1754; d. 1S33, unmarried. 

Lydia, b. 9 mo. 27, 1760; d. 2 mo. 25, 1S51 ; m. Alexander Dowell. 

Hannah, b. 3 mo. 19, 1763 ; d. 1S53, unmarried. 



I 64 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

William Taylor' and his brother, Peter, came from Sutton in 
Cheshire, Eng., 16S2, and setded in Upper Providence, where they took up 
350 acres each, in right of their purchase of 1250 acres before leaving 
England. A part of each tract is now included in the town of Media. 
Margaret Taylor, Avife of William, d. r mo. 3, 16S2-3, and her husband 
three days later, leaving three children, Joseph, Mary, who m. Samuel 
Robinett (son of Allen), and Elizabeth, who m. John Powell (son of 
Thomas). 

Peter Taylor' was married in 16S5, to Sarah, dau. of John 
Houlston, by whom he had five children, Peter, b. 3 mo. 20, 16S6; John, 
b. 12 mo. 1, 1687 ; Sarah, b. 5 mo. 6, 1690, m. Robert Thornton ; William, 
b. 4 mo. 19, 1694; Samuel, b. 12 mo. 13, 1696-7. 

Peter Taylor, Jr. 2, was married 2 mo. 28, 171 2, to Elizabeth, dau. of 
John and Margaret Jarman of Radnor, b. 9 mo. 16, 1690. They settled on 
a part of his father's tract in Providence ; perhaps at the homestead, as his 
father, about this time, removed to Cain township, where he died 9 mo. 15, 
1720. 

Peter, Jr., died March, 1739-40, and his widow was married 4 mo. 15, 
1743, to Edward Woodward. Their children were, Mordecai, b. 12 mo. 7, 
1713; Nathan, b. i mo. 29, 1715; Sarah, b. 12 mo. 2, 1718, m. John 
Heacock ; Margaret, m. to Peter Thomas ; Peter, m. to Elizabeth Hall ; 
John, Joseph, Elizabeth, m. to William Smedley. 

The will of Mordecai Taylor, of Upper Providence, was dated 6 mo. 7, 
1747, and proved Oct. 19, 1747, in which he gave to his wife, Esther, the 
use of the real estate during life, after which it was to be divided between 
his two daughters. The land consisted of 1 50 acres which he had purchased 
from John Davis and Margaret his wife, by deed of Oct. 4, 1737. The 
inventory by Henry Camm and George Miller amounted to /200. 

Richard Gorman was received into membership at Providence 
Meeting, 10 mo. 30, 1745. He produced an acknowledgment, 4 mo. 25, 
1750, for himself and wife, Esther, for their marriage by a priest. He was 
complained of 5 mo. 29, 1758, on account of a debt to Daniel Sharpies, and 
on 7 mo. 31, 1758, it appears that his goods had been seized but not yet 
sold, and he was also ■ complained of for suing David Sharpies, who 
apprehended himself in danger of having to pay money twice over. 
Richard was disowned 11 mo. 27, 175S. In 1786 he was assessed in 
Marple. 

Esther Gorman, widow of Richard, died about 1S07. A beaver hat. 



LINE OF SUSANNAS, /OSEPHk jge 

large pewter dish, a pewter mug and a rolling pin, which belonged to her, 
are now in possession of her grandson, Enoch Dowell, and the last is still 
in use. 



26. Susanna Sharpies^ Joseph-, b. in Nether Providence 12 
mo. iS, 1705; m. 2 mo. 19, 1726, at Middletown Mtg., to Joseph 
Chamberlin, son of Robert and Mary Chamberlin (or Chamberlain) of 
Concord, where they settled and he died 5 mo. 30, 1772. They had three 
children — 

1 14. Mary, who died young. 

115. Hannah, m. to Robert Pennell, d. about 1768. 

116. Benjamin, m. to Elizabeth Mercer, d. 1763. 

Robert Chamberlain' was doubtless from Wiltshire, Eng. His 
mother, Elizabeth, with her second husband, Francis Hickman, came from 
that part of England prior to 1685, in which year the latter died. Beside 
Robert Chamberlain she had at least three children by her first husband, 
viz., Elizabeth, m. in England to Richard Ridgway, the ancestor of the 
Ridgway family of Penna. and New Jersey, Sarah, m. to Richard Arnold, 
2 mo. 19, 1 68 1, near Burlington, N. J., and Jean, m. to Charles Jones. By 
her second marriage she had Joseph Hickman, Benjamin (ancestor of those 
of the name in Chester Count)', Pa.), Mary, who m. Joseph Edwards, and 
Hannah, m. to Robert Way. 

Robert Chamberlain married Mary and settled in Concord 

township, where he purchased 100 acres of land 9 mo. 27, 1686. He also 
owned land in Aston township : died about 1732. His children were — 

Susanna, b. 7 mo. 13, 169 1 ; m. John Pyle. 

John, b. 10 mo. i, 1692; d. 1731 ; m. Lettice Key. 

Robert, b. 8 mo. 17, 1694 ; d. 1731-2 ; m. Sarah Woodward and Cicely . 

Mary, b. 10 mo. 21, 169S ; d. 9 mo. 10, 1726; m. Daniel Pyle. 

Jacob, b. 2 mo. 30. 1702 (perhaps should be Joseph). 

Joseph, b. ; d. 5 mo. 30, 1772 ; m. Susanna Sharpies. 

Joseph Chamberlin' (as he wrote his name), made his will Apr. 
26, 1772 (proven June 9, 1772), beginning thus: "In Awful Remembrance 
of the Mercys and Favours of the great and Gloriouse God, I, Joseph 
Chamberlin of Concord," &c: To wife, Susanah, the use of two rooms at 

the east end of my house, with cellar, use of well, oven, orchard, one 
horse and one cow, one-fourtl of household furniture, and /^30o: To 



1 66 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

grandson, Joseph Pennell, my plantation whereon he now dwells, in Aston, 
about i8o acres; it being the same which formerly belonged to my brother 
John Chamberlin : To grandson, Thomas Pennell, my plantation whereon 
I dwell, with the land I purchased of John Nicklin ; in all about 280 acres, 
subject to my wife's privileges : To granddaughters Mary Fairlamb, 
Abigail Pennell and Lydia Pennell, /200, each : To Hannah, wife of 
Jonathan Haycock, ^'-^ : To Executors, wife and grandson, Joseph Pennell, 
^40, in lieu of commissions : Residue to five grandchildren. He was 
buried at Concord Mtg., 6 mo. i, 1772. 



27. Joseph Sharpies^ Joseph-, b. in N. Providence 7 mo. 8, 
1707 ; d. in Middletown i mo. 4, 1769; m. 4 mo. 19, 1740, at Concord Mtg., 
to Mary Pyle, b. i mo. 31, 1723 ; d. i mo. 23, 181 2 ; buried at Middletown 
Mtg., I mo. 26, 1812. They had eleven children, born in Middletown, viz.: 



Jacob, b. 4 mo. 21, 1741 ; d. 1S02 ; m. Sarah Haines. 

Joseph, b. 5 mo. 31, 1743; d. 179- ; m. Mary Hibberd. 

Daniel, b. 5 mo. 30, 1745; d. 12 mo. 25, 1822; m. Elizabeth Dicks. 

Hannah, b. 12 mo. 20, 1747 ; d. 10 mo. 2, 1823 ; m. Abraham Pennell (see No- 

445). 
Caleb, b. 3 mo. 12, 1750; d. 7 mo. 4, 1S21 ; m. Ruhene Jordan. 
William, b. 10 mo. 4, 1752; d. 9 mo. 2, 1805; m. Mary Martin. 
Mary, b. 9 mo. 2, 1756 ; d. after 1838 ; m. Morris Truman. 
Amos, b. 4 mo. 7, 1759 ; d. 9 mo. 4, 1807 ; m. Lydia Hill. 
Nathan, b. 9 mo. 27, 1761 ; d. 4 mo. 19, 1S29; m. Rachel Pennell. 
Benjamin, b. S mo. 7, 1764; d. 5 mo. 28, 1857 ; m. Hannah Bonsall. 
Jonathan, b. 10 mo. 17, 1767; d. i mo. 20, 1S60 ; m. Edith Nichols. 



Daniel Pyle, b. 5 mo. 29, 1694, son of Robert and Ann, of Bethel 
township, Chester (now Delaware) County, Pa., m. 3 mo. 14, 171 7, at 
Concord Mtg., Mary Chamberlin, dau. of Robert and Mary : 2d m. 1 1 mo. 9, 
1727, at Concord Mtg., to Mary Pennell, of Aston, dau. of John and Mary 
(Morgan) Pennell. He had four children. 

Susanna, b. 12 mo. 3, 171S; d. 5 mo. 15, 1776; m. John Griest. 
Hannah, b. 12 mo. 21, 1720; d. 2 mo. 23, 1727. 
Mary, b. i mo. 31, 1723; d. i mo. 23, 1S12; m. Joseph Sharpies. 
Robert, b. 6 mo. iS, 1730 ; d. ; m. Rebecca Hampton. 

Joseph Sharpies, senior, and Lydia his wife by deeds of lease and 
release, Aug. 19, and 20, 1734, conveyed to their eldest son Joseph, for five 



LINE OF BENJAMIN3, JOSEPH^-. 167 

shillings and "the natural Love and affection they have for their said son, 
and for his better preferment in the world," a messuage or tenement and 
two tracts of land in Middletown. The first tract consisted of 60 acres, 
part of the original survey of 300 acres, and the second of 100 acres 
purchased from Samuel Tomlinson. Lydia made her mark, " L." 

May 2, 1752, John Grist of York Co., yeoman, and wife, Susanna, and 
Joseph Sharpies, Jun^ of Chester Co., yeoman, and wife, Mary, release to 
Robert Pyle of said county, weaver, one moiety of a messuage and 300 
acres in Bethel, which Robert Pyle, the grandfather, conveyed May i, 171 7, 
to his son Daniel, who died intestate, leaving the three children, Susanna, 
Mary and Robert ; of whom the last inherited a double share. This 
release was for Robert's share but it appears by a draft of the whole that 
his sisters had 170 acres thereof. 

Joseph Sharpless, Jr., by lease and release, Feb. 15, and 16, i739> 
conveyed to his brother Samuel, 2 1 acres and 44 perches of land, part of 
the 60 acres given to him by their father, for /31 : 17 : 6. In 1764 he was 
assessed in MiddletOAvn with 138 acres and buildings, worth ;^20 per 
annum, 6 horses, 5 cows and 10 sheep; on all of which the tax was 
/i:7:6. 

He died intestate and letters of administration were granted Feb. 25, 
1769, to his widow and son Joseph. The inventory, by Robert Mendenhall 
and Isaac Chamberlin, amounted to ^405 : 15 : 9^^, including an eight-day 
clock, valued at £16. 

Mary Sharpies and others were appointed 12 mo. 29, 1777, to endeavor 
to discourage the too frequent use of spirituous liquors, and to visit those 
who kept taverns in order to prevail with them to decline the business. 
She was chosen an overseer for Middletown Mtg., 12 mo. 28, 1778, with 
Agnes Minshall and Abigail Swaffer, and was succeeded 9 mo. 22, 1786, by 
Phebe Emlen. She probably died at the residence of her son-in-law, 
Abraham Pennell, who soon after, in accordance with her request, sent a 
copy of the records in her Bible to her children Mary and Jonathan, in the 
western part of the State. 



28. Benjamin Sharpies^ Joseph^ b. in Nether Providence 11 
mo. 26, 1709; d. in Middletown 3 mo. 16, 1785; m. 2 mo. 27, 1737, at 
Concord Mtg., to Edith Broome, who d. 6 mo. 13, 1744, in her 26th year; 
buried at Middletown, leaving three children: 2d m. 3 mo. 21, 1746, at 



1 68 



THE SHARP LESS FAMILY. 



Concord, to Martha Mendenhall, b. 12 mo. S, 1724; d. 10 mo. 20, iSi: 
dau. of Benjamin and Lydia Mendenhall of Concord. His children were- 



Joseph, b. 12 mo. 19, 1737-S; d. 9 mo. i, 1763, unmarried. 

Benjamin, b. 10 mo. 26, 1740; d. 6 mo. iS, lySo; m. Hannah Hollingshead. 

Edith, b. 10 mo. 30, 1742 ; d. 2 mo. S, 1S15 ; m. Ziba Ferris. 

Joshua, b. 12 mo. 2S, 1746-7 ; d. 9 mo. 21, 1S26; m. Edith Yarnall. 
Isaac, b 5 mo. 16, 174S ; d. i mo. 23, 1780; m. Elizabeth Talbot. 
Rebecca, b. 10 mo. 29, 1749; d. 2 mo. 9, 17S0; unmarried. 
Martha, b. 10 mo. 28, 1751 ; d. 9 mo. 7, 1763. 
Ann, b. 7 mo. i, 1754; d. 9 mo. 4, 1763. 

Aaron, b. S mo. 26, 1756; d. S mo. 25, 179S; m. Mary Ellwood. 
Amy, b. 11 mo. 17, 175S ; d. i mo. 3, 1S31 ; m. Jesse Darlington. 
Enoch, b. 9 mo. 15, 1760; d. 9 mo. 15, 1763. 
Infant son, b. 2 mo. 5, 1763 ; d. 4 mo. 3, 1763. 
Hannah, b. 4 mo. 9, 1765 ; d. 4 mo. 11, 1795 ; m. Peter Yamall. 
Esther, b. 5 mo. 21, 1767; d. 7 rao. 24, 1S65 ; m. Jehu Garrett. 
Sarah, b. 9 mo. 25, 1769; d. 9 mo. 13, 1823; m. William Poole. 
Samuel, b. 11 mo. 25, 1770 ; d. 9 mo. S, 1796, at William Poole's in Wilmington, 
Del., unmarried ; buried at Middletown the loth. 



"James Broome of Marsfield, son of Francis Broome of Marsfield 
aforesaid, in the County of Gloucester, Druget maker, and Mary Alexander, 
spinster, Daughter of William Alexander of Nailsworth in the Parish of 
Horsley in the County aforesaid, mercer," and Edith(?) his wife, were 
married i mo. (Mar.) 5, 1713 at a public meeting of Friends at Nailsworth, 
England. The certificate of this marriage, on parchment, is now in 
possession of Edward Bringhurst, of Wilmington, Del. James Broome 
produced a certificate of membership to Concord Mo. Mtg. 10 mo. 2, 171 7, 
from "ffrenchay in Glosetershare," and on 8 mo. 5, 1719, requested one from 
Concord as he was going "to Grate Brittain about his Lawfull Busness." 
It is noted 4 mo. 6, 1720, that he "being gone to sea and his wife suddenly 
Died of Child Bed and Leaving tow small children behind her," of whom 
she wished William Pyle to have the care. James Broome in his will, dated 
7 mo. 13, 1721, proven 12 mo. 19, 1721-2, mentions his dau. Edith, and 
devises to son Alexander an estate in Marshfield, Gloucestershire, Eng., to 
which place he was to be sent when four years old, unless his relations were 
then dead or unwilling to receive him. An estate in West Jersey was di- 
rected to be sold. 

The name of Mendenhall was originally Mildenhall (sometimes 
contracted to Minall), from the manor of Mildenhall in Wiltshire. John 
Mendenhall came over as early as 16S3, and setded in Concord, where also 



LINE OF BENJAMIN3, JOSEPH^. l6c) 

his brother Benjamin found a home, and a sister, Mary, became the wife of 
Nathaniel NewHn, in 16S5. Another brother, Moses, and a sister Margery, 
wife of Thomas Martin, from Great Bedwin, Wiltshire, arrived 10 mo. 16, 
16S5, but Moses afterward returned to England. 

Benjamin Mendenhall' was married 2 mo. 17, 16S9, to Ann Pennell, 
dau. of Robert Pennell "of Chester creek," and resided in the northern 
part of Concord township, where he died 2 mo. 1 740, then being in the 
station of an Elder for Concord Meeting. He was sometimes styled a 
wheelwright. The children of Benjamin and Ann were — 

Ann, b. 3 mo. 31, 1690; died young. 

Benjamin, b. 3 mo. 5, 1691 ; d. 5 mo. 13, 1743 ; m. Lydia Roberts. 

Joseph, b. 3 mo. 17, 1692; d. 174S ; m. Ruth Gilpin. 

Moses, b. 2 mo. 19, 1694 ; d. 9 mo. 1731 ; m. Alice (Bowater) Pyle. 

Hannah, b. 6 mo. 11, 1696 ; m. Thomas Marshall and Peter Grubb. 

.Samuel, b. i mo. 2S, 1697 ; probably died young or unmarried. 

Rebecca, b. 10 mo. 10, 1699; m. Thomas Gilpin. 

Ann, b. 7 mo. 22, 1703 ; m. John Bartram, the first American botanist. 

Nathan, b. 8 mo. 16, 1705 ; probably died young or unmarried. 

Robert, b. 7 mo. 7, 17 13 ; d. 6 mo. 23, 17S5 ; m. Phebe Taylor, &c. 

Benjamin Mendenhall- was married 3 mo. 9, 171 7, at Gwynedd Meet- 
ing, to Lydia Roberts, b. in Wales about 1694, d. 7 mo. 4, 1752 (as the wife 
of William Hammans) ; dau. of Owen and Mary Roberts of Gwynedd, 
(now) Montgomery Co., Pa. They settled in Concord and had children — 

Mary, b. i mo. 21, 1717-18 ; d. 3 mo. 10, 1760; m. John Hibberd. 
Hannah, b. 11 mo. 19, 1719: d. 8 mo. 19, 1760; m. Nathan Yarnall. 
Samuel, b. 9 mo. 2, 1722 ; d. about 17S7; m. Esther Williamson. 
Martha, b. 12 mo. 8, 1724; d. 10 mo. 20, 1812 ; m. Benjamin Sharpies. 
Joshua, b. II mo. 11, 1727; d. aged 88 yrs., 25 days; m. Lydia Mendenhall. 
Lydia, b. 3 mo. 24, 1737 ; d. 7 mo. 21, 1813, unmarried. 

Benjamin Mendenhall- was "recommended" as a minister to the 
Meeting of Ministers and Elders, 6 mo. 2, 1725, and on i mo. 7, 1742-3, 
received a certificate to visit Friends in Virginia and North Carolina, in 
company with Samuel Hopwood, from England. When about to return 
he was taken ill and died at the house of Zachariah Nixon in Perquimans 
Co., N. C., aged 52 years. 

Benjamin Sharpies was appointed an overseer of Middletown Mtg., 
2 mo. 27, 1 741, in room of Nathan Yarnall : succeeded by Samuel Sharpies, 
S mo. 29, 1744: appointed again 12 mo. 25, 175S, instead of Philip Yarnall, 
dec'd, and succeeded, S mo. 29, 1763, by Joseph Talbot. Jun^. : mentioned 



1 70 THE SHARPLESS FAMIL V. 

3 mo. 23, 1764, as a subscriber to George Fox's Journal: produced a 
manumission 9 mo. 30, 1776, for a " Melotto boy under his care," which 
was ordered to be recorded. 

Martha Sharpies was appointed overseer 6 mo. 27, 1763, instead of 
Hannah Yarnall : appointed with others 9 mo. 23, 1763, to visit families: 
succeeded 3 mo. 24, 1775, by Abigail Swaffer as overseer: appointed with 
others, i mo. 27, 1777, to visit families, and 3 mo. 23, 1781, to assist the 
overseers in laboring for a reformation. 

Benjamin Sharpies purchased 3S7 acres in West Cain township, by 
lease and release dated Aug. 5, and 6, 1734, from his uncle Samuel Lewis, 
to whom it had been patented June 18, 1734. Benjamin conveyed this to 
his father, July 24, and 25, 1736, and by deeds of the same date received 
from his parents the homestead in Middletown, with 150 acres of the 
original survey and a small tract of 9 acres on the west side of Chester 
Creek, in Aston township, for ^20, and natural affection. He built a new 
stone house in 1753, a little easterly from the first dwelling, and this, with 
an addition made in 1802, by Jesse Darlington, forms the residence of 
Jesse Darlington, the grandson. In 1764 he was assessed with 150 acres 
and buildings, worth ;^2i, per annum, 8 horses, 14 cattle and 1 1 sheep. 

His will, dated 2 mo. 10, 1785, was proven June 2, 1785, in which, 
after providing for the maintenance of his widow, giving her ^150, and 
during her widowhood the use of "all the East end of my House, being 
the new addition," &c., he devises as follows : To children of son Benjamin, 
deceased, /50 : To dau. Edith Ferris, ^78 : To son Joshua, ^100 : To son 
Aaron, /220 : To dau. Amy, /150 : To dau. Hannah, ^56 : To dau. Hester, 
^150: To dau. Sarah Sharpies, /155, with a bed, bedding and furniture 
thereunto belonging, a new case of drawers and a walnut candlestick, "all 
of which were called my Daughter Rebeckah's ;" also a new saddle and bridle : 
To dau. -in-law Elizabeth Sharpies, 20 shillings, and to her son Benjamin, 
/'loo: To son Samuel the messuage or tenement and tract of land whereon I 
now dwell, 160 acres, at 21, he paying /300, to other legatees and 
providing for his mother; To son Joshua the homestead at a reasonable rent 
until Samuel is of age, and the latter to be put to a trade : Residue to the 
eight surviving children, Joshua to have a double share. 

The inventory by Abraham Sharpies and Joseph Pennell, amounted to 
^1780 : o : 2j4, of which ^1358 : 7 : 4, was in bonds, &c. 

Benjamin Ferris, of Wilmington, wrote in a little memorandum book 
his childish recollections of his grandfather Benjamin Sharpies, who died 
when the former was less than five years old. 



LINE OF SAMUEL s, JOSEPH-^ I 7 j 

29. Samuel Sharpies^ Joseph-, b. in Nether Providence, 12 mo. 
7, 1710-11 ; d. in Middletown 11 mo. 24, 1790; m. 3 mo. 26, 1736, at 
Concord Mtg., to Jane Newhn, b. about 1715 ; d. 10 mo. 28, 1798, aged 83 
years. They had twelve children — 

144. Mary, b. 3 mo. 20, 1737 ; married Cornelius Wood. 

145. John, b. 7 mo. 26, 173S ; d. 6 mo. 16, 1805, unmarried. 

146. Thomas, b. 12 mo. 26, 1739-40; d. 11 mo. 24, iSii, unmarried. 

147. Lydia, b. 4 mo. 24, 1742 ; d. 3 mo. 30, 1S31 ; m. William Russell. 
14S. Abigail, b. i mo. 5, 1743-4; d. after 1S16; unmarried. 

149. Samuel, b. 11 mo. 17, 1745-6; d. 11 mo. 1746-7. 

150. Hannah, b. 11 mo. 14, 1747-8 ; d. 9 mo. 28, 1S26 ; m. William Iddings. 

151. Susanna, b. 11 mo. 21, 1749-50; d. 4 mo. 13, 1842; m. Jacob Talbot. 

152. Phebe, b. 5 mo. 25, 1752 ; d. 7 mo. 28, 1826; m. Peter Smedley. 

153. Rachel, b. 6 mo. 3, 1754 ; d. 5 mo. 1831 ; m. Nathaniel Walter. 

154. Samuel, b. 9 mo. 3, 1756; d. 7 mo. 1764. 

155. Joel, b. II mo. 28, 1760; d. 9 mo. 25, 1795; m. Hannah Mendenhall. 



Nicholas Newlin, a gentleman in easy circumstances, with 
Elizabeth, his wife, and children emigrated from Mt. Melick, County 
Tyrone, Ireland, in 1683, and settled in Concord township, (now) Delaware 
Co., Pa. His certificate from Friends in Ireland, dated 12 mo. 25, 1682, 
expresses dissatisfaction, with his removal, for which he had given no 
satisfactory reason, '• but our Godly jealousy is that his chief ground is 
fearfulness of suflerings here for the testimony of Jesus, or coveting 
worldly liberty." He gave evidence before the Provincial Council, 7 mo. 
7, 1683, respecting ill usage of sailors by James Kilner, master of the 
Levee of Liverpool, upon which he doubtless had been a passenger. 

In 1685 he was appointed to a seat in the Provincial Council, and was 
for a time one of the justices of the courts of Chester County. He had a 
large estate in Concord and Birmingham and built a mill at the former 
place in very early times. Friends' meetings were held at his house as 
early as 1687, and after his death. May, 1669, were continued at his widow's. 
She died in 171 7. Some of their children appear to have remained in 
Ireland, but three of them, Nathaniel, John and Rachel, came to this 
country and from the first are descended those of the name here. John 
died unmarried and Rachel married Ephraim Jackson. 

A horoscope among the "Taylor Papers" bears the inscription, 
"Netus Natheniel Nulen anno 1665, desem 18 d: 3 h: 21 m: P. M.," which 
would make it appear that Nathaniel was young when married, 2 mo. 



172 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

(April) 17, 16S5, to Mary Mendenhall, from Wiltshire. They had the 
following children, according to the Concord Meeting records ; 

Jemima, b. 12 mo. 9, 1685-6; married Richard Eavenson, 1712. 

Elizabeth, b. i mo. 3, 16S7-8 ; married Ellis Lewis, 1713. 

Nicholas, b. 3 mo. 19, 1689; married Edith Pyle, 1715. 

Nathaniel, b. i mo. 19, 1690; d. 12 mo. 1731-2 ; m. Jane Woodward. 

John, b. 12 mo. 28, 1690-1 ; d. about 1753 ; m. Mary Woodward. 

Kezie, b. 12 mo. 22, 1695-6 ; married William Baily. 

Mary, b. 2 mo. 12, 1699; married Richard Clayton, 1724. 

Nathaniel Newlin continued to reside in Concord and was a prominent 
person both in the Society of Friends and in the community, being for 
several years a member of the Provincial Assembly, a commissioner of 
property, justice of the county courts and a trustee of the Loan Office of 
the province. In 1724 he purchased a tract of over 7000 acres on 
Brandywine, now known as Newlin township. Although advanced in life 
he married again 2 mo. 17, 1729, Mary Fincher, and died in the following 
month. 

John Newlin3 was married in 171 1 to Mary, dau. of Richard and Jane 
Woodward, of Middletown, who survived him, and died 11 mo. 24, 1790, 
aged 10 1 years. Their children were — 

Mary, m. 5 mo. 20, 1752, to John Hall of Concord. 
Jane, m. 3 mo. 26, 1736, to Samuel Sharpies (29). 
Rebecca, m. 2 mo. 16, 1740, to Richard Fawkes of Newtown. 
John, m. 9 mo. 13, 1745, to Mary, dau. of Nicholas Pyle. 
Abigail, m. 2 mo. 17, 1745, to Moses Palmer of Concord. 
Sarah, m. 2 mo. 20, 1771, to John Worrall of Edgmont. 
Nathaniel, m. to his cousin Jane, dau. of Edward Woodward. 

Joseph Sharpies and wife Lydia conveyed to their son Samuel 
Sharpies, of Middletown, weaver, July 24, and 25, 1736, 100 acres of the 
original survey in Middletown, being the eastern part thereof. Samuel 
also purchased from his brother Joseph, by lease and release, Feb. 15, and 
16, 1739, 21 acres, 44 perches more of the original tract; and by deed of 
April 5, 1754, obtained from Thomas Grisell and Margaret, his wife, 95^ 
acres adjoining, to the estward, which almost exactly coincided with the 90 
acres of overplus land, cut off by the re-survey of 1 701-2, and patented to 
Thomas Martin. In 1764 he was assessed with 217 acres and buildings, 
worth ^22 per annum, 7 horses, 7 cattle and 19 sheep: tax ^1:11:3. 

Samuel Sharpies was appointed an overseer of Middletown Mtg., 8 
mo. 29, 1 744, in room of Benjamin Sharpies, and was succeeded by 



LINE OF i\A THAN 3^ JOSEPH^ j - , 

Lawrence Cox, 8 mo. 29, 1750: was again appointed, 5 mo. 29, 175S, in 
place of James Pennell. Jane Sharpies was chosen overseer 7 mo. 27, 
1772, instead of Abigail Worrall, and desiring to be released was succeeded 
by Agnes Minshall, 6 mo. 26, 1775. Samuel was buried at Middletown 
Meeting 11 mo. 27, 1790, and his widow 10 mo. 30, 179S. By his will he 
devised to his son Joel the land purchased from Thomas Grisell, and the 
remainder of land to his son John. 



30. Lydia Sharples^^, Joseph-, b. in Middletown, S mo. 7, 1713; 
d. 1 741 ; m. 8 mo. 21, 1736, at M. Mtg., to John Martin, son of Thomas 
and Mary (Knight) Martin of Middletown. He m. 2d wife, Phebe Mercer, 
of Westtown, 8 mo. 20, 1743, and died in 1747, followed by his wife in 
Nov. of same year. No issue by either wife. 



31- Nathan Sharpies^ Joseph^, b. in Middletown 9 mo. 7, 1715 ; 
d. in Goshen Township (now West Chester borough) 1755 ; m. 10 mo. 10, 
1 74 1, at Birmingham Mtg., to Hannah Townsend, b. 6 mo. 9, 1718 ; d. 12 
mo. 31, 1790; dau. of Joseph and Martha Townsend of East Bradford 
township. Their children were — 

156. Joseph, b. I mo. 24, 1744; died young, before 5 mo. 13, 1755. 

157. Martha, b. 9 mo. 16, 1745 ; married Jacob Haines. 

158. Lydia, b. 7 mo. 27, 1746 ; died yomig, before 5 mo. 13, 1755. 

159. Nathan, b. 8 mo. 29, 1749; died young, before 5 mo. 13, 1755. 

160. WilHam, b. i mo. 9, 1752; d. 10 mo. 11, 1817 ; m. Ann Hunt. 

161. Hannah, b. 11 mo. 15, 1753 ; d. 1804, unmarried. 

Nathan Sharpies removed with his parents to West Cain township, in 
1737, and on June 4, 1740, they conveyed to him 193 acres of land in that 
township, it being the western half of the tract which his brother Benjamin 
had formerly owned. This land lay about a mile westward of West Cain 
Meeting and was lately owned principally by Phinehas Ash. Nathan 
married and took his wife to this place, but in 1 744 they removed to a part 
of her father's land in Bradford, containing 32 acres, on which Nathan took 
a lease for seven years dated Mar. 25, 1743 (1744?), Joseph Townsend 
agreeing to erect a barn thereon by the ist of June, 1744. A certificate 
dated 10 mo. 20, 1744, transferred their right of membership from Bradford 
to Concord Monthly Meeting, of which latter meeting Birmingham was a 
branch. 



1 74 THE SHARPLESS FAMIL \ '. 

Nathan Sharpies of Bradford, yeoman, and wife Hannah, Apr. 22, and 
23, 1747, conveyed to Nathaniel White, of West Cain, their land in that 
township, for /200, and by deeds of lease and release, 3 mo. (May) 4, and- 
5, 1747, purchased from William Dean, of Birmingham, and wife, Lydia, 
2035^ acres, in Goshen township, for /400. This is now included in the 
southern part of the borough of West Chester, being bounded by the east- 
ern and western limits of the borough and extending from Union Street 
southward 84 perches. 

Nathan probably removed his dwelling jDlace ere long to his new pur- 
chase which was adjoining the land of his father-in-law. His will, dated 5 
mo. 13, 1755, and proven June 11, 1755, gives to his wife the plantation of 
200 acres, whereon he lived, until his son William should arrive at the age 
of 21 years; also the personal estate, out of which she was to raise the 
sum of /lOO, for his daughters, Martha and Hannah, when of age : William 
to have the land and pay his sisters ^5, each, his mother ^'5, yearly, and 
provide her a home. 

Hannah Sharpies was married again, 4 mo. 13, 175S, at Birmingham 
Mtg., to Charles Ryant of Goshen, formerly of Concord, whose first wife 
was Ann Chamberlin, dau. of John and Lettice, of Aston. By his second 
wife he had two children — 

Ann, b. i mo. 13, 1759 ; d. 8 mo. 29, 1S23 ; m. Caleb Haines. 
Nathan, b. 8 mo. 27, 1762 ; probably died young. 

To Hannah Ryant her father devised the 32 acres whereon she had 
lived in Bradford, and she with her husband conveyed it to her nephew, 
Nathan Sharpies (son of Jacob), in 1775. Mary Brinton and Hannah 
Ryant were appointed overseers of Birmingham Mtg. 8 mo. 7, 175S, in 
room of Martha Townsend and Sarah Taylor ; and Hannah was succeeded 
by Elizabeth Painter, 8 mo. 7, 1760. Charles Ryant married a 3d wife, 
Mary Carrell, Sept. 22, 1791, before Thomas Cheyney, Esq., for which he 
was disowned by Friends. 



Richard Townsend, b. 9 mo. (Nov.) 30, 1645, at or near Ciren- 
cester, in Gloucestershire, Eng. is thought to have been the .son of a 
Richard Townsend who, as a Friend, suffered persecution bj' imprisonment 
at Cirencester in 1660, 1662 and 1675. ^^ is also stated that the son be- 
came a Friend and "received the Truth in the love thereof 3 mo. ist, 
1672, went to London in the 3d mo. 1676, and was married to Ann 



LINE OF NA THA Ns, JOSEPH -'. j ►, c 

Hutchins, 3 mo. 25, 1677. He came to Pennsylvania in company witli 
William Penn, on the Welcome, 16S2, and settled at first near Chester, 
where he was concerned in setting up the first mill near that place, for 
which the timbers were brought, ready framed, from England. About the 
close of 1683, he removed to the neighborhood of Germantown, Phila- 
delphia County, where he erected another mill. In Proud's History of 
Pennsylvania will be found some account of his experiences as written by 
himself. He became a minister among Friends and paid a religious visit 
to England in 1706-8. In 17 13 he removed to Philadelphia. He died at 
the residence of his nephew, Joseph Townsend, in East Bradford, i mo. 28, 
1732, and was buried on the 30th, at Philadelphia. His children were 
Joseph, b. 10 mo. 2, 167S, d. young; Hannah, b. 8 mo. 13, 1680, m. Isaac 
Cook of Germantown, 9 mo. 14, 1706, and d. 2 mo. 18, 1763 ; James, b. on 
the Welcome, 9 mo. 2, 16S2, d. young; Mary, b. 3 mo. 22, 1685 ; Joseph, 
b 5 mo. 16, 1687, m. 9 mo. 11, 171 1, to Elizabeth Harmer, and left a dau., 
Ann, b. Feb. 20, 171 3, who m. Thomas Sugar Dec. 15, 1735. 

Richard Townsend of Bucklebury in Berkshire, weaver, perhaps the 
father of the emigrant above, was buried 5 mo. 19, 1697, aged 95. 

William Townsend of Bucklebury, carpenter, brother of Richard, the 
emigrant, was married 11 mo. 28, 1679 to Jane Smith, but she did not long 
survive, and he was married again, 2 mo. i, 1683, at Faringdon Magna, 
Berks, to Mary Lawrence of Little Coxwell, by whom he had Joseph, 
William, Mary, b. 5 mo. 4, 16S9, and Joan, b. 4 mo. 27, 1690. He was 
buried at Bucklebury 5 mo. 19, 1692 (if the date has been correctly copied.) 



Joseph Townsend', b. n mo. 18, 1684, was young when his 
father died and lived some time with Oliver Sansom, a highly valued 
Friend. He was bound apprentice Sept. 29, 1699, to Jonathan Sargood, a 
weaver, for seven years: was married 9 mo. 27, 17 10, to Martha Wooder- 
son, b. 9 mo. 18, 1683, dau. of Julian and Esther Wooderson. They with 
his sister Joan received a certificate from a Monthly Meeting at Newbury 
in Berkshire, dated 11 mo. 15, 171 1, which was presented to Abington Mo. 
Mtg., Penna., of which his uncle Richard was then a member. 

Joseph and wife brought a certificate from Abington to Concord 2 mo. 
II, 1715 ; thence to Chester 6 mo. i, 1720, and he and his wife were both 
overseers of Chester Meeting for some time, but on 7 mo. 26, 1725, they 
received a certificate to Abington. Articles of agreement were signed Oct. 
21, 1725, between John Wanton, of Newport, Rhode Island, and Joseph 



176 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

Townsend, of Bristol township, Philadelphia Co., weaver, for the conveyance 
to the latter of 800 acres in East Bradford, Chester Co., Pa. The price 
was £\o, per 100 acres, to be paid in three instalments — ;^ioo immediately, 
^100 on Oct. 21, 1726, and the remainder Oct. 21, 1727. The deeds of 
lease and release were executed Sept. 6, and 7, 1727. He appears to 
have removed at once to the land, as his certificate from Chester was 
brought to Concord Mo. Mtg. 11 mo. 3, 1725 ; after which he and his wife 
were active members of Birmingham Meeting. He died 4 mo. 9, 1766, 
and his widow 3 mo. 2, 1767 ; both buried at Birmingham. Their children 
were — 

William, b. 5 mo. 26, 171 1 ; d. 11 mo. 13, 1792, unmarried. 
Mary, b. 8 mo. 16, 1713 ; d. 10 mo. 8, 1781 ; m. Henry Woodward. 
Joseph, b. 4 mo. 8, 1715 ; d. 10 mo. 3, 1749 ; m. Lydia Reynolds. 
John, b. 12 mo. 2, 1716 ; d. 8 mo. 18, 1803 ; m. Joanna England. 
Hannah, b. 6 mo. 9, 1718 ; d. 12 mo. 31, 1790 ; m. Nathan Sharpies. 
Martha, b. i mo. 26, 1721 ; d. 4 mo. 3, 1748, unmarried. 
Richard, b. 5 mo. 23, 1727 ; d. 5 mo. 4, 1738. 
Esther, b. 5 mo. 23, 1727 ; d. 11 mo. i, 172S-9. 



32. Jane Sharpies^, Joseph^, b. in Middletown, 12 mo. 4, 171S; 
d. 1775 ; m. 8 mo. 22, 1740, at Concord Mtg., to Jacob Pyle, b. about 
1 71 7, son of John and Susanna Pyle of Thornbury township. They are 
said to have had eleven children, of whom three died young and their 
names are unknown. The others were — 

162. Caleb, b. S mo. 8, 1741 ; d. about iSoS ; m. Mary Matthewson. 

163. Levi, married Margaret Johnson. 

164. Hannah, d. i mo. 12. 1808, aged about 62 years; m. Jonathan Heacock. 

165. Benjamin, d. 4 mo. 30, 1S31 ; m. Sarah Heacock. 

166. Jacob, m. Elizabeth Chamberlain and Elizabeth Blair. 

167. Lydia, m. Alexander Soley. 

16S. John, b. 3 mo. 12, 1758 ; d. 12 mo. 14, 1837 ; m. Alice Crosley. 
169. Esther, m. John Heacock. 

Jacob and Jane Pyle resided in Thornbury, near the present village of 
Thornton, Delaware Co., Pa. It is said he died in his 69th year. In 1764 
he was assessed as a weaver with 15 acres, one mare and one cow. 

Robert Pyle' of Horton in the parish of Bishops Cannings, county 
of Wilts, maltster, and Ann Stovey of Hilperton in the same county, were 
married Nov. 16, 16S1. Her father, William Stovey, had been the victim 
of long continued persecution on account of his religious principles ; died 



LINE OF JANE3, JOSEPHS j^y 

at Hilperton ii mo. 7, 1705, over 80 years of age. William Smith of 
Bromham house in Wiltshire, having purchased from William Penn 1250 
acres, by lease and release Aug. i, and 2, 1682, conveyed 150 acres thereof 
to Robert Pyle May i, and 2, 1683, ^"^ '^^ latter doubtless embarked for 
Pennsylvania soon after. 

William Coole, of Devizes in Wiltshire, writing to his sister Sarah 
Bezer, of Chichester, Penna., 12 mo. 24, 1683, says, "I sent several letters 
by they (when John Gibbens & Rob. Pile & Edward Beazer went) & A 
Box with butens & knives & other things. I hope they are Rec^ because 
I saw yesterday 2 leters from Rob. Pile." Again writing to his sister Jean 
Coole 2 mo. 18, 1684, he says, "this day we Rec^ thy letter dated y^ 20th 
of y^ 8th mo : 83, which was great satisfaction to us because we long 
waighted to hear from you because I understood by a leter y' came from 
R: Pile y' his family was at y^ widdow Beazer's house & not a word of y"^ 
how they was ; w'^'^ leter came near 2 months agoe." 

Robert Pyle's brothers Nicholas and Ralph were also among the early 
settlers. It is conjectured that their father's name was Robert, as we find 
that Robert Pyle of Stanton Barnard in the county of Wilts, yeoman, 
executed a power of attorney, Aug. 29, 1688, to enable Robert Pyle, Jun^ 
and Nicholas Pyle of Pennsylvania to collect money due on bond to the 
former. The bond had been given by George and John Chandler March 
31, 1686, and they had subsequendy embarked for Pennsylvania. 

Robert Pyle took up his 150 acres of land in Bethel township, where 
he settled, and died about 1730. The children of Robert and Ann Pyle 



Sarah, b. 11 mo. 27, 16S2 ; d. 12 mo. 16, 1706 ; m. John Vernon. 

Robert, b. 7 mo. 17, 1684 ; d. 1717 ; m. Elizabeth Swaffer. 

William, b. 11 mo. 26, 1685 ; d. 1734; m. Olive Bennett. 

John, b. 6 mo. 8, 1687 ; d. 1752 ; m. Lydia Thomas and Susanna Chamberlin. 

Mary, b. 11 mo. 13, 16SS ; m. Thomas Moore, 1713. 

Jacob, b. I mo. 5, 1691 ; d. 1717 ; m. Alice Bowater. 

Joseph, b. II mo. 5, 1692 ; d. 1754 ; m. Sarah Dicks and Sarah (Pennell) Gibbons. 

Daniel, b. 5 mo. 29, 1694 ; d. 1736 ; m. Mary Chamberlin and Mary Pennell. 

The monthly meetings were frequently held at Robert Pyle's house, 
and he appears to have acted as clerk thereof No other member took a 
more active part in Church affairs. 

Nicholas Pyle' purchased, Mar. i, 1688, from John Palmer and 
wife Mary, and John Hannum and wife Margery (daughters of Robert 
Suddery), 150 acres in Bethel, and setded thereon, but on Mar. 2, 1696, 



178 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

conveyed the land to his brother Robert, and removed to Concord 
township, at what is now Concordville. He was married 9 mo. 1688, to 
Abigail Bushell, and in 1713 to Ann Webb. His children were Mary, 
Edith, Nicholas, Samuel, James, Joseph and Sarah, all by his first wife 
except perhaps the last. He died in 1716. 

Ralph Pyle' unlike his brothers, was not a Friend. He lived in 
Concord and his first wife, Elinor, who died July 25, 1726, aged 63, was 
buried at the Episcopal Church in that township. He died about 1741, 
leaving a wife, Mary, and son William. The latter married Betty Chads, 
a sister of John Chads of Chads' Ford, and died June i, 1746, aged 46: 
buried at Concord Church. 

John Pyle-, son of Robert, was married in 17 10, to Lydia Thomas, 
dau. of Peter and Sarah, and again 7 mo. 20, 17 16, to Susanna Chamberlin^ 
dau. of Robert and Mary, of Concord. By the first he had Sarah (m. 
Henry Phillips) and Moses (m. Mary Darlington and Mary Cook) : by the 
second, Jacob (m. Jane Sharpies), William, Ebenezer, Stephen, Israel, 
Mary (m. Benjamin Trego) and Susanna (m. Thomas Fryer). 

33- Abraham Sharpies-^, Joseph-, b. in Middletown I mo. 7, 
1720; d. in Nether Providence, 1784; m. 8 mo. 2, 1 751, at Concord Mtg., 
to Ann Young, b. about 1731 ; d. 1769, in her 38th year ; dau. of John and 
Mary (Barber) Young, of Chester. They had nine children, — 

170. Mary, b. 5 mo. 6, 1752 ; m. Gideon Hizer. 

171. Phineas, died in the first year of his age. 

172. Phebe, b. 11 mo. 15, 1755 ; d. 17S7 ; m. Abner Coppock. 

173. Esther, died about the year 1776, aged about 19 years. 

174. Abraham, b. 10 mo. 16, 1758 ; d. 8 mo. 30, 1849 ; m. Dinah Flower. 

175. Lydia, b. 8 mo. 18, 1760 ; d. 4 mo. 14, iSiS ; m. James Moore. 

176. Grace, b. 3 mo. 9, 1761 ; buried at Middletown 6 mo. 7, 1S16. 

177. Rebecca, b. 9 mo. 16, 176S ; d. 1794, unmarried. 

1 78. Enoch, died aged about one year. 

Abraham Sharpies removed with his parents to West Cain township 
in 1737 ; received a certificate from Bradford Monthly Meeting to Chester, 
9 mo. 15, 1744; thence to Concord 3 mo. 30, 1748. He and his wife 
received one from Concord 9 mo. 6, 1756, to Goshen, and thence to 
Chester, with six children, 10 mo. 8, 1762. He received one to Concord 
9 mo. 25, 1772, with children Mary, Esther, Abraham and Rebecca, but 
returned to Chester with one dated 7 mo. 5, 1775, with children Mary, 
Esther, Abraham and Rebecca. The inventory of the estate of Abraham 



LINE OF JAC0B3, JOSEPH^. I 7g 

Sharpies of Nether Providence, made 9 mo. 23, 1784, by William Swaffer 
and Daniel Sharpies, amounted to /71 : 15 : 5i-<. He died intestate and 
administration was granted to his son Abraham, Oct. 5, 1 784. 

Robert Barber, cordwainer, was an early settler in the neighbor- 
hood of Chester and was married in 1690 to Hannah Ogden, but it does 
not appear that he left any children. He died in 1 708, and in his will 
mentions a nephew, James Barber, whose daughter and only heir, Mary 
Barber, became the wife of John Young, cooper, of Chester. James 
Barber m. Susanna Richards of Aston and was a taxable in Chester from 
1 715 to the time of his death in 1732. He was doubtless a brother to 
Robert Barber who married Hannah Tidmarsh, 5 mo. 17, 17 18, at Chester 
Mtg., and in 1728 removed to the neighborhood of Columbia on the 
Susquehanna, where he had taken up 1000 acres of land. 

John Young was of Middletown, 1730, and of Chester 1732, 1734, 
1739 and 1740. He and his wife were deceased before their daughter's 
marriage, and she was received into membership, at Concord Mtg., 7 mo. 
3, 1750. James and Thomas Young were witnesses to her marriage and 
may have been near relatives. Administration on the estate of John 
Young was granted to Henry Camm Oct. 20, 1742. 



34- Jacob Sharpies^, Joseph-, b. in Middletown 10 mo. 14, 1722; 
d. in Concord 7 mo. 19, 1775 ; buried next day at Concord Mtg.: m. 9 mo. 
23, 1748, at Concord Mtg., to Ann Blakey, dau. of Charles and Susanna 
Blakey, deceased, of Philadelphia, from England. She d. 10 mo. 8, 181 1. 
Their children were — 

179. John, b. 9 mo. 28, 1749 ; d. 10 mo. 29, 1834 ; m. Elizabeth Yearsley and Hannah 

Smith. 

iSo. Susanna, b. 5 mo. 23, 1751 ; died young. 

iSi. Nathan, b. 9 mo. 28, 1752 ; d. i mo. 9, 1S37 ; m. Rachel Baldwin. 

182. Lydia, b. 12 mo. 31, 1754 ; d. S mo. i, 1799 ; m. David Button. 

183. Joseph, b. 6 mo. 12, 1757 ; d. 10 mo. 27, 1796, unmarried. 

184. Jesse, b. u mo. 6, 1759 ; d. i mo. 6, 1832 ; m. Joanna Town^end. 

155. Ann, b. 12 mo. 28, 1761 ; d. 9 mo. 14, 1S44 ; m. James Carter and Abraham 

Jefferis. 

156. Jane, b. 10 mo. 23, 1764 ; d. 3 mo. 11, 1S44 ; m. John Haines. 

157. Martha, b. 10 mo. 4, 1767 ; d. i mo. 8, 1832 ; m. Joseph Pyle (see No. 693). 

158. Hannah, b. 12 mo. 8, 1770 ; d. 3 mo. 26, 1S47 ; m. William Phillips. 



l8o THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

Jacob Sharpies removed with his parents to West Cahi township in 
1737. He received a certificate from Bradford Mo. Mtg., 9 mo. 15, 1744, 
to Chester; thence to Concord 2 mo. 25, 1748, and as a member of 
Birmingham particular meeting obtained a certificate to Chester 7 mo. 7, 
1763, with his wife and six children: thence to Concord 5 mo. 26, 1766. 
He was appointed an overseer of Birmingham Mtg. 8 mo. 8, 1770, in room 
of John Carter, deceased, and was succeeded by Samuel Osborn 2 mo. 7, 
1776. Ann Sharpies, his widow, was married 8 mo. 21, 1776, at Concord 
Mtg., to Joseph Talbot of Aston, being his third wife. He died 6 mo. 16, 
1783. His widow received a certificate from Chester to Darby Mo. Mtg., 
II mo. 24, 1783 ; thence to Concord i mo. 3, 1788 ; thence to Philadelphia 
(N. District) i mo. 9, 1793. 

Jacob Sharpies probably settled in East Bradford at the time of his 
marriage. A John Sharpies is in the list of taxables of that township, in 
1750, but this must have been an error instead of Jacob. In 1764 Jacob 
was assessed in Upper Darby, with a house and 135 acres of land, 4 horses, 
6 cattle and 12 sheep. In 1775 he was in Thornbury with 265 acres and 
buildings, worth ^30, per annum, i servant, 6 horses, 8 cattle and 12 
sheep. It is thought his residence in this township was a little south-west 
of the present Westtown Station, but he was probably a renter. In his 
will, dated 7 mo. 9, 1775, proven July 26, 1775, he gives to his wife the 
best bed and furniture thereunto belonging, ^30, and the interest of ^180, 
during life : to son John ^20 : to dau. Lydia Dutton the interest of ;^50 
during life or the principal after her husband's death : executors to sell 
stock, household goods and utensils of husbandry, and the residue of estate 
to be divided between eight of the children, John, Nathan, Joseph, Jesse, 
Ann, Jane, Martha and Hannah, when of age : after wife's death the /180 
to be divided between these children, giving the sons each ^^27 : 10, and 
the daughters ^17 : 10 : son Jesse to be put to a trade: son Nathan and 
cousin Isaac Sharpies executors. 

The inventory by Robert Mendenhall and John Townsend 8 mo. 4, 
1775, contains many articles not summed up, among which are, wearing 
Apparell, /21 : 12 : 6; \6yi hives of bees 2^6 : 5 ; Bonds /241 : 2 ; Bills, 
notes, &c., ^272 : 17 : 7. 

Lydia (Phillips) Porter of Philadelphia has her grandfather's bible in 
which is written "March loth, 175S: Jacob and Ann Sharpless in memory 
of y' Brother John Blakey," by which it appears to have been a gift from 
John Blakey. 

Of Charles Balkey nothing further has been learned. A bible 



LINE OF \VILLIAM3, JOSEPH^. igl 

which belonged to John Sharpies, son of Jacob, contains this record of 
"Charles & Susanna Blakey's children : " 

John Blakey's Nativity, Old Style, March 21st 1724. 
My sister Ann Sharpless, her do., about the year 1727. 
Susanna Blakey, her do., not known. 

At Goshen Mo. Mtg., 3 mo. 20, 1745: "Ann Blakey Requesteth to 
be joined in membership with Friends, so this meeting Receives her as her 
conduct agrees with our Principles." She obtained a certificate from 
Goshen to Concord Mo. Mtg., 10 mo. 21, 1747. John Blakey was evidendy 
of a pious turn of mind judging from the character of the books which he 
presented to his relatives, but it is supposed he did not become a Friend. 
He died Feb. 10, 1806, aged 82 years. 

35- William Sharpies^, Joseph^ b. in Middletown 3 mo. i, 1725; 
d. in Concord 5 mo. 4, 1751, and buried on the 6th at Concord Mtg.: m. 
10 mo. 30, 1747, at Concord, to Abigail Sharp, dau. of Joseph and Mary, 
deceased, of New Garden township, b. 2 mo. 28, 1729; d. 2 mo. 14, 1S05. 
They had two children, — 

1S9. Abraham, b. 174S; d. 9 mo. 22, 1S35 ; m. Phebe Valenthie and Catharine F. 

Wistar. 
190. William, b. 1750, of whom no further trace has been discovered. The edition of 

I Si 6 says, " Of William we have no account." 

William Sharpies removed with his parents to West Cain in 1737, and 
received a certificate from Bradford to Concord Mo. Mtg., 9 mo. 15, 1744. 
Upon his marriage he settled at Newlin's mill in Concord. His will, dated 
3 mo. 24, 1750, and proven Aug. 13, 1751, gives to his wife, Abigail, ^200, 
some furniture, all the pewter she brought with her, a riding mare and half 
the profit from my leased land in Sadsbury : to son Abraham my wridng 
desk, to be kept for him until he arrive to the age of twenty-one years : 
remainder of estate to be divided between Abraham and a child )^et 
unborn : wife and brother Samuel Sharpies to be executors. 

The inventory, by William Trimble and Joseph Gilpin, near three 
pages, amounts to /470 : 8 : 6, including ^292 : 9 : 11, in bonds and bills. 
Of books there were "Life of our Saviour," £\, "George Fox's Episde," 
5 shillings, "Quarrels Emlims," "half of Chalkleys Jornall." Three cows 
were valued at £\o : 10 ; one mare, /lo ; one coult, ^4 ; 8 sheep, £2 ; 3 
swine, £2. 

Abigail Sharpies, widow, was married 11 mo. 22, 1752, at Concord 



1 82 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

Mtg., to Moses Palmer of Concord, whose first wife was Abigail 
Newlin. He was the son of John Palmer- and Martha Yearsley, b. 5 mo. 
26, 1 72 1, d. 6 mo. 20, 1783. By his first wife he had a son, John, and by 
the second seven children, — 

Martha, b. 9 mo. 7, 1753; d. 2 mo. 18, 1831 ; m. Joseph Chamberlain. 

Moses, b. 4 mo. 12, 1757; d. 8 mo. 29, 1S40; m. Sarah Phillips, Hannah Pennell* 
(Josephs, Hannaht, Susannas, Joseph Sharpies'), and Hannah Gilpin. 

Joseph, b. 4 mo. 21, 1759 ; d. 7 mo. 30, 1838; m. Hannah Peters. 

Abigail, b. 8 mo. 26, 1762; d. 1841, unmarried. 

Aaron, b. 7 mo. 17, 1765; d. 3 mo. 10, 1842; ni. Sarah Wilton. 

Mary, b. i mo. 24, 1768 ; m. Lockhart. 

Ann, b. i mo. 9, 1771 ; d. about 1820; m. Benjamin Starr. 

Joseph Sharp, from Ireland about 171 1, settled in Londongrove 
township, Chester Co., Pa., where he died in 1 746. He was married 9 mo. 
4, 1713, at Concord Mtg., to Mary Pyle, b. 6 mo. 23, 1689, dau. of Nicholas 
and Abigail Pyle, of Concord. They had children, — 

Abigail, b. 5 mo. 26, 1714; d. 9 mo. 27, 1726. 

Elizabeth, b. 5 mo. 25, 1717; d. 10 mo. 1719. 

Mary, b. 7 mo. 17, 1719; d. 10 mo. 1719. 

Elizabeth, b. 12 mo. 19, 1720; m. Jeremiah Douglas. 

Sarah, b. 6 mo. 5, 1723; d. 10 mo. 22, 1723. 

Joseph, b. 8 mo. 19, 1724; m. Deborah Miller ; removed to Carolina. 

George, b. 9 mo. 4, 1726 ; probably died young. 

Abigail, b. 2 mo. 28, 1729 ; m. William Sharpies and Moses Palmer. 

Mary, b. 6 mo. 21, 1731 ; d. 6 mo. 30, 1731. 

Samuel, b. 8 mo. 30, 1734 ; d. about 1819 ; m. Mary (Harlan) Starr. 

Joseph Sharp, tanner, in his will dated 4 mo. 21, 1746, gives to his 
dau. Abigail Sharp the tenant right of 350 acres of the London Company's 
land in Sadsbury township, Lancaster Co., Pa., and /200, at 18: to son 
Samuel the homestead of 300 acres, pardy in New Garden township, his 
uncle Samuel Pyle to have care of him until he is 21. 

36. George Smediey-*, Jane^, b. 6 mo. 2, 1719, in Middletown; 
d. 12 mo. I, 1765, in Willistown ; m. 12 mo. 22, 1757, at Goshen Mtg., to 
Hannah Matson of Easttown, b. 6 mo. 25, 1724; d. 10 mo. 15, 18 10; 
widow of John Matson and dau. of Jacob and Alice Norbury of Edgmont 
township. They had four children — 

191. Hannah; b. 10 mo. 2, 175S ; d. 3 mo. 2, 1S27 ; m. Benjamin Cox. 

192. Jeffrey, b. 5 mo. 23, 1761 ; d. 10 mo. 28, 1847 ; m. Amy Hoopes. 

193. Joshua, b. 1763 ; d. 9 mo. 11, 1777. 

194. Francis, b. ; d. 12 mo. 18, 1S21 ; m. Dinah Lewis and Sarah 

Jones(?). 



Z INE OF HA NNAH3, /OUN K I g , 

George Smedley received a certificate from Ciiester to Goshen Mo. 
Mtcr., 2 mo. 29, 1745, and settled on a farm in Willistown. His will, 
dated 8 mo. 21, 1765, proven Dec. 24, 1765, gives to his wife one-third of 
the personal estate, a home and privileges; to dau. Hannah /50, at 18 ; 
to son Jeffrey that part of the plantation I live on, at 21 ; to sons Joshua 
and Francis, the other part, on the east side of the road and next lands of 
my brothers Caleb and Joshua ; to brother Joshua all my right to a 
plantation in Edgmont, where Moses Meredith lives. 

39- Grace Howards Hannahs, b. 3 mo. II, 1721; d. 12 mo., 
1774; m. II mo. 24, 1739-40, at Middletown Mtg., to Benjamin 
Kendall, oi Chester borough, son of John Kendall of Bentam in 
Yorkshire, England. It is said they had several children, but only the 
following are named : 

195. Ann, m. to Benajah Andrews and Thomas Stapleton. 

196. Joseph, d. 3 mo. 5, 1785, aged 36 years. 

197. Rebecca, of whom nothing further is known. 

Benjamin Kendall received a certificate from Chester Mo. Mtg., 4 mo. 
30, 1735, to Settle Mo. Mtg., Yorkshire, Eng. ; and being returned from 
Old England, where he went to visit his relations, he produced a certificate 
to Chester, 7 mo. 26, 1737. He received a certificate to Philadelphia, 7 
mo. 30, i7.;.j, for himself, wife and three apprentices, Peter Howard, John 
Cummings and Thomas Pedrick. Having visited England again he 
brought a certificate from Grace Church Street, London, to Philadelphia, 
dated 9 mo. 20, 1752. He was a cordwainer, that is, a shoemaker. 



40. Mary Howard-*, Hannahs, b. S mo. II, 1722; d. 10 mo. II, 
1790; m. 2 mo. 27, 1749, at Middletown, to Jsaac M OSS, of Philadelphia, 
b. II mo. 18, 1726-7, d. 7 mo. 27, 1790; son of Abraham and Rebecca 
(Marshall) Moss, of Salem Co., N. J. She received a certificate from Chester 
to Philadelphia Mo. Mtg., dated 4 mo. 26, 1749. The Phila. records give 
the age of Isaac Moss as 67 years. The edition of 1S16 says they had two 
children, but it appears there were others. 

198. Thomas, probably married. 

199. Samuel, d. 9 mo. 12, 17S1, aged 25 years. 

200. Hannah, d. 12 mo. 1762, aged 9 years. 

201. Isaac? 

202. Rebecca ? 



1 84 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

Thomas Shourds, the historian and genealogist of Salem Co., N. J., 
says that Isaac Moss, son of Isaac, came to Salem where he purchased a 
lot, built a handsome house and ended his days. He was honored and 
highly respected for his great philanthropy in assisting the poor. His 
sister Rebecca kept house for him and was his principal heir. He was a 
diligent attendant of Friends' meetings, was an old man at the time of his 
death and said to have never married. 

The Phila. records give the death of Rebecca, a dau. of Thomas Moss, 
4 mo. 26, 1773, aged 14 months. No further attempt has been made to 
trace the family. 



41- John Howards Hannah3, b. 2 mo. 3, 1725; d. 10 mo. 12. 
1793; m. 8 mo. 22, 1747, at Middletown Mtg., to Elizabeth Perry, dau. 
of Christopher Perry, deceased, of Philadelphia. She was buried at 
Middletown, 4 mo. i, 1790, and her husband 10 mo. 14, 1793. Henry 
Howard devised to his son John, for seven years, a plantation in Edgmont 
and Newtown, whereon the latter resided ; after which the same was to be 
divide.d between John, Peter and Richard Howard. In 1764 John Howard 
was assessed in Edgmont with 60 acres and buildings, and two cattle. 
His children were — 

203. Peter, probably died unmarried. 

204. Jane, m. Benjamin Chance. 

205. Grace, m. George Good. 

206. Perry, m. Elizabeth Evans. 

207. Mary, m. Benjamin Worrall. 

42. Peter Howard^ Hannah3, b. i mo. 15, 1726-7; d. 4 mo. 7, 
1S03 ; m. 12 mo. 2, 1756, at Philadelphia Mtg., to Elizabeth Chadwick, dau. 
of John Chadwick, deceased, of Yorkshire, England. She d. 8 mo. 7, 1765, 
and he m. 12 mo. 31, 1767, at Phila. Mtg., Sarah Price, dau. of Robert 
Osborn, deceased, of Philadelphia. She d. 7 mo. 16, 1773, aged 46 years. 
By the first wife there appear to have been seven children, and three by 
the second, viz.: 

208. Henry, probably died unmarried. 

209. Peter, died young. 
William, died (or buried) 3 mo. 24, 1761. 
Infant, buried (?) 2 mo. 15, 1762. 
Infant, buried (?) 2 mo. 15, 1762. 



LINE OF HAN1S!AH3^ JOHN^. 185 

213. Isabella, d. 7 mo. 4, 1796, aged 32 y. 7 m. 7 d. ; m. Thomas Williams. 

214. Hannah, died (or buried) 7 mo. iS, 1769, aged 4 years. 

215. Rebecca, b. 10 mo. 28, 176S; d. 7 mo. i, 1818; m. Timothy Abbott. 

216. Peter, died (or buried) 7 mo. 19, 1771, aged 15 months. 

217. Robert, died (or buried) 6 mo. 24, 1773, '^S^d 3 months. 

Peter Howard removed to Philadelphia as an apprentice to his 
brother-in-law, Benjamin Kendall, a shoemaker, in 1745. On Jan. 17, 
I 769, Peter Howard of Philadelphia city, cordwainer, and Sarah, his wife, 
executed a release to James Howard of Edgmont, yeoman, for a one-third 
interest in 60 acres of land devised to Peter and his brothers, John and 
Richard, by their father, for ^109 : o : 10. 

The edition of i8i6says: "Peter married Elizabeth Chaddock, from 
England : and after her death he married Sarah Paschall, of Philad''. By 
both he had ten children, though how many by each cannot be ascertained, 
neither all their names : but such as are recollected are as follow : Henry, 
Isabella, Rebecca, Peter dec'd, and Peter." As one of the children was 
then living this statement indicates considerable apathy on this subject in 
those who might have given a more correct record. 



43- Hannah Howard-+, Hannahi, b. 2 mo. 15, 1729; d. 3 
mo. 2, 1774; m. 1 mo. 28, 1754, at Providence Mtg., to AugUStine 
Passmore ot Milford hundred, Cecil Co., Md., b. 7 mo. 27, 17 14; 
d. 5 mo. 25, 1782; being his second wife. Their children were — 

21S. Richard, b. 12 mo. 11, 1754; d. 9 mo. 23, 1S17; m. Deborah Griscom. 
219. Hannah, b. 6 mo. 13, 1756; m. Joseph England. 

Rebecca, b. 4 mo. 13, 1758; d. 11 mo. 24, 1826; m. George Wakefield. 

Henry, b. 7 mo. 29, 1761 ; m. Martha Busel. 

Phebe, b. 9 mo. 11, 1763; d. 11 mo. 13, 1803; m. William Williamson. 

Abigail, b. 7 mo. 17, 1765 ; cert, from Nottingham to Goshen, 1787; thence to 
Philadelphia, 1795: probably died unmarried. 

Hannah Passmore received a certificate from Chester Mo. Mtg., to 
Nottingham, dated 3 mo. 25, 1754. 

William Passmore, said to be the son of William, was of the 
parish of Ruscombe in Berkshire, Eng., and married i mo. 6, 1654, 
Margery Ball. Their son John Passmore' was married 11 mo. 3, 1701, to 
Mary Buxcey, dau. of Humphrey Buxcey, and resided for some time in the 
parish of Hurst, Berkshire, whence he removed to Pennsylvania about the 
year 17 13, and settled in Kennet, Chester County. He afterwards 



1 86 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

removed to West Marlborough township where he died about 1746. The 
children of John and Mary Passmore, so far as known, were William, John, 
Eleanor, Augustine, George, Mary and Samuel. 

Augustine Passmore^ married first, Judith Farlow, and on application 
was received into membership by Friends of Kennett Mo. Mtg., 2 mo. i , 
1738; whence he and his wife received a certificate of removal to 
Nottingham Mo. Mtg., 10 mo. 2, 173S. Their children were — 

Ann, b. g mo. 10, 1738 ; m. John Ogilvie. 

George, b. 11 mo. 21, 1742 ; no further information. 

Alice, b. 10 mo. 8, 1744 ; m. James Howard (see No. 47). 

Mary, b. 3 mo. 15, 1747 ; m. Jonathan Booth and Richard Bond (No. 61). 

Augustine, b. i mo. 31, 1749 ; m. Elizabeth Neal. 

The following document was contributed by James Trimble of 
Fairville, Chester County, formerly of Nottingham, Md., who is now in 
his 88th year, and with a mind well stored with a knowledge and traditions 
of the past : 

Whereas I, Augustine Passmore, of Ceacil County, Mariland, did Manimit and set free 
(the first day of the ninth mo: 1777) a Certain Neagro Woman named Prudence, who after the 
manimition was Signed before the time was Expired in which it took Place, was Delivered of a 
Child who She Called Moses, which Child I never Claimed as my property & do hereby bind 
me my Heirs and assigns from ever Claiming any Right thereunto. 

As Witness my hand & Seal this 25th of the 12th mo: 1778. r-^- — . 

Sealed and Delivered ) Augustine Passmore \ se.^l. t 

in the Presence of J ' — -<- — ' 

Hezekiah Rowxs, N. B. the child was Bom 29th of the 

W" SwAVNE, fourth month, 1777, 

Joel Baily. 

The intention was probably to say that the manumission took effect 
9 mo. I, 1777. Richard Barnard, of Newlin township, Chester County, who 
was probably one of a committee appointed by the Quarterly Meeting to 
visit such members as held slaves, notes in his diary, 5 mo. 6, 1780, "At 
Gustin Pasmore's : said he would be willing to lave to the judgement of 
indiferent men what is Due to the Negro woman that lived with him till 
she was between 30 & 40 years old." 

46. Richard Howards Hannahs, b. in Edgmont 3 mo. 9, 1736; 
d. in N. Y. 11 mo. 24, 1825 ; m. Jane Wood of Rockland Co., N. Y., and 
had five children, 

224. James, went to Indiana ; married, but left no children, and died at New Albany. 

225. Henry, m. Elizabeth Parmelee ; d. about 1S34. 



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226. William, b. about 1772 ; d. about 1S21 ; m. Mary Butcher. 

227. Richard, married, but left no children ; died on Staten Island, N. Y., about 1870. 

228. Jane, m. William Cargill, 

Richard Howard received a certificate from Cliester Mo. Mtg. to 
Philadelphia, dated 7 mo. 31, 175S, and brought one back to Chester, 
10 mo. 31, 1763. At a meeting held 4 mo. 30, 1770, it was represented 
that Thomas Low, Richard Howard and four others " have several years 
ago left these parts without acquainting this Monthly Meeting, or seeking 
to obtain certificates, agreeable to our Discipline ; and as we can give no 

account where any of the above named persons are 

this meeting doth hereby declare the said Thomas Low [and others] 
to be no members of our Religious Society." 

William Cargill, of Nyack, N. Y., b. 1806, writes thus of his 
grandfather Richard Howard: "He served in the American army, if not 
the seven years of the Revolutionary war, the greater part of it. After the 
close of the war he came in a place now called Sparkill, a railroad station 
on the North Jersey and New York railroad running from Jersey City into 
this place. It branches off at Sparkill to the Erie road and runs just west 
of my grandfather's little place, for he bought a small place in this, 
Rockland County, Orange township. At that time it was called Tappan, 
not over three miles from where Major Andre was tried and executed. 
Just about the close of the war he changed his situation in life and married 
a lady in New City, located in Clarkstown, the capital of this county. 
This is a very beautiful spot, and was settled by the Wood Family, and 
from the Wood Family a number of noted men have sprung. My 
grandmother's name, therefore, was Jane Wood, until she married Richard 
Howard. He was a tailor by trade but taught school a portion of his time. 
A lady residing in this village, named Catharine Blauvelt, went to school 
to him. His portrait can be seen by calling at my brother's, Mr. Henry 
Howard Cargill, No. 99 Barrow Street, New York City." 



47- James Howard^ Hannah3, b. in Edgmont 11 mo. 9, 1738; 
d. 3 mo. 19, 1S25 ; buried the 21st at Middletown ; m. 11 mo. 12, 1761, at 
East Nottingham Mtg. to Alice Passmore, b. 10 mo. 8, 1744 ; d. 6 mo. 27, 
1784; dau. of Augustine and Judith Passmore of Milford hundred, Cecil 
Co., Md. : second marriage 2 mo. i, 1787, to Hannah Jones, widow of 
Richard Jones, and (supposed) dau. of Moses and Elizabeth Harper, of 
East Bradford. She d. 8 mo. 16, 1792, and was buried on the i8th at 



l88 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

Goshen Mtg., perhaps by the side of her first husband. 
James Howard were — 



The children of 



Jonathan, b. ii mo. 28, 1762 ; d. 6 mo. 21, 1S2S ; m. Sarah Bishop and Hannah 

Passmore. 
David, b. 6 mo. iS, 1765 ; d. 6 mo. 26, 1S43 ; m. Rebecca Dickerson. 

Phebe, b. 6 mo. 14, 1767 ; d. , 1S43 ; m. Thomas Hamor. 

Infant daughter, b. 12 mo. 23, 1769; d. i mo. 2, 1770. 

233. Mary, b. 8 mo. 16, 1771 ; d. 11 mo. 18, 1852 ; m. George Yarnall. 

234. William P., b. 7 mo. 9, 1774; d. 4 mo. 12, 1829; m. Rebecca Baldwin. 

235. Alice, b. 10 mo. 5, 1776 ; buried at Middletown, 3 mo. 13, iS22(?), unm. 

236. Sarah, b. 7 mo. 10, 1779; d. 8 mo. 17, 1780. 

237. Hannah, b. 4 mo. 19, 1782 ; d. 4 mo. 28, 1820 ; m. Enoch Yarnall. 

238. Infant son, b. 6 mo. i, 17S4; d. 6 mo. 13, 1784. 

Richard, b. 9 mo. 10, 17S7 ; enlisted in the war of 1812, andwas never heard 

from afterward. 
Harper, b. 7 mo. 3, 1792 ; d. 2 mo. 3, 1857 ; m. Hannah Pratt. 

James Howard was a farmer and resided on the lands in Edgmont which 
formerly belonged to his father, a part of which he inherited and the 
remainder he purchased from the other heirs. In 1 764 he was assessed 
with 100 acres and buildings, 3 horses, 4 cattle and 9 sheep- In i 7S6 he 
was the assessor and returned for himself 150 acres, worth ^600, 4 horses, 
£l(y, and 4 cattle, £20. 

At a monthly meeting, 12 mo. 25, 1780, James Howard produced an 
acknowledgment for paying a fine for refusing to collect taxes, chiefly for 
military purposes ; also a fine or double tax for not taking the Test of 
Abjuration and Allegiance. He was complained of 9 mo. 21, 1787, for 
marriage by a magistrate to one not a member, and was disowned i mo. 
28, 1788. 



48. Hannah Sharpies^ John3, b. 



26-7 ; m. 4 mo. 



24, 1760, at Chester Mtg., to Jeremiah Starr, late of Berks Co., Pa., 
son of John Starr of the county of Cavan, in Ireland. They had three 
children. 

241. Mary, b. about 1761 or '2 ; d. 10 mo. 4, 1S4S ; m. John Goodwin. 

242. Sarah, died unmarried. 

243. John, married Phebe Massey. 

Jeremiah Starr produced a certificate from Exeter, Berks Co., to 
Chester Mo. Mtg., 7 mo. 31, 1758, and received one for self and wife to 



LINE OF JOHN 3, JOHN^ 



1 89 



Exeter 5 mo. 26, 1760: produced one from Exeter to Chester, 4 mo. 26, 
1762, for self, wife and dau. Mary: returned to Berks Co. about 1772. In 
1764, he farmed 160 acres of land in Chester township, belonging to 
Samuel Lightfoot. 



49. Mary Sharpies-^, John3, b. 2 mo. 17, 1730. d. between 1763 
and 1770; m. 3 mo. 18, 1749, at Chester Mtg., to Thomas Swayne^ b. 

9 mo. 19, 1726, d. 12 mo. 23, 1792; son of William and Elizabeth Swayne 
of East Marlborough, Chester Co., Pa. They had four children. 

244. Phebe, b. 3 mo. 9, 1750; d. 7 mo. 11, 1829; m. William Home. 

245. George, b. 5 mo. 15, 1752 ; d. i mo. 30, 1S31 ; m. Miriam Foreman. 

246. Elizabeth, b. 2 mo. i, 1754; d. 3 mo. 12, 1766. 

247. Infant, died young. 



Francis Swayne', son of William Swayne of Berkshire, England, 
married Elizabeth Milton and about the year 1704 they became Friends, in 
which society he was afterward a minister. They came to Pennsylvania in 
1 710, bringing a certificate from Friends of Reading Mo. Mtg., in Berkshire, 
and settled in East Marlborough township, Chester County, where Francis 
died 9 mo. 30, 1721, and was buried on his own farm. His children were 
William, Francis, Edward, Elizabeth, Jane and Sarah. 

William Swayne-, b. i mo. 30, 1689 ; d. 1735 ; came to Penna. before 
his parents, on the ship Saulsbury, landing at Philadelphia 9 mo. 15, 1708. 
In 1 717 his father conveyed to him 195 acres of land in E. Marlborough. 
He was married 7 mo. 29, 1720, at Chester Mtg., to Elizabeth Dell, b. 6 
mo. I, 1697, d. 1743, dau. of Thomas and Mary Dell of Ridley. They had 
nine Children, 

William, b. 4 mo. 11, 1721 ; d. 9 mo. 8, 17S5; m. Ann Pusey. 

Francis, b. 12 mo. 18, 1722 ; d. ; m. Betty Baily. 

John, b. 8 mo. 27, 1724 ; d. 2 mo. 28, 1755, mimarried. 

Thomas, b. 9 mo. 19, 1726 ; m. Mary Sharpies. 

Mary, b. 3 mo. 29, 1728 ; d. 4 mo. 18, 1S02; m. Thomas Pusey. 

Elizabeth, b. 8 mo. 22, 1729 ; d. 4 mo. 29, 1757 ; m. Israel Howell. 

Samuel, b. 12 mo. 13, 1730; d. 7 mo. 25, 1808; m. Hannah Hayes. 

Joseph, b. 6 mo. 22, 1732 ; d. in infancy. 

Ann, b. 3 mo. 1735 ; d. 4 mo. 24, 1764 ; m. George Webb. 

Thomas Dell of Ridley, in his will dated 8 mo. 31, 1749, devised his 
lands to his wife, durin^r life, after which his grandsons, Thomas and Samuel 



I90 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

Swayne were to have the use of them for 25 years and at the expiration of 
this term they were to be divided between the daughters, Sarah and Mary, 
of his son Thomas Dell, deceased. 

Thomas Swayneo, produced a certificate from New Garden Mo. Mtg., 
to Chester, dated 9 mo. 24, 1750, for self and wife ; it being three months 
after his grandfather's death. Mention is made, 2 mo. 24, 1755, of a 
difference between William Pennell, Jr., and Isaac Weaver (who had married 
the daughters of Thomas Dell, Jr.), of the one part, and Thomas Swajne 
of the other part, which Chester Meeting had not been able to settle. 
Thomas was not inclined to refer the matter to arbitrators, and it was con- 
cluded, 4 mo. 28, 1755, to allow him two weeks to do so : " But if Thomas 
Swayne refuse or neglect to appoint men and enter into Bonds, longer than 
two weeks. Then this meeting gives libert)' to William Pennell and Isaac 
Weaver to proceed to the tryal of the case by Law, as they may be advised, 
But withall requires the friends so concerned to behave towards each other 
as friends, and in the moderation becoming Brethren proceed in the case to 
the last." The sequel is not given. 

Thomas Swayne received a certificate to New Garden, 3 mo. 23, 1759, 
for self, wife and three children, but brought one back, dated 4 mo. 2, 1763, 
for the same persons. He was appointed overseer of Springfield Meeting 
7 mo. 25, 176S, in room of John Levis, and received a certificate to Darby 
Mo. Mtg., 5 mo. 25, 1772. 



50. Margaret Sharpies^ John3, b. 7 mo. 7, 1731 ; d. 1791 ; m. 

Reuben Roberts, son of Ellis, and had the following children : 

24S. Tacy, married John Baker. 

249. Ellis, married Ann Shaw; d. 2 mo. 13, 1S25. 

250. Alice, b. about 1764 ; d. about lygS ; m. Charles Cecil. 

251. Abigail, b. about 1766 ; d. 4 mo. 24, 1833 ; m. Isaac Engle. 

252. John, b. 7 mo. 15, 1772 ; d. 12 mo. iS, 1S31 ; m. Hannah L^vne. 

Reuben Roberts produced a certificate from Gwynedd Mo. Mtg., Pa., 
to Chester, 6 mo. 26, 1745, and became a member of Middletown Mtg. : 
received a cert, to Gwynedd, 8 mo. 29, 1750, and again produced one from 
that meeting 1 1 mo. 28, 1757. He and his wife presented acknowledgments 
6 mo. 30, 1760, for their marriage "by a priest," and his paper was directed 
to be read at Providence Mtg., hers at Chester. 

After the death of John Sharples3, his real estate, consisting of 195 
acres in Nether Providence, and two other lots of 4 acres and 8 acres, was 



LINE OF JOHN3,JOHN^. jgi 

awarded by Orphans' Court in 1771, to Reuben Roberts who obtained 
releases from the other heirs as follows: from Richard Bradley of Wil- 
mington, N. C, on behalf of his wife, July 20, 1771 : from William Swaffer 
of Chester, guardian of Lucretia W. Sharpies, Nov. 30, 1771 : from George 
Sharpies of Germantown, same date : from Jeremiah Starr of Limerick 
township, Philadelphia Co., in behalf of his wife, same date, and from 
Thomas Swayne, George Swayne, William Home and wife, Phebe, April 5, 
1774. The shares were /179: o : 4, but Lucretia W. Sharpies, as the 
daughter of the eldest son, received a double share or ^358 : o : 8^; to 
secure which Reuben Roberts mortgaged to William Swaffer, Oct. 21, 1771, 
the land east of the Providence road, 97 acres, and Zyi acres in Ridley, on 
the Delaware River. In order to pay the other shares he mortgaged the 
land on the west side of the road, 98 acres, Nov. 30, 1 771, to John Price, 
Esq., of Lower Chichester, for ^200. This was satisfied Dec. i, 1775, by 
payment to Elisha Price, executor of John Price. June 8, 1776, Reuben 
Roberts and wife, for ^5, conveyed to Thomas Leiper of Philadelphia city, 
tobacconist, one quarter of an acre on Crum Creek for use of a mill race ; 
and on Nov. 16, 1776, they conveyed to Roger Dicks, for ;^530, 58 acres 
of the eastern part of the land, next to Crum Creek. This enabled them 
to discharge the mortgage to William Swaffer, which was satisfied Nov 20, 
1776. They had conveyed 5 acres, 61 perches in Chester township to 
Thomas Sharpies, Jan. 2, 1772, which was probably the lot called 4 acres 
in 1771. 

In 1774, Reuben Roberts was assessed in Nether Providence with 170 
acres and buildings, worth ^17, per annum, 3 horses, 5 catde and 8 sheep, 
yet he had in reality 195 acres of land. In 1796 a survey and division of 
his remaining land was made by Roger Dicks, in accordance with which 
survey Reuben Roberts made his will, giving to his son Ellis the buildings 
and about 383/ acres on each side of the Providence road ; to son John 
about 50 acres of the northern part of the farm, and about 8 acres to 
Abigail Engle. 



51- Elizabeth Sharpies^ John3, b. in Ridley 6 mo. 25, 1734; 
d. at Wilmington, N. C, in 1S02 ; m. 5 mo. 15, 1755, at Chester Mtg., to 
Richard Bradley, son of John Bradley, deceased, of Yorkshire, Eng. 
They had seven children. 

253. Lucy, b. 1756 ; d. Oct. 7, 1S43; m. Thomas Brown. 

254. John, b. 175S; d. iSii, unmarried. 



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THE SHARPLESS FAMIL Y. 

Elizabeth, b. 1763 ; d. 1S47 ; m. John Lord. 

Mary, b. 12 mo. 24, 1767 ; d. i mo. 27, 1S15 ; m. William Green. 

Richard, b. 1769 ; d. 1834 ; m. Rebecca Green and Eliza C. Yonge. 

Susan, b. 1771 ; d. 1842 ; ni. Joshua G. Wright. 

Anne, b. 1773 ; d, 1787. 



At Chester Mo. Mtg., 12 mo. 25, 1752, "Richard Bradley appeared 
here and produced a certificate from Settle Monthly Meeting in Yorkshire, 
Great Brittain, Which is Received and ordered to be Lodged with other 
certificates." (A recent search for the document was unsuccessful.) As 
members of Providence Mtg., he and his wife received a certificate to 
Goshen 8 mo. 25, 1755, which says that he "some .years ago came well 
Recommended by certificate from England to us, and during his abode 
here his conversation hath been sober and orderly. Elizabeth, his wife, 
being brought up among us, hath been of an orderly conversation and well 
esteemed of us : their affairs setled to satisfaction as far as we know." 
They took a certificate back to Chester, dated 5 mo. 16, 1757, and received 
one for themselves and a child directed to Cane Creek, North Carolina, 
dated 4 mo. 24, 175S. 

It is said they settled at first in Guilford County where there was a 
colony of Friends, but they afterward removed to Wilmington, where 
many of their descendants still reside. The Friends' records of that State 
have not been accessible but it is understood that their children left the 
Society early in life, yet their posterity hold in great veneration the memory 
of their Quaker ancestor, Elizabeth Bradley. Richard Bradley's mother is 
said to have been a Wood and his birth-place Kendal in Yorkshire. 



52. John Sharpies-^, John3, b. in Ridley, 5 mo. 26. 1736; d. prior 

to 1 77 1, (it is presumed) in North Carolina ; m. Sla)- and left one 

child. 

260. Lucretia ^\'oomy, "married a man in .S. Carolina about the year 17S3. She also 
married a second time. This is all we can say respecting her." (Edition 
of" 1816.) 

John Sharpies, Jun^ received a certificate from Chester Mo. Mtg., 
6 mo. 30, 1760, to Dunn's Creek Mo. Mtg., Bladen Co, N. C. Enclosed 
with the inventory' of his father's property is a bond given by John Sharpies, 
Ju^, and John Sharpies, sen'', both shoemakers, to Daniel Sharpies, for 
^50, dated 6 mo. 3, 1760 : witnesses, Nehemiah Davis and Richard Bradley. 
A receipt is endorsed Dec. 3, 1761, for ^4 : 10, the interest to date, and on 



LINE OF JOHNS, JOHN-'. i^, 

5 mo. 4, 1767, a receipt for the " princeble in full," signed by Daniel 
Sharpies, together with the following memorandum : " I paid sixty five 
pounds to Daniel ; it would have been sixty-six pound, ten shilings, only 
he bated me 30 shilings, which I shall Expect John shall be acoumptable to 
me for, as so much of what he ma have." 

At an Orphans' Court, Dec. 18, 1770, on petition of Thomas Swayne, 
William Swaffer was appointed guardian for Lucretia Woomy Sharpless, 
under 14 years of age, dau. of John Sharpless, Jr., deceased. 

One Joseph Sleigh or Slay produced a certificate to Chester Mo. Mtg., 

6 mo. 26, 1734, from Cork, Ireland, but he was disowned in 1764, and 
nothing is known of his family. 



53- George Sharpies'^, John3, b. in Ridley, 7 mo. 14, 1738 ; d. in 
Philadelphia 5 mo. 17, 18 19; m. 11 mo. 19, 1761, at Springfield Mtg., to 
Mary Lewis, b. 5 mo. 29, 1739 ; d. 7 mo. 14, 1S18 ; dau. of John and Alice 
Lewis of Ridley. They had seven children. 



John, b. g mo. 23, 1762 ; d. iSio : m. Juliana Lehman. 

Elizabeth, b. 10 mo. 2, 1764; d. 11 mo. 23, 1S32, mimarried. 

Mary, b. 4 mo. 29, 1767 ; d. 5 mo. 21, 1S43, unmarried. 

Alice, b. 3 mo. 27, 1770 ; d. 10 mo. 11, 1796 ; m. Samuel Holmes. 

George, h. 10 mo. 28, 1772 ; d. 3 mo. 4, 1777. 

Margaret, b. 3 mo. 17, 1776; d. i mo. 21, 1S15 ; m. Daniel Middagh. 

George, b. 2 mo. 22, 1779 ; d. 6 mo. 27, 1822 ; m. Sarah Tippin. 



George Sharpies received a certificate from Chester Mo. Mtg., to 
Philadelphia 2 mo. 27, 1758. His wife received one to the same meeting 
7 mo. 26, 1762. They may have resided temporarily in Ridley after this 
date as we find one George Sharpies an inmate of Ridley township, 1764, 
but they were living in Germantown in 1771, and later : in 1S16 they lived 
with their unmarried daughters in Philadelphia. 

John Lewis of Philadelphia city, "Bisket baker," son of Samuel 
Lewis of Haverford, carpenter, and Grizzel, his wife, was married March 
20, 1734-5, 'It Springfield Mtg., to Alice Harvey, b. 10 mo. 10, 1713 ; dau. 
of Joseph Harvey of Ridley, who m. in 1708, Mary Simcock, b. 11 mo. 4, 
1 688, dau. of Jacob and Alice Simcock of Ridley. Jacob Simcock, son of 
John and Elizabeth, from Cheshire, Eng., was married 11 mo. 15, 16S4, at 
Chester, to Alice Maris, b. 8 mo. 17, 1660; d. 10 mo. 10, 1726; dau. of 
George' and Alice Maris of Springfield, from Worcestershire, Eng. 

Traditions are not often reliable yet are generally based on facts. 



194 ^-^-^ SHAHPLESS FAMILY. 

Rebecca R. Jones?, of Doylestown, Pa., writes thus of the wife of George 
Sharpies : She could trace her ancestry back as far as Prince John and 
Richard of Wales. The name was originally Llewellyn, which became 
changed to Lewis, and some of the family married into the Sharpies family 
in England. She treasured up many little relics of her own family, as well 
as those of her husband's. Silver and table linen were all stamped with 
the family crest — the dove with the olive branch. My great-grandmother's 
old chest, that had crossed the sea, contained papers and letters, also 
clothing, of a style that led my aunt to suppose the Sharpies family 
belonged to the higher classes of English society. Unfortunately in the 
lapse of time, with its changes, the old chest with its contents have been 
scattered and lost, I could never learn what became of all these relics of 
the past. 



54' Josiah Hibberd^ Pliebe3, b. in WilHstown 2 mo. 22, 1733; 
d. in East Whiteland 10 mo. i, 1802; buried at Goshen Mtg. : m. 10 mo. 
25, [764, at Goshen, to Susanna Owen, b. at Chester 7 mo. 9, 1731 ; d. in 
E. Whiteland 5 mo. 16, 1815, and buried at Goshen; dau. of John and 
Susanna Owen of Chester. They had si.x children — 

268. Owen, b. 7 mo. 26, 1765 ; d. 11 mo. 8, 1819 ; m. Hannah Hoopes. 

269. Rebekah, b. 3 mo. 30, 1767; d. 10 mo. 27, 1771- 

270. Josiah, b. 3 mo. 4, 1769; d. i mo. 7, 1834; m. Ahce Hunter. 

271. George, b. i mo. 13, 1771 ; d. 2 mo. 12, 1773. 

272. Susannah, b. 10 mo. i, 1772 ; d. 2 mo. 11, 1S44, unmarried. 

273. James, b. i mo. 24, 1775; d. 10 mo. 20, 1S26 ; m. Sarah Parrock. 

Josiah Hibberd settled on a farm in East Whiteland, at or near the 
present Frazer Station, Penna. R. R., for which his parents gave him a 
deed 10 mo. 17, 1765. The title to this land runs as follows: William 
Penn conveyed Oct. 24, and 25, 1681, to William Jenkins, of Tenby, in 
Pembrokeshire, Wales, 1000 acres in Penna.; who conveyed 500 acres 
thereof Sept. 3, 1686, to Francis Howell of Lancilio in Caermarthenshire. 
Of this 300 acres was laid out at " Duffrin Mawr" (Welsh for Great 
Valley) in Whiteland, and Francis Howell, by will dated July 15, 1695, 
devised it to his brother Thomas Howell, who conveyed it Sept. i, 1700 to 
James Thomas. By warrant of Feb. 18, 1701 the land was resurveyed by 
David Powell and found to be 483 acres. James Thomas pardy conveyed 
150 acres thereof to Alexander Ross, and afterward, with Martha his wife, 



LINE OF PHEBE3,JOHN^ 



■95 



and Alexander Ross and Katharine his wife conveyed the same to John 
Sharpies-, Jan. 31, 1714, who devised to his daughter Phebe Hibberd. 
Benjamin Hibberd and wife conveyed the same June 20, and 21, 1757, to 
George Smedley, Jr.. who reconveyed it on the 2 2d to Benjamin Hibberd 
in order to vest the title in the latter instead of his wife- There is a 
survey of apparently the same land in the name of Daniel Sharpies, called 
270 acres and allowance, and in the deed to Josiah Hibberd the lines are 
said to be 140 and 320 perches, which would make 280 acres. Josiah also 
purchased, in 1774, 12 acres, iig perches, adjoining his other land in 
Whiteland, and by deed from George Arnold, dated Aug. 21, 1787, 
became the owner of 800 acres on Lost Creek, Harrison Co., Va. By his 
will, dated Sept. 18, 1802, he devised all his lands in Pennsylvania and 
Virginia to his sons, Owen and Josiah, to be equally divided between them. 

Josiah Hibberd was appointed overseer of Goshen Mtg., 9 mo. 6, 
1765, in room of Josiah Garrett, and was succeeded by Randall Malin, 
1 1 mo. II, 1768. He was appointed 9 mo. 5, 1777, one of a committee on 
Sufferings occasioned by the war, but on 5 mo. 7, 1779, his wife made an 
acknowledgement for having paid his double tax or fine, imposed for 
non-compliance with military requisitions. 

Robert Owen with Rebecca, his wife, and some children, came 
from Wales in 1690, and settled in Merion township, near Philadelphia, 
where he died 5 mo. 8, 1697. His son John, b. 12 mo. 26, 1692, d. i mo., 
1752, settled at Chester, and was at different times elected Sheriff of the 
county. He was married 8 mo. 22, 1719, at Springfield Mtg., to Hannah 
Maris, b. 12 mo. 17, 1698; dau. of George Maris- and Jane Maddock, of 
Springfield. They had children, Jane, m. to Joseph West, George, 
Elizabeth, m. James Rhoads, Susanna, m. Josiah Hibberd, and Rebecca, 
m. to Jesse Maris. 

55- Jane Hibberd-^, Phebe3, b. in Willistown 12 mo. 23, 1734-5; 
d. 10 mo. 28, 1778; m. 5 mo. 17, 1753, at Goshen Mtg., to Amos 
Yarnall, b. 8 mo. 28, 1730; d. 6 mo. 26, 1818 ; son of Amos and Mary 
Yarnall, of Willistown. They settled on a farm in Willistown and had 
nine children, 

274. Phebe, b. 5 mo. 9, 1754 ; d. 8 mo. 6, 1840; m. Samuel Farquhar. 

275. Ezra, b. i mo. 13, 1756 ; d. 9 mo. 16, 1758. 

276. Caleb, b. i mo. 25, 1759 ; d. g mo. 4, 1849. 

277. Benjamin, b. 11 mo. 20, 1760; d. 12 mo. i, 1825 ; m. Susanna Truman. 

278. Hannah, b. 10 mo. 5, 1762 ; m. Philip Thomas. 

279. Amos, b. 3 mo. 17, 1767 ; d. , 1845; m. Larcy deG. Be.aumont. 



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THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 



280. Jane, b. 8 mo. 29, 1769 ; d. , 1S19 ; m. John Cooper. 

281. Jesse, b. 9 mo. 27, 1774 ; d. 3 mo. 20, 1849 ; m. Phebe Yarnall. 

282. Ezra, named in first edition ; no further record. 

Amos Yarnall, Jr., was appointed an overseer of Goshen Mtg., 7 mo. 
9, 1762, in place of Aaron Ashbridge, and was succeeded by Joseph James, 
4 mo. 6, 1764. Jane Yarnall was appointed overseer 7 mo. 6, 1770, in 
room of Rebecca Ashbridge, and was succeeded by Mary Garrett, Jr., i 
mo. S, 1773. They were both subjects of other appointments and active 
members of the meeting. 

Francis Yarnall' and his brother Philip came from Cloynes in the 
county of Worcester, England, and settled at first in Springfield township, 
on 100 acres of land which was surveyed to Francis, Oct. 17, 1683, and 
patented 12 mo. 6, 1685. This was about a mile from Springfield Meeting, 
on the road to' Clifton. Francis afterward purchased 510 acres in Willis- 
town township, adjoining the line of Edgmont, and extending westward 
from Crum Creek nearly two miles. He was a member of the Provincial 
Assembly in 1711, and died in 1721. He was married in 16S6 to Hannah 
Baker and had the following children : 

Sarah, b 5 mo. 28, 1687 ; m. WilUam Askew. 

John, b. 10 mo. 24, 1688 ; m. Ann Coppock and Jane Tliomas. 

Peter, b. S mo. 20, 1690 ; m. Alice Worrilow. 

Moses, b. last week of 10 mo., 1692 ; m. Dowse Davis. 

Francis, b. 12 mo. 24, 1694; m. Mary Baker and Mary Morris. 

Joseph, b. 5 mo. 13, 1697 ; m. Mary (James) Townsend. 

Amos, b. I mo. 28, 1700; d. 12 mo. 4, 1789; m. Mary Ashbridge. 

Daniel, b. 7 mo. i, 1703 ; d. 10 mo. 24, 1726. 

Mordecai, b. 7 mo. 11, 1705 ; m. Catliarine Meredith and Mary Roberts. 

Amos Yarnall- was married 3 mo. 18, 1727, at Goshen Mtg., to Mary 
Ashbridge, b. 11 mo. 10, 1710-11, d. 11 mo. 20, 1745 ; dau. of George and 
Mary Ashbridge of Goshen. They settled on a farm in Willistown, and 
had five children, 

Daniel, b. 12 mo. 15, 1727-8; m. Ann James. 

Amos, b. 8 mo. 28, 1730 ; d. 6 mo. 26, 1818 ; m. Jane Hibberd. 

Mary, b. i mo. 28, 1734; d. 5 mo. 10, 1824; m. Josiah Garrett. 

Aaron, b. 2 mo. 20 1738. 

George, b. 11 mo. 12, 1745-6; m. Lydia Ashton. 

Amos Yarnall was again married, 12 mo. 28, 1 750-1, at Goshen Mtg., 
to Sarah Garrett, widow of Samuel, and dau. of Josiah and Ann Hibberd, 
of Darby. He was appointed an Elder for Goshen Mtg. 4 mo. 19, 1756. 

56. Hannah Hibberd^ Phebe3, b. in Willistown I mo. 31, 1737; 



LINE OF FHEBE3, JOHN^. 



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d. 3 mo. 8, 1804; m. 10 mo. 6, 1757, at Goshen Mtg-., to Caleb 
Sheward, b. in England; d. 8 mo. 17, 1785, in Wilmington, Delaware; 
son of Moses Sheward of Redditch, Worcestershire, England. They had 
seven children, 

283. Mary, b. 5 mo. 26, 1758; m. Thomas Marriott. 

284. Moses, b. 9 mo. 20, 1760 ; no further information. 

285. Phebe, b. 8 mo. 20, 1764 ; d. 8 mo. 29, 1765. 

286. Benjamin, b. 9 mo. 15, 1766; d. 9 mo. iS, 179S. 

287. Hannah, b. • ; d. ; m. John Johnson. 

288. Jane, b. 8 mo. i, 1772 ; d. ; m. William Walker. 

289. Caleb, b. 4 mo. 7, 1777 ; d. 11 mo. 4, 1817 ; m. Mary Garrett. 

The certificate of Caleb and Hannah Sheward's marriage is in the 
possession of Thomas W. Sheward?, of Wilmington. They settled at first 
within the limits of Sadsbury Mo. Mtg., where four of the children were 
born. Afterward they removed to Wilmington, Del., where the births of 
Jane and Caleb are recorded. 



57' Joseph Hibberd^ Phebe3, b. in Willistown 12 mo. 19, 1738; 
d. 1st mo., 1820 ; m. 4mo. 30, 1767, at Goshen Mtg., to Jane James, b. in 
Westtown 6 mo. i, 1742 ; d. 3 mo. 22, 1835. They had nine children, 

290. Hannah, b. 3 mo. 26, 1768 ; d. 5 mo. 1863 ; m. Jehu Moore. 

291. Aaron, b. 10 mo. 22, 1769 ; m. Martha Mendenhall and Ruth Janney. 

292. Allen, b. 7 mo. 29, 1771 ; d. 7 mo. 28, 1838 ; m. Rachel Haines. 

293. Jane, b. i mo. 5, 1775 ; d. 12 mo. 9, 1847 I '"• Joseph Haines and J. Jessup. 

294. Sarah, b. 6 mo. 28, 1777 ; m. Richard Roberts. 

295. Joseph, b. 4 mo. 18, 1779 ; d. 11 mo. 22, 1866 ; m. Rachel Wright. 

296. Silas, b. 3 mo. 3, 1782 ; d. 9 mo. 18, 1850; m. Elizabeth Haines. 

297. Phebe, b. 6 mo. 21, 1784 ; no further account. 

298. Benjamin, b. 11 mo. 15, 17S6 ; d. 8 mo. 26, 1S64 ; m. Charity Beeson. 

At Chester Mo. Mtg., 9 mo. 24, 1701, "Aaron James, latly arived 
from Staford months meeting in Old England, produced from thence a 
certificate on the behalfe of himselfe & wife to the full satisfaction of this 
meeting." He purchased 142 acres of land in Westtown from Joseph 
Hickman, by deed of 12 mo. 24, 1 701-2, and settled in that township where 
he died 2 mo. 8, 1752. Elizabeth, his wife, died 9 mo., 19, 1751. They 
had six children, 

Thomas, b. 4 mo. 20, 1700 ; m. Hannah Pyle, i mo. 22, 1731-2. 

Mary, b. 5 mo. 15, 1702 ; m. Amos Tovvnsend and Joseph Yarnall. 

Sarah, b. 7 mo. i, 1704 ; m. Joseph Gilbert 9 mo. 16, 1744- 

Aaron, b. 11 mo. 9, 1706 ; d. 9 mo. 10, 1750 ; m. Hannah Elwall, b. July 28, 1715. ' 

Joseph, b. I mo. 29, 1709; m. Hannah Hickman. 

Ann, b. 3 mo. 24, 171 1. 



198 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

Aaron James and Elizabeth, his wife, conveyed, Oct. 26, 1741, to their 
son Aaron, the above tract of 142 acres in Westtown, and the latter settled 
thereon. He was married 8 mo. 28, 1741, at Concord Mtg., to Hannah 
Elwall of Westtown. They had three children, Jane, who married Joseph 
Hibberd, Jacob, b. 4 mo. 4, 1744, m. 9 mo. 14, 1763, to Christina Ryan, 
and Isaac, b. 10 mo. 13, 1745, who d. in Willistown, 1772, unmarried. 
The land was divided and 98 acres thereof assigned to Jane and Isaac, and 
the latter conveyed his interest to Joseph Hibberd 3 mo. 5, 1771, who, with 
his wife, sold the 98 acres to Nathan Madack, 3 mo. 26, 1781. 

Joseph Hibberd also obtained 96 acres, 100 perches of land in 
Willistown, by gift from his father Jan. 13, 1774, and with his wife sold the 
same, Oct. 9, 1784, to his brother Caleb Hibberd. A certificate was 
granted by Goshen Mo. Mtg., 12 mo. 17, 1784, for Joseph Hibberd and 
family, directed to Pipe Creek Mo. Mtg., in Frederick Co., Maryland, 
where it is presumed they ended their days. His father devised to him 
14 acres and 32 perches of land in Willistown. 

58. Benjamin Hibberd^ Phebe3, b. in Willistown 8 mo. 25, 1740; 
d. 4 mo. 14, 1819; m. 10 mo. 19, 1769, at an appointed meeting in Willis- 
town, to Mary Garrett, b. in Willistown ; d. 4 mo. 19, 181 1 ; dau. of Isaac 
Garrett3 (William^, William',) and Elizabeth Hatton, of Willistown. They 
had five children, 

299. Amos, b. II mo. i, 1770: d. 10 mo. 30, 1S53 ; m. Hannah Garrett. 

3CX3. Enos, b. 11 mo. 5, 1773 ; d. 4 mo. 3, 1790. 

301. Benjamin, b. 10 mo. 29, 1775 ; d. 2 mo. 10, 181S, unmarried. 

302. Lydia, b. 10 mo. 2, 1777 ; d. 12 mo. 28, 1842 ; m. Josiah Garrett. 

303. Orpah, b. 2 mo. 18, 1782; d. 7 mo. 31, 1827, unmarried. 

Benjamin Hibberd remained at the homestead, which he inherited, and 
was assessed in 1786 with 148 acres, 2 horses and three cattle; in 1799 
with the same land, valued at ^11 per acre, house, brick and stone, and 
stone spring-house, and stone and frame barn, 3 horses and 6 cattle. 
He was appointed 12 mo. 11, 1801, to record certificates of removal, in the 
room of Abraham Pratt, and on 10 mo. 8, 1802, was chosen overseer of 
Willistown Meeting in room of Amos Garrett. He was succeeded by 
Amos Garrett, as overseer, 9 mo. 9, 1808, and by Samuel Grubb 10 mo. i, 
181 7, as recorder of certificates. It is said that his death was caused by 
his clothes taking fire when he was burning brush. 



WILLISTOWN MEETING. 



The marriage of Benjamin Hibberd in 1769, at a meeting in W'illistown 
is the first allusion to a meeting being held in the township. It was prob- 
ably held at first in a private house, and only in the winter, when traveling 
was more difficult. Other marriages are stated to have been accomplished 
there, as follows: one 11 mo. 25, 1773; one 12 mo. 22, 1774; one 11 mo. 
21, 1782 and two in 1784. At Goshen Mo. Mtg., 4 mo. 9, 1784, "The 
ffrds who have usually held a meeting During the winter season at Willis- 
town, now Request, with the approbation of Goshen & Newtown prepara- 
tive meetings, to have a meeting settled there & to hold a preparative 
meeting; which is left for further soUid consideration." The subject was 
again considered 10 mo. 8, 1784 when it was concluded to drop it for the 
present. On 6 mo. 8, 1787, "The friends who have usually attended the 
Willistown meeting Requests to have a meeting settled there, to be held 
on first and fifth days, except the day before Goshen Mo. meeting, which is 
left under consideration another mo." At the next meeting it was con- 
cluded to forward the request to the Quarterly Meeting, at a session of 
which, held 11 mo. 10, 1788, it was granted after the manner proposed. 

The present meeting-house was built in 1798, but at what date a prior 
one was erected we have no account at present. After the new one was 
built the old one was used for some time as a dwelling, but upon the 
division in the Society, in 1828, the Orthodox portion again made use of 
the old building. It was torn down about the year 1875. 



59- Caleb Hibbard^ Phebe3, b. in Willistown 12 mo. i, 1742; d. 
I mo. 18, 1S29 ; m. 1 1 mo. 18, 1767, at Newtown Mtg., to Phebe Thomas, 
b. 2 mo. 21, 1746 ; d. 1 1 mo. 22, 1827 ; dau. of Isaac and Mary Thomas of 
Willistown: both buried at Willistown meeting. They had eleven children, 

304. Mary, b. 11 mo. iS, 176S ; ni. Thomas Hall. 

305. William, b. 10 mo. 19, 1770; d. i mo. 29, 1S49 ; "''• J^^^ Williamson. 

306. Phebe, b. S mo. 12, 1772 ; m. John Llo^d. 

307. Elizabeth, b. 10 mo. 4, 1774; d. 12 mo. ir, 1791, unmarried. 

308. Hannah, b. 3 mo. 28, 1777; ni. James Ma.ssey. 

309. Rhoda, b. 7 mo. 13, 1779 ; d. 3 mo. 1S56, unmarried. 

310. Caleb, b. 11 mo. 19, 17S1,; d. 8 mo. 1835 ; m. Mirtilla Stowe. 

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LINE OF PHEBE3, JOHN^. ^^j 

"^w. Isaac, b. 6 mo. 21, 17S4; d. 5 mo. 16, 1809, unmarried. 

;,i2. Martha, b. 12 mo. 21, 17S7 ; d. 5 mo. 8, 1831, unmarried. 

313. Esther, b. 7 mo. i, 1789 : d. 7 mo. iS, 1813, unmarried. 

",14. Samuel, b. 8 mo. 29, 1792; d. 2 mo. 2. 1822, unmarried. 

Caleb Hibbard substituted the "a" in his name for the "e" used by his 
father and the others of the family, and his descendants follow his example. 
He learned the tanning business and established a tannery on his farm. 
His father gave him 50 acres of the original tract Jan. 1 1, 1774, and 5 acres 
of another tract the day previous. In 1784 he bought his brother Joseph's 
farm, out of which the 5 acres had been taken. His father also devised to 
him about loi acres in two tracts. In 1774 he was assessed with 50 acres, 

1 horse and 2 cattle; in 1786, with 176 acres, a tanyard, i horse and three 
cattle. In 1799 he had the same land, worth ^10, per acre, 2 stone 
houses, 2 log barns, tanyard and buildings, 2 horses, 4 cattle and a saw-mill. 

Peter Thomas' and Sarah Stedman both of "Springtowne" de- 
clared their intentions of marriage before Chester Mo. Mtg., i mo. i, and 

2 mo. 5, 1686, and were married 2 mo. 15, 1686, at John Simcock's house 
in Ridley. They afterward removed to Willistown and settled on a tract of 
528 acres, on Crum Creek, next above Francis Yarnall. Peter died 4 mo. 
5, 1722. Their children, so far as known, were Lydia, m. in 1710 to John 
Pyle, Peter, Jacob, m. 9 mo. 6, 17 17 to Elizabeth Richards, and Joseph m. 
1 718, to Jemima David. 

Peter Thomas- of Willistown, was married in 171 1, to Elizabeth 
Goodwin, and had children, Jacob, Sarah, Peter, John, Thomas, Isaac, 
Elizabeth, Mary, Rachel, James and Lydia. 

Isaac Thomas3, b. 4 mo. 21, 1721 ; d. i mo. 19, 1802 ; was married 

3 mo. 16, 1745, at Birmingham Mtg., to Mary Townsend, dau. of John 
Townsend (and Catharine ?) of Westtown township, from Long Island. 
They continued to reside in Willistown and had eleven children, 

Phebe, b. 2 mo. 21, 1746 ; d. 11 mo. 22, 1827 ; m. Caleb Hibbard. 

Enos, b. II mo. 12, 1747 ; d. 3 mo. 8, 1S05 ; m. Sarah Garrett. 

Nathan, b. 10 mo. 20, 1749 ; m. Sarah Scott. 

Hannah, b. 10 mo. 31, 1751 ; d. 9 mo. 22, 1785 ; ni. Daniel Sharpies (No. 69). 

Isaac, b. 5 mo. 12, 1754 ; d. 3 mo. 20, 1806 ; m. Hannah Jackson. 

Mary, b. 8 mo. 23, 1756; d. 5 mo. 13, 1759. 

Jonathan, b. 10 mo. 21, 175S; d. 5 mo. 26, 1759. 

Townsend, b. 6 mo. 4, 1760 ; d. 3 mo. 28, 1S46 ; m. Beulah Eyre. 

Thomas, b. 6 mo. 3, 1763. 

Martha, b. 2 mo. 22, 1765 ; d. 5 mo. 28, 1S37 ; m. John Larkin. 

Mordecai, b. 7 mo. 21, 1767 ; d. 5 mo. 7, 1837; "''• Lydia Hoopes. 



202 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

As a cabinet-maker Isaac Thomas made the old-fashioned long eight-day 
clocks which are now much sought after as relics and specimens of antique 
furniture. Caleb Hibbard (the son ?) also made some of them early in 
this century. 

60. Phebe Hibbard^, Phebe3, b. in Willistown 2 mo. 16, 1745 ; 
d. I mo. 7, 1795; m. 4 mo. 11, 1765, at Goshen Meeting, to Allen 
Farquhar, b. lo mo. i6, 1737, O. S. ; d. 10 mo. 15, 1798 ; son of William 
and Ann Farquhar, of Pipe Creek, Frederick Co. Md. They had ten 
children, 

315. Benjamin, b. 5 mo. 8, 1766 ; d. 8 mo. 8, 1827 ; m. Rachel Wright. 

316. Amos, b. 7 mo. 5, 1768 ; d. 5 mo. 1835 ; m. Mary Elgar. 

317. William, b. 11 mo. 15, 1770; m. Sarah Updegraff. 

318. Infant son, b. 9 mo. 10, 1772 ; d. 11 mo. 5, 1772. 

319. Allen, b. 9 mo. 15, 1773; d. 11 mo. 22, 1827 ; m. Mary Poultney. 

320. Caleb, b. 3 mo. 26, 1776 ; m. Sarah Poultney. 

321. Jonah, b. 3 mo. 13, 1778 ; d. 4 mo. 10, 1857 ; m. Elizabeth Beal. 

322. Hannah, b. 3 mo. 10, 1780; m. Josiah Updegraff. 

323. Mahlon, b. 6 mo. 27, 1782 ; d. 12 mo. 21, 1808, unmarried, in Ohio. 

324. James, b. 7 mo. 29, 1786 ; cert, to Fairfa.x, Va., 10 mo. 17, 1S12 ; d. at Jefferson 

City, Mo., unmarried. 

Allen Farquhar', grandfather of Allen, above, came from Ireland, 
and in 1725 and 1726, was a resident taxable in Chester Co., Pa., as of 
New Garden township. After this he removed to Pipe Creek, Md. His 
son William^, b. in Ireland 7 mo. 29, 1705; d. at Pipe Creek 9 mo. 21, 
1778, remained in Chester County for some time and became a member of 
New Garden Mo. Mtg., where he married, 2 mo. 19, 1733, Ann Miller, 
dau. of James and Katharine (Lightfoot) Miller, also from Ireland. In 1735 
they removed to Pipe Creek, taking a certificate to Hopewell Mo. Mtg., in 
Virginia, and settled near where the town of Union Bridge now stands, on 
land conveyed to him by his father for being a faithful and filial son, provided 
he would move from "y^ province of Pennsylvania to y^ province of 
Maryland," and occupy the same. William was a tailor, and, tradition 
says, used to make up buckskin breeches, take them to Annapolis, and 
with the proceeds "enter" more land, until, about 1760, he had possession 
of 2000 acres : also that his sister Hannah Owings, a Catholic, from near 
Emmettsburg, Md., used to have long discussions with him about the 
heresy of his faith. He was influential in having a Friends' meeting 
established at Pipe Creek, and a memorial of him was published in 1787. 



LINE OF ANN3, JOHN\ ^q 

His watch, said to have been brought from Ireland, is now in possession 
of Pemberton Wood, of Union Bridge. 

The children of William^ and Ann Farquhar were — 

James, b. — mo. 20, 1733. 

William, b. 10 mo. 11, 1735 ; m. Rachel Wright and Mary Baily. 

Allen, b. 10 mo. 16, 1737 ; m. Phebe Hibberd (No. 60). 

Mary, b. 11 mo. 22, 1739; m. Joseph Wright. 

George, b. 6 mo. 9, 1742. 

Samuel, b. 5 mo. 8, 1745 : m. Phebe Yarnall (No. 274). 

Elizabeth, b. 6 mo. 13, 174S ; m. Joel Wright. 

Moses, b. II mo. 3, 1750. 

Susannah, b. 9 mo. 5, 1753 ; m. Solomon Shepherd. 

Allen Farquhar- died 12 mo. 12, 1800, in his Sist year, and Sarah, his 
widow, 7 mo. 4, 1S29, in her 97th year. They had seven children, Thomas, 
b. II mo. 16, 1 75 1, m. Hannah Edmundson ; Sarah, b. 1 1 mo. 13, 1753; 
William, b. 12 mo. 24, 1755 ; Rachel, b. 2 mo. 7 1764; Robert, b. 7 mo. 
13, 1766; Mary, b. 11 mo. 6, 1769; Samuel, b. 9 mo. 21, 1772. Thomas 
and Hannah had children, Joseph, Thomas, Allan, William, David and John 
B., of whom David was the father of Joseph Farquhar of East Bethlehem 
Washington Co., Pa. The family were doubtless of Scotch ancestry. 

61. Richard Bond'^, Ann3, b. in Cecil Co., Md., Oct. 4, 1728, 
d. near Brick Church, Lost Creek, Harrison Co., W. Va., Jan. 14, 1819; 
m. 1st Mary Jarman, of Hopewell, Cumberland Co., N. J., said by some to 
have been a widow Wells, b. July 4, i733(?). Second wife Mary, widow 
of Jonathan Booth and dau. of Augustine and Judith Passmore of Cecil 
Co., Md., b. 3 mo. 15, 1747 ; d. 12 mo. 5, 1S20. He had fifteen children, 
si.x of them by the last wife viz. : 

325. Samuel, b. Sep. 30, 1754 ; d. Mar. 3, 183S ; m. Elizabeth McVeigh and Phebe 

Booth. 

326. Richard, b. Mar. 9, 1756 ; d. Feb. 14, 1820 ; m. Tamar Davis and Mary 

Bimmfield. 

327. Susanna, b. Aug. 24, 1757 ; d. unmarried. 
32S. Levi, b. Aug. 20, 175S ; m. . 

329. Lydia, b. Aug. 2, 1760 ; d. about 1S21 ; m. Morris Job. 

330. John, b. May 20, 1762 ; d. unmarried. 

331. Abel, b. June 4, 1763 ; d. Jan. 22, 1852 ; m. Elizabeth Booth. 

332. Sarah, b. May 9, 1765 ; m. Coleman. 

333. Mary, b. May 15, 1767 ; d. unmarried. 

334. Rachel, b. Dec. 22, 1775 ; d. unmarried. 

335. Thomas, b. Sep. 16, 1777; ni. Cassandra Raymond and Sarah Clark. 



204 THE SHARPLESS FAMIL Y. 

336. Lewis, b. Feb. 16, 1780; d. Apr. 14, 1867 ; m. Lydia John. 

337. Rebecca, b. Feb. 16, 17S0; d. Apr. 2, 1869; m. Thomas Haymond. 

338. Mary Ann, died in infancy. 

339. Mary Ann, b. Sep. 23, 17S4 ; d. July 31, 1S22 ; m. Daniel Haymond. 

Isabella G. Putnam^ (Mary^, LydiaS, Richard Bond4), of Mount 
Pleasant, Iowa, says that her great-grandfather represented Cecil County 
in the Maryland Assembly for twenty-one years. What is known of his 
landed possessions there, has been mentioned in the history of his parents. 
He removed to Virginia in 1799, and took up the fine bottom land lying on 
Lost Creek and its tributaries, at what is now Lost Creek Station, Harrison 
Co., W. Va. The following letter, without date, must have been written 
about 1808, or early in 1809 ! when the writer was 80 years of age. 

Virginia, Harrison County, near Clarks Burg. 
My Dear Sisters : 

I send these lines with the greatest affection ; if yet a living hoping they will find you in 
health, and hope you are traviling that narrow way that leads to Everlasting happyness, and 
that you may set down with Christ on his throne where I hope you and I may meet through 
the merits of our Dear Redeemer and sing that new song. Glory and honour to the lamb who 
hath redeemed us to our God By his own Blood. And my Dear sisters I shall inform you how 
we are at present : our Relations are generly well and have the nessesaries of Life and Likely 
to do well in life : my Children are all married but Maryann, and expect shee will before long. 
Except Rachel, who Continues out of her reason. My self has had a long spell of Illness this 
three months ; have not been able to do any thing, and now have a gathering in one side my 
head which has been very painfull and yet is not Easy. I must Conclude with my Sincear 
prayer for your Everlasting hapiness, our Loves being rememberd to you. from your Brother 

Rich" Bond. 
[On outside] To Sarah Howell, 
Margret Davis, 
and Susannah Davis. 

favourd by our Elder John Davis. 

62. Sarah Bond-*, Ann^, b. in Cecil Co., Md., Feb. 9, 1729-30; 

d. at Shiloh, N. J., Dec. 30, 1812; m. about 1749 to Ebenezer Howell 

of New Castle Co., Del., born at sea about 1727 ; d. at Shiloh 1790. His 
father is thought to have been Thomas Howell, from Wales, and one 
Reynold Howell, of New Casde County, was a relative. The family 
records are in possession of their grandson Lewis Howell, Shiloh, N. J., 
but he being much from home among his children it has been impracticable 
to obtain exact dates. He has however sent the following as approximate, 
for the children of Ebenezer and Sarah Howell : 

340. Samuel, b. 1750; d. 1769, unmarried. 

341. Richard, b. 1752; d. 1802; m. Kezia Burr. 



LINE OF ANN3, JOHNk 2q- 

342. Lewis, b. 1752 ; d. about 1778 ; twin with Richard, unmarried. 



343- 



Sarah, b. 1754 ; d. 1S26 ; m. four times. 

344. Ebenezer, b. 1756; d. 1776. 

345- Azariah, b. 175S ; died young. 

346. Susanna, b. 1760; d. 177S. 

347. Tamar, b. 1762 ; d. 1784. 

348. Margaret, b. 1763 ; d. unmarried. 

349. Anne, b. 1764; d. 17S0. 

350. George, b. 1766; d. 1S48 ; m. Anna Mulford. 

Lewis Howell also writes (1884), after referring to Samuel and Ann 
Bond, as Seventh-day Baptists, as follows: " My grandfather, E. Howell, 
did not belong to that school but respected his wife's views so much that 
he sold out his possessions in New Casde County and bought land in 
Shiloh, so that his wife, Sarah, might be near a Church of the Sabbatarians. 
She observed the seventh day as a sabbath, and he the first day, while they 
lived. The sons followed the father and the daughters the mother, — not a 
very promising plan for happiness, although my father told me it was 
never made a cause of trouble. Ebenezer Howell purchased the farm 
near Shiloh in 1768, built a brick house in 1770; lived on it till he died: 
(my father, George, ditto, and the prospect is that I shall as I am 82.) was 
a Judge of the Courts for Cumberland County before the Revolution, of 
course a mark for the tories. His wife did not want to know where he 
was at night as they, the tories, would call and enquire for him." 

63. Margaret Bond-*, Ann3, b. in Cecil Co., Md., Oct. 4, 1732; 
d. Oct. 6, 1S22, at Shiloh, N. J.; m. Jonathan Davis, b. July 7, 1734; 
d. July 23, 1785 ; son of David Davis, pastor of the Welsh Tract Baptist 
Church in New Castle Co., Del. They had eight children, 

351. Ann, married Elijah Ayars. 

352. Samuel, b. Nov. 3, 1760; d. Feb. 18, 1834; m. Anna Sheppard, Mary Ayars, 

Hannah Sraalley and Hannah (Hall) Sheppard. 

353. David, b. Nov. 3, 1760; d. July i, 1844 ; m. Naomi Dunn. 

354. Ammi, b. April i, 1762; d. Jan. 29, 1S17; m. Jonathan Davis (No. 360). 

355. Susanna, died unmarried. 

356. Sarah, d. Dec. 17, 1789; m. David Thomas. 

357. Richard, d. Jan. 1833 ; m. Ruth Young. 

358. John, b. Dec. 1775; d. Aug. 6, 1S54; m. Mary Jones. 

It is claimed that Jonathan Davis, before leaving New Casde County, 
founded Newark Academy, now Delaware College. He became a 
Sabbatarian, perhaps through the influence of his wife, and was ordained 



2o6 THE SHARPLESS FAMIL Y. 

Nov. 13, 1768, at the request of the Church at Shiloh, Cumberland Co., 
N. J., and succeeded Elder Jonathan Davis, who died Feb. 2, 1769, as 
pastor; in which station he continued until his death. During this time a 
new meeting-house was built, of brick, and there was a large increase of 
membership. He is said to have given the name of Shiloh to the Church 
and place, which had been known as Cohansey Corners. 

Rev. David Davis, the 5th pastor of the Welsh Tract Church, was ■ 
born in 1708 in the parish of Whitchurch and county of Pembroke, Wales ; 
arrived in this country in 17 10, was ordained in 1734, and died Aug. 19, 
1769. We are not informed as to his parents, yet they doubtless brought 
him over. His wife, Rachel, was the daughter of Rev. Elisha Thomas, the 
the 2d pastor of the Welsh Tract Church, who was born in 1674, in 
Caermarthen shire, Wales, and arrived in Penna., 1701 : died Nov. 7, 1730, 
and was buried at Welsh Tract, where a tomb-stone was erected to his 

memory. His daughter Rachel married first, Jones, and secondly 

David Davis. 

A paper in possession of Susan J. Bowen of Bridgeton, N. J., 
apparently written by David Davis, contains a partly mutilated record of 
his family, viz. : 

My son Rees Davis was borne September the 20, 1732 : Died Nov' : i : 1756. 

My son Jonathan Davis was borne July the 7 : 1734. 

My son Thomas David was borne Decern the 24 ; 1735- 

My son John Davis was borne Septem the 7 : 1737. 

My Daughter Susanah Davis was borne Septem 29 : 1739- 

My Daughter Mary Davis was borne Aug.(?) the 28 : 1741- 

My Daughter Margret Davis was borne June the 28 : 1743- 

And my Dear Wife Died July the 23 : 17 — 

There appears to have been a child by a second wife but the name 
and date are missing. Morgan Edwards, in his "Materials towards a 
History of the American Baptists," 1770, mentions these children of David 
and Rachel Davis (except Thomas), and says that they, with the exception 
of John and Margaret, w^ere married into the families of Miles, Bonham, 
Bentley and Parr. John supplied the church for a time after his father's 
death, but in 1770, was about to remove to Boston. 



64. Susanna Bond% Ann3, b. in Cecil Co., Md., Oct. 21, 1735; 
d. at Shiloh, N. J., Apr. 12, 1810; m. May 31, 1757, at Charlestown, Md.^ 
to Einathan Davis, b. Dec. 13, 1735; d. Dec. 14, 1S02; son of 



LINE OF ANNS, JOHN'. 20- 

Jonathan and Esther Davis of Hopewell, Cumberland Co., N. J. They 
had eleven children, 



Rachel, b. Aug. lo, 1758; d. Feb. 14, 1782 ; m. Jeremiah Young. 
Jonathan, b. Dec. 25, 1759; d. Apr. 20, 1819 ; m. Animi Davis (No. 354). 
Jacob, b. Sept. 30, 1761 ; d. Jan. 23, 1822 ; m. Elizabeth Woodruff. 
Ebenezer, b. May 7, 1763 ; d. Mar. 13, 1827 ; ni. Margaret Tomlinson. 
Jedediah, b. Apr. 30, 1765 ; d. Mar. 8, 1829 ; m. Rebecca Sheppard and Amarilla 

Lennox. 

Susanna, b. Aug. 15, 

Samuel Bond, b. Jan 

(Ayars) Davis. 
Jeremiah, b. June 6, 1771 ; d. Dec. 
Elnathan, b. Mar. 26, 1774; d. Sep. 

Ayars. 
Susanna, b. Jan. 19, 1777 ; d. Aug. 
Margaret, b. Jan. 24, 17S0; d. Jan. 

Ayars. 



1767; d. 



Jan. 19, 1770. 

d. Oct. 30, 1S36 ; m. Sarah Sheppard and Lavina 



27. 1799; 
14, 1842; 



16, 1S37 
16, 1837 : 



Martha Swinney. 

Hannah Crosley and Catharine 



m. Mahlon Davis. 

m. Dickinson Sheppard and Reese 



Elnathan and Susanna Davis resided on a farm on the south side of 
the pike, running to Bridgeton, about half a mile east of Shiloh. Both 
were buried at the Shiloh Seventh-day Baptist Church; she on Apr. 14, 
1 8 10, when Joel Smith preached from Eccl. xii. 6 and 7. Micajah Ayars 
says "there are one or two linen towels in our family that Susanna Davis 
made, we suppose about one hundred years old." 

Elnathan was a noted surveyor and much employed in his own and 
neighboring counties, and even as far off as Maryland. His journeys to 
that province, when a young man, becoming frequent, his friends inquired 
the cause, to which he would answer, "Interest on a bond to be attended 
to." Tradition says that not until he brought home his bride did the 
friends suspect it was a living' bond that had drawn him thither. He held 
the appointment of deputy surveyor for Cumberland County and was 
employed in making some important surveys. His accuracy was so well 
known that later surveyors have seldom disagreed with the lines run by 
him. 

About the year 1662, three brothers, John, Jonathan and William 
Davis, came to New England in the company of Welsh Baptists under 
the leadership of the Rev. John Miles. They named the place of their 
setdement Swansea from that of their home in Wales. About the year 
1687 a number of families, including the Bowens, Barretts and others, 
under the Rev. Timothy Brooks, removed to South Jersey, and settled at 
Bowentown, Barretts Run and Shiloh. Some of the Davis family removed 



2o8 THE SHARPLESS EAMIL Y. 

to Long Island, whence Jonathan and EInathan Davis, supposed to be sons 
of one of the above three brothers, came to Trenton, and EInathan became 
the Surveyor General of New Jersey. Jonathan Davis, Jr., son of EInathan 
settled at Shiloh, married Esther, daughter of Isaac Ayars, and had six 
children : 

Jarman, b. Feb. 24, 1732 ; m. Esther Ayars. 

Jonathan, b. Jan. 26, 1734; d. Jan. 21, 1753. 

Ehiathan, b. Dec. 13, 1735 ; m. Susanna Bond. 

Isaac, b. July 27, 1737. 

Edith, b. Nov. 13, 1739. 

Naomi, b. Mar. 10, 1757 ; m. Caleb Ayars. 



SHILOH CHURCH. 



Jonathan Davis of Long Island, born May 15^ 1675, married a Bowen 
of the Rev. John Miles' company, and about the year 1700 settled at 
Trenton with his brother EInathan Davis, the Surveyor General. He 
frequently visited his wife's relatives at Bowentown, and being a Seventh- 
day Baptist gained numerous converts in that vicinity. It appears that in 
1716, these Sabbath-keepers had a temporary organization, and held 
meetings from house to house. At length, on the 27th of March, 1737, 
the Seventh-day Baptist Church of Shiloh was organized with the following 
articles of faith and agreement, and names as found in the oldest records. 

We whose names are hereunder written do join together upon the articles and agreements 
following : 

ist. We believe that unto us there is but one God, the Father, and one Lord, Jesus 
Christ, who is the Mediator between God and mankind. We believe the Holy Ghost is the 
Spirit of God. i Cor. 8 : 6 ; i Tim. 2:5)2 Tim. 3 : 16 ; 2 Peter 1:21; John 14 : 26. 

2d. We believe that all Scripture of the Old and New Testaments given by inspiration, 
is the word of God, (2 Peter i ; 19-21 ; 2 Tim. 3 : 16 : Mark 7 : 13 ; i Thess. 2 : 13 ; Acts 
4 : 29-31.) and is the rule of faith and practice. 

3d. We believe that the ten commandments that were written on two tables of stone by 
the finger of God continueth to be the rule of righteousness unto all men. Matt. 5 : 17-19 ; 
Mai. 4:4; James 2 : 10 ; James i : 25 ; Romans 7 : 25 ; 3 : 31 ; 13 : 8-10 ; Eph. 6 : 2. 

4th. We believe the si.\ principles recorded in Hebrews 6 : i, 2, to be the rule of fliith 
and practice. 

5th. We believe that the Lord's Supper ought to be administered and received in all 
Christian churches. Luke 22 : 19, 20; i Cor. 11: 23-26. 



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6th. We believe that all Christian churches ought to have church officers in them, as 
elders and deacons. Titus 1:5; Acts 6 : 3. 

7th. We believe that all persons thus believing ought to be baptized in water by dipping, 
plunging, after confession is made by them of their faith in the above said things. Mark i : 
4, 5 ; Acts 2 : 38 ; Acts 8 : 36, 37 ; Rom. 6 : 3, 4 ; Col. 2:12. 

Sth. We believe that a company of sincere persons being found in the faith and practice 
of the above said things may be said to be the church of Christ. Acts 2 : 41, 42. 

9th. We give up ourselves first unto the Lord, and to one another, to be guided and 
governed by one another according to the word of God. 2 Cor. 8:5; Col. 2 : 19 ; Psa. 
133: i; 84: 1,2,4, 10. 

John Swinnev, Deborah Swinney, 

Dr. Elijah Bowen, Deborah Bowen, 
John Jerman (afterward spelled Jarman), 
Caleb Barratt, Abicjail Barrat, 

Hugh Dunn, Amy Dunn, 

Jonathan Davis, Jr., Esther Davis, 
Caleb Avars, Jr., 

Joseph Swinney, Deborah Swinnev, Jr., 

Samuel Davis, Ann Davis, 

Jean Philips of Newtown Square in Pennsyl- 
vania. Anna Swinnev. 

To Jonathan Davis, senior, is ascribed tlie honor of being the founder 
of the church. He died in 1750, leaving no children. His nephew, 
Jonathan Davis, Jr., was chosen at the constitution of the church as the 
first settled j^astor, and under his labors the members increased from 
eighteen to about one hundred. He had for many years a colleague in the 
person of Eld. Samuel Bowen, of the Timothy Brooks company. 

On the 24th of March, 1738, Caleb Ayars, Sr., deeded to the church 
one acre of land for a meeting-house lot and burial ground, and a frame 
house for worship, 30 by 40 ft., was erected the same year. One feature 
of this first meeting-house consisted of a large fire place in the centre of 
the room. Another fact was that the pastor, at his death, Feb. 2, 1769, in 
his 60th year, was buried under the floor of the meeting-house, between 
the pulpit and the fire place. The spot is now identified by the large fiat 
tombstone placed over his remains. 

The second pastor was Rev. Jonathan Davis from the Welsh Tract in 
Delaware, who had been ordained to the ministry Nov. 12, 1768, and 
continued his labors till his death, July 23, 1785. It was this man, so 
eminent for learning and piety, that gave the name of Shiloh to the place 
which was formerly called Cohansey Corners. Rev. Jonathan Jarman was 
his colleague for some years and after his death supplied the church till he 
moved to Cape May, where he died, but his remains were brought back to 



210 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

Shiloh for burial. Rev. Thomas Jones, a First-day Baptist minister 
supplied the church for a time, and Philip Ayars, a prominent member, 
administered the ordinance of baptism in the absence of a pastor. 

In 1786 Nathan Ayars was called by the church and ordained, and 
remained pastor till his death in 1810. About 1790 a division took place 
in regard to doctrine, and under the preaching of Eld. Moses Winchester 
a few openly espoused the theory of final restoration. 

John Davis, the youngest son of the second pastor, was ordained in 
1807, and continued his labors with the church till 1842, when he resigned 
on account of age. Under his pastorate there were large revivals and 
probably the most extensive ingatherings in the history of the church. 
During the year 183 1, when he was assisted by Eld. William B. Maxson, 
there were added no less than one hundred and one members. 

Rev. Azor Estee was the next pastor, and remained nearly three years. 
Under his ministration, assisted by Eld. John Green, about ninety were 
added to the church. In 1844, Solomon Carpenter took the oversight of 
the church but was soon transferred to the China mission. In 1845, Eld. 
Samuel Davison, a convert to the Sabbath, took the pastoral charge, and 
was succeeded in 1848 by Rev. Giles M. Langworthy, whose sickness and 
premature death again left them without an undershepherd. 

Rev. Enoch Barnes, a convert from the Methodists, supplied the 
pulpit during the summer of 1850. Eld. George R. Wheeler of Salem 
also officiated occasionally, butT was soon called to the pastorate of the 
Marlboro Church. Rev. William Jones, a convert to the Sabbath while 
laboring in Hayti under the Baptist Free Missionary Society, was called to 
take charge of the church in the fall of 1S50. During his ministry the 
present brick meeting-house was completed and dedicated, the old building 
donated to the Union Academy and fitted up especially for the wants of 
that institution. After the dedication of the new meeting-house Eld. Jones 
continued the meetings from night to night which resulted in a large 
ingathering of the young people. In 1853 he resigned in order to go as 
a missionary to Palestine and was succeeded the following Spring by Rev. 
Walter B. Gillette. The latter, after a successful pastorate of twenty 
years, with many refreshing seasons and large accessions to the church, 
the cause of education advanced and the present Academic building erected, 
resio-ned the pastorate to go as missionary in the Western Association. 

In April, 1873, Rev. A. H. Lewis was called to the pastoral care of the 
church. A parsonage in the village was purchased and remodeled at a 
cost of about three thousand dollars. In 1875 the number of communicants 



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212 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

was about three hundred and seventy-five. A. H. Lewis remained with 
the Church till July 3, 1876, when he returned to Alfred Centre, N. Y., 
whence he came, to take charge of the theological department in the 
University. He is now pastor of the Plainfield, N. J., Seventh-day Baptist 
Church. Rev. D. H. Davis, a graduate of Alfred University, was the next 
pastor, but after three years he was chosen by the General Conference, 
Sept., 1879, to go as a missionary to China, where he is now pastor of a 
church in Shanghai. 

Rev. Theodore L. Gardiner, a graduate of Alfred University, began 
his pastoral labors in Dec, 1879, and still remains very acceptably with the 
Church. He is often called upon to fill the pulpits of different churches, 
in the absence of their pastors. He is an earnest worker in the cause of 
temperance, and an advocate of prohibition, upon which he is frequently 
called to speak in different places. 

The first land owned by the church, being one acre, forms the north- 
east corner of the present graveyard. Since then additions have been 
made until there are now about six acres. The first house was used for 
thirty-three years when it was moved to the village and used as a mechanic's 
shop by Elijah Ayars. Said Dea. John Bright's mother — "It was on 
account of the old meeting-house stopping at Cohansey Corners, in 
imitation of the ark resting at Shiloh, that our village received that 
beautiful name, which it has ever since retained." The frame of the old 
building was afterward taken down, and now forms part of the barn owned 
by Caleb Henry Sheppard. In 1771, a brick meeting-house 36^ by 40 ft., 
was erected, and in 1824, a large gallery, on three sides, was added. In 
1850 this building was donated to the Union Academy and used till the new 
academy building was finished, when it was taken down and the large trees 
which surrounded it cut away to make room for an enlargement of the 
graveyard. In 1S50 the present building, 42 by 64 ft., was erected, and 
dedicated in 1851, of which we give a view. A picture of the second 
building might have been of more interest to the older members but this 
will be familiar to the greater number. Hundreds have gone forth to help 
build up other churches in various places in the West, but they and their 
descendants must look back to Shiloh as the home of their fathers, whose 
bones lie thickly buried in the quiet graveyard there. The fact that the 
church has been largely composed of the descendants of the Sharpless 
Family is the excuse for giving so much of its history, which is mostly 
taken from an account prepared in 1S75, by Ethan B. Swinney, one of the 
family. 



LINE OF DANIEL3, JOHNk ^ j , 

The architect and builder of the present structure Avas David A. F. 
Randolph, and among the carpenters who worked at it were Abel S. 
Randolph, Howell W. Randolph, Isaac Randolph, Micajah Ayars, Mordecai 
T. Davis, Percival F. Davis, Hugh D. Ayars and William T. Sheppard ; 
the most of whom are mentioned elsewhere in this work. 



65. Thomas Sharpies^ Danieb, b. in Ridley (now Nether 
Providence), 8 mo. 29, 1738 ; d. in Chester township, 1796; m. 6 mo. 23, 
1763, at Chester Mtg., to Martha Preston, b. 6 mo. 22, 1744 ; d. 10 mo. 6, 
1797; dau. of Jonas and Jane Preston of Chester township. They had 
eight children, 

370. William, married Ann Morrison. 

371. Preston, died young. 

372. Jonas, b. 7 mo. 9, 1769 ; d. i mo. 5, 1S51 ; m. Susanna Fairlamb. 

373. Jane, b. 9 nio. 15, 1772 ; d. 6 mo. 5, 1S49 ; m. James Siiaw. 

374. Thomas, d. aged about 18 years. 

375. Preston, d. 5 mo. 23, 1854, in 77th year; m. Mary Alston and Eliza Newport. 
376- Samuel, married Rebecca Y. Judge. 

377. George, married Anna Sackett. 

Thomas Sharpies was appointed a trustee for Chester Meeting 1 1 mo. 
28, 1763, in place of Jonathan Cowpland, disowned: received a certificate 
to Duck Creek 6 mo. 28, 1773, with wife and four children, William, 
Preston, Jonas and Jane: produced one from thence 8 mo. 30, 1779, with 
wife and children, William, Jonas, Jane, Thomas and Preston. On 9 mo. 
21, 1 78 1, Chester Mtg. complained that he had taken a Test and paid fines 
and taxes demanded of him for military purposes, and had collected a tax 
from those that were free to pay ; for which he was disowned i mo. 28, 
1782. The following is a copy of the testimony against him : 

Whereas Thomas Shaq^less, having a birthright amongst us (the People called Quakers), 
but for want of attending to the dictates of Truth in his own heart, hath deviated so far as to 
take, or subscribe to, a Test, the tenor of which is inconsistant with our Religious principles, 
& hath paid a fine or fines in Lieu of personal service in the Militia ; therefore in order to clear 
the Society from the reproach of such conduct, we disown him from being a member thereof, 
until he, being sensible of his Errors, may Condemn the same to the satisfaction of this 
meeting : which that he may is our desire. 

Signed in & on belialf of Chester Monthly Meeting, held the aSth of i Mo : 17S2, 

by Tho^. Evans, Cik. 

Thomas Sharpies, wheelwright, was assessed in Chester, 1 764, with a 
dwelling house, two lots and a cow. In 1786, he had a house and wharf, 



214 ^-^^ SNARPLESS FAMILY. 

two horses, six cows, two spoons and 75 acres of land. His father devised 
to him in 1775, a house and some lots, with 48 acres of land, and his wife's 
parents had given them a house and 20 acres by deed of Jan. 16, 1771. 
Thomas bought from Nehemiah Davis and wife, Eleanor, 4^ acres, Feb. 
7, 1770, and from Reuben Roberts and wife, Margaret, 5 acres, 61 perches, 
Jan. 2, 1772. The last piece was conveyed to John Crosby Jan. 25, 1793. 
On July 1 7, 1 790, Joseph Russell of Philadelphia, merchant, and wife, Ann, 
conveyed to Thomas Sharpies of Chester, wheelwright, and wife, Martha, 
two pieces of Upland and marsh, about 20 acres, being part of a larger 
tract called the Horse Shoe. The house and lot of ^]4 acres, bought from 
Davis, were conveyed to William Willis of Chester borough Mar. 25, 1796. 
Thomas bought two acres of marsh from William Swaffer, or his executors, 
but dying intestate before a deed was executed, the same was conveyed to 
his administrators, his widow and son William, 12 mo. 31, 1796. 

Martha Sharpies was appointed on a committee to have care of the 
poor, but being deceased was succeeded by Mary Davies, 12 mo, 25, 1797. 
Her will was dated 9 mo. 7, 1797, and proved Oct. 19, 1797, in which she 
gives to her son William the house and plantation where I now dwell, 
given me by my father, Jonas Preston ; also the marsh bought of Joseph 
Russell, he paying the balance of the purchase money, ;^io6, and ^260, to 
the rest of the children : The 8 acres on Chester Creek in the borough, 
and a lot of my late husband to be valued together and divided so as to 
accommodate two of my children : dau. Jane's share to be put at interest 
during her life and the principal paid to her children : to grandchildren 
Thomas Sharpies and Martha Shaw, ^25, each : to son William the walnut 
desk and bookcase which was his fathers : to son Preston all the furniture 
in my bed room : my half of the mill in St. George's hundred. New Castle 
County, Del., to be sold. 

William Preston, find Jane, his wife, "of Bradley in the parish of 
Huthersfield, Old England," arrived in Pennsylvania in the year 17 18, 
bringing a certificate from Brighouse Monthly Meeting of Friends, held 1 1 
mo. 17, 1 71 7, at Harwood-well, near Halifax, in the county of York. They 
with their seven children, John, Martha, Joseph, Sarah, William, Jonas and 
Mary, settled in Buckingham, Bucks Co., Pa. 

Jonas Preston, the youngest son, was born in Yorkshire, 11 mo. 19, 
1 7 10, and died in New Castle, Del, 2 mo. i, 1772. He married Jane 
Paxson, of Bucks County, and had children, William, b. 1 1 mo. 25, 1732-3 ; 
Mary, b. 9 mo. 20, 1734; John, b. 10 mo. 20, 1736, d. 6 mo. 4, 1740; Jane, 
b. 10 mo. 16, 1738, d. 6 mo. 8, 1740; Sarah, b. 10 mo. 13, 1740, m. Joshua 



LINE OF DANIELS, JOHN' 



215 



Richardson ; Jonas, b. 7 mo. 24, 1742. d. 7 mo. 10, 1748 ; Martha, b. 6 mo. 
22. 1744, m. Thomas Sharpies; Ann, b. 12 mo. 15, 1745-6, m. Isaac Eyre; 
Hannah, b. 10 mo. 22, 1747, m. Nicholas Fairlamb. Jane (Paxson) Preston 
d. 10 mo. 29, 1749, after which Jonas m. a widow, Sarah (Plumley) Carter. 
by whom he had one child, Jonas, who died young, the mother dying- on 
the day of his birth, 7 mo. 29, 1754. Jonas moved to Chester County 
about 1752, where he m. in 1756, Hannah Lewis, widow of William Lewis, 
of Haverford, by whom he had no issue. He m. the fourth time, 4 mo. 14, 
1 763, at Chester Mtg., Mary, widow of John Lea, of Chester, and dau. of 
John and Abigail Yarnall, of Edgmont, mother of Thomas Lea, founder of 
the Brandywine Flour Mills, in Wilmington. By her he had one son, Jonas 
(Dr. Preston), b. i mo. 25, 1764; d. in Philadelphia 4 mo. 4, 1836, who 
left a large estate, principally to charitable uses. 

66. Rebecca Sharpies'*, Daniel^, b. in Ridley, 10 mo. 22, 1740; 
d. 2 mo. 3, 1796; m. 12 mo. 13, 1759, at Chester Mtg., to John Eyre 
of Chester borough, d. 6 mo. 4, 1812 ; son of William and Mary Eyre of 
Bethel township. They had five children, 

378. William, b. 2 mo. 22, 1763; d. 1782. 

379. Caleb, b. 9 mo. 9, 1767 ; d. 6 mo. 11, 1805, unmarried. 

380. Sarah, b. 4 mo. 19, 1772; d. 8 mo. 10, 1S61 ; m. George Palmer. 

381. Beulah, b. 11 mo. 13, 1778; d. 4 mo. 26, 1S61 ; m. Townsend Thomas. 

382. Rebecca, b. 11 mo. 13, 177S; d. 9 mo. 30, 1826, unmarried. 

John Eyre received a certificate from Concord to Chester Mo. Mtg., 
7 mo. 4, 1757, and on 8 mo. 29, declared his intention of marriage with 
Elizabeth, dau. of Enoch Cummings. At the next meeting, 9 mo. 26, 1757, 
"Report is made that Elizabeth Cummings is Deceased, Therefore an end 
is put to their proceeding." He was appointed overseer for Chester Mtg., 
12 mo. 25, 1769, in room of Nathaniel Squibb; 8 mo. 30, 1773, on a 
committee to make repairs to Providence Mtg., House ; 12 mo. 26, 1774, 
a trustee for the meeting-house lot in Chester, and i mo. 30, 1775, an 
Elder for Chester Meeting. Caleb Harrison was appointed overseer 4 mo. 
29, 1776, in room of John Eyre, who had removed, and a certificate was 
granted for the latter and his family to Concord, 6 mo. 24, 1776. John 
Eyre was appointed an Elder for Chichester Mtg., 10 mo. 9, 1776. 

Rebecca Eyre was appointed overseer 3 mo. 5, 1777, in room of Mary 
Dutton, and was succeeded by Hannah Dutton 9 mo. 8, 1779, whose place 
she resumed 7 mo. 4, 1781. She was appointed an Elder 11 mo. 6, 1782, 
and was succeeded by Martha Dingee as overseer 9 mo. 3, 1783. 



2l6 THE SHARP LESS FAMILY. 

John Eyre m. again 4 mo. 29, 1799, Isabella Campbell, and they had 
a dau. Mary Ann, b. i mo. 29, 1800, who, with her mother, was received 
into membership 6 mo. 4, 1806. The widow m. 12 mo. 9, 181 3, Robert 
Innis, and both were suffocated in 1841, by the fumes of a coal fire in their 
bed room. 

Robert Eyre' was born in England Jan. 30, 164S, O. S., the day 
upon which Charles I. was beheaded. He married Ann, dau. of Francis 
Smith, of Devizes in Wiltshire, and came to Penna. about 1682 ; and from 
1683 to 1690, was Clerk of the Courts of Chester County. His residence 
was in Bethel, on land of his father-in-law, who, in 1686, conveyed 150 
acres to him and his wife. The children of Robert and Ann Eyre, so far 
as known, were Robert, Ann, Jane, William and Francis. 

William Eyre- became a Friend and was married at Haverford Mtg., 
1723-4, to Mary Davis, dau. of Lewis and Florence David of Darby. He 
resided in Bethel until his death, in 1763 or '4. Their children were, 
Lewis, d. 1 77 1, unmarried; William, d. 11 mo. iS, 18 14, aged 88, 
unmarried ; Robert married and removed to Va. ; Rebecca, m. 2 mo. 27, 
1749, Joseph Askew ; Jane, m. 1756, to Robert Wilson, Jr.; Ann, d. 12 mo. 
3, 181 2, aged ']T,, unmarried ; Isaac, m. 6 mo. 26, 1766, at Chester Mtg., to 
Ann Preston : second wife, Abigail Dicks. He d. 10 mo. 23, 1825, aged 85. 



68. Abigail Sharpies**, Daniel3, b. in Ridley 9 mo. 29, 1746; d. 
in E. Marlborough 10 mo. 5, 1818 ; m. 5 mo. 8, 1782, at Chester Mtg., to 

Solomon Mercer^ b. 10 mo. 30, 1736; d. 3 mo. 9, 1828; son of 

Daniel and Rebecca Mercer of East Marlborough. They had three 
children, 

353. Caleb, b. 31110. 2, 17S5 ; d. i nio. 31, 1S64; m. Hannah Baily and Ann 

Pennock. 

354. Abigail, b. 3 mo. 18, 17S7; d. 2 mo. 23, 186S ; m. John Pa.xson. 

355. Phebe, b. 5 mo. 15, 1790 ; d. 3 mo. 18, 1866 ; m. William Walter. 

On II mo. 27, 1780, Sarah Sharpies, Abigail Swaffer, Phebe Miller 
and Martha Sharpies were appointed to view and correct the rough minutes 
of the women's meedng, and Abigail Sharpies to record them. After her 
marriage she received a cerdficate from Chester to Kennet Mo. Mtg., 
dated 6 mo. 24, 1782. Daniel Mercer and wife, Rebecca, conveyed to 
Solomon Mercer 163 acres in E. Marlborough, 2 mo. 17, 17S5, and 
Solomon and wife conveyed 100 acres thereof to his son Daniel Mercer of 
West Bradford, 4 mo. 2, 1806, for ^475, and affection. 



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Thomas Mercer' from " Ayno-on-the-Hill" in the county of 
Northampton, Eng., with Mary, his wife, settled in Thornbury township, 
near the Westtown hne, where he purchased 238 acres of land, by deed of 
1 mo. 12, 1 699-1 700. He also bought 500 acres in East Marlborough. 
He died about 17 16, and his widow in 1723. Their children were, Thomas 
Mary (m. Wm. Pennell), Elizabeth (m. Joseph Woodward), Ann (m. Joshua 
Peirce), Joseph, and Richard who died young. 

Thomas Mercer^, b. 1690, was married in 171 1 to Hannah Taylor, dau. 
of Josiah and Elizabeth (Pennell) Taylor. He inherited the homestead and 
had eleven children, Rachel, Daniel, Robert, Thomas, Ann, Hannah, Phebe, 
Mary, Patience, Thomas and David. The father died in Westtown about 
1758- 

Daniel Mercer3, b. 9 mo. 14, 17 14; d. 6 mo. 25, 1807; m. 9 mo. 20, 
1735, to Rebecca Townsend, dau. of John and Catharine(?) Townsend of 
Westtown, from Long Island. Shed. 10 mo. 13, 1792, aged 82. Daniel 
inherited 250 acres of land in East Marlborough by the will of his 
grandfather, and settled thereon upon his marriage. His children were 
Solomon, Rebecca, Jesse, David, Daniel and Phebe. 

Solomon Mercer^, b. 10 mo. 30, 1736, was first married about 1760, to 
Olive Pyle, who d. 2 mo. 3, 1780; dau. of John Pyle3 (William-, Robert') 
and Rachel Walter. They had at least three children, Rachel, b. 7 mo. 13, 
1766; Daniel, b. 3 mo. 15, 1768, m. Alice Daily; John, b. 4 mo. 8, 1775, m. 
Hepzibah Simcock. 

69- Daniel Sharpies-*, Daniel3, b. in Ridley 4 mo. 12, 1751 ; d. 
6 mo. 20, 1816; m. II mo. 22, 1775, at Newtown Mtg., to Hannah Thomas, 
b. 10 mo. 31, 1751 ; d. 9 mo. 22, 1785 ; dau. of Isaac and Mary (Townsend) 
Thomas of Willistown : 2d m. 1 1 mo. 20, 1788, at Chichester Mtg., to 
Sarah Reynolds, b. 12 mo. 15, 1758 ; d. 9 mo. 29, 1842 ; dau. of Henry 
and Sarah Reynolds of Upper Chichester township. The births of their 
children were as follows : 

356. Isaac, b. 4 mo. 10, 1776; d. i mo. 17, 1S66 ; m. Elizabeth Larkin. 

357. John, b. 9 mo. 31, 177S ; d. 3 mo. 12, 1S54 ; m. Ruth Martin. 

358. Enos, b. 3 mo. i, 1781 ; d. 5 mo. 9, 1866; m. Beulah Martin and Hannah 

Webster. 

389. Sarah, b. 4 mo. 17. 17S3; d. 179S. 

390. Daniel, b. S mo. 23, 1785 ; d. about tliree months after hi.s mother. 

391. Henry, b. 11 mo. 11, 1790; d. 11 mo. 19, 1853; m. Anne Mendenhall. 

392. Beulah, b. 4 mo. 19, 1793 ; d. 3 mo. 10, 1871 ; m. William Thatcher. 

393. Hannah, b. 7 mo. 7, 1796; d. 11 mo. 28. 1S41 ; m. John Mendenhall. 



2l8 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

The anti-slavery movement in the Society of Friends may be said to 
have commenced with the protest of the settlers at Germantown in 1688, 
which was forwarded to the Yearly Meeting, but " It was adjudged not to 
be so proper for this meeting to give a positive judgment in the case, it 
having so general a relation to many other parts ; and therefore, at present, 
they forbear it." Although Friends Avere in advance of others in this 
matter yet the leaven was slow to work. In 1 7 1 1 , Chester Quarterly 
Meeting expressed dissatisfaction with the buying or importation of negroes, 
and the subject was frequently revived in after years ; and finally, in 1758, 
the Yearly Meeting advised that those who should vindicate the practice 
and be concerned in so doing, should not be permitted " to sit in meetings 
for discipline or to be employed in the affairs of Truth." 

At Chester Mo. Mtg., 11 mo. 25, 1776: Thomas Evans, Daniel 
Sharpies and William Fell "are appointed to join with the Quarterly 
Meeting's committee in treating with all such members belonging to this 
meeting as hold slaves, whether arrived to full age or in their minority, 
agreeable to the Directions of the Yearly Meeting." At this meeting a 
manumission was produced from Ann Yarnall, for a negro woman, and 
" Isaac Sharpies is appointed to provide a Book and therein to record all 
the Manumissions that have been or may hereafter be produced to this 
Meeting." 

A committee reported to the meeting held 7 mo. 26, 1773, that they 
had visited all the members who held slaves "in order to excite them to 
restore to that injured People their undoubted natural Right to Liberty, 
consistant with Christianity & the common Rights of Mankind, And 
proposals have been made by some towards their Freedom. We may also 
inform the Meeting that since the former visit from this Meeting several 
slaves have been set free." 

Daniel Sharpies was appointed an overseer of Chester Mtg., 12 mo. 
30, 1776, in room of James Barton. The Revolutionary war now in 
progress made this a trying time to Friends, on account of their con- 
scientious opposition to all wars and fighting. At a monthly meeting- 
held 8 mo. 25, 1777 : "Agreeable to the Directions of the Yearly Meeting, 
Nathan Yarnall, William Fell, James Wood, George Miller, Daniel 
Sharpies, Richard Blackham & Joseph Talbot, Ju"^., are appointed to 
Endeavour to unite together In order to administer suitable advice & 
Counsel to those that are or may be in need thereof, at this time of 
outward commotion & Tryal : And keep a regular Record of friends' 
sufferings within the vergre of this Mo'>' Meeting." 



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Daniel Sharpies and others were appointed, 11 mo. 24, 1777, to join 
with a committee of the Quarterly Meeting in laboring to discourage the 
frequenting of taverns and dram shops, the distillation or use of liquors 
distilled from grain, or selling of grain for that purpose. John Sharpies, 
Daniel Sharpies, Abraham Pennell, Sarah Sharpies, Hannah Sharpies, and 
others, were appointed 3 mo. 30, 1778, to join with a committee of the 
Quarterly Meeting in laboring " for a Reformation in regard to the Due & 
Wakeful attendance of meetings, Plainness of speech, apparel & Household 
Furniture." 

At Chester Monthly Meeting 3 mo. 31, 1783: — 

" Chester Preparative Meeting infomis this Meeting that there is four Lotts or pieces of 
Land belonging to their said meeting, Granted by Deeds of conveyance at sundry times to 
several Tmstees for the use of Friends belonging to said Meeting : that some of the said 
Trustees are Deceas'd, some disowned & some removed away out of the verge of said meeting : 
that according to the powers granted in three of the Deeds of Trust, among other things it is 
provided and Expressed that when any of the said Trustees should depart this life, are Disowned 
or remove away, that the Preparative Meeting at Chester should chuse or appoint others in 
their room or stead. Therefore the Preparative Meeting appoints for the burying ground Lott 
Daniel Sharpies, Tristram Smith & Daniel Pederick in the room or stead of Edw<^ Russell, 
Samuel Howell & Daniel Sharpies, who are all Deceas'd ; and for the schoolhouse Lott Daniel 
Sharpies, Tristram Smith & Dan' Pederick, in the room or stead of Joseph Hoskins & Daniel 
Sharpies, who are Deceas'd & John Eyre who is removed away : and for the Lott bought of 
Jesse Maris, Daniel Sharpies, Tristram Smith & Daniel Pederick in the room or stead of Jonas 
Preston and John Fairlamb, who are deceas'd, and James Barton, who is Disown'd : and as to 
the Lott whereon the Meeting House stands, by the Deed executed by the Trustees for the 
same the Monthly Meeting is empowered to appoint ; Therefore in pursuance thereof this 
Meeting appoints Daniel Sharpies, Tristram Smith & Daniel Pederick in the room or stead of 
Jonathan Cowpland and Thomas Sharpies, who are Disown'd, & Edward Russell, who is 
Deceas'd." 

Daniel Sharpies was appointed an Elder for Chester Mtg., 5 mo. 31, 
1784, and on 12 mo. 29, 17S9, William Worrall and Daniel Sharpies were 
appointed to have the oversight of burials within the compass of their 
meeting. On 12 mo. 25, 1797, Daniel Sharpies, Roger Dicks, Amos 
Sharpies & others were appointed to extend advice and assistance to the 
black people within the limits of the meeting, many of them having been 
liberated by Friends. 

Daniel Sharpies was succeeded by Isaac Engle as overseer, 9 mo. 24, 
1804. Beside the foregoing he served under a great many appointments 
of more or less importance. 

Hannah Sharpies received a certificate from Goshen to Chester Mo. 
Mtg., 2 mo. 9, 1776 : was appointed 3 mo. 30, 1778, to join the committee 



2 20 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

on reformation: chosen overseer for Chester Mtg., 4 mo. 26, 1779, with 
EHnor Harrison, in room of Sarah Sharpies, released : being deceased, is 
succeeded by Grace Malin, 5 mo. 29, 1786. 

Sarah Sharpies, 2d wife of Daniel, produced a certificate from Concord 
Mo. Mtg., 4 mo. 27, 1789 : was appointed Elder for Chester Mtg., 7 mo. 
28, 1794: appointed 10 mo. 27, 1800, on committee to have care of the 
poor, a fund being established by advice of the Yearly Meeting : 4 mo. 26, 
1802, proposes to accompany Sarah Matson, a minister, in a visit to 
Catawissa, Muncy, Half-Moon Valley, Warrington and Monallen, which 
visit they performed. She also accompanied Sarah Talbot on a visit to the 
Western Quarterly Meeting and its branches in 1819; and in 1820, to 
Warrington Quarter and its branches. In 1823 she went as companion to 
Sarah Emlen, a minister, to attend Baltimore Yearly Meeting. 

Daniel Sharpies inherited from his father the old homestead in Nether 
Providence (formerly Ridley), with 240 acres of land, and 8 acres of marsh 
and upland in Ridley. On Jan. 25, 1793, Daniel and wife conveyed to John 
Crosby of Ridley, for £(y, the right to dam the water of Ridley Creek to a 
certain height for use of a mill in Chester township. In this conveyance 
the saw-mill of Thomas and Daniel Sharpies is mentioned. On the same 
date Crosby obtained 5 acres, 61 perches of land in Chester township, from 
Thomas Sharpies, and conveyed to Daniel 27 acres in Nether Providence, 
on Ridley Creek. Daniel and wife conveyed to George Hinkson of 
Chester township, 2 mo. 8, 1797, the 8 acres 121 perches of upland and 
marsh in Ridley, for ^275 ; it being the same which his father had 
purchased from Peter Dicks May 16, 1758. In 1798, James Barton and 
Caleb Cobourn conveyed to Nicholas Fairlamb and Daniel Sharpies, a 
small lot for the use of a school. By deed of 10 mo. 31, 1801, Daniel 
purchased from his nephew, Jonas Sharpless, 48 perches of land in Chester 
opposite the breast of Daniel's mill-dam, in order to erect a " Butment " 
thereon. He also purchased from his nephew, George Sharpies, 18 acres, 
16 perches, on Ridley Creek, Sept. 30, 1806. Some mention is made on 
page 36 of his building of mills and houses. 

By his will, dated i mo. 27, 181 5, he gave to his wife ^800, with some 
personal property including six large table spoons marked I. R., a home 
and privileges, &c.: to son Isaac, the messuage, fulling mill, carding mill 
and land where he lives, about 27 acres, he paying to dau. Hannah $600, 
and to his step-mother $12 per annum: to son John the land where he 
lives, about 90 acres, he paying his step-mother ^^13, per annum: to son 
Enos the messuage and grist mill and saw-mill, with the land where he 



LINE OF MARY3, JAMES^. 2-'i 

lives, about 20 acres, he paying my executors $3000, and to his step-mother 
^12 per annum : to son Henry the messuage and land whereon he lives, 
about 130 acres, subject to his mother's privileges and maintenance and the 
payment of ^13, per annum, to her: to dau. Beulah Thatcher $2000, 
including the bond for $300, against her husband : to dau. Hannah 
Sharpless about 17 acres in Chester, purchased of George Sharpless, and 
about 3 acres of the land my father purchased of Nathan Vernon ; ^600, to 
be paid by son Isaac, and ^600 additional. A codicil gives to his son, John, 
a strip of land one perch in width, which his grandfather had reserved on 
the northwest side of his land for a passage to Providence Road. 

William Reynolds is said to have married Margaret Exton, by 
whom he had John, b. 1650, Francis, b. 1652, and Henry, b. 1655. 

Henry Reynolds' came from England in 1676, and settled in 
Burlington, N. J., after a passage of twenty-two weeks. He was married 
there, 11 mo. 10, 1678, to Prudence Clayton, dau. of William and 
Prudence Clayton, of Chichester, Pa., to which place he removed, and there 
resided until his death, 8 mo. 7, 1724, at the age of 69 years. His widow 
died about four years later. Their children were Margaret, Mary, Francis, 
Prudence, Deborah, William, Henry, John, Hannah and William. 

Francis Reynolds-, b. 8 mo. 15, 1684; d. 1760; m. 10 mo., 1712, to 
Elizabeth Acton, b. 12 mo. 26, 1690; dau. of Benjamin and Christianna 
(or Christian) Acton of Salem, N. J. He inherited the homestead with 
290 acres, in Chichester, and continued to reside thereon. His children 
were. Prudence, b. i mo. 16, 17 13-14, m. John Button ; Lydia, b. 2 mo. 
24, 1 7 16, m. Joseph Townsend, Jr., of East Bradford; Christian, b. 4 mo. 
22, 1 7 18, m. John Hoopes, of Goshen; Henry, b. 4 mo. 12, 1720, d. 11 
mo. 17, 1765, m. Sarah Davis; Benjamin, b. 8 mo. 26, 1722, m. Sarah 
Baker and Phebe White; John, b. 10 mo. 13, 1725 ; Samuel and Francis. 

Henry Reynolds3, m. 7 mo. 25, 1751, Sarah Davis, b. 4 mo. 14, 1734; 
dau. of John and Rebecca Davis of Darby, and resided in Upper 
Chichester, where he died in middle life, leaving six children, viz., Elizabeth, 
b. 3 mo. 13, 1754, d. 3 mo. 26, 18 18, m. George Martin ; Rebecca, b. 11 
mo. 21, 1755, m. John Martin; Joseph, b. i mo. 25, 1757 ; Sarah, m. Daniel 
Sharpies (No. 69) ; James, b. 12 mo. 21, 1760, m. Hannah Webster; John, 
b. 3 mo. 17, 1764. 

74- Sarah Garrett-*, Mary3, was married 11 mo. 5, 1751, at 
Goshen Mtg., to Thomas White, son of Nicholas and Jane, of Goshen. 
They resided on a farm in Willistown near the Goshen line. He d. 8 mo. 



222 THE SHAKPLESS FAMIL \ '. 

6, 1 784, and by his will devised to Goshen Mo. Mtg. /200, for the use of 
the poor. His widow spent her last years in the family of her nephew, 
Joseph Eldridge and d. 3 mo. 10, 1791. Their clock, made by Isaac 
Thomas, of Willistown, is now in the family of Reuben Eldridge, of West 
Chester. William Eldridge, of Bartlett, O., has a copy-book of Sarah 
Garrett's dated "y« 4 of y*^ 12 m. 1735 :" No children. 

75- James GarrettS Mary3, d. in Goshen 12 mo. 25, 1793, 
unmarried. By his will, dated 12 mo. 19, 1793, he gave to his nephews 
and nieces ^10, each ; to Goshen Mtg. £20, and to his nephew Joseph 
Eldridge, "now living with me," his farm of 150 acres, subject to the 
payment of the other legacies, amounting to ;^245. 

76. Jonathan Garrett^, Mary3, m. about 1766, Hannah Brinton, 
dau. of Johni (William-, William') Brinton and Hannah Vernon3 (Jacob^, 
Randall') of Kennet township, Chester Co., Pa. Their marriage being by 
a "priest," he was disowned by Goshen Mo. Mtg., i mo. 9, 1767, and she 
by Concord, 12 mo. 3, 1766. They had seven children, 

394. Mary, m. Francis Hickman. 

395. Letitia, m. John Johnson. 

396. Hannah, m. William Reed. 

397. James, b. 12 mo. i, 1775 ; d. 3 mo. 6, 1S51 ; m. Ann Engle. 

398. Jonathan, m. Ruth Baker. 

399. Lewis, m. 

400. Noah, m. 

401. John, b. I mo. 31, 17S9 ; d. i mo. 19, 1872 ; m. Hannah Smedley. 

Jonathan Garrett inherited a part of his father's land in E. Goshen, 
north from Friends' Meeting-house, containing 140 acres. On Sept. 16, 
1777, a few days after the Battle of Brandywine, the American and British 
forces had some skirmishing near his residence, a general battle being 
prevented by a severe rain storm. He was standing in the open doorway 
when a cannon-ball passed between his legs and out the back door, opposite, 
into a bank of earth from whence it was afterward dug out. He remarked 
to his wife that they had better take the children to the cellar. Shortly 
after this the British invaded his property and took everything eatable they 
could lay hands on, together with their horses, among which was a favorite 
mare which her father had given to his wife. Jonathan's watch is now in 
possession of his grandson, Jonathan B. Garrett, of West Chester, Pa. 



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On the occasion of a flood which carried away his fences, Jonathan 
laid claim to some rails on the property of his neighbor, Jesse Reece, 
whence an unfortunate quarrel arose and Jesse struck him several blows 
on the head with a fence stake, from which death resulted the succeeding 
night. From the evidence it is inferred that Jonathan died 9 mo. 8, iSoi, 
and Jesse, being a member of Goshen Meeting, was disowned for the rash 
act, 1 1 mo. 6 iSoi, at which time he was not to be found. He must have 
remained away for a considerable time but eventually surrendered himself 
and was indicted for murder, May 28, 1805. The jury who tried the case 
were Phineas Waterman, William Sharpies, Joseph Cotterell, Joseph 
Peirce, Nathan Sharpies, Taft Benjamin, Abraham Wells, Isaac Taylor, 
Jun., Thomas Downing, Esq., Abraham Pratt, Jabez Hoopes and Jesse 
Garrett, who, on June ist, returned a verdict of manslaughter. Jesse 
Reece was sentenced to two years imprisonment in the penitentiary. 

The land of Jonathan Garrett was sold by his son James and his 
widow, as administrators, to Bartholomew Trener, by deed of Aug. i, 181 1. 



77- Mary Garrett^, Maryi, was married about 1762, to Jonathan 

Eldridge, of Goshen, who was not a Friend and the marriage being "by 
a jjriest" she was disowned 11 mo. 5, 1762. They had two children, 

402. Hannah, b. 10 mo. 2, 1763; d 2 mo. 22, 1764. 

403. Joseph, b. 10 mo. 11, 1765 ; d. i mo. 17, 1845 ; m. Lydia Griffith. 

Jonathan Eldridge is said to have been a twin brother to David 
Eldridge of New Jersey, where the family were among the earliest setders ; 
also that he had a brother William and some sisters but he was the only 
one of the family who came to Chester County. After the death of his 
first wife he and his son Joseph were received into membership at Goshen 
Mtg., 2 mo. 8, 1771, and he was married again 10 mo. 3, 1771, at that 
place, to Sarah Davis, dau. of Ellis and Lydia Davis of Goshen. By her he 
had a dau. Lydia, who never married. The marriage certificate states 
that he was the son of Thomas Eldridge, then deceased. 

He resided in East Marlborough township for a time previous to and 
after his second marriage, but in 1774 he was assessed in Goshen with 100 
acres and a saw-mill. He lived at what has been since known as McCall's 
Mill, and now or late of Samuel Hannum, just west of the line between 
East and West Goshen. His death resulted from a cut on his hand when 
cutting a stick with his knife, in the woods, which, though apparendy 



224 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

trifling, brought on lockjaw. (It has been erroneously stated that his death 
was caused by an accident at the mill.) His widow m. 12 mo. i, 1779, 
William Allen, of Londongrove township. 



79. Jane Garrett'*, Mary3, was married about 176S, to Josiah 
Haines, son of Isaac and Catharine (Davis) Haines of Goshen, being his 
second wife. They had one child, 

404. Jane, b. S mo. 4, 1772 ; d. 12 mo. 1852 ; m. Asa Cadwalader. 

John Haines "of Ancocas Creek," Burlington Co., N. J., was a 
purchaser of several hundred acres of land in and near the present borough 
of West Chester, Pa., and by his wife Esther (Borton) had several children. 
To his son Isaac he conveyed. May 30, 171 7, 254 acres in Goshen, and the 
latter having married Catharine, dau. of Ellis David, in 1714, settled 
thereon. By his will, in 1766, he devised the homestead and 193 acres to 
his son Josiah, who was first married 4 mo. 11, 1765, to Mary Cock, of 
Thornbury. The second marriage was by a justice, for which their 
acknowledgment was accepted 12 mo. 9, 1768. He was again married 
(9 mo. 4, 1775 ?) to Ann Price, widow of David, and dau. of William and 
Mary Husband, by whom he had several children. For his last marriage, 
which was by a priest, and to one not a member, he was disowned by 
Goshen Mo. Mtg., 7 mo. 5, 1776. By deed of Apr. 23, 1787, he and his 
wife conveyed the homestead to William Rogers (now belonging to the 
heirs of Benjamin Hoopes), and removed to Washington Co., in the 
western part of Penna., where Josiah died 2 mo. 6, 1822, in the 90th year 
of his age. 



80. Joseph Garrett^ Marys, b. in Goshen 3 mo. 12, 1743; d. 10 
mo. I, 1792; m. Oct. S, 1770 (Christ Church record, Phila.), Charit}- 
Collins, b. I mo. 5, 1751, dau. of Henry and Hannah Collins of Goshen. 
He inherited the homestead of his father, now the residence of his 
grandson, Joseph Garrett, near Goshen Meeting, and had six children, 



Benjamin, b. i mo. 9, 1771 ; d. 4 mo. 30, 1S56 ; m. Debbie Lewis. 

Joseph, b. 6 mo. 14, 1773 ; d. 7 mo. 27, 1855 ; m. Margaret Lewis. 

Lydia, b. 10 mo. i (or i mo. 10), 1775 ; d. 5 mo. 25, 1827 ; m. James Gibbons. 

Nathan, b. 12 mo. 10, 177S ; died 3'oung. 

Elizabeth, b. 7 mo. 17, 17S0 ; d. 11 mo. i, 1S3S ; m. William Thatcher. 

Sarah, b. 6 mo. 23, 1783 ; d. 7 mo. 31, 1S50 ; m. Nathan Pirn and Jabez Coulson. 



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For his marriage "by a priest" Joseph Garrett was disowned by 
Goshen Mo. Mtg., ii mo. 8, 1771. He was assessed in Goshen, 1774, 
with 200 acres and buildings, 50 acres of woodland, 5 horses, 12 cattle and 
7 sheep. In 17S6, he had 150 acres, valued at ^787 : 10, 100 acres at 
/350. a grist mill, ^300, 2 horses, ^30, and 5 cows, ^25 ; in all /1492 : 10. 
By his will, dated June 2, 1792, and proven Oct. 9, 1792, after providing 
for his wife he gives the grist mill and some land to his son Benjamin, and 
the homestead with remainder of land to son Joseph. His five surviving 
children were received into membership by Goshen Mtg., i mo. 11, 1793. 

Joseph Collins was appointed constable for Goshen 12 mo. 22, 
170S-9, and purchased from Richard Thomas 125 acres of land, 9 mo. 16, 
1 7 13. This was adjoining the north-eastern part of the borough of West 
Chester. In his will, dated 3 mo. 12, 1732, proven Sept. 7, 1735, he 
mentions his wife, Mary, gives to his eldest son, John, _;^5 ; to his dau. 
Sarah, wife of Thomas Malin, ^5, and the above land to his sons Joseph 
and Henry. The latter settled upon and became the owner of this land, 
but died in 1752, leaving three children, Mary, Ann and Charity. His 
wife, Hannah, was the dau. of Joseph and Mary (Hickman) Hunt, and 
after his death married, Nov. 20, 1753, Nathaniel Moore, who bought 
the land of his predecessor and died there in 1777. Their children were 
Joseph (M.D.), who inherited the land, Thomas, Amor (?), Benjamin and 
Nathaniel. Mary Collins died unmarried and her sister Ann married 
Aaron Hoopes, 11 mo. 26, 1767. 



81. Abrahann Garrett^ MaryS, was married April 16, 1772 
(Christ Church Record, Phila.), to Mary Taylor. He was disowned by 
Goshen Mo. Mtg., 3 mo. 5, 1773, for his marriage "by a priest." His 
brother James, in 1793, devised to him ^5, and to each of his four children, 
Hannah, Levi, Ezra and Curtis, ^10. Abraham purchased 143^ acres of 
land in Springfield township from James Carter and Rebecca, his wife, by 
deed of April 13, 1772. Letters of administration on his estate were 
granted May 17, 1806. It does not appear that his wife survived him. 
Their children were, 



Hannah, died before her father, probably unmarried. 

Levi, married Mary . 

Ezra, married Mary . 

Curtis, married Mary . 

Jane, married James Edwards. 



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82. Sarah Sharpies-*, JamesJ, was married 2 mo. 7, 1 74S, at 
Providence Mtg., to Nathan Dicks, b. II mo. 2, 1719 ; d. about 1760 ; 
son of Peter and Sarah Dicks of Providence. They settled on a farm in 
Chester township, purchased from John Pennell and wife, Martha, by deeds 
of July 20 and 21, 1750, and are said to have had seven children, of whom 
the names of only four are given, the others dying young, viz., 

416. Elizabeth, b. 3 mo. 8, 1749 ; d. 10 mo. 24, 1835; m. Daniel Sharpies (No. 119). 

417. Mary, b. about 1751 ; d. 9 mo. 29, 1793 ; m. Samuel Richards. 

418. Sarah, m. John Wood. 

419. Abigail, b. about 1759; d. 5 mo. 23, 1847 ; m. Isaac Eyre. 

Nathan Dicks died possessed of 149^^ acres of land in Chester 
township, which was divided among his four children or their representatives, 
by Robert Mendenhall, Henry Hale Graham, Isaac Weaver, James 
Gibbons and James Barton. The mother died about 1759. 

Peter Dicks', of the city of Chester, Eng., flax dresser, by deed 
of Aug. 16, 1684, purchased from James Dicks "of Ockleston in the 
county palatine of Chester," Eng., weaver, for ^5, 250 acres of land in 
Pennsylvania, which the latter had bought from William Penn, by lease and 
release, March 2, and 3, 1681, for the same price. As witnesses to the deed 
of 1684, were Joseph Greene, Abel Maddock, Roger Dicks and Job Dicks. 
It has been stated that Peter was the son of James. He and Bartholomew 
Coppock were witnesses to a will on board the " Friendship of Liverpoole," 
Jan. 16, 1684-5. His land was taken up in Birmingham township, 1685, 
and there he died about 1704, leaving a widow, Esther (or Hester), who 
m. John Mendenhall in 1 708, and the following children : Hannah, m. 
Jonathan Thatcher, Elizabeth, m. Richard Trantor, Sarah, m. Joseph Pyle, 
Nathan, who inherited the homestead, Peter, Esther, m. Francis Swayne-, 
Deborah, m. Jonathan Fincher. 

Peter Dicks- was married in 17 16, to Sarah (Hayes) Powell, widow of 
Thomas Powell, Jr., of Providence, and went there to reside. They had 
children, Joseph, James, Nathan, Sarah, Peter, Esther, Abraham, John 
and Job. Peter married a second time 3 mo. 17, 1750, at Chester Mtg., 
Sarah Swaffer, dau. of William and M.-axy (Caldwell) Swaffer, of Nether 
Providence ; and having bought from the Swaffer heirs the land taken up 
by Rebecca (Sharpies) Caldwell, he died thereon 8 mo. 25, 1760. He was 
a minister and active member of the Society of Friends, as well as an 
enterprising citizen, being interested in iron works in different places. He 
devised ^50 to the Pennsylvania Hospital. His widow d. 11 mo. 25, 1793 



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in her Sad year. Her children were, Jane, b. Nov. 4, 1751, d. 2 mo. 10, 
1833, m. John Peirce ; Roger, b. 7 mo. 30, 1753, d. 12 mo. 29, 1808, m. 
Rebecca Maris. 

86. Rebecca Sharples^ James3, was married Sept. 17, 1760 
(St. Michael's and Zion Church record, Phila.), to Leonard Helm 
(Halebs, edition of 1816), b. in Baltimore Co., Md., 7 mo. 13, 1737; d. 1790 ; 
son of Maybury and Ann Helm. Both were buried in the family burying 
ground near Baltimore. Their children were — 

420. Mary, b. 7 mo. 2, 1761 ; d. unmarried. 

421. James, b. 6 mo. 11, 1763 ; d. 7 mo. i, 1S24 ; m. Elizabeth Strebeck. 

422. Joseph, b. 2 mo. 4, 1765 ; d. unmarried. 

423. Ann, b. 9 mo. 13, 176S ; d. 12 mo. 7, 1853 ; m. John McKean. 

424. Elizabeth, b. 10 mo. 23, 1770; d. unmarried. 

425. William, b. 4 mo. 23, 1773 ; d. unmarried. 

At Chester Mo. Mtg., 12 mo. 26, 1763, complaint was made of Rebekah 
Sharpies, now wife of Leonard Helm, for marriage by a priest to one not a 
member, and being removed to Maryland. A testimony against her was 
signed i mo. 30, 1 764, and directed to be read at Providence Meedng. 

Maybury Helm, supposed b. in Maryland, 1708, d. 1790; m. about 
1734, Ann Parrish, dau. of Edward and gr. dau. of Capt. Edward Parrish, 
who emigrated from Yorkshire, Eng., prior to 1669, and patented large 
tracts of land in Anne Arundel, Howard and Baltimore Counties, a portion 
of which, called " Parrish's Fear" is now in possession of Rebecca and 
Mary McKean, daughters of John and Ann McKean. Leonard Helm was 
a farmer and surveyor. 

87. James Sharpies'*, James^, according to the former edition, 
married Ann Wilson of Lancaster County, Pa., where they settled, and had 
a son, Isaac. His father, in his will, Feb. 18, 1775, does not mention his 
son James as living, but devised ^5, to his grandson, James Sharpies, son 
of James. As the grandson is so named more than once we will call him 

426. James, of whom nothing certain is known. See next generation. 

In the assessment of 1764, James Sharpies, Jr., is put down among 
the single men, in Nether Providence, but afterward transferred to the 
inmates, and a mason by trade. His marriage probably took place about 
that time. George Wider and one Anna Catharine Sharpless, widow, were 



228 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

married (St. Michael's and Zion Church record) June i, 1766, but nothing 
further is known of her. One James Sharpless was a private in Capt. 
Peter Z. Lloyd's company, in the Revolutionary War, 1776, but his place in 
the family has not been found. 

88. Joshua Sharpies^ James3, " married Susanna Brogdon, 
daughter of Samuel Brogdon, of Middletown, and settled in Providence." 
(Edition of 18 16.) They had two children, 

427. Isaac, b. 1772 ; d. 1S52; m. Hannah Wright. 

428. Samuel, d. 1863 ; m. Maiy Hohnes. 

In 1786 Joshua Sharpies was a taxable in Chester township with 32 
acres of land and one cow. He died in 1 8 1 1 , about the 67th year of his age. 

Samuel Brogdon was a taxable in Chester township, 1735-40, 
but was not of that or Middletown in 1747, 1750, 1764 or 1774. John 
Taylor, who established iron works at the site of Glen Mills on Chester 
Creek, and owned a store which was under the charge of his son Isaac, 
wrote thus to the latter, July 22, 1742: "Son Isaac, — Let sister Mary 
have goods to the value of three pounds, five shillings, being for half a 
Ton of Pig Iron, & charge it to account." The son endorsed this, 
" fathers order for aunt Mary Brogdon." Whether she was the mother of 
Susanna has not been ascertained, but the name was not a common one. 
It is somewhat singular that no notice appears to have been taken by the 
meeting of Joshua's marriage. 



90. Nathaniel Sharpies^ James3, b. in Nether Providence, d. 
there 6 mo. 9, 1789; m. Sept. 27, 1773 (Christ Church record, Phila.), to 
Elizabeth Wilkinson, b. 2 mo. 14, 1755 ; d. in Middletown 5 mo. i, 1S26; 
dau. of Josiah and Mary Wilkinson of Providence. They had six children, 

429. James, b. 12 mo. 26, 1774 ; d. i mo. 19, 1S07 ; m. Sarah Woodward. 

430. Job, b. 7 mo. 26, 1776 ; d. 4 mo. 14, 1806 ; m. Mar}' Johnson. 

431. Josiah, b. 4 mo. 25, 1778 ; d. in Middletown 3 mo. 31, 1809, unmarried ; fell 

from a horse. 

432. Sarah, b. 3 mo. 8, 17S1 ; d. 5 mo. 11, 1817 ; m. John Minshall. 

433- William, b. 2 mo. 4, 1784; d. in Middletown, 12 mo. 12, 1S35, unmarried. 
434. Mary, b. 5 mo. 8, 1786 ; d. 5 mo. i, 1S51 ; m. Peter Worrall. 

Nathaniel Sharpies was complained of 7 mo. 25, 1774, for marriage 
"by a priest," and was disowned by Chester Mo. Mtg., 11 mo. 28, 1774. 



LINE OF RA CHEL J, JAMES\ 229 

He inherited the homestead with 161 acres, by the will of his father, and 
was a tavern-keeper from 1785 till his death. In 1787 he was assessed 
with 2,1 acres, 2 horses and i cow, the remainder of his land being probably 
leased to some one else. His widow m. John VernonS (Jonathan4, 
Jonathans, Thomas-, Thomas'), who d. in Upper Providence 1 1 mo. 3, 1801, 
leaving children, Frederick, b. i mo. 20, 1793; Jennetta, b. 5 mo. 15, 1796. 
The widow m. a 3d husband, Isaac Burn, b. 7 mo. 4, 1753; being his 
second wife. 

Josiah Wilkinson, supposed from Bucks Co., Pa., was a tavern- 
keeper at the " Boot," in Goshen township, 1 761-3, and was succeeded by 
(his son-in-law?) Joseph Lacey, 1765-1771. Josiah removed to Nether 
Providence and in 1772 purchased 109 acres there which formerly belonged 
to Joseph Sharpies^. By his first wife, Rosamond, he had Matilda (Lacey), 
b. May 10, 1741 ; Israel, b. Dec. 24, 1743; Josiah, b. Aug. 15, 1745; 
Keziah, b. Aug. 7, 1 746 ; and by second wife, Mary Carver, b. 2 mo. 6, 
1733, had William, b. Nov. 27, 1753 ; Elizabeth, m. to Nathaniel Sharpies; 
John, b. Dec. 13, 1763; Joseph, b. June 13, 1766, m. Hannah Calvert; 
Thomas, b. Feb. 26, 1769; Asa, b. Apr. 22, 1772. Joseph and Hannah 
Wilkinson removed to New London township, Chester Co., and have 
numerous descendants, of whom William Steele, a grandson, has furnished 
some of these records. 



92. Sarah DelH, Rachels, was married 7 mo. 20, 1750, at Chester 
Mtg., to Isaac Weaver, son of Richard and Elizabeth, of Chester 
borough. It is said that he died in his 89th year and she in her 8 2d, and 
another account places his birth about 1723. His grandson, Harmon 
Weaver, says he died near Morgantown, Va., in his 93d year. They had 
ten children. 



Thomas Dell, b. 9 mo. 27, 1751 ; d. about 1S04 ; m. Jane Hinkson. 

Joshua, b. 12 mo. 28, 1753 ; d. 6 mo. 2, 1827 ; m. Mary Trego. 

Isaac, b. 3 mo. i, 1756 ; d. 5 mo. 22, 1830; m. Abigail Price. 

Elizabeth, b. 7 mo. 27, 1758 ; d. 7 mo. 16, 1841 ; m. William Jones. 

Baldwin, b. 11 mo. 20, 1760; d. 3 mo. i, 1795 ; m. Mary Beaumont. 

James, b. 3 mo. 25, 1763 ; d. 10 mo. 21, 1855, mimarried, in Virginia. 

Richard, b. 7 mo. 17, 1765; d. 8 mo. 14, 1843, in Illinois; descendants not 

found. 
William, b. i mo. 25, 1768 ; no further record. 
Abraham, b. 3 mo. 31, 1770; d. 6 mo. 14, 1S45, unmarried, in Virginia. 



230 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

In the division of the estate of Thomas Dell, Jr., the lands in Ridley 
(now Nether Providence) consisting of 157 acres in two contiguous tracts, 
were awarded to Sarah Weaver, and the land in Fallowfield township, 265 
acres, to Mary Pennell, who paid £20, to Sarah, to make them equal. 
The real estate of their grandfather, Thomas Dell, Sr., which he devised to 
them after twenty-five years of use by Thomas and Samuel Swayne, also 
became the property of Isaac and Sarah Weaver by purchase from William 
and Mary Pennell. The claim of the Swaynes was probably the cause of 
the dispute which has been noticed (see page 190) and it is likely that 
Thomas Swayne resided thereon until the death of his wife. Isaac Weaver 
was assessed in Nether Providence, 1764, with 190 acres and buildings, 70 
acres of uncultivated land, 9 horses, 6 catde and 5 sheep. He and wife, 
by deed of Oct. i, 1766, conveyed to William Starr of same township, 48 
acres, for /500. 

Isaac Weaver produced an acknowledgment 3 mo. 29, 1749, for 
himself and wife, Mary, on account of their marriage by a priest, which was 
accepted, and ordered to be read at a First-day meeting at Chester. The 
maiden name of his wife has not been discovered but her death must have 
occurred very soon after this date, as he married again sixteen months 
later. For want of promptness in the payment of his debts, and the 
neo-lect to attend meetings he was disowned 2 mo. 24, 1772. In 1788, the 
parents and most of the children removed to Monongalia Co., Va., and 
settled near Morgantown ; and a certificate of membership was granted 
5 mo. 26th, for Sarah and her minor children, William, Abraham and 
Sarah, directed to Westland Mo. Mtg. Their son James received one to 
the same place, dated 6 mo. 30, 178S. It is represented that James and 
Abraham succeeded their parents at the homestead in Virginia, and their 
sister Sarah, a widow, kept house for them. 

Anthony Weaver " of ffinstocke in the parrishe of Charlbury in 
the County of O.xford, blacksmith," by lease and release, Feb. 20, and 21, 
1681, from William Cecil, became possessed of 125 acres of land in Penna., 
which was afterward laid out in the southern part of Aston township. He 
married in 1686, Ann Richards, dau. of Joseph and Jane Richards, of 
Aston, and died soon after, leaving no children. His brother William 
Weaver, a brass-founder, came from Boston, N. E., to inherit the land, 
and in obedience to the Mosaic law, as regards raising up children unto his 
brother, was the father of twins, born in 1689. The names of the children 
are unknown. One William Weaver took up 250 acres in Cain township, 
1720, and died about 1727, leaving a widow, Mary, and minor children. 



L INE OF RA CHE L3,JA MES ^ 2 3 1 

Nathan, William, Hannah and Jonathan, for whom Richard Weaver, of 
Chester, and Thomas Moore were appointed guardians. The father is 
referred to a few years later as "Old Will Weaver," but whether on 
account of his real age or to distinguish him from his son is uncertain. 

Richard Weaver married Elizabeth Baldwin, b. Dec. 16, 1694, dau. of 
Thomas Baldwin, b. in Oxfordshire, Eng., Dec. 1657, and Mary his wiie, 
b. in Sussex, Aug. 24, 1653. Beside Isaac they had children Mary, m. 
William Hay, 1737, Judith, Susanna and Valentine. The parents and 
children were received into membership by Friends, i mo. 25, 1733, but 
about 1756, after Richard's death, all except Isaac joined the Episcopal 
Church. 



93. Mary Dell-^, Racheb, b. in Ridley 7 mo. 16, 1734 ; d. 10 mo. 5, 
1801 ; m. 2 mo. 25, 1751, at Middletown Mtg., to William Pennell, 
b. II mo. 27, 1725-6 ; d. 9 mo. 5, 1783 ; son of William and Mary Pennell, 
of Middletown. They had ten children. 



445 
446 
447 
448 
449. 
450. 
451 
452 
453 
454 



Abraham, b. 4 mo. 9, 1753; d. 9 mo. 25, 1S40 ; m. Hannah Sharpies. 
Robert, b. 7 mo. 14, 1755 ; d. 7 mo. 23, 1845 ; m. Mary Garrett. 
Dell, b. I mo. 12, 1758 ; d. 6 mo. 9 1829; m. Hannah Hill. 
Samuel, b. 4 mo. 12, 1760 ; d. at sea, leaving one son. 

Rachel, b. 8 mo. i, 1762 ; d. 6 mo. 9, 1802 ; m. Nathan Sharpies (No. 125). 
Esther, b. 7 mo. 13, 1765 ; d. 5 mo. 22, 1802 ; m. David Garrett. 
William, b. 11 mo. 29, 1767 ; d. 11 mo. 25, 1S17; m. Dorothy Graham. 
Aaron, b. 12 mo. 19, 1769 ; d. 10 mo, 28, 1794, at Albany, N. Y., unmarried. 
Jesse, b. 8 mo. i, 1772 ; d. 2 mo. 4, 1819 ; m. Hannah Gnibb. 
Mary, b. 10 mo. 3, 1775 ; d. about 1859 ; m. Henry Lawrence and Reece 
Heacock. 



The residence of William and Mary Pennell was in Middletown on the 
brow of the hill a lltde east of north from the present Glen Riddle ; now 
the property of William Webster. Mary received 265 acres in Fallowfield 
township, as her share of her father's estate, and also inherited from her 
grandfather one-half of a tract of loS acres in the southern part of Nether 
Providence. She and her husband conveyed their interest in the last to 
Isaac Weaver, May 17, 1770, for /200. William Pennell purchased, Dec. 
31, 1773, from Peter Grubb the iron-master, of Lancaster Co., 250 acres in 
Middletown, extending eastward from Chester Creek, at the present W^awa 
Station. In 1764, he was assessed with 300 acres and buildings, 200 acres 
of uncultivated land, a grist mill, a saw mill, 8 horses, 10 cattle and 10 
sheep, 2 servants and one negro. In 1774, he had 750 acres, grist and 



232 THE SHARP LESS FAMILY. 

saw mills, 5 servants, 11 horses, 22 cattle and 30 sheep. He died intestate 
possessed of this land together with 100 acres in Aston and the 265 acres 
in Fallowfield, all of which were appraised at ^6754 : 2 : 9. 

William Penneii^ b. 8 mo. n, 1681 ; d. 1757; son of Robert and 
Hannah of Middletown ; m. 8 mo. 26, 17 10, at Concord Mtg., Mary 
Mercer, dau. of Thomas' and Mary of Thornbury. They setded on land 
which his father purchased in Middletown, 1685, but he removed to 
Chester borough before his death. They had eight children. 

Thomas, b. 9 mo. 3, 17 12; m. Mary Yarnall, 2 mo. 5, 1739. 

Hannah, b. 7 mo. 9, 1714; m. Thomas Holcombe, 7 mo. 24, 1741. 

James, b. 6 mo. 21, 1717 ; m. Jemima Matlack 8 mo. 15, 1741. 

Phebe, b. 6 mo. 7, 1719 ; probably died young. 

Ann, b. II mo. 26, 1721 ; m. George Edge, 9 mo. 19, 1741. 

Robert, b. 9 mo. 16, 1723 ; d. 2 mo. 19, 1S03 ; m. Hannah Chamberlin (No. 115)- 

William, b. 11 mo. 27, 1725-6; m. Mary Dell. 

Samuel, m. Sarah Norris and Rachel . 

95- Mary Woodward^ Sarahs, d. in Providence, 6 mo. i, 1823, 
in S7th year; m. 10 mo. 17, 1754, at Providence Mtg., to Samuel 
Crosiey, b. in Middletown, 8 mo. 31, 1732; d. 2 mo. 1825; son of 
Charles and Hannah Crosiey, of Middletown. He was complained of 
6 mo. 27, 1757, for suing Samuel Minshall at law, without consent of the 
meeting, and was disowned 12 mo. 31, 1759, for neglecting to pay debts to 
others. In 1764 he was a tenant of Frederick Engle in Middletown, and 
about 1772, removed to Birmingham, but returned to Middletown or 
Providence, 1796. Their children so far as known were — 

455. Joseph, residing in Wilmington, Del, 1S48 ; no further record. 

456. Robert, m. Ann Harvey, b. i mo. 23, 1772 ; left no issue. 

457. Sarah, m. Enimor Porter. 

458. Hannah, m. Isaac Malin (her iirst cousin), son of William and Elizabeth (Crosiey) 

Malin ; no issue. 

459. Woodward, d. 5 mo. 4, 1848, in 79th year, unmarried. 

460. Lydia, b. 1772 ; d. 4 mo. 24, 1856 ; m. Samuel Jones. 

461. Betty, b. 2 mo. 22, 1777 ; d. 10 mo. 14, 1814 ; m. James Hinkson. 

462. Mary, d. 5 mo. 23, 1848, in 69th year, unmarried. She and her brother Wood- 

ward lived on some property belonging to the latter, near Media, Delaware 
Co., Pa., of which 26 acres was purchased in 1S49, by the Directors of the 
Poor as an addition to the Alms House form. 

96. Abigail Woodward^ Sarahs, b. 6 mo. 29, 173S ; d. II mo. 
10, 1S15 ; m. 12 mo. 6, 1758, Vincent Gilpin, b. 10 mo. 8, 1732 ; d. 8 



LINE OF SARANJ, JAMES^ 



233 



mo. 5, iSio; son of Joseph and Mary (Caldwell) Gilpin, of Concord. 
This marriage was "by a priest," and perhaps at the Old Swedes' Church, 
at Wilmington. He made an acknowledgment to Concord Mtg., 2 mo. 4, 
1760, and received a certificate to Wilmington, i mo. 8, 1761. Abigail 
offered an acknowledgment to Chester Mo. Mtg., 10 mo. 29, 1759, but the 
matter was not then acted upon. On 1 1 mo. 29, 1762, an additional charge 
was brought against her for having been one of the persons who caused 
Richard Gorman to be sued at law, and she was disowned 5 mo. 30, 1763. 
The " testimony " against her was as follows : 

Whereas, Abigail Woodward, now the wife of Vincent Gilpin, was Educated among us, 
the people Called Quakers, but for want of a faithfuU adherence to the Divine principle in her 
own heart, gave way to a Libertine Spirit so far as to be married by a priest ; and also hath 
Refused to give a satisfactory account of the sueing a member of our Society : Therefore we 
do hereby Disown the said Abigal Gilpin to be of our Society, until she Comes to a true Sence 
of her misconduct and Condemn the same to the satisfaction of this meeting, which that she 
may is our Desire. Signed in and on behalf of Chester Monthly Meeting, held at Providence 
30*'' Day of the s"' month 1763. 

W" : SwAFFER, Clk this time. 

Sarah Minshall, Clark. 

Her husband appealed to the Quarterly Meeting on her behalf but 
the judgment of Chester Mo. Mtg., was confirmed. A recommendation 
was signed by David Ferriss and thirty-eight other Friends in Wilmington, 
twenty of them being women, in which they say : " We find her to merit 
the Character of a sober, Honest Woman and a Good neighbour; and that 
she attends our Religious meetings as well as a person in her Circum- 
stances may reasonably be expected to do." This was dated 7 mo. 16, 
1764, and on 7 mo. 30, 1764, an acknowledgment from her was accepted 
by Chester Mo. Mtg., which granted her a certificate to Wilmington, 5 mo. 

27- 1765- 

Soon after marriage they setded on the Brandywine, above Wil- 
mington, now a part of the Dupont estate, and built or enlarged a flour 
mill, where he remained many years, sending flour to Wilmington, and 
shipping considerable quantities to the West Indies. He was at different 
times part owner of several of the vessels trading from Wilmington. The 
brig Nancy, which was the first vessel to hoist the American Flag in the 
West Indies, and possibly in any foreign port, was pardy owned by Vincent 
Gilpin, and named for his daughter Ann. For an account of this and her 
being chased ashore by English cruisers and blown up, see Reminiscences 
of Wilmington, by Elizabeth Montgomery. A rather amusing story is told 



234 



THE SHARP LESS FAMILY. 



at his expense. The vessels in which he was interested, taking out flour, 
&c., brought back, among other products of the West Indies, considerable 
quantities of molasses and rum. The old gentleman had a large invoice 
of the latter stored in Wilmington during the war, at the time the British 
forces marched from the Chesapeake toward Philadelphia. Fully expecting 
them to come by way of Wilmington, he sent his rum for safe keeping to 
Chester County, and stored it at the old family place, then perhaps in 
possession of his brother Israel Gilpin, in the very house which was the 
head-quarters of the British commander. Gen. Howe, after the Battle of 
Brandywine. These facts and a large part of the records of the descendants 
of Abigail Gilpin have been furnished by George Gilpin, of Philadelphia, 
who has published a chart of the descendants from Vincent and Abigail 
Gilpin. Their children were — 



Edward, b. 4 mo. 27, 1760 ; d. 4 mo. 15, 1844 ; m. Lydia Grubb. 

Ann, b. 8 mo. 13, 1762 ; d. 6 mo. 18, 1822 ; m. John Ferris. 

Hannah, b. 12 mo. 27, 1764; d. unmarried. 

William, b. 4 mo. 3, 1767 ; d. 8 mo. 25, 1773. 

James, b. i mo. 11, 1769 ; d. 10 mo. i, 1798 ; m. Sarah Littler. 

Aratus, b. 2 mo. 29, 1772 ; d. 9 mo. 25, 1773. 

William, b. 8 mo. 18, 1775 ; d. 12 mo. 2, 1843; m. Ann Dunwoody. 

Gertrude, b. 8 mo, 13, 1778 ; m. John Smith. 



Joseph Gilpin', b. 1664, son of Thomas Gilpin and Joan, of 
Warborough, in Oxfordshire, Eng., and sixteenth in descent from Richard 
De Gylpyn, of the Manor of Kentmere, was married 12 mo. (Feb.) 23, 
1 69 1, at Baghurst in the county of Southampton, to Hannah Glover of the 

latter county, daughter of and Alice (Lamboll) Glover. The 

father had suffered much persecution on account of his religious principles, 
and the son, determined to seek a home of greater freedom, with his wife, 
and two children embarked for Pennsylvania. They landed at New Castle 
and settled in Birmingham, Chester (now Delaware) County near Dilworth- 
town, where for some years they lived in a cave on land which was given to 
the wife by her uncle, William Lamboll, of Reading, Eng. At Concord 
Mo. Mtg., 12 mo. 10, 1695, "Joseph Gilpin prodused certificate from friends 
in England And friends was satisfied therewith." He died 9 mo. (No\^) 
9, 1741, and his widow i mo. 12, 1757. They had fifteen children, as 
follows : 

Hannah, b. 12 mo. 15, 1692, at Dorchester, Eng. ; d. i mo. 8, 1746-7 ; m. William 

Seal. 
Samuel, b. 4 mo. 7, 1694, at Dorchester; d. 12 mo. 7, 1767 ; m. Jane Parker. 



LINE OF SARAHS, JAMES^ 



235 



Rachel, b. 12 mo. 12, 1695, in Penna. ; d. 5 mo. 20, 1776 ; m. Joshua Peirce. 

Ruth, b. 6 mo. 28, 1697; m. Joseph Mendenhall S mo. 30, 1718. 

Lydia, b. 11 mo. 11, 1698-9; d. 10 mo. 2, 1750; m. William Dean. 

Thomas, b. 5 mo. 23, 1700; d. 10 mo. 25, 1756; m. Rebecca Mendenhall, Hannah 

Knowles and Ann Caldwell. 
Ann, b. 5 mo. 11, 1702 ; d. 9 mo. 15, 1759 ; m. Joseph Miller and Richard Hallett. 
Joseph, b. I mo. 21, 1703-4; d. 12 mo. 31, 1792; m. Mary Caldwell. 
Sarah, b. 4 mo. 2, 1706 ; d. 6 mo. 7, 1783; m. Peter Cooke. 
George, b. 2 mo. 16, 1708 ; d. 10 mo. 15, 1773 ; m. Ruth Caldwell and Sarah (Sharpies) 

Woodward. 
Isaac, b. i mo. 23, 1709-10 ; d. 1745 ; m. Mary Painter. 
Moses, b. I mo. 8, 1711-12 ; m. Ann Buffington, widow of Thomas. 
Alice, b. 10 mo. 7, 1714; m. Richard Eavenson, 2 mo. 11, 1739. 
Mary, b. 11 mo. 16, 1716-17 ; d. 4 mo. 17, 1806 ; m. Philip Taylor. 
Esther, b. i mo. 9, 1718-19 ; d. i mo. 10, 1795 ; m. Samuel Painter. 

Joseph Gilpin- was married 10 mo. 17, 1729, at Kennet Mtg., to 
Mary Caldwell, dau. of Vincent Caldwell, from Derbyshire, Eng., and 
Betty, his wife, dau. of George and Ann Peirce, of Thornbury. They 
resided for some time in Concord, but removed to Christiana hundred, 
Del., about 1762, taking a certificate to Kennet Mo. Mtg., and became 
members of Centre Meeting. They had twelve children, whose births, as 
obtained from one source, are given below. Another account gives names 
to the months as though these were all in New Style, making a difference 
of two months in most cases and ten in others. 

Ruth, b. 10 mo. 23, 1730; d. 7 mo. 27, 1781 ; m. Daniel Stubbs, 1751. 

Vincent, b. 10 mo. 8, 1732 ; d. 8 mo. 5, 1810; m. Abigail Woodward. 

Orpha, b. 7 mo. 15, 1734; m. Joseph Shallcross, 10 mo. 23, 1754. 

Nun, b. 9 mo. 10, 1736 ; d. in boyhood. 

Gideon, b. 8 mo. 4, 1738 ; d. 8 mo. 20, 1S25 ; m. Sarah Gregg and Susanna (James) 

Hoopes. 
Israel, b. 8 mo. i, 1740; d. 7 mo. 4, 1834; m. Elizabeth Hannum. 
Betty, b. 8 mo. 3, 1742 ; m. William Cleaney (or Clenny), about 1764. 
William, b. 9 mo. i, 1744 ; probably died young. 
Hannah, b. 2 mo. 14, 1746; m. John Grubb 11 mo. 23, 1769. 
Joseph, b. I rao. 23, 1748 ; d. 1836 ; m. a widow, dau. of Capt. Giles. 
Thomas, b. i mo. 11, 1750; d. 1S02 ; m. Lydia Rice, Sarah Grey and Sarah Council. 
Mary, b. 4 mo. 12, 1752 (or 1756) ; m. Adam Williamson, 10 mo. 19, 1774. 

98. Hannah Woodward\ Sarahs, probably born in Middle- 
town, was married at Wilmington Mtg., 10 mo. 9, 1760, to Jonathan 
Dawes, son of Edward and Mary, of Wilmington. She received a 
certificate from Chester to Wilmington Mo. Mtg., 4 mo. 27, 1 761. Jonathan 



236 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

removed from Wilmington to Philadelphia, taking a certificate dated 3 mo. 
16, 1774, but no family is mentioned. Hem. 10 mo. 19, 1775, 2d wife 
Ann Miller, dau. of William and Ann, b. 2 mo. 25, 1743, d. 12 mo. 27, 
1825. Jonathan was a merchant in Philadelphia. 

99. Edward Woodward'^, Sarah3, d. 10 mo. 6, 1805 ; m. about 
1780, to Mary James, widow of Joseph James of Upper Providence and 
dau. of Frederick and Abigail (Vernon) Engle, of Middletown. Her first 
husband was accidentally shot at Chester during the Revolution and left 
children, Samuel, Frederick, Abigail and Hannah James. Edward removed 
with his mother, Sarah Gilpin, within the limits of Concord Mo. Mtg., in 1760, 
and was disowned by that Meeting 1 1 mo. 3, 1779, for removing without a 
certificate and taking the test of allegiance to the new government. Mary 
was disowned by Chester Mo. Mtg., 10 mo. 30, 1780, for her marriage by 
a priest. Her second husband, by will dated 9 mo. 26, 1805, devised his 
land in Middletown, on the east side of the great road, about 160 acres, to 
his son Edward, at 2 1 ; and to his five daughters that part of his land on 
the west side of the road, being 80 acres. He was buried at Middletown 
Mtg., 10 mo. 7, 1805. His widow married a 3d husband, John Levis, and 
was buried at Middletown, 2 mo. i, 181S. A "child" of Edward Wood- 
ward was buried there i mo. 2, 1799, and those who survived were — 

471. Sarah, m. James Sharpies (No. 428) and Edward Salyards. 

472. Alice, m. Jacob Warner. 

473. Edward, physician, d. 1S18, unmarried. 

474. Jane, d. 11 mo. 22, 1828; ni. Richard Fawkes. 

475. Mary, m. John W. Hamilton ; no issue. 

476. Elizabeth, m. Hugh Wagstaffe. 

The discipline of the Society of Friends required those contemplating 
marriage to have the consent of parents, verbal or written, at the time of 
"passing meeting," as the declaration of their intentions is usually termed. 
This will explain the following document : 

" These may Inform all whome it Doth Concern that the proposels of 
marriage Between Aquilla Star and Abigail James is Concented to by 
Abigail James's mother and step-father, these from 

Edward Woodward and 

"April 25, 1796." M.\RY Woodward." 

103. David SharpleS"*, Davida, probably born in Nether 
Providence, d. Oct. 20, i777(?); m. Dec. 17, 1774 (record of German 



LINE OF ESTHERS, JAMESk 2 "'7 

Reformed Ch., Phila.), to Sarah Moore, b. 3 mo. 16, 1758 ; dau. of Amos 
and Elizabedi Moore. According to tradition David was killed during die 
attack on Red Bank, N. J., which took place Oct. 20, 1777, and the gnn 
which he carried is preserved by his descendants. He left one child, 
477. Benjamin, b. 10 mo. 26, 1777 ; d. 3 mo. 26, 1S44 ; m. Mary Cowan. 

Amos Moore of Haverford, son of James and Sarah, of Blockley, 
was married 3 mo. 15, 1 751, at Darby Mtg., to Elizabeth Smith, b. 5 mo. 
19, 1725; dau. of William and Mary, of Darby. They settled at first 
within the limits of Goshen Mo. Mtg.; thence to Darby, 1752, and to 
Haverford, 175S. He died 11 mo. 25, 1815, as recorded in the Sharpless 

family bible. His daughter Sarah married a 2d husband, McCleaster, 

but little is known of her history. 

104. Jesse Sharpies-*, David3, is supposed to have been the same 
as the father of Jesse, whose children could only say their grandfather was 
so named.* He may have had other children but nothing is known at 
present beyond the fact of his being the father of 

47S. Jesse, d. about 1837 ; m. Hannah Scott, 1S04. 

106. Mary Taylor-*, Esthers, b. in Upper Providence, d. there 
12 mo. 28, 1836, aged about 97; m. 10 mo. 21, 1762, at P. Mtg., Jacob 
Dunn, son of Philip and Susanna (Malin) Dunn, of Newtown. She 
inherited one-half of her father's land in U. Providence, and spent her life 
thereon. Her husband lost his right of membership among Friends, in 
1 77 1, and is said to have been pressed into the army during the 
Revolutionary War. She was left to manage her farm and take care of 
her young children, which she accomplished through many trials and 
hardships. She had nine children, 

479. Mordecai, b. 8 mo. 5, 1763 ; d. past middle life, unmarried. 

480. Philip, b. II mo. 30, 1764 ; probably died unmarried. 

481. Elizabeth, b. 11 mo. 18, 1766; d. 10 mo. 14, 1817 m. James Paiste. 

482. Esther, b. 10 mo. 15, 1768; d. 2 mo. 7, 1851; m. William Sankey. 

483. Susanna, b. 11 mo. 13, 1770; d. 2 mo. 3, 1854, unmarried. 

484. Jacob, b. 12 mo. 23, 1775; probably died unmarried. 

* James A. Sharpless, of Keyser, Mineral Co., W. Va., b. at Elk Garden Feb. i, 1S44 (m. Carrie A. 
Nesbitt), is the son of Jesse Sharpless, d. 18S3, and Catharine Dixon of Piedmont, and grandson of Aquilla (b. 
about 1796) and Sarah Sharpless. Jesse always spoke of his gr.nndfather as coming from the eastward, among 
the first settlers ; and later in life passing on westward, leaving only his son Aquilla, who was bora there. Jesse 
had brothers William and others, not named. Perhaps his grandfather may have been a son of Jesse (No. 104). 



238 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

485. Joseph, b. 4 mo. 13, 1778 ; died when a young man. 

486. Mary, b. 12 mo. 7, 1780; d. 7 mo. iS, 1846 ; m. Thomas Dent. 

487. Sarah, b. 10 mo. S, 1782; d. when a young woman. 

107. Sarah Taylor*, Esthers, b. In U. Providence, d. 2 mo. 12, 
1819, aged about 76; m. 1764 (license dated Dec. 5), William 
Robinson, a tailor, from England. She appears to have lived In 
Philadelphia previous to her marriage, and on recommendation of Friends 
there, her acknowledgment for marriage by a priest, to one not a member, 
was accepted by Chester Mo. Mtg., 12 mo. 26, 1765. A certificate to 
Philadelphia was given her, 5 mo. 26, 1766, and she brought one back to 
Chester, 12 mo. 26, 1774; about which time they probably settled on her 
share of her father's land In U. Providence. Both were burled at Sandy 
Bank graveyard, near Media, and a stone marked " W. R., aged ']6, 1813." 
Is supposed to Indicate his grave. His will was dated Apr. 19, and proven 
May 13, 1813. Sarah died possessed of about 96 acres of land, valued at 
$3840, which was taken by her son John. Her children were. 



Esther, b. Sept. 27, 1767 ; died in childhood. 

Margaret, b. Jan. 5, 1769 ; d. May 4, 1846 ; m. Thomas Nuzum. 

Sarah, b. Jan. 3, 177 1 ; married James Nuzum. 

William^ b. Jan. 24, 1773 ; married Lydia Martin. 

Elizabeth, b. June 27, 1775 ; d. Oct. 6. 1849, unmarried. 

Joseph, b. Jan. 2, 177- ; died in childhood. 

Mary, b. Dec. 23, 177- ; died in childhood. 

Hannah, b. July 12, 1781 ; d. 10 mo. 20, 1S49 ; m. Nathan Yarnall. 

Esther, b. Oct. i, 1783 ; d. 1849, unmarried. 

John, b. April 6, 1787 ; d. Oct. 10, 1S61 ; m. Sarah Keighler. 

Joseph, b. Dec. 31, 1789; died unmarried. 



no. Enoch Gorman'^, Esthers, b. In Upper Providence, 12 mo. 
27, 1752; d. 1837; rn- 4 """O- i^, 1789, before Thomas Cheyney, Esq., to 
Martha Thomson of Providence, dau. of Moses and Grace (Hoopes) 
Thomson. They were both members of Springfield Mtg., and were 
disowned 4 mo. 26, 1790, on account of their marriage. They and their 
children were inclined towards Friends, but were not members of any 
religious society. They afterward resided in Willistown, on the farm 
formerly of Thomas White. In 1858, the principal part of the land was 
sold to Enoch Dowell, and the survivors of the family continued on the 
remainder. Their children were — 

499. Grace, b. 10 mo. 4, 1789; died unmarried. 

500. Esther, b. 10 mo. 18, 1791 ; d. 4 mo. 11 1S55, unmarried. 



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Mary, b, lo mo. 14, 1793 ; 
Martha, b. 7 mo. 30, 1796 ; 
Enoch, b. 10 mo. 2, 1799; 
Hannah, b. 2 mo. i, 1802 ; 
Job, b. S mo. 8, 1805 ; d. : 



d. 2 mo. 23, 1845 ; m. Abel Lewis. 

d. 6 mo. 20, 1829, unmarried, 
died unmarried, 
died unmarried. 

mo. 3, 1874, unmarried. 



Sarah, b. 5 mo. 20, 1807 ; d. 7 mo. i, 1S64. 



112. Lydia Gorman-*, Estheri, b. in U. Providence 9 mo. 27, 
1760; d. at residence of her son Enoch, 2 mo. 25, 1851 ; m. about 1783, 
Alexander Dowell, of Philadelphia, carpenter. They settled on a 
farm in Providence, but about 181 5, he bought property in Hamilton 
Village (West Philadelphia), and retired from farming: d. in Phila., 7 mo. 
26, 1836, aged 96 years. Except James and Ruth of the children, who 
were Presbyterians, the family inclined towards Friends. There were 
eleven children, — 



Eliza, b. 2 mo. 5, 1785 ; d. 2 mo. 8, 18S3, unmarried. 

Hannah, b. 9 mo. 20, 1786; d. 7 mo. 13, 1814, unmarried. 

Esther, b. 9 mo. 15, 178S ; d. 10 mo. 2, 1S13, unmarried. 

James, b. 9 mo. 28, 1790; d. 1842, unmarried. 

Richard, b. 10 mo. 27, 1792 ; d. 1833 ; m. Barbara George. 

Rachel, b. 2 mo. 5, 1795 ; d. 1815, unmarried. 

Alexander, b. 4 mo. 23, 1797 ; d. 10 mo. 15, 1833 ; m. Eleanor Crowell. 

Lydia, b. 2 mo. 6, 1800 ; d. 8 mo. 9, 1850, unmarried. 

Jane, b. 3 mo. i, 1802 ; d. iSii. 

Enoch, b. 6 mo. 26, 1804 ; m. Jane Kelly. 

Ruth, b. 10 mo. 13, 1S06 ; d. 4 mo. 9, 1S65 ; m. Christopher C. McClure. 



115- Hannah Chamberlin^ Susanna^, b. in Concord, m. 3 mo. 

1, 1746, at Concord Mtg., Robert Pennell, b. 9 mo. 16, 1723; d. 2 

mo. 19, 1803 ; son of William and Mary Pennell of Middletown (see No. 
93). She was living 12 mo. 10, 1767, but died within a year after and 
Robert was married again 1 1 mo. 9, 1769, at Middletown Mtg., to Susanna 
Fairlamb, widow of John Fairlamb of Middletown and dau. of Frederick 
and Ann Engle, of the same township. He was assessed in 1764, with 165 
acres and buildings, 170 acres of uncultivated land, 4 horses, 6 cattle and 
6 sheep. Robert and Hannah had seven children, 

518. Mary, b. i mo. 12, 1747-8; d. 11 mo. 20, 1818; m. Frederick Fairlamb. 

519. Joseph, b. 10 mo. i, 1749 ; d. 6 mo. 27, 1820 ; m. Sarah Meredith. 

520. Thomas, b. i mo. 21, 1752 ; d. 4 mo. 14, 1826 ; m. Ann (Fairlamb) Pedrick. 

521. Susanna, b. 3 mo. 10, 1754 ; died young or unmarried. 



240 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

522. William, b. 6 mo. 28, 1756 ; died young or unmarried. 

523. Abigail, b. 10 mo. 6, 1759 ; d. 11 mo. 25, 17S7 ; m. Cyrus Newlin. 

524. Lydia, b. 5 mo. 27, 1762 ; m. Thomas Jacobs. 

116. Benjamin Chamberlin^,Susanna3,m. "by apriest," Elizabeth 
Mercer, for which he made acknowledgment to Concord Mtg., 12 mo. 6, 
1756. By his will dated 3 mo. 23, 1763, proven 4 mo. 25, 1763, he gives 
to Joseph Pennell my least gun and twenty shillings ; to Thomas Pennell, 
twenty shillings ; to Mary Pennell, forty shillings ; to Susanna, Abigail 
and Lydia Pennell, twenty shillings each ; residue to wife, Elizabeth. He 
was a farmer in Aston township. His widow was received into membership 
II mo. 6, 1765, and m. i mo. 15, 1766, at Concord Mtg., to Henry 
Reynolds, of Wilmington. Henry Mercer was a witness to the marriage. 

117- Jacob Sharpies'*, Joseph3, b. in Middletown 4 mo. 21, 1741 ; 
d. 1802, near Hockessin Mtg., Del. ; m. 5 mo. 2, 1765, at Hockessin, Sarah 
Haines, b. 6 mo. 13, 1745, d. 181 5, dau. of Joseph and Elizabeth Haines 
of Kennet, Chester County. They had no children. He received a 
certificate from Chester Mo. Mtg., to Concord, 8 mo. 26, 1765 ; thence to 
Kennet, 6 mo. 7, 1769 ; thence to New Garden, 7 mo. 16, 1778. 

118. Joseph Sharpies'*, Joseph3, b. in Middletown 5 mo. 31, 
1743, was married 5 mo. .18, 1769, at Middletown Mtg., to Mary Hibberd, 
b. in Willistown, 9 mo. iS, 1750; buried at Middletown 10 mo. 3, 179S. 
They received a certificate from Chester Mo. Mtg., 5 mo. 27, 1771, to 
Kennet, and thence to New Garden, 8 mo. 12, 1790. After this they 
removed to Bedford County, about 150 miles westward, which must have 
been but a short time before his death, of which the date has not been 
obtained. At the instance of Hockessin Meeting, Mary was recommended 
as a minister, 8 mo. 14, 1788, and in the winter of 1792-3, she joined with 
some others in a religious visit to the families of Willistown Mtg. ; and 
again in the latter part of the year 1 794, she performed similar service 
within the limits of Kennet Mo. Mtg. She received a certificate from New 
Garden to Chester, 5 mo. 6, 1797, for herself and some of her children. 
It is probable that her husband died in 1795 or 1796, but as no motion was 
made to remove their right of membershija from New Garden during his 
life their stay in Bedford County must have been brief. In the fall of 1798 
the yellow fever prevailed in Philadelphia, yet Mary Sharpies and sixty or 
seventy other country Friends attended, several of whom perished by this 



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241 



terrible disease. Tlie meeting- commenced on tlie 2 2d of gtli month, and 
on tlie 5th of loth month Joshua Sharpies (No. 131) wrote thus: 

I this day heard of the affecting account of the decease of three Friends more wlio 
attended the Yearly Meeting, viz., dear James Emlen, [Robert Kirkbride] and cousin Mary 
Sharpies. She was a sweet minister ; had some close trials to pass through in her lifetime. 
She buried her hiisband among strangers in Bedford county, where they had removed not long 
before. She was left with a number of small children, in low circumstances, yet was graciously 
cared for, and way was made beyond her expectation, both for the disposal of herself and her 
children. She appeared in a lively manner in the Select Yearly Meeting, and towards the 
close of her communication let the meeting know that a full apprehension of duty, and 
knowing her peace was concerned in her obedience thereto, had enabled her to press through 
difficulties in getting there ; that she had left some of her children with tears in their eyes, 
begging her not to go. She lived to return home and was taken sick the Fifth-day following 
as she sat in meeting, and in seven days was carried off; and is, without any doubt, at rest in 
the mansions of bliss. — The Friend, xxi. 77. 

In 1 799 a memorial of Mary Sharpies was forwarded to the Yearly- 
Meeting by Friends of Chester Monthly Meeting. The children of Joseph 
and Mary Sharpies were — 

525. Mary, b. 2 mo. 23, 1771; d. 6 mo. 12, 1S12, unmarried, perhaps in Wilmington, 

as her death was recorded there. 

526. Martha, b. 10 mo. 19, 1772; d. 10 mo. 8, 1S70; m. David Moore. 

527. Enos, b. 9 mo. 7, 1774; d. 4 mo. 3, 1S54; m. Elizabeth Kinman. 

528. Sarah, b. 3 mo. 21, 1777 ; d. 6 mo. 1806 ; m. John Broomall. 

529. Edith, b. 2 mo. 8, 1779 ; buried at Middletown 8 mo. i, 1807, unmarried. 

530. Hannah, b. 6 mo. 13, 1781 ; d. 8 mo. 15, 1S50; m. John Neal and J. Moore. 

531. Lydia, b. 4 mo. 5, 17S3 ; d. 9 mo. 6, 1809 ; m. William Webster. 

532. Phebe, b. 4 mo. 15, 1785 ; d. 7 mo. 16, 1S70 ; m. John Yarnall. 

533. Esther, b. 3 mo. 10, 1787 ; died unmarried, about 183S-9. 

534. Sidney, b. 3 mo. 2, 1789 ; d. 12 mo. 17, 1820 ; m. John Pickering. 

535. Rebecca, buried at Middletown, 4 mo. 23, 1810, unmarried. 

536. Joseph, died 12 mo. 22 1S31, aged 38; buried at Middletown, unm. 

John Hibberd", b. 11 mo. 18, 1699; d. 9 mo. 25, 1766; son ol 
Josiah and Ann, of Darby (see p. 143), m. 10 mo. 25, 1729, at Newtown 
Mtg., Deborah Lewis, b. 8 mo. 27, 171 2; d. 6 mo. 12, 1744, dau. of 
Lewis and Mary Lewis of Newtown township. They setded on part of 
his father's land in Willistown. He m. again 1 1 mo. 30, 1745-6, at Goshen 
Mtg., Mary Mendenhall, b. i mo. 21, 1717-18 ; d. 3 mo. 10, 1760 ; dau. of 
Benjamin and Lydia, of Concord: 3d m. 10 mo. 27, 1762, at Valley Mtg., 
to Margaret Havard, dau of John Havard of Tredyffrin. His children 
were — 

Abraham, b. 5 mo. 11, 1731 ; d. 11 mo. 175S, unmarried. 

Ann, b. 5 mo. 21, 1733 ; m. Robert Rogers. 



24? THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

Phinehas, b. 5 mo. 13, 1736 ; m. Sarah Pike. 

John, b. 8 mo. 2, 1739. 

Samuel, b. 3 mo. 23, 174-; d. i mo. 13, 1793 ; m. Mary Tomlinson. 

Deborah, b. 4 mo. 2, 1747 ; m. James Davis, 1773- 

Lydia, b. 4 mo. i, 1749 ; m. Welsh(?). 

Mary, b. 9 mo. 18, 1750 ; d. 10 mo. 3(?), 1798 ; m. Joseph Sharpies. 

Jacob, b. 10 mo. 3, 1752 ; d. 9 mo. 13, 1827 ; m. Sarah Dutton. 

Martha, b. 7 mo. 6, 1754; d. 1771, unmarried. 

Amos, b. 8 mo. 12, 1756 ; d. 7 mo. 21, 1760. 

Abraham, b. 12 mo. 31, 1758; d. i mo. 7, 1S37; m. Susanna Griffith. 



119. Daniel Sharpies-^, Joseph3, b. 5 mo. (July) 30, 1745; d. 

12 mo. 25, 1S22 ; m. 1771, Elizabeth Dicks (No. 416), b. 3 mo. 8, 1750 
(1749, by one account) ; d. 10 mo. 24, 1835; dau. of Nathan and Sarah 
Dicks of Chester township. He was buried at Middletown 12 mo. 27, 
1822, and she 10 mo. 26, 1835. Their bible, printed 1770, is now in pos- 
session of Elizabeth (Pratt) Darlington ; also a book entitled " Eden, or A 
Complete Body of Gardening," printed 1757. For their marriage "by a 
priest," they were disowned by Chester Mo. Mtg., 11 mo. 25, 1771. 

Daniel became the owner of the real estate of his father, about 141 
acres, but for some reason the other heirs did not convey their interests 
directly to him. On March 17, 1783, Daniel Sharpless, Abraham Pennell 
and wife, Hannah, Caleb Sharpless, William Sharpless, Morris Truman 
and wife, Mary, Amos Sharpless and Nathan Sharpless, all of Chester 
County, released to their brother Jacob their claim to their father's land in 
Middletown, for ^472 14:6, now, and ^236 : 2 : 2, at the death of their 
mother. The deed was made in the names of all the children, but Joseph, 
Benjamin and Jonathan did not sign at that time. The next day Jacob 
Sharpless of New Garden, yeoman, eldest son of Joseph Sharpless, 
deceased, and Sarah, his wife, conveyed to Daniel Sharpless of Middletown, 
yeoman, nine-twelfths of the said real estate for ^637 : 9 : 10. Jacob being 
the eldest son had inherited a double share, or two-twelfths. Joseph and 
Benjamin released to Daniel, by endorsement on the first deed, Apr. 28, 
1787, and Jonathan did likewise, Dec. 31, 1788. The children of Daniel 
and Elizabeth, besides two who died in infancy, were — 

537- Joseph, b. i mo. 5, 1772 ; died young. 

538. Enoch, b. 10 mo. 27, 1773 ; died young. 

539. Sarah, b. 3 mo. 22, 1776 ; d. 7 mo. 7, 180S, unmarried. 

540. Hannah, b. 12 mo. 18, 1777; d. 6 mo. 18, 1858; m. Peter Worrall. 

541. Elizabeth, b. 11 mo. 28, 1782 ; buried at Middletown 4 mo. 11, 1797. 



LIXE OF JOSEPH3, JOSEPHS ■ 2,, 

121. Caleb Sharpies-*, Joseph3, b. in Middletown 3 mo. 12, 1750; 
J. in Cliristiana hundred, New Casde Co., Del., 7 mo. 4, 1S21 ; m. 10 mo. 
20, 1773, at Hockessin Mtg., to Ruhene Jordan, b. 12 mo. 25, 1750; d. 4 
mo. 29, 1824; dan. of Joseph and Margaret Jordan, of Chrisdana hundred. 
Caleb took a certificate from Chester to Kennet Mo. Mtg., dated 9 mo. 25, 
1772, and setded on a farm near Hockessin Meeting, of which he was 
appointed an overseer, 5 mo. 11, 1797. He was also appointed 9 mo. [5, 
17S5, on the committee to extend care in cases of suffering on account of 
Friends' testimony against war. Ruhene (or Ruhaney, as the name is 
modernized) was appointed, 2 mo. 13, 1783, on a committee to "Excite to 
true moderation & good order at Funerals." She was also appointed an 
overseer for Hockessin Meeting, 2 mo. 11, 17S9, in room of Hannah Way. 
They had nine children, 

542. Mary, b. S mo. 26, 1774; d. 3 mo. iS, 1S47; '"• Josiah Jackson. 

543. William, b. 12 mo. 6, 1777; d. 6 mo. 10, 1840; m. Phcbe Way, Rebecca Davis 

and Ixah Ann Alsop. 

544. Joseph, b. 10 mo. 10. 1779 ; d. tmm. at James Jackson's, in Bart. 

545. Elizabeth, b. 9 mo. 11, 1781 ; d. 10 mo. 6, 1824 ; m. Jacob Way. 

546. Caleb, b. 7 mo. 20, 17S3 ; d. 9 mo. 18, 1868; m. Mary G. Walter and Elizabeth 

Taylor. 

547. Amos, b. 12 mo. 2, 1785 ; d. S mo. 5, 1S75 ; m. Martha Dixon. 
54S. Margaret, b. 7 mo. 23, 17SS ; d. 10 mo. 6, 1856 ; m. John Windle. 

549. Edith, b. 6 mo. 5, 1790 ; d. 3 mo. 31, 1S69 ; m. John Walker. 

550. Hannah, b. 8 mo. 3. 1792 ; d. 12 nio. 22, 1823, iinm. ; bu. at Hockessin. 

122. Williaim Sharpies-*, Josephs, b. in Middletown 10 mo. 4, 
1752 (N. S.); d. 9 mo. 2, 1805 ; m. 6 mo. 4, 1778, at Middletown Mtg., to 
Mary Martin, dau. of Jonathan Martin3 (Thomas-, John') and Martha 
Squibb of Middletown. They settled in that township, and in 17S6 he was 
assessed with 150 acres, 2 horses and 3 cattle. Jonathan Martin conveyed 
to them a farm Oct. 17, 1799, for life, after which it was to pass to the 
children of his other daughter, Lydia, wife of Joshua Clayton, as they had 
no issue. Mary d. 4 mo. 7, 181 5, and was buried at Middletown Mtg. two 
days later. 

123. Mary Sharpies-*, Josephs, b. in Middletown 9 mo. 2, 1756; 
d. in Fayette Co., Pa., after 1838 ; m. 7 mo. 5, 1 781, at M. Mtg., to Morris 
Truman, son of James and Mary Truman of Philadelphia. She received 
a certificate from Chester to Darby Mo. Mtg., 9 mo. 21, 1781 ; whence they 



244 ^-^^ SHARFLESS FAMILY. 

took one to Philadelphia, S mo. 31, 1786. With three children, Joseph, 
James and Hannah, they produced one to Darby, 10 mo. 4, 1787, and 
obtained one thence to Chester 5 mo. 2, 1799, with children Joseph, James 
and Morris. In 1777, Morris Truman and Joseph Cruikshank purchased 
six acres of land on Darby Creek, below Kellyville, and the next year 
erected a paper mill thereon, of which Truman became sole owner in i 785. 
In 1799 the property was sold to John Matthews, and Morris Truman 
purchased from Samuel Trimble 136 acres on Chester Creek, in Middle- 
town, for /1300. In 1807 the family removed westward, taking a certificate 
dated 4 mo. 27, 1807, to Redstone Mo. Mtg. In the history of Fayette 
County it is stated that Morris Truman, with his three sons, settled at 
Bridgeport (opposite Brownsville), where they erected and put into 
operation works for the manufacture of steel, about 181 1. They afterward 
built a machine and engine shop for the first steamboats on the Mononga- 
hela River. All the family died at Bridgeport except the mother, who died 
at their country residence. Jonathan Binns, writing to Abraham Pennell, 
12 mo. 10, 1830, says, " thy brother-in-law, Morris Truman, died three or 
four weeks ago." In 1838, "James Truman says his mother is rather better 
this summer." One child died in infancy and the others were — 



Joseph, died unmarried. 

James, m. Margaret Trotli. 

Hannah, born 17S6 or 17S7 ; died )-oung. 

Morris, died unmarried. 

Mar)-, died young. 

" Morris Truman's child " buried at Middletown, 6 mo. 8, 



124. Amos SharpleS% Joseph3, b. in Middletown 4 mo. 7, 1759; 
d. 9 mo. 4, 1S07, "a worthy man;" m. 10 mo. 17, 1793, at Middletown 
Mtg., Lydia Hill, b. 11 mo. 5, 1774; dau. of John and Mary Hill of 
Middletown. Amos was a blacksmith and by deed of 10 mo. 23, 1790, 
purchased a house and four acres in Middletown, from Eli Yarnall. This 
he sold to Thomas Worrall by deed of 5 mo. 28, 1804, in which he is st>'led 
of Middletown, but he with his family had taken a certificate to Darby 
Mtg., dated 6 mo. 25, 1798. It is said they settled on a farm near Darby. 
Lydia married a second husband, Isaac Lowiy, of New Jersey, i mo. 4, 
18 1 5. Amos Sharpies had seven children, 

556. Humphry Hill, b. S mu. 21, 1794 ; bur. at Middletown 7 mo. 11, 1795. 

557. Emily, b. 3 mo. 9, 1796; d. 1S5S ; ni. Francis Brelsford. 

55S. Naomi, b. 9 mo. 21, 1797 ; d. 10 mo. 29. 1833 ; m. Samuel Holgate. 



LINE OF JOSEPHS, JOSEPH^. 245 

559. Hill, b. 9 mo. S, 1799 ; died in South America many years ago ; nothing is known 

of his tamil)-. 

560. Rachel, h. 4 mo. 26, 1803 ; d. 5 mo. 5, 1S34 ; m. Amos Atkinson. 

561. Mira, b. 6 mo. 13, 1S05 ; d. 10 mo. 19, 1805. 

562. Mary H., b. 10 mo. 27, 1S06 ; d. (or buried) 6 mo. 7, 1S24. 

William Hill' was married in Ireland to Mary, dau. of John and 
Margaret Hunter, who afterward settled in Newtown township, and it is 
said their first child was born at sea or shordy before they sailed. William 
purchased land in Middletown, from the heirs of Peter Hunter, and there 
died about 1747, leaving six children, Alexander, m. Elizabeth Bennett, 
John, Peter, m. Catharine Fairlamb, Margaret, m. Thomas Yarnall and 
Morris Matson, Mary, m. George Peirce, and Christiana, m. George 
Brinton. Mary Hill, the widow, married James Bennett, and died in 1770. 
John Hill', b. 4 mo. 10, 1736, d. 2 mo. 10, 1S14; m. 7 mo. 22, 1760, to 
Mary Gibbons, b. 2 mo. 15, 1743; d. 4 mo. 4, 1827; dau. of Joseph and 
Hannah Gibbons of Westtown. They resided in Middletown, on part of 
his father's land, near the present village of Lima, and had thirteen children, 

William, b. 10 mo. 31, 1761 ; d. 2 mo. 17, 1S40; m. Anna Gibson. 

Joseph, b. 10 mo. 31, 1761 ; probably died young. 

Humphry, b. 10 mo. 5, 1763 ; m. Alice Howard, 3 mo. 3, 1791. 

Hannah, b. 8 mo. 5, 1765 ; d. 6 mo. 2, 1836 ; m. Dell Pennell (No. 447). 

Ann, b. 12 mo. 15, 1767 ; m. Isaac Hibberd, 10 mo. 14, 1790. 

Rachel, b. 2 mo. 25, 1770 ; m. William Gray and Nathan Sharpies (No. 125). 

Mary, b. 2 mo. i, 1772; m. Thomas Steel, 11 mo. 6, 1794. 

Lydia, b. 11 mo. 5, 1774 ; m. Amos Sharpies and Isaac Lowry. 

Tacy, b. 10 mo. 31, 1776; d. 11 mo. 20, 1839; m. Nathan Yearsley, 5 mo. 14. 1812. 

John, b. 4 mo. 27, 1779; m. Esther Mendenhall, 5 mo. 28, 1S07. 

Deborah, b. 10 mo. 12, 1781 ; m. Dr. Rolph C. Marsh, i mo. 7, 1S08. 

Sidney, b. 6 mo. 22, 17S5 ; m. Edward B. Temple, 5 mo. 8, 1806. 

Norris, b. 23, 1788 ; d. young or unmarried. 

125. Nathan Sharpies^ Joseph3, b. 9 mo. 27, 1761; d. about 

midnight following 4 mo. 19, 1829 ; m. 4 mo. 7, 1785, at Middletown Mtg., 
to Rachel Pennell (No. 449), b. 8 mo. i, 1762 ; d. 6 mo. 9, 1802 ; dau. of 
William and Mary Pennell, of Middletown. Second marriage 5 mo. 10, 
1804, at M. Mtg., to Rachel Gray, b. 2 mo. 25, 1770 ; buried at M. 6 mo. 
30, 1808 ; widow of William Gray, and dau. of John and Mary Hill. Third 
marriage 5 mo. 16, 181 1, at West Grove Mtg., to Rachel Simmons, b. 9 
mo. I, 1776; widow of Henry, and dau. of Joseph and Rebecca Preston, 
of Londongrove, Chester Co., Pa. "Note, that Nathan married three 
Rachels, and all of them ministers." 



246 THE SHARPLESS FAMIL Y. 

By deed of Nov. 16, 1785, Nathan Sharpies and wife, and her sister 
Esther (afterward wife of David Garrett), became the owners of a 
messuage, water corn mill, or grist mill, and saw mill, with 60 acres of 
land in Middletown, which had belonged to William Pennell, his father- 
in-law. This was at what is now Glen Riddle. In 1 790 a stone house was 
built, which bears the date and initials S. and G. for Sharpies and Garrett, 
and both families are supposed to have resided therein till 1794, when 
another house was built bearing the initials of Nathan and Rachel Sharpies. 
By deed of Nov. 7, 179S, these became sole owners of the mills and 15 
acres of the land, on payment of ^1370, to Garretts. Nathan also 
purchased from Dell Pennell and wife, 3 mo. 13, 1786, ZlV-it 3-cres more 
of William Pennell's estate, and by deed of Mar. 24, 1798, obtained from 
Jonathan Pennell, of Chester, 1193^ acres in Middletown, for which he 
paid $2000. This last purchase was disposed of Aug. 21, 1800, to William 
Doyle, for $2151. In 181 5, Nathan erected a woolen factory and fulling 
mill, but in Feb. 181 7 he assigned the property to Abraham Sharpies, 
Francis Wisely and John Peirce. After this he operated the mill on the 
Westtown Boarding School property. He was buried at Middletown 4 
mo. 21, 1S29. He had seven children. 



Infant, buried at Middletown 7 mo. 26, 17S7. 

Isaac, b. 12 mo. 16, 178S; d. 2 mo. 9, 1S65 ; m. Sidney Thatcher. 

Anne, b. 3 mo. 24, 1793; d. 7 mo. 9, 1S67; m. Caleb Foulke. 

Mary, b. i mo. 8, 1796; died young or unmarried. 

Infant, buried at Middletown 5 mo. 5, 1797. 

Infant, buried at Middletown 3 mo. iS, 179S. 

.\aron, b. 7 mo. iS. 1799; d. 7 mo. 12, 1S64 ; m. Abigail Thatcher 



126. Benjamin Sharpies^ Josephs, b. in Middletown, 8 mo. 7, 
1764; d. at Catawissa, Pa., 5 mo. 28, 1857; m. 10 mo. 29, 1801, at High 
Street Meeting, Phila., to Hannah Bonsall, b. i mo. 20, 1782 ; d. 9 mo. 16 
1831 ; dau. of Edward and Hannah Bonsall of Philadelphia. The marriage 
certificate, on parchment, is signed by si.xty-six witnesses. He received a 
certificate from Chester to Concord Mo. Mtg., 8 mo. 30, 1779, being 
placed as an apprentice to a member of the latter meeting. A returning 
certificate was granted him 6 mo. 6, 1787, and he received one to Sadsbury, 
4 mo. 27, 1795 ; from which place he produced one at Catawissa, 8 mo. 26, 
1797. He setded near Sunbury about 1795, and followed the milling 
business in company with F>.obert Coburn, for about two years, and for a 
few years after in company with his nephew, Enos Sharpies. About 1805, 



LINE OF BENJAMINS, JOSEPH^. 2-j 

I die: then, after Li)ing stiil for some time, looking on two Friends present, lie said : In ;i 
little time I shall be with )our Father and m)- Father ! speaking very little after, but appeared 
sensible to the last. 

[First edition, p. 91.] 

A Testimony from Nottingliam MoJithly-meding, approved there the 
2gt/i day of the jtli month ijSo, concerning onr friend Benjamin Sharpies, 
jr. deceased. 

He was son of Benjamin Sharpies of Middletown, in Chester county, Penns)lvania ; and 
received a gift in the ministry, in which he frequently appeared in a brief, acceptable manner 
to Friends; being exemplary in meekness of conduct, diligent and wakeful in the attendance 
of religious meetings, piously careful in training up his children, affectionately kind as a hus- 
band, father, and friend, and well beloved amongst his neighbours. The latter years of his 
life being spent with us, we thought it just, brief!)' to express our sense thereof. In his last 
illness, his disorder and pain was sharp, though his judgment and senses appeared clear, nearly 
to his last, bearing his afflictions with calmness, and humble resignation ; saying to a friend, the 
day before he died : perhaps I may not be long here, but I am resigned ; I humbly hope, I am 
fully resigned : To another, the same evening, he said : Although I cannot charge myself with 
v.'ilful neglect of dut}-, yet I see I might have been more attentive and diligent, but have a 
lively hope, my omissions will be forgi\ea, and my transgressions blotted out. Many other 
expressions he dropt in a pious, ^^'eighty frame of mind ; and was sometimes heard in fer\ent 
prayer : He spake of the need of improving time, and the awfulness of that period, wherein 
we must appear before the great Judge, to give an account of the deeds done in the bod)'. And 
apprehending his end near, he took his solemn leave of his wife and children ; expressing strong 
desires for his children's preservation in the way of truth : speaking to them, especially the two 
eldest, in an affecting manner, and in language e.xpressive of a religious father's anxious care 
for the well-doing of his offspring, in great clearness and integrity of mind, though under 
much bodily pain. He quietly departed this life, the i8th of the 6th month, 1780, in the 40th 
)ear of his age; and on the 21st, was decentl)- interred in Friends' Burying-ground at East 
Nottingham. 

Signed by direction, and on behalf of Noiiinghatn Monthly-meeting aforesaid, by 

CrEORiiE Churchm.an, Clerk. 
[First edition, p. 96.] 

130. Edith SharpleS"^, Benjaminj, b. in Middletown 10 mo. 30, 
1742 ; d. in Wilmington, Del., 2 mo. 8 (or 9), 1815 ; m. i mo. 12, 1769, at 
Middletown Mtg., to Ziba Ferris, b. at New Milford, Conn., S mo. 
24, 1743; d. in Wilmington, 4 mo. 24, 1794; both buried in Friends' 
graveyard there. They had seven children, 

595. Phebe, b. 11 mo. 20, 1769; d. S mo. 20, 1770. 

596. Mary, b. 3 mo. 16, 1771 ; d. 9 mo. 9, 1773. 

597. Deborah, b. 3 mo. 2, 1773 : d. 8 mo. 20, 1S44; m. Joseph Bringhurst. 
59S. John, b. 10 mo. 12, 1775 ; d. 11 mo. i, 1802; m. Sarah Harlan. 



2 52 THE SUA RPLESS FAMIL Y. 



599- 


Edith, b. 4 mo. iS, 177S ; d. 4 mo. 20, 


600. 


Benjamin, b. 8 mo. 7, 17S0; d. 11 mo 




Gibbons. 


601. 


Ziba, b. I mo. 25, 1786; d. 10 mo. 14, 



1S27 ; m. Caleb Harlan. 

9, 1S67; m. Fanny Canby and Hannah 



m. Eliza Me^ear. 



In an old manuscript memoir of Benjamin Ferris3, of Oblong, N. Y., 
as quoted by Benjamin Ferris5, of Wilmington, the following occurs : 
" My Grandfather, Samuel Ferris', came from Reading, forty miles 
northwest from London, and setded Eastward from Boston, at Groton ; 
then moved to Charlestown, where my father, Zechariah Ferris- was born. 
He married Sarah Reed, whose father came from Dorsetshire in the 
southward parts of England, and from the town of Awley. He settled 
in old Fairfield, Conn., where my mother was born, and where 1 was born 
likewise." Zechariah afterward removed to New Milford, his being one of 
the first twelve families settled there. His children were Joseph, Deborah, 
David, Sarah, Benjamin, Hannah, John and Zechariah. The parents were 
of the Presbyterian faith but several of the children became Friends. 

David Ferris, b. at Stratford, Conn., 3 mo. 10, 1707, removed to 
Philadelphia, 1733, became a Friend, and in 1735 married Mary Massey. 
In 1737 he settled in Wilmington, Del., where he d. 12 mo. 5, 1779, having 
been a minister about twenty-four years. His brother Zechariah came to 
Wilmington and was received into membership by Friends, 12 mo. 2, 1739: 
was recommended as a minister 2 mo. 3, 1742, and d. i mo. 6, 1803, aged 
85 y, I m, 24 d. 

John Ferris3 of New Milford, b. 1710, was married 3 mo. 15, 1738, to 
Abigail Tryon of New Fairfield, and they had seven children, as follows : 
Deborah, b. 12 mo. 7, 173S; Abigail, twin with Deborah; Nathan, b. 6 
mo. 7, 1740; Rosamond, b. 10 mo. 7, 1741; Ziba, b. 6 mo. 13, 1743; 
Matthew, b. i mo. 14, 1745; Elizabeth, b. 12 mo. 7, 1746. With these 
children they removed to Wilmington, in 1748, bringing certificates "from 
our Monthly Meeting held at the Oblong in y<^ County of Dutches & 
Province of New York, y<= 21^' of y^ 2"'' mo: 1748." Of John it is said he 
"hath y« Love of his neighbours here amongst us. He hath also a Gift in 
y« Ministrey which has been to our Comfort." He died of small-pox in 
1750. Zebulon Ferris, perhaps a nephew, produced a certificate from 
Nine Partners, N. Y., dated 3 mo. 17, 1750. 

Savage says {Genealogical Dictionary) that Zechariah (Samuel?) 
Ferris of Charlestown, 1675, had children, Zechariah, baptized 6 Feb. 
1676, Sarah, 12 Nov. 1676, Hannah, iS July. 1680. The name was 
written " Ferriss " by the second, third and fourth generations. 



LINE OF BENJAMJN3^ JOSEPH^. 

''Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright. For the end of that 
man is peace!' 

Edith Ferris was the daughter of Benjamin and Edith Sharpies, of Middletown, Chester 
county, Pennsylvania. She was born the loth of ist Month 1743 [N. S.]. From nature she 
received a good person, and rare beauty of features ; but being, early in life, brought under the 
humbling power of the pure principle of Truth, revealed in her heart, she was mercifully 
preserved from the snares attendant on those pleasing qualities. She was unaffectedly modest, 
social in her disposition, and possessed an unusual flow of animal spirits, great fortitude, and a 
clear, sound understanding. These endowments rendered her useful, and uncommonly exertive 
in the various stations of life, as daughter, wife and mother, which she filled with great 
propriety. 

By obedience to the law written in the heart, she became qualified for usefulness in the 
Church ; and for near eighteen years, filled the station of overseer, to the satisfaction of her 
friends. By keeping in the spirit of love and meekness, she gained the affection of those 
among whom her duties compelled her to be a reprover ; she was remarkably clear in her views 
respecting the discipline established amongst us, and always asserted, that it was only by keeping 
in that spirit which first dictated and established our beautiful system of church government, 
that we could be qualified for usefulness to our fellow beings, or promote the glory of God. 
Under these impressions, she endeavoured to exercise her gifts, in a faithful and upright manner; 
and with such unabating love for the cause of tnith and righteousness, as to leave a testimony 
of her integrity in many hearts. She was a tender, faithful friend :^and having passed through 
deep, humbling baptisms, she knew how to feel for those who were afflicted; and her 
sympathizing spirit often led her to visit them. She was qualified to speak a word of 
consolation to their minds, and direct them to seek counsel of Him who had been her 
unfailing Helper. 

She had a testimony to bear against all superfluity, and was herself an example of 
plainness in dress, address and all things under her care ; and very careful to bring up her 
children in tnie christian simplicity. 

In the year 1794, she was left a widow ; and in 1802, she lost her eldest son. By these 
removals, she was deprived of the t\vo main pillars of her earthly hopes. They were both 
heavy afflictions, which her heart never ceased to feel, but she bore them with true christian 
patience, and resigned her dearest treasures in the language of Job, — " The Lord gave, and the 
Lord hath taken away ; blessed be his name." 

She was a diligent attender of religious meetings ; and careful to arrange her household 
concerns, so as to take her children and family with her; and her demeanour, during worship, 
exhibited a humble reverential frame of mind. For several of the last years of her life, when 
the infirmities of age had taken the place of youthful vigour, she used to nurse herself with 
more care than she would otherwise have done, to procure this enjoyment ; and I have known 
her, for months together, attend both meetings on First-day, when she was so overdone by the 
exertion, as to be unable to sit up the whole of next day. Religious worship, and her bible, 
were her chief sources of enjoyment, during the latter years of her life. On Fifth-day, the 
26th of ist month, she attended meeting, and that evening was weaker than usual. She 
continued to grow more feeble, until Second-day, the 30th, when she went into her chamber, 
and left it no more. From the first of her illness, she considered it as the last messenger, and 
bore all the sufferings of her extremely painful disease (the Erysijielas) with great patience and 



254 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

sweetness. She arranged all her little concerns with perfect composure ; and the last day she 
was with us, said — " All my prayers are answered ; I did desire an abatement of my sufferings, 
and to have a little tranquil enjoyment of you before I went ; and now my pain and distress 
are gone, and I have nothing on ni)- mind but to enjoy you, and the last great work to do." 
Her understanding was clear and perfect to the last, and her end was crowned with extraordinary 
calmness. It seemed like the unfettering of a happy spirit, whose future peace had already 
commenced. She departed about 12 o'clock, on the night of the Sth of 2d month, 1S15. and 
her remains were interred on the loth. 

" Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord, from henceforth ; )-ea, saith the Spirit, that 
they may rest from their labours ; and their works do follow them." 

[First edition, p. 97.] 



131. Joshua Sharpies'*, Benjamlnj, b. in Middletown. 12 mo. 28, 
1746-7 ; d. in East Bradford (now Birmingham) township, 9 mo. 21, 1826 ; 
1st m. 12 mo. 15, 1768, at Middletown Mtg., to Edith Yarnall, b. 3 mo. 13, 
1743 ; d. I mo. 18, 1787 ; dau. of Nathan and Rachel Yarnall, of Edgmont ; 
2d m. 5 mo. 20, 1789, at Concord Mtg., to Ann Trimble, b. i mo. 19, 1752 ; 
d. 8 mo. 30, 1837, at her dau. Phebe's, in Concord, and buried there. 
Joshua had ten children : 

602. Benjamin, b. 8 mo. 24. 1769; d. 2 mo. i, 1S52 ; m. Abigail Cope and Sidney 

(Jones) Hoopes. 

603. Rachel, b. 5 mo. 3, 177 1 ; d. S mo. 10, 1S07 ; m. Benjamin Cope. 

604. Nathan, b. 12 mo. 18, 1772 ; d. 4 mo. 11, 1S63 ; m. Lydia Painter. 

605. Martha, b. 4 mo. 27, 1775 ; d. 4 mo. 30, 1854 ; m. Cheyney Jefteris. 

606. Edith, b. 6 mo. 15, 1777; d. i mo. 24, 1861 ; m. Thomas Kite. 

607. Joshua, b. 8 mo. 12, 1779; d. 12 mo. 21, 1S60; m. Philadelphia Drinker. 

60S. Isaac, b. 9 mo. 28, 17S1 ; d. 11 mo. 12, 1822 : m. Sarah Garrett and Mary Ellis. 

609. Eli, b. 12 mo. 30, 1783 ; d. 9 mo. 12, 1784. 

610. William, b. i mo. 15, 1791 ; d. 3 mo, 5, 1793. 

611. Phebe, b. 3 mo. 22, 1793; d. 4 mo. 30, 1S50; m. Nathan Middleton. 

By deed of 3 mo. 20, 1769, Joshua Sharpies purchased from William 
Lamborn and Samuel McCool 130 acres of land in Kennet township (now 
of Ziba Way and others), for ^519: 17. A certificate from Chester Mo. 
Mtg., 3 mo. 24, 1769, for himself and wife, was directed to New Garden 
Mo. Mtg., of which they became active and useful members. She was 
appointed an overseer of New Garden Mtg., 10 mo. 5, 1771 ; an elder 8 
mo. 7, 1773; and recommended as a minister 12 mo. 7, 1775, in which 
station she visited other meetings. Joshua was appointed an overseer 4 
mo. I, 1775, and was active in efforts to abolish slave-holding among 
Friends. They received a certificate to Concord Mo. Mtg. 6 mo. 5, 1779, 



L]NE OF BENJAMIN , JOSEPH^. 2^, 

which says they were " Diligent attenders of meetings for Worship and 
Discipline, careful to bring out their family. & both serviceable members: 
she a minister well approved." For a few years they were members of 
Concord particular meeting, of which he was appointed an overseer, 1 1 
mo. 3, 17S4. By deed of 4 mo. 19, 1784, he purchased from Amos Davis 
and Eleanor, his wife, a farm of 200 acres in E. Bradford (now Birming- 
ham), and 23 acres in Westtown, for .;^i550, and being removed to 
Birmingham Meeting, he was succeeded by Thomas Speakman 5 mo. 4, 
17S5, as overseer of Concord. He was appointed an elder 2 mo. 8, 1786. 
On the back of his first marriage certificate he made the following entry: 

Edith Sharpies departed this Life on the iSth of ist Mo., 17S7, about 5 o'clock in the 
Morning, after an illness of 3 days. On the 20th she was interred at Birmingham, her Corpse 
being accompanied by a great number of Friends ; many of whom were from a Considerable 
distance : on which occation a large and Solemn Meeting was held, which the Lord Graciously 
owned. She was in the prime of lile, a Minister distinguishly Gifted, and beloved as far as 
known. Her removal was a Close stroke to many, and a great Loss to the Church, having left 
very few equals behind her. Aged 43 years and 7 months, a minister 12 years and upwards. 

In the Collection of Memorials, 1787, will be found a more extended 
account of Edith Sharpies. Ann Sharpies, second wife of Joshua, was 
appointed an overseer 4 mo. 6, 1796, in room of Ann Carter, and was 
appointed an elder 2 mo. 8, 1797. Both she and her husband were 
frequently engaged in visiting meetings and families, as companions to 
ministers or otherwise. 

In 1 798 Joshua Sharpies accompanied several Friends on a visit to the 
Indians in the western part of New York, under the Chief, Cornplanter ; 
the object being to e.xamine into the feasibility of attempting their civiliza- 
tion in accordance with a concern of the Yearly Meeting. Of this visit he 
appears to have been the journalist and his account thereof has been 
printeci in "The Friend," .xxi. 14, &c. The result being encouraging, an 
institution was established at what is now known as Tunesassa, where his 
son-in-law and daughter, Rachel, were afterward engaged until the death of 
the latter. Joshua also wrote some accoimt of the ravages of the yellow 
fever, in 1798, which may be found in the same volume. He was one of 
the founders of the Birmingham Library organized in 1795. 

In the 4th mo., 1800, Joshua and Ann Sharpies took charge, as 
superintendents, of the Friends' Boarding School in Westtown, which had 
been opened about a year, and continued in that station till 10 mo. 17, 
181 1, when they returned to their home on the farm. 

Philip Yarnall' from Cloynes in Worcestershire, was married 2 



256 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

mo., 1694, to Dorothy Baker, and settled in Edgmont township, wliere he 
died about 1734, and his widow, who was a minister, in 1743. They had 
ten children : 

|ohn, b. I mo. 5, 1694-5 I d- 7 mo. 5, 1749 ; m. Abigail Williamson. 
Philip, b. 9 mo. 29, 1696; d. 11 (or 12) mo., 175S ; m. Mary Hoopes. 
Job, b. I mo. 28, 169S ; d. 1740 ; m. Rebecca Lownes. 
Sarah, b. 8 mo. 25, 1700; m. Evan Ellis, 2 mo. 21, 1726. 
Benjamin, b. 8 mo. 20, 1702; d. joung or unmarried. 
Thomas, b. 6 mo. 10, 1705 ; married Martha Hammans, 9 mo. 21, 1734. 
Nadian, b. 12 mo. 27, 1707 ; d. i mo. 10, 1780 ; m. three times. 
Samuel, b. 2 mo. 12, 1710; married Sarah Vernon, 9 mo. 13, 1740. 
Rebecca, b. 6 mo. 6, 171 2 ; m. 'William Jones, i mo. 20, 1739-40. 
Mary, b. 8 mo. 23, 17 iS ; m. Samuel Milner, i mo. 26, 1741. 

Nathan Yarnall^ was first married 8 mo. 13, 173 1, at Middletown Mtg., 
to Rachel Jackson, b. 5 mo. 10, 1710; d. 2 mo. 11, 1749, dau. of Ephraim 
and Rachel (Newlin) Jackspn, of Edgmont, where they settled. Second 
marriage, 3 mo. 10. 1750, at M. Mtg., to Hannah Mendenhall, b. 11 mo. 
19, 1719 ; d. 8 mo. 19, 1760; dau of Benjamin and Lydia, of Concord (see 
p. 169) : 3d m. I mo. 5, 1769, at Chester Mtg., to Jane Bezer, widow of 
John. She d. 5 mo. 25, 1775. Nathan had eleven children: 

Ephraim, b. 5 mo. 6, 1733 ; m. Doroth)- Yarnall (of Philip^), and Sarah Holton. 

Nathan, b. 4 mo. 2, 1736 ; d. i mo. 10, 1779 ; m. Phebe Schofield. 

Benjamin, b. 4 mo. 5, 1738; m. Elizabeth Folwell, 4 mo. 30, 1761. 

John, b. 12 mo. 8, 1739 ; m. Elizabeth Newlin, 2 mo. 3, 1774. 

Edith, b. 3 mo. (May) 13, 1743 ; m. Joshua Sharpies. 

Joel, b. 6 nio. 15, 1745 ; d. 3 mo. 20, 1768. 

Samuel, b. 3 mo. 29, 174S . m. Hannah Hatton and Mar)- Harrison. 

Eli, b. 3 mo. 29, 1753 ; d. 8 mo. 25, 1812 ; m. Priscilla Walker. 
Joshua, b. I mo. 16, 1755 ; bur. 10 mo. 9, 1790, unmarried. 

Ellis, b. I mo. 31, 1757 ; m. Rachel and Mar)- . 

Robert, b. 4 mo. 5, 1761 ; d. young. 

132 Isaac Sharpies^, Benjamin^, b. in Middletown, 5 mo. 16, 
1748; d. I mo. 23, 1780; m. 2 mo. 13 1777, at M. Mtg., to Elizabeth 
Talbot, dau. of Joseph and Hannah (Baker) Talbot of Middletown and 
Aston. They had one child : 

612. Benjamin, b. 11 mo. 4, 1777 : d. 9 mo. 1S45; m. Amy Cadwalader. 

Isaac Sharpies was appointed recorder of marriage' certificates 7 mo. 
31, I77S' ''i room of his brother-in-law, Joseph Talbot; and 11 mo. 25, 1776, 



LINE OF BEN/ A MIN3, JOSEPH -. 257 

to record manumissions of slaves. It is mentioned i mo. 26, 177S, tliat he 
and Joseph Talbot had been paid for transcribing the minutes, and a ream 
of paper. Isaac Sharpies and others were added to committee in 
Suffering Cases, 8 mo. 31, 1778, and on 12 mo. 28, 1778, he was appointed 
clerk of the Monthly Meeting, in room of Joseph Talbot, Jr. Thomas 
Evans succeeded him in the last position, 4 mo. 24, 1780. On 3 mo. 25, 
1774, Isaac received a certificate to Wrightsborough, Ga., "to see whether 
it may be suitable for Him to settle amongst you." 

Elizabeth Sharpies, widow of Isaac, received a certificate from Chester 
to Concord Mo. Mtg., 6 mo. 27, 1785, and thence to Westland, Washington 
Co., Pa., II mo. 5, 1788. There she became the wife of Rees Cadwalader, 
but her further history is unknown. 

An account of the last sickness and deatli of Isaac Sharpies, zvith 
sonic of /lis last expressions, jnostly taken down in writing; by his sister 
Rebecca ; being as follows, 

My dear brother Isaac Sharpies was taken sick on the Sth of the first month, 17S0, wliich 
proved to be the small-po.x ; we were in hopes for several days, he would have had it fa\-ourabl)-, 
though much afflicted with a sore throat, and a watery humour in his mouth, which disturbed 
his rest, so that he slept but little ; on the 14th, and 6th of the week, (when I went into the 
room,) he was sitting up in his chair, with a pen and paper in his hand, and said, "Well sister, 
I Avant to make my will, for I am as fully convinced in my mind, that I shall die of the small- 
pox, as that I have it." I replied, "Why dost thou think so?" He answered, "not because 
I feel much amiss, but so it seems to me." The same morning he expressed something like it 
to his wife ; saying, " I have thought so from the first, and am now convinced of it ; but not 
much dissatisfied about it, only on thy account. ' ' She being troubled, he drew his chair towards 
her, and desired she migjit not grieve. He at several times expressed to her that he felt as 
though there was a pure stream within him. He continued very cheerful for several days after, 
bearing his affliction with becoming patience and resignation. Most that saw him, thought he 
had the disorder favourably ; but about the turn, his fever increasing, the swelling fell, and his 
breathing became more difficult: at which time he was willing the doctor should be sent for. 
This was on the seventh day of the week ; that night he desired all might be still and quiet, 
saying, "I feel prett}' well." He often remembered his dear wife ; and all his expressions 
were seasoned with love, calling us his dear sisters. He complained of a great load and 
oppression about his heart, saying, "I am so spent I must go." I asked if he was willing? 
After a short pause, he said, "I believe it will be my gain :" with some more words which 
were not well understood. He then said, "Steward, give up thy stewardship, for thou mayest 
be no longer steward." After a while he called his dear wife to him ; and kissing her, said, 
" My dear, I believe I must go and leave thee!" She asked him what he thought of his 
preparation for the awful change? After a pause, he said, "I have nothing to boast of; if I 
am prepared, it is through the mercy of God: I have a secret hope it is so, — I have faith, yea, 
a living faith, that there is a place prepared for me in the place of rest !" And further said, 
" pra)' for me, my dear, in these trying moments." Then calling for his mother, and 



258 THE SHARP LESS FAMILY. 

affectionately kissing her, said, "farewell, dear mother! I believe thou mutt part with thy 
son, for my strength is nearly spent :" and on her inquiring if he was willing to go, he further 
said, "I feel a degree of living faith, that will preserve me from all the fiery darts of the 
wicked one !" He then desired her to be as a mother to his dear wife and little son. Then 
calling for his father, he took leave of him, saying, " I have lived with thee many years, and 
endeavoured to do the best I could ; do remember my dear wife and little son ; be kind to 
her, and take care of her as one of thy own children, until she is otherwise provided for." 
He was much concerned for his wife, charging her father and mother, as he took leave of 
them, to be kind to her, and not to bear hard upon her, nor grieve her. And when taking 
leave of his sister Amy, he gave her the like charge. His brother Aaron coming to him, he 
bid him farewell, saying, " I desire thee to redeem thy time, that it may be well with thee in 
the end." He called for Caesar, a negro man who was hired with us, and bid him farewell ; 
giving him a charge to take care and not love strong drink too well ; saying, I am afraid 
it will injure thee yet." After giving his brother Joshua some directions about settling 
his accounts, he seemed so spent he could not have held it much longer. He 
enquired what time it was : and being told it was about the gth hour, said, he thought he 
should not go before twelve ; and .saying a few words in prayer, some of which were not 
tmderstood, he desired the Lord might grant him admittance into his favour, to praise his 
name; saying, "amen, amen." Then lay as though he was expiring ; and after some hard 
struggles, he seemed to revive a little ; and calling for me, kissed me, and bid me farewell, 
calling me his "Dear Sister," (as he had often done that day,) and a.sked if we ever saw any 
body so far gone, to recover? Being asked if he desired it, he answered, "only because it 
will be so hard for you to part with me !" He afterward seemed uneasy, as though he had 
something to say; being asked, he said, "No, I believe I have said all !" And being raised 
higher in his bed, he seemed to doze a little, laying more easy than he had for some time 
before; drawing his breath shorter and shorter, until he quietly expired, as if falling into a 
sweet sleep ; and no doubt, is entered into rest. 

He departed this life on the 23d day of the lirst month, 17S0, being in the 32d year of 
his age. 

[First edition, p. loi.] 

Oji-r beloved sister Rebecca zvrote the follotuing short tcstiiiionv concerning' 
her dear deceased brother Isaac Sharpies, a little before she icas seized with 
the same disorder. 

It resteth on my mind to add something concerning my dear brother, whose exemplary 
life and conversation, preached loudly to those who knew him. He was well beloved by friends 
and others : a lover of harmony, both at home and abroad ; often exhorting the children to 
love and quietude, and was concerned that his neighbours might live in unity ; well knowing 
that without it, truth's prosperity would be obstructed ; and if he thought any had aught 
against him, he could not be easy until it was removed. He was serviceable in Church affairs, 
and concerned that the work of reformation might go on in its proper channel ; and that 
there might not only be an outward conformity, but that all parts of our conduct and 
conversation might correspond therewith : being deeply exercised that Friends might bear a 
faithful testimony to the truth we make profession of, now in this time of outward trials. 

I well know he was often a silent burden-bearer on these ; as well as on many other 
accounts ; always more in substance than in shew ! What shall I say to set forth his hidden 



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worth, that others may be excited thereby to an humble, steady walking in an inward labour 
of spirit ; and so our souls may be prepared for our final change ! And then, whether life or 
death, we shall be ready to obey the Lord's call. 

He was of a meek and quiet spirit, a loving and faithful husband, a dutiful and obedient 
son, a tender and affectionate father, and a truly kind and helpful brother ; the loss of whom 
I sensibly feel ; and he will be greatly missed in this family, as well as in more public services 
in the Church. 

Rebecca Sharples. 
[First edition, p. 105.] 

Eli Yarnair s iestimony concerning Isaac Sharpies, aforesaid. 

Having unity with the foregoing testimony concerning this my dear deceased friend and 
cousin, I find freedom to add a few words thereto, concerning his services in the church, for 
the reason before mentioned : that others may walk in the footsteps of the flock of Christ's 
companions, and follow him, as they have such for example, that when the alarming 
proclamation is sounded, " Steward, give up thy stewardship, for thou mayest be no longer 
steward," the pangs of a death-bed may be mitigated, by having a well grounded hope of 
entering into that rest, which is finally prepared for the righteous ; which was the case with 
this our dear friend, as appears by his own words " I have a living faith, there is a place 
prepared for me in the place of rest." He was a diligent attender of religioifs meetings, both 
for worship and discipline ; in the latter of which, he was very serviceable ; being truly 
united in spirit with the faithful labourers, for the prosperity of truth, and the honour of God : 
his sentiments were seasoned with meekness and submission, rather preferring the judgment of 
others ; and when nominated for services, being loath to excuse himself, submitted thereto in 
diffidence and a sense of his own inability ; but I believe, through Divine assistance, he never 
failed to perform them to the satisfaction of his brethren. Being for some time chosen as 
clerk in our Montly-meeting, and well qualified for that weighty service; in labouring for the 
restoration of those who had broken the rules of our discipline, he manifested great tenderness, 
in a plain, sincere manner ; pressing the necessity of true repentance ; which would be 
manifested by amendment of life; and would excite them to a diligent attendance of meetings 
for Divine worship, being himself an experimental witness of the benefit arising from it. I 
believe he may justly bear the character of a watchman on Zion's walls ; being careful that 
the enemy might be guarded against in every appearance. He was much concerned, lest any 
whose hearts have been truly touched, should, for want of patiently abiding under the humbling 
hand, and duly trying the spirits, mistake imagination for revelation, and follow the heat of 
their own spirits into inconvenient things ; and for want of being established on the 
immutable foundation, by their instability, bring dishonour to the truth, and a burthen on 
faithful Friends ; being also an example in that middle path, that shuns extremes. 

His corpse was accompanied by a great gathering of Friends and others, and decently 
interred in Friends' burial-ground in Middletown, on the 25th of the month aforesaid ; on 
which occasion, we were favoured with a solemn meeting, the spring of the Gospel ministry 
being opened in a very powerful and efficacious manner, to the tendering many hearts. 

Eli Yarnall. 
[First edition, p. 107.] 

133- Rebecca Sharpies'*, Benjamln3, b. in Middletown, 10 mo. 



26o THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

29, 1749; d. 2 mo. 9, 1780, unmarried. She and Isaac Coates, of East 
Cain, declare their intention of marriage 3 mo. 22, 1771, but at the next 
meeting it was minuted that " the marriage laid before last meeting, 
between Coates and Sharpies, is put by, on account of the man's 
indisposition of mind." Although his aberration was but temporary they 
never renewed their engagement, and he married Hannah Stalker, 1 2 mo. 
I, 1773. Rebecca Sharpies was chosen at the age of twenty-seven, 6 mo. 
24, 1776, to the responsible position of clerk to the women's monthly 
meeting, in which she continued until her death. She was also appointed 
6 mo. 30, 1777, to transcribe the minutes after revision by a committee. 
She wrote her name " Rebekah." 

Soon after our beloved friend Rebecca Sharpies had written the forementioned testimony 
of her deceased brother, she was taken ill of the same disorder, in which she lay 14 days. 
The tender and near affection, not only of her near relations, but several other Friends, 
engaged them to attend on her with the utmost diligence and care, that no endeavours might be 
neglected that could tend to lighten her affliction, or alleviate her distress, which she bore with 
wonderful patience and resignation of mind ; during which time she dropt many weighty 
expressions : such as could be remembered were taken down in writing, and are to the 
following effect, viz.: 

On the 30th of the first month, a Friend who was sitting by her, observing she was 
likely to have a great load of the disorder, said to her, he hoped she was not terrified about 
what might be the event : she answered, no, I am resigned, I have been wonderfully preserved 
in resignation. The same day, another Friend speaking to her concerning her state of mind, 
she replied, "it has been more my desire to feel his presence, who is strength in weakness, 
than to live." On the 3d of the 2d month, towards evening, being under much bodily 
affliction, it pleased the Lord, in his unerring wisdom, for the trial of her faith and patience, 
(and perhaps not for her sake only) to hide his face, and withdraw his presence during the 
night season ; in which the adversary, the accuser of the brethren, was permitted to assault 
her on every hand. She signified in substance, that her dwelling was as amongst fiery spirits ; 
that she was fixed and bound in the anguish and portion of the miserable ; that she looked 
around, and saw no redemption ; was ready to despair of mercy, and to fear that her residence 
was to be there forever ; her exercise and conflict of mind, that she might be restored to 
a state of acceptance, was great beyond description. A Friend who attended on her, under 
a deep concern and sympathy with and for her, that she might be preserved in stability and 
patience, had some expressions to arise in his mind, which he dropt to her by way of 
encouragement. She answered : his words felt good, but her help was not in man. After 
some time she signified she believed it was as he said, a trial of her faith and patience ; and 
that she felt a degree of faith and hope, that she should be again raised out of that state ; and 
that she yet felt love to her friends. Towards morning she uttered divers pathetic sentences, 
with much ardour and weight ; setting forth what she had seen and felt in that deep probation, 
great part of which cannot be remembered. She said : " I have seen wonderful things, which I 
am not now able to express !" — a little after said, "I feel myself like the dry bones in the 
open valley, which had neither sinews nor flesh, yet were raised up, and became an army of 
living instruments." She was in great anxiety to know the cause why she was so deeply tried, 



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signifying she had overhauled all her past conduct, wherein things which she thought she had 
done innocently, and from a sense of duty, were now accounted unto her for presumption. 
She also said : " I have been thinking about Innoculation, and cannot see any cause to repent 
that I have not joined with it." In the morning she seemed fainty, but soon after revived. 
At another time she said: "Oh, the trials and troubles that are in the world ! they that will 
not be brought down by one means, must by another." On the 6th of the 2d month, she 
mentioned to a friend, that she had passed through a sore conflict, being tempted to believe 
she was bound in the chains of darkness, but that she was finely got over it : and being asked 
if she expected to be raised up again amongst us, she replied (after a solemn pause) I can say, 
" his will and not mine, be done; if he hath a work yet for me to do, I desire to be obedient ; 
but if not, it is better to go now, than to stay here without his presence." To another friend, 
she said, " Oh ! I love my friends yet : and though I am now in a low state, if it be his will 
so to do, he is able to raise me ; but I can say, ' his will be done :' and though some faithful 
labourers are taken away, I believe others will be raised up in such a manner, that the 
Testimony will be advanced, to the honor of his great name. Oh that young convinced 
Friends may keep their places, and be faithful ! Be thou faithful. At another time, being 
told that her brother Aaron was there, she desired him to come to her, saying : " Thou seest, 
brother, what a poor condition I am in : and thou as well as I, have seen how it has lately 
been with brother Isaac. It is a great satisfaction, that I am quite easy ; I feel nothing to lay 
heavy on my mind : Do remember our dear parents, comfort and support them in their old 
age ; remember, they have had great care and toil on our account; do nothing to grieve or 
cross them. It has been my care these fifteen years, to smooth and make their passage easy 
through the descent of life. Remember our little sisters and brothers ; I feel an engagement 
of mind on their account ; they have the stamp of virtue on their countenances ; set them a 
good example in sobriety and plainness : thou knowest not how soon thou mayest be in my 
condition, and then it will be a great satisfaction to have an easy mind." 

In the early part of her illness, she expressed an uneasiness with some things in the house, 
which she believed not consistent with primitive simplicity ; and gave directions how to 
dispose of her own property, giving some of her clothing to the poor neighbours. She 
frequently expressed a desire that her friends about her might feel and sympathize with her, 
saying, "I have need of the help of your spirits in these trying moments." The day she 
died, she called to her cousin, who attended on her, saying, "I see a light, exceeding the 
brightness of the sun!" Apprehending her end drew hear, she desired that her younger 
brother, and four sisters, who lay in the disorder below stairs, might be brought up, that she 
might take her leave of them ; which she did in an affecting manner, one after another, as 
they came to her bed-side ; giving them a charge to be dutiful and kind to their parents, and 
endeavour to live so as to end well ; saying to one of them, " Farewell, dear sister ; do not 
grieve for me, my head will be laid safe ; do not forget these trying moments, and do not 
mind pride and high-mindedness ; for it is an evil, and a hurtful thing : but live in the 
humility of the Spirit, and in meekness, for that is the bond of peace." They all manifested 
their love and near affection for her, by their grief and tears at their solemn parting ; may 
they ever remember, both her advice and example ! She likewise took a solemn leave of her 
parents, with tender affection bidding them farewell. Some time after, being thought near 
her end, she said nearly as follows, " I am passing through the valley and region of the 
shadow of death ! I desire your prayers, that I may have an easy passage." After this she 
revived a little. A few hours before she departed, she was under a close exercise of spirit, to 
be fully given up to her heavenly Father's will, and that her friends might give her up ; saying. 



2 62 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

" O how hard it is to give up !" Praying for resignation, and that His will might be done : 
and some time after, said in a solemn manner — " Oh give up ! for the earth is the Lord's, and 
the fullness thereof; therefore give up to Him." After which she lay in a quiet frame of 
mind, saying several times, "I feel easy." Some hours before she departed, her brother 
Joshua asked her how she was? She answered, " I feel quiet and resigned, which is a favour, 
but am looking for every moment to be my last !" After which she asked for her brother 
Benjamin, to lean on him, that she might breathe more easy; and desiring to lay down again, 
after a little while she quietly expired, leaving a sweet savour behind her, in the 31st year of 
her age. 

On the nth of the 2nd month, 1780, her remains were decently interred in Friends' 
burial ground at Middletown being attended thither by a great concourse of friends and 
neighbours ; where a solemn meeting was held, and several living testimonies were borne, to 
the edification of the honest hearted. 

[First edition, p. 109.] 

136. Aaron Sharpies'*, Benjamin3, b. in Middletown 8 mo. 26, 
1756; d. 8 mo. 25, 1798; m. 5 mo. 11, 1783, to Mary EUwood, b. 10 mo. 
23, 1764; d. 3 mo. 14, 1797; dau. of John and Catharine Ellwood, of 
Bristol, Bucks Co., Pa. They settled at Bristol, where the eldest child was 
born, after which they removed to New York City, where both died and 
were interred in Friends' burial ground there. He received a certificate 
from Chester to Philadelphia, 5 mo. 31, 1773, and brought one back from 
the Southern District, Phila., 6 mo. 28, 1779. On 6 mo. 24, 1782, one was 
signed for him, directed to Falls Mo. Mtg., Bucks Co., Pa. They had five 
children : 

613. Rebecca, b. 4 mo. 9, 1785 ; d. 6 mo. 10, 1786. 

614. John, b. 5 mo. 17, 1787 ; d. 11 mo. 11, 1787. 

615. Sarah, b. 10 mo. 2, 1788 ; d. 6 mo. 24, 1836 ; m. Rowland Jones. 

616. Joseph, b. 12 mo. 5, 1790; went to sea about 1816, and the vessel was never 

heard from afterward. 

617. Mary, b. 10 mo. 15, 1793; d. 7 mo. 13, 1827 ; m. Thomas Garrett. 



137- Amy Sharpies^, Benjamin3, b. II mo. 17, 1758 ; d. i mo. 3 
1S31 ; m. 10 mo. 4, 1787, at Middletown Mtg., Jesse Darlington, b. 
in East Bradford 2 mo. 16, 1762; d. 4 mo. 26, 1842; son of Thomas 
Darlington^ (Abraham'), and Hannah Brinton4 (Edward3, William^, 
William"), of East Bradford. He received a certificate from Concord to 
Bradford Mo. Mtg., 12 mo. 6, 1780, and brought one back dated 2 mo. 14, 
1783. He learned the weaving business and is said to have shown 
remarkable patience with tangled threads. Amy Darlington received a 
certificate to Concord 12 mo. 31, 1787, and was appointed overseer 6 mo. 



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5, 1793, for Birmingham Mtg., in room of Rachel Sharpies. The parents 
and four children received a certificate to Chester, i mo. 4, 1797. 

Jesse Darlington, of Middletown, and William Poole, of Wilmington, 
e.xecutors of Samuel Sharpies, by deed of 2 mo. 11, 1797, conveyed to 
Isaac Glover Gilpin, of Birmingham, the Sharpies homestead in Middletown, 
with 150 acres of land, and 9 acres in Aston, for ^2200; and Isaac G. 
Gilpin, with Hannah, his wife, conveyed the same to Jesse Darlington, 2 
mo. 13, 1797, for the same sum. The latter built an addition to the house, 
in 1802, which is now the residence of his grandson of the same name. 
Jesse and wife were buried at Middletown Mtg. Their children were — 

61S. Martha, b. 7 mo. 9, 1788 ; d. 2 mo. 19, 1868 ; m. Eli D. Peirce. 

619. Rhoda, b. 5 mo. 9, 1790; d. 10 mo. 16, 1826; m. Isaac Hewes. 

620. Mark, b. i mo. 8, 1794 ; d. 10 mo. 4, 1794. 

621. Edward, b. 9 mo. 17, 1795 ; d. 11 mo. 21, 1884; m. Ann P. Eyre 

622. Samuel S., twin with Edward, d. 12 mo. 22, 1S59; '"• Susanna Dennison. 

623. Benjamin, b. 8 mo. 23, 1797 > ^- 1° """O- 8, 1807 ; a triplet. 

624. Joshua, b. 8 mo. 23, 1797 '' ^- 8 mo. 29, 1797 ; a triplet. 

625. Thomas, b. 8 mo. 23, 1797; d. 7 mo. 17, 1877 ; m. Hannah P. Dilworth. 

626. Jared, b. 8 mo. 15, 1799; d. 12 mo. 7, 1862; m. Mary Button. 

627. Amy, b. 9 mo. 11, 1805 ; d. 11 mo. 4, 1847 ; m. Jesse Palmer. 

140. Hannah Sharpies*, Benjamin3, b. 4 mo. 9, 1765 ; d. 4 mo. 
II, 1795 ; m. 9 mo. 5, 1782, at Middletown Mtg., to Peter Yarnall of 
Concord, b. in Philadelphia, 2 mo. 17, 1754; d. 2 mo. 25, 1798; son of 
Mordecai and Mary (Roberts) Yarnall. They had six children : 

628. Mordecai, b. 5 mo. 3, 1784; d. at Wheeling, Va., about the 27th year of his age. 

629. Rebecca, b. i mo. 25, 1786; d. about 1859, at Columbia, Pa., unmarried. 

630. Isaac, b. 12 mo. 6, 1787 ; d. 11 mo. 9, 1791. 

631. Peter, b. 2 mo. 13, 1790; d. 11 mo. 4, 1878 ; m. Matilda Purdy. 

632. Israel, b. i mo. 31, 1792 ; died young. 

633. Benjamin S., b. 10 mo. 10, 1794; d. 10 mo. 1S15; m. Percy Mariner. 

The personal history of Peter Yarnall is full of interest. His father, 
Mordecai Yarnall^, son of Francis', removed from Willistown township, 
Chester Co., Pa., before Peter's birth, and was a valued minister in the 
Society of Friends. Somewhat late in life he married, 3 mo. 3, 1768, Ann 
Maris, widow of Joseph, and changed his residence to Springfield township, 
where he died about the commencement of the Revolutionary War, Peter 
was placed apprentice in Philadelphia, to learn the business of a tanner 
and currier, but his master shortly declined the business, and he was 
placed with another, within the limits of Uwchlan Mo. Mtg., Chester 



264 THE SHARP LESS FAMILY. 

Co. ; to which he produced a certificate, dated 10 mo., 1770. Owing to a 
disagreement with his master, who appears to have been of a violent 
temper, he absconded, went to New York, and enhsted in the army. For 
this he was disowned by Uwchlan Mo. Mtg., 9 mo. 10, 1772 ; soon after 
which, through the exertions of his father's friend, John Pemberton, his 
release from the army was obtained, and he then went to reside with Stacy 
Potts, at Trenton, N. J., till he was twenty-one years of age. Removing 
to Germantown, Pa., he followed the tanning business a short time, but 
becoming acquainted with Dr. Bond, he was induced to study medicine at 
the hospital in Philadelphia. In 1776, he entered the American army as 
surgeon's mate, and afterward acted as surgeon ; and to use his own words 
" continued in a long course of vanity and dissipation, * * * pursuing 
one scene of licentiousness and cruelty after another." Early in 1779, he 
embarked on a privateer for a cruise to the West Indies, from which he 
returned to Philadelphia 6 mo. 4th of that year, and again connected 
himself with the Pennsylvania Hospital. About a year later a change 
appears to have come over his feelings : he began to attend the meetings 
of Friends, and under a deep sense of contrition for his past conduct he 
offered an acknowledgment therefor to Uwchlan Monthly Meeting, 12 mo. 
7, 1780, which was, after due consideration, accepted. A certificate 
transferring his membership to Philadelphia was granted 4 mo. 5, 1781, and 
from thence he received one to Concord, dated 8 mo. 29, 1781. Before 
leaving the city he had begun to speak in meetings, and he was 
recommended as a minister by Concord Mo. Mtg., 6 mo. 5, 1782. His 
wife received a certificate from Chester to Concord, 10 mo. 28, 1782. In 
1785 there appeared to be an opening for him at York, in York Co., as a 
physician, and they removed thither with their child, taking a certificate to 
Warrington Mo. Mtg., dated 6 mo. 8, 1785. York Monthly Meeting was 
established the next year, and Hannah was the first clerk for the women's 
meeting. 

Here, as well as at Concord, Peter was much engaged, in religious 
visits to families and distant meetings. It is said of him that the powers of 
his memory were uncommonly retentive, and his apprehensions quick and 
lively. Hence the anecdotes of his repeating sermons among the soldiery, 
when in the army, and thus working on their passions till many were in 
tears. As a physician he was skilful, attentive and much beloved for his 
tenderness and assiduity ; for he knew how to sympathise with the afflicted, 
either in body or mind. As a neighbor, he was kind, sociable and obliging. 
In meetings his countenance was solid, and clothed with reverential awe. 



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When he rose to advocate the cause of Truth, it was with solemn dignity 
in his manner and countenance — humihty and meekness conspicuously 
marked his features. His elocution was, at first, soft and slow, but as he 
proceeded, life and energy increased till his whole soul became so 
completely absorbed in his subject, that he appeared unconscious of his 
gesticulations, which were considerable. Pathetic entreaty, persuasive love, 
and powerful appeals to the understanding and the heart, with clear and 
cogent illustrations of gospel truths, rendered his ministry peculiarly con- 
vincing and consolatory. 

He and his wife, with their four children, received a certificate from 
York to Horsham Mo. Mtg., Montgomery County, 8 mo. 10, 1791, and 
it is supposed settled at what is now called Hatborough, where Hannah 
died. He was married again, 2 mo. 15, 1797, at Byberry Mtg., to Hannah, 
widow of Joseph Thornton, and daughter of Edmund and Elizabeth Haines, 
b. at Evesham, N. J., 2 mo. 26, 1765; d. 7 mo. 2, 1822. They had a 

daughter who married Richardson. After his second marriage 

Peter resided at the former home of James Thornton, in Byberry, where 
he died. Some account of his life and parts of his journal have been 
published in Friends Miscellmiy, vol. ii. ; and in Biographical Sketches and 
Anecdotes of Friends, an interesting memoir will be found. 

Lines to the memory of Hannah Y'arnall (late wife of Peter Yarnall,) 
who departed this life, April nth, ijgs, in the jist year of her age. 

Flown is a spirit to the realms above, 

Where holy souls breathe forth in strains of love : 

Her gentle manners, joined to pious trust. 

Are sweet memento's, now she's laid in dust. 

Short was her warning, while her mind, serene, 

With passive fortitude endur'd the scene. 

Tho' fondest ties, which form our social chain 

Compos'd its links on this terrestrial plain : — 

Tho' daughter, mother, sister, friend, and wife. 

Were strong attractions to allure to life ; 

With mild obedience she resign'd them all ; 

Nobly attentive to a greater call. 

Her lively faith presented brighter views. 

Than what the earth-born worldling, keen pursues. 

Finite at best, each glitt'ring bauble flies, 

And bursts the bubble, when the mortal dies. 

Then deep eternity succeeds to time. 

All-wondrous rapture, soaring and sublime. 



266 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

One universal church shall there extend, 
And virtuous spirits, in true homage, bend 
Before the splendors of Jehovah's throne, 
Where sin and sorrow are alike unknown. 
No vain distinctions bind : no narrow sects : 
One general shepherd, one pure flock protects. 
One font of love, beams forth the glorious light, 
Perpetual day dispels the gloom of night. 
Nor sun nor moon with waning lustre fades, 
But one resplendent blaze, the whole pervades. 

E. F N. 

[First edition, p. 122.] 

A testimo7iy of the Mtmthly Meeting of Horsham, concerning our 
beloved friend Peter Yarnall, deceased ; who departed this life at his house in 
Byberry, the 20th day of the 2nd month, ijg8, hi the ^^th year of his age, 
after a short illness. 

It appears that this our valued friend was born in the city of Philadelphia, and was the 
son of our ancient, esteemed friend, Mordecai Yarnall ; from whose precepts and example, in 
the time of his youth, he widely departed ; which was cause of much grief to his pious father : 
so that he might justly be compared to the prodigal, that wandered into a far country, and 
spent his portion in riotous living. 

In the time of the late revolution, he entered into the army, where he continued a 
considerable time : but being followed by the holy reproofs of the great Shepherd of Israel, 
he was at length made willing to deny himself, take up his cross, and become a fool in the 
eyes of his former associates ; and, after enduring a season of conflict, and deep baptism, he 
was qualified for, and called to the work of the ministry ; in which he became zealously 
engaged to promote the cause of truth and righteousness. 

He settled with his family within the compass of our Monthly Meeting, a few years 
since ; where he fervently laboured in the work of the ministry ; and of him we think it may 
be said, that he was fervent in spirit, serving the Lord, and edifying the church ; willing to 
spend and be spent in His cause ; to whom he often acknowledged his great obligations, for 
plucking him as a brand from the burning ; having frequently, in his testimony, to declare of 
the Lord's long suffering, and gracious dealings with him ; and to invite the prodigal son to 
return to the father's house, where there is bread enough, and to spare (which he had 
abundantly experienced) and to rest no longer satisfied with feeding upon husks. Much of 
his time was given up in travelling abroad, to promote truth and righteousness amongst 
mankind ; being eminently gifted in the work of the ministry ; yet he was not forward or 
hasty in his public appearances, but was concerned to wait for renewed qualifications from 
time to time. 

He frequently had religious meetings appointed amongst those not of our society ; and 
was often favoured to lift up his voice in the power and authority of truth, to publish the 
gospel of salvation, to the awakening of the careless, and to the encouragement of the weary 
travellers Zionward ; on whom, at times, his doctrine dropped as the dew on the tender herbs. 
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in their families, for wliich service lie was well qualified ; and divers times (we believe) 
profitably engaged therein ; being of a meek and courteous disposition, and generally beloved 
by friends and others. He several times visited most of the eastern and southern states. 
During his last visit to the former, in a letter to a friend, he wrote:—"! have been under 
close apprehensions, since I first came to New England, that if spared to get home (which 
perhaps may be granted) I should never have it in my power to be here more." 

Some of his last expressions being retained, are nearly as follow. In the afternoon of 
the 14th of the 2nd month, being taken very ill, he thus addressed himself to his wife. "My 
dear, I don't know that I ever felt myself more poorly than at this time. I feel no anxiety on 
my own account, but thine and the childrens', and the precious cause of truth. If my gracious 
Master has anything for me to do, I should be willing to be raised again ; but have seen that 
I should be a man of affliction, as long as I am continued. The Lord's will be done." Some 
time after, desiring his wife to sit by him, he said, " Heaven is a glorious place ; into which I 
have no doubt of an entrance, if I should be removed at this time. I acknowledge it is awful 
to think of appearing before the bar of the just Judge ; but on looking at it I feel my mind 
centered in uninterrupted quiet." Towards evening, he said he thought of trying to sit up, 
and have the family to sit down together with him, which was his frequent practice, when in 
usual health. 

15th. Being queried with respecting sending for a physician, he said his dependance 
never had been upon outward physicians ; but believed they might sometimes be means of 
giving some temporary relief to the poor body. 

i6th. The Physician being come to see him, he told him that his dependance was in 
the Lord Jesus alone, not on medicine, but submitted to those about him in taking it. On 
perceiving his wife to be affected, he said, " My dear, thou must give me up to the Lord, who 
certainly will do right : may our dwellings be beside the still waters : mayest thou be enabled 
to keep there in the deepest proving seasons." Some time after, he said, — "O the precious- 
ness of the unity of the spirit. I never felt my dear friends nearer to me, I think at any time ; 
and I thought I never felt a greater flow of love towards them universally, than when in our 
meeting last, although I was silent." 

17th. A friend coming to see him, he said, "I have been sensible of many infimiities ; 
but I believe I have an evidence that my gracious Master has blotted out my transgressions." 
Some hours after, addressing his daughter, he said, " If I should be taken away now I am 
apprehensive I shall go to rest, though I am a poor weak creature, and have nothing to boast 
of: I have been concerned for thee, and the rest of my children ; and have prayed for you 
since I have been on this sick bed." After recommending obedience and gratitude to her 
observance, he added, "I desire thou mayst so live, that the Lord may bless thee; and to 
walk in his fear, is the only way to obtain it." After speaking of the weight of his disorder, 
he said, " but we should not call anything hard, dispensed by the Divine hand." Some 
time after he said, " the Lord Jesus, my Saviour, is near, whatever becomes of this poor body. 
I hope my gracious Master will give me patience to wait his time." Speaking to the children, 
he said: "O my dear children, love, fear, and serve God." He divers times addressed 
them nearly after this sort, when coming to speak to him : "Now dear children, you see the 
need of preparing for such a time as this : I should be miserable indeed, if I did not feel 
an easy mind." At another time, calling them by name, he said, "My dear children, 
remember the many religious opportunities we have had together ; may they be unto you as 
bread cast upon the waters." — "Oh the goodness of the blessed Jesus," was frequently his 
language. 



268 . THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

He often appeared to be in fervent supplication, when very little could be understood, 
but, "Lord, thy will, not mine, be done." 

A little before his departure, being asked how he was, said : "In the Lord's keeping ; 
I have that evidence." He then took an affectionate farewell of his wife, and quiedy expired 
without sigh or groan. 

And seeing it hath pleased the great Head of the church, in his wisdom, which is 
unsearchable, to remove from works, this our dear friend ; thereby stripping the church of one 
who was concerned for the enlargement of her borders ; may we unite in fervent supplication 
to Him who is the great Lord of the harvest, that he may be pleased to qualify, and send 
forth more faithful labourers into his harvest. 

Signed on behalf of the Monthly-meeting aforesaid, held the 2nd of the ^th Month 
ijgS, by 

Ezra Townsend, Clerk. 
[First edition, p. 123.] 

To the Memory of the late pious Peter Yarnall. 

When those, whom flatterers call the great, have died. 

The sons of folly, wealth, ambition, pride; 

What mourning throngs have crowded round their grave, 

With solemn songs from death their name to save ; 

But when the truly great, the pious, die. 

How few the breasts that swell with sorrow's sigh ! 

Yet there are minds, O Yarnall ! where thy name 

Shall be embalm'd with honourable fame ; 

Minds that delight in virtue, and disdain 

To stoop to soothing adulation's strain ; 

Such souls sincerely give melodious praise, 

To those who fairly win th' immortal bays. 

If aught earth-born, can give the laurel crown, 

Those spirits, whom their God and Saviour own. 

Who nobly forfeit wealth, and ease, and life, 

To wage with vice a more than mortal strife ; 

Who climbs the steeps where heaven and virtue lead, 

May humbly claim the imperishable need. 

Such is the high and honourable claim, 

That virtue boldly pleads for Yarnall's name. 

His private sphere, e'en clouded eyes shall find, 

By deeds of light, an image of his mind. 

A cordial love, where love was due alone, 

Expressed in nature's unaffected tone, 

Stamping each heart, that tenderness could feel. 

Deep with sincerity's undoubted seal. 

But if reproof were due, reproof was heard, 

With angel meekness gracing every word, 

T'was music of the soul, that won esteem 

E'en from the giiilty heart. 



LINE OF BENJAMINS, JOSEPH^. 

His friends were numerous ; friends, to whom his heart 

Could freely the full flood of love impart ; 

But by no friends, and by no sect, confin'd. 

Were the warm wishes of his ardent mind. 

Taught in the school of Wisdom, Heav'n's first law, 

He felt fraternal love for all he saw. 

The rich and poor, with equal fervour loved ; 

Superior merit only most approved. 

Like those of old, whose strong affections flowed 

From their own kindred, till they spread abroad 

O'er the wide earth, where'er mankind were found : 

Such was his heart, it knew no other bound ; 

And like those too, commission'd from above. 

He journey'd full of meekness as of love, 

To teach wild erring mortals how to find, 

Amidst the storms of life, true peace of mind. 

By Truth eternal, on this errand sent. 

He ne'er forgot his Master's deep intent, 

But as th' unerring Spirit led the way, 

He taught us how to act, and how to pray. 

Strange as some new philosophers may deem, 

The mighty wonders of the Gospel theme ; 

His hopes were founded on the sacred Rock ; 

From that deep well, his argimient he took ; 

And none with mitred head has ever strove 

With purer zeal, to show his Master's love ; 

To justify the wisdom of his ways, 

And waft on wings of truth, his name to praise. 

No mere lip-service did he dare impart. 

To him whose right is an unsullied heart. 

His soul was with such reverence impress'd, 

That on his countenance it stood confess'd, 

Ye who have seen him rise to plead the cause 

Of Heaven, and advocate his Saviour's laws ; 

Ye know that language is too poor to trace, 

His unaffected dignity and grace ; 

And when the music of his voice was heard. 

Ye felt the power of every burning word ; 

And by the workings of your hearts, confess'd 

That something more than human touched your breast. 

Yes, sainted Spirit ! thy commission came 

From Him, whom mortal tongues, Jehovah name I 

Thy thoughts and life were plac'd within his hand; 

Thy lips were sealed, or free, at his command ; 

And when he bade thee speak, his spirit own'd, 

Thy words were truth, and thy blest labours crown'd. 

T'was his deep wisdom taught thee to descry, 



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270 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

Thoughts that lay hidden from each human eye ; 

To see beneath religion's fair outside, 

The selfish heart of vanity and pride, 

And in thy warning voice, his spirit spoke, 

While the dark breast with awful terrors, shook; 

But when Heaven's mercy dwelt upon thy tongue. 

Deep strains of holy rapture pour'd along ; 

For thy mild spirit lov'd to sound abroad. 

The wondrous mercies of the eternal God. 

Oft has it drawn, in living hues of thought, 

The touching parable thy Saviour taught ; 

Show'd when the prodigal returning came, 

To seek his father, full of grief and shame ; 

Repentant bowed his face upon the earth, 

And own'd himself unworthy of his birth; 

Thrill'd by parental love, o'ercame with joy, 

The father threw his arms around his boy ; 

Forgave his crimes, prepar'd the gladsome feast, 

And mingl'd tears of rapture with his guest. 

T'was here, thy beaming eloquence of soul. 

Shed a transparent glory round the whole. 

Thine was a zeal like Paul's above all fear; 

Though meek, yet bold ; though cautious, yet sincere ; 

A zeal, obedient to thy God's command, 

Whose value. Christians only understand. 

But now, alas ! (if man may dare to sigh. 

O'er those whom Heaven calls to their native sky,) 

Alas ! no more my all attentive ear, 

The inspirations of thy soul shall hear; 

My heart no longer vibrate to thy voice, 

Mourn with thy spirit, or with that rejoice. 

[First edition, p. 129 ; by an anonymous writer.] 



141- Esther Sharpies'*, Benjamins, b. 5 mo. 2 1, 1767 ; d. in New- 
town township, 7 mo. 24, 1765 ; m. 5 mo. 15, 1806, at Middletown Mtg., 
to Jehu Garrett, b. 5 mo. 5, 1769, In WiUistown; d. in Newtown, ii 
mo. 21, 1842; son of Samuel Garrett* (Samuels, Samuel-, William') and 
Susanna Lewis* (Williams, William-, William',) of Willistown. Jehu was 
married first, 11 mo. 22, 1792, at Newtown Mtg., to Unity Lewis, b. 10 
mo. 22, 1770; d. 6 mo. 3, 1797; dau. of Azariah Lewis* (Nathans, 
William^ William") and Hannah Scott, of Newtown, by whom he had 
Susanna, b. 2 mo. 22, 1795, d. 2 mo. 3, 1880, m. Henry Pratt; Unity, b. 
5 mo. 26, 1797, d. II mo. i, 1873, unmarried. 



LINE OF BENJAMINS, JOSEPH'. 271 

Esther Sharpies was appointed assistant clerk of the women's 
meeting, 6 mo. 29, 1795, and released 9 mo. 22, 1797; was appointed 6 
mo. 24, 1 799, to transcribe the minutes, and again to be assistant clerk in 
1S03. Upon her marriage she removed to Goshen Mo. Mtg., of which 
she was appointed clerk 3 mo. 2, 1814, and an elder 11 mo. 2, 1814. Her 
husband was also an active member of his meeting. Both were buried at 
Newtown. They had one child. 

634. Martha, b. 5 mo. 8, 1807, now of Wilmington, Del., unmarried. 



142. Sarah Sharpies'*, Benjamini, b. in Middletown, 9 mo. 25, 
1769; d. in Wilmington, Del, 9 mo. 13, 1823; m. 5 mo. 5, 1791, at 
Middletown Mtg., to William Poole, b. 8 mo. 4, 1764, in Wilmington ; 
d. there 5 mo. 25, 1829; son of William and Elizabeth Poole of Wil- 
mington. Joseph Poole, born in Cumberland, Eng., emigrated to Bucks 
Co., Pa., where he m. Rebecca, dau. of Abel and Elizabeth Janney. Their 
son William settled in Wilmington, and there m. Martha Roberts, 6 mo. 
27, 1754. He was again married 12 mo. 3, 1 761, at Wilmington Mtg., to 
Elizabeth, widow of Oliver Canby, and dau. of William and Mary Shipley, 
and they had one son, William Poole, Jr. The following document 
illustrates the regular course of procedure among Friends, when persons 
proposing marriage belong to different monthly meetings : 

To Chester Monthly Meeting : 

Dear Friends, — Application having been made to us for our Certificate for 
William Poole, in order to proceed in marriage with Sarah Sharpless, a member of your Meeting. 
Inquiry having been made, we find that his life and Conversation is in a good degree orderly, 
and that he is Clear of marriage ingagements, as far as appears, except with the above named. 
With desires for his preservation in his weighty undertaking we are your friends. 

Signed in and on behalf of Wilmington Monthly Meeting, held the 13th, 4th Mo., 1791, 

by Joseph Tatnall, Clk. 

William Poole, Jr., served an apprenticeship to a silversmith, but 
early in life engaged in the milling business, on the Brandywine, at Wil- 
mington, in which he continued and where he resided until his death. He 
had ten children : 

635. Elizabeth, b. 4 mo. 28, 1792 ; d. i mo. 3, 1859; "i- Jo''"" Sellers. 

636. Rebecca, b. 8 mo. 21, 1793; d. 8 mo. 13, 1794. 

637. Mary, b. 2 mo. 21, 1795 ; d. 12 mo. 29, 1S63; m. David Wilson. 

638. Samuels., b. 11 mo. 3, 1796; d. 3 mo. 27, 1870; m. Sarah Ann West, Jane 

Richardson and Mira E. Temple. 



272 



THE SHARPLESS EAMIL Y. 



639- 


Hannah, b. 10 mo. 10, 1798 ; d. 


640. 


William Shipley, b. i mo. 4, 1801 




and Lydia S. Hannum. 


641. 


Sarah, b. i mo. 28, 1804 ; 


642. 


Martha, b. 12 mo. 29, 1807 ; d. 3 


643. 


Anna, b. 2 mo. 7, 1810; 


644- 


John Morton, b. 7 mo. 10, 1812 ; 



m. William E. George, 
d. 4 mo. 20, 1857 ; m. Lydia Mendenhall 

m. Joseph Bancroft, 
no. 13, 1885 ; m. Henry Gibbons, M.D. 

m. Jesse Hallowell. 
. II mo. 25, 1879; m. Ann Suplee. 

144. Mary Sharpies^ Samuel3, b. in Middletown, 3 mo. 20, 1737 ; 
d. at Winchester, Va. ; m. 11 mo. 11, 1762, at Middletown Mtg., to 
Cornelius Wood, son of Nathan and Hannah, of Wilmington, Del. 
At Concord Mo. Mtg., 9 mo. 14, 1715, Nathan Wood, late of Yorkshire, 
produced a certificate from the Mo. Mtg. held at Settle, 12 mo. 2, 17 14-15, 
He was married 6 mo. 2, 172 1, at Chichester Mtg., to Hannah Whitaker, 
and about 1733 removed to the neighborhood of Wilmington before the 
place was so named. Cornelius Wood turns up as a member of Goshen 
Mo. Mtg., whence he received a certificate to Concord 8 mo. 21, 1758, and 
thence to Chester, 10 mo. 9, 1760. In 1764, he was a tenant under Joseph 
Baker, in Middletown ; to whom he paid ^5 : 10, per annum, rent, and 
was assessed with one horse and one cow. He received a certificate to 
Goshen, 6 mo. 29, 1772, with wife and children, Isaac, John, Jane, Nathan 
and Samuel: thence to Chester, 5 mo. 11, 1781^ with children, John, Jane, 
Nathan, Samuel, Hannah, Lydia and Mary: thence to Concord, 6 mo. 28, 
1784, with the same family, except Samuel: thence to Chester, 6 mo. 4, 
1788, with children, Hannah, Lydia and Mary; their dau. Jane also taking 
■one of same date. Cornelius and Mary received one to Hopewell, Va., 
II mo. 24, 1794, and their daughters, Jane, Lydia and Mary, also. The 
parents were living at Winchester, Va., in 1816. Their son Nathan took 
a certificate from Concord 3 mo. 5, 1788, to Crooked Run, Va. ; thence to 
Chester, Pa., 10 mo. 31, 1789; thence to Hopewell, 7 mo. 29, 1793. 
Samuel took one from Chester to Darby dated 10 mo. 27, 1788, and 
perhaps from thence to Hopewell, Va. Cornelius and Mary had eight 
children : 

645. Isaac, b. 8 mo. 19, 1763 ; d. 3 mo. 3, 1855 ; m. Lydia Grubb. 

646. John, b. 3 mo. 17, 1765 ; d. 2 mo. 9, 1845 ; m. Catharine Littler. 

647. Jane, b. in Westtown, i mo. 16, 1767; d. at Winchester, Va., before 1816, 

unmarried. 

648. Nathan, d. at Winchester, 8 mo. 2, 1826, unm.; bur. at Hopewell. 

649. Samuel, d. at Winchester, before 1816, unm. 

650. Hannah, b. 3 mo. 22, 1773 ; d. at Winchester, unm.; bur. at Hopewell. 

651. Lydia, b. 3 mo. 22, 1775 ; d. after 1816, unm.; bur. at Hopewell. 

652. Mary, b. 5 mo. 24, 1778 ; d. unm., after 1S16. 



LINE OF SAMUEL3, JOSEPH^. 273 

145- John Sharpies^ Samuels, b. in Middletown, 7 mo. 26, 1738; 
d. 6 mo. 16, 1805, at the homestead, unmarried. By the will of his father, 
dated i mo. 24, 1785, and proven Dec. 21, 1790, he inherited the homestead 
with about 1 20 acres of land, it being a part of the original patent in 
Middletown. This he devised to his brother Thomas, during life, and then 
to his nephew Joshua Sharpies, subject to some legacies. He exercised a 
fatherly care over the children of his brother Joel, who died in early life, 
and kindly assisted other members of the family in various ways. He was 
also an active member of the meeting and the subject of the following 
appointments: 3 mo. 30, 1778, to assist the Quarterly Meeting's 
committee on departures from primitive simplicity: 8 mo. 31, 1778, to be 
one of the committee in suffering cases: 4 mo. 26, 1779, to be elder for 
Middletown Meeting: 2 mo. 26, 1781, on committee to assist the overseers: 
3 mo. 31, 1783, receives a "minute" to accompany Eli Yarnall, a minister, 
in a visit to Duck Creek General Meeting, and some meetings adjacent: 
II mo. 27, 1786, with others, to visit the preparative meetings and labor 
for a reformation: 12 mo. 25, 1786, receives a minute to accompany Eli 
Yarnall to the eastern shore of Maryland: 2 mo. 23, 1789, added to 
committee having care of the black people, &c. &c. 

146. Thomas Sharpies^ Samuels, b. 12 mo. 26, 1739-40; d. II 
mo. 24, 181 1, unmarried: buried on the 26th at Middletown. He remained 
at the homestead with his brother John and Sister Abigail. He purchased 
400 acres of land, on the west fork of the Monongahela river, in Monongalia 
Co., Va., adjoining lands of Peter Taylor and others, and devised the same 
to his sister Phebe Smedley. He was active in the affairs of the meeting, 
the following being some of his appointments : 12 mo. 28, 1778, to succeed 
his brother John on the committee having care of schools: 12 mo. 25, 
1780, on committee in suffering cases: 4 mo. 29, 1782, to be treasurer, to 
receive all subscriptions, gifts and legacies given for the support of schools 
within the monthly meeting : 7 mo. 28, 1783, to be overseer of Middletown 
Mtg., in room of Thomas Evans, released: 12 mo. 25, 1786, "Thomas 
Sharpies is appointed Treasurer of the fund for schooling Negroe Children 
in the room of Thomas Evans, deceased ;" in which position he is 
succeeded by William Smedley 12 mo. 20, 1793. He received a minute 4 
mo. 26, 1802, to accompany Sarah Matson and Sarah Sharpies on a visit to 
Catawissa, Muncy, &c. : 9 mo. 24, 1804, succeeded by Enos Painter as 
treasurer of the school fund, and at his request was released from being 
overseer 2 mo. 26, 18 10. 



2 74 ^^^ SHARP LESS FAMILY. 

147- Lydia Sharpies-*, Samuel3, b. 4 mo. 24, 1742 ; d. 3 mo. 30, 
1831 ; m. 6 mo. 2, 1791, at Middletown Mtg., to William Russell, son 
of William and Mary Russell of Edgmont. He d. 2 mo. 13, 1802, "being 
upwards of 70 years of age," and was buried the 15th, at Middletown. 
While a widow she resided for some time with her brothers, John and 
Thomas ; but after the death of the latter she and her sisters, Abigail and 
Rachel, received certificates, 4 mo. 27, 181 2, to Uwchlan Mo. Mtg., where 
their sister Phebe Smedley was living. No children. 

150. Hannah Sharpies^, Samuel3, b. n mo. 14, 1747-8; d. 9 

mo. 28, 1826, and buried ne.Kt day at Middletown; m. 5 mo. 23, 1771, at 
Middletown Mtg., to William IdciingS'*, b. II mo. 21, 1749; d. 1804, 
at Berwick, Pa., son of William Iddings of Robeson, Berks Co., Pa. He 
was doubtless the great-grandson of Richard Iddings', husbandman, of 
Nantmel township, Chester Co.,, who died in 1726, leaving sons, Richard, 
William and John. William Iddings-, died in Nantmel, 1740, leaving wife, 
Mary, and ten children, Richard, William, Mary and others unknown at 
present. William Iddlngs3, of Robeson (supposed son of William^), 
became a Friend and m. 6 mo. 26, 1766, at Robeson Mtg., a 2d wife, 
Hannah Musgrave, widow, and in 1774 removed with her and some of his 
children to Brandywine township, Chester Co. He m. 9 mo. 25, 1799, at 
E. Cain Mtg., a 3d wife, Abigail Windle, a widow, and d. 12 mo. i, 1800, 
in his 75th year; a minister. His children, by ist wife, were William, 
Joseph, Benjamin, James, John and Hannah. 

William Iddings* produced a certificate from Exeter Mo. Mtg., Berks 
Co., to Chester, 8 mo. 27, 1770, and took one thence to Wilmington, Del., 
12 mo. 27, 1784, with wife and six children. Afterward they removed to 
Berwick, Northumberland (now Columbia) Co., Pa., where William died. 
Hannah, with some of her younger children, returned to Middletown and 
she kept house for her brother Thomas at the homestead. She was buried 
at Middletown Mtg., 9 mo. 29, 1826. She had nine children : 



Jane, b. 3 mo. 15, 1772 ; d. 4 mo. 7, 1857 ; m. Jacob Emich. 

Hannah, b. 9 mo. 4, 1773 ; d. 7 mo. 14, 1845 ; m. Benjamin Doane. 

William, b. 11 mo. 6, 1775; d. 12 mo. 23, 1786. 

Phebe, b. 5 mo. 7, 1778; d. i mo. 25, 1842; m. Joseph Townsend John. 

Samuel, b. 8 mo. 5, 1780; d. 2 mo. 4, 1853; m. Hannah Mendenhall. 

Thomas, b. 11 mo. 5, 1782 ; d. m. Mary Owen. 

Rachel, b. 11 mo. 14, 17S5; d. i mo. 11, 1852; m. Samuel Sharpless (No. 79i\ 

Tamar, b. 3 mo. 20, 1788 ; d. i mo., 1821 ; m. James Furey. 

Ruth, b. I mo. 16, 1791 ; d. 6 mo. 22, 1841 ; m. Samuel Sharpless (No. 681). 



LINE OF SAMUEL3, JOSEPH^ 



275 



151. Susanna Sharpies^ Samuel3^ b. in Middletown II mo. 21, 
i7^c)-5o; d. near Richmond, 4 mo. 13, 1842, and was buried at Orange 
Meeting, Wayne Co., Ind. ; m. 11 mo. 22, 1770, at Middletown Mtg., to 
Jacob Talbot, b. 8 mo. 19, 1748; d. near Richmond, 12 mo. 4, 1831, 
and buried at Orange Mtg. They received a certificate from Chester Mo. 
Mtg., 8 mo. 29, 1774, to Concord, and thence to Hopewell, Va., 4 mo. 6, 
1785. They settled for a few years near Winchester; afterward in 
Tennessee, where they resided in 18 16, but removed to Wayne Co., Ind., 
before their deaths. Lydia B. Jones, of Penn, Cass Co., Mich., 2 mo. 18, 
1885, says, "I wish to write a few words about my dear grandmother, 
Susanna Talbot, who, I think, was a woman of more than ordinary abilities. 
She died in the 93d year of her age, retaining her mental faculties, as well 
as a good degree of bodily strength, until about four days before her death. 
She was a devoted Christian, a member of the Society of Friends ; of which 
Society most of her descendants are to-day. To the last she maintained a 
great love for her native State, as well as great regard for her family name ; 
often speaking of the published Record of the Sharpies family." 

The children of Jacob and Susanna were — 

662. John, d. about 1846; m. Mary McClure. 

663. Samuel, b. 6 mo. 28, 1773; d. 8 mo. 21, 1851 ; m. Martha Gregg. 

664. Hannah, d. unmarried. 

665. Jane, d. young. 

666. Rachel, b. 9 mo. 25, 17S0; d. 10 mo. 21, 1851 ; m. William East. 

667. Lydia, b. 7 mo. 31, 1782 ; d. 7 mo. 28, 1863; m. John Bundy. 

668. Mary, b. 12 mo. 22, 1785 ; d. 3 mo. 22, 1835; m. William Russey. 

669. Susanna, b. near Winchester, Va., died unmarried. 

670. Sarah, b. i mo. 31, 1791 ; d. 12 mo. 15, 1872; m. Isaac Bonine. 

671. Rebecca, b. 7 mo. 8, 1795 ; d. i mo. 8, 1853 ; m. Henry Rue or La Rue. 

John Talbot', the grandfather of Jacob, is said to have come from 
England and settled in Middletown about the year 1700, and he was 
certainly here in 17 10. John Turner, perhaps the brother or father of John 
Talbot's wife, bought of Joshua Hastings, Oct. 30, 1718, 268 acres of land 
in Middletown, near the Friends' Meeting-house, and conveyed one-half 
thereof Nov. 22, 17 18, to John Talbot. The latter made his will June 12, 
1 72 1, which was proven July 22, 172 1, in which he mentions his wife, Mary 
(also calls her Elizabeth), and children, Mary, Joseph, Benjamin, John, 
Elizabeth, Sarah, Rachel and one unborn (Hannah). John Turner devised 
the other half of his purchase to Benjamin Talbot, but the will was probably 
declared void, and cannot be found. Joseph Talbot, as heir at law of John 



276 THE SHARP LESS FAMILY. 

Turner, released the land to his brother Benjamin, Apr. 26, 1734, but in 
1 741, purchased it from him, having previously taken the land of his father, 
and thus became the owner of all the Turner tract. He also purchased 
from William Hill June 10, 1737, 98 acres in Middletown, which was the 
same that had been cut off the original Sharpies survey as overplus land ; 
and this he conveyed, Jan. 22, 1 741-2, to Edward Grisell (Griswold), whose 
eldest son and heir, Thomas Grisell, conveyed it April 5, 1754, to Samuel 
Sharpies. 

Joseph Talbot^ was first married about 1732, to Hannah, dau. of 
Joseph and Mary Baker of Thornbury. Her father was the son of Joseph 
and Mary Baker of the same place, and her mother the dau. of John and 
Ann (Maris) Worrilow, of Edgmont. Her mother had married a second 
husband. Dr. John Taylor, who purchased and setded on the land of her 
first husband, being 430 acres, and who established iron works on Chester 
Creek, at what is now Glen Mills. In 1761, Joseph Talbot and all of his 
children except Margaret, Mary and Martha, who were then married, 
became members of Friends' Meeting, at Middletown. He was married 
there 5 mo. 8, 1761, to Lydia Townsend, widow of Joseph^, and dau. of 
Francis Reynolds, and a third time, 8 mo. 21, 1776, at Concord Mtg., to 
Ann Sharpies, widow of Jacob (No. 34), and dau. of Charles and Susanna 
Blakey. His residence was In Aston township from 1773, till his death In 
1783. His children, all by the first wife, were — 

Margaret, m. Thomas Grisell, son of Edward, of Edgmont. 

Mary, m. Robert Rogers and John Brinton. 

Joseph, m. Hannah Pennell, i mo. 13, 1762 ; d. 7 mo. 22, 1S07. 

Martha, m. Daniel Broomall, and d. 5 mo. 3, 1S12. 

John, m. Sarah Levis, and d. i mo. 20, 1S20. 

Rachel, b. g mo. 27, 1745 ; d. 9 mo. 22, 1784; m. Francis Townsend. 

Jacob, b. 8 mo. 19, 1748; d. 12 mo. 4, 1831; m. Susanna Sharpies. 

Elizabeth, m. Isaac Sharpies, 2 mo. 13, 1777, and Rees Cadwalader. 

Hannah, m. about 1775, Francis Button, and went to Virginia. 

Susanna, m. Nathan Pennell, 4 mo. 10, 1776, and d. 10 mo. i6, 1816. 



152. Phebe Sharpies^ Samuel3, b. 5 mo. 25, 1752 ; d. 7 mo. 28, 
1826 ; m. 6 mo. 6, 1782, at Middletown Mtg., to Peter Smedley, b- i 
mo. 28, 1754; d. 2 mo, 15, 1828; son of William and Elizabeth (Taylor) 
Smedley of Middletown. They received a certificate to Uwchlan Mo. Mtg., 
1 1 mo. 25, 1782, and settled on a heavily timbered farm which he purchased 
in Uwchlan township. Here he started the coopering business, then an 



LINE OF SAMUELS, JOSEPH^. 277 

important industry, and which he continued, in connection with farming, the 
rest of his life. To the former, probably more than to the latter, he was 
indebted for what financial success he had. As his means increased he 
added to his original purchase two other adjoining tracts, and later, a tract 
of 150 acres in what is now Upper Uwchlan ; all now in possession of his 
grandchildren except 75 acres of the last tract, owned by John R. Hoffman. 
Joseph H. Smedley has the original homestead of 82 acres, joined on the 
west by William T. Smedley, and next to the latter is the farm of Sharpless 
and T. C. Smedley. Peter and Phebe had nine children : 

672. Elizabeth, b. 3 mo. 8, 1783; d. 11 mo. 14, 1873; m. John Meredith. 

673. Joel, b. 8 mo. 22, 1784; d. 4 mo. 14, 1857 ; m. Jane Cox and Hannah Cox. 

674. Jane, b. i mo. i, 1786 ; d. 10 mo. 18, 1864; m. John Evans. 

675. Peter, b. 11 mo. 30, 1787; d. 2 mo. 5, 1864; m. Priscilla Smith. 

676. William, b. 9 mo. 13, 1789; d. 9 mo. 27, i860; m. Permela Taylor. 

677. Isaac, b. 4 mo. 29, 1791 ; d. 11 mo. 26, 1872 ; m. Mary Havvley. 

678. Samuel, b. 8 mo. 12, 1793; d. 2 mo. 17, 1862; m. Ruth Davis. 

679. Phebe, b. 12 mo. 18, 1795; d. 11 mo. 21, i860; m. Benjamin Davis. 

680. Lydia, b. 11 mo. 22, 1797; d. 6 mo. 29, 1835; m. Sandwith Downing. 

William Smedley^ b. 9 mo. 19, 1728; d. 3 mo. 6, 1766; son of 

George and Mary (p. 135) ; m. 4 mo. 5, 1753, at Providence Mtg., to 
Elizabeth Taylor, b. 1731, d. 2 mo. 22, 1789; dau. of Peter and Elizabeth 
(p. 164) of Upper Providence. They resided in Middletown and had six 
children : 

Peter, b. i mo. 28, 1754; d. 2 mo. 15, 182S; m. Phebe Sharpies. 

Mary, b. 10 mo. 21, 1755; d. 12 mo. 20, 1843; "''■ J- Hoopes and F. Wilkinson. 

George, b. 3 mo. 11, 1758; d. 7 mo. 9. 1S27; m. Hannah Mercer. 

Joseph, b. 4 mo. 22, 1761 ; d. i mo. 22, 1791, unmarried. 

Samuel, b. 6 mo. 28, 1763; d. i mo. 15, 1791, unmarried. 

William, b. 8 mo. 9, 1765; d. 4 mo. 10, 1S39; m. Deborah Lightfoot. 

153- Rachel Sharpies*, Samuel3, b. 6 mo. 3, 1754; d. at the 
residence of her nephew, Samuel Sharpies; buried 5 mo. 23, 1831, at 

Middletown Mtg. ; m. 4 mo. 10, 1800, at M. Mtg., Nathaniel Walter, 

of Concord, b. i mo. 13, 1745; d. 12 mo. 13, 1805; she being his second 
wife. She went to Uwchlan about 18 12, and lived near Uwchlan Mtg. with 
her sisters Lydia and Abigail for some years, but returned to Middletown. 
No children. 

155- Joel Sharpies-^, Samuels, b. in Middletown, 11 mo. 28, 1760; 
d. 9 mo. 25, 1795, and buried on the 26th at M. Mtg. ; m. 5 mo. 26, 1784, 



278 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

at East Cain Mtg., to Hannah Mendenhall, b. 3 mo. 23, 1762 ; d. 1 1 mo. 5, 
1797, and buried on the 6th at M. Mtg.; dau. of Joshua3 (p. 169) and 
Lydia MendenhalU (Aaron-, John Mendenhall'), of East Cain township. 
Her father had eight children, David, b. 11 mo. 11, 1755, m. Mary Vickers, 
6 mo. 3, 1778; Jemima, b. 12 mo. 9, 1757, m. Thomas Vickers, 6 mo. 30, 
1779; Jonathan, b. 10 mo. 24, 1759; Hannah, above; James, b. 2 mo. 2, 
1764; Isaac, b. 4 mo. 29, 1766; Aaron, b. 2 mo. i, 1769; Martha, b. 12 
rao. 10, 1772, m. Daniel Williams, 10 mo. 11, 1815. 

Joel Sharpies and family received a certificate from Chester Mo. Mtg., 
4 mo. 30, 1787, to Darby, and remained in Upper Darby township three 
years. By deed of 3 mo. 24, 1790, he purchased from the executors of 
Richard Baker, 103 acres in Middletown, adjoining his father, for 
^516 : II 13. The latter devised to him 95 acres, purchased of Thomas 
Grisell, subject to the payment of ^5 per annum to his mother during her 
widowhood and at the end of that term, /60 to his brother Thomas. Joel's 
death was caused by a fall in his barn. His children were — 

681. Samuel, b. 11 mo. 14, 1785; d. 11 mo. 21, 1S66; m. Ruth Iddings. 

682. Joshua, b. 10 mo. 30, 1790; d. 3 mo. 17, 1S68; m. Mary Ann King. 

683. Lydia, b. 12 mo. 9, 1792; d. 4 mo. 18, 1824; m. Israel Yarnall. 

684. Beulah, b. 4 mo. 24, 1796; d. 10 mo. 16, 1797; buried at Middletown. 

157- Martha Sharpies^ Nathans, b. 9 mo. 16, 1745; m. n mo. 
6, 1783, at Birmingham Mtg., to Jacob Haines, son of Isaac and Mary 
(Cox) Haines, of Goshen. He m. 2d wife, Mary Hoopes, 4 mo. 6, 1797, 
and a 3d, Lydia Thomson, 5 mo. 14, 1801. He d. 9 mo. 25, 181 1, aged 60 
years, leaving one child, by the last wife, named Martha, who m. Joshua 
Darlington. 

160. William Sharpies-^, Nathan3, b. in Goshen township (now 
West Chester borough), i mo. 9, 1752, in a log house which stood about 60 
feet S. W. of the present brick dwelling (built 1801) on the south side of 
Dean Street, between High and Church Streets ; d. 10 mo. 1 1, 1817, in the 
house next south of the Bank of Chester County; m. 10 mo. 7, 1773, at 
Birmingham Mtg., Ann Hunt, b. i mo. 16, 1755 ; d. 11 mo. 5, 1820; dau. 
of William and Sarah Hunt, of Westtown township. They had seven 
children : 

685. Sarah, b. 7 mo. 30, 1774; d. 2 mo. 10, 1832; m. Philip Derrick. 

686. Lydia, b. 8 mo. 8, 1776; d. 2 mo. 15, 1844; m. Dr. Levi Roberts. 

687. Nathan H., b. 5 mo. 18, 1779; d. 3 mo. 22, 1838; m. Martha Price. 



LINE OF NATHAN3, JOSEPH^. 279 

688. William, b. 6 mo. 9, 1783; d. 6 mo. 10, 1784. 

689. Hannah, b. 11 mo. 6, 1785; d. 10 mo. 5, 1843; m. Isaac Rogers. 

690. Rebecca, b. 6 mo. 9, 1789; d. 7 mo. 22, 1836; m. David Townsend. 

691. Nancy, b. 11 mo. 10, 1792; d. 4 mo. 30, 1806. 

The log house in which William Sharpies was bom was torn down about 1802 ; the well 
belonging thereto, a square one, is under the porch of the present house, and unused. He was 
three years of age at his father's death ; received a good education for those times, under 
Ralph Forrester, at the school on a lot at the N. W. corner of High and Gay Streets. His 
cyphering book is preserved, dated " 1766, nth mo. loth, Goshen." He was apprenticed to 
John Marshall to learn cabinet making, on a small farm in E. Bradford, which his mother 
received from her father, Joseph Townsend. Being the only surviving son of his father, he 
inherited the homestead farm at the age of 21. He married and built a small log shop on the 
Wilmington road, near where Dean and High Streets meet. This was afterward used as a 
dwelling, but torn down about 18 19. Here he carried on his trade, and several articles of his 
make remain in the family. 

It would appear that all of his children were born on the farm, except Ann, who was 
not bom till after he had purchased the house on High Street. 

In 1789, he built a large barn with stone, stable high, and frame above, which was the 
admiration of the neighboring farmers, and a departure from the old style of log barns. This 
stood partly in what is now Church Street, and where Alfred Sharples's house stands. It was 
moved about 1845, to a lot S. E. of Price and Darlington Sts., and afterward burned by 
lightning. 

William Sharpies sold to Joseph McClellan, 90 acres, being all that he owned east of the 
Wilmington road ; extending from thence to the borough line, and from Union to Nields St. , 
for gi6oo. In 1792, he bought from James and Hannah Smith a messuage and lot on High 
St., opposite the Court House, for ;?933. 33, on which it would appear that James Smith had 
built the north house between 1789, and 1792. William Sharpies built the south end, 
including the entry, which he used as a store. Since the Bank of Chester County was 
established at its present location, this old house has been remodeled to some extent. In 1794, 
the room or rooms over the store were rented to Jones, Hoff & Derrick, who here printed the 
"West Chester Gazette," beginning ist mo. 4th, 1794, and continuing six months. It is 
believed this was the first printing done within the present limits of Chester County. In 
1797, the "Literary Museum" was published in the same rooms for six months, by Philip 
Derrick and Nathan Sharpies, under the firm name of Derrick & Sharpies ; but in the language 
of the late Dr. Darlington, "both enterprises were decidedly premature, and consequently 
abortive." 

In 1795, William Sharpies was elected a member of the "Pennsylvania Society for the 
Abolition of Slavery." In 1798, the rooms over the store were added to the dwelling. In 
1799, William Jones was taken into partnership, under the firm name of Sharpies & Jones; 
the merchandize of the firm being then valued at ^1824. Jones remained about one year, at 
the end of which time the stock was valued at g 1937. 20. 

The town of West Chester was erected into a borough March 28, 1799, and William 
Sharjiles became the first burgess; being also reelected in 1807, and 1811. The "West 
Chester Fire Company" was organized in 1799, with William Sharpies at its head. 

In 1803, 9 mo. 17th, the contents of the store were sold to Obadiah Ketchum and David 
Niess, under the firm name of Ketchum & Niess, who continued until March, 1804, when they 



28o THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

failed, leaving their creditors to divide a considerable loss, and the store again fell into the 
hands of William Sharpies. 

In 1807, William Taylor became a partner in the store (Sharpies & Taylor), and 
continued three years, when he witl\,drew, as it is said, because Wm. Sharpies had decided to 
discontinue the sale of spirituous liquors. 

In 1815, David Townsend had charge of the store, and remained in it until he was 
offered the situation of Cashier in the Bank of Chester County. 

William Sharpies died in 1817, leaving all his real estate to his son Nathan, subject to the 
life estate of his mother and legacies to all of his sisters. The store was continued for a time 
under the firm name of Nathan Sharpies & Co., the other being his sister Hannah. She 
marrying Isaac Rogers soon after, the merchandize was sold to John W. Townsend and 
Passmore Hoopes, who removed it a few doors further north, and the house and lot were sold 
to the Bank of Chester County. Ann Sharpies, widow of William, remained in the house 
some time after the sale. 

William Sharpies was in West Chester a prominent man in his day ; he was frequently 
employed as attorney in fact, trustee, executor or guardian. Various were the trusts from time 
to time placed in his charge for care or adjustment. — Extract from Memoir by P. P. S. 



Joseph Hunt, from England, landed In Pennsylvania Aug. i, 17 14, 
the same day on which Queen Anne died. He settled in Westtown 
township, and married 3 mo. 21, 1724, at Concord Mtg., Mary Hickman, 
b. May 9, 1702, dau. of Benjamin and Ann (Buffington) Hickman, of 
Westtown. He died, perhaps in Newtown township, 2 mo. 18, 1771, 
supposed to be 82 years of age, and was buried on the 20th at Concord 
Mtg. His children were William, Joseph, m. Deborah Jones and Ann 
Trego, John, m. Hannah Jefferis and Mary Stanley, Hannah, m. Henry 
Collins and Nathaniel Moore, Mary, m. James Smith, Jane, m. Thomas 
Mercer, and Elizabeth, m. Peter Osborne. 

William Hunt succeeded his father at the homestead in Westtown, 
where he died in 1790. He was first married 10 mo. 25, 1753, at 
Birmingham Mtg., to Sarah Fred, dau. of Nicholas and Ann (Need) Fred, 
of Birmingham. She d. i mo. 25, 1773, and he m. 6 mo. 16, 1774, at B. 
Mtg., Susanna Yearsley, widow of Nathan, and dau. of Jacob and Mary 
Wright. She d. 6 mo. 9, 181 5, aged 88 y., 7 m., 15 d. 

The children of William and Sarah Hunt were: 

Ann, b. i mo. 16, 1755 ; d. 11 mo. 5, 1S20; m. William Sharpies. 
Mary, b. 7 mo. 8, 1756 ; d. 5 mo. 6, 1S49 ; m. William Seal. 
Joshua, b. I mo. 17, 1759; d. 3 mo. g, 1830; m. Lydia Davis. 
Rebecca, b. 3 mo. 17, 1761 ; d. 12 mo. 14, 1840; m. Titus Taylor. 

Eli, b. 4 mo. 25, 1763 ; d. ; m. Kitty Sheppard. 

Benjamin, b. ; d. ; m. Ellen Huey. 



LINE OF JANE3, JOSEPH^ 



162. Caleb Pyle^ Jane3, b. Oct. 8, 1 741 ; d. about 1808; m. Apr. 
6, 1767, at the Swedes' Church, Wilmington, to Mary Matthewson, who d. 
about 1827. As a member of Concord Mtg., he was disowned 10 mo. 7, 
1767, for marriage by a priest to one not a member. Of her family 
nothing has been learned : perhaps the name has been generally written 
"Mattson." Caleb Pyle resided in the neighborhood of Thornton, in 
Thornbury township, Del. Co., Pa., and had sixteen children : 



Stephen, b. Nov. 14, 1767 ; m. Lydia Reece and Rebecca Stokes. 

Joseph, b. Apr. 26, 1769 ; m. Esther Mendenhall and Martha Sharpies. 

Abner, b. July 20, 1770; d. 1846 ; m. Mary Mendenhall. 

Benjamin, b. Mar. 13, 1772 ; probably died young or unmarried. 

Caleb, b. Mar. 25, 1774 ; died young. 

Jacob, b. Sept. 14, 1775 ; d. Aug. 31, 1856 ; m. Mary Mendenhall. 

Isaac, b. Jan. 15, 1777 ; d. 1843 ; m. Sarah James. 

Jane, b. Mar. 16, 1778; m. Joseph McAffee. 

Hannah, twin with Jane ; probably died young or unmarried. 

Mary, b. Nov. 22, 1779; d. Dec. 14, 1859 ; m. James Smith. 

Caleb, b. Oct. 8, 1781 ; probably died young or unmarried. 

John, b. Oct. 7, 1783; d. Oct. i, 1855 ; m. Elizabeth Taylor and Ann Lodge. 

Jonathan, b. June 27, 1785 ; married. 

Moses, b. Mar. 10, 1787 ; d. June 5, 1866 ; m. Eunice Pilkington, &c. " 

Aaron, twin with Moses; d. Oct. 9, 1823; m. Sarah Parks. 

Albin, b. Oct. 2, 1789; d. Feb. 18, 1875 ; m. Maria Pyle. 



163. Levi Pyle"^, Jane3, a cabinet-maker, was married about 1767, 
to Margaret Johnson, from Ireland. He was disowned by Concord Mo. 
Mtg., 9 mo. 9, 1 767, for marriage by a priest to one not a Friend, and 
Caleb Peirce, senior, was censured for encouraging him so far as to lend 
him a horse on the occasion. She died in 1791, in her 41st year. They 
lived at Thornton, Del. Co., Pa., and had eleven children : 



Nathan, married Martha Palmer. 

James, b. Mar. 12, 1770; d. June 7, 1837 ; m. Mary Logan. 

Levi, m. Elizabeth Palmer, Mar. 21, 1793- 

Moses, married. 

Job, b. July 5, 1776; d. Sept. 10, 1851 ; m. Amy Palmer. 

Jane, married Jonathan Pyle (?). 

John, married Sarah Bail (?). 

Benjamin, married Alice Bail (?). 

Hannah, married Herman Gregg. 

Margaret, married Joseph Green. 

A son, died young. 



282 THE SHARP LESS FAMILY. 

164. Hannah Pyle^ Jane3, m. n mo. 19, 1766, at Concord Mtg., 
Jonathan Heacock3, son of John and Sarah, of Middletown. They settled 
in Lower Darby about two miles below Darby village, on the Calcoon 
Hook road. In 1774 he was assessed with 1 12 acres and buildings, 9 acres 
of marsh, 2 horses and 3 cattle. A certificate for the family, from Chester 
to Darby Mo. Mtg., was granted 2 mo. 26, 1776. He died 9 mo. i, 1832, 
aged 88 years, and she i mo. 12, 1808, aged about 62 years. 

Jonathan Heacock' married Ann Till, dau. of John Till of 
Stafford Meeting, and obtained a certificate, dated 12 mo. 13, 17 10, from 
Wolverhampton Mo. Mtg., in Staffordshire, directed "To ffriends in the 
Province of Pensilvania, or any of the adjacent Colonies." The time of 
their arrival is unknown, but the certificate was presented to Chester Mo. 
Mtg., 7 mo. 29, 1 7 18. At first he was a renter but afterward purchased a 
farm in Marple, near the line of Springfield township. Their children 
were, Mary, b. 3 mo. 26, 17 12, m. Robert Penrose; John, b. 9 mo. 23, 
1 71 3, m. Sarah Taylor; Jonathan, b. 3 mo. 10, 171 5, m. Susanna Morgan, 
3 mo. 9, 1745 ; William, b. i mo. 13, 1716-17, m. Ann Roberts; Ann, b. 
12 mo. II, 1718-19, m. James Morgan; Joseph, b. 3 mo. 31, 1722, m. 
Hannah Massey, 10 mo. 25, 1752, and settled at the homestead in Marple. 

John Heacock^ m. 7 mo. 19, 1739, at Providence Mtg., Sarah Taylor, 
dau. of Peter and Elizabeth, of Providence, and settled in Middletown, 
where he d. 11 mo. 13, 1794, and was buried in a coffin made by himself 
from a walnut tree, which grew from a seed he planted in early life. His 
children were, Jonathan, Ann, Nathan, John and Hannah. The children 
of Jonathans and Hannah Heacock were — 



719 
720 
721 
722 
723 
724 
725 
726 
727 
728, 
729, 
730. 



Joseph, b. 7 mo. 23, 1767; d. 6 mo. 28, 1S43; m. Mary Humphrey. 

Isaac, b. 2 mo. 16, 1769; left one child. 

Benjamin, b. 10 mo. 3, 1770; d. 1814, unm., from kick of a horse in the breast. 

Jacob, b. 12 mo. 17, 1772; d. 3 mo. 24, 1840; m. Susannah Underwood. 

Sarah, b. 5 mo. 2, 1774; m. Henry Wood. No children. 

Jonathan, b. 8 mo. 22, 1776; d. 8 mo. 21, 1856: m. Sarah Underwood. 

Nathan, b. 3 mo. 15, 1779; probably died young or unmarried. 

Israel, b. 3 mo. 15, 1780; d. 12 mo. 19, 1848; m. Jemima Parsons. 

Hannah, b. 3 mo. 13, 1782; d. 2 mo. 21, 1864, unmarried. 

Phebe, b. i mo. 21, 1784; d. 7 mo. 17, 1856; m. Benjamin Bartram. 

John P., b. II mo. 6, 1786; d. 8 mo. 14, 1863; unmarried. 

Ann, b. 6 mo. 6, 1789; d. 9 mo. 27, 1S42; m. Howard Williams (see No. Sgi). 



165- Benj'annin Pyle'*, Jane3, b. in Thornbury, d. in Springfield (?), 
4 mo. 30, 1831 ; m. 12 mo. 8, 1774, at Springfield Mtg., Sarah Heacock, b. 



Z INE OF J A ME J, JOSE PH -'. 



!83 



1/53 ; ^- 9 '■"°- -3> 1829 ; dau. of Joseph and Hannah (Massey) Heacock, 
of Marple. He was a stone mason and settled in Springfield but resided 
in Concord about i782-'88. He was complained of by Springfield Mto-., 
5 mo. 28, 1 78 1, for paying taxes for the purpose of hiring men to go to 
the army, and was disowned 8 mo. 27. 1781. His wife and children 
received a certificate from Chester Mo. Mtg., 10 mo. 28, 1782, to Concord, 
and thence back to Chester, 11 mo. 5, 1788. They had fourteen children : 

Joseph, b. 7 mo. 26, 1775; d. 10 mo. 26, 1850; m. Abigail Lobb. 

Hamiah, b. 11 mo. 25, 1776; d. 2 mo. 27, 1848; m. David Caldwell. 

John, b. 7 mo. 28, 1778; d. 9 mo. 21, 1780. 

Phebe, b. 7 mo. 2, 1780; d. 8 mo. 8, 1861 ; m. Thomas Holland. 

Benjamin, b. 9 mo. 21, 17S1 ; d. 7 mo. 13, 1S43; m. Elizabeth Wright. 

Sarah, b. 7 mo. 5, 1783; d. 7 mo., 1872; m. William D. Home. 

Esther, b. 3 mo. 26, 1785; d. 7 mo. 23, 1826; m. John Massey. 

Mary, b. 12 mo. 26, 1786; d. 12 mo. 29, 1863; m. Nathaniel Parsons. 

James, b. i mo. 5, 1789; d. 2 mo. 12, 1851 ; m. Phebe Parsons and Martha 

Home. 
Edith, b. 7 mo. 11, 1790; d. 7 mo. 22, 18S3 ; m. Benjamin Home (No. 998). 
Ann, b. 6 mo. 19, 1792; d. 9 mo. 12, 1815; m. Jacob Haldeman. 
Jonathan, b. 3 mo. 17, 1794; d. 12 mo. 4, 1879; m. Naomi Parsons. 
Isaac, b. 8 mo. 12, 1796; m. Mary Ann Foltz, &c. 



731 
732 
733 
734. 
735 
736. 
737 
738 
739 

740, 
741, 
742 
743 
744' 



Wi 



1, b. 3 mo. 13, 1798; d. 8 mo. 13, 1798. 



SPRINGFIELD MEETING. 



It appears that a meeting had been held prior to 1686 at the house of 
Bartholomew Coppock (see page 133), though which of the two persons of 
this name is intended, is uncertain. At Quarterly Meeting, 6 mo. 2, 1686: 
"Agreed y' y-' meeting at Francis Stanfields, upon fresh consideration be 
Removed to Bartholomew Coppock's y'= younger, to begin y« next first day 
and y-" 4th day folowing untill freinds se cause to remove it." 

Third mo. 4, 1696: "This meeting Consents y' the meeting at 
Bartholomew Coppocks be setteled every first and 3d day." Two years 
later the mid-week meeting was altered to the 5th day. 

Twelfth mo. 6, 1698-9 : " The friends belonging to Springfield meeting 
propose their intentions of building a meeting-house at their grave yard, 
which this Quarterly meeting consents unto." 



284 



THE SHARPLESS FAMIL V. 



At Chester Monthly Meeting, 8 mo. 25, 1703: "Memorandum, that 
the Deeds of the meeting house and Land of Springfield is Lodged in the 
hands of George Maris, sen'r." 

The name of Springfield first appears in the account of collections, 1 2 
mo. 24, 1 700-1, and the monthly meeting was held in that meeting-house 
3 mo. 26, 1 701. 

At Quarterly Meeting, 6 mo. 13, 1739, it was ordered that /18, should 
be paid to Friends of Springfield, to help them to defray the charge of 
rebuilding their meeting-house ; the same being the interest on Joseph 
Need's donation, and paid by his request. 




At Chester Monthly Meeting, i mo. 27, 1783 : "Springfield Preparative 
Meeting, by their Representatives, informs this Meeting that they have 
appointed Jesse Maris, John Hall and Joseph Rhoads, Trustees of and for 
the Lott of Ground whereon their Meeting house is Built, and their Burying 
Ground is, in the stead of Samuel Levis, who is deceas'd, & John Levis & 
Isaac Howell who are both disowned, — one by this and the other by 
Philadelphia Mo'y Meeting ; which appointment is approved of by this 
Meeting." 

This statement with others of like nature respecting the other meetings 
was produced by direction of a former Monthly Meeting, 10 mo. 28, 1782. 



166. Jacob Pyle"*, Jane3, was disowned by Concord Mo. Mtg., 9 



LINE OF JANE 3, JOSEPH^ 



285 



mo. 7, 1774, on account of his marriage by a priest to one not a member. 
She was Elizabeth the widow of Isaac ChamberHn (son of John and 
Lettice), of Aston, who died in 1771, without issue ; leaving to his wife a 
farm of 41 acres in that township. She had one child by her second 
husband, who died unmarried. Elizabeth d. 1801, and the land was 
inherited by her heirs, the Vaughans, of Haverford, and others. Jacob 
doubtless resided thereon during her life. He m. again, in 1802, Elizabeth 
Blair, dau. of Daniel and Mary Blair of New London, Chester Co., Pa. 
He had, by both wives, five children : 



Tamar, died young or unmarried. 

Naomi, b. ; d. i mo. 25, 1876 ; m. Joseph Heacock. 

Miriam, m. Jacob Price. 

Ezekiel, married Mary Hawes. 

Hannah, married Jeremiah Weaver and William Stanley. 



167. Lydia Pyle-^, Jane3, is said to have married Alexander 
Soley, of Haverlord, about 17S1. One person of this name was assessed 
in Haverford, 1 764, with a house and garden. Again, Ale.xander Soley of 
Haverford, blacksmith, and Phebe (Wilday), his wife, convey a little land 
in Merion, Mar. 4, 1797, to Jonathan Wilday. On July 19, 1S13, Jacob 
Pyle of Aston and Elizabeth his wife, and Lydia Soley, now or late of 
Thornbury, widow, released to Edward Darlington, Esq., of Birmingham, 
five acres of land in Thornbury, of which Jacob Pyle, senior, died possessed, 
leaving eight children. Lydia Soley had five children, as named in the 
former edition : 

750. Elizabeth, no further record. 

751. Phebe, m. Jasper Long, Apr. 6, 1S05, before Thomas Cheyney, Esq. ; no further 

record. 

752. Lydia. 

753. Hannah. 

754. Jonathan. 

168. John PyleS Jane3, b. 3 mo. 12, 1758; d. 12 mo. 14, 1837; m. 
1 787, Alice Crosley, b. 4 mo. 9, 1773; d. 11 mo. 3, 1855 ; dau. of John and 
Rebecca Crosley, of Aston, For his marriage by a jariest he was disowned 
by Friends 2 mo. 6, 1 788. They resided in Middletown and had fifteen 
children : 

755. Israel, b. 3 mo. 9, 1788 ; d. 2 mo. 24, 1862 ; m. Anne N. Daily. 

756. Elizabeth, b. i mo. 21, 1790; d. 2 mo. 11, 1863; m. James Atwood. 



286 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

757. Phebe, b. i mo. 9, 1793 ; d. ; m. Joseph Pilkington. 

758. Rebecca, b. 3 mo. 4, 1795; d. i mo. 28, 1869; m. William Ingram. 

759. Maria, b. 9 mo. 21, 1797 ; d. 5 mo. 7, 1853 ; m. Albin Pyle (No. 707). 

760. Lydia, b. 7 mo. i, 1800 ; d. , unmarried. 

761. Daniel, b. 2 mo. 22, 1803; d. 8. mo. 15, 1881 ; m. Cidney Pyle. 

762. Charles, b. 7 mo. 15, 1805; d. 10 mo. 26, 1868 ; m. Abigail H. Smedley. 

763. Esther, b. 12 mo. 10, 1807 ; d. 5 mo. 27, 18S6 ; m. Redman Ottey. 

764. Eliza Y., b. 7 mo. 21, 1810; m. Charles W. Carmell. 

765. Walker, b. 5 mo. 15, 1813; died young. 

766. Samuel, b. 6 mo. 20, 1815 ; died young. 

767. John, twin with Samuel ; died in infancy. 

768. Crosley, b. 9 mo. 18, 1816 ; m. Sarah Menagh. 

769. John S., b. 12 mo. 25, 1S18 ; m. Martha Mercer and Martha McFadien. 

l6g. Esther Pyle^, Jane3, was married 12 mo. 4, 1783 (records of 
Christ Church, Phila.), to John Heacock, son of Jonathan Heacock^ 
(b. 3 mo. 10, 1715), and Susanna Morgan, of Bucks Co., Pa. She was 
disowned by Concord Mo. Mtg., i mo. 4, 1786, for her marriage by a 
priest. They resided for a few years in Lower Darby township, whence 
they removed to the Redstone Settlement in the western part of 
Pennsylvania, and finally to Ohio. They had seven children, of whom the 
youngest was born at Redstone : 



Nathan, b. 8 mo. 3, 1784 ; d. 6 mo. 5, 1863 ; m. Hannah John. 
Samuel, no further record. 
Amy, m. Harlan Pyle. 
Benjamin, no further record. 

Anna, m. Riggle. 

John, no further record. 
Hannah. 



John Pyle, son of Amy, Urichsville, Tuscarawas Co., Ohio, and 
Benjamin Riggle, son of Anna, Zoar Station, same county, failed to respond, 
John Tate and Dr. Kern, New Cumberland, Tuscarawas Co., are said to 
have married daughters of Hannah (No. 776), but no further information 
has been obtained. 

170. Mary Sharpies^ Abraham3, b. 5 mo. 6, 1752, m. Gideon 

Hizer, of Concord, where they settled. She received a certificate from 
Chester 5 mo. 29, 1786, to Uwchlan ; thence, 5 mo. 10, 1787, to Goshen, 
and thence, 7 mo. 8, 1791, to Concord. She was complained of by 
Chichester Mtg., for marriage by a priest, and disowned 9 mo. 5, 1792. 
No children. 



LINE OF ABRAHAM^, JOSEPH^. ^g- 

172. Phebe Sharpies-*, Abi-aham3, b. n mo. 15, 1755 ; buried at 
Middletown 10 mo. 4, 1787 ; m. Abner Coppock of Chester township, 
who d. 7 mo. I, 1834, aged 8i. She received a certificate from Chester, 5 
mo. 31, 1779, to Uwchlan ; thence, 6 mo. 7, 1781, to Chester. She was 
complained of by Chester Mtg., 7 mo. 26, 1784, for marriage by a 
magistrate to one not a member, for which her acknowledgment was 
accepted 11 mo. 29, 1784. About 1735, Sarah Coebourn, dau. of Joseph, 
m. John Harris, and about 1750, a second husband, John Coppock. She 
owned a farm of 141 acres, pardy in Aston and partly in Chester township, 
which in 1777, was divided between her son, Abner Coppock, and 
daughters, Sybilla and Olive Coppock. Abner received a double share, 
and with his wife, Elizabeth, released to his sisters their part, about So 
acres, April 7, 1777. He married a third wife, Mary Hibbs, who d. 12 mo. 
23, 1835, leaving six children, John, Sarah, Eliza (m. to Lewis Pierce), 
Jesse, David and Israel. An attempt was made to divide the estate among 
the heirs, ignoring Phebe Simpson, and (according to David Simpson) a 
brother in Half Moon Valley ; and in the proceedings in the Orphans' 
Court, Elizabeth Lancaster is called Hannah. The administrators, Jesse 
Coppock and William G. Flower, sold the land, 89^ acres, partly in Aston 
and partly in Chester, to Jethro Johnson, who sold nearly one-half of it to 
Dr. Robert M. Huston. Phebe Coppock left two children : 

777. Elizabeth, b. ; d. ; m. William Lancaster. 

778. Phebe, b. ; d. April, 1866; m. David Simpson. 



174- Abraham Sharpies-*, Abrahams, b. lo mo. i6, 1758; d. 8 
mo. 30, 1849; m. II mo. 13, 1788, at West Grove Mtg., Dinah Flower, 
dau. of Richard and Alice Flower, of Londongrove township. Her 
grandfather, Richard Flower', son of Richard and Mary, was born, as 
supposed, in Leicestershire, England; came to Penna. and m. 12 mo., 
1724-5, at Kennet Mtg., Abigail, dau. of Michael and Dinah Harlan; 
by whom he had four children, Thomas, d. 1754, unmarried; Mary, m. to 
Isaac Starr and Samuel Sharp ; Richard, b. 7 mo. 3, 1730; Dinah, d. 1758, 
unmarried. The father died about 1748, and the family were buried at 
New Garden Mtg. Richard Flower- m. 9 mo. 25, 1754, at Londongrove 
Mtg., Alice Harlan, dau. of William and Margaret, of West Marlborough. 

Abraham Sharpies resided at various places, as evidenced by 
certificates of removal from the following meetings: Chester to Bradford, 
5 mo. 31, 1779 ; thence to Uwchlan, 6 mo. 17, 1785; to New Garden, 12 



288 THE SHARPLESS EAMIL Y. 

mo. 6, 1787; with wife and son, Lewis, to Concord, 8 mo. 7, 1790; to 
Bradford, 6 mo. 5, 1793; thence with three children, 4 mo. 13, 1798, to 
Kennet; to Concord, 5 mo. 16, 1799; to Goshen, 3 mo. 30, 181 5, and to 
Birmingham 5 mo. i, 181 6. They resided for some time in E. Bradford 
on the farm of Joseph Townsend of Baltimore. Dinah d. i mo. 3, 1852, 
and both were buried in Friends' ground known as "Cedar Hill," but since 
removed to the new cemetery north of West Chester. They had four 
children : 

779. Lewis, b. 7 mo. 22, 1789; d. 7 mo. 2, 1S65; m. Ann Jefferis. 

780. Ann, b. 12 mo. 21, 1794; living in West Chester, unmarried. 

781. Jesse, b. 5 mo. 15, 1796; d. in W. Chester, 8 mo. 22, 1875, unmarried. 

782. Alice, b. 7 mo. 7, 1802 ; living in W. Chester, unmarried. 

175. Lydia Sharpies^ Abraham3, b. 8 mo. 18, 1760; d. 4 mo. 24, 
1828, at West Branch, Clearfield Co., Pa.; m. 4 mo. 6, 17S5, at Sadsbury 
Mtg., Lancaster Co., to James Moore, b. i mo. 8, 1760 ; d. 9 mo. 17, 1834, 
at his son Jeremiah's, Pennsville, Pa.; son of Andrew and Rebecca (Starr) 
Moore, of Sadsbury. She received a certificate from Chester Mo. Mtg., 
9 mo. 25, 1772, to New Garden ; thence with husband, 6 mo. 4, 1785, to 
Sadsbury. A few years later they removed to York Co., near the 
Susquehanna river, but in 1796, setded in the Half Moon Valley, (now) 
Centre Co., Pa. In 1810, they settled in Clearfield Co., on the west branch 
of the Susquehanna, then an almost unbroken forest, and West Branch 
Meeting was first held at their house, in 1813. Both were buried at that 
meeting, as afterward located. They had eight children : 



Abraham, b. 8 mo. i, 17S6; d. 1S08, unmarried; bur. at Centre Mtg. 

Esther, b. 7 mo. 18, 1788; d. 10 mo., 1843; m. Thomas Fenton. 
Lydia, b. i mo. 22, 1790; d. i mo. 15, 1873; m. Joseph Spencer. 
Anna, b. 3 mo. 6, 1792; d. 5 mo. 9, 1872; m. Jesse Spencer. 
Jeremiah, b. 8 mo. 14, 1794; d. 7 mo. 26, 1873; m. Susanna Shivery, &c. 
Andrew, b. 10 mo. 20. 1796; d. 2 mo. 26, 18S1 ; m. Elizabeth Davis, &c. 
Rebecca, b. 12 mo. 5, 1798. d. 2 mo. 23, 1871 ; m. Joseph Davis. 
James, b. 10 mo. 27, 1801 ; d. 7 mo. 4, 1847; m. Jane W. Shivery. 



176- Grace Sharpies'*, Abraham3, b. 3 mo. 9, 1762; buried at 
Middletown, 6 mo. 7, 181 6; received a certificate from Chester Mo. Mtg, 
9 mo. 25, 1772, to Goshen; thence to Chester 8 mo. 9, 1782; thence to 
Concord, 5 mo. 29, 1786. She was disowned 12 mo. 5, 1787. She pur- 
chased a house and near two acres of ground adjoining Middletown 



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Meeting, in iSio, and sold the same to James Stewart, lo mo. 23, 1812, 
for $700, and probably died in Goshen. She had one child. 

ygi. Samuel, b. 9 mo. 30, 17S7; d. 12 mo. 2, i860; m. Rachel Iddings. 



179. John Sharpies-*, Jacobs, b. 9 mo. 28, 1749; d. 10 mo. 29, 
1834; m. I St Elizabeth Yearsley, b. 12 mo. 11, 1752; d. 7 mo. 31, 1796; 
dau. of Nathano (John-, John') and Susanna (Wright) Yearsley, of Thorn- 
bury ; 2d m. 9 mo. 27 (or 28), 1 798, to Hannah Smith, b. 10 mo. 20, 1 767 ; 
d. 3 mo. 31, 1843; dau. of Joshua and Lydia (Yearsley) Smith, of 
Birmingham. He and his first wife were disowned 12 mo. 7, 1774, on 
account of their marriage by a magistrate, and his second wife was 
disowned 3 mo. 6, 1799, for the same offence; yet the family were 
afterward received into membership with Friends. He was a stout farmer 
who drove his business with energy and his domestic affairs with economy, 
which resulted in the acquisition of considerable real estate. He was 
especially remembered for having raised eighty bushels of cloverseed in 
one season, which he sold for twenty dollars per bushel, about the time of 
the Revolution. By deed of Jan. 16, 1789, he purchased from Nicholas 
Fairlamb and wife, Hannah, a farm of 250 acres in Middletown, for /714, 
in gold and silver. May 11, 1790, he obtained from Joseph Hunt of 
Goshen, and wife Ann, 20 ij^ acres in Goshen, for /'1400 in gold, at 
which time he lived in Concord, near the meeting house, on land of 
Thomas Newlin. Samuel Moore of Wilmington, and Jemima, his wife, 
by deed of Jan. 30, 1792, conveyed to John Sharpies, of Concord, miller, 
95 acres in Goshen. In 1802, he bought the farm of 200 acres upon 
which he had lived in Concord, from Thomas Newlin, for ;i^3875, and sold the 
one in Middletown to Jonathan Tyson, for ^2000. In 1803, he purchased 
40i/< acres in E. Goshen, from Richard R. Smith, and wife, of Philadelphia ; 
and by deed of Mar. 30, 1810, obtained from Anthony Hearn, of Goshen, 
and Sarah his wife, a tract of nearly 336 acres in the same township, for 
$20,000. It is said that he also owned a farm in the Chester Valley, and 
upon these lands he placed his children as they married. His children by 
both wives were twelve in number : 



Nathan, b. 8 mo. ig, 1774; d. i mo. 13, 1833; m. Sarah Thatcher. 

Jacob, b. 12 mo. 23, 1776; d. 11 mo. 24, 1777. 

Jesse, b. 2 mo. 11. 1779; d. 6 mo. 22, 1866; m. Ann Harvey. 

Esther, b. 4 mo. 8, 1782 ; d. same day. 

Ruth, twin with Esther, d. same day. 



290 THE SHARP LESS FAMILY. 

797. Susanna, b. 8 mo. 28, 1783; d. 3 mo. 22, 1856; m. Emmor Hickman. 

798. Edith, b. 12 mo. 22, 1785 ; d. 8 mo. 23, 1823 ; m. Antliony Taylor. 

799. Sarali, b. 6 mo. 29, 1789; d. i mo. 21, 1858; m. Jesse Seal. 

800. Hannah, b. i mo. 24, 1794; d. 8 mo. 4, 1857; m. Eli Lewis. 

801. John, b. 7 mo. 8, 1799; d. 9 mo. 8, 1S72; m. Charity Thatcher, &c. 

802. Smith, b. 9 mo. 28, 1802; d. 2 mo. 19, 1S75 ; m. Sarah Thatcher. 

S03. Samuel, b. 7 mo. 29, 1804; d. 2 mo. 22, 1872; m. Abigail G. Ashbridge 



181. Nathan Sharpies^ Jacobs, b. 9 mo. 28, 1752 ; d. i mo. 9, 

1837 ; m. 4 mo. 24, 17S3, at Uwchlan Mtg., to Rachel Baldwin, b. 7 mo. 
13, 1756; d. 2 mo. 14, 1826; dau. of Joshua and Mercy Baldwin, of East 
Cain township. John Baldwin, with his brothers, Francis and Thomas, 
came from Oxfordshire, Eng., about 16S2, and the first was married 4 mo. 
4, 1689, to Katharine Turner, a widow, and settled in Aston, but was 
afterward a merchant in Chester borough, where he died in 1731. On 
Feb. 23, 1702-3, he purchased 500 acres of land in East Cain township 
which he devised to his grandsons, John and Joshua, the sons of John 
Baldwin, Jr., who had married Hannah Johnson. Joshua, b. 1 1 mo. (Jan.) 
3, 1721 ; d. 5 mo. 13, 1800; m. 9 mo. 17, 1747, (2d wife) Mercy Brown, b. 
I mo. 12, 1722; d. I mo. 22, 17S4; dau. of Samuel and Ann Brown or 
Falls township, Bucks Co., Pa. 

Nathan Sharpies learned the trade of a saddler, and by deed ot 5 mo. 
I, 1775, purchased from Charles Ryant and Hannah, his wife, 32 acres of 
land in East Bradford for /2 16. On 5 mo. 6, 1784, Henry Woodward, 
Senior, and Henry Woodward, Jr., with Ruth his wife, conveyed to Nathan 
32 acres adjoining the first purchase, for ^211 : \, in gold. These were 
two tracts which Joseph Townsend had devised to his daughters, Mary 
Woodward and Hannah Ryant, and lie just west of the borough of 
West Chester, and north of Chestnut Street, extended. It is, with some 
additions, owned by Charles Sheller. Here he lived at the time of the 
Battle of Brandywine, 9 mo. 1 1, 1777. For some time prior to that event, 
the Friends' meeting-house at Birmingham was occupied as a hospital for 
American soldiers, and a substitute was found in a wheelwright shop at 
Sconnelltown, on the road from Jefferis's Ford to Birmingham. By this 
road the British army marched to meet the Americans on the morning of a 
mid-week meeting, the day of the battle, and the meeting was prematurely 
adjourned by the resulting excitement. Nathan Sharpies discovered when 
about to return home, that a fine horse, upon which he had ridden to 
meeting, was missing. He followed the troops and soon found the animal. 



LINE OF JACOB 3, JOSEPH-'. 291 

which had been appropriated to his own use by a British officer with whom 
he quiedy but firmly remonstrated, and at length prevailed upon to give 
up the steed. 

In 1793, Nathan removed with his family to the farm of his father-in- 
law, one mile east of Downingtown, on the Lancaster turnpike. On 8 mo. 
9, 1 794, he conveyed the property near West Chester to John Bettle, for 
^"653 : 10; and on i mo. 30, 1794, Joshua Baldwin and Ann, his wife, 
conveyed to him their farm of 177 acres, for ^^1660, gold and silver. Here 




laRMINC.HAM MEEIING HI lUSE, IIUII.T I7f'3. 

he resided the remainder of his life. His death being the result of injuries 
received from an accident, it is probable he might have lived to a greater 
age, as he possessed a remarkably vigorous constitution. He served as 
clerk of Uwchlan Monthly Meeting, from i mo. 7, 1802, till 12 mo. 8, 1803, 
and his wife was appointed an elder, 4 mo. 7, 1796. Both were buried at 
the Friends' burial ground in Downingtown. They had nine children : 

804. Joshua, b. 3 mo. 22, 17S4; d. 3 mo. 22, 1784. 

S05. Mercy, b. 9 mo. 22, 1785; d. 8 mo. 20, 1786. 

806. Blakey, b. 6 mo. 21, 1787; d. 9 mo. 24, 1853; m. Mary Offley. 

807. Joshua B., b. 6 mo. 24, 1789; d. 2 mo. 21, 1866; m. Sophia Clemson. 

808. Jacob, b. 8 mo. 3, 1791 ; d. 2 mo. 17, 1863; m. Mary Downing. 

809. Isaac, b. 7 mo. 28, 1793; d. 9 mo. 12, 1822. 

810. Ann, b. 10 mo. 15, 1795; d. 10 mo. 25, 1826; m. James Yamall. 

811. Mercy, b. i mo. 30, 1798; d. 6 mo. 17, 1861 ; m. Jordan Harrison. 
S12. Rachel, b. 7 mo. 7, 1801 ; d. 10 mo. 16, 1825; m. Tiiomas Maule. 



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THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 



182. Lydia Sharpies^ Jacobs, b. 12 mo. 31, 1754; d. 8 mo. I, 
1799; m. about 1772, David Dutton, son of John and Elizabeth, of 
Bethel, Delaware Co., Pa. As a member of Birmingham Mtg., she was 
disowned 5 mo. 4, 1774, for marriage by a magistrate to one not a 
member ; but upon her acknowledgment she was again admitted, 2 mo. 
17, 1 78 1, with her children, Benjamin and Ann. She received a certificate 
from Concord 8 mo. 6, 1783, to Darby, and thence to Philadelphia (N. 
Dist.), 8 mo. 2, 1792. She had three children : 

813. Benjamin, m. Hannah Vitkers. 

814. Anne, b. lo mo. 22, 1775; d. 9 mo. 15, 1854, in Friends' Asylum, unmarried. 

815. Caleb, died young or unmarried. 

183. Joseph Sharpies^ Jacobs, b. 6 mo. 12, 1757; d. in 
Philadelphia, lo mo. 27, 1796, unmarried. After his father's death he 
took a certificate from Concord Mo. Mtg., i mo. 7, 1778, to Chester; 
thence to Wilmington, 7 mo. 30, 1781. In 179 1 he appears to have been 
the proprietor or principal of an academy on Second Street, Philadelphia. 

Extract from a letter, stating a fciv of the last expressions of Joseph 
Sharpies, son of Jacob and Ann Sharpies; luho departed this life in 
Philadelphia, in the nth month, 17^6, in the 40th year of his age. 

I expect thou hast heard of the death of cousin Joseph, and no doubt, would like to be 
informed of his situation of mind, in the latter part of his sickness ; of which I can give some 
account, as I had the satisfaction of being with him mostly for a week before he died, and was 
present at the awful season of his departure. I felt so much tenderness for, and sympathy with 
him, after my first visit, that I could not be easy out of his chamber. 

He was much tossed in mind, in the forepart of his sickness. His brother Nathan, upon 
leaving him, perhaps about two weeks before his death, expressed to him, that he thought there 
was but little prospect of his recovery; to which he replied, " O, if I could but feel the 
incomes of the love of God to my poor soul !" Which I believe he was mercifully favoured 
to experience. Some time before his departure, one morning, as I was sitting by him, he said ; 
"whether it will please the Lord to raise me up again, I know not : I am entirely depending 
on his mercy ; but if it is his will to take me, I hope he will receive my soul." A few evenings 
before his departure, he desired to see a friend, who had been to see him several times : he 
came, and had a solid opportunity with him : it was truly a solemn, instructive season. The 
friend had much pertinent counsel to communicate, which was very comfortable and 
encouraging. Upon the friend's taking leave of him, he said, "farewell, dear friend, I shall 
go before long." The friend desired, if he had any thing on his mind, he would be free in 
communicating it ; he said, " I have nothing, only that I have waited patiently, and have not 
dared to cast away my confidence, but have trusted in his many gracious promises, and hope 
he will receive my soul." His example of patience and resignation, was truly instnictive to 
my mind, and I hope will be lastingly remembered by me." [First edition, p. 1 16.] 



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184. Jesse Sharpies^ Jacobs, b. n mo. 6, 1759; d. I mo. 6, 
1832, at his residence on the north side of Arch Street, east of Fourth, 
Philadelphia; m. about 1785, Joanna Townsend, b. 3 mo. 15, 1763, d. 5 
mo. 22, 1843, in Philadelphia; buried at Laurel Hill: dau. of John 
Townsend- (Joseph') and Joanna England, of East Bradford township 
(see p. 176). Their marriage being "by a priest," they lost their right of 
membership among Friends for several years. He was by trade a saddler 
and by deed of Apr. 10, 1784, purchased from the executors of Ann 
Paschall, a house and two lots of ground in Darb)- village, where he then 
resided. In 1791, he resided in Philadelphia and in that year sold a part 
of the Darby property to Matthias Holsten. In 1793, he purchased 
another house and lot in Darby, which he sold in 1806; and in 1799 
disposed of the remainder of his first purchase. He afterward became a 
merchant in Philadelphia. Jesse and Joanna Sharpies had ten children : 



Emily, b. 1786; d. 3 mo. 13, 1832; m. Benjamin Stephens. 
Julia Anna, b. about 178S; d. 6 mo. 23, 1S6S; m. Thomas Wilson. 
Eliza, b. 1790 ; d. i mo. 24, 1791, aged about four months. 
Eliza, b. II mo. ig, 1791 ; d. 3 mo. 17, 1851 ; m. Thomas Parker. 
Townsend, b. 9 mo. 23, 1793 ; d. 12 mo. 30, 1863 ; m. Mary B. Jones. 
Joseph Inskeep, b. 7 mo. 7, 1795 ; d. 6 mo. 20, 1S70 ; m. Maria Piper. 
Mira, b. 9 mo. 26, 1798 ; d. 11 mo. 20, 1859 ; m. Samuel Townsend. 
John Townsend, b. 10 mo. 5, 1801 ; d. 4 mo. 22, 18S3 ; a physician, unm. 
Lydia, b. 10 mo. 22, 1803 ; unmarried. 

A daughter, died young. 



185. Ann Sharpies^ Jacobs, b. 12 mo. 28, 1761, d. 9 mo. 14. 1844; 
m. I mo. 17, 1782, at Birmingham Mtg., James Carter, b. 10 mo. 20, 
1751 ; d. 9th or loth mo. 1795 ; son of John and Hannah (Cope) Carter, 
of East Bradford (now Birmingham) township. They settled at the 
homestead of his father, and had eieht children : 



Jacob, died young or unmarried. 

Nathan, b. 9 mo. 12, 1784; d. 1S38, unmarried. 

James, died young. 

Caleb, b. 2 mo. 6, 1788 ; d. 5 mo. 7, 1S75, at Friends' Asylum, unm. 

Samuel, died young. 

John, b. 7 mo. 9, 1791 ; d. 8 mo. i, 1S27, unmarried. 

Joseph, b. 9 mo. 29, 1793 ; d. 2 mo. 9, 1878; m. Rachel Yarnall. 

James, b. 5 mo. 29, 1795 ; d. 12 mo. 5, 1872 ; m. Prudence Blackburn. 



Ann (Sharpies) Carter was again married 9 mo. 20 
irmingham Mtg., to Abraham Jefferis, b. 2 mo. 22, 1763 



1798, at 
d. 10 mo. 



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THE SHARPLESS FAMIL Y. 



1 8, 1822 ; son of William and Hannah (Darlington) Jefteris, of East 
Bradford ; she being his second wife. They lived on a farm in West 
Cain township, and he was an elder of West Cain Meeting at the time of 
his death, which occurred at his daughter, Lydia Grier's, in Clinton Co., O., 
when on his way to attend Indiana Yearly Meeting. His widow died at 
the residence of her daughter, Martha W. Strattan, Richmond, Ind. They 
had five children : 



Abraham, b. 5 mo. 22, 1800; d. 9 mo. 1844; m. Abigail Andrews. 

William, b. 12 mo. 2, 1801 ; d. unmarried. 

Isaac, b. 5 mo. 8, 1S04; d. lo mo. 8, 1840; m. Elizabeth Stidham. 
Martha W., b. 9 rao. 20, 1806 ; m. Joseph P. Strattan. 

Jacob, b. 12 mo. 26, iSoS ; d. unmarried. 



186. Jane Sharpies-*, Jacobs, b. lo mo. 23, 1764; d. in Philadelphia, 
3 mo. II, 1844 (burial record); m. John Haines, son of Isaac and 
Mary (Cox) Haines, of Goshen, Chester Co. He d. 10 mo. 8, 1830, aged 
about 67, and both were buried in Friends' burial ground, i6th and Race 
Streets. Their marriage was by a magistrate, for which she was disowned 
by Concord Mo. Mtg., 12 mo. 15, 1784, and he by Goshen, 12 mo. 17, 
1784. They removed to Philadelphia prior to 1 79S, and continued to 
reside there. They had eleven children : 

S39. Imlah, b. 7 mo. 2, 1784; d. 12 mo. 11, 1S28, unmarried. 

840. Caleb, b. 12 mo. 20, 1785; cied from home, unmarried. 

841. Azubah, b. 3 mo. 15, 178S; d. 3 mo. 3, 1870; m. David McKee. 
S42. Joseph, b. I mo. 21, 1790; d. 2 mo. 20, 1838; m. Clarissa Mills. 
843. Eliza, b. 6 mo. 29, 1792 ; d. m. John Whisner. 
S44. Mary Ann, b. 11 mo. 8, 1794; died young. 

845. Louisa, b. 3 mo. 27, 1797; d. 2 mo. 14, 1881, unmarried. 

846. William L., b. 10 mo. i, 1799; d. 12 mo. 28, 1833; married, but no children. 

847. George W., b. 10 mo. i, 1799; d. 4 mo. 3, 1832, unmarried. 

S48. Mary Ann, b. 12 mo. 12, 1806; m. Charles M. Gray. 

849. Ellen Maria, b. i mo. 12, 1810; m. John A. Packer. 



' 188. Hannah Sharpies^ Jacobs, b. 12 mo. 8, 1770; d. 3 mo. 26, 

1S47; ""!• 9 mo. 27, 1794, to William Phillips, from England. She 
removed by certificates from Concord to Chester, 11 mo. 5, 1777; '^o 
Darby, 10 mo. 27, 1788 ; to Concord, 4 mo. 29, 1790 ; to Philadelphia (N. 
Dist), 2 mo. 8, 1792. In 1798, William Phillips and family, to escape the 
yellow fever, removed from Philadelphia to the residence of her brother, 



LINE OF WILLIAMS, JOSEPH K -,05 

John Sharpies, in Concord, where William carried on his trade of a saddler 
for a time. He tried the dry-goods business in the city but failed. About 
1S13, he went to England, to look after some estate there, and was heard 
of no more by his family. They had, beside three who died young, the 
following children : 

850. Anne, b. 7 mo. 20, 1795 ; d. 12 mo. 5, 1S69 ; m. Joseph A. Savournin. 

851. Julian, b. 8 mo. 8, 1797; d. ; m. Francis Perron. 

852. William, b. 6 mo. 20, 1799; d. 2 mo. 29, 1S24; m. Ann Dinnon. 
S53. Milford, b. 10 mo. 22, 1S04 ; m. .Sterling Turner. 
854. Esther, b. 7 mo. 15, 1807; d. 9 mo. 1S52; m. Leonard T. Billes. 
S55. Lydia, b. 7 mo. 5, iSio; m. George Porter. 

189. Abraham Sharpies^ Williams, b. 174S ; d. 9 mo. 22, 1835 ; 

m. 6 mo. 23, 17S5, at Uwchlan Mtg., to Phebe Valentine, b. 6 mo. 5, 1759; 
d. 5 mo. 18, 1792 ; dau. of Robert Valentine- (Thomas', from Ireland) and 
Rachel Edge3 (John-, John'), of East Cain township: 2nd m. 12 mo. 16, 
1802, at Birmingham Mtg., to Catharine F. Wistar, b. in New York ; d. in 
Aston, 7 mo. 11, 1824, aged 57; dau. of Caspar and Mary (Franklin) 
Wistar, of Pennsbury township (now Pocopson), Chester Co., Pa. Her 
grandfather, Caspar Wistar, senior, son of Hans Casper Wister, was 
born at Hilsbach, Germany, 1696, and arrived in Philadelphia Sept. 17, 
1717. Hem. Katherine Johnson May 25, 1726, and had seven children, 
Richard, Margaret, Katherine, Joshua, Rebecca, Sarah, and Caspar, b. 
Feb. 3, 1740. 

In 1771, Abraham Sharpies is described as of Concord, joiner, at 
wh::h time he joined with Robert Hall of Concord, Innkeeper, in the 
purchase of 131 acres of land in Aston. There was then, or soon after, a 
grist mill on the property; and in 1775, they are both of Aston, and 
millers. Not long after this he became interested in the manufacture of 
iron, at Sarum Forge, in Aston (now Thornbury), in partnership with 
Norris Jones ; afterward with Isaac Lloyd, and later with Francis Wisely. 
From 1810, till his. death, he conducted a rolling and slitting mill; and 
also, for the greater part of the time, a grist mill and saw mill. In this 
business he acquired a considerable estate. In 1836, the property was 
purchased by James M. Wilcox and the making of paper substituted for 
that of iron. The works have since been known by the name of Glen Mills. 
Abraham Sharpies had six children : 

856. Rachel V., b. 6 mo. 22, 1786; d. 8 mo. 22, 185S; m. George G. Ashbridge. 
S57. Robert v., b. 8 mo. 23, 1788; d. 9 mo. 10, 1822; m. Eliza Downing. 



296 THE SHARPLESS FAMIL V. 

858. William, b. 8 mo. 14, 1790; d. 10 mo. 2, 1797. 

859. Caspar W., b. 3 mo. 25, 1S05 ; d. 2 mo. 5, 1865 ; m. Elizabeth Onderdonk. 

860. Abraham VV., b. 3 mo. 25, 1809; d. 12 mo. 20, 1861 ; m. Ann C. Onderdonk. 

861. A daughter, died young. 

igi- Hannah Smedley^, George4, b. lo, 2, 175S ; d. 3, 2, 1827; 
m. 5, 10, 17S0, at Goshen Mtg., Benjamin Cox, b. 7, 8, 175S; d. 2, 

10, 1846; son of Joseph3 (Richard-, John') and Catharine (Watson) of 
Willistown, Chester Co., Pa. They resided in Willistown, but he died at 
his dau. Hannah's, in Upper Providence. Children, — 

862. George, b. i, 13, 1781; died young. 

863. Catharine, b. 3, 18, 1782; died young or unmarried. 

864. Hannah, b. 10, 28, 17S3; d. 1861 ; m. Isaac Smedley. 

865. George, b, 6, iS, 1785; d. 7, 9, 1834; "■*■ Ann Kerns. 

866. Jane, b. 4, 5, 17S7; d. 6, 14, 1809; m. Joel Smedley (see No. 673). 

867. Joseph, b. 5, 17, 1789; d. 5, 15, 1862; m. Hannah Letchworth. 

868. Amy, b. 2, 10, 1791 ; d. 4, 29, 1844; m. Isaac Smedley and Peter Yarnall. 

869. William, b. 7, 5, 1792; d. 9, 8, 1804. 

870. Joshua, b. 3, 23, 1794; died young. 

S71. Margaret, b. 12, 5, 1795; d. 1S45; m. John Bradley. 

872. Jeffrey, b. 6, 17, 1797; d. 9, 10, 1804. 

873. Elizabeth, b. 5, 24, 1799; d. 9, 8, 1804. 

874. Benjamin, b. 6, i, 1801 ; d. 9, 9, 1804. 

192. Jeffrey Smedleys, George^, b. 5, 23, 1761 ; d. 10, 28, 1847; 

m. 4, 20, 1787, at Goshen Mtg., Amy Hoopes, b. 3, 11, 1767; d. 4, 20, 
1S47; dau. of Thomas-* (Nathan3, Daniel-, Joshua^) and Sarah (Bane) 
Hoopes, of Goshen. They continued to reside in Willistown and were 
active members of Willistown Meeting ; of which he was an elder. No 
children. 

194- Francis Smedley^, George+, b. 1763 ; d. 12, 18, 1821 ; m. 3, 
22, 1793, at Goshen Mtg., Dinah Lewis, b. 6, 23, 1763 ; d. in her 39th 
year; dau. of Samuel and Margaret (Trotter) Lewis, of West Whiteland. 
He m. 2nd wife, Sarah Jones(?), but the family is so nearly extinct that 
little is known of her. He was admitted to Friends' Asylum, 9, 20, 1S20, 
aged 57, and died there. Children, (three by ist wife) — 

875. George, b. i, 5, 1794; d. 3, 30, 1794. 

S76. Samuel, b. 11, 28, 1795 ; d. y. or same as next with error in birth. 
877. Samuel, b. 12, 12, 1797; d. i, 31, 1878; m. Grace Knight, &c. 



LINE OF HANNAHs^ JOHN^. 297 

878. William, dec'd, m. Lydia Price. 

879. Benjamin, d. unmarried. 

880. Hannah, died in childhood. 

88 1. Elizabeth, died in infancy. 

882. Abigail, b. 12, 27, 1812; living in West Chester, unmarried. 

195. Ann Kendal|5, Grace4, m. n, 12, 1 761, at Philadelphia Mtg., 
Benajah Andrews, of Phila., son of Peter Andrews, of Northampton, 
Burlington Co. N. J. He was a minister among Friends, and d. 12, 3, 
1764, aged 31. Ann m. again, 12, 8, 1768, at Phila. Mtg., Thomas 
Stapleton, of Phila., brush-maker, son of Reginald Stapleton, of 
Stockport, Cheshire, Eng., dec'd. Hannah Howard, in her will, 1775, 
mentions gr. dau. Esther Andrews, and her son, Benjamin Andrews, but it 
has not been ascertained how these were related to Ann Andrews, nor 
whether the latter had children. 

204. Jane Howard^, John-*, was disowned II mo. 29, 1773, for 
marriage out of Meeting, to Benjamin Chance; she being a member 
of Middletown Mtg. Descendants, if any, not discovered. 

205. Grace Howard^, John-*, of Middletown Mtg., was complained 
of 5, 30, 1768, for marriage by a justice, to George Good ; for which 
her acknowledgment was accepted 8, 29, 1768. She appears to have 
settled within the limits of Haverford Mo. Mtg., but in 1770 had gone to 
Nottingham ; thence to Sadsbury, returning to Chester in 1777. In 1799, 
she received a certificate to Kennet, and thence to Concord, in 1802 : d. 6, 
30, 1814, aged 65, 7, 26. Her children, if any, not discovered. 

206. Perry Howard^, John+, m. Apr., 1793, Elizabeth Evans, b. in 
Wales, 10, 10, 1776; d. 8, 25, 1869, and buried at St. David's Church. 
Perry was disowned 11, 27, 1786, for neglecting the attendance of 
meetings, &c. : d. i, i, 1812, and buried on the 3d, at Middletown Mtg. 
Children, — 



883 



S87 



890. 



Christopher, b. 8 mo., 1794 ; d. 1794 ; buried at Radnor Mtg. 
Mary, b. 2, 12, 1796; d. 10, 12, 1858; m. Curtis Worrell. 
Anna, b. 5, 22, 1797 ; d. i, 2, 1857 ; m. Joseph Rowan. 
George, b. 4, 9, 1799 ; d. 1799. 
Henry, b. 4, 9, 1799 ; d. 1799. 

Elizabeth, b. 6, 20, iSoi ; d. 10, 28, 1S28 ; m. Samuel McAffee. 
Sarah, b; 3, 13, 1803 ; d. 12, 24, 1883 ; m. John Kitselman. 
Daniel, b. i, 18, 1805 ; d. ni. Hannah Bishop. 



298 



THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 



207. Mary Howard^, John-t, was complained of by Providence 
Mtg., 10, 30, 1780, for marriage by a priest, to Benjamin Worrall, 
and disowned 12, 25, 17S0. Descendants not ascertained. 



213- Isabella Howards, Peter4, b. 12, 28, i763(?) ; d. 7, 4, 1796, 

in Philadelphia; m. 5, 9, 1787, at Pine St. Mtg-., Thomas Williams, 
cabinet-maker, b. Phila., 4, 26, 1763; d. 2, 24, 1846, on Tenth St., near 
Race ; buried at Fair Hill burial ground ; son of Samuel Williams and Ann 
Thomas, of Phila. Children, — 



Howard, b. 6, 25, 17SS; d. 9, 16, 1875 ; m. Ann Heacock. 
Samuel, b. 12, 7, 17S9; d. 10, 12, 1846; m. Hannah Passmore. 
Ann, b. 12, 6, 1790; d. 6, 22, 1791- 
Thomas Reed, b. 8, 23, 1792 ; d. 6, 12, 1871, unmarried. 
Rebecca, b. 9, 19, 1794 ; d. 5, 10, 1795. 



Thomas Williams 



>nd, Hannah Tompkins, dau. of Jacob and 



Elizabeth(?), who d. 8, 23, 1849 ; said to be 77 on the day of death. 
They had Ann, b. 11, 15, 1799 ; d. 3 mo., 1820; Mary, b. 10, 31, 1802, d. 
3, 27, 1847; Isabella, b. 2, 3, 1S05; d. 5, 14, 1876; Elizabeth, b. 12, 20, 
1806; d. 2, 19, 181 5; Jacob T., b. 12, 16, iSii; m. Ann Bennett; 
Hannah, b. 11, 18, 18 14, m. James S. Sterling. 



215. Rebecca Howards, Peters, b. 10, 28, 176S; d. 7, i, 1S18 
m. 5, 12, 1S02, at Pine St. Mtg., Timothy Abbott, b. 8, 24, 1767 ; d 
5, 23, 1845 ! buried in Friends' grave yard, Phila. ; son of Timothy and 
Ann Abbott, of Phila. He was a tanner and a prominent Friend. He m. 
2nd, Ann Newbold. Rebecca's children, — 



897 



Howard, b. 4, 10, 1803 ; d. 11, 27, 1828; m. Susan Stokes. 
William W., b. 10, 30, 1804 ; d. 6, 20, 1837 ; m. Sarah Ann Jones. 
Charles H., b. 10, lo, 1806 ; d. 8, 22, iSSo; m. Rebecca F. Pitfield. 
George, b. i, 21, 1808; d. i, 3, i860; m. Elizabeth Longstreth. 
Rebecca, b. 8, 31, 1810; d. 6, 7, 1883 ; m. Dr. Joseph Pancoast. 



218. Richard Passmore^, Hannah4, b. 12, n, 1754, in Maryland; 
d. 9, 23, 1817; m. Deborah Griscom, b. 4, 29, 1758; d. 9, 20, 1844, in 
86th year; dau. of Andrew^ (Tobias-, Andrew',) and Mary Griscom of 
Tuckahoe, N. J. They setded on a farm in Edgmont, Del. Co., Pa., and 



LINE OF HANNAH3, JOHN-'. 299 

broug-ht a certificate to Goshen Mo. Mtg-., 6, 8, 1787, from Notting-ham. 
Children, — 

901. Everett Griscom, b. 11, 9, 1787; d. 10, 10, 1S6S; m. Elizabeth H. Knight. 

902. Hannah, b. 6, S, 17S9 ; d. 4, 9, 1845 ; m. Samuel Williams (see No. S92). 

903. Mary, b. 2, 11, 1791 ; d. 5, 18, 1873, unmarried. 

904. Eeiilah, b. 7, 7, 1792; d. 3, 25, 1840, mimarried. 

905. Abigail, b. I, 6, 1794; d. 2, 14, 1S39 ; m. Lindzey Nicholson. 

906. Richard, h. 10, 29, 1795 ; d. 6, 27, 1796. 

907. Abijah, b. 11, 12, 1796; d. 9, 183S ; m. Naomi Yarnall. 
90S. Deboraii, b. 2, 18, 1799; d. 2, 29, 1S40; m. Bennett Smedley. 

909. Rachel, b. i, 7, iSoi ; d. 9, 28, 1840, immarried. 

219. Hannah Passmore^, Hannah^, b. 6, 13, 1756, in Cecil Co., 
Md.; m. 9, I, 17S5, at E. Nottingham Mtg., Joseph England, b. i, lo, 
1742-3 ; d. 4, 3, 1 828 ; son of Samuel and Sarah, of E. Nottingham, Md. 
ITo children. Joseph was a prominent member, and sat at or near the head 
of Nottingham Meeting, but at the time of the division in the Society, 
finding that nearly all the meeting joined with those termed Hicksites, he 
left his former seat and took one down in the body of the meeting. He 
ceased to take any part in the business affairs and did not long survive. 

220. Rebecca Passmore^, Hannahs b. 4, 13, 1758; d. n, 24, 

1826; m. 5, 8, 17S8, George Wakefield, b. 4, 15, 1763; d. 10, 28, 1829; 
son of John and Martha Wakefield, of Oliver township, Miftlin Co., Pa. 
They settled at the Wakefield homestead in that township. John 
Wakefield, b- ^7-7, by wife, Martha, b. 1729, had children, Mary, b. 9, 
28, 1754; William, b. i, 10, 1757; Sarah, b. 12,25, 175S: Rachel, b. 3, 10, 
1761 ; George, above; Hannah, b. 4, 7, 1765 ; John, b. 6, 15, 1767, d. 8, 
20, 1767; Joseph, b. 9, 28, 1769, d. 9, 10, 1770; John, b. 8, 12, 1771 ; 
Martha, b. 11, 20, 1776. The mother and children received a certificate 
from Nottingham Mo. Mtg., to Warrington, dated 5, 26, 1781 ; but it was 
not delivered there, and George and Rebecca, marrying out of meeting, 
were disowned by Nottingham. After several years they made an 
acknowledgment and received a certificate to Warrington, 8, 27, 1803, 
which was endorsed by the latter to Centre Mo. Mtg., 9, 8, 1804. 
Children, — 

910. John, b. 5, 7, 17S9; d. II, 24, 1S54 ; m. Margaret Sn_vder. 

911. Augustine, b. i, 10, 1792; d. 2, 10, 1S69; m. Nancy Calbraith. 

912. Rebecca, b. 6, 23, 1793; d. i mo, 1S52; m. Robert McClelland. No children. 

913. Eli, b. 4, 15, 1795; d. 2, 12, 1867; m. Elizabeth Way. 

914. George, b. 4, 24, 1797 ; d. 1S46, or '7 ; m. Elizabeth Strode. 



300 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

221. Henry PaSSmore% HannaM, b. Cecil Co., Mel., 7, 29, 1761 ; 
d. 4, ig, 1S36; m. Martha Busel (?), b. 4, 13, 1765 ; d. 3, 21, 1842. They 
probably removed to Hamilton Co., O., about the beginning of this century, 
but little definite information has been obtained. It is likely their 
descendants number five hundred, of whom less than half have been traced. 
Children, — 



Alary, b. g, 15, 17S8; d. 4, 30, 1S63; m. James Charlton. 

Henry, b. 3, 29, 1790; d. 4, g, 1S63: m. Elizabeth Stonebraker. 

Hannah, b. 8, g, 1792; d. ni. Benjamin Hayhiirst. No further record. 

Ann, b. 3. iS, 1794; no further record. 

Rebecca, b. S, i, 1795; d. 4, 4, 1S7S; m. Simeon H. Avery. 

John, b. 9, 26, 1797; no further record. 

Abigail, b. i, 31, iSoo; d. m. William Ray; no further record. 

Phebe, b. i, 9, 1S02 ; d. 11, 11, 1867; m. Charles Atherton. 

Martha, b. 2, 10, 1804; m. David Ray and Miller. 

Elizabeth, b. 5, 10, 1S07; d. 1S81 ; John Haward and Barney Simonson. 
Margaret, b. 7^ 28, 1810; d. 8, 6, 1850: m. Aaron Simonson. 



222. Phebe Passmore-^ Hannahs b. Cecil Co., Md., 9, II, 1763; 
d. II, 13, 1S15 ; buried the 15th, at Middletown Mtg.; m. 2, 5, 17S9 ; at E. 
Nottinghain Mtg., William Williamson-', of Thornbury, Chester Co., Pa., 
b. Aug. 5, I 731 ; d. 2, 13, 1S15 ; buried the i6th, at Middletown: son of 
Thomas and Ann (Malin) Williamson, of Edgmont township. Daniel 
Williamson', doubtless came from Cheshire, Eng., in 1682, in company 
with Robert Taylor (p. 156), as he was under contract of service to the 
latter, for which he received 50 acres of land in Marple. His sister Mary, 
and her husband, John Howell, from Budworth, Cheshire, came over the 
next year, in company with Robert Taylor's wife and children, and another 
sister, Ellen, wife of Bartholomew Coppock (p. 149), of High Leigh, 
Cheshire, probably arrived in 1684. Daniel married in 1685, Mar)' Smith, 
who came from Cheshire in company with his sister Mary, and they had 
children, Robert, Daniel, John, Mary, Thomas, Joseph, Margaret, and 
Abigail. Thomas-, b. 10, 10, 1694, m. in 17 14, Ann Malin, and settled in 
Edgmont. They had children, Margaret, Ann, Thomas, Mary, Daniel, 
William and Robert. Williams, m. ist, his cousin, Sarah Hoopes, and they 
had a son Abraham, who m. Esther James, and d. 2 mo. 1S07, leaving no 
issue. William and Phebe had seven children : 

926. Sarah, b. 8, 3, 1789; d. 7, iS, 1S65; m. Abraham Hoopes. 

927. Passmore, b. 10, S, 1790; d. 7, 11, 1819, unmarried. 
92S. Phebe, b. 5, 26, 1792; d. 2, 19, 1S66, unmarried. 



LINE OF HANNAH 3, JOHN^. 301 

929. William, b. 2, 20, 1794; d. 7, 25, 1S66; m. Esther Good. 

930. Thomas, b. 3, 3, 1796; d. 8, 26, 1871 ; m. Elizabeth Pyle, &c. 

931. Cheyney, b. 3, 22, 179S; d. 2, 7, 1833; m. Sarah Howard. 

932. Augustine, b. 10, 14, 1803 ; m. Sarah E. Parker. 



225. Henry Ho wards, Richard-+, b. in Rockland Co., N. Y., went 

to N. Y. City and entered the house of VanPelt, inspector of beef 

and pork, and succeeded to the business, upon the retirement of the latter. 
He m. Elizabeth Parmelee, but had no children. In 1834, he retired from 
business, and with his wife and adopted daughter, started on a tour through 
the West, by way of Canada. Arriving at Montreal, he was taken with 
cholera, died and was buried in the Methodist cemetery. His heirs were 
his wife, adopted daughter, and nephew, Henry Howard Cargill. 



226. William Howard^, Richard^, b. in Rockland Co., N. Y., 
1772 ; d. in the South, about 1S21 ; ni. iSii, in Philadelphia, Mary Butcher, 
b. 1780, d. 1841 ; dau. of Samuel and Martha Butcher of Philadelphia. He 
learned the shoemaking trade and settled in Philadelphia, his work being 
principally in the line of ladies' shoes. He also was for some time a 
soldier in the U. S. Army, His widow was buried at Ronaldson's burying- 
ground. Children, — 

933. Jane Wood, b. 7, 7, 1S13; m. Reuben Osborn. 

934. Martha Wood, b. 10, 21, 1815 ; m. Matthew Brooks. 

935. Mary Wood, b. 10, 19, iSiS ; m. Edward R. Anderson. 

936. Matilda Wood, b. 10, 19, 1820; ni. Elijah Dawson and Caleb Sheppard Hall. 



228. Jane Howard', Richard-^, b. in Rockland Co.; m. there to 
William Cargill, and d. at Samuel M. Fish's, in Albany, N. Y. 
Children, — 

937. Abraham, m. Sally ; had several children; d. in N. Y.; no record. 

93S. Sarah Ann, m. George F. Merklee, b. 4, 10, 1S09, in N. Y. city; left one child, 
Fanny Eliza: no further record. 

939. James, m. Rachel Demorest. 

940. William Wood, b. 9, 30, 1S06; m. Jane Demorest, Caroline Weaver, &c. 

941. George, d. unmarried, aged 27 years. 

942. Jane, died in infancy. 

943. Jane, m. Samuel M. Fish. 

944. Henry Howard, m. Amanda Oiser. 

945. Hester, m. Gilbert Vandenburg, of Albany, N. Y. No. children. 



302 



THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 



229. Jonathan Howard-S James-*, b. in Edg-mont, II, 28, 1762; 
d. in Edgmont, 6, 21, 1828; buried at Middletown Mtg.; m. 5, i, 1S02, 
Sarah Bishop, b. Edgmont, 6, 30, 1771: d. 6, 23, iSii; buried at 
Middletown ; dau. of George and Mary Bishop of Edgmont. Second m. 
to Hannah Passmore, who d. 4, 12, 1S52. He made acknowledgment 4, 
^7' 1/95' for paying' money toward hiring substitutes to go out in the 
mihtia, but was disowned 5, 30, 1S03, for marriage by a magistrate, to one 
not a member. He was a farmer, and Hved on a part of the land 
purchased by his grandfather, 1720. Children, — 

946. James, b. 3, 13, 1803 ; m. Sarah P. Dunn. 

947. Rebecca, b. 3, 14, 1806 ; d. S, 3, 1S76, unmarried. 

948. George B., b. 7, 9, 1S07 ; d. 2, iS, 1872 ; m. Esther Eachus. 



949. Ellis, b. 4, 24, 1815 ; d. 2, 2, iS6^ 

950. Joseph England, b. 9, 15, 181 7 ; 



m. Elizabeth Egan. 

m. Caroline JNI. Prescott. 



230. David Howard^, James-*, b. Edgmont, 6, iS, 1765; d. 
Bristol twp., Morgan Co., O., 6, 26, 1S43 ; buried at Mt. Zion ; m. 4, 15, 
1794, in Fayette Co., Pa., Rebecca Dickerson, b. 4, 8, 1774; d. i, 16, 1S39, 
and buried at Mt. Zion; dau. of Joshua Dickerson. David Howard was 
complained of by Middletown Mtg., 8, 25, 1794, for removing several years 
before, without a certificate, and being since married out, at the Redstone 
Setdement. A letter from Redstone Mo. Mtg., dated 12, 20, 1794, was 
received 2, 23, 1795, stating that he had joined the Methodists, and was 
married by one of their teachers. For this he was disowned 3, 30, 1795. 
He removed from Fayette Co. to Short Creek twp., Harrison Co., Ohio., 
in 1808 ; thence to Morgan Co., in 1S22, to the farm now occupied (18S5) 
by his grandson, James. Descendants in Morgan, Muskingum and Gallia 
counties. He was a large man, weighing about 300 lbs., and unlike his 
brother, Jonathan, who was v&xy thin. Children, — 



951 


Alice, b. I, 12, 1795 ; d. i 10, 1796. 


952 


Susanna, b. 1,3, 1797 ; d. 3 mo., 1S73 ; m. Nathan Smith. 


953 


James, b. 11, 29, 1799 ; d. 8, 30, 1S75 ; m. Ann Moore. 


954 


Mary, b. 4, 5, 1803 ; m. David Fulton. No record. 


955 


Rachel Ann, b. 5, 10, 1807 ; d. i, 23, 1S79 ; m. John Moore. 


956 


Joshua Dickerson, b. 2, 9, 1812 ; m. Harriet Warfield 


957 


Rebecca, b. 7, 25, 1815. 



231. Phebe Howard^, James-*, b. Edgmont, 6, 14, 1767; d. 
1843; "■'• Thomas Hamor, who was probably from Montgomery Co., Pa. 



LINE OF HANNAH3, JOHN^. ^O^ 

She was disowned by Chester Mo. Mtg., 5, 25, 1789,011 account of her 
marriage. Thomas was for a time teacher of the " Blue Hill " school, and 
also a storekeeper. They probably resided in Edgmont, but it has been 
difficult to get information of them or their children, who were as follows : 



Abrani, b. 12, 29, 17SS ; d. ni. Mary Hinkson. 

Hannah, b. 11, 27, 1790; d. m. John Hamor. 

James, b. 3, 12, 1793 ; d. 4, 17, 1S75 ; m. Sarah Ann Gregory. 
Jesse, b. 6, 13, 1795 ; d. 2, 25, 1S33 ; m. Ann M. Cheyney. 
Alice, b. II, 17, 1797; d. unmarried. 

Mary Ann, 1). 9, 14, 1799 ; d. unmarried. 

Tliomas, b. 3, 28, 1801 ; d. unmarried. 

Pliebe, b. 2, 11, 1803 ; d. 5, 2, 1SS3 ; m. Abner Haines. 
Miranda, b. 9, 12, 1804; Hving in West Chester, unmarried. 
Joel, b. 8, 13, 1S06; d. 5, 10, 18S6 ; m. 
Flavia, b. 3, 28, 1808 ; d. unmarried. 

Emeline, b. 5, 22, iSio; living in West Chester, unmarried. 



233. Mary Howards, James+, b. Edgmont, 8, 16, 1771 ; d. II, 
iS, 1S52 ; buried at Middletown ; m. George Yarnall, b. in 
Edgmont; d. there 4, 27, 1841 ; son of William Yarnallj (Thomas-, 
Philip'), and Mary Chance. They were complained of by Middletown 
Mtg., for marriage by a magistrate, and disowned 6, 30, 1800. He was a 
farmer in Edgmont. Children, — 

970. Naomi, b. 2, 24, 1800; d. 7, 15, 1874; m. Abijah Passmore (see No. 907). 

971. Ruth, b. I, 27, 1802; unmarried. 

972. Abigail P., b. 12, 25, 1804; d. 12, 15, 1SS2; m. William Cox. 

973. William H., b. 8, 31, 1808; d. 4, 21, 1881 ; m. Sarah Minshall. 



234- William P. Howards James-*, b. Edgmont, 7, 19, 1774; 
d. 4, 12, 1S29; m. I, 5, 1797, before Thomas Cheyney, Esq., to Rebecca 
Baldwin, b. 5, 8, 1770; d. 5, 15, 1840; dau. of John Baldwin-t (Williamj, 
William-, Thomas'), and Sarah (dau. of Simon and Sarah) Hampton, of 
Bethel. He, as a member of Middletown Mtg., was disowned 9, 22, 1797, 
for marriage by a magistrate ; and she, as a member of Concord Mtg., 7, 
-5' 1797- He resided in Concord township, but soon after marriage settled 
in Edgmont, on a portion of the 196 acres purchased by his grandfather, 
in 1720. Both were buried at Middletown Mtg. Children, — 

974. Sarah, b. 8, 11, 1797 ; d. 8, 16, 1870 ; ni. Cheyney Williamson (see No. 931). 

975. Hannah, b. i, i, 1799; d. 2, 12, 1S23 ; m. William Entriken. 



304 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

976. Ann, b. 11, i, iSoi ; m. Clinton Smedley, 1830: descendants went west and 

have been lost sight of. 

977. Baldwin, b. 10, 15, 1S03 : m. Sarah Ann Smedley. 

978. Mary Passmore, b. 9, 17, 1S05 ; m. John Wright, 1830: no descendants. 

979. Sidney Regester, b. 11, 4, 1S07 ; m. Robert Wright, 1830; no descendants 

known. 
9S0. Rebecca, b. 8, 11, iSii : d. S, 9, 1813. 

237- Hannah Howard', James4, b. Edgmont, 4, 19, 1782 ; d. there 

4, 28, 1820; m. ]i, 8, 1S04, at Middletovvn Mtg., Enoch Yarnall, 

b. Edgmont, 5, 29, 1775 ; d. there 7, 27, 1S56; son of WilHam and Mary 
(Chance) Yarnall. She was buried at Middletown, old ground, and he at 
the new. Children, — 



Thomas, b. 9, 22, 1805 ; d. 4, 30, 1SS2 ; m. Elizabeth Stackhouse. 

Howard, b. 7, 29, iSoS ; d. 11, 27, 1875 ; m. Sarah Gifford (Little) Sherman. 

Jesse, b. 10, 2, 1809 ; d. i, 8, 1S84 : m. Elizabeth C. Rich. 

Hannah, b. g, 20, 1815 ; m. Daniel C. Rich. 

Deborah P., b. 10, 31, 1S17 ; d. ir, 12, 1S62 ; m. Elton B. Gifford. 



240. Harper Howarcl-S James-+, b. Edgmont, 7, 3, 1792; d. there 
2, 3, 1857 ; m. 3, 2, 1S26, in Westtown twp., Hannah Pratt, b. 8, 13, 1S03, 
in Edgmont ; d. there 3, 8, 1S72 ; dau. of Joseph and Sarah (Hoopes) Pratt, 
of Edgmont ; both buried at Cumberland Cemetery, by Middletown Mtg. 
He owned a farm in Edgmont, where he had lived since 1850, adjoining 
the original Howard tract. Children, — 

986. Sarah P., b. 8, iS, 1827 ; m. Samuel H. Davis. 

987. Anna M., b. 5, 3, 1833, in Edgmont ; living in West Chester, unm. 

988. Elizabeth T., b. 2, 10, 1835 ; d. 7, 16, 1853. 

989. Hannah H., b. 9, 28, 1841, in Edgmont ; living in West Chester, unmarried. 

241. Mary Star r5, Hannah-*, b. about 1761 or '2; d. 10, 4, 1848; 
m. 5, 3, 1792, at Willistown Mtg., John Goodwin, b. 2 mo., 1764; d. 
6, 30, 1829 ; son of Thomas and Mary (Hall) Goodwin, of Goshen, Chester 
Co., Pa. They resided on a farm in Newtown township, Delaware Co , 
Pa. Children,— 

990. Hannah, b. 3, 29, 1793 ; d. 8, 30, 1828 ; m. Nathan Lewis. 

991. Thomas, b. 8, 5, 1794: d. S, 16, 1S21 : m. Martha Home. 

243. John Starr', Hannah^, produced a certificate from E.xeter to 
Goshen Mo. Mtg., 8, 10, 1781, and m. 4, 23, 17S9, at Willistown Mtg., Phebe 



LINE OF JOHN 3, JOHN'. .q^ 

Massey, b. 8, 5, 1767; d. 7, 2, 1790; dau. of Joseph and Ann Massey of 
Easttown. He survived her a short time and left no children. 



244. Phebe Swayne^, Mary4, b. 3, 9, 1750; d. 7, n, 1829; m. 10, 

4, 1770, at Spring-field Mtg., William Home, son of William and Elizabeth, 
of Darby. Edward Home', of the county of Sussex, England., m. 
Elizabeth Scrase, and came to Philadelphia about 1724. He was a 
merchant and died about 1735, leaving a son, William, and other children. 
William-, b. 4, 7, 1714; d. 11, 11, 1772, settled in Darby in 1736, and in 
1737 m. in Phila., Elizabeth, dau. of John and Mary Davis; by whom he 
had sons, John, William and Edward. In the 4th month, 1763, he 
embarked on a religious visit to Great Britain, where he visited the 
meetings generally in England, and some part of Wales ; returning home 
in the loth month, i 764. He was a minister among Friends for twenty-five 
years, and a short account of him may be found in the Collection of 
Memorials, 1787. William3 and Phebe Home settled on a farm near 
Darby, and had nine children : 

992. Mary, b. 11, 13, 1771 ; d. 2, 27, 1835 ; m. James Thomas. 

993. Elizabeth, b. 10, 26, 1773 ; d. 3, 23, 1777. 

994. Edward, twin with Elizabeth, died young. 

995. Thomas, b. 2, 8, 1776; d. 3, 25, 1853; m. Eliza Heacock. 

996. Elizabeth, b. 8, 8, 177S, died young. 

997. Sarah, b. 10, 10, 1781 ; d. 5, 12, 1866 ; m. John Paschall. 

998. Benjamin, b. 10, 15, 1784; d. 8, 21, 1820; m. Edith Pyle. 

999. Edward, b. 6, 8, 17S7 ; d. g, 8, 1844 ; m. Susan Phipps. 

1000. George, b. d. 9, 24, 1872 ; m. Rebecca Taylor, who, in 1884, 

resided near Sharon Hill, Delaware Co., Pa. No children. 



245- George Swayne^, Mary4, b. 5, 15, 1752; d. i, 30, 1831 ; 

m. 6, 10, 1779, at Darby Mtg., Miriam Foreman, dau. of Alexander and 
Esther, of White Clay Creek, New Casde Co., Del. She d. 10, 11, 1S15, 
in her 70th year. They settled on a farm near Darby. Children, — 

looi. Thomas, m. Elizabeth Noblitt. 

1002. Mary, m. Isaac Lodge. 

1003. Moses, b. II, 4, 1784; d. m. Rachel Heston. 

1004. Aaron, b. 1785 ; d. 1836 ; m. Mary Phipps. 

1005. Sarah, m. Moses Mendenhall. 

1 005 J. Miriam, died young or unmarried. 



3o6 THE SHARPLESS FAMIL Y. 

248. Tacy Roberts^, Margaret-t, m. about 177S or '9, John 
Baker, of Middletown. In 1816, they were said to be living in Virginia, 
and to have had nine children, of whom we have only the names of 

1006. Amy. 1007. Reuben. looS. Henry. 

249. Ellis Roberts-'', Margaret^, m, 5, 2, 1792, at Chester Mtg., 
Ann Shaw, widow of William, and dau. of Joseph Atkinson, dec'd, of 
Bristol, Bucks Co., Pa. She d. 5, 27, 1823, aged near 70. Ellis was 
appointed a trustee for Chester Mtg., 2, 24, 1794. He inherited the 
homestead, in Nether Providence, with about ']'] acres of the land, and d. 2, 
13, 1S25 ; after which the property was purchased by John Sharpies ( No. 
3S7). His father, Reuben Roberts, died 2, 8, 181 5, aged 95 years. Ellis 
had no children. 

250. Alice Roberts^, Margaret^, b. about 1764, d. about 1798, m. 12, 
6, 17S3 (Swedes' Church record, Phila., Charles Cecil, from England, 
and setded in Philadelphia. She was disowned 4, 26, 1784, for marriage 
by a priest to one not a member. They had four children, 

1009. Algernon. loio. Eliza. loii. Keziah. 1012. Julian. 

251. Abigail Roberts^, Margaret4, b. about 1766; d. in N. 
Providence, 4, 24, 1833, and buried at Chester; m. 10, 3, 1792, at Chester 
Mtg., Isaac Engle, who d. 2, 14, 1805 ; son of Frederick and Abigail 
(Vernon) Engle, of Middletown. They settled on a farm in Nether 
Providence, now occupied (1884) by John H. Miller. Isaac was appointed 
a trustee for Chester Mtg., 2, 24, 1794, and one of the trustees for schools 
of the Monthly Meeting, 8, 31, 1795, in room of Joseph Hoskins ; was 
appointed an overseer of Chester Mtg., 9, 24, 1S04, in room of Daniel 
Sharpless, and being deceased, was succeeded by Isaac Sharpless, 7, 29, 
1805. Children, — 

1013. John Roberts, b. S, 15, 1793; d. 9, 7, 1865; m. Eliza Cobourn and Abigail 

Smith. 
Ellis, b. I, 29, 1795; died in infancy. 

Elizabeth, b. 10, 16, 1796; d. 5, 25, 1822 ; m. John Cochran. 
Abigail, b. 12, 29, 1798; d. i, 23, 1S39 ; m. John Cochran (2nd wife). 
Joseph, b. 2, 6, iSoi ; died in infancy. 
Margaret, b. S, 16, 1802 ; d. 3, 17, 1824, unmarried. 
Isaac, b. 12, 10, 1804; m. Tussey, and supposed to be at Snow Hill, 

Indiana, 1SS4, but not found. 



1014 
1015 
1016 
1017 
1018 



LINE OF JOHNS, JOHN^ 



307 



252. John Roberts^, Margaret^, b. 7, 15, 1772; d. 12, 18, 1831 ; 
m. 1800, in Philadelphia, Hannah Lyne, b. there 8, 15, 1781 ; d. 12, 20, 
1822 ; both buried at Friends' ground, 5th and Arch streets, Phila. He 
received a certificate from Chester Mo. Mtg., 5, 27, 1793, to Philadelphia : 
was a grain measurer. Children, — 



1020. 
102 1. 
1022, 
1023, 

1024 
1025 
1026, 
1027, 
1028 
1029. 
1030. 
103 1 



Lucinda, b. 10, 25, 1800; d. 7, 31, 1802. 

John, b. 9, 25, 1802 ; no further record. 

Reuben, b. 12, 21, 1804 ; d. 9, 2, 1806. 

Ellis, b. 12, 6, 1806 ; d. 7, 15, 1882 ; m. Elizabeth Simmons and Mary Ann 

Sparke. 
Charles, b. 11, 20, 1808 ; no further record. 
Mary Ann, b. 9, 15, 1809 ; d. 9, 6, 1825. 
Margaret, b. 11, 9, 1811; d. 7, 14, 1812. 

Martha, twin with Margaret ; d. 2, 20, 1841 ; m. Lycurgus Redman. 
Hannah, b. 2, 28, 1814 ; m. William S. Darnell. 
Sarah, b. i, 11, 1816 ; d. i, 11, 1816. 
Jeanette, b. 5, 14, 1817; m. Robert Carr. 
Sarah, b. 3, 14, 1822 ; m. Jonathan Howell. 



253- Lucy Bradley5, Elizabeth^ b. 1756 ; d. 10, 7, 1843 ; m- 1780. 
General Thomas BrOWn, and resided at Wilmington, N. C. They 
had children, — 

1032. Mary, b. about 1781 ; m. Thomas C. Miller. 

1033. Thomas, b. about 1784 ; d. 1839 ; m. Eliza Purdy and Sophia Smith. 

1034. John Bright, b. Feb. 1787 ; d. Nov. 27, 1847; ni. Rebecca Mortimer Bernard. 
. 1035. Ann Eliza. 

1036. Arthur, died unmarried. 

1037. Lucy Ann ; m. Gov. John Owen. 



255- Elizabeth Bradley^, Elizabeth^, b. 1763, d. 1847 ; m. 1792, 
John Lord, and had four children: 

1038. William Campbell, b. 5, 30, 1793; d. 4-847 ; ''^- Eliza Hill. 

1039. Anne Blount, b. 1795 ; d. m. Alexander Hattridge. 

1040. John Bradley, b. 1797 ; d. 1822 ; m. Mary Fullerton Toomer. 

1041. Sarah Elizabeth, b. 9, 16, 1799 ; d. 12, 5, 1865 ; m. John R. London. 



256. Mary Bradley^, Elizabeths b. Wilmington, N. C, 12, 24, 
1767 ; d. I, 27, 1815, and buried there; m. 1784, in Wilmington, William 
Green, b. 12, 19, 1757; d. 3, 23, 1803; buried in the churchyard of 



3o8 THE SHARPLESS FAMIL Y. 

St. James, in Wilmington. He was the son of Dr. Samuel Green, who came 
from Liverpool, Eng., and settled on the Cape Fear river, near Wilmington, 
where he died 1771, and was buried in Wilmington. By his second wife, 
Hannah Mercer, he had seven children, of whom William was the fifth. 
The latter was a lieutenant in Capt. Taylor's Co., 6th Regt, N. C. inf., in 
the Revolution and served with faithfulness and gallantry : was in the 
Battle of Brandywine, and his journal, now in possession of his grand- 
daughter, Sallie M. Swann, mentions his being at Chester, Pa. He was 
confined for some time on a prison ship, in Charleston, S. C, harbor, from 
which his health never fully recovered. Children, — 

1042. Emily, died in infancy. 

1043. William, d. inf. 

1044. John W., d. inf. 

1045. John A., d. inf. 

1046. Eliza, d. inf. 

1047. James Severin, b. 12, 19, 1792 ; d. 9, 27, 1862 ; m. Anna N. Cochrane and 

Caroline (Davis) Holmes. 

1048. Mary Hostler, b. 3, 29, 1794 ; d. 2, 27, 1S65 ; m. Thoma.s Wright. 

1049. Ann Sophia, b. 9, 3, 1796 ; d. 2, 27, 1S66 ; m. Frederick Jones Swann. 

1050. William Mercer (Bishop), b. 5, 2, 1798; m. Sally W. Sneed and Charlotte I. 

Fleming. 

257. Richard Bradley^, Elizabeth4, b. Wilmington, 1769; d. 
March, 1S34; m. Rebecca Green, who d. about 1804; gr. dau. of Dr. 
Samuel Green : 2nd wife Eliza Claudia Yonge, b. near Savannah, Ga., d. 
1854. Her father was from the vicinity of London, and her mother. 
Christian McKenzie, from Scotland, and she was named for the mother of 
Com. and Gov. Tatnall, of Ga. Richard Bradley was a merchant, and 
for many years president of the Bank of Cape Fear, in Wilmington. 
Children, — 

1051. Eliza Rebecca, b. 10, 10, 1800; d. 2, 26, 1866; m. Dr. John Hill. 

1052. John, b. 1802; d. m. Sarah Everitt. 
.1053. Thomas, d. inf. 

1054. Christian, b. 4, 11, 1806 ; d. 18S5 ; m. Wm. Woodward Eells. 

1055. Mary, b. Oct. 1809 ; d. m. Edward Wingate. 

1056. Richard, b. i, 31, 181 1 ; m. Jane Williams. 

1057. Henry W., b. 6, i, 1813 ; m. Betsy Euphemia Cutlar. 

1058. James A., b. 11, 24, 1814; living in San Francisco, Cal., unmarried. 

1059. Charles Wright, b. 10, 26, 1816; unmarried. 

1060. Philip E., b. I, 20, 1818 ; d. 1849, at Cambridge, unmarried. 

1061. Lucy Anna, b. 7, 15, 1819; m. Stephen Jewett. 

1062. Alfred Owen, b. 7, 15, 1821 ; d. i, 12, 1871 ; m. Eliza F. Lippitt. 



LINE OF JOHN 3, JOHN^. 



309 



258. Susan BradleyS, Elizabeth4, b. Wilmington, N. C, 1771 ; 

d. 1842; m. 6, 2, 1791, Judge Joshua G. Wright, who d. 1811. 
Children, — 

1063. Charles J., b. 1792 ; d. m. Anna Hill. 

1064. Henry, b. 1794; d. 1794. 

1065. Grainger, b. 1795; d. 1795. 

1066. Joshua M. L., b. 1796; d. 1797. 

1067. Ann Eliza, b. 1798 ; d. m. Rev. Adam Empie. 

1068. Thomas Henry, b. 1800; d. 1861 ; m. Mary Allen. 

1069. Lucy, b. 1801 ; d. 1864 ; ni. John Wooster. 

1070. Joshua G., b. 1803; d. 1804. 

1071. John Lewis, b. 1805 ; d. unmarried. 

1072. William Augustus, b. 1807 ; d. m. Eliza Ann Hill. 

1073. Caroline, b. 1808; d. m. John Holmes. 

1074. Joshua G., b. 1809 ; d. m. Mary Ann Walker. 

1075. James, b. 1810; d. 1812. 



261. John Sharpless^, George4, b. Germantown, Pa., 9, 23, 1762; 
d. there 1810; m. 1786, to JuHana Lehman, b. Germantown, 1766; d. 
Doylestown, Pa., 1848 ; dau. of John and Louisa Lehman, of Germantown. 
Children, — 



1076 
1077, 
1078, 
1079, 
1080, 



Eleanor, b. 1787 ; d. 7, 2, 1863 ; m. Francis B. Shaw. 

George, d. inf. 

Mary, b. 1791 ; d. 2, 2, 1881, unmarried. 

Louisa, b. 1799; d. 1871 ; m. Andrew Hellar. No children. 

Rebecca, b. 1800; d. 1821 ; m. Edward W. Robinson. 



264. Alice Sharpless5, George^ b. 3, 27, 1770; d. 10, u, 1796; 

m. 1787, Samuel Holmes, son of Abel, of Philadelphia. No account 
of any children. 



266. Margaret Sharpless', George4 b. 3, 17, 1776; d. i, 21, 

1815 ; m. 1797, Daniel Middagh (or Meddagh), of Philadelphia. They 
had three children, of whom nothing further is known : 
108 1. Maria. 1082. Georee. 108 v lohn. 



267. George Sharpless^, George4, b. 2, 22, 1779; d. 6, 27, 1822, 

and buried at Friends' graveyard, Germantown; m. 1798, Sarah Tippin, 



3 I O THE SHARP LESS FA MIL Y. 

who died and was buried at die same place; dau. of William and Esdier 
Tippin, of Plymouth, Pa. Children, born in Germantown, — 



1085, 
1086 
1087, 
1088 
1089, 

1090, 
109 1 
1092 
1093 



William, b. 6, 30, 1803 ; died young. 

Richard, b. 6, 14, 1804 ; d. 6, 10, 1S73 ; m. Maria Reininger. 
William, b. g, 28, 1806 ; d. unmarried. 
Charles, b. 11, 25, 1808; d. unmarried. 

Harvey, b. 11, 24, 1810 ; d. m. Mary Schriver, who is also dec'd. 

A dau. m. W. W. Shriver of Germantown, but declines to furnish records. 
Louisa, b. 3, 29, 1812 ; d. 8, 28, 1880; m. James Harmer. 
George, b. 8, 20, 1814 ; d. 9, 28, 1884 ; m. Hannah Oglebe. 
John, b. 2, 27, 1817 ; m. Eliza S. Young. 

Mary, b. 7, 13, 1820; d. 9, 28, 1868 ; m. Daniel Helms. 



268. Owen Hibberd5, Josiah4, b. 7, 26, 1765 ; d. n, 8, 1819 ; m. 
II, 14, 1800, at Goshen Mtg., Hannah Hoopes, b. 9, 24, 1768; d. 6, 11, 
1805 ; dau. of Aaron and Ann (Collins) Hoopes (p. 225), of Goshen. They 
settled on the eastern part of his father's land in East Whiteland. Owen 
was appointed one of five trustees for Goshen Meedng, 12, 6, iSii. 
Children, — 

1094. George, b. lo, ii, 1801 ; d. 1852; m. Rebecca Manette. 

1095. Ann, b. 7, 14, 1803 ; d. 6, 14, 1841 ; m. Jeremiah Pratt. 



270. Josiah Hibberd^, Josiah4 b. E. Whiteland, 3,4, 1769; d. 
I, 17, 1834; m 10, 30, 1805, at Newtown Meedng, Alice Hunter, b. 9, 
21, 1782, in Easttown ; d. 2. 8, 1872 ; dau. of William and Mary Hunter;' 
both buried at Whiteland Meedng. William Hunter^, son of John' and 
Margaret Hunter, of Newtown, from Ireland, m. 10, 11, 1740, at 
Providence Mtg, Hannah Woodward (p. 161), and setded in Easttown. 
His parents were not Friends but he was admitted into membership 5, 21, 
1740. His son William m. 5, 23. 1776, at Merion Mtg., Mary Roberts, 
dau. of John antl Jane (Downing) Roberts, of Lower Merion, and Alice 
was their fifth child. Josiah Hibberd inherited the homestead, in E. White- 
land, a litde westward from \A'hiteland meeting house. He was appointed 
an overseer of the meeting 5, 22, 1823. Children, — 



1096 
1097 
1098 
1099 
1 100 



William P., b. 8, 18, 1806; d. 10, i, 1881 ; m. Elizabeth L. Reese. 
Josiah, b. 3, 15, 1808 ; d. 9, 29, 1819. 

Edward H., b. 6, 12, 1810; d. 11, i, 1885 ; m. Mary P. Malin. 
Rebecca, b. 3, 10, 1813; living in West Chester, unmarried. 
Jehu R., b. II, 9, 1815 ; d. 5, 9, 1878 ; m. Elizabeth Anderson. 



LINE OF PHEBE3, JOHN\ ,j j 

iioi. Mary H., b. lo, 4, 1817 ; d. i, 27, 1S21. 

1 102. Susanna, b. 10, 5, 1820 ; living in West Chester, unmarried. 

1 103. George Owen, b. 7, 11, 1825 ; lived at the homestead, with his sisters, till 1885, 

when they removed to West Chester. 

1104. Josiah, b. 12, 13, 1822; m. Lydia Malin. 

273. James Hibberd^, Josiah4, b. i, 24, 1775, in E. Whiteland ; d. 
there 10, 20, 1826; m. Sarah, widow of James Parrock, of Philadelphia, 
but left no children. Her dau. Sarah Parrock m. John Malin, of E. 
Whiteland, son of Randall and Jane Malin. 

274. Phebe Yarnall^, Jane*, b. in Willistown, 5, 9 (or 19), 1754; 
d. near Mt. Vernon, O., 8, 6, 1840; m. 4, 15, 1773, at Goshen Mtg. to 
Samuel M. Farquhar, b. 5, 8, 1745 ; d. near Mt. Vernon, Knox Co., 
O. ; son of William and Ann (Miller) Farquhar, of Pipe Creek, Md. 
Children, — 

1105. Amos, b. 5, 31, 1774 ; d. 6, 24, 1851 ; m. Jane Moore. 

1106. William Y., b. i, 14, 1777 ; d. 11 mo., 1854; m. Mary Wright. 

1 107. Enoch, b. 9, 7, 1780; d. 4 mo., 1871 ; m. Nancy Moore. His son(?) Abram 

Farquhar, New Castle, O., declined to furnish records. 

1108. Benjamin, b. 8, 5, 1782; d. 1854; m. Nancy Dwyer. His dau.(?) Naomi 

Farquhar, Mt. Vernon, O., declined to furnish records. 

1 109. Jane, b. 9, 30, 1784 ; d. about 1859 ; m. Job Lewis, a sea captain, and had one 

child ; all deceased, 
mo. Samuel, b. 4, 17, 1787 ; ni. Mary Trimble. Hisdau.(?) Phebe 

Bull, New Guilford, O., declined to furnish records. 
mi. Phebe, b. 4, 14, 1789 ; m. A. Scott ; had two daus., all deceased. 

1112. Caleb, b. 4, 22, 1791 ; m. Catharine Trimble, sister of Mary. His dau. Ella A. 

Cass, South Toledo, O., promised but failed to send records. 

1113. Dinah, b. 7, 14, 1793; d. 11, 19, 1875; m. Stephen Butler and Matthew 

Duncan. 

1114. Elijah, b. 11, 6, 1795; d. about 1871, unmarried. 

277. Benjamin Yarnalls, Jane4 b. in Willistown II, 20, 1760; d. 
12, I, 1825 ; m. 5, 6, 1795, at Sadsbury Mtg. to Susanna Truman, b. 9, 3, 
1771 ; d. 5, 28, 1854; dau. of John and Rachel Truman, of Sadsbury, 
Chester Co., Pa. They resided on a farm in Willistown. Children, — 

1115. Rachel, b. 3, 24, 1796; d. 8, 24, 1S40; m. Joseph Paxson. 

1116. Jane, b. i, 22, 1799; d. 12, 9, 1805. 

1117. Truman, b. 3, 9, 1802 ; d. 6, 19, 1882; m. Ann (Lewis) Hicks. 

1 1 18. Reuben, b. 9, 25, 1805 ; d. 8, 30, 1808. 

1 1 19. Amos, b. 3, 26, 1809; d. i, 26, 1873; m. Ann Leedom. 

1120. Rebecca, b. 4, 17, 1812 ; d. 7, 30, 1815. 



3 1 2 THE SHARPLESS FAMIL Y. 

278. Hannah Yarnall^, Jane4, b. 10, 5, 1762; m. 12, 2, 1784, at 

Willistown Mtg., Philip Thomas, b. 10, 13, 1750; son of Jacob and Sarah 
Thomas of Newtown. Jacob Thonnas, son of Thomas Thomas, of 
Newtown, m. 5, 2, 1747, at Radnor Meeting, Sarah Russell, dau. of Joseph 
Russell, of Radnor, who came from England and setded in Sussex Co., 
Del., as early as 1707. The births of Philip's children are taken from 
records of Goshen Mo. Mtg. The family removed to a considerable 
distance, prior to 12, 9, 1S08, and setded remote from any Friends' 
meedng. A letter on behalf of the meeting was written to them and a 
reply received, 7, 7, 1809. A concern for their situation was again 
manifested, i, 28, 18 18, and a committee appointed to write to them. 
They replied, by letter dated 5, 25, 1818, and requested a cerdficate to 
Stroudsburg Mo. Mtg., which was granted 7, 29, 181 8. All efforts to find 
the family have failed. Children, — 



21. 


Jane, b. lo, 2, 1786. 


22. 


Jehu, b. 3, 9, 1789. 


23- 


Jesse, b. 10, 8, 1791. 


24- 


Sarah, b. 11, 21, 1794. 


25- 


Hannah, b. 12, 26, 1797 


26. 


Amos Y., b. 7, 25, 1800. 



279. Amos Yarnall5, Jane-*, b. 3, 17, 1767; d. 1845; m. 181 1, 

Larcy DeGrace Beaumont, of Ohio. She d. 1818, and in 1S19 he returned 
to Chester Co., where he died. Children, — 

1127. Amos, b. 4, 21, 1813 ; d. 9, 12, 1883; m. Sarah Long. 
112S. Jane, b. 4, 21, 1S13 ; d. 9, 28, 1881 ; m. Henry Udderzook. 
1129. Mahalaleel B., b. 4, 22, 1S16; m. Jane M. WiUiams. 



280. Jane Yarnall^, Jane4, b. 8, 29, 1769; d. 1S19; m. 5, 23, 1793, 

at Willistown Mtg., John Cooper, b. 9, 6, 1769; d. in Ohio, 3, 3, 
1852 ; son of John and Rebecca (Moore) Cooper, of Sadsbury, Lancaster 
Co., Pa. None of their descendants have answered inquiries, and only a 
partial record has been obtained. Children, — 

1 130. Amos, b. 2, 13, 1794; d. ; m. Jane Downing. 

1131. Harriet, b. 8, ii, 1795; d. unmarried. 

1132. Hiram, b. 2, 26, 1801 ; d. 3, 31, 1861 ; m. Susanna T. Paxson. 

1133. Yarnall, b. 5, iS, 1804; d. about 1875; m. Mary Harley. 



LINE OF PHEBE3, JOHNk . i ■> 

1 134. John, b. 5, 28, 1806; d. 5 mo., 1885; m. Ann Sheward (No. 1143.) 

1 135. Jesse, b. II, 10, 1808 ; ni. Reece, and lives in Iowa. 

1136. James M., b. 11, 11, 1812 ; d. 10, 9, 1847 ; m. Sarah Ann Cooper. 
1 137- William, died young. 

281. Jesse Yarnall5, Jane^, b. 9, 27, 1774; d. 3, 20, 1849; m. 10, 

15, 181 2, at Willistown Mtg., Phebe Yarnall, dau. of Enochs (Moses-, 
Francis') and Susanna Yarnall, of Willistown. She d. 5, 5, 1830. Jesse 
resided on a farm in Willistown until 1834, when he purchased one in New 
London Township, where he died. He m. again 12, 15, 1836, at West 
Grove Mtg., Asenath Conard, of New London, b. 3, 28, 1795 ; d. 7, 6, 
1872 ; dau. of Dennis and Deidamia Conard. Children by ist wife, — 

1138. Enoch, b. 10, 9, 1814 ; 9, 29, 1S37, unmarried. 

1139. Jesse Hibberd, b. lo, 9, 1817; m. Emily Fell. 

283. Mary Shewards, Hannah4, b. 5, 26, 1758; m. 5, 30, 1782, at 
Wilmington Mtg., to Thomas Marriott, of Philadelphia, son of Joseph 
and Mary Marriot. No further record. 

287. Hannah Sheward^, Hannah4, m. 10, 7, 1790, at Wilmington 
Mtg., John Johnson, of W., son of Abraham and Martha Johnson of 
Darby, Del. Co., Pa. No further record. 

288. Jane Shewards, Hannah4, b. 8, i, 1772; m. William 

Walker. The records of Wilmington Mtg. give the following, which is 
all that has been obtained : 

1140. Hannah Sheward, b. 10, 3, 1806 ; d. 8, 9, 1846. 

1141. Mary, b. 3, 7, 1811. 

1142. William Gibbons, b. 12, 30, 1813. 

289. Caleb Sheward^, Hannahs b. 4, 7, 1777; d. n, 4, 1817; m. 
6, 14, 1 8 10, at Willistown Mtg., Mary Garrett, b. 3, 12, 1791 ; dau. of 
Isaac4 (Isaac3, William^, William') and Elizabeth (Thatcher) Garrett, of 
Willistown, Chester Co., Pa. She d. in Wilmington, Del., and was buried 
in Friends' ground there. Children, — 

1 143. Ann, b. 8, 23, 181 1 ; m. John Cooper (No. 1134). 

1144. William, b. 3, 2, 1813 ; d. 4 mo. 1863 ; m. Diana Wilson. 

1 145. Isaac Garrett, b. 6, 14, 181 7 ; m. Louisa Bradford ; no further record. 



314 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

290. Hannah Hibberd^, Joseph4 b. Willistown, 3, 26, 1768 ; d. 5 

mo., 1863, at Pipe Creek, Carroll Co., Md. ; m. 3, 23, 1796, at Pipe 
Creek, Jehu Moore, b. 10, 8, 1757, in Baltimore(?) ; d. at Pipe Creek, 
12, II, 1841 ; son of John and Hannah (Hollingsworth) Moore of near 
Westminster, Carroll Co. He was a store-keeper in the early part of his 
life, but after marriage a farmer on his farm near Friends' meeting-house, 
at Pipe Creek ; a consistent Abolitionist and an unswerving advocate of 
temperance. Children, — 

1146. Ann, b. 2, 3, 1801 ; d. 6, 22, 1822, unmarried. 

1 147. Joseph, b. 9, 26, 1802 ; m. Hannah P. Lord. 

1 148. Mary, b. 8, 9, 1804; m. Evan McKinstry and Isaac Dixon. 



291. Aaron Hibberd^, Joseph*, b. Willistown, 10, 22, 1769, settled 
in Berkeley Co., Va., and m. Martha Mendenhall, dau. of James and 
Agnes, of that county. James Mendenhall, b. 12, 10, 1751, son of John3 
(John-, John') and Martha, was a minister among Friends ; m. 2d wife, 
Ruth (McPherson) Janney, 5, 15, iSii. Children of Aaron Hibberd, — 

1149. Jane M., b. about 1798 ; d. 6, 3, 1869 ; m. Jacob Kieffer. 

1150. Lydia M., b. about 1800; d 12, 9, 1854; m. Gideon Dare. 

1151. James M., b. 4, 10, 1804; d. 12, 30, 1883; m. Mary R. Nixon. 



292. Allen Hibberd5, Joseph* b. Willistown, 7, 29, 1771 ; d. Pipe 
Creek, 7, 28, 1838; m. i, 6, 1808, at Pipe Creek Mtg., Rachel Haines, b. 
II, 23, 1775; d. 4, 24, 1855, at Pipe Creek; dau. of Nathan and Sophia 
Haines : both buried at Pipe Creek Mtg. Children, — 

1152. Josiah, b. 7, 20, 1S09 ; d. i, 6, 1880; m. Mary Matthews. 

1153. Sophia, b. 12, 31, 1810; m. Joel Matthews. 

1154. Margaret, b. 8, 4, 1812 ; d. 6, 20, 1883; m. Elias Matthews. 



293. Jane Hibberds, Joseph* b. Willistown, I, 5, 1775 ; d. 12, 9, 
1847, and buried at York, Pa. ; m. ist, Joseph Haines, of Pipe Creek, 
and 2nd, Jonathan JeSSUp, of York. No children. 



294- Sarah Hibberds, Joseph*, b. 6, 28, 1777; m. Richard 

Roberts, of New Market, Frederick Co., Md. No children. 



LINE OF PHEBE3, JOHN\ 315 

295. Joseph Hibberd5, Joseph4, b. Willistown, 4, 18, 1779; d. 
at son Israel's, Mason City, Mason Co., 111., 11, 22, 1866; m. 3, 15, 1806, 
at Pipe Creek Mtg., Rachel Wright, b. 9, 28, 1780; d. at Springboro, 
Warren Co., O., i, 2, 1844; dau. of Joel Wright^ (John', of York Co., Pa., 
from Castleshane, Ireland) and Elizabeth Farquhar (p. 203), of Pipe 
Creek, Frederick (now Carroll) Co., Md. Joseph settled first at Pipe 
Creek ; afterward bought a farm and mill on Bush Creek, near New 
Market, Md.. where he remained till the Spring of 1825 ; then removed to 
Springboro, O., and remained till 1846. He then abandoned housekeeping 
and lived with some members of his family in Baltimore, Md., from 1846, 
to 1856; in Richmond, Ind., 1857 to i860, and from that till his death, in 
Mason City, 111. Children, — 



Israel, b. 4, i, 1807 ; m. Mary Elizabeth Chandlee and Jane Lovegrove. 

Joel, b. 9, 28, 1809 ; d. New Market, Md., 9, 23, 1815. 

William, b. 9, 26, 181 1 ; m. Elizabeth R. Henry and Sarah P. Mullen. 

Samuel Poultney, b. 7, 19, 1814; d. 10, 20, 1861, at Richmond, Ind., unm. 

James Farquhar, b. 11, 4, 1816 ; m. Nancy D. Higgins, &c. 

Elizabeth, b. 5, 9, 1819; d. 4, 2, 1837, at Springboro, O., unm. 

Joseph, b. 7, 25, 1822; d. 8, 5, 1849, at Seven Mile, Butler Co., O., unm. 



296. Silas Hibberd5, Joseph*, b. 3, 3, 1782; d. 9, 18, 1850; m. 
10, 24, 18 10, at Pipe Creek, Md., Elizabeth Haines, b. 8, 29, 1781 ; dau. of 
Joseph and Rachel Haines. Children, — 

1 162. Mary, b. 7, 31, 181 1 ; living and unmarried. 

1163. Joseph H., b. 3, 4, 1814 ; d. 7, 26, 1882, unmarried. 

1 164. Theodore, b. 7, 5, 1815 ; d. 8, 20, 1881 ; m. Esther Hewes, &c. 

1 165. Job, b. 5, 22, 1818 ; m. Ruthanna Janney and Harriet H. Coale. 

1 166. Elmer, b. 4, 18, 1820; d. 12, 23, 1834. 

1167. Granville, b. 8, 6, 1822; d. 5, 4, 1824. 

298. Benjamin Hibberds, Joseph*, b. n, 15, 1786; d. 8, 26, 

1864; m. II, 13, 1811, at Middle Creek Mtg., Berkeley Co., Va., Charity 
Beeson, b. 12, 31, 1782; d. 4, 3, 1864; dau. of Edward and Jane (Pugh) 
Beeson, of Berkeley Co. They settled first near Martinsburg, Va., but in 
181 3 removed to near New Market, Md., and in 1825, to Richmond, Ind., 
where they died. Children, — 

1168. Jane Sarah, li. S, 24, 1812; living, 1884, at Richmond, Ind., unm. 

1 169. Alice Ann, b. 9, 25, 1S21 ; d. 9, 21, 1874, at Pendleton, Ind., unm. 

1 170. Tacy Beeson, b. 3, 30, 1826 ; m. George Hill. 



3l6 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

299. Amos Hibberd5, Benjamin+ b, II, I, 1770; d. 10, 30, 1S53; 
m. 12, 14, 1797, at Goshen Mtg., Hannah Garrett, b. 9, 9, 1772 ; d. 4, i, 
1847; dau. of Thomas4 (William3, Thomas-, WilHam') and Hannah 
(Yarnall3, John^, Philip'), of WilHstown. He was a farmer, at the home- 
stead, in WilHstown. Children, — 

1171. Philena, b. 9, 5, 1798 ; d. i, 26, 1866 ; m. Albin Yarnall and George Smedley. 

1172. Enos, b. 7, 5, 1800; d. 8, 29, 1875 ; m. Eliza (Evans) Hughes. 



302. Lydia Hibberd5, Benjamin4, b. 10, 2, 1777; d. 12, 28, 1842; 

m. II, 15, 1804, at Willistown Mtg., Josiah Garrett, of Goshen, b. i, 
3, 1776; d. 6, II, 1856; son of Josiah4 (Samuel3, Samuel-, William') and 
Mary (Yarnall3, Amos-, Francis') Garrett. He was a successful farmer in 
E. Goshen, near the Willistown line, on the road from Goshenville to 
Sugartown. The deaths of his children are cut on a corner stone in the 
house, now of Jesse Williams. Children, — 

1173. Mary, b. 8, 26, 1S05; d. 6, 29, 1831, unmarried. 

1174. Hibberd, b. 6, 7, 1808 ; d. 3, 30, 1830, unmarried. 



304. Mary Hibbard^, Caleb*, b. n, 18, 1768; m. u, 19, 1801, at 

Willistown Mtg., Thomas Hall, of Thornbury twp. ; son of Thomas 
and Margaret, being his 2nd wife. Children, — 

1 175. Caleb Hibbard, b. S, 30, 1S02 ; d. 11, i, 1863 ; m. Hannah Matilda Bradley. 

1 176. Enos Thomas, probably married ; no further record. 



305- William Hibbard^, Caleb-*, b. 10, 19, 1770; d. i, 29, 1849; 

m. II, 2, 1796, at Newtown Mtg., Jane Williamson, b. 5, 24, 1772; d. 5, 
6, 1851 ; dau. of John3 (John-, Daniel') and Elizabeth (Buckley) William- 
son, of Newtown, Del. Co., Pa. Elizabeth Buckley was dau. of Adam and 
Ann, of Newcastle Co., Del., and the latter was dau. of Walter and Jane 
(Bushell) Marten, of Chichester. William Hibbard was a tanner and 
farmer in Willistown. Children, — 

1 177. Elizabeth (or Eliza), b. 4, 2, 1798 ; d. 4, 25, 1840; unmarried. 

1178. John, b. 10, 8, 1800; d. 8, 17, 1862 ; m. Catharine Litzenberg. 

1179. Preston, b. 9, 15, 1802; d. 7, 22, 1826, unmarried. 

1 180. Walter, b. 12, 31, 1804 ; d. 7, 31, 1879 ; m. Susan Y. Thomas. 

1 181. Thomas, b. 12, 8, 1806 ; d. 7, 10, 1832 ; m. Debby Massey. 



LINE OF PHEBE s, JOHN^. , j _ 

1182. Esther, b. 12, 28, 180S ; m. Abraliam Pratt and Samuel Caley. 

1183. Phebe, b. 2, 19, 1811 ; d. 7, 25, 1S43 ; unmarried. 

1184. William, b. i, 21, 1813 ; d. 11, 15, 1854; m. Susanna Cox. 

1185. Sarah, b. 8, 12, 1815 ; d. 10, 2, 1815. 

1186. Mary, b. i, 17, 1817 ; m. George W. IliiT. 



306. Phebe Hibbards, Calebs, b. 8, 12, 1772 ; m. John Lloyd. 

Her father devised a certain part of his estate to her "and her children,' 
but nothing further has been learned of them. 



308. Hannah Hibbards, Caleb-^, b. 3, 28, 1777; m. 9, 10, 1810, 

by Rev. David Jones, JameS Massey. She was disowned by Goshen 
Mo. Mtg., 6, 7, 181 1, for marriage by a Baptist minister, to one not a 
member. She is not mentioned in her father's will, 1826, and probably left 
no children. 



310. Caleb Hibbard5, Caleb4, b. n, 19, 1781; d. 8 mo., 1835, in 
Harrison Co., O. ; buried at Friends' ground, Freeport; m. 1819, at 
Roscoe, Coshocton Co., Mirtilla Stowe, b. 11, 25, 1797, at Plattsburgh, 
Clinton Co., N. Y. ; d. 5, 5, 1882, at Freeport, O. ; buried by the side of 
her husband ; dau. of Abijau and Lucinda (Adams) Stowe, of Harrison 
Co., O., near West Chester, Tuscarawas Co., O. Caleb's grandson, Frank 
W. Hibbard, says "I have grandfather Caleb Hibbard's clock. He made 
the case (cherry) and the works (brass). It stands 8 ft. high, and is a good 
time-keeper ; was made in Chester Co., Pa., before he was married. He 
served a 7 years apprenticeship at cabinet-making, during which time he 
made a miniature wooden clock. His inclination running this way, he 
served 7 years more at watch and clock making." He lived a short time 
in Barnesville, O., and owned some houses and lots there, which are still 
in the family. Children, — 

1 187. Hiram, b. 2, 16, 1821 ; d. 4, 5, 1S6S ; m. Sarah Hamilton. 

1 188. Edmund, b. 1S22 ; drowned 4 mo., 1835, near his birth-place. 

1 189. Harriet, b. 11, 28, 1823 ; d. i, 3, 1873 ; m. John Cole. 

1 190. Lucinda, b. 6, 19, 1826; m. George Anderson. 

315- Benjamin Farquhan, Phebe4, b. Pipe Creek, Md., 5. 8, 

1766; d. near Wilmington, O., 8, 8, 1827; buried at Center Mtg.; m. 
Rachel Wright, b. 3, 31, 1773; d. at Wilmington, Clinton Co., O., 9, i, 



3i8 



THE SHARPLESS FAMIL Y. 



1841 ; dau. of Jonathan and Susannah Wright, of Maryland, and of Ohio 
after 1806. Jonathan Wright, son of John and Ehzabeth Wright, of 
Menallen twp., York (now Adams) Co., Pa., from Castleshane, Ireland, m. 
5, 16, 1770, at Menallen Mtg., Susannah Grififith, dau. of Thomas and Eve 
Grififith, of Menallen. Benjamin removed about 1806, or '7, from Mary- 
land, to the new setdement of Friends, at Center Mtg., O. Children, — 



1191 
1 192 
"93 

1 1 94 

1 195 
1 196, 
1197 
1 198 
1199, 



Uriah, b. i, 5, 1795 ; d. 11, 3, 1872; m. Kezia Elam. 
Cynis, b. 7, 4, 1796; d. 7 mo., 1844; m. Lydia Fallis. 
Allen, b. 7, 18, 1798 ; d. in Texas; m. Louisa Stockdale. 
Jonathan, b. 4, 21, 1800 ; d. 7, 3, 1825, at Wilmington, O., unmarried. 
Josiah, b. 2, 19, 1802; d. 4, 9, 183S; m. Abi Linton. 
Susanna, b. 10, 16, 1804; d. in Indiana; m. Dr. John F. Lytle. 
Edwin, b. 7, 3, 1807; d. 4, 20, 1808. 
Rebecca, b. 9, 9, 1810 ; d. 5, 7, 1876; m. Isaac Strickle. 
Rachel, b. 9, 6, 1815 ; m. John Cadwallader, and lives in St. Louis, Mo. 
declined to furnish records. 



316. Amos Farquhar5, Phebe4, b. 7, 5, 1768; d. 5 mo., 1835; 

m. Mary Elgar, b. 9, 3, 1772 ; d. 6, 13, 1853 ; dau. of Joseph and Margaret 
(Matthews) Elgar, of York, Pa. They received a certificate from Pipe 
Creek, Md., to York, Pa., 6, 19, 181 3; and from thence, 5, 5, 1824, to 
Indian Spring, Md. Mary was an elder of the meeting, and buried at 
Sandy Spring, Md. Children, — 

1200. Anonymous, b. i, 17, 1797 ; d. i, 17, 1797. 

1201. Margaret E., b. 8, 19, 1798 ; d. 5, i, 1875 ; m. Benjamin Hallowell. 

1202. Charles, b. 7, 31, 1800; d. 12, 10, 1844; m. Sarah Brooke. 

1203. Edmund, b. 5, 9, 1803; d. 10, 23, 1805. 

1204. Phebe, b. i, 26, 1805; unmarried. 

1205. Ann, b. 7, 13, 1807 ; probably unmarried. 

1206. Granville, b. 7, 18, 1810 ; m. ; no record. 

1207. William Henry, b. 6, 14, 1813 ; m. Margaret Briggs. 

1208. Mary, living, m. Richard Kirk; no record. 



317- William Farquhars, Phebe4, b. n, 15, 1770; m. 10, 7, 

1801, at York Mtg., Pa., Sarah Updegraff, b. 8, 29, 1778 ; d. 11 mo., 1804; 
buried at Pipe Creek ; dau. of Joseph and Mary Updegraff of York, Pa. 
One account says they had children, Joseph and Hannah, but if so they 
died young. He received a certificate from Pipe Creek, 5, 17, 1806, to 
Concord, O., and a nephew says he left no children. 



LINE OF PHEBE3, JOHN^. ,j^ 

319. Allen Farquhar5, Phebe4, b. 9, 15, 1773; d. n, 22, 1827; 

m. 9, 22, 1S03, at Bush Creek Mtg., Mary Poultney, b. 7, 15, 1765 ; d. at 
Walnut Hill Farm, New Market, Md., 8, i, 1865 ; buried at Bush Creek 
graveyard ; dau. of Anthony and Susanna Poultney, of Frederick Co., 
Md. They resided at New Market. Children, — 

1209. Susanna, b. 8, i, 1804; d. 4, 15, 1838, unmarried. 

1210. Hannah, b. 5, 5, 1806 ; d. 6, 10, 1842, unmarried. 

1211. Phebe, b. 9, i, 1S07 ; d. i. 20, 1814. 

1212. Rachel, b. 9, 5, 1809; d. 10, 3, 1811. 

1213. William, b. i, 20, 1813; d. 4, 24, 1840, unmarried. 

1214. John, b. 10, 24, 1814 ; d. 6, 24, 1861 ; m. Elizabeth Ogborn. 

1215. Joseph, b. 4, 6, 1817; d. 10, 30, 1864; m. Maria Ogborn. 

1216. Thomas, b. 6, 17, 1819 ; d. 4, 14, 1851 ; m. Harriet Scrivener. 

1217. Edward, b. 4, 11, 1821 ; d. 6, 7, 1826. 

1218. Samuel P., b. 4, 11, 1821 ; d. 7, 3, 1821. 

1219. Allen, b. 5, 2, 1823 ; d. 10, 12, 1824. 



320. Caleb Farquhar5, Phebe4, b. 3, 26, 1776; m. 4, 23, 1807, at 

Bush Creek Mtg., Sarah Poultney, b. 3, i, 1781 ; dau. of Anthony and 
Susanna Poultney, of Frederick Co., Md. They probably died early, 
leaving one child, — 

1220. James P., b, 6, 26, 1808; d. at Quincy, 111.; m. Sarah Warner, &.c. 



321. Jonah Farquhar5, Phebe^, b. at Pipe Creek, Md.. 3, 13, 
1778; d. in Clinton Co., O., 4, 10, 1857; buried at Harveyshur^ ; m. 7, 
19, 1808, in Green Co., O., Elizabeth Beal, b. i, 4, 1790, in Fayette Co., 
Pa.; d. 8, 18, 1847, i" Clinton Co., O., and buried at Harveysburg: dau. 
of Jacob Beal and Sarah Barbara, of Fayette Co., Pa. Jacob Beal m. 2nd 
wife, Melinda Paxson, and in 1801, moved to Green Co., O., where they 
lived till his death in 1816. Jonah Farquhar received a certificate from 
Pipe Creek, 4, 6, 1808, to Center, O., and afterward was a member of 
Miami Monthly and Quarterly Meetings. He was a tanner and owned a 
small farm in Clinton Co., O. Children, — 

1221. Mahlon, b. 11, 18, 1810; ni. Margaret Thompson. 

1222. Andrew, b. 11, 27, 1812; d. 3, 5, 1870; m. Susan Moore. 

1223. William, b. 8, 11, 1814 ; d. 10, 22, 1814. 

1224. William B., b. 12, 15, 1815; m. Alma Gregg. 

1225. Jacob, b. 4, 6, 18 iS ; m. Ruth Mills. 



320 THE SHARPLESS FA MIL Y. 

1226. Allen, b. 2, 5, 1820 ; d. 5, 14, 1820. 

1227. Benjamin, b. 2, 15, 1822 ; m. Ann Jay. 

1228. Amos, b. 9, 22, 1824 ; d. 9, 19, 1872 ; m. L. Maria Hempstead. 

1229. Sarah, b. 8, i, 1826; d. 8, 30, 1826. 

1230. Philip, b. 2, 16, 1828 ; m. Elizabeth Craig. 

1231. Phebe, b. 5, i, 1830; m. Salathiel D. Colvin and Wm. S. Sterling. 

1232. Isabella, b. 3, 13, 1836; m. Levi Wright. 

322. Hannah Farquhan, Phebe4, b. 3, 10, 1780; m. n, 19, 

1800, at Pipe Creek Mtg., Josiah Updegraff, of York, Pa., b. 10, 27, 
1773, son of Joseph and Mary Updegraff. They, with their child, received 
a certificate from York, Pa., 10, 9, 1805, to Concord, O. He died at 
Wheeling, Va., 9, 17, 181 5, and was buried there. Child, — 

1233. Joseph, died young. 

325- Samuel Bonds, Richard-*, b. Cecil Co., Md., 9, 30, 1754; d. 

3, 3, 1838; m. 1st, Elizabeth McVeigh, who left three children. Second 
wife, Phebe Booth, dau. of Charles, of Londongrove, Chester Co., Pa. 
Charles Booth was probably a brother to Jonathan Booth, the first husband 
of Richard Bond's second wife. Samuel Bond settled in Northumberland 
Co., Pa., where he owned a farm, and was frequently elected to the 
Assembly. Children, — 

1234. Benjamin, probably remained in Northumberland Co., Pa. 

1235. Sarah, no further record. 

1236. Eli, b. 2 mo., 1789; d. 3, 22, 1850 ; m. Amelia Bond. 

1237. Lewis, remained in Northumberland Co. 
123S. Jonathan, b. 2, 2, 1796 ; d. 2, 5, 1S81. 

1239. Charles, remained in Northumberland Co. 

1240. Richard, no further record. 

1 24 1. Ann, mentioned in her grandfather Booth's will, 1S19. 

326. Richard Bond^ Richard^ b. 3, 9, 1756; d. 2, 14, 1820; m. 
1st, his cousin(?) Tamar Davis, of Shiloh, who died childless. His 2nd 
wife, Mary Brumfield, was the mother of his children, and his 3d was Mary 
Lewis. He removed from Cecil Co., Md., to W. Va., and, was a farmer 
and mill owner on Lost Creek, Harrison Co.; was called Major Bond, and 
a justice of the peace, a man of wealth and influence. Physically he was 
very large, and also mentally and spiritually strong. Children, — 

1242. Levi, b. 4, 20, 1785 ; d. 9, 30, 1876; m. Susanna Eib. 

1243. Abel, b. 5, 20, 1787 ; d. 8, 10, 1865 ; m. Sarah Powers. 



LINE OF ANN3, JOHN^. 321 



244. Elnathan, m. Jane Chidester, had three children, and went to Champaign Co., 

O. ; d. in Mechanicsburg. No further record. 
J45. Richard, m. 12 mo., 18 13, Prudence Powers, sister to Sarah; had many 

children; moved to Roane Co., W. Va.; d. in Monticello, 111. No 

record. 



328. Levi Bond5, Richard4, a physician, married and resided for 
many years at Greenwich, Cumberland, Co., N. J. Afterward he went 
west and the family has been lost sight of by their relatives. Levi H. 
Bond, of Milton Junction, Wis., says his children were, — 



46. 


Richard. 


124S. 


Samuel. 


1250. 


Thomas. 


147. 


Hannah. 


1249. 


Rebecca. 


1251. 


Mary. 



329. Lydia Bonds, Richard4, b. 8, 2, 1760; d. about 1821 ; m. 
1779, Morris Job, b. 5, 26, 1753; d. 5, i, 1803; son of Archibald and 
Margaret Job, of E. Nottingham, Md. He and his brothers were farmers 
and iron-workers, and were disowned by Friends of Nottingham Mo. Mtg., 
for taking part in the Revolutionary war, doing smith work and making or 
repairing arms. In 17S2, Morris removed to Baltimore to do the iron and 
copper work on the U. S. frigate Constellation : thence to Gerardstown, 
Va., 1802, where he died. His widow m. 2nd husband, Thomas Moon, 
and about 18 15, removed to Fayette Co., O., where she died. Children, — 

1252. Anne Bond, b. ii, 20, 17S0 ; d. 10, 6, 1862; m. James Bnice. 

1253. Levi, cabinet maker, worked in Baltimore and Washington ; d. before 1815, in 

New Orleans, of yellow fever, unm. 

1254. Archibald, b. 10, 3, 1784; d. 10, 3, 1874; m. Jane Brierly. 

1255. Mary Bond, b. 3, 12, 1786; d. 9, 10, 1854; ni. James Crothers. 

1256. Margaret, b. 10, 15, 1788; d. 11, 26, 1877; m. Thomas Blair. 

1257. Sarah, b. 9, 20, 1791 ; d. 8, 31, 1S83 ; ni. David E. Blair. 

According to a tradition which was committed to writing at least a 
century ago, Andrew Job and Elizabeth, his wife, from Kent, Eng., 
arrived at Portsmouth, N. H., about 1650, having a son, Andrew, born to 
them on ship board. The latter makes his appearance at Chester, Pa., in 
1692, and declares intention of marriage with Elizabeth Vernon at two 
successive meetings. He was Sheriff of the county, 1 697-1 701, and clerk 
of Chester Mo. Mtg. About 1 704 he removed to the new setdement of 
Nottingham, on the borders of Maryland, where he died in 1722. The 



32 2 THE SHARP LESS FA MIL V. 

children of Andrew and Elizabeth Job were Benjamin, Jacob, Thomas, 
Mary, Enoch, Enoch 2d, Abraham, Caleb, Joshua, Hannah and Patience. 
Thomas, b. 9, 15 (or 22), 1695, ^^- 8, 28, 1725, Elizabeth Maxwell, a niece 
of the celebrated writer, Daniel Defoe, of London, and resided in E. 
Nottingham. Archibald Job, son of Thomas, and Margaret Rees, dau. of 
Morris and Sarah, were married 7, 30, 1752 ; and beside a son Morris, and 
others, had a dau. Sarah, who was the mother of James Trimble, already 
mentioned (p. 186); who has a chair that once belonged to Daniel Defoe. 
Some letters from Samuel and Ann Bond, to Morris and Lydia Job, are 
preserved by descendants of the latter. 

331- Abel Bond5, Richard^, b. 6, 4, 1763; d. i, 22, 1852; m. 
Elizabeth Booth, b. 3, 21, 1773; d. 2, 18, 1863; dau. of Jonathan and 
Mary (Passmore) Booth. He removed from Milford Hundred, Cecil Co., 
Md., 1801, to Harrison Co., Va.: was a miller, operating grist, saw and 
wool-carding mills on Elk Creek. He and his wife died at Quiet Dell, 
and were buried at Lost Creek 7th-day Baptist Church ; of which he was 
ordained the first deacon, Dec. 18, 1805, and continued in that station till 
death. Children, — 

1258. Amelia, b. 10, 29, 1790; d. 7, 21, 1880; m. Eli Bond (No. 1236). 

1259. Reuben, b. 5, 7, 1792 ; m. Sarah Bell, 8, 17, 1814, and Edith McCulloch. 

1260. Mary, b. 10, 11, 1793; d. 11, 17, 1870; m. David Dix, 10, 2, 1817 ; had 3 

children. 

1261. Elizabeth, b. 7, 13, 1795; d. 10, 21, 1878; m. William Bell, i, 3, 1824; no 

children. 

1262. Rachel, 9, 13, 1797 ; m. William F. Randolph, 5, i, 1855 ; no children. 

1263. Ann, b. 8, 8, 1799; m. Jacob D. Maxson, i, 15, 1826. No further record. 

1264. Levi Howard, b. 5, 10, 1802 ; m. Ann Moore and Mary P. Needham. 

1265. Rebecca, b. ; d. 8, 25, 1821, unmarried. 

1266. Thomas Booth, b. i, 7, 1806; m. Mary Ann Bond. 

1267. Abel Passmore, b. u, 6, 1808 ; m. Adaline Gibson. 

1268. Ebenezer, b. 8, 17, 1813 ; m. Hannah Bond. No further record. 

1269. Lewis W., b. 7, 23, 1816; d. aged 5 or 6 years. 

1270. Lydia, twin with Lewis W., m. William Green. No further record. 



332. Sarah Bond-S Richard4, b. Cecil Co., Md., 5, 9, 1765; m. 
Coleman, and resided in Baltimore, — afterward in Philadelphia. 



Levi H. Bond says she had children, - 
1271. Sarah. 1272. Elizabeth. 



LINE OF ANN3, JOHN^. 



323 



335- Thomas Bonds, Richard^ b. 9, 16, 1777, m. (license bond 
dated Dec. 19,) 1803, Cassandra Haymond, dau. of Thomas Haymond and 
Mary Wilson. She d. 181 1, and he m. 11, 21, 1813, Sarah Clarke, widow, 
dau. of William and Cassandra Haymond. He removed westward from 
Harrison Co., Va. Children, — 

1275. Augustine Passmore, b. 4, 14, 1805, never married. 

1276. Almarine, b. 5, i6, 1S07; m. Dr. Haymond Clarke, 10, 12, 1826; went to 

Noblesville, Ind. 

1277. Mary Ann, b. 9, 30, 1S09 ; m. David Haseldon, Kinmuadi, Ind. 

1278. Samuel Haymond, b. 11, 10, 1811; m. Lydia Bond, 11, 3, 1843. No record. 



336. Lewis Bonds, Richard4, b. Cecil Co., Md., 2, 16, 1780; d. 4, 
14, 1867 ; m. 10, 15, 1805, in Fayette Co., Pa., Lydia John, b. Fayette Co.; 
dau. of Jehu John and Elizabeth David, dau. of Rev. Enoch David, of 
Philadelphia. In 1813, he moved to Brookville, Indiana Ter. ; returned, 
18 16, to Hughes River, W. Va., and thence to Quiet Dell, Harrison Co. ; 
ordained deacon in 7th-day Bapt. Ch., and called to preach the gospel many 
years. He was a prominent man in the church, and highly respected by 
the community. He and his wife were buried at Lost Creek Church. 
Children, — 

1279. Alfred J., m. Pamelia Allen. 

1280. Edwin Passmore (M. D. and Rev.), m. Louisa John. 

1281. Ethelbert D. 

1282. Benjamin Franklin, m. Francis Nicholson and Adelia Coon. 

1283. Rebecca E., m. William P. Bond, 10, 29, 1839; son of Abel (1243). 

1284. Thomas, d. in insane asylum. 

1285. Lewis, d. young. 

1286. Cassandra, ni. Simeon Bond, 10, 29, 1S39 ; son of Reuben (1259). 

1287. Richard C, m. Eliza Biven. 

1288. Mary Ann, m. Thomas Booth Bond (No. 1266). 

1289. Lewis J., m. Margaret Bond. 

1290. Lydia, m. Daniel D. Kildow, i, 20, 1870. 



337- Rebecca Bonds, Richard■^, b. 2, 16, 17S0, in Cecil Co., Md. ; 
d. 4, 2, 1869, in Harrison Co., W. Va. ; m. i, 6, 1803, at Lost Creek, 
Thonnas Haymond, b. i, n, 1776, in (now) Monongalia Co., W. 
Va. ; d. 8, 31, 1S53, in Harrison Co.; son of William Haymond and 
Cassandra Clelland, of Frederick Co., Md., and Harrison Co., Va. He 



324 



THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 



served as a scout in the Indian wars of N. W. Va. ; was justice of the 
peace, major of miHtia, and county surveyor of Harrison Co., for thirty- 
two years. Children, — 

1291. Rufus, b. 6, 5, 1805 ; m. Caroline W. Northrop, &c. 

1292. Rowenna, b. 9, i, 1807 ; d. 9, 10, 1856. 

1293. Luther, b. 2, 23, 1809 ; m. Delia Ann Moore and M. Gittings. 

1294. Rudolf, b. 7, 27, 181 1 ; d. 8, 24, 1820. 

1295. Lewis, b. 11, 27, 1813 ; d. 6, 26, 1847; m. Rachel Wilson. 

1296. Cassandra, b. 8, 20, 1816 ; d. 8, 13, 1821. 

339- Mary Ann Bonds, Richard4 b. 9, 23, 1784, in Cecil Co., 
Md. ; d. 7, 31, 1822; m. 5, 2, 1809, Daniel Haymond, b. 4, 28, 1787, 

in Harrison Co., Va. ; d. 12, 10, 1874; son of William and Cassandra 
(Clelland) Haymond. He was a man of prominence and wealth ; held 
offices in the county, and was a member of the Virginia legislature, at 
Richmond. Children, — 

1297. Mansfield Bond, b. 4, 10, iSio ; d. 4, 21, 1838. 

1298. Eveline, b. 11, 14, 1812 ; d. i, 15, 1848; m. Elijah Tarleton. 

1299. William Clelland, b. 5, 20, 1815 ; m. Ellen C. Cline. 

1300. Daniel Coatsworth, b. 3, iS, 181S; d. 7, 28, 1822. 

1301. Ravenna H., b. 8, 27, 1S21 ; d. 8, i, 1822. 

Daniel Haymond m. again i, 8, 1824, Elizabeth Griffin, b. 1 1, 26, 1791 ; 
d. 3, 14, 1831, leaving three children, Cassandra, b. 12, 22, 1824; d. 6, i, 
1871, unm. ; Mary Ann, b. 10, i, 1826; d. 7, 28, 1871 ; m. Saul Thomas; 
Frances, b. 2, 18, 1829 ; d. unm., in insane asylum. Daniel's 3d m. was 5, 
31, 1835, to Hannah Pindale, b. 5, 19, 1796; d. 4, 8, 1836. His 4th m. i, 
31, 1838, to Mary Ann Moore, b. 10, i, 1799, at Shiloh, N. J.(?) ; d. in the 
spring of 1875. She had two children, Tamar Moore, b. 9, 6, 1840; d. 
same day ; Annie Tamar, b. 10, 20, 1841 ; m. James Cline. Daniel and his 
wives were buried in the Haymond graveyard. Mole Hill, Ritchie Co., W. 
Va. 

341. Richard Howell^, Sarah4, born, according to the best 
authorities, in 1754, in New Castle Co., Del., whence he removed with his 
parents to Cumberland Co., N. J., where he studied law. He was one of 
forty persons disguised as Indians, who in 1774, took the cargo of tea 
which had been imported in the Greyhound from its place of storage in 
Greenwich, and burned it in a field. In 1775 he was appointed captain of 
the 5th company in the 2nd battalion of the "Jersey Line," wintered in the 



LINE OF ANN3,J0HN^. ^25 

Highlands of the Hudson, and participated in the unsuccessful expedition 
to Canada the following spring. In September, 1776, he was made brigade 
major, and in 1777 took part in the battles of Brandywine and German- 
town. During the winter of 1777-8, he was mostly with the army at Valley 
Forge, the scene of much privation and suffering. On June 28, 1778, the 
Battle of Monmouth was fought, and although he had obtained leave of 
absence to visit his twin brother, Lewis Howell, then lying at the point of 
death, at the Black Horse tavern, between Trenton and Bordentown ; yet 
fearing his absence would be charged to cowardice, he threw himself into 
the fight, and never saw his brother again alive. For this act he was 
reprimanded by Washington, who told him he should have gone to his 
brother. In 1780, he was appointed major of the Second Regiment. 

In 1788, he was appointed clerk of the Supreme Court, in which 
position he continued till June, 1793, when he was chosen governor of 
the State. To this office he was re-elected eight times consecutively. At 
the time of the "Whiskey Insurrection," in western Penna., 1794, he 
marched with the New Jersey troops, as commander of the "Jersey Blues," 
and by his example and vivacity encouraged them in their toilsome journey. 
Fortunately the rioters disbanded without an appeal to arms. 

Some of his letters, written during his revolutionary campaigns, have 
been preserved, as also some specimens of his poetiy, of which he was an 
occasional writer. In private life he was a model of deportment and 
careful to uphold the character of a gentleman. In a little work containing 
brief biographies of the governors of New Jersey, there is a pretended 
portrait of Gov. Howell, and underneath, these lines : 

"Howell, for social virtues famed afar. 
Shone in the ranks and urged the dreadful war: 
His graceful form expressed a noble mind, 
The soul of Honor, Friend of human kind." 

He married at Mt. Holly, Keziah, daughter of Joseph and Mary Burr, 
who survived him many years and died at her son-in-law. Dr. Agnew's, in 
Pittsburgh, Pa., Aug. 9, 1835. He died Apr. 28, 1802, at Trenton. For 
the most of these facts we are indebted to a "Centennial Sketch," by his 
grandson, Daniel Agnew, late of the Supreme Court of Penna., 1S76. 
They had eight children, — 

1302. Charles, went to Mississippi early in this century, and married two wives by the 

name of Green. No further record. 

1303. Sarah, b. S, 5, 1783 ; d. 8, 3, 1S68 ; m. Dr. James Agnew. 



326 THE SHARPLESS FAMILl. 

1304. Beulah, m. John L. Glaser. 

1305. Maria, died unmarried. 

1306. Richard, b. 1794; d. 11, 11, 1847; m. Rebecca Augusta Stockton. 

1307. Joseph, twin with Richard ; d. 3, 9, 1874 ; m. Mary Shivers Roberts. 

1308. William, m. Kemp, in Mississippi. 

1309. Franklin, killed on board the U. S. frigate President, in an engagement off New 

York Bay, aged 18. 



342. Lewis Howell, twin with Richard, was a surgeon in the 
army of the Revolution, and died unmarried about 6, 28, 1778. One 
account states that he was in the Batde of Brandywine and while attending 
to the wounded found himself within the English hnes. Watching his 
opportunity' he darted into a woods and though a ball passed through his 
hat he escaped. Two days after the batde he wrote thus : 

Dear Father : — I am happy in being able to inform you that I still exist, and am not a 
prisoner — a state I thought from my situation unavoidable. On Thursday, nth September, 
we were alaniied by three guns, and every man stood to his post, about thirty minutes afterward 
a firing of small arms was heard, which proved to be a party of light troops under General 
Maxwell, who repulsed the advance party in three several attempts, killing many with little loss. 
Captain Cummins in this action distinguished himself. After this there was a continual 
cannonade, from a battery erected by us, to defend the ford over the Brandywine, 'till near 
four o'clock, when Lord Sterlings division was ordered about two miles to the right from the 
first situation, to oppose Lord Cornwallis, who had crossed about that distance higher up. We 
had been there but a short time when they appeared, and the heaviest firing I ever heard 
began, continuing a long time, every inch of ground being disputed. Our people at last gave 
way, not being supported, with the loss of very few — wounded and killed not exceeding 
twelve. At the same time we were attacked on the right, another attack was made on the left, 
where our people fought them, retreating in good order. Colonel Shreve, in that action was 
wounded in the thigh, but not mortally. Captain Stout was killed, and one sergeant. These 
are the only killed in our regiment. I shall inform you of my escape from the enemy, after 
having been among them, with the loss of my mare, saddle and bridle, and great coat and 
hat. With all my misfortunes I think myself happy not to be taken prisoner. Richard is 
hearty and safe, though in the midst of danger. 

Lewis Howell. 



343- Sarah Howell^, Sarah4, b. about 1754; d. about 1826; m. ist 
John Doudney, who died and was buried in Philadelphia ; 2d, Jeremiah 

Youngs, b. and d. near Shiloh, N. J.; 3d, Moses Winchester, 

brother to Elhanan Winchester, the noted Universalist preacher, and a 
preacher himself (see p. 210). He died in Pennsylvania, 1793, or '4, and 



LINE OF ANN3, JOHN^. 



327 



she m. 9, 13, 1800, Joshua Ayars4 (Josephs, Calebs Robert'), b. Feb. 
25, 1743; d. May 19, 1823. His first wife was Zervia Ayars5 (Jonathan4 
Calebs, Isaac^ Robert'), and their dau. Mary, m. Samuel Davis (No. 352), 
Sarah had five children, — 

1310. Keziah (Youngs), b. near Shiloh ; d. 2, 17, 1826; m. Abel Sheppard and 

Nathan Bonham. 

131 1. Branson (Winchester), b. 4, 22, 1790; d. 1828, in Ky., unni. 

1312. Susan Bond, twin with Branson ; d. 4, 9, 1873; m. Reuel Bonham. 

1313. Elhanan, b. 1792, died young. 

1314. Rebecca, twin with Elhanan; d. 7, 4, 1873 ; m. John S. Bacon. 



350. George Howell^, Sarah4, b. 7, 7, 1766, at New Castle, 

Del.; d. 4, 5, 1848, at Shiloh, N. J. ; m. ist, Jane , who d. 3, 24, 

1797, in 22d year; m. 2d, Anna Mulford, 3, 5, 1801 ; dau. of Jacob and 
Sarah Mulford, of Cumberland Co., N. J. She d. 12, 15, 1825, and both 
were buried at Shiloh. Children, — 

1315. Lewis, b. 12, 24, 1801 ; m. Mary Fithian and Louisa Kemp. 

1316. Richard, b. 8, i, 1S03; d. 6, 4, 1822, unmarried. 

1317. George, b. 3, 18, 1806 ; d. 7, 5, 1845 ; m. Caroline Parvin. 

1318. Charles, b. 3, 18, 1808; m. Emelinda Washburn. 

1319. Ebenezer, b. 4, 10, 1810 ; ni. Almira Cake. 

1320. Sarah, b. 6, 25, 1813; m. James Mayhew and Benjamin Huestis. 



351- Ann Davis^, Margaret4, b. near Shiloh, N. J.; d. at Norristown, 
Pa.; m. Elijah Ayars, b. 10, 9, 1753, in Salem Co., d. at Shiloh, 2, 7, 
18 18; son of Nathan Ayars and Elizabeth Bowen, of near Marlboro', 
Salem Co., N. J. They resided for some time in Pennsylvania, perhaps on 
David Thomas's farm in Newtown. After his wife's death he returned to 
the neighborhood of Shiloh, and a barn built by him in 1802, is now owned 
by a son of Micajah Ayars. Children, — 



1321 
1322 
1323 
1324 

1325 
1326 
1327 
1328 



Oswald, m. Lydia Sheppard. 

Margaret, b. 10, 13, 1778 ; d. 5, 13, 1864 ; m. Jacob F. Randolph. 

Rees, b. 9, 12, 1780; d. 2, 16, 1S58 ; m. Phebe Sheppard, &c. 

Clayton, b. 1781 ; d. 5, 20, 1867; m. Abigail Sheppard, &c. 

Clarissa, b. 9, 5, 1784; d. 3, 3, 1867; m. David Swinney. 

Tacy Burdick, b. 10, 6, 1786 ; d. 7, 20, 1812 ; m. John Swinney. 

Jonathan D., b. 4, 13, 1789 ; d. i, 31, 1865 ; m. Catharine Husted. 

George T., died young. 



328 THE SFIARPLESS FAMIL Y. 

Robert Ayars' is said to have come from England in 1664, and 
setded in Rhode Island, whence he removed about 1684-5, to a place 
called Back Neck (or Shrewsbury Neck), near the mouth of Cohansey 
Creek, on the south side, in Cumberland Co., N. J. By his wife, Esther 
(Bowen), he had nine children, Isaac m. Hannah Barrett(?), Stephen and 
Judah returned to Rhode Island, John m. Cecelia Colwell, Robert m. Sarah 
Burgin, Caleb, b. 1692, m. Rebecca Brayman, Joshua, b. 1695, m. Kezia, 
dau of Rev. Timothy Brooks, and Ann Swinney, Hester m. John Jarman, 
and Ann, unmarried. He owned 800 acres of land at the place of his 
settlement, and in 1705 purchased 2200 acres on the north side of 
Cohansey. He died Jan. 14, 1 718-9. Some of his descendants have 
changed the name to Ayers and Ayres, but he wrote it as here given. 

Isaac Ayars- and Hannah, his wife, had nine children, Rebecca m. 
Francis Hunt, Caleb m. Patience Brooks, Abigail m. Caleb Barrett, Hannah 
m. Jeremiah Bacon, Catharine m. Jonathan(?) Jarman, Hester m. Rev. 
Jonathan Davis, Ann m. Samuel Davis, Isaac m. Jane Phillips from 
Newtown, and David, unmarried. 

Caleb Ayars3, b. Nov. 5, 1697 ; d. Aug. 7, 1771 ; m. Patience Brooks, 
b. Apr. 7, 1698; dau. of Rev. Timothy Brooks. They had ten children, 
Nathan, b. Jan. 28, 1718; Joseph, b. Apr. 13, 1720; Jonathan, b. Feb. 14, 
1722, d. Sept. 13, 1782 ; Abigail, b. Nov. 24, 1724, m. James McPherson ; 
Hannah, b. June 11, 1727; Patience, b. June 16, 1730; Caleb, b. Feb. 24, 
1732 ; Isaac, b. Aug. i, 1734 ; Kezia, b. June 13, 1736; Timothy, b. Apr. 

19. 1739- 

Nathan Ayars^ m. Mar. 29, 1741, Elizabeth Bowen, b. May 2, 1721 ; 
dau. of Dr. Elijah Bowen. They had eleven children, Rachel, b. May 17, 
1742, d. July 9, 1743 ; Ruth, b. Dec. 25, 1744, d. 1790, m. Jehu Bonham ; 
Sarah, b. June 22, 1746, d. May 9, 1749 ; infant, still-born, Mar. 13, 1748 ; 
Nathan (Rev.), b. Apr. 9, 1749, d. July 20, 181 1, m. Amy Ayars; Micajah, 
b. Oct. 7, 1751, m. Patience McPherson and Padence Robbins ; Elijah, b. 
Oct. 9, 1753, m. Ann Davis and Sarah Ayars, widow; Azariah, b. Oct. 20, 
1756, m. Louisa(?) Dunn; Elizabeth, b. Nov. 7, 1759, d. Nov. 25, 1759; 
Infant, b. Apr. 24, 1760, d. July 19, 1760; Phebe, b. Oct. 7, 1761, m. John 
Ayars. 



352- Samuel Davis^, Margaret4, b. II, 3, 1760; d. 2, iS, 1S34; 
m. 1st, about 1782, Anna Sheppard, b. 2, 14, 1764; d. 5, 3, 17S9; dau. of 
Abel and Abigail (Barrett) Sheppard, of Bacon's Neck, Greenwich twp.. 



LINE OF ANN3, JOHNk ,^q 

Cumberland Co., N. J. He m. again, about 1790, Mary Ayars, b. at Shiloh, 
8, 12, 1769; cl 6, 13, 1797; clau. of Joshua and Zervia Ayars (see No. 
343) of Shiloh: 3d m. about 1798, to Hannah Smalley, dau. of Jonathan 
and Anner Smalley. She d. 6, 11, 1818, in her 50th year, and he m. 10, 
II, 1819, at Shiloh, Hannah Sheppard, b. 3, 28, 1773 ; d. 3, 16, 1842 ; widow 
of James Sheppard, and dau. of Jacob and Mary (Davis) Hall. Samuel 
and all his wives are buried at the Shiloh 7th-day Baptist Church, of which 
he was ordained a deacon 9, 14, 1807. The Salem Co. Church of this 
denomination was constituted in 181 1, and in May, 18 13, Deacon Davis 
was granted a letter to that church to help build it up. He was ordained 
to the ministry 10, 22, 1817, but never had a settled pastorate, and in the 
latter part of his life mostly attended the Shiloh Church. His residence 
was about two and one-half miles east of Shiloh, where he followed farming. 
Children, — 



1331 

1332 

1333 
1334 
1335 

1336 
1337 
133S 



Abel, b. 2, 4, 1784; d. 5, 10, 1857; m. Abigail Ayars. 
Jonathan, b. 8, 6, 1785 ; d. in infancy. 

Sarah, b. 11, 11, 1786; d. 3 mo., 1823 ; m. David O. Frazeur. 
Anna Sheppard, b. 3, 30, 1789 ; d. 12, 9, 1854 ; m. Isaac Ayars. 

Margaret, b. 4, 12, 1791 ; d. 11, 11, 1802. 

Jonathan, b. S, 21, 1792; d. 2, 12, 1794. 

Mary, b. i, i, 1795; d. 7, 17, 183S ; m. Lot High. 

Howell, b. S, 31, 1799 ; d. 4, 8, 1875 ; m. Eunice West. 

Eliza, b. 12, 24, 1801 ; d. 2, 6, 1837; ni. Jeremiah B. Davis (No. 1408). 

Hosea, b. 8, 7, 1805 ; d. 9, 13, 1S22. 



Caleb Barrett and Abigail, his wife, had eight children, Elizabeth, 
b. Apr. 7, 1721 ; James, b. Jan. 24, 1722-3; Joshua, b. Oct. 14, 1725; 
Hannah, b. July 14, 1730; Rebecca, b. June 9, 1732; Abigail, b. Aug. 24, 
1735 ; Caleb, b. Aug. 27, 1737 ; Sarah, b. June 25, 1739. 

Abel Sheppard, son of David and Ann, of Bacon's Neck, d. 4, 
13. '^IIZ^ aged 43, and his wife, Abigail, dau. of Caleb Barrett, d. 3, 8, 1806. 
They had ten children : 

Phebe, b. 10, 29, 1755 ; m. Dickinson Sheppard and Evan Davis. 

Caleb, b. 5, 15, 1757 ; m. Anna Titsworth and Edith Davis (No. 1339). 

Abel, b. 12, 10, 1758 ; d. 10, 27, 1812 ; m. Eunice Ayars. 

Abigail, b. 10, i, 1760; m. David Ayars. 

Dickinson, b. 11, 5, 1762 ; d. 3, 3, 1813 ; m. Margaret Davis (No. 369). 

Anna, b. 2, 14, 1764; d. 5, 3, 1789 ; m. Samuel Davis (No. 352). 



330 THE SHARPLESS FAMIL V. 

James, b. i, 23, 1766; d. 2, 26, 1810 ; m. Hannah Hall. 

Rebecca, b. 3, 23, 1768 ; d. 5, 14, 1789; m. Jedediah Davis (No. 363). 

David, b. i, 10, 1771 ; m. Eleanor Jarman. 

Sarah, b. 11, 5, 1772 ; d. 11, 25, 1776. 



353- David Davis^, Margaret^, twin with his brother Samuel, b. 
1 1, 3, 1760 ; d. 7, I, 1844 ; m. Naomi Dunn, b. 7, 22, 1769 ; d. 10, 23, 1851 ; 
dau. of Benjamin and Edith Dunn, of Piscataway, N. J. They settled on 
a farm about one mile south of Shiloh. Cumberland Co., N. J. Children, — 

1339. Edith, b. 3, 8, 1788 ; d. 9, 12, 1846 ; m. Caleb Sheppard. 

1340. Clarissa, b. 1, 7, 1790; d. 12, 18, 1821 ; m. Curtis White. 

1341. Hannah, b. 4, u, 1792 ; d. 12, 3, 1875; m. Reuben Davis. 

1342. Ammi, b. 5, 24, 1795 ; d. 2, 16, 1876 ; m. Caleb Sheppard, Jr. 

1343- ■'^"l S-, b. 4, 21, 1797 ; d. 6, 18, 1883 ; m. Evan Davis and Joseph Swinney. 

1344. David, b. 5, 14, 1799; d. 8 nic, 1799. 

1345. Naomi Dunn, b. 9, 8, 1800 ; d. 7, 31, 1883 ; m. Lewis N. Wood. 

1346. Margaret, b. 9, 26, 1803 ; d. 3, 21, 1850; m. Charles Fitz Randolph. 

1347. Mary, b. 2, 12, 1806; d. 11 mo., 1821. 



356. Sarah Davis^, Margaret4, b. at Shiloh, N. J. ; d. in 
Honeybrook, Chester Co., Pa., 12, 17, 17S9; m. Davld Thomas, b. in 
Newtown, Del. Co., Pa., d. at Norristown, Pa., 12, 12, 1839, in his 80th 
year. He was buried in the 7th-day Baptist graveyard in Newtown, the 
home of his parents, David and Ruth (Dunham) Thomas ; and his 
tombstone quotes I Timothy i. 15. He inherited land in Honeybrook, and 
in 1799, was assessed with 375 acres, 2 horses, i cow, a small log dwelling, 
a log barn, a small log tenement and barn. It is said he kept a store 
there, but in 1804, he removed to Norristown, and continued that business, 
when in business at all, until his death. At his request he was buried by 
the side of his dau. Margaret, in what he considered the family burjnng 
ground, given for that purpose by Thomas Thomas, in 17 17. Sarah was 
buried in Honeybrook or Nantmel. Children, — 

134S. Mary, b. 1782 ; d. 10, 12, 1S34, unmarried. She was of a pious disposition 
and left a voluminous manuscript of musings and reflections. 

1349. Margaret, d. 3, 9, 181 1, aged 24, unmarried. 

1350. Laomi, b. 1788 ; d. 1788, in Honeybrook. 

1351. Lucretia, twin with Laomi, d. 178S. 

1352. .George W., b. 11, 24, 1789 ; d. 4, 24, 1S4S ; m. Isabella Smith and Sarah 

Smith. 



LINE OF ANN 3, JOHNK 

357. Richard Davis', Margaret*, b. near Shiloh, N. J.; d. i, 13, 

1S33, and buried there; m. 11, 16, 1798, Ruth Young (No. 1375), dau. of 
Jeremiah and Racliel (Davis) Young, b. in Cumberland Co.; d. 7, 21, 1847, 
and both buried at Sliiloh. Children, — 



1353- 
1354- 
1355- 
1356. 
1357- 
1358. 
1359- 
1360. 
1361. 
1362. 
1363- 



Charles H., b. 4, 17, 1800; d. 8, 16, 1869 ; m. Margaret Marryott. 

Rachel, b. 12, 22, 1802 ; d. 7 mo., 1833 ; m. Seeley Tomlinson. 

Keziah Y., b. 8, 27, 1804; d. 4, 28, 1872; m. Charles Bright. 

Hannah Ann, b. 5, 25, 1806; m. Ezekiel Thom;is. 

Sarah B., b. 2, 28, 1808 ; died young. 

Jeremiah Y. , b. 12, 17, 1809; m. Deborah McPherson and Catharine Stewart. 

Clarissa, b. 4, 12, 1812 ; d. 12, 7, 1882 ; m. Joseph P. Allen. 

Richard B., b. 11, 15, 1814; m. Tamar Ayars. 

Sarah T., b. 7, 6, 1S17 ; d. 8, 27, 1864 ; m. William S. Dunham. 

Eliza J., b. 9, 9, 1821 ; d. unmarried. 

George T., b. n, 6, 1823; m. Julian B. McPherson. 



358. John DavisS, Margaret* b. 12 mo. 
about one and a half miles S. S. E. from Shilo 
8, 6, 1854; m. I St, Mary Jones, b. 3, 28, 1777 ; d. 



1775, on his father's farm, 
h, N. J.; d. at same place 
7, 2, 1844, at Shiloh; dau. 



of Enoch Jones and Jane Boggs, of New Castle, Delaware. Second, m. 
6, 18, 1845, to Jane Davis (No. 1390), b. 5, 10, 1798 ; d. 4, 15, 1883 ; dau. of 
Ebenezer and Margaret Davis, of Shiloh. All buried at Shiloh Church. 
Children, — 



1364 
1365 
1366 
1367 

1368 
1369 
1370. 
1371 
1372 
1373 
1374 



Priscilla, b. 5, i, 1805 ; d. 5, 13, 1S25 ; m. William Sraalley. No children. 

Phebe, b. 8, 15, 1806 ; d. 10, 20, 1883 ; m. George Bidwell. 

Amos Stillman, b. 12, 25, 1807; d. i, 30, 1883; m. Lucy Tomlinson. 

Enoch Jones, b. 8, 20, 1809 ; d. 10, 2, 1862 ; m. Rebecca A. Randolph, Eunice 

S. Randolph, Mary Tomlinson Davis and Lydia Stillman. 
David Bond, b. 2, 11, 1812 ; d. 10, 26, 1840; m. Rachel Maria Dunham. 
Jonathan Sharpies, b. 9, 21, 1813 ; d. 10, 2, 1814. 
Susan Jane, b. 11, 12, 1S14; m. Thomas Bowen. 
Edward Stennet, b. i, 23, 1816 ; m. Amanda Melvina Nickerson. 
James Manning, b. 12, 11, 1817 ; d. 2, 4, 1873, unmarried. 
Lewis Fuller, b. 8, 3, 18 19 ; m. Melissa Morrow. 
John Bright, b. 7, 31, 1822 ; m. Margaret Ayres. 



At a church meeting in 1805, "John Davis was nominated with David 
Ayars and Evan Davis to read in Public;" and in Feb., 1806, " it was 
appointed that he should use his freedom to improve his gifts by speaking 



332 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

in public on Sabbath days, and at other times and places as occasion might 
require, or offer to him." The following document is in possession of his 
daughter, Susan J. Bowen : 

Cohansey, Cumberland County, West New Jersey, September the thirteenth, in the year 
of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred and seven : 

This may certify to all people, whome it may concern, that Brother John Davis, a 

member of the Sabatarian Baptist Church of Christ in this place, was Chosen by said Church 

to the office of an Elder or Evangelist, and he was Ordained to said office by Solemn Prayer 

and the laying on of hands by the Elders of the Sabatarian Baptist profession, and by them 

fully authorized to administer all the Ordinances of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ in all 

places where he may be duly called thereto : which was done and performed in this place and 

in this Church, the day and date above. 

Attest, Amos Stillmax, 1 ^, , 

,, „ \ Elders. 

Matthew Stillman, j 

Elder John Davis, as he was familiarly called, continued to be the 
pastor of the Shiloh Church until 1841, when he resigned on account of 
his growing infirmity, which rendered talking, at times, difficult for him. 
During the first year of his ministry he baptized and received into the 
fellowship of the church, about seventy persons. His congregation was 
always large and he labored earnestly for their benefit. His sermons were 
generally extemporaneous, notes being seldom used, and never more than 
a brief outline. He was usually slow and deliberate in speaking, and very 
careful what he said. In 181 1, he assisted in the organization of the Salem 
County (now Marlborough) Church, which was set off from the Shiloh 
Church; and in 1821, he performed a missionary tour, by appointment of 
the missionary society, to the churches in the western part of Pennsylvania, 
Virginia, Ohio and Indiana, traveling over eighteen hundred miles on 
horseback. In Elder Davis's early days he preached in distant 
neighborhoods and settlements, especially on funeral occasions ; and in the 
pulpits of his neighboring ministering brethren he was always welcome, 
being esteemed a good man, sound in doctrine, upright in his deportment 
and an example in good works. 



359- Rachel Davis5, Susanna4, b. 8, 10, 175S; d. 2, 14, 1782 ; m. 

Jeremiah Young, and left one child, — 

1375. Ruth, d. 7, 21, 1S47 ; m. Richard Davis (No. 357 j. 



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LINE OF ANN3, JOHN^. 

360 Jonathan Davis^, Susanna* b. 12, 25, 1759; d. 4, 20, 1819; 
m. about 17S4, his cousin Ammi Davis (No. 354), b. 4, i, 1762 ; d. i, 29, 
181 7; dau. of Jonathan and Margaret Davis of Hopewell, Cumberland 
Co., N. J. Children,— 



1376. 
I377. 
1378 
1379 
1380. 
1381 

1382 
1383 



Lewis, b. 9, 25, 1785 ; d. 4, i, 1S52 ; m. Mary H. Sheppard. 

George, b. 9, 13, 1787 ; d. 9, 19, 1840 ; m. Rebecca Williams. 

Beulah, b. 6, 8, 1789 ; d. 4, 20, 1S65 ; m. John T. Davis (No. 1387). 

Sarah, b. 5, 23, 1791 ; d. 4, 30, 1859; m. Amasa Ayars. 

Jonathan, b. 6, 21, 1793; d. 11, 15, 1843 ; m. Phebe Tomlinson. 

Ellianan W., m. Ruth Titsworth ; d. about a year after marriage, aged 26, and 

his widow married again. No children. 
Reese, died aged 17 years. 
Susanna, died aged 22, unmarried. 



361. Jacob Davis5, Susanna*, b. 9, 30, 1761 ; d. i, 23, 1822: 
Elizabeth Woodruff, who d. i, 23, 1795, in her 37th year. Children, — 

1384. Levi Bond, d. 8, 9, 1869 ; m. Elizabeth Hall and Mary AnnTomlin. 

1385. Elizabeth, m. Mason Russell. 



362. Ebenezer Davis', Susanna* b. 5, 7, 1763; d. 3, 13, 1827; 

m. 12, 12, 1787, Margaret Tomlinson, b. 9, 5, 1766 ; d. 10, 3, 1831 ; dau. of 
James and Barbara Tomlinson : both buried at the Shiloh 7th-day Baptist 
Church. He was a farmer and surveyor in Hopewell township, Cumberland 
Co., N. J. Children,— 

1386. A son, b. 10, 25, 1789; d. 11, 10, 1789. 

1387. John T., b. 6, 4, 1791 ; m. Beulah Davis and Meleta Robinson. 

1388. James, b. 6, 28, 1793 ; d. 9, 18, 1S43 ; m. Anna Sheppard. 

1389. Maria, b. 6, 29, 1796; d. i, 15, 1876; m. Charles J. Woodruff. 

1390. Jane, b. 5, 10, 1798 ; d. 4, 15, 18S3; m. Rev. John Davis (No. 358). 

1391. Ebenezer, b. 5, 19, 1803; d. 12, 22, 1845; m. Maria Sheppard and Mary T. 

Davis. 



363- Jedediah Davis', Susanna*, b. 4, 30, 1765, in Hopewell, 
Cumberland Co., N. J.; d. 3, 8, 1829, at Bowentown ; m. 2, 24, 1788, at 
Greenwich, Rebecca Sheppard, b. Greenwich, 3, 23, 1768; d. Bowentown, 
5, 14, 1789; dau. of Abel and Abigail Sheppard: second m. 5, 11, 1790, 
to Amarilla Lennox, b. 2, 14, 1769; d. 9, 30, 1845; dau. of Theosollo 



334 



THE SHARPLESS FAMIL Y. 



Lennox and Elizabeth Barrett (dau. of James Barrett, brother of Abigail 
Sheppard). Jedediah was a farmer and surveyor ; was ordained a deacon 
of the Shiloh yth-day Baptist Church, 9, 14, 1807, and was highly esteemed 
for his benevolence and zeal in the church. Children, — 



1392 

1393 
1394 
1395 
1396 
1397 
1398. 

1399 
1400 



Rebecca, b. 12, 3, 178S ; d. 12, 14, 1833 ; m. George Harris. 

Rachel Bond, b. 3, 9, 1791 ; d. 9, 10, 1877 ; m. Richard S. Brooks. 

Susanna, b. i, 17, 1793 ; d. 9, 14, 1795. 

Infant daughter, b. 6, 7, 1795 ; d. 6, 11, 1795. 

Ebenezer, b. 5, i, 1797 ; d. i, 12, 1798. 

A son, d. 2, 16, 1800. 

Matilda Ashton, b. 11, 19, 1802; d. 9, 9, 1877; m. Wni. Shall and Samuel 

Thomas. 
Margaret, b. 10, 9, 1807 ; d. 8, 16, 1827, unm. 
A daughter, b. 2, 15, 1812 ; d. 2, 23, 1812. 



365- Samuel Bond Davis', Susanna4 b. i, i, 1770; d. 10, 30, 

1836; m. Sarah Sheppard, b. about 1775; dau. of Joel and Hannah 
(Jenkins) Sheppard: 2d m. i, 8, 1818, to Lavinia, widow of Dickinson 
Davis and dau. of Jonathan Ayars4 (Aaron3, Caleb-, Robert') and Abigail 
Mills. She was first m. 7, 21, 1803, and a third time 6, 10, 1839, to Rees 
Ayars (No. 1323). Children,— 



1401 
1402 
1403 
1404 
1405 



Susanna Bond, b. 9, 24, 1800; d. 7, 26, 1851 ; ni. Lemuel Bowen. 

Eliza Ann, b. 7, 20, 1804; d. 10, 10, 1804. 

Jarman A., b. g, i6, 1805 ; d. 3, 3, 18S4 ; m. Eliza Bivins and Maria Ayars. 

Theophilus P., b, i, 31, 1807; d. 11, 22, 1868 ; m. Lydia Moore. 

Ephraim, b. 8, 8, 1S09 ; d. 8, 16, 1809. 



1406. Mordecai T., b. 12, 8, 181S ; d. 3, 15, 1S58 ; m. Sarah Jane Randolph. 



David Sheppard', with his brothers, Thomas and John, came 
from Tipperary, Ireland, and in 1683, settled in Cumberland Co., N. J. 
He had children, David, John, Joseph, Enoch, Hannah and Elizabeth. 
Davids b. about 1690, inherited the homestead in Back Neck, and by wife, 
Sarah, had children, Philip, Ephraim, David, Joseph and Phebe. Ephraim3, 
b. 1722, d. 5, 8, 1783, by 2d wife, Sarah Dennis, had ten children, of whom 
Joel, b. 1748, m. Hannah Jenkins. 



LINE OF ANNS, JOHN\ ^2^ 

366. Jeremiah Davis^, Susanna^, b. 6, 6, 1771 ; d. 12, 27, 1799; 
m. 9, 22, 1793, Martha Swinney, b. 7, 8, 1773; d. 4, 19, 1825; dau. of 
Elisha and Eunice (Jenkins) Swinney: both buried at Shiloh Church. He 
was a farmer and surveyor. Children, — 

1407. Ruth, b. 12, 25, 1796 ; d. 5, 23, 1857, unmarried. 

1408. Jeremiah Bond, b. 3, 27, 1799; d. 7, 31, 1856; m. Eliza Davis and Eunice 

Ann Ayars. 



367. EInathan Davis^, Susanna4, b. 3, 26, 1774; d. 9, 14, 1842; 

m. 1st, Hannah Crosley ; 2d, m. about 1820, to Catharine Ayres, b. 10, 10, 
1792; d. 4, 13, 1871 ; dau. of Jonathan^ (Aaron3, Caleb-, Robert') and 
Abigail Ayres. They resided at Shiloh, Cumberland Co., N. J. 
Children, — 



1409, 
1410. 
1411 
1412 
1413 
1414 
1415 
1416 
1417 
141S 

1419 
1420 



Rachel, b. S, 15, 1795 ; d. 7, 19, 1S34 ; m. Zara Ayres. 

Richard Bond, b. i, 6, 1798 ; d. 10, 6, 1866 ; m. Mary B. Randolph, &c. 

Margaret, b. i, i, 1800 ; d. 4, 22, 1S66 ; m. Ezekiel J. Ayars. 

Jeremy, b. 6, 12, 1S02 ; d. 9, 28, 1863 ; m. Phebe Bowen and Kezia Davis. 

Jane Ann, b. 5, 27, 1804; d. 8, 6, 1S65 ; m. Richard Jones. 

Hannah, b. 7, 27, 1806 ; d. 8, 20, 1822. 

Susan, b. 8, I, 1808 ; d. 5, i, 1853 ; m. Ellis Ayres. 

Daniel, b. 2, 14, 181 1 ; d. 12, 5, 1S32 ; m. Phebe Cook. 

Almeda, b. 2, 14, 1S13 ; d. 10, 13, 1832. 

Eli, b. 5, 4, 1S15 ; d. 4, 30, 1S71 ; m. Edith S. Davis. 

Belford E., b. 7, 30, 1S21 ; m. Ammi Ayres. 
George H., b. 4, 12, 1S25 ; m. Hannah Davis. 



368. Susanna Davis^, Susanna*, b. I, 19, 1777, in Hopewell twp., 
Cumberland Co., N. J.; d. 8, 16, 1837, in Stoe Creek twp.; m. 11, 8, 1796, 
near Shiloh, to Mahlon Davis, b. i, 27, 1771, in Stoe Creek; d. 11, 17, 
1814; son of Reuben and Hannah Davis of that place; both buried 
at Shiloh Church. They settled about half a mile west of Shiloh, in Stoe 
Creek twp., but about 1802 rented a farm in Bacon's Neck, Greenwich 
twp., on the shore of Delaware Bay. He was a major in the army and 
stationed at Red Bank, on the Delaware River, in the war of 1812. He 
fell sick at the camp and was taken to the residence of his friend, Dr. Eli 
Ayres, in Woodbury, where he died soon after, his wife and mother being 



336 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

with him in his sickness. Dr. Ayres was the agent of the Colonization 
Society who made the first settlement of the blacks at Liberia in Africa. 
Mahlon and Susanna had seven children : 

142 1. Margaret, b. 9, 24, 1797 ; d. 2, 10, 1S75 ; m. John R. Marryott. 

1422. Jane Howell, b. 10, 2, 1799; d. 11, 19, 1869; m. Dr. Thomas Peck. 

1423. Elnathan, b. 10, 22, 1801 ; d. 10, 8, 1S59 ; m. Elizabeth J. Danley, or Daniels, 

who lived, a widow, in Bridgeton. No children. 

1424. Hannah Maria, b. 12, 17, 1803 ; m. Abel Sheppard Davis. 

1425. Susan Bond, b. 7, 25, 1806 ; d. 7, 8, 18S1 ; m. John W. Davis. 

1426. Reuben, b. 11, 19, 1809; m. Lydia Carll Bivins. 

1427. Anna Sheppard, b. 4, 29, 1812 ; living at Shiloh, unmarried. She has a linen 

towel, spun and w-oven by her grandmother, Susanna (Bond) Davis. 

Samuel Davis, b. Apr. 3, 1713 ; d. Sept. 20, 1773 ; supposed son 
of Elnathan Davis, of Trenton, m. Oct. 13, 1735, Anna Ayars, b. Nov. 9, 
1 713; d. Sept. 20, 1785; dau. of Isaac Ayars-, and they had seven 
children, Anna, b. Aug. 5, 1736; Samuel, b. Apr. 5, 1741 ; Isaac, b. Sept. 
25, 1743 ; Martha Woolsey, b. Sept. 22, 1745 ; Reuben, b. Nov. 23, 1747 ; 
Elijah, b. Sept. 22, 1750; Evan, b. Dec. 29, 1755, cl. Feb. 4, 1814. 

Reuben Davis, son of Samuel, m. Hannah Woodford, from Snicker's 
Gap, Va., b. Mar. 12, 1750, and had twelve children, Mahlon, Elizabeth, 
William, Anna, Samuel, Azel, Arconah, Ruth, Ellis, Mary, Evan and Jane. 

369. Margaret Davis^, Susannah, b. i, 24, 17S0, at Shiloh; d. i 

16, 1837; m. I, 8, 1800, at Shiloh, Dickinson Sheppard, b. n, 5, 

1762, in Greenwich; d. 3, 3, 1813 ; son of Abel and Abigail Sheppard, of 
Bacon's Neck. Both died at Shiloh and were buried at the 7th-day Baptist 
Church. Margaret m. 2d husband, Rees Ayars (see No. 1323), in 1814. 
Her children by ist husband were — 

1428. Susan Ann, b. 2, 3, 1S04 ; d. 2, 25, 1871 ; m. 3, 28, 1838, Jehu Bonham. No 

children. 

1429. Dickinson Davis, b. 10, 2, 1S07 ; d. 2, 20, 1S79; m. Melissa B. Davis. 



370. William Sharpless-S Thomas4, of Chester, Pa., m. Ann 
Morrison, of Delaware about 1 799. He was appointed a trustee for the 
Friends' burial ground at Chester, 2, 24, 1794, but was disowned 2, 23, 
1 80 1, for his marriage by a priest. From his mother he inherited the 
homestead which her father had given to her, together with some marsh 
land bought from Joseph Russell. In the division of his father's estate, as 



LINE OF DANIEL3, JOHN^ 



'hoi 



made by John Crosby, John Talbot, John Caldwell, John Withy, William J. 
Anderson, Isaac Pennell and John Mcllvain, he took a tract of 44 acres in 
Chester township and 7 acres of woodland. William'Sharples of Chester 
borough and "Nancy," his wife, conveyed to his brother Jonas the tract of 
44 acres, 4, 4, 1801 ; the seven acres of woodland to Enos Sharpless, i, 
27, 1S06, and the brick house with 42 acres, 18 perches, inherited from his 
mother, to Jonas Eyre, 3, 12, 1806. With his brothers Preston and Samuel, 
they removed to Belmont Co., Ohio, in 1806, and died at St. Clairsville. 
Children, — 



1430 
143 1 
1432 
1433 
1434 
1435 



Lydia Ann, h. iSoo; d. 1879; m. Jesse Eyre. 
Thomas, supposed to have died at New Orleans, unm. 
Arabella, d. 1855 ; m. John Patton. 
Mary, b. 12, 19, iSii ; m. John Shannon. 

Sophia, d. about 1872 ; m. Thomas West and Okey. 

Howard, left St. Clairsville early in life ; fate unknown. 



372- Jonas Sharpless', Thomas^, b. 7, 9, 1769 ; d. I, 5 1851 ; m. 
10, 16, 1795, his cousin, .Susanna Fairlamb, b. 6, 10, 1771 ; d. 7, 25, 1827; 
dau. of Nicholas Fairlamb^ (John-, Nicholas'), b. 8, 28, 1743 ; d. i, 3, 181 6, 
and Hannah Preston. Being first-cousins they were disowned 12, 26, 1796, 
for their marriage. The following is a verbatim copy of their marriage 
certificate : 

" Delaware \ Commidnwealth of Pennsylvania i c 

County ss. j Personally Before me, Israel Elliott, Esquire, One of the 
Justices of the Peace in & for the said County, Jonas Sharplefs, Joiner, 
and Susanah Fairlamb, Mantua-maker, both of the Township of Chester, 
in the said County, and were Joined together in Mattrimoney by me, in the 
presence of the Witnefses hereunto Subscribed ; agreeable to an Act 
Instituted an Act of Afsembly to prevent Clandecens Marriages, &c. In 
Witnefs whereof I have hereunto set my Hand & Seal, the Sixteenth day 
of October, Anno Domini, 1795, 

Israel Elliott." 



Witnesses present, Catharine Fairlamb, William Hill, Susan Hill, 
Rowland Smith, Jacob Rudolph, John Moore, William Smith, Matthew 
Jones, Samuel Ash, Samuel Oliver, Charles Pearson. 



338 THE SHARP LESS FAMILY. 

In the division of his father's estate, confirmed 6, 28, 1799, Jonas took 
a lot of three acres, 16 perches in Chester township, and a brick house and 
lot in the borough. He also bought from his brother William, 44 acres in 
the township ; from his brother George, a frame house and lot in the 
borough, and from Elizabeth Fitz Randolph a brick house and lot in Chester, 
7, 19, 1806. He sold his farming land the same year, to William Davis 
and sisters, descendants of Rebecca (Sharpies) Caldwell. Jonas and 
Susanna had five children : 

1436. Thomas, b. i, 21, 1797 ; d. 10, 22, 1S32 ; m. Margaretta Sayre, b. 2, 23, 179S ; 

d. 9, 17, 1S37. No children reported. 

1437. Hannah, b. 6, 23, 1799; d. 6, 5, 1S51, unmarried. 

1438. Nicholas F., b. i, 23, 1802 ; d. 12, 14. 1S62 ; m. Frances M. Simmons. 

1439. Martha P., b. i, 30, 1S05 ; died in infancy- 

1440. Susan F., b. 5, 25, 1S08 ; d. 12, 17, 1S39 ; m. Shelley. 



373- Jane Sharpies^, Thoinas-t, b. 9, 15, 1772; d. 6, 5, 1849; m. 

9. 10, 1789, to James Shaw, b. 5, 21. 1765 ; d. 3, 16, 1802; son of 

Samuel and Hannah Shaw, of Chester, Pa. For her marriage by a 
"hireling teacher" to one not a member, she made an acknowledgment to 
Chester Mo. Mtg., 10, 25, 1790. She m. again 6, i, 1S03, at Chester Mtg., 
David Bevan, of Chester, b. 12, 28, 1763; d. 8, 21, 1812 ; son of Davis 
Bevan4 (Aubrey3, Evan-, John') and Agnes Cowpland. She received a 
house and four acres in Chester with three other pieces of real estate, as 
her share of her father's property. Children, by first husband, — 

1441. Martha, b. d. S, 11, 1S34; m. George W. Hill. 

1442. Samuel, b. 9, 29, iSoo ; d. 5, 9, 1S62 ; m. Mary Ann Eyre. 



375- Preston Sharpies^, Thomas4, b. about 1777, d. 5, 23, 1854; 

m. in 1 799, Mary Alston, dau. of Israel Alston, of Little Creek, Delaware. 
She d. 1803, in her 22d year, leaving one child. May 5, 1800, Preston 
Sharpless, late of Chester, now of Apoquinimink Hundred, Delaware, 
miller, conveyed to Isaac Fitz Randolph a brick house and lot in Chester, 
part of his father's estate. Nov. 29, 1803, he was of Easton, Talbot Co., 
Md., and conveyed to William Anderson of Chester, a house and lot in 
Chester which had been devised to him by his mother. In 1806, he 
removed with his brothers to Belmont Co., Ohio, and was married at 
Concord Mtg., to Elizabeth Newport, dau. of Aaron and Mary (Cadwalader) 



LINE OF DANIEL3, JOHN^. 

Newport. He purchased i6o acres in Colerain township and remained 
there till 1854, when he went to Illinois to visit his youngest daughter at 
Morris, Grundy Co., where he died, and was buried in the Barber buryino- 
ground. His widow went to visit the same daughter in the spring of i860, 
and died there 10, 6, i860, aged 71 y. 1 1 m. 12 d.: buried by the side of 
her husband. Children, — 

1443. Joshua, by first wife ; died young. 

1444. ReesC, b. 4, 22, 1807; d. 4, 16, 1837; "''■ Sarah Wheatley. 

1445. Jane Ann, d. 1882 ; m. Robert Bell. 

1446. Nathan, b. 1818 ; d. 11, 8, 1865; m. Hesteranne Linton. 

1447. Edith N., m. Elijah P. Wheatley and William Clapp. 

376- Samuel Sharpies^, Thomas4, b. 1781, or '2 ; d. 1857 ; was a 
potter, and in 1804 was living at Easton, Md. He received a certificate to 
Wilmington, 6, 30, 1800, as an apprentice, and doubtless learned his trade 
there. In the division of his father's estate he received a stone house and 
wharf, in Chester, with a vacant lot, and some woodland in the township, 
which last he sold i, 28, 1804, to Isaac Sharpless, of Nether Providence. 
In 1806, he removed to Belmont Co., O., and in 1816, m. Rebecca Y., dau. 
of Hugh and Susanna (Hatton) Judge. He was a storekeeper at St. 
Clairsville for some time, but afterward removed to Pittsburgh, and 
engaged in the lumber business, where he died. Children, — 

1448. Margaret, m. Albert Medley. 

1449. Judge, b. 1819; d. 1870; m. Ellen Holmes. 

1450. Eliza Patterson, died in childhood. 

145 1. Catharine Taylor, died in infancy. 

377- George Sharpless^, Thomas^, went to Wilmington, Del., 
1802, to learn the trade of a potter. In the division of his father's estate 
he was awarded a tract of 18 acres, 16 perches, in Chester township, and a 
lot with buildings in the borough. The first he conveyed 9, 30, 1806, to 
his uncle, Daniel Sharpless, and the other to his brother, Jonas, 9, 28, 1807 ; 
in both deeds being styled of Chester, potter. He removed to Ohio soon 
after the last date and settled in Belmont County, where his children were 
born. By his wife, Anne Sackett, he had three children : 

1452. Edward, drowned in childhood. 

1453. Samuel, b. 11, i, 1822 ; m. Priscilla F. Grain and lives at Iowa City, Iowa. No 

children. 

1454. Martha Jane, b. i mo., 1825; d. 9 mo., 1865; m. H. M. Smith. No further 

record, though requested of her brother. 



340 THE SHARPLESS FAMIL Y. 

380. Sarah Eyre^, Rebecca-^, b. 4, 19, 1772; d. S, 10, 1861 ; m. 
5, 30, 1799, George Palmer, b. 1770, d. 9, 21, 1S39; son of John and 
Hannah Palmer of Concord. They resided at Chelsea, in Bediel township, 
Delaware Co., Pa. No children. 



381. Beulah Eyre^, Rebecca^, b. in Upper Chichester, 11, 13, 
1778; d. there, 4, 26, 1861 ; m. 11, 20, 1806, at Chichester Mtg., 
Townsend Thomas, b. in Willistown, 6, 4, 1760; d. in U. Chichester, 
3, 28, 1846 ; son of Isaac Thomas (p. 201): both buried at Chichester Mtg. 
He was appointed assistant clerk of Goshen Mo. Mtg., 10, 7, 1808 ; 
received a certificate for himself and family to Concord, 12, 31, 18 17, and 
later settled in Upper Chichester township. Children, — 

1455. Rebecca, b. g, 22, 1807 ; m. Eli Matlack (second wife). 

1456. Mary, b. 5, 24, 1809 ; d. 9, 18, 1838 ; m. Eli Matlack (first wife). 

1457. Beulah Elma, b. 11, 29, 1810 ; m. Daniel Sharpless (No. 1491). 

1458. Townsend, b. 10, 27, 1812 ; d. 8, 29, 1879; m. Ann Barber. 

1459. Sarah P., b. 10, 27, 1815 ; living in West Chester, Pa., unmarried. 

1460. Caleb Eyre, b. 3, ig, 1819; m. Elizabeth Larkin. 

1461. Martha, b. in U. Chichester; buried 7, ig, 1821, aged about one week. 

383- Caleb Mercery AbigaiK b. 3, 2, 1785; d. i, 31, 1864; m. n, 

12, 1807, at Kennet Mtg., Hannah Baily, who d. 8, i6, 1808, in 25th year; 
dau. of John and Hannah (Pennock) Baily of Newlin twp. Second m. 
5, 15, 181 1, at Marlborough Mtg., to Ann Pennock, b. 3, 29, 1788; d. 2, 2, 
1864; dau. of Caleb and Ann (Thompson) Pennock of E. Marlborough. 
He resided in E. Marlborough on the homestead of his father ; later built 
a brick house on the southern part of the farm and lived there, leaving 
his eldest son at the old home. About 1861, removed with his wife, to 
Kennet Square, where they died, and both were buried on the same day, 
in one grave. The old homestead in E. Marlborough is in the name of 
Ale.xander Black (map of 1883), and the farm of Edwin Jessup is where 
Caleb built and resided some years, and where his son Caleb died. 
Children, — 

1462. Hannah, b. S, 11, 180S ; d. 7, 2, 1837; "i- Henry Brosius. 

1463. Rachel, b. 4, i, 1812; d. 7, 3, 1876; m. Samuel Martin. 

1464. Pennock, b. 11, 25, 1813; m. Ann Eliza Pyle. 

1465. Abigail, b. 2, 11, 1815 ; d. 4, 10, 1844; m. Townsend Walter. 

1466. Solomon, b. 11, 13, 1816 ; d. 9, 25, 1820. 

1467. Caleb, b. 12, 4, 1818; d. 3, 18, 1877; m. Martha Ann Stackhouse. 



LINE OF DANIELS, JOHN-'. 



341 



1468. 

1469, 

1470, 

147 

147 



Solomon, b. 9, 27, 1S20; 



Rathfl J. Stackhouse. 



Sliarpless, b. 5, 18, 1S23; m. Margaretta J. Pyle. 

Lydia, b. 12, 14, 1S24 ; d. 12, 15, 1824. 

Mary Ann, b. 6, 22, 1827 ; m. Townsend Walter (second wife). 

Sarah P., b. 10, 21, 1829; m. Joseph S. Walter. 



384. Abigail MercerS, AbigaiK b. 3, 18, 1787 ; d. at Joseph Pyle's, 
in E. Marlborough, 2, 23, 1868; m. 3, 16, 1S09, at Kennet Mtg., John 
Paxson, b. I, 2r, 1786; d. 9, 29, 1820, in New Garden; son of Henry 
Paxson and Matilda Kimble, of New Garden, Chester Co., Pa., from Bucks 
Co., Pa. They resided on a farm in New Garden. He was buried at New 
Garden Mtg., and she at Kennet Square. Children, — 

Matilda H., b. 12, 21, 1809 ; d. 2, 19, 1879 ; m. Nathan Brosius. 

Henry M., b. 9, 7, 181 1 ; m. Jane Pyle. 

Abigail S., b. 10, i, 1813 ; d. 10, 22, 1862 ; ni. William Young. 

Sarah L., b. 10, 11, 1815 ; m. Abram P. Bennett. 

Juliann, b. 9, 17, 1817 ; m. Joseph Pyle. 

Phebe W., b. 11, 4, 1819 ; d. 8, 12, 18S1 ; m. William Cause. 

John S., b. 3, 27, 1821 ; m. Lavina James. 



1473 
1474 
1475 
1476 
1477- 
1478, 
1479 



385. Phebe Mercer^, Abigail, b. 5, 15, 1790, in E. Marlborough; 

d. in Morgan Co., O., 3, 18, 1866; m. 1S07, William Walter^ of 

Kennet, son of James Walter3, b. i, 31, 1744 (Joseph-, b. 12, 28, 1711, 
Godwin', of Concord, from Wiltshire, Eng., arriving in Penna., 10, 16, 
1685), and Sarah Dixson. They setded on a farm in Kennet, but in 1822 
they changed their residence and then or later began hotel-keeping at 
Jennerville, in Penn township. In 1834 they removed to Ohio, and their 
last residence was in Morgan County. He d. 2, 28, 1852, and both were 
buried at Hopewell. Phebe made an acknowledgment to Kennet Mo. Mtg., 
for marriage by a magistrate to one not a member ; received a certificate 
to New Garden, 8, 6, 1822, and thence to Stillwater, O., 3, 5, 1834. 
Children, — 

14S0. Sarah D., b. 12, 7, 1808; d. 4, 22, 1844; m. William H. Manly. 

1481. Isaac, b. 5, 14, 1810; m. Martha Jane Raney. 

1482. Daniel, b. 2, 17, 1812; d. 2, 10, 1875; m. Hannah Michener. 

1483. Rachel, b. 2, 21, 1814 ; unmarried. 

1484. James, b. 3, 10, 1816 ; d. 8, 23, 1861 ; m. Mary Ann Calvert. 

1485. Abigail, b. 7, 5, 18 18 ; m. John C. Brown and Warren Rusco. 
i486. Louisa, b. II, 29, 1820; d. 6, 14, 1829. 

1487. Phebe, b. 2, 18, 1822 ; m. William S. Sears. 

14SS. Rebecca, b. 5, 5, 1S25 ; d. 7, 14, 1849 ; m. Robert Raney. 

1489. Henryetta, b. 3, 10, 1S27 ; m. William Price. 



342 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

386. Isaac SharpIeSS% DanieK b. in Nether Providence 4, 10, 
1776; d. there i, 17, 1866; m. 12, 27, 1804, at Chichester Mtg., Elizabeth 
Larkin, b. 6, i, 1768; d. 11, 10, 1854; dau. of Joseph and Ann (Salkeld) 
Larkin of Bethel, Delaware Co., Pa. He settled in the old Sharpless 
house and operated the fulling-mill, built by his father in 1798 (p. 36), 
which with about 27 acres of land, the latter devised to him. He also 
purchased from his cousins, Preston and Samuel Sharpless, 7 acres, 32 
perches, of woodland, in Chester township. Children, — 

1490. Ann, b. 11, 18, 1805; d. 10, 8, 1838, unmarried. 

1491. Daniel, b. 6, 19, 1808; d. 10, 26, 1872; ni. Beulah Elma Thomas. 

387- John Sharpless^, DanieK b. 9, 31, 1778 ; d. 3, 12, 1S54; m. 
10, 13, 1803, at Chichester Mtg., to Ruth Martin, b. lo, 17, 1780; d. i, 17, 
1878; dau. of George and Elizabeth (Reynolds) Martin, of Upper 
Chichester. She was a niece of his stepmother. They settled in a house 
built by his father on the northern part of his farm, to which he made an 
addition in 181 5, and which he inherited by the will of his father, together 
with about 90 acres of land. In 1826 he purchased at Sheriff's sale the 
adjoining homestead of Ellis Roberts, dec'd, and of his father, Reuben 
Roberts, where the 3d John Sharpless had settled. Reuben Roberts 
devised to his son John 50 acres of the northern part of his farm, and to 
his dau. Abigail Engle, a strip of about 8 acres of woodland along the 
north line. John Roberts and wife conveyed their share to Peirce Crosby, 
8, 12, 1 81 5, and the latter purchased from Abigail Engle, her woodland, 
4, 10, 1822. In 1842, John Sharpless and his son George purchased these 
tracts from Crosby, thus bringing them again into the family. John 
Sharpless was appointed an overseer of Chester Mtg., 4, 29, 1816, and 
continued in that position several years. Children, — 

1492. Sarah, b. 8, 21, 1804; d. 3, 12, 1872 ; m. Thomas Chalkley Palmer. 

1493. Elizabeth, b. 10, 24, 1806 ; d. 2, 21, 1885 ; m. James Pennell (son of No. 1691). 

1494. George, b. 3, i, 1809 ; m. Hannah Larkin. 

1495. Lydia, b. i, 2, 1812 ; m. Stephen M. Trimble. 

1496. Sidney, b. 9, 17, 1S14 ; m. Haydock Garrigues. 

1497. Abigail, b. 3, 7, 1817 ; d. 9, 15, 1823. 

1498. Beulah, b. 5, 5, 1820; ni. Isaac Leeds. 

1499. Lewis, b. 9, 22, 1822; d. 4, 8, 1S23. 

1500. John, b. I, 25, 1824 ; d. 11, 22, 1885 ; m. Susan H. Pratt. 

1501. Jane, b. 11, 28, 1826; m. Charles L. Warner. 

Thomas Martin' and wife, Margery (p. 169), brought with 



LINE OF DAN1EL3, JOHN\ 343 

tliem, from England, four daughters, Mary, Sarah, Hannah and Rachel. 
A son, Moses, was born after their arrival, i, 9, 1685-6, and they are also 
believed to have been the parents of George, who m. Lydia Buffington, 
and settled in West Bradford twp., and of Elinor, who m. 1715, John 
Scarlet, and removed to Berks Co., Pa. Thomas was a wheelwright, and 
seems to have been somewhat of a land speculator. In 1709, he obtained 
a patent for 90 acres of overplus land, cut off from the Sharpless tract in 
Middletown, where he already owned 200 acres. He and his wife sold 
some of this land Jan. 16, 1719-20, which is about the last date they have 
been noticed. 

Moses Martin- m. Margaret Battin, 17 14, und resided in Middletown 
until about 1737, when they removed to the northern part of Chester 
County. They had children, Adam, John, Hannah, Mary, Margaret, 
George, Moses, Rachel and Susanna. The father died soon after their 
removal and the family became widely scattered. 

John Martin3, b. i, 3, 1718; d. 11, 26, 1761 ; was a carpenter and 
settled in Birmingham, where he m. Hannah Dilworth, dau. of William and 
Sarah (Webb) Dilworth. They had five children, Moses, John, George, 
Joseph and Hannah. The mother m. a 2d husband, John Woodward, 3, 
16, 1763, and had two children, Thomas and Abigail. 

George Martin^, b. 6, 9, 1754; d. 7, 19, 1825; m. 11, 28, 1776, 
Elizabeth Reynolds, b. 3, 13, 1754; d. 3, 26, 1818 ; dau. of Henry and 
Sarah (p. 221), and settled in Upper Chichester. Children, — 

Sarah, b. 9, 7, 1777; d. 4, 18, 1819; m. John Broomall. 
Anna, b. 12, 28, 1778; d. ni. John Powell. 

Ruth, b. 10, 17, 1780; d. I, 17, 1878; m. John Sharpless. 
Bculah, b. 9, 27, 1782; d. i, 7, 1818; ni. Enos Sharpless. 
Lydia, b. 8, 20, 17S4. 

George, b. 2, 28, 1787; d. 7, 26, 1847 ; m. Elizabeth Sharpless. 
Henry, b. 2, 20, 1789 ; d. 12, 9, 1791- 
John, b. 8, 6, 1791 ; d. 9, 9, 1809. 
Elizabeth, b. 8, 6, 1791. 



388. Enos Sharpless^, DanieH b. 3, i, 1781, at the old Sharpless 
house in Nether Providence; d. 5, 9, 1866; m. 3, 19, 1807, at Chichester 
Mtg., Beulah Martin, above, who left three children. She was buried at 
the old burying ground in Chester. He m. again, 11, 20, 1820, at Newton 
Mtg., N. J., Hannah Webster, b. i, 13, 17S3; d. 12, 14, 1S64; dau. of 
Samuel Webster and Sarah Albertson, of Newton, Gloucester Co., N. J. : 



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THE SHARPLESS FAMIL V. 



both buried at the new Chester Meeting, Shoemakerville. Enos Avas a 
miller and farmer, on part of the original settlement, of which he inherited 
20 acres from his father (see pp. 34-6). He also purchased 7 acres of 
woodland on the other side of Ridley Creek, from his cousin William 
Sharpless. Children, — 

1502. Hannah, b. 3, 5, 180S ; d. 3, 29, 1S36, unmarried. 

1503. John Martin, b. 8, i, iSii ; d. 12, 23, 1S74 ; m. Eliza H. Jenkinson and Ruth 

S. Harmer. 

1504. Rebecca, b. 6, 12, 1S13; d. 9, 6, 1S23. 

1505. Sarah, b. 1,9, 1S22 ; d. g, 4, 1823. 

1506. Rebecca, b. 5, 27, 1S25 ; m. Thomas Elkinton. 

391- Henry Sharpless5, Daniel4 b. II, II, 1790; d. 11, 19, 1853; 

m. II, 9, 1815, at Middletown Mtg., Anne Mendenhall, b. 12, 23, 1789 ; d. 
II, 30, 187 1 ; dau. of John Mendenhall3 (Robert-, Benjamin') and Tabitha 
NewlinS (NathanieH, Nathaniel3, Nathaniel^, Nicholas'), of Edgmont twp. 
He inherited about 130 acres of the original tract In Nether Providence, 
and resided' thereon. In a house built by his father; now belonging to 
Alfred Herkness, of Philadelphia. Children, — 

1507. Mary, b. 12, 30, 1816; ni. Edward T. Randolph. 

1508. William, b. 8, 17, 1818 ; d. 7, 12, 1845, in Philadelphia, unmarried. 

1509. Cyrus, b. 12, 18, 1820; d. 12, 7, 1877; m. Mary Brown. 

1510. Anne, b. 9, 26, 1823; d. 5, t6, 1824. 

1511. Henry, b. 9, 21, 1S25 ; d. 9, 30, 1867, in N. Providence, unmarried. 

1512. Edward, b. 4, 7, 1827 ; d. 8, 30, 1864; m. Sarah J. Eves. 

1513. Anne, b. 11, 16, 1829; d. 10, 11, 1S78, in Philadelphia, unmarried. 

1514. Robert M., b. 12, 21, 1831 ; d. 2, 15, 1873, in N. Providence, unmarried. 

392- Beulah Sharplesss, DanIeK b. 4, 19, 1793; d. 3, 10, 1871, 

at West Chester, Pa., and burled at Chichester Mtg.; m. 11, 4, 1812, at 

Chester Mtg., William Thatcher^ b. 9, 20, 1789; d. 10, 23, 1855, In 

Aston ; buried at Chichester ; son of Josephs and Abigail (Worrall) 
Thatcher, of Aston. They setded In New London township, but soon 
removed to Birmingham, where all of their children, except the eldest and 
youngest, were born, viz. : 

1515. Sarah, b. 8, i6, 1813 ; m. Joseph Button. 

1516. John, b. 5, 28, 1S15 ; d. 5, 31, 1815. 

1517. Phebe, b. 4, 30, 1S16; d. 5, 3, 1816. 

1518. Daniel S., b. 2, 25, iSiS; m. Mary Hoopes. 

1519. Edith, b. 4, 7, 1S20; d. i, 12, 1S72, in E. Goshen, unmarried. 

1520. Enos, b. 8, 7, 1S22 ; d. 12, 22, 1S81 ; m. Deborah G. Tyson. 

1521. Joseph, b. 10, 10, 1S29, in Lower Oxford ; d. 4, iS, 1836. 



LINE OF MARY3, JAMES'. -,.. 

Richard Thatcher', from Uffington in Berkshire, came to 
Pennsylvania about 1685, with his wife, Jane, and two children, Jonathan 
and Jane. The latter, b. 10, 17, 1670, m. William Brinton- 10,9, 1690. 
Jonathan Thatcher-, b. 12, 15, 1667, d. 1750, m. about 12 mo., 1699, 
Hannah, dau. of Peter Dicks, and resided in Thornbury township. His 
children were Ann, Jane, Jonathan, Hannah, Esther, Richard, Mary, 
Martha, Elizabeth and Deborah. 

Richard Thatcher3 m. 11, 23, 1734, at Chichester Mtg., Edith Grubb, 
dau. of Emanuel- (John"), of Brandywine hundred. New Casde County. 
He d. 1763, and Edith in 1771. Their children were Thomas, William, 
Ann, Hannah, Mary, Jonathan, Samuel, Stephen, Sarah and Phebe, all 
doubtless born in Thornbury. 

William Thatcher-*, b. 12, 7, \T'^6-'] ; d. 2, i, 1807 ; m. 5, 4, 1757, at 
Sadsbury Mtg., Sarah Dickinson, b. i, 9, 1734; d. 8, 7, 1817; dau. of 
Joseph and Elizabeth (Miller) Dickinson, of Lancaster Co., Pa. She was a 
minister. They resided in Thornbury, excepting a few years in North 
Carolina. Children,- — 

Elizabeth, b. 3, 17, 1758 ; m. Isaac Garrett, 4, 24, 1783. 

Hannah, b. 9, 14, 1760; m. John Worrall, 4, 12, 1780. 

Joseph, b. 3, 5, 1763 ; d. 4, 18, 1836 ; m. Abigail Worrall and Mary Marshall. 

Edith, b. 8, 4, 1765 ; d. 12, 20, 1791 ; m. Jesse Green. 

Richard, b. 2, 24, 1768. 

William, b. 11, 22, 1770; d. 12, 16, 1851 ; m. Betsey Garrett (No. 409). 

Sarah, b. 10, 12, 1773 ; d. 4, 3, 1869; ni. Nathan Sharpless (No. 792). 

Phebe, b. 12, 26, 1776; d. i, 31, 1864; m. Davis Garrett. 



393- Hannah Sharpless^, DanieK b. 7, 7, 1796; d. n, 28, 1841; 
m. 4, II, 1S21, at Chester Mtg., to John Mendenhall, b. 5, 27, 1793: 

d. 2, 16, 1882; son of John and Tabitha Mendenhall, of Edgmont. (See 
No. 391). They resided on a farm in Edgmont, near Howellville. 
Children, — 

1522. Rebecca, b. 2, 14, 1822 ; d. 3, 23, 1864, unmarried. 

1523. Henry, b. 8, 31, 1824 ; m. Deborah A. Passmore. 

1524. Joseph, b. II, I, 1829; living at Lawrence, Kansas, unmarried. 



394- Mary Garrett^, Jonathan4, b. in E. Goshen, d. before i794(?); 
m. Francis Hickman, b. May 6, 1752 ; d. 1827 ; son of Benjamin and 
Hannah, of Westtown. He m. again, in Tennessee, Leah Coffee, and had 



346 THE SHARPLESS FAMIL V. 

by her, Deborah, Charlotte, Thomas, Sally, Benjamin, James and Mynette. 
Mary left one child, — 

1525. Windsor, who died young, or unmarried, after 1809. 

395- Letitia Garrett^, Jonathans m. 12, 29, 1796, by John Graves, 
Esq., at the "Turk's Head," West Chester, Pa., to John Johnson, 
of Goshen. He was a miller and followed his calling at Goshenville, 
Phceni.xville and other places in Chester County. Children, — 

1526. Ann b. 8, 31, 1797 ; d. 3, 25, 1S81 ; m. Hunter Smedley. 

1527. Hannah, b. 8, 17, 1799; d. 4, 3, 1884; m. Stephen Love. 

1528- Robert, a miller, married and left children. A son, Robert, also a miller, lives 
in E. Bradford, near West Chester, but declines to furnish records. 



396- Hannah Garrett5, Jonathan4 m. William Reed, and 

died prior to 1S09, leaving one child, — 

1528^. Hannah, of whom nothing further is known. 



397- James Garrett^, Jonathan4, b. 12, i, 1775, in E. Goshen ; d. 
there 3, 6, 1851 ; m. 5. 26, 1S08, Ann Engle, b. 5, 25, 1788; d. 12, 9, 1873, 
at Wllmer F. Priest's, in E. Goshen ; dau. of Elias Engle and Hannah 
Fairlamb, of Mlddletown, and gr. dau. of Mary (Pennell) Fairlamb (No. 
518). James was a weaver of home-made linen and woolen goods for the 
neighborhood of Goshenville. Children, — 

1529. Evalina, b. 3, 4, 1809; d. 7, 5, 1S86 ; m. John Burns. 

1530. John Engle, b. 10, 24, iSio; d. 2, 28, 1848; m. Sarah A. Russell. 

1531. Hannah Ann, b. 9, 25, 1813 ; d. 5, 18, 1867 ; m. John Conway. 

1532. Susanna W., b. 10, 19, 1S15 ; d. 7, 21, 1840, unmarried. 

1533- William P., b. 3, 16, 1821 ; d. II, 22, 1865 ; m. Elizabeth P. Taylor. 

1534. George F., twin with William, a tailor in West Chester, unmarried. 

1535- J"''^. ^'- 8' 12. 1S28 ; m. Henry Huddy, of Phiia. No children. 

1536. Ann C, b. 2, 28, 1S31 ; living with Julia Huddy, unmarried. 

398. Jonathan Garrett^, Jonathan^, a blacksmith, lived at 
Sugartown, in Willistown townshijD, where he died 1S09; his death 
being caused by a kick from the horse of Col. John Harri.s, which he 
was attempting to shoe. His wife was Ruth Baker, dau. of Aaron Baker 
(son of John) and Ruth Taylor-t (Nathan3, Peter-, Peter"), of Upper 



LINE OF MARYS, JAMES\ ^47 

Providence. She afterward married Cornelius Wright, who d. 5, 10, 1859, 
and she d. 12, 14, 1862. Jonathan Garret left two children, — 

\<^yi. Maria, b. 3, 11, 1S08; 111. Jones Wright, son of Cornelius. 
1538. Jonathan Brinton, b. 9, 2, 1809; m. EUzabeth A. Pyle. 



401. John Garrett^, Jonathan4, b. i, 31, 1789; d. at Village Green, 
Delaware Co., i, 19, 1S72 ; m. 4, 17, 1817, Hannah Smedley, b. 2, 16, 
1793 ; d. 12, 8, 1868 ; dau. of Jesse Smedley4 (George3, Thomas-, George") 
and Mary Matlaclc* (Isaiah3, Joseph-, William'), of Willistown : both buried 
at Mt. Hope Cemetery, near Village Green. Children, — 

1539. Franklin, b. 2, 15, 1818; d. 12, 28, 1820. 

1540. Mary, b. 6, 9, 1821 ; d. 9, 28, 1879; m. Charles Sines. 

1541. J. Lewis, b. 7, 31, 1823; ni. Caroline Button. 

1542. Hannah Ann, b. in Providence, 9, 30, 1828 ; m. James Harvey, of Chester, Pa., 

son of George and Susanna E., of Upper Chichester. No children. 

1543. James Marshall, b. 2, 28, 1834 ; d. 2, 28, 1877 ; m. Josephine Lyons. 



403. Joseph Eldridge^, Mary4, b. 10, 1 1, 1765 ; d. in East Goshen, 
I, 17, 1845 ; m. "by a hireling minister," Lydia Griffith, b. 10, 18, 1763; 
d. 7, 10, 181 7 ; dau. of Nathan and Rachel (Williamson3 — Daniel^, Daniel') 
Griffith of Willistown. After his father's death Joseph lived with his 
grandfather Garrett, and when married settled on the farm of his uncle, 
James Garrett, who devised it to him. Children, — 



1544 
1545 
1546 
1547 
154S 

1549 
1550 
1551 
1552 
1553 



Jonathan, b. 7, 6, 17S9; d. 6, 15, 1791. 

Nathan, b. 11, 12, 1790; d. 5, 19, 1791- 

Joseph, b. 3, 16, 1792; d. 5, 5, 1882; m. Abigail Garrett. 

James, b. 11, 19, 1793; d. 9, 27, 1794. 

Enos, b. 9, 13, 1795 ; d. 12, 29, 1868 ; m. Susanna Hoopes. 

John, b. II, 29, 1796; d. 7, 31, 1S73 ; m. Sarah Pyle. 

Lydia, b. 10, 18, 1798; d. 3, 13, 1879; m. Isaac G. Hoopes. 

Reuben, b. 8, 13, 1801 ; d. i, 10, 18S5 ; m. Lydia Pratt. 

Mary, b. 6, 25, 1S03; d. 8, 3, 1807. 

Abner, b. 6, 26, 1S06 ; d. 5, 31, 1S86; m. Amy (Hoopes) Davidson. 



404. Jane Haines^ Jane^, b. in Goshen, 8, 4, 1772 ; d. in Jefferson 

Co., O., 12 mo., 1852; m. 1st, in Washington Co., Pa., McVey, 

who is said to have died suddenly, leaving no children. For this marriage 
"by a hireling minister" she made an acknowledgment in 1795, and was 



348 THE SHARPLESS FAMIL V. 

married the next year, in Friends' meeting, to Asa Cadwalacler, b. 
8, 2, 1768 ; d. 6, 22, 1844; son of Rees and Ruth (Perkins) Cadwalader, of 
Loudoun Co., Va., and Fayette Co., Pa. In 1805, they removed from 
Fayette Co. to Short Creek, O. Children, — 

1554. Abigail, m. Brown, and went to Utali. No further record. 

1555. William, died in Illinois, unmarried. 

1556. Rees, b. 7, i, 1802; d. 12, 3, 1867 ; m. Mary Updegraff and Sarah ITumplirey. 

1557. Harmon, died in Columbiana Co., O., unmarried. 

1558. Mary, m. George Moore; d. in Fillmore Co., Minn. No further record. 

1559. Susan, unmarried, at Mason City, Iowa, at last account. Not foinid. 

1560. Jacob, b. 4, 25, 181 1 ; d. 2, 9, 1S82 ; m. Ann Burns. 

1561. Jonah, b. 8, 15, 1S15 ; m. Sarah Stroud. 

405- Benjamin GarrettS, Joseph4 b. in E. Goshen, i, 9, 1771 ; d. 
there 4, 30, 1S56; m. 10, 16, 1793, at Newtown Mtg., Debbe Lewis, b. 7, 
22, 1771 ; d. 4, 7, 1827; dau. of Didymus and Phebe, of Newtown. 
Children,— 

1562. Lydia, b. 9, 16. 1795 ; d. 6, 20, 1857, leaving one child. 

1563. Nathan L., b. 3, 12, 1799 ; d. 12, 6, 1875 ; m. Lydia Co.x. 

1564. Enos, b. 6, 13, 1S05 ; d. 8, 31, 1875 ; m. Sarah G. Hippie. 

1565. Debbe, b. 2, 26, 1808; d. 7, 31, 1808. 

Benjamin Garrett inherited a grist mill and some land from his father, 
and in 1799, had grist and saw mills, and 42 acres of land. This was just 
east of Goshen Meeting. He was also a fuller and cabinet maker, and 
obtained from England the works of the large eight-day clocks, for which 
he made cases. There are several clocks in Chester County bearing his 
name as the maker. He was married again, 3, 16, 1 831, at Newtown Mtg., 
to Esther Lewis, dau. of Henry and Mary of Radnor. She d. i, 26, 1845. 

Didymus Lewis'*, b- n. 16, 1747, son of Nathan3 (William^ 
William') and Margaret (Thomas) Lewis of Newtown township, m. 1770, 
Phebe Matlack, dau. of Nathans (Joseph^ William') and Mary (Mercer) 
Matlack, of Radnor. They resided in Newtown. Children, — 

Debbe, b. 7, 22, 1771 ; d. 4, 7, 1827 ; m. Benjamin Garrett (No. 405). 

Tamar, b. 7, 15, 1774 ; m. John Lewis, i, 21, 1795- 

Phebe, b. 9, 27, 1777 ; m. John Massey, 10, 21, 1807. 

Mary, b. 12, 19, 1779; m. Enos Williamson, 5, 10, 1815. 

Nathan, b. 7, 18, 1782 ; d. 2, 7, 1868 ; m. Hannah Goodwin (No. 990). 

Eli, b. 7, 18, 1784; d. 5, II, 1847 ; m. Hannah Sharpless (No. Soo). 

Thomas, b. g, 23, 1786. 

Margaret, b. 2, 14, 1789; d. 3, 23, 1857; ra. Joseph Garrett (No. 406). 

Tacy, b. i, 22, 1793. 



LINE OF MARY3, JAMES K 

406. Joseph Garrett5, Josephs, b. 6, 14, 1773; d. 7, 27, 1S55; m. 
10, 17, 1810, at Newtown Mtg., Margaret Lewis, above, and settled on the 
liomestead of his father in E. Goshen, containing 150 acres. Children, 

1566. Charity, b. 6, 22, 1812; d. 4, 10, 1S81 ; m. Enos Williamson, Jr. 

1567. Lewis, b. 4, 4, 1814 ; m. Elizabeth Leedoni. 

1568. Sarah, b. 3, 2, 1815 ; m. Joseph W. Roberts. 

1569. Mary, b. 4, 24, 1S17 ; d. 8, 18, 1S17. 

1570. Joseph L., b. i, 27, 1819; m. Jane M. Lewis. 



407. Lydia Garrett5, Joseph4, b. lo, i, 1775, in E. Goshen ; d. 
5, 25, 1827, aged 51 y. 7 mo. 24 d.: m. 4, 24, 1806, at Birmingham Mtg., 
James Gibbons, b. 2, 4, 1764; d. i, 19, 1845; son of William4(James3, 
James-, John') and Susanna (Ashbridge) Gibbons, of East Bradford : both 
buried at Birmingham. Children, — 

1571. William A., b. 5, 25, 1S09; m. some one from N. J.: supposed by some to have 

died in California, but fate uncertain. 

1572. Joseph G., twin with William, d. near Muscatine, Iowa, 7, 12, 18S0; m. 10, 

26, 1837, his cousin, Mary G. Gray. No children. 



409- Elizabeth Garrett^, Joseph^, called Betsey, b. 7, 17, 1780; 

d. II, 1, 1838 ; m. I, 22, 1800, at Concord Mtg., William Thatcher, b. 

II, 22, 1770; d. 12, 16, 1851 ; son of William and Sarah (p. 345), of 
Thornbur)', Delaware Co., Pa., where they settled. Children, — 



1573 
1574 
1575 
1576 
1577 
1578 
1579 
1580 
1581 
1582, 



Charity, b. 6, 18, 1801 ; d. 3, 7, 1831 ; m. John Sharpless (No. 801). 

Sarah, b. 10, 2, 1803 ; d. 4, 10, 1866 ; ni. Smith Sharpless (No. 802). 

Richard, b. 5, 4, 1806; d. 5, 20, 1806. 

Hannah, b. 10, 17, 1807 ; d. 8, 22, 1810. 

Lydia, b. 3, 24, 1 8 10; d. 8, 21, 18 10. 

Garrett, b. 7, 24, 1811 ; m. Hannah H. Pyle. 

Betsey G., b. 6, 27, 1814 ; d. 5, 2, 1875 ; m. James Painter. 

William Penn, b. 9, 14, 1817; d. 5, 24, 1867; m. Sarah Mattson. 

Richard, b. 9, 19, 1819; m. Rebecca S. Cassin. 

Benjamin, b. 4, 5, 1823 ; m. Adrianna Hoopes. 



410. Sarah Garrett5, Josephs b. 6, 23, 1783; d. at E. Rochester, 
Columbiana Co., O., 7, 31, 1850; m. 11, 21, 1804, at Goshen Mtg., 
Nathan Plm, b. 3, 31, 1783; d. n, 26, 1816; son of Isaacs (Richard^, 
William') and Hannah {Cope4, Nathan3, John-, Oliver'), of East Cain, 



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THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 



Chester Co., Pa. They removed to Columbiana Co., O., in iSi: 
Children, — 



Garrett, b. lo, 26, 1S05; d. 5, 19, 1S65 ; m. Rebecca Emmons, &c 
Isaac, b. 6, 21, 1S07 ; d. 3, 31, 1S61 ; m. Caroline S. Emmons. 
Lydia, b. 8, 2i, 1809 ; d. 8, 9, 1843 ; m. David Coulson. 
Enos, b. 7, 24, 181 1 ; d. 3, 29, 1863; m. Phebe Emmons. 
Lewis, b. 4, 14, 1S14 ; m. Sarah Morlan. 

Nathan, h. 9, 3, 18 16 ; d. 5, 10, 1S85 ; m. Hannah Davis. 



Sarah was married again, 12, 31, 1S18, at Augusta Mtg., O., to 
Jabez Coulson, b. i, 17, 1797, ; son of Jehu and Jane (Frame) Coulson, 
of East Rochester, Columbiana Co., O. He was married again i, i, 1852, 
to Abigail Regester, and was still living in 1884. Children of Jabez and 
Sarah, — 

1589. Rachel, b. lo, 26, i8ig; d. 3, 16, 1S80; m. Jesse Bowersock. 

1590. Joseph, b. II, 4, 1S22 ; ni. Sarah Elizabeth Bashaw and Sarah L. Bashaw. 

1591. Benjamin, b. i, 22, 1825; m. Lydia Stratton. 

1592. Pirn, b. 6, 8, 1S27; d. 7, 28, 1829. 

412. Levi Garrett^, Abraham4, of Springfield, Del. Co., Pa., tailor, 
and Mary his wife, 3, 6, 18 10, convey to Ezekiel Norman of Nether 
Providence, blacksmith, for ^2000, a messuage and 29 acres, 94 perches of 
land in Springfield ; part of the estate of his father, Abraham Garret. Not 
traced further. 

413. Ezra Garrett^, Abraham4, of New Brunswick, N. J., house 
carpenter, and wife Mary, 7, i, 1809, convey to Arthur Leadlie, 26 acres in 
Springfield, part of his father's estate; as also 15 acres, 18 perches, which 
Ezra had purchased 6, 27, iSoi. No further record. 

414. Curtis Garrett^, Abraham^, of Springfield, potter, and Mary 
his wife, convey to Jesse Cheyney of Thornbury, blacksmith, 6, 6, 1808, for 
$1237, 30 acres, 52 perches of land in Springfield, which he received in the 
division of his father's estate. No further record. 

415- Jane Garrett^, Abraham4, m. James Edwards, and 5, i, 

1816, as of Springfield, widow, conveyed to Thomas Vernon of the same 
place, 24 acres, 65 perches of land, for $1464. 37 ; being her share of her 
father's estate. No further record. 



LINE OF JAMES 3^ JAMES'. . . ^ 

417. Mary Dicks-S Sarali4, b. about 1751 ; d. in Philadelphia, 9, 29, 
1793, of yellow fever; m. 10, 6, 1773, at Pine Street Mtg., Phila., to 
Samuel Richards, b. about 1734; d. 5, 3, 1808, in 74th year; son of 
Rowland and Sarah Richards, of Chester Co., Pa. He was styled a 
cordwainer in his marriage certificate, but afterward was a dealer in wood 
and lime, and acquired a considerable estate. He was first married, 12, 18, 
1760, to Hannah Townsend, b. 9, 21, 1742; d. 12, 28, 1771 ; dau. of 
Charles and Abigail Townsend, of Philadelphia, by whom he had children, 
Elizabeth and Samuel, with others who died young. His father is supposed 
to have been the eldest son of Rowland and Catharine Richards, of 
Tredyffrin. Mary Dicks received a certificate from Chester Mo. Mtg., to 
Philadelphia, 5, 27, 1771. Children, — 

1593. John, b. 8, 23, 1774; d. 1842; m. Rachel Henry. 

1594. Sarah, b. 4, 13, 177S; d. 10, 14, 1829; m. James Saunders. 

1595. Joseph, b. 2, 16, 1780; d. 1851 ; m. Margery Johnson. 

1596. Hannah, b. 11, 12, 1781 ; d. 1833 ; m. John Cox Evans. 

1597. Mary, b. 6, 20, 1784; d. 11, 17, 1862, unmarried. 

1598. Rachel, b. 2, 2, 17S7 ; d. ii, 11, 1859; m. William Simmons. 

1599. Lydia, b. 4, 29, 1789; d. 12, 11, 1885; m. Daniel Elliott and Thos. Shipley. 

418. Sarah Dicks^, Sarahs, of Providence Mtg., and John 
Wood, of Springfield Mtg., son of James and Mary Wood, were 
disowned 7, 31, 1780, for marriage by a priest. They settled near Chester 
and had one child, — 

1600. William, who died when about 20 years of age. 

419- Abigail Dicks^, Sarah4, b. about 1759; d. 5, 23, 1S47 ; "">• 
Isaac Eyre, son of William and Mary, of Chester, where they settled. 
For their marriage by a magistrate they were disowned 11, 27, 1786. She 
was his second wife (see p. 216). He d. 10, 23, 1825, aged 85. The division 
of her father's real estate, 149^ acres, in Chester township, was made by 
Robert Mendenhall, Henry Hale Graham, Isaac Weaver, James Gibbons 
and James Barton, chosen for that purpose by the heirs, and they on Apr. 
I, 1782, set apart a messuage and 32 acres, 25 perches, as the share of 
Mary Richards. Oct. 8, 1785, Daniel Sharpless, blacksmith, and Elizabeth 
his wife, John Wood, guardian for his only son, William Wood (whose 
mother was deceased), and Abigail Dicks, spinster, executed a release for 
this property to Samuel Richards and wife. Abigail had seven children : 

1601. William, d. 5, 30, 1859; m. Susan Maddock. 

1602. Sarah, d. 6, 23, 186S, unmarried. 



352 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

1603. Ann, died young. 

1604. James, deceased; m. Margaretta Hayes. 

1605. Jane, b. 6, 4, 1794 ; d. 8, 10, 1879, unmarried. 

1606. Elizabeth, b. 9, 18, 1797 ; living in Chester, unmarried. 

1607. Abigail, m. Job Rulon. 



421. James Helm-S Rebecca^, b. in Baltimore Co., Md., 6, 11, 
1763 ; d. in Baltimore, 7, i, 1S24; m. i?, 21, 1788, in Baltimore, Elizabeth 
Strebeck, b. there 10, 22, 1770; d. i, 14, 1847; dau. of Peter Strebeck and 
Christina Redifer, of Baltimore : both buried at Mount Olivet. Peter 
Strebeck was a cabinet-maker. His father, George Strebeck, was one of 
the first seventeen setders of Baldmore. James Helm was a coach-smith, 
doing- a large business in the days of stage coaching. He also farmed a 
a pordon of " Parrish's Fear" plantation. Child, — 

1608. Leonard, b. 9, 24, 1790 ; d. 5, 27, 1832 ; m. Isabella Oliver. 

423- Ann Helm5, Rebecca-^, b. 9, 13, 1768; d. 12, 7, 1S53 ; m. 
John McKean, said to have been a nephew of Gov. Thomas McKean, 
of Pennsylvania. Children, — 

1609. Ann, died unmarried. 

1610. William, b. 11, 15, 1799; d. 9, 11, 1836; m. Camilla Moore. 

1611. Elizabeth, died unmarried. 

1612. John, died unmarried. 

1613. Rebecca, b. about 1803 ; living in Baltimore, unmarried. 

1614. Mary, b. about 1808; living in Baltimore, unmarried. 
Three others died in infancy. 

426. James Sharpies^ James4, was born perhaps about 1766, 
and is mentioned in the will of his grandfather, 1775. Nothing further is 
known of him, but James Searls Sharpless, of Dorchester, N. J., claims 
that his father, Jesse James Sharpless, was born in Middletown, Delaware 
Co., Pa., and was the son of a James Sharpless. Possibly he may have 
been of the Jesse Sharpless branch (No. 104), but without assuming more 
than a probability, we will place him in this line : 

1615. Jesse James, b. circa 1795 ; d. i, 2, 1839 ; ni. Mary M. (Hill) Baldt. 

427- Isaac Sharpless^, Joshua4 b. 1772, d. 1852, m. 1795, 

Hannah, dau. of John and Rebecca Wright, of Philadelphia; b. 1770, d. 



LINE OF JAMES J, JAMES'. 

1S40. They resided on a farm in Radnor, 1S16, but died in Montgomery 
Co., Pa. Children,— 

1616. Elizabeth, b. 1796 ; d. 1875 ; m. William Halloway. 

1617. Nathaniel, b. 12, 21, 1797; d. 10, 28, 1870; m. Anna Thomas. 

1618. Samuel, b. i8cx); d. 1877 ; m. Margaret Wilen. 

1619. Jolin, b. I, 14, 1803; d. II, 9, 1871 ; m. Marie A. Blanchard. 

1620. Isaac, b. 1806 ; d. 1867 ; m. Elizabeth Pawling. 

1621. Rebecca, b. 1808; d. 1872; m. George A. Benson. 

1622. Susanna, b. 1810; living at Norristown, Pa., unmarried. 

1623. George, b. 1815 ; d. 1841, unmarried. 

Hannah had an older child, who appears to have been adopted by 
Isaac Sharpless, and was known as Rachel Sharpless. She married 
Thomas Cassin, b. 1786, d. 1859; son of Luke Cassin^ (Joseph') and Ann 
WorraIl5 (Thomas^, John3, Peter^, Peter"), of Upper Providence. They 
had children, John, a distinguished naturalist, Lydia, Luke, Thomas W., 
Rebecca S., William V., Isaac S., a well-known hydraulic engineer, Ann 
Eliza and Susanna S. 



428. Samuel Sharpies^, Joshua^, a paper maker, m. Mary 
Holmes, of Troy, N. Y., about 1803, and resided near there for some 
years : then removed to Middletown, Del. Co., Pa., and thence to the 
western part of Pennsylvania. He died in New York State, 1863, and his 
widow in Ohio not long after. Children, — 

1624. Albert G., married ; was killed at Fredericksburgh, Va., in the army. 

1625. Stephen, m. Hulda Kelley ; d. at Dansville, Livingston Co., N. Y. 

1626. Joshua, drowned by an alligator in Florida ; unmarried. 

1627. Job, died in New Orleans, unmarried. 

1628. William, m. in Rochester, N. Y., and had several children, paper makers ; was 

last of Lee, Mass. No further record. 

1629. Henry, m. Butterfield of Rochester, N. Y. 

1630. Charles P., b. Fayette Co., Pa., 12, i, 1817; m. Helen Knight. 

429- James Sharpless', N^thanieK b. 12, 26, 1774; d. i, 19, 1S07; 

m. 1 80 1, Sarah Woodward (No. 471), dau. of Edward and Mary, of 
Middletown, where they settled. He owned 30 acres of land, which was 
sold by the administrator, Robert Green, in 182 1, to John Edwards, Esq., 
for $2063. The widow m. Edward Salyards, prior to 4, 19, 18 10, and d. 
1814, without children by the last husband, of whom nothing further is 
known. In 18 10 they joined with other heirs of her father in selling a farm 



354 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

of about Si acres in Middletown to Nathaniel R. Snowden. The children 
of James Sharpless were, — 

1631. Elizabeth, m. Thomas Hallovvell prior to 7, 27, 1S18. They did not live long 

and left no children. 

1632. Mary, m. John W. Hamilton, and d. 10, 21, 1827. 

1633. Edward, d. 3, 5, 1814, aged 8 years. 

1634. James, supposed to have married, but nothing definite is known of him by his 

cousins, Lydia Minshall and Elizabeth S. Temple. 



430. Job Sharpless^, NathanieK b. in Nether Providence, 7, 26, 
1776; d. at Poughkeepsie, N. Y., 4, 14, 1S06; m. 12, 6, 1798, by John 
Graves, Esq., of West Chester, Pa., to Mary Johnson, dau. of Benjamin 
and Ann Johnson, of Westtown township. They settled in Newtown and 
kept tavern at Newtown Square, where she d. 10, i, 1802, aged 29 years. 
Job sold out and left the neighborhood, and the children were taken by 
their aunt Haldeman. They were — 

1635. Sarah, b. 5 mo., 1799 ; d. 8, 14, 1819, unmarried. 

1636. Ann, b. 2, 8, 1801 ; d. 11, 23, 1884, at Abraham Haldeman's, Harrisonvillc. 

N. J., unmarried. 

1637. Nathaniel, b. 8, I, 1802; d. 3, 19, 1825, unmarried. 



432. Sarah Sharpless^, Nathaniel-*, b. in N. Providence, 3, 8, 
1781 ; d. in Middletown, 5, 1 1, 1817 ; m. 9, 9, 1802, John Minshall, b. 
7, 17, 1781 ; d. 3, 23, 1838; son of Thomas and Lydia Minshall, of 
Middletown, where they setded on a farm. Children, — 



1638 
1639 
1640. 
1641 
1642 



Lydia R., b. 8, 4, 1803; now of Manoa, Delaware Co., Pa., unmarried. 

Elizabeth, b. 11, 7, 1804; d. 7, 2, 1805. 

Mary S., b. 4, i, 1806 ; d. 8, 20, 1883 ; m. Elisha Worrall. 

Sarah Ann, b. i, 31, 1808; d. 2, 12, 1880; m. John Eves. 

Elizabeth, b. 3, 12, 1810; m. Thomas Hinkson. 



Thomas Minshall', son of John Minshall, of Lachford, Cheshire, 
Eng., with Margaret, his wife, came from the parish of Stoak, in Cheshire- 
1682, and setded in the upper part of Nether Providence. Providence 
Meeting was first held at his house. Jacob Minshall-, b. 5, i, 1685, d. 5, 
15, 1734, m. Sarah Owen, dau. of Dr. Griffith Owen, of Philadelphia, and 
settled on a part of his father's land. His children were Thomas, Sarah, 
Margaret, John, Moses and Ann. John Minshall3, b. 8, 21, 1716 ; d. i, 8. 



LINE OF RA CHEL3, JAMES'. , r 

17S4; m. II, 9, 1739-40, Sarah Smedley3 (Thomas-, George"), and settled 
in Middletovvn. His children were Mary, Jane, Sarah, Thomas, Moses and 
Ann. Thomas MinshalH, b. 12, 17, 1747; d. 12 mo., 1813; m. Lydia 
Regester, b. 4, 17, 1753, dau. of Robert- (David'), and Jane (Williamson^, 
John-, Daniel'), of Edgmont. They had children, John, Abel and Sarah. 



434- Mary Sharpless^, Nathaniel^, b. 5, S, 1786; d. in Aston, 5, 
I, 1S51 ; m. about 1811, Peter Worrall, b. in Middletovvn 12, 10, 1782; 
d. there, i, 13, 1832 ; son of John and Hannah, of Middletovvn. They 
settled on his father's farm. He made acknovi^ledgment, 11, 25, 181 1, for 
marriage to one not a member, and Mary and her children were received 
into membership, 10, 27, 1817. In 1S22, Peter was appointed a trustee for 
Middletown Meeting. Children, — 

1643. John S., b. 6, 31, 1S12 ; m. Elizabeth Sill and Mary Ann Delham. 

1644. Nathaniel S., b. 12, 22, 1813; m. Amanda Miles. 

1645. Hannah T., b. 12, 17, 1815 ; d. 6, 15, 1820. 

1646. Elizabeth S., b. 7, 12, 1818 ; m. Thoma.s Temple. 

1647. Mary J., b. 1, 27, 1821 ; d. 4, 30, 1851 ; m. Samuel Dntton. No children. 

1648. Hannah T., b. 5, 9, 1823 ; d. 4, 5, 1885; m. John Leedoni. 

1649. Edith L., b. i, 15, 1S25 (1826, in meeting record); d. 3, 22, 1S53, unmarried. 

1650. Sarah P., b. i, 17, 1S32; m. Jonas Pusey. 

John Worrall', from Oare, Berkshire, Eng., 1682, settled in 
Middletown and afterward in Edgmont; m. 1684, Frances, widow of 
lliomas Taylor, by whom he had a son, John, who died young, and she d. 
I 71 2. In 1 7 14 he m. Sarah, dau. of Thomas Goodwin, of Edgmont, and 
d. 2, 19, 1742, in 85th year. Children, Elizabeth, Mary, John, Peter, Sarah, 
Thomas and Thomas 2d. Peter Worrall^, b. 8, 26, 1719, m. Abigail Pyle, 
dau. of John3 (William^, Robert') and Rachel, of Kennet, and had children, 
John, Rachel, Sarah, Rachel, Abigail, Mary and Elizabeth. John Worrall3, 
b. I, 31, 1758, m. 4, 12, 1780, Hannah Thatcher, dau. of William and 
Sarah, of Thornbury, and had children, Sarah, Peter, Abigail, Edith. 
Hannah, Rachel, John and Richard Thatcher. 



435- Thomas Dell Weaver^ Sarahs b. 9, 27, 1751, probably in 
Nether Providence; d. in Washington Co., Pa., about 1804; buried at 
Chartiers Presb. Ch., North Strabane twp., about one and a half miles south 
of Canonsburg: m. Jane Hinkson, dau. of John and Jane (Morrow) 



356 THE SHARPL ESS FA MIL Y. 

Hinkson, of Nether Providence. He was disowned by Chester Mo. Mtg., 
7, 26, 1779, for taking the "Test" of allegiance to the new government. 
He was a blacksmith and possibly resided on Pitt Street, Canonsburg, as 
his name appears as owner of a lot, on one of the early plots of the town. 
Children, — 



165 1 
1652 
1653 
1654 
1655 
1656 

1657 
1658 
1659 
1660, 



John, b. i78o(?); d. i, 26, 1S57; m. Mary McMillan. 
Sarah, m. John McMillan. 

Isaac, b. 1783 ; d. 7, 11, 1829 ; m. Bebout and Ann Ritchie. 

Mary, m. James Perry. 

Jane, m. Jonathan Bird. 

Thomas H., b. 1786 ; d. 10, 11, 1852 ; m. Mary AVhite. 

Ann, b. i786(?); d. 11, 29, 1824, unmarried. 

Dell, b. I, 17, 1797 ; d. i, 30, 1883 ; m. Nancy Lessnett. 

George, a saddler, d. 1872, in Canonsburg, unmarried. 

Joshua, b. about iSoo ; d. 3, 18, 1843 ; m. Eliza Riddle and Betsy Cochran. 



John Hinkson and wife came from Ireland as early as 1764. By 
deed of March 20, 1764, in which he is styled of the city of Philadelphia, 
yeoman, he purchased from Charles Norris and wife two adjoining farms in 
Providence, on the south side of the James Sharpies tract, for ^860. 
Towards the close of that year he was assessed in Nether Providence with 
200 acres of land, and buildings, worth ^16, per annum, 3 horses, 4 catde, 
10 sheep and 2 servants. At Chester Mo. Mtg., i, 27, 1766, his wife 
produced the following certificate from Friends in Co. Cavan, Ireland : 

We whose Names are Subscribed Do Certifie that Jane Hinkson, wife of Jolin Hinkson, 
Frequented our Religious meetings, was a Woman of an Eafey, mild, modest behaviour, Held 
in Esteem by friends and others ; Walked Orderly During her Residing here ; was in unity 
with friends when she Left this ; and was admited to sit in Women's meeting Here. Given 
and signed at our Men's Meeting Held at Cootehill, the 5"' mo., 30"' day 1764, By 

James Simpson, 
James Trenor, 
Ja^: Allen, 
Tho=: Coyle, 
Ben: Simpson. 

John and Jane Hinkson had at least eight children, as follows : Jane, 
m. Thomas Dell Weaver; John, m. Abigail Engle, about 17S3, and d. 2, 
17, 1819 ; James, m. Betty Crosley (see No. 461) ; Thomas, m. 5, 1 1, 1797, 
Mary Worrilow ; George, m. Catherine, dau. of Nicholas Fairlamb, and 
went to Ohio ; Mary, died unmarried ; Sarah, m. William Hawkins, and 
Nancy, m. Joseph Dickinson. 



LINE OF RACHELS^ JAMES-\ 



357 



436. Joshua Weaver^, Sarah4, b. in Nether Providence, 12, 28, 
1753 ; d. in West Chester, Pa., 6, 2, 1S27 ; m. Mary Trego, b. i, 16, 1759 ; 
d. 1826; dau. of Benjamin Trego3 (WiUiam-, Peter',) and Mary Pyle3 
(John% Robert'), of West Chester. (See pp. 69 and 178.) Joshua was 
complained of by Chester Mtg., 8, 26, 1776, for exercising in the military 
discipline, for which he made an acknowledgment; but on 11, 27, 1780, it 
was represented that he " hath paid all fines demanded of him, and 
endeavours to Justify himself therein." He was therefore disowned i, 29, 
1 78 1. Mary Trego was disowned by Goshen Mo. Mtg., 2, 9, 1781, for 
attending music and dancing at night. Joshua settled in West Chester 
and became one of the most useful citizens of that borough. His business 
was that of a surveyor and conveyancer, but he took part in all public 
measures : was burgess and treasurer of the town, county commissioner, 
1818-1S21, and clerk to the board of Directors of the Poor, from 2, 20. 
1799, till his death. The family bible is in possession of John Rutter, who 
has withheld the records. Children, — 

1661. Isaac, b. 2, 23, 1784; d. 7, 30, 1S63 ; ni. Fanny Pearce. 

1662. EmmorT., b. 7, 6, 1786; d. 10, 2, i860; m. Mary Boswell. 

1663. Elizabeth, died unmarried. t 

1664. Sarah, died unmarried. 

1665. Edith W., b. I, 22, 1795 ; d. 2, 17, 1879 ; m. George Hartman. 

1666. Maria, b. 10, 14, iScx); d. 12, 12, 1872 ; m. John Rutter. 

1667. Sidney, died unmarried. 

437- Isaac Weaver^, Sarahs b. in Nether Providence, 3, i, 1756; 
d. in Greene Co., Pa., 5, 22, 1830, and was buried upon his own farm upon 
Castile Run; m. Abigail Price, b. 8, 24, 1766; d. 9, 10, 1813; dau. of 
David and Ann (Husband) Price. Second wife, Rachel Husband, of 
Maryland, dau. of William Husband, and a relative of his first wife. 
Children, — 

166S. Ann, died in infancy. 

1669. Elizabeth, d. i, 13, 1870; m. Morgan Heaton. 

1670. Rachel, d. 11 mo., 1858; m. Jacob Bowen Heaton. 

■1671. Price, b. 7, 2, 1790 (17S9?) d. i, 24, 1859; m. Hannah Burns. 

1672. William, b. 2, 19, 1791 ; d. 4, 12, 1871 ; m. Mary Cornwell. 

1673. Sarah, b. 12, 29, 1792; d. 12, 10, 1876; m. Reese Heaton. 

1674. Joshua, b. 7, 20, 1795; d. 12, 15, 1816, unmarried. 

1675. Nancy, m. John Heaton. 

1676. Isaac, b. 12, 13, 1800; d. 10, 21, i866'; m. Eliza Cornwell. 

1677. David, b. i, 24, 1S02; d. 12, 29, 1875 ; m. Charlotte Cornwell. 

1678. Harmon, b. 5, 24, 1808; m. Pamela Day. 



358 THE SHARPLESS FAMIL Y. 

Isaac Weaver was educated in Philadelphia and while a young man 
taught school for several years; his first wife being one of his pupils. He 
received a good education for that day, and was a very fine penman. In 
person he was large, being six feet, four inches, in height, and weighing 
about 240 pounds. He possessed great physical strength, was very erect, 
and in appearance handsome, stately and dignified. He was complained 
of by Chester Meeting, 7, 28, 1783, for marriage by a priest to one not a 
member; for which he at length made the following acknowledgment, 
which was accepted : 

To Chester Monthly Meeting : 

Whereas I, the subscriber, having had a Birth and Education among Friends, but not 
having sufficient Regard to the Manifestations of Grace in my own Heart, have at Times 
deviated from their known Principles, and at length thro' Levity proceeded so far as to 
accomplish my Marriage by the assistance of a hireling Ministry; thereby bringing Trouble 
on myself and Friends ; for which I am sorry, and desire them to pass by my Deviations, and 
continue me under their Care, as my future Conduct may deserve. 

Isaac Weaver, Junr. 

3 mo. 26"', 1784. 

From somewhat conflicting statements it would appear that he was 
married in Cecil Co., Md. He received a certificate from Chester Mo. 
Mtg., 10, 25, 1784, to Philadelphia, from which place it is said he removed 
to Muddy Creek, Greene Co., Pa., prior to 1800; thence to Lancaster, 
again to Muddy Creek, and lasdy to Castile, where he died. Though 
disowned by Friends for mustering in the militia, he adhered to their 
principles in general, and used the plain language in his family. He was a 
man of unswerving integrity and served in both houses of the State 
legislature. In 1800, he was Speaker of the Assembly; in 1802, State 
Treasurer, and carried money from Lancaster to Washington City on 
horseback, filling the office with credit to himself and honor to the 
State. He was four times elected Senator from the district composed of 
Washington and Greene counties, to-wit, 1806, 181 2, 181 6 and 1820, and 
in 18 1 7, was Speaker of the Senate. He owned a farm, but being much 
engaged in public affairs he left it to the management of his sons. At one 
time he was nominated for governor, but his advancing years, ill health, 
and finally death, cut off his further public career. For the descendants of 
Thomas Dell Weaver and his brother Isaac, we are indebted to T. M. 
Potts, editor of the Canonsburg Herald, and an experienced genealogist. 

John Price married Abigail, widow of Enoch Job, and dau. of 



LINE OF RACHELS, JAMES^. 



359 



Ellsha and Rachel Gatchell, of East Nottingham, Chester Co., Pa., and had 
sons, EHsha and David. Her father was a prominent magistrate in his 
day, and an active participant in the border troubles with Maryland. She 
appears to have been a 7th-day Baptist and meetings were held at her 
house about 1770, but she removed to Chester before her death, which 
occurred about 17S4. Her son Elisha was perhaps the first resident 
lawyer of Chester, who was a native of the county. David Price m. 11, 14, 
1765, in Cecil Co., Md., Ann Husband, dau. of William and Mary, and had 
six children, Abigail, William, Mary, David Elisha, Ann and Margery. He 
d. at Redstone, in the south-western part of Pennsylvania, 11, 7, 1773, and 
his widow m. Josiah Haines (p. 224), who afterward removed to that part 
of the State. 



438- Elizabeth Weaver^, Sarahs b. 7, 27, 1758 ; d. in Philadelphia, 
7, 16. 1S41 ; m. about 17S3, William Jones, b. 6, 22, 1761 ; d. 1801 ; 
son of William Jones, b. 9, 19, 171S, and Rebecca Trotter, and gr. son of 
Robert Jones, b. in the parish of Llanynus, Denbighshire, Wales, 10, 9, 
1690, and Ann Coulston, b. 8, 18, 1695, near Moorland, in Yorkshire. He 
had been disowned by Goshen Mo. Mtg., 12, 9, 1780, for mustering, and 
Elizabeth was disowned by Chester for her marriage, 6, 28, 1784, but they 
were admitted again in 1786, and took a certificate to Haverford the same 
year. William was a school teacher in Marple and afterward lived in 
Reading, Pa., but removed to Philadelphia before his death. Children, — 

1679. Sarah, b. in Marple; d. 1798, aged 15 years. 

1680. Rebecca, b. 8 mo., 1786; d. 5, 14, 1859; m. Jacob Smedley. 

1651. Elizabeth, b. in Marple; d. in Phila., unmarried, a teacher. 

1652. Hannah, b. in Reading ; d. unmarried. 
1683. Gulielma, b. in Reading ; d. unmarried. 
16S4. Isaac, b. in Reading ; d. unmarried. 

1685. Harriet, b. 2, 10, 1797 ; d. 6, 9, 1S82 ; m. William .Smedley (see No. igo8). 

1686. William, b. 9. 27, 1799; d. i, 16, 1851 ; m. Jane Pennell. 



439- Baldwin Weaver^ Sarahs b. n, 20, 1760; d. 3, i, 1795; 

m. Elizabeth , who left no children. Second wife Mary Beaumont, 

b. 2, 22, 1766; d. in Phila., 4, 21, 1828; dau. of William and Hannah 
(Davis) Beaumont, of Newtown, Delaware Co., Pa. He was disowned by 
Chester Mo. Mtg., 6, 26, 1780, for mustering with the militia and in 
1786, was a tavern-keeper in Upper Providence. He probably died 



36o THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

near Morq-antovvn, Va., after which his widow returned to her father's. 
Children, — 

1687. Davis, m. Susan , and had one son, William, who lived in Virginia and 

had nine children. No further record. 

1688. Baldwin, b. 9, 23, 1794 ; d. i, 2, 1S63 ; m. Thirza Bennett. 
16S9. Hannah, d. in childhood. 

445- Abraham Pennell^, Mary4, b. in Middletown 4, 9, 1753; d. 
9, 25, 1740; m. 5, 9, 1776, at Middletown Mtg., Hannah Sharpless (No. 
120), b. 12, 20, 1747 ; d. 10, 2, 1S23 ; dau. of Joseph and Mary Sharpless. 
He took the real estate of his father at the appraisement, consisting of over 
750 acres, with grist and saw mills, in Middletown, 100 acres in Aston and 
265 acres in Fallowfield, Chester Co., Pa, The other heirs executed a 
release to him 11, 15, 1785, and the next day he conveyed to his brother 
Dell 206 acres in Middletown and 100 acres in Aston ; also to Nathan 
Sharpless and wife, and Esther Pennell, the grist and saw mill, and sixty 
acres, in Middletown. Abraham remained at the homestead. He was 
one of the most active and useful members of Middletown Meeting for 
many years. He succeeded James Emlen as clerk of the Monthly 
Meeting 3, 26, 1790, in which position he served several years: was 
appointed an elder 12, 31, 179S, and was also recorder of marriages, births 
and deaths, school trustee, &c. Children, — 

i6go. Mary, b. 6, 25, 1777 ; d. i, iS, 1S52 ; m. Isaac Yarnall. 

1691. Joseph, b. 12, 3, 1778; d. 5, 11, 1S49 ; m. Mary Yarnall. 

1692. William, b. 10, 6, 1783 ; d. 8, 26, 1796. 

1693. Hannah, b. 2, 12, 17S8 ; d. 12, 2, 1864; m. Isaac Morgan. 

446. Robert Pennell^, Mary4 b. 7, 14, 1755; d. in Willistown 
township 7, 23, 1845, aged 90 years; m. 5, 20, 1803, at Goshen Mtg., 
Mary Garrett, b. 2, 22, 1774; d. 8, 10, 1812 ; dau. of Jesse Garrett-*, 
(Samuel3, Samuel-, William") and Abigail Yarnall, of Willistown. They 
settled on a farm in Willistown, near Sugartown, about 1808. He devised 
his estate to be divided amongst his numerous relatives. Children, — 

1694. William, b. 4, 22, 1804 ; d. 8, 21, 1822. 

1695. Abigail, b. 9, 27, 1S05 ; d. lo, 11, 181 1. 

447- Dell Pennell5, Mary4, b. i, 12, 1758,; d. 6, 9, 1829; m. 10, 1 

20, 1785, at Middletown Mtg., Hannah Hill, b. 8, 5, 1765 ; d. 6, 2, 1836; 



LINE OF RACItELa, JAi\fES\ ^gj 

daii. of John and Mary Hill, of Middletown : both died in Darby, and 
were buried at Darby Meeting. He became the owner of a part of his 
father's real estate in Middletown and Aston, and for some years was 
interested in iron works, on Chester Creek, but about iSoo removed 
to a farm in Upper Darby. In 1802, he sold to George Chandlee, of 
Montgomery Co., Md., the iron works, with some land in Aston and 
Middletown. Children, — 

1696. John, b. 7, 29, 17S6 ; d. aged 9 months. 

1697. Sidney, b. 12, 22, 1787; d. 3, 17, 1845 ; m. Benjamin Serrill. 

1698. Hill, b. 3, 27, 1792 ; d. II, 24, 1854; m. Mary Atherton, &c. 

1699. Mary Dell, b. 10, 9, 1798; d. 3, 14, 1872; m. James S. Peters. 

448. Samuel Pennell,5 Mary4 b. 4, 12, 1760, at the time of his 
father's death "was said to be absent, in parts beyond the sea," and the 
date of his death is unknown. He left one son, who is mentioned in the 
wills of his uncles, Robert and William, but the mother's name does not 
appear. Child, — 

1700. Samuel, b. 1778 ; d. 6, 16, 1832 ; m. Susan Hall. 

450- Esther Pennell^, Mary4 b. 7, 13, 1765 ; d. 5, 22, 1802 ; m. 4, 
16, 1789, at Middletown Mtg., David Garrett, b. 12, 15, 1764; d. 4, 7, 
1805; son of Jesse and Abigail Garrett, of Willistown : both buried at 
Middletown Meeting. They settled on a part of her father's estate, at 
what is now Glen Riddle (see No. 125). Children, — 



1701 
1702. 
1703 
1704, 



Penncll, b. i, 24, 1790; d. 3, 31, 1S78 ; m. Piiscilla Wilkins. 
Abigail, b. 5, 6, 1793 ; m. Joseph Eldridge (No. 1546). 

Mary, b. 6, 8, 1796; d. 11, 10, 1859; m. Jonathan Maris. 
William, b. 5, 5, 1799; buried at Middletown, 9, 11, 1800. 
Jesse, b. 4, 2, 1801 ; d. 7, 25, 1881 ; m. Mary Stirk. 



451- William Pennell^, Mary4, b. n, 29, 1767; d. n, 25, 1817; 
m. about 1796, Dorothy or Dorothea S. Graham, b. 6, 22, 1770; d. 8, 4, 
1798 ; dau. of Henry Hale Graham, Esq., and Abigail I'ennelH (Thomas3, 
William^, Robert'), of Chester borough. The "S" in her name was 
probably inserted after the marriage of her Aunt Dorothy Graham, to 
John Smith, in 1783. William was a physician and setded at the "Seven 
Stars," now Village Green, in Aston township. He devised his library to 
his friend Jacob Richards, except the bible, which he gave to his brother 
Jesse's son William. No children. 



362 THE SHARPLESS EAMILY. 

453- Jesse Pennell5, Mary4 b. 8, i, 1772; d. at Bridgeport, 
Fayette Co., Pa., 2, 4, 18 19; m. 7, 3, 1793, at Bullskin Mtg., Berkeley 
Co., Va., to Hannah Grubb, b. 5, 3, 1774, in Virginia; d. at Bridgeport 
12, 6, 1830; dau. of William^ (VVilliam3, John^, John') and Susanna 
Grubb, formerly of Brandywine hundred. New Castle Co., Del. Her 
sister Lydia was the wife of Isaac Wood (No. 645), and her mother, 
whose maiden name is not remembered, removed from Virginia about 
181 1, to Fayette Co., and d. at Jesse Pennell's 4, 11, 18 17. Jesse received 
a certificate from Chester Mo. Mtg., 6, 27, 1791, to Hopewell, Va., and 
when married he and his wife were said to be of Berkeley County. They 
received a certificate from Crooked Run Mo. Mtg., 4, 4, 1 795, to Redstone, 
Pa. He was a physician but as a partner entered into business at Bridge- 
port, which was unsuccessful, and the property was sold after his death. 
His brothers Abraham and Robert bought the stores and lot or lots for 
the benefit of the family, to whom they were subsequently devised. 
Children, — 

1706. Mary, b. 4, 13, 1794, in Virginia; d. 8 mo., 1795. 

1707. Twin daughters, b. 6, 5, 1795 ; lived a few days. 

1708. Maria G., b. 10, 22, 1796; d. 1S32 ; m. Washington Hough. 

1709. William G., b. 5, 10, 1797; d. 4, 5, 1800. 

1710. Sarah W., b. 12, 18, 1799; d. 11, 19, 1830; m. Thomas G. Lamb. 

1711. Robert D., b. 5, 7, 1802 ; d. 7, 19, 1S21. 

1712. William Dell, b. i, 16, 1804; m. Susan Irwin. 

1713. Susanna G., b. 10, 12, 1S05 ; living at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, unmarried. 

1714. Eliza, b. 12, 25, 1806; d. 11, 15, 1834; "i- Jonathan Binns. 

1715. Esther, b. 10, 24, 1S08 ; d. 2, 12, 1837; ™- Hermon Price. 

1716. Beulah, b. 5, 4, iSio; d. 9, 17, 181 1. 

1717. Geo. Washington, b. 2, 17, 1S12; d. 12, 25, 1854; m. Elizabeth Mills. 

454- Mary Pennell^, Mary4, b. lo, 3, 1775; d. in Willistown, 

about 1859 ; m. 4, 27, 1797, at Middletown Mtg., to Henry LawrencB, 

son of Henry and Hannah (Massey) Lawrence, of Marple. Second 
marriage 10, 15, 18 16, at Haverford Mtg., to Reece Heacock, b. 7, 24 
1791; d. 2, 24, 1866; son of Jonathan and Hannah (Davis) Heacock' 
of Haverford. Henry Lawrence was a merchant, in Philadelphia, when 
married, and afterward resided on Filbert St., above Ninth. Children,— 
by 1st marriage only, — 

1718. William Pennell, b. 4, 8, 1798 ; d. 2, 14, 1S62; m. Lavinia K. Austin. 

1719. Thomas D., b. 6, 24, 1800; d. 1S85 ; m. Mary Ann Lewis. 

1720. Mordecai Massey, b. 2, 25, 1803 ; d. m. Ann Lukens. 



LINE OF SARAH3, JAMES' 



363 



457- Sarah Crosleys, Mary4 was married i, 25, 1790, before 
Thomas Cheyney, Esq., in Thornbury, to Emmor Porter. Children, — 

1721. Charles, d. in Aston, 1S62 ; married. 

1722. Eliza, d. aboul 1S52, unmarried. 



460. Lydia Crosley^, Mary4, b. 2, 14, 1772; d. 4, 24, 1856; 

m. Samuel Jones, of Birmingham, son of William and Mary 
(Brinton) Jones. Children, — 

1723. Mary B., b. 5, 19, 1795 ; d. 4, i, 1S56 ; m. Tovvnsend Sharjjless (No. S20). 

1724. Brinton, resided at the homestead in Birmingham, now the residence of his son 

William Jones, Jr., who declines to furnish records. 

1725. William, living at or near Chatham, Chester Co., Pa., with his unmarried dan. 

L)'dia : records withheld. 



461. Betty Crosley, b. 2, 22, 1777; d. 10, 14, 1S44; m. 5, 2, 
1799. James Hinkson (see No. 435), b. 7, 29, 1771 ; d. 3, 5, 1855 ; 

son of John and Jane Hinkson, of Nedier Providence. They resided at 
" Hinkson's Corner," near the present Wallingford Station, in Nether 
Providence, till about 1814, when they removed to Highland township, 
,Chester Co., Pa. Children, — 



1726 
1727 
1728 
1729 
1730. 
1731 
1732 
1733 



Cidney, b. 5, 4, 1800; d. 3, 25, 1801. 
Mary, b. 3, 6, 1802 ; d. 8, 5, 1825 ; m. Ebenezer Booth. 
Isaac M., b. Oct., 1805 ; d. 5, 8, 1873 ; m. Eleanore Stroud. 
Jane, b. 3, 17, 1807 ; m. Amos Thompson. 

Samuel, b. 9, 10, 1809; m. Charlotte Stroud. 

Harriet, b. 4, 13, 1812 ; d. 4, 5, 1879 ; m. James Hartshorne. 
Eli W., b. II, 19, 1814; d. 6, 5, 1873; ni. Abbie A. Rankin. 
Edith, b. II, 17, 1819; m. Samuel Rhoades. 



463. Edward Gilpin^, Abigail4, b. near Wilmington, Del., 4, 27, 
1760; d. in Philadelphia, 4, 15, 1844; m. 11, 22, 17S8, at Wilmington, by 
Rev. Lawrence Girelius, to Lydia Grubb, b. 7, 21, 1766; d. 5, 3, 1831, at 
Wilmington ; dau. of Samuel Grubb3 (John^, John'), and 2d wife, Lydia 
Baker, of Pennsbury, Chester Co., Pa. Her mother m. 2d husband, 
Thomas Wilson, of Chichester, 5, 23, 1781. When a young man Edward 
Gilpin made many voyages to the West Indies, for his father, to dispose of 
his Hour, and on one of these was captured by a French privateer, and 



364 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

taken into Basseterre, where he was kept for some time in prison. 
Children, — 



Ann F., b. 5, 23, 1791 ; d. 3, 21, 1871 ; m. Jolin Hiions, Jr 



John F. , b. 3, 23, 1793 ; died young. 

Vincent, b. i, 29, 1795; d. i, 7, 1S66 ; m. Naomi Robinson. 
John Ferris, b. 11, 11, 1796; m. Mary Levering and Anna Gil- 

lingham. 
173S. Abigail, b. 10, 21, 179S ; d. 5, 24, 1859 ; m. Richard C. Woolwortli. 

1739. James, b. 10, 8, 1800; d. 3, 17, iSoi. 

1740. Lydia Zane, b. 2, 15, 1802 ; m. Jolin D. Vauglian. 

1741. Ricliard Baker, b. 4, 12, 1804; d. i, 14, 1871 ; m. Ann Porter and Hannah 

Ellicott. 

1742. Charles, b. 11, 17, 1809; m. Sarah H. Hood. 

464- Ann Gilpins, Abigail, b. 8, 13, 1762 ; d. 6, 18, 1822 ; m. 9, 25, 
1783, at Wilmington Mtg., John Ferris, b. 8, 10, 1746; d. 10, 24, 
1828; son of Zechariah and Elizabeth (Scott) Ferris, of Wilmington, Del. 
No children. 

467. James Gilpin^, Abigail*, b. i, n, 1769; d. 10, i, 1798; near 
Wilmington; m. 4, 26, 1792, at Wilmington Mtg., Sarah Littler, b. 4, 20, 
1769; d. at Germantown, 12, 21, 1822 ; dau. of John and Sarah (Stapler) 
Littler, of Wilmington. John Littler, b. 12, 26, 1739, was son of Joshua 
and Deborah (Oldham) Littler, of Wilmington, and gr. son of Samuel 
and Rachel (Minshall) Littler, of Nottingham. Sarah Stapler, b. 5, 27, 
1746, was the dau. of John and Rachel (West) Stapler, and gr. dau. of 
John and Esther (Canby) Stapler. James Gilpin was a miller and died of 
yellow fever. Children, — 

1743. Samuel Stapler, b. 8, 11, 1793 ; d. 10, 3, 1872 ; m. Elizabeth Morton. 

1744. Sidney Ann, b. 2, 28, 1795 ; d. 3, 23, 1882; m. Evan Lewis. 

1745. John Littler, b. 3, 10, 1797; d. i, 17, 1873 ; m. Gertrude Maria Ferdon. 

1746. Hannah James, b. 3, 9, 1799 ; d. 7, 7, 187S ; m. George Jenkins. 

469. William Gilpin^, AbigaiH, b. at Wilmington, 8, 18, 1775; d. 
12, 2, 1843, at By berry, Pa.; m. 11, 21, 1796, Ann Dunwoody, of 
Wilmington, d. 2, i, 1840; both buried at the Friends' burial ground, 
Fourth and West Streets, Wilmington. Children, — 

1747. Josiah H., b. 11, 22, 1797 ; d. 4, 19, 1845 ; m. Martha Turner Moffett. 

1748. Mary Caldwell, b. 9, 5, 1799; d. 11, 13, 1884 ; m. Lewis Rumford. 



LINE OF SARAH3, JAMES^. -,55 

1749. James, b. 8, 16, 1801 ; d. 1832, lost at sea. 

1750. Edward Woodward, b. 7, 13, 1803; d. 4, 29, 1876; m. Eleanora A. Lammot. 

1751. William Aratus, b. 7, 13, 1805 ; d. m. Elizabeth Brown. 

1752. Henry Latimer, b. 7, 15, 1807 ; d. 9, 15, 1851 ; m. Elizabeth Briscoe. 
1753- Vincent Caldwell, b. 8, 29, 1810; d. 10, 17, 1S63; m. Sarah Ann Kenney. 

1754. Elizabeth Ferris, b. ir, 25, 1812; unmarried. 

1755. Lewis, b. 7, 19, 1815 ; d. i, 17, 1840, unmarried. 



470- Gertrude Gilpins, AbigalK b. 8, 13, 1778; m. 10, 23, 1799, 

John Smith. They removed from Wilmington westward — perhaps to 
IIHnois, and the present situation of their descendants has not been 
ascertained. Children, — 



1756 
1757 
1758. 
1759 
1760, 
1761 
1762 

1763 
1764 
1765 
1766 



William, b. 7, 19, 1801. 

George Gilpin, b. 12, 25, 1802. 

Vincent Gilpin, b. 9, 14, 1804. 

Mary Jane, b. 9, i, 1806. 

Samuel Norris, b. 8, 30, i8og. 

Abigail Gilpin, b. 12, i, 181 1. 

Washington Rice, b. 10, 16, 1813 ; d. 7, 

Margaret Ann, b. 7, 4, 1815. 

John Ferris, b. 5, 18, 1S17. 

David Pierce, b. 11, 25, 1820. 

James Ba3'ard, b. 3, 20, 1823. 



472. Alice Woodward^, Edward4, b. in Middletown, m. Jacob 
\A/arner, prior to 4, 19, 18 10. It is thought they had but one child, — 

1767. Henrietta, m. Howe and lived at Cohniibia, Pa. 



474 Jane Woodwards, Edward4, m. Richard Fawkes, son 

(supposed) of Richard and Ann (Madack) Fawkes of Newtown. They 
resided in Philadelphia and kept the Bull's Head tavern, on Strawberry 
Alley, formerly the property of his mother's uncles, Jonathan and George 
Hunter. Richard died intestate, about Sept., 1S24, and Jane, 11, 22, 1828, 
leaving seven children, who have not been further traced : 

1768. Elizabeth, m. Joshua Wise. 

1769. Sarah, m. Lindsay. 

1770. George. 

1 77 1. Edward. John. Mary. Josiah. 



366 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

476. Elizabeth Woodwards, Edward^ m. Hugh Wagstaffe 

a cotton spinner, who operated a mill on Ridley Creek, below Media, since 
owned by Bancrofts. She was his second wife and had no children. A 

dau. by a former wife m. Siddall. Hugh was burled at Middletown 

Presbyterian Church. 

477- Benjamin Sharpless^, David*, b. 10, 26, 1777; d. 3, 26, 

1844; m. Mary Cowan, b. 12, 17, 1775; d. 7, 14, 1S42. They probably 
resided principally in Upper Darby, Delaware Co., Pa. Children, — 



1772 
1773 
1774 
1775 
1776 
1777 



Jesse, b. 4, 12, 1799 ; d. 2, 15, 1S59 ; m. Anne Maria Palmer. 

Ann, b. 12, 2, iSoo ; d. 4, 10, 1802. 

Amos M., b. I, 21, 1805 ; d. 12, 14, 1875 ; m. Ann Hewes. 

Elizabeth, b. 5, 25, iSoS ; d. 6, 9, 1808. 

Mary A., twin with Elizabeth, d. 2, 25, 1871 ; m. William Middleton. 

David, b. g, 24, iSii ; d. ; m. Mary Ann Steadman. 



478. Jesse SharplesS^, Jesse*, d. about 1837; m. 6, 9, 1804, by 
John Graves, Esq., West Chester, Pa., to Hannah Scott, dau. of Thomas 
Scott. She d. Feb. 185S. Residence in or near Concord. Children, — 

177S. Ann, b. 3, 6, 1S05 ; d. 7, 14, 1870; m. William H. Cheyney. 

1779. Elizabeth, m. John Wise. 

1780. Joshua, b. 2, 8, 181 1 ; m. Elizabeth Ford and Wilhclmina Matthews. 

1 78 1. Sarah, m. George Walter. 

1782. William, died young. 

1783. Martha, m. Christopher Miller. 

George W. Sharpless, of West Chester, is a gr. son of Jesse (478J. 

481. Elizabeth Dunns, Mary* b. n, i8, 1766,; d. 10, 14, 1817, 

in Upper Providence; m. 2, 28, 1788, by a Baptist minister, to JameS 
Paiste, b. 1764; d. 12, 12, 1832; both buried at Springfield Meeting. 
His father was received into membership at Darby Mtg., m. Ann Neeld 
of Bucks Co., Pa., 12 mo., 1763, and in 1766 removed to Springfield 
township. James and Elizabeth made acknowledgment for their marriage, 
and she was appointed an overseer of Providence Mtg., 5, 30, 1803, in 
room of Alice Morris. They owned and lived on a farm of about 200 
acres, on Crum Creek, in Upper Providence. Children, — 

1754. Mary, b. 11, 30, 17S8 ; d. 3, 23, 1827 ; m. Edward Edwards. 

1755. Charles, b. 10, i, 1790; d. 2, 6, 1850; m. Abigail Perkins. 
1786. James, b. i, 23, 1793 ; d. 8 mo., 1797. 



LINE OF ESTHERS, JAMES' 



367 



17S7 
1788 
1789. 
1790. 
1791 
1792, 
1 793' 
1 794. 



Jacob, b. 2, 13, 1795; d. 11 mo., 1796. 

Ann, b. 5, i, 1797 ; d. 4, 15, 1854 ; ™- Joshua Harrison. 

Orpha, b. 6, 19, 1799; d. 9, i, iSoi. 

Elizabeth, b. 12, 15, 1801 ; ; m. J. Fairiamb Harrison. 

James, b. 2, 17, 1804; d. 12, 30, 1832 ; m. Catharine Holland. 

William, b. 4, 9, 1S06 ; d. i, 25, 1874 '< ™- ^"^^ Chrisman and Maria Cheney. 

Susan, b. 3, 21, 1S09 ; d. 3, 19, 1842; m. Thomas Lott. 

Sarah D., b. 7, 14, 1810; d. i, 9, 1846; ni. Harrison Brown. 



482. Esther Dunn^, Mary-*, b. lo, 15, 176S; d. at Isaac Bailey's, 
in Westtown, 2, 7, 1S51 ; m. William Sankey, d. i, 29, 1836, at his 
dau. Mary Cheyney's, West Bradford twp., and buried at Fallowfield 
Mtg-. ; son of Giles and Margaret (Cahoon?) Sankey. William and 
Martha Sankey received a certificate from Friends of Pontymoile, in 
Merionethshire, Wales, 6, 2, 1727, but were formerly of Bewdley. After 
their arrival they became members of Providence Meeting, of which he 
was appointed an overseer, 3, 27, 1734, in room of Edward Woodward. 
They had two children, Susanna, m. John Dougherty, and Giles, who was 
married about 1747, and had Martha, Charles, Margaret, Susanna, Sarah, 
Mary, Elizabeth, Lydia, William and Abigail. William and Esther 
removed from Providence, 181 7, to a small farm which he purchased, in 
East Fallowfield township. She was buried at Birmingham Meeting. 
Children, — 



Susanna, b. 2, 6, 1793 ; d. 8, 13, 1883 ; m. Isaac S. Baily. 
Mary, b. 4, 11, 1794 ; d. 7 mo. 1841 ; m. John R. Cheyney. 
Margaret, b. 9, 28, 1795 ; died young. 
Charles, b. 3, 9, 1797; d. 5, 3, 1866; m. Ann Robinson. 
Giles, b. 7, 10, 1798 ; d. ; m. Ann Bowman. 

Elizabeth, b. 3, 6, 1800 ; d. 3, 10, 1861 ; m. Mansel Passmore. 



486. Mary Dunn', Mary4, b. 12, 7, 1780; d. in Nether Providence, 
7, 1 8, 1846, and buried at Chester Mtg.; m. 9, 28, 1804, at Providence Mtg., 
to Thomas Dent, b. 9, 15, 1774 ; d. 6, 7, 1829 ; son of John and Jane 
Dent, of Philadelphia. He was a tailor and for several years lived close 
by Westtown Boarding School, doing the tailoring for that institution. 
Children,— 

iSoi. Sarah, b. 8, 20, 1805 ; d. 4, 10, 1837 ; m. Jacob Clayton. 

1S02. Alexander, b. 3, 18, 1807 ; d. 10, i, 1825. 

1803. John, b. d. II, 19, 1831, unmarried. 

1804. Thomas, b. 8, 16, 1813 ; d. 9, 7, 1848 ; m. Mary Ann Ncwarn. 

1805. William, b. d. 8, 16, 1822. 



368 THE SHARPLESS FA MIL Y. 

iSo6. Mary, b. lo, ii, iSi6; d. at Westtown School, i, 8, 1836. 

1807. Joseph VV., b. 5, 11, 1819 ; d. 3, 16, 1S52; m. Eliza Ella Hansell. 

iSoS. Elizabeth P., b. i, 24, 1822 ; d. 7, 15, 1S38 ; buried at Chester. 

489. Margaret Robinson^, Sarah4, b. in Upper Providence, i, 5, 
1769 ; d. there, 5, 4, 1846 ; m. 1788, Thomas Nuzum, b. U. Providence, 3, 
8, 1765 ; d. in Marple, 2, i i, 1S43 ; both buried at Sandy Bank graveyard. 
Thomas Nuzum, b. Sept. 29, 1706, d. i79i,had one son, Richard, 
who d. July 22, 1822. The latter m. about 1760, Hannah Worrall, dau. of 
John3 (Peter^ Peter') and Hannah (Taylor) Worrall, of Middletown, and 
had children, John, Thomas, James, George, William, Sarah and Phebe 
In 1800, the most of the family removed to Monongalia Co., W. Va. 
Thomas was a blacksmith and inherited from his grandfather, 50 acres in 
Nether Providence, close by the Friends' meeting-house, and a shop on the 
opposite side of the road, where he planted a stone, with 5 miles to Chester, 
and "T. N.," on it. He took his family to W. Va., but after one year 
returned and settled in Marple. Children, — 

1S09. Thomas, b. 9, 13, 1789; d. 8, 14, 1S66 ; m. Sarah Burns. 

1810. Elizabeth, b. 8, 3, 1792'; d. 2, 6, 1800. 

1811. William, b. 5, 29, 1795 ; d. 9, 27, 1866; m. Martha McClure. 

1812. Sarah, b. 4, 28, 1798; d. 3, 3, 1873; m. John Barr. 

1813. Hannah E., b. 10, 6, 1800; d. 10, 22, 1802. 

1S14. Margaret R., b. 3, 22, 1804 ; d. 7, 28, 1884 ; m. Thomas Epright. 

1815. Phebe, b. 8, 20, 1809 ; d. 8, 25, 1809. 

1816. Mary, twin with Phebe; d. May, 1861 ; m. Jonathan Williamson. 

490- Sarah Robinson^, Sarah4, b. i, 3, 1771 ; m. about 1791, 

James Nuzum, son of Richard and Hannah. His parents resided for 
several years in or near Robeson, Berks Co., Pa., where the father and all 
of the children, except Thomas, were received into membership with 
Friends. In 1790, they removed to Delaware Co., but in 1792, James had 
returned to " the Forest " in Berks, and was disowned by Chester Mo. Mtg., 
for his marriage by a hireling minister, to one not a member. Sarah died 
prior to 1819, leaving seven children in Monongalia Co., W. Va., who, in 
1 82 1, received their shares of their grandmother's estate. They have not 



been traced further. 


Their 


names 


were: 


1S17. Richard. 

1818. William. 

1819. Joseph. 






1820. Phebe, m. Job Springer. 

1 82 1. Esther, m. Jacob Knight. 

1822. Sarah. 

1823. Joseph. 



LINE OF ESTHERS, JAMES^. .5^ 

491. William Robinson^, Sarah4 b. i, 24, 1773; m. Lydia Martin 
and removed to W. Va., settling about twenty miles from Wheelino-. As 
far as known his children were six in number : 

1824. Martin. 1826. Hannah, unmarried. 

1825. Peirce. 1827. Three other daughters, married. 

495- Hannah Robinson^, Sarah4, b. 7, 12, 17S1; d. in Phila- 
delphia 10, 20, 1849; buried at Sandy Bank, near Media; m. Nathan 
Yarnall, b. about 1778, in Willistown, d. 7, 23, 1822, in Philadelphia, and 
buried at Newtown Friends' graveyard ; son of Nathan YarnalU (John-, 
Francis') and Hannah Pennell-i (Joshua-, John"), of Willistown. He was a 
farmer, dealer in stock and butcher, owning two farms in Willistown at the 
time of his death. Children, — 

1828. William, b. 12, 8, 1812 ; of Willistown and Philadelphia, unmarried. 

1829. Sarah, b. 12, 27, 1815 ; living in West Chester, Pa., unmarried. 

1830. Emma, b. 6, 7, 1817 ; died young. 

1831. Nathan Hayes, b. 3, 11, 1S18 ; d. 9, 23, 1885 ; m. Rachel Hunter. 

497- John Robinson^, Sarah4, b. 4, 6, 1787; d. in Phila., 10, 10, 
1 86 1 ; buried at Sandy Bank ; m. ist, Sarah Keighler, b. 8, 29, 1786 ; d. 8, 
15, 1826: second wife, Susanna Weidner. He took the real estate of his 
modier, 96 acres in Upper Providence, but removed to Philadelphia before 
his death. Children, — 

1S32. Mary Ann, b. 4, 17, 1810; m. Barr, and lives in Philadelphia. 

1833. Jacob, b. II, I, 1811 ; d. m. Mary Ann Weidner, 2, 8, 1836. 

1834. William, b. 10, 21, 1813 ; d. 3, 24, 1S16. 

1835. Hannah, twin with William, d. 11, 22, 1S16. 

1836. Sarah, b. 10, 17, 1815; d. m. Belitha Christopher and Alex. 

McGowen. 

1837. Henrietta, b. 8, iS, 1817 ; d. 12, 24, 1880 ; m. Thomas Suplee. 

1838. Anthony Wayne, b. 7, 20, 1819; d. 11, 20, 1875; m. Latitia Gilmorc, 2, 20, 

1845. 

1839. Hannah, b. 4, 10, 1821 ; d. 4, 20, 1821. 

1840. Milton, b. 5, 16, 1822; living in Philadelphia. 

1841. Susan, b. 6, 16, 1826; d. 7, 2, 1S26. 

1842. Jane, b. 5, 28, 1S28 ; m. Austin W. Moses, g, 8, 1S50. 

501. Mary Gomnan^, Enoch4, b. lo, 14, 1793; d, 2, 23, 1845; 

m. 3, 18, 1824, Abel Lewis, of Willistown, Chester Co., Pa. In 1834, 



370 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

they removed to Indiana and settled on a farm where they resided till their 
deaths. Their only child died in infancy. 

507. Eliza Dowel|5, Lydia4, b. in Providence, 2, 5, 1785; d. 2, 8, 
1883, at her brother Enoch's in Marshallton, Chester Co., Pa., aged 98 
years. She had a good memory and could relate many interesting 
incidents, as told her by her grandmother, Esther (Sharpless) Gorman, of 
her childhood days. At one time when the children were alone at home, 
a party of Indians came into the house, took a loaf of bread, and after 
each one taking a piece, gave a piece to each of the children. Frequently 
when the cows would wander off the Indians would bring them home, thus 
showing how friendly they were. 

510. James Dowell^, Lydia-*, b. 9, 28, 1790; d. 1842, at Mobile, 
Ala., of yellow fever. He began business as a storekeeper in Blockley 
township (West Philadelphia), and about 1810, removed to Reeseville 
(Berwyn). About 1815 he built the "Good Intent" factory, in West 
Philadelphia, and operated it for some time. Later in life he went to 
Mobile and opened a select school and was appointed city surveyor: was 
next appointed by Pres. Jackson Surveyor of the Southern District of the 
U. S., which office he held until his death. 

511- Richard Dowell^, Lydia'*, carpenter, b. 10, 27, 1792; d. at 
Natchez, Miss., 1833; m. about 18 16, Barbara, dau. of John George (who 
was the first to establish the manufacture of hair-cloth in the U. S.) and 
Ann, his wife, of Hamilton village. About 1819 he went to New Orleans, 
and afterward opened a grocery store in Natchez, where he died. His 
widow died in Philadelphia, 1876. Children, — 

1843. Joliu G., died in his 21st year. 

1844. Lydia Ann, died in her 14th year. 

513- Alexander Dowell^, Lydia4, b. 4, 23, 1797; d. in New 
Orleans, of yellow fever, 10, 15, 1833; m. 1820, Eleanor, dau. of Abner 
Crowell, of Newark, N. J. He was by trade a woolen manufacturer, but 
about 1 83 1, went south and opened a dry goods store in St. Francisville, 
La. Child,— 

1845. Lydia Ellen, died young. 



LINE OF SUSANNAS, JOSEPH^. 371 

514. Lydia Dowell^, Lydia^, b. 2, 6, iSoo; d. at Vicksburg, Miss., 
of yellow fever, 8, 9, 1850. She went south in 1S27, and opened four 
extensive stores, which she carried on for many years, — in New Orleans, 
Natchez, Vicksburg, and Jacksonville, Miss. 

516. Enoch Dowell5, Lydia4, b. in Providence, 6, 26, 1804; m. 12, 
19, 1833, Jane Kelly, b. in Willistown, 10, i, 181 1 ; d. 4, 4, 1S60; dau. of 
William and Rachel Kelly. They settled on a farm in Providence, but in 
1 85 1 purchased a farm in Willistown : in 1858 sold it and bought his uncle 
Enoch Gorman's farm of 130 acres in same township : sold this in 1867, 
and purchased property in Lionville, Uwchlan township. In 1S71 he 
removed to Marshallton, and was there in 1884, but probably now with his 
daughter Emily. Children, — 

1846. Lydia A., b. i, 13, 1835, in Phila.; living with her father, unmarried; has been 

an interested assistant in this work. 

1847. Elizabeth, b. 9, 23, 1836 ; m. Clarkson Hall. 

1848. Emily K., b. 9, 19, 1838 ; m. Barclay C. Baldwin. 

1849. George W., b. 9, 6, 1840 ; m. Mary Smith. 

1850. Walters., b. 11, 23, 1842; m. Esther Evans. 

1851. Hannah J., b. 3, 9, 1845; m. William C. Currie. 

1852. William H., b. 6, 17, 1848; d. in St. Louis, Mo., 6, 12, 1866; clerk in the 

wholesale mercantile house of E. O. Stanard & Co. 

1553. Mary Louisa, b. 3, 13, 1851 ; d. 4, 3, 1866. 

517- Ruth Dowell^, Lydia^, b. 10, 13, 1806; d. in St. Louis, Mo., 
4, 9, 1865 ; m. 1S38, Christopher C. McCIure, a lawyer, of Natchez, 
where they settled. About 1850, they removed to St. Louis, where he 
became successful in his profession. Child, — 

1554. William Alexander, b. 1837 ; d. 1S66, when he had just commenced the practice 

of law, unmarried. 

518. Mary Pennell^, Hannah-*, b. in Middletown, i, 12, 1747-8; 
d. there, 11, 20, 1818; m. 12, 10, 1767, at Middletown Mtg., Frederick 
Fairlamb, b. 1745; d. 5, 12, 1826, aged 80 y., 9 m., 28d. ; son of John 
and Susanna Fairlamb, of Middletown. He was by trade a shoemaker, 
but employed journeymen and did little at it himself. The latter part of 
his life he owned a farm and followed farming. He devised his lands in 
Middletown to his sons, Robert and William, and to sons Robert and 
Joseph some lands in Mercer Co., Pa., and Randolph Co., Va. Living in 



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THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 



the southern part of Middletown they were nearer to and attended Chester 
Meetnig. Children, — 

1855. John, died young or unmarried. 

1856. Robert, b. 7, 31, 1770; d. 10, 10, 1S41 ; m. Mary Harry. 

1857. Hannah, m. EHas Engle. 

1858. William, b. i, 2, 1777; d. 3, 12, 1850; m. Ehzabeth Walter. 

1859. Joseph, b. 10, 2, 1779; d. 3, 17, 1842; m. Sidney Vernon. 
i860. Susanna, b. 4, 13, 1782; d. 8, 18, 1853; ni. Nathaniel Walter. 

1561. Nicholas, b. 4, 6, 1784; d. 7, 4, 1854; m. Mary Walter. 

1562. Ann, b. 2, 5, 1786; d. 2, 2, 1864; m. Joseph Hannum. 
1863. Mary P., b. 12, 16, 1788; d. 3, 20, 1S32; m. Jesse Walter. 

Nicholas Fairlamb' brought a certificate from Friends of 
Stockton in Durham, England, dated 6, 13, 1700, and remained for a 
time in Philadelphia. In 1703, he married Katharine Crosby, dau. of 
Richard and Eleanor, of Middletown, to which place he removed ; afterward 
residing in Chester. He was clerk of the Monthly Meeting for several 
years, an overseer of Chester Meeting, and also served as a member of 
Assembly from Chester County, 1704-6, and 1711-14. His children were 
Mary, b. 7, ig, 1705, m. John Tomlinson ; Samuel, b. 10, 20, 1707, d. 5, 20, 
1708; Katharine, b. 4, 8, 1709, m. Joseph Tomlinson; Hannah, b. 8, 19, 
171 1, m. John Hurford; John, Eleanor, m. 4, 23, 1743, Caleb Harrison. 

John Fairlamb^ m. 11, 13, 1742-3, Susanna Engle, dau. of Frederick 
and Ann (Cloud) Engle. He was a member of Assembly, Sheriff, justice 
of the court of common pleas, &c., and died in 1766, after which his widow 
married Robert Pennell. John and Susanna had nine children, Nicholas, 
Frederick, Samuel, John, Catharine, Ann, Susanna, Eleanor and Mary. 
Nicholas3, b. 8, 28, 1743, d. i, 3, 1816, m. 3, 31, 1768, at Chester Mtg., 
Hannah Preston, b. 10, 22, 1747, d. 11, 23, 1S15. Their daughter Susanna 
m. her cousin, Jonas Sharpless, No. 372. 

519- Joseph Pennell^, Hannah4, b. 10, I, 1749; d. in Aston, 
6, 27, 1820; m. 4, 5, 1770, at Middletown Mtg., Sarah Meredith, b. about 
1747; d. 2, 4, 1830, aged 83; dau. of Moses and Mary Meredith, of 
Edgmont; both buried at Middletown. Joseph settled on and inherited a 
farm of his grandfather Chamberlin, in Aston, and also became possessed 
of considerable real estate in Concord, Thornbury, Philadelphia and 
Wilmington ; also in Randolph and Wood counties, Va. Children, — 

1S64. Hannah, b. 12, 17, 1770; d. 8, 3, 1801 ; m. Moses Palmer. 
1865. Moses, b. 3, 23, 1772; d. 6, 22, 1775. 



LINE OF SUSANNA3, WSEPH^ ,-, 

iS66. Susanna, b. 9, 5, 1773 ; d. 2, 10, 1832 ; m. Wm. Cloud and Samuel Hannum. 

1567. Robert, b. 7, 24, 1775 ; d. 9, 23, 1831 ; m. Ann Gibbons and Cidney Painter. 

1568. Alice, b. 8, 28, 1778; d. 3, 23, 1830; m. Eli Yarnall and Robert Frazer. 

1869. Sarah, b. 11, 19, 1780; d. 5, 24, 1S44 ; m. Rich. Dilworth and Jos. Meredith. 

1870. Joseph W., b. 10, 14, 1782 ; d. 6, 15, 1821 ; m. Deborah E. Doyle. 

1871. Mary, b. 10, 7, 1785 ; d. 6, 23, 1839 ; m. Owen Churchman. 

1S72. Meredith, b. 7, 26, 1788; d. 12, 22, 1818 ; m. Sarah Yarnall and Hannah 
Peirce. 

Moses Meredith, b. 9, 30, 1714; d. n, 15, 1799; son of Meredith 
David (b. 3, 6, 1675), of Plymouth, Philadelphia Co.; m. 2, 11, 1739, at 
Middletown Mtg., Mary Pennell, b. 1717 ; d. 10, 31, 1807; dau. of Joseph 
and Alice (p. 88), of Edgmont. They produced a certificate from Gwynedd 
to Chester, 5, 30, 1744, and setded in Edgmont. Children, Sarah, m. 
Joseph Pennell; John, b. 11, 17, 1748, m. Hannah Harrison, 11, 25, 1773; 
Joseph, died unmarried at an advanced age ; Alice, m. John Harry about 
1769; David, certificate to Gwynedd, 8, 28, 1769. John Meredith, with 
wife and children, Eleanor, David and John, took a certificate from Chester 
to Gwynedd, dated 4, 28, 1783. 



520. Thomas Pennell^, Hannah4, b. 1, 21, 1752; d. in Concord, 
4, 14, 1826 ; m. Ann Pedrick, widow of John, and dau. of John and Susanna 
Fairlamb, of Middletown. She had been disowned, ti, 27, 1775, for 
marriage by a magistrate to her first husband, who was then deceased, and 
Thomas was disowned, 4, 27, 1778, for marriage by a hireling priest to one 
not a member. She had a dau. Susannah Pedrick, who m. Godwin Peirce. 
Thomas inherited his grandfather Chamberlin's farm in Concord, and 
resided thereon. He was buried at Middletown 4, 16, 1826, and his widow, 
7, 30, 1830, that being the burial place of the family. Children, — 



1873 
1874 
1875 

1876 
1877 
1878 
1879 
1880. 



Hannah, b. 4, 9, 1778; d. 5, 3, 1792. 

Mary, b. 8, 26, 1780; d. 10, 30, 1845, unmarried. 

Catharine, b. 4, 13, 1783; d. 4, 7, i860; m. Davis Powel 

Charles, b. 9, 28, 1785 ; d. 2, 19, 1829, unmarried. 

Thomas, b. 5, 13, 1788; d. 4, 18, 1807. 

Ann, twin with Thomas, d. 12, 31, 1859, unmarried. 

John, b. 2, 26, 1791 ; d. 4, 30, 1791. 

Hannah, b. 4, 15, 1793 ; d. 5, 17, 1851, unmarried. 



523- Abigail Pennell^, Hannah4, b. lo, 6, 1759; d. at or near 
Wilmington, Del., 11, 25, 1787; m. 4, 4, 1776, at Middletown Mtg., CyrUS 



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Newlin, of Brandywine hundred, b. about 1747 (or 1749), d. 4, 16, 1824 ; 
son of NathanieU (Nathaniel3, Nathaniel-, Nicholas'), and Esther (Metcalf) 
Newlin, of Concord. Children, according to Wilmington records, — 

Robert, b. i, 17, 1778 ; d. m. Mary Brown. 

Samuel, b. 2, 25, 1781 ; d. young or unmarried. 
Jane, b. 2, 27, 1783 ; d. young or unmarried. 

1884. Cyrus (Isaac?), b. 3, 15, 1785; d. unmarried. 

1885. Abigail, b. 10, 29, 1787 ; d. young or unmarried. 

The only children of Abigail remembered by old citizens of Wilming- 
ton, were Robert and Isaac, who removed to Fishkill, on the Hudson, N. Y. 
Cyrus Newlin received a certificate from Concord to Wilmington Mo. Mtg., 
I, 4, 1775, and Abigail one from Chester, 8, 26, 1776. Cyrus Newlin, of 
Wilmington, and Sarah Shipley, b. 1755; d. 4, 21, 1S24; dau. of Thomas 
and Mary, of the same place, were married 6, 24, 1790, and had three 
children, Cyrus, b. 2, 26, 1793; d. 9, 4, 1795; Mary, b. 11, i, 1795, m. 
Jabez Jenkins ; Thomas S., b. 7, 4, 1799, d. 12, 15, 1838, father of J. Shipley 
Newlin, of Newlin, Knight & Co., Philadelphia. In his will, 7, 13, 1S21, 
Cyrus mentions his sons Robert, Isaac and Thomas, and dau. Mary. 

524. Lydia Pennell^, Hannah*, b. 5, 27, 1762; not mentioned as 
alive in will of her father, 3, 4, 1797 ; m. 4, 13, 1780, at Middletown Mtg., 
Thomas Jacobs, b- 3- 19- 1755 ; son of Israel and Sarah Jacobs, of 
Providence township, Philadelphia (now Montgomery) County, Pa. 
Children, — 

1886. Tliomas P., b. 4, 25, 1781 ; d. 3, 10, 1861 ; m. Sarah Fussell. 

1887. Hannah, b. d. 11, 3, 1807; m. \Villiam Robinson. 



526. Martha Sharpless5, Joseph*, b. 10, 19, 1772; d. 10, 8, 

1870; m. II, 17, 1791, at West Grove Mtg. (her parents then residing in 
New London township, Chester Co., Pa.), to David Moore, b. 11, 10, 
1769; d. 9, 10, 1823; son of David and Martha (Williams) Moore, of 
Londongrove. They settled on part of his father's farm in Londongrove. 
David Moore, senior, was the son of Andrew Moore, who came from 
Ireland and landed at New Casde, 8, 3, 1723. A genealogy of this family 
has been compiled by John A. M. Passmore, of Pottsville, Pa. Martha 
(Sharpless) Moore was a minister among Friends, and was granted a 
"minute" by New Garden Mo. Mtg., 8, 7, 1823, to attend Ohio Yearly 



LINE OF J0SEPH3^ JOSEPHk ^jr 

Meeting, and some other meetings on the way, her husband, an elder, 
proposing to accompany her. On ii, 6, 1823, the minute was returned 
with information "that she had been prevented by the sickness and death 
of her Husband from attending any of the Meetings that she had in 
prospect." It is said that he died and was buried at Redstone, Fayette 
Co., Pa. Children, — 

iSSS. Mary, b. 10, 13, 1792; d. 5, 15, 1858; m. Thomas Hoopes. 

1889. Lydia, b. 2, 7, 1795 ; d. 3, iS, 1SS3 ; m. Thomas Way. 

i8go. WiUiam, b. 7, 22, 1796; d. 3, 28, 1859 ; m. Mary M. Way. 

1891. Sidney, b. i, 29, 1798; m. Robert Michener. 

1892. Ziba, b. I, 16, 1800; d. 12, 30, 1846; m. Mary Bell. 

1893. Esther, b. g, 11, iSoi ; d. 11, 27, 1842; m. James Hambleton and John 

Broomell. 

1894. Sarah, b. 9, 13, 1803; m. John Broomell. 

1895. Hibberd, b. 3, 10, 1S06 ; d. m. Jemima Trump, &c. 
1S96. Hannah, b. 9, 14, 1808; d. 11, i, 1808. 

1897. Sharpless, b. 9, 23, 1809; m. Rachel Roberts. 

1S98. Isaac, b. 11, 14, 1811 ; d. 11, 10, 1S66 ; m. Almira Brown. 

1899. Rachel, b. 8, 9, 1S13 ; d. 10, 22, 1859; m. Henry Brosius. 

Martha Moore, widow of David, m. 10, 11, 1832, at New Garden Mtg., 
William Way, of Kennet, b. I, 21, 1770; d. 9, 13, 1838, son of Jacob 
and Phebe (Pennock) Way. She died at John Broomell's in Upper O.xford 
township. 

527- Enos Sharpless^, Josephs b. 9, 7, 1774; d. 4, 3, 1854; m. 
about 1805, Ehzabeth Kinman, dau. of Nathan Kinman, of Catawissa, Pa. 
A certificate was requested for Enos Sharpless, from New Garden Mo. 
Mtg., to Catawissa, ft, i, 1799, he having removed to Northumberland Co., 
but there being some obstruction, and he appearing indifferent about his 
membership, he was disowned 5, 2, 1801. He setded at Sunbury, where 
for a few years he was engaged in milling in company with his uncle, 
Benjamin Sharpless. Children, — 

1900. Joseph, b. II, I, 1S06 ; m. Mary Ann Runyan. 

1 901. Elizabeth, b. 1809 ; d. 4, 24, 1S75 I "i- Clarron B. Ford. 

1902. Jane, b. iSii ; d. 5, 25, 1S52 ; m. William Bird. 

1903. Ann Maria, b. 8, 20, 1820; d. m. Seth Kinman. 



528. Sarah Sharplesss, Joseph4, b. 3, 21, 1777 ; buried at 

Middletown, 6, 15, 1806 ; m. 6, 7, 1804, at M. Mtg., John Broomall, of 



376 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

Middletown, afterward of Upper Chichester ; son of Daniel and Martha 
(Talbot, p. 276) Broomall, b. 11, 8, 1760; d. 3, 6, 1S4S. She was his 
second wife, his first being Susanna Wilson, to whom he was married i, 4, 
1798. She d. 12, 19, 1798. His 3d marriage was 3, 14, 181 r, to Sarah 
Martin, dau. of George and Elizabeth, and sister to the wives of John and 
Enos Sharpless (Nos. 387, 388). She d. 4, 18, 1819, leaving children, 
Martha, George, Elizabeth and John M. (Member of Congress 186 1-8), 
now of Media, Pa. The 4th marriage was 7, 4, 1822, to Ann Townsend, 
dau. of Samuel and Sarah Webster, of Newtown, N. J., who d. 1,5, 1836, 
aged 74 years. 

John Broomall' came to Pennsylvania, 1682; was living in 
Edgmont, 1700 to 1720, when he bought land in Nether Providence from 
Joseph Sharpless (p. 125), and there died in 1729, leaving a widow, Marj', 
and children, John, Lydia, Ellin, Mary and Jean. 

John Broomall^ m. 8, 12, 1720, Anne Lewis, and had several children, 
of whom Daniel m. Martha Talbot and had children, Hannah, Joseph, 
John, Isaac, Nehemiah, James, Jacob, Rachel, David, Elizabeth, Joseph, 
Nathan and Daniel. 

Isaac BroomelH(ashe wrote the name), b. 8, 27, 1762; d. 11 mo., 1834; 
m. I, II, 1792, Lydia Neal, b. 5, 12, 1772; d. 9, 2, 1853, dau. of John and 
Susanna (James) Neal. Their son, John Broomell, m. Esther and Sarah 
Sharpless (Nos. 1893, 1894). 



53°- Hannah Sharpless^, Joseph4, b. 6, 13, 17S1 ; d. 8, 15, 1850; 

m. 6, 16, 1800, by Thomas Cheyney, Esq., to John Neal, b. 4, 17, 1779 ; 
d. 1807; son of John and Susanna (James) Neal. They resided in W. 
Marlborough, Chester Co., Pa. Child, — 

1904. Mary, b. 2, 16, 1801 ; d. 2, 19, iSoi. 

Hannah Neal was disowned 6, 29, 1801, by Chester Mo. Mtg., on 
account of her marriage, but after her husband's death was received again 
on her acknowledgment, 9, 25, 1809, and m. 4, 1 1, 181 1, Jacob Moore, 
b. 7, 14, 1781 ; d. 3, 8, 1867; brother of her sister Martha's husband. 
They resided in Litde Britain and Fulton townships, Lancaster Co., Pa. 
She was buried at Eastland Meeting. Children, — 

1905. Sarali, b. 5, 23, 1814; d. 4, 4, 1S30. 

1906. Jacob, b. 5, 21, 1S22 ; m. Elizabeth Badders. 



LINE OF JOSEPHS, JOSEPH^ 



m 



531. Lydia Sharpless^, Joseph^ b. 4, 5, 1783; d. 9, 6, 1S09; m. 

12, 4, iSoo, at Middletown Mtg., William Webster, b. n, 24, 1774, in 
N. J. ; d. 9, 2 1, 1841 ; son of Joseph Webster, b. 4, 3, 1743, and Rebecca 
Kester, b. 12, 12, 1738. They settled in Middletown, and he m. again 
10, 31, 181 1, at Middletown Mtg., Agnes Yarnall, b. 6, 3, 1781 ; dau. of 
Caleb Yarnall3 (Thomas-, Philip') and Phebe MinshalH (Thomas3, Jacob-, 
Thomas'), of Edgmont. They had children, Phebe, William, Caleb and 
Ruth. Lydia had five children, — 

1907. Mary, b. 8, 22, iSoi ; d. 10, 7, 1S37 ; m. George Smedley. 

1908. Rebecca, b. 6, 28, 1803; d. 12, 20, 1844; m- William Smedley. 

1909. Sarah, b. i, 7, 1S05; m. Abraham Pennell (son of No. 1691). 

1910. Joseph, b. 10, 3, 1806; d. 12, 24, 180S. 

1911. Lydia, b. 1809; buried 9, 2, 1809, at Middletown. 

532. Phebe Sharpless^, Joseph^, b. 4, 15, 17S5 ; d. in Edgmont, 
7, 16, 1870; m. I, 2, 1S12, at Middletown Mtg., John Yarnall, b. II, 
24, 1776; d. 4, 27, 1843 ; son of Caleb and Phebe (Minshall) Yarnall, of 
Edgmont: both buried at Middletown. They resided on a farm in 
Edgmont, which had belonged to his father and grandfather. Children, — 

1912. Sidney, b. r, 25, 1S13; living in Media, unmarried. 

1913. Hannah, b. 4, 28, 1815 ; d. 12, 24, 1875, unmarried. 

1914. Eliza, b. 5, 4, 1S19; d. 4, 2, 1843, unmarried. 

1915. Caleb, b. 8, 15, 1S21 ; d. in Media, 3, 4, 1S86, unmarried. 

1916. Mary S., b. 7, 19, 1S23; d. 8, 6, 1826. 

1917. I.ydia, b. 11, 27, 1825 ; living in Media, unmarried. 

534- Sidney Sharpless^, Joseph4, b. 3, 2, 1789 ; d. in Little Britain, 
Lancaster Co., Pa., 12, 17, 1820; m. about 1813, John Pickering, 

farmer, b. 2, 11, 1788 ; d. near Kirk's Mills, 12, 29, 1857 ; son of Jesse and 
Ann (Kemble) Pickering, of Little Britain. He m. 2d wife, Mary 
Wilkinson, and again, 8, 25, 1826, to Phebe King, b. 5, 26, 1786; d. 8, 25, 
1865; dau. of James and Phebe (Pyle) King. Sidney had three children, — 

191S. Mary Ann, b. i, 26, 1815 ; d. 6, 21, 1802 ; m. Samuel Overholt. 

1919. Hannah, b. 8, 3, 1816 ; d. m. Pearson Holcomb, of Kirkwood 

P. O., Lancaster Co., Pa., who has 2d wife. No children. 

1920. Mercy, b. 6, 10, 181S ; died young or unmarried. 

540. Hannah Sharpless?, DanieK b. 12, 18, 1777; d. 6, 18, 

1858; m. about 1810, in Philadelphia, to Peter Worrall, b. 5, 4, 



•378 THE SHARFLESS FAMILY. 

1768; d. 5, 28, 1831 ; son of Thomas Worrall-, b. 5, 29, 1728 (John', see 
No. 434), and Mary Peirce3 (Caleb-, George'), who were married in 1750. 
Peter inherited the homestead of his parents and there died. It is now in 
possession of his grandson, Peter W. Pratt, and is immediately west of 
Middletown Meeting. He was buried at Middletown Meeting. Hannah 
inherited the farm of her father, on Chester Creek, now of Jared Darlington. 
She was buried at Cumberland Cemetery, adjoining Middletown Meeting. 
Children, — 

1921. Sharpless, b. 12, 22, 181 1 ; m. Abigail Thatcher. 

1922. Elizabeth S., b. 9, 18, 1813 ; d. 5, iS, 1832, unmarried. 

1923. Mary, b. 4, 3, 1817; d. 4, 28, 1870; m. Thomas Pratt. 

1924. Peter, b. i, 10, 1819 ; d. 5, 20, 1875 ; m. Margaret Thomas. 

1925. Hannah, b. 9, 28, 1821; d. 6, 28, 1842, unmarried. 



542. Mary Sharpless^, Caleb*, b. in Christiana hundred, Del., 
8, 26, 1774; d. in Kennet, 3, 18, 1847 ; m. i, 30, 1799, at Hockessin Mtg., 
Josiah Jackson, b. I, 17, 1773; d. 3, 26, 1817; son of James and Mary 
Jackson, of Mill Creek hundred, Del. They removed from Kennet Mo. 
Mtg., to Nottingham, 1800, but returned by certificate from Fallowfield, 
dated 4, 13, 181 2, and settled on a farm in Kennet. Children, — 



1926. 
1927 
1928 
1929, 
1930 
1931 



Edith, b. II, 23, 1799; d. II, 19, 1S72 ; m. Jacob Graves. 
Mary, b. 8, 28, 1801 ; ni. Jacob Way. 

Caleb S., b. 3, 23, 1803 ; d. 8, 3, 186S ; m. Mary Ann Cause. 
James, b. 4, 16, 1805; d. 4, 6, 1881 ; m. Abigail Rakestraw. 
William S., b. 3, 23, 1S08; d. 8, 28, 1833; m. Susanna Chambers. 
Ruhaney, b. 4, 13, 1810; ni. Jacob Clayton. 



543- William Sharpless^, Caleb*, b. 12, 6, 1777; d. in Pennsbury, 
Chester Co., 6, 10, 1840; m. 10, 27, 1803, at Kennet Mtg., Phebe Way, 
b. 7, 29, 1784; d. II, 20, 1809 ; dau. of Jacob and Phebe (Pennock) Way, 
of Pennsbury: both buried at Kennet Mtg. Second marriage 12, 27, 
1810, to Rebecca Davis, dau. of Jesse and Priscilla Davis of E. Marlborough. 
She d. 12, 18, 1824, and he m. again 10, 17, 1839, at Centre Mtg., Leah 
Ann Alsop, dau. of Ruhamah John and Elizabeth Alsop, of Philadelphia. 
Children by ist and 2d wives, — 

1932. Jacob W., b. 10, 10, 1804 ; d. 4, 4, 1881 ; m. Abigail J. Kirk. 

1933. Rebecca, b. 9, 12, 1S06 ; d. 5, 15, 1851 ; m. Hugh Passmore. 

1934. Caleb, b. 10, 31, 1S08 ; d. 5, 24, 1S46 ; m. Ruth Ann Mendenhall. 



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1937 
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1939 
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1941 



LINE OF JOSEPH 3, JOSEPH^ 

Mary, b. 7, 13, 1812; d. 3, 10, 1S24. 

Jesse D., b. 10, 10, 1S13; m. Hannah W. Harvey. 

Benjamin, b. 4, 11, 1815 ; d. 4, 9, 1847 ! '"• ''^"" Taylor. 

Amos, twin witli Benjamin, d. it, 25, 1857, immarricd. 

Davis W., b. 10, 3, 1817 ; d. 7, 27, 186S ; m. Mary A. Mendenliali. 

Phebe Ann, b. 12, 9, 1820; d. 3, 10, 1S25. 

William, b. 7, 24, 1S23; d. 3, 17, 1S24. 



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545- Elizabeth Sharpless^, Caleb4, b. 9, u, 1781, in Christiana 
hundred; d. there lo, 6, 1S24; m. 10, 10, 1805, at Hockessin Mtg., 
Jacob Way, b. 4, 28, 17S1 ; d. in Christiana hundred 7, 31, 1S56; son 
of Jacob and Phebe (Pennock) Way, of Pennsbury, Chester Co. ; both 
buried at Centre Mtg. They setded on a farm in Christiana hundred. 
Children, — 



1942, 
1943 
1944 
1945 
1946, 

1947 



Caleb S., b. 4, 16, 1808 ; d. 10, 3, 1866 ; m. Matilda P. Baily. 
Ruhaney, b. 8, 28, iSio; d. 6, 4, 1879; m. Amos Pierson. 
Phebe, b. 4, 14, 1813; d. m. Allen Pierson. 

Sarah, b. 9, 14, 1S15 ; d. 9, 6, 1S24 ; buried at Centre Mtg. 
Jacob Pennock, b. i, 31, 1818 ; d. 8, 30, 1824 ; buried at Centre. 
Elizabeth, b. 8, 3, 1822 ; m. Washington Mousley. 

They are said to have gone to Salt Lake City, Utah. 



546. Caleb Sharpless5, Calebs b. 7, 20, 1783; d. 9, 18, 1868; 

m. 5, 16, 1822, at Chester, to Mary G. Walter, dau. of John4 (Nathaniel, 
William^, Godwin') and Lydia Walter of Delaware Co. She d. 5, 2, 1832, 
and he m. again 3, 3, 1836, at Kennet Square, Elizabeth Taylor, dau. of 
Williams (John4, Philip3, Philip^, Thomas') and Ann (MercerS — Richard4, 
Robert3, Thomas-, Thomas') Taylor of Kennet, Chester Co., Pa. They 
resided in Christiana hundred, Del., where she died 6, 13, 1871. 
Children, — 



1948. 
1949. 
1950- 
1951- 
1952- 
1953- 
1954- 
1955- 
1956. 



John W., b. 3, II, 1823 ; m. Margaret Hines. 

Hannah M., b. 8, 28, 1824 ; d. i, 12, 1855 ; m. Lea P. Harvey. 

Nathaniel Walter, b. i, 18, 1826 ; d. i, 11, 1866 ; m. Maria Holt. 

Edwin, b. 8, 6, 1828; d. i, 17, 1851, unmarried. 

William, b. 6, 8, 1S36 ; d. 9, 9, 1S36. 

Benjamin T., b. 4, 16, 1838 ; m. Susan K. Green. 

Ann Eliza, b. 5, 25, 1842 ; d. 6, 23, 1S76, unmarried. 



Caleb, b. 
Mary Elr 



[844 ; d. 5, 9, 
2, 7. 1S44 ; d. 



[S44. 



1844. 



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THE SHARPLESS FAMIL Y. 



547- Amos Sharpless5, Calebs b. 12, 2, 1785 ; d. S, 5, 1S75 ; m. 
I, 23, 1817, at Hockessin Mtg., Martha Dixon, b. 11, 9, 1798, in Mill 
Creek hundred; d. 7, 17, 1879; dau. of Jehu Dixon and Mary Taylors 
(George4, Joseph3, Isaac-, Robert') of Mill Creek, Del. ; both died in 
Christiana hundred and were buried at Hockessin Mtg. He was a farmer 
and owned a farm in Mill Creek and Christiana hundreds. Children, born 
in Mill Creek,— 



1957 
1958. 
1959 
i960, 
1961 
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Mary S., b. ii, 23, 1S17 ; d. i, 28, 1S47 ; m. Wistar T. Dixon. 

Ann, b. 6, 12, 1820; unmarried, of Ashland, Del. 

Edith, b. 3, 14, 1822 ; m. Samuel Cranston. 

Jehu D., b. 6, 4, 1824; now of Ashland, Del., unmarried. 

Caleb, b. 8, 17, 1826 ; m. Rebecca Hoopes. 

Samuel, b. i, 6, 1829; m. Sarah H. Cranston. 

Amos, b. 10, 14, 1832; m. Carrie Baily. Res., Ashland, Del. 

Edward, b. 2, 26, 1835 ; d. 11, 26, 1S55, unmarried. 

William, b. 9, 6, 1837 ; d. 10, 10, 1S65 ; m. Jane R. Pyle. 



548- Margaret Sharpless5, Caleb4, b. 7, 23, 1788; d. 10, 6, 
1856; m. II, 13, 1806, John Windle, b. 9, 10, 1780; d. n, 14, 1837; 

son of William and Mary (Jackson) Windle, of E. Marlborouorh, Chester 
Co., Pa. They settled on a farm in Pennsbury, by Fairville, where they 
died, and were buried at Centre Mtg., Del. Children, — 



Sharpless, b. 2, 23, 180S ; d. 9, 22, 1875 ; m. Dinah Taylor. 

William, b. 8, 4, 1810; d. 12, i, 1827. 

Mary, b. 11, 25, 1812; d. 4, 8, 1S37 ; m. William Steele. 

Caleb, b. 5, 14, 1815 ; m. Mary Seal. 

Hannah, b. 10, I, 1817, unmarried. 

Ruth, b. 10, 16, 1819 ; d. 3, 21, 1884 ; m. Curtis J. Lewis. 

Edith, b. 12, 2, 1821 ; d. 12, 4, 1S45, unmarried. 

David, b. 12, 26, 1823 ; m. Mary Dilworth. 

John, b. 3, 6, 1S26 ; m. Hannah Mary Way. 

Amos, b. I, 12, 1829; d. 8, 15, 1857, unmarried. 



549- Edith Sharpless^, Caleb4, b. 6, 5, 1790; d. 3, 31, 1869; m. 
6, 20, I S 16, at Hockessin Mtg., John Walker, b. I, I, 1775, in New 
Garden, Chester Co.; d. 8, 12, i860; son of Alexander and Mary 
(Mclntire) Walker ; both died in Mill Creek hundred and were buried at 
New Garden Mtg. He was young when his parents died, learned the 
carpenter trade and followed it in Philadelphia : returning to New Garden 
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200 acres of land in Mill Creek, Del., which was his last residence. In 
1799, he m. Elizabeth Ewart and they had four children, Phebe, Mary, 
Elizabeth and Mary 2d. Phebe ni. Samuel Hadley and was a minister 
among Friends. Elizabeth m. Isaac Hoopes. The mother d. 7, 21, 1813. 
Edith had five children : 



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Hulda, b. g, i, 1S17 ; m. Milton Shortlidge. 
John S., b. I, 21, 1820; m. Ruthanna Woodward. 
Thomas, b. 10, 14, 1822 ; m. Mary Ann McCabe. 
Hannah, b. 4, 3, 1826 ; m. Thomas G. Seal. 
William H., b. 3, 21, 1828 ; m. Anna P. Shortlidge. 



552. James Truman^, Mary4 b. in Delaware Co., Pa. ; d. in 
Fayette Co., Pa.; m. about 1814, Margaret Troth, of Bridgeport, b. i, 14, 
1794; dau. of Henry and Hannah (Starr) Troth, formerly of Wilmington, 
Del. He was concerned in the manufacture of steel and steamboat 
machinery, with his father and brothers, at Bridgeport, where he ^died. 
Two children, died young. 



557- Emily Sharpless5, Amos4, b. in Middletown, 3, 9, 1796; d. 
in Philadelphia!?), 1S58; m. Francis Brelsford. Children, — 



1 98 1. Lydia, m. George Gardner. 

19S2. Richard, went west; residence unknown. 

1983. Thomas, went west ; residence unknown. 

1984. Rachel, died aged about 20 years. 



558. Naomi Sharpless^, Amos4 b. in Middletown, 9, 21, 1797; 
d. 10, 29, 1S33, in Southwark, Phila. ; m. 9, 29, 18 19, at Pine Street Mtg., 
Samuel Holgate, of Southwark. d. 4, 15, 1852, aged 67; son of 
Samuel and Susanna Holgate; both buried at Friends' ground, 1 6th and 
Race Streets, Philadelphia. Children, — 

19S5. Mary Hill, b. 8, 26, 1820; living in Philadelphia, unmarried. 
1986. Susanna, b. 9, 25, 1S23 ; d. 4 mo., 1858, unmarried. 
19S7. William, b. 9, 14, 1828; d. i, 30, 1S29. 



560. Rachel SharpleSS^, Amos4, b. 4, 26, 1S03 ; d. in Phila., 5, 5, 
1S34; m. 10, 10, 1S21, at Pine St. Mtg., to AmOS AtkinSOn, b. at 



382 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

Columbus, N. J., 4, 3, 17S8 ; d. in Phila., 7, 30, 1859 ; son of Benjamin and 
Ann (Gibbs) Atkinson, of Mansfield, N. J. She was buried at i6th and 
Race, and he at Fair Hill burial ground. He was a bricklayer and builder. 
Children, — 

198S. Emily S., b. 11, i, 1823 ; d. 8, 23, 1S42, in Pliila. ; m. 1841, Jacob S. Price, a 
builder. No cliildren. 

1989. William Hill, b. i, 23, 1825; m. Mary Kirkpatrick. Res., 774 S. 5th St., 

Phila., builder; no children. 

1990. Lydia Sharples.s, b. 3, 8, 1829 ; m John H. Weeks. 

1991. Ann Eliza, b. 10, 25, 1830; m. 9, i, 1865, Thomas Atkinson, manufacturer, 

who d. 9, 5, 1868. Her res., 313 N. 37th St., Phila. 



564. Isaac SharpleSS^, Nathan4 b. in Middletown, 12, 16, 17S8; 
d. in Willistown, 2, 9, 1865; m. 10, 3, 181 1, at Middletown Mtg., Sidney 
Thatcher, b. in Aston, 3, 17, 1792 ; d. in West Chester, 3, 20, 1885 ; dau . 
of Joseph Thatcher (p. 345) and Abigail Worrall3 (Peter^ John', see 
No. 434), of Aston. Isaac was a miller and followed milling at various 
places ; finally bought a farm in Willistown : both buried at Middletown. 
Children, — 

1992. Ann Eliza, b. 8, 13, 1812; m. George W. Fairlamb (son of No. 1858). 

1993. Rachel, b. 9, 17, 1814; d. 12, 14, 1875; m. John Garrett. 

1994. Nathan T., b. 8, 29, 1816, in Middletown; d. suddenly in a carriage, 11, 12, 

1837, unmarried; buried at Middletown. 

1995. Mary, b. 5, 12, 1818, in Middletown ; now of West Chester, unmarried. 

1996. Enos, b. I, 13, 1822; m. Edith Rogers. 

1997. Samuel R. , b. 12, 25, 1826, in Kingsessing; d. 4, 10, 1847, in Willistown. 

1998. Sidney, b. 10, 26, 1831, in Kingsessing; d. 2, 22, i860, unmarried. 



565- Anne Sharpless^, Nathan4 b. 3, 24, 1793 ; d. 7, 9, 1876, in 
West Chester, Pa.; m. 6, 13, 1838, at Sadsbury Mtg., Caleb Foulke, 
of Richland, Bucks Co., Pa., b. 8, 29, 1783; d. 2, 22, 1S52 ; son of Everard 
Foulke (of Thomas and Jane), b. 9, 8, 1755; d. 9, 5, 1827, and Ann 
Dehaven (of Jacob and Eleanor), b. 6, 17, 1757; d. 3, 13, 1827. No 
children. By a former wife, Jane Green, he had five children. 



569. Aaron SharpleSS^, Nathan4, b. 7, 18, 1799 ; d. at Hamorton, 
Chester Co., 7, 12, 1864; m. 2, 27, 1823, at Middletown Mtg., Abigail 




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Thatcher, b. 5, S, 1S02 ; d. at Hamorton, 10, 21, 1874; sister of his brother 
Isaac's wife: both buried at Kennet Meeting. Children, — 



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2001 



Sarah H., b. in Concord, buried 10, 3, 1824, at Middletown. 
Phebe Ann, b. 4, 27, 1826 ; m. Thomas McCowan. 
Pennell, b. 6, 23, 1829 ; m. Hannah Jane Craig. 
Rachel, b. in Oxford, d. 9, 28, 1850; see forward. 
Emma, b. i, 23, 1835; m. Charles Lamborn. 



570. Mary Ann Sharpless^, Benjamin4, b. n, 26, 1802 ; d. 8, 2, 
1S76; m. 8, 5, 1824, Dr. Marshall Wadsworth, b. 9, 22, 1798, d. 9, 

2, 1827; son of Epaphares Wadsworth and Desdamona Marshall, of 
Huntingdon, Luzerne Co., Pa. ; both died and were buried at Catawissa, 
Pa. Children, — 



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2005. 



Eliza S., b. 4, 21, 1S25 ; m. Levi Keiler and Adam Truckamiller. 
Desdamona M., b. 9, 14, 1827; d. 4, 17, 1866; m. David Clark. 



572- Edward SharplesS^, Benjamin4, b. at Catawissa, Pa., 6, 5, 
1S05; m. there, 1823, Elizabeth Roth, dau. of Paul Roth and Catharine 
Rider, of that place. She d. 1827, and he m. again, i, 10, 1829, at 
Catawissa, Ann Pancoast, b. 10, 9, 1806; d. at Marion, O., 3, 29, 1884; 
dau. of Mordecai and Mary Pancoast. He was a paper maker by trade ; 
removed from Catawissa, Pa., to Wayne Co., O., 1834, and engaged in 
farming; thence to Franklin Co., O., 1839, and to Marion, O., in 1844. 
After several changes of short duration, he finally settled in Marion, where 
he has been a dealer in dry-goods and hardware, but more particularly in 
real estate, being owner of city property and lands in other States. 
Children, — 



2006. Benjamin, b. 8, 24, 1824; m. Isabella Thompson. 

2007. Paul, b. 2, 20, 1826 ; m. Amanda Coffry and Sarah Thompson 



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Matilda C, b. 2, 22, 1830; m. Thomas Search. 
Cillinda H., b. 6, 29, 1832 ; m. Alexander C. Runyan. 
Peter Oliver, b. 5, 16, 1834 ; m. Martha M. W. Mclntyre. 
Harriet, b. 5, 4, 1838 ; d. 1841. 

Thomas Oscar, b. 11, 9, 1840; m. Ella Beam. 
Marietta E., b. 2, 3, 1844 ; d. 184S. 

Corilla P., b. 3, 5, 1846 ; d. 1848. 

Henry Clay, b. 2, 2, 1849 ; m. Ida Lloyd Gregg. 



384 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

573- William Sharpless^, Benjamin*, b. at Catawissa, 3, 12, 
1807 ; m. I, 26, 1S37, to Mary Ann, dau. of Francis Dean, b. in Bucks 
Co., Pa., 12, I, 1812; d. at Catawissa, 6, 11, 1866. Second wife, Mary 
Groover, b. in Columbia Co., Pa., 9, 23, 1S17; m. 10, 10, 1867, and d. 3, 
16, 1881. Third wife, Sarah Catharine Seesholtz, b. 1840; m. 10, 7, 1884. 
He learned the blacksmith trade, but followed farming a number of years : 
was supervisor of Catawissa township for 12 years. Residence, Catawissa. 
No children. 



574- Joseph Sharpless^, Benjamin* b. at Catawissa 12, 6, iSoS; 
m. there, 2, 4, 1836, Mary Ellen Foster, b. 7, 18, 181 7; dau. of John F. 
Foster and Eleanor Hollingshead, of Catawissa. He was a paper maker 
by trade, but after marriage removed to Roaring Creek and engaged in 
mercantile business for some years. He then removed to Catawissa, and 
thence to Turbotville, where he was a merchant. He next engaged in the 
manufacture of charcoal pig-iron at Foundryville, near Berwick, but in 
1849 went to Bloomsburg, where he carried on the foundry business for 
nearly 30 years, retiring in 1879. Children, — 

2016. Harriet R., b. 2, 23, 1S37 ; living at Bloomsburg, unmarried. 

2017. Lloyd T., b. 3, 18, 1839 ; m. Mattie Wagenseller. 

2018. Benjamin F., b. 5, 22, 1841 ; m. Sophia Hartman. 

2019. Loretta A., b. i, 4, 1843; m. T. Jefferson Vanderslice. 

2020. Clara, b. 11, 12, 1844; d. 4, 4, 1849. 

2021. Elizabeth A., b. 9, 7, 1846; m. J. Wesley Eyer. 

2022. Araminta E., b. 11, 24, 1848 ; m. J. E. Wilson. 

2023. Mary E., b. 10, 16, 1854; d. 9, 9, 1855. 

2024. Harry F., b. 10, 4, 1863 ; living at Bloomsburg, unmarried. 



576. John B. SharpleSS^, Benjamin*, b. at Catawissa, 10, 11, 

181 1 ; d. there 11, 2, 1868; m. 5, 12, 1836, Sarah Ann Harder, who d. 11, 
24, 1852 ; dau. of Err Harder and Sarah Dunlap, of Catawissa. At an 

early age he commenced business as a merchant in Catawissa, and 

continued it until within a few years of his death. For many years he was 

a director of the Bank of Danville, and treasurer and general manager of 
the Catawissa Bridge Company. Children, — 

2025. Anna P., b. 8, i, 1828 ; m. George S. Gilbert. 

2026. Sarah H., b. 4, 29, 1842 ; m. G. W. Ramsey and James P. Wright. 

2027. George H., b. 5, 29, 1852 ; m. Ella E. Schmick. 







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577- Harriet Sharpless^, Benjamln4 b. i-, 24, 1S13; d. i, 14, 

1878; buried at Friends' graveyard, Catawissa ; m. 9, 27, 1832, to 
George Reifsnyder, b. at Pottstown, Pa., 10, n, 1805; d. at New 
Castle, Schuylkill Co., Pa., 7, 11, 1856, and buried at the Odd Fellows 
Cemetery, Pottsville ; son of John Reifsnyder and Elizabeth Misslmer, of 
Liverpool, Perry Co., Pa. He settled in New Castle before his marriage 
and engaged in mercantile business, which he continued till his death; 
held the offices of magistrate and school director for a number of years. 
Children, — 



2028 
2029 
2030. 
2031 
2032 
2033 
2034, 
2035 
2036 
2037 
2038 



Marshall, b. 8, 24, 1833 ; d. 6, 2, 1844. 

Helen,!). 12, 21, 1834; d. 11, 4, 1835. 

Calvin B., b. 2, i, 1836 ; d. i, 2, 1869 ; m. Kate P. Scott. 

Caroline, b. 11, 26, 1837 '< ™- J^'^'^ Chrisman and William Hartman. 

Benjamin Sliarples.s, b. 6, 24, 1840; d. 8, 22, 1866, at Mahanoy City, unni. 

Harriet Sharples.s, b. 3, 23, 1843 ; m. Edward S. Jackson. 

Twin sons, still-born, 3, 7, 1845. 

Marcilla R., b. 4, 18, 1846 ; d. 11, 2, 1877 ; m. Isaiah W. Willits. No childr 

George W., b. 3, 24, 1848 ; m. Anna M. Kastenberder. 

Sarah Y., b. 4, 17, 1850; m. Isaac J. Hartman. 

Helen A., b. 5, 20, 1853 ; m. Charles L. Pierson. 



578. Sarah SharpIesS^, Benjamin4, b. 12, 3, 1816 ; d. at Catawissa, 
10, II, 1847; buried at Friends' graveyard ; m. 1840, Lewis Yetter, 
b. at Catawissa, i, 20, 1811 ; d. there i, 24, 1S80; buried at Greenwood 
Cemetery ; son of John Yetter and Susan Foster, of Catawissa. A few 
years of his early life were spent in Berks Co., Pa., and the remainder in 
Catawissa, where he was a surveyor about forty years, justice of the peace 
about thirty years and a notary public at the time of his death. By industry 
and economy he amassed considerable property, and he was frequently 
engaged in the settlement of estates and as guardian of orphans. 
Children, — 

2039. Franklin, b. i, 28, 1841 ; d. 7, 3, 1S54. 

2040. Albert, b. 12, 12, 1843; "^- Martha Ann Hunt. 

2041. Hannah A., b. 7, 4, 1845 ; m. John M. Decker. 



579- Jesse Kersey Sharpless^, Benjamin4, b. near Catawissa 
9, 3, 1818; m. there, 12, 22, 1842, Mary Margaret Harder, b. 10, 16, 1823; 
dau. of John Harder and Sarah Lavenberg, of Catawissa, and gr. dau. of 
Err Harder and Sarah Dunlap. As a boy he worked in his father's paper 



386 THE SHARPLESS FAMIL Y. 

mill near Catawissa till about 1S36, when he entered the store of George 
Reifsnyder, at New Castle, Schuylkill Co., Pa., as clerk. In 1840 he 
became a partner with his brother John in a store at Catawissa, and on the 
dissolution of the partnership, in 1842, continued at the same location, 
where he is still engaged in business. His sons A. H. and C. C. Sharpless 
have been admitted to a partnership under the firm name of J. K. 
Sharpless & Sons. He Is not a member of any religious organization, 
but by education and convictions Inclined towards Friends. In 1872, he 
originated the Sharpless Strawberry from mixed seed of the Wilson, Coe 
Cherry, Charles Downing and Jucunda varieties. Children, — 

2042. Ambrose H., b. 6, 28, 1843 ; m. Mary B. Robins. 

2043. Isabel, b. 12, 8, 1844; d. 10, 20, 1877; m. Simeon Decker. 

2044. Charles Conner, b. 10, 24, 1846; m. Sarah Alice McNinch. 

2045. Desdamona W., b. i, 30, 1849 ; m. Luther B. KUne, M. D. 

2046. Sarah S., b. 12, 25, 1S51 ; m. Charles H. Bibby. 

2047. Eliza W., b. 7, 15, 1855 ; m. J. Dallas Bodine. 

2048. Benjamin F., b. i, 16, 1858 ; m. Agnes Mann. 



580. Samuel Sharpless^, Jonathan*, b. 2, 25, 1793; d. at the old 
Redstone paper mill, Fayette Co., Pa., 6, 25, 1846; m. 3, 18, 1818, at her 
father's residence, Elizabeth Plersol, b. 12, 7, 1794; d. at William G. 
Patterson's, 2, 14, 1871, and burled by her husband In Friends' graveyard 
at Centre Mtg. ; dau. of William and Grace Plersol. Children, — 

2049. Elma, b. 2, 10, 1820 ; m. William C. Johnson. 

2050. Edith Nichols, b. i, 10, 1822 ; ni. J. Newton Craft and Wm. G. Patterson. 

2051. William Piersol, b. 3, 9, 1S24 ; d. 5, 26, 1S81, unmarried. 

2052. Louisa, b. 5, i, 1826; d. 8, 20, 1846, unmarried. 

2053. Minerva, b. 10, 21, 182S ; m. John W. Cook. 

2054. Jonathan, b. 12, 20, 1S31 ; m. Mariah Hazen. 



581- Elizabeth Sharpless^, Jonathan*, b. 12, 29, 1794, at 

Redstone, Pa.; d. 5, 7, 1839, at Milllngton, Kendall Co., Ill; m. 4, 20, 
1815, at Redstone, Jesse Jackson, b. there 5, 14, 1793; d. at 
Milllngton, 12, 12, 1870; son of Samuel and Rebecca Jackson, of Redstone. 
They removed from Fayette Co., Pa., to Millington, then called Millford, in 
the spring of 1836, Into a cabin built by his brother Samuel, a bachelor, 
near the line between La Salle and Kendall counties, on Fox River. A 
part of his farm lay In each county. He and his brother built a grist mill 
and a saw mill as soon as they could get the materials together. About 75 



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men, some of them living many miles distant, volunteered to help put the 
dam across Fox River. It took three days after the materials were on the 
ground to put it in. The cabin was too small for so many to eat in, and to 
remedy this Jesse put up a shed for a dining room. Children, — 

2055. f^lma, b. T, 25, 1816; d. I, 14, 1S73 ; ni. Joseph Grove. 

2056. Samuel J., b. 3. 24, 1819 ; d. 5, 12, 1857 ; m. Barbara Misner. 

2057. Mary S., b. 8, 20, 1820; m. Fletcher Misner. 

2058. Jonathan, b. 6, 18, 1822 ; d. 8, 10, 1839. 

2059. Joseph, b. 6. 5, 1825 ; m. Mary E. I,ewis and Barbara Trumbo. 

2060. Edith Nichols, b. 6, 24, 1827; d. 10, 15, 1S29, at Redstone. 

2061. Rebecca, b. 8, 8, 1829 ; m. Hugh L. Hannah and J. R. Holston. 

2062. William Sharpless, b. 6, 18, 1832 ; d. 2, 8, 18S2 ; ni. Mary A. Pendleton. 

2063. Elizabeth Nichols, b. 12, 17, 18.34; "^- Alexander M. Hannah. 

2064. Sabina, b. at Millington, 4, 2, 1839; d. 7, 2, 1S39. 

Ephraim Jackson', b. about 1658, came from England, and in 
1695 "''• Rachel Newlin, dau. of Nicholas and Elizabeth of Concord (p. 171); 
about which time he setded in Edgmont township, within the limits of 
Chester Mo. Mtg. He signed the testimony against selling rum to the 
Indians (p. 88), but there is no evidence of his being in the county until 
about the time of his marriage. He is not in the list of taxables for 1693. 
He may have been the Ephraim Jackson who arrived in Maryland 12, 3, 
16S4, in company with Jacob Hall, a settler in Bucks Co., Pa., from 
Macclesfield, Cheshire, Eng. It is certain that he visited Cheshire about 
1709. He d. I, II, 1732-3, aged 74, and his widow in 1742. They had 
children, John, b. i, 26, 1697, m. Jane Swayne ; Joseph, b. 6, 19, 1698, d. 
9, 6, 1698; Joseph, b. 7, 13, 1699, d. 1760; Nathaniel, b. 6, 17, 1701 ; 
Josiah, b. II, 20, 1702, d. i, i, 17 14-5; Samuel, b. 12, 13, 1704, m. Ann 
Johnson ; Ephraim, b. 11, 7, 1706, m. Mary Regester ; Mary, b. 4, 3, 1708, 
m. Benjamin Johnson; Rachel, b. 5, 10, 1710, d. 2, 11, 1749, m. Nathan 
Yarnall (p. 256); Nathan, disowned 1 1, 25, 1 741-2, for marriage to one not 
a member. 

Joseph Jackson^, m. 8, 18, 1722, Hannah Pennell (p. 88), and settled 
in Londongrove township, where, after her death, he m. 2, 18, 1734, 
Susanna Miller. By the first he had children, Ephraim, Rachel, Alice 
and Joseph, and by the second, Ephraim, John, Mary, Josiah, Hannah, 
Susanna, Alice, Sarah and Samuel. 

Samuel Jackson3, b. i, 15, 1749-50, m. 11, 21, 1771, at New Garden 
Mtg., Rebecca Dixon, b. 12, 8, 1752, dau. of John and Rebecca (Cox) 
Dixon, of New Garden. They conveyed to Lewis Pusey, 10, 14, 1775, 



388 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

grist and saw mills, with 150 acres of land which his father had purchased 
i" ^I2)2i- The house, built 1742, is in good condition, being the residence 
of the late Thomas M. Harvey. By deed of 5, 22, 1777, Jesse Martin, of 
Westmoreland Co., conveyed to Samuel Jackson, of Londongrove, for 
;^200, a tract of 300 acres at the mouth of Redstone Creek, known as 
" Martin's Folly," now in Jefferson township, Fayette Co., Pa. Just when 
they removed from Chester Co. is not clear, but on 9, i, 17S1, they 
requested a certificate for themselves and children, John, Joseph, Nathan 
and Susanna, from New Garden Mo. Mtg., to Hopewell, Va., the nearest 
monthly meeting to their residence. A committee was appointed " to take 
an opportunity with him respecting the manner & motives of his engaging 
in such an undertaking," and the report being satisfactory a certificate was 
signed 10, 6, 1781. The erection of a paper mill by Samuel Jackson and 
Jonathan Sharpless has been mentioned (p. 248), and the history of Fayette 
County contains an extended notice of the former. He had seven sons 
and three daughters. 

585- Mary Sharpless^, Jonathan^ b. 8, 12, 1S02 ; d. 10, 7, 1861, 

in Fayette Co., Pa. ; buried at Dodridge's Chapel, Wayne Co., Ind. ; m. 
6, 25, 1835, Strickler Forrey, b. i, 17, 1805; d. in Chicago, III, 10, 
24, 1880, and buried there; son of Jacob Forrey and Susanna Strickler- 
Children, — 

2065. William Sharpless, b. 3, 14, 1S36; ni. l.ydia E. Myers. 

2066. Sabina, b. S, 21, 1837, at Dublin, Ind.; now of Chicago, 111., unmarried. 

2067. Matilda Thayer, b. 7, 28, 1839; d. 6, 24, 1877; m. Fernandez H. Hannah. 

2068. Greenbury Cookman, b. 10, 7, 1S41 ; m. Mary Baxter. 

2069. Melville Emery, b. at Dublin, 7, 23, 1S44 ; d. 8, 15, 1870, unmarried. 

586. Edith SharplessS Jonathan4, b. 2, 5, 1S05, at the Redstone 
paper mill ; m. there 7, 9, 1826, to William Piersol, b. in "Washington's 
Bottoms," Fayette Co., 5, 24, 1797; d. in Franklin township i mo., 1861, 
and buried at Friends' Centre Meeting; son of William and Grace (Cope) 
Piersol, of Fayette Co. They began housekeeping at his father's, but in 
the spring of 1828, removed to Guernsey Co., O. In the Spring of 1832, 
they returned to Jefferson township, Fayette Co. ; thence to Redstone twp. 
in 1840, and to Franklin in 1857. He was a farmer. Edith lives at 
Indianapolis, Mahaska Co., Iowa. Children, — 

2070. Jesse J., b. 5, 12, 1S27 ; m. Martha CoUett. 

2071. Jonathan S., b. 12, 12, 1828 ; d. 5, 14, 1833 ; buried at Centre Mtg. 



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2072. Jeremiah P., b. 11, 24, 1830 ; d. 4, 29, 1833 ; buried at Centre Mtg. 

2073. Edith S., b. 8, 21, 1833 ; d. 2, 2, 1865 ; m. Jonathan M. Waggoner. 

2074. William A., b. 6, 6, 1835 ; m. Anna Derry, and lives at Indianapolis, Iowa, but 

declines to furnish records. 

2075. Elizabeth J., b. 8, 21, 1839; d. 5, 19, 1877; m. John Shaw. 

2076. Jasper C, b. 5, 22, 1841 ; d. 11, 9, 1850 ; buried at Centre Mtg. 

2077. Grace C, b. 3, 4, 1846 ; m. William Gaddis. 

2078. Sarah Mary, b. I, 14, 1S52; d. ; buried at Centre Mtg. 



589. Priscilla H. Sharpless^, Jonathan^, b. 2, 16, 1826, in 
Franklin township; m. i, 5, 184S, Morgan Campbell, b. i, 15, 1S25, 
in Perry township, Fayette Co., Pa.; son of William Campbell and Mary 
Antram, of Perry township. Address, Scottdale, Westmoreland Co., Pa. 
Children, — 

2079. Mary Margaret, b. ii, 27, 1S48, in Franklin twp. ; unmarried. 

2080. Elizabeth, b. 12, 11, 1851 ; m. Theodore F. Cummings. 

2081. Ruth Ann, b. 7, 7, 1855, in Franklin twp.; unmarried. 



(591.) A brief testimony concerning Edith Sharpies, dmighter of 
Benjamin and Hannah Sharpies, of Philadelphia (dcc'd); zvho departed 
this life at Wilmington, Del., on the nth of ^th month, ijSg ; in the 2^th 
year of Iter age. 

She was born on the 13th of 9th month, 1764 ; and was their eldest daughter, to whom 
her father, when on his death-bed, said ; "my dear, I have loved thee, for thy obedience to 
me, and tenderness towards me ; and for thy sobriety in life ; which I hope thou wilt continue 
in." 

She was one of those dedicated children, who are made willing to count all things 
appertaining to earth, but as dross, that they might win Christ ; and have an inheritance with 
him, in the mansions of the blessed. 

Her pilgrimage was short, but well improved ; her chief concern having been, to live 
the life of the righteous, that her latter end might be like unto theirs. Dear young people 
who may read this short testimony concerning your cotemporary in age ; and one who 
"preferred Jerusalem as her chief est joy ;" — "Do ye likewise," that your end may be like 
hers ; peaceful and happy ; with a clear prospect of a joyful eternity. What else is worth 
living for ? 

Her death was occasioned by a deqay, which proceeded from a cold : and, as is common 
in that disorder, she was several months declining, though but a very short time confined to 
bed ; and at last, went off like the snuff of a candle, sudden and easy : so much so, that (as I 
understood) she departed early in the morning, while the family were all out of the room ; 
they having no prospect of her end being so near. Just as the sun arose this bright star 
disappeared. 



390 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

How different is this, from the end of those who have spent a life in folly or wickedness, 
and at the end thereof, lie down in sorrow and misery, and wet their death bed witli tears of 
anguish ; " finding no place of repentance, though tliey seek it with tears." 

[First edition, p. 117.] 

592. Isaac SharpleSS^, Benjamin^, b. I, 13, 1766, in Philadelphia; 
d. at Cornwall, Orange Co., N. Y., 18 14; m. Margaret Dobson, b. 6, 4, 
1764; d. 10, 19, 1834; dau. of Thomas and Margaret (Newberry) Dobson, 
of New York City. He was a carpenter and builder in N. Y. City, 
employing a large number of hands ; a man of few words and upright in 
his dealings. After the death of his father-in-law, he removed to Cornwall, 
Orange Co., N. Y., and purchased a small farm. In the spring of 18 14, 
he was attacked with bilious colic, which In a short time closed his life. 
He was buried at the rural burying place, at Smith's Clove, Cornwall, 
N. Y. Children,— 

2082. Thomas, died in infancy. 

2083. Hannah Murray, b. 9, 21, 1793 ; d. 2, 21, 1S45 ; m. Townsend Cock. 

2084. Edith, b. 7, 19, 1795 ; d. 2, 2, 1864 ; m. George M. Elkinton. 

2085. Thoma-s D., b. 2, 23, 1797; d. about 1823, in Baltimore, unmarried. 

2086. Anna, b. 10, 7, 1798 ; d. 10, 14, 1846; m. Samuel W. Hurd. 

2087. Mary D., b. 2, 2, 1801 ; living in Philadelphia, unmarried ; was for some time 

matron of the Pennsylvania Hospital. 
208S. Isaac, died young. 
2089. Isaac D., b. i, 2, 1S04; history unknown. 

594- Joseph SharpleSS5, Benjamin+, b. i, 28, 1772; d. 6, 22, 
1849; m. 3, 3, 1803, at Trenton Friends' Meeting, Hannah Wright, b. 2, 9, 
1778; d. 6, 17, 1861 ; dau. of Jonathan and Elizabeth Wright, of Hanover, 
N. J. His granddaughter says that he kept a store in Burlington, N. J., 
for a few years, and afterward in Philadelphia : was a dealer in china ; also 
book agent and publisher, and author of Family Record of 1816. He and 
his wife, a minister among Friends, were noted for their pure and guileless 
characters and lives of moral worth and excellence. Active in their 
sympathies with the oppressed, the anti-slavery movement was strongly 
espoused by them, and their house at one time gave shelter from the 
mob to William Lloyd Garrison. 

Mary D. Sharpless, aged 84, says that her uncle Joseph "was a good 
man and beloved by his family and friends ; quiet and unobtrusive in his 
manners ; a kind husband and father, — by occupation a bookbinder. He 
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found laborious and in some respects annoying. He was very desirous of 
obtaining a knowledge of the trade and calling of persons with whom he 
communicated (on account of the work), but this was objected to by many, 
therefore he gave it up." 

He was the author and publisher of "The Story | of | Joseph | and 
his Brethren, | set forth in | A pleasing and instructive manner ; | and 
adapted | To the capacities of Children. | By Joseph Sharpless. | 
Frankford, Penn. | Published by the Author (1812.) Joseph Rakestraw, 
printer." This was a small volume, 31^ by 5^ inches in size, pp. 113, 
and to it was appended "Patient Joe; or the New Castle Collier," in verse; 
five pages, with illustration. 

In 1830, Joseph Sharpless had a china store at No. 15 N. 4th street. 
His widow lived several years with, and died at the residence of her 
brother, Nathan Wright, on Spring Garden St. Her sisters Rebecca and 
Sarah, both unmarried, were milliners at 91 1 Race St. Children, — 

2090. Benjamin, b. at Burlington 4, 20, 1S03 ; d. 7, 14, 1S03. 

2091. William, b. 8, 13, 1S05 ; d. 4, 15, 1857 ; m. Elizabeth Thompson. 

2092. Mary, b. 11, 21, 1S07: d. 11, 27, 1S58; m. Isaac Clement. 



597- Deborah FerrisS, Edlth4, b. in Wilmington, Del, 3, 2, 1773; 

d. there 8, 20, 1844; m. 7, 11, 1799, Joseph Bringhurst, b. in 

Philadelphia, 10, 6, 1767; d. Wilmington, 7, 26, 1S34 ; son of James and 
Anna, of Philadelphia,. He was a doctor, "gifted with an intellect of no 
common order ; he had cultivated and improved it by extensive reading, 
and nature had supplied him with an easy elocution, which enabled him to 
communicate with clearness and facility, and rendered his conversation a 
source of instruction and pleasure." Children, — 

2093. William, b. 9, 25, 1800; d. 6, 14, 181S. 

2094. Mary, b. 7, 4, 1806 ; m. George V. Moody. 

2095. Joseph, b. 9, 26, 1807; d. 3, 14, 1880; m. Anna Richardson. 

2096. Edward, b. 5, 22, 1809; d. 2, S, 1S84; m. Sarah Shipley. 

2097. Ziba Ferris, b. g, 19, 1812 ; d. 3, 6, 1S36 ; m. Amy Di.xon. 

John Bringhurst, m- in London, 4, 2, 1682, Rosina, widow of 
John Matern, and had children, Rosina Elizabeth, b. 6, 24, 1688; John, 
b. 12, 25, 1 690- 1 ; Ann Barbara, b. i, 29, 1693; John George, b. 3, 15, 
1697, all born in Amsterdam, Holland. 

John Bringhurst', m. 8, 30, 171S, in Philadelphia, Mary, dau. of James 
and Mary Claypoole; "was an elder, active and serviceable in the church, 



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and demonstrated a sincere regard for the prosperity thereof ; exemplary 
in attending religious meetings, and in the careful education of his 
children." He d. 7, 20, 1750, in Barbadoes, whither he went for his health, 
and his widow d. in Phila., 6, 2, 1761. They had children, Mary, b. 11, iS, 
1720, d. 1798, m. Judah Foulke ; John, b. 9, 9, 1722, d. unm. 17S9; 
Elizabeth, b. 12, 4, 1723-4, d. unm., 12, 25, 1790; James, b. 10, 7, 1730, 
d. 2, 27, 1810; Thomas, b. 11, 17, 1731, d. 11, 19, 1731 ; Joseph, b. i, 20, 
1732-3; Deborah, b. 10, 21, 1734, d. 11, 15, 1734; Deborah 2d, b. 7, 15, 
1736, d. 2, 16, 1737. 

James Bringhurst^, m. 2 mo., 1761, Anna Pole, and had children, born 
in Philadelphia, John, b. 1762, d. inf ; John, b. 4, 25, 1764, d. 6, 14, 1800, 
leaving one son; James, b. 3, 4, 1766, d. Phila., 5. 27, 1818; Joseph, b. 10, 
6, 1767, d. 7, 26, 1834; Jonathan, b. 5, 8, 1769, d. near Kennet Square, 11, 
9, 1818; Edward, b. 12, 16, 1770, d. unm., 9, 26, 1794; Rachel, b. 1775, 
d. 1777. 

598. John Ferris^, Edith4, b. 10, 12, 1775 ; d. n, i, 1802 ; m. 1800, 
at Stanton Mtg., Del., Sarah Harlan, b. 8, 7, 1780, at Mill Town, Del.; d. 
4, 17, 1869, in Wilmington; dau. of Caleb and Ann (Jackson) Harlan, of 
Mill Town. Child,— 

2ogS. John, b. 9, 21, 1801 ; d. g, 2, 1882, unmarried See for\vard. 



Some account of the death of Jolm Ferris, son of Ziba and Edith 
Ferris, of Wilmington, Delaware; who departed this life on the first of the 
nth month, 1802, in the 2'/th year of his age. 

In the year 1S02, when the yellow fever prevailed in Wilmington, John was appointed 
one of the Board of Health : which station he filled with diligence, and strict attention to the 
necessities of the sufferers ; not counting his own life dear unto him, that he might relieve the 
afflicted, and administer comfort to the distressed. He continued with unwearied diligence, 
visiting the sick and relieving them as far as he was capable, till the raging pestilence abated, 
and the recovery of the sick, denoted a speedy termination to their sufferings ; and those who 
were still preserved in health, might reasonably conclude the danger over, and they were safe. 
Not so with John: — Just at this pleasing juncture, he was seized with that disorder from wjiich 
he had endeavoured to relieve others ; and died, we have reason to hope, the death of the 
righteous ; and that his latter end was like unto theirs. Having laboured, day and niglit, as 
with his life in his hand, for the relief of others, he was thereby preparing himself for the 
harvest of the Lord ; and was cut down at the end thereof, as a sheaf fully ripe ; and like the 
pure wheat, was no doubt, gathered into the heavenly garner while the tares were gathered 
together to be burned. 



LINE OF BENJAMINS, JOSEPH =. .q. 

The foIlLnving tribute to the meiuory of that virtuous young mail, John 
Ferris, tuas ivritten soon after his death, by those jvJio knew his worth ; and 
published in a public paper. 

WiLMiNCTON, Dei,., nth Month 1802. 

DIED, on tlie ist instant, Jolni Ferris, of this borougli. A most unexcf|)tionable 
character, his temper mild and conciliating. He was a most worthy citizen, and useful 
member of society, which h;is sustained a serious loss in his death. He fell a sacrifice to his 
indefatigable exertions to administer comfort to the sick, &c. during the late mortality. The 
Board of Health have entered on their minutes the following just tribute to his memory : 

"Sensible of the loss which the citizens of this place in general and this Board in 
particular, have sustained in the death of our worthy fellow labourer, John Ferris, jun., who 
left this transitory, for, we hope, a happier state of existence, seven minutes before 3 o'clock 
this afternoon. We conceive it to be our duty, and we are impelled by our feelings, to insert 
on our minutes, a record of his extraordinary services ; the prevalence of the yellow fever of 
1798, first made us acquainted with his efforts and disposition to relieve the afflicted ; but the 
present year has more intimately informed us of his usefulness. As soon as the disease 
appeared, which luis made such ravages among our citizens, and consigned eighty-two of them 
to their silent graves, he commenced his arduous services ; and during its continuance did not 
for a single day, intermit his attention to the sick, the dying, and the dead. The first 
mentioned, he was in the constant practice of visiting twice a day — he took upon himself the 
care of the funerals of the latter. When, after having performed a serious tour of duty ; a 
duty enjoined by his commiseration for the distressed, and anxiety for their relief; he fell, a 
victim, a late sacrifice to his exertions, for the happiness of others, and left on the hearts of 
his fellow citizens, a grateful remembrance of his labours, and his virtues." 

[First edition, ]). 119.] 



599. Edith Ferris5, EditM, b. 4, 18, 1778 ; d. at Mill Town, 4, 20, 
1827; m. 12, 23, 1803, at Wilmington Mtg., Caleb Harlan, b. near 
Doe Run, Chester Co., Pa., 12, 30, 1770; d. at Mill Town, 8, 8, 1840; son 
of Caleb Harlan3 (Michael^, Michael') and Ann Jackson3 (William-, Isaac') 
of Mill Town, Del. ; both buried at Stanton Meeting. He learned the 
milling business under his father, but it did not agree with his health, and 
he turned his attention to storekeeping, at Mill Town ; also owned land 
but did not farm it himself. Children, — 

2099. John Ferris, b. 2, 23, 1S05; d. 11, 5, 1823. 

2100. Ann J., b. 8, 11, 1808 ; living at 610 W. 6th St., Wilmington, unm. 

2101. Edith, b. 7, ig, 1S12; d. in Wilmington, 12, 31, 1S85, unm. 

2102. Mary A., b. 8, 31, 1S13; living with her sister, unmarried. 



600. Benjamin Ferris', Edith-*, b. in Wilmington, S, 7, 1780; d. 
there, 11, 9, 1867; m. 5, 17, 1804, at Wilmington Mtg, Fanny Canby, b. 



394 1'HE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

6, II, 177S, in Brandywine, Del; d. in Wilmington, 8, 3, 1833; dau. of 
William Canby3 (Oliver^ Thomas', Benjamin^) and Mardia Marriott (of 
Thomas and Sarah), of Brandywine ; both buried at Friends' Mtg., in 
Wilmington. Second marriage 10, 15, 1S35, to Hannah Gibbons, b. in 
Lampeter, Pa., i, 19, 1793, d. in Wilmington, 5, 3, i860; dau. of Abraham 
Gibbons* (Josephs, James^, John') and Mary Canby3 (Oliver^, Thomas'), 
of Lancaster Co., Pa. Children, all by ist wife, — 

2103. William, b. 2, 13, 1S05 ; d. 7, 12, 1S05. 

2104. Edward, b. 7, 24, 1S09 ; d. 8, 31, iSio. 

2105. Anna, b. 11, 27, iSii ; d. 9, 29, 1S14. 

2106. Deborah, b. 7, 22, 1S13 ; living at 301 West St., Wilmington, unm. 

2107. Anna M., b. 6, 11, 1S15 ; living with her sister Deborah, unm. 

2108. Benjamin, b. 4, 2, 1817 ; d. 10, 29, 1831. 

2109. Martha, b. 6, 26, 1S19 ; living with her sisters, unm. 

21 10. David, b. 7, 16, 1821 ; m. Sarah Ann Underwood. 

21 1 1. William, b. 12, 14, 1822; m. Mary Wetherald. 

21 12. Edward, b. 12, 20, 1825; m. Catharine Lehman Ashmead. 

Benjamin Ferris was a person of remarkably vigorous intellect and 
his pen was frequently employed to disseminate his ideas, or to preserve a 
record of interesting facts. He was the author oi A History of the Original 
Settlements on the Delaware, including a history of Wilmington, 1846; a 
work of much merit. In 1821-2, under the name of "Amicus," he 
engaged in a religious controversy with Rev. Dr. Gilbert ("Paul"), in a 
series of letters published in the Christian Repository. These were 
afterward published in a volume of over five hundred pages, with the title. 
Letters of Paid and Amicus. In early life he went to Philadelphia and 
learned the trade of watchmaking with the celebrated Thomas Parker, at 
No. 20 N. 2nd St. Returning to Wilmington he adopted the profession 
of a conveyancer, from which he retired with a competency, to enjoy his 
literary labors. 

A Tribute : — The announcement of the departure of our dear friend, Benjamin Ferris, 
has already been made in these columns, but his numerous and widely extended circle of 
friends will feel that something more is due to the memory of such a man. A rare and gifted 
spirit has passed from amongst us, and entered upon the higher life. His wonderful 
conversational powers adapted themselves with remarkable versatility to all ages and capacities ; 
and all who knew him can recall the many times in which they have seen him the centre of an 
admiring and listening group, while he poured forth the stores of his abounding treasury for 
their interest and instruction. He was a connecting link between the present generation and 
the past, his retentive memory and power of representation enabling him, from an inexhaustible 
fund of anecdote and illustration, to give life like pictures of the character and manners of 
those who ha\'e long passed awa)'. 



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He was a beautiful examiile of the cheerful Christian, and his high gifts, employed in 
the right direction, made pleasant and attractive the lessons they conveyed. His able pen 
was often employed as the earnest advocate of the spirituality of the Christian faith, and in 
defence of our testimonies ; and his essays on these subjects were acknowledged to have 
unusual force and ability. He filled many positions of usefulness during his long life. His 
sympathies were enlisted on behalf of the poor Indians (especially the tribes in the State of 
New York), and by advocating their cause with those in authority, he was instrumental in 
redressing their wrongs, and in promoting their welfare and advancement to a higher grade of 
civilization. But the most impressive lessons gained from his example were in the last twelve 
years of his life. When suddenly dejjrived of the powers that had contributed so largely to 
his own and others' enjoyment, and which had so peculiarly distinguished him, although fully 
conscious of the loss, he bowed in cheerful acquiescence to the Divine will ; and the strong 
gifted man, laying down strength and gifts, entered, while on earth, into the heaven of love. 
Many can bear witness, that however great was the enjoyment of his society in the day of his 
intellectual power, far greater, in these latter days, was the charm of the sweetness of his 
spirit, and the love which seemed to embrace the whole human family ; and all who came 
within his influence were made to feel how blessed are they who, in their evening twilight, are 
permitted to see the arising of the brightness of the future day. 

While we deeply feel the absence of one so long loved and honored, we must also 
rejoice that the burden of weakness and weariness and privation has been laid down, and that 
he has entered upon the heavenly inheritance of joy unspeakable and full of glory. We 
cannot better close this tribute than by quoting his own words, so applicable to himself: 

Thrice blessed even here, tho' in life's lowest station. 
The Christian who sits at the feet of his Lord ; 
With joy bears his cross thro' this scene of probation, 
And patiently waits his eternal reward. 

Friends' Intelligeticer. 

6oi. Ziba Ferris^, Edith4, b. i, 25, 17S6, at corner of Third and 
Shipley Streets, Wilmington; d. at "Clifton," near Wilmington, lo, 14, 
1875 ; m. II, 14, 18 16, at Wilmington Mtg., Fourth and West Streets, Eliza 
Megear, b. 12, 12, 1797, at Chestertown, Md. ; d. at Clifton, 5, 4, 1880; 
dau. of Michael Megear and Phoebe Pugh, of Wilmington, Del. ; both 
buried at Wilmington Mtg. Children, — 

2113. William Megear, b. 11, 21, 1817; d. i, 23, 1819. 

2114. Elizabeth Sipple, b. 2, 6, 1819; m. Lindley Smyth. 

2115. Mary, b. 10, 31, 1820; d. 12, i, 1870; m. William Sellers (No. 2208). 

2116. Infant son, b. 8, 28, 1822 ; d. 8, 30, 1822. 

21 17. Edward Bringhurst, b. 2, 22, 1824; m. Elizabeth Jenkins. 
211S. Phebe, b. 4, 15, 1825; died in her 6th year 

2119. Ziba, b. 9, 18, 1828; m. Esther Lea. 

2120. Frances, b. 4, 26, 1831 ; d. 4, 20, 1838. 

2121. Thomas Megear, b. 4, 17, 1S34; living in Philadelphia, unni. 

2122. Francis, b. 11, 5, 1840; d. 8, 2, 1S43. 



396 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

602. Benjamin Sharpies^, Joshua^ b. in Kennet, S, 24, 1769; 
d. in E. Bradford, 2, i, 1852; m. 3, 27, 1794, at Bradford Mtg., Abigail 
Cope, b. 9, 6, 1767 ; d. 3, 22, 1823 ; dau. of Nadian and Amy Cope, of 
E. Bradford. Second marriage, 2, 6, 1834, at Birmingham Mtg., to Sidney 
Hoopes, b. II. 13, 1792 ; d. 2, 24, 1877 ; widow of Abraham Hoopes, and 
dau. of Benjamin Jones^ (Rees3, Richard^, Rees') and Rebecca Eavenson^, 
(Nathaniel3, Richard^, Thomas', Ralph^), of Westtown. He settled on 
the southern part of his father's land, which he inherited, about a mile 
north of Birmingham Meeting. By the last wife he had one child, — 

2123. Benjamin, b. lo, 29, 1S35 ; m. Annie T. Hanniim. 



603. Rachel Sharpies^, Joshua4, b. 5, 3, 1771; d. s, 10, 1807; 

m. 9, 13, 1792, at Birmingham Mtg., Benjannin Cope, b. 9, 14, 1765 ; 
d. 12, 15, 1845; son of Nathan Cope3 (John^, Oliver') and Amy Bane of 
E. Bradford. They setded on his father's farm at the homestead. 

2124. One child, died in infancy. 

In the year 1805, two Friends were wanted by the Committee for 
Indian affairs, of the Yearly Meeting of Penna., &c., to go and settle 
among the Seneca Indians, on the Allegany river, to encourage and 
instruct them in civilization, and the arts of husbandry. Accordingl)^ 
Benjamin and Rachel Cope, believing it to be their duty, gave up to that 
service. They arrived at Tunesassa, 6, 6, 1805, and continued there till 
Rachel's death. Benjamin was married again, 6, 11, 1817, to Rest 
Swayne, dau, of Calebs (William3, William^, Francis') and Mary, of 
E. Marlborough, b. 4, 7, 1778, d. 3, 29, 1844, leaving one son, Caleb S. 
Cope, who m. a dau. of No. 1546. 



604. Nathan Sharpless5, Joshua4, b. 12, 18,1772; d. 4, 11,1863; 

in. 4, 21, 1796, at Birmingham Mtg., Lydia Painter, b. 9, 20, 1774; d. 12, 
26, 1845 ; ^'i'-'- of Joseph and Elizabeth (Woodward) Painter, of E. Bradford. 
He learned the trade of a hatter, and when married settled at Wilmington, 
Del. By deed of 3, 31, 1804, he purchased from James Marshall and wife 
Margaret, of Concord, 157 acres in that township, which James obtained 
through his former wife, Martha, only dau. of James Pyle3 (Nicholas^, 
Nicholas'). They removed at once to this place, near Concord ville, and 
continued thereon for several years. Nathan and his sister, Martha 



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Jefferis, were superintendent and matron at Westtown Boarding School, 
from 3, 28, 1S36, to 10, 27, 1843. During his last years his residence was 
at Concordville. Children, — 

2125. Edith, b. 2, 2, 1797 ; d. S, 20, 1S67 ; m. George Martin. 

2126. Joseph, b. 3, 19, 1799 ; d. 12, 27, 1833, unmarried. 

2127. Elizabeth, b. S, 17, iSoi ; d. S, 19, 1844; ni. Ferree Brinton. 



605. Martha Sharpless^, Joshua^ b. 4, 27, 1775; d. 4, 30, 1854; 
m. 3, 22, 1 8 10, at Birmingham Mtg., Cheyney Jefferis, b. 4, 26, 1762 ; 
d. 4, 6, 1828; son of James3 (James^, Robert') and Ann (Cheyney) Jefferis, 
of E. Bradford. He was first married ii, 26, 1790, to Mary Bennett, b. 
II, 29, 1762; d. 9, 2, 1807; dau. of James and Hannah, of Pennsbury. 
She had children, Hannah, b. 3, 7, 1791, d. 3, 22, 1830, m. John James; 
James, b. 5, 10, 1792, d. unmarried; Titus, b. 2, 11, 1794; d. 3, 9, 1794; 
Cheyney, b. 12, 6, 1801, d. 10, 13, 1866, m. Mary Pyle (No. 2477); Mary, 
b. 8, 21, 1807, d. 3, 18, 1848, m. James Bennett. Cheyney Jefferis learned 
the trade of a hatter, but in 1794, purchased a farm adjoining his father's, 
on which were an oil mill and a saw mill, and there resided until his death. 
He and his first wife were buried at Birmingham. Martha d. at her dau. 
Ann's, in West Chester, and was buried there. Children, — 



2128 
2129 
2130. 
2131 
21^2 



Edith, b. 2, 21, 181 1 ; d. 4, 14, 1843, in Concord, unm. : a minister. 

Ann, b. 3, 2, 1813 ; d. 4, 12, 1875 ; m. Moses Sheppard. 

Lydia, b. 11, 18, 1815 ; d. in infancy. 

Martha, b. 11, 28, 1817 ; d. i, 25, 1820. 

Joshua, b. 3, 30, 1S20; m. Rachel Hoopes. 



606. Edith SharplesS^, Joshua4, b. in Kennet 6, 15, 1777; d. in 

Philadelphia, i, 24, 1861 ; m. 6, 10, 181 3, at Birmingham Mtg., Thomas 
Kite, b. 7, 16, 1785, at Frankford, Phila. ; d. i, 25, 1845, in Phila. ; son of 
Benjamin and Rebecca (Walton) Kite : both buried at 4th and Arch 
Streets. Children, — 

2133- Rebecca, b. 3, 23, 1814; d. 3, 19, 1S52 ; m. Nathaniel H. Brown. 

2134. Joshua, b. 3, 10, 1816; d. 6, 24, 1835, unmarried. 

2135. Thomas, b. 2, 25, iSiS; d. 2, 6, 1884; m. Margaret Bragg. 

James Kite', supposed son of Sir George Kite, came to Penna. as 
early as 1682, and setded in Blockley township, where now is Fairmount 
Park, West Philadelphia. He m. Mary, dau. of William Warner, an old 



398 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

settler, from Blockley in Worcestershire, England, and had children, James, 
b. lo, 12, 16S2 ; Abraham, b. 10, 19, 16S5 ; John and Grizell. 

Abraham Kite^ m. 7 mo., 1708, Mary Peters, dau. of Thomas Peters, 
of Philadelphia, and had children, James, John, Thomas, Isaac and Anthon)'. 

Thomas Kite3, m. 12, 10, 1742, Mary Brientnall, and had children, 
Joseph, Benjamin, John, Susan, Deborah and Elizabeth. 

Benjamin Kite4, b. i, 16, 1754; d- 9- 16, 1838 ; m. 10, 6, 1784, Rebecca 
Walton, b. 9, 26, 1765; d. 12, 20, 1840; dau. of Benjamin and Abigail 
(Gilbert) Walton. They had children, Thomas, Abi, Sarah, Mary, Joseph, 
John L., Benjamin, Nathan and James. 

Thomas Kite4 m. first, 3, 30, 1808, Elizabeth Barnard (formerly 
written Banner), b. 2, 12, 1786, in Wilmington, Del.; d. in Phila., 11,9, 
1 8 10. He was an esteemed minister in the Society of Friends, of whom 
an interesting Memoir has been published. By his first wife he had two 
children, — 

Susanna, b. i, 17, 1809 ; d. 9, 19, 1S44 ; m. Aaron Sharpless (No. 2144). 
William, b. 10, 25, iSio; m. Mary F. Clement. 



607. Joshua Sharpless', Joshua^, b. 8, 12, 1779; d. in London 
Britain twp., Chester Co., Pa., 12, 21, i860; m. 1808, in Philadelphia, to 
Philadelphia Drinker, dau. of Joseph and Hannah Drinker, of that place. 
He learned the carpenter trade and settled in what is now West 
Philadelphia, but about 1823, removed to Chester County, and in 1829, 
settled on a farm in London Britain. His widow died at her dau. 
Hannah's, near Willow Grove, Montgomery County : both buried at 
London Britain Meeting. Children, — 

2136. George, b. 5, 5, 1S09 ; m. Amy Chambers. 

2137. Edward, b. i, 3, iSii ; d. 8, 31, 1857 ; m. Ellen Paxson. 

2138. Hannah, b. 11, 9, 181 2 ; m. Caleb B. Cope. 

2139. Mary, b. i, 10, 1815 ; living with her sister Hannah, unmarried. 

2140. Benjamin, b. 2, 3, 18 17 ; m. Sarah P. Cook. 

2141. Charles, b. 2, 22, 1819 ; m. Mary Ann Passmore. 

608. Isaac Sharpless', Joshua*, b. 9, 28, 1781 ; d. II, 12. 1822 ; 
m. 5, 30, 1805, at Willistown Mtg., Sarah Garrett, b. 12, 13, 177S ; d. i, 22, 
1818; dau. of Aaron* (SamueU, Samuel-, William') and Rachel (Co.k) 
Garrett, of Willistown. Second marriage, 3, 22, 1820, to Mary Ellis, b. 3, 
19, 17S0; d. I, 16, 1824; dau. of Peter and Miriam Ellis, of Burlington, 



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399 



N. J. Isaac settled on the northern part of his father's farm in East 
Bradford (now Birmingham), at the homestead. He was appointed one of 
the Westtown Boarding School Committee, 1814, was a shareholder in 
the Birmingham Library, and Secretary of what was probably the first 
agricultural society in Chester County, organized in 1820. Children, — 

2142. Rachel, b. 7, 2, 1806; d. 4, 20, 1815; buried at Birmingham. 

2143. Abigail, b. 9, 3, 1807 ; d. 12, 25, 1837 ; m. James R. Greaves. 

2144. Aaron, b. 2, 13, 1809 ; d. i, 14, 1876 ; m. Susanna Kite, &c. 

2145. Benjamin, b. 10, 29, 1810; d. 3, 28, 1816 ; buried at Birmingham. 

2146. Edith, b. 8, 9, 1812; d. 4, 13, 1835, unmarried; buried in Phila. 

2147. Ann, b. 8, 12, 1814 ; d. 2, 24, 1815 ; buried at Birmingham. 

2148. Ellis, b. 8, 25, 1821 ; d. 6, 21, 1822; buried at Birmingham. 

The following obituary is from the pen of Charles Miner, editor of the 
Village Record, of West Chester, Pa. : 

The death of Isaac Sharpless, of Birmingham, is mentioned upon our last page. He 
was 41 years of age. The disease of which he died was consumption. We were acquainted 
with him intimately, and cannot let the occasion pass over without the tribute of a line to his 
memory. Isaac Sharpless had a clear and discriminating mind, well improved by education ; 
and it was his delight to devote his talents to do good. He was found foremost in the supjiort 
of every proposition which had for its object the advancement of the interests of society. 
We have frequently been indebted to his pen for valuable essays for our paper, chiefly on 
agricultural subjects. Distinguished by his domestic and social virtues, his loss to his family 
and neighborhood will be long mourned with tears of sincerest grief; and the community are 
called to regret the departure of one of our most valuable and promising citizens in the 
meridian of life and usefulness. 



611. Phebe Sharpless^, Joshua^ b. 3, 22, 1793; d. 4, 30, 1850; 

m. 10, 6, 1836, at Birmingham Mtg., to Nathan Middleton, of 
Nottingham, Burlington Co., N. J., son of Samuel and Ann Middleton. 
They resided in Concord, Delaware Co., Pa., but after her death he 
returned to New Jersey and died at the residence of his son by a former 
wife. No children. 

612. Benjamin Sharpies^, Isaacs b. perhaps in Middletown, 11, 
4, 1777; d. in Mercer (now Lawrence) County, Pa., 9 mo., 1845; m. in 
Fayette Co., Pa., 5 mo., 1801, Amy Cadwalader, d. 3, 31, 1855 ; dau. of 
Septemus Cadwalader3 (Joseph^, John') of Redstone, Pa. His mother 
having removed to Western Penna., and married Rees Cadwalader, a 



400 THE SHARPLESS FAMIL Y. 

brother of Septemus, Benjamin received a certificate from Chester to 
Westland Mo. Mtg., 6, 27, 1791. He learned the blacksmith trade at 
Brownsville, Fayette Co., and in 1S04, removed to Big Beaver Creek, 
Mercer Co., Pa., taking a certificate from Redstone to Middleton Mo. Mtg., 
dated 3, 30, 1S04. In 1S16, his mother u^as said to be living with him. 
Children, — 

2149. Isaac, died unmarried, aged about 21 years. 

2150. Septemus C, b. 6, 21, 1804 ; d. 6, 24, 1865 ; m. Sarah Negus. 

2151. Ellen, b. 10, 15, 1806; d. 10, 3, 1836; m. Mifflin Cadwalader. 

2152. Edwin A., b. 4, 25, 1809; d. 3, 27, 1881 ; m. Eliza Williams. 

2153. Albert F., b. 5, i, 181 1 ; m. Lydia Heald. 

615. Sarah Sharpless^, Aaron4, b. N. Y. City, 10, 2. 17SS; d. 

Burlington, N. J., 6, 24, 1836; m. 5, 27, 1830, at Burlington Mtg., 
Rowland Jones, son of John and Mary (Rowland) Jones, of Merion, 
Pa. After the death of her parents she lived with Samuel Emlen, near 
BurlinsTton. No children. 



617. Mary Sharpless5, Aaron^ b. 10, 15, 1793; d. 7, 13, 1827 

(or 182S according to one record), in Wilmington, Del.; m. 10, 14, 181 3, 
at Birmingham Mtg., Thomas Garrett, b. in Upper Darby 8, 21, 1789; 
d. Wilmington, i, 25, 1S71 ; buried at 4th and West Sts. ; son of Thomas 
Garrett4 (Nathan3, Samuel-, William') and Sarah Price, of U. Darby. 
They resided for some time in U. Darby, but in 1S22, removed to 
Wilmington, Del. Children, — 



2154 
2155 
2156 
2157 
2158. 



Ellwood, b. 12, 19, 1815 ; m. Catharine K. WolUiston. 

Sarah Sharpless, b. 4, 15, 1S19 ; d. 9, 3, 1853 ; m. Edward C. Hewes. 
Anna, b. 2, 2, 1822 ; d. 8, 23, 1853; m. Dr. James Edwards. 
Henry, b. 11, 22, 1824; m. Catharine Ann Canby. 

Margaret Malin, b. 6, 13, 1827; d. 8, 30, 1S63 ; m. James G. McCollin. 



Thomas Garrett was one of the most noted of those unselfish citizens 
who gave freely of their time and means to assist the poor and oppressed 
to a land of freedom. His house was one of the principal stations of the 
so-called Underground Railroad, and it is said that nearly twenty-nine 
hundred fugitives passed safely through his hands. In 184S, he was 
prosecuted for assisting slaves to escape from their master, and fined to 
the extent of all his possessions. Capital was freely offered him by his 
friends, with which to carry on his business, that of a dealer in iron and 



LINE OF BENJAMINS, JOSEPH^. .qj 

coal, and he not only amassed a competence within a few years, but was 
more active and earnest than before, in his efforts for the slave. I le m. a 
second wife, Rachel, dau. of Eli Mendenhall, who d. 4, 20, 1868, leavino- a 
son, Eli, who m. Frances Sellers (No. 2213). 



618. Martha Darlingtons, Amy4, b. 7, 9, 17S8; d. 2, 19, 1868; 

m. 6, 9, 1814, at Middletown Mtg., Eli D. Peirce, b. in Thornbury(?), 
12, 28, 1789; d. in Nether Providence, 2, i, 1871; son of John Peirce* 
(Caleb3, Calebs George') and Jane Dicks3 (Peter^, Peter'). They resided 
several years in Thornbury, but afterward removed to a farm in N. 
Providence, which he and his sister Sarah inherited from their uncle, Roger 
Dicks, now of Thomas Palmer, and others. Children, — 

2159. John D., b. II, 17, 1815 ; m. Ruth Hannum. 

2160. Amy, b. 11, 21, 1817; d. 3, 15, 1849 ; m. Henry Haldeman. 

2161. Jane D., b. 11, 6, 1820; m. Charles Satterthvvait. 

2162. Jesse D., b. 4, 21, 1822 ; ni. Laura B. Craw. 

2163. Caleb D., b. 12, 20, 1824; m. Phebe Churchman. 

2164. Eli D., b. I, 28, 1827 ; m. Helen M. McGregor. 

2165. Edward D., b. 10, 11, 1829; d. 2, 28, 1854, in Kendall Co , 111., unm. 

2166. Sarah, twin with Edward, d. i, 27, 1836. 



619. Rhoda Darlingtons, Amy4, b. 5, 9, 1790; d. in Lower 
Chichester, 10, 16, 1826; m. 11, 4, 1819, at Middletown Mtg., Isaac 
Hewes, b. 12, 28, 1792; d. in Lower Chichester, 6, 20, 1839; son of 
Jacob and Esther (Pyle) Hewes of that township. He m. 2d wife, Rebecca 
Churchman, by whom he had sons, Edward and William C. Hewes. In 
his will, proven 6, 22, 1839, he appoints George W. Churchman his executor, 
and directs that he shall complete a contract for furnishing stone for the 
Delaware Breakwater. Rhoda's children, — 

2167. Jesse, b. 10, 24, 1820; d. 9, 26, 1881 ; ni. Annie E. Johnson. 

2168. Jacob, b. 8, 16, 1822 ; m. M. J. Minshall. 

2169. Samuel D., b. 12, 11, 1S24; m. Elizabeth Anderson. 

2170. Caleb P., b. 4, 10, 1S26 ; ni. Ruth Anna Jobson. 



621. Edward Darlington^, Amy4, b. 9, 17, 1795; d. at Media, 

Pa., II, 21, 1884; m- Phila., 4, 26, 1S27, Ann P. Eyre, b. 7, 4, 1804, at 
Chester; d. there 12, 30, 1843 : ^^^- of Preston and Arabella (Ashmead) 
Eyre, of Chester, Pa., and Illinois ; both buried at Chester Rural Cemetery. 



402 THE SHARPLESS FAMIL Y. 

He studied law, was admitted to practice 4, 9, 1S21, and settled at Chester. 
In 1852, he removed to Media, the new county seat, and continued to 
practice till 1872 : elected to Congress, 1832, from the district of Delaware, 
Chester and Lancaster counties, and served till 1S39 ; was for several years 
District Attorney, counsel for the county commissioners, and director of 
Delaware Mutual Safety Insurance Company from 1S42, till his death. 
Children, — 

2171. William G., b. 3, g, 1828 ; m. Lucy W. Miller and Phebe Wilkinson. 

2172. Arabella A., b. 8, 17, 1829; d. 4, 9, 1S83 ; m. Joseph R. Morris. 

2173. George E., b. 8, 20, 1832 ; m. Ella Carpenter. 



622. Samuel S. Darlington^, Amy4 b. 9, 17, 1795, in Chester 
Co. ; d. in Middletown, Delaware Co., 12, 22, 1859 ; m. 9, 3, 1S29, Susanna 
Dennison, b. Wilmington, Del., 8, 11, 1808. Children, — 

2174. Amy, b. 10, 10, 1830; m. Walker Y. Wells" (Priscilla , Meredith*— No. 1872). 

2175. Samuel, b. West Chester, 9, 25, 1832 ; d. 5, 31, 1861, at San Luis Obispo, Cal., 

unm. 

2176. Jesse, b. 11, 15, 1836; m. Elizabeth W. Pratt. 

2177. Martha Peirce, b. Middletown ; d. there 9, 29, 1S41. 

2178. Rebecca, b. Middletown, 3, 16, 1843 ; now of Media, unmarried. 



625. Thomas Darlington^, Amy4, b. 8, 23, 1797 ; d. Miamisburg, 
O., 7, 17, 1877; m. 2, 28, 1822, at Middletown Mtg., Hannah P. Dilworth, 
b. 8, 4, 1802, in Aston ; dau. of Richard Dilworth and Sarah Pennell (No. 
1869). He was a farmer in Aston, whence he removed to Montgomery 
Co., O., in the spring of 1837. In 1867, he gave up the farm and removed 
to Miamisburg. His widow was living at Dayton, O., 1884. Children, — 

2179. Jesse, b. 2, 2, 1823 ; m. Rebecca McDevitt. 

21S0. Richard D., b. 6, 2, 1825; m. Henrietta Thomas. 

2181. Benjamin, b. 3, 14, 1828; m. Rebecca Carpenter. 

2182. Sarah, b. 5, 14, 1830; m. Ebenezer Wade. 

2183. William, b. 4, 28, 1834; d. i, 26, 1838. 

2184. Martha, b. 10, 17, 1836; d. 12, 17, 1854. 

2185. Amy, b. 4, g, 1840; m. Samuel Barnhart. 



626. Jared Darlington^, Amy4, b. in Middletown, 8, 15, 1799; 
d. there 12, 7, 1862, and buried at Cumberland Cem. ; m. 4, 7, 1831, at 
Chichester Mtg., Mary Dutton, b. in Aston, 4, 5, 180S; dau. of ThomasS 



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LINE OF BENJAMIN3, JOSEPHk ,q, 

(Thomas-*, RicharcU, Thomas-, John") and Sarah (Jones) Dutton, of Aston. 
He resided at the homestead, it being the place of original settlement of 
Joseph Sharpless-, in Middletown, and as a dairy farmer established a high 
reputation. A few years after his death his widow and unmarried daughters 
removed to West Chester. Children, — 

2186. Edward, b. i, 22, 1832; d. 10, 7, 1876; m. Mary F. Palmer. 

2187. Sarah J., b. 8, 31, 1S33 ; living in West Chester, unmarried. 
218S. Albert, b. 5, 12, 1835 ; m. Charlotte Kitts. 

2189. Amy, b. 2, 20, 1837 >' ™- Henry B. Pratt. 

2190. Frances, b. 2, 13, 1839; d. West Chester, 8, 31, 1877, unmarried, and buried 

at Cumberland Cem. ; a school teacher. 

2191. Jesse, b. 7, 8, 1841 ; m. Hannah W. Pratt. 

2192. Thomas, b. 7, 16, 1843; d. 7, 20, 1843. 

2193. Jared, b. 8, 6, 1844 ; m. Anne Needles. 

2194. Mary, b. 8, 15, 1846 ; living with her mother, unmarried. 

2195. Ruthanna, b. 12, 8, 1848, a school teacher, unmarried. 



627. Amy Darlington^, Amy-*, b. 9, n, 1805 ; d. n, 4, 1847; m. 

8, 31, 1842, Jesse Palmer, of Concord, b. 5, 15, 1805 ; d. 8, 2, 1851 ; 
son of Joseph4 (John3, John-, John') and Sarah (Kester) Palmer, of Concord ; 
beine his second wife. No children. 



628. Mordecai Yarnall5, Hannah^, b. 5, 3, 17S4, "was a 

promising young man, but his pilgrimage was short. He commenced 
merchandizing in Baltimore ; but in a few years was obliged to leave it, on 
account of a decline in his health, which occasioned him to travel. His 
last journey was to the state of Ohio ; and on his return, stopping at his 
uncle Mordecai Yarnall's, at Wheeling, Virginia, the undeniable messenger 
arrested him, and took him away suddenly; about the 27th year of his 
age." 

631- Peter Yarnall^, Hannah4, b. York, Pa., 2, 13, 1790; d. 
Minneapolis, Minn., 11, 4, 1878; m. Pickerington, Fairfield Co., O., about 
18 1 7, Matilda Purdy, b. Hagerstown, Md., 9, 8, 1800; d. Adel, Dallas Co., 
Iowa, 3, 14, 1859; dau. of Thomas and Elizabeth (Tongue) Purdy, of 
Hagerstown. He followed the hatting trade a few years in Fairfield and 
Franklin Counties, and for about twenty-five years was a farmer at Jersey, 



404 THE SHARPLESS FAMIL Y. 

Licking Co., O., wlience he removed, in 1858, to Iowa. He spent his last 
years among his children, in different places. Children, — 

2196. Lemuel, b. 6, 4, 1819; d. g, 12, 1883; m. Amanda Johnston. 

2197. William, b. 5, 22, 1821 ; m. Jennie Whitehead. 

2198. Elizabeth, b. 4, 12, 1823 ; m. John Edgerley. 

2199. Peter, b. i, 4, 1831 ; d. 11, 14, 1864; m. Elizabeth Reed. 

2200. James Purdy, b. 10, 27, 1833, at Jersey, O.; m. Lyda McCarty, and said to be 

a doctor, at Richmond, Ind. Declined to furnish records. 

2201. Rebecca, b. 5, 5, 1836; m. Simeon Gard. 

2202. Thomas Henry, b. i, 19, 1843 ; m. Harriet Clementine Keeley. 



633- Benjamin S. Yarnall^, Hannah^, b. Hatborough, Mont- 
gomery Co., Pa., 10, 10, 1794; d. 10, 1815; m. 1S14, Percy Mariner, 
dau. of Thomas Mariner, of Marcus Hook. A letter written by his 
brother Mordecai, 4, 15, 1806, mentions his exertions to procure a situation 
for Benjamin to learn the blacksmith trade, but the latter had determined 
to be a hatter and was likely to go to Joseph Budd's, on Front Street, 
Philadelphia. Child,— 

2203. Ann Eliza, b. in Middletown, 9, 27, 1S15 ; m. Wilmon Bacon. 



635. Elizabeth Pooled Sarahs, b. Wilmington, Del., 4, 28, 1792; 
d. Millbourne, Delaware Co., Pa., i, 3, 1S59 ; m. 4, 10, 1817, at Wilmington 
Mtg., John Sellers, b. 9, 29, 1789, in Philadelphia; d. Millbourne 7, 
20, 1878; son of John* (John3, Samuel^ Samuel') and Mary (Coleman) 
Sellers, of Millbourne, Upper Darby. Both were buried at Darby Meeting. 
He was a merchant miller. Children, — 

2204. Mary, b. 6, 2, 1S18; m. Edward Bancroft. 

2205. Sarah Poole, b. 2, iS, 1820; died young. 

2206. William, b. 4, 13, 1S22 ; died young. 

2207. John, b. 9, 5, 1S23 ; died young. 

2208. William, b. 9, 19, 1824; m. Mary Ferris. 

2209. John, b. 7, 27, 1826; m. Ann Caroline Keen. 

2210. George H., b. 8, 21, 182S ; m. Annie Wilson. 

221 1. Sarah Ann, twin with George ; m. Clement B. Smyth. 

2212. Martha, b. 10, 2, 1830; living in Philadelphia, unmarried. 

2213. Frances, b. 9, 23, 1833 ; m. Eli Garrett. 

2214. Nathan, b. 7, iS, 1S36 ; m. Mary Keen. 



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LJNE OF BENJAMINS, JOSEPH^. 405 

637. Mary Pooled Sarah4, b. 2, 21, 1795 ; d. near Richmond, Ind,, 
12, 29, 1863; m. 5, 8, 1823, David Wilson, b. n, 4, 1787; d. near 
Richmond, 7, 29, 1870; son of David and Mary (Corbit) Wilson, of Odessa, 
Delaware : both buried at Earlham Cemetery, west of Richmond. They 
resided for some time at Odessa, whence they removed to Indiana. 
Children, — 

2215. Sarah, b. 3, 15, 1824 ; m. Jeremiah L. Meek. 

2216. Ann Jefferis, b. 9, 24, 1826 ; d. at Cantwell's Bridge (Odessa), 2, 8, 1831. 

2217. William Poole, b. 12, 19, 1828; d. 2, 8, 1880; m. Lucy "Virginia McDowell. 

2218. Daniel Henry, b. 10, 28, 1837. No further record. 



638. Samuel S. Pooled Sarahs b. Wilmington, 11, 13, 1796; d. 
Crozerville, Delaware Co., Pa., 3, 27, 1870; buried at Wilmington ; m. 
Chester, Pa., 4, 27, 1825, Sarah Ann West, b. i, 11, 1802 ; d. 7, 17, 1828 ; 
dau. of Samuel and Mary West: Second marriage, 6, 15, 1837, at 
Downingtown, to Jane Richardson, b. 6, 5, 1805; d. 9, 10, 1839; dau. of 
Joseph and Ann S. Richardson : third marriage, 9, 13, 1843, at Philadelphia, 
to Mira E. Temple, b. 3, 14, 1807, at Trenton, N. J. ; d. Wilmington, i, 
15, 1854, and buried there; dau. of Daniel G. Temple^ (Joseph3, Thomas^, 
William') and Keturah Evans, of Holmesburg, Pa. Children, by last wife 
only, — 

2219. William, b. 11, 4, 1844; d. 6, 8, 1845. 

2220. Jane T., twin with William, m. James Bratten. 



639. Hannah Pooled Sarah4, b. lo, lo, 1798 
William E. George. Children,— 

2221. Sarah P., b. 5, S, 1S34 ; d. 5, 14, 1837. 
' 2222. Rebecca W., b. 3, 17, 1837; m. William Thomson. 



640. William Shipley Pooled Sarah4, b. Wilmington, 1,4, i8or; 
d. there 4, 20, 1S57 ; m. there, 12, 11, 1834, to Lydia Mendenhall, b. 
Wilmington, 9, 6, 1S05 ; d. there 2, 11, 1844; dau. of Eli Mendenhall-t 
(Benjamin3, Joseph^, Benjamin') and Mary (Jackson) Wayne, of 
Wilmington: second marriage, i, i, 1850, at her father's, to Lydia 
Sharpless Hannum, b. i, 12, 1S13 ; dau. of Rolph Marsh, M.D., of 



4o6 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

Concord, and Deborah Hill (p. 245), and widow of William F. Hannum. 
She resides at 407, Delaware Ave., Wilmington. Children, — 



2223 
2224 

2225 
2226, 

2227, 
2228, 



Edward, b. 4, 4, 1836; d. 11, 25, 1838. 

Mary, b. 6, 23, 1837 ; d. 8, 28, 1837. 

Sarah, b. 11, 18, 1839 ; d. 5, 4, 1867 ; m. Ziba Walter. 

Mary b. 10, 31, 1S42 ; d. i, 16, 1867; unmarried. 

Lydia Meiidenhall, b. 10, 28, 1851 ; d. 2, 28, 1869, unmarried. 
William, b. I, 4, 1855 ; m. Susan H. Gilpin. 



641. Sarah Pooled Sarah*, b. i, 28, 1S04, in Wilmington; m. there, 
at Friends' Mtg., A, 25, 1829, Joseph Bancroft, b. at Manchester, 
Eng., d. 12, 8, 1S74, at Rockford, near Wilmington ; buried at Wilmington 
Mto". ; son of John and Elizabeth (Wood) Bancroft, and a cousin to John 
Brio-ht, the noted English statesman, whose mother was Martha Wood. 
He came to America in 1S24, in company with his parents or shortly after, 
and for a short time resided in Wilmington. He was for five years 
superintendent of a cotton factory at Rockland, Del., but in 1831, purchased 
a property at Rockford, on the Brandywine, near Wilmington, where he 
resided and conducted the cotton manufacturing business until his death. 
He often spoke in meetings of Friends, but was not acknowledged as a 
minister. He was much concerned in regard to the divisions in the 
Society, and labored diligently to promote a different state of affairs. In 
pursuance of this object he, shortly before his death, prepared a book 
entitled A Persuasive to Unity, which, by his direction, has been freely and 
widely distributed among those claiming to be Friends. Children, — 

2229. William Poole, b. 7, 12, 1835 ; m. Emma Cooper. 

2230. Samuel, b. i, 21, 1840; m. Mary Richardson. 

642. Martha Pooled, Sarah-t, b. Wilmington, 12, 29, 1S07; d. San 
Francisco, Cal, 3, 13, 1885; m. Wilmington Mtg., 5, 9, 1S33, Henry 
Gibbons, M.D., b. 9, 20, 1808, at Wilmington; d. there 11, 5, 1884; 
son of William and Rebecca (Donaldson) Gibbons of that place. She has 
been described as "a woman of culture and intelligence, who possessed 
unusual sweetness and strength of character." Children, — 

2231. Emilie, b. 6, 12, 1834; m. Alfred A. Cohen. 

2232. Rebecca, b. Wilmington, 6, 20, 1836; d. there 9, 29, 1S37. 

2233. Rebecca Donaldson, b. W., 5, 5, 183S ; d. Mexico, i, 14, 1S56, unm. 



2234 
2235 

2236 

2237 
2238 



LINE OF BENJAMINS, /OSEPHk 

Henry, b. 9, 24, 1840 ; m. Marie C. Raymond. 

William Poole, b. Wilmington, 9, 26, 1842 ; d. Philadelphia, i, 29, 1845. 
Anna Poole, b. 11, 9, 1844 ; m. William T. Garratt. 

Eleanor Peters, b. 11, 9, 1846 ; m. Louis H. Sharp. 

Mary Moore, b. Philadelphia, 4, 25, 1850 ; d. Wilmington, 10, 30, 1850. 



407 



John Gibbons' of Warminster in Wiltshire, was a purchaser of 
500 acres of land from William Penn, by lease and release, Aug. i, and 2, 
1 68 1. Of this he conveyed one-half, Oct. 10, and 11, 1682, to Robert 
Southery, or Suddery, doubtless his brother-in-law. The evidence is that 
he came to Pennsylvania in 1683 (p. 177), and on Nov. 27, in that year 
surveys of 150 acres each, were made for him and Robert Southery, in 
Bethel township. There he settled and died about the year 1721. By his 
wife, Margery, he had two sons, John and James, of whom the first died 
in 1706. 

James Gibbons^ m. 1708, Ann, dau. of George Peirce, of Thornbury, 
and settled in Westtown township on a farm of 600 acres, which now 
belongs to the Friends' Boarding School. They had three children, Mary, 
m. her 2d cousin, John Hannum^, James and Joseph. The last m. Hannah 
Marshall, and they were the parents of Mary, wife of William Hill (p. 245). 

James Gibbons3, b. 1710-11, m. 8, 10, 1734, Jane Sheward, from 
England, and settled on the homestead, where he died in 1745. His 
children were James, William, Jane and Thomas. 

James Gibbons-*, b. 5, 18, 1736, d. 10, 17, 1823, m. Eleanor, dau. of 
William Peters, of Aston, 12, i, 1756, and settled on the homestead, which 
he sold in 1795 to Friends for the use of a boarding school. He was a 
good scholar, and especially fond of the classics, — a regular book-worm, 
and a man of strong individuality. His children were Jane, Elizabeth, 
Ruth, John, Thomas, Eleanor, Joshua, James, Jemima, Lucy and William. 

William GibbonsS, b. 8, 17, 1781, d. 7, 25, 1S45, m. 5, 14, 1806, Rebecca 
Donaldson, of Wilmington, Del., where he soon after settled as a physician, 
and continued to reside. He had fourteen children, of whom all but the 
first-born survived him, and eleven were living at the death of their mother, 
I, 30, 1869, at the age of 83 years. 

Henry Gibbons*, the eldest surviving son of his father, was graduated from the University 
of Pennsylvania, and commenced the practice of medicine in his native town before he was 
twenty-one. Being of a family prominent in science, literature and morality, he early 
interested himself in such pursuits and became an ardent advocate in the temperance movement. 
Resolute, fearless, unflinching and self-sacrificing, no selfish motives ever swayed him, when 



4o8 THE SHARPLESS FAMIL Y. 

the cause was one that could benefit humanity. He was one of the prominent founders of the 
" Delaware Academy of Sciences," an institution which exercised a marked influence in the 
community. Yielding to the earnest solicitations of a medical friend, in 1844, he removed 
with his family to Philadelphia, where he could command a broader field for his pursuits in 
science and literature. In conjunction with his practice, he held a chair in one of the medical 
colleges of that city until 1S50, when he joined his brothers in California. Selecting San 
Francisco for his future home, his family soon followed. The State of his adoption bears daily 
evidence of his power to influence for good ; his untiring energy and unflinching zeal in the 
cause of morality and reform are indelibly stamped upon its records. 

For many years president of the "State Board of Health," of the "Prison Discipline 
Association," of the " Society of Prevention of Cruelty," besides numerous other philanthropic 
institutions, his interests were always to improve and benefit the community. In 1852, he 
founded the Mercantile Library, for some years the only one in the State. He was the most 
prominent founder of the Academy of Sciences ; also of the San Francisco Medical Society- 
In 1861, with others, he founded the first medical college on the Pacific coast, and for some 
years performed the arduous duties of both president and professor. When this college was- 
reorganized, under the name of Cooper Medical College, he was still retained in his 
professorship. 

That fifty-five years of such active practice, combined with his varied pursuits in almost 
every branch of learning, should undermine his health, is not surprising: a change was advised. 
With loss of health came an intense longing to visit once more the home of his birth, and 
commune with the dear friends that yet remained. This was encouraged by his family, with 
the hope that the change might prolong life. The journey was made, and after a few happy 
weeks among these friends he gently and calmly closed his eyes in the old home of his 
childhood, nth month 5th, 1884, aged 76. 

A man of unusual mental ability, in whose character were united the highest elements of 
a noble nature, his universal benevolence, his intense love of truth and justice, his great 
simplicity and kindness of heart, added to that crowning virtue, a spotless purity of personal 
character, presents to those who were fortunate to be his associates, the very highest example of 
enduring excellence. From Biographical Sketch. 



643. Anna Pooled Sarah-*, b. 2, 7, iSio; m. I, 29, 1S57, at the 
residence of John Sellers, Upper Darby, to Jesse Halloweli, of New 
Castle Co., Del., b. 9, i, 1797; son of John and Lydia Halloweli. She 
lives with her sister, Sarah P. Bancroft, at Wilmino^ton. No children. 



644. J. Morton Pooled, Sarah4, b. Wilmington, 7, 10, 1S12; d> 
there, 11, 25, 1879; buried at Wilmington and Brandywine Cemetery ; m. 
7, 10, 1839, Ann Suplee, b. 3, 25, 1817 ; dau. of Thomas and Lydia (Baker) 
Suplee, of Philadeli^hia Co. He was a machinist, having learned the trade 
at Matteawan, N. Y., and began business at Rockford, near Wilmington, 
1839, moving to the latter place in 1847. He was much interested in 



LINE OF SAMUEL3, JOSEPH'. ^^ 

public schools and served as a member of the Board of Public Education 
for many years ; was also member of City Council several years. 
Children, — 

2239. John Sellers, b. 3, i, 1841 ; d. 11, 11, 1862, unmarried. 

2240. Thomas S., b. 12, 24, 1842 ; d. 5, 18, 1880; m. Eliza Jean Warner. 

2241. William, b. 11, 25, 1845 ; d. young or unmarried. 

2242. Alfred Dupont, b. 10, 28, 1847 ; m. Florence Bare. 

2243. J. Morton, b. 3, 29, 1855 ; m. Annie Love. 

2244. Margaret S., b. 3, 2, 1857; d. young or unmarried. 

2245. Anne, b. 8, i, 1858; m. Howard Pyle. 



645. Isaac Woods, Mary4 b. Middletown, Delaware Co., Pa., 8, 
19, 1763; d. Wilmington, Clinton Co., O., 3, 3, 1855; said to be aged 
91 y. 6 m. 12 d. ; m. 1,9, 178S, at Hopewell Mtg., Va., to Lydia Grubb, of 
Berkeley Co., Va., b. 4, 25, 1770; d. at Wilmington, O., 12, 28, 1857, ^ged, 
according to her son John, 87 y. 11 m. 26 d. ; dau. of William^ (William3, 
John^, John') and Susanna Grubb, formerly of Brandywine hundred, Del. 
(See No. 453). Isaac Wood received a certificate from Chester Mo. 
Mtg., 10, 30, 1786, to Hopewell, having learned the trade of a miller, at 
Wilmington, Del. ; was living in Frederick Co., Va., when married. They 
moved to Ohio, 1832, and there he followed farming. Children, — 

2246. Susan G., b. 12, i, 17S9 ; d. m. Benjamin Glass. 

2247. Hannah P., b. 1,3, 1791 ; d. m. Christopher Probasco. 

2248. William, b. 4, 18, 1793 ; d. young. 

2249. William Kerlin, b. 10, 21, 1794; d. m. Mary Campbell. 

2250. Curtis, b. 8, i, 1798; d. young. 

2251. John Grubb, b. 8, 21, 1799 ; m. Elizabeth S. Edmonson. 

2252. Robert Pennell, b. i, 14, 1S12; m. Mary D. Hughes, &c. 



646. John Wood5, Mary+ b. Middletown, 3, 17, 1765; d. Menallen 
twp., Fayette Co., Pa., 2, 9, 1845; m. 7, 14, 1791, at Hopewell Mtg., 
Frederick Co., Va., Catharine Littler, b. 10, 7, 1773 ; d. Menallen 8, 30, 
1S42 ; dau. of Nathan and Rebecca (Wilson) Litder, of Frederick Co., Va. : 
both buried at Sandy Hill Mtg., Fayette Co. He received a certificate 
from Concord Mo. Mtg., to Crooked Run, Va., 5, 7, 1 788, and was living 
in Frederick Co. at the time of his marriage. They took a cert, from 
Hopewell, 11, 4, 1799, to Redstone, Pa, and became members of Sandy 



41 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

Hill Meeting. He owned 700 acres in Menallen twp., and 800 in Stark 
Co., O. Children,— 

2253. Nathan, b. 9, 9, 1792; d. i, 7, 1874, unmarried. 

2254. Rebecca, b. 6, 27, 1794; d. 5, 27, 1880, unmarried. 

2255. Sarah, b. 3, 9, 1796 ; d. 8, 7, 1858 ; m. Daniel C. Phillips. 

2256. Catharine, b. 7, 4, 1798 ; d. 4, 12, 1856 ; m. Joseph Johnson. 

2257. Ann, b. 11, 2, 1800; d. 6, 18, 1859; m. Job Holloway. 

2258. John, b. r, 22, 1803; d. i, 20, 1853; m. Hannah Lilley, &c. 

2259. Isaiah, b. 3, 17, 1806; d. 8, 18, 1815. 

2260. Elizabeth, b. 4, 23, 1809 ; d. 11, 23, 1854 ; m. Samuel Phillips. 

2261. Amos, b. 10, 16, 1812; m. Sarah Davidson. 

2262. Lydia, b. 5, 17, 1816; m. Isaac Blackburn. 

2263. Maria, b. 4, 5, 1819 ; m. Benson Cock and John F. Lawrence. 

653. Jane IddingS', Hannah4, b. Chester (now Delaware) Co., 
Pa., 3, 15, 1772; d. Liberty twp., Tioga Co., Pa., 4, 7, 1857; m. 1791, 
Jacob Emich, b. 3, 6, 1765, in Chester Co. ; d. Brown twp.. Lycoming 
Co., Pa., 7, 2, 1846; son of Nicholas Emich, of Berks Co., Pa. They 
resided for some time in Northumberland Co., and later in Berks Co., near 
Reading. Children, — 

2264. Mary, b. 9, 14, 1792; d. 10, 24, 1878; m. George Farra. 

2265. Phebe, b. 11, 17, 1794 ; d. 5, 10 (or 4), i860, in Tioga Co., unmarried. 

2266. Hannah, b. 6, 22, 1798 ; m. George Morrison. Address, Cedar 

Run, Lycoming Co., Pa. No further record. 

2267. Elizabeth, b. 11, 3, 1800; d. 11, 25, 1868; m. James Lewis. 

2268. William, b. 3, 31, 1803 ; d. 11, 10, 1848 ; m. Maria W. Babb. 

2269. Nicholas, b. 7, iS, 1805; m. Mary Keagle. 

2270. Tamar, b. 12, 4, 1807 ; d. 7, 23, 1840 ; m. Sylvester Webster. 

2271. Jacob, b. 4, 12, 1811 ; d. 12, 12, 1876; m. Jane Pierson. 

2272. Henry, b. 2, 16, 1814; m. Sarah Gamble. 

2273. Samuel J., b. 8, 5, 1816 ; d. 3, 2, 1S43, unmarried. 

654. Hannah IddingS^, Hannahs b. 9, 4, 1773; d. Berwick, 

Columbia Co., Pa., 7, 14, 1S45 ; "i- -> i?- '793- Benjamin Doane, b. 

II, 12, 1770; d. Berwick, 12, 2, 1S45 ; son of Elijah and Sarah (Groves) 
Doane, of (perhaps) Plumstead, Bucks Co., Pa. The name was given as 
" Doe " in the former edition, which may have been to conceal his 
relationship to the noted tories and outlaws, sons of his uncle Joseph 
Doane, of Bucks Co. Children, — 

2274. Joseph, b. about 1794; d. ; m. Mary Ann Overstreet. 

2275. Elizabeth, b. 2, 4, 1796 ; d. 1869 ; m. Joel C. Jackson. 

2276. Jane, b. 10, 22, 1797 ; d. 11, 28, 1852 ; m. Stephen M. Gilmore. 



LINE OF SAMUEL3, JOSEPH^. 



2277. 


William, b. 


; d- ; m. Margaret Fitzgerald. 


227S. 


Amelia Anna, b. 


; died young. 


2279. 


Elijah Newton, b. 


II, 12, 1803; d. II, I, 1833; m. Wilhelmina Moyer. 


2280. 


Sally Ann, b. 10, 


12, 1806; d. 9, 4, 1877; m. John T. Davis. 


2281. 


Harriet, b. 10, 4, 


1808; m. Joseph Wolf. 


2282. 


Benjamin Groves, 


b. 6, 12, 1813 ; d. 8, 27, 1877 ; m. Lucy Ann Moyer, &c. 


2283. 


Hannah, b. 

died young 


1S15 ; d. 9, I, 1S77 ; "■'• William Brown. Her children all 



John Doan', b. at Plymouth, Eng., 1590, with Abigail, his wife, 
came to Plymouth, Mass., 1630, and d. 1685, at Eastham, Mass. He was 
"governor's assistant" in 1633, chosen deacon of the Plymouth church, 
1634, and in 1645 led in the establishment of the Puritan church at 
Eastham, of which he was also chosen deacon. His son Daniel Doan^ was 
the first physician in Eastham. He had a son DanieU, who became a 
Quaker and came to Pennsylvania, bringing a certificate from Sandwich 
Mo. Mtg., dated i, 7, 1696-7, which was presented to Middletown Mo. 
Mtg., Bucks Co., Pa. He was twice married, and by his first wife, 
Mehetabel, had Daniel, Lydia, Eleazar, Elijah, Joseph, Israel, Elizabeth and 
Rebecca ; by the second wife, Mary, had Samuel, Mary, Thomas, Sarah 
and Ebenezer. He died at an advanced age and was buried at Middletown, 

9. I. 1743- 

Israel Doan4 b. 3, 20, 1699, married in the winter of 1724-5, and 
settled in Plumstead, where he died between 1787 and 1797, leaving 
children (or their representatives) as follows : Joseph, Elijah, Israel, Mahlon, 
Elizabeth, Mary, Rachel, Martha. The sons of Joseph were men of 
remarkable physical development, and fine horsemen. At the beginning 
of the Revolution they were of good reputation, and in accordance with 
their Quaker education, proposed to remain neutral, but being surrounded 
by intolerant Whigs, they were goaded into a course which made their name 
a terror throughout Bucks and the neighboring counties. 

Elijah DoanS is said to have died while in the army under General 
Washington, but litde definite information is preserved of him. He 
married Sarah Groves and left children, Samuel, Jonathan, Joseph, Elijah, 
Israel, Benjamin, Elizabeth and Sarah, of whom Jonathan, Elijah and Israel 
went to Canada. Dr. E. D. Buckman, of 1030 Dakota St., Philadelphia, is 
collecting the family history, and has furnished most of the above facts. 
The name is written Doane by some of the family. 

656. Phebe IddingS^, Hannah4, b. 5, 7, 1778; d. I, 25, 1842, and 
buried at Middletown M. E. Ch. ; m. 12, 8, 1803, at Middletown Mtg., 



412 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

Joseph Townsend John, b. 2, 20, 17S4; buried at Middletown 
Mtg., 10, 5, 1S23 ; son of Reuben John^ (Griffith^ and Lydia Townsend3 
(John-, Joseph') of Uwchlan, Chester Co., Pa. She probably did not 
accompany her parents to Northumberland Co., but about the time they 
went she returned to Middletown, at the age of 9 years. After marriage 
they resided at various places in Delaware Co., and were at West Chester 
in 1S16. Children, — 

2284. Lydia, b. 2,10, 1805; d. i, 24, 1879; m. Seth Rigby. 

2285. William, b. 6, 8, 1807; d. 3, 15, 1882; m. Anne Williams. 

2286. Mira, b. i, 9, 1815 ; m. Charles McCalley. 

2287. Ira, b. 8, 4, 1S17 ; d. 8, 13, 1827. 

2288. Phebe Ehm b. 10, 18, 1820; m. Abram C. Smith. 



657- Samuel IddingS^, Hannah*, b. 8, 5, 17S0; d. 2, 4, 1853, at 
Augusta, Carroll Co., O. ; m. 3, 31, 1808, Hannah Mendenhall, b. 9, 5, 
17S3; d. Augusta, 9, 17, 1854; dau. of Thomas Mendenhall* (Isaac3, 
Joseph^, Benjamin') and Ruth Davis, of Pennsbury, Chester Co., Pa. 
Both were buried at Augusta Friends' Meeting. They removed to Ohio 
in 1 8 10 and he followed blacksmithing in Butler, Columbiana Co., till about 
1830, when he bought a farm of 240 acres in Carroll Co. and lived thereon 
till his death. Children, — 



2289 
2290. 
2291 
2292 
2293 
2294 
2295 



William, b. 6. 17, 1810; d. 4, 4, 1S77 ; m. Mary Jane Mitchell, &c. 

Townsend, b. 7, 2, 1812 ; m. Harriet Williams. 

Elwood, b. 10, 8, 18 14 ; m. Elizabeth VanHorn. 

Thomas, b. 3, i, 1817; m. Emily Sheppard. No further record. 

Elihu, b. 7, 4, 1S19 ; d. 3, 10, 1S84 ; m. Catharine Bovee, &c. 

Eliza, b. 9, 5, 1S21 ; m. George W. Evans. 

Lewis, b. 8, 29, 1S25 ; d. 8, 2, 1S30. 



658. Thomas W. IddingS^, Hannah*, b. n, 5, 1782 ; d. ; m. 

1803, Mary Owen, dau. of Mordecai Owen, of Northumberland Co., Pa., b. 
8, 1780. They resided at Berwick, Columbia Co. Their children are 

living except the eldest, but decline to furnish records, viz. : 

2296. Cidney Jane, b. 3, 14, 1S06 ; d. 1SS6 ; m. Geo. Krisher and John Eggert.. 

2297. Rachel Sharpless, m. Thomas Thomas, Hyde Park, Lackawanna Co., Pa. 

2298. Juliett, m. Robert L. Blackwell, Kingston, Luzerne Co., Pa. 

2299. William, m. Sarah Rittenhouse, Berwick, Pa. 

2300. Sarah, m. Martin H. Sitgreaves. 

2301. Samuel, m. Elizabeth Jackson ; said to have several children. 



LINE OF SAMUEL3, JOSEPH^. 413 

660. Tamar IddingS^, Hannah^, b. 3, 20, 1788; d. i mo. 1821, at 
Berwick, Pa.; m. 1810, in Delaware Co., James Furey, of Edgmont, 
weaver, b. about 1788, in Ireland; d. 8 mo., 1867, in Philadelphia. His 
mother is thought to have been a McFarlane : his father's name unknown. 
Tamar and Ruth came with their mother from Berwick to Middletown, 
1S05. James and Tamar removed to Berwick about 1816, where she died. 
Children, — 

2302. Mary Ann, b. ii mo., 1S12 ; d. 7, 4, 1S37 ; m. William C. Thorn. 

2303. William, died in infancy. 

2304. Enos, b. I, 17, 1817 ; d. 3, i, 1868; m. Maria Taylor. 

2305. Hannah I., b. 5, 16, 1819 ; m. Charles B. Hesser. 

662. John Talbot^, Susanna^, b. in Delaware Co., Pa. ; d. about 
1846, at Isaac Bonine's, Cass Co., Mich.; m. Mary McClure, dau. of 
William and Martha (Chaffin) McClure, of Grayson Co., Va., where she 
died. Children, — 

2306. Martha, m. Thomas Bonine. 

2307. Nancy, d. at Richmond, Ind., immarried. 

2308. Sarah M., b. 7, 3, iSio; m. John Atwood. 

2309. Esther C, b. 12, i, 1812 ; d. 10, 28, 1871 ; m. Zachariah Ellyson. 

663. Samuel Talbots, Susanna^, b. Del. Co., Pa., 6, 28, I773 i d- 
Centreville, Ind., 8, 21, 1851 ; m. 1800, in Patrick Co., Va., Martha Gregg, 
b. II, 20, 1774; d. Centreville, 4, 14, 1S55 ; dau. of Moses and Martha 
(Hurst) Gregg, of Stokes Co., N. C. He was a millwright, carpenter and 
architect; removed from Wythe Co., Va., to Centreville, Ind., 1822. 
Children, — 

2310. Permelia, b. 7, 24, 1801 ; m. Emsley Ham. 

2311. Martha, b. Patrick Co., Va., 2, 27, 1803; d. Mimcie, Ind., 12 mo., 1881 ; 

m. John Richardson, stone mason. John Jamison, Peru, Ind., is a son- 
in-law, but declines to furnish records. 

2312. Sarah, b. 10, 28, 1S04; m. Nathaniel Beall. 

2313. Elizabeth, b. 5, 6, 1S06 ; d. 10, 27, 1849; m. Lot Bloomfield. 

2314. Emily, b. 6, 16, 1S08 ; ni. Dr. John Pricket. 

2315. Martin Sharpless, b. Wythe Co., Va., 2, 23, 1810 ; d. California, 1853, 

unmarried ; a merchant. 

2316. Caroline, b. i, 27, 1812 ; d. 5 mo., 1873 ; m. James L. Russey (No. 2341). 

2317. Susan, b. 5, 2, 1S14; m. John J.ick. 

2318. John Gregg, b. 2, i, 1818, in Wythe Co., Va.; d. Niles, Mich., 9,4, 1876, 

unmarried ; a dealer in patent rights. 



414 THE SHARPLESS FAMILY. 

666. Rachel Talbot^, Susanna4, b. near Winchester, Va., 9, 25, 
1780; d. Calvin, Cass Co., Mich., 10, 21, 1851 ; m. 1797, in Grayson Co., 
Va., William East, b. North Carolina 5, 8, 1773 ; d. Calvin, 11, i, 1864; 
son of William and Frances (Cochran) East, of Grayson Co. : both buried 
at Birch Lake Cemetery. He was a farmer, owning land, in Grayson Co., 
Va., Blount Co., Tenn., Wayne Co., Ind., and lastly in Calvin township, 
Cass Co., Mich. Children, — 

2319. Hannah, b. 12, 16, 1798; m. James Bonine and Stephen Bogue. 

2320. John, b. 5, 31, 1800; d. 5, 18, 1856; m. Ann Lee. 

2321. Joel, b. 9, 25, 1802 ; d. 5, 15, 1870; m. Sarah Bulla. 

2322. James, b. 6, i, 1804 ; ni. Anna Jones. 

2323. Polly, b. 3, 29, 1807 ; d. 10, 30, 1S83 ; m. Zadock Clark. 

2324. Susannah, b. Blount Co., Tenn., 3, 6, 1809; d. Wayne Co., Ind.;m. Felix 

Girton. No record. 

2325. Jacob Talbot, b. 6, 12, 181 1 ; m. Emeline Odell. 

2326. Sally, b. 4, 8, 1814; d. 4, 22, 1840; m. Ishmael Lee. 

2327. William H., b. 4, 4, 1817 ; m. Mary Lundy. 

2328. Rebecca, b. 8, 3, 1819 ; m. Micajah P. Grinnell. 

2329. Martha, b. 10, 22, 1822; d. Jasper Co., Mo., i, 20, 1884; m. Ellison Osborn, 

now of Chambersville, Iowa. No further record. 

2330. Isom L., b. 4, 4, 1826 ; m. Asenath Harris. 

667. Lydia Talbot^, Susanna4, b. 7, 31, 1782, perhaps near 
Winchester, Va., though her son Edom says in the State of Delaware ; d. 
7, 28, 1863, at Martinsville, Clinton Co., O. ; m. 10, 12, 1804, i" Grayson 
Co., Va., to John Bundy, b. 5, 22, 1782, in Perquimans Co., N. C. ; d. 
2, 4, 1859, in Clinton Co., O. ; son of Demsey Bundy and Mary Bosworth, 
of N. C. Both were buried at West Fork, Clinton Co., O. They resided 
for some years in Tennessee and later in Highland Co., O. Children, — 

2331. James A., b. Grayson Co., Va., 9, 14, 1805 ; d. 5, 17, 1876 ; m. Rebecca 

Edenfield. Family said to be about Galesburg, III: not found. 

2332. Pamelia, b. Tenn., 10, 31, 1807; d. 3, 14, 1851 ; m. John F. Mire; no 

children. 

2333. Sarah, b. 3, 31, iSio, in Tenn.; d. 8, 10, 1877, unmarried. 

2334. Alexander S., b. 2, 18, 1812; d. 2, 8, 1855 ; m. Susan Mire. 

2335. William S., b. Tenn., 11, 15, 1814; d. 7, 11, 1882; m. Mary Barlow and 

Martha Rowan ; one child, by ist, died in infancy. 

2336. Elizabeth, b. Highland Co., O., 12, 2, 1816 ; d. 4, 17, 1832. 

2337. Edom Talbot, b. 9, 12, 1818 ; m. Mary Hockett, &c. 

2338. Lucinda, b. 7, 11, 1820, in Highland Co. O. ; d. 3, 14, 1885; m. Zimri 

Hockett, AVatseka, Iroquois Co., 111. No further record. 

2339. Allen Sharpless, b. Highland Co., 2, 27, 1822; d. 1864; m. Mary 

Anna , who is said to be of Salem, Iowa, but not found. 



LINE OF SAMUEL3, JOSEPH^ .j, 

668. Mary Talbot', Susanna^, b. in Va. 12, 22, 1785; d. Wayne 

Co., Incl., 3, 22, 1835; m. 10, 14, 1806, in Va., William Russey, b. 

12, 12, 17S5, in Guilford Co., N. C. ; d. at Hartford City, Ind., 1858; son 
of James and Sarah Russey, of Tennessee. He owned a blacksmith shop 
in Winchester, Tenn., from which he removed to a farm two miles distant. 
In 1823-4, removed to Wayne Co , Ind., and bought a farm five miles south 
of Richmond, where his wife died. He afterward resided in Richmond, and 
at Boston, Wayne Co., where he was engaged in the pork packing 
business, and m. 2d wife, Elizabeth (Williams) Stanley. From 1839 till his 
death he kept hotel at Hartford City ; was a justice of the peace for 
several successive terms. Children, — 

2340. John Smith, b. Franklin Co., Tenn., 7, 18, 1807 ; d. 12, 8, 1849 ; m. Temperance 

Stanley. No further record. 

2341. James Lewis, b. 6, 8, 1809; d. 5, 2, 1850; m. Caroline Talbot. 

2342. William, b. 11, 18, 1811 ; m. Charity Williams, &c. 

2343. Samuel Harvey, b. i, 4, 1815 ; d. 10, 3, 1S55, at Muncie, Ind., unmarried. 

2344. Susanna, b. i, 28, 1818 ; m. William Perkins. 

2345. Elizabeth, b. 8, 19, 1820; d. 10, 2, 1855, at Muncie, Ind.; m. John Gray and 

Silas Weaver. No further record. 

2346. Sarah, b. 2, 20, 1S26 ; d. 4, 14, 1883 ; m. Dr. David Long. 



670. Sarah Talbot', Susanna*, b. near Winchester, Va., i, 31, 
1791 ; d. Penn, Cass Co., Mich., 12, 15, 1872; m. in Blount Co., Tenn., 
Isaac Bonine, b- 3) -2, 1790, on Shelly's Island, Susquehanna River; 
d. Penn, Mich , 9, 29, 1872 ; son of Daniel and Mary Bonine. Daniel 
Bonine, of Derry township, Lancaster Co., Pa., was received into 
membership by Warrington Mo. Mtg., 5, 7, 1774; son of James Bonine 
of Newberry, York Co., Pa.; m. 11, 17, 1779, at Newberry Mtg., 3d wife, 
Mary Copeland, dau. of David, of Newberry, and wife Rachel (dau. of 
John and Sarah Stanton). By ist wife, Elizabeth, Daniel had Mary, b. 2, 

4, 1760, m. Joseph John ; Hannah, m. John Copeland; Elizabeth, m. 

Burger; Susanna: By 2d wife, Sarah Miller, had Sarah, b. 12, 13, 1773; 
and by last wife, Rachel, b. 6, 9, 1782 ; David, b. i, 10, 1785 ; Rebecah, b. 
8, 9, 1787; Isaac, above. Daniel Bonine, Jesse Willis and Thomas 
Jennings, of Newberry Mtg., proposing to remove to a new State, 
requested the advice of their friends, and a committee was appointed, 

5, II, 1793, to confer with them. This course of procedure, which is in 
accordance with the discipline of Friends, is not so generally observed as 
it should be. A certificate was granted, 8, 9, 1794, for Daniel Bonine and 



41 6 THE SHARP LESS FAMILY. 

family, directed to Westfield Mo. Mtg., N. C. They settled in Blount Co., 
Tenn., to which place Jacob Talbot and family, after some years, removed 
from Virginia. Upo