Chris- I neglected to tell you more about my John Sharp Sr and his family.
John Sharp Sr was born about 1720 and according to DAR records, he was born in Scotland. http://services.dar.org/public/dar_research/search_adb/?acti...
He is often listed as being born at Bruce Castle in Scotland; but Bruce Castle is in England (Where Anthony Sharp was from originally), unless people are referring to the House of Bruce's castle in Scotland. I have been unable to confirm that he was born in Scotland or at Bruce Castle as of yet. There is a Sharp Family bible out there of his family that provides documentation for many of the dates and is listed as documentation for DAR records. I have yet to get my hands on a copy of the bible records.
He was married to Jane Hamilton about 1840 according to the bible records. My suspicion is that Jane was a descendant of William Hamilton Esquire, originally of Ireland who lived in Chester County, PA and/or related to Hance Hamilton who was involved in the settlement of Menallen/Marsh Creek and was the head of a party of 140 sent for by the Penn's to settle in Lancaster Co. to control the Maryland encroachment and control the Indians. As you may know Anthony Sharp the quaker was also associated with Penn and purchased the land in East NJ (across the river from Chester County, PA) for a Quaker settlement.
John was an Indian Trader in the earlier days and operated a Mill in Sullivan, TN.
John and Jane had the following children:
Eleanor Nelly Sharp 1740-1816 married Captain John Thomas Duncan/Dunkin in 1761 in Hanover, PA and was married by Johan Casper Stoever according to Records of Baptisms and Marriages by Rev. Johan Stoever Jr for York County, Pennsylvania, 1730-1779. The Duncan's were from Chester County, PA.
Captain Thomas Sharp 1742-1813 married Jean Maxwell (a relation of Jesse Maxwell, esq) in 1775 in Virginia.
John Sharp Jr 1745-1823 married Elizabeth Laughlin in 1771 in Hanover, PA by Johan Casper Stoever. The Laughlins were from Northern Ireland then Philadelphia then Chester then Dauphin.
Mary Martin Sharp 1747-1818 married Arthur Galbraith in 1768 in PA. Married by Reverend Thomas Barton, an Anglican minister. Although the marriage register of St James Episcopal lists their marriage, it is unclear whether they were actually married there in Lancaster, PA as Reverend Barton was a traveling minister that also conducted services in York County, PA. Mary and Arthur later joined the Presbyterian Church in VA/TN. FYI - I do not have a good source record for Mary's middle name.
Anne Sharp 1751-1834 married Alexander Duncan Laughlin in 1769 in Hanover, PA by Johan Casper Stoever.
Elizabeth Sharp 1749-1829 married William King about 1775 in Washington County, VA. William's grandfather Thomas was from Northern Ireland and he was married to a Jane Sharpe. The Kings lived in Chester County before Dauphin County, PA and then VA and Sullivan, TN.
Sarah Sally Sharp 1754-1834 married Francis "Frank" Berry Jr about 1775 in Washington County, VA. The Berry's were from Ireland then Augusta County, VA.
Susan Ann Sharp 1756-1822 married Thomas King Sr in 1783 in Sullivan County, TN. Thomas was a brother to William King mentioned above.
Major Benjamin Sharp 1762-1844 married Hannah DeBaugh Fulkerson in 1786 Washington County, VA
John Sharp's father is reported to be Thomas Sharp 1695-1758; although, Thomas had a son named John, I have no proof that this is my same John. This Thomas Sharp was believed to have 3 wives: Mary McClellan 1700-1726, Cynthia Willoughby 1698-, and a Ketrine. In the East Hanover, Dauphin County, PA map from http://www.phmc.state.pa.us
, there is a Thomas Sharp and John Sharp listed living next to each other with property surveyed in 1734. (This would be too young for my John Sharp so perhaps these Thomas and John were brothers.)
Thomas Sharp of Lancaster's will dated 24 Oct 1757 lists SHARP, THOMAS Twp. omitted. probate February 5, 1758 Wife: Ketrine Sharp. Children: John, Ann, Sarah, Thomas and Mary. Ex.: Philip Robinson and John Sharp. Notice there is no Edward mentioned. It could be that Edward (or my John for that matter) is a son of John Sharp, a potential brother of Thomas. ...or that your Edward and my John were 1st cousins. However, It does seem likely that my John was a son of Thomas and Mary McClellan given his first born son was named Thomas; but again no proof plus see wrinkle below at the end.
It is written that my John Sharp's family was in Chester County, PA first (like the Hamilton's and other associated families) before moving to portions of Lancaster County, PA that eventually became Dauphin/Lebanon Counties. Descendants of Anthony Sharp the Quaker lived in Chester County as well as New Castle, Delaware and Salem, NJ (3 states but all close to each other).
1745 York County "Upon receiving two petitions signed by many citizens from the Marsh Creek settlement (Gettysburg) and vicinity, Wm Ruddock, Richd Proctor, John Sharp, Benjamin Chambers & James Ruddock were appointed to view & lay out a road to York and Lancaster" from the History of York County.
1756 East Hanover, Dauphin, PA (now Lebanon) from Commemorative biographical encyclopedia of Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.
1759 Dauphin County, PA - Capt Boyd's Regiment
1760-1769 Hanover, PA - Several children married here; it is written that he and a Henderson (can't recall which one at the moment and need to find my reference) went in advance of their families to VA before returning to get them.
1770 Botetourt County, VA - on list of the tithables from the head of Reed(y) Creek to Stolnacker/Stalnacker's; Motion of John Sharp certificate is granted him for obtaining administration on the Estate of Edward Sharp deceased giving Security. He together with David Loony and Abraham McClelan, his securities entered into and ack. their bond
1771 Botetourt County, VA - on list of tithables of Capt Campbell's company. Also on list of tithables on Clinch River
1772 Washington County, VA from Annals of Southwest Virginia - Sinking Spring Church reference pg 141
1773 Wallace, Washington, VA - 676 acres of land situated on Beaver Creek, alias Shallow Creek, same land surveyed by John Buchanan for Edmund Pendleton on Apr 2, 1750. Southwest of Abingdon, VA
1774 Elk Garden, Russell, VA - Scout for Dunmore's War.
1776 Abingdon, VA - Several days after the slaughter of Indians at Black's Fort, three companies prepared to go out from the fort to visit their plantations etc. The first company to leave the fort was composed of John Sharp, his 2 sons & 2 son in laws. From Letter Written by (son) Benjamin Sharp to the editor of "The American Pioneer"
1778 Washington County, VA - Ordered that John Sharp be summoned to next court to render an account of his administration of Edward Sharpe's estate
1779 Washington County, VA - John Sharp listed on grand jury with George Adams foreman, William Wallace, John Sharp, Robert Campbell, Samuel Buchanan, Daniel Reamy, Andrew Buchanan, Alex. Breckinridge, etc. Same day as Arthur Galbreath sworn to appraise Samuel Loony estate
1780 Sullivan County, TN - One of first settlers of Sullivan County from Virginia and Virginians: Eminent Virginians, 1606-1888 : Executives of the Colony of Virginia
1782-1797 Sullivan County, TN listed on several land records
1792 Sullivan County, TN - Power of Attorney given to son John Jr and Son in Law William King
I have not listed everything here but this should be a good start to compare notes. Fortunately, several Sharp family members were writers and/or involved in historic events so there are some good first hand accounts of this family:
1. John Sr's son Benjamin Sharp's letter to the editor of the American Pioneer - see http://www.danielboonetrail.com/historicalsites.php?id=76
2. John Sr's great grandson's "A Diary of Public Events and Notices of my Life and Family and of my Private Transactions" by Samuel Hervey Laughlin (very long) - http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~varussel/families/samuelhe...
Two of John Sharp Sr's daughters and their families were also captured at Martin's Station while living in Kentucky and marched to Montreal, Canada as Prisoners in 1781 (Captain John Thomas and Eleanor Duncan as well as Francis "Frank" and Sarah Berry).
Something more to think about:
My Arthur Galbraith's YDNA matches over 17 King's YDNA (including 1 step mutations). At one time, they were from the same family.
New wrinkle: A German Sharp descendant - Conrad Caswell Sharp b. 1767 North Carolina-d 1831 TN has engraved on his headstone the following: Conrad Sharp Born in N. C. 1767 son of WM born in Germany and grandson of Benj. Sharp Born in Ireland and nephew of Maj. Benj. Sharp who under COL. Seiver fought in the Bat. of Kings Mt & Boyds Cr. Conrad Sharp died 1831. This is on Findagrave - Burial: Lost Creek Cemetery Union County Tennessee, USA and the reference to the nephew Major Benjamin Sharp, is John Sharp Sr.'s son Benjamin. I have an autosomal match with a descendant from Conrad's line.