Robert Sharp


Submitted By: Jean Sharp

Robert Sharp was killed by Indians 3 Oct. 1792 (Knox Co, now Blount Co, Tn. (History of Blount Co)
It is believed by most researchers of the Sharp family, that he was born ca 1750's in Virginia. He owned land in Rockbridge Co, Va.
More Information
Rockbridge Co, Va. Deed Book A, page 677-4 Dec 1787
To Robert Sharp from William Ferguson & Mary, his wife
Robert married Letitia Sharp (possibly a cousin?) ca 1778. Letitia Sharp, is said to have been the daughter of John Sharp, b. ca 1727, d. will dated 18 Oct. 1816 and Ann Boyd, 1734, d. 15 March 1810. Letitia Sharp was born 8 Feb 1759 and died 31 Jan 1834.
More Information on Latitia Sharp

Rockbridge County, Va. Deed Book L, page 445: 30 Sept 1818
John Clark and Lettitia his wife, late Lettitia Sharp, John Sharp and Mary his wife, Alexander Sharp and Susannah his wife, James Clarke andNancy his wife, Edward Sharp and James B. Sharp by Alexander Sharp, their attorney in fact, all of Blount County, Tennessee and Andrew Thompson and Mary his wife of Augusta County, Va. to James West of Augusta County, Va.

On 15 March 1791, Robert Sharp late of Rockbridge County, Va. did sell unto Thomas McClean for 150 lbs a tract of land. Robert Sharp soon afterwards removed with his family to Tennessee where he departed life interstate, leaving his widow, the sd Lettitia, who afterwards married said John Clarke and following children: John, Alexander, Nancy, Edward, James B., Mary, and Robert. Robert since left Tennessee a single man and has not been heard of in 7 years.
Sells for $1.00, 110 acres.
Same land conveyed by Wm. Ferguson and wife to Robert Sharp 14 Dec. 1787.
Signed: Alexander Sharp, Susannah Sharp, James Clark, Nancy Clark, Andrew Thompson, Mary Thompson, Edward Sharp, James B. Sharp, John Clark (x his mark), Letitia Clark, John Sharp, Junr and Mary Sharp.

Lettitia Clarke, Mary Sharp, Susannah Sharp and Nancy Clarke privately examined in Blount Co, Tennessee 30 Sept 1818.

pg. 449:
Andrew Thompson examined in Augusta County, Va. 16 October 1818
Mary Thompson, wife of Wm. Thompson, examined 16 October 1818, Augusta County, VA
*NOTE: Mary Thompson, apparently the daughter of Robert and Letitia Sharp, married a Thompson. In the 1st paragraph, shows, "Andrew Thompson and Mary his wife", yet the examination in Augusta County, shows " Mary Thompson, wife of Wm. Thompson". Was she married to William Thompson and Andrew was her son??

After Robert was killed, Letitia Sharp (Sharp) married John Clark, 29 Jan 1800 (Blount Co. Marriages by Will E. Parham 1982)
Tennessee Deeds, Deed Book 1, 1795-1819 abstracted by Mrs. Jane Kizer Thomas

pg 354: Edward Sharp, heir of Robert Sharp, conveys to brother, Alexander Sharp
Wit: Letita Clark and Nancy Sharp Sept 1813
Alexander Sharp assigned power of atty to John Sharp, Jr. Dec 1813

pg. 357: James B. Sharp, heir of Robert Sharp, to brother, Alexander Sharp 10 Jan 1814, Rec 11 Mar 1814

Deed Book K, page 122
John Sharp, Jr. conveyed to the heirs of Robert Sharp, dec. Indenture made by Alexander Sharp of Blount Co, James B. Sharp of Cocke Co; Robert Sharp, a minor of Blount Co. Wit: Addison Sharp, James Clark, Alexander Sharp and James B. Sharp, 22 Jan 1820.


1. JOHN SHARP, b. 17 Feb 1780, TN, d. 6 May 1840, Monroe Co, Tn.
*NOTE: I feel certain that this John Sharp is the son of Robert & Letitia Sharp but I fail to understand why he is listed as "Jr" in the above references, as he would not have been a Jr. One explaination is that he used Jr. to distinguish himself from his grandfather or grandfathers. Theory is that both paternal and maternal grandfathers was a John Sharp.
John Sharp married Polly (Mary) Tullock, 25 May 1810, Blount Co, Tn.
Polly (Mary) was born 30 Nov 1785 and died 14 Oct 1846. She was the daughter of Magnus Tullock and Nancy Logan Tullock see Tullock page

Blount Co, TN, Deeds 1819-1833 abstracted by Jane Kizer Thomas:
#73 John Sharp and Polly, his wife, to Magnes Tullock, 4 Aug 1818, for $300, 116 acrees whereon Sharp now lives. Wit: Addison Sharp and James Clark. 21 Feb 1820 Deed dated 20 Jan 1820, Bellew to Wm Harper, gives location of " on waters of Crooked Creek, adj. John Sharp ".

Abstract will of John Sharp. Executed 1 March 1840
Principal part of property now in my possession was purchased by my wife's father and by him given to my wife for the use and benefit of her and her " children " To wife, Polly; to two sons, James A and Joseph; to other children, namely, Jane B., Letitia, Mary H, Samuel T. and John C. Robert having received his full part.
Execx: wife
Wit: Jeremiah Frazier, Joseph Smith, Preston G.B. Melton

Children of John and Polly Tullock Sharp:

1. JANE B. SHARP, b. ca 1811. Married 21 May 1850 to John Wolf.
He was a widower with children when they married.
1850 census, Monroe Co. page 3 #34
1860 census, Monroe Co, page 150 #264

Children of Jane B. Sharp and John Wolf
1. J.M. Wolf, b. ca 1851
2. Sarah C. Wolb, b. ca 1852
3. J.P. Wolf, b. ca 1856
2. ROBERT SHARP, b. 31 July 1812, d. 3 Nov. 1891. Married 6 July 1837 to Susannah Norman. Susannah was born ca 1811, NC, the daughter of John and Milly Norman. (Ref: John Sharp Hicks Bible)

1840 census Monroe Co, Tn. pg 141
Robert Sharp, 1 male 20-30, 1 female under 5, 1 female 30-40

1850 Monroe Co, Tn. pg 63
Robert Sharp, age 37, miller, value of real estate $600, born in Tn
Susannah, age 39, born NC
Mary L, age 11, b. Tn. (b 1839)
John E, age 6, b. Tn (b 1844)
Isaac White, age 15, b. TN
Wm. M. White, age 11, b. TN
The two children, Isaac & Wm. M. White, listed in the household of Robert Sharp 1850 census, were nephews to Susannah Norman Sharp. The two boys were the sons of Matilda Norman White, sister to Susannah.

Monroe County, Tennessee
Circuit Court 1852-1866
January Term 1854 (pg 248)
John Norman, of Monroe Co, died 7 April 1851 leaving six children living, all of age of twenty-one, to wit, Allen Norman, Martha wife of Preston G.B. Melton, Susannah wife of Robert Sharp, Minerva wife of Richard Hicks, Milly wife of James W. Taylor and John N. Norman; he also left seven or eight children of Elizabeth P. White, dec'd., and children of Matilda White, dec'd, to wit, Malen P. White about 19 years old, Isaac Jackson White, about 16 and William M. White, about 13; he also left the children of Drury Norman, dec'd to wit Huldah Ann about 10 years, Isaac Bartly about 7, Rhoda about 4 and Manda Margaret about 10 months old. Elizabeth the widow of John Norman is to have a child's part.
Above information obtained from Ron Crockett, Houston, Texas.

1860 Monroe Co, Tn. pg 151 #263
Robert Sharp, age 48
Catharin J, age 37
J.E., son, age 16 (John E.)
Sarah C. Vineyard, age 16
M.E.A. Vineyard, age 13
*NOTE Aparently Susannah had died ca 1850-60 and Robert had remarried, possibly a widow Vineyard with children.

3. SAMUEL T. SHARP, b. ca 1816
1840 census, Monroe Co. TN. Appears to be living in the
household of mother.
1850 Monroe Co, Tn. pg 64
Samuel T. Sharp, age 34, farmer, b. TN. RE value $150
Mary, age 34, born NC
Mary Coleman, age 8, b. TN
*NOTE: Did Samuel marry a widow Coleman?

1860 Monroe Co, Tn pg 151 #265
Samuel T. Sharp, age 43
Mary, age 43
Mary D. Coleman, age 16

4. LETITIA SHARP, b. ca 1815-20 Appears to be living in the household of her mother in the 1840 Monroe Co, TN census. No further information known.

5. JAMES A SHARP, b. June 1819, TN; d. after 1900, Al Married 1st Sarah Isbill, 8 April 1842, Monroe Co, TN. Sarah was born ca 1823, the daughter of William Isbill and the grand-daughter of Miller Isbill. William Isbill was born 8 Aug 1798, d 24 Feb 1876 and buried at Hopewell Bapt. Church, Monroe Co, TN.
Married 2nd Dorcus McAndrews, 20 Sept 1859, Monroe Co, TN
1850 Monroe Co, TN pg 64 #889
James A. Sharp, age 32, farmer, b. TN PP value $150
Sarah, age 27, b. TN
Andrew, age 8, b. TN
Mary, age 6, b. TN
William, age 4, b. TN
John C. Sharp, age 25, farmer, b. TB (brother to James A)

1860 Monroe Co, Tn. pg 153 #266
James A. Sharp, age 41, b. TN RE value $150, PP value $200
Darcus, age 28, b. TN
Susan, age 16, b. TN (Mary Susan)
William B, age 14, b. TN (married 27 July 1866, Mary E. Meace)
E.J., age 12, b. TN (Elizabeth, married 28 Aug. 1867, James R. Curtis)
Joseph M, age 10, b. TN
James H, age 9, b. TN
L.M., age 6, b. TN (Lorancy Marion Sharp)
*Note: All of the children on 1860 census were by 1st wife, Sarah Isbill.
LORANCY MARION SHARP (*great grandfather)
b. 1 Dec 1853, d. Feb 1920
Married Lucinda Mae Clift, daughter of C.H. and Margaret Clift. Lucinda was born 10 Sept 1853 or 55.

1. Minnie, b. 1884, married Frank Ivens
2. Lillie, b. 1886, married _____Breeden
3. James Luther Sharp, b. 1891, married Grace Kathleen Quarrels
1. Hartford Alexander Sharp, b. 26 Nov 1916, Polk Co, GA
d. 30 July 1982, Chattanooga, TN. Married Hattie Lee Thompson.
1. Jimmy Dan Sharp
2. Jackie Van Sharp, married Jean Bell
3. Jo Ann Sharp
4. Jerry Lee Sharp
5. H.A. Sharp, Jr.
6. Joel Gilbert sharp
7. Jonathan Sharp
4. Lula Mae, b. 1894, d. 29 March 1979, Mentone, Al married Edward L. Baine
5. William Arthur, b. 29 May 1896, d. 6 Oct 1969, Floyd Co, GA, married Viola Duncan

1870-James A. Sharp not found on census

1880 Monroe Co, Tn. pg 113 #304
James A Sharp, age 60, laborer, b. TN; father, b. NC, mother b SC
D, age 48, wife
H.M, age 18, daughter
R.L., age 16, son
J.A.S, age 12, son
M.AA., age 8, daughter
R.C., age 4, daughter

1900 Cherokee Co, AL, pg 198 #44

James Sharp, born June 1819, age 80, married 40 years, b. TN father b. Va, mother b. SC
Darcus, wife, born June 1833, age 66, b. TN
....had 7 children...6 living
Isaac, son, born June 1867, age 33, single, b. TN
Richard E, son, born Oct 1869, age 30, married 4 years, b. TN
Serena C. Jackson, daughter, born July 1875, age 24, married 1 year, b.TN
Amy Sharp, age 19, born June 1880, Tn, married 4 years, had 2 children, 1 living
Leslie Sharp, granson, born Nov. 1898, GA
Marcellus D, grandson, born April 1899, GA
Henry F, Jackson, son-in-law, born June 1873, age 26, married one year, b. Va, father and mother b. PA

James A. Sharp, twice married and the father of fourteen children, seven by each wife.
It has always remained a mystery, why James A. Sharp, moved to Alabama in his " old age ". He was born in TN, had family there, and owned property there. What enticed him to leave Tennessee? He may have gone to Georgia before moving to Alabama.
6. JOSEPH SHARP, b, 9 Aug 1822, d. 30 Sept 1862. Married Eliza Richards b. 13 June 1829, d. 18 June 1915
1. Mary Jane
2. Susan
3. Joseph P.
4. Edward
5. Robert Parson, b. 10 Oct 1861, d. 24 March 1932. Married Molly Toomy 13 Dec. 1891 (see Monroe Co. Bible Records)
7. JOHN C. SHARP, b. ca 1825
Living with brother James A. in 1850 census.
1860 census, living in household of another person and not married.
Not found in 1870. From the 1880 census, we learn John had
a son, Joseph A. born 1867. Which indicates he married ca 1865-66
1st wife, name unknown.

1880 census, page 84 #9, John is found married to Delilah B.
Apparently she was a widow Gann, as two children are listed as step-children, Mary M. Gann, age 15 and Tardelia Gann, age 10. Thus putting the 2nd marriage between 1870 and 1880.
Since there is a four year period between child #4 and #5, I speculate that John married Delilia ca 1876-77 and that Deliliah is the mother of child # 5.

1. Joseph A. Sharp, b. ca 1867
2. Mary E. Sharp, b. ca 1870
3. Martha A. Sharp, b. ca 1872
4. Thomas G. Sharp, b. ca 1874
5. Dollie B. Sharp, b. ca 1878

8. MARY HENDERSON SHARP, b. 9 Oct 1827, d 18 Sept 1923, buried Hopewell Bpt. Church, Monroe Co, TN. Married Isaac Hicks, 19 June 1848.
1. Elizabeth Katherine Hicks
2. Sarah Lorinda Hicks
3. Rutha J. Hicks, b. 2 Jan 1852
4. John Sharp Hicks
5. Rebecca Ann Hicks, b. 11 Sept 1855

2. ALEXANDER H. SHARP, b. 10 July 1783, TN; d. 17 Sept 1839. Married Susannah Maxwell, 10 Sept 1816, Blount Co, TN. Susannah was born 4 Oct 1797 and died 13 Dec 1864, the daughter of Sarah Clark and Robert Maxwell.

Deed dated 14 Dec. 1829: Samuel Clark of Lincoln Co, conveyed to the heirs of Robert Maxwell 92 acres, on waters of Pistol Creek. Samuel had received land by descent from Thomas Clark. Wit: Eleven Hitch and James Clark Rec 9 Nov 1830. States " land on which Sarah Maxwell now lives ".

Deed of 29 Dec 1829, mentions Alexander Sharp and wife Susannah, heirs of Robert Maxwell to Jame Thompson. The heirs of Robert Maxwell sold to Jame Thompson, 90 acres on Pistol Creek. Rec 6 June 1831.

Deed of 7 March 1831, John Caldwell sold to Alex Sharp, 280 acres on Little River for $600. Wit: Addison Sharp and Danl. D. Foute. Rec. 28 Mar 1831

1830 Blount Co, Tn. pg 304
Alexander Sharp
1 male under 5
2 males 5-10
1 male 40-50
3 females under 5
1 female 5-10
1 female 10-15
1 female 30-40

1840 Blount Co, TN pg 101
Susannah Sharp
2 males under 5
1 male 5-10
1 male 10-15
1 male 20-30
1 female under 5
2 females 5-10
1 female 15-20
1 female 40-50

1850 Blount Co, TN page 113
Susannah Sharp, age 48, b. TN (age is incorrect, should be 57)
Francis, male, age 28, farmer, b. Tn
Ann, age 20, b. TN
Boyd A, age 18, farmer, b. TN
Addison, age 15, b. TN
Nancy J, age 14, b. TN
John F, age 10, b. TN

Children of Alexander and Susannah Maxwell Sharp: References, Tennessee Bible Records, census, and other researchers:
1. Sarah Sharp, b. 15 June 1817, married 25 Feb 1834 to John W. Parks
2. Thomas Sharp, b. 8 Dec 1818, d. 3 Sept 1901, married 28 Nov. 1844
to Mary A. Vineyard. 2nd marriage 7 Feb 1861, to Amanda Henderson.

1860 Blount Co, page 21
Thomas Sharp, age 41
Susannah Sharp, age 63 (MOTHER of Thomas)
Nicholas, age 14
James, age 10
Evelyn Parks, age 22

Evelyn Parks may have been niece to Thomas,
the daughter of Sarah Sharp and John W. Parks.

3. Robert Sharp, b. 24 July 1820, d. 22 Sept 1839

4. Letitia Sharp, b. 11 Oct 1822, married 15 March 1839 to William M. Burnett
1850 Sevier co, TN pg 435 #690
William M. Burnett, age 37, Baptist preacher, b. TN
Lettetia, age 28, b. TN
John A, age 11, b. TN
Benjamin F, age 10, b. TN
Susan Jane, age 8, b. TN
Sarah A, age 6, b. TN
James A, age 4, b. TN

1860 Sevier Co, TN pg 33 #339
William Burnett, age 46
Letitia, age 38
John, age 20
Benjamin, age 19
Jane, age 17
Sarah, age 15
James, age 12
William, age 10
Mary, age 6
Thomas, age 3

5. Mary Thompson Sharp, b. 14 Nov. 1823 (REF: 4) or 15 Nov. 1820, d. 25 Feb. 1894 (Ref: 1)
Married 14 Aug. 1845 to George Caldwell by William M. Burnett, MG (Ref: 2).
George Caldwell was born 18 Aug. 1820 and died 22 Feb. 1866 (Ref. 1);
the son of William L.Caldwell and Nancy Beard (Ref. 3).
Mary Thompson Sharp & George Caldwell had the following children: (Ref: 5)
1. Nancy A. Caldwell, b. 20 July 1846, d. 2 Feb. 1920. Married on 19 Dec. 1867 by John H. Morton, MG to Richard P. Chandler. He was born 6 Jan 1842 and died 22 Dec. 1917.
2. Susannah Caldwell, b. 7 Feb. 1848, d. Oct. 1927. Married on 13 June 1867 by William B. Brown, MG to John N. Morton. He was born 25 Oct. 1842 and died 8 Jan. 1903 br>
Mary Thompson Sharp Caldwell and both daughters are buried in the Centennial Presbyterian Cemetery. (Ref: 1)

1. Blount County Cemetery Records, pg. 148 by Edith Little
2. Blount County Marriages, 1795 to 1915, pg 39, by Edith Little
3. Interview with Susannah Caldwell Morton by Will E. Parham in 1926. Can be found in the "Caldwell" file in the W.E. Parham Collection, available in the McClung Collection at the East Tennessee Historical Center or at the Blount County Public Library in Maryville, TN.
4. Bible Records of Tennessee Families, Vol. 1-Daughters of the American Colonists, Knoxville, Tn. 1959
5. Will of Mary Thompson Caldwell, dated 14 March 1889, names two daughters. Tennessee State Library & Archives

6. James Clark Sharp, b 8 Nov 1826, married 28 Nov 1850 to S.A. Vineyard. Married by Wm. M. Burnett, Minister of the Gospel in Blount Co, TN

1. William T, b. 1852
2. Mary L, b. 1854
3. Alice P, b. 1855
4. Susannah E, b. 1857
5. Lelia, b. 1858

7. Francine Sharp, b. 11 Aug 1828

8. Ann White Sharp, b. 3 Feb 1830, married 23 Sept 1852 to John Coulter

9. Boyd Alexander Sharp, b. 3 Feb 1832

10. Addison Sharp, b. 18 Mar 1834

11. Nancy Jane Sharp, b. 27 April 1836, married Samuel Rule

12. John Fletcher Sharp, b. 26 Oct 1838

3. JAMES BOYD SHARP, d. 14 Sept 1824 (lived in Cocke Co, Tn. 1820)

4. EDWARD SHARP, b ca 1881, died 3 May 1835. Married 2 Feb. 1831 to Malinda Malcum by Wm. McTeer, JP.

5. MARY SHARP, married either Andrew or William Thompson. Lived in Augusta Co, VA in 1818. d. 22 March 1824

6. ROBERT SHARP, left Tennessee ca 1811 and as of 1818 had not been heard of.

7. NANCY SHARP, b. 5 Dec 1791, d 17 Sept 1836, buried Clark's Grove, Blount Co, Tn.
Married her step-brother, James Clark.
Children of Nancy Sharp and James Clark:

1. Jane Clark, b. 1814, married 1831 Robert Ewing
2. John Clark, b. 1815, married 1838 Matilda Thompson, married 2nd Priscilla Brabson Thompson (sister to Malinda)
3. Robert Clark, b. and d. 1817
4. James Monroe Clark, b. 1818, married Charity Porter, married 2nd Margaret Jones
5. Mary Letitia Clark b. 1820, d. 1844, married George W. Cowan
6. Cynthia Ann Clark, b. 1822, d. 1880, married John Chandler
7. Elizabeth Francina Clark b. 1825, d. 1878, married St. Clair Dearmond
8. Thomas Claiborn Clark, b. 1827, d. 1905, married Mary Elizabeth McCroskey
9. Philander Harvey Clark, b. 1829, d. 1912, married Mary ann Dearmond, married 2nd Margaret Jane Dearmond
10. Narsisus Lorinda Clark, b. 1832, married Campbell Milton Gillispy/Gillespy

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