Henry Sharp, Part II

Yesterday, a timeline was developed, displaying the facts which can be proven regarding the life of Henry Sharp.

Today, let’s take a look at his family as knowing the names of his children and their spouses will help explain and/or question other supposed “facts” which accompany his online family trees.

Note that there are few records which give approximate birth years and there are just a handful of marriage records.

Henry Sharp was born c1733, place unknown, if he married around age 25, which was common for young men in the 1700s. He married Barbara [Graves?], c1758, place unknown.

Henry conveyed parcels of land to sons Henry in 1801, George in 1803, Jacob in 1803, Daniel in 1803, Conrad in 1803, and William in 1805,


  1. Catherine, born c1760; died 1820-1830, Harrison Twp., Preble, Ohio; married Tobias Tillman, c1776, probably in North Carolina
  2. Elizabeth, born c1762; died after 1835, when she inherited land from her husband, Preble County, Ohio; married Frederick Miller, c1787, probably Virginia
  3. Henry, born c1765; died September 1848, Claiborne or Union County, Tennessee; married Elizabeth Mosier, c1792
  4. Conrad, born c1767; died between 20 October 1826 [date of his will] and 11 December 1826 [proved in court], Campbell County, Tennessee; married Sarah Gibbs, c1785
  5. Jacob, born c1769; died before 4 December 1842 [date inventory filed], McMinn County, Tennessee; married Philopena Stiner, 8 April 1796 (bond), Orange County, North Carolina
  6. Mary, born c1770; died before 1830; married James McNutt, c1792
  7. Sarah, born c1774, North Carolina; died 1860-1870, Union County, Tennessee; married John Graves, c1795
  8. George, born c1776; died after 1860, Union County, Tennessee; married (1) Mary Loy, c1800 (2) Catherine Graves
  9. Daniel, born by 1778 [He purchased land from Stokely Donelson in 1799]; probably North Carolina; died before 6 March 1809, Campbell County, Tennessee [His estate inventory was returned to the court]; married Jean Howard, 3 April 1799, Knox County, Tennessee
  10. ?William, born c1783, Botetourt County, Virginia; died 25 June 1862, Union County, Tennessee; married (1) Rachel Stiner, c1803; she died 1820-1830 (2) Jane Irwin, c1830

Five sons of Henry Sharp are certain, as when Henry conveyed land to them, it was for love and affection. However, Henry SOLD land to William, which has brought questions to the minds of researchers about whether he was a son or grandson of Henry Sr. Catherine, Elizabeth, Mary and Sarah are placed in the family by preponderance of evidence, mostly through the FAN club and migrating as a large unit from place to place throughout their lives. The Sharp family is definitely one of the more “fluid”, shall we say, family configurations to be found online.

In the final post on Henry Sharp, we’ll take a close look at various names that have been added to Henry Sharp, reputed additional children and his supposed parental origins.

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