Meet Henry & Barbara Sharp, NC, VA, TN & OH, 700s

The origins of Henry Sharp aren’t really any more clear than those of my recent subject, Revolutionary War soldier Tobias Tillman, who married c1776. Tobias’s wife, Catherine, born c1760, was reportedly the daughter of Henry Sharp, which leads us to today’s subject.

Catherine is said to be the first child of Henry and Barbara Sharp. If true, their marriage date can be estimated as c1758, although no record has been found.

If Henry married somewhere around the age of 25, not uncommon for men at that time, then his birth year can be estimated as c1733.

In spite of many online trees, other than men of the same name, there is no evidence directly linking Isaac Sharp of Berks County, Pennsylvania to our Henry Sharp, aside from the fact that Isaac had a son named Henry. However, tax lists prove that there were at least three Henry Sharps close to the same age.

That doesn’t mean that our Henry Sharp didn’t also live in Pennsylvania in his early years, just that there isn’t any records proving a connection between Isaac and our Henry.

What facts have been found that pertain to our Henry Sharp? Here’s a timeline of his life as it can be proven. The Anderson County land deeds were for love and affection, not sold.

  • c1733 – Henry Sharp born, place & parents unknown
  • c1758Henry Sharp married Barbara [Graves?], place unknown
  • 1779 – Orange County, NC Tax List – Henry Sharp
  • 1782, August 3 – Montgomery County, VA – Henry Sharp
  • 1784 – Botetourt County, VA Tax List – Henry Sharp
  • 1785 – Botetourt County, VA Tax List – Henry Sharp
  • 1785, June 3 – Botetourt County, VA Deed – Henry & Barbara Sharp to Michael Holt of Orange County, NC [land in Orange County]
  • 1786, December 21 – Montgomery County, VA Land Grant – Henry Sharp, 112 acres
  • 1787 – Montgomery County, VA Tax List – Henry Sharp
  • 1787 – Botetourt County, VA Tax List – Henry Sharp had 370 acres surveyed for him [Land assigned to George Williams, 11 October 1788]
  • 1788, March 13 – Montgomery County, VA Personal Property Tax List – Henry Sharp
  • 1789, March 8 – Montgomery County, VA Personal Property Tax List – Henry Sharp
  • 1792 – Hawkins County, TN – Henry Sharp entered strays (unclaimed livestock)
  • 1795, June 9 – Knox County, TN Deed – Henry Sharp purchased 500 acres on the Clinch River
  • 1795, November 7 – Henry & Barbara Sharp of Knox County, TN sold land in Montgomery County, VA to George Williams
  • 1798, October 22 – Knox County, TN Deed – Henry Sharp purchased 600 acres on the Clinch River adjoining Henry Sharp’s line
  • 1801, June 18 – Anderson County, TN, Indenture – Henry Sharp Sr. to Henry Sharp Jr. [land in Claiborne County]
  • 1803, June 18 – Anderson County, TN, Indenture – Henry Sharp & George Sharp of Claiborne County, TN [land in Claiborne County]
  • 1803, June 24 – Anderson County, TN, Indenture – Henry Sharp & Jacob Sharp of Claiborne County, TN [land in Claiborne County]
  • 1803, June 24 – Anderson County, TN, Indenture – Henry Sharp & Daniel Sharp of Claiborne County, TN [land in Claiborne County]
  • 1803, June 24 – Anderson County, TN, Indenture – Henry Sharp and Conrad Sharp of Claiborne County, TN [land in Claiborne County]
  • 1804, June 13 – Anderson County, TN – Henry Sharp Sr. received $3.00 per month for care of aged and infirm William Keeling, to be paid for one year
  • 1805, March 16 – Anderson County, TN – Henry Sharp to William Sharp for 197 acres
  • 1805, September 10 – Anderson County, TN – Henry Sharp to receive $9.00 for the support of William Keeling and to receive $4.00 per month in the future
  • 1805, December 2 Anderson County, TN – William Sharp to receive $4.00 per moth for keep on William Keeling, instead of Henry Sharp who has REMOVED [Henry migrated to Preble County, Ohio with Tobias Tillman’s family.]
  • c1814, Preble County, Ohio – Henry Sharp is said to be the first white man to die in Harrison Township and who was buried in Euphemia Graveyard, before the church was established.

As with Tobias Tillman, a robust timeline has been developed for Henry Sharp. Yet, like Tobias, Henry seems to have been dropped by martians into Orange County, North Carolina in 1779.

Next, in Henry Sharp, Part II, we will take a look at the documented and purported children in Henry’s family.

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