Name: Adam Sharp , Esq.
Birth: ABT 1765
Fact 3 SEP 1824 Bought from estate Sampson LANIER of Rockingham Co., NC.
Fact 1828 Bought from estate of RICHARD C. WALL of Rockingham Co., NC.
Fact 29 OCT 1841 Bought from estate of DANIEL WALL of Rockingham Co., NC.
Note Probably a son of Thomas and Margaret Sharp of Orange Co., NC.
Abstracts Of Land Entries
Orange Co. NC
by Dr A.B. Pruitt (1990)
Jan 23, 1795
Adam SHARPE enters 6 acres in Orange Co. on waters of Back Creek; border;
his own land; warrant issued.
Jan 23, 1795
Adam SHARPE enters 40 acres in Orange Co. on waters of Back Creek of Haw
River; border George BOYD and his own land. Warrant issued
[[[The following info was copied from an internet website many years ago. Unfortunately, I didn't copy the address.]]]
>Adam Sharp was born 12 January 1764, in Orange Co., NC. I believe Adam to
>be the son of Thomas & Margaret [?] Sharp, whose first official record in
>Orange Co., NC, appears as a Taxpayer in 1755.
>Adam would have been raised on his father’s 313 acre Granville land grant,
>situated on the Haw River and Nelson’s Branch/Creek, between Pine Ford and
>the Haw River. Possibly amongst Thomas Sharp's neighbors, may be Adam’s
>uncles or cousins, for instance:
> PHILLIPS, William, John and David
> WATSON, James
> TROLLINGER, John (son of Adam Trollinger)
> THOMPSON, Ginnis
> LEA, John
> HOPKINS, William
> RANEY / RONEY
>When Adam was 7 years old, his father sold off a portion of his original
>Granville grant to James Freeland for £30. Could this sale indicate the
>marriage of Adam’s older sister to James Freeland? Adam Sharp, himself,
>sold a portion of his Orange Co. property to James Freeland about forty
>years later. [See Deed Orange Co., NC – 1811]
>ORANGE CO. DEED BOOKS:
>1771 Dec. 7: THOMAS SHARP of Orange and MARGARET his wife to James
>FREELAND, £30 - 158 ac on South side of Haw River on both sides of NELSONs
>Branch, beginning at a post, East 100 poles to a turkey oak, North 32 poles
>to a post oak, West 97 poles to a turkey oak, South 90 poles to a red oak,
>East 11 poles to a post oak, South 50 poles to a red oak, West 30 poles to
>white oak, South 92 poles to the beginning, being part of 313 ac from Lord
>Granville to Sharp. Signed Thomas Sharp, Margaret x Sharp; Wit: John
>BUTLER, John x DROLINGER, proved May Term 1780 by Butler.
>Could this 1771 deed signify the date of Thomas Sharp’s decision to move
>family to Old Tryon County, NC? No additional deed has been found for
>Thomas selling his remaining 155 acres at that time, and it would seem that
>Thomas retained possession of his Haw River land, as evidenced by a 1780
>deed, which mentions Thomas Sharp’s adjoining property. Thomas Sharp is
>shown as a Tax Payer in 1779, Orange Co., NC. This might only mean that he
>retained the property there, but was residing in Rutherford Co., NC.
>ORANGE CO. DEED BOOKS
>DB2:p144 - 1780 Feb 26: Samuel JAMES of Orange to Suffia KIDLE, £60 - 75
>on S. side of Haw R. on Travers Cr., begin at a dogwood on W side of creek
>corner of THOMAS SHARP, along his line W 12 ch. to a black jack, N 5 ch. to
>a post oak, W 15 ch. to a stake, leaving SHARP’s line S 3 ½ ch. to a white
>oak, W 5 ½ ch. to a post oak, S crossing Heinberlands Cr 30 ch. to a red
>oak, W 16 ½ ch. to a hickory, N 45E 11 ch. to Travers Cr., down creek to
>beginning, purchased by JAMES from the State. Signed: Samuel (x) JAMES.
>Witness: William RAINEY; proved by Rainey May Term 1780.
>It is a fact that prior to 1780, Adam moved with his parents to Rutherford
>Co., NC. Rutherford Co. was not created until 1779; prior to that date the
>area was “Old” Tryon County, NC. Some Sharps have been noted in Tryon’s
>land surveys and 1770 court minutes. There’s a possibility that Thomas
>had gravitated toward his wife’s family or his own brothers-in-law when
>first settling in North Carolina. Later, perhaps Thomas decided to move to
>Rutherford Co. where his own father or brothers had earlier settled.
>TRYON CO., NC - 1768: Original Land Survey:
> File #10 Samuel Sharp on Broad River
> File #11 Samuel Sharp on White Oak Cr.
> File #839 William Sharp on Cedar Cr.
> File #849 John McKinney - Little Broad River
> 1st Chainbearer: Samuel Sharp
>OLD TRYON COUNTY COURT MINUTES:
>1770: Deed of Sale from William Sharp to Thos. Sharp for 308 ac.
>RUTHERFORD CO., NC:
>1779 Oct 26 - Thomas SHARP enters 100 ac. on both sides of Henton's Cr.
>on a fork of Sedar (Cedar) Cr; border: above John Jackson MOORE's place.
>1780 Apr. 25 - Adam Whiteside enters 100 ac. borders Isaac Henton's lower
>line and runs down Hentons Cr.
>According to Adam Sharp’s sworn deposition, dated 1832-1833: At the age of
>16, on 1 Feb 1780, Adam was drafted into the NC Militia, in Rutherford Co.,
>under command of Capt. Thomas Rober(t)son, and Col. McDowel of Burke Co.
>From Rutherford Co., Adam marched to SC and was recruited by a force under
>command of Col. Campbell. Adam was marched back to Lincoln, NC, where he
>guarded baggage wagons under command of Capt. Edward Callahan, being taken
>to Ramsour's Mill for obtaining flour. He was then marched to near the
>south fork of the Catawba River, then back to Rutherford Co. Adam was
>leave to visit his parents living in Rutherford, about 18 Sep 1780. On the
>first or second night of his visit, Adam and his father were taken
>by the Tories and were taken to Furgerson's (sic) Camp. The Commander of
>the British forces was stationed at Gilbert Town, called the Second Broad
>River, Rutherford Co. Adam was held prisoner for a month, until after the
>Battle of Kings Mountain defeat of the British. Adam was liberated, and
>again joined the army under Capt. Roberson. They marched to 6 miles from
>the Rutherford Court house where Shelby, Campbell & Cleveland were present
>during a military trial for captured Tories - nine were executed by
>Adam was then marched to Burk Co. crossing the Catawba at McDowell's Ford,
>continued to the shallow ford of the Yadkin River, Surry Co., and finally
>the old Moravian Town, where he was discharged about the last of November,
>1780. Then, about 1 Feb 1781, Adam was again drafted into the Militia as a
>Private under Capt. William WHITESIDE/WHITSETT and Maj. Richard Singleton,
>and marched to Ledbetter's Station in Montfords Cove near the border of
>Rutherford Co. Adam remained there guarding the frontier from incursions
>Indians. After three months, he was marched to Williams or Goodbred's
>Station (2 miles from first encampment). After three months, Adam was
>marched about four miles to Grants Station, where he was discharged by
>Whiteside/Whitsett. About January, 1782, Adam was again drafted by Capt.
>Whiteside/Whitsett, marched to Rutherford Courthouse, and required to make
>flour barrels. Adam was again discharged by Capt. Whiteside/Whitsett after
>another three months' service.
> **Note: Adam made 2 declarations for a RW Pension Application: (1) made
>to Judge James Martin, Jr. on 30 Oct 1832, wherein Adam stated his Captain
>was William WHITESIDE, which is historically correct. (2) Adam made his
>second deposition to (son-in-law) Rockingham Co. Justice of the Peace
>Alexander S. Martin, on 10 Jan 1833. Adam differs in no respect in the
>second declaration from the first - except naming his Captain as William
>WHITSETT. The name Whiteside(s) is used predominantly in Rutherford / Old
>Tryon Co., NC. The name Whitsett is used in Orange Co., NC,
>with Whitside. It’s interesting whether Adam declared “Whitsett” to A. S.
>Martin, or whether A.S. Martin wrote “Whitsett”, because he would have
>Adam’s wife’s maiden name was Whitsett.
>Adam Sharp (and parents?) returned to Orange Co., NC sometime after the
>War and undoubtedly by 26 Jan 1787, when Adam witnessed a deed by Thomas
>Sharp, selling his land on the Reedy Fork of the Haw River. I believe the
>1787 Thomas Sharp to be Adam's father. Thomas is shown as a resident of
>Craven Co., SC, and may be a widower, as wife Margaret is not shown as a
>joint seller, or releasing her dower. Adam proved the deed 17 months later
>in Orange Co. Court, May, 1788. It should be noted that all deeds found
>Thomas Sharp indicated that Thomas could sign his name.
>ORANGE DEED BOOK 4, P. 456
>This indenture made between Thomas Sharp of the State of South Carolina and
>County of Craven of the one part & Michael Coc(le?)oies of the State of
>North Carolina & County of Orange of the other part Witnesseth that the
>Thomas Sharp for & in Consideration of the sum of one hundred pounds to him
>in hand payd by the said Michael Cochelreese the receipt whereof the said
>Thomas Sharp doth hereby ___? granted bargained & sold aliened? & Confirmed
>& by these presents doth grant Bargain & sell unto the said Michael
>Cockelreese his heirs & assigns for ever all that tract or parcel of Land
>Lying & being in the County of Orange and State of North Carolina as
>followeth (viz) on the Redy Fork of Haw River Bounded all by Claims
>at a Gum on Reedye Runing South Seventy Eight Chains to a Black Jack west
>twenty five Chains to a Black Jack South thirty five Chains to a post Oak
>West forty five Chains to a Black Jack North ten chains to a Stak West
>twenty five Chains to a Red Oak North twenty five Chains to a black Jack
>East 25 Chains to a ___? North 15 Chs to hicory East five Chains to a Stak
>North twenty five Chains to a white Oak East thirty five Chains to a Hicory
>East five Chs to a stak North 15 Chains to the Creek thence Down the said
>Creek to the first Station - Containing Two hundred & forty acres - To have
>& to hold the above mentioned premises and every part & parcel thereof to
>the only (proper use & behoof of him the said Michael Cockelreese his heirs
>& assigns forever & the said Thomas Sharp from him & his heirs Doth warrant
>& Defend the above mentioned premises & parcel of Land to the said Michael
>Cockelreese his heirs & assigns forever against all & every other person or
>persons whatsoever. In Witness hereof I the said Thomas Sharp hath
>hereunto set my hand and affix my Seal this 26 of January 1787.
>Signed Sealed in the
>presence of Thos Sharp (Seal)
>ADAM SHARP Jurat
>Orange County May term 1788
>The Execution of the within Deed was Duly proved in Open Court by the oath
>of Adam Sharp one of the subscribing witnesses thereto & ordered to be
>Registered ~ L. Benton C.C. Examined by John Allison P.R (P.K?)
>On 4 Jul 1788, a NC land grant to Thomas Gardner for Reedy Fork of Haw
>listed Thomas Sharp as an adjoining property owner.
>NC LAND GRANTS
> 1788 Jul 4: North Carolina to Thomas GARDNER, 50 shillings per hundred
>371 ac. on both sides of Reedy Fork of Haw R., bounded on W by his land,
>S by THOMAS SHARP, E by Parish Gardner, on N. by Haw R.,.......... (See
>NC Patent Book 64:373 in name of Thomas Garner)
>On 15 Oct 1789, Adam married Mary Whitsett Orange Co., NC. The early
>research on Adam Sharp had mistakenly listed Mary as "Whiteside". The
>actual marriage bond, however, reads: WHITSIDE, a derivative of Whitsett.
>Mary is thought to perhaps be the daughter of John WHITSETT of Orange Co.,
>NC, who resided on Back Creek, and died c1786, Orange Co., NC. No probate
>records have been discovered for John Whitsett to substantiate Mary’s
>lineage or John’s approximate death date. If Mary had been the daughter of
>John, there might be records of her being placed under guardianship, or
>court documentation involving the division of her father’s estate. Perhaps
>Benjamin Roney was Mary’s guardian, as he served as the Bondsman for her
>marriage to Adam Sharp. Benjamin Roney (1740-1827), m. 1774 Catherine
>Andrew (1756-1829) was the son of James Roney, d. 1765, Orange Co., NC and
>may have removed from Cecil Co., Md. no later than 1755, possibly as early
>as 1740. A son and daughter of Benjamin Roney married children of Henry &
>Mary [Thomas] Trollinger
>ORANGE CO., NC - MARRIAGE BONDS:
>15 Oct 1789: Adam Sharp(e) m. Mary Whitside - Bondsman: Benjamin Roney.
>Adam appears to have resided amongst the Whitsett family members on Back
>Creek, Orange, NC, which is located at the present junction of Hiway #119
>and Interstate I-85 in present day Alamance Co. The following "Whitsett"
>deeds came from Louise Overton, who further related that this area is where
>the first settlers were in old Orange County. A neighbor of John Whitsett
>of Back Creek was LEA, a name connected to the earlier records of Thomas
>Sharp. The theory is that there were three Whitsett brothers who settled
>Orange County; i.e, John, James and Samuel, and their surname was recorded
>alternately as Whitsett, Whiteside, Whitsell, Whitesott, Whitset, and
>Orange Co. Deed Book :
>169: March 14, 1778 Richd BIRD enters 300 acres in Orange Co on both sides
>of Back Creek; borders the claims of Jas WHITESIDE and Andw SMITH; includes
>the improvement he purchased from John WALKER; warrent issued June 16,
>295: May 22 1778 James CARSON enters 395 ac in Orange Co. on waters of Eno
>River includes a survey formerly made for James WHITSETT and 95 ac added by
>a resurvey made by Wm COURTNEY, warrent issued Aug 17 1778.
>425: July 16, 1778 John WHITSELL enters 200 ac on both sides of Back Creek
>of Haw River border Tho HART and John LOGUE on S; includes his improvement
>warrant issued Nov 17 1778.
>521: Aug 25, 1778 John McMENNIMY enters 200 acres in Orange Co. on waters
>Back Creek; borders the claims of James WHITESOTT [sic], Patk BOYD, &
>William WALKER; includes his improvement; warrent issued Dec 4 1778.
>522: Aug 25, 1778 Patrick BOYD enters 150 ac in Orange Co. on waters of
>Cr of Haw River; border: the land of Thomas HART on S and the claims of
>WHITSET & Wm LEA; includes his improvements; warrant issued Dec 4 1778.
>1002: Dec 31, 1778 Saml WHITSILL enters 50 ac in Orange Co. on waters of
>Stags Cr.; border his "other" entry; warrant issued.(no date given)
>1003: Dec 31 1778 James WHITSILL enters 460 acres in Orange Co. on Back Cr.
>border: Richard BIRD and John WHITSILL; includes two improvements, warrant
>issued Nov 11, 1779
>1326: Dec 13 1780 Samuel WHITSELL enters 270 ac in Orange Co. on waters of
>Back Cr. border on S by James WHITSELL; warrant issued June 1, 1781 .
>1441: May 10, 1785 Joseph DIXON enters 150 ac in Orange Co. on waters of
>Back Cr; border: John CARRIGAN and Saml WHITSELL; includes "the" school
>house; warrant issued Aug 10, 1785.
>1731: Oct 26 1793 Samuel WHITESELL enters 200 ac in Orange Co. on waters
>Back Cr. border: John McMINNEMY, Richd COOPE, George BOYD, Wm BRADFORD, &
>his own land; warrant issued Mar 10, 1794.
>There is no existing 1790 U. S. Census for Orange Co., NC. It’s not known
>whether Adam & Mary resided with other family members for the first seven
>years of their marriage, or resided on inherited property. It was not
>1796, that a land record has been found for Adam. The abstracted record
>reflects an NC State land grant of 400 acres on the Haw & Eno Rivers,
>Co.; however, strangely, it’s a joint grant to Adam Sharp and a Jacob
>Thomas. A copy of this land grant should be obtained in the hope of
>ascertaining the relationship between Adam and Jacob Thomas, and whether
>this grant was for Rev. War service. Six years later in 1802, Jacob
>sold his half of the grant to John Campbell – with the agreement of Adam
>1796: State of NC to ADAM SHARP & Jacob THOMAS - 400 ac on Haws & Eno
>Note per Louise Overton: Haw River does not flow in present day Orange
>County: The Eno River only flows in Orange and present day Durham County.>
>ORANGE COUNTY DEED BOOK
>1798: Jan 23, 1795 Adam SHARPE enters 6 ac in Orange Co. on waters of Back
>Cr; borders his own land.
>Note: Alamance County between present day Haw River, NC and Mebane, NC
>1799: Jan 23, 1795 Adam SHARP enters 40 ac in Orange Co. on waters of Back
>Cr of Haw River; border: George BOYD and his own land; warrent issued.
>1802: Jacob THOMAS of Rowan Co., sold his ½ of the NC Grant to John
>CAMPBELL of Orange Co. with agreement of ADAM SHARP. Wit: Wm. MEBANE, G.
>1800 U.S. CENSUS – ORANGE CO., NC – p. 532
>SHARPE, ADAM – 4101-1011
>Adam Sharp is enumerated on the 1800 census. Adam shows 4 males under the
>age of 10; 1 male between 10-16; 1 male 26-45; 1 female under age of 10; 1
>female 16-26; and 1 female 26-45. Adam was 36 years old; wife Mary was
>about 32; daughter Margaret was 9; sons Thomas, James, John & Samuel were
>all born between 1793 and 1800. The original census was semi-alphabetized
>so the surrounding names are not necessarily near neighbors.
>ORANGE CO., NC – MARRIAGE BOND
>Groom: John BASON Bride: Catey WHITESIDES
>Date: 25 November 1800 Bondsman: John Collins
>ORANGE CO., NC – MARRIAGE BOND #000095301
>Groom: George CAMPBELL Bride: Susanah MEBANE
> Date: 29 April 1802 Bondsman: ADAM SHARP
>ORANGE CO., NC – DEED BOOKS
>DB10:281-282: 18 Nov 1800 – Samuel WHITSETT sold to George CAMPBELL, both
>of O.C. - £100 – 100 ac. on Back Creek, being part of 190 ac granted by NC
>to Samuel Whitsett on 10 Jun 1799, adjoining William BRADFORD, Thomas
>LINCHE, BOYD. /s/ Samuel (x) Whitsett. Wit: Hugh SHAW, Jno. CAMPBELL .
>Proved Feb, 1803 by John Campbell
>DB10:280-281: 21 Dec 1802 – Jacob THOMAS of Rowan Co., NC sold to John
>CAMPBELL of Orange Co., NC - $100 – 200 ac, being ½ of tract on Haw & Eno
>Rivers as Deed/Grant #1400 from NC to ADAM SHARP & said Jacob Thomas for
>ac, dated 9 Jun 1796, adjoining John Campbell. Adam Sharp agrees to
>enter in with said Thomas in securing the land & premises to Campbell.
>Jacob (x) Thomas, Adam Sharp. Wit: William MEBANE, G(eorge) CAMPBELL.
>Proved Feb, 1803 by John Campbell.
>DB10:282-284: 21 Dec 1802 – Jacob THOMAS of Rowan Co., NC sold to John
>CAMPBELL, Merchant of O.C. - $1,100 – total 614 ac in various tracts on
>Creek. (1) 128 ac - Formerly John CARRINGTON, purchased by Thomas on 2 Oct
>1787, adj. formerly John GRIFFIN/now Peter WALKER. (2) 98 ac - NC Grant
>#1407 to Thomas, dated 24 Aug 1794. (3) 150 ac -Formerly John CARRINGTON,
>purchased by Thomas on 2 Oct 1787. (4) 88 ac - NC Grant #1406 to Thomas,
>dated 28 Aug 1786. (5) 150 ac - NC Grant #1225 to Thomas, dated 5 Apr
>1797, adj. formerly Joseph THOMPSON. /s/ Jacob (x) Thomas. Wit: William
>MEBANE, G(eorge) CAMPBELL. Proved Feb, 1803 by George Campbell.
>DB10:284-285: 11 Apr 1801 – Thomas FULTON sold to George CAMPBELL both of
>O.C. - $500 – 150 ac on Back Creek, adjoining “land of ADAM SHARP &
>being a tract granted by NC to Patrick BOYD on 9 Nov 1784, & conveyed to
>George BOYD, & then to Fulton. /s/ Thos. Fulton. Wit: James MEBANE, Jnr.,
>Robert MEBANE. Proved Feb 1803 by James Mebane, Jr.
>Kay Rockett indicated that she found a record of Adam Sharp serving as the
>“Administrator” to the estate of John Whitsett, son of James Whitsett, Sr.,
>d. 1788, Orange Co., NC & Mary [Moore] Lowe Whitsett. However, Adam does
>not appear as Co-Executor or Witness to the LWT. If Adam was later
>appointed, it would be shown in court records. The “Administrator”
>information must be verified.
>ROCKINGHAM CO., NC – WILL BOOK
>3 April 1806:
>In the name of God Amen, I John WHITSITT of the County of Rockingham and
>State of North Carolina being in a very low state of health but of perfect
>mind and memory do hereby make this my last will and testment and do direct
>as followeth.....first I recommend my soul to Almighty God who gave it and
>my body to be decently interr'd and my will and desire is that my whole
>property be given up to my loving wife Fanny WHITSITT until her death or
>marriage and then to be equally divided between my sons Samuel WHITSITT and
>John WHISITT and that they live with her on my plantation until her death
>marriage, and my desire is that they should continue to live together and
>have schooling sufficient for common business, and I do hereby appoint my
>loving wife Fanny WHITSITT my sole Executrix of this my last will and
>testament revoking all former wills by me heretofore. Made and given under
>my hand and seal this third day of April in the year of our Lord one
>thousand eight hundred and six.
> Signed sealed and delivered in the presence of R. MARTIN, William EAGLE,
>and John GODSEY.
>Note: John Whitsett was the son of James Whitsett, Sr., b.1747; d.1788,
>Orange Co., NC & Mary (Nancy) [Moore] Lowe Whitsett, a widow, daughter of John
>and Mary HENRY of Rockingham Co. and Dorchester Co. Maryland. John
>Whitsett first married Judey Lowe on 19 Oct 1796, Rockingham Co., NC; a few
>months before he died, John Whitsett remarried to Frances “Fannie” Napier ,
>the daughter of Ashbrook Napier. A witness to John Whitsett’s LWT was John
>Godsey who on 5 April 1807, married the widow, Fannie [Napier] Whitesides
>(sic). Rockingham Co., NC Court Records – November 1807, state that John
>Godsey was appointed as the guardian of John Whitsett, orphan of John
>Whitsett, Sr. John WHITSETT Jr., born 1805 Rockingham Co. NC, died 1829
>Jones Co. GA, and married Martha Broach, the daughter of George & Rachel
>[Martin] Broach & granddaughter of Robert & Martha Martin, Sr. John’s
>Samuel WHITSETT, born 11 March 1799 Rockingham Co. NC, died 7 Oct 1863
>Washington Co. AL, having moved to Alabama sometime between 1824 and 1832.
>ROCKINGHAM CO., NC – DEED BOOKS
>M:127 – 26 Aug 1806: Benjamin McFarlin [McFarland] sold to ADAM SHARP of
>Rockingham Co., NC - $100 – 469 ac on both sides of Jacobs Creek, adjoining
>Hays, James Hailey, and Alexander Martin, Esq. Witness: A.[braham]
>Philips, John J. Birkle.
>On August 10, 1808, eldest daughter Margaret Sharp was married to neighbor,
>Alexander Strong Martin, only child of NC Governor Alexander Martin & Mrs.
>ORANGE CO., NC – DEED BOOKS
>DB14:548: 22 Jan 1808 – John BASON of Orange Co., NC sold to ADAM SHARP
>Rockingham Co., NC - $600 – 2 tracts on Haw River. (1) 137 ½ ac - Bason
>bought of Peggy SEVER & others, adj. Henry DROLLINGER and LONG. (2) 65 ac
>Bason bought of Thomas DICKSON (Dixon) on N. side of Haw River adj. Jane
>BRYAN & main road leading from Hillsborough to Salisbury on the South; East
>by Joseph BAKER; on North by James ANDERSON & Pine Branch. /s/ John BASON.
>Wit: John CAMPBELL, G(eorge) CAMPBELL. Proved Nov 1813 by George
>**Note: Bason/Sevier/Dixon were heirs of Adam Trollenger per Property
>***Note per Louise Overton: Bason Road, Haw River, NC: This road runs over
>to I-85 near Mebane.>
>Adam Sharp is enumerated on the 1810 Census, having in his household: 4
>males aged 10 –16; 2 males 16 –26; 1 male 45+; 3 females under 10 years of
>age; 1 female 16 – 26; and 2 females aged from 26 to 45. Adam would have
>been age 46; wife Mary, age about 42; daughter Margaret had already left
>home, and is married to neighbor Alexander S. Martin; the 2 males aged
>were probably sons Thomas & James; 4 males aged 10-16 would have included
>sons Samuel & John; the 3 females aged under 10 would have included Mary
>possibly Celia. Unaccounted for are 8 persons: 2 (?sons) born 1795-1800;
>(?daughter) born 1800-1810; 1 female, born 1785-1794; and 1 female, born
>before 1765! It would appear that Adam’s household included either a
>widowed mother or sister. If widowed sister, perhaps the additional
>children were hers.
>****Adam Sharp’s neighbors in both directions were: Nalon Wright, Thomas
>Overton, George Overton, Thomas Brent, Lewis Bradfield, John Brent, Francis
>Fore, John Gilliland, Martin Roberts, Dudley Porter, Fredrick BASON, Peter
>Oliver, John Halladay, Thomas Neal, John Lacy, Robert Gilliland, John
>Sheppard, Thomas Searcy, ALEXANDER MARTIN, John Reagan, Thomas Shackleford,
>ASA BRASHER, ARTHUR HAYES < ADAM SHARPE > Thomas LOYD, Annie B. Overton,
>JOEL FAGG, James Saunders, William Hand, Samuel Fagg, Charles Fagg, Isaac
>Oliver, Thomas Henderson, George Gates, Thomas Godsey, Junr., Thomas
>Senr. Robert Martin, Senr., Robert Martin, Junr., John Godsey, Robert
>Napier, James Lowe.
>ORANGE CO., NC – DEED BOOKS
>DB13:442-443: - 29 Jan 1811: ADAM SHARPE of Rockingham Co., NC sold to
>LONG of Orange Co., NC – $500 – 143 ac - S. W./side of Haw R. being part
>of a tract purchased by Adam DROLINGER of Lord Granville and conveyed to
>Adam SHARP – adj. corner of Drolinger, south to Freeland, East to Jacob
>Long. /s/ Adam Sharpe Wit: Conrad LONG, John TROLINGER. Proved Feb, 1811
>by Conrad Long.
>DB13:442: - 28 Jan 1811: ADAM SHARPE of Rockingham Co., NC sold to JAMES
>FREELAND, Senr. of Orange Co., NC – $500 – 64 ac - N/side of Haw River adj.
>Jane BRYAN and main road leading from Hillsborough to Salisbury on the
>South; Joseph Baker, Jr on the East; James ANDERSON & Pine Branch on the
>West; down the Haw River to Adam SHARP’s line to said great road. /s/
>Sharp Wit: D. TURRENTINE, James McCADDAM. Proved Feb, 1811 by James
>**Note per Louise Overton: This is where my mother lives, on old Freeland
>land. The old Salisbury Road is present day #70>
>DB14:636-637: 25 April 1814 - ADAM SHARPE of Rockingham Co., NC sold to
>William GANT of Orange Co., NC - $15.00 - 1 ac on E/side of Haw River,
>TROLINGER’s Ford on Haw River. /s/ Adam Sharpe. Wit: Joseph BAKER,
>ROCKINGHAM CO., NC – JUSTICES OF THE PEACE :
>1811...John ELLINGTON, Richard Overton, ADAM SHARPE, Richard VERNON
>ROCKINGHAM CO., NC – DEED BOOKS
>N:308 #1578 - 21 Feb 1810: ALEXANDER S. MARTIN purchased from JAMES
>STRONG - 50 ac, on prong of the Persimmon Branch, adj. Russell & Walker's
>lines. Witness: ADAM SHARP, Joseph Roberts. .
>O:279 – 5 Feb 1812: John Matlock, High Sheriff sold to ADAM SHARP - £17 –
>194 ac. By virtue of Court execution against D & A Napier by ARTHUR HAYS
>sum of 17£, 17 sh, 9 p. – 2 parcels. (1) 154 ac, adj. Samuel Hays, James
>Jones, Robert Napier, Benjamin McFarlind’s corner now Adam Sharp (2) 40
>adj. formerly Samuel Hayes corner on James Lowe’s line, James Hayes,
>line, Benjamin McFarlind’s line. Witness: Alexander S. Martin, Theopholus
>Q:113 – 30 April 1816: ADAM SHARP released to Robert Boak due to Court
>order in favor of Plaintiff Boak vs Adam Sharp for quit claim deed release
>for 194 ac tract on Jacobs Creek, adjoining Samuel Hays, James Lowe, Robert
>Napier and Benjamin McFarland’s corner. Witness: Robert Menzies, Samuel
>Harris, Judge of Superior Court of Law & Equity.
>S:430 – 17 March 1817: John BASON sold to ADAM SHARP - $100 – 95 ac on
>Jacobs Creek, granted Bason from Robert Cumming, adjoining formerly Widow
>Shorts’ line. Witness: Thomas L. Sharp, Daniel Mathews. Proved by
>August 1819 Session.
>The 1815 Rockingham Tax List shows: Adam Sharpe - 360 acres, $1800, 1 pole.
>He's on the same John Odineal list as Alex. S. Martin, but 38 names away.
>Next to Adam Sharpe is James Sharpe, and 2 names from him is Mary Sharpe.
>On October 17, 1815, son James Sharp married Mrs. Mary “Polly” [Phillips]
>Patrick, the widow of Ebenezer Patrick and the daughter of Abraham & Sarah
>On 16 November 1818, daughter Mary Sharp was married in Rockingham Co., NC
>to Samuel Strong, probably the son of John & Sarah [Grogan] Strong, and
>thus, grandson of Thomas Strong, Sr. & Elizabeth [Lewis] Strong .
>1820 U.S. CENSUS – ROCKINGHAM CO., NC, Page 582
>SHARPE, ADAM - 000302-11101=0301=211-101
>Adam Sharp is enumerated on the 1820 Census, having in his household: 3
>males 16 –26; 2 males 45+; 1 female under 10 years of age; 1 female 10 –
>1 female 16-26; and 1 female 45+. 3 are engaged in Agriculture; 1 person
>engaged in Manufacturing; and 6 slaves. Adam would have been age 56; wife
>Mary, age about 52. 3 males aged 16-26 might have been sons Thomas, John
>and Samuel; 1 female under 10 might have been Celia <her birth has been
>estimated between 1810-1815. Unaccounted for are 3 persons: 1 male aged
>45+; 1 female aged 16-26; and 1 female 10-16. Adam Sharp’s neighbors in
>both directions were: SAMPSON LANIER, Moses LOMAX, George Burges, Abner
>STONE, Polley ALLEY, Sally Barker, Capt. Joel FAGG, Isabella Sharpe, Capt.
>James LUMBRICK, Elijah SHELTON, William Simpson, William Goff, Charles
>Amos GRIFFIN, Jacob Riddle, Cornelius Maberry, Thomas Lloyd, John Orren,
>John Wade, Elisha Wade, Richard Groce < ADAM SHARPE >ALEXANDER S. MARTIN,
>OBEDIAH FIELDS, Lydia Barker, Paton S. Wray.
>On February 9, 1821, son Thomas L. Sharp married Nancy E. Smith in
>Rockingham Co., NC, the daughter of John & Sally Smith, and granddaughter
>On January 17, 1822, son Samuel Sharp married Mariah Joyce in Rockingham
>Co., NC, the daughter of Elisha & Sarah [Shackelford] Joyce, and
>granddaughter of ALEXANDER JOYCE (d.1778) & Jane Hamilton.
>On January 14, 1823, in Orange Co., NC, son John Sharp married Deborah
>Fossett/Faucett, the daughter of William & Martha [Hamilton] Faucett
Father: Unplaced Sharps
Mary Whitsett b: ABT 1771
ABT 15 OCT 1789
in Orange Co., NC
- Part II Sharp
- James Sharp b: ABT 1790
- Margaret Sharp b: ABT 1792
- John Sharp b: ABT 1795
- Mary Sharp b: ABT 1797
- Thomas L. Sharp b: ABT 1799
- Samuel Sharp b: ABT 1801
- Celia Sharp b: ABT 1810