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Hon. Hugh Sharp

Also Known As: "Sharpe"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Flore, Northamptonshire, England, United Kingdom
Death: January 13, 1742 (73)
Willingboro, Burlington County, New Jersey, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of William Sharp and Hannah Sharp
Husband of Rachel Sharpe
Father of Rebecca Lippincott and Hannah Breintnall
Brother of Elizabeth Falkner; Agnes Penquite; Annis Sharp; Henry Sharp; John Sharp and 1 other

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About Hugh Sharp of Pennsbury, Bucks Co.

Entered 12 April 2010:

Hugh Sharp was a native of Northampton, England, whence he came to Pennsylvania, a lad of fourteen years of age, with his father the year of Penn's arrival. His family settled in Pennsbury, where he remained until he married Rachel, daughter of Thomas ffrench, widow of Mathew Allen, of Burlington County, New Jersey. Evidently having had educational advantages he became a prominent, useful and influential citizen, of high standing in religious as well as business circles. He was a leading Friend, being a member of Burlington Monthly Meeting, and for some years an elder. He located in Chester township, becoming owner of several large plantations in that vicinity. In 1715 he received a grant of 3700 acres of unsurveyed lands from the Council of Proprietors, 230 acres of which were located in Hunterdon county and 400 acres in Morris county. Hugh Sharp's special gifts as a writer and man of affairs were milked in various ways. His signature, as a witness, is found on wills and other documents and he prepared many inventories. He drew petitions to the legislature, notably for a bridge over the Rancocas, in 1709. The same year he served in that body as a member for the western division of Burlington county, the first Assembly of Governor Lord Lovelace. He signed a memorial to Governor Burnet, "in obedience to the order of Council, appointing a time for the Proprietors for exhibiting their reasons why the bill for repealing an act for running and ascertaining the line of partition between the eastern and western divisions of New Jersey, should not pass." This was in 1721. February 18, 1708-9, Hugh Sharp was appointed guardian of Thomas Allen, " a minor of the age of eleven years or thereabouts, son of Mathew Allen, late of the county of Burlington, deceased, and Rachel the now wife of the said Hugh Sharp." He entered bond in the sum of 500 pounds, April 11, 1709p 90

WILL OF HUGH SHARP, 1741

I Hugh Sharp of the Township of Wellingborrow and County of Burlington & province of West New Jersey Esquire thanks be to God being of perfect Sound disposing mind and memory do make & ordain this my last will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say Principally I give & Recomend my Spiritts into the hands of God that gave It and my Body to the Earth to be decently Buried att the discretion of my Executors hereafter named And as Touching such worldly Estate wherewith ¡it hath pleased God to bless me in this Life I give and Bequeath the Same in maner and form as followeth — Item I give and Bequeath unto my dear and Loveing wife Rachel Sharp all that my Lott of Land in Burlington, fronting Pearl Street and Rnning half way Back to Water Street to her and to her heirs and Assigns forever I also Give unto my Said wife the Sum of thirty pounds proclamation money to be paid to her annually out of my Estate dureing her Natural Life by my Executors in Lew of her thirds of my Estate which She is Therewith Contented. Item I Give onto my daughter-in-Law Mary Micle the wife of John Micle all maner of Debts doe or Owing unto me from her. Item I give unto the Monthly Meeting of Friends in Burlington the sum of five pounds to be paid into the hands of Caleb Raper Esq' in twelve months after my Decease for the use. of the afloresaid Meeting. And wheras I have Sold to my Son in Law William Coate my plantation, whereon I now dwell for Eight Hundred pounds Item I Give unto my Said Son Wm. Coate the Sum of. four Hundred pounds thereof he paying the Interest thereof for which he hath given me bonds and to my Son in Law John Brintnale the other four hundred pounds. And it is my will that after my Decease and my wife's that my Estate Shall be Equally Divided Between my two Sons in Law as aforesaid, And I do nominate and appoint my Said two Sons in Law John Brientnall and William Coate Executors of this my Last will and Testament And I doe Hereby Revoake and Dissanul all former and other Wills and Testaments by me Heretofore made making and ordaining this my Last will & Testament In wittness whereof I have hereunto Sett my hand and Seale This fifth day of the Eighth Month Comonly Called October and in the year of our Lord 1741 Signed Sealed published pronounced and Declared by the Said Hugh Sharp as his Last will and Testament in the presence of Peter Fearon Abrm Farrington Joshua Raperp 91Abraham Farrington and Joshua Raper Two of the witnesses to the within written will being of the People called Quakers on their Solemn affirmation which they took according to law did declare & affirm that they Saw Hugh Sharp the Testator therein named Sign & Seal the same & heard him publish pronounce & declare the within written Instrument to be his last will and Testament and that at the doing thereof the said Testator was of sound disposing mind memory and understanding so far as they know and as they Verily believe & that Peter Fearon the other witness was present and Signed his name as an evidence thereto together with these affirmants in presence of the saod Testator Abr" Farrington 1 Joshua Raper Affirmed at Burlington the Thirteenth Day of January A. D. 1742 before me Joseph Rose, Surrogate - Be it Remember'd that the last will and Testament of Hugh Sharp deceased having Been duly proved as abovesaid probate & letters Testamentary were granted by his Excellency Lewis Morris Esq' Governonr &c. unto Wm Coates &Jo* Brientnall the Executors therein named who being duly affirmed well & Truly to perform the Said will to Exhibit a True and perfect Inventory and render a Just accoount when thereunto lawfully required Given under y* prerogative Seal of Said province at Burlington the Second Day of March A. D. 1742 p Arch’ Home Regr. &c

Source for above information:

http://thomasfrench.blogspot.com/2008/10/rachel-french-step-mother-...



Hugh came to America in 1677 with his family. From this line, Herbert Hoover, President of the United States descends,



Hugh Sharp is mentioned in the book: "Genealogy of the Descendants of Thomas French who came to America from Nether Heyford, Northamptonshire, England …" compiled, written and published by Howard Barclay French, and printed privately in 1909. This book is available as a free full download From Google Books.

See also: http://thomasfrench.blogspot.com/

Includes transcription of his will.

Also from the link above: "Hugh Sharp was a native of Northampton, England, whence he came to Pennsylvania, a lad of fourteen years of age, with his father the year of Penn's arrival. His family settled in Pennsbury, where he remained until he married Rachel, daughter of Thomas ffrench, widow of Mathew Allen, of Burlington County, New Jersey. Evidently having had educational advantages he became a prominent, useful and influential citizen, of high standing in religious as well as business circles. He was a leading Friend, being a member of Burlington Monthly Meeting, and for some years an elder. He located in Chester township, becoming owner of several large plantations in that vicinity. In 1715 he received a grant of 3700 acres of unsurveyed lands from the Council of Proprietors, 230 acres of which were located in Hunterdon county and 400 acres in Morris county. Hugh Sharp's special gifts as a writer and man of affairs were milked in various ways. His signature, as a witness, is found on wills and other documents and he prepared many inventories. He drew petitions to the legislature, notably for a bridge over the Rancocas, in 1709. The same year he served in that body as a member for the western division of Burlington county, the first Assembly of Governor Lord Lovelace. He signed a memorial to Governor Burnet, "in obedience to the order of Council, appointing a time for the Proprietors for exhibiting their reasons why the bill for repealing an act for running and ascertaining the line of partition between the eastern and western divisions of New Jersey, should not pass." This was in 1721. February 18, 1708-9, Hugh Sharp was appointed guardian of Thomas Allen, " a minor of the age of eleven years or thereabouts, son of Mathew Allen, late of the county of Burlington, deceased, and Rachel the now wife of the said Hugh Sharp." He entered bond in the sum of 500 pounds, April 11, 1709p 90"

http://thomasfrench.blogspot.com/

Hugh Sharp was a native of Northampton, England, whence he came to Pennsylvania, a lad of fourteen years of age, with his father the year of Penn's arrival. His family settled in Pennsbury, where he remained until he married Rachel, daughter of Thomas ffrench, widow of Mathew Allen, of Burlington County, New Jersey. Evidently having had educational advantages he became a prominent, useful and influential citizen, of high standing in religious as well as business circles. He was a leading Friend, being a member of Burlington Monthly Meeting, and for some years an elder. He located in Chester township, becoming owner of several large plantations in that vicinity. In 1715 he received a grant of 3700 acres of unsurveyed lands from the Council of Proprietors, 230 acres of which were located in Hunterdon county and 400 acres in Morris county. Hugh Sharp's special gifts as a writer and man of affairs were milked in various ways. His signature, as a witness, is found on wills and other documents and he prepared many inventories. He drew petitions to the legislature, notably for a bridge over the Rancocas, in 1709. The same year he served in that body as a member for the western division of Burlington county, the first Assembly of Governor Lord Lovelace. He signed a memorial to Governor Burnet, "in obedience to the order of Council, appointing a time for the Proprietors for exhibiting their reasons why the bill for repealing an act for running and ascertaining the line of partition between the eastern and western divisions of New Jersey, should not pass." This was in 1721. February 18, 1708-9, Hugh Sharp was appointed guardian of Thomas Allen, " a minor of the age of eleven years or thereabouts, son of Mathew Allen, late of the county of Burlington, deceased, and Rachel the now wife of the said Hugh Sharp." He entered bond in the sum of 500 pounds, April 11, 1709p 90

WILL OF HUGH SHARP, 1741 I Hugh Sharp of the Township of Wellingborrow and County of Burlington & province of West New Jersey Esquire thanks be to God being of perfect Sound disposing mind and memory do make & ordain this my last will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say Principally I give & Recomend my Spiritts into the hands of God that gave It and my Body to the Earth to be decently Buried att the discretion of my Executors hereafter named And as Touching such worldly Estate wherewith ¡it hath pleased God to bless me in this Life I give and Bequeath the Same in maner and form as followeth — Item I give and Bequeath unto my dear and Loveing wife Rachel Sharp all that my Lott of Land in Burlington, fronting Pearl Street and Rnning half way Back to Water Street to her and to her heirs and Assigns forever I also Give unto my Said wife the Sum of thirty pounds proclamation money to be paid to her annually out of my Estate dureing her Natural Life by my Executors in Lew of her thirds of my Estate which She is Therewith Contented. Item I Give onto my daughter-in-Law Mary Micle the wife of John Micle all maner of Debts doe or Owing unto me from her. Item I give unto the Monthly Meeting of Friends in Burlington the sum of five pounds to be paid into the hands of Caleb Raper Esq' in twelve months after my Decease for the use. of the afloresaid Meeting. And wheras I have Sold to my Son in Law William Coate my plantation, whereon I now dwell for Eight Hundred pounds Item I Give unto my Said Son Wm. Coate the Sum of. four Hundred pounds thereof he paying the Interest thereof for which he hath given me bonds and to my Son in Law John Brintnale the other four hundred pounds. And it is my will that after my Decease and my wife's that my Estate Shall be Equally Divided Between my two Sons in Law as aforesaid, And I do nominate and appoint my Said two Sons in Law John Brientnall and William Coate Executors of this my Last will and Testament And I doe Hereby Revoake and Dissanul all former and other Wills and Testaments by me Heretofore made making and ordaining this my Last will & Testament In wittness whereof I have hereunto Sett my hand and Seale This fifth day of the Eighth Month Comonly Called October and in the year of our Lord 1741 Signed Sealed published pronounced and Declared by the Said Hugh Sharp as his Last will and Testament in the presence of Peter Fearon Abrm Farrington Joshua Raperp 91Abraham Farrington and Joshua Raper Two of the witnesses to the within written will being of the People called Quakers on their Solemn affirmation which they took according to law did declare & affirm that they Saw Hugh Sharp the Testator therein named Sign & Seal the same & heard him publish pronounce & declare the within written Instrument to be his last will and Testament and that at the doing thereof the said Testator was of sound disposing mind memory and understanding so far as they know and as they Verily believe & that Peter Fearon the other witness was present and Signed his name as an evidence thereto together with these affirmants in presence of the saod Testator Abr" Farrington 1 Joshua Raper Affirmed at Burlington the Thirteenth Day of January A. D. 1742 before me Joseph Rose, Surrogate - Be it Remember'd that the last will and Testament of Hugh Sharp deceased having Been duly proved as abovesaid probate & letters Testamentary were granted by his Excellency Lewis Morris Esq' Governonr &c. unto Wm Coates &Jo* Brientnall the Executors therein named who being duly affirmed well & Truly to perform the Said will to Exhibit a True and perfect Inventory and render a Just accoount when thereunto lawfully required Given under y* prerogative Seal of Said province at Burlington the Second Day of March A. D. 1742


Not related to Thomas Sharp of Newton.

See “Sharp Family of Burlington” by Milton Rubicam.

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Hugh Sharp of Pennsbury, Bucks Co.'s Timeline

1668
June 3, 1668
Flore, Northamptonshire, England, United Kingdom
1705
1705
Mount Holly, Burlington County, New Jersey, United States
1707
1707
Burlington, New Jersey, USA
1742
January 13, 1742
Age 73
Willingboro, Burlington County, New Jersey, United States
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