Because of the record destruction during the wars in Stafford County, Virginia we have been deprived of the information to track Thomas Sharpe and his children.However, by carefully examining what information is available we can reconstruct most of this family.
John Sharpe of Northumberland County married Mary Linsfield and had three children – John, Linsfield, and Mary.Mary Linsfield Sharpe was widowed and married Thomas Knight.
We know the children of Linsfield from his will left in King George County.The oldest was Thomas Sharpe Sr. who had a daughter named Elizabeth who was born about 1745 who married Benjamin Weeks in King George County around 1765.
Mary Sharpe married Benjamin Parks and moved to North Carolina and and some of the family moved into North Georgia.
John Sharpe another child of John Sharpe and Mary Linsfield was born in Northumberland and moved to Richmond County along with Linsfield and Mary.Richmond was later divided to form King George County.King George was divided about 1776 and the part that contained John and Linsfield was included in Stafford County.
This John Sharpe mentioned above had only one son mentioned in the records of King George County.This son was named Thomas Sharpe and referred to as Thomas Sharpe Jr. to distinguish him from his first cousin Thomas Sharpe, son of Thomas, who was the eldest son of Linsfield Sharpe and Francis.This son was referred to as Thomas Sharpe Sr.
We know from a deposition that this Thomas Jr was born in 1721 and would have been around 62 years old when our tax list transcriptions begin.Also by 1774 he appeared to have been widowed when he took a mortgage from John Bland Company in London.
Finally, he appeared to have married a Nugent.Nugent researchers have assumed that Francis, wife of Linsfield Sr was a Nugent.This was based on incorrectly assuming that Capt Linsfield Sharpe of Fauquier was the son of Linsfield and Francis.As previous post have shown, the Linsfield, son of Linsfield and Francis, died in Stafford County around 1800.As we will show in this post, Capt Linsfield Sharpe of Fauquier was the son of Thomas Sharpe Jr. of King George County.
Now that I have set the background up we can pause for a short lesson in genealogy.Many of us have been thrown off track at one time or another by the Senior/Junior designation.I have seen many family histories confused and mistaken because they fail to understand that Junior was not necessarily the son of Senior.It was simply one of many mechanisms used by County officials to identify two people with the same name living in the same county.Thus we have John Sharpe Sr and his nephew John Sharpe Jr and of course Thomas Sharpe Sr., first cousin of Thomas Sharpe Jr.
Now with the background and notes out of the way we can begin constructing this family.Although there are many more members to talk about we will deal mainly with Thomas Jr. of King George County who became Thomas Sr. of Stafford County after his cousin Thomas left King George County and moved to Fauquier County.
I had used the information from the book “Stafford County Virginia Totals 1723-1790” (a two volume set by John Vogt and T. William Kethley, Jr) to determine that Thomas Jr of King George was listed as Thomas Sr. of Stafford. I am attaching the information from those lists.I reviewed the disk from Binns Genealogy of the tax rolls from 1783 to 1813 to get the rest.I will review each year to sort out the Sharpes of Stafford County.
________________________________________________________________________Transcribed by Jim Maddox
(2) Indicates there were two tithables - The landowner and 1 other.
Note:I did not follow the non-Sharpes through each year.Just tried to show their presence at appropriate times.
Also, only noted a couple of Simpsons, Beasleys.The Fants and Abbotts are also listed but not included here.
There were usually two separate tax list for each year and designated roll A or roll B.
Only some years had date listed which gives us an idea of proximity.If two different people were listed on the same date it was a good clue that they were close neighbors.
Finally, the taxable ages changed.Some years listed a white taxable at age 16 and other years listed 21 years.
Stafford County Virginia Tithables 1723-1790
Quit Rents, Personal Property Taxes & related lists and petitions
Volumes One and Two
John Vogt & T. William Kethley, Jr
Stafford County, Va personal property tax list - 1783
(Whites of 21, whites of 16, servans to 21, negro tithes, young negroes, cattle, horses, tit
The Sharpe with no first name listed with a total of 2 tithes over 21 appears to be Linsfield Sharpe.The Thomas Sharpe with 2 tithes over 21 is most likely Thomas Sr as he appears to have a sizeable amount of property.Remember, this is now Thomas Sr. who was previously Thomas Jr. when living in King George county and the son of John Sharpe, who was in turn the son of John and Mary Linsfield.
Stafford Co., Va. personal property Tax List 1784
(White tithes 21+, Negroes, Horses, Cattle, Wheels)
Returned by Morson
Again, we have Thomas Sr. and two sons over 21.
List of Whites, dwelling & out houses in Stafford County 1785
Lincfield Sharpe - 2 in family 1 dwelling house
Thomas Sharpe - 5 in family1 dwelling house
Thomas Sharpe Jr - 6 in family 1 dwelling house
Revenue Tax List for 1786 Stafford County
(White Males 21+,White males 16+, Slaves 16+, hourses, cattle, Wheels, other)
This is not a tax list as earlier and later ones are.It listed the total number of people in house.
We now see Thomas Jr, the son of Thomas Sr (Thomas Jr of King George County
Revenue Tax List for 1786 Stafford County
(White Males 21+,White males 16+, Slaves 16+, hourses, cattle, Wheels, other)
Again we apparently have Linsfield and Thomas Sharpe Sr.I had the chance to review these original tax records and I can see why Thomas Jr may have not been picked up.
Date (White Males over 21, white males 16-21, blacks 16+, Blacks 16-, horses, Cows
A List of Taxable Property Within the District of William Alexander, Commissioner in the County of Stafford for the year 1787
March 22Thomas Sharpe Sr.-4322
March 22Thomas Sharpe Jr.-112
April 2Linsfield Sharp
April 9Thomas Weeks---24
March 25General George Washington-744(23)
This is interesting since it gives the dates so that we can see the approximate vicinity of each one listed.Also important since it now shows John Sharpe, the Son of Thomas Sr. and William Sharpe, the son of Linsfield Sharpe.Remember that this Linsfield is the son of Linsfield, the son of John Sharpe and Mary Linsfield.This Linsfield was referred to as “Linsfield Sharpe, the younger” in a later deed document.This Linsfield was the co-executor of his father Linsfield Sharpe of King George County.
A list of taxable property within the district of William Alexander, Commissioner Stafford County, year 1788, Returned as P. vouchers
April 3Sharpe, Thomass Senr.-2411
April 3Sharpe, Thomas Jr.-11-2
April 5Sharpe, Linsfield-2727
A List of the taxable property within the district of Wm Mountjoy, commissioner in the county of Stafford for the year 1789
(Date, Person Charageable with tax, white males 16+, blacks 16+, blacks 12+)
A List of the taxable property within the district of William Alexander, Commissioner in the county of Stafford for the year 1789
April 11Sharp. Linsfield2825
April 11Sharp, Thomas35-3
A List of the Taxable property within the district of Wm Alexander, commissioner in the county of Stafford for the year 1790
April 12Sharpe, Linsfield2725
May 1Sharpe, Thomas Jr3413
Again because we don’t see a name listed does not mean he wasn’t there at the time.I challenge any one to accurately transcribe one of these hard to read tax lists.
Petition to the House of Delegaes to fix the court seat near the center of thecounty.24 May 1779
Lincfield Sharp (This would be Linsfield the younger, son of Linsfield and Frances)
Thomas Sharp (Since his name appears next to Linsfield above guess that this is Thomas Sr/Jr of KG)
William Sharpe(Appears to be son of Linsfield the younger)
Thomas Sharpe (must be Thomas Sr. son of Linsfield the Elder)
Robert Sharpe (Since name appears next to Thomas above it may well be a son of Thomas Sr of KG)
Benjamin Sharpe (Appears to be the son of Linsfield the Elder of KG)
John Sharp (To young to be son of Thomas Sr/Jr of Stafford)
Laurence Washington (Either father or brother of President Washington)
This ends the two volume works I referenced at the beginning.
This next tax list is from “Binns Genealogy, Stafford County, Va – 1783-1813 Personal Property tax list”.
I spent many hours carefully transcribing the information and then re-checking it.Some years will overlap the information above.If there is a conflict then I would favor my information since I only dealt with Sharpe related info and was much more interested in the accuracy of what I copied.
1783 Thomas Sharp (2) ? Sharpe (2)
1784 Thomas Ballard, Thomas Sharpe (2), Lyn Sharpe
1785Thomas Ballard (Tithables now 21 and over and 16 and over Thomas Sharpe
Thomas Sharpe Jr (1), Lyn Sharpe
1786 John Oliver (2), Linsfield Sharpe (2), Thomas Sharpe (3)
1787 B - John Oliver and John Oliver Jr (listed together) on March 22, Thomas
Thomas Ballard and William Ballard listed together on April 4,
Thomas Sharpe Sr (4 including John listed as 21+)
listed together on March 22, Thomas Sharpe Jr. March 22, Linsfield Sharpe
listed with William Sharpe on April 2., General George Washington listed on
Mar 26, Thomas Weeks on April 11. John Simpson April 6.
1788 A - John Oliver Sr (2) on March 27, Thomas Ballard, William Ballard on April5, Thomas Sharpe Sr. (2) and Thomas Sharpe Jr on April 5.John Simpsonon May 14, Phillip Beasley on April 24.Roll B - No Sharpes
1789 B - Thomas Ballard on April 10, William Ballard on May 2, Linsfield Sharpe 2,
Thomas Sharpe (3) on April 11, Phillip Beasley on March 30.Roll A – None
1790B - Linsfield Sharpe (2) on April 12, Thomas Sharpe (2) on May 1, Thomas
Sharpe Jr on May 1, Thomas Ballard (2). John Simpson on July 16. Roll A-No
1791B no.Roll A - Thomas Ballard (2) on May 18, Thomas Sharpe (3) on May 18,
Linsfield Sharpe (2) on May 19, Thomas Sharpe Jr on May 19
1792B William Ballard, Thomas Ballard on April 7, John Nelson, Thomas Sharpe
Sr.Thomas Sharpe Jr, each on May 24th and with only (1) tithes each, Lewis
Sharpe on June 25, Linsfield Sharpe (2) on June 30.Roll A - No Sharpes
Note that we now see Lewis Sharpe break out of the pack.Lewis would go on to Culpeper County Marries Nancy Hume in Culpeper and eventually end up settling in Missouri.
1793B Thomas Sharpe Sr. (2) on March 27, Thomas Sharpe Jr on March 27,
, Linsfield Sharpe (2) on May 18, John Nelson, on April 10.Roll A - No Sharpe
Note that this is the last time we see Thomas Sharpe Sr (Jr of King George.In an item entered in
“Brittish Merantile Claims” he was deceased around this time and had left sons in the county
surviving him.These would be Thomas and John, I presume.
1794BThomas Ballard, William Ballard, Linsfield Sharpe (2), March 15,
, John Sharpe, May 30, Thomas Sharpe (2), May 30.Roll A - No Sharpes
1795BLewis Sharpe on August 26, John Sharpe on March 21, John Sharp
Thomas Sharpe (2) Linsfield Sharpe (2) on March 21.Roll A - No Sharpes
1796BJohn Sharpe on May 28, Thomas Sharpe (2 adults) on May 28th, Lincefield on
May 28th, Lewis Sharpe on September 22.Roll A - No Sharpes found.
1797BJohn Sharpe on March 18, Thomas Sharpe (2 Adults) on March 18th,
Linsfield (2 Adults) on March 18.Roll A - No Sharpes found
1798BThomas Ballard on May 18th, Linsfield (2 adults) on March 17,
Thomas Sharpe (2 Adults) on March 17th, John Sharpe on March 17
1799BThomas Ballard on March 21, John Sharpe on July 8th.
Thomas Sharpe on March 16, LincefieldSharpe (2 adults) on March 23)
Roll A - No Sharpes
1800B Thomas Sharpe (2 adult males), Lincefield Sharpe(2 Adult males).
Roll A – No Sharpes
1801B Thomas Sharpe (3 adult males), John Sharpe, William Sharpe.Roll A - No
1802B Thomas Sharpe (3 adult males), John Sharpe, William Sharpe.Roll A - No
1803B Thomas Sharpe, John Sharpe, and William Sharpe Roll A - No Sharpes
1804B Thomas Sharpe (shows a total of 3 adult malesDifficult to read and may
be others.Roll A - Thomas (2 adult males), John Sharpe and William Sharpe
1805B No Sharpes - Roll B - Thomas Sharpe, John Sharpe, William Sharpe Sr.,
William Sharpe Jr.(All listed on the same census day of March 26
which indicates they were neighbors).Note:In this year William Sharpe is
referred to as “Sr.”Most likely to distinguish him from his father William.
1806B William Sharpe, William for the estate of Linsfield Sharpe Sharpe.Roll A -
Thomas Sharpe, John Sharpe, Benjamin Sharpe.Note that Linsfield “the younger”
appears in 1800 for the last time.He died in 1801 as other info indicates.Also we see the
appearance of Benjamin, another son of Thomas.
1807B James Sharpe, William Sharpe, John Sharpe, Thomas Sharpe - Roll A - No
Sharpes.Note the first appearance of Thomas’s son James.
1808 No tax list for this year.
1809B James Sharpe, William Sharpe, John Sharpe, Thomas Sharpe - Roll A - No
1810B William Sharpe Sr., William Sharpe Jr.Roll B No Sharpes
Note that Thomas and his sons Benjamin and James have moved to Scott County, Kentucky.
Also note that Thomas’s brother John has moved here as well.His also has sons not named
above.One of those sons would be Linsfield.
1811 A and B - No Sharpes listed.None appear in 1812 and 1813.William Sr. and Jr.
have moved and settle in Jessamine County, Kentucky.
Sorry for the long winded posting but since little is known of this family and many are having problems putting it all together.I hope soon to post information on the families in Fayette and Pendleton, and Fauquier counties.I have accumulated much information on the families and would love to work with anyone who is willing to put real effort into researching them.I can be contacted at email@example.com.