Re: Sugaw Creek data about Jemima Sharp / Sharpe includes Robert McKee burial
Jo-Ellen, you're welcome.As with politicians, I have a motive of course;the MCKEE surname is not often brought to the light of the internet and I hate to miss any chance to post the MCKEE surname.I am certain thatROBERT MCKEE who is buried at Sugawis father or uncle to one of the AMBROSE MCKEE who was all over the general vicinity in the same era.
You asked if there were other SHARPE / SHARP mentioned in the FOOTE manuscript.The book is searchable and came up for me on google search some time back.It is an awesome source of history for the whole early east coast and most especially the Carolinas.The following is the only other SHARP but there are many, many surnames in the manuscript.If you are looking for details this book has many good items.
The disclaimer is the same as on the previous message:
Graham and Hunter were both spectators of the convention in Charlotte,--Hunter, six days past his twentieth birthday,--Graham yet sixteen. Both saw much service in the war that followed; after the peace Hunter served his country as a faithful minister of the gospel, and Graham, as a high-minded, noble-spirited citizen, a sheriff, a military officer, a magistrate, and in the latter part of his life, an elder in the Presbyterian church. Both were of that race from the north of Ireland, familiarly called Scotch-Irish, whose emigrant families filled the country tracked by the bloodshed and ravages of the invading army under Cornwallis; and poured forth soldiers for the contest for freedom of opinion and personal liberty as brave as their descendants have been fortunate in winning the honors of their fellow citizens. Hunter was brought from Ireland when a boy; Graham was born in Pennsylvania; both grew to years of manhood in Mecklenburg county, North Carolina; both were deprived of their father in early life, and both were trained by a widowed mother. What widows there were in Carolina! Widow Graham, Widow Hunter, Widow Brevard, Widow Flinn, and Widow Sharpe. Joseph Graham was born in Pennsylvania, October 3d, 1759, and at about the age of seven years was settled in Carolina with his widowed mother, who brought her five children to the neighborhood of Charlotte. His coming to Mecklenburg was not far from the time of the birth of ANDREW JACKSON, since General and President of the United States, which took place March 15th, 1757, on the Waxhaw in South Carolina, about thirty miles from Charlotte. Jackson, like
Hunter and Graham, was early bereaved of his father; and to this was soon added the irreparable loss of his mother, who, emigrating from the north of Ireland, with the characteristic attachment to liberty, was made a sacrifice to the independence of the United States, dying a victim to the hardships of the war.
Mr. Graham was accustomed to labor from his childhood. As his frame was inured to hardships, his mind was not left uncultivated. He had for a time the benefit of the instruction given in the flourishing academy in Charlotte, afterwards known as Queen's Museum, and subsequently as Liberty Hall, the nursery of independent youth in noble sentiments.
In the month of May, 1778, in his nineteenth year, we find him an officer in the company of Captain Gooden, of the 4th regiment of North Carolina regular troops, under the command of Colonel Archibald Lytle, marching to the rendezvous at Bladensburg, in Maryland. In Caswell county the regiment met the news of the battle of Monmouth, and the consequent retreat of the British forces to New York; and proceeded no farther. Mr. Graham returned home on furlough, and spent the summer on his mother's farm.