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Joseph Sharpe (1753 - 1842)

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Captain Joseph Sharpe
Born in Cecil County, Marylandmap
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Husband of — married 8 Jan 1778 [location unknown]
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Died in Iredell, North Carolina, United Statesmap
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Captain Joseph Sharpe served North Carolina during the American Revolution
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Joseph Sharpe was born on Nov 22, 1753 in Cecil County, Maryland. He died on Apr 15, 1842 in Iredell County, North Carolina.[1]

Spouse: Jean Sloan


  1. Sia Sharpe
  2. Levi (Sharpe) Sharp
  3. Azel Sharpe

Land Grants

Joseph Sharpe obtained the following State Land Grants in Rowan County before Iredell County was created in 1788 and in Iredell County after 1788[2]:

  • Joseph Sharpe, Rowan County, Entered in 1778, Issued in 1783, 320 acres, On the waters of Joshuas Branch of the South Yadkin, file no 1024, Type: Patent
  • Joseph Sharpe, Rowan County, Entered in 1778, issued in 1783, 320 acres, On the branches of Snow Creek, file 1052, Type: Patent
  • Joseph Sharpe, Rowan County, Entered in 1778, Issued 1783, 150 acres, On the branches of the South Yadkin near the Chestnut Spring, File 1185
  • Joseph Sharpe, Iredell County, Entered in 1778, Issued 1794, 200 acres, On the W. fork of Snow Creek above the mineral Spring, file 127, Type: Patent
  • Joseph Sharpe, Iredell County, Entered in 1799, issued in 1800, 29 acres, On S. side his old tract, file 345, Type: Patent
  • Joseph Sharpe, Iredell County, Entered in 1801, Issued in 1803, 150 acres, Beg. at a pine in a hollow, file 487, Type: Patent
  • Joseph Sharpe, Iredell County, Entered in 1804, Issued in 1809, 2255 acres, Joining Wilkes Co. line, file 616, Type: Patent

Military Service

Capt NC Militia Rev War, Rowan County Regiment, State of North Carolina, Iredell County[3]

On this twenty-second day of August 1832 personally appeared in open Court before the Court of Pleas & quarter sessions, now sitting, Joseph Sharpe a resident of the County of Iredell and State of North Carolina aged eighty years, who being duly sworn according to law doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress passed June 7th 1832. That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers & served as herein stated. That he first served in a Company commanded by Captain George Davidson which Company was one of four commanded by Colonel Alexander Martin. That such service commenced in the fall of 1775 but the day or month cannot now be recollected. That he enlisted in said Company as a private and a volunteer. They were mustered at Salisbury the County Seat of Rowan which then included the County of Iredell where he lived as well then as now. They were detained at this place about a month & then marched to Captain George Davidson in same County & after remaining there some short time directed to their course into South Carolina where they met with a large body of militia under the command of General Rutherford, Major Rutherford & General William Davidson. They marched to the neighborhood of Ninety Six where a number of Tories were assembled whom they defeated and dispersed upon which he returned with his company to Captain George Davidson's. That the Term of service for which he enlisted was 12 months and a half of the term he served himself as above; for the other half he hired a substitute. He next served in the Cherokee campaign in the Company of Captain Nichols under General Rutherford as commander in chief. They started on this expedition in the summer of 1776-- remained some time at Cathey's Fort on the Head of Catawba River – marched then into the Indian Country to the Overhill Towns which they destroyed & afterwards returned to their homes, after (as he thinks) a tour of four months though he is unable to state dates. He was a private and a volunteer & upon return was dismissed without a discharge. He next Served as volunteer in Captain David Caldwell's Company which was under the Command of Colonel Paisley of Guilford County in and during the winter of 1776 – they were marched to the vicinity of Camden in South Carolina & kept in Camp at Kershaw's Mills until the alarm on account of the Tories & British had somewhat subsided. He was a volunteer and served for the term of three months. He next served in Captain Sloan's Company, which was commanded by Colonel Francis Locke. In this company he held the Commission of Lieutenant which is annexed & marked No. 1 but which is in part destroyed – the Great Seal of the State together with a certificate which was tacked to it being torn off. He was a volunteer & entered this service in June 1780 when he with other militia assembled in Lincoln County N. C. to make head against the Tories – that they marched in various directions through the country, until they came up with and defeated a large body in a battle known by the name of Ramsour's after which he was dismissed, having served about 15 days. He next served under General William Davidson then Colonel in the regular service with Colonel Francis Locke commanded the detachment in which he had a Commission of Captain & commanded a company – said commission is annexed and marked No. 2 – he was called out on this service in July 1780 & marched to the mouth of Rocky River in Montgomery County N. C. against the Tories where an action took place & the Tories were dispersed – served about 10 days or more – He next volunteered as a private in a horse company commanded by Captain Reid & Col. William R. Davie, in the fall of 1780 after Gates defeat – that they were embodied in the vicinity of Charlotte N. C. to protect the adjacent Country against the attacks of the British & Tories & we were engaged in several skirmishes with them – he served at this time three months – He next served under Col. George Davidson & still held his Commission of Captain & acted as such in an expedition to Broad River against Colonel Ferguson previous to the Battle of King's Mountain-- he cannot recollect the date but was out about 15 days – He next served as Captain of a Company under Colonel Francis Locke. He was stationed at the Island Ford on the Catawba River to prevent the passage of Cornwallis's Army on their march north through the State – and after being there some days, he was ordered down to Beatties Ford on the same River – But the British had effected a passage before he reached there. He then with other militia retreated before them towards Salisbury. This tour lasted about 15 or 20 days. He next served as Captain of Company under General Pickens, Colonel Lee & Colonel Locke – was marched from Rowan to Orange County N. C. -- was engaged in two partial [?] actions, one with the British & the other with the Tories above; they were called the Battles of Alamance. He entered said service (as he thinks) in January 1781 & was dismissed in March following and he Served or was out about 48 days. He further states that the mode and times of the services in which he entered were very irregular & governed by circumstance – That he was uniformly a volunteer in every tour which he performed & was called upon on every occasion of alarm from the British & also the Tories who were numerous and active in the adjoining Counties. That on such occasions he was always ready either as an officer or a private on horse or foot to take the Field upon the summons of any officer who would assume command. These being so irregular -- & so frequent and each term so short that he never applied for or obtained any discharges -- & therefore has no proof of that kind to produce. He further knows of no evidence either of persons or documents except what is contained herein to establish his claim. He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present and declares that his name is not on the Pension Roll of the agency of any State.

Sworn to & subscribed the day & year aforesaid.

S/ A. Simonton, Clk.

S/ Joseph Sharpe

[fn p. 16] We Hugh Andrews, Andrew Carson and William Falls residing in Iredell County North Carolina hereby certify that we are well acquainted with Joseph Sharpe who has sworn to & subscribed the above declaration, that we believe him to be 80 years of age. That he is reputed & believed in the neighborhood where he resides to have been a soldier of the Revolution & that we concur in that opinion. The said Hugh Andrews further states that he was in service when & where the battle of Alamance, herein mentioned, took place & that he believes the statement of Joseph Sharpe of his services there is true & correct.

The said William Falls also states that he was present at the Battle of Ramsour's, was in the Cherokee campaign & at the Alamance and believes the statement of Joseph Sharpe of his services then & there to be true & correct. The said Andrew Carson further states that he was in the Cherokee Campaign & believes the statement of Josie Sharpe of his Services then & there to be true & correct.

Sworn to & subscribed the day & year above.

S/ Hugh Andrews

S/ Andrew Carson

S/ Wm Falls

[NC State Comptrollers Dept. certified the disbursements to a Capt. Joseph Sharp[sic] who served, among others, under Pickens]

[fn p. 7] State of North Carolina, Iredell County This day personally appeared Joseph Sharpe before me the Subscribing justice of the peace in and for the County aforesaid, and being Sworn in due form of law doth on his oath make the following additional declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the act of Congress passed the 7th of June 1832. He Deposeth and saith that by reason of old age and the consequent loss of memory he cannot swear positively as to the precise length of his service but to the best of his recollection he served not less than the periods mentioned below and in the following grades: In his first tour as mentioned in his declaration he Served a volunteer & a private in the foot (see his declaration) 6 months Second tour he was also a volunteer and a private in the foot 4 Third tour he was a private & volunteer in the foot fore 13.0 Fourth tour a volunteer lieutenant in the horse 15 [days] Fifth tour a volunteer Captain in the horse 10 [days] Sixth tour a volunteer as a private in the horse 3.00 [mos] Seventh tour a volunteer Captain in the horse 15 [days] Eighth tour a Captain in the horse 15 [days] Ninth tour a Captain in the horse 48 [days] 19.18 And for such Service he claims a pension Pri: 13 mos. Lieut. ½ mo pri 3 mo Capt. 1/3 do 2.18 2.28 He was born in the year 1753 Cecil County Maryland He has a record in a Bible taken from a record in his father's Bible. He was living when he was called into Service in what is now Iredell what was then Rowan County and has lived there ever since & now lives there. He was always a volunteer. He has Stated in his declaration the name of his officers. He also became acquainted with Colonel Washington of the horse. He has no recollection of ever receiving any written discharge. He refers to Andrew Carson, Hugh Andrews and William Falls. (Note: William Falls Pension S6834 and Andrew Carson PensionS8173)

S/ Joseph Sharpe

Sworn & Subscribed before me this 21st of June 1833

S/ J. Campbell, JP

Research Notes

There is a Joseph Sharpe, age 77, listed as a Revolutionary War Pensioner and Head of Household in the Iredell County, North Carolina Census of 1840.

Joseph Sharpe does not appear on the Map of the Fourth Creek Congregation that William Sharpe made in 1773.[4]


  1. #FG, #C1790, #C1800, #C1810, #C1820, #C1830, #C1840, #Pension, #Estate
  2. #Land
  3. #Pension, #SSAR, #PensionPay
  4. see Space:Fourth Creek Congregation
  • History of Joseph Sharpe, A Revolutionary Soldier, p. 3
  • Find A Grave: Memorial #63328363 Retrieved Sep 4, 2017.
  • Pension application of Joseph Sharpe S7482 fn36NC, American Revolution Pension Statements
  • "United States Census, 1790," database with images, FamilySearch (Link: accessed 4 September 2017), Joseph Sharpe, Iredell, North Carolina, United States; citing p. 396, NARA microfilm publication M637, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 7; FHL microfilm 568,147.
  • "United States Census, 1800," database with images, FamilySearch (Link: accessed 4 September 2017), Joseph Sharpe, Salisbury, Iredell, North Carolina, United States; citing p. 613, NARA microfilm publication M32, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 29; FHL microfilm 337,905.
  • "United States Census, 1810," database with images, FamilySearch (Link: accessed 4 September 2017), Joseph Sharpe, Iredell, North Carolina, United States; citing p. 177, NARA microfilm publication M252 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 40; FHL microfilm 337,913.
  • "United States Census, 1840," database with images, FamilySearch (Link: 20 August 2017), Joseph Sharpe, Iredell, North Carolina, United States; citing p. 186, NARA microfilm publication M704, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 363; FHL microfilm 18,094.
  • "North Carolina Estate Files, 1663-1979," database with images, FamilySearch (Link: 21 November 2016), Joseph Sharpe, 1843; citing Iredell, North Carolina, United States, State Archives, Raleigh; FHL microfilm.
  • "United States Revolutionary War Pension Payment Ledgers, 1818-1872," database with images, FamilySearch (Link: accessed 4 September 2017), Joseph Sharpe, 04 Mar 1831; citing North Carolina, United States, NARA microfilm publication T718 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1962), roll 8; FHL microfilm 1,319,388.
  • Revolutionary War Pension Application S7482 for Joseph Sharpe
  • SSAR
  • "Genealogical Society of Iredell County, Inc., NC Revolutionary Soldiers’ Graves – Iredell, Davie & Alexander Co., Iredell County Tracks, Fall 2006." See Part 1 and Part 2
  • The Heritage of Iredell County, NC Vol II - 2000, published by the Genealogical Society of Iredell County, PO Box 946, Statesville, North Carolina 29866, LC # 00-110956, 574 pages within, See also Space:The Heritage of Iredell County
  • See also Space:Iredell County Revolutionary Soldiers for a comprehensive list of Iredell Revolutionary War Veterans.
  • North Carolina Land Grants, Grant 407, Grant 435, Grant 568, Search, Grant 118, Grant 334, Grant 602


  • WikiTree profile Sharpe-412 created through the import of Moore-Martin_merged.GED on Feb 3, 2012 by Kirk Moore. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Kirk and others.
  • This person was created through the import of Walker_YoungPedigree(2).ged on 12 October 2010.

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