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Thomas Sharp, Quaker, Newton, New Jersey, 1681

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Haverford College; Haverford, Pennsylvania; Minutes, 1644-1845; Collection: Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Minutes Title: Haddonfield Monthly Meeting Minutes, 1644-1845

This document does not appear to be a contemporaneous register. Rather a compilation of the records from the three meeting houses that formed 'the now meeting house in Haddonfield' The first pages contain the Thomas Sharp narrative and are followed by the birth and burial entries for his family.

Each family page is divided into 2 columns, the first births, the second burials. Burials are placed adjacent to the relevant birth record.

Transcription by Helen Ford from image on Ancestry.co.uk. April 2019

Birth records

Elizabeth Sharp was born ye 2d of the 9th mo at one quarter of an hower after one off the clock In ye afternoon being ye fourth day of the week in the year 1687
Thomas Sharp born ye 23 day of ye 7th mo att one of the Clock in ye afternoon itt being Ye 2nd day off the week In ye year 1689
Sam'll Sharp born ye 21st day off ye 5th mo att the ninth hower in the morning it being the 3d day of the week in the year 1691
Mary Sharp was born ye 10th day of the first in [at the] 46 minutes after eleven in ye morning upon the sixth day off the week it being in the year 1692
Martha Sharp borne ye 22 day of the 11th mo at ye 8 howr in the morning it being ye 3rd day of ye week in ye year 1694
Sarah Sharp Born ye 9th day off ye 10th mo at one off the clock in the afternoon upon ye fourth day of the week in ye year 1696
Joseph Sharp born the 22th off the 12th mo att 20 m after 9 in ye morning upon ye 4 th day off ye week In the year 1698
The above children by Thomas and Sarah Sharp And Againge Marryed Elizabeth Winn And by her had
John Sharp who was born the 9th day of ye first month half an hower past 10 off the clock at night being the fith day of the week Att nightt in ye yeare 1703
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Elizabeth Sharp dau off Samll Sharp was born the twenty first day of the third month att two of the Clock in ye morning being the fifth day of the week Anno Domini 1719
Thomas Sharp son of Samll and Martha Sharp was born the seventh day of Twelth month att the third hour in the night the third day of the week att night Anno Domini 1720

burial records

Martha Sharp departed this liffe the [10th?] day of the 8th m 1716 & was buryed in the Friends burying place att Newton (note this record is in the burial column adjacent to the birth of Martha in 1694)
Sarah Sharp wiffe off Thomas Sharp departed this life ye 2d day of ye 9th mo 1699 & was buryed at Newton
Elizabeth Sharp wife off sd Thomas departed this life ye first[?}day of the eight mo 1709 & was buryed at Newton
Katherine Sharp wife off the sd Thomas Sharp departe this liffe the 28th day off the 9th mo in ye year 1720 And was buryed at Newton

Narrative of Thomas Sharp

This narrative appears at the start of the 'minute book' and immediately before the list of births and burials for the Sharp family. (The text is

Lett it be Remembred it having wrought upon ye minds
of somm friends that dwelling in Ireland,but such as formerly calme thither ff[ ]
England and a pressure having laide upon them for som years which
they could not gett from under the weight off,
untill they gave up to leave their friends & pretations there Together with a comfortable
subsistance, To transport themselves & families unto this wilderness
part of America and thereby expois themselves to difficulties [whi]
if they could have been [eary?] where they were In all probabillity
might never have been well with, and in order thereunto sent
from Dublin in Ireland to one Thomas Lurtin a friend of [Londo]
Commander of a Pink who accordingly came and made an agrrem'
with him to transport them & their famelys into New Jersey
Viz Mark Newby & Famely, Thomas Thackera & famely, Will'
Bate & famely, George Goldsmith an old man & Thomas Sha[rp?]
a young man but no famelyes and whilest the ship abode
in Dublin Harbour provideing for the voyage Tho: Lurtin
was takon so ill that he could not perform ye same so that[ ___}
mate John Dagger undertook it And upon the nineteenth day
of September In the year off our Lord one Thousand Six
hundred & eighty one we sett saile from the place afores'd
And through the good providence off God towards us we [arr__]
at Elsinburg in the County of Salem upon the nineteenth day
of November following where we were well entertained at the
house of the Thomsons who came from Ireland about four [ye__]
before who by their industry were arived to a very good degree[?]
of living & from thence we went to Salem where [__] [____]
it were vacant off persons who had left the town to settle in ye county.
Which served to accommodate them for ye winter and having thus settled
down their famelyes and the winter prooving moderate we at Wickacoa
among us purchased a boate off the Swansons and so went to Burlington
to the commisioners off whome we obtained a warrant to ye surve'r [Govm't?]
which then was Daniell [Leeds?] and after som considerable search to
and fro In that then that was called the third or Irish [tenth?] we
at last pitch upon the place now called Newton, which was before
the settlement of Phildephia and then applyed to sd survey'r who
came and laide it out for us and the next Spring being the beginning
of the year 1682 we all remooved fro Salem together with
Robert Zane that had been settled there who came f--- Ireland
along with the Thomsons before himtoo and having an expectasion
of our coming only bought a lott in Salem Town upon which
he seated himself untill our coming whose propeyetery rights &[ours?]
being of the same nature could not then take it up in [Sonwick ]
[tenth?], and so began our settlement and although at times we were
pretty hard hertead having all our provisions as far as Salem to fetch
by water, yett through ye mercy & kindness of God we were preserved in
health and from any exhedin difficulties And immediatly there was
meeting sett up & keptt at the house off Mark Newby & in a short
time it grew & increased into which William Cooper & famely
that lived at the [ Poynle Prosected???] and sometimes the meeting was
keptt at his house :who had been settled sometime before ;Zeale
And fervency of Spiritt was what in som good degree at that
time abounded among friends. In Comemoration of our
prosperous sucsess & eminent preservation boath in our coming ov'
the the Great Deep as allso that whereas we were but few at that
time and the Indians many whereby it putt a [proud?] upon our
Spirritts considering they were a savage [salvage?] people,but ye Lord
that hath the hearts off all in his hands turned them so as to be
servicable unto us and very loveing & kind which cannot be
otherwise accounted butt to be the Lords doeings in our favour
which we had cause to praise his name for And the Rising
Genneration may consider that the settlement off this country
was directed by an impulse upon the Spirits of Gods [Peop]
nott so much for their ease and tranquillity but weather
for the posterrity yt should be after and that ye wilderness
being planted with a good seed might grow & increase to the
sattisfaction of the good husbandman Butt instead [thees?]
iff for [whoatt?] itt should bring forth tares the end of the
good husbandman will be frustrate & they themselves will suffer
loss; This narration I have thought good & requisite to leave behind
as having had knowledge off things from the begining Thos: Strange

[ words in brackets incomplete, or uncertain: several letters are lost at the end of lines, ]

Compare the first part of this narration with that cited in Clement John, Sketches of the first emigrant settlers in Newton Township, old Gloucester County, West Jersey This account was copied from a document in the office of the Secretary of State at Trenton New Jersey and written by Thomas Sharp in 1718. https://archive.org/details/sketchesoffirst00clem/page/24

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