Mary Donneway Sharp


Mary Donneway was born during the late 1740s. We seek information on her background and early life.

Probably in 1777, she became the wife of widower Peter Sharp, whose last child from his first marriage had been baptized in December 1776. Mary's first child with Sharp was christened at the Albany Dutch church in October 1778. Her marriage produced at least two more children.

Her husband was a prominent carpenter and resident of the North End of Albany. In 1800, their third ward household included only a young boy and a man and a woman - both born before 1756.

Peter Sharp died in 1813 at the age of seventy-eight. After that, the "widow Mary Sharp" was listed in the city directory at the corner of North Market and Orange (23 Orange Street) at least until 1820.

Mary Donneway Sharp died on April 19, 1821 and was buried in the Presbyterian cemetery plot. Her age at death was noted as seventy-five years.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Mary Donneway Sharp is CAP biography number 7009. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

opened: 7/10/08; posted 10/20/08