Maria Sharp Monier


Maria Sharp was born in July 1737. She was the last child born to the marriage of Thomas and Maria De Warran Sharp. She grew up in a barber's home in the second ward but lost her mother when she was twelve.

In 1763, she was past twenty-five when she married newcomer John Monier. Their marriage probably was childless. However, she seems to have remained closely connected to the siblings named as heirs in the will filed by her father in 1771.

Monier was a former British soldier who established a base along the road leading west out of Albany. Royalist ties enabled him to prosper as their Southside home was an Albany landmark. However, British connections placed his fortune in jeopardy as Monier eventually was imprisoned by the revolutionaries probably leaving Mary to fall back on the households of her sisters and n'er do well brother.

After the war, Monier was able to re-establish himself in Albany and eventually to open a lumberyard. He was dead or gone by 1799 when "Mary Monier" was listed several times on the city relief rolls.

Maria Sharp Monier may have died in February 1802 when "Jacobus Sharp's sister" was buried from the Dutch church.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Maria Sharp Monier is CAP biography number 7026. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

privately posted: 6/30/08