Thomas Sharp


Thomas Sharp (sometimes Sharpe) was born during the 1690s. Perhaps he was the son of a same-named individual who was a gunner at the fort in Albany in 1696.

In November 1720, this Thomas married Maria De Warran at the Albany Dutch church. By 1737, the marriage had produced at least six children. Some of them were christened at the Dutch church but he was a member of St. Peter's Anglican church. His wife died in November 1748 but he does not have appeared to have re-married. After his wife's passing, he lived with his daughters and remained active in St. Peter's affairs into the 1770s.

In 1719, he was appointed constable for the second ward. The next year, he was named high constable. In 1724, he served as firemaster. In 1748, he was named constable but this time for the first ward. In 1741, he witnessed the will of a first ward neighbor.

In July 1754, he was called a "wig maker" in the will filed by a neighbor. In 1756, he was identified as a barber on a census of householders taken by the British army. In 1742 and 1763, his name appeared on lists of Albany freeholders. During the 1760s, his Albany property was valued moderately on city assessment rolls.

Thomas Sharp filed a will in March 1771. It left his real estate, negroes, and other property to his three surviving daughters. He died in January 1773 and was buried from St. Peter's. The will passed probate in October.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Thomas Sharp is CAP biography number 7016. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 6/15/08