Benjamin M. Sharp


BENJAMIN M. SHARP, a pioneer liveryman of Steubenville, Ohio, was born in Fayette county, Penn., July 15, 1821. He was the son of Levi and Elizabeth (Freeman) Sharp, both of whom were natives of Sussex county, N. J. His father was the son of Henry and Mary (Morgan) Sharp, the latter of whom was a sister of General Daniel Morgan. His mtoher was the daughter of Edmund Freeman. All his grandparetns were natives of New Jersey. The Sharp and Morgan families originally came from Scotland, and the Freeman family from Germany. The father and mother of our subject were married in Fayette county, Penn., in about 1810. They had a family of seven children, of whom four were older than the subject of this sketch. Three of the seven were sons. All are now dead except the subject of this sketch. He had a twin brother, whose name was Daniel Morgan Sharp, who died in April, 1881. The mother of Mr. Sharp died in April, 1831 and his father died in 1834. Both died in Brown county, Ohio, whither they removed from Fayette county, Penn., in the spring of 1824. After his mother died our subject and his twin brother went to live with their uncle, John Sharp, of Washington county, Penn. He remained with him until he was in his fifteenth year. December 2, 1835, he came to Steubenville, Ohio, and here he served an apprenticeship of five years and one month at the tailor's trade. After his trade was finished he engaged in a tailoring business for himself, and conducted a business of that kind in Steubenville until January 27, 1850. He then engaged in the livery business, and he has followed it ever since, being at the present time not only the oldest, but one of the leading livery men in Steubenville. For the past three years he has also been engaged in the undertaking business. Mr. Sharp was married July 15, 1841, to Eliza O'Neal, who died July 9, 1849, leaving four children: Frances E., Morgan H., Emma and Eliza, of whom the latter two are dead. January 27, 1852, Mr. Sharp was married to Nancy D. McCracken, who is still living and who has borne to him seven children, two of whom died in infancy. The other five are: Nancy, John, Benjamin L., Mary and Jennie, of whom John died aged about one year. In politics Mr. Sharp is a devoted member of the republican party. He has served as sheriff of Jefferson county two terms, having been elected in the fall of 1881, and re-elected in the fall of 1883. Mr. Sharp has an extensive acquaintance, and there is probably not a man in Jefferson county that is more widely or more favorably known.

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