Thomas A. Sharp


THOMAS A. SHARP, a prominent liveryman and undertaker, of Steubenville, was born in Washington county, Penn., May 14, 1829. His parents, John F. and Narcissa (Atkinson) Sharp, were born, the former in Washington county, Penn., February 29, 1801 and the latter in Brooke county, W. Va., in about 1806. His father was the son of John and Mary (Freeman) Sharp, the former a native of Maryland and the latter a native of Pennsylvania. John Sharp was one of the early settlers of Washington county, Penn. He raised a large family of children in that county, only one of whom now survives. The mother of our subject was the daughter of THomas Atkinson, a native of Brooke county, W. Va. She was the first wife of John F. Sharp, and had seven children, of whom three sons and two daughters are now living. She died about 1848 after which the father married Maria Price, of Perry county, Ohio, who bore to him three daughters, who, with their mother, survive. John F. Sharp was a farmer by occupation and was one of the most extensive freeholders of Washington county, Penn., owning at the time of his death 800 acres in that county, besides 400 in Owen county, Ind. He died in December, 1887. The subject of this sketch was reared on the farm and on reaching maturity he adopted the vocation of a farmer, and he was so occupied until 1886. He was married May 3, 1855 to Olivia Walker, who was born in Washington county, Penn., March 22, 1830, daughter of James and Elizabeth (Graham) Walker. The Walker family was one of the oldest of Washington county. In 1872 Mr. Sharp removed to Hancock county, W. Va., and in November, 1886, he located in Steubenville, where he has since resided. Since December, 1887, he has owned and conducted the City Livery barn, which is the largest establishment of the kind in the city. In connection with it he is also carrying on an extensive undertaking business. Mr. and Mrs. Sharp have six children: Laura, James W., Joseph G., Alexander E., George V. and Lizzie L. The parents and two daughters are members of the First Presbyterian church of Steubenville. In politics Mr. Sharp is a republican. He is an upright man, and as a citizen, he stands very high.

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