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Nathan Sharp

Image and transcription contributed by Judy Simpson on 11 June 2004
The Western Star, dated 3 August 1849 (obtained from the Ohio Historical Society, microfilm roll # 19249)
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Death of Nathan Sharp.

This gentleman, well known in former years as an influential member of the Shaker Society at Union Village and their chief financial agent for a long period, died at his residence in this place on Sunday evening, last, after a protracted and painful illness. He was in the 64th year of his age. Sharp was a man of great ___gy of character and possessed a sound, discriminating judgment, superadded to a certain shrewdness which rendered him so adept in trade and business.

He united with the Shaker Society in the year 1806, and was installed into office as a secondary or assistant Trustee with Pease and Wallace in January, 1812. After Pease returned home to the Society in New York, and Wallace decamped with a large amount of the Society’s funds, Sharp succeeded in the principal Trusteeship and remained vested with the powers attendant on that office until September, 1835, when a rupture took place, and he left the Society. A member of the Society, who knew him well, in a private note to us, pays the following compliment to Sharp:—“Notwithstanding the sin of avarice, together with his general worldly-mindedness, led him from the path of rectitude, he seemed still to possess or retain some redeeming qualities. We have never heard of him slandering the Society as others have done, and in the late suit brought against them, known as the “Worley Suit,” he gave in a deposition free from bias and creditable to himself and the managers and to the Society in general. But whether his faults may have been few or many, it is unimportant now to state, since he has gone to appear before that Judge, where all living will shortly be summoned, who “will reward every man according as his work shall be,” Rev. 22:12.

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