John Sharples


Born: Abt 15 Aug 1624 in ?

Died: 11 Jun 1685 in Chester County, Province of Pennsylvania

Father: Geoffrey Sharples (? – 1661)

Mother: Margret Ashley (? – 1643/44)

Family #1

Spouse/Partner: Jane Moore (1638 – 1722)

Married: 27 Apr 1662 in ?

Child: Phebe Sharples (1663 – 1685)

Child: John Sharples (1666/67 – )

Child: Thomas Sharples (1668/69 – 1682)

Child: James Sharples (1670/71 – c. 1746)

Child: Caleb Sharples (1673 – 1686)

Child: Jane Sharples (1676 – 1685)

Child: Joseph Sharples (1678 – )


John was baptized in Wybunbury, Cheshire, England, and is always described in the Quaker registers as being of Haterton, a hamlet in the parish of Wybunbury, until his emigration to the Province of Pennsylvania.

John and his family, except for Thomas who died on the voyage, arrived in Chester on 14 Aug 1682, settling on a grand of land from William Penn, made 5 Apr 1682.

Change Date

This data was last changed on 26 Dec 2007, and is stored in datafile B.

Primary and Secondary Sources

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Genealogy of the Sharpless family
by Gilbert Cope; Philadelphia, 1887. [applies to name, birth, death, marriage, notes]
Passengers and Ships Prior to 1684
by Walter Lee Sheppard, Jr (editor); Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1970. [applies to name, notes]

Research Notes (source comments, unreliable information)

The family may have arrived aboard the ship "Friendship" out of Liverpool, England.

There exists a record of a trial in which several people, including John Sharples[s] and Richard Woodward, were accused of "...High Treason, in tumultuously assembling themselves in Moorfields, and other Places, under Colour of pulling down Bawdy Houses...". The trial was held in Middlesex County, England, in 1668. Richard was acquitted as were several others; I didn't notice a verdict explicitly for John, but it appears he was also acquitted. The rest were found guilty, but the language of lawyers hasn't changed much and the prose is complex. If this turns out to be the same John and/or Richard in this tree, I'll spend more time on it. This information from "A Complete Collection of State Trials and Proceedings for High Treason and Other Crimes and Misdemeanors from the Earliest Period to the Year 1783, with Notes and Other Illustrations", by T.B. Howell, Esq. F.R.S F.S.A., in 21 volumes (This is entry #227, p.879(?), in volume 6 -- 13-30 Charles II, 1661-1678. It was published in 1816.)