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Biography of Thomas Sharp

Thomas Sharp was a native of Ireland, but emigrated to America, and settled first in Pennsylvania, from whence he removed to Washington Co., Va. He was married twice, and by his first wife he had John, Thomas, Jr., and Benjamin. By his second wife he had but one child, David, who became a Methodist minister, and lived and died in Virginia. Thomas, Jr., settled in Kentucky. Benjamin was a soldier in the revolutionary war, and was in Colonel Campbell’s command at the battle of King’s Mountain. He married Hannah Fulkerson, of Virginia, and their children were James F.. John D., Polly C., Jacob L., Catharine E., Attosa P., Hannah D., Peter L , Elvira E., Malinda M., Margaret J., and Benjamin F. In 1816 Mr. Sharp removed to Missouri with all his family except John and Malinda, and settled in (now) Warren County, three miles east of Pinckney. When Montgomery County was organized in 1818, he was appointed Clerk of the County and Circuit Courts and held the position until the State was admitted into the Union. A small log cabin was built in his yard and used as a court house, until the County seat was located at Pinckney, which was named for his daughter, Atossa Pinckney Sharp. Mr. Sharp died at the old Roinstead in 1843; his wife died two years previous. Their son James married Catharine Neil. Polly C. married Jerry H. Neil. Jacob L married Harriet Vance. After the organization of the state government he bought the offices of County and Circuit Clerk from a man named Long who had been appointed by Gov. McNair....

Biographical Sketch of Frederick Griswold and Harvey Griswold

Harvey and Frederick Griswold, of Connecticut, were cousins. They emigrated to the West, and settled in (now) Warren County, Mo., at a very early date. Frederick married Rebecca Shobe, and opened the first store in Pinckney. They had no children. Harvey came to Missouri when he was only about sixteen years of age, and walked from St. Louis to Pinckney, carrying his wardrobe and all the property he possessed tied up in a cotton handkerchief. His cousin Frederick at first hired him to clerk in his store, but afterward bought a store at Marthasville, and sent him there to take charge of it. He subsequently purchased the store on his own account, and followed the mercantile business for many years, acquiring a comfortable fortune before his death. He married Mahala Shobe, a sister of Frederick Griswold’s wife, and they had sixteen children, only six of whom lived to be grown, viz: Rebecca, William, Sylvanus, Prudence, Angeline, and Frederick. Mr. Griswold owned the land on which the graves of Daniel Boone and his wife were situated, and he bitterly opposed the removal of the remains, but in vain. It was his intention to erect a monument over the graves, and otherwise beautify the last resting place of the old pioneer and his...

Biographical Sketch of Dr. Andrew Fourt

Dr. Andrew Fourt was born in Maryland in 1780. When he was fourteen years of age his parents removed to Kentucky, where, in 1807, he married Sarah Wyatt. In 1810 he came to Missouri with his wife and two children, on pack horses, and settled near Charrette village in (now) Warren County. When the Indian war began he joined Capt. Callaway’s company of rangers, and served twelve months. When Montgomery County was organized, Dr. Fourt was appointed one of the commissioners to locate the county seat, and Pinckney, near the Missouri river, was chosen as the place. The Doctor subsequently located there, and opened the first hotel in the place, which he kept three years, and then removed to the head of Pinckney Bottom, where he lived until his death, which occurred on the 27th day of November, 1852. He had eight children Emsley, John T., Peter W., Pullyan M., Elizabeth, Martha S., Sarah J., and Louisa. Six of the children married and raised...

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