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Progressive Men of Western Colorado

This manuscript in it’s basic form is a volume of 948 biographies of prominent men and women, all leading citizens of Western Colorado. Western Colorado in this case covers the counties of: Archuleta, Chaffee, Delta, Eagle, Garfield, Gunnison, Hinsdale, La Plata, Lake, Mesa, Mineral, Moffat, Montezuma, Montrose, Ouray, Pitkin, Rio Blanco, Routt, San Juan, and San Miguel.

Biography of Captain William Sharpe

Captain William Sharpe was born on the 13th of December, 1742, and was the eldest son of Thomas Sharpe, of Cecil county, Maryland. At the age of twenty-one he came to North Carolina and settled in Mecklenburg county, where he married a daughter of David Reese, one of the signers of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. He was a lawyer by profession and had a large practice. Soon after his marriage he moved to the western part of Rowan county (now Iredell) and took an active and decided stand for liberty. The Journal of the “Committee of Safety” for Rowan county, from 1774 to 1776, presents a noble record of his activity and influence. He was a member from Rowan county to the Provincial Congress which met at Newbern in April, 1775; and also of the Congress at Hillsboro, in August, 1775. In November, 1776, he was a member of the Convention at Halifax which formed our first State Constitution. He acted as aid to General Rutherford in his campaign against the Cherokee Indians in 1776. In 1777 he was appointed with Waightstill Avery, Joseph Winston and Robert Laneer to form a treaty with the same tribe of Indians. In 1779 he was appointed a member of the Continental Congress at Philadelphia, and served until 1782. He died in July, 1818, in the 77th year of his age, leaving a widow and twelve children. Two of his sons, William and Thomas, were in the battle at Ramsour’s Mill,–the former commanding a company with distinguished bravery, and, near the close of the action, shot down one of the Tory captains...

Silas A. Sharpe

Sergt. 1st Class, Med. Co., 104th San. Tr., 29th Div.; of Iredell County; son of John M. and Mrs. Carrie Mott Sharpe. Husband of Mrs. Ethel Blackmer Sharpe. Entered service June 18, 1916. Sent to Camp Stuart, Va., transferred to Camp Greenleaf, Ga., then to Camp McClellan, Ala. Sailed for France July 5, 1918. Fought at Alsace Sector defensive, Meuse-Argonne. Served on Mexican border nine months. Returned to USA May 20, 1919. Mustered out at Camp Meade, Md., June 5,...

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