Samuel Sharp

1827–after 1880 (Age 53)
Indiana, United States

The Life of Samuel

When Samuel Sharp was born in 1827, in Indiana, United States, his father, John 'Jackson' Elston Sharp, was 25 and his mother, Susannah Armstrong, was 28. He married Elizabeth Cowen on 20 June 1850, in Decatur, Indiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 daughters. He lived in Sand Creek Township, Decatur, Indiana, United States in 1850. He died after 1880, at the age of 54.

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Samuel Sharp
Elizabeth Cowen
Marriage: 20 June 1850
Mary E Sharp
Sarah J Sharp

Spouse and Children


    Elizabeth Cowen


20 June 1850
Decatur, Indiana, United States


    Mary E Sharp


    Sarah J Sharp


Parents and Siblings



    Isaac D Joshua Sharp



    Dau Sharp



    Ephraim Sharp


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World Events (8)

1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 3

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.
1836 · The Massive Internal Improvements Act

Age 9

The Massive Internal Improvements Act of 1836 loaned Indiana $10,000,000 to create infrastructure such as canals, railroads, and roads across the state. The act was signed by Whig Governor Noah Noble and passed by the Indiana General Assembly. However, the financial crisis known as the Panic of 1837 thwarted these plans as costs ballooned. Construction on the infrastructure was not completed and the state debt rapidly increased.

Age 19

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

Name Meaning

1 English: nickname from Middle English scharp ‘keen’, ‘active’, ‘quick’.2 Irish (County Donegal): Anglicized (part translated) form of Gaelic Ó Géaráin‘descendant of Géarán’, a byname from a diminutive of géar ‘sharp’.3 Americanized form of any of several European names with similar meaning, for example German Scharf .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Will S Sharp, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Samuel Sharp, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Samuel Sharp, "Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007"

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