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Elias Sharpe/Mary Proctor/John Parks/Mary Sharp – Part 1
Posted by: jim maddox (ID *****2882) Date: September 06, 2009 at 18:16:14
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It is unfortunate that the information on this family is largely undocumented, poorly researched, and in some cases blatantly fabricated. It is sad that this is handed down to future generations without any fact checking.

I am not a Parks researcher or a Proctor researcher. I am however, a Sharpe researcher and have researched the family of Elias Sharpe in order to eliminate him as a member of my family. The information below may help to eliminate the myths and generate some good research.

We first find Elias Sharpe in London, England when he is convicted of highway robbery. In today’s world he would have gotten a lecture and put on a year’s probation. However the English were dealing with a bunch of unhappy Scots and the much used solution was to pack them on a ship and send them to America as indentured servants.

“Elias Sharp, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 13th October 1725.


Reference Number: t17251013-37
Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Transportation

Elias Sharp , was indicted for assaulting Hannah Bignell on the Highway, putting her in Fear, and taking from her a Pair of Leather Breeches, val. 7 s. 6 d. the Goods of Edw Harrison , Oct. 11 .

It appear'd that Hannah Bignell (a Child ) was on a Moon-light Night going over Tower Hill with a Pair of Breeches under her Arm: The Prisoner snatch'd them from her; and being closely pursu'd, upon her crying out, he threw the Breeches into Tower Ditch; but he was presently stopt, and the Breeches taken up again. Guilty of Felony. Transportation .

Elias Sharp, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 13th October 1725.


Reference Number: t17251013-37
Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Transportation

Elias Sharp , was indicted for assaulting Hannah Bignell on the Highway, putting her in Fear, and taking from her a Pair of Leather Breeches, val. 7 s. 6 d. the Goods of Edw Harrison , Oct. 11 .

It appear'd that Hannah Bignell (a Child ) was on a Moon-light Night going over Tower Hill with a Pair of Breeches under her Arm: The Prisoner snatch'd them from her; and being closely pursu'd, upon her crying out, he threw the Breeches into Tower Ditch; but he was presently stopt, and the Breeches taken up again. Guilty of Felony. Transportation .

Next we find Elias on board the ship Rappahanock Merch. Charles Whale Commander

Immigrant Ships
Transcribers Guild
Rappahanock
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Newgate (Prison), London, England to Virginia
delivered 21 November 1725


A true list of all the Prisoners taken from Newgate for London and the County of Middx and Shipped aboard the Rappahanock Merch. Charles Whale Commander bound for Virginia which were Shipped by Mr. Jonathan Forward of Lond Merch.t 21 Nov. 1725.
LONDON
1 John Plant
2 Eliz.th Russell ats Brown
3 William Grey
4 William Longanire
5 John Steel
6 Thomas Gearing
7 John Day
8 George Green
9 James Ferguson
10 Thomas Hicks
11 Nich.o Webb
12 Robert Page
13 John Man
14 Sarah Gary
15 Ann Hugs ats Giller
16 William Gibbons
17 Susan Isaacson
18 Richard Adams
19 John Revell
20 Joseph Hide ats Thomas Herbert
22 Roland Swainson
23 Alexander Warren
24 John Lloyd
25 William Martin
26 Mary Stephens
27 Isabella Williams
28 Eliz.th Doyle
29 Jane Pattison
30 Laurance Johnson
31 Margrett Cotton
32 Jos. Cuzee ats Whecky
33 Edward Wilks
34* Robert Kisse
35 John Sculthorp
36 Joseph Turner
37 William Moor
38 Mary Tongison
39 Rachel Cove
40 Henry Jefferson
41 Ann Pain
42 Sibilla Hanshaw ats Fanshaw
43 Rob.t Serjeant
44 Elias Sharp
45 James Holmes
46 Hester James ats Bamton
47 Thomas Harvey
48 Winifred Evans
49 Philip Hand
50 John Hughs
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A true list of all the Prisons taken from the County of Hertford, Essex,
Kent and Surry and shpped aborad the Rappahanock Merch.t Charles Whale
Comm.d bound for Virginia w.ch were shipped by Mr. Jonathan Forward of
Lond.n Merch.t 24 Nov. 1725.

HERTFORDSHIRE
1 John Orton
2 Joseph How
3 Robert Holden

ESSEX
4 Charles Hackett
5 William Sharp ats Sharper

KENT
6 Thomas Smith
7 Mary Horn
8 William Hawkins
9 John Symonds
10 Robert Jarrett
11 William Mackley ats Mackny
12 William Smith
13 Edward Elins
14 Robert Cannabe

SURRY
15 Thomas Smith
16 John Kempstock
17 Hannah Smith
18 Isaac Hargrave
19 William Edwards
20 John Randall
21 Joseph Dunkin
22 Thomas Andrews
23 Sarah Holt
24 John M'dowgall
25 Mary Stringer
26 Mary Boran
27 Mary Gray ats Walker
28 Mary Salter
29 John Dunce

I humbly Certifie whom it may concern that the Prisoners above named being in number 50 are recd. by me on board the Rappahanock Merchant from the Keeper of Newgate by order of Mr. Jonathan Forward of London Merch.t to be effectually transported to Virginia this 22 of Nov. 1725.
Signed: Charles Whale
Witness: John Parry
Christopher Wetherall

Indorsed:
I do humbly hereby Certifie that there is Bond given for the effectual transportation of the within mentioned Persons dated 27 Nov. 1725.
Signed: John Matthews
Ct. Goal Det. pro Com Middx.
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I humbly Certifie whom it may Concern that the Prisoners above named being 29 in number are rec.d by me on board the Rappahanock Merch.t from several Keepers of the above said County Goals by Order of Mr. Jonathan Forward of London Merch.t to be effectually transported to Virginia this 24th Nov. 1725.
Signed: Charles Whale
Witness: Christ.o Wetherall John Morale

Indorsed:
I humbly Certifie that Mr. Jonathan Forward hath given Security for transporting sev. Persons within named being 29 in number who where adjudged to be transported at ?? held for the Home Circuit and that such Security remains in my Custody 27 Nov. 1725.
Signed: Michelle Assiar at Goal Deliban. the ?? Home Circuit 29 Prisoners only L.M.
Transcriber's Notes:
In transcribing I have tried to keep the original case size of each word
and spelling of this document and have not changed any punctuation or any
known abbreviations.
Several words were abbreviated.
ats = also known as
These ships do not state a date of departure or arrival. The financial
records are recorded from May 1720 to Nov 1725.
34 - this name looks like Kiffe but probably is the leading s.


Generously Contributed by Hank Mabe
Public Record Office at Kew, England


See original
The Tryals being over, the Court proceeded to give Judgment as follows, viz.

Received Sentence of Death, Seven.

William Longmire , James Carter , John Steele , James Little , Foster Snow , Lydia Pancrage , and John Whalebone .

To be Whipt, Two.

John Sheppard , and John Draper ; from S. Clement's Church to the New Church in the Strand.

Burnt in the Hand One.

William Simmons .

To be Transported, Forty.

John Day , George Green , William Gibbons , Jane Pattison , Laurence Johnson , Margaret Cotton , Joseph Cusy , Alice Reeves , Joseph Turner , William Moor , Mary Tongason , Rachel Coe , Henry Jefferson , Katharine Blackbourn , Edward Wilks , Robert Kiff , John Sculthorp , Ann Pain , Rachel Pearson , John Hughs , Richard Adams , Isabella Hanshaw , Robert Sargeant , Elias Sharp , James Holms , Henry Stevens , John Ferguson , Thomas Higgs , Nicholas Webb , Richard Adams , Robert Page , John Revel , John Mann , Sarah Gray , Elizabeth Croxton , Hester James , Thomas Harvey , Winifred Evans , Ann Hughs , and Philip Hand .

Peter Matson fined Twenty Marks, to suffer a Year's Imprisonment, and stand twice in the Pillory.

Thomas Thomson and Mary Thomson to pay Twenty Marks each, and suffer a Year's Imprisonment.

Samuel Street to pay Twenty Marks, and suffer six Months Imprisonment.

I have highlighted both Elias Sharpe and William Longmire since we need to show that this is the Elias we are discussing in this article. Why do I say that this is the Elias Sharpe who married Margaret Proctor?

1.       I have researched the northern neck counties of Virginia for the past year. This research consisted of in depth study of King George county. I can find only one Elias Sharpe.

2.       The article below deals with William Longmire. I shamelessly copied it from a
Longmire researcher.

The rest of the story is quite fascinating. As I had mentioned in the general query section, William Longmire was sentenced to death yet somehow managed a reprieve and was given a 14 year indenture to be served in the American colonies. He was transported by Captain Charles Whale on the Rappahannock Merchant and arrived at Port Royal 6 months later, right in the heart of the Northern Neck area of Virginia. To which plantation owner he went we don't know. However, it's apparent that he was released from his indenture approximately 3 years early. Shortly thereafter William was called as a witness in a 1737 court case, then later is found to be witnessing many deeds and several wills, also appraising estates in King George Co, Va into the early 1740's. How this change in fortune came about is still unknown, however it's quite apparent that William was trusted by respected members of his community. Later still he is found to be working for Captain Edward Dixon, a merchant who had ties to London, Bristol, and Glasgow. William is also found to have served on several juries at the K.G. Co Courthouse. Of interest is the fact that Edward Dixon's father-in-law was Col Thomas Turner II, a very large landowner and Clerk of the Court for K.G. Co - a very prestigious position in those days. William's entries for credit, money exchanges, and merchandise are well documented and are held in Washington, D.C. at the Library of Congress as part of the Edward Dixon Papers. Many examples of is fine penmanship, as well as that of his signature where her actually receives items for Col Turner can be found there.

Not too bad for a fellow convicted for stealing a gentleman's hat ... yet the story doesn't end there.

Mlongmire

For those not familiar with the northern neck counties; Port Royal is in present day Caroline County. Caroline counties borders Spotsylvania to the west and King George and Stafford to the north.

This story is much to long to try and finish in one sitting so I will close it and continue it with a part 2.



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