Sharp Family History

This site hopes to bring together the strands of information I have come across for my ancestors. It's being updated all the time. I'd like to hear from you if you think you can extend or add onto the tree.

You can start here with me (John Sharp), or choose an ancestor below. Most are from the North West of England, UK, except for contingents from Bedfordshire and Kent. I have started to write some family history summaries for the different families involved.

New Addition....... Research into pushing back the Sharp line even further can be found here

Can you help identify these people?

Parents Sharp
Grand Sharp Lawson
G Grand Sharp Lansom Lawson Hine
GG Grand Sharp Hickson Lansom Read Lawson Morris Hine Beardmore
GGG Grand Sharp Mitchell Hickson Thompstone Lansom Merrill Read Boyles Lawson ? Morris ? Hine ? Beardmore Millward ?
GGGG Grand S Cartlidge M Pyott H Bowker T Rowlinson L ? M Wiles R Thomas B Nutt                        

Parents Meakin
Grand Meakin Galley
G Grand Meakin Tarlton Galley Heald
GG Grand Meakin Allcock Tarlton Fagen Galley Dutton/Lord Heald Hulme
GGG Grand Meakin ø/Bennett Allcock Hitchcock? Tarlton ? Fagen ? Galley ø/Wilkinson Dutton Jarvis Heald Brookes Hulme Clayton
GGGG Grand M ?                     H Pilkington      

And try the Tribal Pages site, where I also have the same people listed (not all of them yet) - this will provide a better 'tree' view of things. Mark Lansom also has a site on Tribal Pages.
The tree links into that of Robert Alan and Susan Bennett who have a good site here.

Surnames (links to where they first join the tree):
Allcock Ashley Beardmore Beff Bell Bowker Boyles Boziot Broadhurst Brodie Brookes Capstick Cartlidge Day Dutton Edge Fagen Franks Galley Greenwood Gwilliam Hamer Hancock Harrop Haydock Haynes Heald Hickson Hine Hulme Jones Kennedy Lansom Lawson Longden Lord Meakin Merrill(s) Mitchell Morris Norbury Nutt Pilkington Pyott Ratcliffe Rawlinson Read Rothwell Seed Selby Sharp Steele Swain Swindells Tarlton Thomas Thompstone Trace Vernon Walker Wiles

The family that I have traced so far has roots in the following places:
Lancashire: Manchester (mainly Ardwick, Bradford, Clayton, Openshaw, Beswick, Gorton, Miles Platting districts)
Cheshire: Bollington, Congleton, Gawsworth, Nantwich, Prestbury, Wybunbury
Staffordshire: Horton, Rushton Spencer, Leek, Longnor, Meerbrook, Sheen
Derbyshire: Tissington
Bedfordshire: Great Barford, Stagsden, Kempston, Wooton by, Lidlington
Kent: Dartford


Some useful sites:

Family Search - includes the International Genealogical Idex (IGI) as well as the 1881 census

FreeBMD - increasingly complete index to births, marriages & deaths (BMD's) - very comprehensive resource for census and BMD information (subscription required)

Find My Past - very comprehensive resource for census and BMD information (subscription required)

Lancashire Online Parish Clerk Project - Really useful parish record transcripts

Cheshire Parish Register Project - not yet complete, but increasingly useful transcripts

FeeCen - patchy census information

1901 Census - pay-per-view 1901 census info

1911 Census - pay-per-view 1911 census info

Lancashire BMD - increasingly complete index to BMD's in Lancashire

Cheshire BMD - almost complete index to BMD's in Cheshire

Staffordshire BMD - increasingly complete index to BMD's in Staffordshire

Cheshire Wills - find a will in Cheshire (pay to retrieve)

Gen UKI - huge database of historical and useful research information

1837 Online - full index of BMD's and starting to provide 1861 census information (pay per view)

Old Maps - free online maps from over a hundred years ago

Date old photographs - excellent free site that helps to date old photos

Order BMD Certificates Online - once you find the index, order BMD certificates here

Beta Version of Familysearch site - includes Bishops Trnascripts

Search this Site with Google:


I'd like to thank the following people for their contribution


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Last Edited: April 5, 2010

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