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Ephraim SHARP (FAMOUS)

Riverside Cemetery
Fulton County,
Arkansas

23 Jun 1833 - 1904
Ephraim Sharp was born in Sandtown Township, Decatur County, Indiana, June 23, 1833 to John Elston (called Jackson) and Susannah Armstrong Sharp. He was the fifth child and third son of this family of seven Children. His Mother died in 1841 when he was 8 years old. His father married Sarah Armstrong, his mother’s sister. When Sarah died he married a widow, Sarah Ellen Mitchell Taylor. With his 3 wives, John Elston Sharp had 15 children. Of these 15 children at least six followed their uncles Ephraim and William H Sharp to Arkansas. He was named after his uncle Ephraim Sharp for whom Sharp County was named.
Ephraim left Indiana when he was 21 and came first to Lawrence County about 1850 and lived near his uncle Ephraim Sharp. He Married Mary Elizabeth Wainwright, November 3, 1858 in Lawrence County, daughter of William and Nancy Turner Wainwright. He enlisted in the Confederate Army and was first Lieutenant of Company L Tappen’s Brigade. He served in this capacity two years, participating in the Battle of Prairie Grove, and numerous skirmishes; he was honorably discharged. He lived in Evening Shade, Piney Fork Township, in 1860 and then moved to Fulton County, Myatt Township.
His father-in-law, William Wainwright was a well know business man in that part of Arkansas. Ephraim and Mr. Wainwright opened a general mercantile stone in 1868 under the name of Wainwright and Sharp. In 1873 Ephraim purchased Mr. Wainwright’s interest and continued on his own until 1884, selling his business to Dr J S Risher. The following year he repurchased the business. A post office was established at his store and he was appointed postmaster. He build one of the most thriving mills in Arkansas. A town, know as Sharp’s Mill, grew up around the mill. Later it was renamed Saddle, Arkansas. The mill did a thriving business for many years as it had the capacity to make flour and meal. With his mill, gin and general store he was one of the best business men in North Arkansas. So great was his business that at times his customers would have to wait several day for the grinding. His flour and meal was top grade and people came from miles around for his grinding. He hired people from the area to help keep the businesses in perfect order. He helped many people acquire a good living and a lovely place to live. Ephraim, or Uncle Eph, as he was called, enjoyed people and his wife and family were known for their hospitality and friendliness. He was known for his charity and kindness.
But one the best features of home was the beauty of the place. The mill pond was a favorite spot for the young people on afternoon picnics and rowing. The family home was a beautiful and comfortable place.
He and his family were Methodist and Ephraim would sponsor a
Revival meeting at the Sharp’s Mill every year. People came from
Miles around to the revival meetings, camping out and attending the meetings. Ephraim would entertain many people during these times and spent money and goods from his own store to entertain the numbers of people who came. His large farm and general store he proclaimed was a gift from God. He was a member of Myatt Masonic Lodge 401 and a Democrat.
He and Mary had seven children: Martha Medora Sharp who married Hardy Croom and had three known children; Joanna Cordelia Sharp, who married Dr Charles W Culp. Joanna owned the beautiful Mammoth Spring Hotel. It was a thriving business for people who came to enjoy the spring and the beauty of the area. Joanna and Dr Culp had not children, Sarah Belle Sharp, who married Dr. William H Robinson and had one child, they lived in Portia, Arkansas when Dr Robinson had his practice. Johnny Sharp, who died at 4 days; Thomas Willaim Sharp who married Lucy S Brinten and they had no children; Hettie Lucinda Louise Sharp who never married but was well know as a naturalist nurse.
The last child was Olive Jane Sharp, who married Jeptha Ashur Hobson and had one child, the divorced. Jane ran the Culp Hotel for her sister and brother-in-law.
Ephraim Sharp of Fulton County, Arkansas died in 1904 and is buried in Riverside Cemetery in Mammoth Spring, Fulton County, Arkansas, as are other members of his family.
Sources: The Goodspeed Biographical and Historic Memories Of North Easter Arkansas (1891) pp 277 for the Dr Charles Culp biographical sketch. Family information and Bible, census and other documents.

Information is provided by Ira Sharp Dennis

Contributed on 12/8/07 by tootied
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Submitted: 12/8/07 • Approved: 2/25/16 • Last Updated: 2/28/16 • R4011-G0-S3

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