GEORGE SHARP, a farmer of Riverton, Sangamon County, Ill., is of that excellent German blood which has ever been potent in the upbuilding and strengthening of our American citizenship. He is a son of Henry and Mary (Rubley) Sharp, Germans, and was born near Croton Falls, N.Y., November 20, 1852. It was at Croton Falls that his parents settled on coming to the United States. They soon moved to New Haven, Conn., whence they went eventually to Seymour in the same State, where they lived out their remaining days and passed from earth. All of their three children two sons and a daughter, are living: George; Eliza, who married Henry M. Manweiler, of Seymour, Conn., and Henry, of the same place.
Mr. Sharp was educated in Seymour and as a boy was from time to time, variously employed there. He left that place March 27, 1870, for Springfield, and soon became a Sangamon County farmer, in which line he has been successful ever since. He now owns a fine farm of thirty acres on the border of Riverton, where he has made his home for the last nineteen years. He is a Republican and a Congregationalist, and Mrs. Sharp is a Methodist. She was Miss Elmira Fox, born at Pleasant Plains, Sangamon County, September 2, 1852, daughter of Aaron and Phoebe (Buck) Fox, farming people. They were natives of New Jersey, who were then living on the old Peter Cartwright farm, having had ten children: Charles W., Millicent, Sommers, Smith, Frank, Coleman and Elmira, living, and Hannah Jane, Emily and Hannah Jane, deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Sharp were married in Springfield by Rev. Albert Hale, December 9, 1873. They have had a son, Robert F., now a soda manufacturer at Iola, Kan. He served in the Spanish American War, as a member of Company H, Second Nebraska. Robert Sharp and his wife (whose maiden name was Alice Farley, and who was born in Riverton, Ill.) Have had five children: Freida, Aleta, George and Robert, and Elmira, who is deceased.