This week my ancestor is William Sharp. William was baptised 8 Mar 1797 in the parish of All Saints in Wakefield, Yorkshire, England. His parents were John and Anna Maria Sharp.
William appears to have spent some time at Sheffield, as there is a marriage of a William Sharp to Lucy Priest on 28 November 1815 at Saint Peter Cathedral in Sheffield. William and Lucy had a daughter Selina while still at Sheffield, before returning to Wakefield, where they had two more daughters, Ann Maria and Lucy. Ann Maria was born in 1819, and Lucy in 1821. Both girls were christened on 4 February 1821 at Wakefield, which is the same date their mother Lucy was buried. It appears that Lucy died in childbirth.
William then married Sarah Rose Crossley on 29 Jan 1822 in St John parish, Wakefield. They had 10 children.
On the 1841 England Census, William was living at Kirkgate, Wakefield. He was a tailor. Also in the household was Sarah age 37, Charles age 16, Henry age 14, Ann age 13, Geoge age 9, Harriet age 6, James age 3 and Edwin age 1.
The 1851 England Census shows William living at Baker’s Yard, Kirkgate, Wakefield. He was the head of the household, married, age 54, a tailor, and born in Alverthorpe Yorkshire. With him was his wife Sarah age 42, son George age 19, daughter Harriet age 16, son James age 13, son Edwin ag 11, daughter Eliza age 8 and son William age 5.
At the time of the 1861 England Census William was still living in Wakefield. He was the head of the household, married, age 66, a tailor (journeyman) and born at Wakefield. With him was wife Sarah age 57, daughter Harriet age 26, son James age 23, son Edwin age 21, son William age 15 and grandson John age 5.
William died in the March quarter in 1866 in Wakefield, Yorkshire, England. Information from a family member shows he died 31 March at Baker’s Yard, Kirkgate.