John Sharp – St. Giles-in-the-fields

JohnSharpIn 1665 Rev. John Sharp became the rector at St. Giles-in-the-fields. (A rector is a parish priest who is paid by the tithes of a parish as opposed to a vicar who receives a stipend from the person or organization sponsoring the parish.)

It is possible that Rev. Sharp officated the marriage of Edward Mashborne and Sarah Sindery in 1675. Certainly he would have arrived at the church in order to officate the baptisim of Edward Mashborne, Jr. in 1776.

During this time, King James wished to suppress anti-Catholic preaching from the Anglican ministers and thereby forbid preaching over the “controverted points of doctrine” between the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches.

However, Rev. John Sharp “in deference to his “sense of religious duty and of professional honor” and to respond to a parishioner’s letter, made some anti-Catholic remarks during a Sunday sermon.  King James then ordered the Bishop of London to suspend Sharp but the Bishop refused.

Later Rev. John Sharp became the personal chaplin to Charles II, the Dean of Canterbury, and the Archbishop of York.

* * *

Murder of John Sharp’s Great-great-grandson.
An interesting event (and one that has nothing to do with the MASHBURN family) is one involving Sharp’s great-great-grandson, Solomon P. Sharp who was an attorney general of Kentucky, a member of the United States Congress and of the Kentucky General Assembly. He was murdered in the policital-sex scandal called the Beauchamp–Sharp Tragedy (or sometimes the Kentucky Tragedy).

“Around 1819, Colonel Solomon P. Sharp, one of Kentucky’s leading politicians, allegedly seduced Ann Cooke, who subsequently delivered a stillborn child she claimed was fathered by Sharp. During the summer of 1825, rumors of the scandal circulated, incensing both Cooke and her husband, Jereboam Beauchamp, who decided, with the support of his wife, that honor compelled him to kill Sharp. He did so, admitted to the act, and was tried, found guilty, and sentenced to die. On the morning of the execution, the couple attempted suicide by stabbing in Beauchamp’s jail cell. Cooke died, but Beauchamp was merely wounded and met his date with the hangman later that day. ” –

The murderer, Jereboam O. Beauchamp, was the first person legally executed in the state of Kentucky.


John Sharp (bishop). Wikipedia (2011.) Retreieved 29 Novemeber 2011 from

Solomon P. Sharp. Wikipedia (2011.) Retrieved 20 Novemeber 2011 from