Limestone County Historical Commission
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Spencer Sharp

Spencer Sharp was born in Kentucky circa 1804.  He married Sarah Henderson circa 1825 in Weakley County, Tennessee.  Sarah was born circa 1810 and was also a native of Kentucky.  The couple continued to reside in Weakley County until 1855 when they moved to Limestone County, Texas.  In 1857, Spencer purchased 328 acres in the Honest Ridge community where he resided until the time of his death.


Spencer and Sarah Sharp were the parents of twelve children, ten of whom survived to adulthood: Nathaniel Henderson, Anthony Frank, William Van Buren, John Monroe, Ezekiel Marion, Thomas H., Zachary Taylor, Martha, Eudora Frances, and Pernicia.  All were born in Tennessee. 


Six of their seven sons served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War.  Only Anthony and Thomas returned home.  Nathaniel Henderson died from illness while serving in Arkansas; William died in prison at Camp Douglas, leaving behind a wife and two young children; John died during the Battle of Corinth; and Ezekiel died in Tennessee, ironically in Weakley County where he was born.


Spencer Sharp became ill and died in 1863 while he and Sarah were in Arkansas taking care of Henderson during his illness.  Sarah died in Limestone County on February 8, 1880 and is buried in Fort Parker Memorial Park.

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