History of Sharon, New Hampshire
FROM: History of Hillsborough County
New Hampshire
EDITD BY: GEORGE S. CONOVER
COMPILED BY D. HAMILTON HURD
PUBLISHED BY J. W. Lewis & Co.
PHILADELPHIA: 1885

Typed by Doreen Crocker

HISTORY OF SHARON

Origin-Incorporation-Petitions-First Settlers-Town Clerks-Representatives-Military Record-Population

The territory in this town was formerly the westerly portion of Peterborough Slip, and retained the name after the east part was separated and incorporated into the town of Temple. By an act passed February 6, 1789, the inhabitants were invested with the privilege of levying and collecting taxes for the repair of highways, and the laying out and building of the same; and by an act passed June 19, 1789, they were authorized to levy and collect tax of one penny per acre annually, for the term of three years, for the purpose of repairing roads and bridges. January 24, 1791, the town was incorporated by its present name.

Petition for Annexation to Peterborough: addressed to the General Court, 1777, - " We the inhabitance of Peterborough Slip as Your Humble Petitioners do Bef Leave to Aquant Your honors that we have Voted to be Annexed to Peterborough and are Very Desirous
for the Same for our Number" Being So Small that we Cannot be a town of our Selves Nor hane Ant towne Privilidges while we are in this Situation and we humbly Pray that Your honors would take it into consideration and if it be Your Minds to Grant Us our Petition Which we Now Request of Your honours let it be Don Doon as may be-
"And we Shall Ever pray &C
"Peterborough Slip May 27th 1777
"John Taggart Jn Swan, Jon Taggart, J, John Swan, Jun Samu Milliken, John Whitemore, Gilbert mccay, William Milliken, James Milligen, John mcallaster, James McNee, Benj:Nutting, Josiah Crosby, Sam Gragg, Jn Eliot, Andrew Conn."

Petition for an Act of Incorporation: addressed to the General Court, 1786. -"The petition of the subscribers in behalf of the Inhabitants of a place called Peterborough-Slip in the County of Hillsborough in said State humbly sheweth,

"That the said Inhabitants have for many years laboured under great inconveniencies & difficulties in not being vested with corporate powers-

"That the said place called Peterborough Slip is surrounded by incorporated places-Peterborough on the north, Jaffrey on the west, Rindge & New Ipswich on the South & Temple on the east-& that it cannot with convenience be annexed to either of those Towns-

"That the number of inhabitants in said place now Amounts to one hundred& eighty, And the number of Families to forty: That the said Place contains about seventy lots containing upon an average One hundred acres, & is capable of making fifty good Farms or settlements-That your Petitioners are very desirous of enjoying, in common with their fellow Citizens, the Blessings resulting from a Gospel ministry-publick Schools-good roads & all the other benefits that flow from an unorganized & well regulated Society-And your petitioners beg leave to observe that should your Honours be pleased to encorporate them, in their present situation, that most of the difficulties & embarrassments which they now feel, would still remain; & that the only expedient whereby your Petitioners may be relieved, is, as they humbly conceive, that a small Piece be taken from each of the Towns that join upon said Peterbprpugh-Slip on the north and west and be added thereto-Your Petitioners humbly conceive that if One mile be taken off the east end of Jaffrey & one mile from the south end of Peterborough, as far as they adjoin upon said Peterbprough Slip, that anaccession would make them competent for all purposes of corporate Society, and in no degree injure the said Towns of Jaffret & Peterborough-Your petitioners are led to conceive thus of the matter from these considerations; That the said Town of Jaffrey is now seven miles from west to east, & only from North to South; So that, when that part of said Jaffrey, which it is the wish of your petitioners may be annexed to them, shall be taken off, the remaining part will be large enough for a Township & will better accomodate the Inhabitants than now.

"That as to the said Town of Peterborough your petitioners beg leave to ovserve, that a tract of land unincorporated, called Society, lies adjoining to Said Peterborough on the North-that this Tract is also surrounded by incorporated places And may very
conveniently, At least a part of it, be annexed to said Peterborough, And will more than compensate for that part of Peterborough which may be Annexed to said Peterborough-Slip-

"Your petitioners Therefore pray that your Nonours would be pleased to annex, One mile taken off the east end of said Jaffrey, & One mile taken off the South end of said Peterborough, to the Tract of land now called Peterborough-Slip, and incorporate the whole into a Township vested with all the privileges of corporate Societies in this State and as in Duty bound your Petitioners shall ever pray-
"John McAllister {Committee of Peterborough Slip"}
"Sam Gragg
"Sam Milliken
This petition of the Inhabitants of a place called Peterborough-Slip, in said State,
"Humbly sheweth,
"That your petitioners, by reason of their being unincorporated, are subject to many inconveniences, among which are, first, That they cannot lay out new high-ways-Second, That they cannot tax Non-resident lands, nor lands unimproved, to help make and repair highways-And, Third, That they cannot compell persons who are unwilling to labour on highways to work on them at all: Wherefore, your petitioners pray that your Honours would enable, enpower and fully autorize them to lay out high-ways in said Place, where necessary- to tax the Non-residents lands and lands unimproved, in said place, for the making and repairing highways in said place-And to compell the Inhabitants of said place to make, mend & repair said high-ways-in as full and ample a manner as the inhabitants of incorporated towns and places in this State are by law authorized to act and do in such matter-
"And your Petitioners as in duty bound shall ever pray.
"June 25th 1787.
"John PRENTICE for the Petitioners"

The foregoing petition was granted by an act passed February 6, 1789.
Relative to peterborough Slip, 1787
"Jaffrey June th2 1787

"This may certify that at a Legal meeting of the Freeholders and other inhabitants of the town of Jaffret (qualified by Law to vote in town meetings) meet on may the 10-1787 for the Porpose of Seeing what the town would do in regrard of Peterborough Slip having a mile off the east Part of Jaffrey,- "Voted unanimous not to let Peterborough Slip have any part of the east part of S town. Voted to Chuse a committee of five men to Petision and Remonstrate the General Court of this State that the Prayr Chose M Laban Ainsworth Esq Roger Gilmore, Lieu Joseph Bates, Adonjah Howe, Col Jed Sauger_
"Voted that the Committess make a Draught and Lay the Same before the town at an adjournment of this meeting Voted to adjourn this meeting to Thursday th24 of My instant at three O Clock afternoon May th24 1787 the inhabitants of S Jaffrey being meet acording to adjournment the Remonstrance Draughted by the affore Said Commiyyee being read Voted to except the same. Voted that the remonstrance be Presented to the General Court of this State
" A true coppy Attest
" Adjonijah Howe, Town Clerk of Jaffrey."

First Settlers,- Among the first settlers were Captain William Taggart, Lirutenant McAlester, Smuel Millican, Josiah Crosby, Thomas McNee, Gilbert McCoy, Smaule Gragg, John Marshall, John Swan, Abjar Spofford, David Moor, Adam Conn, John Whitman, Reuben Law, John Taggart, Joseph Barnes, Joseph Miller, John Duncan and James McNee.

TOWN CLERKS
1791-96, Samuel Millican; 1797, William Taggart; 1798-1803, Samuel Millican; 1804-7, William Taggart; 1808, Samuel Millican; 1809-11, Benjamin Russell; 1812, Asa Barnes; 1813-14, Samuel Ryan; 1815-19, Albert Millican; 1820 Asa Barnes; 1821, Abial Sawyer; 1822-24. James Law; 1825-28 James Farnsworth; 1829. James Law; 1830-36, Abial Sawyer; 1837-39, Samuel Ryan; 1840, William Livingston; 1841, Benjamin Russell; 1842-48, Nathan Moore; 1849, Thomas McCoy; 1850-51, Henry McCoy; 1852, Samuel Nay; 1853-54, Nathan Moore; 1855-58, James Taggart; 1859-61, Stephen Bacon, Jr; 1862- 63, Fred A. Taggart; 1864-68, Stephen H. Bacon; 1869-70, Nathan Moore; 1871-72, H. D. Evans; 1873-84, Benjamin H. Sanders.


Representatives
1822, Samuel Ryan; 1823-24, Jonathan Farnsworth; 1825-26, James Law; 1827-1828, Jonathan Farnsworth; 1829-30, James Law; 1831, Samuel Clark; 1832-33, James Law; 1834-36, Abial Sawyer; 1837, Asa Barnes; 1838-39, Silas Sawyer; 1840, John McCoy; 1841, Asa Barnes; 1842-47, Samuel Nay; 1848-49, James Taggart; 1850-52, Silas Sawyer; 1853-54, William Livingston; 1855-57, Phineas B. Taggart; 1858-59, none sent; 1860, Wirling Gragg; 1861, none sent; 1862-63, Stephen A. Sawyer; 1864-65, Fred A. Taggart; 1866-67, John B. Shedd; 1868, John A. Hadley; 1869-70, Stephen H. Bacon; 1871-72, Nathan Moore; 1873, John A. Hadley; 1874-75, Benjamin H. Sanders; 1876, Derostos P. Emory; 1877, Henry E. Bond; 1878, John A. Hadley; 1880, P. B. Taggart.

Military Record- The following enlisted from Sharon during the late Rebellion:

Daniel Davis, Oliver O. Davis, Randall A. Davis, Luther Davis, Alfred H. Nichols, Wilder Reed, William H. Hanley, Alfred C. Taggart, Jackson Brackett, Andrew J. Hadley, Emory O. Hadley, William Millican, Daniel P. Wilson, Henry Heard, John Donovan, Jaskson Taggart, Warren Nicholas, Henry Nicholas, Elisher H. Fredericks.

Population- The present population of the town is two hundred and three. For information concerning this town we are indebted to Mr. J. A. Hadley.

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