The Sharp family of Wetwang ERY
For many years we were unable to locate the Sharp family
because of a mix up regarding the Beasley/Sharp marriage.
We were faced with two couples of the same name marrying
about the same time and living in the same places. Fortunately
after some effort we resolved that our couple married in
Victoria and the marriage certificates for this state give
details that enabled us to follow the Sharps back to Yorkshire.
The research in Yorkshire has centred on early censuses
and parish registers. The earliest Sharps located came from
Wharram Percy and since that village has been deserted since
the 1500s, they must have lived on a farm in the parish.
In the 1820s this parish had only 44 people. Wharram Percy
is an interesting place with evidence of continuous human
settlement from Neolithic times until the growth in the
sheep industry finally saw the demise of the village about
600 years ago.
The Sharps can be found in many small hamlets centred on
Wetwang including Duggleby and Weaverthorpe. Families marrying
into the Sharps include Newlove of Wetwang, Hodgson of West
Lutton, Bullock of Skipsea and Bonwick, and the Kirks.
We were very fortunate to find some registers using the
Dade system which were a delight to see. William Dade developed
a parish register system that collated a huge amount of
genealogical data for each event.
Pictured above: St Nicholas Wetwang Pictured left: St Martin
James was the son of Lewis Beasley and Hannah Sharp. His
birth certificate indicated that his parents were married
in Adelaide 5 Nov 1853 and originally came from Somersetshire
and Yorkshire. Searches of SA records failed to reveal the
marriage but a whole family of children were born both in
SA and VIC. Early searches of Somerset and Yorkshire records
also failed due largely to the lack of detail. Searches
of shipping arrivals into Australia have never revealed
any details either.
The mystery of the origins of this family were destined
to remain obscure until recent developments which saw all
Victorian Birth, Death and Marriage records put on CDs.
This gave the opportunity to look at the data afresh because
the material was sorted in families. When the Beasley family
was called up, a surprise awaited us. It recorded James'
parents marrying at Ballarat. Another look and there was
almost the same family marrying in Adelaide as we had already
discovered! I suspect that these two apparent families are
likely the one single family but I cannot explain the two
Because the marriage certificate for the second family was
available and the fact that Victorian certificates show much
more information than South Australian ones, we were able
to find out much more about the second family.
Louis BEASLEY, born 1831 Somerset married Ann SHARP, born
1832 Yorkshire in Adelaide 5 Nov 1853 and they had a son,
James born 1859 near Linton VIC.
Lewis BEASLEY, born 1833 Somerset married Hannah SHARPE,
born 1835 Yorkshire in Ballarat 29 Jan 1857 and they had
children, Louisa born 1848 Smythe Creek VIC, James born
1860 place unknown and Lewis George born 1862 Linton VIC.