Biography - John Sharrock

JOHN SHARROCK. The life of Mr. Sharrock has been a busy one and his personal efforts for advancement were begun at an early age. His experience has been a somewhat checkered one, as continued success falls to the lot of very few, but he has on the whole been successful, and is now the owner of a good property in Shelby County. Some years since he retired from the more arduous duties of life, and is now living in quiet and comfort in the village of Tower Hill. He has the confidence of the community as a man of sterling integrity, and all his acquaintances recognize the public spirit which he considers the duty of every loyal citizen.

Everard Sharrock, father of our subject, was born in New York City, and married Amy Stevens, a native of Maryland. At a very early day he emigrated from Richland County, Ohio, to what inow Christian County, Ill., and after a sojourn in this State of fifteen years, removed to Dallas County, Texas. There the faithful wife and devoted mother died in 1848. After that sad event the father went to Oregon, where he died in 1859. They had a family of thirteen children, our subject being the third. His birthplace was Marion County, Ohio, and his natal day December 12, 1819. His early youth was passed in the Buckeye State, whence he accompanied his parents to Illinois in 1832.

Our subject grew to manhood upon his father's farm in Christian County, and prior to his marriage he entered eighty acres of Government land in Christian County. On March 30, 1843, he was united in marriage with Miss Catherine, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Handson) May, natives respectively of Pennsylvania and Indiana. The May family emigrated from Kentucky to Shelby County, Ill., about 1831, and the following year Mrs. May passed from earth. Mr. May survived until 1849. Mrs. Sharrock was among the younger members of the family, which comprised ten children. She was born in Floyd County, Ky., February 10, 1822, and was at an early age deprived of a mother's care. She grew to a noble womanhood, fitted to aid her husband in all his labors.

Immediately after their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Sharrock settled in Christian County upon the farm which he had pre-empted. After sojourning there three years they removed to Shelby County, locating in Tower Hill Township, of which they have since been residents. Upon his arrival here Mr. Sharrock entered upon active labor upon a farm, which he made his home until 1865. At that time he retired from farming pursuits, and going to the village of Tower Hill, engaged in mercantile business until 1884. Having by his unceasing labor and good management acquired a comfortable competency for his declining years, he sold out his interests and now in the declining years of his life is resting from the arduous toil of his younger years.

Mr. and Mrs. Sharrock are the parents of eleven children, namely: Amos J., Francis M., John E., Julia A., Marquis L., Amanda, Leniotia, James H., Lovina, Abraham L., and Charlie. Of these the following are deceased: John E., Julia A., Leniotia, James H., and Charlie. Mr. Sharrock has held the office of Highway Commissioner for sixteen years, and also served as School Director and Trustee. At one time he received the nomination of County Clerk on the Greenback ticket, but declined to run. Politically he is an active Republican and formerly took an active part in political affairs. He and his estimable wife are active members of the Free Methodist Church, where he has filled the offices of Steward and Class-Leader. They have been identified with the church and church work for nearly fifty years and he has served as Sunday-school Superintendent.

While operating as a farmer Mr. Sharrock engaged very largely in stock-raising. He now owns eighty acres besides village property. In 1849 he crossed the plains to California, driving an ox-team the entire distance — over three thousand miles from his home in Tower Hill Township. He was absent fifteen months and returned via the Isthmus. During the Civil War he served eleven months with efficiency in Company H, Ninth Illinois Infantry, and took part in the battles of Ft. Donelson, Pittsburg Landing, evacuation of Corinth and Iuka. He was discharged for disability. His sons, Amos and Francis, served three and two years respectively in Company G One Hundred and Fifteenth Illinois Infantry.

Extracted 17 Jun 2019 by Norma Hass from 1891 Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties Illinois, pages 647-648.

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