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BROCKWAY, Elizabeth Macomber


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SHARP, Philip

BROCKWAY, Elizabeth Macomber 2 3

  • Born: 11 Jul 1800, Augusta, Grenville, Ontario, Canada 4 5
  • Marriage: SHARP, Philip on 20 Jul 1815 in , St. Lawrence County, New York, United States 1
  • Died: 16 Dec 1893, Winchester, Dundas, Ontario, Canada aged 93 4

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She appeared on the census on 28 Aug 1850 in Madrid, St. Lawrence, New York, United States. 6

She appeared on the census in 1860 in Waddington, St. Lawrence, New York, United States. 7

She appeared on the census on 24 Aug 1870 in Waddington, St. Lawrence, New York, United States. 8

She lived in Winchester, Dundas, Ontario, Canada in 1881. 9 Living with son Theron and his family.

She lived in Winchester, Dundas, Ontario, Canada in 1891. 10 Living with son Theron and family.

Her biographical sketch was written on 29 Feb 2016 by William Brooks Hull.

The life of Elizabeth Brockway spans the last few months of the eighteenth century and most of the nineteenth. Born on July 11th, 1800 in Upper Canada, probably near present-day Prescott, Ontario, Elizabeth grew up on both sides of the St. Lawrence River. Her parents, Joseph Brockway and his apparent first wife, Rhoda Stearns, had married only four months earlier in Walpole, New Hampshire, then made the difficult journey to the frontier to start a new family and a new life.

Early census records and deeds indicate that the family lived in Grenville County during those early years, and Joseph and Rhoda may have had three children. It appears Rhoda died very young, leaving Joseph with a baby son for which he could not provide proper care. The little boy, named Ezra Brockway after one of Joseph's brothers, was adopted by a Bradley family that lived near Prescott.

Around 1804, Joseph had settled his family on the south side of the St. Lawrence, probably in or near the growing village of Ogdensburgh. He worked as a shoemaker in later years, so perhaps he followed this trade at the time. He served on a jury in St. Lawrence County around this time, and remarried about 1806 to Mary ------. With this union three more children came into the world: Eliza, Charles, and Harrison Brockway. It appears Elizabeth went by the nickname "Betsey" during her childhood, perhaps to avoid confusion with her younger half-sister, Eliza.

In 1810 the Brockway family bought a farm in Lisbon, and settled in. However, the drums of war came soon after, and placed the little family under severe stress. By 1814 Joseph had been convicted of a domestic violence offense, fined ten dollars, and instructed to "be good to all people, but especially his family." Joseph went to Kingston [Ontario], leaving his wife and children to be cared for by the poormaster of Lisbon, after which time he lost his farm through a sheriff's sale. The family later reunited and moved to Monroe County, New York, where Joseph held esteem as an upstanding citizen of Charlotte in the Town of Greece.

Elizabeth Brockway married in Lisbon, New York, on July 20th, 1815, a man almost twice her age. Philip Sharp, the son of a Loyalist soldier in the Revolutionary War, had served the United States at the Battle of Sacket's Harbor. Of German and Dutch heritage, Philip was born at present-day Ballston Spa on September 2nd, 1785, and came with his family to Upper Canada at a young age. In 1798 the Sharp family moved across the St. Lawrence to Madrid (the part that is now Waddington), and by 1802 had acquired a farm at the northwest corner of the then Town of Madrid, abutting the Town of Lisbon and the St. Lawrence River.

Philip and Elizabeth had a long and prosperous marriage, blessed with ten healthy children: Jane M., born 1816; John Wesley, born 1819; Rhoda, 1821; Charles W., 1823; Eliza M., 1825; Harriet E., 1828; George O., 1830; Lucretia Evelyn, 1832; Cyrus Sobieski, 1834; and Theron "Thede," 1837. The family lived on the farm of Philip's parents, and expanded with the purchase of adjacent land in the Town of Lisbon. After the death of Philip's father, John Sharp, about 1838, Philip and his siblings petitioned for land grants in Upper Canada based upon John's service as a Loyalist. Philip in later years received a pension from the United States for his service during the War of 1812.

Elizabeth's brother, Ezra Brockway, married Agnes McDonald in Upper Canada in 1835. This couple had five children, and lived alternately in Prescott and across the St. Lawrence River in Ogdensburgh. Ezra became involved in the Patriot War of 1838, and claimed to be one of the very few escapees from the Battle of the Windmill.

Ezra walked to the beat of a different drum, and had difficulty maintaining a marriage. He claimed he was the son of Napoleon Bonaparte; also that his mother had been murdered when he was a small child and that he had been set adrift in a boat on the St. Lawrence, until found by Mrs. Bradley. He claimed ownership of the St. Lawrence River and all its islands. In 1838 he began living as a hermit on Cedar Island in Chippewa Bay.

Agnes McDonald Brockway and her children made several stays at the St. Lawrence County Poor Farm in Canton, and eventually the surviving children were placed with relatives, Elizabeth and Philip Sharp taking in two.

On July 29th, 1854, Joseph Brockway died in Monroe County, in his 74th year. He left property in Canada to his two daughters, Elizabeth Sharp and Eliza Gould, but did not name any of his other children in his will. His sons, Charles, living in Wisconsin, and Harrison in California, were named in the estate record, but Ezra was left out again. A few weeks after the estate was settled, Ezra Brockway purchased Cedar Island from Azariah Walton for $25. Did Elizabeth share some of her inheritance with her younger brother?

Ezra continued the life of a hermit, and supported himself by the manufacture of a salve made from his own secret recipe. As years went by, Brockway Red Salve became highly prized around St. Lawrence and Jefferson Counties, and others sought the formula. Late in the winter of 1876, passersby noticed that no smoke came from the chimney of Ezra's small cabin on Cedar Island, and went across the ice to see him. Sick and suffering from hypothermia, they took him to the mainland where he lived a few days. One enterprising man tried to appeal to his character and legacy to obtain the secret recipe, but Ezra pointed to the top of his head, replying: "Here it is, and here it will stay!"

Elizabeth and Philip's children grew up and married, and began families of their own. Charles Sharp became a blacksmith and lived across the river from the Sharp farm in Iroquois, Ontario. George moved to Jefferson County where he married, came back home, then moved to Wisconsin for a short time. The couple came back and lived briefly in Ontario with their two little girls. George Sharp joined the Union Army during the Civil War, and died in Washington, D.C., in 1864. His wife had died two years previous, leaving the children to be brought up by their maternal grandparents.

Jane Sharp married at age 19 and later moved to Iowa with her family. Her sister, Harriet, lived in St. Lawrence County, but moved to Iowa late in life, as did their brother, John. Sisters Eliza and Lucretia moved to California with their families. Rhoda married and lived adjacent to the Sharp farm in the Town of Lisbon. Cyrus wandered out west and moved around a lot, supposedly living in Mexico at the time of his father's death in 1872.

John Wesley Sharp and his youngest brother, Theron, stayed on the home farm for many years. John held renown as a river pilot, transporting people and goods across the surging waters of the St. Lawrence to Iroquois Point, Ontario. People said he knew the river like the back of his hand.

Like many of their neighbors along the river, the Sharp brothers engaged in smuggling. And one day John W. Sharp was caught in the act. The authorities took this offense very seriously, and he ended up on trial in the United States District Court in Utica on March 25th, 1875. After both sides presented their case, John W. Sharp was convicted of smuggling: raisins! (as well as tea, flour, other groceries, and lumber).

Theron could see the writing on the wall, and planned ahead. One day in 1878, the authorities had the evidence to press charges, and came down from Ogdensburg to arrest him. As they rounded the last bend on the road before the Sharp farm could be seen in the distance, they noticed a boat in the river trailed by a raft piled high with furniture. Theron Sharpe, his wife and children, and mother Elizabeth Brockway Sharp, were halfway to Canada!

Theron "Thede" Sharpe embellished his surname with a final curlycue so fashionable in the Victorian era. This branch of the Sharpe family settled at Winchester, Ontario, and Theron purchased the Commercial Hotel in that village the following year.

Elizabeth spent her remaining years with her youngest son, and collected a small widow's pension based on Philip Sharp's service in the War of 1812. But at some point a clerk in the pension department questioned her citizenship, now that she lived in Canada. Elizabeth quickly responded with an affidavit asserting her birth in Morristown, New York, which seemed to appease the authorities. And it allowed the Sharp family to continue their tradition of receiving veteran's benefits from both sides of two wars during the length of the 19th Century.

Elizabeth lived to celebrate 93 years on this earth, raised ten children to adulthood, and had 48 grandchildren. She died on December 16th, 1893, probably in Winchester, Ontario, although no death certificate has been located, and the location of her grave remains elusive. Her body may have been brought back to the Martin Cemetery in Lisbon to be interred with her husband of nearly 57 years, or she may be buried in an unmarked grave on the lot with Theron's family in Winchester, Ontario.

A few descendants of Elizabeth Brockway still live in St. Lawrence County, and many live in other parts of New York State and adjacent areas of Ontario. Still other descendants live in California and many places between here and there.


Elizabeth married Philip SHARP, son of John SHARP and Arriantje (Harriet) SHORT, on 20 Jul 1815 in , St. Lawrence County, New York, United States.1 (Philip SHARP was born on 2 Sep 1785 in Balltown, Chautauqua, New York, United States 5 11 12, baptized on 2 Jan 1786 in Schenectady, Schenectady, New York, United States,12 13 14 died on 2 Jun 1872 in Waddington, St. Lawrence, New York, United States 1 5 and was buried in Lisbon, St. Lawrence, New York, United States 15.)



1 Family Bible of Sharp Family (Holy Bible).

2 William Carvosso Sharpe, Sharpe genealogy and miscellany (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1978), P 110. JOHN SHARPE OF WADDINGTON

JOHN SHARPE was the first settler in St. Lawrence co., N.Y; m. Harriet Short. Children:
Phillip, of whom presently
Jane, b. in 1787.
John. b. in 1790
Michael, b. in 1794
Peter, b. in 1898
PHILLIP SHARPE, farmer m. ELizabeth Brockway; lived in Waddington, St. Lawrence, co., N. Y.; had a son:
John W. Sharp, a farmer, m. Margaret Safford Aug. 15, 1847. Children:.
Arthur W., b. June 4, 1848.
Cortes, b. Feb. 16, 1850.
Lewis P., b. Aug. 5, 1853.
Rufus, b. Dec. 4, 1855.
Retta Emma, b. Mar. 24, 1858.
Agnes E., b. Apr. 16, 1860.
Ella R., b. Jan. 4, 1863. I think Peter's birth date should be 1798. (Virginia Kysh).

3 Portrait and biographical album of Jackson County, Iowa : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of the state, and of th (Chicago: Chapman Bros., 1889,), P 190. lived to the age of eighty-six. His wife died when but forty-six years of age. They had become parents of five children, only three of whom grew to maturity. James, now a resident of Woodbury County, Iowa; Asenath, wife of Harmon Kingsley, living in St Lawrence County, N.Y; Elisha, the subject of this sketch.

Elisha grew to manhood in his native county, and in 1861 was married to Alice Buttolph. She was born in St Lawrence County, N.Y., March 10, 1842, and is the daughter of John and Jane (Sharp) Buttolph. John Buttolph, the father of Mrs. Bradley, was born in Lower Canada, and came to St Lawrence when but nine years old, and married in St Lawrence County, where he resided until 1864. Impelled by the spirit of the times he removed westward and settled in Clinton County, this State, where he purchased 100 acres of land. John Buttolph was accompanied to this place by his brother Noah. He was living in Clinton County at the time of his death, which sad event occurred in the year 1875. His wife is still living and makes her home with her children. There was a family of twelve born to them, only six of them grew to maturity. These were name respectively: Alice, now Mrs. Bradley; Jane, wife of William Wright, residing in Breckenridge, Wilkin Co., Minn; John, living at Fergus Falls, Minn; Myra, wife of Chester Brink, living in Sac County, Iowa; Hattie died at age eighteen years; Mary, wife of Jacob Curry, resides in Jones County, Iowa.

The paternal grandfather of Mrs. Elisha Bradley was born in New York, and died at the age of eighty-four years. The maternal grandparents of Mrs. Bradley, Philip and Elizabeth Sharp, are also natives of New York. Mrs. Sharp is still living at the age of eighty-nine years. Mr Sharp served as a soldier in the War of 1812.

Mr. Bradley, our subject, resided in New York after his marriage until 1865, when he came to Iowa and purchased forty acres of his present farm, which was then little improved; he now owns sixty acres. Mr. and Mrs. Bradley have three children- Cora, Bertha and Floyd. Mr. Bradley has been in poor health for several years and thus been prevented from accumulating much of this world's goods. His two daughters are teachers, and contribute much to the support of the family. The elder one has attended school at the Northern Indiana Normal Valparaiso; they are excellent teachers and very kind to their parents. In politics, Mr. Bradley is a Republican, and has been a strong supporter of this party since 1858. He was drafted during the war, but was excused on account of disability.

4 William Hull, Correspondence with William Hull, Place of Birth: Augusta, Grenville, Ontario, Canada.

5 Military Pension Records, I Elizabeth Sharp of the Village of Winchester in the Province of Ontario in the United Counties of Normoret Dundas and Glengarry. Widow of Late Phillip Sharp. Late of the Town of Waddington in the St Lawrence County in the State of New York . Make oath and say.
1st That I have not remarried since the date of the death of my late husband.
2nd That my late husband was a private in company D under Captain Dimick, that since his death I have regularly received a pension from the United State Government.
3rd. That my late husband at the time of our marriage was a citizen of Madrid, St. Lawrence County in the United States of America on the state of New York.
4th That my late husband died on June 2n AD 1872, at Waddington, St Lawrence County New York State in the United States, having been a citizen of the said United States constantly from our marriage till this time of his death.
5th That I was born in the village of Morristown in St Lawrence County, New York and resides in the said New York State, till the death of my late husband and afterwards till the year AD 1878, at which time I removed to Canada, with my son Theron Sharp that I have remained a citizen of the United States since that date. and that I have not since that date, become a citizen of Canada by the taking of any oath of allegiance thereto.
6th That my late husband was born in Balltown Springs in the State of New York, United States of America the 2n day of September AD 1785.
Sworn in the presence of Theron Sharp
John McArthur
Dated the 31st day of July AD 1893 at Winchester Village in the Province of Ontario and domain of Canada.

6 Census - USA - 1850, image 12/116. image 12/116
Madrid, St. Lawrence, New York
28 August 1850
Line 40
Dwelling 9, Family 9
Philip Sharpe, age 64, male, Farmer, property worth 2000, born in New York
Elizabeth Sharpe, age 50, female, born in Canada
Charles Sharpe, age 27, male, Blacksmith, born in New York.

7 Census - USA - 1860, Page 95, image 45/70. Waddington, St. Lawrence, New York
line 5
Dwelling 300, family 300
Philip Sharp, age 74, male, Farmer, born in New York
Elizabeth Sharp, age 50, female, House Keeper, born in Canada
Theron Sharp, age 23, male, farmer, born in New York
Eliza Brockway, age 16, female, born in New York
Ezra Brockway, age 18, male, farmer, born in New York. Who are the two Brockway Children?.

8 Census - USA - 1870, Page 65, image 64/67. Waddington, St. Lawrence, New York
line 9
Dwelling 486, family 477
Sharp, Phillip, age 84, male, Farmer, property worth 4250, personal property worth 631, born in New York
--Elizabeth, age 70, female, keeping house, born in Canada
--Theron, age 35, male, farmer, born in New York, mother of foreign birth
--Emma, age 27, female, keeping house, born in New York
--Charles, age 2, male, born in New York
--Zillah, age 1, female, born in New York. It appears that Theron's wife and children are living with Philip and Elizabeth.

9 1881 census of Canada, Ontario, district 102, sub-district 3, Winchester, p. 38, dwelling 174, family 175; RG 31; digital images, Ancestry, Census - Canada - 1881 - Ontario.

10 "Census of Canada - 1891," database, Census - Canada - 1891, Theron Sharp and family; Year: 1891;Census Place: Winchester Village, Dundas, Ontario. Roll: T-6332, Family No: 80.

11 Family Bible of Sharp Family (Holy Bible), Rhinebeck, Dutchess, New York.

12 New York Births and Baptisms, Schoharie and Mohawk Valleys, 1694-1906 (Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2002), Baptism Record of Schenectady Reformed Church, 1694-1811

Baptismal Date: 02 Jan 1786
Father: Johannes Scharp
Mother: Arriaantje Short
Item Number: 5864
Child: Philip
Sponsor: Philip Sharp; Geertruy Sharp
Birth Date: 02 Sep (1785). First settled by the Dutch in the 17th century, and later acquired by the British, New York is one of the most important states in the history of the United States. This collection of birth and baptism records, compiled by Arthur and Nancy Kelly, was taken from the New York church registers and minister's records 1694-1906, and town birth records 1846-49. It contains over 56,000 records from Fulton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Schenectady, and Saratoga Counties, and provides details on more than 225,000 individuals. In addition to the child's name and date of birth or baptism, researchers may find information on parents' names, names of sponsors, and notes included in these vital records. Further information and books from which theses records were taken may be obtained from:

Arthur and Nancy Kelly
305 Cedar Heights Road
Rhinebeck, NY 12572.

Church records provide the best substitute in New York State for vital record information. In particular, the Reformed and Lutheran churches kept excellent records, having the children baptized soon after their birth. Arthur Kelly has spent over 30 years transcribing and collecting early records of this area in an attempt to provide vital record information for the18th and 19th centuries before civil records were required.

13 Dwight Albert Sharpe, The Sharp Family Lineage (2001), 9. i. PHILIP6 SHARP, b. September/02/1785, Ballstown Springs, Albany, New York; d. June/02/1872, Waddington, St. Lawrence, New York.

14 Schenectady Reformed Church (Schenectady, New York, United States), Baptism of Philip Sharp; FHL microfilm, item 4059.

15 Anne M Cady, Inventory of the Martin Cemetery - Lisbon, New York,
Sharp Monument
In Memory Of Phillip Sharp, born Sept 2, 1785; died June 2, 1872; Aged 86 yrs, 9 mos.