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Joshua Sharpless diaries

Identifier: HC.MC-975-01-069
This collection is composed of two handwritten volumes of Joshua Sharpless's diaries. Entries describe Sharpless's travel to, and time spent in, Cornplanter's village during 1798. Also included is a single folder of related materials.


  • 1798, 1965


Access Restrictions

The collection is open to research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Law Applies (U.S. Title 17).


0.16 Linear Feet (2 volumes)

Biographical note

Joshua Sharpless (1746-1826) was born 12/28/1746, the son of Benjamin and Martha (Mendenhall) Sharpless. Sharpless married Edith Yarnall at Middletown Meeting, Pa. on December 15, 1768. Sharpless had five sons and three daughters. Sharpless later removed to New Garden, Pa., where he worked towards the abolition of slave holding among Friends. In 1784, the family bought a farm in East Bradford and Westtown townships. Sharpless's first wife died in 1787, and he married Anne Trimble on May 20, 1789. The couple had a son and daughter. In 1798 Sharpless traveled to Cornplanter's village to visit younger Friends who were living there. In 1800, Sharpless and his wife became the first superintendents at Westtown School. Joshua Sharpless died on September 21, 1826.


The Joshua Sharpless diaries were donated to Special Collections, Haverford College, by Dr. William T. Sharpless.

Related Materials

  • MC 950.101 Halliday Jackson papers
  • MC 950.135 Native American speeches
  • MC 975.01.078 Joel Swayne diary
  • MC 975.01.065 Henry Simmons journals
  • MC 975.02.019 Henry Simmons letterbooks
  • MC 975.03.054 Henry Simmons commonplace book
  • MC 975.07.083 "Some Account of Joshua Sharpless"
  • MC 975.07.130 "Account of Isaac Coates, Joshua Sharpless & John Pierce's Visits to the Indian Reservation in Western New York"
  • MC 975.07.132 "Account of a visit paid to the Indians in New York State"
  • MC 1111 Sharpless-Kite family papers

Processing Information

Processed by Kara Flynn; completed August 2015.
Joshua Sharpless diaries, 1798
Kara Flynn
August 2015
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