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John Martin Sharpless
(A biographical sketch taken from One Hundred Years, The Delaware County National Bank Chester, PA 1814-1914)
John Martin Sharpless (1855-57,
1861), son of Enos and Beulah (Martin) Sharpless, was born at Waterville,
Nether Providence, August 1, 1811. On November 15, 1835, he, Gideon Smith,
and Lawrence Hawthorn entered into partnership in the manufacture of
dyestuffs and grinding dyewoods. A part of the old grist mill at
Waterville was fitted out with the proper machinery. Within a short time,
Hawthorn withdrew from the firm, and, in 1842, Smith also retired from
active participation in its management, but still retained an interest in
the business. The enterprise proved enormously profitable, and Mr.
Sharpless acquired a substantial fortune. In the fall of 1874, John M.
Sharpless was in attendance at a committee meeting of the Yearly Meeting
in charge of the Westtown Boarding School, when he was stricken with
paralysis, which resulted fatally. John M. Sharpless died at his home on
Chestnut street, in what is now the First ward of Chester, December 22,
1874, aged 63 years.
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