EDWARD SAVERY SHARPLESS practiced law in Camden during the 1910s and 1920s. He was the nephew of Casper T. Sharpless, who with his brother Harvey, had operated a coal business at 12th and Federal Streets beginning in the late 1870s.
SAVERY SHARPLESS, practicing
lawyer of Camden, New Jersey, solicitor of Moorestown Township,
Burlington County, New Jersey, and one of the authorities on real
estate titles in the locality, was born at Moorestown on July 26,
1885. His parents were Eli and Esther A. (Engle) Sharpless. His father
was a farmer, and lived on the old family homestead between Moorestown
and Palmyra, he having been born at Goshen, Chester County,
Pennsylvania. He traced back to John Sharpless, of Wybunbury,
Cheshire, England, who sailed from Liverpool on June 14, 1682, and
landed on "John' Sharpless Rock," Chester, Pennsylvania, and
bought land from William Penn, near Chester. He was converted a
Quaker, and died on his farm near Chester in 1685. The Sharpless
family have their complete family genealogy, concluding with Edward S.
and his children.
Savery Sharpless attended Moorestown Friends' Academy from 1891 to
1902 and then went to Westtown Friends' Boarding School from 1902 to
1906, and then for one year to the Drexel Institute Day School, where
he took the course in Commerce and Finance. He entered the service of
the West Jersey Title Company,
of Camden, New Jersey, and remained with it for one and a half years
as bookkeeper and search order clerk (1907-09). Then for two years he
was a law student in the office of Horace F. Nixon, and in the fall of
1910 entered the University of Pennsylvania, class of 1912, but did
not graduate. Instead he secured employment in the office of Gray &
Archer, of Camden, and was
admitted to the bar on March 20, 1912. He became counselorat-law on
July 14, 1916, and engaged in building and loan, mortgages, real
estate, Orphans' Court and title law practice. He is a director in the
Cape May County Title and Trust Company, and solicitor of the
Excelsior Building and Loan Company. He was on the local advisory
board to the Draft Board of Chester Township during the World War.
Until he was eighteen years of age Mr. Sharpless' residence was on the old Sharpless homestead near Moorestown, New Jersey, where he was born. He still keeps up his connection with agriculture, and since 1922 has been a member of the New Jersey State Grange. He belongs to the State and County Bar associations, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Moorestown Field Club. Mr. Sharpless, like his father, is an Orthodox Friend, belonging to the Chester Preparatory Meeting, the Haddonfield and Salem Quarterly Meeting and the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.
Sharpless was married, at Westgrove, Chester County, Pennsylvania, on
May 29, 1915, to Ruth Martin Palmer, born in Westgrove on February 5,
1889, and daughter of Henry and Phoebe (Hoopes) Palmer, who are both
still living in Westgrove. The Sharpless children are: 1. Alice Hoopes,
born March 8, 1916. 2. Edward Savery, Jr., born January 9, 1918. 3.
Mary Louise, born June 5, 1919. 4. Palmer Martin, born May 31, 1922.
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