From the 1885 History of Steuben County, Indiana
John Sharitt, son of Joseph L. and Rebecca Sharitt, was born Sept. 21, 1833, in Coshocton County, Ohio. In 1838 his parents separated, his father going to Louisiana where he became a planter and slave-holder. He died in that State in 1869. In 1844 the mother and her five children moved to Richland County, Ohio. There her children grew to manhood, but three subsequently met with accidental deaths, viz... William was killed on the railroad at Mt. Vernon, Ohio, in 1851; James A. was drowned in the Coshocton River in 1858; and Joseph L. was killed in Louisiana in 1869, while building a house. Those living are our subject, and George D., now in San Francisco, Cal. In 1858 the mother accompanied her son John to Steuben County and died at his house in Scott Township, Jan. 19, 1873, aged seventy-two years. John Sharitt lived in Richland County, Ohio, from 1844 till 1858 and then came to this township and located on the land which is now his fine farm of 160 acres, on section 21. At that time it was covered with a dense forest and it took many years of toil and hardship to bring it to its present state of cultivation. In addition to this farm Mr. Sharitt owns acres of land a short distance from his home. He was married Aug. 2, 1853, to Margaret Kline, who was born in Crawford County, Ohio, April 15, 1833. To them have been born ten children, eight of whom are living -- Mrs. Delilah Mann, of Richland County, Ohio; John C. and Joseph L., of Jefferson County, Neb.; Charles O. was killed on the railroad in September, 1883; Libbie died June, 1875, in the fourteenth year of her age; U.S. Grant is at home; Mrs. Calista Ridnour, of Wyandot County, Ohio; Frank O., Armintha and Jay A., are at home. Mr. and Mrs. Sharitt and all save one of their children are members of the Disciple's church. In politics he is a Republican.
Submitted by Kim Davoli