The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 10, July 1906 - April, 1907 Page: 344
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344 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
great pecuniary loss through unjust fines and through destruc-
tion of property by mobs.
Anthony Sharp never came to America, but sent out, first, his
nephew Thomas Sharp (in 1681) to look after his large landed
interests in East and West Jersey and be his personal representa-
tive in the Council of Proprietors; and (in 1701) his eldest son
Isaac (just come of age), who, besides being member of the Coun-
cil of Proprietors, served as judge of Salem court (1709-17),
surrogate of Salem county (1712), and member of the Assembly
(1709-21). Isaac Sharp's son Joseph married (February 12,
1743) Mary Coleman, great-granddaughter of Robert Turner,
the man who, next to William Penn, put most brain, effort and
money into the foundation of Pennsylvania.
Robert Turner arrived at Philadelphia on the Lion of Liver-
pool, October 14, 1683, with his two motherless daughters, Martha
and Mary, and seventeen indentured servants; filled successively
almost every office of importance in the colony; and gave to its
upbuilding the best that was in him to the time of his death, in
1700. An intimate friend and counselor of William Penn in
the over-sea planning of the colony, Robert Turner was ever
his dependence and often his personal representative in Penn-
sylvania; for William Penn spent but four years in America--"
two from 1682 to 1684 and two more from 1699 to 1701-and
so his representatives had their hands full. In Pennsylvania
Robert Turner held the offices of provincial judge, deputy gov-
ernor, commissioner of property, member of governor's council,
receiver general for properties, and register general; and in New
Jersey, although a non-resident, he was one of the twenty-four
proprietors to whom the Duke of York released East Jersey, and
was a member of both the assembly and governor's council of
West Jersey and justice of Burlington county-which meant
member of the quarter sessions, special, common pleas, and gen-
eral courts, court of errors, and-at a later date-the supreme
The first brick house in Philadelphia was built by Robert Turner
as a model for others; and, when its place was demanded by
trade conditions of this day, in the spring of 1906, it and his
second house, built in 1685, withstood all onslaughts of pick and
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Texas State Historical Association. The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 10, July 1906 - April, 1907, periodical, 1907; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101040/m1/382/: accessed October 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.