John C. Sharp was born on 28 May 1850 to Joseph Sharp and Jeannette Sharp in what became Kansas. He migrated with his family to the Salt Lake Valley in 1850. He married Bethula Palmer on 12 February 1872 and moved to Vernon, Utah Territory, that same year. Sharp was a farmer and stock raiser and also invested in businesses. In 1877, he was made bishop of the Vernon Ward. In 1890, he and Bethula moved their family to Salt Lake City, Utah. Sharp died on 30 January 1921.
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