Andrew Sharples (alias Ward; 1545 – August 14, 1595) was the 11th great-grandfather of Cometan, classified as one of Cometan’s distant paternal ancestors in the Stringfellow family line. Born in Bolton, Lancashire, Andrew is known to have been the husband of Ann Longworth (1546 – 1590) and to have fathered at least one son named Lawrence in 1580. The reason for Andrew’s use of the alias of Ward is yet to be discovered. Andrew is recorded as having died at the age of fifty in Bolton and is buried at St Peter’s Church in Bolton.
In Cometanic ancestry, Andrew is categorised as part of the 13th generation retrograde, classifying him as a distant ancestor of Cometan.