James Sterling I was probably a descendant of William Sterling o f Haverhill but proof is lacking. James married at Cornwall, CT on June 28, 1767, Hanna May whose father was thought to be Edward May who died in 1790 and "widow" May born 1707 and died July 1787. James served in the Revolutionary forces. "James Sterling, though a Quaker, enlisted at Cornwall, June 1776 as a member of Capt. Roger's Company, in the 2nd battalion, Wadsworth's Brigade, raised under an act of the Legislature to reinforce Washington at New York City. The Battalion served on the Brooklyn front a few days before and during the Battle of Long Island, Aug. 27, 1776 and was in retreat from New York, Aug 29-30. It was stationed at New York under General Putnam and narrowly escaped capture on the retreat from the city Sept. 15th. The were posted on Harlem (Washington) Heights until the Battle of White Plains, Oct. 28, 1776 in which the Battalion was engaged and suffered some loss. James was mustered out with the company Dec. 25, 1776, and returned to his home. James may have enlisted again as there is a tradition that he was in the Battle of Trenton. Source: CT Men in the Revolution by Henry P. Johnston. Six sons and four daughters.
Isaac Sterling, born June 27, 1773, fourth child of James and Hannah (May) Sterling, married first to Urena Johnson by whom he had two sons and a daughter. It seems likely that she died in CT for Weston's History of Brooklyn makes no mention of her residing there. He married second Meliscent or Milly Bonney, a daughter of Asa Bonney. Three children from this union. Isaac Sterling came to Brooklyn, PA in 1810 and two brothers and two of his sisters also settled in Brooklyn: thomas and Nathaniel, Amy, who married Ephraim Howe (builder of the octagon house on the Brooklyn-Tiffany road) and Rachel, married first to Jedediah Hewitt and later to Mr. Stark. Burial place of all except Isaac and Thomas is Mt. View Cemetery.
Isaac Hilliard Sterling, son of Isaac and Urena (Johnson) Sterling came with his father Isaac from Cornwall, Litchfield Co., CT in 1810 when about 11 years old. He learned the carpenter's trade of Jeremiah Spencer, serving an apprenticeship. He died Oct. 15, 1882, aged 83 years, 4 mo & 19 days. Married Harried Emmons, daughter of Lemon Emmons and granddaughter of Isaac Emmons. She died Jan 15, 1888, aged 84 years, 3 mo & 29 days. Ten children-seven sons and three daughters.
James Hilliard Sterling, third child of Isaac Hilliard and Harriet (Emmons) Sterling was born May 25, 1827 and died April 2, 1900. Married Hannah Mary Brown (see Jackson line), a daughter of Ezra S. who was the son of Ezra and Nancy (Bolles) Brown, and Rebecca C (Jackson) Brown, who was born Dec. 16, 1836 ad died Nov. 18, 1919. Both are buried at Mt. View Cemetery, Brooklyn, PA. Seven children-six sons and a daughter. A son and a daughter died at ages 4 and 5 respectively while their forth son shot himself at sixteen. Hannah Mary lived with her sons in her old age, spending a month or so at each one's home. Mother (L. Marie (Potter) Tiffany's mother Lois Sterling Potter) refered to her as "fat grandma" and remembered her as rather disagreeable. A schoolteacher, Pauline Mead, thought her a nice old lady!
Emerson Llewellyn Sterling, oldest child of James Hilliard and Hanna Mary (Brown) Sterling was born May 3, 1856 at Brooklyn, PA, and died Sept. 25, 1941 in the same area. He married on April 10, 1880 Jennie Delphia Eastman, a daughter of Nathan Back and Rachel (White) Eastman. She was born July 28, 1863 and died April 1, 1944. Both are buried at Mt. View Cemetery at Brooklyn, PA. Emerson was school janitor at Brooklyn when the old schoolhouse was near what is now Kenneth Conrad's house. For many years he was caretaker of the Mt. View Cemetery. After inheriting some money from an uncle, he purchased a farm where Mrs. Bidwell lives and spent his later years as a small farmer. Jennie was a seamstress and made many quilts for sale and for daughters and grandchildren. Six children as follows: Nellie May born Jan. 20, 1881 died Jan. 13, 1893; Louis Burton born Dec. 20, 1882 died Jan. 1957, married 1st Florence Perigo, two children Alice and Kenneth, married 2nd Lorena Allen, five children: Arthur, Lillian, Leona, Robert, and Richard; Belle Josephine born June 18, 1887 died Nov. 18, 1960, married 1st Lee Merrill, children: Winston and Beatrice Marian, married 2nd Fred Crisman, one child: Frances; Mary Irene born June 14, 1891 died Nov. 1970, unmarried; Lois May born May 18, 1895 died July 31, 1968 married Ralph Claude Potter, two children: Lura Marie and Lloyd Carl Potter; James Hilliard born July 18, 1901 died Sept. 9, 1964, married 1st Mildred Card, four children: James Jr., Louise, Shirley, and Carlton, married 2nd Sophie Urpack, six children: Mary, Janette, Kenneth, Raymond, Patricia and Deborah.
Note: Jennie Delphia Eastman's mother's parents were Edard White and Welthia (Hibbard) White. the are buried in the Gelatt Cemetery.
Lois May Sterling, fifth child and youngest daughter of Emerson Llewellyn and Jennie Delphia (Eastman) Sterling was born May 18, 1895 at Brooklyn, PA and died July 31, 1968 at Binghamton, NY. She married on Dec. 24, 1918 at Montrose, PA Ralph Claude Otter, son of Joshua Francis and Cenora (Stone) Potter. She taught three terms of school before her marriage. A daughter and a son: Lura Marie born Feb. 29, 1920 married Anson Walter Tiffany-children Russell, Marilyn and Sylvia; and Lloyd Carl born May 16, 1921 married Effie A. Packer-five children: Eileen Lawrence, Virginia, Kathryn and Roselyn.
Military Record of James Sterling
Source: "Sterling Genealogy" by Albert M. Sterling
Battalion raised June 1776, to reinforce Washington at New York. Served at Brooklyn, NY front jsut before and during the Battle of Long Island Aug. 27, 1776; in the retreat to New York, Aug. 29-30. In the retreat from New York City, Sept. 15-with main army at White Plains. Time expired Dec. 25, 1776.
"Connecticut Men in the Revolution" by Henry P. Johnston p. 397: James Sterling, though a Quaker, enlisted at Cornwall, June 1776, as a member of Capt. Roger's Company in the 2nd Battalion, Wadsworth's Brigade, raised under an act of the Legislature to reinforce Washington at New York City. The Battalion served on the Brooklyn NY front a few days before and during the Battle of Long Island, Aug. 27, 1776 and was in the retreat from New York, Aug. 29-30. It was stationed at New York under General Putnam and narrowly escaped capture on the retreat from the city Sept. 15. they were posted on Harlem (Washington) Heights until the Battle of White Plains, Oct. 28, 1776 in which the Battalion was engaged and suffered some loss. James was mustered out with the company Dec. 25, 1776 and returned to his home. James may have enlisted again as there is a tradition that he was in the Battle of Trenton.
Source verified by DAR national number 435795
James Sterling I married Hannah May at Cornwall, CT June 28, 1767. They had ten children: Thomas born Dec. 6, 1768 married Mehitable Norton; Daniel born 1769 married Mary Bradford; Amy born 1771 married Ephraim Howe; Isaac born June 27, 1773 married 1st Urena Johnston 2nd Melicent Bonney; Nathaniel born Nov. 30, 1774 married 1st Prudy A. Maples, 2nd Polly A. Moss; Sarah born 1776 died unmarried in 1858; Rachel born Jan 5, 1778 married 1st Jedediah Hewitt 2nd Mr. Stark; James born 1781 died unmarried 1789; Hannah born Jan 7, 1785 married Thomas Lusa; Samuel born April 1, 1793 married Mary Newell
We are descendants of the fourth child, Isaac Sterling and his first wife, Urena Johnson. They had three children: Isaac Hilliard who married Harriet Emmons; Heman Bradley and Urena J. Isaac Sterling married 2nd Meliscent or Milly Bonney (daughter of Asa Bonney). Their children were Joline Rositer, A. Harmon, and John.
According to Weston's History, Isaac came here from CT in 1810. His house here was of logs on the west side of the road and north of the brook. After living a short time on the Perigo place, he removed to Dimock just west of the Meshoppen.
Isaac Hilliard Sterling came with his father Isaac from Cornwall, Litchfield, Co., CT in 1910 when he was about 11 years old, and lived for a time on the Thomas Garland place. He learned the carpenter's trade of Jeremiah Spencer, serving an apprenticeship. He married Harriet Emmons (from Goshen, CT) and lived 2 or 3 ears in the old mill house on the old road a few rods northeast of the Methodist Church. From this he went to the Joshua Jackson lot about 1827. The place of his residence here as well as that of his predecessors have visible signs, and the two springs, one of them copious and superior, remain. The house here was a frame put up by Joshua Miles, Jr., probably either for Joshua Jackson, Jr. or Asa Hawley, but there had been an earlier log cabin. He afterwards bought in connection with this, the Joseph Jackson lot lying on the west side of the public road, and removed to this Jackson house. But there had been an earlier house here also. Subsequently he bought the south part of the Jonathan Miles improvement (from which the house had been removed to the north part and sold to Loren Bagley) where he build a house which afterwards burned and was replaced by the present structure. These sales, as usual, were only quit-claim titles. The soil had yet to be bought.
The children of Isaac Hilliard and Harriet (Emmons) Sterling were
1. Amos who died Oct. 7, 1847 aged 23 years, 2 months and 24 days;
2. Ansel who married Lucina Kent daughter of David Kent. Their children were Amos G. who married Inez L. Titus (daughter of Albert & Amelia (Roper) Titus whose son Ernest A.'s daughter was Mary Lee Sterling Caterson, and William who married Emeline Brown (daughter of Wm. Z. and Almira (Wilmarth) Brown). Their daughters were Ethel and Lela;
3. James Hilliard married Hannah Mary Brown (daughter of Ezra S. & Rebecca C. (Jackson) Brown.) Their children were 1. Emerson Llewellyn who married Jennie D. Eastman (daughter of Nathan Back & Rachel (White) Eastman). Their children were Nellie May who died at age 12, Louis Burton who married 1st Florence Perigo, 2nd Lorena Allen; Josephine Belle who married 1st Lee Merrill and 2nd Fred Crisman; Mary Irene who was unmarried; Lois May who married Ralph Potter and James Hilliard who married 1st Mildred Card and 2nd Sophie Urpack. 2. Byron G who married Lura Maria Dewitt daughter of Chauncy B. DeWitt, no children; 3. Edwin B. died at 4 years of age. 4. Herman died at age 16 of a self-inflicted gunshot. 5. Merton D. married Clara Hill (daughter of Josephine & Susan (Jones) Hill and had five children: Laura who married Frank Wilmarth, Lura who died at 22, Susan who married Maynard Kellar, Oscar who married 1st Dorothy Tiffany and 2nd Hellice Tiffany Longstreet, and Truman who died at a young age; 5. Alice who died at five years of age; 6. Clarence C. who married Gertrude Lindsey (daughter of Frederick and Fanny (Rogers) Lindsey) and their three children were Byron who married Gladys ?, Meta who married 1st Storm Kilts and 2nd ?, and Lehman who married 1st ? and 2nd ?.
4. Charles who died Aug. 30, 1840 aged 10 years, 5 months and 19 days.
5. Hermon (Weston's History lists the name as Harmon) married Frankie. They had no children, settled in Illinois and he died in California.
6. Ralph married 1st Amy L. Kent (daughter of H. W. Kent). They adopted a son, Frederick according to Weston's History and had a daughter, Julia. Ralph married 2nd Mrs. Delila White who had a daughter Ethel (White) Fairchild.
7. Harriet married Philander Babcock, lived in Sterling, Illinois. He burned to death in a prairie fire.
8. Charles married 1st ? and 2nd ? had a son, Louis, (his paintings hang in galleries in New York) and a daughter, Kate. Charles owned extensive apple orchards in the state of Washington. He came East several times, last time in 1924 or 5 with his second wife.
9. Julia, unmarried, taught school for many years either in the Dakotas or in Illinois. She came East at least once.
10. Urusla U. (Mrs. Murray Roper according to Weston's History). Lois Sterling Potter wrote that Urusla had married a Babcock and had a daughter Kathryn and settled in the Dakotas but L. Marie thought it was Rock River, IL.
Sources: DAR member applications 435795and 654108; Potter Family Newsletter ed. by Jeannette Brownell; Connecticut Men in the Revolution" by Henry P. Johnston; Sterling Genealogy" by Albert M. Sterling
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