Tennessee, USA

William Williston SterryAge: 78 years18161894

Name
William Williston Sterry
Given names
William Williston
Surname
Sterry
Birth about 1816 36
Text:
Tennessee (Robertson County) 15th District ((M432_/894/146) William Sterry, 28, born New York Martha A Sterry, 21, born Tennessee (Source: Ancestry.com: Federal Population Schedule)
Note: Also 1860, 1870 and 1880 US Census. Note that his stated age in the census varied and he could have been born anytime between 1816 and 1822. According to Walter Smith in his update dated 7 Sep 1991 and titled All We Know About William Williston Sterry Ida Maxey, wife of his grandson Henry Williston Sterry (born 1889) who died aged 93 and was alert to the end, insisted that he was born in Connecticut or at least his parents had come not long before from Connecticut.
MarriageMartha Ann HudginsView this family
April 20, 1848 (Age 32 years)
Text:
From 3x5 surname 1800s index card Sterry, Wm. Married in Robertson County, Tennessee. April 20th by the Rev. J. M. Vestal. Miss Martha Ann Hudgins and Mr. Wm. Sterry, formerly of this city. Observor Std. 5-10-48 see Syracuse Reminiscences, m-z Letter of Wm. Sterry, Sycamore, Tenn (Cheatham Co, next W. of Robertson) in Sunday Times dated 1 July 1883 d. 1848---- [not legible - this was copied exactly - Henges 6/80] ONONDAGA HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION (stamped)
Occupation
Cabinet Maker
1850 (Age 34 years)
Birth of a son
#1
William Williston Sterry
November 22, 1851 (Age 35 years)
Note: Also Family Bible
Birth of a daughter
#2
Mary Ann Elizabeth Sterry
May 25, 1853 (Age 37 years)
Source: Family Bible
Birth of a son
#3
Thomas Edward Sterry
January 22, 1855 (Age 39 years)
Source: Family Bible
Birth of a son
#4
Charlie Washington Sterry
April 17, 1857 (Age 41 years)
Source: Family Bible
Birth of a son
#5
Theodore Ashley Sterry
January 27, 1860 (Age 44 years)
Source: Family Bible
Birth of a daughter
#6
Nancy Allen Sterry
November 11, 1861 (Age 45 years)
Source: Family Bible
Birth of a daughter
#7
Sarah Jane Sterry
January 19, 1864 (Age 48 years)
Source: Family Bible
Birth of a son
#8
Henry Robertson Sterry
February 1, 1867 (Age 51 years)
Note: Also Family Bible
Birth of a son
#9
George Channing Sterry
January 5, 1871 (Age 55 years)
Source: Family Bible
Marriage of a childWilliam Williston SterryLucy Ann TeasleyView this family
November 19, 1871 (Age 55 years)
Shared note: 1880 census
Death of a sonGeorge Channing Sterry
July 17, 1872 (Age 56 years)
Source: Family Bible
Birth of a grandson
#1
William Edward Sterry
July 24, 1872 (Age 56 years)
Birth of a son
#10
Hugh Lawson Sterry
April 2, 1873 (Age 57 years)
Source: Family Bible
Note: Also 'The 20th Century Shearin Genealogy'
Birth of a granddaughter
#2
Martha Elizabeth Sterry
January 8, 1874 (Age 58 years)
Death of a sonThomas Edward Sterry
November 3, 1876 (Age 60 years)
Source: Family Bible
Birth of a granddaughter
#3
Sarah Virginia Sterry
January 10, 1877 (Age 61 years)
Source: Tracy Robb
Publication: Ancestry.com
Marriage of a childCharlie Washington SterryMary Eunice MorrisView this family
December 13, 1877 (Age 61 years)
Publication: IGI
Text:
1877 Dec 13 C W Sterry & M E Morris [Source IGI: Cheatham County Clerk, Marriages 1856-1956; also Tennessee County Marriages, 1790-1950: Familysearch.org]
Shared note: 1880 US Census
Birth of a grandson
#4
George T Sterry
about 1879 (Age 63 years)
Marriage of a childTheodore Ashley SterryAnna E LeighView this family
December 30, 1880 (Age 64 years)
Publication: IGI
Shared note: Provisions for 'Anna and family' after the untimely death of Theodore were set aside by the court on 1 Jul 1883 - Ref: MBE [Marriage Book E] p. 142. [Anne Henges] 'Anna and family' implies Anna may have had children from her marriage to Theodore but names and birth dates have not been located.
Occupation
Farmer
1880 (Age 64 years)
Birth of a granddaughter
#5
Minnie Alma Sterry
November 26, 1881 (Age 65 years)
Source: Anne Henges
Birth of a granddaughter
#6
Viola Sterry
March 12, 1882 (Age 66 years)
Source: Tracy Robb
Death of a wifeMartha Ann Hudgins
December 4, 1882 (Age 66 years)
Source: Family Bible
Death of a sonTheodore Ashley Sterry
December 13, 1882 (Age 66 years)
Source: Family Bible
Marriage of a childJ William HudginsSarah Jane SterryView this family
November 22, 1883 (Age 67 years)
Publication: Ancestry.com
Text:
Marriage licence dated 22 Nov 1889 supplies further details: Date of marriage 22 Nov 1883 William Hudgins, age 20, born Tennessee, Residence Tennessee, Occupation Farming and Sarah Jane Sterry, age 19, born Tennessee, Residence Tennessee. Wit: W L Gower, H W Harris, W W Davis - Source Ancestry.com: Tennessee State Marriages 1780-1905] Also 1883 Nov 22 William Hudgins & Sarah J Sterry [Source IGI: Cheatham County Clerk, Marriages 1856-1956]
Birth of a grandson
#7
Robert Samuel Sterry
March 12, 1884 (Age 68 years)
Birth of a grandson
#8
James Millard Sterry
May 8, 1885 (Age 69 years)
Note: Also Hudgens website
Birth of a granddaughter
#9
Lola Hudgins
May 1885 (Age 69 years)
Source: Tracy Robb
Note: The Hudgens website has Lola as Rhea and born Aug 1885.
Birth of a granddaughter
#10
Mary Sterry
May 18, 1887 (Age 71 years)
Source: Anne Henges
Marriage of a childWilliam Williston SterryNancy Tennessee BinkleyView this family
December 2, 1888 (Age 72 years)
Publication: Ancestry.com
Text:
Tennessee Cheatham Co 1888 Dec 2 W W Sterry & N T Binkley
Shared note: 1900 US Census
Marriage of a childZachariah T ShearonNancy Allen SterryView this family
December 13, 1888 (Age 72 years)
Publication: Ancestry.com
Text:
1888 Dec 13 Z Shearon & Nanner[sic] Sterry
Shared note: Zachariah and Nancy had one child according to Carolyn Magruder.
Birth of a grandson
#11
Henry Williston Sterry
September 13, 1889 (Age 73 years)
Text:
(Cheatham County) Pleasant View United Methodist Cemetery STERRY Henry Williston 9/13/1889 - 4/24/1961 STERRY Ida M. 5/1/1891 - 11/9/1984 (Source: USGenWeb Archives)
Death of a grandsonGeorge T Sterry
about 1889 (Age 73 years)
Publication: https://hudgensillinois.wordpress.com/
Birth of a grandson
#12
Larry Hudgins
May 1890 (Age 74 years)
Source: Tracy Robb
Birth of a granddaughter
#13
Rosie Sterry
September 12, 1890 (Age 74 years)
Source: Family Bible
Note: Also Monumental Inscription
Birth of a grandson
#14
Charles Thomas Sterry
April 2, 1891 (Age 75 years)
Source: Family Bible
Birth of a granddaughter
#15
Lillie Shearon
February 1892 (Age 76 years)
Publication: Privately published 1999.
Death of a daughterNancy Allen Sterry
February 1892 (Age 76 years)
Publication: Privately published 1999.
Note: Died in child birth
Marriage of a childHugh Lawson SterryCora Lea ShearonView this family
October 9, 1892 (Age 76 years)
Publication: Ancestry.com
Text:
1892 Oct 9 H L Sterry & Cora Shearon, Cheatham
Shared note: 1910 US Census
Marriage of a grandchildJohn Bell TurrentineMartha Elizabeth SterryView this family
June 19, 1893 (Age 77 years)
Publication: Ancestry.com
Text:
J B Turentine Lizzie Sterry 19 Jun 1893 - Cheatham
Shared note: 1910 census
Birth of a grandson
#16
Henry Jackson Sterry
December 9, 1893 (Age 77 years)
Source: Family Bible
Birth of a grandson
#17
Sidney Sterry
September 1, 1894 (Age 78 years)
Marriage of a childHenry Robertson SterryMary Anne FoxView this family
December 30, 1894 (Age 78 years)
Publication: Ancestry.com
Shared note: 1900 US Census
Death 1894 (Age 78 years)
Source: Probate
Note: According to Walter Smith in his update dated 7 Sep 1991 and titled All We Know About William Williston Sterry his estate was settled on 5 Sep 1896 at Cheatham County, T A Woodson, administrator. William was a resident of Sycamore in Tennessee and he died intestate.
Family with parents - View this family
father
Marriage:
himself
Family with Martha Ann Hudgins - View this family
himself
wife
Marriage: April 20, 1848Robertson, Tennessee, USA
4 years
son
18 months
daughter
20 months
son
Thomas Edward Sterry
Birth: January 22, 1855 39 26Pleasant View, Tennessee, USA
Death: November 3, 1876Cheatham, Tennessee, USA
2 years
son
3 years
son
Theodore Ashley Sterry
Birth: January 27, 1860 44 31Pleasant View, Tennessee, USA
Death: December 13, 1882Cheatham, Tennessee, USA
21 months
daughter
2 years
daughter
3 years
son
4 years
son
George Channing Sterry
Birth: January 5, 1871 55 42Pleasant View, Tennessee, USA
Death: July 17, 1872Cheatham, Tennessee, USA
2 years
son

Birth1850 US Census
Text:
Tennessee (Robertson County) 15th District ((M432_/894/146) William Sterry, 28, born New York Martha A Sterry, 21, born Tennessee (Source: Ancestry.com: Federal Population Schedule)
Note: Also 1860, 1870 and 1880 US Census. Note that his stated age in the census varied and he could have been born anytime between 1816 and 1822. According to Walter Smith in his update dated 7 Sep 1991 and titled All We Know About William Williston Sterry Ida Maxey, wife of his grandson Henry Williston Sterry (born 1889) who died aged 93 and was alert to the end, insisted that he was born in Connecticut or at least his parents had come not long before from Connecticut.
MarriageOnondaga Historical Association Card Index
Text:
From 3x5 surname 1800s index card Sterry, Wm. Married in Robertson County, Tennessee. April 20th by the Rev. J. M. Vestal. Miss Martha Ann Hudgins and Mr. Wm. Sterry, formerly of this city. Observor Std. 5-10-48 see Syracuse Reminiscences, m-z Letter of Wm. Sterry, Sycamore, Tenn (Cheatham Co, next W. of Robertson) in Sunday Times dated 1 July 1883 d. 1848---- [not legible - this was copied exactly - Henges 6/80] ONONDAGA HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION (stamped)
Occupation1850 US Census
Occupation1880 US Census
DeathProbate
Note: According to Walter Smith in his update dated 7 Sep 1991 and titled All We Know About William Williston Sterry his estate was settled on 5 Sep 1896 at Cheatham County, T A Woodson, administrator. William was a resident of Sycamore in Tennessee and he died intestate.
Birth
Also 1860, 1870 and 1880 US Census. Note that his stated age in the census varied and he could have been born anytime between 1816 and 1822. According to Walter Smith in his update dated 7 Sep 1991 and titled All We Know About William Williston Sterry Ida Maxey, wife of his grandson Henry Williston Sterry (born 1889) who died aged 93 and was alert to the end, insisted that he was born in Connecticut or at least his parents had come not long before from Connecticut.
Marriage
No town clerk or church records located for their marriage. Walter Smith in his unpublished notes titled 'All We Know About William Williston Sterry' dated 7 Sep 1991 states: "..when he married in Tennessee in 1848 he wrote a wedding announcement in a Syracuse newspaper; the Onondaga County Historical Society, which holds the letter, says it is too fragile to be photocopied". However, a letter from the Onondaga Historical Society to Mrs Anne Henges [dated 28 Aug 1991] states "I also feel Mr Smith misconstrued the idea of a 'letter held by OHA' announcing William's marriage in the paper .. we do not have the letter. What is written on the 3x5 card is exactly what was written in the paper. The letter was sent to the newspaper and in all probability is gone." An exact copy of the 3x5 card is below: Sterry, Wm. Married in Robertson County, Tennessee. April 20th by the Rev. J. M. Vestal. Miss Martha Ann Hudgins and Mr. Wm. Sterry, formerly of this city. Observor. Std. 5-10-48 see Syracuse Reminiscences, m-z Letter of Wm. Sterry, Sycamore, Tenn (Cheatham Co, next W. of Robertson) in Sunday Times dated 1 July 1883 d. 1848---- [not legible - this was copied exactly - Henges 6/80] ONONDAGA HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION (stamped) 1850 US Census Tennessee (Robertson County) 15th District (M432_/894/146) William Sterry, 28, Cabinet Maker, born New York, [value of real estate] 100 Martha A Sterry, 21, born Tennessee (Source: Ancestry.com) Note living next door to William and Anna Hudgins and family. 1860 US Census Tennessee 3rd Civil District (Cheatham County) (M653_1243/197) William Sterry, 41, Cabinet Maker, born New York (Value Real Estate $300, Personal $200) M Sterry, 25, born Tennessee Wm Sterry, 9, born Tennessee E Sterry, 7, born Tennessee Thos Sterry, 6, born Tennessee Chas Sterry, 3, born Tennessee T A Sterry, 4mths, born Tennessee E Hudgons, 44, Cooper, born Tennessee (Source: Ancestry.com) Note: Cheatham Co was formed out of part of Robertson Co in Feb 1856. 1870 US Census Tennessee District 3, Sycamore Mills (Cheatham County) (M593_1518/126) Wm Stery, aged 52, born New York, Carpenter Value Estate Real $300, Personal $800 Martha A Stery, 42, born Tennessee, Keeping House W W Sterry, 19, born Tennessee, Farm Hand M A Stery, 17, born Tennessee Thomas C Stery, 15, born Tennessee, farm Hand C W Stery, 13, farm Hand, born Tennessee Theodore Stery, 11, farm Hand, born Tennessee Nancy A Stery, 9, born Tennessee Jane Sterry, aged 7, born Tennessee Henry Sterry, aged 3, born Tennessee 1880 US Census Tennessee Cheatham County District 3 (T9-1247/24B) William Sterry, 64, Head, Farmer, born New York, father born New York, mother born New York Martha A Sterry, 48, Wife, Keeping House, born Tennessee, father born Tennessee, mother born Tennessee Charles Sterry, 23, Son, Single, no occupation stated, place of birth not stated, parents' place of birth not stated Theodore Sterry, 20, Son, Single, Works on Farm, born Tennessee, father born Tennessee, mother born Tennessee Nancy A Sterry, 18, Dau, Single, Housekeeper, born Tennessee, father born Tennessee, mother born Tennessee Sarah Sterry, 16, Dau, House Keeper, born Tennessee, father born Tennessee, mother born Tennessee Henry R Sterry, 13, Son, Works on Farm, born Tennessee, father born Tennessee, mother born Tennessee Hugh L Sterry, 7, Son, At Home, born Tennessee, father born Tennessee, mother born Tennessee
Death
According to Walter Smith in his update dated 7 Sep 1991 and titled All We Know About William Williston Sterry his estate was settled on 5 Sep 1896 at Cheatham County, T A Woodson, administrator. William was a resident of Sycamore in Tennessee and he died intestate.
Shared note
The first record of William Williston Sterry in Tennessee was his name on a petition in 1843 to form the Cheatham county from part of the Robertson county. [Carolyn Magruder] William states his family moved from Albany to Syracuse in 1825 and later wrote about it in an article published in a Syracuse newspaper. He was the middle of three children. [See below] And in an unpublished document titled 'All We know about William Williston Sterry' (Dated 7 Sep 1991) Walter Smith states: "a hunch is he was one of seven males aged 20-29 shown in the 1840 census as working for Thomas Ashley, furniture maker of Salina, Onondaga County NY." Theodore Ashley appears in a directory listing of the Daily Journal City Register and Directory for 1851-'52, Syracuse, NY, 1851 [Page: 84] Theodore Ashley, Syracuse County New York, Cabinet and chair maker. William Williston Sterry was a cabinetmaker and did name one of his sons Theodore Ashley. William moved to Sycamore in Tennessee about 1843 and probably married there in 1848. He was a cabinet maker and farmer and died there in 1894. There is a recorded deed (in 1869) in Cheatham County for 47 acres bought in what was then Robertson County in 1849. He bought the land on October 4, 1849. The deed was not recorded until 1869. William Williston Sterry bought the land from A. Grimes - Deed Book B - page 747- for $125. Land adjoined William Hudgens - Rawl's Branch - Spring Creek, Sycamore, TN. No copy of the deed found. The ownership of the land after WWS bought it back from Sarah Jane and J. William Hudgens was not found. William Williston sold the farm before he died in 1894. According to local information it was sold to Washington Teasley but no record of sale has been located. [Carolyn Magruder email Mar and Aug 2011] The house on 47 acres was log, built on top of the hill. In 1922, the house was "rolled down the hill". Just outside the former site is an area with many saplings and large boulders. This is the Sterry cemetery. No marks on any rocks. Livestock have grazed and sheltered there, and the rocks probably shifted through the years. The property is on Sweet Home Road in Possum Trot, a very small community near Pleasant View, TN. It was impossible to count the actual number of graves. Years ago we interviewed a friend of Charlie Washington Sterry. He said Charlie's mother was buried right outside the door. There was no sign of where the house originally stood. [Carolyn Magruder , email 26 Mar 2011] In 1856 William was assessed for 47 acres in District 3 of Cheatham County on Spring Creek. He served as a magistrate in the 3rd District of the newly formed Cheatham County. [Tracy Robb Aug 2011] According to Doyle Teasley (son of Minnie Sterry who was dau of Charles Washington Sterry) William was not buried at the cemetery on the Sterry farm since he was living with Charlie Washington Sterry when he died. The farm was owned by someone else and he was buried in the Teasley Cemetery, with no headstone. [Carolyn Magruder Aug 2011] Sunday Times [Syracuse] Jul 11, 1883 SOME REMINISCENCES HOW WE LOOKED FIFTY YEARS AGO A Letter from Tennessee What William Sterry Remembers of us from 1825 I went from Albany to Syracuse in the year 1825, in one of the first boats that ploughed the raging canal. Syracuse at that time was a very sorry place. Our family consisted of my father, mother and three children - myself next to the oldest. We put up for the night at a house known as Cowan Tavern, on what is now known as the corner of Genesee and North Clinton streets. I remember we were fighting bed-bugs all night; they must have been the earliest settlers. The next day we had to walk to Onondaga Hollow to rent a house. The place (Syracuse) comprised the territory lying between Warren street on the east, and Clinton street on the west, and between Railroad or Washington street on south and a row of frame houses on the north side of Clinton Square, and all of it from two to four feet below the canal. All south of the railroad was woods, with a few houses scattered along the road leading south. There were but two roads, the one afterward known as the Genesee turn-pike, and the one leading from Salina (then a considerable place) to Onondaga Hollow. There were a few houses along the road west of Clinton street to the creek, where the old red mill stood, that furnished bread for all the country around. The land mostly belonged to James Townsend, of Albany, and known as the "Syracuse Company," with M. D. Burnet as their agent. Theodore Ashley landed in Syracuse I think, the same year that I did, and started the "Syracuse cabinet and chair ware house," Wareham Sackett doing the chair work, south of Kasson's store. The Mansion House stood where the Empire House now stands. It was a two story frame with a balcony toward the canal, from which I heard Lafayette address the people on his visit in 1825. I distinctly remember his features and dress. The Mansion House was kept by O H Williston. A man named Austin kept tavern where Tom Keeler kept. If W B Kirk was not there, he was not far off. Jake Hausenfratt lived a little farther south in the woods. Of doctors, I remember but three, and I think that was all. Jonathan Day on the south side of the canal, and J W Hanchett and Dr Hooker on the north side. Dr Day died in 1832, of cholera. D P Phelps was living with him when he died. The only clergyman were Elder Gilbert, who came from Hamilton to preach to the Baptists, and J W Adams, Presbyterian. I don't think there were any lawyers in Syracuse in those days. The courts were held at Onondaga Hill. I well remember the day that the prisoners were removed from the Hill to the new jail. About that time, and perhaps before, the lawyers began to settle at the new county seat. The first I remember were B Davis Noxon, E W Leavenworth, II and T T Davis, John Wilkinson and D a Orcutt. I carried love letters between Mr Leavenworth and Miss Henrietta Kasson. (I don't think there is any confidence violated after so long a time). Mr Leavenworth was a promising young lawyer and Miss Kasson was a lovely young lady, and why they did not hitch is more than I can tell. I did all I could for them. The place made no progress until the Syracuse Company built the Syracuse House. From that time on progress was rapid. There was a small building which stood on the ground before the Syracuse House was built, which was torn down. It was the wonder of all that such a fine building should be put up in such a place. It was like a bouquet in a mud hole. The stages from Albany to Buffalo went through Onondaga Hollow. I will give you the names of some of the early settlers. I could locate all of them, but I am afraid I would weary your patience. The merchants were Amos P Granger, B B Bachelor, William Malcom, Archy Kasson, Daniel Dana, Mann and Mellen and Deacon Chamberlin. Mr Malcom built a two-story frame on what he supposed to be the corner west of the Syracuse Hotel, but Arcy Kasson had some surveying done and found that Malcom was not on the corner, and he built a two-story brick on the corner, closing up the Malcolm doors and windows. Mr Kasson carried on the hardware business there, until he sold out to Elam Lynds & Son. The lead woman (Justice) on the top of the old Court House, was made in this house by William Kasson. General Granger's store was north of the canal, corner of the tow-path. He also carried on a soap factory near the Oswego canal. Mr Bachelor's store was on the north side of the canal. He was a bachelor by name and nature. You have seen him around Mr Pease's shoe shop. Mann & Mellen and Deacon Chamberlin sold dry goods (and Joseph Slocum) on the north side of Hanover Square. I met with a man not long ago who was a clerk in Deacon Chamberlin's store. His name was Melzor Edwards. Between Salina and Warren streets, Johnson & Huntley sold ready-made clothing. Cadwell and Thurber and Tom George sold groceries. The buildings on both sides of the canal were burned a few years later. The loss on buildings and stock was estimated at $100,000. I reckon there are single establishments worth that much now in Syracuse. Among the tradesmen of that day were Daniel Elliott, carpenter and joiner, (and the only one I know). Hiram Judson mended watches on the south side and Marvin & Norton were hatters. Olmstead and Agnew were tailors. The oldest cabinet maker was J Hawley, east of the Syracuse House corner. L H Redfield had a printing office in the old yellow building on the east side of Hanover Square, from which he issued a small paper. W K Blair was a village pedagogue. He taught the only school in the village in the school house on Church street, then in the woods. It was used as a school house, Presbyterian and Methodist meeting house. The village election was held there, and there the trustees met to thunder their ordinances at the boys. None but property holders could vote in the village election. There is one character that I must not forget, and that is A N Van Patten. He was the most public spirited, enterprising man in the place. He did more building than any other man. He was a jolly, rollicking man, full of fun. He wore a ruffle shirt that he could not spit over. He was agent for the canal packets and had an office within the scroll of the "old stone bridge" that spanned the canal on Salina street. If he saw a man a half a mile off he would hello at him. His death was a great loss to Syracuse in latter years. WILLIAM STERRY SYCAMORE, Tenn.