Starks, Maine, USA

Christopher Williamson SterryAge: 74 years18261901

Name
Christopher Williamson Sterry
Given names
Christopher Williamson
Surname
Sterry
Birth August 12, 1826 42 38
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Starks Maine Births 1826 Aug 12 Christopher Williamson Sterry s. Samuel Sterry & Hannah born (Grouped in register under family of Samuell Sterry)
Death of a fatherSamuel Sterry
July 25, 1827 (Age 11 months)
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Starks Maine Deaths 1827 Jul 25 Samuel Sterry died (Grouped in register under family of Samuell Sterry)
Birth of a half-brotherJames Sterry
about 1829 (Age 2 years)
Citation details: Also 1870 and 1880 census.
Marriage of a parentJonathan, III WilliamsonHannah Atkins HardingView this family
April 23, 1829 (Age 2 years)
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Starks Maine 1829 Apr 23 Jonathan Williamson 3rd & Mrs Hannah Sterry both of Starks
Death of a paternal grandmotherCatharine Gray
October 12, 1833 (Age 7 years)
Publication: Private edition, Israel, 1973
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Aged 84 at death. Aged 70 in July 1820 pension record.
Publication: Source Information Ancestry.com. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. Original data: Town and City Clerks of Massachusetts. Massachusetts Vital and Town Records. Provo, UT: Holbrook Research Institute (Jay and Delene Holbrook).
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[Death] 12 Oct 1833 [Name of Deceased] Sterry Catharine [Age] 83 [Family] David Sterry [Cause of Death] Old age [Place and Date of Burial] 66 Copps Hill Cem O G Oct 13 Undertaker Thomas Haskell [Source: Boston Deaths 1801-1848]
Publication: Source Information Ancestry.com. U.S., Newspaper Extractions from the Northeast, 1704-1930 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014. This collection was indexed by Ancestry World Archives Project contributors. Original data: Newspapers and Periodicals. American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Massachusetts.
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Name: Mrs Catherine Sterry Birth Year: abt 1749 Event: Death Spouse: David Sterry Death Date: 12 Oct 1833 Death Place: Boston Age at Death: 84 Newspaper: Columbian Centinel Publication Date: 16 Oct 1833 Publication Place: Massachusetts, USA Call Number: 485704
Burial of a paternal grandmotherCatharine Gray
October 13, 1833 (Age 7 years)
Death of a maternal grandfatherNathaniel Harding
October 6, 1834 (Age 8 years)
Publication: Private edition, Israel, 1973
Publication: Online Ancestry tree of Chris W Sterry: cwsterrytx
Publication: Ancestry
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Maine Death Records 1617-1922 [Ancestry] Name: Nathaniel Harding Age: 70 [78?] Death Date: 6 Oct 1834 Death Place: New Sharon Registration Place:      New Sharon, Franklin Spouse:      Hannah
Source: Find a Grave
Publication: www.findagrave.com
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Headstone New Sharon Village Cemetery Nathaniel Harding 1756-1834 Hannah his wife 1757-1845 Nehemiah Harding 1796-1871 Abigail his Wife 1803-1872 Also a separate headstone Nathaniel Harding Died Oct 6 1834 Aged 78 yrs 6 mos Hannah their dau 1830-1832
Marriage of a siblingDavid SterryHannah Brown FredericView this family
1836 (Age 9 years)
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Starks (Somerset County) Marriages 1829-1891 (Town Clerk Records) 1836 [not stated] David Sterry, Starks & Hannah Frederick, Starks
Shared note: 1840 Census
Death of a paternal grandfatherDavid Sterry
April 4, 1843 (Age 16 years)
Publication: Private edition, Israel, 1973
Publication: Family Search Indexing Project Vital records, 1830-1887 Starks (Maine). Town Clerk
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Maine Name David Sterry Death Date 04 Apr 1843
Marriage of a siblingJohn Larkin SterryMary ParkerView this family
January 7, 1845 (Age 18 years)
Source: Newspapers
Shared note: Divorced 23 May 1846.
Death of a maternal grandmotherHannah Newcomb
1845 (Age 18 years)

MarriageElizabeth DayView this family
1847 (Age 20 years)

Occupation
Book Pedler
1847 (Age 20 years)
Birth of a daughter
#1
Amanda M Sterry
about 1849 (Age 22 years)
Birth of a son
#2
Charles L Sterry
about 1850 (Age 23 years)
Marriage of a half-siblingJames SterryNancy WrightView this family
September 2, 1854 (Age 28 years)
Source: Family Search
Publication: www.familysearch.org
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Name: James Sterry Spouse's Name:      Nancy Sterling Event Date: 02 Sep 1854 Event Place: Matagorda, Texas [Source: Family Search: Marriage records v. A-C, 1837-1906, Matagorda County (Texas) County Clerk]
Publication: Online Ancestry tree of Chris W Sterry: cwsterrytx
Death of a wifeElizabeth Day
1855 (Age 28 years)

MarriageAmanda M HadleyView this family
November 25, 1858 (Age 32 years)
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(Livingstone County) Marriages 1858 Nov 25 Christopher W Sterry & Amanda M Hadley (Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763–1900. Also personal submission in IGI.)
Death of a brotherSamuel Sterry
December 31, 1859 (Age 33 years)
Death of a wifeAmanda M Hadley
1860 (Age 33 years)

MarriageMary Catherine RossView this family
1861 (Age 34 years)

Shared note: 1870 US Census
Birth of a daughter
#3
Lydia Eliza Sterry
August 14, 1862 (Age 36 years)
Publication: Family Search
Birth of a son
#4
John Sterry
about 1865 (Age 38 years)
Marriage of a siblingNahum Baldwin SterryCaroline HardingView this family
January 23, 1868 (Age 41 years)
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New Sharon, Maine 1868 Jan 23 Nahum Sterry, of Illinois & Caroline Harding, of New Sharon
Shared note: 1870 Census
Birth of a daughter
#5
Mary Elizabeth Sterry
about 1870 (Age 43 years)
Death of a motherHannah Atkins Harding
July 21, 1870 (Age 43 years)
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1870 Jul 21 Mrs Hannah Atkins Sterry, died at New Sharon, aged 88 yrs [only located in Delayed Returns] It is odd that Hannah died as a STERRY and not as a WILLIAMSON, the surname of her second husband.
Death of a brotherNahum Baldwin Sterry
November 12, 1871 (Age 45 years)
Publication: Private edition, Israel, 1973
Birth of a daughter
#6
Jessie Sterry
about 1875 (Age 48 years)
Marriage of a siblingJohn Larkin SterryCaroline DahleView this family
February 1883 (Age 56 years)
Source: Newspapers
Death of a brotherJohn Larkin Sterry
January 3, 1884 (Age 57 years)
Publication: Private edition, Israel, 1973
Death of a brotherDavid Sterry
October 30, 1884 (Age 58 years)
Marriage of a childCharles Henry LongLydia Eliza SterryView this family
March 5, 1885 (Age 58 years)
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Illinois (Livingstone County) Marriages 1885 Mar 5 C H Long & Lida Sterry (Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763–1900)
Shared note: 1900 US Census
Death of a half-brotherJames Sterry
February 11, 1889 (Age 62 years)
Publication: Personal Emails Feb 2015. Chris is a direct descendant of James Sterry.
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On the Sterry history sheets, the report from Vivian Klingman Stansell states the James died 11 Feb. 1889 and was buried in Rockport, Texas.
Publication: Article published on James Sterry Family in Historic Matagorda County Volume II, Matagorda County Historical Society, 1986, Houston Texas.[pp517-518]
Birth of a grandson
#1
Christopher Sterry Long
March 1891 (Age 64 years)
Marriage of a childElbert M. KirkpatrickMary Elizabeth SterryView this family
June 26, 1895 (Age 68 years)
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Illinois (Livingstone County) Marriages 1895 Jun 26 E M Kirkpatrick & Mary E Sterry (Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763–1900)
Death of a brotherEphraim H. Sterry
October 27, 1895 (Age 69 years)
Marriage of a childClarence B HurttJessie SterryView this family
December 16, 1896 (Age 70 years)
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Illinois (Livingstone County) Marriages 1896 Dec 16 Clarence B Hurt & Jessie Sterry (Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763–1900)
Birth of a granddaughter
#2
Mary Katherine Long
February 1897 (Age 70 years)
Death January 8, 1901 (Age 74 years)
Burial
Source: Find a Grave
Publication: www.findagrave.com
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Name: Christopher W. Sterry Event Type: Burial Event Date: 1901 Event Place: New Sharon, Franklin, Maine, United States of America Birth Date: 12 Aug 1826 Death Date: 08 Jan 1901 Family Headstone: New Sharon Village Cemetery In memory of Christopher Williamson Sterry; beloved spouse of Mary Catherine (ROSS) Sterry buried in South Side Cemetery (Pontiac, Livingston, Illinois) ~ RIP - Laurel Robson
Family with parents - View this family
father
mother
Marriage: March 13, 1808New Sharon, Maine, USA
4 months
elder brother
6 years
elder brother
Ephraim H. Sterry
Birth: December 13, 1814 31 26Starks, Maine, USA
Death: October 27, 1895Starks, Maine, USA
15 months
elder brother
5 years
elder brother
3 years
elder brother
Samuel Sterry
Birth: October 3, 1823 40 35Starks, Maine, USA
Death: December 31, 1859Starks, Maine, USA
3 years
himself
Mother’s family with Jonathan, III Williamson - View this family
step-father
mother
Marriage: April 23, 1829Starks, Maine, USA
8 months
half-brother
Family with Elizabeth Day - View this family
himself
wife
Marriage: 1847
4 years
son
Family with Amanda M Hadley - View this family
himself
wife
Marriage: November 25, 1858County, Livingstone, Illinois, USA
-9 years
daughter
Family with Mary Catherine Ross - View this family
himself
wife
Marriage: 1861
19 months
daughter
3 years
son
6 years
daughter
6 years
daughter
Beeler + Mary Catherine Ross - View this family
wife’s husband
wife
Marriage: before 1860

BirthTown Clerk Records
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Starks Maine Births 1826 Aug 12 Christopher Williamson Sterry s. Samuel Sterry & Hannah born (Grouped in register under family of Samuell Sterry)
OccupationMassachusetts Directory
MarriageIllinois Statewide Marriage Index
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(Livingstone County) Marriages 1858 Nov 25 Christopher W Sterry & Amanda M Hadley (Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763–1900. Also personal submission in IGI.)
BurialFind a Grave
Publication: www.findagrave.com
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Name: Christopher W. Sterry Event Type: Burial Event Date: 1901 Event Place: New Sharon, Franklin, Maine, United States of America Birth Date: 12 Aug 1826 Death Date: 08 Jan 1901 Family Headstone: New Sharon Village Cemetery In memory of Christopher Williamson Sterry; beloved spouse of Mary Catherine (ROSS) Sterry buried in South Side Cemetery (Pontiac, Livingston, Illinois) ~ RIP - Laurel Robson
Marriage
Had three children but all died in infancy (Walter Smith) 1850 census Massachusetts Lowell (Middlesex County) (M432_327/239) Christopher Sterry, 24, Manufacturer, born Maine Elizabeth Sterry, 23, born Maine Chas L Sterry, 2 mths, born Massachusetts
Marriage
Had one child who died in infancy. (Walter Smith) 1860 census Esmond (Livingstone County) (M653_199/821) Christopher W Sterry, 34, Farmer, born Maine Value Estate Real $3000, Personal $625 Amanda M Sterry, 23, born Ohio Amanda M Sterry, 1yr 2mths, born Illinois Wm A Brown, 17, Farm Labour, born Ohio
Marriage
1870 US Census Esmen, Livingstone, Illinois Christopher Sterry, 44, born Maine, Farmer [Value Real Estate] $6400 [Value Personal Estate] $1725 Mary Sterry, 34, born Ohio, Keeps House Amanda Sterry, 13, born Illinois John Sterry, 5, born Illinois Mary Sterry, 4mths, [born month] Feb, born Illinois, Farm laborer 1880 census Esmen, Livingston County (T9-0226/167C) C W Sterry, 53, Head, Farmer, born Maine, father's birthplace not stated, mother born Maine Mary Sterry, 49, Wife, Keeps House, born Ohio, father born Kentucky, mother born Virginia Lydia Sterry, 17, Dau, Single, At Home, born Illinois Mary Sterry, 10, Dau, At School, born Illinois Jessie Sterry, 5, Dau, born Illinois 1900 census Pontiac, Livingstone County (318/28A) Christopher W Sterry, 73, Head, Married 39 yrs, born Aug 1826 Maine, Father born Maine, Mother born Massachusetts, Capitalist Mary C Sterry, 64, Wife, Married 39 yrs, born Feb 1836 Ohio, Father born Kentucky, Mother born Virginia, 7 children 3 living plus 1 servant 1910 census Connecticut Pontiac, Livingstone County Ward 4 (303/4B) Mary C Sterry, Head, 74, Widow, born Ohio, Father born Kentucky, Mother born Pennsylvania, 7 children, 4 living, own income Carrie Ewing, Maid, 41, single, born Illinois
Shared note
Massachusetts Lowell Directory 1847 (Source: Ancestry.com) Sterry, Christopher W., book peddler, bds A.H. Gray's Lowell Directory 1849 (Source: Ancestry.com) Sterry Christopher, Middlesex, bds J.C. Palmer's Lowell Directory 1850 (Source: Ancestry.com) Sterry Christopher, Middlesex, boards at Adrian Gray's' Illinois Chicago City Directory 1855/56 Sterry Christopher W., h cor Adams and Wells As of August 1867 and probably earlier Christopher with family was living in McLean County, Illinois. At that time he had the Rev. Samuel Heinecke as a guest in his home. It is the New Sharon, Maine cemetery records which confirm that Christopher died at Pontiac Illinois, as does his Pontiac newspaper obituary. Estate of Christopher W Sterry, Pontiac, Illinois, July 1908 Testate I, Christopher W. Sterry, of the City of Pontiac, County of Living-ston and State of Illinois, of sound mind and memory, do make, declare and publish my last will and testament to be as follows: 1. I desire that all my legal debts and funeral expenses be first paid. 2. I give, devise and bequeath to my beloved wife, Mary Catherine Sterry, our homestead in the said City of Pontiac as follows: Lots one (1), two (2) and the east half of Lot three (3) in the north fraction of Block Sixty-seven (67) in said City of Pontiac, and all of said Block Sixty-seven (67) lying south thereof extending to the Vermillion River; and all the personal property in use in our home thereon; for her own use and benefit during her life, if she survives me, and upon her death said property to be divided equally between my children Eliza Long, Mary Elizabeth Sterry and Jessie Sterry in the same manner as the remainder of my estate hereinafter provided for. 3. I give, devise and bequeath to my daughter Eliza Long tbe home occupied by her and her husband Charles H. Long, as follows: Lot four (4) and the west half (1/2) of Lot three (3) in the north fraction of Block Sixty-seven (67) in said City of Pontiac, and all of said Block sixty--seven (67) lying south thereof extending to the Vermillion River, which I estimate to be worth seven thousand dollars. 4. I give, devise and bequeath to my daughter Mary Elizabeth Sterry the sum of seven thousand dollars to be paid to her out of my estate when she arrives at the age or twenty-five years: providing, that if she should marry before she arrives at the age of twenty-five years, I direct the said seven thousand dollars to be paid her at the time of her marriage. 5. I give, devise and bequeath to my daughter Jessie Sterry the sum of seven thousand Dollars to be paid to her out or my estate when she arrives at the age or twenty-five years; provided, that if she should marry before she arrives at the age of twenty-five years, I direct the said seven thousand dollars to be paid her at the time of her marriage. 6. I give, devise and bequeath to Eva May Long, Archibald Long and Robert Long, children of Charles H. Long, the sum of five hundred dollars each, to be paid to their father Charles H. Long in trust for them to be used in giving them an education, or otherwise if necessary for their care and comfort. If either of said children shall die before I do, then the share that would go to such child if living, to be divided equally among those surviving, or their lawful issue, if any. 7. I give, devise and bequeath to my grandson Christopher Sterry Long the sum of one thousand dollars; said money to be paid to his mother Eliza Long and by her held in trust until said child shall arrive at the age of twenty-one. If my said grandson shall die before he arrives at the age of twenty-one, then said sum sum shall be divided equally between his brothers and sisters, if any, or if none then to be divided equally among Eva May Long, Archibald Long and Robert Long, the children of Charles H. Long, or such of them as may then be living. 8. In addition to the property heretofore given her, I give, devise and bequeath to my beloved wife Mary Catherine Sterry, the sum of fif-teen hundred dollars per annum during her life to be paid out of my estate, or the rents, incomes and profits thereof, which sum I direct to be paid to her on the first day of January of each and every year, commenc-ing with the first day of January after my death. 9. All the rest, residue and remainder of my estate, both real and personal, I give, devise and bequeath to my children Eliza Long, Mary Elizabeth Sterry and Jessie Sterry, in equal portions; but said estate is not to be divided, until after the death of my wife, or if she should die before I do, not until the expiration of five years after my death. 10. If either of my said children shall die before I do, or before receiving their share of my property under this will, leaving lawful issue it is my will that such portion of my estate as would be the portion of such child if living, shall become the property of the lawful issue of such child, to be divided equally between said lawful issue, and for such purpose I hereby give, devise and bequeath the said property. 11. If either, or any of my said children shall die before I do, or before receiving their share of my property under this wil1, without law-ful issue, then it is my will that such portion of my estate as would be the portion of euch child, if living, shall be given to some educational or charitable institution, to be selected by a majority of my executors as an endowment memorial in the name of such child and myself. 12. I hereby empower and authorize my executors to sell and convey any or all of my real estate not situate in the State of Illinois, when-ever in their judgment, or the judgment of a majority of them, it should be for the best interest of the estate so to do. 13. I direct that all my real estate not sold by my said executors shall be rented to the best advantage of my estate, and that all my per-sonal property, or the proceeds thereof, and the proceeds of my real estate sold by my executors as heretofore authorized, if any, after the payment of my legal debts, expenses of administration, and the specific legacies herein made at the time the same are herein provided to be paid, be invested in unincumbered real estate if practicable, or if not prac-ticable then in loans on unincumbered real estate, until the period for distribution thereof shall arrive in accordance with the terms of this will. 14. I direct that from the rents, issues and profits of my said real estate and personal property, the amount which I have by this will given and directed to be annually paid my wife, be first paid, and that the remainder thereof be equally divided among my said children Eliza Long, Mary Elizabeth Sterry and Jessie Sterry at the time said payment is direct-ed to be paid my wife. 15. I hereby nominate and appoint my wife Mary Catherine Sterry, and my daughters, Eliza Long, Mary Elizabeth Sterry and Jessie Sterry, or those of them surviving at my death, my executors under this will, and direct that they may be perrnitted so to act without bond. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and seal, this Third Day of January, A. D., 1894. C W Sterry (SEAL) We, the undersigned residents of Pontiac, in the County of Livtng-ston and State of Illinois, do hereby certify that the above instrument consisting of four pages, was subscribed by the testator in our presence, and declared by him at said time to be his last Will and Testament, and that we, at his request, sign our names hereto in his presence and in the presence of each other, as attesting witnesses, and that at said time the said Testator was of sound mind and memory. Signed James E . Morrow Signed John S. Murhpy State or Illinois, Livingstone County: In the Livingston County Court In Probate, February Term, A. D. 1901 On the 4th day of February, in the year of our Lord one Thousand Nine hundrad and one. Present: Hon. C. M. Barickman, Judge. Fred Duckett, Clerk. Will L. Talbott, Sheriff. Attest: Fred Duckett, Clerk. In the Matter of the Estate of C. W. Sterry, Deceased.: Letters Testamentary And now, on this day comes Mary E. Kirkpatrick and Jessie Hurtt and present to the Court their petition in writing, under oath, representing that C. W. Sterry, late of said county, departed this life at Pontiac on or abut the 8th day or January, A. D. 1901, leaving a last will and testament, duly signed and published, which said last Will and testament has been duly proved and admitted to Probate and record in this Court, towit: on the 4th day of February, A. D. 1901. That said testator died seized and possessed of real estate valued at, about considerable amount unknown to petitioners, and possessed of personal property estimated to be worth about cons-iderable amount unknown to petitioner. That said Testator left, him surviving Mary C. Sterry, his widow, and that the heirs and legatees of said deceased, and their places of residence, respectively, if known, are as follows: Eliza Long, Pontiac, Ill., Mary E. Kirkpatrick, Chennon, Ill., Jessie Hurtt, Pontiac, Ill., Eva May Long, Pontiac, Ill., Archibald Long, Pontiac, Ill., and Christopher S. Long, Pontiac, Ill. That said testator in and by the terms of said last Will and Testa-ment nominated said petitionere and Mary C. Sterry and Eliza Long as Execetors thereof, without bond, and that said petitioners and said Mary C. Sterry and Eliza Long are ready and willing to accept, the said trust, and praying that Letters Testamentary issue to them, the said petitioners, etc. And the Court having examined said petition, and other evi-dence in writing filed herein, and having heard the evidence adduced in open Court, doth find that, the allegations in said petition con-tained are true; and no person appearing to oppose the granting of Letters Testamentary herein, or to show cause why the prayer of said petition should not be allowed, and the Court being now fully ad-vised in the premises, it is thereupon ordered that the same be granted. The said Mary E. Kirkpatrick, Jessie Hurtt, Mary C. Sterry and Eliza Long then before the Clerk of said Court took and sub-scribed an oath in the form required by law and attached to said Will, well and truly to execute the same, etc., which said oath is ordered by the Court to be entered of record. Thereupon it is ordered by the court that, the said Mary E. Kirkpatrick, Jessie Hurtt , Mary C. Sterry and Eliza Long be and they are hereby appointed executors of the Last Wil1 and Testament of the said C. W. Sterry, deceased, and that the Clerk of the Court, issue Letters Testamentary herein under his hand and the Seal of this Court with a certified copy of said will annexed, and that the said Letters Testamentary be entered of record. [The Biographical Record of Livingston County Illinois - Chicago - The S. J. Clarke Publishing, Company (1900) http://genealogytrails.com/ill/livingston/bios.html] CHRISTOPHER W. STERRY Christopher W. Sterry, of Pontiac, was born in Somerset county, Maine, August 12, 1826. His father, Samuel Sterry, also a native of Maine, was born in 1782, married Hannah Harding, in 1807, and served through the war of 1812, dying at his home in Somerset county in 1827, when Christopher was less than one year old. The paternal grandfather, David Sterry, was one of the heroes of the Revolutionary war, and died at his home in Maine at the advanced age of eighty-eight years and months. The mother, Hannah Harding Sterry, was a devoted Christian woman. She was born in 1788, and died in Maine in 1871, when eighty-two years old. At the death of her husband she was left with five sons, the eldest less than eighteen years old and the youngest, Christopher,not a year old, to face the stern realities of life with but scant means of support. The devoted mother, after a heroic struggle for several years to keep her family of boys together, found it necessary to find homes for them. Thus the subject of this sketch, when but eight years of age, was placed among strangers, where he remained under harsh treatment and hard work, and but few opportunities for school privileges for four years, when he could endure it no longer, and ran away. When fifteen he worked six months for twenty-five dollars, and at eighteen he went into Massachusetts and commenced work at twelve dollars and a half per month on a farm. Then he be came engaged in in business, in which he continued until he came to Illinois in 1852, and located in Chicago, where he remained four years, having charge of the stone sawing works of A. S. Sherman & Company. In 1856 he was engaged as bookkeeper of the Sheffield Mining & Transportation Company, of Sheffield Bureau county. It was in this year, 1856, that Mr. Sterry came into Livingston county and settled in Esmen township, where he bought a farm of one hundred and sixty acres of raw prairie land, seven miles north of Pontiac. This he improved, erecting buildings and making of it a pleasant home, on which he lived for many years, engaged in farming and stock-raising. During this time he added one hundred and seventy acres to the homestead, which he still retains in the highest degree of cultivation, and became possessed of large business interests and property holdings in New Orleans, Louisiana. The latter required so much attention that he left his farm in 1884 and moved into Pontiac. Securing one of the finest locations in the city on the north bank of picturesque Vermillion, Mr. Sterry erected on it one of the most elegant modern residences in Pontiac. It is located on East Water street, in the midst of spacious grounds extending back to the river, and is shaded by grand old oaks and native forest trees. Here he makes his home, though business as well as comfort calls him south during the winter months. Soon after becoming a citizen of Pontiac, Mr. Sterry became identified with the business interests of the city, first by establishing the jewelry, drug, book and wall paper firm of Jolin S. Murphy & Company. A little later he was one of the principal organizers of the Pontiac Shoe Manufacturing Company, which was incorporated in 1889, taking one-third of the stock and furnishing financial backing to a much greater extent. He has been a director and president of the company from its organization. It is the chief industry of Pontiac, and is considered a prime factor in its growth. Starting up in October, 1889, it has grown to a capacity of two-thousand pairs of shoes per day, and furnishes employment to three hundred men and women, the majority of whom are skilled workmen. The product of the factory is disposed of throughout the territory from Ohio to the Pacific coast on the west and the Gulf of Mexico on the south. In 1897 Mr. Sterry purchased Riverside Park, adjoining the city on the east, and almost encircled by the Vermillion river, shaded, by stately native forest trees, thus securing its use for the Pontiac Chautauqua Association, which he assisted in organizing, and in which he was the largest stockholder. He is also largely interested in the Pontiac State Bank, of which he has been director and vice-president since its organization. While he does not give special attention to the details of this business, yet the mere fact of his connection with its has served to increase the confidence of of the business community in its conservative management. He is also president and largest stockholder of the Riverside Irrigation Company, of Idaho which controls some fifteen thousand acres of arable land in that state. About thirty miles of canal have been constructed and is in operation for irrigation purposes. In 1899 he erected the four-story office building on the southwest corner of Court House square. It is known as the Sterry block, and will doubtless be a landmark for years to come as its equal has not appeared in any city the size of Pontiac. It fronts eighty-feet on Washington street and one hundred feet on South Mill street, and is four stories above the basement. It consists of two stores and the Pontiac State Bank below, and of sixty suites of offices above, which are made accessible by an electric-power passenger elevator, heated by steam and supplied with city water and with electric lighting. As a citizen Mr. Sterry has ever been ready to accept the responsibilities and perform his duty in the most conscientious way. While as a matter of choice he would have avoided the cares of public office, yet he has served many years in various official positions. In Esmen township he served as school director, trustee, school treasurer, justice of the peace and supervisor. He was a member of the board of supervisors of Livingston county for several terms, and as such, aided in securing the location of the State Reform School at Pontiac. Having been a strong advocate of anti-slavery principles even as an abolitionist, on the organization of the new party, he became a stanch Republican, and during the war of the Rebellon was an active member of the Union League. He continued to act with the party until the old issues were settled, and he became convinced that the new and greater issue of temperance could expect no real support from the old party. He then gave the Prohibition party his liberal support and became an ardent supporter of that party. Realizing in his own life what he missed through want of school privileges, he has been an ardent supporter of the public school system and also of higher education. He has been a supporter especially of New Or-leans University, of which he is a trustee, of Wheaton College, and of Illinois Wesleyan University. In 1847 Mr. Sterry was married to Miss Elizabeth Day who lived with him seven years, bearing to him three children, all of whom died in infancy, while her death occurred March 25, 1855. In 1858 he married Miss Amanda Hadley. daughter of the late James P. Hadley a prominent farmer of Sunbury township, this county. One child was born, and lived but a short time and the wife also was taken away after a union of a little more than one year. In 1861 he was united in marriage with Mrs. Mary C. Beeler, a daughter of John Ross, of Sangamon county, and she has been spared to live with him until the present time. To them have been born six children: Lida, wife of Dr. C. H. Long, of Pontiac, whose sketch appears elsewhere in this volume; John L., the only son, a young man of great promise who died at the age of twenty years, in 1884, while attending the Illinois Wesleyan University at Bloomington, where he was preparing himself for the ministry; and Josephine, who both died in infancy; Mary E., wife of E. M. Kirkpatrick, a prominent grain merchant of Chenoa, Illinois; and Jessie; wife of Clarence B. Hurtt, now a resident of Roswell, Idaho, where he is serving as secretary of the Riverside Irrigation Company, have also four grandchildren, Christopher Sterry Long, Mary Catherine Long, Jolin Nelson Hurtt and Baby Hurtt. Mr. Sterry early identified himself with the Methodist Episcopal church, and for many years has served in official capacity as steward, trustee and Sunday school superintendent. While in Esmen he was instrumental in securing the erection of the Esmen Center church. On moving to Pontiac he was immediately chosen as a trustee of the First Methodist Episcopal church, and on the destruction of the old church by fire in 1885, he aided in the building of the present church edifice. He is president on the board of trustees, having held that office for a number of years. For almost half a century Mr. Sterry has been a resident of Livingston county. On his arrival here the greater part of its rich land was yet unbroken, its inhabitants were few in number, widely scattered and the improvements were not of the best. He has certainly done well his part. Thoroughly honest and conscientious in all he does, he has won the respect and confidence of all with whom he has been brought in contact, and his lifework is worthy of emu-lation by the generations to follow.