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)
Quality of data: primary evidence
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)
Quality of data: primary evidence
Birth of a half-brotherJames Sterry
about 1829 (Age 2 years)
Citation details: Also 1870 and 1880 census.
Quality of data: primary evidence
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
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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.
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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:«tab»New Sharon, Franklin Spouse:«tab»Hannah
Quality of data: primary evidence
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
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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
Quality of data: primary evidence
Shared note: 1840 Census
Death of a paternal grandfatherDavid Sterry
April 4, 1843 (Age 16 years)
Publication: Private edition, Israel, 1973
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:«tab»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]
Quality of data: primary evidence
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.)
Quality of data: primary evidence
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
Quality of data: primary evidence
Shared note: 1870 Census
Birth of a daughter
#5
Mary E. 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.
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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)
Quality of data: primary evidence
Birth of a granddaughter
#1
Mary Katherine Long
after 1885 (Age 58 years)
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.
Text:
On the Sterry history sheets, the report from Vivian Klingman Stansell states the James died 11 Feb. 1889 and was buried in Rockport, Texas.
Quality of data: primary evidence
Publication: Article published on James Sterry Family in Historic Matagorda County Volume II, Matagorda County Historical Society, 1986, Houston Texas.[pp517-518]
Marriage of a childElbert M. KirpatrickMary E. 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)
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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)
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Death January 8, 1901 (Age 74 years)
Burial
Source: Find a Grave
Publication: www.findagrave.com
Text:
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
Quality of data: primary evidence
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
Text:
Starks Maine Births 1826 Aug 12 Christopher Williamson Sterry s. Samuel Sterry & Hannah born (Grouped in register under family of Samuell Sterry)
Quality of data: primary evidence
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.)
Quality of data: primary evidence
BurialFind a Grave
Publication: www.findagrave.com
Text:
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
Quality of data: primary evidence
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. 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. [The Biographical Record of Livingston County Illinois - Chicago - The S. J. Clarke Publishing, Company (1900) http://genealogytrails.com/ill/livingston/bios.html]