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To be Sold by Auction, (Under a Deed Assignment for the benefit of Creditors), By Thomas Calver, On the premises of John Sterry, of Bridgham, in Norfolk, carpenter and shopkeeper.

On Thursday the 28th day of July instant, All the Household furniture, Stock in Trade, and other of the said John Sterry, comprising good beds, chairs, tables, clocks, household-requisites of every sort, grocery, linen-drapery, hats and hosiery, and various other new and useful articles.
Also, at seven o'clock the afternoon of the same day, at the Lion, in Bridgham, to such conditions as will be then produced. A new built small windmill, with one pair of three foot French stones, and going gears complete.

And also, a small estate, consisting of an extremely convenient new built brick, stone, and tiled sash fronted messuage, in Bridgham aforesaid, late the residence of the said John Sterry; comprising a parlour, kitchen, shop, back-house, (in which is a new substantial lead pump), and pantry, on the ground floor; and three good sleeping-rooms; a new built brick, stone, and tiled weaving-shop, for three looms, carpenter's workshop, coal-house and other conveniences, flower and kitchen gardens, and a yard contiguous thereto. The buildings being new and modern, and in an agreeable neighbourhood, render this estate an eligible residence for person retiring from business with a small family. The estate is copyhold of the manor of Bridgham, the outgoings moderate.

To Creditors & Debtors. Notice hereby given, that the said Mr John Sterry hath assigned all his estate and effects to Henry Rodwell, of East Harling, miller, and John Wells, of Garboldisham, grocer and draper, in trust for themselves and such other creditors of the said John Sterry who execute the deed assignment, on or before the eleventh day of October next; and that the deed is left at the office of William Brooke, Attorney at Law, Kenninghall, for the inspection and signature of such creditors as choose to avail themselves of the benefit of the dividend. And notice is likewise given, to all persons who stand indebted to the said John Sterry, that they must pay their respective debts to the said Henry Rodwell or John Wells, who are authorized to receive the same, on or before the first day of September next, or legal means must be resorted to, to enforce the payment of the same. -- (One Concern.) Kenninghall, 14th July, 1808. [Norfolk Chronicle Sat 23 Jul 1808]

This is John Sterry born 1779 at Blo Norton, Norfolk on the Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, UK line.

John Sterry owned a few perches of land that he bought from John Ruddock at Bridgham. The enclosure map of 1804/6 shows Ruddock's millfield and John Sterry's block is clearly marked.

See http://www.norfolkmills.co.uk/Windmills/bridgham-postmill.html

John married Mercy Ruddock at Bridgham in 1798.

At least two generations of the Rudddock family were millers in Bridgham in the early nineteenth century. They held Mill Field and some of them lived in Mill House. Apart from being aware that the present Mill House structure was built around 1800, little more is known of it or its previous occupants, if any. Although this branch of the Ruddock family first appears in Bridgham records in 1780, an earlier branch was here 'since records began' in 1558 until 1650.

Bridgham was originally part of the holding of the Bishop of Ely. The arms of the Bishop of Ely appear on the baptisimal font on the parish church of St Mary the Virgin, Bridgham.

This might explain where the ''Ely'' came from in the name of his son "William Ely Sterry'' and many of William's descendants.

John and Mercy had three children, two of whom migrated to Victoria, Australia and established families there. Their descendants continue to this day.

After Mercy's death in 1815, John Sterry married Mary Sayer, also at Bridgham, in 1816. They had no known children.

John appears in Marylebone, Middlesex in the 1841 census with presumeably his third wife Cecilia Greenham, to whom he had several more children.