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CONNECTICUT CHURCH RECORDS

The Congregational Church was predominant in early Connecticut and was the state church until 1818. Other prominent churches in the state are the Methodist and Episcopal [Anglican] churches (pre 1776), and the Roman Catholic and Baptist churches (19th century).

Information on IGI coverage for Connecticut was taken from the website by Hugh Wallis: IGI Batch Numbers for Connecticut

NAVR = North America Vital Records

The following church records have been searched without finding any STERRYS or similar:

Ansonia, Windham County, New Haven County, First Congregational Church (Baptisms 1850-1961-Church Records-LDS Film 1007920)
Ashford, Congregational (Baptisms 1718-1812-Church Records-LDS Film 1007920; Marriages 1719-1812-Church Records-LDS Film 1007920; Deaths 1791-1834-Church Records-LDS Film 1007920)-Church Records-LDS Film 1007920;
Bozrah, New London County, Congregational (Baptisms 1739-1843-Church Records-LDS Film 3727; Marriages 1740-1843-Church Records-LDS Film 3727; Deaths 1737-1751, 1815-1843-Church Records-LDS Film 3727)
Colchester, New London County, Calvary Protestant Episcopal (Baptisms 1864-1885-IGI; Marriages 1864-1895-IGI)
Colchester, New London County, First Congregational (Baptisms 1732-1875-NAVR; Marriages 1732-1783-NAVR)
Farmington, Hartford County, Episcopal Christ Church at Unionville (Baptisms 1845-1883-IGI; Marriages 1845-1885-IGI)
Griswold, New London, Second Congregational Church at Jewett (Baptisms 1825-1861-IGI; Marriages 1832-1857-NAVR)
Lebanon, New London County, First Congregational Church (Marriages 1712-1775-Connecticut Genealogy Trails)
Lebanon, District of Goshen, New London County, Second Congregational Church (Marriages 1730-1799-Connecticut Genealogy Trails)
Lisbon, New London County, Newent Congregational Church (Baptisms 1724-1885-NAVR; Marriages 1724-1895-NAVR)
New London (New London County) First Congregational Church (Marriages 1697-1800-fhlfavourites-Connecticut)
New London, New London County, First Church Of Christ (Baptisms 1860-1875-IGI)

The following church records have been searched and have located STERRYS or similar:

Groton (New London County)
First Baptist Church At Old Mystic
Baptisms 1754-1899
(IGI and LDS Vital Records North America)
1831 Aug 6 Parthenia Sterry d. _____ (Extracted from Church records, 1754-1899  First Baptist Church at Old Mystic)
1843 Feb 9 William Sterry d. _____
%%1874 May 24 Celie E Sterry d. _____ (Extracted from Church records, 1754-1899  First Baptist Church at Old Mystic)

Ledyard (New London County) [formerly North Groton]
First Congregational Church
[Index cards to vital records of Connecticut churches at the Connecticut State Library-LDS Film 2832]
Marriages
%%1857 Dec 17 Hannah A Sterry of Groton & George F Park, by Rev Timothy Tuttle (vol 1 pg 170. Note the Town Clerk records for this marriage have Dec 27 not 17)

Morris (Litchfield County)
Congregational Church
[Index cards to vital records of Connecticut churches at the Connecticut State Library-LDS Film 2832]
Deaths
%%1884 Feb 1 John R Sterry, aged 56 (vol 3 pg 314)

New Haven (New Haven County)
Marriage
[Source: Connecticut, Church Records, 1660-1955-FamilySearch.org]
1926 Jan 9 John Francis Wild, aged 25 [Father] Frank Wild [Mother] Mary Wild & Jennie Elizabeth Sterry, aged 26 [Father] John Sterry [Mother] Jane [Church not stated-no image]

Norwich (New London County)
First Congregational Church
Baptisms 1700-1886, 1892-1916
[LDS Film 5069]; [Index cards to vital records of Connecticut churches at the Connecticut State Library-LDS Film 2832]
1723 Oct 28 Luce Sterry d. Sam[ue]l (Index Cards Connecticut Churches, Norwich First Congregational Church, vol 1 pg 86)
%%1836 May 7 Francis Asher Sterry (Index Cards Connecticut Churches, Norwich First Congregational Church, vol 3 pg 246 has baptised 1837)
%%1842 Jul 3 Edward Augustus Sterry
%%1842 Jul 3 Edward Augustus son of E.A. Sterry
%%1842 Jul 3 Catharine Amelia Sterry
%%1842 Dec 25 John Augustus Sterry
%%1842 Dec 25 Annette Rebecca Sterry
%%1842 Dec 25 George Edward Sterry
%%1842 Dec 25 Frank William Sterry
%%1845 Oct 25 Edward Augustus son of E.A. Sterry
%%1848 May 28 Tulley Whittlesea of Ed A Sterry
%%1848 May 28 Catharine Amelia of Ed A Sterry [twin of Carolyn]
%%1848 May 28 Carolyn Augusta of Ed A Sterry [twin of Catharine]
1885 May 3 Marvin W Sterry (Index Cards Connecticut Churches, Norwich First Congregational Church, vol 4 pg 81, 250; vol 5 pg 38)
%%1901 Sep 8 aged 7 [born 3 Jun 1894] Frederick Albert Sterry [of] Charles C & Agusta (sic) L (Index Cards Connecticut Churches, Norwich First Congregational Church, vol 5 pg 119)
%%1901 Sep 8 aged 5 [born 21 Mar 1896] Robert Wellis (sic) Sterry [of] Charles C & Agusta L (Index Cards Connecticut Churches, Norwich First Congregational Church, vol 5 pg 26, 119 has 'Robert Welles Sterry')
%%1901 Sep 8 aged 4 [born 19 Mar 1897] Howard Sterry [of] Charles C & Agusta L (sic)
%%1901 Oct 6 [born 29 Jul 1900] Edward Logan Sterry infant son [of] Jabez & Bertha at home of the parents (Index Cards Connecticut Churches, Norwich First Congregational Church, vol 5 pg 119)
%%1902 Jun 8 [born 22 Sep 1901] Harold Lee Sterry [of] Frank C (sic) & Louise A
%%1903 Jun 14 [born 1902 Aug 12] Charles Theodore Sterry [of] Charles & Agusta (sic) W (sic)
%%1905 Jun 11 [born 12 Dec 1904] Florence Allen Sterry [of] Frank C (sic) & Louise A Sterry

Norwich (New London County)
First Congregational Church
Marriages 1829-1834, 1893-1916
[LDS Film 5069]; [Index cards to vital records of Connecticut churches at the Connecticut State Library-LDS Film 2832]
%%1859 May 3 Ralph H Park of Norwich Conn to Anna R Sterry of Norwich
%%1860 Jun 7 Charles Sterry of Norwich to Anna Logan of Norwich
%%1872 Apr 10 Charles Sterry & Winifred Hughes both of Norwich
%%1872 Sep 24 Albert P Sterry of Norwich & Ida M Brown of Lebanon
%%1900 Dec 6 Frank Edward Sterry [age] 25 [Residence] Norwich Town & Louisa Allen Lee [age] 33 [Residence] Norwich Town [where] Norwich Town [by] Rev C A Northrop

Norwich (New London County)
First Congregational Church
Deaths
[Index cards to vital records of Connecticut churches at the Connecticut State Library-LDS Film 2832]
1811 Mar 29 Mrs Sterry d Mar 29, 1811 aged 81 (Index Cards Connecticut Churches, Norwich First Congregational Church, vol 8 pg 69)
%%1823 Nov 5 John Sterry, Rev. d. Nov 5, 1823 aged 57 [Also Bible Records for Connecticut: Index Cards-LDS Film 2881 has "John Sterry First Pastor of the Baptist Church in Norwich d Nov 5, 1823 aged in the 57th yr of his age" vol 19 pg 69]
%%1908 May 7 Winifred Sterry, [how removed] d[ied], "one of oldest members" (Index Cards Connecticut Churches, Norwich First Congregational Church, vol 5 pg 172, 49)
%%1915 Dec 10 Ida M Sterry, [how removed] d[ied]

The following additional records are included in the records of the First Congregational Church of Norwich:
Members admitted and dismissed to the church:
1837 May 7 Francis Asher Sterry adm[itted] ch[urch] 1837 on profession; dism[issed] Dec 21, 1845 to ch[urch] in Greenville (Index Cards Connecticut Churches, Norwich First Congregational Church, vol 4 pg 227; vol 3 pg 37 & 52)
1842 Jul 3 Edward A & w. Catherine A. Sterry bp. & admitted to church on July 3. 1842, on profession; d[ismissed & recom. June 11, 1876, by letter to Park Cong. Ch. Norwich; Catherine A. d. [ ], 1874.
1849 Jul 1 Annette R Sterry admitted church on profession on 1 Jul 1849; m[arried] Ralph H Park [blank]; dism[issed] [blank] (Index Cards Connecticut Churches, Norwich First Congregational Church, vol 3, pg 59; vol 4 pg 233]
1849 Jul 1, [on] P[rofession], John A Sterry, dism[issed] Mar 21, 1852 to the Tabernacle Ch[urch] in N[ew] York (Index Cards Connecticut Churches, Norwich First Congregational Church, vol 3 pg 62]
1849 Jul 1 Geo E Sterry adm ch. 1849 [on] P[rofession]; d[ismissed] Feb 28 1858 to Rutger St Presb. Ch. in New York (Index Cards Connecticut Churches, Norwich First Congregational Church, vol 3 pg 78)
1849 Winifred Sterry, adm ch. 1849, [how received] Conf(ession of faith), [date of removal] 7 May 1908
1857 Winifred Sterry (Hughes) adm[itted] ch[urch], by letter; d[ismissed] Dec [blank] [18]85* *crossed out (Index Cards Connecticut Churches, Norwich First Congregational Church, vol 4 pg 236)
1865 Jul 2 John A Sterry adm[itted] ch[urch] 2 Jul 1865 by letter; dism. (Index Cards Connecticut Churches, Norwich First Congregational Church, vol 3 pg 97, 200; vol 4 pg 239)
1867 Jan 6 [on] P[rofession], Carrie A Sterry adm. ch. 6 Jan 1867 on profession; d[ismissed] and recom. Feb 3 1876 by letter to Park Cong Churhc Norwich
1867 Mar 3 Climena Sterry w. John A, adm[itted] ch[urch], by letter; dism[issed] [Dec 31, 1871 to South Presb. Church, Brooklyn N.Y. (Index Cards Connecticut Churches, Norwich First Congregational Church, vol 3 pg 202; vol 4 pg 240)
1867 Mar 3 Mrs John A Sterry, ad[itted] ch[urch] by certificate (Index Cards Connecticut Churches, Norwich First Congregational Church,vol 3 pg 105)
1871 Dec 31 Dismiss to the South Presb church in Brooklyn N.Y. John A Sterry and his wife Climena
1876 Feb 3 Carrie A Sterry dism[issed] & recom[mended] by letter to Park Cong. Ch. Norwich (Index Cards Connecticut Churches, Norwich First Congregational Church, vol 4 pg 128)
1876 Jun 11 Edward A Sterry dism[issed] & recom[mended] by letter to Park Cong[regational] Ch[urch] (Index Cards Connecticut Churches, Norwich First Congregational Church, vol 4 pg 32)
1882 Jan 1 Ida M Sterry, w[ife] Albert P. bp & adm[itted] ch[urch] Jan 1 1882 [how received] Conf(ession of faith); [date of removal] 10 Dec 1915 (Index Cards Connecticut Churches, Norwich First Congregational Church, vol 4 pg 62, 248 has removed 1915)
1885 Mar 1 Mrs Louise A (Lee) Sterry, [how received] Conf(ession of faith), Bapt, [date of removal] See Vol VI
1885 May 3 Marvin W Sterry bp & adm ch 3 May 1885 on confession (Index Cards Connecticut Churches, Norwich First Congregational Church, vol 4 pg 81, 250; vol 5 pg 38)
1886 Jul 4 Bertha (Wagner) Sterry, [how received] Conf(ession of faith), [date of removal] See Vol VI
1891 Sep 13 Augusta (Wagner) Sterry, adm ch 13 Sept 1891 [how received] L(etter from Church granting membership) Central M.E. Ch (this) City
Delegates:
1916 May 4 Marvin W Sterry, New London Assn of Congl Churches and Ministers

Norwich (New London County)
Second Congregational Church
aka Church of Christ Chelsea
Births 1762-1778, 1787-1831 (LDS Film 5070)
Nil

Norwich (New London County)
Second Congregational Church
aka Church of Christ Chelsea
Marriages 1760-1777, 1787-1831 (LDS Film 5070)
1828 Nov __ Robert Sterry & Sarah M Brewster

Norwich (New London County)
Second Congregational Church
aka Church of Christ Chelsea
Deaths 1814-1831 (LDS Film 5070)
Nil

Norwich (New London County)
Norwich Methodist Episcopal Church
Baptisms
[Source: New England Select United Methodist Church Records 1787-1922-Ancestry.com]
1861 Sep 8 Dewitt C. Sterry, adult
1868 May 5 Albert Sterry, adult

Norwich (New London County)
Norwich Methodist Episcopal Church
Marriages
[Source: New England Select United Methodist Church Records 1787-1922-Ancestry.com]
$$1870 Aug 4 Robert Sterry [Residence] Norwich CT & Sophia Gross [Residence] Norwich CT

Preston (New London County)
First Congregational Church
Baptisms
(Bi-Centennial Celebration, First Congregational Church of Preston, Connecticut, 1698-1898, Statistics of the Church Taken From The Church Records; 1721-1855-IGI; Index cards to vital records of Connecticut churches at the Connecticut State Library-LDS Film 2832)
%%1707 Oct 27 Hannah & Samuel, the children of Samuel STERRY, by Rev Treat
%%1708 Jun 6 Cyprian, son of Sam'l STERRY, by Rev Treat
%%1711 Jul 22 Robert, son of Sam'l STERRY, by Rev Treat
%%1713 Jun 28 Zerviah, daughter of Samuel STERRY by Rev Treat
%%1756 Jun 27 Mary, daughter of Roger STERRY by Rev Asher Rosseter
%%1757 Mar 3 Arthur, the child of Roger STERRY by Rev Asher Rosseter
%%1759 Mar 11 Mehitabel, daughter of Roger STERRY by Rev Asher Rosseter
%%1761 Oct 11 Consider, the child of Roger STERRY by Rev Asher Rosseter
%%1764 Oct 21 Roger, the child of Capt. Roger STERRY by Rev Asher Rosseter
%%1766 Nov 2 John, the child of Capt. Roger STERRY by Rev Asher Rosseter
%%1769 Apr 2 Abigail, daughter of Capt. Roger STERRY by Rev Asher Rosseter
1842 Dec 25 Annette Rebecca Sterry (Index Cards Connecticut Churches, Norwich First Congregational Church, vol 3 pg 24)

Preston (New London County)
First Congregational Church
Marriages
(Ancestry, Early Connecticut Marriages, Seventh Book; Bi-Centennial Celebration, First Congregational Church of Preston, Connecticut, 1698-1898; Index cards to vital records of Connecticut churches at the Connecticut State Library-LDS Film 2832)
%%1763 Dec 8 Silas Sterry & Olive Killam by Rev Asher Rosseter (Ancestry page 42; Index Cards Connecticut Churches, Preston First Congregational Church, vol 1 pg 44-45; vol 70 pg 156)
%%1773 Jun 23 Daniel Kimbal & Mary Sterry by Rev Asher Rosseter(Ancestry page 43; Index Cards Connecticut Churches, Preston First Congregational Church, vol 1 pg 46; vol 70 pg 157)
%%1792 Oct 4 John Sterry & Rebecca Brumley by Rev Lemuel Tyler (Ancestry page 45; Index Cards Connecticut Churches, Preston First Congregational Church, vol 70 pg 166)
%%1794 Apr 1 Israel Park of Stonington & Abigail Sterry of Preston by Rev Lemuel Tyler by Rev Lemuel Tyler (Ancestry page 46)
%%1794 Oct 26 Roger Sterry & Lavinia Yarrington (Ancestry page 46; (Ancestry page 45; Index Cards Connecticut Churches, Preston First Congregational Church, vol 70 pg 107)
1796 Jan 3 Sam'l Fagins & Nabby Sterry (people of colour) (Ancestry page 46; Index Cards Connecticut Churches, Preston First Congregational Church, vol 1 pg 82; vol 70 pg 167)

Preston (New London County)
First Congregational Church
Deaths
(Bi-Centennial Celebration, First Congregational Church of Preston, Connecticut, 1698-1898, Statistics of the Church Taken From The Church Records; Index cards to vital records of Connecticut churches at the Connecticut State Library -LDS Film 2832)
%%1794 Jul 11 Wife of Consider STERRY, Consumption
%%1812 ___ Wife of Roger STERRY, Rheumatism

Note: There is an Admission & Renewals of Covenant for the First Congregational Church of Preston extracted from the Bi-Centennial Celebration, First Congregational Church of Preston, Connecticut, 1698-1898, Statistics of the Church Taken From The Church Records as follows with additional entries as indicated from Index Cards Connecticut Churches.
Covenants:
1707 Oct 27 Samuel Sterrie renewed cov. [Index Cards Connecticut Churches, Preston First Congregational Church, vol 1 pg 16; vol 70 pg 135]
%%1756 Jun 27 Abigail Sterry owned own covenant
Admissions and Dismissals
%%1758 Jul 16 Abigail, wife of Roger Sterry by Rev Asher Rosseter
%%1789 May 7 Abigail Sterry church member [Index Cards Connecticut Churches, First Congregational Church, vol 1 pg 63; vol 70 pg 164]
%%1784 Dec 8 Abigail Sterry, church member [Index Cards Connecticut Churches, Preston First Congregational Church, vol 1 pg 55; vol 70 pg 164]
1812 __ Roger Sterry his w. d [__] 1812 [Index Cards Connecticut Churches, Preston First Congregational Church, vol 1 pg 135; vol 70 pg 173]

Preston (New London County)
Second (Congregational) Church
[later First Congregational Church of Griswold]
Baptisms
1721-1855 [LDS Film 1008714]; Index cards to vital records of Connecticut churches at the Connecticut State Library-LDS Film 2832)
%%1734 Aug 11 Roger of Mehetebel Sterry [Index cards vol 1 pg 63 has Aug 4]

Preston (New London County)
Second (Congregational) Church
[later First Congregational Church of Griswold]
Marriages
1720-1857 [LDS Film 1008714]; Index cards to vital records of Connecticut churches at the Connecticut State Library-LDS Film 2832)
%%1734 May 31 Cyprian Sterry & Elizabeth Rose, both of Preston (Early Connecticut Marriages: Fourth Book: page 34: Ancestry.com has 'Elizebeth Ross'. The index cards to vital records of Connecticut churches has 'Elizabeth Pease')

Preston (New London County)
Second (Congregational) Church
[later First Congregational Church of Griswold]
Deaths
1762-1855 [LDS Film 1008714]; Index cards to vital records of Connecticut churches at the Connecticut State Library-LDS Film 2832)
Nil

Mehetabel Sterry was admitted to the Second Congregational Church of Preston on 3 Aug 1734 and paid 3 shillings to the church account in 1735/36. [LDS Film 1008714]

Stonington (New London County)
Second (Congregational) Church

Marriages
%%1748 May 4 Rogger Sterry & Abigail Holmes (Source:Early Connecticut Marriages: First Book: page 56: Ancestry.com)

[Note: According to Walter Smith in 'The Sterry Family', Samuel Sterry was baptised, as an adult, at the First Church of Stonington on 24 Jul 1692]

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