Starks, Maine, USA

John Larkin SterryAge: 75 years18081884

John Larkin Sterry
Given names
John Larkin
Birth June 29, 1808 24 19
Starks Maine Births 1808 Jun 29 John Larkin s. Samuel & Hannah Sterry born (Grouped in register under family of Samuell Sterry)
MarriageUnknown View this family

Birth of a brotherEphraim H. Sterry
December 13, 1814 (Age 6 years)
Starks Maine Births 1814 Dec 13 Ephraim Sterry s. Samuell & Hannah Sterry born
Birth of a brotherDavid Sterry
March 27, 1816 (Age 7 years)
Starks Maine 1816 Mar 27 David s. Edward L Sterry & Phebe (Grouped in register under family of Edward L Sterry. Note this appears to be an error in the Town Clerk records. He was in fact the son of Samuel and Hannah Sterry)
Birth of a brotherNahum Baldwin Sterry
September 28, 1820 (Age 12 years)
Starks Maine Births 1820 Sep 28 Naham Baldwin Sterry s. Samuel Sterry & Hannah born (Grouped in register under family of Samuell Sterry)
Birth of a brotherSamuel Sterry
October 3, 1823 (Age 15 years)
Starks Maine 1823 Oct 3 Samuel s. Samuel & Hannah Sterry born (Grouped in register under family of Samuell Sterry)
Birth of a brotherChristopher Williamson Sterry
August 12, 1826 (Age 18 years)
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 19 years)
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 20 years)
Citation details: Also 1870 and 1880 census.
Marriage of a parentJonathan, III WilliamsonHannah Atkins HardingView this family
April 23, 1829 (Age 20 years)
Starks Maine 1829 Apr 23 Jonathan Williamson 3rd & Mrs Hannah Sterry both of Starks
Death of a paternal grandmotherCatharine Gray
October 12, 1833 (Age 25 years)
Publication: Private edition, Israel, 1973
Aged 84 at death. Aged 70 in July 1820 pension record.
Publication: Source Information Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: 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).
[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 U.S., Newspaper Extractions from the Northeast, 1704-1930 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2014. This collection was indexed by Ancestry World Archives Project contributors. Original data: Newspapers and Periodicals. American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Massachusetts.
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
Death of a maternal grandfatherNathaniel Harding
October 6, 1834 (Age 26 years)
Publication: Private edition, Israel, 1973
Publication: Online Ancestry tree of Chris W Sterry: cwsterrytx
Publication: Ancestry
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
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 27 years)
Starks (Somerset County) Marriages 1829-1891 (Town Clerk Records) 1836 [not stated] David Sterry, Starks & Hannah Frederick, Starks
Shared note: 1840 Census
Birth of a son
John Sterry
about 1842 (Age 33 years)

Death of a paternal grandfatherDavid Sterry
April 4, 1843 (Age 34 years)
Publication: Private edition, Israel, 1973
Publication: Family Search Indexing Project Vital records, 1830-1887 Starks (Maine). Town Clerk
Maine Name David Sterry Death Date 04 Apr 1843
MarriageMary ParkerView this family
January 7, 1845 (Age 36 years)
Source: Newspapers
Shared note: Divorced 23 May 1846.
Death of a maternal grandmotherHannah Newcomb
1845 (Age 36 years)

DivorceMary ParkerView this family
January 25, 1846 (Age 37 years)

Marriage of a siblingChristopher Williamson SterryElizabeth DayView this family
1847 (Age 38 years)

Marriage of a half-siblingJames SterryNancy WrightView this family
September 2, 1854 (Age 46 years)
Source: Family Search
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
Marriage of a siblingChristopher Williamson SterryAmanda M HadleyView this family
November 25, 1858 (Age 50 years)
(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 51 years)
Marriage of a siblingChristopher Williamson SterryMary Catherine RossView this family
1861 (Age 52 years)

Shared note: 1870 US Census
Death of a sonJohn Sterry
1862 (Age 53 years)

Marriage of a siblingNahum Baldwin SterryCaroline HardingView this family
January 23, 1868 (Age 59 years)
New Sharon, Maine 1868 Jan 23 Nahum Sterry, of Illinois & Caroline Harding, of New Sharon
Shared note: 1870 Census
Death of a motherHannah Atkins Harding
July 21, 1870 (Age 62 years)
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 63 years)
Publication: Private edition, Israel, 1973
MarriageCaroline DahleView this family
February 1883 (Age 74 years)
Source: Newspapers
Death January 3, 1884 (Age 75 years)
Publication: Private edition, Israel, 1973
Family with parents - View this family
Marriage: March 13, 1808New Sharon, Maine, USA
4 months
6 years
younger brother
Ephraim H. Sterry
Birth: December 13, 1814 31 26Starks, Maine, USA
Death: October 27, 1895Starks, Maine, USA
15 months
younger brother
5 years
younger brother
3 years
younger brother
Samuel Sterry
Birth: October 3, 1823 40 35Starks, Maine, USA
Death: December 31, 1859Starks, Maine, USA
3 years
younger brother
Mother’s family with Jonathan, III Williamson - View this family
Marriage: April 23, 1829Starks, Maine, USA
8 months
Family with Caroline Dahle - View this family
Marriage: February 1883New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Family with Mary Parker - View this family
Marriage: January 7, 1845Natchez, Mississippi, USA
Divorce: January 25, 1846
Family with Unknown - View this family

BirthTown Clerk Records
Starks Maine Births 1808 Jun 29 John Larkin s. Samuel & Hannah Sterry born (Grouped in register under family of Samuell Sterry)
DeathThe Sterry Family of America 1670-1970
Publication: Private edition, Israel, 1973
DeathCourt Document: Petition Succession of John L Sterry, 1884
Divorced 23 May 1846.
Shared note
John removed from Maine to Louisiana as a young man. Although we have no evidence that he married and had a family, he probably was the father of John Sterry who was hanged in 1862 in Virginia by Union troops who had captured him; Jack was a Jessie Scout in the Confederate Army. (There were no other Sterrys living in the Confederacy at the time of the Civil War). In April 1868, as a resident of New Orleans, John purchased a piece of land in Poughkeepsie, New York, for $500 from a Miss Ann Lewis, also of New Orleans. It is not clear why John purchased the land as he did not remove to Poughkeepsie, if the New Sharon, Maine cemetery records are correct in listing his death in 1884 as having occurred at New Orleans. [Sterry Family, Walter Smith] Note: John did marry-twice. See newspaper report below. 1860 census Louisiana New Orleans, 2nd Ward (Orleans Parish County) (M653_416/357) John Sterry, 50, Broker, born Maine Estate Value Real $60,000, Personal $400 Mrs Eliza Whidden, 35, born New Hampshire Julia Whidden, 18, born New Hampshire John Whidden, 14, born New Hampshire 1880 census New Orleans, Orleans County (T9-0458-172D) John Sterry, 60, unrelated to head, Widowed, occupation: on levee(?), born Maine, parents' place of birth not stated (Head: Thomas Duncan) Biddeford Daily Journal [Maine], Monday Evening, February 25, 1884 An Eccentric Maine Man He makes a Fortune in New Orleans and Leaves two Wives to Quarrel Over It. John L. Sterry, who died in New Orleans, Jan. 4, leaving an estate of half a million, went from this state 40 years ago. He speculated wisely and lived the life of a recluse. Eleven months before his death he married Caroline Dahle, a young woman, 18 years of age, and a resident of New Orleans. He made during the last few days of his illness, a short will leaving to his young wife $10,000 and the house in which they lived, with its contents. There was no disposition of the remainder of his property. A day or two after the funeral a search of the house disclosed the astonishing fact that $20,000 in cash was concealed in his secretary behind some old books and that in other parts of the house were papers, mortgages, and bonds whose value will reach about $150,000. In an old box thirty premium bonds to the aggregate amount of $15,000 were found. Mr Sterry left one brother and one half-brother in Maine, and other relatives in northern Ohio and Chicago. As soon as the fact of the unexpected wealth of Sterry became known, a Miss Mary Parker appeared on the scene as claimant to the estate, producing indisputable evidence of her marriage to Sterry, many years ago, and several letters written in Sterry's well known hand. This left the succession somewhat embarrassed and the dead man's name somewhat tarnished. The attorneys of Mrs. Sterry began search in the old records of the civil courts. After a two days' hunt they were rewarded by finding a minute-book, in which the decrees of separation from bed and board, and divorce against Miss Mary Parker are contained. It appear that Sterry married Miss Mary Parker in Natchez on the 7th January, 1845, and lived with her only seven weeks. There appears on the minutes, bearing date of May 23, 1846, a judgment of separation from bed and board. In another minute-book an entry appears on January 25th, 1846, ordering, adjudging and decreeing that John L. Sterry and Mary Parker be forever divorced. The case has excited much interest, owing to the well known eccentricity of the dead man and his peculiar characteristics.