Seth Sterling and his Descendants  

William Sterling of Haverhill, Mass.,
and of Lyme, Conn., and his Descendants
The Sterling Genealogy
Compiled and Illustrated by
Albert Mack Sterling

selected entries regarding
Seth Sterlin(g) and his Descendants

transcribed by Linda Boorom

Fifth Generation (from William) pages 385-387

240   SETH STERLIN (Joseph, Joseph, Daniel, William), b. at Sterling City, Lyme, Conn., Mar. 18, 1768; m. 1st Dec. 27, 1785, Polly Brewster, b. in 1767, dau. of Ephraim Brewster, a descendant of Elder Brewster who came over in the Mayflower. Ephraim came to Woodstock, Vt., from Preston, Conn., in 1775, and purchased land next to that later owned by Elder Sterlin; he d. May 10, 1810, aged 79; he m. Margery, dau. of Paul Parks of Preston, Conn., who d. Feb., 1841, aged 98 years., 2 mos. Polly (Brewster) Sterlin d. July 23, 1795. Seth m. 2d, Jan. 4, 1796, Mrs. Huldah Tinkham, b. in 1766, who d. Apr. 22, 1818; he m. 3d, Nov. 18, 1818, Mrs. Lucy (Woods) [Wing] Hammond, b. in  1767.

    "Seth Sterlin at the age of sixteen was drafted for six months' service in the Revolutionary War. He went to New London and assisted in finishing the forts and barracks and in mounting the guns. In 1782 he came with his father to Woodstock (Vt.). In 1788 he began working at his trade of blacksmith which he learned under his father, setting up a shop on ground afterward occupied by Dr. Buckman. In 1791 he was appointed Quartermster Sergeant by Col. Jesse Safford in the 3d Regt., 3d Brigade, Vermont militia. He had previously been a member of the military company called 'the troops,' organized in Woodstock, Feb. 1, 1785."

    "In 1798 he broke up from his old stand in the South Village and moved into School Dist. No. 14. . . where he followed his trade as blacksmith an devoted part of his time to farming. At his trade he showed himself inventive and skilful like his father."

    "But Seth Sterlin was now about to make a great change in his course of life. Not far from 1804 he became a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Woodstock and at Barnard, May 17, 1807, he was ordained a deacon in that church by Francis Asbury, Bishop. He preached in the society for a number of years as occasion presented but becoming dissatisfied with the mode of government of the Methodist Episcopal Church, he withdrew and united with the Methodist Reformed Church; he was ordained Elder in that church the fourth day of February, 1815. In 1833 his name was placed on the pension roll and thereafter he received a yearly pension of $12 so long as he lived. At his death it was remarked of him that for nearly fifty years he had been engaged in the ministry as a preacher of the gospel and in this character few had been called upon to administer its consolations to the afflicted more frequently than he." (History of Woodstock, Vt., Henry S. Dana.) Seth Sterlin d. Apr. 27, 1846. His third wife, Mrs. Lucy Sterlin, d. Aug. 23, 1846.
[pictures from the Methodist Cemetery are here]
    Children by his first marriage:
575 Lucy Sterlin, b. June 28, 1786; m. Jonathan Webster; had issue
David Sterlin, b. June 19, 1788; m. Fanny Lord.

     By second marriage:
William Sterlin, b. Jan. 19, 1799; m. 1st Drusilla Hammond, 2d, Almira Hammond.
Betsy Sterlin, b. Mar. 28, 1801; m. Amos Pelton.
579 Polly Sterlin, b. July 12, 1805; lived and d. in the old home unm. July 17, 1786.
580 Abigail Sterlin, b. Aug 5, 1810; d. Feb 23, 1812

Sixth Generation (from William) pages 484-486

576   DAVID STERLIN (Seth, Joseph, Joseph, Daniel, William), b. in Woodstock, Vt., June 19, 1788; intention of marriage published Feb. 8, 1812; m. Feb. 16, 1812, Fanny Lord, b. in 1789, dau. of Eleazer Lord of Woodstock.

    David removed to Weston, Windsor Co., Vt., before his marriage. He was a farmer there. She d. in Weston, May 29, 1866. He died there July 25, 1880.

    Children, born in Weston:
Henry L. Sterling, b. Aug. 31, 1815; m. Nancy Abbott.
Elvira Sterling, B. Dec. 2, 1817; m. 1st, Benning K. Abbott, 2d, Nathaniel A. Woods.
Benjamin F. Sterling, b. Nov. 2, 1820; m. Caroline J. Abbott.
David Lord Sterling, b. Nov. 29, 1824; m. 1st Phebe M. Davis, 2d, Lizzie Damon.
Auburn H. Sterling, b. June 7, 1827; m. 1st, Caroline J. Pease, 2d, Mary E. Cooke.

577   WILLIAM STERLIN (brother of the above), b. in Woodstock, Vt., Jan. 19, 1799; m. 1st, Feb. 2, 1820, Drusilla Hammond, b. July 8, 1801, dau. of John and Lois (Wood) Hammond of South Woodstock, who d. Nov. 25, 1854; m. 2nd, Oct. 16, 1856, Almira Hammond, b. at Pomfret, Vt., July 20, 1808, dau. of George C. and Lucy (Payne) Hammond. George Hammond was a cousin of William's first wife Drusilla.

    William was a farmer, occupying the farm his father first settled on in 1798. This he bought from his father Feb. 15, 1826. He was a good singer and took an active interest in the affairs of the Christian church in Woodstock, where he was made deacon Apr. 26, 1846. He was also church clerk from Dec. 25, 1854, until his death. He d. feb. 5, 1867. Mrs. Almira Sterlin D. Aug. 29, 1883.

    Children by first marriage:
1496 Horace Franklin Sterlin, b. Apr. 5, 1821; d. June 16, 1824.
1497 William Wallace Sterlin, b. Feb. 10, 1825; d. June 29, 1840.
Seth Franklin Sterlin, b. Oct. 31, 1827; m. 1st Hannah Cunningham, 2d, Jane E. Horton.
1499 John Winslow Hammond Sterlin, b. Apr. 7, 1833. He was twice married; had one child by first marriage which d. young; by 2d wife Livonia, had Herbert and Lena. He d. in June, 1879

578   BETSY STERLIN (sister of the above), b. in Woodstock, Vt., Mar. 28, 1801; m. Mar. 5, 1820, Amos Pelton, b. at Chatham (now Portland), Conn. Feb. 19, 1799, son of Hatziel and Hannah (Stiles) Pelton.

    Amos Pelton removed with his father to Woodstock where he passed his life. Betsey (Sterlin) Pelton d. Sept. 25, 1837, and Amos m. 2d,Apr. 1, 1838, Betsey H., dau. of John M. Call of Woodstock, by whom he had four children: Erastus C., b. Apr. 9, 1839; Melinda C., b. Oct. 25, 1841; Betsey C., b. July 2, 1844; and Lucy E. C. b. July 18, 1847. Amos Pelton d. at Woodstock Nov. 12, 1870.

    Children of Amos and Betsey (Sterlin) Pelton:
1502 * Frederic. A. Pelton, b. Mar. 23, 1821; m. Jane A. B. English.
1503 Malvina Pelton, b. Nov. 21, 1823; d. unm. Aug 2, 1849.
1504 Huldah E. Pelton, b. Apr. 4, 1829; m. Henry Clark of Weymouth, Mass.
George S. Pelton, b. Sept. 20, 1832; m. Charlotte B. Fillemore.

Seventh Generation (from William) pages 651-654

1491   HENRY L. STERLING (David, Seth, Joseph, Joseph, Daniel, William), b. in Weston, Vt., Aug. 31, 1815; m. there Apr. 7, 1839, Nancy Abbott, b. in Weston, Sept. 6, 1817, dau. of Benning K. and Pollu M. (Johnson) Abbott.

    Henry L. Sterling was a blacksmith. He d. in Rockingham, Vt., Nov. 2, 1879. Nancy d. at Keene, N.H., Apr. 28, 1897.

    Only child:
3066 * Albert H. Sterling, b. Sept. 13, 1840; m. Emoroy P. Wallace.

1492   ELVIRA STERLING (sister of the above), b. in Weston, Dec. 2, 1817; m. 1st, in Weston, June 7, 1835, Benning K. Aboott, Jr. b. in Weston, Nov. 10, 1811, son of Benning K. Abbott, b. Dec. 31, 1784, who removed from Andover, Mass., to Weston, Vt. when young. He m. 1st, Dec. 13, 1807, Polly M. Johnson of Weston, b. June 14, 1786; who d. Sept. 1, 1848. He m. 2d, in 1851, Mrs. Sarah Pierce of Keene, H. H., and d. at Rutland, Aug. 28, 1865.

    Benning K. Abbott, Jr. lived on the farm where he was born until 1854, when he sold out and removed to Rutland Vt., where he worked at his trade of carpenter and cooper until his death, Nov. 15, 1858. Mrs. Elvira Abbott m. 2d, Nov. 29, 1866, Nathaniel A. Woods, a pattern maker of Rutland, who d. in Providence, R. I., Aug. 10, 1883, aged 79. Mrs. Elvira (Abbott) Woods d. Dec. 27, 1880.

    Children by first marriage:
3067 Fannie E. Abbott, b. in Weston, Apr. 3, 1836; living unm. (1902) at Watervliet, N. Y.
3068 Mary Abbott, b. in Weston, May 13, 1839; d. Sept. 24, 1840.
Edmund L. Abbott, b. Mar. 2, 1842; m. 1st, Libbie A. Barker, 2d, Hattie M. Smith.
Auburn P. Abbott, b. Sept. 18, 1846; m. Mary R. Buell.

1493   BENJAMIN F. STERLING (brother of the above), b. in Weston, Nov. 2, 1820; m. there June 13, 1844, Caroline J. Abbott, b. in 1819, dau. of Benning K. and Polly M. (Johnson) Abbott. It will be seen that two brothers and a sister married two sisters and a brother.

    Benj. F. Sterling was a blacksmith and farmer at Weston. He was living (1902) at the home of his son-in-law, P. R. Holt, at Londonderry, Vt. Mrs. Sterling d. at Weston, Dec. 7, 1890.

3071 Maryette A. Sterling, b. Aug. 18, 1845; m. at Londonderry, Jan. 26, 1864, H. K. Austin.
3072 Edwin F. Sterling, b. Mar. 7, 1848; m. at Londonderry, June 17, 1874, Abby A. Davis.
3073 Jane C. Sterling, b. Aug 2, 1850; m. at Weston, Feb. 6, 1868, Perry R. Holt; res. Londonderry.
3074 Olin K. Sterling, b. in Weston, Jan. 11, 1856; d. Nov. 3, 1873.

1494   DAVID LORD STERLING (brother of the above), b. in Weston, Nov. 29, 1824; m. 1st, at Londonderry, Vt., May 23, 1847, Phebe M. Davis of Londonderry, b. in 1823, who d. at Weymouth, Mass., Apr. 29, 1881; m. 2d, at Scituate, Mass., Lizzie Damon.

    David S. Sterling was a boot and shoe dealer at Weymouth, Mass. He d. at Weymouth, Sept. 23, 1882, a few hours after his son's birth. Mrs. Sterling d. about 1896.

    Children by first marriage:
3075 Emma Jane Sterling, b. about 1849; m. Edgar Porter of Weymouth, and d. without issue.

    Child by second marriage:
3076 David Sterling, b. in Sept., 1882; living in East Weymouth

1495   AUBURN H. STERLING (brother of the above), b. in Weston, June 7, 1827; m. 1st at Londonderry, Feb. 20, 1850, Caroline J. Pease, dau. of David and Hannah Pease, who d. June 21, 1855; m. 2d, Oct. 19, 1886, Mary E. Cook of Weymouth, dau. of Samuel and Mary H. Cool.

    Mr. Sterling is a retired boot and shoe manufacturer at Weymouth, Mass. (1901).

    Only child:
3077 Frederick Orrin Sterling, b. in 1852; m. in 1872 Ella, dau. of Joseph Clapp; living at Worcester, Mass. No issue.

1498   SETH FRANKLIN STERLING (William, Seth, Joseph, Joseph, Daniel, William), b. in Woodstock, Vt., Oct. 31, 1827; m. 1st, Oct. 31, 1848, Hannah Cunningham, b. at Stockbridge, Vt., June 30, 1824, dau. of Isaac Sawyer and Charlotte (Abbott) Cunningham, Isaac the son of Robert, son of Thomas, son of Robert, who came to America from Scotland about 1731. Hannah d. Feb. 22, 1859, and Seth F. m. 2d in Lowell, Mass., Nov. 26, 1859, Jane Elizabeth Horton, b. in Nova Scotia, Jan. 2, 1832, dau. of John and Rebecca (McCellan) Horton.

    S. F. Sterling was by profession a photographer. This occupation he followed until 1867, when his father d. and the old homestead farm was divided. Seth's brother took the half on which were the buildings, and Seth built a new house on the south half, his portion. Here he d. Jan. 29, 1900. Mrs. Jane Sterlin was living in 1902.

    Children by first marriage:
3078 Harriet Emma Sterlin, b. Dec. 23, 1851; d. Feb. 1, 1855.
3079 Flora Annah Sterlin, b. Nov. 14, 1854; m. Oct. 6, 1880, John Henry Martin, b.Jan. 1, 1837, son of Dexter and Charlotte (Lee) Martin of Springfield, Vt., who m. 1st, in Springfield, Nov. 7, 1861, Emily Janet, dau. of Nthaniel and Annie (Seift) Spaulding, who d. Mar. 8, 1879, leaving three daughters. Mr. Martin is a wheelwright, living at Monson, Hampden Co., Mass.

    Child by second marriage:
3080 * William Warland Sterlin, b. June 6, 1862; m. Alice Miller

1502   FREDERIC A. PELTON (Betsey, Seth, Joseph, Joseph, Daniel, William), b. in Woodstock, Vt., Mar. 23, 1821; m. at Hartland, Vt., Jan. 22, 1849, Jane A. English, dau. of Eli English of Hartland.

    Frederic was a pattern and model maker and machinist. He d. at Ayer, Mass., Jan. 24, 1873.

3081 Louis O. Pelton, b. Feb. 16, 1852.
3081a Le Roy A. Pelton, b. July 29, 1855; lived at Ayer's Jundtion, Mass.

1505   GEORGE S. PELTON (brother of the above), b. in Woodstock, Sept. 20, 1832; m. at Rutland, Vt., Aug. 16, 1853, Charlotte B. Fillemore of Rutland. Removed to Turner's Junction, Ill., where he was a machinist and blacksmith.

3082 Eva Pelton, b. at Rutland, Aug. 7, 1854; d. at Shrewsbury, Vt., May 4, 1855.
3083 Ida M. Pelton, b. at Coral, Ill., Aug. 17, 1856; d. there Mar. 30, 1858.
3084 Milly Estella Pelton, b. at Union, Ill., Nov. 11, 1859; d. there Dec. 30, 1859.
3085 Emma Pelton, b. at Union, Ill., Apr. 23, 1861; m. Sept. 16, 1877, William R. Ward.
3086 Lottie Pelton, b. at Turner's Ill., Jan. 17, 1869.
3087 Flora E. Pelton, b. at Turner's, Mar. 24, 1876.

Eighth Generation (from William) Vol. 2 pages 837-838

3066   ALBERT H. STERLING (Henry, David, Seth, Joseph, Joseph, Daniel, William), b. in Weston, Vt., Sept. 13, 1840; m. at Chester, Vt., Sept. 10, 1862, Emoroy P. Wallace, b. at Acworth, N. H., May 21, 1843, dau. of Joseph F. Wallace, b. at Acworth, Feb. 28, 1816, who m. July 9, 1840, Sarah C. Dart. b. at Alstead, N. H., Jan. 4, 1819. Albert H. Sterling is a mechanic at Keene, N. H.

5041 * Frederick B. Sterling, b. Nov. 13m 1863; m. Clara W. Richards.
Edward O. Sterling, b. May 11, 1873; m. Agusto Domina.
Lizzie W. Sterling, b. Sept. 2, 1875; m. David W. Mitchell.
5044 Bernice W. Sterling, b. in Keene, Aug. 16, 1881.

3069   EDMOND L. ABBOTT (Elvira, David, Seth, Joseph, Joseph, Daniel, William), b. at Weston, Vt., Mar. 2, 1842; m. 1st, at Westport, N. Y., Sept. 9, 1864, Libbie A. Barker, b. at Leicester, Vt., Sept. 9, 1843, dau. of Luther and Pheve (Estey) Barker of Leicester, who d. Feb. 29, 1872; m. 2d, at Troy, N. Y., Dec.  19, 1878, Hattie M. Smith, b. in Burlington, Vt., May 11, 1859, dau. of Isaac L. and Marrylvia E. (Calburne) Smith of Rutland, Vt. Mr. Abbott is train baggageman on the Delaware and Hudson R. R.; residence, Watervliet, N. Y.

5045 * Orville L. Abbott, b. Nov. 26, 1871; m. Ada Mesick.
5046 Walter R. Abbott, b. Sept. 10, 1886.

3070   AUBURN P. ABBOTT (brother of the above), b. at Weston, Sept. 18, 1846; m. May 25, 1876, Mary R. Buell, b. at Whitehall, N. Y., June 13, 1848, dau. of Harvey W. and Esther (Merrill) Buell of Whitehall, natives of Vermont.

    Mr. Abbott was trainman, baggageman, and conductor on the Delaware and Hudson Railway. He d. at Whitehall, Nov. 21, 1893.

    Children, born in Whitehall:
5047 Edmund B. Abbott, b. Aug 17, 1877; railway clerk at Troy, N. Y.
5048 Esther E. Abbott, b. Oct. 14, 1879; unm.

3080   WILLIAM WARLAND STERLIN (Seth, William, Seth, Joseph, Joseph, Daniel, William), b. June 6, 1862; m. Feb. 22, 1887, Alice Miller, dau. of James Miller of East Princeton.

    W. W. Sterlin is the last remaining member of the family to omit the final g from his name. He is a farmer at Westmisnster, Mass.

5049 Marcus Warland Sterlin, b. Sept. 15, 1889.

Ninth Generation (from William) pages 896-897

5041   FREDERICK B. STERLING (Albert, Henry, David, Seth, Joseph, Joseph, Daniel, William), b. at Rutland, Vt., Nov. 13, 1863; m. Weymouth, Mass., Jan. 14, 1886, Clara W. Richards, b. in Weymouth, Dec. 6, 1863. He is clerk in a store at Keene, N. H.

5707 Freda B. Sterling, b. at Weymouth, Oct. 26, 1892.

5042   EDWARD O. STERLING (brother of the above), b. at Keene, N. H., May 11, 1873; m. there Oct. 20, 1894, Agusto Domina, b. at Coventry, Vt., Jan. 19, 1876. He is a tinsmith at Keene.

5708 Mildred W. Sterling, b. at Keene, Aug. 13, 1898

5043   LIZZIE W. STERLING (sister of the above), b. at Keene, Sept. 2, 1875; m. there June 22, 1898, David W. Mitchell, b. in Liverpool, Eng., Dec. 26, 1875; a plumber at Keene. He was a sergeant in Co. L, N. H. N. G., during the Spanish-American War.

5709 Richard W. Mitchell, b. at Keene, May 8, 1900.

5045   ORVILLE L. ABBOTT (Edmund Abbott, Elvira, David, Seth, Joseph, Joseph, Daniel, William), b. at Rutland Vt., Nov. 26, 1871; m. at Watervliet, N. Y., Dec. 14, 1892, Ada Mesick, b. Oct. 3, 1869, dau. of William E. and Lydia M. (Labdell) Mesick of Troy, N. Y. Orville is clerk in the N. Y. C. & H. R. R. R. freight office at Troy.

5710 Harold L. Abbott, b. at Watervliet, Nov.  16, 1894.

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