Thomas Sterling[1, 2]

Male 1767 - 1828  (60 years)


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  • Name Thomas Sterling 
    Born 6 Dec 1767  Cornwall, Litchfield, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Died 26 Nov 1828  Brooklyn, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Buried Aft 26 Nov 1868  Brooklyn, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Person ID I625  32 Generations
    Last Modified 11 May 2016 

    DNA Tests  1 DNA test is associated with Thomas Sterling 

    Father Corporal James Sterling, ARW,   b. Abt 1746,   d. 13 Jul 1829, Cornwall, Litchfield, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 83 years) 
    Mother Hannah May,   b. 3 Nov 1748, Halifax, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 May 1834, Cornwall, Litchfield, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Married 28 Jun 1767  Cornwall, Litchfield, Connecticut By Thormas Russell, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Family ID F581  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mehitable Norton,   b. 1 Jun 1768,   d. 18 Sep 1827, Brooklyn, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years) 
    Married 23 Aug 1790  Morris, Litchfield, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. James William Sterling,   b. Mar 1791, Cornwall, Litchfield, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jun 1864, Brooklyn, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 73 years)
    Last Modified 18 Jun 2018 
    Family ID F580  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Thomas Sterling was born on 6 Dec 1767 in Cornwall, Litchfield, Connecticut. The 6 Dec 1768 date is incorrect, but was recorded in The Sterling Genealogy. I have listed it here, so it will not continue to be repeated. The correct date per the vital statisics for Cornwall is 1767 . He was baptized on 16 Jan 1775 in Cornwall, Litchfield , Connecticut. The children were baptised on "on his wifes account." He appeared on the census in 1800 in Cornwall, Litchfield , Connecticut.

      Thomas "Stirling" was possibly listed twice in the 1800 census, he also appears on line 13 under the city of Goshen. Because the number of children and ages of Thomas and the female in the house are the same, and tie closely to Thomas's family (James William Sterling his son was an only child.) I'm assuming Thomas was enumerated twice.

      His enumeration was 1 male under age 10, one male age 26-45, and one female age 26-45. Whether his house was in Cornwall or Goshen is under some confusion, as the Sterling farm of his father was very close to the border between the two towns. There is a check mark next to the entry in Cornwall on the original record, suggesting some kind of edit was done.

      A interesting note is Thomas lived next door to the Bonneys, who went with Thomas to Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania just a few year later.

      He was noted in an entry in Cornwall Town Meeting Notes on 17 Dec 1804 in Cornwall, Litchfield , Connecticut.

      In the Cornwall Town meeting notes yet another highway project impacted one of the Sterling family members. "And also a highway laid out through Thomas Sterling's land." He died on 26 Nov 1828 in Brooklyn, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania. He was buried after 26 Nov 1868 in Old, Cemtry , Brooklyn, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania. He was a Wheelwright & Cabinet Maker in Brooklyn, Susquehanna Co, Pennsylvania. He was Quaker.

      Excerpt from "The Sterling Genealogy" by Albert M. Sterling, pub 1909, pg 902

      Thomas Sterling removed from Connecticut to Brooklyn, Susquehanna Co., Penn., in 1812.

      At that time the township was known by the name of Hopbottom, deriving this title from the creek along whose banks the early settlers found whild hops growing. The name of the town was changed to Brooklyn in 1825. A settlement was first made within the present limits of Brooklyn by a party of Scots-Irish and Dutch from Philadelphia in 1787. They began to sell their titles to settlers from Connecticut in 1798. The entire section was eventually peopled almost entirely by natives of Connecticut, who at this time supposed that they were moving into a territory over which their old commonwealth had jurisdiction.

      Thomas Sterling was a wheelwright and a cabinet and furniture maker. Like his father he was a quaker, one of few in locality. He and his wife are buried in the old cemetery in Brooklyn. The inscription on the stone above their graves reads: "Thomas Sterling died Nov. 26 , 18 28 Aged 61 years also Mehetabel his wife Died Sept. 18, 1827, Aged 60 years."

  • Sources 
    1. [S5] Imported GEDCOM file from Michael Jex.

    2. [S1] Imported GEDCOM file.

    3. [S34] Cornwall, Litchfield, Connecticut Vital Records.
      Volume 1 Page 69 Thomas, s, James & Hannah, b.Dec 6, 1767

    4. [S2] The Sterling Genealogy.
      Pg. 903 Shows the year as 1768. It should be 1767.

    5. [S2] The Sterling Genealogy, Pg. 902.

    6. [S34] Cornwall, Litchfield, Connecticut Vital Records.
      Volume 1, Page 78 "Sterling, James, m. Hannah May, June 28, 1767, by Thomas Russell, J.P."