Name origin: A place name from the city of Stirling, England, the Gaelic name of which is Strila, supposed to signify the place of strife, from Stri-thralla. The earliest known progenitor was Walter de Sturielying, born about 1100; he was mentioned in the charter granted by King David I of Scotland.

Ralph Sterling

b.abt.1611 London, Middlesex, England; parents ukn
m.abt. 1636 London, England, ukn

CHILDREN included:

  1. William Sterling

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William Sterling

b.May 4, 1639 London, England
d.Jan. 22, 1719 Sterling City, Lyme, CT
m.(1)abt.1659 Essex, MA; Elizabeth (Sawtelle) Short
b.d/o Richard Sawtell and Elizabeth Pope
d.Feb. 6, 1675 Essex, MA
m.(2)Dec. 19, 1676 Haverhill, MA; Mary (Blaisdell) Stowers
m.(3)April 24, 1683 Haverhill, MA; Ann(e) (Nichols) Neale

CHILDREN of William and Elizabeth included:

  1. William Sterling b.1660/61 Haverhill, MA d.Feb.6, 1675/76 prob. at sea
  2. Elizabeth Sterling b.Aug. 6, 1662 Rowley Village, Bradford, MA
  3. Richard Sterling b.Aug. 5, 1663 Rowley Village, Bradford, MA
  4. Mary Sterling b.Sept. 14, 1664 Rowley Village, Bradford, MA
  5. John Sterling b.May 7, 1666 Rowley Village, Bradford, MA
  6. Hannah Sterling b.Feb. 14, 1667 Rowley Village, Bradford, MA d.1750
  7. Sarah Sterlingb.May 4, 1669 Haverhill, MA d.Apr. 13, 1732 Andover, MA m.Oct. 9, 1685 at Andover, MA; Ralph Farnham
  8. Abigail Sterling b.May 27, 1670 Rowley Village, Bradford, MA
  9. Nathaniel Sterling b.June 25, 1671 Rowley Village, Bradford, MA
  10. Daniel Sterling b.Sept. 19, 1673 Bradford, MA d.June 30, 1749 Rowley Village, Bradford, MA
  11. James Sterling b.Feb. 24, 1674 Rowley Village, Bradford, MA d.March 6, 1674 Rowley Village, Bradford, MA

From Directory of the Ancestral Heads of New England Families 1620-1700, by Holmes: WILLIAM, ship carpenter and miller, Scotch descent, b.near London, Eng., 1637, resident Salem, Mass., 1660, removed Rowley, Mass., settled Haverhill, Mass., 1697; removed Lyme, Conn.

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