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port for the years 1866, 1867, and 1869. He d. Oct. 22, 1891.
The children of Monson and Susan M. Hawley were:
1915 John M. Hawley, b. June 11, 1824; d. Mar. 5, 1849.

1946 Adeline Hawley, b. Apr. 26, 1827.

1947 Susan Hawley, b. Dec. 13, 1831.

1948 Levi R. Hawley, b. Sept. 30, 1833.

1949 Amanda Hawley, b. July 15, 1837; d. Aug. 3, 1855.

1950 Fanny Hawley, b. Feb. 14, 1841.

1951 Louise Hawley, b. Apr. 2, 1842 ; m. Feb. 5, 1868, John

B., son of Josiah and Charlotte (Baldwin) Hubbell.
All b. in Bridgeport, except Levi, b. in California.

809 ANN MARIA HUBBELL (sister of the above), b. May 9,
1811 ; m. June 19, 1833, Charles Toucey.
Children :

1952 Francis Henry Toucey, b. Mar. 14, 1834.

1953 Levi Hubbell Toucey, b. Aug. 21, 1836; m. Esther M.


1954 Harriet Susan Toucey, b. June 14, 1839; m. Sept. 6,

1870, the Rev. Francis Tobdell, and d. Apr. 22, 1873.

1955 Maria Augusta Toucey, b. Mar. 2, 1841; d. Sept. 26,


1956 Edward Toucey, b. July 8, 1844 ; m. May 1, 1879, Rosa

J. Mats on.

1957 William Henry Toucey, b. Jan. 31, 1848; d. Nov. 26,


812 CHARLES STEPHEN STERLING (Nathaniel, William,
William, William, Richard, William), b. in Wilton, Conn., Mar. 24,
1804 ; m. at Liverpool, N. Y., Nov. 15, 1835, Armenia Hasbrouck,
b. in Duchess Co., N. Y., June 15, 1806, dau. of Benjamin and
Hannah (Green) Hasbrouck.

Dr. Charles S. Sterling removed from Connecticut to Lafay-
ette, Onondaga Co., N. Y., with his parents. He had an academic
education and studied medicine in Pompey in the office of .a physi-
cian and upon his admission to practice moved to Euclid, Onon-
daga Co., and opened an office in 1832. The first entry in his
account book and diary is " commenced boarding with Wm. Coon
at one dollar, fifty^ cents per week, including room," and his first
; ' case " was extracting teeth, for which he received thirteen


cents. In 1835 he removed to Liverpool, on the east shore of
Onondaga Lake, where he continued in practice until his death.
Mrs. Armenia Sterling d. Mar. 21, 1876. Dr. Sterling d. Sept.
9, 1884; both buried at Liverpool.
Children, born in Liverpool:
1958 Charles Sterling, d. in infancy.
Two babies d. in infancy.

1961 Charles Nathaniel Sterling, b. Feb. 20, 184-3. He en-

listed in Co. F, 12th Regt., N. Y. Vol. Infty., Apr.
24, 1861, a company organized in Liverpool, mustered
in at Elmira, N. Y. ; d. in N. Y. City, Aug. 7, 1874 ;
buried at Liverpool.

1962 Mary Elizabeth Sterling, b. Sept. 5, 1848, a sufferer from

epilepsy since childhood; d. in Apr., 1904, in Liv-
erpool, unm.

814 ELLICE A. STERLING (sister of the above), b. in Con-
necticut, Apr. 24, 1816; m. May 12, 1841, Philander Hasbrouck,
b. in 1809 in Duchess Co., N. Y., son of Benjamin and Hannah
(Green) Hasbrouck, brother of Armenia above.

Mr. Hasbrouck when a young man was a tailor, later a farmer.
He removed to Liverpool, N. Y., in 1828. Mrs. Ellice Hasbrouck
d. in Wilton, Conn., Sept. 12, 1847, and is buried there beside her
parents. Philander d. in Liverpool in 1895.


1963 Fanny Nathanelia Hasbrouck, b. in Wilton, June 28,

1844; unm.; living in 1901 in the old home of her
uncle Charles Sterling at Liverpool.

above), b. in Lafayette, N. Y., Oct. 3, 1819; m. May 22, 1844,
Mary Miller, b. in Marcellus, N. Y., Nov. 12, 1821, dau. of
Nathaniel Miller, a native of Long Island, and McClcnthen.

Mr. Sterling removed to Wisconsin in 1845, to Connecticut in
1848, and returned West in 1853 and settled at Galesburg, 111.,
where he remained until 1861, removing in that year to Daven-
port, la., and later to Tipton, la. Was for many years engaged
in selling sewing machines and organs and more recently nursery
stock. Living in 1902 in Sioux City, la.


Children :

1964 Almira Elisabeth Sterling, b. in Wilton, Conn., Mar. 3,

1845 ; unm. ; lives in Sioux City.

1965 tFred Miller Sterling, b. Apr. 20, 1849; m. Sophia G.


1966 William Nathaniel Hoyt Sterling, b. at Conewango, N. Y.,

Oct. 20, 1851 ; unm. ; an artist in Sioux City.

1967 t Charles Samuel Sterling, b. Jan. 18, 1858; m. Flora V.


1968 Mary Elice Sterling, b. at Galesburg, June 30, 1860;

unm. ; lives in Sioux City.

824 CHARLES STERLING (Isaac, William, William, William,
Richard, William), b. in Wilton, Conn., Oct. 27, 1826; m. 1st,
Jan. 1, 1861, Emily Caroline, dau. of William and Anna (Lock-
wood) Osborn, who d. Nov. 12, 1864; m. 2d, Mar. 29, 1868,
Sarah Ann Dickens, b. May 12, 1848, dau. of Major and Hannah
(Keeler) Dickens. A farmer at Cannon, Wilton township, Conn.

Child by first marriage :

1969 Flora Sterling, b. June 28, 1862; d. July 14, 1881.
Children by second marriage:

1970 t Albert Reed Sterling, b. Jan. 3, 1869; m. 1st, Ida A.

Gilbert, 2d, Anna Kelley.

1971 t Alice Sterling, b. Dec. 10, 1870; m. Louis Kroger.

1972 Charles Isaac Sterling, b. Mar. 29, 1872; m. 1st, Mar. 1,

1896, Louise Rockwell, who d. Mar. 27, 1899; one
ch., d. ; m. 2d, May 22, 1901, Carrie .

1973 tLina Little Sterling, b. June 5, 1874; m. Wilber Wood-


1974 Clara May Sterling, b. May 17, 1878.

1975 Clarence Mortimer Sterling, b. May 17, 1878; living at

Spring Valley, N. Y., 1902.

1976 tCora Samantha Sterling, b. Jan. 5, 1881; m. Edward


1977 William Knapp Sterling, b. Apr. 1, 1885.

1978 Walter Wallace Sterling, b. Oct. 3, 1887.

826 WILLIAM STERLING {brother of the above), b. in
Wilton, Dec. 2, 1833; m. Dec. 25, 1856, Mary Tuttle. He was a
truckman at South Norwalk, Conn.
Children :

1979 Herbert Sterling, m. Minnie , and has a son, Wil-

liam I.


1981 Ida Sterling, unm.

1982 Charles Isaac Sterling, lives at South Norwalk ; m. Fannie

, and has three sons, John, Arthur, and Charles.

1986 Clara Sterling, d. Dec. 1, 1866, aged 1 year.

830 HENRY STERLING (Isaac, Samuel, Samuel, William,
Richard, William), b. in Pennsylvania, Mar. 12, 1795; m. in 1814,
Abigail Murch, b. Dec. 28, 1795.

At an early date he removed from Pennsylvania with his father
and settled near Dansville, N. Y. In 1817 they again removed to
Ontario, Can. Henry took up his residence near Stony Creek,
township of Saltfleet, Wentworth Co., on the mountain east of the
present city of Hamilton, where he lived until 1833, when he
settled in the township of Townsend, County of Norfolk, Ontario.
He was a farmer. He d. at Simcoe, Ontario, Oct. 15, 1873. Abi-
gail d. Nov. 30, 1875.

Children :

1987 t William Sterling b. Nov. 12, 1815; m. Charlotte Hutch-


1988 t Isaac Brock Sterling, b. Jan. 2, 1818 ; m. Mariette Tullar.

1989 t David M. Sterling, b. May 19, 1820; m. Catharine G.


1990 t Sarah Matilda Sterling, b. Sept. 13, 1822; m. John A.


1991 tRachel Priscilla Sterling, b. Mar. 21, 1825; m. 1st, Mc-

Farland Woolley, 2d, John B. Carpenter.

1992 tLoretta Sterling, b. Mar. 29, 1827 ; m. Adam B. Vrooman.

1993 t Whitney G. Sterling, b. May 6, 1829; m. 1st, Louisa D.

Widner, 2d, Minerva Sipple.

1994 Margaret Sterling, b. June 28, 1831 ; d. July 4, 1831.

1995 t Sarah Ann Sterling, b. Sept. 1, 1832; m. Henry Vrooman.

1996 t Benson Sterling, b. Dec. 1, 1834; m. Ann E. Babcock.

1997 tDaniel G. Sterling, b. Oct. 9, 1837; m. Caroline E.


834 MARY (or POLLY) STERLING (sister of the above),
b. Nov. 6, 1801 ; m. Mar. 18, 1818, Bucklin Alderman, b. Aug.
28, 1799, who d. May 27, 1838. Mary d. at Lyons, Ionia Co.,
Mich., Sept. 9, 1883.
Children :

1998 Newton Alderman, b. Dec. 2, 1818; d. Oct. 28, 1836.

1999 Major Alderman, b. Dec. 18, 1820; m. Dec. 14, ,


Eliza Ann Booth; d. at Fentonville, Genesee Co.,
Mich., Sept. 14, 1860.

2000 Lucinda Alderman, b. Mar. 15, 1823 ; m. Aug. 18, 1841,

George C. Holmes; d. at Byron, Shiawasse Co.,
Mich., Mar. 7, 1852.

2001 William Alderman, b. Nov. 13, 1825; m. Emily Green;

lived at Muir, Mich.

2002 Abraham Alderman, b. Apr. 24, 1828; m. Jan. 1, 1849,

Lydia Maynard ; d. at his farm at Orleans, Ionia Co.,
Mich., June 11, 1881.

2003 Curtis Leroy Alderman, b. Aug. 22, 1830; d. Feb. 25,


2004 Lorena Alderman, b. Jan. 19, 1833 ; d. Feb. 21, 1842.

2005 Mary M. Alderman, b. Oct. 12, 1835 ; m. July 26, 1852,

George C. Holmes; d. at Byron, Mich., Nov. 17,

2006 Harriet Alderman, b. Mar. 21, 1838; m. Aug. 15, 1859,

William P. Bush, son of Peter and Sally (Earl) Bush,
brother of Albert N., who m. Emily Kimball. (No.
2027.) Resides at Grand Rapids, Mich. Has, with
other issue, a dau., Mrs. W. T. Brewer, of Ionia,

847 ELIZA STERLING (sister of the above), b. in Dansville,
N. Y., Feb. 25, 1806; m. in 1822, in Canada, John G. Kimball, b.
in N. H., Dec. 20, 1794.

He settled on a tract of 160 acres in White Lake, Oakland Co.,
Mich., which he cleared. He d. of typhoid fever, Jan. 11, 1857.
Eliza d. at Swartz Creek, Mich., July 12, 1887.

Children :

2008 Eliza D. Kimball, b. Oct. 11, 1824; m. Charles Holmes,

and d. Oct. 11, 1856, leaving two children, now dead.

2009 John T. Kimball, m. Helen Wheeler ; lived at Muir, Mich. ;

had: Ada, Nellie, Cora, Albert, Victor, Julia, Kittie,
John and Mabel. The sons live at Muir.

2019 George Kimball, d. aged 3 yrs.

2020 Margaret Kimball, d. aged 1 yr.
Two children d. at birth.

2023 tMary Kimball, b. Nov. 11, 1831; m. 1st, Marcus Dyer,

2d, Matthew Coleman.

2024 William Kimball, d. aged 19 yrs.

2025 t Simeon M. Kimball, b. Feb. 16, 1843; m. Charlotte E.



2026 Henry Kimball, b. in 1844 ; d. in youth.

2027 t Emily Kimball, b. Apr. 19, 1850; m. Albert N. Bush.

850 CYRENA STERLING (sister of the above), b. near Dans-
ville, May 8, 1811; m. Feb. 26, 1828, William McCool, b. in
Talbot District, Ontario, Can., Apr. 1, 1807.

They removed from Canada to Indiana Nov. 3, 1846, and set-
tled on a farm in Porter Co., near Valparaiso. William d. there
Dec. 8, 1884. Cyrena d. there Nov. 22, 1885.

Children :

2028 Eh McCool, b. Feb. 4, 1830; d. at Valparaiso, May 26,

1870, unm.

2029 Cecilia McCool, b. Aug. 14, 1832; m. May 12, 1852, the

Rev. L. B. Kent, and d. Nov. 12, 1867, leaving two
daus. ; he was living at Jacksonville, 111., in 1903.

2030 tThomas Walker McCool, b. Nov. 23, 1835; m. Frances E.


2031 Isaac Sterling McCool, b. Mar. 10, 1844; d. at Val-

paraiso, May 2, 1862.

2032 t William McCool, b. Nov. 5, 1847; m. Marietta Beebe.

2033 tJohn Wesley McCool, b. Sept. 11, 1849; m. 1st, Emma

Watson, 2d, Luella F. Smith.

2034 Mary McCool, b. June 7, 1854; m. George Clineman ;

had a son who d. aged 6 mos. She d. July 2, 1881.
Five children d. young.

851 KEZIAH STERLING (sister of the above), b. in 1816 ; m.
Jabez Sill, b. at East Windsor, Conn., Jan. 11, 1800, son of Jabez
and Mary (Osborn) Sill. He m. 1st, Jemima Barber, 2d, Olivia
Lee, by whom he had: Byron W r ashburn, b. Aug. 25, 1824, m.
Helen A. Grinnell, and lived at Ellsworth, O. ; Mason Mandville,
b. Apr. 7, 1827, d. Sept. 15, 1840 ; and Catharine Amanda, b. Oct.
26, 1831, m. W. Van Wagner of Avon, N. Y. Jabez lived at Dans-
ville and Lockport, N. Y. ; he d. at the latter place in Aug., 1843.
Keziah lived for some years at East Saginaw, Mich. ; she d. at
Lockport, Nov. 1, 1902, and was buried at Dansville.

2040 Caroline Loretta Sill, b. May 18, 1833; m. Solomon A.
Vrooman of Queenston, Can., son of Solomon and
Mary (Brown) Vrooman. (See Nos. 1992 and 1995.)
Had one eh., Ida, who m. C. M. Tuttle, whose lasl
known address was Portland, Ore.


2042 Melville Major Sill, b. Nov. 13, 1835 ; lived at West Rush,

N. Y.

2043 Frederick Barton Sill, b. Apr. 4, 1838.

863 MAJOR JAMES STERLING (Daniel, Samuel, Samuel,
William, Richard, William), b. in Braintrim, Wyoming Co., Penn.,
May 7, 1805; m. 1st, May 30, 1824, Keziah Miller Canfield,b. July
17, 1804, in Tioga Co., N. Y., dau. of Enos and Polly Canfield, who
d. Aug. 8, 1830; m. 2d, Feb. 3, 1831, Elizabeth Passmore, b. Aug.
14, 1809, dau. of John and Elizabeth (Overfield) Passmore.

James Sterling, called " Maj or " as was his father, although
the title had no military significance, removed with his father to
the Rock River country in Illinois, in 1836, where they had ex-
tensive state contracts for the construction of canals and locks for
the improvement of navigation on the Rock River. James Ster-
ling was in charge of the work at a point where now stands the city
of Sterling. At an early public meeting of the settlers at this
place, called for the purpose of selecting a name for their village,
several names were proposed as suitable.

A native Pennsylvanian, a Mr. Worthington, finally proposed
the name of " Sterling," from Maj . James Sterling, who was pres-
ent, and gave quite a eulogy upon the family, as he had known it
in Pennsylvania. So the name was adopted. Sterling is now a
city of some 10,000 population.

After the failure of the State of Illinois, by which James Ster-
ling was financially ruined, he was employed variously in different
parts of the West and in his native State. In 1847 he removed
with his family from Pennsylvania to Dixon, 111., where he con-
tinued to live until his death. He continued as a general contrac-
tor, building canals, bridges, and other public works, and was
largely engaged in merchandising, milling, and lumbering. He
subsequently retired to his farm, three miles west of Dixon.

During the time of the State's insolvency and consequent liti-
gation, James Sterling made the acquaintance of Abraham Lincoln
and a friendship was formed which lasted throughout the remain-
der of the former's life. One of James's last acts, and one in which
he took the greatest pleasure and satisfaction, was in voting for
his friend and living to see him elected to the presidency. James
Sterling d. at Dixon, 111., of quick consumption, Nov. 15, I860.


Children by first marriage :

2044 t Amanda M. Sterling, b. Feb. 28, 1827; m. Charles De-


2045 tEdwin C. Sterling, b. Mar. 16, 1829; m. Harriet L.


2046 t Edward Sterling (twin with the above), m. 1st, Irene

Bivins, 2d, Alice Evans.
Children by second marriage :

2047 James Sterling, b. Nov. 30, 1833; d. in his 19th year.

2048 Gertrude Sterling, b. Sept. 7, 1837; m. June 24, 1858,

Dr. Charles J. Reynolds, and d. Jan. 7, 1868, leaving
one child, Mary E., unm., living at Colorado Springs,
Colo., with her father in 1902.

2050 t Norman P. Sterling, b. Jan. 23, 1840; m. Josephine


2051 Daniel Sterling, b. Mar. 1, 1843; d. when 11 years old.

2052 John M. Sterling, b. Nov. 26, 1849; m. Dora Rickey,

Mar. 1, 1883. He is a farmer at Dixon, 111. Elected
county treasurer in 1901. Has John, Robert W.,
and James E.

864 LEWIS STERLING (brother of the above), b. in Brain-
trim, Feb. 4, 1807; m. at Sunbury, Penn., Oct. 1, 1829, Emily A.
Donald, b. there June 13, 1811, dau. of Henry and Margaret
(Gobin) Donald of Sunbury, Northumberland Co.

Lewis Sterling was a carpenter at Meshoppen, Penn., where he
always lived. He d. May 25, 1874. Mrs. Sterling d. Apr. 10,
1882 ; buried at Meshoppen.

Children :

2056 Henry D. Sterling, b. Sept. 18, 1830; d. Nov. 14, 1831.

2057 Charles D. Sterling, b. Jan. 6, 1833. He served in Co.

D, 141st Regt., Penn. Vols., during the Rebellion;

m. Louisa , and removed to St. Joseph, Mo. ;

d. June 21, 1878, leaving four children, one d., Henry,
Emily, and a dau. living. Residence, unknown.

2060 Henry G. Sterling, b. June 29, 1835 ; d. May 24, 1842.

2061 t Alice Sterling, b. May 16, 1838; m. 1st, Alonzo Warner,

2d, Charles Lott.

2062 Edward G. Sterling, b. Dec. 22, 1840. He served in Co.

B, 52d Regt., Penn. Vols., for three years in the
Rebellion, from Sept. 16, 1862, to June 24, 1865.
Was a carpenter at Meshoppen, where he d. Nov.


25, 1897. He m. Sept. 23, 1870, Callie Burns, dau.
of John and Mary (Valentine) Burns of Meshop-
pen ; no issue. She m. 2d, May 12, 1902, Mark B.
Perigo of Rush, Penn.

2063 tElmer Wells Sterling, b. May 16, 1844; m. Dora Barnes.

2064 t Irene Sterling, b. May 24, 1847 ; m. George C. Raymond.

2065 Susan Sterling, b. Oct. 24, 1849; d. unm. June 25, 1872.

2066 t Armenia Sterling, b. Apr. 3, 1852; m. Orrin Blackmar.

865 WILLIAM BARKER STERLING (brother of the above),
b. in Braintrim, Apr. 18, 1809; m. Myrtle M. Snow, b. in Hart-
ford, Conn., in 1808, whose parents removed to Franklin, Penn.,
and d. there about 1820. He was a shoemaker in Binghamton,
N. Y. ; was commonly called Barker. He d. in Binghamton,
Nov. 19, 1873. She d. there.

Children, born in Binghamton :

2067 t George R. Sterling, b. in 1831 ; m. 1st, Eliza McGarvey,

2d, Isabelle McGarvey.

2068 Malvin F. Sterling, b. in 1832; m. in 1864 Eliza Clark.

He was among the first to enlist from Binghamton
and served throughout the Civil War. He was a
shoemaker; d. in Binghamton, May 2, 1893. Had
two daus., Alma, m. Robert Galloway, live at Newark,
N. J. ; and Jennie, who lives, unm., with her mother
in Binghamton.
2071 James H. Sterling, b. in 1833; m. in 1868, Mariette
Brown of Montrose, Penn. ; he was a soldier in the
Civil War. His wife d. Jan. 2, 1903, leaving one
dau., Martha. He is a shoemaker at Springfield, Mo.

2073 tMary L. Sterling, b. in 1835; m. John Newton.

2074 Theodosia Sterling, b. in 1840; m. in 1864, Warren

Travis; lived in Binghamton; he d. in 1872; she d.
Sept. 4, 1875 ; no issue.

2075 Ellen Sterling, b. in 1843; m. in 1868, John Ackerman,

a farmer at Franklin, Penn., who d. Dec. 25, 1899.
Had one son, George, b. in 1873, who lives with his
mother in Chicago, 111.

2077 Amanda Sterling, b. in 1847 ; d. in Binghamton, unm.,

June 7, 1872.

2078 Annie E. Sterling, b. May 11, 1854 ; m. in 1878, William

Harty, b. June 29, 1852, son of Edward and Mary
Harty. He is a grip man on the Chicago city rail-
way. No issue.


2079 Harriet Overfield Sterling, b. in 1856 ; m. Jacob Fess of

Binghamton in 1890, and d. there June 23, 1897,
without issue.

869 DANIEL THEODORE STERLING (brother of the
above), b. Feb. 15, 1815 ; m. Sept. 23, 1841, Susan Ashley Loomis,
b. Dec. 20, 1820, dau. of Jasper and Sallie (Choate) Loomis. Daniel
settled at Sterlingville (now Meshoppen), Wyoming Co., Penn.,
where he ran a store and a sawmill and did a large business in lum-
bering. He acquired most of the land where the town now lies and
in 1850 he built a large gristmill. He sold many thousand bushels
of oats to the government during the Rebellion. In 1861 he built
a larger building to accommodate his store, in which he held an
interest until his death. His eldest son, Addison, was his partner
from 1868 to 1874. Daniel d. Apr. 26, 1883; Mrs. Sterling d.
May 13, 1895.

Children :

2080 Addison Alexander Sterling, b. July 1, 1842 ; m. Mary H.

Beardsley. Cashier of the People's Bank in Wilkes-
Barre, Penn. No issue.

2081 George Hollenbeck Sterling, b. Dec. 8, 1844 ; enlisted in

the Union army Oct. 11, 1861 ; promoted from ser-
geant major to adjutant, May 19, 1863; transferred
to Co. K (from 52d Regt.), Oct. 10, 1864; pro-
moted from (Co. B, 52d Regt.) sergeant, Nov. 14,
1862; first lieutenant, Co. K, 52d Regt.; trans-
ferred from adjutant, Oct. 10, 1864; confined
several months in rebel prisons; d. at Meshoppen,
Jan. 10, 1865.

2082 t Arthur Hamilton Sterling, b. Apr. 21, 1847; m. Sarah

E. Sine.

2083 t Sarah Mandane Sterling, b. Sept. 21, 1848; m. Charles

F. Cross.

2084 tAriana Godwin Sterling, b. July 25, 1854; m. Gordon

T. Ellis.

2085 Theodore McDonald Sterling, b. Dec. 24, 1857; d. Apr.

19, 1858.

2086 t Jennie Hart Sterling, b. Feb. 24, 1859; m. Joseph Pettit.

(brother of the above), b. at Black Walnut, Wyoming Co., Penn.,
July 17, 1816; m. Sept. 3, 1851, Harriet Dean, b. June 21, 1824,


dau. of Eliot By ram and Charlotte (Williams) Dean of Raynham,

John W. Sterling's earliest education was such as could be
obtained in common schools, but aspirations for a more liberal
instruction determined him to attend an academy at Hamilton,
N. Y. At this institution and at a similar one in Homer, N. Y., he
received the necessary preparation for entering college. However,
he now turned his attention to the law, reading one year in the
office of Judge WoodAvard of Wilkes-Barre, Penn. ; but he did not
enter upon the practice of the profession.

In the fall of 1837 his desire for broader culture induced him
to enter the sophomore class at the College of New Jersey. He
completed the regular course in that institution, graduating with
honor in the class of 1840. Before this he had been elected prin-
cipal of Wilkes-Barre Academy, and he now engaged as instructor
therein. He continued in that office very successfully for one year,
when he resigned to enter upon another course of study, this time
in the theological Seminary in Princeton, N. J. This occupied
three years. He completed the course in the spring of 1844. He
now spent a year or more in missionary labors in Pennsylvania.

Prof. Sterling went to Wisconsin in July, 1846. Soon after
his arrival, he was elected professor of mathematics in Carroll
College, Waukesha. He occupied the chair for one year, when he
resigned his office — " the sinews of war " were wanting. He then
engaged in teaching a private school at that place, continuing
until called to the University of Wisconsin.

Prof. Sterling was the first professor of mathematics of that
institution, a chair to which he was elected Oct. 7, 1848, and which
he held for many years. As an instructor he was conscientious,
prompt, painstaking and accurate. His methods and manner of
teaching had this important characteristic — they produced re-
sults. Of his ability in the class room, hundreds of students who
have had the benefit of his instruction are witnesses.

But not alone as teacher was the career of Prof. Sterling for
so many years an honorable one. During the administration of
Chancellor Barnard of the University, from July, 1858, to July,
1860, Prof. Sterling was the virtual head of the institution and

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from the latter date until June, 1867, he was acting chancellor, by
authority of the regents. Having previously acted as dean of the
faculty, he was, in 1860, continued by the regents in that office
until 1865. In 1865 he was elected vice-chancellor, and vice-
president in 1869, which office he held until his death.

During his years as head of the University, Prof. Sterling
proved himself a wise councilor, a faithful friend to the students,
extending encouragement and generous aid to all who were in need,
ruling the affairs of the institution with a firm but kindly hand,
and, by precept and example, stimulating all the classes to a higher
culture and nobler manhood. Throughout all these years, beside
the care and numerous duties connected with his office, he was
engaged, most of the time, five hours daily in the class room.

In 1866 Prof. Sterling received from his alma mater the hon-
orary degree of doctor of philosophy, and the same year from
Lawrence University, at Appleton, Wis., that of doctor of laws;
honors worthily bestowed, not only upon an earnest and faithful
teacher, an intelligent and high-minded citizen, but upon a con-
scientious Christian gentleman ; for as a man Prof. Sterling was
above reproach. His integrity of character, unscrupulous fidelity,
and exalted sense of honor were never questioned. Accounts of
Professor Sterling's life may be found in " The Hist, of Uni.
of Wis.," C. W. Butterfield, Madison, '79 ; " Biog. Review of
Dane Co.," Chicago, Biog. Review Pub. Co., '93, and in the " Nat.
Encyclopedia Am. Biog."

John W. Sterling d. Mar. 9, 1885. Mrs. Harriet Sterling d.
July 11, 1900.

Children :

2087 t Grace Fairchild Sterling, b. Mar. 24, 1857; m. George

L. Lindsley.

2088 Susan Adelaide Sterling, b. in Madison, June 16, 1858.

Miss Sterling graduated from the University of Wis-
consin in 1879 with the degree of B.L. She took
graduate work in Latin at Wellesley College, 1880-
81 ; taught English at Ferry Hall, Lake Forest, 111.,
1881-83; traveled and studied in Europe, 1883-84,
returned to Ferry Hall, where she taught Gorman in
1885-86. She joined the faculty of the University
of Wisconsin in 1886. Took graduate studies in

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