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James William Sterrett

Birthdate: (67)
Birthplace: Cumberland, Pennsylvania, United States
Death: October 15, 1822 (67)
Sterrettania, Erie, Pennsylvania, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of William Sterrett, Sr. and Jane Sterrett
Husband of Anna Sterrett
Father of Ann Clark; William Sterrett; James M. Sterrett; Jane McKnight Sterrett; David Sterrett and 4 others
Brother of Jane Trimble; Robert Sterrett; William Sterrett, Jr.; Thomas Sterrett; Mary 'Polly' McKnight (Sterrett) and 1 other

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About James William Sterrett

  • Daughters of American Revolution Ancestor #: A108568
  • Service Source: PA ARCH, 5TH SER, VOL 7, PP 439, 440, 691, 692

Born in the year 1755; died October 15, 1822, in Erie County. Married Anna McKnight, born 1760; died March 30, 1815. They were farmers, living in Newton Township, Cumberland County, Pa., until the year 1807, when he sold his farm of 200 acres, which he had purchased from his father, and moved to Erie County in that year. They came across the mountains with two four-horse wagons and one two-horse wagon for Grandmother and the children to ride in. They settled on 400 acres in the northwest corner of McKean Township, which for many years it was thought he purchased from his brother Robert. Recently the original deed was found in the old farmhouse, by which it is now known that James contracted with Thomas Rees, et al., on June 1, 1797, for 400 acres of land, and received the deed from the Population Land Company (of whom Thomas Rees, Esq., was the local representative for many years), dated August 15, 1808; Deed Book A, pp. 508, 509, 510. Consideration, $200.00, and to "clear and fence eight acres, and to erect a house fit for the habitation of man." "This," the deed recites, "James hath done." Perhaps it would be more accurate to say that Robert, his brother, did this for him, as Robert lived on this land from 1804 to 1807, doubtless to hold the title until his brother James was ready to come from Cumberland County to take possession.

This land has always remained in the family name, and is now owned by T. S. D. Sterrett. When James settled on this land, with the exception of about ten acres of clearing, it was one solid forest of oak, maple, black walnut, hemlock, ash, etc., which was cut and burned, in order to clear the land. At the time James' brother Robert came to Erie County, and settled on this farm, any man was allowed to take up a claim of 200 acres provided he made certain improvements and lived on it for five years, etc. Robert took up two claims, and built a double cabin, each being about 16 by 18 feet; each containing two rooms and attic, and the two being joined together by one roof, forming a hall about 12 feet wide, between them. It was built entirely of logs, the stairs leading to the attics being formed by driving pegs into holes in the logs; each cabin had a fireplace on the side, and one window in each end.

James Sterrett gave service during the Revolutionary War in Pennsylvania troops, as Ensign in the 5th Company, 4th Battalion, Lancaster County Militia, under Captain Patrick Hays, Lt. Col. Jacob Cook, under date of April 15, 1783.

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James Sterrett, born in 1755, married Anna McKnight, who was born in 1760, and, engaged in farming in Cumberland county until 1807, when he sold his fine farm of four hundred acres there, and came to Erie county in June of that year ; they came across the mountains with two four horse wagons and one two horse wagon for grandma and the children to ride in ; they cut their way through the forests and camped out at night. The village of Sterrettania was named after the wife of James "Sterrett Anna" who died March 30, 1815, he died October 15, 1822, and they are buried in the Sterrett cemetery. He was a soldier in the Revolutionary war: their children were: Ann, who married George Clark, who are the parents of Robert, James, Samuel, David, Ann Eliza and Jane Clark; William, who married Martha Chambers, and has Chambers, James C, William, Benjamin, Ruth Ann, Louisa, Mary Jane, Martha R. and Ezekiel; James M., the tanner, who married Jane Spesser and they are the parents of James B., David, Joseph, William, Samuel, John Q. A., George L., of Erie, Caroline, Mary Jane, and Elizabeth; Jane, who became the wife of Sheldon Ball, and is the mother of Gideon, Ann, Maria C, Hermian, James and Eliza; David, whom we will refer to; Robert T., who married Mary Woods Stewart, and they are the parents of Woods, Jane, wife of David Clark. Eliza, wife of Hon. Samuel E. Woodruff, James S., Martha, Sophia. David, Joseph, Harriet and Robert ; Thomas, who married Sibby Jenkins, and whose children are Mariah, Fanny Lucinda, Harriet Jane, Eliza. Charlie J., Clementine, and Rose ; Samuel who married Lydia Kitsmiller, and has James, Joseph, Mary, Anna Levia, and Samuel ; Hon. Joseph M. Sterrett, who married Catharine Riblet. the founder of the Erie Gazette established January 15. 1820, associate judge for several years, postmaster of Erie from March 27, 1861, to April 8, 1869, county commissioner in 1829, was captain of the Erie guards in 1823, was elected to state senate in 1837, the parents of Mary Ann, Jane, Elizabeth, David, Catharine, Joseph, Henryetta and John Sterrett.

Source: A twentieth century history of Erie County, Pennsylvania, VOL II, The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, 1909, by John Miller

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James William Sterrett's Timeline

Cumberland, Pennsylvania, United States
December 13, 1779
Age 24
Cumberland, Pennsylvania
November 10, 1781
Age 26
Cumberland, Pennsylvania
February 10, 1784
Age 29
Cumberland, Pennsylvania
April 28, 1787
Age 32
Cumberland, Pennsylvania
March 30, 1789
Age 34
Newton, Lackawanna, Pennsylvania, United States
August 19, 1791
Age 36
Cumberland, PA, USA
September 19, 1794
Age 39
Cumberland, Pennsylvania
August 20, 1797
Age 42
Cumberland, Pennsylvania, USA