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Sterling Family

The history is my Sterling family is from Scotland. We came to America and are all along the east coast. Great grandfather was Joseph Sterling from Connecticut and Great grandmother was Sarah Mack Sterling from Connecticut.

In our travels we ended up in Tennessee and Kentucky. My Great grandfather John Sterling-Stirling was born 1853 in Louisville, Kentucky and died in LaSalle, Illinois 1931 married my Great grandmother Berthina (Fanny) Morris Sterling 1875 in Marion County, Kentucky. My Grandfather was Francis Ludwig Sterling born 1879 in New Hope, Kentucky and died 1923 in Tiskilwa, Bureau County, Illinois. He owned and operated the family mill between Bureau and Tiskilwa, Bureau County, Illinois. There is a road named after him, THE OLD MILL ROAD.

Grandfather married my Grandmother Mary Burrell Sterling 1908 in Illinois. My dad was Francis Benjamin (Ben) Sterling born between Bureau and Tiskilwa, Bureau County, Illinois 1916, dad ran and operated THE WASHBURN BODY SHOP and the SINCLAIR GAS STATION until his death 1963 in Washburn, Illinois. 

Dad married my mom Irene Carroll Sterling 1939 in Muscatine, Iowa. Great grandfather John changed our last name from Stirling to Sterling when he married Great grandmother Fanny. John, Berthina, Lud, Mary, Dad and Mom are resting in Tiskilwa, Bureau County, Illinois.

My Uncle Lawrence Robert Sterling was the youngest and was only nine months old when Grandfather Lud died and the only brother of my dads. Uncle Larry was born at the farm and mill between Bureau and Tiskilwa, Bureau County, Illinois and is resting at Forest Hill Cemetery, Bureau County, Illinois.

The family name has changed many times from, Starling-Stirling and Sterling. This is my family history as I know it. Sincerely, Beverly Carroll Sterling Marine.


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