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Any STERLING cousins in Nova Scotia (or other parts of Canada)? Got info.

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I have information from a Sterling ancestor (great great great great uncle) who, during the American Revolutionary War - in the area now known as Somerset County, Maryland - then known as Annemessex - defected to the British side and was chased out of the area and became a sea captain for the British and finally settled in New Brunswick in Nova Scotia.

Here's the text from the source that I refer to (Thirty-Four Families of Old Somerset County, Maryland - by Woodrow T Wilson 1974):

" DD17. JOHN or JOHNATHAN STERLING: son of John and Mary (Todd) (DD15), b. 1752, d. 1826. This Jonathan took up arms against the colonies and fought with the British during the Revolutionary War along with some others of this area. He was chased out of Annemessex by agitated neighbors who caught him hiding in the closet; said to have been at Makepeace. Upon being detected he shot one of his would be captors and fled to New York where he joined the British forces and became a Captain and made quite a name for himself. After the war the British awarded him "half pay" and he settled in New Bruswick in Nova Scotia and became a British subject. He never returned to Annemessex. He married Ann Leslie of New York and had nine ch., starting the Sterling clan in Nova Scotia. Ch:
i. John Sterling, b. 1789
ii. Mary Ann Sterling, bapt. 1791
iii. -----Sterling, bapt 1793
iv. Lucy Sterling, bapt. 1796
v. George Sterling
vi. Walter Sterling
vii. Daniel Sterling
viii. Daniel Sterling
ix. Isabel Sterling "

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on 2010-11-26 02:00:57

crnel1964 , from Reno, Nevada, has been a Family Tree Circles member since Nov 2010. is researching the following names: HOLLAND, NELSON, LAWSON and 11 other(s).

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by rickinsearchof on 2013-01-12 21:24:02


the John Sterling mentioned in your post received a land grant around 1783 in or around St Mary's Parish, York County, (present day)New Brunswick. He died there Sept.26, 1826. I have him as born in Lawsonia, Somerset County, Maryland in 1751/2.

Ann Leslie - I believe - was born 1763 in New York and died in St \Mary's Parish in 1845.

I have a bit of info about their children - but I only have 7 in my notes. I see you have 2 Daniels on your list - and I do not have a "John" on my list of children for John Sterling and Ann Leslie, but all the other names look similar.

Further info on their children:

Daniel Addison Sterling married Jacobina C. McLean on October 30th, 1834 in York County, New Brunswick.

I have a Sarah Sterling who married John Cunningham in York County. note: she may be your #3.

Mary Sterling - born 1791 - same as yours.

Isabella Sterling (born abt. 1793 - died May 01, 1875) married George B. Covert (born abt. 1790 - died Dec. 28, 1873). They were married and they both died in Maugerville, Sunbury County, New Brunswick.

Lucy Sterling, born abt. 1796, died Aug 03, 1876 in Maugerville.

George Henry Sterling, born abt. 1801, - died 1856 in St Mary's Parish, York County. He married Susan Elizabeth McLean, Dec 27, 1834

Walter Delaney Sterling - born 1811. No death date. He married Margaret McLean October, 1834.

I see those McLean girls were popular with the Sterling men !!! not sure if they were related but I assume so.

I would also point out that the period in time for these ancestors was before Canada was an actual Country -

hope this helps some


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