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The London Journal
(May 21, 1720 - Dec 28, 1734; Jul 30, 1768 - Dec 31, 1768
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Saturday, May 22, 1725
On Saturday last the Sessions ended at the Old-Bailey, when the Five following Criminals received Sentence of Death, viz. John Plant, William Sterry, and Robert Samford for Highway and Street Robberies ... On Monday next the Four following Criminals are to be executed at Tyburn, viz. Jonathan Wild, Robert Marpam, William Sterry and Robert Samford.

London Packet or New Lloyd's Evening Post
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Friday, July 12, 1793
At the late Assizes at Chelmsford, John Sterry, turned of 60, and who has seven children, indicted Sarah Lloyd, aged 24, for entering his dwelling-house, and stealing some bread and cheese, and wearing apparel. - After the examination of Sterry, which afforded much mirth, the wearing apparel was produced, which consisted of a pair of ragged breeches, a pocket handkerchief, full of holes, and a little girl's shift. Judge Gould expressed his disapprobration of such an indictment; and requested his Marshall to ask the prisoner what she had to say in her defence, who returned, evidently much confused, "My Lord, the Prisoner says, that John Sterry had her goods for his."

The Court was in a roar of laughter for some time. The Jury, with his Lordship's concurrence, acquitted the prisoner, and the Judge severely reprobated the conduct of the prosecutor.

St. James's Chronicle or the British Evening Post (London)

Saturday, January 30, 1768
'This Morning about Two o'Clock, a Fire broke out at the House of Mr. Butler, Leathercutter, on Snow-Hill, which entirely consumed the same, together with the House of Mr. Cooper, a Hatter, adjoining, and likewise that of Messrs. Jarvis, Sterry and Newman, Leather-Cutters and Curriers; the Flames raged for a great while with incredible Fury, and destroyed several Workshops and Outhouses backwards, and had spread to a Timber-Yard adjoining before they could be extinguished, which was in a great Measure accomplished by the Activity of the Paviours of the New River Company, who by digging up the Ground, and boring Holes through the Pipes, supplyed Engines with Water, which before could not be procured. Happily no lives were lost.'

The Public Advertiser (London, England), Wednesday, February 3, 1768 also reported on the incident and added:
'.. the flames extended to Catherine-wheel-court, behind, where the poor Inhabitants had scarce Time to save their Children; but happily about Seven o'Clock the Fire was extinguished by the Industry of the Firemen belonging to the different Offices who had collected twelve engines. It is supposed some Lives are lost; and one of the Firemen by a Fall from the Rook of a House was so terribly bruised, that his Life is despaired of.'

Public Advertiser (London)

Tuesday, May 25, 1773
'Saturday, the Servant of Mr. Sterry, of Snow hill, hanged herself. She was one of the People called Quakers.'

Gentleman's Magazine 1731-1868
Published monthly from 1731 to 1868 contains notices of births, marriages and deaths, and announcements of bankrupts and military and clerical appointments. Entires refer to the upper class but also to middle class families or other persons of note. Sterry entries from Gentleman's Magazine have been extracted.

The Times 1795-1976
The Times was first published in 1785 although it was named The Daily Universal Register until 1788. Sterry entries from the Times have been extracted.

Staffordshire Advertiser (London report)

Saturday, 19 Sept 1807
London
Lately at Guildhall, five boys and three girls have been charged with being part of a numerous gang of pick-pockets .. Edward Sterry aged 14 was their Captain .. read more

Norfolk Chronicle
(Source: The British Newspaper Archive)

Norwich
At the general quarter sessions of the peace for this county, which ended on Thursday last ... John Driver, William Sterry, and Thomas Notley, severally convicted of a riot at the same time and place, were ordered to be imprisoned in the Castle 14 days and to pay a fine of 1s. each [a riot at Blo Norton thereby preventing a public notice respecting an enclosure bill being put up] [Published Sat 9 Apr 1796]

Lynn Advertiser
Sterry entries from the Lynn Advertiser, the local newspaper for King's Lynn, Norfolk are included here.

Ipswich Journal, Suffolk

6th June 1807
To the Humane and Benevolent
The Distressing Circumstances of the Loss of Mr STERRY, Seven Men and a Boy, off Lowestoft, on the 29th inst. is humbly represented to the feelings of the charitable. Mr S. and the 7 men have all left large families in the greatest distress; and the smallest donations towards the support of the Widows and Orphans of the unhappy sufferers, will be thankfully received at the houses of Mr John Chasten, Mr William Aldred, and Mr Robt. Allen, of Lowestoft

Mr. Robert Sterry was a fish merchant. Robert was drowned with all his crew on 29 May 1807 his age being 40 years. He lost a son Robert by drowning a year before.

Morning Post [London] - Thursday 11 June 1807
MELANCHOLY ACCIDENT. - A most melancholy and distressing circumstance occurred on Friday, May 29th, off the Suffolk coast; -A fishing vessel, the property of Messrs. Freeman and Sterry, of Lowestoft, (the latter being then master), - was unfortunately run down by a ship in a gale of wind; shocking to relate, Mr Sterry, with seven men and a boy, have not since been heard of; the boat, with its nets and materials, quite new, were all lost. Mr. Sterry has left a wife with six children to bewail his loss: the othagain er fishermen have all left wives with large families in great distress.

11 Jan 1840
Sale of property in Beccles once occupied by James Sterry (1803-1885, Southwold line)

12 Nov 1864
Reports the tragic death of Frederick William Sterry (1835-1864; Southwold line) who was drowned off Pakefield on the drifter "William Clifford". The master, William Turrell, who was Frederick William Sterry's father in law, also perished.

Lowestoft Journal, Suffolk
8 Nov 1902
Reports on the tragic death of Robert John Cook Sterry (1858-1896; Southwold line). Fred was the skipper owner of the wooden sailing Drifter, "The Defender" which crashed onto the beach in a gale.

1 May 1837
Retirement of Fred Sterry (1883-1948 - Southwold line) after 35 years as a volunteer in the Suffolk and Norfolk Yeomanry.

London Daily Mail [WorldVitalRecords.com]
14 Nov 1896
LOWESTOFT
SUICIDE OF AN OCTOGENARIAN - For some time an old man named John Sterry, eighty years of age, formerly in business as a twine-spinner, had been strange in his manner and had once attempted to end his life by taking poison. He walked into the sea yesterday and was drowned before assistance could be rendered.

Worcestershire Chronicle/Journal [Find My Past]

PLAYING WITH GUNPOWDER
On Sunday afternoon, a boy named Sterry, son of Mr Sam Sterry of Gorsley, took with him to Sunday school a quantity of gunpowder wrapped in a paper. When near the school with other boys, he held the powder in his hands while one of the other lads was smoking, and put the lighted end of his stick to the powder. It immediately exploded and very badly burned Sterry about the hands and face. He was at once taken to Dr Worthington's at Newent, and had his injuries dressed. It was feared that he may lose the sight in one eye.
Worcestershire Chronicle 26/12/1903

FIGHTING FOR A CORPSE
At the weekly meeting of the Gloucester Board of Guardians on Tuesday, a discussion arose respecting a scene which occured at the funeral of a black seaman, who was suffocated in a tank near Gloucester. Mr Ford, who said he had investigated the matter, expressed the opinion that the quarrel arose through the rivalry between two undertakers. Mr Sterry, the Board's undertaker, was as usual, requested to make the necessary arrangements, but afterwards some Gloucester working men offered to bury the body at their expense, and accordingly they gave the arrangements into another undertaker's hands. Mr Sterry went to the mortuary to take the body away in his hearse, and there a disgraceful scene was enacted. A struggle between the rival parties took place, in the course of which the coffin dropped from the slab on to the floor. Afterwards, this behaviour, as Mr Sterry would not give the body up, was repeated at the graveside, and the deceased's friends forced the undertaker to give the coffin up, and they lowered it into the grave themselves. On the motion of Captain de Winter, Mr Sterry was ordered to appear before the Board.
Worcester Journal 31/08/1895

A SINGULAR CHARGE OF COMMON ASSAULT
At the Central Criminal Court on Wednesday, Ivor Austin, described as a Secretary, was indicted for indecently assaulting Elizabeth Sterry. The case made some sensation when first it came before the public, and the National Vigilance Society took it up, and directed the prosecution of the prisoner. The prisoner was secretary to a business firm and lived with his mother at Lewisham. One night, in the month of June last, the prisoner's mother and sisters had gone to a theatre, and were out to a late hour. The prisoner, it was alleged by the girl, took advantage of no one being in the house, to commit the offence charged. According to her story, he dragged her upstairs into a bedroom, she struggling with him for fully two hours. Shortly after the prisoner was alleged to have left the girl, his mother and sisters came home, but the girl said nothing that night, she afterwards asserting that she was too much exausted by her long struggle, and that she was afraid of further violence from the prisoner. She, however, told her mistress the next morning, after the prisoner had left home for his office. Mrs Austin advised her not to say anything about the matter, and promised, if she would keep quiet, that she would not allow her son to come to the house again. The latter promise had been kept, for Mrs Austin wrote to her son that day, ordering him to keep away. A month afterwards, in the presence of a solicitor, Mrs Austin ordered the prosecutrix to leave the house, offering her a month's money in lieu of wages. This being the case, the girl made her story known, and the National Vigilance Society took the matter up. The defence was that there were certain familiarities, not only that night, but on previous occasions, but that they were with the consent and indeed, by the virtual invitation of the girl herself, who was of the mature age of twenty years. There was no corroborative evidence on either side, but counsel for the defence laid great stress on the fact that, during the alleged two hours' struggle and screaming, the neighbours heard no noise. It was asserted that had the girl screamed, they must have heard it.

The prisoner elected to be sworn, and having given a total and emphatic denial of the charge, he was subjected to a severe cross-examination without being shaken in his evidence. The Commissioner, in summing up, left the case entirely to the jury, telling them it was one of oath against oath.
After one hour's deliberation, the jury returned a verdict of not guilt, a result which was hailed with applause from a crowded court.   
Worcestershire Chronicle 17/09/1887

WORCESTER QUARTER SESSIONS
William Sterry(17) labourer, of Kidderminster, pleaded guilty to stealing a pair of lady's boots, the property of Mary Teague pf Waterworks Road, Barbourne, on May 24th. Mr Harrington was for the prosecution. Prisoner had been convicted six times since November 1885. He was now sentenced to 12 months hard labour.
Worcestershire Chronicle 02/07/1887

William Sterry(17) labourer, Kidderminster, was charged with stealing a pair of women's boots, value 10 shillings, the property of Mrs Teague, Waterworks Road on the previous day. The prisoner was seen to go to the prosecutrix's house, and on coming out again, his pockets appeared bulky. He afterwards attempted to pawn the boots at Messrs Webbs' Broad Street, but he was detained and given into custody. Prisoner who had been four times previously convicted, was committed to the Quarter Sessions for trial. Mr Sommers expressed thanks to Mr Temple, assistant at Messrs Webb for the assistance he has rendered to the police in this matter.
Worcestershire Chronicle 28/05/1887

Stamford Mercury, Lincolnshire
(Source: The British Newspaper Archive)

Lost on Thursday the 6th of this instant September, between Stamford and Petersborough, a small green pocket book and in it several orders for flower of mustard seed, garden seeds, &c. which are of no use but to the owner. Whoever brings the said pocket book to Mr. Francis Sharpe Grocer in Stamford, or Mr. Benjamin Sterry Seedman in the Borough of Southwark, London, shall have five shillings reward and reasonable charges. [Published Thu 13 Sep 1733]

Gloucester Journal, Gloucestershire
(Source: The British Newspaper Archive)  

Gloucestershire
To be sold by auction by Mr Read on Wednesday the 20th of April instant, between the hours of two and three in the afternoon, at the house of Mr Drinkwater at Huntley, known by the sign of the Red Lion, the following estates, situate in the parish of Long-Hope, and near the turnpike road leading from Glocester to Mitcheldean, in the several occupations of William Sterry, William Sinderby and John Watkins, all tenants at will.
Lots I - A dwelling house, garden and orchard, in the occupation of Abraham Sterry ... [Published Monday 18 April 1796]

Gloucester, Oct 10
At the Quarter Sessions held last week for this county, Thomas Sterry, for robbing his lodgings, was sentenced to be transported, having been an old offender. [Published Monday 10 October 1796]