This is the main link page to all Sterry Family trees so far developed.
Please note that the trees are compiled from a variety of sources and are only as accurate as the source from which the information is obtained. Not all sources are 'primary' i.e. original information from parish registers, bishop's transcripts or census. Secondary sources, such as the IGI, Boyd's Marriage Index and so forth have also been used where the original information is not available or has not been referenced. Secondary sources may contain errors of transcription or omission.
Family trees are of course constructed on the basis of the 'best fit' of available information. Sometimes this may be a calculated guess because there is simply not enough information available to be sure. Such uncertainties are usually accompanied by a note expressing some reservation about the proposed connection.
I welcome any additional information that may support the construction of family trees and any additional suggestions or errors noted.
Ruardean, Gloucestershire, UK
Earliest: John Stirry bn abt 1515 and married Alice Bailie in 1539.
Researchers: Peter Sterry (UK), Kathy Sterry (UK), Robert Sterry (Australia)
This is the oldest Sterry line and incorporates the Southwark, Surrey, UK line. The Southwark line is based on the extensive research of the Reverend Francis Sterry (1834-1925) of Eastbury House, Essex and his son, Sir Wasey Sterry (1866-1955). Both the Ruardean and Southwark lines were published by Walter Smith in his book "The Sterry Family of America". Walter significantly continued and extended the earlier research. More recent research has confirmed Walter's belief that the Ruardean and Southwark lines were connected.
A hand drawn version of the Southwark section of the Ruardean tree, probably originally prepared by Rev Francis Sterry with later annotations and additions by other members of the family, can be viewed here. With much thanks to Peter Wasey Sterry.
Longhope, Gloucestershire, UK
Earliest: Richard Sterry married 1686 All Saints, Longhope, UK.
Descendants: UK, Canada, America and Australia.
Researchers: Heather Robb (Australia), Kathy Sterry (England), Cecily Sterry (England), Graham Davison (England), Jim Sterrey (Australia).
The Ruardean and Longhope lines are also almost certainly connected, the two Forest of Dean villages being only a few miles apart. Unfortunately, the parish registers are very difficult to read in parts and the Longhope records relating to the English Civil War period were destroyed and were not kept properly for many years afterwards. However, current DNA evidence does not support this connection.
Minsterworth, Gloucestershire, UK
Earliest: Richard Sterry born abt 1763 and married Ann Toomey in Minsterworth in 1794. DNA evidence has now established that the Minsterworth line is connected to the Longhope line. However, the exact connection cannot be determined because of lack of surviving parish records, particularly during the period 1626-1668 because of the English Civil War.
Researchers: Kelly Imm (England), Roger Dennis (England), Peter Essex (England), Robert Sterry (Australia)
Photos: Wedding Photo of Frances Sterrey and William Essex (1913, Lydney, Gloucestershire) Kindly supplied by Eileen Phelps via Margaret Higgins (nee Virgo) and Roger Dennis. For further information on this photo, see Old Photos of Lydney & District.
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, UK
Earliest: Simon Sterry married 1682 in St Mary's, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk England. Descendants: UK, Australia and America.
Researchers: Robert Sterry (Australia), Art Sterry (America), Barry Sterry (England), Cecily Sterry (England), David Sterry (England), Mike Sterry (USA)
Incorporating the Robert Sterry, Australia 1810-1883 line
Researchers: Josephine Stephens and Margot Wilkes, Queensland, Australia
Now incorporating the Melbourne, Victoria, Australia tree. (Previously called William Ely Sterry branch)
Earliest: William Ely Sterry born abt 1814 Norfolk, England. William and his family emigrated to Victoria, Australia between 1855 and 1859. William is almost certainly the son of John Sterry (1779-1852/1860) and Mercy Ruddock on the Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, UK line, even though his baptism has not been found. DNA evidence has now established that this line is definitely connected to the Bury St Edmunds line above. However DNA evidence does not support any connection between this line and the other Suffolk Sterry lines below.
Researchers: Michael Davies of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Lowestoft, Suffolk, UK
Earliest: Daniel Sterry died 1608 Mutford , Suffolk, England.
Descendants: UK and America.
Researchers: John Roland Sterry (England), Cecily Sterry (England)
Incorporating the William Bristow Sterry, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk line.
Researchers: Mrs Ann Pring and Wendy Ford, Queensland, Australia. Houghton family information supplied by Immy McKiernan (Australia), Joanne Stockill and John Gooch (England)
Photos: William Bristow Sterry (1792-1848) and Betsy Louisa Dunnell (1799-1849). Hand painted miniatures supplied by Ann Pring.
Current DNA evidence does not indicate any connection between this line and any other Suffolk Sterry line.
Southwold, Suffolk, UK
Earliest: James Sterry married Elizabeth Cobourne 1760 Southwold.
Descendants: UK and Australia.
Researchers: Lynn Mummery (England), John Mummery (England), Peter Sterry (England), David Eric Sterry (England). Other family information also supplied by Tony Sterry from Essex, England and Richard Ball, England.
DNA evidence indicates that this tree represents two distinct but related lines, one descended from James Sterry and Elizabeth Cobourne (married Southwold 1760) and the other descended from John Sterry (1756-1842) and Mary Strange. To view descendants of each line, select Charts-Descendancy Chart in the Options for individual box.
There is a high probability that the two lines share a common ancestor in a meaningful genealogical time frame. DNA evidence does not indicate any connection between this line and any other Suffolk Sterry line.
Ipswich, Suffolk, UK
Earliest: George Starry married Mary Plum Norwich St Clement 1795. His grandchildren appear to have changed the spelling to Sterry when they moved to Ipswich, Suffolk.
Descendants: UK, Canada, America
Researchers: Sheila Murray, Leicestershire, England. Additional Hambling family information and marriage detail on Fred Goodman Sterry supplied by Lucille Hambling. Additional information on Harry William Sterry, his wife Elizabeth Sheward and their family provided by George Yankus. Additional information on Grave Lillian Sterry provided by Lin Jensen.
Current DNA evidence does not indicate any connection between this line and any other Suffolk Sterry line.
Pakefield, Suffolk, UK (Previously called Aleathea Sterry and Albert Muttitt Branch)
Earliest: John Sterry buried 1795 Pakefield, Suffolk. Probably connects to Lowestoft line.
Descendants: UK, Canada, Australia
Researchers: Les Buckle, British Colombia, Canada with additional information provided by Robert Napthine, England. Information on Annie Sterry and Harry Frederick Cracknell and their descendants supplied by Susan Dent nee Mason from Perth, Western Australia. (For further information on more of Susan Dent's direct family, see http://home.iprimus.com.au/sjdent/)
Photos: Aleathea Sterry and Albert Muttitt
Bermondsey, Surrey, UK (Previously called the George Sterry of Bermondsey, Surrey line. DNA evidence has now established that this line is connected to the Longhope line above)
Earliest: George Thomas Sterry born about 1835 Bermondsey, Surrey. His father was George Sterry, Baker.
Researchers: Rose Hatch, Southampton, England. Information also supplied by Leonard Sterry of Perth, Western Australia. The information on the descendants of John Henry Sterry (bn 1871, son of George Thomas Sterry and Elizabeth Jolley) was researched by Kim Johnson, Kent, England.
Photos: William James George John Sterry and Florence Laura Wells
Lambeth, Surrey, UK
Earliest: James Sterry born about 1801/1804. James Sterry may be James Sterry born 7 Jul 1802 at Newnham, Gloucestershire, the son of Thomas Sterry and Mary Daw on the Longhope Sterry line. In which case James’ brother Thomas bp 10 Mar 1799 also at Newnham is probably the Thomas Sterry who is the progenitor of the Bermondsey, Surrey Sterry line [above].
Earliest: Thomas Starie buried Stoke Bliss, Herefordshire 1828. The family appears to have adopted the spelling of the surname 'Sterry' when they moved to Worcestershire. It is interesting to note that Thomas' son James was baptised in the same parish as Roger Sterry who founded the Connecticut Sterry line in America.
Descendants: UK, South Africa
Researchers: John Todd, UK. John is not on email but invites others interested in this line to write to him at: 42 Woodcock Way, Chardstock, Axminster EX13 7SY England. Additional information on descendants of James Sterry and Elizabeth Turner provided by Barbara Alcock nee Sterry, UK.
Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, UK (Previously called the Sterry-Dudley Branch)
Earliest: William Sterrey buried 1646 at West Bromich, Staffordshire. Walter Smith comments: "This family, about which practically nothing is known, is intriguing a)because of its geographic location, adjacent to Shropshire to the east and north of Gloucestershire, suggesting it could have been a link between the ancient Sturry family of Shropshire and the early Sterry family of Gloucestershire; b) because of the presence in the family in the early 16th century of a "Roger Sterry", the name of the founder of the Coonecticut Sterry family in 1670; and c) because of the possibility that this same early Roger Sterry and his brother Humphrey lived in both Staffordshire and Shropshire.
Researchers: This family tree below has been compiled in reference to some original material supplied by Geoffrey Kernan, the IGI (including the 1998 Addendum), modern transcriptions of parish registers, Walter Smith's book and most interestingly, "a document in the Staffs RO that had been prepared for one of (Geoffrey Kernan's) wife's relations by a West Bromwich solicitor .... In reciting the history of a piece of land at Greets Bridge it gave a lot of Sterry genealogy ...." (Personal correspondence from G.P. Kernan, April, 1998)
Stonington, Connecticut, USA (Previously called the Roger Sterry line)
Earliest: Owen Sterry bn abt 1615 Stoke Bliss, Herefordshire, England.
Researchers: Principally Walter Smith and published in The Sterry Family of America (1973). The first known record of Roger Sterry in America is that of his marriage to Hannah Palmer in 1671 at Stonington, Connecticut. Since this publication, further research by Kathy Sterry has established that Roger Sterry was baptised at Stoke Bliss, Herefordshire, England in 1640, the son of Owen & Elizabeth Sterry.
DNA evidence indicates that there is no connection between this line and any of the known English Sterry lines.
Tennessee, USA (The line of William Williston Sterry)
Earliest: Samuel Sterry bn 1780-1790 USA
Researchers: Anne Sterry Henges, Carolyn Magruder, Tracy Robb, Walter Smith. Walter Smith, author of The Sterry Family of America (1973), worked with Anne Henges and Carolyn Magruder in researching their line almost right up until his death in 1995. The documentary evidence that would possibly link the line of William Williston Sterry to other Sterry lines has never been located. However, DNA evidence shows that the Tennessee, USA line is connected to the Stonington, Connecticut, USA line.
Starks, Maine, USA
Earliest: Samuel Sterry married 1753 in Ipswich, Massacusetts. Starks, Maine is the area principally associated with this line. Samuel Sterry, the founder of this line, died in 1755 in the Battle of Minas, Nova Scotia. He was probably born in England but his lineage has not been established.
Researchers: This line was also principally researched by Walter Smith.
Earliest: Jens Jorgenson bn abt 1747 in Norway. During the nineteeth century there was a very large migration of people from Norway to America, including a number of Sterri. Most changed the spelling of their names in America to Sterry or Sterrie.
Researchers: Joyce Pettit nee Sterry, California, USA. Additional detail provided by Lars Oyane from Norway who has written several books on the history of the County of Luster, which includes the former parishes/counties of Luster, Jostedal and Hafslo.
Photo: Nels Iverson Sterri and his wife Karen Hillestad