Samuel Sterry: Birth: 1706. Death: 1737
Cyprian Sterry: Birth: 1707. Death: 1772
Robert Sterry: Birth: 5 JUN 1711. Death: 20 APR 1789
Zerviah Sterry: Birth: 1713. Death: 1734
Note: SAMUEL STERRY was b. 1674 at Stonington, Conn., and d. April 15, 1734 at Preston, Conn. (bur. Brown Cem. Preston); he m. (1) Feb. 22, 1703 at Preston Hannah3 Rose, who was b. about 1680 at Preston and d. there July 19, 1724, dau. of Capt. Thomas2 Rose (b. about 1655, d. Apr. 19, 1744) (Thomas1) and Hannah2 Allyn (b. about 1648, d. Jan. 5, 1746) (Robert1), of Preston; Samuel m. (2) Feb. 8, 1724/5 at Preston Mehitable4 Fenner, who was b. about 1685 at Providence, R.I., and d. after 1743 perhaps at Preston, dau. of R.I. Lieut. Gov. Thomas3 Fenner (Arthur2, Thomas1) and his 2nd wife Dinah Borden, of Providence. Mehitable was the widow of Timothy3 Starkweather (1679?-1715?) (John2, Robert1) of Ipswich, Essex Co., MAss., and after 1706 of Preston, by whom she had 4 children. After Samuel Sterry's death she m. (3) Mar. 31, 1737 at Plainfield, Conn., Dr. William Blodgett who d. 1750 at Plainfield. At age 18 Samuel was baptized "as an adult" at the First Church of Stonington, Conn., on July 24, 1692. On May 30, 1695 he witnessed a deed in the adjoining town of Preston, suggesting he may already have moved there. In 1702 the Connecticut General Assembly consented to review the judgment of the previous year by the New London County Court in Samuel's suit against William Denison over a tract of land in Preston. By then Samuel already owned land in Preston, having purchased 100 acres on Matteyhook Hill from Samuel Mason in 1701. In 1712 Samuel became the Town Clerk of Preston (a position of some importance in those days, and one which confirms that the given settler could read and write reasonably well). In October 1716 the General Assembly confirmed him as Lieutenant of the First Train Band of the Conn. Colonial Militia, this being the company located at Preston. He bought land at Preston in 1714 from his brother-in-law, Thomas Rose, Jr., and in 1719 the town laid out two lots to him, presumably in return for services. He bought a tract of land at Preston in 1724 which extended into the township of Stonington. The seller was William Denison, but it is not clear whether this was the land Samuel had sued for 22 years earlier. Only in 1733 was Samuel able to obtain relief by order of the General Assembly from the payment of parochial fees to both Preston and Stonington. In noting Samuel's death in April 1734 the Preston town records call him "mister," while his gravestone refers to him as "Lieutenant," which probably was the title he preferred. Under his will he left land at Stonington to his first son Samuel, "second son Cyprian, and little son Roger"; land along the boundary of Preston and Stonington to his son Robert; other property to his wife Mehitable and daughters Hannah and Zerviah; and "?100 to Elizabeth Rose and her daughter Hannah." The infant Hannah was Cyprian's then illegitimate child by Elizabeth Rose, whom Cyprian married in May 1734, three months after his father's will was written.
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