Oliver Lord Sterling

Sterling Family History

Sterling Family Plate

Made by: John J. Brennan Coppercraft Highland Park Michigan, 1933

Oliver Lord Sterling

Silversmiths and Metal jewelers who emigrated to England from Germany, France and Spain in the 11th and 12th centuries were known as Easterlingers and Westerlingers in time the name was shortened to Sterling





From London England, there came to Salem, Mas. in 1637 a young man named William Sterling a mariner; here he became a shipbuilder, married Elizabeth,; they later acquired land on the south side of the river Merrimac opposite the present city of Haverhill, there he became a miller. He was the father of 19 children, 13 by Elizabeth his first wife; and of whom was Daniel Sterling. b. 1673, Capt. Daniel m. Mary Marvin Ely in 1699 and they settled in Old Lyme. Conn. Here their son joseph was born; 1707 Jas. M. Sarah Mack in 1730, a daughter of John and Love (Bennett) Mack of Old Lyme, England, Joseph and Sarah were parents of Samuel Sterling, b. in Sterling City, Conn. Capt. Samul m. Mars. Annah Dudley of Saybrook, Conn. 1779, and their son Lord Sterling was born, 1780. Lord m. Polly Palmer in 1806, a daughter of Levi and Elizabeth Palmer; descendant of Walter Palmer who came from Eng. in 1629 and built the first house in Charlestown, Mass. Lord Sterling and his wife Polly were parents of Liver Lord Sterling b. in Sterling City Sept. 29, 1812. Oliver l. moved to Lima, N.Y. became a harness maker, and m. Jane Louise MacWhorter, a daughter of Dr. John and Catherine (Smith) MacWhorter of Cincinnatus, Cortland Co. N.Y. in 1834, their son John MacW.S. was born in Lima, 1840; grew to manhood there, a graduate of Genesee Wesleyan Simnary; He, then with his parents moved to a farm near Kalamazoo, mich. where is father became a nurseryman.




John MacWhorter Sterling         Sabina Campbell Sterling

John MacWhorter Sterling                  Sabina Campbell Sterling

John MacWhorter Sterling m. Sabina Campbell May 30, 1861; parents of Nettie, Kate, Caroline, and Franc. John was a civil Engineer and superintended the building of several Mid-west railroads. The Canada Southern and the Toledo and Ann Arbor; and for years the chief civil Engineer of Detroit, Mich.0



Franc Sterling a daughter of John MacWhorter Sterling, Detroit married Paul Garrard Lane, in Detroit, 1896 parents of Daniel, b. Detroit 1898, Paula b. 1899 in San Francisco, Calif and John b. 1902 in San Francisco; Paula m. Donald MacDonald Teer 1922 parents of Joan b 1926, Donald M.D. Jr. b. 1928


Paul Garrard Lane, a son of Charles D. and Anna (Garrard) Lane of San Francisco, Calif; Paul became a ranchman residing near Palisade, Nev. where He and Franc lived many years. Paul was a descendant of Gen. James Garrard of Bourbon Co. Ky. a son of Kentucky's 2nd Governor, the Rev. James Garrard, a minister of forceful character.

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