Biography of Howard Sterling
FROM OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A DESCRIPTIVE WORK ON JEFFERSON COUNTY, NEW YORK
EDITED BY: EDGAR C. EMERSON
THE BOSTON HISTORY COMPANY, PUBLISHERS 1898

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Sterling, Howard, was born in Antwerp, Jefferson county, N. Y., November 8, 1828, son of John R., son of Daniel Sterling and Mary Bradford, who came to Antwerp about 1804 and settled on a farm, where they died. The wife of John R. was Roxanna Church, daughter of Ezra Church, one of the first settlers of Antwerp, where he lived and died. He was in the war of 1812. The father of Howard Sterling was a farmer, who owned about four hundred acres of land, being one of the leading farmers of Antwerp. He was a Democrat in politics, and held the office of highway commissioner. He died in 1867, and his wife in 1890. They had four daughters and three sons, of whom five are living. Our subject was educated in Antwerp, also attended school at Ogdensburgh. He followed farming until he was twentytwo years of age, when he engaged in the iron business in Lewis county, N. Y., for about twelve years, when he again engaged in farming, and now owns about five hundred acres of land in Lewis county. Mr. Sterling came on the farm of two hun(Ired and eighty act-es he now owns in March, 1876, and also has forty acres from his father's farm. He is a Republican in politics, and was highway commissioner eight years, and was also supervisor in the town of Diana, Lewis county, N. Y., two terms. He married Elizabeth P. Bigelow, of St. Lawrence county, N. Y., and they have six children, of whom four are living, two daughters and two sons.

 

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