2000 News Article

27 Feb. 2000, Providence, Rhode Island - Dr. Henry Sterling was a physician, and a native of a town in and around Londonderry, Ireland. He settled in Providence, Rhode Island in 1756.

Henry was a staunch supporter of the American Revolution and aided the patriot cause with his advice and professional services. He was called on 10 Jun 1772 to the British armed ship Gaspee to attend the wounded commander of the vessel after it was destroyed by patriots from Providence. Dr Henry Sterling married Patience Tew 29 Oct. 1758 in Providence, RI. Patience Tew's maternal grandfather was Benedict Arnold the grandfather of The Benedict Arnold that committed treason against the colonies. Patience has an illustrious ancestry featuring families like Throckmorton, Blennerhasset and Cornwallis.

The town of Sterling in Windham County, Connecticut, originally called Voluntown, was named after Dr. Sterling in May 1794, when he was a temporary resident there. He promised to give the town a library in return for the honor, but it appears that he failed to do so.

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Other Rhode Island Sterlings that might be related to this line -

  • Constance Sterling (c1760-1842) m. William Lovett, Providence, Apr 12, 1783. Constance Sterling is buried in the NY Marble Cemetery. She and William were married 12 Apr 1783 Providence RI.
  • John Sterling, drowned near Fisher's Island 9 Aug 1794.
  • Violet Starling, in Providence m. 27 Nov 1783, James Scoot.
  • Elizabeth Sterling, of Narragansett, m. 16 Jul 1732 Job Reade of Newport.