08.06 Obituary for William Penn Sterling found

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August 26, 2009 - Obituary for William Penn Sterling

William Penn Sterling b. 21 Jun 1827 - d. 30 Jul 1906

1906 Tripoli Leader - August 9

Image of W.P.Sterling Obit

William Penn Sterling headstone at Grove Hill Cemetery Bremer County, Iowa
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OBITUARY[2][3]

W.P. Sterling was born in Brooklyn, Susquehanna county, Penn., on January 21st, 1827; and died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. W.D. Tippin, near Mankato, Kan. on July 30th 1906, aged 79 years, six months and nine days.

Funeral services were held at the place of his death and also at Grove Hill where he was brought home for burial beside his wife, Caroline Sterling, who died in 1899, and a son, James, who died in infancy.

Mr. Sterling received a common school education in his home town in Pennsylvania when a boy, and lived there until he was 23 years old, when he was married to Miss Caroline Robinson. In 1852 they went west, settling in Crete, Illinois, where they lived for three years. From there they moved to Iowa, settling in Oran Twp, Fayette county, and while living there he was appointed post master, the office being called Penn in honor of his name, Wm Penn.

In 1863 they moved to Buck Creek, where they lived for about 30 years, or until they moved to Sumner in 1892. At the latter place he lived until four years ago, when he sold his Sumner home, and after staying one year with his son J.G., at Tripoli, he went to Kansas and made his home with his daughter Mrs. Tippin, until the time of his death.

Mr. Sterling being one of the early settlers of the county, was well known, and counted his friends by the number of his acquaintances. He was justice of the peace for several years in Dayton Twp, a member of the school board a number of years, and always prominent in local political affairs, as well as a prominent member of the Methodist church.

He was always of a happy disposition and looked on the bright side of life. He was free hearted and generous to a fault, and no one was sent away empty handed.

He leaves three children two daughters and one son to mourn his death. Mrs. Tippin of Kansas, Miss Kittie Sterling, who is here with her brother at present, and John G. Sterling, of Tripoli, Iowa, besides many friends.[4]


  1. Anyone with information on who purchased this headstone please contact Michael L Jex or Rick Stirling
  2. Many thanks to Elvira Hebell, Correspondence Secretary of the Bremer County IA Genealogical Society for providing us with a scan of the obit.
  3. Transcription from the facsimile by Rick Stirling
  4. William Penn Sterling is the great-great-grandfather of Michael L Jex, founder of Clan Stirling Online! and the 3rd great-uncle of Rick Stirling, CSO Web Master. Wm Penn was the son of James William Sterling and Elizabeth "Betsy" Tewksbury, the grandson of Thomas Sterling and Mehitable Norton, and the great-grandson of James Sterling and Hannah May of Cornwall, CT.



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