Hi, Steve--not sure if this is the right family--but I have a James, with a brother George Sterritt--by the way, many people in our family are named James George (there is one in every generation I can count!). Here is what I have--copied from an old file-please forgive the format and ignore any page or reference numbers:
32. James STERRITT was born in 1804 in Ireland. He died on 21 Apr 1897 in Ireland. He was buried in Ireland. James and Ruth lived on a farm in County Donegal. Ruth's father (Bates)
lived on the next farm and when James married Ruth Bates they combined the
two farms. James died April 21, 1894 and Ruth died June 20, 1911. They
belonged to the Ivenglas (or Meenglas) Anglican Church in Ballybofey. Co.
33. Ruth BATES was born in 1821 in Ireland. She died on 20 Jun 1911 in Ireland. She was buried in Ireland. James STERRITT and Ruth BATES had the following children:
16 i. George B STERRITT.
ii. James STERRITT was born on 8 Aug 1845 in Ireland. He died on 16 Aug 1873 in Ireland.
iii. Isabella STERRITT was born on 2 Apr 1847 in Ireland. She died on 16 Jul 1939. Isabella Sterritt married a Mr. Marshall. They had a daughter who lived in
Winnipeg, Canada. (4/29/57)
iv. Robert STERRITT was born on 12 Jan 1849 in Ireland. He died on 31 Oct 1929.
v. Mary Martha STERRITT was born on 29 May 1851 in Ireland. She died on 3 May 1895.
vi. Catherine STERRITT was born on 26 May 1853 in Ireland. She died on 24 Dec 1928. Anna C. McAfee is Catherine's daughter. See letter from Anna C. McAfee
vii. Ann Jane STERRITT was born on 8 Feb 1855 in Ireland. She died on 9 Oct 1940.
viii. Elizabeth STERRITT was born on 10 Mar 1857 in Ireland. She died on 4 Mar 1886.
ix. John STERRITT was born on 14 Jun 1859 in Ireland. He died on 4 Apr 1875.
x. William STERRITT was born on 20 May 1861 in Ireland. He died on 12 Jan 1960 in Ireland. A LETTER FROM WILLIAM STERRITT TO JAMES L. STERRITT Tecarry Demesne Omagh
County Tyrone Northern Ireland 4/29/57 To Mr. James Sterritt Dear Sir, I
was surprised to get a letter from you. You have set me a hard task being
96 years of age next month. If you had been able to spare the money, the
best way would have been to fly over CV. Ireland. I am sure my daughter
Ruth would have thrown you a wisp to sleep on in some corner as she has a
pretty big house and you could have been back again in a month and we
could have talked things over; as it is, I only can give you the barest
outline of things that has happened so long ago. (Here goes) My father
James Sterritt, went to America on a sailing ship as no steam was used at
that time, and he landed in Philadelphia and after being at different jobs
he at last got a job of driving a mail coach, there were no trains at that
time, and he thought that job suited him better and he was there (at that
job) for the remainder of his time there (In America) which was 9 years
altogether. He left and came back to Ireland, County Donegal. He bought a
small farm as he wanted somewhere to take his mother to, and beside him
was a man named James Bates. He has one daughter named Ruth and he married
her and later on, the two small farms became one. There were 13 children,
James and George were twins. James died at the age of 28 (summers?) George
and Isabella went to America N.Y. Isabella married a Marshal. His daughter
is living still in Winnipeg. George stopped writing when he married and
did not hear from him for years. Bella always wrote while able. My father
and mother had a hard struggle to bring up so many. My mother was the
upstanding of the house through bad times. I was number 10. My brother
John died at 16 years. I was two years younger and the oldest boy at home.
It was nothing but work work from morn to night, so I did not get much
schooling. My father lived to almost 90 years; My mother about same age. I
am tired writing and must stop.
From W. Sterritt Born May 20, 1861 died Jan. 12, 1960.
16. George B STERRITT was born on 8 Aug 1845 in Donegal Ireland. He was buried in Dec 1892 in New York City. He died on 20 Dec 1892 in New York City. George B. Sterritt was a photographer in New York City. He had a
successful business until he started drinking. Mrs. Huntington, of New
York City, in a letter to Mrs. Kirkendall, dated Feb. 18, 1892, tells of
the family problems. George's sisters Ann Jane and Catherine had visited
him. When he died, Dec. 20, 1892, Ann Jane took care of the burial
expenses. (See letter from Anna C. McAfee dated 1955.)
George and James were twins, the first two children of thirteen, raised by
James and Ruth Bates Sterritt. He was married to Margaret BECKETT in Mar 1869 in New York City.
17. Margaret BECKETT died in Dec 1891 in New York City. She was buried in Dec 1891 in New York City. During WWII, I visited John Driscoll and his wife in Brooklyn N.Y. He was
a police captain in Brooklyn at that time. John Driscoll's mother was a
sister to my great-grandmother Margaret Beckett. Grandma Sterritt (Sarah)
visited the Driscolls during the New York World's Fair in 1937. John
Driscoll and his wife visited Grandpa and Grandma Sterritt (James and
Sarah) when they ran the county farm south of Morris Illinois. James L.
If you think this is the right family, I have more information--like what happened to us once they came to the United States. You can e-mail me at email@example.com
Carol Sterritt Barnett