Visit to Hamilton, Butler Co., Ohio -- 10/14/1999
I went to Hamilton, Ohio to see what could be found about the Sterretts who
were living there in the 1800's. Ross township, Butler county is the burial place of Thomas Baxter Sterrett and
the birthplace of Thomas Benton Sterrett, my great grandfather. Hamilton
is the county seat of Butler county.
Only a small amount of information was found. The records in Hamilton
start at about 1867. It is possible that some records for Ross township
preceding that date may be in Hamilton county (Cincinnati). Ross township
is now a suburb of Cincinnati. It is amazing that a man (Thomas Baxter) could
have 5 wives and reputedly 25 children and leave so few records with the county.
Here is the little that I found. I have not had time to see where it
all 'fits'. Anyone seeing relationships that I don't mention, please email
me at email@example.com.
Records examined in Hamilton include: deaths; births; guardianship;
testamentary records; marriage records; wills; probate; strays; and sheep
records. I did not get to the deeds or criminal records. I generally
stopped looking after 1909-1913. I did not get down to Ross township
(graveyards, churches, and etc.). I regret that I didn't think to look
through the local telephone book! I spent half an hour with the newspaper
microfiche in the local library. There is no index. Searching these
will be quite tedious.
birth- Alma Sterrett Feb 9,1906
father: William Sterrett mother: Lydia Travis Milford township
birth- William W. Beaver Mar 16,1856
father: Daniel Beaver mother: Elizabeth Sterrett Ross township
Ohio birth records did not record any details on the parents.
Elizabeth is the daughter of Thomas Baxter Sterrett and Mary ???
death- Elizabeth Sterrett 20 years old, May 1850
Ross township during childbirth
Obviously not the Elizabeth above. Possibles: Elizabeth Clark m. Alex W
Guardianship- Hannah Jane Sterrett
Guardian Joseph Garver April 27, 1869, approved June 7
Pete Smith - surety of $200
No detail on why she needed a guardian. Joseph Garver must have been a local lawyer.
He appears many times in the records. It is doubtful that he actually took in his wards.
Guardianship- Charles Sterrett, minor
Guardian Joseph Delaplane Feb 16, 1873
T. Beal, B.S. James- surety of $200
Joseph Delaplane is also a prominent local citizen.
Probate- Martha Jane Sterrett July 19, 1873
Administrator: Robert C. Nickolas
Trustee: John Delaplane
Appraisor: Joshua Delaplane
Wills- Washington Sterrett December 6, 1869, Monroe, Ohio
Executrix: Susannah Sterrett (wife)
Son: Samuel T. Sterrett
Testamentary Records- William Sterrett January 24, 1865,
Settlement of Estate : $612.10
Joseph Garver, J Delaplane
Garver got $160 for settlement and getting crops out of field and sold.
Widow (un-named) got $238 + $50 the judge waived.
Several small claims for $3 and $4.
Probate- William Sterrat January 24, 1865
Administrator: Joseph Garvey
Filed statement re: estate
Don't know which William this is at this time (Oct 99)
Probate- Alexander Sterrett, a minor
May 4, 1804
Be it remembered that on application James Dunn is approved guardian of the person and property of Alexander Sterret, a minor aged 13 years or ther about, son of Alexander Sterrett, late of Cumberland County in the state of Pennsylvania deceased--
who with John Torrence(?) and Celadon Symms are bound by bond to the governor of the said state in the sum of three thousand dollars conditioned faithfully to discharge the duty of guardian.
I'm assuming that this is the Alexander (July 27, 1789-January 24, 1867) married to Elizabeth Baxter.
This and other information implies that Alexander's mother Nancy Moore must have abandoned Alexander after having come to Butler Co. from Pennsylvania.
The older Alexander died in PA. Nancy was not mentioned at all, perhaps "having left already for IN. owing many people money".
Or, perhaps she too had died by this time. The estate must have been sizable.
Other bonds guardianship bonds were $200-$300.
Testamentary Records- Alexander Sterrett, a minor. April 1806.
Filing with the court:
James Dunn becomes guardian.
Charlie Brae and Matthew Hueston posting bond.
note: Town in Butler county named Hueston, Symms family (above) prominent early settlers.
Wills- Eliza Sterrett May 31, 1902
son William Sterrett $1
Grandchildren James Sterrett, Katie Sterrett equal parts
Executor: brother Jacob Shellhouse
Codicil January 5, 1906 appoints Mary C. Tucker executor -- brother Jabob died?
Probate- Eliza Sterrett July 21, 1909
Administrix(?): Mary C. Tucker
This was Eliza (or Elizabeth) Shellhouse -- see above/below.
Marriage Record- Alexander Sterrett, Eliza Ann Shellhouse November 10th, 1854
by T. Burrows, Justice of the Peace
Is this a second marriage for Alexander after Elizabeth Baxter died in 1852? He would have been 65. Possibly another Alexander?
Alexander already had a son William by Elizabeth Baxter.
Marriage Record- Alexander Sterrett, Elizabeth Clark November 2, 1861
by J. S. Miles, Justice of the Peace
It appears that Eliza Ann outlasted Alexander? Maybe this is a second marriage for Alexander and the above is another Alexander.
Marriage Record- Thomas Sterrett, Isabella Brazier March 22, 1846
by Justice of the Peace
Confirmation of known data.
Marriage Record- William W Sterrett, Lida J Cooley August 17, 1892
by Justice of the Peace
Probably not William Wilson Sterrett. Who then?
Marriage Record- Thomas B Sterrett, Emily A Stone November 26 1862
by R Burrows, Justice of the Peace
Their son, Jesse, listed his mother's middle initial as E on his own marriage license.
Testamentary Records- Hannah Jane Sterrett, a minor. April 1869.
(see above) account of his guardianship
Is this a payment on her behalf or was her father a veteran?
|| Received from U. State government
It appears that Hannah Jane had some medical problems.
|| Letters of guardianship; etc.
||J. Hannah(?) - Clothing
||Burial of ward - she being dead
||Dr. Scobey for Med Services
||Dr. Mallory for Med Services
||Tombstone for ward
||Clothing & maintenance for guardian
She was a ward long enough to incur some maintenance expense.
The guardianship above was approved several months after her apparent death!
Butler Co. graves