Friday, March 8, 2019

STERRETT – Descendants of Nutfield Settler James Sterrett


[NOTE:  I have been publishing a series of genealogical sketches of the first sixteen families to settle in Nutfield (Londonderry, New Hampshire in advance of the 300th anniversary for Founders Day, April 12 – 14, 2019 in Derry, New Hampshire.  If you have additional notes on the first few generations of the STERRETT or STARRETT family, please comment below or send me an email at and I will edit this sketch. These sketches will be used and distributed to the public and to the descendants at the Founders Day activities]

Very little is known about James Sterrett.  He was one of the sixteen settlers who followed Rev. James MacGregor to Nutfield, New Hampshire in 1719.  He was granted an additional 80 acres next to his original home lot in 1729. Most of his children all removed to Maine.  His wife was “Catherine” and he had four children:

      1.       James Starratt, died 1729 when his ship was lost at sea near Ipswich, Massachusetts. He married first to Lois Curtis, and second to a Woodside. He lived in York, Maine

      2.       Mary, married James McCartney in November 1723 in Kittery, Maine.

      3.       John Starratt, married Martha and lived in Chester, New Hampshire

      4.       Peter Starrat, was married first in Ireland, and married second to Eleanor Armstrong in 1742 in Falmouth, Maine. Children:  Joseph b. 1743 married Mary and removed to Granville Township, Nova Scotia;  John, born 11 February 1745/6 at Falmouth, Maine and died 4 October 1829 in Paradise, Nova Scotia, married Hannah Bancroft; George, born 1747 in Falmouth, Maine and died 20 April 1820 in Paradise, Nova Scotia, married Sarah Balcom; William, born 1749 in Granville, Nova Scotia, died 23 April 1777 in Boston, Massachusetts; Mary, born 1751, died in Bridgetown, Nova Scotia, married first to Thomas Spencer Brown on 1 June 1767, married second to Daniel Wade on 24 December 1776 in Granville, Nova Scotia; Anna Starratt, born 1753, married Zaccheus Phinney; Eleanor Starratt, born 1757 married John McGregor 1773 in Granville, Nova Scotia.

One of the four speakers at the Founders Weekend (April 12 – 14) in Derry, New Hampshire will be Robert Starratt, a history instructor for the city of Edinburgh, United Kingdom, and a well- known Ulster-Scots migration researcher.  His talk will be “From Londonderry to Londonderry… the Sterret(t) Saga”.  

There is another Scots Irish STERRETT family in Maryland and Virginia.  You can read about them in the book The Stewart Sterrett Family Tree, 1740 – 1979, by E. S. Shearer, 1979.

See all sixteen genealogical sketches of the first settlers to Nutfield at this link: 


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "STERRETT – Descendants of Nutfield Settler James Sterrett", Nutfield Genealogy, posted March 8, 2019, ( accessed [access date]).

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