Samuel Starrett
Anne Rebekah Porter
Alexander Sterrett
Tharissa "Tersey" McClain
(Abt 1821-Abt 1848)
Joseph C. Sterrett


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1. Orlena Beeker

Joseph C. Sterrett 1 2 3 4

  • Born: 20 Mar 1841, LaPorte, LaPorte, IN 3 5
  • Marriage (1): Orlena Beeker on 15 Apr 1866 in , Tippecanoe, IN 1
  • Died: 15 Oct 1923, Battle Ground, Tippecanoe, IN at age 82 3
  • Buried: 17 Oct 1923, Battle Ground: Pretty Prairie Cemetery, Tippecanoe, IN, USA 3

   FamilySearch ID: LZZ9-GHK.

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Military from 17 Aug 1862 to 5 Jun 1865 in , , IN: Civil War: Company F, Ninety-ninth Indiana Volunteer Infantry. 5

2. Census in 1870 in Tippecanoe Township, Tippecanoe, IN, USA. 6 The 1870 census recorded Joseph C. Starret, farmer, 29, living with wife Orlena, 22; son Clinton S., 4; daughter Doshi, 2; and daughter Corry, 1. Everyone was born in Indiana. The post office was Chauncey [note: later became part of West Lafayette].

3. Census in 1880 in Tippecanoe Township, Tippecanoe, IN, USA. 7 The 1880 census recorded Joseph Sterrett, farmer, 40, living with wife Orlena, 32; son Clinton E., 13; daughter Docia M. 12; daughter Cora A., 11; son Simmon J., 7; daughter Osa A., 5; son Oda L., 5; son Carlie, 2; and daughter Macy, 7 months. Everyone and their parents were born in Indiana.

4. Book: Past and Present of Tippecanoe County, Indiana: Vol 2: Joseph C. Sterrett, 1909. 5

Samuel Sterrett, grandfather of the gentleman whose life record we here take under review, was born in Ireland. and while still an energetic lad, after studying conditions at home and listening to the fascinating stories of free America, conceived the idea of coming here, with the result that while yet a single man he got together enough money to pay his passage across the Atlantic, and thus established the Sterrett family in the New World, descendants of which have played well their parts in various walks of life. He married here, his wife being a Miss Porter, and after their marriage, which occurred in the East, they migrated west, settling in Wayne county, Indiana, where the wife died, and where Samuel Sterrett married his second wife, known in her maidenhood as Mary Russell. By the wife children, four daughters and one son, were born, but there were no children by the second wife. One son, Alexander, father of the gentleman whose name heads this review, and his brother Joseph came to Laporte county, Indiana, in 1830, where Alexander died. He had married Tersey McClain, and to them was born Joseph C. Sterrett, of this review, March 20, 1841, who, when his father died, went to live with his grandparents, who had then moved to Tippecanoe county from Wayne county, Joseph C. remaining with them until he was ten years of age when Samuel Sterrett, his grandfather, died; then a bachelor uncle took him, on whose farm he worked and attended the neighboring schools, receiving a somewhat limited, but serviceable education.

When the great war between the states began, Joseph C. Sterrett sympathized with the Union cause, and in August, 1862, enlisted in Company F, Ninety-ninth Indiana Volunteer Infantry, in which he served until the close of the war in a manner that stamped him as a true American soldier. He was in the Army of the West under General Sherman, and took part in the Atlanta campaign, having been at the fall of that stronghold; he was with this army when it went to Rome, Georgia, and was also on the famous march to the sea, seeing the fall of Savannah. He was never wounded, but had some narrow escapes. He is now remembered by his government with a substantial pension.

Owing to the fact that the military chapter in the life of Mr. Sterrett is one of the most important as well as interesting, it is deemed advisable here to subjoin a complete history of the company in which he served. Company F, Ninety-ninth Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry, was mustered for three years' service, from August 17 to 22, 1862, in Tippecanoe county, those composing the company being from the following towns or vicinity: Brookston, Battle Ground, Lafayette, Monticello, Crown Point. Winamac. Pittsburg, Transitville, Westville and one from Indianapolis, by far the largest number being from Brookston. The of report of Adjutant General Terrill shows that Joseph C. Sterrett enlisted at Battle Ground on August 22, 1862, and for gallant service was promoted to corporal and was mustered out with the company on June 5, 1865. He saw some hard service in many trying campaigns and battles, serving with his company in western Tennessee in 1862 and 1863, against Vicksburg in 1863, in the relief of Chattanooga in 1863, in the pursuit of Bragg in 1863, in East Tennessee in 1863 and 1864. Of this company the following died while in the service: John P. Russell, Thomas H. Calvin, Alexander Herron, Adam Kions, Ephriam Loman, Archibald McLean, William Shaw and Hallett Barber. Nathaniel Matthews and Lemuel E. Newell were drowned near Helena, Arkansas, and notwithstanding the many engagements in which the company participated only two were killed; they were John W. Hughes, at Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia, June 27, 1864, and Andrew J. Herrington at Chattanooga, Tennessee, January 5, 1865.

Following is the complete roster of this company: William Kent, sergeant, was promoted to second lieutenant; sergeants-John F. Ramey, promoted to lieutenant; John C. Klepinger, John S. Davenport, Thomas J. Thompson; corporals-Patrick Sullivan, Maly T. Ramey, William Best, John W. McClure, William Beeker, John D. Myers; musicians-John P. Russell and William Lockwood; wagoner-Lemuel Burson; privates- Joseph K. Austin. Jesse Ault, John Bunnell, John Barnes, Arthur Brack ney, David Buckman, Levi C. Bryant, John S. Critch Levi P. Cunningham, Waywood Cottenham, Robert G. Collins, Thomas H. Calvin, Hiram B. Clegg, George W. Dyer, William G. Downs, Jacob H. Downs, Clark S. Davenport, Job Eldridge, Francis M. Fierce, Stephen B. Gould, Mark Geater, Adolphus German, John W. Hughes, Louis House, Alexander Herron, Samuel Irwin, Frederick Jennings, John W. Jeanes, John Kenney, Adam Kioris, David C. Little, Ephriam Loman, John S. Little, Archibald McLean, Nathaniel Matthews, George P. Metz, Michael Miller, Thomas McCartha, William Myers, William Maxson, Lemuel E. Wewell, William M. Nelson, William Overhaults, James M. Pengry, David Platt, William Rarden, John W. Rush, Ebenezer Riley, William Rush, George W. Smith, Isaac Smith, William F. Smith, Edward W. Spears, Christian Summerstate, John Sayers, George A. Stewart, Joseph C. Sterrett, William Shaw, Moses F. Shaw, William T. Simms, Greenberry Smith. John Sherman, Richard Striker, George A. Stevenson, Francis Trainer, Nicholas Vincent, Henry V. Walker, Wesley Walden; recruits-Samuel Arnold, Hallett Barber, Henry Goldsberry, Andrew J. Herrington, James K. Lee and Nelson G. Smith.

At the close of the war Mr. Sterrett returned to Tippecanoe county and began farming, which he has since continued in a most successful manner, having developed an excellent farm which has yielded an excellent in come from year to year, his farm of four hundred and twenty-eight acres in Tippecanoe township being one of the model farms of this highly favored section of the Hoosier state. He has a modern, commodious and nicely furnished dwelling, large substantial barns and outbuildings, and general farming and stock raising is carried on extensively, showing that Mr. Sterrett is a man of sound judgment, and up-to-date business principles are employed in all his affairs. He is deserving of much credit for what he has accomplished when we consider that he started farming on a small interest in sixty acres, then bought forty-six acres adjoining, then forty acres, then thirty-nine acres, then eighty-eight acres, then two hundred acres. The rest of this tine farm he has made unaided. His land is conservatively worth one hundred dollars per acre. No small part of his competence has been secured by raising hogs and cattle.

Mr. Sterrett's happy domestic life began April 15, 1866, when he chose as a life partner Orlena Becker, a descendant of John Beeker, who came to Tippecanoe township, this county, as early as I827, and, like many pioneers of that time, succeeded in getting a good start in the then new common wealth of Indiana. To Mr. and Mrs. Sterrett eight children have been born, namely: Clinton, Dosia, Cora, Sumner, Osa and Oda (twins), Carl and Macy. These children have been given good educations and are fairly well started in the battle of life.

In his fraternal relations, Mr. Sterrett is a member of Battle Ground Lodge, No. 313, Free and Accepted Masons, being past master of the same. He is religiously inclined and is a stanch member of the Methodist Episcopal church at Battle Ground, Indiana. Although a Democrat all his life, he has not sought public of merely preferring to attend to his private affairs and to cast his vote for the men he believes to be best to serve the people, consequently he is independent in local politics. Any movement having for its object the betterment of his township and county in any form has in Mr. Sterrett a loyal supporter and advocate.

5. Cause of Death: arterio sclerosis, 15 Oct 1923, Battle Ground, Tippecanoe, IN. 4

6. Occupation: farmer on 15 Oct 1923 in Battle Ground, Tippecanoe, IN. 4

7. Obituary: Journal and Courier: obituary of J. C. Sterrett on 16 Oct 1923 in Lafayette, Tippecanoe, IN, USA. 8 J. C. STERRETT CALLED TO REST
Life Long Resident of Pretty Prairie, and Civil War Veteran Passes Away.
J. C. Sterrett, a life long resident of Pretty Prairie, passed away at his home Monday morning. A comDlication of diseases was the cause of the death. Mr. Sterrett was born March 20, 1841, in LaPorte county, but when a young child moved with his parents to this vicinity and has lived here since that time. He was a veteran of the civil war, serving in Company F, 99th regiment, Indiana volunteers. April 15, 1866, he was married to Orlenea Beeker, who survives him. Eight children were born to this union, six of whom survive. They are: Clinton Sterrett and Docia Gay, of Delphi; Cora Garrett, of Brookston; Sumner Sterrett, of Monticello; Charley Sterrett, of this city, and Macy Collier, of Battle Ground. One half-brother, James Kennedy, of Watseka, Ill., also survives. Mr. Sterrett was a member of the Masonic order and of the Methodist church. The funeral is to be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Prettv Prairie church and burial will be in the Pretty Prairie cemetery. The funeral services will be in charge of the Masonic lodge. Friends are requested to omit flowers.

Joseph married Orlena Beeker, daughter of Leonard Beeker and Anna L. Stingley, on 15 Apr 1866 in , Tippecanoe, IN.1 (Orlena Beeker was born on 8 May 1848 in Tippecanoe Township, Tippecanoe, IN, USA,2 9 died on 26 Oct 1935 in Tippecanoe Township, Tippecanoe, IN, USA 2 9 10 and was buried on 28 Oct 1935 in Battle Ground: Pretty Prairie Cemetery, Tippecanoe, IN, USA 2 9 10.)


1, Indiana Marriages, 1780-1992, Joseph C. Starrett Or Sterrett and Orlena Becker, 15 Apr 1866; citing reference ; FHL microfilm 872,052.

2, "Indiana, U.S., Death Certificates, 1899-2017," Certificate 32075. Orlena Sterrett. Father Leonard Beeker. Mother Anna Stingley. Spouse Joseph Sterrett. Informant Clinton Sterrett.

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4, "Indiana, U.S., Death Certificates, 1899-2017," Certificate 34155. Joseph C. Sterrett. Father Elliott Sterrett. Mother Tursey McClain. Spouse Orlena Sterrett. Informant Arthur Garrott.

5 Richard Patten DeHart, Past and Present of Tippecanoe County, Indiana: Vol 2 (Indianapolis, Indiana, B. F. Bowen & Coompany, Publishers. 1909. Online at Google Books), page 1163-1166.

6 1870 United States Census, Joseph C Starret.

7 1880 United States Census, Joseph Sterrett, Tippecanoe, Tippecanoe, Indiana, United States; citing enumeration district ED 20, sheet 166B.

8 "Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)," 16 Oct 1923, page 8, obituary of Joseph C. Sterrett.

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10 "Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)," 26 Oct 1935, page 12. Obituary of Orlena Sterrett.

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