Loretta Sterling

ID # 1588, (1827-1899)
BirthLoretta Sterling was born on 29 March 1827 at Saltfleet Township. 
MarriageShe married Adam Brown Vrooman, son of Solomon Secord Vrooman and Mary Brown, on 24 February 1847 at Talbot District.
Page 162 of the 1949 Vrooman Family history dates the marriage of Adam Brown Vrooman and Loretta Sterling to 24 February, 1848. The information for this branch of the family is remarkably accurate. However, the Talbot District Marriage register dates the marriage to a year earlier and, viewing the image of the page provided by Ancestry, the date shown, 24 February 1847, in the context of the other marriages listed, will be correct.

See The Marriage Registers of Upper Canada/Canada West, Vol. 1, Talbot District, 1837-1857, compiled by Dan Walker & Fawne Stratford-Devai, Global Heritage Press, 2000. Page 48:

Marriages by Rev'd Kennedy Creighton, Wesleyan Methodist, #82, (p. 62 & 63).

Adam B. Vroman of Niagara to Loretta Sterling of Townsend. 24 Feb. 1847, by Licence. Rev. Creighton. Wit. Isaac B. Sterling and John A. Carpenter.
DeathShe died on 9 October 1899 at Townsend Township, Norfolk County, at age 72. 
BurialShe was buried at Oakwood Cemetery, Simcoe, Norfolk Counthy. 
NotePage 162 of The Vrooman Family of 1949, states that Loretta's parents were Henry Sterling and Abigail Murch. Norfolk County Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society provides us with a transcription of Mt. Zion United Cemetery in Townsend Township. It shows that Henry and Abigail are buried there. It shows that Henry died in 1872 and Abigail died 30 November, 1875.

The year of death for Henry, 1872 as it appears in the cemetery transcription, is in error, no doubt due to a worn and broken stone. Henry's death registration dates his death to 15 October, 1873. Beyond that, the registrations, for there are two, are as fine a piece of confusion as may be found. That there are two death registrations for Henry is, for the era, not unusual. This occasionally happened upward of 1873 due to some recordings in county and township records. On one registration, the page pair is headed Norfolk County, Town of Simcoe, and by all logic this should be correct. The other bears no heading, but the left hand page of the pair records the deaths, including Henry's, as being in Barrie in Simcoe County. The right hand page has the deaths recorded as being in Town of Simcoe in Norfolk County. The registrar, Wm. Livingstone, is shown the same in all. We take this second registration to be in error.

Loretta's date of birth is taken from the Sterling Genealogy, page 739. It states that she was born in Saltfleet. This was later a township in Wentworth County.

Death reg. 017936-99 Townsend Twp., Norfolk County
Loretta Vrooman died October 9, 1899, widow. Residence Townsend. Born Ontario. Informant W.S. Carpenter.

According to the 1891 census at Townsend, Loretta was living in the household of Edwin Carpenter, her nephew. Her sister Rachel (Sterling) Carpenter is there as well. The informant in Loretta's death was probably William Stephenson Carpenter, a son of Rachel's.

See further notes on the Sterling family genealogy under Loretta's sister, Sarah Ann Sterling, the wife of Henry Eugene Vrooman. 

Children of Loretta Sterling and Adam Brown Vrooman

Last Edited2 May 2016