James S. Sterling

Company "B"


Company "H"


James S. Sterling, County Treasurer, was born in Preston County, Va. (now West Virginia), September 22, 1839. He lived in his native county until 1847, when he removed to Keokuk County, Iowa. Afterwards moved to Logan County, Ill. Enlisted, August 25, 1861, in Company "B" and "H" Fourth Illinois Cavalry. In 1865 the regiment was consolidated into a battalion, and he became a member of Company B. The battalion was consolidated with the 12th Illinois Cavalry, in which he served until mustered out, June 17, 1866. Received final discharge on July 3, 1866. In April, 1870, came to Clay County, and took a homestead in Goshen Township. Farmed until 1873, when he opened a drug store in Morgan City. In 1875 he was elected Sheriff of Clay County, and reelected in 1877. In 1879 was elected County Treasurer. He is a member of the I. O. O. F., Grand Army of the Republic, and Knights of Pythias. He was married February 1, 1874, in Clay County, to Miss Martha E. Rogers. They have four children - Belle, born February 3, 1875; Minnie, born February 9,1877; Albert W., born August 19, 1879; Charles R., born October 25, 1881