Sterling’s Veterans


Fair Haven’s George Ingersoll Post is named for Sterling’s first soldier to fall during World War I. George Ingersoll was the great-grandson of John Ingersoll who served during the American Revolution as one of George Washington’s bodyguards, then known as “life guards.”

These pages are dedicated to all of the women and men of Sterling and Fair Haven who have served to protect our freedoms. If you know of someone born here, who lived here, came here after serving or is buried here, please send their information to us so we can acknowledge their service.

Captain Joseph F. Divine

Joseph F. Divine was born in Hopkinton, Massachusetts in 1771 to John and Mary Nurse Divine. About 1802 he married Esther Wilmarth (or Wilmot).  They were founding members of the … Continue reading

James C. Irwin

James C. Irwin, the son of William and Elizabeth “Betsy” Irwin, was born in Sterling on August 9, 1838. He spent his life in the Town of Sterling where he served as … Continue reading

Thomas C. Lester

Thomas C. Lester (1842…) Son of James and Symantha Skeel Lester. 110th New York State Volunteers enlisting  1862 His brother, Charles Lester, also served during the Civil War. If you have any additional … Continue reading

Charles Adelbert Lester

Charles Adelbert Lester (1845 May 16…) Son of James and Symantha Skeel Lester. Private in the 184th New York State Volunteers born  1845 May 16 enlisting  1865 August 25 discharged  1865 … Continue reading

William Holmes

William Holmes emigrated from England and lived in Sterling.  He served in Company F of the 110th Regiment of the New York Volunteers.  He died on June 30, 1863.  The battle … Continue reading

James H. Bishop

This dog tag belonged to James H. Bishop of Martville.  Who was James H. Bishop and when did he serve?  Who is Miss L. Mathews? If you have any information … Continue reading

William Hewitt

William Hewitt married Emma Peters. They lived in Sterling. born 1826 July 17 in Sterling, New York died 1898 December 23 in Sterling, New York William served during the Civil … Continue reading

George Edward Ingersoll

The first Sterling man to die in service to his country during the First World War was George Ingersoll.  The George E. Ingersoll American Leagion Hall in Fair Haven is named … Continue reading

John H. Peters

John H. Peters was the son of John and Mary Thatcher Peters who emigrated from England to Sterling in 1837.   John H. Peters married Alice Ann Irwin.  They lived in … Continue reading

Moses Bridges

Moses Bridges married Ellen J. Peters (sister of Myron Peters).  They lived in Sterling and Fair Haven. born  1829 died   1896 Moses served during the Civil War.  More information is … Continue reading

William Alexander, Earl of Stirling

The township of Stirling was named for Major General Lord Stirling of the Revolutionary War.  Though he never visited the area, he is mentioned here for lending his title to … Continue reading

George E. McIntyre

Private George E. McIntyre was born in Fair Haven, New York.  He was the son of Elmer and Laura Waldron McIntyre.  George grew up on Richmond Avenue in Fair Haven and … Continue reading

Clarence McIntyre

“Tosh” McIntyre was born in Fair Haven, New York.  He was the son of Elmer and Laura Waldron McIntyre. born       1924 in Fair Haven, New York married 19__ to Nancy … Continue reading

Elwyn L. McIntyre

Elwyn L. McIntyre was born in Fair Haven, New York.  He was the son of Elmer and Laura Waldron McIntyre. born        1910 in Fair Haven, New York married  19__ to Jane Parsons … Continue reading

Marshall Waldron McIntyre

Staff-Sergeant Marshall McIntyre was born in Fair Haven, New York.  He was the son of Elmer and Laura Waldron McIntyre.  born        1919 in Fair Haven, New York married  1943 Sept … Continue reading

Gordon Louis “Bunker” Hill

Born on Cayuga Street in North Fair Haven December 13, 1916, Gordon Hill‘s family took to calling him Bunky at an early age, after a character in the Sunday comic strip … Continue reading