Zachariah/Zacheriah/Zachriah-4 Stearns/Sterns, second son and child of John & Mercy (Davis) Stearns of Concord Massachusetts; b 6 Feb 1702 in Bedford Massachusetts, d.1795 at age 93
m. 1727 to Sarah unknown (B Sanford/Staniford/Saniford*)
Children of Zachariah & Sarah B (Sanford) Stearns:
1. “John Stearns,” b. 17 Feb 1728 Bedford, Massachusetts; d. 2 Oct 1810 Amherst, New Hampshire
Zachariah Stearns Jr., b. 11 Feb 1729/30 Bedford, Massachusetts; d. 20 May 1812
Daniel Stearns, b. 19 May 1732
2. Sarah Stearns, b. 9 Aug 1734 Bedford, Massachusetts; d. 25 Mar 1794; m. 1754 to Robert Usher; children, Sarah, Abijah, Hannah, Robert, Daniel, Fannie, John, Mary and Eleazer.
3. Nathan Stearns [Starns], b. 27 Apr 1737 in Bedford, Massachusetts
4. Maram Stearns, b. 30 Aug 1740 Merrimack, New Hampshire
5. Mehitable Stearns, b. 7 May 1743 Merrimack, New Hampshire; m. Isaac Rice; He b. 2 Nov 1738, son of Aaron & Hannah (Wright) Rice; child: Lucinda Rice, b. 7 Sept 1774 in Winchester, Cheshire Co New Hampshire, m. Ira Hatch; Charles Rice (b Hardwick Massachusetts); Clark Rice, (b. Hardwick ); and John Rice (b Hardwick)
For more information on Mehitable go to: http://photoforyouebaystore.blogspot.com/2011/03/isaac-rice-mahitabel-stearns-7g.html
6. Lois Stearns, b. 18 Oct 1749 Merrimack, New Hampshire
He belonged to Capt. Butterfield’s Company in 1722 and was in the public service in 1760. Zachariah served Merrimack as Selectman and Constable. In 1787 he was on the Tax List for District Five. He was also listed for School District Five. In 1750 a Zachariah Stearns is shown on the list of proprietors of North Monadnock Twp [Dublin] NH.
He belonged to Captain Butterfield’s Company in 1722 and was in the public service in 1760. Zachariah served Merrimack as Selectman and Constable. In 1787 he was on the Tax List for District Five. He was also listed for School District Five. In 1750 a Zachariah Stearns is shown on the list of proprietors of North Monadnock Township [Dublin]New Hampshire.
The History of Merrimack, New Hampshire Volume I mention Zachariah Stearns running Temple’s Ferry from Litchfield across the Merrimack River to just north of the current Thornton’s Ferry location. Although Temple’s Ferry was one of the earliest Ferries noted. After James Matthew became owner the courts settled a dispute between him and Mr. Lutwyche, by discontinuing the Temple Ferry which laid between Reed’s Ferry to the north and Thornton’s Ferry to its south.
* I have listed all the ways I have found Sarah’s surname listed in various genealogical documents. I chose the Sanford name because of genealogy done on Mehitable’s daughter, Lucinda Rice Hatch. She married Ira Hatch. Sources: Hogan, Laurel LaRue Family Tree and FamilySearch Extraction Program, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, ((http://new.familysearch.org)), accessed 22 May 2011), entry for Sarah Sanford, person ID LHRT-B1Y. (Reliability: 3);