Thomas West Stern

16 April 1784–14 June 1831 (Age 47)
Christiana, New Castle, Delaware, United States

The Life of Thomas West

When Thomas West Stern was born on 16 April 1784, in Christiana, New Castle, Delaware, United States, his father, George Sterne, was 38 and his mother, Sarah West, was 35. He married Ann Owens in 1807. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. He died on 14 June 1831, in Kennett Township, Chester, Pennsylvania, United States, at the age of 47, and was buried in Centreville, New Castle, Delaware, United States.

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Thomas West Stern
Ann Owens
Marriage: 1807
Lewis Owens Stern
Reuel J Stern
Elizabeth Stern
Rachel Stern

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    Lewis Owens Stern


    Reuel J Stern


    Elizabeth Stern



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World Events (8)

1786 · Shays' Rebellion

Age 2

Caused by war veteran Daniel Shays, Shays' Rebellion was to protest economic and civil rights injustices that he and other farmers were seeing after the Revolutionary War. Because of the Rebellion it opened the eyes of the governing officials that the Articles of Confederation needed a reform. The Rebellion served as a guardrail when helping reform the United States Constitution.

Age 9

Historical Boundaries - 1793: New Castle, Delaware, United States
1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

Age 16

While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.

Name Meaning

1 German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from Middle High German stern, German Stern ‘star’, a habitational name for someone living at a house distinguished by the sign of a star, or a Jewish ornamental name. This name is widespread throughout central and eastern Europe. In Slovenia it is commonly spelled Štern.2 English: nickname for a severe person, from Middle English stern(e) ‘strict’, ‘austere’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (2)

  • Thomas W Owens in entry for Alexander Speakman and Elizabeth Stern, "Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885-1950"
  • Thomas W in entry for Elizabeth Stern, "Pennsylvania Cemetery Records, ca. 1700-ca. 1950"

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