Son of Jas. Stirling, Sr., and Jennet Chamberlain, who married in Grainger Co., TN, and moved to Johnson Co., MO. Taylor married Hannah Ann Jackson in Johnson Co. on 14 Dec. 1843. They were the parents of at least five children: Jas.; Uriah Thos.; Jennet; Mary Margaret; and Nancy C. The family later moved to TX. Surname sometimes spelled "Sterling."