Son of Jas. Stirling, Sr., and Jennet Chamberlain, who moved from E. TN to Johnson Co., MO. On 9 Nov. 1837, he married Nancy McSpadden in MO. The couple had six daughters: Alcie Jane (Elsie); Margaret Elizabeth; Catherine Carmichael; Martha America; Anne Eliza; and Mary Ellen. By 1860, Jeremiah and Nancy had relocated to Williamson Co., TX, but seem to have returned to MO at one point before moving back to TX. Surname sometimes spelled "Sterling."