He was born in 1781 to John Sterett and Deborah Ridgely; he reversed his names to be in line for an inheritance from his great-uncle, Captain Charles Ridgely of Hampton. In 1810, Charles acquired 567 acres of family land to build Oakland Manor and a 100-foot stone carriage house; the couple also had a house in Baltimore on Franklin Street. Charles served as a major in the Maryland Militia during the War of 1812, and a member of the state House of Delegates 1834-36 and 1838-41, being Speaker of the House three times. The couple had numerous children before Charles' death in 1847; his wife lived until 1856.
A matching three-piece tea set was the following lot in 1993, and was resold by Sotheby's New York, May 23, 2002, lot 51.
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