John Starr

M, b. 1807, d. 1863
     John Starr was born in 1807 at Maiden Creek, Berks Co., PA. He was the son of James Starr and Eleanor Davis. John Starr married Sarah Lightfoot Parvin, daughter of Jacob Parvin and Mary Ives, on 2 October 1833. John Starr died in 1863.

Children of John Starr and Sarah Lightfoot Parvin

John Starr

M, b. circa 1520
     Note: Referred to as John Starr II

Purchased "The Manor of Beere" in the year 1550. John Starr was born circa 1520. He was the son of John Starr.

Child of John Starr

John Starr

M, b. circa 1490
     Note: Referred to as John Starr I

He lived in the very small town of Beer, which is about one mile south of Seaton, in Devonshire, England. Beer, or Beere as it was spelled at the time is described today as a small fishing village, once a harbor for pirates.

by Victor Starr:

The Starr family roots probably lie somewhere in the mainland of Europe. The earliest record of a Starr was that of Leunot Stearre whose taxpaying status was noted in the English Doomsday book of the late eleventh century. He was of French descent and emigrated to England after the invasion of William the Conqueror in 1066. Another prominent family of Starrs to whom no direct relation has been linked (but probably exists) is that of Thomas Starr. Thomas Starr lived in Kent as early as the fourteenth century, and his descendants included Dr. Comfort Starr and many of the New England Starrs. This line of the family is speculated to have emigrated from Flanders to England sometime in the thirteenth century.

The oldest known direct ancestor, is John Starr who was born sometime around 1500. We know little about him other than the fact that his son, John, purchased a manor home in the village of Beere, England, and was a prominent member of the mercantile guild. Beere (or Beer as it is presently known) was a small fishing village on the southern coast of England about a mile from Seaton. The nearest city of prominence is Exeter.

After King Henry VIII dissolved the holdings of the Catholic Church in the sixteenth century, he included the manor home of Beere in the dowry of Catherine Paar. Later it was sold to the Hassard family of Lyme Regis who eventually sold it to John Starr of the mercantile guild in Beere. The manor home had been an abbey for hundreds of years, and had even been a home for Saxon leaders before the conquest. The manor had been rebuilt many times and after John Starr purchased it in 1550, an extensive renovation was performed.

This line is the direct one which produced all the individuals in the following outline. This list includes freemen of Exeter. Many of them are likely related to the line of Starrs as brothers, cousins, etc.

1561 John Starre, merchant

1580 William Starr, costermonger (merchant of fruits, vegetables, etc.)

1637 Bernard Starr, upholsterer, apprentice of Edward Lawrence

1646 Edmund (Edward?) Starre, grocer, deceased, apprentice of Nicholas Carwithie

1648 Robert Daniel, upholsterer apprentice of Bernard Starr, deceased

1656 John Starr, grocer, apprentice of Nicholas Carwithie

1660 John Starr, grocer, son of Bernard Starr by succession

1669 Frances Kingwell, grocer, apprentice of Edward Starr

1670 Simon Gandy, grocer, apprentice of Edward Starr

1676 Nicholas Kendall, grocer, apprentice of John Starr

1678 Benjamin Hawkins, grocer, apprentice of John Starr

1688 Peter Clarke, grocer, apprentice of John Starr

1694 John Starr, freeman. John Starr was born circa 1490 at Beer, South of Seaton, in Devonshire, England.

Child of John Starr

John Starr

M, b. 5 November 1762, d. before 1818
     John Starr married Phebe Taylor. John Starr was born on 5 November 1762. He was the son of Thomas Starr and Sarah Fincher. John Starr died before 1818.

John Starr

M, b. 7 August 1794
     John Starr was born on 7 August 1794 at Roaring Creek, Northumberland Co., PA. He was the son of James Starr and Sarah Kinsler.

John Starr

M, b. 1543
     Note: Referred to as John Starr III

Obtained a share of the Manor Estate, he had several sons, one of whom was William Starr. John Starr was born in 1543. He was the son of John Starr.

Child of John Starr

John Starr

F
     John Starr was the daughter of Thomas Pearson and Sarah Starr.

John Starr

M, b. 31 July 1777, d. 26 June 1850
     John Starr was born on 31 July 1777. He was the son of James Starr and Elizabeth Lord. John Starr married Mary Willits on 7 April 1813 at Maiden Creek Meeting, Chester Co., PA, 7 children born to this marriage. John Starr died on 26 June 1850 at age 72.

John Starr

M, b. circa 1789, d. 1846
     John Starr was born circa 1789 at Harrison Co., VA (now WV). He was the son of Rev. Moses Starr and Elizabeth Woodward. John Starr married Anna Harris, daughter of (?) Harris and (?) Plummer. John Starr died in 1846 at Ritchie Co., VA (now WV).

Children of John Starr and Anna Harris

John Starr

M, b. 29 July 1713
     John Starr was born on 29 July 1713 at New Garden, Chester Co., PA. He was the son of James Starr and Rachel June Laybourne. John Starr married Mary Eldrige on 3 March 1743/44.

John Starr

M
     John Starr was the son of John Starr and Mary Eldrige.

John Starr

M, b. 27 July 1774, d. 1811
     John Starr was born on 27 July 1774. He was the son of Joseph Starr and Elizabeth Longstreth. John Starr died in 1811.

John Starr

M, b. 5 December 1719, d. 12 August 1761
     Note: "Died young" (but at least before 1749/50)

Unmarried

Birthdate: Handwritten on back of parents marr certificate (See "Anc & Desc of
Andrew Moore" by J.A.M. Passmore (1897), p22-23)

"History of Chester and Delaware Co, PA" by Gilbert Cope, p570

"History of Chester Co, PA" by Futhey & Cope, p729

Rec of Kennett Mo. Mtg, Soc. of Friends, Chester Co, PA [FHL #562,994]. John Starr was born on 5 December 1719 at Londongrove Twp., Chester Co., PA. He died on 12 August 1761 at age 41.

John Starr

M, b. circa 1752, d. after August 1791
     Note: Death date: mentioned in will of uncle Jeremiah STARR, dated 12, 8m, 1791. John Starr was born circa 1752 at Chester Co., PA. He was the son of Isaac Starr. John Starr died after August 1791.

John Starr

M, b. 1737
     John Starr was born in 1737.

John Starr

M, b. circa 1814, d. 1875
     John Starr was born circa 1814 at Harrison Co. (probably), VA.1 He was the son of John Starr and Anna Harris. John Starr married Ellen M. Ayers. Occupation: Carpenter in 1850 at Ritchie Co., VA.1 John Starr died in 1875 at Addis Run, Ritchie Co., WV.

Children of John Starr and Ellen M. Ayers

Citations

  1. [S1520] 1850 Federal Census, Ritchie County, Virginia. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M432, Roll 973.

John Starr

M, b. circa 1848
     John Starr was born circa 1848 at Ritchie Co., VA.1 He was the son of John Starr and Ellen M. Ayers.

Citations

  1. [S1520] 1850 Federal Census, Ritchie County, Virginia. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M432, Roll 973.

John Starr

M, b. 1731, d. 24 September 1755
     John Starr was born in 1731 at Ireland. He was the son of John Starr and Mary Brown. John Starr died on 24 September 1755 at Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co., PA.

John Starr

M, b. 1769, d. before 22 May 1799
     John Starr was born in 1769. He was the son of Jeremiah Starr and Hannah Sharpless. John Starr married Phebe Massey on 23 April 1789 at Willistown Meeting, Chester Co., PA. John Starr died before 22 May 1799 at Willistown, Chester Co., PA.

John Starr

M, b. circa 1766, d. 24 September 1855
     John Starr was born circa 1766. He was the son of John Starr and Rebecca Casey. John Starr died on 24 September 1855.

John Starr

M, b. 4 August 1764, d. 1 September 1808
     John Starr was born on 4 August 1764 at Ireland. He was the son of James Starr and Lydia Gilbert. John Starr married Mary West, daughter of Charles West and Hannah Cooper, on 2 December 1785. John Starr died on 1 September 1808 at Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co., PA, at age 44.

Children of John Starr and Mary West

John Starr

M, b. 1787, d. 19 December 1852
     John Starr married Elizabeth Kennedy. John Starr was born in 1787. He was the son of Arthur Starr and Margaret Moore. John Starr died on 19 December 1852 at Williams Co., OH.

Children of John Starr and Elizabeth Kennedy

John Starr

M, b. 6 July 1806, d. 1878
     John Starr was born on 6 July 1806. He was the son of William Starr and Mary Armitage. John Starr died in 1878 at West Point, Columbiana Co., OH.

John Starr

M, b. 1814
     John Starr was born in 1814. He was the son of John Starr and Elizabeth Kennedy.

John Starr

M, b. 1820, d. 1823
     John Starr was born in 1820 at Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co., PA. He was the son of Charles West Starr and Elizabeth Wilson. John Starr died in 1823.

John Starr1

M, b. circa 1838
     John Starr was born circa 1838 at Harrison Co. (probably), VA.1 He was the son of Moses Starr and Sarah (?)1

Citations

  1. [S1520] 1850 Federal Census, Ritchie County, Virginia. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M432, Roll 973.

John Starr1

M, b. April 1891
     John Starr was born in April 1891 at Adair Co., Indian Territory (now OK).1 He was the son of James Starr and Sophronia Sawney.1

Citations

  1. [S488] 1900 Federal Census, Cherokee Nation, Oklahoma Territory. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Rolls 1844, 1845, et al; FHL #1241844, #1241845, et al.

Captain John Carran Starr

M, b. between 1615 and 1625
     Captain John Carran Starr died at Coot Hill, Oldcastle, County Meath, Ulster, Ireland.
Note: During the Civil War in England around 1650, he was a Captain in the Parliament Army when Cromwell conquered Ireland. After the war, Capt. Starr Settled in Ulster and is the ancestor of the Starrs of Chester Co. PA. Only one son's name has been preserved, John Starr.

First, there was John Starr the First. Or, for simplicity's sake John Starr I. Probably born between 1485 and 1500. He lived in the very small town of Beer, which is about one mile south of Seaton, in Devonshire, England. Beer (or Beere as it was spelled at the time) is described today as a small fishing village, once a harbor for pirates.

His eldest son, John Starr II, purchased "The Manor of Beere" in the year 1550. If we suppose he was between 20 and 40 when he bought it, we have an estimated birthdate of between 1510 to 1530.

Next, came John Starr III, who obtained a share of the manor estate. John III had several sons, one of whom was named William Starr.

William Starr's 5th son was named John Starr IV and he died in 1646, buried in the Parish Church of Beere.

John Starr IV's son was Captain John Carran Starr with whom we were already familiar.

Captain John Carran's son John did journey to America, but returned to Ireland and died there.

In 1649, Captain John Starr accompanied the forces of William of Orange into Ireland to put down Catholic revolts there. The subjugation of the Irish was bloody and complete. Many ranking officers like Captain Starr were given land grants in Ireland and settled there. Captain Starr settled in county Meath around the town of Oldcastle, and became a Quaker. He married an English woman named Mary, and their son John also married in Oldcastle to a Mary Thompson in 1673 and produced 9 children (six sons and three daughters). Four of these sons emigrated to America between 1712 and 1717. James was first and was among the earliest settlers of Phoenixville, PA, which today has a street named "Starr Road" in the middle of town. The other brothers all settled nearby in Chester County, Berks County, and Wilmington, DE. They were all Quakers and can be found in the records from many of the oldest meeting houses in the region.

In the Chester County Historical Society in West Chester, Pennsylvania there is a folder containing 8 very large charts, apparently compiled by the genealogist Francis D. Brinton, which contain genealogical relationships of some of the early descendants of John Starr and Mary _____ from Ireland. Heading the first of these charts are the following two paragraphs, which I have transcribed verbatim, and which are the basis of information on the internet about the early ancestry of Captain John Starr and his descendants.

"The Manor of Beere is one mile south of Seaton, in Devonshire, England. It was purchased about 1550 by John Starr, of Beere, eldest son of John Starr. In turn John Starr III in a division of the Manor obtained a share of it. He had a younger son William Starr, whose 5th son was a John Starr, buried 1646 in the Parish church of Beere." ---------------- "When William of Orange invaded Ireland to subdue the forces supporting the King James II, in 1688, a John Starr accompanied the English Army. After the war was over, John Starr remained. If this account is true, he must have moved his family from England."

In my opinion, the author appears to be speculating that our Captain John Starr is indeed this 5th son of William Starr without being able to actually document the connection. I would be interested to know if anyone can supply any additional information about these early Starrs, particularly with references. Note that our Captain John Starr would have been at least about 60 years old in 1688. His son John, father of our immigrant ancestors, would have been about the right age, but he was presumably a son of John, not of William.

     FOOTPRINTS OF THE FAMILY IN IRELAND

Dear STARR Cousins,

Shortly I will be off to spend a week researching the STARR family in Ireland. This will allow me time to do research in and around Dublin and see some sights too. I will be taking two short day trips. The first will be to the place where James STARR and Rachael LAYBOURNE lived before they moved to Chester County, PA. The other day trip is to view the Quaker Records for Ulster. So, what do we know about where James STARR and Rachael LAYBOURNE lived? Rachel is much easier. Let’s start there.

Rachael LAYBOURNE (by the way – this is how her last name is spelled in the Quaker church records) lived in County Carlow. According to my records, Rachel was born 7 August 1686 in Ramestown , County Carlow, IRE. Her father was Joseph LAYBOURNE of Black Hadleigh, County Durham, ENG. Our James STARR married Rachel LAYBOURNE on 22 August 1705 in Ardnahue, County Carlow, IRE.

To make a long story short – “Ramestown” and “Ardnahue” are the smallest unit of geographic measurement in Ireland called “TOWNLANDS”. There are roughly 64,000 townlands in Ireland and it is the address for people living in the country. So roughly speaking, a bunch of townlands make up a “Parish”, multiple parishes make up a “County”, the Counties are divided into four “Provinces”. In modern spelling the Rainestown townland lies in Killerrig parish in County Carlow, just outside of Carlow Town the county seat. If you’re interested – purchase “Discoverer Map Series – Sheet 61” from the Ordinance Survey of Ireland, which maps townland names.

So, if James and Rachael are married County Carlow, are they both from there? NO.

According to the LDS microfilm role #571,395 of the “Society of Friends (Quaker) - Carlow Monthly Meeting (Carlow, Ireland)” – Book 2 Pg 44, the “Abode” or residence of James is listed in the marriage register as “Co. Cavan”. As I mentioned earlier, County Cavan is now part of the Irish Republic, but as part of the Province of Ulster, the Quaker records are at a repository in Lisburn, near Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Next, a brief word about the chosen religion of our ancestors. According to GENUKI web site –
“The Quakers in the 1650s were a radical group and were perceived as a threat to the government. (William) Edmunson was one of the most prominent of the Quakers and this lead to frequent imprisonments. William's imprisonment in Armagh jail was the first of many sentences, which found him in jail in Cavan, Belturbet and Maryborough (Portlaoise). Edmundson decided to take up farming and moved with his family and several other Quaker families to land owned by a Col. Nicholas Kempston in County Cavan. The Quaker community increased in Cavan as a result of the conversion of a number of other settlers, including John Pim and William Neale. They moved to Cavan in the hope of starting a new life free from prosecution. Although Kempston was not a Quaker, he was sympathetic to the community. He promised to build a meeting house and 'do great matters to promote the truth.”

There are also two positive hits for James’ family which I have found so far. The first mention of the STARR family is from 1679! It is a short reference found in "A Great Cry of Oppression" written in 1683 by Stockdale.

“In 1679, John STARR and William Haddock, of Parish of Magheragall, County Antrim, suffered persecution for tithes.” Pg 120

The second reference to the family is finding James listed with a number of other representatives from the other local meeting houses to receive a copy of a book called “Barclay’s Apology”.

“At Ulster Province Meeting – 3 Mo I, 1703, Barclay’s Apology to be delivered to James STARR of Old Castle, John Combs, for Lisburn, Sam Wilkerson for Antrim, …” [and 10 others]. Pg 394 Myers, (1902).

Taking these two citations together and assuming that the John STARR mentioned is James’ father, the STARR family was living in County Antrim and this may be where James was born in 1676. At some time prior to the second citation in 1703 James’ family probably moved to County Cavan – per the marriage records.

The town of Oldcastle is located close the county line in NW County Meath. Even though it is not in Ulster, its Quaker records seem to be a part of the Ulster Monthly Meeting. Cavan Town is the seat of County Cavan, but the largest market town near to Oldcastle was Cootehill, named for Thomas Coote.

Some time before August 1705 James moved to County Carlow and got married. He stayed there until 1712 when he immigrated to the colonies. I am not sure if our STARR Family was a part of the new Quaker settlement in County Cavan mentioned by GENUKI, but I am looking into this possibility.

It appears that James was a respected Quaker, since he was representing the Oldcastle Meeting House in 1703. Unfortunately, James does not list his parents in the marriage record, but his bother Jerimiah STARR who marries in 1716 lists his father as “John STARR, Oldcasle” from the Carlow Quaker records. In the same records we find Elizabeth STARR (James’ sister) who married in 1704 listing her parents as “John & Mary STARR”.

I have found all the following references to a James STARR. At first glance, they seem to be all across the map. But like so many things in Ireland - after close inspection, all appear to a least partially true!

“James STARR, from County Meath”
“James STARR was a farmer in County Caven”
“James STARR of Coothill” and
“James STARR was a farmer in County Caven, IRE”.

So ends my initial hunt for STARR family footprints in the Irish countryside. Hopefully I’ll get some luck, kiss the Blarney Stone, and the story will all fall into my lap.

Best,
Steven W Morrison – Olympia, WA
Foxhallguy@comcast.net. He was born between 1615 and 1625 at England. He was the son of John Starr and Dorothy (?) Captain John Carran Starr married (?) Mary in 1673 at Coothill, Old Castle, County Meath, Ireland.

Child of Captain John Carran Starr

John Clarence Starr

M, b. 15 January 1874, d. 29 May 1897
     John Clarence Starr was born on 15 January 1874 at Benton Co., OR. He was the son of William Warren Starr and Phoebe Elizabeth Herbert. John Clarence Starr died on 29 May 1897 at age 23.

John E. Starr1

M, b. July 1879
     John E. Starr was born in July 1879 at Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co. (probably), PA.1 He was the son of Jacob Parvin Starr and Agnes J. Sloan.1

Citations

  1. [S588] 1900 Federal Census, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Rolls 1471 - 1480; FHL #1241471 - 80.