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; FHL #444963.

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 1843-46; FHL #1241843-46.

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.

John E. Starr

M, b. 1870, d. 1871
     John E. Starr was born in 1870 at Pike Co., OH. He was the son of Isaiah Starr and Ellen Jane Winterburn. John E. Starr died in 1871 at Pike Co., OH.

John Edward Starr

M, b. 1913, d. 1998
     John Edward Starr was born in 1913. He was the son of William Parvin Starr and Josephine T. Henry. John Edward Starr died in 1998.

John Franklin Starr

M, b. 8 November 1861, d. 1863
     John Franklin Starr was born on 8 November 1861 at Springfield, Lane Co., OR. He was the son of Noah Asbury Starr and Susan Ann Turner. John Franklin Starr died in 1863.

John H. Starr1

M, b. circa 1858
     John H. Starr was born circa 1858 at Adair Co. (probably), MO.1 He was the son of Moses D. Starr and Caroline Donaldson.1

Citations

  1. [S357] 1880 Federal Census, Adair County, Missouri. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T9, Roll 0671, FHL #1254671.

John H. Starr1

M, b. circa 1841
     John H. Starr was born circa 1841 at Jefferson Co. (probably), KY.1 He was the son of John M. Starr and Mary Eliza Ferguson.1

Citations

  1. [S2506] 1850 Federal Census, Jefferson County, Kentucky. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M432, Roll 207.

John Henry Starr

M, b. 1838
     John Henry Starr was born in 1838. He was the son of Henry Starr and Ann W. Bersford.

John Henry Starr

M, b. 12 September 1870
     John Henry Starr was born on 12 September 1870 at Benton Co., OR. He was the son of Cornelius Battelle Starr and Mary Amanda Howard.

John Henry Starr1

M, b. 23 April 1861, d. 11 January 1955
     John Henry Starr was born on 23 April 1861 at Beaver Twp., Noble Co., OH.1,2 He was the son of Laban P. Starr and Ellen Yoho.1 John Henry Starr married Celestia A. Eagon, daughter of Isaac Eagon and Rebecca Day, on 20 May 1882 at Noble Co., OH.2 John Henry Starr died on 11 January 1955 at Akron, Summit Co., OH, at age 93. He was buried in 1955 at Olive Cemetery, Caldwell, Noble Co., OH.

Children of John Henry Starr and Celestia A. Eagon

Citations

  1. [S11] 1870 Federal Census, Noble County, Ohio. Microfilm, NARA Series M593, Roll 1252 FHL #552751.
  2. [S16] 1900 Federal Census, Noble County, Ohio. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Roll 1311; FHL #1241311.

John M. Starr

M, b. 31 January 1800, d. 1855
     John M. Starr was born on 31 January 1800 at Maryland. He was the son of Jeremiah Starr and Barbara Brookhart. John M. Starr married Mary Eliza Ferguson.1 John M. Starr lived on 15 September 1850 at Louisville Ward 8, Jefferson Co., KY.1 He died in 1855 at Louisville, Jefferson Co., KY.

Children of John M. Starr and Mary Eliza Ferguson

Citations

  1. [S2506] 1850 Federal Census, Jefferson County, Kentucky. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M432, Roll 207.
  2. [S2536] 1860 Federal Census, Jefferson County, Kentucky. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M653, Roll 376; FHL #803376.

John Minshall Starr

M, b. 30 November 1783
     John Minshall Starr was born on 30 November 1783. He was the son of James Starr and Sarah Minshall.

John Nelson Starr

M, b. 10 December 1814, d. 14 November 1870
     John Nelson Starr was born on 10 December 1814 at Belmont Co., OH. He was the son of Moses Starr and Elizabeth Harris. John Nelson Starr married Mary Watson on 6 April 1837. John Nelson Starr married Elizabeth Craig. John Nelson Starr died on 14 November 1870 at Guernsey Co., OH, at age 55.

John Nelson Starr

M, b. 16 July 1836, d. November 1881
     John Nelson Starr was born on 16 July 1836 at Ohio. He was the son of James Starr and Sarah Barber. John Nelson Starr died in November 1881 at Kansas at age 45.

John W. Starr

M, b. 28 September 1865, d. 22 September 1922
     John W. Starr was born on 28 September 1865. He was the son of William Starr and Mary Jane Long. John W. Starr married Jennie M. (?) circa 1887, No children born to this marriage as of 1900, per census.1 John W. Starr lived in 1914 at Washington, Guernsey Co., OH; per brother Marvin's obit. He died on 22 September 1922 at Cambridge, Guernsey Co., OH, at age 56.

Citations

  1. [S177] 1900 Federal Census, Guernsey County, Ohio. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Roll 1273; FHL #1241273.

John W. Starr

M, b. circa 1859
     John W. Starr was born circa 1859 at Ohio.1 He was the son of Samuel Starr and Mary C. (?)

Citations

  1. [S142] 1880 Federal Census, Smith County, Kansas. Microfilm, NARA Series T9, Roll 0397; FHL #1254397.

John W. Starr1

M, b. circa October 1859
     John W. Starr was born circa October 1859 at Beaver Twp. (probably), Noble Co., OH.1 He was the son of Hiram Starr and Elizabeth (?)1

Citations

  1. [S9] 1860 Federal Census, Noble County, Ohio. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M653, Roll 1020; FHL #805020.

John W. Starr1

M, b. circa 1857
     John W. Starr was born circa 1857 at Noble Co., OH.1 He was the son of James Starr and Ann Maria (?)1

Citations

  1. [S9] 1860 Federal Census, Noble County, Ohio. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M653, Roll 1020; FHL #805020.

John Walker Starr1

M, b. 8 July 1842, d. 19 June 1862
     John Walker Starr was also known as "Jack". He was born on 8 July 1842 at Flint District, Cherokee Nation, AR.1 He was the son of George Harlan Starr and Nancy M. Bell.1 John Walker Starr died on 19 June 1862 at Enterprise, Clarke Co., MS, at age 19.

Citations

  1. [S426] 1850 Federal Census, Rusk County, Texas. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M432, Roll 914.

John Wesley Starr

M, b. 22 April 1794, d. 17 January 1869
     Note: His father and uncle Moses were preachers.
He, himself and brothers Samuel and Jabez were also preachers

2nd wife Eliza Ann Lucas. John Wesley Starr was born on 22 April 1794 at Allegheny Co., MD. He was the son of James Starr and Nancy Reddick. John Wesley Starr married Hannah McWilliams, daughter of George McWilliams and Margaret McCoy, on 24 October 1815 at Ohio. John Wesley Starr married Elizabeth Ann Lucas on 6 June 1829. John Wesley Starr died on 17 January 1869 at Bellfountain, Benton Co., OR, at age 74.

Children of John Wesley Starr and Hannah McWilliams

Child of John Wesley Starr and Elizabeth Ann Lucas

John Wesley Starr

M, b. 22 August 1822, d. 4 March 1910
     John Wesley Starr was born on 22 August 1822 at Guernsey Co., OH. He was the son of John Wesley Starr and Hannah McWilliams. John Wesley Starr married Mary Gragg, daughter of Thomas Gragg and Minerva Dimmick, on 20 August 1846 at Schuyler Co., IL. John Wesley Starr died on 4 March 1910 at Benton Co., OR, at age 87.

Children of John Wesley Starr and Mary Gragg

John Wesley Starr

M, b. 17 July 1866, d. 14 October 1946
     John Wesley Starr was born on 17 July 1866. He was the son of Thomas S. Starr and Mary E. Grove. John Wesley Starr married Anna (?) in 1895.1,2 Occupation: Coal miner in 1910 at Falls Twp., Hocking Co., OH.1 John Wesley Starr died on 14 October 1946 at age 80.

Children of John Wesley Starr and Anna (?)

Citations

  1. [S393] 1910 Federal Census, Hocking County, Ohio. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T624, Roll 1199; FHL #1375212.
  2. [S415] 1920 Federal Census, Hocking County, Ohio. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T625, Roll 1399.

John Wesley Starr

M, b. 14 July 1825, d. 29 June 1900
     John Wesley Starr was born on 14 July 1825 at Belmont Co., OH. He was the son of William Fletcher Starr and Sarah Lucas. John Wesley Starr married Adeline (Bounds) Williamson on 22 February 1872. John Wesley Starr married Parthena (Reddick) Smith on 4 February 1892. John Wesley Starr died on 29 June 1900 at Hillsboro Co., OR, at age 74.