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Gen John Stark
Birth: Aug. 28, 1728
Londonderry
Rockingham County
New Hampshire, USA
Death: May 8, 1822
Manchester
Hillsborough County
New Hampshire, USA

Revolutionary War Continental Army Major General. John Stark was born in Londonderry, New Hampshire. He served as a captain in Roger's Rangers during the French and Indian War (1752-1760). At the outbreak of the American Revolution, Stark became a colonel of a regiment of New Hampshire militia. His first action was at Bunker Hill on June 17, 1775, where his heroic action kept the British from flanking the Colonials on Breed's Hill. He was popular with his men and is remembered for his exhortations going into battle. He fought at the battles of Trenton and Princeton, but when he was passed over for promotion in 1777, he resigned and went home. However, when word of the capture of Fort Ticonderoga by British forces under General Burgoyne came. Stark was called back to battle and given the rank of Brigadier General in the New Hampshire Militia forces. Stark faced a British and Hessian force that was going to Bennington, Vermont to capture colonial supplies. General Stark rallied his men with the battle cry "Tonight the American flag floats over yonder hill or Molly Stark sleeps a widow". With this, Stark and his men won the Battle of Bennington. This led to Burgoyne's surrender after the Battle of Saratoga on October 17, 1777, which is considered the turning point of the Revolutionary War. At the end of the war, Congress promoted Stark to Major General. He returned to his farm in Manchester where he spent the rest of his life. He died in 1822, the last surviving American Revolution General. 
 
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 Parents:
  Archibald Stark (1689 - 1750)
  Eleanor Nichols Stark (1697 - 1768)
 
 Spouse:
  Elizabeth Page Stark (1738 - 1814)*
 
 Children:
  Sophia Stark Dickey (____ - 1870)*
  John Stark (1763 - 1844)*
  Eleanor Stark Babson (1767 - 1843)*
  Elizabeth Stark Cameron (1771 - 1813)*
  Sophia Stark Dickey (1782 - 1870)*
 
 Siblings:
  William Stark (1724 - 1781)*
  John Stark (1728 - 1822)
  Archibald Stark (1730 - 1819)*
  Samuel Stark (1736 - 1809)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Stark Cemetery
Manchester
Hillsborough County
New Hampshire, USA
Plot: After entering park, drive down the hill. Grave is in fenced off area next to road.
 
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Record added: Oct 22, 2000
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I just found out that my Stark family is related to him. Can't wait to name-drop!(grin)
- Jay Stark
 Added: Mar. 26, 2015
I am grateful for this Noble man. He has inspired a legacy of Starks serving in every war since he fought in the French and Indian war to the War in Iraq. He is my Great (several gen.)Uncle. And I am proud of my father Earnest Stark who served in WW II.
- Diane Stark Empey
 Added: Feb. 11, 2015
Patriot of Col. Timothy Bigelow DAR Chapter member, Worcester, MA
- Merry Hill
 Added: Jan. 7, 2015
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