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John Starr
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Birth: Jan. 16, 1743
Groton
New London County
Connecticut, USA
Death: Aug. 10, 1824
Columbus
Franklin County
Ohio, USA

The Story Beneath The Stone

John Starr. A descendant of Dr. Comfort Starr, of Ashford, County of Kent, England, who emigrated to Boston, Mass in 1635


John Starr was born January 16, 1743 at Groton, CT. He went to Nova Scotia to settle, but on the opening of the war of the Revolution, espousing the cause of the colonists against the Crown of England, was compelled to flee from the Province without his family, and return to his native place; his family afterward arrived. He immediately volunteered in the service of his country, and in the terrible fight at Fort Griswold was wounded by a musket ball through the left elbow, losing the use of his arm. The Government gave him a pension for life and 1,000 acres of land in Franklin Co., Ohio, within and adjoining the present city of Columbus, to which he decided to emigrate; and in the spring of 1812, with his family, started for their future home in two large wagons; were seven weeks on the journey, arriving at their destination in June of that year. The site of the city was then a dense forest, with but a single log cabin upon it. His farm lay on the east side of the Sciota River, where a clearing was soon made, and two log cabins, of a single room each, were put up, one of which is still, or was until recently, standing (1879). They endured all the trials and hardships incident to a frontier life, and the difficulties encountered by early settlers in a new country.

He was a member of the Congregational church in Groton, and of the Presbyterian church in Columbus. The committee appointed by the Connecticut Legislature to report on the condition of the suffers at Fort Griswold, describe him "as a man of good character took up arms for our liberties obliged to leave Nova Scotia without his family got them since severely wounded," etc. Of him and his son, one who knew them adds: "They were quite, honest Presbyterians, with no other ambition that to be good farmers and to raise their children in their own religious faith and practice, which they certainly did." He is buried with his wife and all their children (except Joseph) in "Green Lawn Cemetery," Columbus. His wife Mary died about five months after reaching their new home.

"A History of the Starr Family of New England, from the ancestor Dr. Comfort Starr, of Ashford, County of Kent, England, who emigrated to Boston, Mass, in 1635. By Burgis Pratt Starr, 1789. 
 
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 Spouse:
  Mary Sharp Starr (1740 - 1812)
 
 Children:
  John Starr (1774 - 1837)*
  Mary Starr Woods (1782 - 1833)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Green Lawn Cemetery
Columbus
Franklin County
Ohio, USA
 
Created by: Starr Dust
Record added: Apr 16, 2013
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John Starr
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Jonathan (John) Starr, son of Thomas Starr and Jerusha Street, married, Nov 23, 1773 Mary, daughter of Matthew & Margaret Sharp. Mary's brothers Samuel, Matthew, Robert, Joseph, of Nova Scotia and refugees to Machias who served with John Starr under Colon...(Read more)
- Jim Goodrich
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