|Birth: ||Jan. 16, 1851|
South Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Dec. 16, 1919|
Nancy Starkey is buried in the Bradley Cemetery with the Starkey and Foster families. For years, many of them believed her to be "Uncle John Starkey's daughter" and "Grandpa Richard Starkey's sister" .....but this Nancy Starkey is neither of those. She was the second wife of John Starkey.
Three facts told us that she wasn't John Starkey's daughter: #1 - Her birth year of 1851; #2 Her stone bears the inscription "Our Mother is at Rest" which indicates Starkey is her married surname; #3 John's daughter Nancy married a Denney.
On December 21, 2010, a discussion with the daughter of Claude Starkey provided us with info from old research files identifying Nancy Starkey as the 2nd wife of John Starkey.
A recording of their marriage was found on the Mary Turner Kinard web site as follows:
Groom: John "STARKLEY" (age 55)
Bride: Nancy Harris (age 53)
Marriage Date: March 23, 1904
Book H, Roll #473, Dec. 1903 to Jan. 1905, Pg. 158.
[Brady, C.N., I.T was located in present day Garvin Co., OK near Wynnewood, OK.]
Ancestry trees for Nancy indicate she was previously married to a Harris and bore three Harris children: Josiah Hillard Harris, Agnes Harris and Lillie Susan Harris (married: John Ephriam Ballard).
According to Judy Canty Martin, Catawba genealogist, October 7, 2013, the following is a more true history for Nancy: "Nancy Harris Starkey was born in South Carolina, she was a Catawba Indian. Her father was Chief Allan Harris and Rhoda George Harris. Her first 'husband" and the father of the Harris Children was a white man named Kilpatrick. She later was involved with a Brady fellow, before moving to Gainesville, Texas where she married John Starkey. Since she was beyond the years to bear children, we know of none."
John Starkey (1843 - 1907)
Lillie Susan Harris Ballard (1872 - 1955)*
Created by: Shirley Bray
Record added: Jul 30, 2010
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