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 Levi Merl Starks

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Levi Merl Starks

Birth
Chazy, Clinton County, New York, USA
Death 14 Jul 1903 (aged 86)
Beverly, Lincoln County, Kansas, USA
Burial Beverly, Lincoln County, Kansas, USA
Memorial ID 13398267 View Source
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OBITUARY - The Lincoln Republican, Lincoln County, Kansas (Thursday July 23, 1903)

Levi Starks was born April 24, 1817 in the state of New York. He was one of 14 children, all having passed to the great beyond before he did. He was married in 1837, and by this union five children were born to them, three sons, two daughters. Two of the sons enlisted in the army during the great rebellion. One was killed in the war, and the other died soon after, both giving their lives as sacrifice for their country. The only one now living is Mr. Chester O. Starks, Laona, Wisconsin. The daughters having died in their youth. His wife died sometime after the close of the Civil War. He came to Kansas after this and was married to Mrs. Nancey Ruggles, August 23, 1890.

Mr. Starks was converted when 26 years old and had been a christian over 60 years. He often talked of the faith he had in his saviour, and the great plans of salvation through Christ. He had been expecting death for several years, and making preparations for that time, having selected one song, for the occasion, and the minister to officiate long before the time came. He was an optimist, looking on the bright side of life, always jolly and good natured, having a good word for everyone he met.

The only relative present at the funeral was Mr. E.C. Starks, a grandson, with his family who lives in Madison Township. Brother Starks, was a step father to Messrs. L.S., J.E., and Wm. Ruggles, and Mrs. Manda Davis, Mrs. Lizzie Dodd, Mrs. Rosa Green, and Mrs. Mary Cassel. Brother Starks had the tenderest care during his last days. His wife and step children and step grand-children with neighbors. He died July 14, 1903, being 86 years, 2 months, and 20 days old.

The funeral services were conducted by the writer, assisted by Rev. Green and Sarah A. Strange at the M.E. Church, at Beverly, July 15, internment being made in the Beverly cemetery. May God Bless the widow in her bereavement. (by T.M. Strange)

Children:
Edrick Chauncey STARKS, born 30 July 1838. He served in Civil War.

Roxanna H. Starks, born 7 Aug 1840, died 23 Oct 1854 in Waupaca Co., WI

Alzada Jane Starks, born 30 Jul 1844, died 23 Mar 1855 in Waupaca Co., WI

William Wesley Starks, born 27 Dec 1847, died 13 Jan 1865. Served in the civil war and died in Nashville, TN.

Chester Otis Starks, born (WI) 4 Apr 1852, died 21 Jul 1915 in Laona, WI.


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