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 Tazewell Merriman Starkey

Tazewell Merriman Starkey

Franklin County, Virginia, USA
Death 7 Jan 1901 (aged 71)
Starkey, Roanoke County, Virginia, USA
Burial Starkey, Roanoke County, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 39572277 · View Source
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Age 71 years.


AKA "Taz"

S/O Jack Starkey.

The new (2012) South County Library in Starkey, Roanoke Co., VA has a photograph of T. M. Starkey in a large gilt frame.

He was 35 when he married Henrietta. Possibly married before?

Glenna G. Garner finds: (Oakey FH has died 7 Jan 1901 and buried 8 Jan 1901with name as T. Marian Starkey) (History of Roanoke County - Biographical has his name as Tazewell Merriman Starkey born Dec 1829 and died Jan 1910 son of Mr & Mrs Jack Starkey. The death date has to be wrong as I copied his death record from Oakey Funeral Home Records and they recorded in their books as the death occurred and it seems impossible that they would go back in 1910 to a 1901 book. He was a Cofederate Soldier in the 5th VA Cavalry.);;;brand=default;query=harvey#6

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For many years one of the most prominent men in Roanoke County was the late Tazewell Merriman Starkey. He was born in Franklin County, Virginia, in December,
1829, and died January, 1910. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Starkey, and was educated in the private schools of his native county. He came to Roanoke County in
1850 and was engaged in farming. After the Civil War he purchased one of the finest farms in Roanoke County, near Cave Spring, where he resided until the time of his death.

He was one of the first directors of the First National Bank, and served in that capacity until the time of his death. He was a large owner of Roanoke County
lands. The Norfolk & Western station at Starkey was named in his honor. For a period of twenty-eight years he was a member of the Board of Supervisors
of Roanoke County from Cave Spring District.

He was a valiant Confederate soldier, serving in the Fifth Virginia Cavalry. He was wounded in the Seven Days' Fight around Richmond, and had three horses shot under him. Seven other bullets pierced his jacket, but otherwise left him unharmed.

In May, 1865, he was married to Henrietta P. Harvey , daughter of Colonel and Mrs. Robert Harvey , of Roanoke County, and as a result of that union there were four children; namely, Mrs. Junior W. White, of Cave Spring; Mrs. Eliza B. Smith, of
Roanoke; H. Clay Starkey, of Roanoke; and Joseph G. Starkey, who resides at the old homestead.

Mr. Starkey was a man of keen business ability, and in his death the county lost one of its most prominent and progressive citizens.

Historical Background
Starkey School served the county for over six decades, first as School No. 16 and then as Starkey School, a public elementary school. In the late nineteenth century, the future site of Starkey School was located within an unimproved tract of land owned by J.G. Starkey. Joseph Gale Starkey was the son of Tazewell Merriman Starkey, who owned a majority of the land in Starkey and for whom the town and the depot were named. Tazewell Starkey, originally from Franklin County, had moved to the area in 1850 and had begun farming. In May 1865 he married Henrietta P. Harvey, daughter of Col. Robert Harvey.

7 McCauley, History of Roanoke County ... p. 389

Statement of Significance (continued)

With 10,000 acres, Harvey was the largest landowner in southeast Roanoke County and the owner of Speedwell Plantation about one mile north fiom the village of Starkey. Tazewell and Henrietta continued to own much ofthe land around Starkey. J.G. Starkey, born in 1875, became one of the most respected citizens of Starkey and a successful farmer. However, he never left his "homeplace" and remained unmarried. He also began seUing off some of his land for profit, including a 134-acre
parcel for $ 10, 112 to the Good brothers "near Starkey Station" in 1913, and the 1 S-acre parcel to the School Board of Cave Spring District of the County of Roanoke in 1915. Thus, the land was not donated, as had been assumed, nor had the school been named for Tazewell Starkey; it was named for his son J.G. Starkey.
Although it is unusual for a school to be located on private land, it does appear
that this is the case for three reasons. Local oral history supports the suggestion, the 1.5-acre parcel is donoted consistently in the School Tenn Reports, and that the Board of Supervisors minutes mention that they paid "rent and fuel" and "fee for providing schoolhouses". It was further noted that they paid J.G. Starkey, but it is unknown whether this was for rent for the schoolhouse or income.
Starting in 1894, "Special Term Reports" can be found for Starkey, then known as School No.16.
These reports, written by the teacher at the end of the school year, continued until 1961, the year that the school closed. From 1894 to 1906, the form layout stayed the same. During this time, the average student age was ten, with 30 children attending. The school year ended in mid-March, and a teacher's name was not given at this time. Beginning in 1899, the names were divided into four primary grades.
In March 1907, the form layout changed, and there was more description of the school house. It was noted that the school was fiame, const~ctedin 1895, one room, at an original cost of $250.00, present value of $200.00, not painted, in poor condition, on a 1.5acre lot, with 14 desks, a good stove, 42 volumes in the library, two wall maps, two wooden blackboards, and one globe. In addition,
by this date, the roster was divided into five primary grades. By 1910, the value had decreased to $150.00, and the school was still in poor condition. Instead of noting a "white" teacher in 191 1, the first teacher's name, Grace Terry, was provided. In 1912, the teacher reported 19 panes of glass missing. In 1913, the value further decreased to $125.00. In 1914, the condition was noted as 'Very poor," with the "house very open." On April 7,1915, the teacher reported the value as "nothing"and
again the school in "very poor" condition. The desks were denoted as "22 Patent Desks," the volumes in the library had declined to 32, and only one wall map hung in the schoolroom.
Roanoke County Deed Book 64/392 and 77/462
Annual Term Reports , 19017-1915.

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