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By Clovis La Fleur, Copyright © August
Editorial Assistance: Donn Neal
Appendix 3: Collection of Stark Family Articles
1911, those attending the Stark Family Association Family Reunion were treated to a tour of
Mystic, the homestead of Aaron Stark, the Wightman Burial Ground, and
other places of interest. This was reported in the article entitled
"The Trip to Mystic." The article has a transcription of the
deed between the First Baptist Church and William Stark (Senior) selling
one and one half acres to the Church for 6 pounds and providing a place of
burial for descendants of Aaron Stark [1608-1685]. This place is known
as the Wightman Burying Ground.
"In Memoriam" article has obituaries for: Henrietta Stebbins
Clark; Mrs. Harriet M. Stark (wife of Rev. Oliver Porter Stark) of Paris, Lamar County, Texas; Lucius Crosby Stark; John H. Jewett;
Erastus S. Geer; Charles Stark and his wife, Julia (Richmond) Stark.
the bottom of Page 9 can be found a link to a "Biography of Rev.
Oliver Porter Stark," published in May of 2005.
is a biographical sketch of James Edward Stark, a Descendant of
Christopher Stark (Senior) and Joanna Walworth.
pages of the 1911 yearbook were all scanned and appear as printed in
Pages 8 through 21 scanned from
the 1911 Stark Family Association Yearbook.
Comment: Rev. O. P. Stark was Oliver Porter Stark. Click
HERE to see Biography by Clovis LaFleur in PDF file format.
Comment: Lucius C. Stark Lineage: Aaron1;
Aaron2; Abiel3; Nathan4;
Abiel5; Abiel6; Lucius7;
married 1st Ellen C. Warren and 2nd Julia Stark, his
wife in 1903. Lived in Lyme, R. F. D., Connecticut 1903.
Comment: John H. Jewett Lineage: Aaron1;
Aaron2; Abiel3; Nathan4;
Nathan5; Rebecca Stark6 m. John
Jewett; John H. Jewett7.
Comment: Lineage Erastus S. Geer unknown.
Comment: Charles Stark lineage: Aaron1; Aaron2;
Abiel3; Nathan4; Nathan5;
Christopher6; Charles Stark7
married Julia B. Richmond. Living North
Lyme, Connecticut 1903.
Comment: "---Major John Mason who with his comrades
Comment: Lineage Nathan Stark: Aaron1;
Aaron2; Abiel3; Nathan4
married Anna Fitch.
By Clovis LaFleur, July 2008
Emily Stark, Ida Stark, and Jennie Stark issued invitations
to their near relatives to meet at a picnic at Chapman's Falls, Millington,
Connecticut on August 13th, 1895. Twenty-three responded to the invitations,
and the occasion was so thoroughly enjoyed that it was decided to continue
them, and for three succeeding years similar gatherings were held at Baker's
Pavilion, a short distance from the Falls.
¾ Scotland and America
Bull's head, erased a, r,
blood, p, p, r):
Book of Heraldry.
By the year 1903, the Association had a membership of 53
members and enough funds to have a yearbook printed and distributed. In
1903, the reunion was held on August 20, 1903 and yearbooks were published
by the Association, accept for a few years, continuously until the
Association disbanded after 1952.
In it's infancy, the Stark Family Association membership
consisted of descendants of Aaron Stark [1608-1685]. The membership later
included descendants of Archibald Stark of New Hampshire (father of General
John Stark of Revolutionary War fame) and James Stark of Stafford County,
In the 1903 yearbook, the story was told of of how John
Muirhead saved King James IV of Scotland from a charging bull and was given
the surname Stark by a grateful King. The descendants of Aaron Stark adopted
the coat-of -arms resulting from this event; registered in1672 in England by
the Scottish Stark Family of Killermont ¾ one
version of this coat-of-arms presented by the Association on the title page
of each of the yearbooks published.
A recent Stark Family DNA project has revealed the direct
male descendants of Aaron Stark, when compared to the DNA results of direct
male Descendants of Archibald Stark and James Stark ¾
are not related and the odds greatly favor that they have not shared a
common male ancestor within thousands of years. However, the direct male
descendants of James and Archibald were found to be related and may be
descendants of the Stark Family of Killermont. (Click
HERE to go to the Stark Family Y-DNA Project Home Page for more
1903 Stark Family Association
Yearbook Historians Report
In the 1903 Stark Family Association Yearbook, the Historian's report
was contributed by Mrs. Hattie S. Ackley, of Chester, Connecticut,
the Association Historian that year. She was a descendant of Aaron
Stark [1608-1685] as follows:
Abiel3; Nathan4; Abiel5;
Dennison6; Lauriston7; Harriet Louise
Stark8 married Sidney E. Ackley.
REPORT OF HISTORIAN
those of us who have had the great pleasure of attending these Stark Reunions
in the past, it would seem that the main facts in the history of our Family
have been so thoroughly demonstrated that nothing of much interest could remain
for our Eighth Family Reunion. In one respect this is true; the origin and meaning
of our name, and the brave deed which prompted it, are familiar to us all, as
is also the fact that the Connecticut branch of the Family descended from one Aaron
Stark, who settled at Mystic, Conn. in 1653*; of him I have been able to learn
but little; however, it is apparent that the same loyalty to principle, and
the same steadfastness of purpose which are characteristics of his descendants
to-day, were dominant traits of his character. it is almost incredible that
even two centuries and a half could have transformed the dreary wilderness of
that day into this great Republic, foremost among the nations of the world;
the fact must be beyond even the wildest dreams of our ancestor, yet it is
upon the foundation that he and his associates builded that this great Nation
enjoying the marvels of the present age, it may seem to some of us that the
lives of our ancestors during
was a resident of Connecticut in 1637 as described in the article
entitled, "The Life & Times of Aaron Stark."
However, the historian is correct in stating Aaron was not a resident of the
region in and around Mystic, Connecticut until 1653, when he was sent by Mason
to oversee his land grant in that region.
must have been very tame and limited; let us consider what more dramatic
events have taken place in our lives than in theirs. The same great God
ruled the universe then as now; the same sun which warmed them was identical
with ours; and as Horace Greely said, "If their road to mill and to
meeting was longer than ours, they were doubtless as well content and with
little suspicion of their ill fortune in having been born in the seventeenth
instead of the twentieth century." It is more than probable that as
great or even greater improvements will be perfected in future years than
have been in the past, and that our descendants will look back upon the
present age much as we do upon the past; let us see to it that we leave to
posterity as clean a record as did our ancestors to us.
various branches of the Stark Family are widely scattered, our Secretary
being in communication with members from many different States of the Union,
many of whom trace their ancestry back to the first Mystic settler. We have
authentic information through the descendants of the same that the Family
name is also widely distributed throughout Europe; one branch came from
Germany, and the same was originally spelled "Starek," the e,
however, is no longer used in the German word for "strong;" the
family who reside in St. Lewis have been in America but little more than one
generation. Another branch trace their ancestry to Wales;
have the same story regarding origin of name, but their coat-of-arms differs
Stark came from north of Ireland in 1849; his name was Andrew, as was also
his father's; his sons now reside in Stamford, Conn. We are also in
communication with Mrs. Annie S. Faris, of Iowa, whose great-grandfather,
Capt. John Stark, was a nephew of Major-General John Stark ¾
the Bennington hero. Doubtless these all descended
from the same (Muirhead), a Scotchman who rescued King James the Fourth from
a bull in the forest of Cumberland by the exercise of his great strength.
The King gave his rescuer the name Stark, meaning Strong, and authorized him
to use as a coat-of-arms, a bull's head distilling dripping blood and the
motto in Latin, "Fortiorum, fortia, facta," meaning brave deeds of
we ever prove ourselves worthy of our crest. That "A good name is
rather to be chosen than great riches" could be said to apply to the
Starks of to-day, who are well-informed, God-fearing men and women,
integrity being one of their principle traits; it is told of one now dead,
that because of his strict honesty, he was commonly known as "honest
Abial," another, a most estimable man, was called "wicked Abial,"
to distinguish him from the first; and still another, now one of the oldest
and most honored members of our Association, was then known as "little
'bial." Connected with our Family
men who stand in their profession, and who deserve the high honors they now
enjoy; but we cannot claim all merit for Stark blood alone; as our
foremothers were noble women, entitled to every consideration. Molly Graves
Stark, the great-grandmother of many of us, was the daughter and sister of
brave Revolutionary soldiers; her father was in Capt. Eliphalet Holmes' Co.,
Col. Selden's Reg't; he served later in several engagements, and was finally
killed outside the fort, at the bloody Groton massacre, Sept. 6th, 1781; her
brother served four years as a private and drummer, and his memory is greatly
esteemed. Statira Lyon Stark was also the daughter of a Revolutionary
soldier who served in Capt. James Chapman's Co., of Col. Samuel Holden
Parson's 6th Reg't of Continentals; in Capt. Key's Co., of Major Backus's
Reg't of Light Horse, and in Capt. Jones' Co., in Col. Latimer's Reg't of
Militia at Saratoga.
Stark Smith, born in 1792, is remembered as being extremely neat and trim in
her personal appearance. She was the first person to be baptized in the
vicinity of Pleasant Valley, and wove the table linen which has been used
from that time until the present at the communion service.
Andrew Stark is remembered as being very gifited in "exhortation,"
as it was called in those days.
Griffin Stark was was very intellectual and hospitable, as well as a smart
business woman, rather retiring
modest in her manner. Of others equally interesting we hope to be able to
learn more in the future.
origin of this Association may be of interest to any who have not been in
touch with it. The idea was suggested by the Misses Emily, Ida, and Jennie
Stark, who issued invitations to the near relatives to meet at a picnic at
Chapman's Falls, Millington, Conn., Aug. 13th, 1895; twenty-three responded
to the invitations, and the occasion was so thoroughly enjoyed that it was
decided to continue them, and for three succeeding years similar gatherings
were held at Baker's Pavilion, a short distance from the Falls. In 1899 Mr.
and Mrs. C. S. Jewett entertained the Family most pleasantly at the Jewett
homestead in North Lyme, each reunion being more largely attended and with
increasing interest; however, none was held in 1900, owing to a great deal
of illness in the Family and the lamented death in August of Miss jennie
Stark, one of its originators. the following year we were most cordially
welcomed at the home of Deacon Abiel Stark, and it was decided to appoint a
committee to draft a constitution; this was done , and at our last reunion,
held in Hamburgh, the constitution was adopted and the Association was
was also voted to purchase badge-pins, in design a facsimile of the coat-of-arms.
has been busy during these eight years and removed many of our Family, for
whom we sincerely mourn.
an Association, we are greatly indebted to the late Hon. Benjamin Stark of
New London, who had made the genealogical research of Stark ancestry a
were adopted upon the death of Benjamin Stark, and also upon the deaths of
Dea. Frederick Fosdick, Fitch Smith, Henry Stark, Emily Newbury, Jennie E.
Stark, Mary Stark Gilbert, Nathan Stark, Joshua Stark, of Wisconsin, and
William Stark, Chicago.
Association to-day is in a most flourishing condition, having now fifty-four
members, and may our constitution, "formed in order to make a more
perfect union and to bring the widely scattered Family into closer
fellowship," be but the beginning of a fraternal Association that shall
end with us only when we are called to the Life above: and may future
generations preserve the traditions, collect memorials, and rear a structure
worthy of the name and race.
we may all have the pleasure of meeting in 1904, I herewith submit my
made and carried that the report of the Historian be accepted, and the same
be entered on the minutes of the Association.
STORY OF THE ORIGIN OF THE STARK NAME
once lived in Scotland,
James the Fourth was King,
name was known as Muirhead
did this bold, brave thing.
day the King, while riding, met
bull, in full rampage;
Muirhead caught and killed the beast,
spite of all his rage.
who is this? and what his name!"
spake the King outright,
risked his own to save a life,
day he is Sir Knight.
Muirhead, rise, thou man of might,
thanks are thus expressed;
name is Stark, most noble Knight,
'Bull's head' be your crest."
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