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"No child can be understood without knowing the parents;

no revolution can be understood without knowing the Ancient Regime;

no colony can be understood without knowing the mother country;

no new world can be understood without knowing the old world that went before."

"The Worthing Chronicle", by Orson Scott Card, 1982

 

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Y-DNA Genetic Project:

Male descendants of Aaron Stark [1608-1685] with the surname Stark who have participated in the Stark Family Y-DNA Project  are descendants of two brothers — Aaron Stark II [1654-1701] and William Stark, Sr. [1664-1730]. The combination of genealogical research and genetic data makes this program an excellent candidate for Y-DNA analysis. Contrary to the beliefs of some researchers, the Stark Family Y-DNA Project has clearly verified the descendants of Aaron Stark are not  related to General John Stark of Revolutionary War fame.

Volume 1: Aaron Stark [1608-1685];  Stark Family Progenitor

This Volume is dedicated to our patriarch, Aaron Stark [1608-1685] and the first three generations in America. Describes the life and times of the first three generations of the Aaron Stark Family. Included are biographies of Aaron Stark [1608-1685], Aaron Stark (Junior), William Stark (Senior) [1664-1730], and other accounts of their children and grandchildren.

Volume 3: The Newton County, Texas Stark Families

These pages are dedicated to the ancestors and descendants of Daniel R. Stark (son of Asahel Stark) who had four children named William Hawley Stark, Sarah Mariah Stark, Prudence Jane Stark, and Esahl "Asa" Lafitte Stark. Evidence will be presented that traces their origins back to Asahel Stark and provide details of their eventual move to Texas from New York, Indiana, and Louisiana.

Volume 4: The Kentucky Branch of Aaron Stark's Descendants

The Old Stark Family Association, formed about 1895 and active to about 1950, described a group of brothers arriving in Kentucky around 1785 as the "Lost Stark branches." Their names were Jonathan, James, John, Joseph, Christopher, and  Daniel Stark. This Volume provides evidence these brothers were the sons of Jonathan Stark and Sarah Laycock of New Jersey and will reveal Jonathan Stark was the son of William Stark, Jr. and Experience Lamb, grandson of William Stark, Sr. and Elizabeth Unknown, and great grandson of Aaron Stark [1608-1685] of Connecticut.

 

Stark Family Association Yearbooks

The Stark Family Association was organized in New London Co., CT in 1895 by descendants of Aaron Stark. By the year 1903, the Association had a membership of 53 members and enough funds to have a yearbook printed and distributed each year until 1952. Links to reproductions of the Yearbooks can be found on this web page.

 

Photo Album

Photographs of descendants of Aaron Stark [1608-1685]

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Related Internet Links

 

The Descendants of Aaron Stark [1608 - 1685]

Clovis LaFleur's searchable GEDCOM database hosted by Rootsweb.com on their WorldConnect Project website. This database is a compilation of approximately 15,000 individuals who descend from Aaron Stark.

 

Aaron Stark Descendants

Gwen Boyer Bjorkman's searchable GEDCOM database hosted by Rootsweb.com on their WorldConnect Project website. This database is a compilation of approximately 9,000 individuals who descend from Aaron Stark. Gwen is an expert researcher of descendants of Jonathan Stark of New Jersey who married Sarah Lacock.

 

My Family Through History

 Excellent Publication by Donn Neal with many biographies of Jonathan Stark's descendants. Donn Neal is a descendant of William Stark, Jr. who married Experience Lamb.

 

Sheila Schmutz's Aaron Stark Lines of Descent

Family Tree charts showing descendant lines for men Y-DNA tested who were related to each other and descended from Aaron Stark [1608-1685].

 

Introduction

Aaron Stark [1608-1685] was born in England or Scotland and migrated to New England after 1630 and before May of 1637; eventually settling in the area which later became known as Groton, New London County, Connecticut. These pages are dedicated to his family and all of his known descendants and is based on the research of many past and present researchers. 

I do not claim this work is either perfect or complete. It represents the best information available at the time of publication. It is my hope these chronicles will complement and expand the earlier efforts of such notable Stark Family Genealogists as S. Judson Stark, Charles Rathbone Stark, Helen Stark, Walter Owens Shriner, and his wife, Mary Virginia Cuppy. "The Aaron Stark Family Chronicles" is my interpretation of the history of Aaron Stark and his descendants based on an analysis of documented and historical events having relevance to their day in history. While I am sure there will be those who will challenge and offer differing interpretations, I do not have the time left nor the energy to engage in a discussion of "meaningless criticism" of these pages. I do welcome the opportunity to engage in a meaningful discussion of my interpretation from those who have found errors, omissions, or who have "a reasonable criticism" of my interpretation. I reserve the right to decide what is "a reasonable criticism." For those whose criticism I reject, I can only suggest you publish your own interpretation of the Aaron Stark Family History. 

My research began several years ago with the publication entitled, "The Aaron Stark Family, Seven Generations of the Descendants of Aaron Stark of Groton, Connecticut," by Charles R. Stark, published in 1927 by Wright and Potter of Boston, Massachusetts. Charles R. Stark was a Historian for the Stark Family Association (active from 1895 to 1952), a member of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, a member of the Rhode Island Historical Society, and a member of the New London County, Connecticut Historical Society. He understood his genealogical publication, when examined by future Stark Family Genealogists, was but a place to begin. He made no claims to the perfection of his work and challenged those to follow to continue to refine the family genealogy and preserve its history with these words: "What is here presented is only what by diligent effort we have been able to gather from the past, with one object in view, viz., to be true to the facts as we found them, and to preserve to those of the name who shall follow us a knowledge of the Stark genealogical line, a large part of which unless so gathered and preserved must soon be lost forever. Let us hope that some younger member of the family will build on the foundation here laid a work complete to date."

This web site will examine the Stark Family genealogy in the same spirit: expand beyond his seven generations; correct some organizational errors related to some descendant families in the first seven generations; and carry forward the descendants of other families where his compilation could not continue. As would be expected in these circumstances, many theories have blossomed, leading to rather strong opinions on the origins and organization of many family branches.  

I hope this website will be useful in your search for your Stark ancestors    and you will review my genealogical interpretations with an open mind.

 

Clovis LaFleur

July 21, 2006

<mailto:clafleur1@austin.rr.com>

 

Dedication

Without the past research of  Charles Rathbone Stark (Photo), Helen Stark, J. Judson Stark, and Walter Owens Shriner and his spouse Virginia "Cuppy" Shriner and  the dedication of many present day researchers who contributed material, time, and effort to the creation of these pages, this website would not have been feasible. Without their efforts, we wouldn't have known where to begin our research of the descendants of Aaron Stark, our American patriarch who was the first to arrive in New England from the old world. 

I would like to thank Mary (Burns) Stark, who did so much of the initial research on the Stark Families of Texas, Pauline Stark Moore, who continues her research and adds to Mary's efforts every day, and Neal Lowe, whose research made the connection of the Newton County, Texas Starks to their New York ancestors and eventually to Aaron Stark of Connecticut.

Without the encouragement, research, and assistance of Donn Neal, Gwen Boyer Bjorkman, Sharon Reck, Carolyn Smith and many others, the many "Lost Stark Families of Kentucky" may never have been found and my thanks to them for providing me with insight into the everyday lives of Aaron Stark and his family in Colonial Connecticut.

And finally, this text is dedicated in particular to the memory of  Charles Rathbone Stark, pictured above and left, whose book, published in 1927  entitled “The Aaron Stark Family, Seven Generations”, was the beginning of this journey into the past. His  compilation of the descendants of Aaron Stark, an ambitious undertaking for 1927, was instrumental to our research and contributed to much of the material presented. I further dedicate these pages to all future Stark family researchers who will improve on these pages, already obsolete as they are being written, and produce research of their own which will surpass these humble efforts to preserve the history of Aaron Stark and his descendants.

 

Clovis LaFleur,  

November, 2001

 

 

 

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Other than that work created by other acknowledged contributors or sources, the articles and genealogical data presented in this publication were derived from the research of Clovis LaFleur; Copyright © 2007. All rights are reserved. The use of any material on these pages by others will be discouraged if the named contributors, sources, or Clovis LaFleur have not been acknowledged.

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This publication and the data presented is the work of Clovis LaFleur. However, some of the content presented has been derived from the research and publicly available information of others and may not have been verified. You are responsible for the validation of all data and sources reported and should not presume the material presented is correct or complete.

 

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