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Volume 3: The Newton County, Texas Stark Families
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Samuel Hawley Stark was the son of William Hawley Stark and his first spouse, Elizabeth Zachary. Samuel was born in 1835 in Carroll Parish, Louisiana where his father owned property at the upper settlement on Bayou Macon.1 William Hawley Stark and Elizabeth had another child born in Louisiana named Daniel Lafayette [Born in 1832] while the first child born in Texas was James Terry Stark in 1837 which reveals the family moved to Texas during or after the year 1836.2 William H. Stark was elected Justice of the Peace, Sabine Beat 4, of Jasper County on February 4, 1839 and his brother, Esahl “Asa“ Lafitte Stark was elected Constable, Sabine Beat 4 on the same date indicating both were living in the Republic of Texas by early 1839 and before.3

Nancy Hawley, William’s mother, married Enos Hardin after 1838 who then probably died around 1847. Nancy had most likely received a slave named Ann as part of the estate. On December 29, 1847, Nancy Hardin, a resident of Newton County, Texas, declared in a document of indenture [given over to work for], that the slave named Ann was assigned  by this binding contract to work for Nancy's grandchildren  named, “Daniel Lafayette Stark, Samuel Hawley Stark, James Terry Stark, Lewis Miles Stark, Martha Ann Stark, Mary Stark, Elizabeth McFarland Stark, children of William H. Stark and Elizabeth Stark, all of the County and State aforesaid. Witnesseth, that the said Nancy Hardin for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred dollars in hand paid by their next friends and the love and affection which she bears for her grandchildren afore named, doth by these presents…..”

 This document clearly reveals Samuel Hawley was the son of William H. and Elizabeth Stark, grandson of Nancy Hardin and the "H." initial in his middle name stood for Hawley.4

In 1850, William Hawley Stark was documented in the Newton County, Texas census which was the first census taken for Texas after the Republic joined the Union. In dwelling #180, family #180 was listed Wm. H. Starks, age 41, born in New York with property valued at $500. His wife’s name was Elizabeth T., age 39, born in Louisiana. The second oldest of their children reported in the census was Samuel H., age 17, born in Louisiana.

Samuel married Julia Cassandra Dougharty May 08, 1856 in Jasper County, Texas.5 She was the daughter of George Dougharty and Courtney Caraway. The 1860 census for Newton County reports S. H. Stark, age 24, born in Louisiana, has a spouse named Julia, age 21, born in Louisiana, and children named Coatny E., age 3, and Geo. D., age 9/12, both born in Texas. Living next door in dwelling # 28 was John Harrison Ford, Julia’s half-brother and living in dwelling #27 was Samuel's brother, Daniel Lafayette Stark and his spouse, Amanda Dougharty, Julia‘s sister. Samuel's father, William Hawley Stark, was living in dwelling #31.6

John Howell Burnett, Commanding, and Anderson Floyd, second in command, resigned from the Texas Senate in January of 1862 and organized the 13th Regiment of Texas Cavalry which mustered February 22, 1862 in northeast Texas and March 1, 1862 for the southern counties. Volunteers were recruited from Newton County, Texas by William Blewett who became the first commander of Company H, known as the “Dreadnaughts.”

Samuel Hawley Stark, at the age of twenty-five, was recruited by Captain William Blewett February 20, 1862 in Newton to serve in Company H for a period of 12 months. Samuel and the above men reported for duty in Crockett, Houston County, Texas March 1st after traveling 115 miles. William Blewett, named command of Company H, was not present at this first muster of the company which was conducted by Captain S. M. Drake. On his arrival in Crockett, Samuel’s horse and equipment were valued at $165. The Thirteenth Texas Cavalry Regiment completed it’s organization May 24th, 1862 at Porter’s Springs, Houston County and was placed under the command of John Howell Burnett. Samuel Hawley Stark was reported absent in the July and August Company muster because he was on detached service. He was reported present in the September and October musters and had last received pay from Captain A. T. Monroe June 30th of 1862. The November and December Muster of Company H reveals Samuel Hawley Stark was in the hospital in Little Rock. The Regimental Return for Company H, 13th Texas Cavalry reports S. H. Stark was “Sick at Camp Nelson since 23 Nov. 1862.” In the December Regimental Return recorded S. H. Stark as “Sick at Little Rock since 22 Dec. 1862.” The last entry to be found for Samuel Hawley Stark was made in the Register of the Confederate States of America Rock Hotel Hospital, Little Rock, Arkansas. This document reported S. H. Stark was admitted December 16, 1862 and died of disease March 12, 1863.7

Julia and Samuel had another child, Mary E. Stark, who was born in the year 1862.8 September 30th, 1863, Julia gave John Alston power of attorney to represent her in collecting any pay that may have been due to her husband, Samuel H. Stark from the Confederate Army. The document stated, “{The State of Texas, County of Newton} Know all men by these presents that I Julia C. Stark of the County of Newton State of Texas have made constituted and appointed and do …(not legible)…constitute and appoint the Honorable J. Alston of the County of San Augustine aforesaid my true and lawful attorney for my name place and stead to collect and Rec. (Receive) for any admass of pay …(Not legible)…that may be due my husband Samuel H. Stark from the Confederate States for service rendered in the army to wit in Capt. John T. Starks Company H Burnetts Regiment 13th as ?back pay? Giving and quantity unto my said attorney full power and authority to do and perform …(not legible)… every act and thing whatsoever requisite and necessary to be done in and about the premises as fully to all intents and purposes as I might or could do if personally present, hereby satisfying and confirming all that my said attorney shall lawfully do by resolve hereof. In testimony where of I here unto set my hand and seal this 30th day of September, A. D. 1863. Signed Julia C. Stark.”

On the same day, The County Clerk, John Moore, stated “{The State of Texas, County of Newton} Before me John Moore Clerk of County of Newton Court of Newton County, State of Texas personally appeared Julia C. Stark whose signature appears to the above power of attorney and acknowledge that she signed the same as her act and deed for the purpose therein written do certify which I hereto sign my name and office the seal of said County Court this the 30th Sept. A. D. 1863. Signed John Moore Clerk.”

This final document was prepared and signed on the same day and recorded “{The State of Texas, County of Newton} Before me the undersigned Justice of the Peace Personally appeared Julia C. Stark and …(Not Legible)… oath on the Holy Evangilist of Almighty God, That the wife of Samuel H. Stark late private in John T. Starks Co. H Burnetts Regiment 13th …(Not legible) and she is entitiled to the pay etcetera that may be due him from the Confederate States. …(Not legible)… also appeared at the same time John Alston, respectable …9Not Legible)… to me well known and under oath to foresaid that he Knows the said wife and Knows the said husband and that the facts sworn to be his own …{Not Legible}. Signed: Julia C. Stark, John Alston. Sworn to and subscribed before me this the 30th September A. D. 1863. Signed Wm. R. Fuller, J.P.

On March 24, 1864 in Newton County, Julia married Samuel’s cousin, Daniel Donaho Stark, the son of Esahl “Asa” Lafitte Stark, who was the brother of Samuel’s father, William Hawley Stark. Julia and Daniel were living in Limestone County by 1870 and later moved to Johnson County, Texas where they appear on the 1880 census. This family will be covered in more detail in a later Chapter.

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Source 1: Newton County, Texas Deed Book A, (Copy of Original in Files of Clovis LaFleur), Pages 255 & 256, Samuel Hawley Stark listed as grandson of Nancy (Hawley) Hardin. Parents mentioned as William H. Stark and Elizabeth Stark. Click Here to see scanned copy of the original. Use browser "Back" button to return to this text. Source 2: Newton County, Texas Census, 1850, Dwelling #180, Family #180, Samuel H., age 15 listed in the census living in the home of Wm. H. Stark. This would place his birth year as 1835.

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Newton County, Texas 1860 Census; Page 5, Family 29, S. H. Stark, age 24, born in Louisiana.

3)

Compiled Index to Elected and Appointed Officials of the Republic of Texas: 1835-1846, a publication of the State Archives Division of the Texas State Library in Austin. Printed 1981, Volume 1, page 295.

4)

Newton County Probate Book A, pages 255 - 256.

5)

Jasper County, Texas Marriage Records, Miscellaneous Files #1, 

URL --- http://www.rootsweb.com/~txjasper/marriages/jasmar_ms1.htm), Marriage File Vol. 1, page 87.)

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Transcribed by the Newton County Historical Commission, Newton County, Texas Census 1860, (Prepared using National Archived MF No. 653 of 1860 Population Schedule 1860, Roll 1302, Texas, Vol. 8 (247 -469), page 5.

7)

Captain William Blewett’s Company was known at various times as Captain Blewett’s Company, Company G, and Company H, 13th Regiment Texas Cavalry. Source: Confederate Archives, Chapter 6, File No. 721, page 1.

8)

Family History Library Film 1255313 NA Film Number T9-1313, Johnson County, Texas 1880 Census, page 226D, listed as Mary M., age 18. Head of the house was her step-father, Daniel D. Stark. Samuel Hawley Stark died in March of 1863 and his widow, Julia married Daniel D. Stark March 24, 1864. Therefore, Mary has to be the daughter of Samuel Hawley Stark.

 

 

George_Dougherty_Stark.jpg (58302 bytes)Stark, George Dougherty & Sisters (56 KB):  Photo of L-R; Caroline "Carrie" Stark, George D. Stark, Mollie Stark, and Courtney Stark. Caroline is the daughter of Daniel Donahue Stark and Julia Cassandra Dougherty. The other three are children of Samuel Hawley Stark and Julia. Samuel Stark and Daniel Stark were cousins. Daniel Married Julia after Samuel was killed in the Civil War. Contributed by Jimmie Mitchell.

georgedstarkdaus.jpg (20571 bytes)L-R; Ella, Vera, & Lotty Stark; They were daughters of George Dougherty Stark and Hattie Rogenia Corder. Ella Stark married Pike Davis and was buried in Ragtown Cemetery in Carter County, Oklahoma. She had one daughter named Ellowene Davis. Vera Stark married Vernon Gode. Contributed by Jimmie Mitchell.

Mary Charlotte "Lotty" Stark was born September 27, 1893 and died April 01, 1971 in Ardmore, Carter County, Oklahoma. She married Noah “Boag” Mitchell December 16, 1916 in Ardmore, Carter County, Oklahoma. He was born in 1892 and died in August of 1967 in Ardmore, Carter County, Oklahoma. They were buried in the Newport Cemetery, Carter County, Oklahoma. Contributed by Jimmie Mitchell, grandson of “Lotty” Stark.

Wedding Photo of Joseph Emil Rice and Effie Cassandra Stark, November 20, 1910. Effie Cassandra Stark was the daughter of George D. Stark and Granddaughter of Samuel Hawley Stark.

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The following is a letter from Effie Stark Rice to her daughter, Gracie dated 2 October, 1946. She relates her understanding of the people of George Dougharty Stark, her father. Contributed by Gracie Cary to Mary Burns Stark. [Transcription Note: The first part of the letter wasn’t legible and the letter will start at the point where it can be read.]

 

Letter From Effie (Stark) Rice to her daughter, Gracie (Rice) Cary

Everyone else is fine & trying to get their crops gathered. We are well pleased with our home, have plenty milk, cream, butter & eggs & are planning to kill two hogs & are planning to kill a yearling. Wish you could come help me can the beef. I will write you the day we plan kill both or one and you can come down get some meat. Tell Sylvia when she learns to write to write me a letter. Know Kenneth didn’t get to drive the bus. The man that drove it last year kept the job. Say Gracie, I will write all I can think of about my father’s people (George Dougharty Stark was her father). They were Scotch Irish on his father’s side. My great granddaddy Stark owned a large plantation & lots of slaves. His home was some place not to far from Houston, Texas on the "Brazos River." (Actually, William Hawley Stark lived on the Sabine River, about 120 miles from Houston.) Daddy has told me lots of his people & home when we would be working in the timber. His mother’s surname was Direty (Dougharty) before she married. He had 3 sisters two older than him their names were Courtney, Mollie, & Carrie. (Courtney was the oldest and both Mollie and Carrie where younger. Carrie was a half-sister, daughter of Daniel Donaho Stark.) Dads father & Grandfather’s given was George so him being the only boy they give him the name George Direty Stark. (George Dougharty Stark) Call him this Middle name for his mother’s people. Mollie died when she was a young lady. Courtney married a man by the name of Lummis & her home is at Madisonville, Texas. That is where my mother (Hettie Rogenia Corder) was born & raised. Daddy met mother at his sister’s. He carried the mail horseback for several years & he would stop over at his sister’s so there where he first met mother. But never married till he was about 30 years old. Aunt Carrie married a man by the name of Low. (Samuel Warren Lowe) He is a Methodist Minister & their home is in Houston, Texas. Their oldest son name is Dan, Grandfather fought in the Civil War. He died in an Army Hospital & is buried with other soldiers at FT Smith, Arkansas. (Samuel Hawley Stark died in a Little Rock Army Hospital and is believed to have been buried in Nelson’s Cemetery near Little Rock. Place of burial is not known with certainty.) Dad said they wanted to go see him but the only way they had to go was horseback or in Ox Wagons & they couldn’t make it in time after the war. Grandmother (Julia Cassandra Dougharty) married dad’s cousin, another Stark (Daniel Donaho Stark, son of Esahl "Asa" Lafitte Stark.) & to this union 2 boys were born, Uncle Simeon & Uncle Frank. Frank lives in Ardmore and I don’t know where Sim is. I have a picture of my grandfather made before the Civil War. Also have a tin type picture of my great grandma on mother’s side. Sorry I can’t finish. Dad is ready to go to town. Bye & God Bless You All. Signed: Mother

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Mary Burns Stark Note: Last October I had the privilege to meet many of the family in the following pages. (Descendants of George D. Stark) The occasion was their 24th family reunion in less than 28 years...Many of them plan to attend our reunion this June. I found the family to be warm, close, yet friendly and happy. There is a presence of one departed but very much an influence still. Effie Cassandra (Stark) Rice was a person who received love and respect from her family and community and she still does. Born in Brownwood, Texas, but reared in Oklahoma, the daughter of a carpenter and farmer, she received no unusual training for her day. But I found she had a way with poetry that’s rare. Also, she served most of her family and community as nurse and midwife. The above letter was written at such a time... I wish to express gratitude to Mr. & Mrs. Frank Cary for their huge contribution for this Edition. (Stark Family Association of Texas Yearbook)

 

 

 

 

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wbzachetheldavis.jpg (46989 bytes)Photo of Ethel E. Davis & William "Bud" Zachary. Ethel E. Davis was the daughter of William "Tom" Davis and Mary Ellen Stark. Mary Stark was the daughter of Lewis Myles Stark and Elizabeth Ford. Lewis Stark was the son of William Hawley Stark. Ethel was born October 19, 1888 and died May 19, 1971. She married William Bennett "Bud" Zachary, Jr. July 13, 1902 in Newton County, Texas, born November 02, 1874 in Newton, Newton County, Texas and who died December 01, 1970 in Newton, Newton County, Texas. Both were buried in the Bob Herrin Cemetery in Newton County, Texas.

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Zadie_Stark_TS.jpg (72074 bytes)Adrian_Ivey_Herris_TS.jpg (66384 bytes)Zadie E. Stark was born September 08, 1888 and died January 12, 1910.5 She married Adrian Ivy Herrin son of William Herrin and Emily Wilkinson. He was born November 25, 1876 in Newton County, Texas, and died January 07, 1966. Adrian and Zadie were buried in the Bob Herrin Cemetery in Newton County, Texas.

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Following remarks by Clovis LaFleur, May 6, 2002

I visited the Bob Herrin Cemetery April 22, 2002 and found the grave sites of William Benjamin Zachary, his spouse Opel, and his mother, Zadie Stark. When facing the tombstones, Zadie is buried to the left of William and at his feet. Gladys Zachary Skinner had visited with William's spouse, Opel, before Opel died, and Opel said William was adopted by William Bennett Zachary and his spouse, Ethel Davis. Opel also told Gladys William Benjamin's mother died giving birth. Zadie's headstone records she died January 12, 1910 while William Benjamin's headstone records he was born January 12, 1910. This would seem to confirm the report William was adopted by William Bennett Zachary and Ethel Davis. William Benjamin Zachary's true ancestry line would be through Zadie E. Stark and his father, Adrian Ivy Herrin.

Ethel Davis was the daughter of William "Tom" Davis and Mary Ellen Stark. Zadie was the daughter of Lewis Napoleon "Pode" Stark and Annie Davis. William Davis and Annie Davis were brother and sister while Lewis Napoleon Stark and Mary Ellen Stark were brother and sister. Therefore, Zadie and Ethel were first cousins with the same set of grandparents, namely Lewis Myles Stark & Elizabeth Ford and Turner Moore Davis and Anna Hall. Zadie and Ethel were both born in the same year and were probably very close, especially with the close family ties shown above. I believe it would have been natural for Ethel to raise Zadie's child after she died, especially if William Bennett Zachary and Ethel Davis could not conceive a child. They had no other children.

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Will_Benjamin_Zachary_TS.jpg (37780 bytes)William Benjamin Zachary was the son of Adrian Ivy Herrin and Zadie Stark. Zadie Stark died giving birth to William. He was adopted by William Bennett Zachary, Jr. and Ethel Davis and named William Benjamin Zachary. This information was orally given to Gladys Zachary Skinner by William Benjamin's wife, Opel Lee Erwin. William was born January 12, 1910 in Newton County, Texas and died November 28, 1982 in Jasper County, Texas. He married Opel Lee Erwin. She died October 01, 1993. Both were buried in the Bob Herrin Cemetery in Newton County, Texas.

Biographical Sketch of John Adam Whitman. By Clovis LaFleur, October, 2003

John Adam Whitman was the son of Joseph "Josiah" Whitman and Margaret Ann "Peggy" Hartley. John A. Whitman married Elizabeth C. McGraw October 22, 1854 in Perry County, Alabama and they began their migration to Texas October 30th, 1854. The day after their marriage, Elizabeth obtained a letter of dismissal from the Baptist Church of Christ, Pilgrim Rest, Perry County, Alabama which said, "The Baptist Church of Christ at Pilgrim Rest, Perry County, Alabama. We hereby certify that our beloved Sister Elizabeth C. Whitman, a member of our body in full fellowship and in good standing with us and is hereby dismissed from us at heare own Request when joined to another Church of the same faith and order done by order of the Church and aforgone By this 23rd day of October 1854. Signed: S. R. Sheritt, Church Clerk." They arrived in Texas December 7, 1854. Also arriving at about the same time was John's Uncle, also named John "Adam" Whitman. [John Adam Whitman has often been confused with his Uncle, "Adam" Whitman who married Dorothy Richard. ] Joseph "Josiah" Whitman and his spouse, Margaret Hartley and the rest of their children probably made the trip with the newly weds. Joseph can be found in the 1860 census living in Dwelling #37 while their son, John, is living in Dwelling #30. Siblings of John Adam listed living with his father Joseph were; Catharine, age 24, Polly A., age 18, Margaret A., age 16, Josiah, age 22, and Henry P. age 13.

John Adam Whitman and Elizabeth McGraw had four children. Elizabeth died March 22, 1864, giving birth to her daughter, Polly E. Whitman. April 17, 1865, John A. Whitman married Mary L. Stark, the daughter of William Hawley Stark and Elizabeth Zachary and they had one daughter named Louisa M. Whitman, born July 07, 1866.

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Source: Thomas A. Wilson, "Some Early Southeast Texas Families", (Nortex Press in Austin, TX), page 86;

"John A. Whitman lived on Caney Creek. I do not know whether he was a brother or a cousin to Adam (Whitman). Billy Whitman was a son. Ed Kerr, Billie Stark, Jr., and a Garsee married three of his daughters. Uncle John's second wife was Mary Stark, and they were married April 17, 1865. John A. Whitman was a private in Company C, 11th (Spaight's) Battalion, Texas Volunteer Infantry. [Note 6 on same page: John A. Whitman was also a private in Company C, 11th (Spaight's) Battalion, along with his future brother-in-law, Dan Stark. Whitman and Mary Stark were married April 12, 1865.]"

Charles Dougharty Biographical Sketch by Clovis LaFleur October, 2003

Charles Bowman Dougharty was born February 24, 1843 in Natchez, Adams County, Mississippi. Charles Dougharty's father, George Dougharty, was born in South Carolina in 1784 and was a surveyor by profession, arriving in Texas in the 1840’s. George and his son, William Hardy Dougharty [Son born in 1819 to first wife of George Dougharty named Elizabeth Sojouner], purchased 1,500 acres from Adam Lackey Stewart September 20th, 1845.[1] On August 27th, 1847, George was present at the first meeting of the Newton County Commissioners Court serving as County Clerk and kept the minutes of the meeting. William H. Dougharty had been elected County Commissioner and was present at the same meeting. On January 11th 1847, George was "appointed to survey ascertain and mark the County line dividing the County of Newton from Jasper."[2] George married his second wife, Courtney Caraway, January 1st, 1835 in Franklin County, Mississippi. This was Courtney’s second marriage, having previously been married to David Ford in the same County and State January 30th, 1822. From this marriage she had children named; Elizabeth Ann Ford, b. 1826; Hester Ann "Hettie" Ford, b. 1832; and John Harrison Ford, b. 1825 [Was 35 in 1860 Newton County Census.] In the 1850 census for Newton County, George Dougharty was recorded with wife Courtney and had children living in the home named: Francis Bascomb Dougharty, age 20 [was son of Elizabeth Sojouner, first wife of George]; Hester Ann "Ford", age 18 [Daughter of David Ford] and listed as children of George and Courtney were Marshall Joseph Dougharty, age 15, Amanda Catherine Dougharty, age 13, Julia Cassandra Dougharty, age 11, and Charles Bowman Dougharty, age 7. Courtney died before September of 1853 and George took out a license February 20, 1854 to marry Harriet Hall, widow of Britton Hall but was killed by an ox on March 28th, 1855, leaving the younger children still living at home orphans.[3] Asa Lafitte Stark married his second wife, the above mentioned Hester Ann "Hattie" Ford March 26th, 1857 in Newton County and the 1860 census for Newton County reports Marshall Joseph Dougharty and Charles Bowman Dougharty are living in the home of Asa Lafitte Stark and his second wife, Hester Ann "Hettie" Ford, the half-sister of the Dougharty brothers. By 1860, we find the Dougharty family and Stark family have bonded together through marriage and will find the next generation families created by marriage were living in close proximity to each other in the Newton County Census of 1860. W. H. Stark was reported on page 5 of the 1860 census living in dwelling #31 and was family #31 in the census report. Living in dwelling #27 was D. L. Stark and his spouse, "A." J. H. Ford [John Harrison Ford] was living in dwelling #28 and a document dated in October of 1859 revealed he was the guardian of George Bowman Dougharty, his half-brother.[4] During the Civil War, Charles Bowman Dougharty served as a private in Company C of the 11th (Spaight's) Battalion, Texas Volunteers. After the War, he married Nancy Matilda Stark October 02, 1867 in Newton County, Texas who was the daughter of William Hawley Stark and Elizabeth Zachary. Charles Dougharty died May 11, 1880 and was buried in the George Dougharty Cemetery in Newton County, Texas.

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1)

Newton County, Texas Deed Book B, page 84 [Copy of original in file.].

2)

Commissioners Court Minutes of Newton County, 8/22/1845 to 2/18/1851, transcribed by Melba Canty, County Clerk, 1976.

3)

Wilson, Thomas A., "Some Early Southeast Texas Families", page 84; Edited by Madeline Martin, Lone Star Press - Houston

4)

Newton County, Texas Probate Book B, page 131; Dated October ?? 1859; Quote: No. 43: C. B. Dougharty Minor; Probate Court Newton County, A. D. 1859. John H. Forde Guardian of Charles B. Dougharty, most respectfully …….." The copy in my files could not be read any further except for date "?? Day of October A. D. 1859."

 

 

 

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Daniel Lafayette Stark

Daniel Lafayette Stark was the son of William Hawley Stark and his first spouse, Elizabeth Zachary. Daniel was born November 22, 1832 in Carroll Parish, Louisiana where his father owned property at the upper settlement on Bayou Macon.[1] William Hawley Stark and Elizabeth had another child born in Louisiana named Samuel Hawley Stark [Born in 1836] while the first child born in Texas was James Terry Stark in 1837 which reveals the family moved to Texas during or after the year 1836.[2] William H. Stark was elected Justice of the Peace, Sabine Beat 4, of Jasper County on February 4, 1839 and his brother, Esahl “Asa“ Lafitte Stark was elected Constable, Sabine Beat 4 on the same date indicating both were living in the Republic of Texas by early 1839 and before.[3] 

Nancy Hawley, William’s mother, married Enos Hardin after 1838 who then probably died around 1847. Nancy had most likely received a slave named Ann as part of the estate. On December 29, 1847, Nancy Hardin, a resident of Newton County, Texas, declared in a document of indenture [given over to work for], that the slave named Ann was assigned  by this binding contract to work for Nancy's grandchildren  named, “Daniel Lafayette Stark, Samuel Hawley Stark, James Terry Stark, Lewis Miles Stark, Martha Ann Stark, Mary Stark, Elizabeth McFarland Stark, children of William H. Stark and Elizabeth Stark, all of the County and State aforesaid. Witnesseth, that the said Nancy Hardin for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred dollars in hand paid by their next friends and the love and affection which she bears for her grandchildren afore named, doth by these presents…..” This document clearly reveals Daniel Lafayette was the son of William H. and Elizabeth Stark, grandson of Nancy Hardin and the "L." initial in his middle name stood for Lafayette.[4] 

In 1850, William Hawley Stark was documented in the Newton County, Texas census which was the first census taken for Texas after the Republic joined the Union. In dwelling #180, family #180 was listed Wm. H. Starks, age 41, born in New York with property valued at $500. His wife’s name was Elizabeth T., age 39, born in Louisiana. The oldest of their children reported in the census was Daniel L., age 17, born in Louisiana.

 

Amanda Katherine Dougharty

Daniel married Amanda Katherine Dougharty January 12, 1854 in Newton County.[5] She was the daughter of George Dougharty and Courtney Caraway. George Dougharty was born about 1784 in South Carolina. He arrived at Natchez, Mississippi about 1810 and married Elizabeth Sojourner there in 1811. George was a land surveyor and in 1820 was appointed the County surveyor for Adams County, Mississippi. He apparently taught Sunday School at the Methodist Church in Kingston, Mississippi. He was an ensign in the Mississippi Militia during the Creek Indian War. George and Elizabeth had 12 children and Elizabeth died about 1832. In 1834, George married a widow, Courtney Ann Carraway Ford January 1, 1835 in Franklin County, Mississippi. After George and Courtney married, they moved to Feliciana Parish, Louisiana where they had three children named Marshall Joseph, Amanda Katherine, and Julia Cassandra.[6]

Courtney had  married David Ford January 22, 1822 in Franklin County where they had four children named Elizabeth Ann, b. 1826; Francis Barcoid, b. 1828; Hester Ann "Hettie", b. 1832; John Harrison, b. 1825 [Was 35 in 1860 Newton County Census.]. David Ford died between 1832 and Jan. 1, 1835.[6]

By 1846 George and Courtney Ann were documented as residents of Newton County, Texas. When Texas was admitted to the Union of the United States in 1846, Jasper County was split with the eastern half becoming Newton County. The first County Clerk in Newton County was George Dougharty. One of his first assignments (in addition to furnishing a table and chairs for the County Court) was to mark the line between Jasper and Newton Counties.[6]

Courtney died in 1853 and George married the widow Harriet Hall. She died in 1854. In May of 1855 George (age 72 by now) and his grandson son Charles Bowmen were hauling logs on an ox cart "by Wilson Wood's place". George stopped to open a gate and was gored by one of the oxen. His 11 year old son pulled enough logs from the wagon to cover George and ran for help. George died from this injury. The inventory of his estate included (besides his surveying tools and maps) four boxes of books, including Josephus and Cicero.[6]

In the 1850 census for Newton County we find George Dougharty with wife Courtney and children named: Francis Bascomb “Ford”, age 20 [Must have been a Ford for he would have been born in 1830, five years before the marriage of Courtney Caraway Ford to George Dougharty.]; Hester Ann “Ford“, 18 [Places her birth in 1832 and makes her a Ford for the same reason.]; Marshall Joseph Dougharty, age 15, Amanda Catherine, age 13, Julia Cassandra Dougharty, age 11, and Charles Bowman Dougharty, age 7.

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1)

Submitted by Jane McManus, Oak Grove Cemetery, Hornbeck, Vernon Parish, Louisiana,

(URL Location: http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/la/vernon/cemetery/okgrunio.txt), "Electronic," Stark, D. L. - 22 Nov 1832/24 Aug 1904 Husband (Amanda Stark)

2)

Newton County, Texas 1860 Census; Page 5, Family 27, D. L. Stark, age 27, born in Louisiana; Page 5, Family 29, S. H. Stark, age 24, born in Louisiana; Page 5, Family 31, in home of W. H. Stark, age 50 is James L. Stark, age 21, born in Texas.

3)

Compiled Index to Elected and Appointed Officials of the Republic of Texas: 1835-1846, a publication of the State Archives Division of the Texas State Library in Austin. Printed 1981, Volume 1, page 295.

4)

Newton County Probate Book A, pages 255 - 256. Click her to see scanned copy of the original. Use browser "Back" button to return to this text.

5)

Some Early Southwest Texas Families, by Thomas A. Wilson, page 86, footnote #3, quote: "Daniel's wife was Amanda K. Dougharty and they were married January 9, 1854."

6)

Neal Lowe, 1996; "The Stark, Hawley, Donaho, Larimore, Dougharty, and Carraway Families." This article was written by Neal Lowe, grandson of Caroline Stark,  granddaughter of William Hawley Stark through her parents, Samuel Hawley Stark and Julia Cassandra Dougharty.

 

 

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Their Later years

The 1860 census for Newton County, Texas, reveals D. L. Stark, age 27, born in Louisiana, was the head of family #27, living in dwelling #27 with his spouse, "A.", age 22, born in Mississippi.  No children are reported for the couple. Living next door in dwelling # 28 was John Harrison Ford, Amanda's half-brother and living in dwelling #29 was Daniel's brother, Samuel Hawley Stark. Daniel's father, William Hawley Stark, was living in dwelling #31.[7] 

The Citizens of Texas voted to secede from the Union on February 23rd, 1861 and the State of Texas formally seceded from the Union on March 2, 1861 and rather than return to being an Independent Republic, joined the Confederate States of America. Many of the men from the Stark family and their extended families were recruited by Josephus Irvine and served in Company C. Josephus Somerville Irvine, born in Lawrence County, Tennessee, August 25, 1819, was a veteran of the Texas War for Independence and saw action April 21st , 1836 in the decisive “Battle of San Jacinto.” Some early Newton County Commissioners Court meetings was held at his home on Quicksand Creek before the community of Newton was selected as the site for the County Government.

In September of 1861, Captain Likens was promoted to Major and authorized to raise Likens’ Sixth Battalion of State Militia. Blair’s Cavalry became Company A, Likens’ Artillery company became Company B, commanded by K. D. Keith, Infantry Company C was recruited from Newton County and commanded by Captain Josephus S. Irvine, and Infantry Company D was recruited from Tyler County and commanded by Captain W. J. Spurlock. In June of 1862, Major Likens was promoted and authorized to raise a regiment of Texas Cavalry. Captain Spaight was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel of the newly formed 11th Texas Battalion which became known as “Spaight’s Battalion.” Daniel was among those recruited along with other men in the family. To see more about the Civil War actions of this battalion, see "

Daniel survived the Civil War and settled down to farming and the couple had their first child, William G. Stark, 

Daniel died August 24, 1904 in Hornbeck, Vernon Parish, Louisiana and was buried in the Oak Grove Cemetery. Amanda died July 30, 1916 in the same location and was also buried in the Oak Grove Cemetery.[8]

 

Direct Index to Deeds and Deeds of Trust -- Newton County, Texas

Grantors: Martha & W. H. Stark

Grantee: D. L. Stark etal

Kind of Instrument: Deed

Record: Volume Q, page 39

Date of Instrument: January 11, 1892

Date of filing: July 25, 1896

Description: Int. A. L. Stark

Grantors: A. L., D. L., L. M. Stark etal

Grantee: R. M. Campbell etal

Kind of Instrument: P/A

Record: Volume M, page 631

Date of Instrument: January 13, 1893

Date of filing: January 19, 1893

Description: 617 acres; W. H. Stark Survey

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Grantors: D. L., L. M. Stark etal

Grantee: L. B. Clark etal

Kind of Instrument: P/A

Record: Volume M, page 631

Date of Instrument: January 13, 1893 

Date of filing: January 19, 1893

Grantors: Stark, D. L. & Amanda C.

Grantee: W. H. Stark, Jr.

Kind of Instrument: Timber Deed

Record: Volume 2, page 328

Date of Instrument: January 24, 1907; 

Date of filing: September 5, 1906

Description: 100 acres, Turner Survey

Note: This deed was made after the death of Daniel in 1904. Was apparently made by his widow, Amanda.

 

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Newton County, Texas 1860 Census, Transcribed by Newton County Historical Commission, page 5. Publication prepared using National Archives Microfilm Publications Microcopy No. 653, Population Schedules of the Eighth Census of the United States -- 1860 -- Roll 1302 --TEXAS-- Volume 8 (247 - 469). 

8)

Oak Grove Cemetery (Hornbeck) - Vernon Parish, Louisiana. Directions: From US Hwy. 171 in the center of Anacoco turn east onto LA Hwy. 111 and go approximately 2.8 miles. After crossing several bridges, road curves to the right. At this bend, turn left onto Oak Grove Road. Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church and cemetery can be seen from this location. A sign over the main gate indicates the cemetery was established in 1851. Tombstone inscriptions were first copied in April 1979, and recopied by Jane P. McManus in November 1995. The two new sections were copied first as the burials were approached from the Driveway to the fence in each case. The older center section was copied last in zigzag rows, and many of the unreadable inscriptions in this area were verified from the 1979 version. Submitted by Jane McManus. Quote: "Stark, Amanda - [unreadable small concrete marker - no dates]; Stark, D. L. - 22 Nov 1832/24 Aug 1904 Husband.

 

 

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Daniel Lafayett Stark Descendant Register

Generation No. 1

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Author's Comment: Click on this phrase to go to a searchable online genealogical database entitled, "Descendants of Aaron Stark [1608-1685]. In the surname search window, enter first the surname, then comma, then given name. Clicking on "List" will take you to a list of persons in the database with that surname and given name. Look down the list for birth and death dates. When they match the person on this web site, click on the name in the list. This will take you to the data page of the person of interest. You can then navigate from that page to the ancestors or descendants of that individual.

 

1.

daniellafayettstarktb.jpg (225803 bytes)Daniel Lafayett Stark (William Hawley Stark7, Daniel R. Stark6, Asahel Stark5, Christopher Stark (Junior)4, Christopher Stark (Senior)3, William Stark (Senior)2, Aaron Stark [1608-1685]1) was born 22 NOV 1832 in Probably Ouachita Parish, Louisiana, and died 24 AUG 1904 in Hornbeck, Vernon Parish, Louisiana. He was buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Hornbeck, Vernon Parish, Louisiana. He married Amanda Catherine Dougharty 12 JAN 1854 in Newton County, Texas. She was born 20 OCT 1837 in Clinton, East Feliciano Parish, Louisiana, and died 30 JUL 1916 in Hornbeck, Vernon Parish, Louisiana. She was buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Hornbeck, Vernon Parish, Louisiana. [Photo Note: Daniel Stark Tombstone dated 9/14/2006. Stone was very old and did not photograph well, The top part looks like an open bible. The inscription read: "In Memory of my Beloved Husband D. L. Stark, Nov. 22, 1832 - Aug 24, 1904. Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God."

   

Children of Daniel Lafayett Stark and Amanda Catherine Dougharty are:
  2   i.

Rev. William G. Stark was born 20 OCT 1866 in Newton County, Texas, and died 02 FEB 1956 in Hornbeck, Vernon Parish, Louisiana. He married Texana B. Ford 13 OCT 1886 in Newton County, Texas. She was born 12 APR 1865 in Newton County, Texas, and died 08 NOV 1934 in Hornbeck, Louisiana.

+ 3   ii.

James Archibald "Archie" Stark was born 15 JAN 1869 in Leesmill, Newton County, Texas, and died 06 AUG 1934 in Bon Wier, Newton County, Texas.

  4   iii. Elizabeth Stark was born ABT 1872.

 

Generation No. 2

 

3.

James Archibald "Archie" Stark (Daniel Lafayett Stark8, William Hawley Stark7, Daniel R. Stark6, Asahel Stark5, Christopher Stark (Junior)4, Christopher Stark (Senior)3, William Stark (Senior)2, Aaron Stark [1608-1685]1) was born 13 JAN 1869 in Leesmill, Newton County, Texas, and died 06 AUG 1934 in Bon Wier, Newton County, Texas. He was buried in Ford Chapel Cemetery, Newton County, Texas. He married Eugenia Wood 04 FEB 1886 in Leesville, Verdon Parish, Louisiana. She was born 24 JAN 1872 in Perhaps Texas, and died 14 MAY 1954 in Kirbyville, Newton County, Texas. She was buried in Ford Chapel Cemetery, Newton County, Texas.

   

Children of James Archibald "Archie" Stark and Eugenia Wood are:
  5   i.

Alice Catherine Stark was born 08 JAN 1887 in Newton County, Texas, and died 21 FEB 1965 in Hornbeck, Vernon Parish, Louisiana. She married H. Wesley Owers. He was born 16 OCT 1878, and died 29 MAR 1935 in Hornbeck, Vernon Parish, Louisiana.

  6   ii.

Lola Stark was born 29 APR 1890.

+ 7   iii.

Hettie M. Stark was born 01 NOV 1891, and died 07 MAY 1974 in Newton County, Texas.

+ 8   iv.

James L. Stark was born 08 DEC 1894, and died 04 SEP 1980 in Jasper, Jasper County, Texas, at Jasper Memorial Hospital.

Beaumont Enterprise / KIRBYVILLE /Obituary

James L. Stark, 85, of Kirbyville died at 5 a.m. Thursday, September 4, 1980 at Jasper Memorial Hospital after an illness. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today at Causey's E. E. Stringer Funeral Home in Kirbyville with Masonic graveside rites in Ford Cemetery. A native of Old Salem, Texas, he had lived in the Kirbyville area most of his life and was a retired woods foreman for Kirby Lumber Co. He was also a Newton county commissioner. Survivors include his wife, Cora Williams Stark of Kirbyville; six daughters, Jimmie Lee Talley, Ina Wilma Jones and Charlene Travis, all of Kirbyville, Donna Nichols of Leesville, La., Sybil Peveto of Beaumont and Laura Gene Gall of Vidor; two sons, Chester Stark of Beaumont and Billy Jim Stark of Kirbyville; two sisters, Lola Dougharty of Lewis Chapel, Texas, and Lena Stivender of Bon Wier; three brothers, Bunyon Stark of Houston, Dwight Stark and Babe Stark, both of Lewis Chapel; 30 grandchildren; and 33 great-grandchildren.

  9   v.

George Stark was born 14 JUN 1895.

  10   vi.

edwardcstarktb.jpg (127838 bytes)marthamaestarktb.jpg (121394 bytes)Edward C. "Edd" Stark was born 24 MAR 1898 and died September 29, 1969 in Newton County, Texas. He married Mirtha Mae Owers, born December 9, 1901, died April 15, 1984.  Both are buried in the Ford Chapel Cemetery, Newton County, Texas. Mirtha was the twin sister of Bertha Owers who married Edward's brother, Clifton. Tombstone photos contributed by Edith Blankenship 3/12/2008.

  11   vii.

Bunyon "Bun" Stark was born 23 OCT 1899 in Newton County, Texas, and died 1985 in Newton County, Texas.

  12   viii.

Lener "Lena" Stark was born 24 DEC 1900.

  13   ix.

cliftonlstarktb.jpg (128278 bytes)berthaowersstarktb.jpg (131466 bytes)Clifton L. Stark was born 20 MAY 1902 and died July 6, 1967 in Newton County, Texas. He married Bertha Owers, born December 9, 1901, died April 12, 1988. Both are buried in the Ford Chapel Cemetery, Newton County, Texas. Bertha was the twin sister of Mirtha Owers who married Clifton's brother, Edward.

+ 14   x.

Lennia "Lennie" Stark was born 04 JAN 1904.

  15   xi.

Lenoard Stark was born 23 JUL 1905.

+ 16   xii.

Dwight Lee Stark was born 08 MAY 1907, and died 28 MAY 1989.

+ 17   xiii.

Bertie Wood "Babe" Stark was born 25 DEC 1908.

  18   xiv.

Hazel Stark was born 25 OCT 1913.

 

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