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1907 Stark Family Association Yearbook
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Table of Contents
|The Stark Family
||7 thru 13
|Sabbath Evening Reflections
|Officers Elected for Coming
|Portrait S. Judson
|Sketch of S. Judson
||17 thru 19
|Portrait James Laurence
|Sketch of James Laurence
||21 & 22
|Sketch & Portrait of Nathan
||23 thru 26
|Sketch & Portrait of Mary
Graves (Stark) Clark........
||27 thru 29
Editor's Comment: Copy
transcribed did not have the Names of members nor those who attended the
H. Geer, Yantic, Conn. R. F. D. 1.
S. Jewett, North Lyme, Conn.
E. Ackley, Chester, Conn.
Katie F. Jewett, North Lyme, Conn.
Hattie Stark Ackley
Stark Family Association
twelfth annual reunion of the Stark Family association was held
at the Golden Spur Inn, at the head of the Niantic river, East
Lyme, Conn., Wednesday, August 22, 1907.
were Forty-five members and friends in attendance.
day was beautiful and the location ideal. Here we laid aside the
cares and thoughts of our hurried lives and lost ourselves in
the beauty of sky and forest and river and the pleasure of
were especially pleased to have with us Miss Mary E. Stark
Graves and Mrs. Nathan F. Graves of Westmoreland, N. Y.
shore dinner was served at the noon hour.
business meeting was called in the afternoon at 2 o'clock.
the President's words of Welcome, the report of the Secretary
was read and accepted.
in treasury Aug. 21, 1906..... $3.29
from membership fees........ 30.00
for 3 half-tone cuts............. 6.00
and stationary .................. $5.69
for 3 half-tone cuts and express. 6.35
the reading of the Treasurer's report, the statement of $12.75
deficit in the treasury, with suggestion of voluntary
contribution to erase the same, was quickly responded to, and
soon there was a balance of $1.75 with which to begin the coming
our little of the Nutmeg, and among the many organizations that
permeate our present day civilization, the Stark Family
Association has its being, and is composed of over three-score
members, who hold as their greatest heritage three centuries of American
ancestry. The truth of Shakespeare's immortal saying, "One
touch of nature makes the whole world kin," has been
demonstrated in times of great national joy and sorrow, but with
us it is a kinship of blood, and we feel a peculiar interest in
all members of this Association. The history of the descent of a
family is in a measure as interesting as that of a nation, and
while "Simple Faith" is more highly esteemed by
mankind than "Norman blood," we have good reason to
look with pride to our Family Tree. As an association we were
extremely fortunate in that we had waiting for us the
information in regard to origin of name, coat-of-arms and a
great amount of history. What many families spend a life-time to
obtain. Brave deeds of brave men is as good a family motto as
one derive, and we must justify our right to that heritage by
cultivating and preserving the qualities that made our grandfathers
grandmothers of Ye Olden time great and useful in their day and
have not been able to obtain further information in regard to
the Stark Family in Europe, and think it will require the
services of a professional genealogist to do so. An
International Genealogical Directory has recently been published
by Charles A. Bernan of "Pendeen," Bowes Road, Walton
on Thames, and is a valuable work, which the Association would
do well to purchase. Gilbert M. Stark, a well known lawyer of
Saginaw, Mich., writes that he has been interested in the
genealogy of his family for some time, and has made such
investigation as his time permitted, his descent is from Aaron
of Groton, as follows: Aaron1, William2,
William3, Zephaniah4, David5,
Henry Mead6, George R.7, and himself.
Henry Meade Stark was born in Pittsford, Vt., in 1793. David
Stark was born in Lebanon, Conn., in 1762. Zephaniah Stark was
married in Lebanon, Conn. 1757, to Hannah Edgerton, daughter of
Joseph and Eunice Edgerton. He understands that William, granson
of Aaron, was married twice, first to Experience Lamb, and
second to Jane,
and Zephaniah was a son by second
marriage.* He desires information in regard to matters connected
with genealogy back of Zephaniah. Mr. Stark Married Miss Helen
Little, a descendant of Thomas Little, who was born in
Devonshire, England, and came to
Comment: To date, no proof of a second marriage of William
Stark (Junior) has been found. The above marriage of Zephaniah
is well known, but his parentage has been
in 1630. They have three children, Gilbert, Helen, and Pamela
Graves Allen, formerly of Honolulu, but now President and
Manager of the Palo Alto Hardware Co., California, has long
anticipated a visit to this State to meet his relatives here.
However, he is with us in spirit and wishes his name and that of
Mrs. Allen kept on the role. He trusts the reunions may continue
indefinitely and that health and prosperity may attend the
members of this Association. Mr. Allen has two grown sons, the
youngest, W. B. Allen, is married and has two children.
Lucette Stark Boynton of Sycamore, Ill., writes that she is
interested in all of the name of Stark. and also interested in Daughters
of the American Revolution, and is Regent of the Chapter which
is named Gen. John Stark.
Dwight Avery, who has been a member of this Association for
several years, died at his home in Norwichtown, Conn., Feb. 8,
1907, after an illness of only four days. he was the son of
Capt. John Avery and Abigail Williams, the former being in
active service in war of 1812. Mr. Avery was born in Griswold,
and educated at the Plainfield Academy. March 24, 1858, he
married Harriet C. Stark*, daughter Lathrop Stark and Fannie
Saxton, who survives him and is also a member of this
Association. Their are three children, Mrs. Frank A. Fuller,
Avery, and Frank Stark Avery. When 22 years of age he united
with the church in Pachang, and later with the Congregational
church in Norwichtown, and has always been a consistent and
faithful worker. He was a direct descendant of Christopher
Avery, and his forefathers figured prominently in the
Louis Frazier's death leaves another empty chair, and the
Association sincerely mourns her loss.
Estelle Hathaway* was born in Lyme, Sept. 3, 1869, and died in
Wethersfield, April 12, 1907. She leaves two sons by a former
marriage, Jewett and Harry Rawson, to whom, together with her
husband and mother, Mrs. B. A. Rathbun, we extend our heartfelt sympathy.
Mrs. Hathaway was the granddaughter of Lucretia R. Stark*, who
married Nathan Jewett.
E. Stark**, widow of Edwin Gardner, died January 3, 1907. Mrs.
Gardner was the daughter of Abel Stark and Susan Tracy, and was
born in Mt. Pleasant, Penn., Sept. 16, 1820. When a young lady
she came to Norwich and was married to Edwin B. Gardner of
Bozrah, April 16, 1848. with the exception of a few years spent
in Colchester, all of their married life was passed in
Greenville. Mrs. Gardner was a member of the First Baptist
Church, Norwich, where as long as her health permitted she was
prominent in church activities. She took great delight in
Comment: Stark Lineage: Estelle (Rathbun) Hathaway [Elizabeth
(Jewett) Rathbun7, Lucretia (Stark) Jewett6,
Nathan Stark5, Nathan4, Abiel3,
Comment: Stark Lineage: Emily (Stark) Gardiner [ Abel Stark6,
Nathan5, Nathan4, Abiel3, Aaron2,
good, and her life was an exemplary one. She was deeply
interested in her home and family and was a kind and sympathetic
neighbor and friend. In death a good woman has passed away, but
her memory will linger, where her many kind deeds have made
their everlasting impression. Mrs. Gardner is survived by five
children, also a sister in Wisconsin.
Graham Faris was born Nov. 4, 1829, near Wheeling, W. Va., and
died at the home of his son, Walter T. Faris, in Perry,
Oklahoma, Jan. 27, 1907. His early life was spent on a farm, and
at the age of 19, her entered Washington College, Pennsylvania,
and graduated there at the age of 24. Shortly after his father
died, and in 1856, together with his mother and family, they
removed to Henry, Marshall County, Ill. On Aug. 27, 1862, he
enlisted as Sergeant in Co. B, 86th Illinois Infantry, and was honorably
discharged in June, 1865, having taken part in the various
engagements of Perryville, Chickamauga, Lookout Mountain and the
going with Gen. Sherman's Army on its march to the sea, and up
through the Carolinas, and was in the grand review at the close
of the war in Washington, D. C. He was married at Fairfax, Vt.,
Aug. 22, 1867, to Miss Anna T. Paris*, a granddaughter of Capt.
John Stark. To this union were born six children, Walter T.,
Villeroy, Edwin and John, who reside in Oklahoma; Mrs. Ethel
Faris Trullinger of Liberty township and
Comment: This was Mrs. Anna T. Faris and she was the
great-granddaughter of Capt John Stark. This page was corrected
in the 1908 yearbook by Mrs. Faris in a letter to the Historian.
who died in childhood. In the spring of 1876, Mr. Faris moved
from Illinois to Iowa. At an early age he united with the
Presbyterian church and always took an active part in its
maintenance and lived a consistent Christian life.
Charles Stark has presented the Association with a Stark Bible.
On the fly-leaf is written: "This book bot in N. Y. by me.
Sept. 13, 1873. William H. Stark."
contains births, marriages and deaths of the family of Nathan
Stark, who married first Rebecca Palmer and second Luranna Lee.
The above Nathan was the son of Nathan Stark and Ann Fitch. Mr.
Charles Stark has a handsome old chair which belongs to the
Fitch family, and is upwards of 250 years old. In connection
with historical research and the publication of our genealogy,
it would seem that one important object of this Association
should be to collect and preserve any documents, relics and
records relating to our family. The Bible already presented is
an excellent nucleus for such a collection and thanks are
extended to the donor for the same. Copies of 1905 and 1906
Annual Reports have been presented to the following societies:
New York Public Library; New England Historical and Genealogical
Society, Boston; Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford; State
Library of Massachusetts, Boston; State Historical Society
Wisconsin, Madison, and grateful acknowledgement received from
seem to think that all of the great things are the creation of
the living and pay little heed to what has been accomplished in
the past, and yet we know that 1907 is an anniversary year of
many important events. Four years ago our country received the
name by which we know it now. Three hundred years ago the first
settlement was made at Jamestown. One hundred years ago the
first steamboat went up the Hudson river, events, the
significance of which it is impossible to conceive, but we do
realize that as the great triumphs of the day are developments
of what has been accomplished in the past, so are we dependent
for the comforts and blessings we enjoy on the lives of Noble
men and women who have lived before us. May we honor our fathers
and mothers, our grandfathers and grandmothers, even from
generations to generation, that our days may be long upon the
land which the Lord, our God, hath given us.
followed by Mr. Charles R. Stark, in which he related incidents
in the life of Gen. John Stark, showing his fearlessness and
intrepidity in youth, his intimate relations to Washington and
his love for his country. Mr. Stark read a brief sketch
the life of Albert Gallatin Stark and the following poem:
more bright Sabbath, Lord,
hast vouchsafed us here;
more we've listened to Thy word.
more we've bowed in prayer.
this wild waste of Life,
Sin and sorrow grow,
Wrong and Wretchedness and Strife
Evil Passions blow:
bright oasis shines
the Sahara gloom;
which grow Celestial vines
Heaven's exotics bloom.
the Lord's holy day,
fertile and so green;
gemmed with flowers of purest ray
more than pearly sheen.
like the fields above,
Seraphs guard and tend;
the blest plants of joy and love
Lord, my soul would fain
beyond the sky;
break this worthless, mortal chain
soar on high.
Sunday evening, Dec. 6, 1846.
elected for the coming year:
J. STARK, North
H. GEER, Yantic, R.
F. D. I.
R. STARK, 41 Chapin
Ave., Prov. R. I.
S. JEWETT, North
R. STARK, Prov., R.
back his line of ancestry in the Stark name, S. Judson Stark of
West Pittston, Penn., finds himself seventh in descent from Aaron
Stark of New London, Conn., who, in the early days of the New
England Colonist, had his place among those rugged and brave men
who endured the privations and struggles incident to pioneer
life, and who, with his sturdy companions, bore an active part
in the bloody Indian wars of his day, having fought both in the
Pequot war of 1637 and King Philip's war of 1675*.
grandson, Christopher Starke, who was the son of
"Deacon" William Starke, moved from Groton, Conn.,
subsequent to 1754 and located at Oblong, Dutchess County, N. Y.
Having in the meantime bought a share in the Susquehanna
Purchase, in the spring of 1772, with his three sons, he came
into the Wyoming Valley, to enter upon his possessions, where he
located at Wilkes-Barre. Thus he became the founder of the Pennsylvania
branch of the Stark family and his grave is with us to this day.
During the perilous days of the Revolutionary period this family
paid its tribute in Service, suffering and blood to the defense
of home and country. Both Christopher and his son, James, died
before the dreadful Massacre of
He may have served in King Phillip's War. See the article entitled, "Did Aaron Stark [1606-1685] Receive a Voluntown Land Grant for Service in King Phillip's War???
on July 3, 1778*: the father dying of old age and the son,
enlisting in one of the Independent Companies that was sent to
the front, fell a victim to small-pox. Upon that fatal day
another son fell under the cruel tomahawk and a grandson
escaped, wounded, from the field.
the son of James above mentioned, then but seven years of age,
was taken by his widowed mother back to her people in Dutchess
County, where he grew up and was married, and by his son,
Samuel, the subject of our sketch
"S. Judson Stark"
found parentage, being born in
Tunkhannock, Wyoming County, Penn., in the year 1850. Aside from
his ancestry of the name he draws his ancestral blood from old
and well-known New England pioneer stock, such as the Marcys,
the Conants, the Careys, the Hardings, the Gardners, the
Baldwins, the Walworths, and the Birdsalls. His wife, Eva W.
(Keeney), is also of old Connecticut stock, which had its full
representative share in Indiana and Revolutionary wars.
Stark obtained his early education from the schools of his
native place, followed by three years at Wyoming Seminary,
Kingston, Penn. He is also an alumnus, but not a graduate, of
Dickinson College, Carlisle, Penn., class of 1873, his
educational career being finished with a commercial college course
in Philadelphia, Penn. entering upon his active business career,
he has followed the drug business, the furniture
HERE for more
on the Wyoming Valley Massacre.
and that of general merchandise and was also Treasurer and
General Manager of the Tunkhannock Toy Co. until the plant was
destroyed by fire in 1896, and President of the Tunkhannock
Bridge Company for upwards of ten years, when Wyoming County
purchased the property. Not given to politics, yet he has served
for considerable periods on Town Council and School Boards. As a
member of the Methodist Epicopal church he has served many years
as steward, trustee, Sunday school superintendent, etc.
Masonically he has received all the degrees but the 33:1, and
from the blue Lodge to the Commandry he has filled the chairs
and conferred the degrees. There are two children only in the
family, a son, Samuel G., connected with the International
Correspondence Schools of Scranton, Penn., for seven years, and
a daughter, Elizabeth, at home.
his native place some years since to become a resident of the
beautiful and historic Wyoming Valley, he located at West
Pittston, Penn., where he is now engaged in looking after coal
interests, the handling of real estate and acting as
Secretary-Treasurer of the Stark Land Company of Pittston, Penn.
S. J. Stark Lineage: Aaron1, William2,
Christopher3, James4, Samuel5,
Samuel6, S. Judson Stark7.
Laurence Raymond, son of Oliver Raymond and Mary (Comstock)
Raymond, was born April 11, 1828, in Lyme, Conn., and there in
the district schools received his preliminary education;
completing his studies in the academy in Essex and in Haddam.
life has been passed on the old family home, and he has become,
through his own efforts, one of the largest landowners in the
country. His extensive dealing in live stock has given him a
wide acquaintance, and caused him to become one of the best
known men in his line in Eastern Connecticut.
Raymond is a Republican. He has served two terms as a
representative in the State Legislature and also as State
Senator. In 1902 he was a member of the Constitutional
Convention. He is a Congregationalist, and both he an his wife
belong to the Hamburg Congregational Church.
four children were;
Carrie Lee, born Sept. 3, 1861, married Feb. 12, 1889, Edward
lyman Bill, publisher of Music Trade Review, by whom she has
three children, Hester
born Jan. 28, 1893: James Raymond, born Sept. 23, 1895, and
Winthrop Wight, Born May 4, 1897.
Mary Comstock, born July 27, 1863, married Oct. 23, 1883,
Frederick Stark Fosdick, farmer and cattle dealer. They have no
Hester Laurence, born March 22, 1868, married July 3, 1893,
Prof. Edward Burr Van Vleck of Wisconsin State University, and
has one child, John Hasbrouck, born March 13, 1899.
James Laurence, Jr., was born July 18, 1874, united in marriage
with Edith May Anderson, Dec. 21, 1895, is a farmer and lives on
the David Hillhouse homestead, located on "Raymond
Hill," named for his ancestors. the one child of their
union, James Laurence, born Feb. 20, 1901, died April 20, 1901.
Laurence Raymond, descendant of Aaron Stark1, Aaron2,
Abial3, Nathan4, Anna Stark5
(married Nathaniel Comstock), Mary Comstock6 (married
Oliver Raymond), James Laurence Raymond7.
Nathan Fitch Graves was the son of Benjamin Graves and Mary
Stark. He was born February 17, 1813, in Oneida County, N. Y.,
whence his father migrated from Connecticut.
father was a successful farmer and gave his children, after
their common school education, as thorough a training as the
academis of the country afforded. Nathan was an apt and forward
scholar, and at the age of sixteen was competent to teach
others. Desirous of further knowledge he passed several years
alternating between teaching and study. Choosing law for a
profession he was admitted to the bar in 1840. Here he made a
favorable commencement in his legal career. In 1844 he removed
to Central, N. Y., and was in legal partnership for fifteen
years, though in the meantime Mr. Graves entered upon the
financial career which drew upon the most valuable portion of
his time. The Barnet Bank was organized in 1852 and Mr. Graves
became its President. Afterward this became The Fourth National
Bank. In 1872 the national charter was relinquished and the
institution has since been known as the N. Y. State Banking
Company. During all these changes Mr. Graves continued to guide
its fortunes, and it maintained
character as a safe, prosperous and well-managed
Graves felt that after so long and ardous a business course he
needed relaxation for his health, and in 1872 he visited, in the
company with his wife, the Pacific Coast, and made a tour of the
world, contributing valuable articles to the press. On returning
from his travels in 1874, Mr. Graves was made Mayor of Syracuse.
He had always been public spirited and took much interest in
educational matters, and for several year was School
Commissioner and President of the Board of Education.
Graves was an intelligent writer, and possessed one of the best
private libraries in the State, comprising more than 10,000
volumes collected by himself, embracing many rare and costly
works. His library was frequently visited by scholars from
distant points who wished to avail themselves of its treasures.
he sustained a lectureship on missions at New Brunswick and also
at the University of Syracuse. Mr. Graves was also a liberal
patron of the fine arts.
paid for the erection of a fire-proof library building at Hope
College, Michigan, and gave that institution his entire library.
He received the degree of LL.D. in 1894.
advanced in years, Mr. Graves continued to act as President of
the N. Y. State Banking Co. to the time of his death. For many
years he was trustee of the Syracuse Savings Bank and also one
of the trustees of the State Asylum for Feeble-Minded Children.
Graves was twice married, his first wife being Miss Helen Breese
of Cazenivia, who died in 1844. In the following year Mr. Graves
married Miss Catherine H. Breese, a sister of the first wife.
They had no children. Mr. Graves died in July, 1896.
of Stark descent: Aaron1, Aaron2, Abial3,
Nathan4, Mary Stark5 (married Benjamin
Graves), Nathan Fitch Graves6.*
Comment: The Charles R. Stark 1927 publication, "The
Aaron Stark Family, Seven Generations," reports Mary Stark who
married Benjamin Graves was a granddaughter of Nathan Stark4
and daughter of Abial Stark, son of Nathan. The lineage
would be corrected as follows:
of Stark descent: Aaron1, Aaron2, Abial3,
Nathan4, Abial5, Mary Stark6
(married Benjamin Graves), Nathan Fitch Graves7.
Graves (Stark) Clark
Graves Stark, the youngest daughter of Abial Stark and Mary
Griffing, was born Sept. 29, 1834, at Hadlyme, Conn., and was
named for her paternal grandmother.
the third year of her age, the family removed to North Lyme,
Conn., which was her home until the time of her marriage. Here
she grew up in close touch with nature, useful in the community,
taking an active place in choir and Sunday school, a friend to
the sick and suffering, and always full of courage and cheer.
education was gained in her home and in schools in Norwich and
New London. She began as teacher in the public schools at the
age of nineteen. The following year she spent at the State
Normal School at New Britain,
which had opened the year previous )1850). She continued her
work as teacher for eight successive years.
26th of February, 1860, she married Jonathan S. Clark of
Niantic, Conn., a man of genial temperament, business ability
and sterling character. His death occurred March 21, 1885, in
Colchester. Their children are:
Clark, married Mary Sheffield Lee, daughter,
Graves (Stark) Clark
Lee Clark; Dr. Homer Clark, married Marian Clark Austin, sons,
Hale Austin Clark and Homer Clark, Jr., married second
Charlotte; Mary Fanny Clark, Secretary Stark Family Association,
1907-8; Theron Clark, married first Francis Berdina Bell, second
Annie L. S. Cocks.
home is now in Colchester, Conn., where she enjoys the peace and
quite of a well-spent life. She is much interested in
genealogical research and relates with vivid interest the family
history of her time, and much that is traditional with locations
of the homes of the older families.
of descent: Aaron1, Aaron2, Abial3,
Nathan4; Abial5, Abial6, Mary
Graves (Stark) Clark7.
work presented is from the Stark Family Association yearbooks published
from 1903 to 1952. The use of any
material on these pages by others should give credit to the named
contributors to the yearbooks.
are some errors in the material presented. Where appropriate,
Clovis LaFleur will offer Editorial comment and correction. You are responsible
for the validation of all data and sources reported and should not presume the material presented
is correct or complete.