John Caran Starr
|Death:||Died in Oldcastle, Meath, County Meath, Ireland|
|Occupation:||English Civil War Veteran, Captain|
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About Captain John Cannan Starr
John Starr served in the Parliamentary Army as an infantry Captain during the English Civil War around 1649, when Oliver Cromwell conquered Ireland. After the war he settled in Ulster and is the progenitor of the Starrs in Chester County, Pennsylvania. His son John had nine children, including six sons, five of whom immigrated to Pennsylvania in the early 1700's: James and Isaac in 1712, John, Jeremiah, and Moses in 1717.
The Starrs were Quakers, and they were attracted by the promise of religious freedom in William Penn's new colony of Pennsylvania, obtained by a grant from King Charles II in 1681. From these beginnings are descended one of the large families of Starrs in America today.
Resided at Old Castle, County Heath, Ireland
My father and aunt visited the Chester County PA historical society Friday and unearthed a file of records about the Starr family history going waaaay back. I believe these records were set down on paper by one of our forward thinking ancestors in the early 1700s. My dad said this paper was crumbling.
I'll try to relay this chronologically. First, there was John Starr the First. Or, for simplicity's sake John Starr I. Probably born between 1485 and 1500. He lived in the very small town of Beer, which is about one mile south of Seaton, in Devonshire, England. Beer (or Beere as it was spelled at the time) is described today as a small fishing village, once a harbor for pirates.
His eldest son, John Starr II, purchased "The Manor of Beere" in the year 1550. If we suppose he was between 20 and 40 when he bought it, we have an estimated birth date of between 1510 to 1530.
Next, came John Starr III, who obtained a share of the manor estate. John III had several sons, one of whom was named William Starr.
William Starr's 5th son was named John Starr IV and he died in 1646, buried in the Parish Church of Beere. John Starr IV's son was Captain John Cannan Starr with whom we were already familiar.
Before the weekend is out, I plan to attach this new information to my webpage along with a downloaded map of Beere. If you'd like to check it out: http://www.angelfire.com/pa/cyberstarr/index.html
There were some other tidbits that may be of interest. Captain John Cannan's son John did journey to America, but returned to Ireland and died there. As we know, most of his children seem to have emigrated to this area of Pennsylvania, USA where I live now.
I also have many birth, marriage, and death dates of Starrs mostly between 1715 and 1850. If you have anything you'd like confirmed, let me kn ow and I'll look it up. I will also update my GEDCOM file and make it available to anyone who wants it.
Finally, there exists a book: "Starr: The Quakers From Ireland." I don 't know about you, but it sounds like they're talking about US! It was published years ago by a nice lady in Indiana. My dad called her and said she sounded pretty old. There were only 100 copies of the book made YEARS ago, and we can't order any more from her. But, it is apparently on microfilm through the Church of the LDS, and I plan to track it down and copy every page! Hmm. at 50 cents a page, I hope it isn't too thick.
Well, it's been a big day. Hope you all find this interesting. I'm gonna get us tracked back to Adam if it kills me!
Victor J. Starr
In 1649, Captain John Starr accompanied the forces of William of Orange in to Ireland to put down Catholic revolts there. The subjugation of the Irish was bloody and complete. Many ranking officers like Captain Starr were given land grants in Ireland and settled there. Captain Starr settled in county Meath around the town of Oldcastle, and became a Quaker. He married an English woman named Mary, and their son John also married in Old castle to a Mary Thompson in 1673 and produced 9 children (six sons and three daughters). Four of these sons emigrated to America between 1712 and 1717. James was first and was among the earliest settlers of Phoenixville, PA, which today has a street named "Starr Rd." in the middle of town. The other brothers all settled nearby in Chester County, Berks County, and Wilmington, DE.. They were all Quakers and can be found in the records from many of the oldest meeting houses in the region.