Elizabeth Starr (Rossiter- adopted Gilbert) (1644 - 1677) MP

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Birthplace: Taunton, (Present Bristol County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
Death: Died
Managed by: Michael Reid Delahunt, art teacher & lexicographer
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About Elizabeth Starr (Rossiter- adopted Gilbert)

See her mother's About Me for the discussion of her parentage and whether she was adopted or not. If she was born in 1644 then she is the daughter of Thomas Gilbert since he married Joan Combe Rossiter in 1639/40.

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I believe that Jane Rossiter was the widow of Hugh, and that Hugh died in 1638 or 1639, leaving her with an infant daughter Elizabeth. She was also Hugh’s first cousin. She was the daughter of Winifred Gilbert, and the stepdaughter of John Gilbert. She was stepsister of her second husband, Thomas Gilbert. Her maiden name was Joan Combe.

As for Elizabeth of the illegible surname, it should be pointed out that the illegibility must be blamed on the clerk who at an uncertain date transcribed the will into the Plymouth records. The will itself has perished. Instead of burdening Winifred with an unaccountable Pester relative (Pester is fully as logical a reading as Peaslee**) can we not assume that the clerk slipped, and that the word written by John was something like Roseter or Rocester? If so, the conjecture is just about set up. Winifred was a Rossiter herself, but the only way she could have had a Rossiter grandchild would be by marrying a daughter to a Rossiter. We have an available daughter in Joan (Jane is a mere variant), and an available Rossiter in Hugh. What more do we need?

What became of young Elizabeth? I think I know that, too. She makes one more brief appearance, in the Thomas Gilbert inventory.*** She is referred to as “the daughter of Mr. Thomas Gilbert”, and perhaps she was, by adoption. Anyway, she did not share in the estate. She had married Thomas Starr, Jr. and died before 1677.

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Elizabeth Starr's Timeline

1576
April 8, 1576
Yardley, Worchester, Eng
1644
1644
Taunton, (Present Bristol County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
1665
1665
Age 21
Massachusetts, United States
1677
1677
Age 33
1683
1683
Age 33
Of Taunton, Bristol, Ma
1686
1686
Age 33
Of Taunton, Bristol, Ma
1689
1689
Age 33
Of Taunton, Bristol, Ma
1691
1691
Age 33
Of Taunton, Bristol, Ma
1693
1693
Age 33
Of Taunton, Bristol, Ma
1949
April 20, 1949
Age 33