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James Starkweather

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Birthplace: Preston, New London, CT, USA
Death: Died in Romeo, Macomb, MI, USA
Place of Burial: Romeo Cemetery , Romeo, Macomb, Michigan, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Belcher Starkweather and Mary Starkweather
Husband of Adeline Starkweather and Roxanna Starkweather
Father of Ralph Starkweather; James Starkweather; Edwin Starkweather; George F. Starkweather; Margaret Brabb and 5 others
Brother of Woodbury Starkweather; Mehitable Morgan; Thomas Starkweather; Mary (Polly) Standish; Leonard Starkweather and 6 others

Managed by: Alice Zoe Marie Knapp
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About James Starkweather

James Starkweather remained at his westward several home in Preston, Conn., till eighteen years of age, worked on the farm and went to school three months in the year. He had acquired a partial knowledge of sur- veying under a mathematician ; he also had access to a treatise of navigation which was afterwards of practical value to him.

On 19 Jan., 1819, his mother died and after the funeral he started out in the world with all his belongings tied in a bundle on his back. He traveled hundred miles on foot. He first worked on a farm for ten dollars per month, then taught school for two years ; he then went further west and at Buffalo, N. Y., he embarked on the only steamer on the lake, for Detroit, Mich., and afterwards traveled for weeks through this state. Finally he settled near Romeo, where he secured 160 acres of government land, which left him little ready money to buy his supplies. He built a log house and then had the fever and ague, from which his recovery was slow. He was discouraged and sold his land. It was now June, 1825 and July 4 he reached Trumbley's mountains and decided to locate in that vicinity ; he took up a homestead which he kept until his death. He was said to be naturally stern and unyielding. On 12 Feb., 1839, he awoke with God's peace in his heart and joined the Methodist Episcopal church and he and his wives were ever faithful members. He was second lieutenant, first lieutenant and finally captain of the Michigan territorial and state militia.

Source: A brief genealogical history of Robert Starkweather of Roxbury and Ipswich, Massachusetts. by Carlton Lee Starkweather. Published 1904 by Press of Knapp, Peck & Thomson in Auburn, NY, page 157-158.

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James Starkweather's Timeline

1801
October 25, 1801
Preston, New London, CT, USA
1828
June 12, 1828
Age 26
Romeo, Macomb, MI, USA
1830
June 8, 1830
Age 28
1833
June 5, 1833
Age 31
1835
May 21, 1835
Age 33
Bruce, Macomb, MI, USA
1839
May 2, 1839
Age 37
Romeo, Macomb, MI, USA
1841
March 23, 1841
Age 39
Romeo, Macomb, Michigan, United States
1843
March 5, 1843
Age 41
Romeo, Macomb, Michigan, United States
1844
October 4, 1844
Age 42
Romeo, Macomb, Michigan, United States
1847
February 8, 1847
Age 45
Romeo, Macomb, Michigan, United States