John Schull Stark (1817 - 1874)

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Birthplace: Wayne Co., IN
Death: Died in Coyote Valley, Lake Co., CA
Cause of death: heart attack while pitching hay
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About John Schull Stark

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A son-in-law of Matthew D. Ritchie, Stark single-handedly rescued members of the Breen, Graves, and Jacob Donner families from Starved Camp. He was a large, strong man who weighed 220 pounds. John Breen wrote,

   To his great bodily strength, and unexcelled courage, myself and others owe our lives. There was probably no other man in California at that time, who had the intelligence, determination, and what was absolutely necessary in that emergency, the immense physical powers of John Stark. He was as strong as two ordinary men. On his broad shoulders, he carried the provisions, most of the blankets, and most of the time some of the weaker children. In regard to this, he would laughingly say that he could carry them all, if there was room on his back, because they were so light from starvation.
      According to H. H. Bancroft, Stark was county judge of Napa Co. 1850-51; a member of the legislature in 1851 and 1855-56; 1851-68 lived near Calistoga; lived in or near Guenoc, Lake Co., from 1868 till his death.
      McGlashan adds that Stark was sheriff of Napa Co. for six years and that he died instantaneously of a heart attack while pitching hay from a wagon. John and Mary Jane Stark had 11 children, six of whom were alive in 1879. 
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John S. Stark, 3rd Relief Party's Timeline

1817
1817
Wayne Co., IN
1840
1840
Age 23
1847
1847
Age 30
1851
1851
Age 34
1854
1854
Age 37
1857
1857
Age 40
1861
1861
Age 44
1866
1866
Age 49
1874
1874
Age 57
Coyote Valley, Lake Co., CA