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Catherine Starbuck (Reynolds)

Also Known As: "Katherine Reynolds", "Eunice"
Birthplace: Wales
Death: Died in Nantucket, Nantucket County, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Catherine Reynolds' father and Catherine Reynolds' mother
Wife of Edward Starbuck, Jr.
Mother of William Starbuck; Sarah Varney; Nathaniel Starbuck, Sr.; Dorcas Gayer; Abigail Coffin (Starbuck) and 11 others

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About Catherine Starbuck

b. 1609/10 Wales prob. d. 1678/85 of Nantucket, Nantucket, MA Religion: "Anabaptist"

The children of Edward and Katherine (Reynolds) Starbuck:

1. Nathaniel b. 1635, d. 6 Aug 1719; m. 1662 Mary Coffin, daughter of Tristram and Dionis (Stevens) Coffin, b. 20 Feb 1645.

2. Sarah m1) 1668 William Storey; 2) 1684 Joseph Austin; 3) Humphrey Varney as his second wife

3. Dorcas d. Oct 1696; m. William Gayer

4. Abigail m. Peter Coffin, son of Tristram and Dionis Stevens) Coffin, b. 1631

5. Esther m. Humphrey Varney as his first wife

6. Jethro b. 1651, d. 27 May 1663, run over by a cart

7. Shuah d. bef. 1685; m1) by 1661 Ensign James Heard; 2) 1676-77 Richard Otis as his second wife (Shuah is named only by Noyes, Libbey and Davis; other sources do not name her as a child of Edward)



Edward Starbuck and his wife Katherine came to New England about 1635, and settled in Dover, NH. Although there is no documented evidence to date, Edward's wife is traditionally known as Katherine Reynolds. As early as 1862, James Savage, in A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, wrote that Edward Starbuck "m. Eunice or Catherine Reynolds, said to be from Wales." Early Settlers of Nantucket, compiled by Lydia S. Hinchman and published is 1901, states that Edward's wife was "Katharine (Reynolds), of Wales." A footnote states "Some authorities give Eunice." George Edward McConnell and David Ross McConnell, in Our Family's Starbuck Ancestry, published 1963, state "his wife, Katherine Reynolds, daughter of Robert, is thought to have been Welch." This Reynolds connection was also acknowledged in the Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire, by Sybil Noyes, Charles Thornton Libbey and Walter Goodwin Davis in 1939. They stated that "his wife Katherine is repeatedly called Katherine Reynolds, but no documented evidence of the 'Reynolds' has been seen." Such long-standing tradition should not be taken lightly, despite the current lack of extant evidence, and until research proves otherwise, we will consider that Katherine and her descendants constitute a branch of the Reynolds family in America.

As is generally the case in early colonial records, there is much documented about the life of Edward Starbuck, but little information about Katherine, his wife. ... Katherine Starbuck is known through her signing with her husband on two deeds. She signed with him in May or July 1653 when they sold land to their son-in-law Peter Coffin. Later in 1659, Edward and Katherine deeded land to Mr. Broughton, which excepted the house and land on the Newichawannock River which belonged to "Goodwife Starbuck" as "being formerly given wife's right..."

Edward died at Nantucket 4 Mar 1690, age 86. There is no record of Katherine's death. Some sources assume that she died in Dover prior to the move to Nantucket, however, Noyes, Libbey and Davis state that she was living 19 June 1678 (without citing a source for this date). It is probable that she had died by 1685 when Edward alone deeded to son Nathaniel.

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Catherine Starbuck's Timeline

Age 12
August 1630
Age 21
Dover, Strafford, New Hampshire
February 20, 1633
Age 24
Dover, (Present Strafford County), North Plantation (Present New Hampshire), (Present USA)
Age 28
Dover, Strafford County, New Hampshire, United States
Age 30
Dover, Strafford, New Hampshire, United States
Age 31
Age 32
Dover, Strafford County, New Hampshire, United States
Age 32
Dover, (Present Rockingham County), North Plantation (Present New Hampshire), (Present USA)