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Comfort Starr

Birthdate: (69)
Birthplace: Ashford, Canterbury, Kent, England
Death: January 2, 1659 (69)
Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Place of Burial: Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Starr, II and Susanna Prudence Starr
Husband of Margaret Starr and Elizabeth Starr
Father of Dr. Thomas Starr; Judith Starr; Mary Maynard, of Duxbury; Elizabeth Fernside; Rev. Comfort Starr and 5 others
Brother of Jehosaphat Starr ; Nostrength Strength Starr; Moregifte Starr; William Starr ; Mercy Starr and 11 others

Occupation: Physician
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About Dr. Comfort Starr

I believe this is the Comfort Starr buried at King's Chapel, Boston MA -Kirsten Starr


The first known Starr family in America was Doctor Comfort Starr. He arrived in America on the ship called the Hercules of Sandwich. He settled in New Towne, shortly called Cambridge. As a Puritan, or so it appears, he sought to bring about reforms within the Church of England, but three years later joined the Separatist or Pilgrims and became a neighbor of Captain Miles Standish and William Alden at Duxbury. In 1642 he was a Deputy from Duxbury to the General Court, as the quaint record recites, "to guide forces against the Indians for an offensive and defensive War."

After some years the doctor settled in Boston. One of his sons Thomas followed the profession of his father and was living in Yarmouth, Massachusetts from 1648-1670. His wife was named Rachel. His son Samuel married Hannah Brewster. He was appointed County Marshall in 1678. Samuel and Rachel's son Jonathan married Elizabeth Morgan. Their daughter Hannah married John Mills. Their son Corporal Edward Mills married Hannah Avery. Their son Edward married Locina Stewart. Their daughter Mary Locina Mills married Nathan Wright. Their daughter Laura Caroline Wright married Gamaliel Taylor. Their son Byron Orlando Taylor married Carrie Eugenia Thomas. Their daughter Florence Jewell Taylor married Harold James Currier. Their son James William Currier married Evelyn Wilkerson. Their daughter Caren Ruth Currier married David Bruce Telford.

Exerpt from "Some Colonial Families" By Eloise Anna May Roberts

immigrated on ship "Hercules of Sandwich"

Occupation: a medical doctor

Among the passengers aboard the Hercules, which sailed from Sandwich, Kent, England, for New England in the early spring of 1634/5, were "Comfort Starre of Ashford in Kent Chirurgeon," three of his children, Thomas, Comfort, and Mary; two men servants, Samuel Dunkin and John Turvey (or Turbey), and one maid servant, Truth-Shall-Prevail Starre -- Veritas! At Ashford, Dr. Comfort Starr had been a leading citizen, a warden of beautiful St. Mary's Church, and a man of means, even to the point of being recorded as a lender of money. His Ashford real estate he never sold, but it descended to his son, Comfort, and to his grandsons Josiah, John, and George Starr.

I believe this is the Comfort Starr buried at King's Chapel, Boston MA -Kirsten Starr

They immigrated in 1635 To Cambridge, MA on the ship "Hercules." In 1638 they were residing in Duxbury, MA.

STARR, Comfort baptized 6 Jul 1589 Cranbrook, Kent, England d 2 Jan 1659 Boston, Massachusetts

m England Elizabeth b 1595 d 25 Jun 1658

Thomas b 1616 d 26 Oct 1658

Elizabeth b 1621

Comfort b 1624



Samuel baptized 1628

Hannah baptized 1632

Lydia baptized 1634

"Comfort Starre of Ashford in Kent Chirurgeon [surgeon]" appears on a passenger list in Yearbooks C and D of Sandwich, Kent County, England, 1608-1642. He and his family along with three servants sailed on the 200 ton Hercules of Sandwich in the spring of 1634. Only three children are listed: Thomas, Comfort, and Mary. The servants were: Saml Duncan, John Turvey or Turbey, and Truth shall prevail Starre. In order to obtain passage, Dr. Starr presented a certificate of his "conversacion and Conformity to the orders and discipline of the Church" signed by Edmund Hayes, Vicar of Asford, 21 March 1634 and another signed by John Honnywood and Thomas Godfrey, Justices.

Mr. Comfort, chirurgion, of Ashford, Eng., came in the Hercules in March, 1634, with 3 children and 3 servants. Settled at Cambridge; propr. 1635; rem. to Duxbury; had land grant 7 Aug. 1638; frm. 4 June, 1639; his servant William Godden in court 3 Aug. 1640.

His sister Constant, memb. chh. Dorchester before 1639, m. John Morley. He was remembered in the will of his bro. Jehoshaphat Starr of Ashford, Feb. 2, 1659. Rem. to Boston. Wife -- d. June 25, 1658, ae. 63.

Noted on an inventory in 1641: Appraisers: Wm Collyer, Jonathan Brewster, Christopher Waddesworth, Comfort Starr

Dr Comfort STARR bap 1589 in England. Came to America on ship Hercules in 1634/5 [Ref 2 English Origins of New England Families, p 336]; d 2 Jan 1659/60 in Boston, MA; m Elizabeth b 1595; d 25 Jun 1658

+20 Thomas STARR b 31 Dec 1615 at Ashford, Kent, England; d 26 Oct 1658

+21 Elizabeth STARR b 1621

+22 Comfort STARR b 1624; grad Harvard 1647

+23 Mary STARR bap Apr 16, 1620

+24 John STARR b 1626

25 Samuel STARR bap 2 Mar 1628; bur 16 Apr 1633, Ashford, England

+26 Hannah STARR bap 22 Jul 1632

+27 Lydia STARR bap 22 Mar 1634

There are numerous notes in early America regarding Thomas Starr. The Will of Thomas Gilbert in 1871 notes his daughter Elizabeth is married to Thomas Starr. This court action was also noted: October 29, 1669 (CM, PCR 5:27): Thomas Starr, for vseing words and carriages tending very much to vncleanes, was fined twenty shillings.

Dr. Comfort Starr brought his family from Kent, England, to New Towne (now Cambridge), where he reestablished his surgery practice in 1635. According to family history, Dr. Starr's house became the home of Nathaniel Eaton and served in 1639 as the site where Harvard College instruction began.

The Rev. Comfort Starr, one of Dr. Comfort Starr's nine children, was the first family member to graduate from the College (in 1647), and is one of five Fellows named in the Harvard College Charter of 1650, the document that officially incorporated the school.

Comfort13 Starr (Thomas14) was born in Scituate, Plymouth, Ma 15 Nov 1644. Comfort died 18 Oct 1693 in Middletown, Hartford, Ct, at 48 years of age.

He married four times. He married Elizabeth. He married Rachel Harris. He married Elizabeth Mrs Starr in England, 1641. Elizabeth was born in England 1595. Elizabeth died 25 Jun 1658 in Boston, Suffolk, Ma, at 62 years of age. He married Marah (Martha, Mary) Weld in Boston, Suffolk, Ma, 4 Jul 1666.

Comfort Starr and Elizabeth Mrs Starr had the following children:

+ 1366 i. Thomas12 Starr [Dr.] was born 31 Dec 1615. 
1367 ii. Judith Starr was born in Ashford, Kent, England 11 Jan 1617. Judith died 25 Aug 1622 at 5 years of age. Her body was interred 25 Aug 1622. She married John Maynard. 
+ 1065 iii. Mary Starr was born 16 Apr 1620. 
1368 iv. Elizabeth Starr was born in Ashford, Kent, England 3 Jun 1622. Elizabeth died 4 Jun 1704 at 82 years of age. She married John Ferniside in Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts. 
1369 v. Comfort Starr was born in Ashford, Kent, England 11 Apr 1624. Comfort died 30 Oct 1711 in Lewes, Sussex, England, at 87 years of age. His body was interred 2 Nov 1711. He married three times. He married Grace. He married Jane Chauntler 16 Jun 1674. He married Anne Finch 13 Oct 1681. 
1370 vi. John Starr was born in Ashford, Kent, England 25 Oct 1626. John died 30 Oct 1711 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, at 85 years of age. He married Martha (Mary) Bunker. 
1371 vii. Samuel Starr was born in Ashford, Kent, England 1 Mar 1628. Samuel died 16 Apr 1633 in Ashford, Kent, England, at 5 years of age. His body was interred 16 Apr 1633. 
1372 viii. Hanna(H) Starr was born in Ashford, Kent, England 22 Jul 1632. Hanna(H) died 19 Nov 1674 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, at 42 years of age. She married John Cutt 30 Jul 1662. 
1373 ix. Ruth Starr was born in Newtone (cambrid, Middlesex, Ma about 1634. Ruth died 3 Sep 1658 in Massachusetts, at 24 years of age. She married Joseph Moore in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, 21 May 1656. 
1374 x. Liddia Starr was born in Ashford, Kent, England 22 Mar 1634/1635. Liddia died 10 Jun 1653 in Massachusetts, at 18 years of age. She married Simon Eire. 

Starr, Comfort, was a physician, and the first of the name in New England. He married Elizabeth ---. He came from Ashford, in the county of Kent, in England, and settled at Cambridge, Mass. in 1633. He died at Boston, Jan. 1660--his wife died in 1658. Children, Doct. Thomas, John, Comfort, Elizabeth, Hannah and Maynard.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------ THOMAS, Duxbury 1639, s. of the first Comfort, b. in Eng. had serv. in the Pequot war, and rem. early from D. and liv. at Scituate, where his s. Comfort was b. in 1644, and Elizabeth in 1646; but rem. again to Yarmouth, where he had former. been, for he was there fin. with others, as a scoffer at religion [Felt, Eccles, Hist. I. 496], and there had Benjamin, 6 Feb. 1648; and Jehosaphat, 12 Jan. 1650. By his profess. it was diffic. to live in so sm. towns, and he rem. to Charlestown, there was clk. of the writs 1654, in wh. yr. his d. Constant d. and William was b. wh. d. 13 Dec. 1657; Josiah had been 1 Sept. bef. that, by w. Rachel, as the rec. of C. tells; and he was a householder, with small income, 1658, and d. in this yr. 26 Oct. leav. w. Rachel. Neither he nor his w. was mem of the ch. Winsor says right. that he d. bef. his f. while Thacher, whose Med. Biog. had many similar erros, extends his life to 1670. Gr. of 400 acres to his desolate wid. and eight small ch. will be found in Vol. IV. pt. I. p. 355 of our Col. Rec. - Savage ------------------------------------------------------ Starr, Doct. Thomas, son of Doct. Comfort, married Rachel ---, and settled in Charlestown. His children were, Thomas, Comfort, Elizabeth, Benjamin, Constant, (died in 1654,) William b. in 1654, and Josiah b. in 1657. ------------------------------------------- http://dunhamwilcox.net/source_files/starr.htm Research of <jdevlin48362 at yahoo dot com>

Descendants of Thomas Starr

19. Dr. Thomas Starr 6 18 (Dr Comfort5, Thomas2, Thomas1) was born on 31 Dec 1615 in Cranbrook, Kent, ENG 1 and died on 26 Nov 1658 in Charlestown, Suffolk Co., MA 2.

Documented events in his life were:

1. Go Fetch. NEHGR Vol 89, p 374 Dr. Thomas Starr also Vol 90, p 152

2. Immigration; 1634; Massachusetts Bay Colony, MA 7. HERCULES of Sandwich, John Witherley, Master, sailed in the spring of this year [1934], and is probably the Herculese 'of Dover' mentioned by Winthrop as being here in the summer: Comfort Starr of Ashford, chirugeon Cambridge Thomas Starr Comfort Starr Mary Starr Truth-shall-prevail Starr

3. Military Service; 1637; Cambridge, Suffolk Co., MA 24. Served as a surgeon in the Pequot War

4. Military Service; Aug 1643; Yarmouth, Barnstable Co., MA 13. Listed among the men ages 16 to 60 who were able to bear arms.

5. Mention in Will, Inv. or Prob.; 1659; Boston, Suffolk Co., MA 14. Deceased at the time his father's will was written, his children are left bequests, but not named individually.

Thomas married Rachel Harris 6, daughter of Thomas Harris and Elizabeth Williams, about 1639 in Chatham, RI. (Rachel Harris was born about 1620.)

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Dr. Comfort Starr's Timeline

July 6, 1589
Ashford, Canterbury, Kent, England
July 6, 1589
Cranbrook, Kent, England
July 6, 1589
Cranbrook Church, Ashford, Kent, England
July 6, 1589
Cranbrook, Kent, England
July 6, 1589
Cranbrook, Kent, England
December 12, 1615
Age 26
Ashford, Canterbury, Kent, England
January 11, 1616
Age 26
Ashford, Kent, England
April 16, 1620
Age 30
Ashford, Kent, England
June 3, 1622
Age 32
Ashford, Kent, England