Historical records matching Rev John Wesley Starr
About Rev John Wesley Starr
"My father, John Wesley STARR, was a Methodist preacher," said Mr. ST ARR. "He was born in Maryland on April 22, 1794. My grandfather, James S TARR, spent most of his life in Maryland but died in Belmont county, Ohio, in 1822. My father crossed the Alleghany mountains by wagon in 1835, t aking a claim in Benton county. He had four sons and one daughter by h is first wife, whose name was Hannah MCWILLIAMS. One of my father's so ns by his first wife, Phillip STARR, was a Methodist minister and serv ed at Brownsville, Corvallis, Eugene and Salem, and at one time was presid ing elder of the Portland district. He was a delegate to the general conf erence at Cincinnati. Another half-brother was Moses Fletcher STARR, w ho enlisted in the 16th Ohio infantry, was wounded at Lynchburg, Va., on J une 18, 1864, was taken prisoner and died in a Southern prison. My half-b rother James went to California and from there started for Texas. It is t hought that he was killed on the way, for we never heard from him agai n. My half-brother John Wesley STARR ran a hardware store at Junction Ci ty for many years. He ws born in Ohio. He learned the tinner's tra de at Bellefontaine, Ohio. He went to Iowa in 1842 and for a while work ed at his trade, up and down the Mississippi. In 1846 he went to Pleasa nt View, Ill., and later to Rushville, where he lived till 1857. He ca me to Oregon by way of the Isthmus and located at Monroe. In 1864 he we nt to the Boise Basin mines. In 1865 he returned to Monroe and start ed a hardware store, and in 1873 another at Junction City. He married Ma ry GRIGG, who was born in Ohio. The had a good-sized family. Their son O rrin Henry was born in Illinois in 1847, and in Oregon lived for some yea rs at Yoncalla. Another son Philo Thomas, born in Illinois in 1849, for m any years practiced osteopathy at Albany. Philip was born in Illinois in 1 852, Joseph F. in Illinois in 1854, Hannah Minerva in Benton county in 185 9, Charles Wesley in Benton county in 1886 and Samuel in Benton coun ty in 1870. John Wesley STARR was for some years postmaster of Monroe, a nd also served as city recorder of Junction City. My half-sister, Nancy, married Orrin BELKNAP, who crossed the plains to Oregon in 1847. Belle fountain park is on one corner of their donation land claim.
"After the death of my father's first wife he married my mother, whose maiden name was Eliza Ann LUCAS. She was born in Maryland on Janua ry 30, 1810. Her father, Amos LUCAS, was a pioneer of Maryland. My father had 17 children five by his first wife and 12 by my mother. My oldest brother, William Nelson STARR, died young.
"My sister Precious married J. H. CATON, who crossed the plai ns in 1843 with the first large wagon immigration to Oregon. He to ok up a donation land claim near Bellefountain. In 1859 he move to Corval lis. In 1863 he went east of the mountains with cattle and died in Easte rn Oregon. After his death, my sister married Silas L. SHEDD of Corvalli s, on November 12, 1865. Silas was born in New Hampshire in 1832. He we nt to Illinois in 1857, where he taught school till 1862, when he cross ed the plains to Benton county. He taught in and around Corvallis abo ut 10 years. Matilda Jane married H. C. BUCKINGHAM. They lived at Philom ath some years. After his death she married Mr. OLDS of Philomath. My br other Samuel Emery spent some time in the Idaho mines and on his retu rn to the valley enlisted in Company A, 1st Oregon infantry, and serv ed in Eastern Oregon. He had a farm in Linn county. His wife, whose maid en name was Anna WILLIAMSON, was a resident of Lane county. Milton Lee ne ver married. He farmed the old donation land claim. Levi died as a chil d. Jesse Belknap was killed on the plains. The oxen started up sudden ly and he was thrown under a wagon wheel. LeRoy H. served in Company A, 1 st Oregon infantry, during the Civil war, mostly in and around Crook count y. He married Nellie PAYNE of Benton county. Eliza Ann, born in Io wa in 1848 and 6 weeks old when the family started across the plains, marr ied Anson BURLINGAME of Yamhill county. I was the next child. Asbury Pea rne was born on father's donation land claim. Mary Emmaline married Al TH ARP of Buena Vista. She and her husband are buried at Corvallis."
Interview with Silas Starr, who lived at 213 N. 21st Street, Corvalis, was born 17 miles southwest of Corvallis, in the Bellefountain neighborhood By Fred LOCKLEY Aug. 19, 1926