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Thomas Starkweather

Birthdate: (56)
Birthplace: Preston, New London, Connecticut, United States
Death: Died in Waynesville, Dauphin, Pennsylvania, United States
Place of Burial: Waymart, Wayne, Pennsylvania, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Belcher Starkweather and Mary Starkweather
Husband of Hannah Park
Father of John Belcher Starkweather; Isabella Jane Starkweather; Sarah Ann Starkweather; George Anson Starkweather and Daniel Starkweather
Brother of Woodbury Starkweather; Mehitable Morgan; Mary (Polly) Standish; Leonard Starkweather; John Starkweather and 6 others

Managed by: Alice Zoe Marie Knapp
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About Thomas Starkweather

Thomas Stark- weather, generally known as Captain Starkweather, came from Conn., and settled in Canaan, Wayne county, Pa., in 1808. He taught the first school in what is now the borough of Waymart in 1808 and '09, and being a public spirited man he was personally connected with nearly all the public works in the early history of Wayne county, Pa. He was industrious and energetic, so bought and cleared up a valuable piece of land and finally settled at Canaan Corners at the intersection of the Milford and Owego turnpike with the Belmont and Easton turnpike roads. The travel on said roads being great, he built there a large tavern in 1824 (this place is now called Waynesville) and it was kept by him for many years and after his death by his son George Anson Starkweather, Esq. "This tavern gave great credit to them and satisfaction to all travelers." Capt. Starkweather built here a large storehouse called the "Variety Store," kept by Starkweather and Robert Love. This place had the promise of becoming a prosperous village but a railroad was put through a mile north, where coal was once weighed for the market, so a place was established called Waymart which finally overshadowed it. Waynesville was however for many years a prominent place. The hotel was given up by his son in the year 1861 and the main part was destroyed by fire in May, 1880. Capt. Thomas Stark- weather gave a lot on which the first church was built in this part of the country 4 Jan., 1834. He also gave the ground for and laid out the first cemetery, 10 Oct., 1834, which is still used and an addition has been made to it. The original ground is free to all who will bury their dead there. His wife Hannah is said to be the first person to hold a permanent teacher's certificate in this part of the country and probably the first one in the state of Pennsylvania.

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 147-148.

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Thomas Starkweather's Timeline

July 25, 1787
Preston, New London, Connecticut, United States
April 11, 1814
Age 26
Waymart, Wayne, PA, USA
May 27, 1816
Age 28
Waymart, Wayne, PA, USA
May 24, 1818
Age 30
Waymart, Wayne, PA, USA
November 7, 1821
Age 34
Waymart, Wayne, Pennsylvania, United States
February 26, 1824
Age 36
Waymart, Wayne, PA, USA
December 20, 1843
Age 56
Waynesville, Dauphin, Pennsylvania, United States
Waymart, Wayne, Pennsylvania, United States