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I am researching the descendants of Captain John STARR of England and Ireland. Five of his grandchildren came from Ireland to Pennsylvania in the early 1700's. So far I have identified 47,225 of his descendants. The first arrivals to America were my Quaker ancestors James Starr (born 1676) and Rachel Laybourne (born 1686) who immigrated to Chester County, Pennsylvania in 1712. I am particularly interested in finding the ship on which they arrived.

One of my Starr ancestors, Reverend John Wesley Starr, migrated to the Oregon Territory in 1848.

Any information would be appreciated. I am also willing to share information that I have. Additions and corrections are welcome.

Did you know that the outlaw Henry Starr was descended from John Starr, the brother of James Starr? The infamous Belle Starr (nee Myra Maybelle Shirley) was married to Henry's cousin, Sam Starr.

I am also researching LANGHORNE and SPERRY family genealogy.

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If your surname is STARR (maiden name for women) I encourage you to consider genealogical DNA testing, even if you know that you are not descended from this particular line of Starrs. DNA from both the Captain John Starr and Comfort Starr lines would help determine whether these two lines are genetically related. I suggest using Family Tree DNA (see link below) which offers 12, 25, 37, and 67 marker Y-DNA tests which follow the male line. (A woman, lacking a Y-chromosome, will need to have her father or brother tested.) The 37 marker test is an excellent choice, and much reduced group pricing is available through the 'Starr DNA Project Home Page' link below. With this test you can also join the Starr surname project to compare DNA results. See the links below for more information..
Starr Family Genealogy
Updated January 11, 2011

J. Edward Starr
7981 E. Fort Lowell Road
Tucson, AZ 85750-2825
United States
(520) 886-4123

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  • Elmer Gordon Starr, Jr. 1911-2002 (92 KB)
    My father Elmer Gordon Starr, Jr. was born 22 October 1911 in Kirksville, Adair County, Missouri and died 3 March 2002 in Cape Coral, Lee County, Florida. He married Virginia Elizabeth Sperry 23 November 1935 in Wright City, Warren County, Missouri.
  • Virginia Elizabeth Sperry 1909-2001 (83 KB)
    My mother Virginia Elizabeth Sperry was born 24 November 1909 in St. Louis, Missouri and died 31 January 2001 in Cape Coral, Lee County, Florida. She married Elmer Gordon Starr, Jr. 23 November 1935 in Wright City, Warren County, Missouri.
  • Elmer Gordon Starr 1884-1921 (47 KB)
    My grandfather Elmer Gordon Starr was born 5 March 1884 in Halsey, Linn County, Oregon and died 3 July 1921 in Yarrow, Adair County, Missouri. He married Bessie Smith 14 June 1905 in Kirksville, Adair County, Missouri.
  • Bessie Smith 1886-1938 (26 KB)
    My grandmother Bessie Smith was born 12 August 1886 in Browning, Linn County, Missouri and died 16 February 1938 at sea in route from New Orleans to London. She was the daughter of William Henry Smith and Emma Dunkin.
  • Philo Thomas Starr 1849-1921 (44 KB)
    My great grandfather, Philo Thomas Starr, was born 22 October 1849 in Cass County, Illinois and died 10 August 1921 in Eugene, Lane County, Oregon. He married Fanny Ellen Penland 23 December 1880 in Halsey, Linn County, Oregon.
  • John Wesley Starr, Jr. 1822-1910 (52 KB)
    My great great grandfather, John Wesley Starr, Jr., was born 16 August 1822 in Morgan County, Ohio and died 4 March 1910 in Benton County, Oregon. He married Mary Gragg 20 August 1846 in Schuyler County, Illinois. (Photo from a tintype original).

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