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John Wesley Starr

Anne Sheaffer

  • Born: 14 Jan 1856, Lancaster Co., PA
  • Marriage: John Wesley Starr circa 1880
  • Died: 28 Sep 1929, Adel, Dallas Co., Iowa at age 73
  • Buried: West Point Township, Stephenson Co., Illinois

bullet  General Notes:

The 1880 Federal Census for West Point Township, Stephenson Co., Illinois, District 188, page 308B records Wesley (24 - Ill/?/?) and Anna (24 - PA/PA/PA) Starr with their son, Frank Starr (1/12 [May] / Ill).

The 1900 Federal Census for West Point Township, Stephenson Co., Illinois, District 109, page 262A records Wesley (April 1856 - Ill/PA/PA) and Anna (Jan 1856 - Ill/PA/PA) Starr B. Franklin Starr (May 1880 - Ill/Ill/PA). John is a farmer and has been married to Annie for 22 years and have had but 1 child.

The 1910 Federal Census for West Point Township, Stephenson Co., Illinois, District 117, page 262A records John W. (53 - Ill/PA/PA) and Annie S. (52 - PA/PA/PA) Starr. John and Annie have been married for 30 years and have 1 child who is still living.

The 1920 Federal Census for West Point Township, Stephenson Co., Illinois, District 144, page 261B records John W. (63 - Ill/PA/PA) and Annie (64 - PA/PA/PA) Starr. Also in the household is John's widowed sister-in-law, Lizzie Moore (75 - PA/PA/PA).

bullet  Research Notes:

Probably from an Iowa newspaper (undated clipping), found in my
great-grandfather's scrapbook, perhaps about 1929:


"Mrs Anna Starr, aged aunt of Mrs. O E Emmert, passed away at the home of the latter last Saturday, September 28th. Mrs. Starr came here from Illinois several months ago for a visit, and her illness prevented the return trip to her home. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon and the body shipped to Lena, Illinois that night.

"Anna Sheaffer, daughter of Marin and Leah Sheaffer, and wife of John Wesley Starr, was born January 14, 1856 [sic], in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania and died September 28, 1929 at Adel, Iowa, aged 78 years 8 months and 14 days. She was preceded in death by her husband, who died on August 10, 1926.

"In the early sixties she came with her parents to Illinois, locating in West Point township of Stephenson Co., where nearly all of the rest of her life was spent. She was long a member of the Church of the Brethren and was always interested in her church and in the Christian faith.

"Mrs Starr is survived by her only son, Frank B Starr, who with his wife and two daughters, Stella M and Mildred M, of Lena, Illinois, compose the immediate family. There are also one brother and two sisters, John S Shaeffer of Adel, Mrs Lizzie Moore of Adel, and Mrs Leah Forhney of Rasin, California."

Note: I tried adding 1856 DOB and 78 years and couldn't make that work for 1929. So either she was born about 1850, or she was 73 y when she died.
Something doesn't compute.


Anne married John Wesley Starr circa 1880. (John Wesley Starr was born circa 1856 in Illinois and died on 10 Aug 1926 in West Point Township, Stephenson Co., Illinois.)

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