The John Starr Death record showing his parents as Charles Starr and Catherine Hess is a valid document. However, the accuracy depends on the knowledge of the person providing the information, the Informant. There are a LOT of Death Certificates with totally wrong information. I don't know what other source materials you may have on John, or knowledge that Charles was born in Kentucky in 1845, etc., that PROVES this is the correct Charles. In genealogy, you MUST be able to fully prove the identity. I volunteer on a daily basis and daily I find information that can be proven to be incorrect. I've seen SO MANY family trees that picked the wrong person as an ancestor.
The 1854 Census of Oregon shows a Charles Starr in Clatsop County...but if he was born in 1845, it probably wasn't him, as most of those census did not include all family members.
A Charles Starr was a Juror in Astoria in 1874; but no proof of identity:http://oregonnews.uoregon.edu/lccn/sn96061148/1874-01-24/ed-...http://oregonnews.uoregon.edu/lccn/sn96061150/1888-09-23/ed-...
shows a Charles Starr in Astoria in Sep1988 killing elk out of season.
The Bureau of Land Management has a database of land patents issued under the Homestead Act (and other Congressional Land Acts):http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/default.aspx#searchTabI...
It shows a Charles Starr obtaining 16 acres of land on 4/28/1875 in Clatsop County. About the only way to determine who this person might have been would be to obtain the application for the land:
--Here is an example of what "might" be found in a land patent application package. This example is for the Charles Ingalls property (Little House on the Prarie). http://www.archives.gov/research/land/ingalls/index.html
--To obtain a copy of the land patent records issued under the Homestead Act:
First, find your ancestor's land patent information: http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/default.aspx#searchTabI...
--1. One method is to visit a National Archives Record Center and view/copy the microfilm records. http://www.archives.gov/locations/order.html
--2. By Mail:
Click on http://www.archives.gov/forms/pdf/natf-84.pdf
and download the NATF Form 84. The BLM Land Patent site will have the needed information for the form.
--3. By online method: Click on the above link and follow the instructions to submit your order online. Again, use the BLM site data to complete.
--The form also indicates, "If available, please attach one cpy of the original land patent, tract book pages, or Bureau of Land Management GLO listing for this land entry." You could copy the original land patent image from the online site above, as well as the window link I've included above. But, if you attach pages, you would probably have to mail your application.
--When the research staff has located your documents, you will be contacted with the information about how many actual pages were found and the cost for reproduction.
The other poster likes to assume facts not proven. There were many Charles Starr in Oregon during this period of time, so there must be a lot of research to PROVE the correct person.
Divorces in Clatsop did not include any "Starr." When a person isn't found, you can't jump to a guess of divorce and remarriage. BUT, a divorce, death, move to another area, etc, could have happened.http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~orclatso/divorceind.htm?cj...