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STARK(S) in Roane Co., TN 1874

STARK(S) in Roane Co., TN 1874

Posted: 13 Sep 1999 3:31AM GMT
Edited: 9 Jun 2002 8:04PM GMT
My grfather Richard STARK(S) b.1874 and possible sister Lizzie STARKS b.1877 in Roane Co., TN. Orphaned in 1877. Richard adopted by Short family and Lizzie adopted by Burnett family. Older brothers (2 to 5 of them) left TN at that time to travel west. One brother was Frank and another may have been Robert. Parents on census records listed as being born in VA or NC (?) Any leads would help.


Edith Starks (View posts)
Posted: 21 Sep 1999 8:06AM GMT
emma if I can help let me know Edith Starks is my maiden name I am in Calloway co.Ky Family all over this part of the country


Posted: 8 Apr 2000 9:06PM GMT
Edited: 4 Sep 2001 7:04PM GMT
I've run into searching for Stark/Starks? As we always went by Stark, but my Father(James)1908, birth certificate has Starks on it, so does his brother Grover's(1910) You said parents on census records listed VA or NC. Do you have the parents names? As my grandfather, I believe had a brother Robert and maybe one named Fred. My grandfather was Samuel and all I have for his father is Adam. I believe Samuel died in Pochahontas County, W.Va. Although from stories I've been told, I've been searching Tn. and N.C., also. Any of these names fit in anywhere? Thank-you

Stark(s) NC or VA

Posted: 9 Apr 2000 7:14AM GMT
Edited: 9 Jun 2002 8:04PM GMT
My grandfather Richard Stark(s)b.1874 maybe TN, in handwritten adoption papers from Roane Co., TN his last name looks like Starks instead of Stark. Also in the papers it only denotes that parents are deceased not their names. In the 1880 census it ask birth place of parents and VA is listed for both parents. His possible sister Lizzie Starks not adopted by same family has listed NC for birth place of parents. I have neither parents name. There are no other Stark(s) in county for 1870 census.
Sally, contact me at I would like to discuss this possible connection.

lydia thatch

Posted: 20 Jul 2000 2:25AM GMT
Edited: 22 Jun 2001 9:45PM GMT
Emma B Please contact me. Your ggmother and my gmother are the same. Have some info and pics.

tonya grandfather

james louis (View posts)
Posted: 27 Jul 2000 8:30AM GMT
To nya Starks Grandfather Is Curtis Starks sr.

Re: Stark(s) NC or VA

Posted: 28 Dec 2012 7:26AM GMT
Classification: Query
I have a story that is similar although the names don't match yours. My g-grandfather was George W. Stark, born in Honeycutt, TN (later named Oakdale, Morgan Co.) George's father was listed as Henry Stark on the death cert-mother's name unknown. Both parents died-circumstances and location unknown. Geo had brothers William and Richard plus a sister Elizabeth. William dropped out of sight. Richard was adopted by a family named Short. Elizabeth was only weeks old when parents died. She kept the name Stark, but lived with some other family. George subsequently made his way to OK and settled near Ryan, OK. Based on DNA results George's father is possibly Henry Stark from Sumner County, TN, b. abt 1838. Henry's father was John Stark born 1811. What is interesting is that Robert & Almira, Richard Stark Short's adopted parent were in Rockwood, Roane Co. in 1880. That's only 14 miles southwest of Honeycutt, TN (Oakdale). It also appears from census records that Richard Stark Short worked in Oakdale for Southern RR for many years until he retired in KY. I have not been able to confirm Henry Stark's location subsequently to 1860. Thus I have not been able obtain any source data linking Henry to George W. Stark. I are you certain that Richard Stark Short's brother was named Frank and any info on other siblings. Thanks. Lee Stark

Re: Stark(s) NC or VA

Posted: 28 Dec 2012 3:37PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Stark, Short
Lee, I think, you have found my grandfather Richard Stark Short's line. I was so excited to read your note. Much of my info is from oral history from several of Richard's 14 children much of which was conflicting. The name of Frank came from one sibling but no other sibling remembered it. Interestingly is Richard's first son was named Henry and his second son named William (could the W in George W name be William?)A DNA test has not been done. I will contact one of Richard's grandson about his taking the DNA test. My use of NC or VA was from the 1880 census listing as where Lizzie (NC) and Richard's (VA) parents were born. Looking forward to more exchange of information.

Re: Stark(s) NC or VA

Posted: 28 Dec 2012 6:20PM GMT
Classification: Query
Emma: It was great to hear from you!! I have been trying to unravel the Richard "Dick" Stark Short and Elizabeth situation for a long time. I saw a similar message from someone in the Short family using the ID 10496 and sent a message. That person had not been logged on for a long time. The information I provided came from my g-Aunt Dora back in 1978. But back then I was not working on the ancestry all that much because I should have tried to get more details. George W Stark is actually George Washington Stark. No clue where the middle name came from. The dna results link my family line back to James Stark of Stafford, VA in 1730. James originally came from Glasgow, Scotland. It could go back to the 1520's, but there is a lot of controversy on that by historians. I am retired and live in CA. You can contact me direct at Thanks for the prompt reply. Yours truly, Leroy (Lee) Stark
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