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THE TOWN OF STARK

HERKIMER COUNTY, NY

Central School, Van Hornesville, N.Y.

Central School, Van Hornesville, N.Y., dated 1958




I am Carol Perry, your Town of Stark Coordinator. I've been a genealogy hobbyist for years. I had done extensive reseach on my paternal side and began my maternal side with a small slip of paper with the birth name of my mother and her place of birth. Guess where it was.... yes, you're right - Stark, then known as Starkville. My ancesters, most from the farming communities, include Borst, Youngs, Eldridge, Pickard, and Brookman, to name a few. I hope to be able to learn a lot more Stark history and genealogy along with you. Your help is needed and wanted; please send your items and suggestions for Stark. We want to add and improve the site. Come back and check us out often. We will update as much as possible.




STARK DIRECTORIES
GAZETTEER AND BUSINESS DIRECTORY OF HERKIMER COUNTY FOR 1869-70: STARK


HISTORY OF STARK
The Town of Stark
The McNeil Patent an original article by A. Ross Eckler.
(Graphics intensive. Includes maps.)
Yesterday and Today in the Valley of the Otsquago
Pictorial History of the VanHornesville Volunteer Fire Department
1868 Atlas Map of the Village of Van Hornesville: size 156k
new 2/14/09  Newsy Tidbits from Old Newspapers
Important book for Stark Researchers - A. Ross Eckler has written a new book about early Stark settlers and residents.


STARK VITAL RECORDS
Stark Births 1847 - 1848
Stark Marriages and Deaths 1847 - 1848


STARK FAMILIES AND PERSONS OF NOTE
Stark Family Sketches
Mrs. Delina Filkins: Stark's 113-Year-Old Woman
The Long Life of Delina Filkins
Will of George Lighthall
Biography of Dr. Peter Patrick Murphy


CEMETERIES OF STARK
Fort Cemetery
Oatsquak Cemetery Records: a link off site
Private Plots of Stark: a link off site
Some Small Family Cemeteries: Town of Stark, Herkimer County: Moyer, Walrath, Gersham Smith, Shaul and DeGarmo Cemeteries

More Small Family Cemeteries: Town of Stark, Herkimer County: Un-named Roof, Un-named Route 80, Elwood and Champion, Geywitts, Sloughter, Hawn, Matt Smith, Whieting, Young, Price, Fort, Un-named near Price Farm, and Ward's Hollow
Van Hornesville Cemetery
Willse Cemetery
Wright Family Cemetery


STARK MILITARY
Civil War Soldiers From the Town of Stark
Civil War Volunteers from Stark
The Civil War Pension Application of George H. Borst
The Revolutionary War Pension Application of George M. Lonis


STARK LINKS
Video History of Van Hornesville NY - link off-site to youtube
Musical Video Tour of Van Hornesville NY - link off-site to youtube
www.shaul.org - full coverage of the Shaul surname
The Life and Times of Robert Flint, The Pioneer: with ordering information for Flint descendant and Starkville native David Flint's latest books, of strong interest to Revolutionary War historians and anyone interested in the Mohawk Valley during the Revolution. Click on David's bio and sign his guestbook!




A. Ross Eckler, author of "Three Pioneers of Stark: Jacob Bronner, John Fetterly, John Shaul and their Descendants", would like to correspond with others interested in the surnames listed below.

"I have been preparing a genealogy on families having a significant presence prior to 1900 in the town of Stark, Herkimer County, including BACKUS, BAUDER, BORST, BRONNER, CASPARES, CHAMPION, CONKLIN, COUNTRYMAN, DECK, DE GARMO, DRAIN, ECKER, ECKLER, ELLSWORTH, ELWOOD, FETTERLY, FIKES, FILKINS, FORT, GUIWITS (GEYWITS), HALL, HARRAD, HARWICK, HAWN, HOLLENBECK, JORDAN, KELLY, KINTER, LATHROP, MAXFIELD, MILLER, MOWERS, MOYER, PINCKNEY, PRICE, ROOF, SAWIN, SHAUL, SHAUT, SHAVER, SHIMEL, SIVER, SLOUGHTER, SMITH, SNYDER, SPRINGER, SUITS, TILYOU, TUNNICLIFF, VAN AUKEN, VAN HORNE, VEDDER, WAGNER, WALRATH, WALTS, WARD, WEEKS, WELDEN, WICK, WIGLEY, WILLSEY, WORMUTH, WRIGHT, YOUNG." Ross would like to correspond with others interested in these surnames. Information about ordering the book is in our Commercial Books section.




PROFILE AND HISTORY OF THE TOWN OF STARK
from the Gazetteer and Business Directory of Herkimer County, N.Y. 1869-70


STARK, named in honor of General Stark, of the Revolution, was formed from Danube, March 18, 1828. It is the south-east corner town of the County. Its surface is hilly and broken, with a mean elevation of 500 feet above the Mohawk. The principal streams are Otsquago and Nawadaga Creeks. Otsquago Creek flows through a narrow valley, bordered by steep banks from 150 to 200 feet high. The soil is generally a sandy loam in the valleys, and sandy and gravelly on the hills.

Starkville, (p.v.) situated in the north-east part of the town, contains three churches, via., Lutheran, Baptist and Methodist; two hotels, a store, a grist mill, a saw mill, a flax mill, a cheese factory, two cooper shops, several other mechanic shops of various kinds and about 40 dwellings.

Van Hornesville, (p.v.) in the south part of the town, on Otsquago Creek, contains a union church, two hotels, two stores, a cotton factory, a grist mill with three runs of stones, a saw mill, a cheese box factory, a cheese factory, a cigar factory and about 35 dwellings. The creek furnishes an excellent water-power, as it is fed by springs and is affected but little by dry weather.

Bethel, in the west part of the town, contains a Lutheran church, a store, a cheese box factory, a saw mill, several mechanic shops and about twenty dwellings.

Starkville Cheese Factory makes about 250,000 pounds annually; the grist mill contains three runs of stones and grinds about 12,000 bushels, and the saw mill cuts about 200,000 feet annually.

A short distance from Bethel is a beautiful water-fall about forty feet high, upon a stream arising from a single spring. A short distance from the falls is a mineral spring containing iron, and also a sulphur spring which never freezes.

There were two small settlements near the southerly line of the town previous to 1775. One of them was on Otsquago Creek and called the Otsquago Settlement, comprising families by the name of Shall, Bronner and Fetherly. The other settlement was at Kyle, so called, a short distance from the east line of the town of Warren. A family by the name of Eckler were located here; but both settlements were broken up during the war, the inhabitants taking shelter in Fort Plank. Eckler returned to his farm at the close of the war, and the premises have been transmitted from father to son down to the third generation. Among other settlers were families by the name of Walwrath, Young, Van Horne and others.

Abraham Van Horne with his family settled here in 1791, and erected mills at the head waters of Otsquago Creek. It is said that two runs of Esopus (see note below) mill stones for a grist mill were drawn through the woods from the Mohawk River on a wood sled by four horses. Mr. Van Horne came from New Jersey in 1771, and settled in Montgomery County. He was a member of the Tryon County Committee of Safety in June, 1775, was appointed Sheriff in 1781, and was a firm adherent of the American cause.

The first German school was taught by ___ Garner, and the first English school by ___ Haight. As already intimated Mr. Van Horne built the first mills, and his sons kept the first store.

The Baptist Church was organized Nov. 6, 1829, with eleven members.

The Lutheran Church was organized Dec. 9th, 1839. Both societies occupy the same house of worship.

The Methodist Church was organized in 1860 with seventy members. A part of them having since united with the Newville society, the present membership is fifty.

The population in 1865 was 1,522; the area is 18,014 acres.

Note: anticipating questions about the spelling of surnames, all surnames are spelled exactly as in the original text.


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