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General John Stark

General John Stark

Male 1728 - 1822  (93 years)

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  • Name John Stark 
    Title General 
    Born 28 Aug 1728  Londonderry, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 08 May 1822  Derryfield (Manchester), New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • General Stark lived to his 94th year and died 8 May 1822, reportedly the last surviving Continental general of the Revolution.

      "Thus living, not for himself alone, but for his country, the veteran Stark passed into the wane of life, ever taking, as long as life lasted, a lively interest in every incident in our country's history. At length, suffering from the effects of a paralytic shock at the extreme age of 93 years, 8 months and 22 days, the old hero departed this life on Wednesday, the 8 May, 1822.

      "The Friday following his death, his remains were interred with military honors, in a cemetery he had enclosed upon his own farm, a large concourse of people being in attendance, to witness the imposing ceremony, and to pay their last respects over the body of the man who had contributed so largely in filling 'the measure of his country's glory.'

      "The cemetery is situated upon a commanding bluff upon the east bank of the Merrimack, and over his remains his family have placed a plain shaft of granite, indicative alike of his simplicity and hardihood, upon which in inscribed 'Maj. General Stark.'

      "This simple stone points to his ashes alone, but his deeds are traced in deep-lined characters upon the pages of our country's history, while his memory is engraved upon the hearts of his countrymen.

      "Such a name needs no other monument."
    Person ID I513983391  Walsh - Wilson Family Tree | Carolyn
    Last Modified 2 Nov 2008 

    Father Archibald Stark,   b. 1697, Glasgow, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jun 1758, Derryfield (Manchester), New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years) 
    Mother Eleanor Nichols,   b. Abt 1697, Londonderry, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F505780888  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth Page,   b. 1737, Haverhill, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jun 1814  (Age 77 years) 
    Married 20 Aug 1758  Dunbarton, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Caleb Page Stark,   b. 03 Dec 1759, Dunbarton, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Aug 1838, Oxford, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     2. Archibald Stark,   b. 28 May 1761, Derryfield (Manchester), New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Sep 1791  (Age 30 years)
     3. John Stark,   b. 17 Apr 1763, Derryfield (Manchester), New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Nov 1844, Derryfield (Manchester), New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     4. Eleanor Stark,   b. 04 Mar 1765,   d. 20 Aug 1767  (Age 2 years)
     5. Eleanor Stark,   b. 30 Jun 1767, Derryfield (Manchester), New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1843  (Age 75 years)
    +6. Sarah Stark,   b. 11 Jun 1769, Derryfield (Manchester), New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jan 1801  (Age 31 years)
     7. Elizabeth Stark,   b. 10 Aug 1771,   d. 13 May 1813, Ryegate (Caledonia County), Vermont Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years)
     8. Mary Stark,   b. 09 Sep 1773, Derryfield (Manchester), New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. Charles Stark,   b. 02 Dec 1775, Derryfield (Manchester), New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Nov 1796, At Sea Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 20 years)
     10. Benjamin Franklin Stark,   b. 16 Jun 1777, Derryfield (Manchester), New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jul 1809  (Age 32 years)
     11. Sophia Stark,   b. 21 Jun 1782, Derryfield (Manchester), New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jun 1870, North Reading, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
    Last Modified 2 Nov 2008 
    Family ID F505780889  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    General John Stark
    General John Stark
    From Memoir and Official Correspondence of Gen. John Stark by Caleb Stark and John Stark, Published by G. P. Lyon, 1860. Original from Harvard University, Digitized by Google Books 28 Jul 2006. http://books.google.com/books?id=DA1JarGdjicC

    Documents
    Commissioner for Pensions - Letter dated 18 May 1918
    Commissioner for Pensions - Letter dated 18 May 1918
    "In response to your letter of the tenth instant, you are advised that it appears that Major General John Stark was allowed a pension by a Special Act of Congress dated December 28, 1818, at the rate of $60 per month, commencing August 16, 1817. The certificate of pension issued January 15, 1819, and was sent to Caleb Stark, Pembroke, New Hampshire. He was also allowed 850 acres of bounty land under Warrant No. 1879, which issued May 30, 1796. There is no further data on file relative to family or services [...]"

    Publication Number: M804
    Publication Title: Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files
    Publisher: NARA
    State: New Hampshire
    Veteran Surname Starts With: S
    Veteran Surname: Stark
    Veteran Given Name: John
    Pensioner Surname: [BLANK]
    Pensioner Given Name: [BLANK]
    Service: Continental N.H.
    Pension Number: S 7926

    Headstones
    Grave of General John Stark
    Grave of General John Stark
    John Stark State Park, Manchester, New Hampshire
    Modern view of the Stark Cemetery (within the Stark State Park, Manchester, New Hampshire)
    Modern view of the Stark Cemetery (within the Stark State Park, Manchester, New Hampshire)
    Insert, in upper right hand corner, is from a postcard, believed to be prepared in circa 1910.

  • Sources 
    1. [S4967] History of Manchester (formerly Derryfield) N.H., C. E. Potter, (C. E. Potter, 1856), Chapter 24 (Reliability: 3).
      http://www.usgennet.org/usa/nh/county/hillsborough/manchester/book/chap24.html