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John and Charity Starks collection

 Collection — Folder: S1237
Identifier: S1237

Scope and Contents

One newsprint clipping from the National Archives, Washington, D.C. entitled "Memorial To Pioneers" is the only item in this collection. On the back of the clipping is typed: "These legends are the inscriptions that are written on the ledgers at the JOHN STARKS and CHARITY MEEKER graves, in Rossburg Cemetery north of New Point Indiana. A program dedicated to pioneers was given July 12, 1870."

The clipping is two columns with Charity Meeker Starks (1810-1867) on the left and John Starks (1806-1889) on the right. The biographies tell about ancestors (Neef family) back to Zurich, Switzerland, as well as Meeker and Starks relatives. No date is on the clipping. The name J.S. McKee is printed at the bottom.


  • 1870

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

John Starks (1806-1889) and his wife Charity Meeker Starks (1810-1867) were pioneers of Rossburg, Decatur County, Indiana. John was the son of John Starks (1763-1841) and Catherine Neef (1770-1850) of Rochester, New York. In 1818, John and Catherine arrived in Nevillesville, Clermont County, Ohio by flat boat. Catherine's Neef ancestors came from Switzerland. Charity Meeker Starks was the daughter of Jonas Meeker (1763-1852), a soldier in the Revolutionary War.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from J. L. McKee on 1971/05/19.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2017/01/26 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield. EAD finding aid created 2017/01/26 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield.
John and Charity Starks collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.