Commemorative Biographical Record of North Eastern Pennsylvania, J.H. Beers & Co., Chicago 1900, p. 1397. (corrections made in parenthesis).
William H. Starner, late an honored and worthy and honored citizen of Pocono township, Monroe county, and a gallant defender of the Union during the Civil War, he answered his last roll call November 19, 1899. He belongs to one of the prominent pioneering families of Monroe county. His paternal grandfather, a native of Germany, came to America when a young man, and located in Hamilton township, Monroe county, where he married and reared a family of seven children.
Joseph Starner, our subject's father, was born in Hamilton township, and there married Mary Van Horn, a daughter of John Van Horn, who was also of German ancestry, and came to America just before the revolution.
(Error. The Van Horn's were of Dutch ancestry. John Van Horn was the son of Revolutionary War soldier Benjamin Van Horn, who after the war settled in Jackson Corners (Appenzell) where he built a saw mill. Benjamin was descended from Christian Barentsen Van Horn, a Dutch immigrant born in Holland who settled in New Amsterdam/New York in the mid 1600s.)
Mr. Starner engaged in lumbering until his death on August 19, 1975, when he reached the age of seventy-seven years, nine months and ten days.
(Census records indicate that Joseph Starner was born circa 1817/18, which means he would have been in his late 50s at the time of his death.)
His widow, now aged seventy one years, makes her home in Tobyhanna (Mills), Monroe county. To them were born the following children: William H., our subject; Jane, who married John Borom (Boorem), of Cresco (Mountianhome), Penn., and died at the age of twenty-eight years; Stewart, who lived in Stroudsburg, Monroe Co., Penn, and died in 1894; Catherine, wife of John Decker, of Stroudsburg; Joseph, a resident of Coolbaugh township, Monroe county, Ellen, deceased, who married John Van Horn and lived in Tobyhanna (Mills);Mary, wife of Osman Beers of Scranton, Penn.; Freeman, who was killed on the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western railroad, at the age of twenty-one years; and Lucinda, wife of James Crooks, of Gouldsboro, Pennsylvania.
William H. Starner was born in Hamilton township, May 24, 1844, and was reared in the lumber districts of Monroe county, early becoming familiar with every department of the lumber business. On February 13, 1864, at the age of nearly twenty years, he responded to his country's call for aid, enlisting in Battery K, 112th Pennsylvania Volunteers, for three years during the war, and was honorably discharged February 22, 1866. Under the command of Gen. Burnside he participated in the battles of Cold Harbor, Spottsylvania, Petersburg and the Wilderness. He was taken prisoner at Cold Harbor, but was soon recaptured and returned his company; while in front of Petersburg on June 18, 1864 he was slightly wounded. After the war Mr. Starner lumbered and worked in a sawmill at Tobyhanna with one company for thirteen years. Becoming disabled, he afterward lived retired, being unfit for active labor. In 1872 he moved to Pocono township, and in 1890 purchased his last home, of 177 acres, sixty of which had been cleared. He also owned fifty acres of farming land on the mountains, in the same township, and five acres at Tobyhanna. He superintended the operation of his land, but left the active management and labor to his sons and hired man.
At Tobyhanna Mills, July 26, 1866, Mr. Starner was united in marriage with Miss Elizabeth Schufter, who was born Marcy 30, 1849, daughter of Christian and Lena (Bowers) Schufter, natives of Germany, who are now living in Pocono township, Monroe county. Mr. And Mrs. Starner had the following children: Mary Elizabeth, born July 5, 1868, is the wife of Charles Eilber, of Tannersville, Monroe county, and they have one daughter; George F., born May 26, 1871, is attending a school of telegraphy at Janesville, Wis.; John D., born at Tannersville, October 5, 1874, married Emma Smith, and while working for an ice company, at Tobyhanna, was killed November 24, 1899, falling off a locomotive and over a bridge at a junction on the Wilkes Barre & Eastern railroad, near Wilkes Barre; Jennie, born October 12, 1877, is the wife of Ed Deihl, a butcher living in Pocono township; Julia M., born June 19, 1880, married, August 26, 1899, John H. Widdoss, a vaccine virus collector in Dr. Slee's Biological Laboratories, Swiftwater, Monroe Co., Penn.; Charles W., born April 16, 1882; Joseph, born October 13, 1885; Frank, born April 19, 1888; and Harrison, born January 31, 1893, are all at home.
After 1890 Mr. Starner was a stanch supporter of the Republican party, but never aspired to public favors. Socially he was an honored member of the Grand Army of the Republic, and religiously he was a member of the Lutheran Church; his widow holds membership in the Reformed Church. Wherever know he was held in the highest regard, and his friends were many throughout Monroe county; his widow enjoys the same high esteem.
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