I am interested in the reason why James M. Harrison, and his father and grandfather used the Starkes surname also. My husband is descended from James' sister Jane (Janetta)Harrison (Starkes), who married Joseph Londeree (originally a French Canadian), and also from Nancy Ellen Harrison, James' daughter (who also used both names at different times).
On the 1850 Buckingham County, Virginia census Joseph & Janetta Longare (sic)and their children are living next to her brother, James Starkes (26), and Sinia Starkes (37?). On the 1860 Census he has changed to James M. Harrason (36), married to Sallie A., with children Mary W.(5) and Martha A.(4), and Sinia Harrason (60).
In the 1840 census of pensioners from the Revolution William Starks, age 85, is living with his son, William Harrison, in the northern district of Buckingham County, Virginia.
Published in "Military Records: Virginia in the Revolution and War of 1812
Revolutionary War Soldiers and Sailors, Surnames, S-T, Page 68."
LAND BOUNTY WARRANTS
Warrant 1901 STARKS,Wm., alias "Harrison" 100 acres Rank - Drummer Department - Va. Cont. Line Term 3 yrs. Date. Oct. 21, '83
Can anyone give me an explanation for the interchangeable surnames in this family?
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