Notes on Allen Brown Starcher

Allen Brown Starcher was born July 22, 1885, the son of Thomas Jackson and Mary E. Smith Starcher.

He married Icie Mae Duvall on October 25, 1904. Icie was born September 7, 1888, the daughter of John Duvall and Bertie Everson Duvall. An image of the marriage certificate is reproduced AT THIS LINK. Allen was 19, Icie was 16 when they were married.

Allen Brown Starcher died January 28, 1970
Icie Mae Starcher died April 21, 1950.

This writer is not sure where Allen B. and Icie resided after they were married. The 1910 Federal census shows them living in Sherman District, that area of Calhoun generally central and east of Mt Zion ridge / Route 16. Perhaps they were living in the vicinity of Mt Zion or Sycamore.

They purchased their farm on Daniels Run in 1914, purchased from Allen B.'s mother, Mary E. Starcher. The timeline runs as follows:
1898 - Thomas Jackson and Mary Starcher (Allen B.'s parents), moved to this farm on Daniels Run from Pine Creek, having purchased said farm from from Nathan M. Bennett. That the move occurred in 1898 is surmised from Viola Starcher's remembrance that the last four children of Jack Starcher were born on Daniels Run. (Roy, b 1899, Vitalis, Viannas, and Viola).

The deed for this property was finalized 1/26/1905. It appears that the property became tied up in some legal difficulty, having been adjudicated in Circuit Court in Calhoun county February 1902.

Thomas Jackson Starcher died October 11, 1913.

Mary Starcher, widow, sold the farm to Allen B. and Icie Starcher, deed dated December 19, 1914, for a price of $700.00, to be paid over six years. The farm was paid off as of August 1917.

Allen added to his farm via a purchase recorded in a deed dated February 23, 1923, having purchased a tract of land from K.M. and May Hunt and Lorentz C. and Nelle Hamilton.

Noted in passing: When Allen B. died in 1970, the farm passed to his (second) wife, Delta Starcher. When Delta died in 1985, the farm passed to his nine children. In September 1989, the farm was conveyed to Denver R. Starcher. In May 1990, Denver R. Starcher sold the farm to Jerry Uldrich, who owns the farm as of this writing (July 2012). As of this writing, the house in which Allen B. and Icie lived is still standing and in use by the current owner, somewhat remodeled, but still recognizable as the home place. The current deed for the property, and the description of its extent, references the two deeds noted above from 1914 (which referenced the 1905 deed), and the deed of 1923.
Allen and Icie spent their married life from 1914 on their farm on Daniels Run, Calhoun County WV. The farm was located at the fork in the road where the right fork turns to head back to Route 16 at the top of Millstone Hill.

Children of Allen and Icie are as follows:
Melvin H. born February 23, 1906 died August 29, 1994
Delbert Harold born September 19, 1907 died January 22, 2005
Aldine Brown born April 18, 1909 died January 25, 1911
Opal Evalena born June 25, 1911 died August 29, 1997
Beulah C. born November 29, 1913 died July 12, 2002
Victor Carl born October 30, 1915 died June 7, 1994
Ray D. born November 20, 1917 died January 22, 1919
Vere D. born December 4, 1919 died August 9, 1924
Richard D. born October 21, 1921 died June 5, 1943
Denver Rondel born January 20, 1924 died May 23, 2007
Nina Mae born December 27, 1926
Delma Justine born March 3, 1929 died April 7, 2009
Pauline born January 27, 1932 died February 24, 1932

Photographs of Allen, Icie, and other family members can be found AT THIS LINK and also AT THIS LINK.

As noted above, Icie Mae Starcher died April 21, 1950.

Allen remarried November 22, 1952 to Delta M. Wilson. He was 67 at the time and Delta was 52. Delta M. Stump Wilson Starcher was born February 24, 1901 in Stumptown WV, the daughter of H. and Florida Stump. Delta married Hubert E. Wilson August 14, 1920. Hubert died September 18, 1942. An image of the marriage certificate of Allen B. and Delta Starcher is available AT THIS LINK.

Allen B. Starcher spent most or all of his life a farmer and stockman. The earliest mention this writer has found concerning Allen in the Calhoun County newspapers is a note in the Grantsville News, July 25, 1902, Claria news: "Allen and Levi Starcher left for Richwood." Allen would have been barely 17 years old at the time. It can be noted that many young men from Calhoun County went to Richwood WV at that time in search of work. Richwood, at that time, was quite busy in industry. The newspaper writer goes on to comment "This place is getting boyless. Do not cry girls they will all come back again."

The next reference this writer has found is under "Altizer Items" in the Calhoun Chronicle, August 16, 1923: "We understand there will be a horse-traders reunion at A.B. Starcher's on Daniels Run the 31st of Aug. and the first day of Sept. All are invited to attend."

Further details on the life and times of Allen B. Starcher can be found in the archive Daniels Run News.

The 1900 Census shows Allen B at home with parents Thomas and Mary E:
Thomas...Head...WM...Dec 20 yrs...Farmer...WV WV WV
Mary E...Wife...WF...Sep 1863...36...8/7...WV WV WV
Estella...Dau...WF...May 1881...19...Seamstress...WV WV WV
Charles W...Son...WM...Mar 1883...17...Farm Laborer...WV WV WV
Allen B...Son...WM...Jul 1885...14...Farm Laborer...WV WV WV
Fred A...Son...WM...Jan 1889...11...Farm Laborer...WV WV WV
Carl C...Son...WM...Sep 1891...8...WV WV WV
Leona M...Dau...WF...Jul 1896...3...WV WV WV
Roy F...Son...WM...Sep 1899...8/12...WV WV W
The 1910 Federal census, Sherman District Calhoun Co WV indicates...
Allen Starcher, head, age 24
Icie Starcher, wife, age 21
Melvin Starcher, son, age 4
Delbert Starcher, son, age 2
Brown Starcher, son, age 1

The 1920 Federal census indicates...
Allen B. Starcher, head, age 34
Icy M. Starcher, wife, age 31
Melvin H. Starcher, son, age 13
Delbert H. Starcher, son, age 12
Opal E. Starcher, daughter, age 8
Bulah Starcher, daughter, age 6
Victor Starcher, son, age 4
Vere Starcher, son age 1/12

The 1930 census indicates...
Allen B. Starcher, head, age 44
Icie Starcher, wife, age 41
Melvin Starcher, son, age 24
Delbert Starcher, son, age 22
Beulah Starcher, daughter, age 16
Victor Starcher, son, age 14
Richard Starcher, son, age 8
Denver Starcher, son, age 6
Nina Starcher, daughter, age 3 1/2
Justine Starcher, daughter, age 1 11/12
Estel Starcher, daughter in law, age 19

Charley Starcher, Roy F. Starcher, and Fred A. Starcher were brothers to Allen Brown Starcher. Allen's wife, Icie Mae Duvall, was the daughter of Bertie Everson Duvall (Price). Bertie Everson was a sister to Sarah E. Everson Workman. This writer believes that evidence indicates that John and Sarah Workman were the parents of two (possibly three) daughters who married three Starcher brothers - Bessie Workman to Charley Starcher, Mina Workman to Roy F. Starcher, and possibly Lovernia R. Workman (Ruth L. Workman?) to Fred A. Starcher. Thus, Allen Brown Starcher married a niece of Sarah E. Workman, and Allen had two (possibly three) sisters-in-law who were Icie's cousins.

From The Calhoun Chronicle, April 27, 1950
Services Last Sun. For Mrs. Allen Starcher

Funeral services were held last Sunday, April 23, for Mrs. Icie May Starcher, 63, wife of Allen B. Starcher of Daniel's Run, who died April 21, at her home after a long illness. L.L. Miller was the officiating minister in services held from the Millstone Church of Christ and burial was in the Mt. Zion cemetery.

Mrs. Starcher was born on Sept. 7, 1888 in Ritchie county. Daughter of the late John Driscoll (ed note, error), and Bertie Everson. In addition to her husband, she is survived by the following children: Melvin H. Starcher, Millstone; Delbert Starcher, Barberton; Victor Starcher, Sistersville; Richard Starcher, Barberton; Denver Starcher, Middlebourne; Mrs. Opal Nitz, Mt. Zion; Mrs. Beulah Carpenter, Millstone; Mrs. Nina Boatright, Barberton and Miss Justine Starcher, at home; five sisters; Irene Duvall, Michigan; Mrs. Blanch Sharp, New Martinsville; Mrs. Rose Minney, Pittsburgh; Mrs. Pearl Laughlin, Beech; Mrs. Melva Wagoner and Mrs. Dora Carpenter of Letherbark; and 18 grandchildren. Four children preceded her in death.

Allen B. Starcher Services On Saturday

Allen B. Starcher, 84, of Millstone, died Wednesday evening January 28 (1970) in Calhoun General hospital after a brief illness.

Born in Calhoun county, he was a son of the late Thomas and Mary Smith Starcher, and attended the Millstone Church of Christ. He was a retired farmer.

Survivors include his wife, Delta Starcher; five sons, Melvin Starcher of Millstone, Delbert and Richard Starcher, both of Barberton, Ohio, Denver and Victor Starcher, both of Sistersville; one step-son, Roy Wilson of Dunbar; four daughters, Mrs. Opal NItz and Mrs. Nina Boatright,, both of Barberton, Mrs. Beulah Burden of West Salem, Ohio, and Mrs. Justine Miller of Spencer ; one brother, Fred Starcher of Barberton, and one sister, Mrs. Viola Cogar of Lockney; 31 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Icy Starcher.

Funeral services were held Saturday, January 31, at the Stump funeral home with the Rev. Clarence Pierson and Evangelist Gene Miller officiating. Burial was in the Mt. Zion cemetery.


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