Notes on Fred A. Starcher

Fred A. Starcher was born January 20, 1889, the son of Thomas Jackson Starcher and Mary E. Smith Starcher.

He married Ruth L. Workman in Gilmer County November 10, 1910. (see below). Ruth L. Workman Starcher was born July 21, 1893. Gilmer County WV marriage records available AT THIS LINK record the marriage of Fred Starcher to Ruth Workman on November 10, 1910. Fred was 21, Ruth was 17. Both were listed as having been born in and currently living in Calhoun County.

Fred A. Starcher, Charley Starcher, and Roy F. Starcher, brothers, all married sisters from the Workman family. See the Sarah E. Everson Workman and Jonathan S. "Semore" Workman page AT THIS LINK.

Fred died February 16, 1973 (see below). Ruth is believed to have died October 26, 1989.

The 1900 Calhoun County WV Federal Census indicates
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 WV

The 1910 Federal census for this family (accessed on the subscription service lists...
Thomas J. Starcher head age 48
Mary E. Starcher wife age 47
Fred A. Starcher son age 20
Carl Starcher son age 18
Leona M. Starcher daughter age 13
Roy F. Starcher son age 10
Viola G. Starcher daughter age 4

The 1920 Federal census, Summit County Ohio, Norton South, (accessed on the subscription service indicates...
Fred A. Starcher head age 30 birthplace West Virginia
Ruth L. Starcher wife age 26 birthplace West Virginia
Wilburn H. Starcher son age 8 birthplace West Virginia (birth record 9/11/1911 - see below)
Thelma G. Starcher daughter age 6 birthplace West Virginia (birth record 2/1/1913 - see below)
Mildred M. Starcher daughter age 5 birthplace West Virginia
Beatrice R. Starcher daughter age 3 1/2 birthplace Ohio

There is good evidence that this family represents the Fred A. Starcher under consideration. Birth records online AT THIS LINK record the birth of Wilburn Harold Starcher, born 9/11/1911 on Daniels Run, Calhoun County WV to Frederick Starcher and Ruth Starcher, birth reported by Aseneth Norman, midwife. The birth for Thelma G. Starcher is similarly recorded AT THIS LINK.

In that Mildred was born in West Virginia about 1914-15, and Beatrice was born in Ohio in 1916, it would seem that Fred and Ruth moved to Barberton about 1915 or so. This is about the same time that Fred's siblings Leona and Roy moved to Barberton.

However, a birth record AT THIS LINK documents the birth January 14, 1919 of Madelyn Starcher to Fred and Ruth Starcher, born on Daniels Run. A cryptic note found in the personal effects of Viola Starcher Cogar indicates Madlyn Phebbie Starcher, born January 14, 1919, died September 22, 1919.

There is a social security death index record (available at the subscription service indicating...
Name: Fred Starcher
Last Residence: 44203 Barberton, Summit, Ohio, United States of America
Born: 20 Jan 1889
Died: Feb 1973 (Ohio death records indicate February 16, 1973)
State (Year) SSN issued: Ohio (Before 1951)
It seems reasonable to assume that the entry above represents the Fred A. Starcher in question.

Of particular note, Ohio death records, available at the subscription service indicate, regarding Wilburn H. Starcher (son of Fred and Ruth Starcher)...
Name: Wilburn H Starcher
Birth Date: 11 Sep 1911
Birth State: West Virginia
Residence City: Barberton
Residence County: Summit
Residence state: Ohio
Death Date: 18 Dec 1992
Father's Surname:
Mother's Maiden Name: Workman
Marital Status: Widowed
Of note, this would most certainly be Wilburn Starcher, son of Fred and Mary Starcher - and this record indicates Mother's Maiden Name as Workman. Thus, the tie-in to the marriage record cited above.

Regarding Ruth Workman Starcher, Ohio death records available at the subscription service indicate...
Name: Ruth L Starcher
[Ruth L Workman]
Birth Date: 21 Jul 1893
Birth State: West Virginia
Residence City: Barberton
Death Date: 26 Oct 1989
Age at Death: 96

"Fred and Ruth"
Photo from the personal effects of Viola Starcher Cogar, sister of Fred A. Starcher

Newspaper clipping found in a scrapbook maintained by Viola Starcher Cogar.
From an Ohio newspaper

Fred Starcher Rites Monday

BARBERTON - Fred A. Starcherr, 84, retiree of Columbia-Southern Chemical, died today (February 16, 1973) at Barberton Citizens Hospital after a long illness.

Mr. Starcher of 62 Twenty-third St. SW retired in 1958 after 38 years in the caustic department of Columbia Southern Chemical (now PPG Industries).

Born in West Virginia, he moved to Barberton 54 years ago.

Mr. Starcher was a member of the PPG 20-Year Club.

He leaves his wife, Ruth; sons Wilburn, Barberton, and Darrel, Marshallville: daughters Mrs. Thelma Davidson, Mrs. Beatrice Lloyd and Mrs. Evelyn Williams, all of Barberton, and Mrs. Mildred Stewart, Clinton; sister Mrs. Viola Coger, Spencer. W.Va., 20 grandchildren and 24-great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 1 p.m Monday at Camplield - Hickman funeral home where friends may call 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday and until 1 p.m. Monday. Burial will he in Green Lawn cemetery.

Fred A. Starcher Services Held In Ohio

Fred A. Starcher of Barberton died February 16, in a Barberton hospital after a long illness.

He was born on Pine Creek, Calhoun county, son of Thomas Jackson (Jack) Starcher and Mary E. Smith Starcher, one of eleven children, and a great-great grandson of Philip Starcher. He retired from Columbus Chemical company in 1958 after 38 years, and was a member of the PPG 20 year club.

Surviving are his widow, Ruth Workman Starcher; two sons, Wilburn of Barberton and Darrell of Marshallville, Ohio; four daughters, Mildred Stewart of Clinton, Ohio, Thelma Davisson, Beatrice Lloyd and Evelyn Williams, all of Barberton; 20 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Viola Cogar of Spencer.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter, six brothers and three sisters.

Funeral services and burial were in Barberton.

Newspaper clipping found in a scrapbook maintained by Viola Starcher Cogar.
From an Ohio newspaper

Newspaper clipping found in a scrapbook maintained by Viola Starcher Cogar.
From The Calhoun Chronicle

Obituary of Beatrice R. Starcher Lloyd
Beatrice R. Lloyd, 87, of Barberton died Thursday, Feb. 12, 2004.

Born Aug. 12, 1916, in Barberton, O., she was a member of Scio Nazarene Church. She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Fred and Ruth Starcher; husband, Allison W. Lloyd; brother, Wilburn Starcher; sister, Mildred Stewart; one grandson; one great-granddaughter and one great-great-granddaughter.

She is survived by daughters, Ruth (Leonard) Strawderman of Jewett, O., with whom she made her home the past 11 years, Barbara (Roy) Terry, Patricia Pickett; sons, Fred (Annette) Lloyd, David (Kathy) Lloyd, William (Kim) Lloyd, Michael Lloyd; 19 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; brother, Darrel Starcher; sisters, Thelma Davisson and Evelyn Williams.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, 1 p.m. at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home at Barberton with Pastor Kenneth Walker officiating. Burial Greenlawn Cemetery. Visitation is Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

From this information, a selected family tree of Fred A. and Ruth Starcher is offered AT THIS LINK.


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