Thomas Jackson Starcher was born on December 31, 1860, the son of Thomas Starcher and Aseneth Booher.
As noted elsewhere, no record of a marriage between Thomas Starcher and Aseneth Booher has been found.
It is known from oral family history that Thomas Jackson Starcher went by the name of "Jack," and sometimes is referred to as Thomas Jackson Starcher, Jackson Starcher, Jack Starcher, or T.J. Starcher.
The 1870 Calhoun County West Virginia Census, Lee Township, available at the subscription service ancestry.com indicates Thomas J. living with his mother Acenith Norman:
NORMAN, 356 Acenith...29...Keeping House...$100...VA Thomas J...9...VA William O...7...VA Charles B...3...WV
Thomas Jackson and Mary E. Smith Starcher. Youngest daughter Viola in the middle. The entire photo is AT THIS LINK.
ASENITH(?), L013 Norman...w...WF...38...Keeping House...VA...VA...VA Jackson...m...WM...19...Son...Wrks on Farm...VA...VA...VA Mary E...m...WF...17...Dil...VA...VA...VA William O...WM...15...Son...VA...VA...VA Charles D...WM...13...Son...WV...VA...VA Hanibal...WM...8...Son...WV...VA...VA Claryse...WF...4...Dau...WV...VA...VA
STARCHER, 45-47 Thomas...Head...WM...Dec 1860...39...md 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
T.J. Starcher, of Lee district, was in our midst one day last week. Being Constable of that district he was out on business connected with that office. We congratulate Lee district for the selection of Mr. Starcher, as an efficient and accomodating officer.There are other notations in the archive Daniels Run News which relates T.J. Starcher to his duties as a constable.
The old house - home place for a large familyBy Bill Umstead
On a knoll surrounded by a few acres of meadow-like land stood the old house. Deserted for years the house was used by the late Al Gainer to store hay he cut from the small meadow. The old house was far in the head of one of Pine Creek's many hollows. The nearest road was the old ridge road that went from Mt. Zion to Hur. Surrounding the old house in the tall grass were strawberry vines.
Along about the first of June these berries were ripe and we little boys would invade the place. We filled our bellies and oftimes our caps or straw hats. Mr. Gainer, who lived across the hill in another valley, would oftimes watch just to scare us. My uncle, Elza Stevens, who worked for Mr. Gainer, would tell me how they would laugh to see us run. Sometimes we would get caught in the wire fence or lose our hats as we scattered for home. This was a long time ago, and while I had heard the old house call the "Jack Starcher" place, I really never knew why.
Some time ago Mrs. Viola Cogar of Arnoldsburg informed me. I had wondered who built this house and who planted the strawberries. About one hundred years ago Viola's father, together with his wife, the former Mary Elizabeth Smith, erected a log cabin at this place. This was improved as their family became larger. Seven of their eleven children were born in this old place, namely Stella, Charlie, Allen, Fred, Carl, Minnie and Leona Starcher. Jack later moved to Daniels Run where the other four children were born, Viola being the youngest and only living one. Mr. Starcher had a store and was the first postmaster of an office called Claria - long discontinued. He also served as constable and justice of the peace for Lee district. He died in 1913. He was the grandson of Adam Starcher and great-grandson of Phillip Starcher -- one of Calhoun's early settlers.
That T.J. Starcher was a storekeeper, there is no doubt. Found in the personal effects of Viola Starcher Cogar is a ledger book, owned by T.J. Starcher, Claria WV. In this ledger are the store accounts of his customers. This found ledger book covers the years February 1899 through December 1900. A portion of the inside cover, and a representative page from this ledger are reproduced to the right.|
The names of customers found in this ledger are as follows. A few of the handwritten names were difficult to decipher, and this writer makes no guarantees of accuracy in transcripton:
Tobacco, horse shoes, clinch nails, and the like were a popular item. Many folks had credit to their account by work, hauling, or selling eggs or some such.
Thomas J. Starcher, haad, age 48, married 30 years
Mary E. Starcher, wife, age 47, married 30 years, 11 children, 8 living
Fred A. Starcher, son, age 20
Carl C. Starcher, son, age 18
Leona M. Starcher, daughter, age 13
Roy F. Starcher, son, age 10
Viola G. Starcher, daughter, age 4
A comparison is made of T.J. and Mary from the family photo which is identified with more confidence, to the family photo above in which some question remains as to the identities.|
As noted, this writer cannot with confidence identify the individuals in the photo above. Assuming Aunt Viola's memory to be correct (see above), the first seven children (Estella, Charley, Allen B., Fred A., Carl C., Minnie, and Leona were born on Pine Creek. That means that the family moved to Daniels Run after 1896 and before 1899 when Roy F. was born. The four children born on Daniels Run would be Roy F., Vitalis and Vianis, and Viola. Thus, this picture, if identified correctly, was taken on Daniels Run not too long after they had moved in to their (new?) home. If this picture were indeed taken about 1904, this house would have been perhaps less than 8 years old. The boards on the house don't look particulary weathered. (As an aside, the boards on this house appear to be as much as 16 feet long and some as wide as a man's shoulders -- where did they get lumber like that?).
Thomas J. Starcher - 31 Dec 1860 - 6 Oct 1913He is buried at the Mt Zion Cemetary at the Mt Zion Methodist Church, Mt Zion WV.
Item from the Calhoun Chronicle, Thursday October 16, 1913|
French and Ferrell Gibson started for Akron, Ohio, the first of last week, where they expect to spend the coming winter.
Mrs. E. Griggs, of Spencer, visited her parents and friends at this place last week.
A quiet little wedding took place at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Adam Starcher Sunday, when Miss Virgie Starcher and Everett Smith, of Hur, were made man and wife.
Ed Starcher, who has been confined to his room several weeks past with typhoid fever, is recovering very slowly.
Jackson Starcher, of Claria, died at his home early Monday morning of last week, with typhoid fever. He leaves a wife and eight children to mourn their loss. The remains were laid to rest at Mt. Zion cemetery on Tuesday. Funeral services were condlucted by Rev. Stout.