Traditional Stories


Francis Marion Starcher was the son of Jacob Starcher and Nancy Nutter Starcher, and grandson of Philip Starcher and Rebecca Mace. The 1850 census lists Jacob and Nancy Starcher with children being Albert, then seventeen years; Philip, fifteen; Lucy, thirteen; Matilda, eleven; Polly, eight; Eleanor, four; Francis, two; with Mary Starcher, age sixty, living with the family. In addition, there may have been a son, Benjamin, killed near Rocksdale. The 1860 census shows three additional children: Marilyn, then age nine; Malinda, four; and Clarinda, one.

At the time of the Civil War the Jacob Starcher family lived in a log house on Daniels Run, Calhoun County, near the present Allen B. Starcher home. Across from the Starcher home was a bottom which has been changed in later years due to road building and changing course of the stream. In this bottom Jacob Starcher had a hog lot. Early in the war Francis Marion Starcher had been feeding the hogs in this hog lot and was sitting on the fence, believed to have been eating an apple, when he was shot and murdered by a Rebel soldier. This lad was only thirteen or fourteen years old. This bottom became known as the "Marion lot" because of the murder of this young boy.

Philip Starcher, brother of Francis Marion Starcher, was born in Jackson County, Virginia, and married Louisa, daughter of Peter and Jane Stalman, on October 22, 1857, Calhoun County. Philip was a Union soldier and a veteran of the Battle of Bull Run, where he said he saw "the blood run to the skirts of his saddle."

Source: Helen Starcher, Barberton, Ohio, daughter of Levi Starcher, born 1870, a half brother of Francis Marion Starcher.


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