Joseph W. Starr (February 14, 1857 - March 08, 1935) Melvina Yates (July 10, 1862 - April 22, 1927)
Joseph was born on February 14, 1857 in Hardin Township, Conway County, Arkansas. He was the son of James Starr and Gelina Battenfield. He married Melvina (Mallie) Yates on May 12, 1881 in Pope County, Arkansas. The Marriage Index shows her as Mattie Yates, age 18 and Joseph as JW age 24. Mallie was the daughter of John P. Yates and Sarah Holmes. Melvina was born on July 10, 1862 in Pope County, Arkansas.
A Teague/Starr cousin, Sherri Heitzman has paperwork showing that Joseph as ½ Cherokee Indian. Those papers are not in my possession at this time. Sherri states her grandfather, Richard Teague, helped them fill out the application. “They were registered but then there was a fire where the information was and it was all lost. They didn't go back and register again because of all the discrimination against American Indians.”
The US Census Records shows that in 1880 Joseph is listed by himself as Jo Starr, occupation as a laborer, he was 22 years old and living in Liberty, Pope County, Arkansas. In the 1880 census Mallie was 17 years of age and living with her uncle and aunt G.W. and Jenney Barns and cousin Mary, age 20 in North Fork, Pope County, Arkansas. The 1900 census states Joseph and Mallie as Joseph J Stan, age 42; Nellie Stan, age 38; Gelina C, age 13; Minnie A, age 11; Mittie L, age 11; Vinnet D., age 8. The difference in the last name was probably due to the penmanship of the census taker making his double “r” looking like an “n”. Their home in 1890 is listed as Township 2, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory, town of Comanche. The 1920 census states that Joseph W. and Melvina lived in Brown, Stephens County, Oklahoma with Elbert, age 24 and Teddie age 15.
Joseph died on March 08, 1935 in Comanche, Stephens County, Oklahoma and is buried in the Fairlawn Cemetery, Comanche, Stephens County, Oklahoma. Melvina died on April 22, 1927 also in Comanche and is buried beside Joseph.
Children of Joseph and Melvina:
Mary Helen Starr; b. 1882; d. 1972
Pryor Starr; b. 1883; d. 1899
Gelina Clementine Starr; b. 1887; d. 1930
Minnie Ann Starr; b. September 27, 1888; d. August 30, 1980; m. Lee Robert Teague
Mittie Starr; b. September 27, 1888 (twin sister to Minnie); m. Richard Teague