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Estes - Stark Collection - Research Notes

Estes - Stark Collection - Research Notes

Research Notes 4 – September, 2012:
1855
– Marriage of Sylvia & Louis, Sept 24, when she was 16 years old and he was around 30. ¹⁵

1857 – Birth of Emma (Emily) Arabella Stark, February 17, in the USA

1858 – Birth of Willis Otis Stark, December 13, in the USA³

1860 – Sylvia & Louis settle on Salt Spring Island²

1860 - Birth of John Edmond Stark, September or November 26, on Salt Spring³ ⁶ ⁷

1863 - Birth of Abraham Lincoln Stark, February 19, on Salt Spring ³ ⁶

1865 or 66 – Birth of Hannah Serena Stark, February 16, on Salt Spring¹ ⁶

1867 or 69 – Birth of Marie Albertina Stark, August 15, on Salt Spring. ¹ ³ ⁶

1874 or 75– Sylvia & Louis move to Cedar, Nanaimo from ‘Fruitville’/ Fruitvale on Salt Spring. ¹⁵ ¹⁶

1878 or 79 – Birth of Louise Stark in Cedar, Nanaimo.³

1878 – Marriage of Emma to James Clarke ², in Victoria on Dec. 27

Census 1881: Sylvia (age 44) living in Nanaimo with Louis (age 55) and 4 Children:  Han S (15), Maria A (13), Louisa (2), & Abraham L (18)
-Sylvia (age 38) and Abraham (18) also listed on Salt Spring – noted Aug 17th by enumerator Henry Fry
-William [Willis?] Starke (age 22) living in Nanaimo, apart from the rest of the family, Farmer, born USA.

1886 – Marriage of Serena ‘Sarina’ to Vencent (?)  Jenoni, watchmaker, born in Italy

1888 – Death of Serena, January 18⁶

1890 – Death of Emma ,  age 33 ² ⁶

Census 1891: Sylvia (48) living on Salt Spring with son Willis Otis (33) and Howard Estes, widower, (79).
- Louis (age 75, Farmer) & Louisa (age 12) living in Nanaimo –Cranberry Cedar District
- Marie “Mary” A. (age 22, Domestic) on Salt Spring lodging with J & Elizabeth Booth
- Abraham (age 28, Farmer, unemployed) in Nanaimo City, North Ward, lodger in house of John Coulson, able to read and write.

1895 - Death of Louis – February 26th, aged 79 – Cranberry District

1897 – Marriage of Maria to Joseph B Wallace, May 20 ⁴ ⁹

1898: Supreme Court case brought by Louis Stark’s executor in 1898 against defendant E. Priest (BC Archives)

*1900 – Death of Abraham L. Stark, age 37 ¹¹ - [also see 1908]

Census 1901: -Sylvia (age 59, b. Jan 16, 1842) living on Salt Spring with sons Willis (age 42, b. Dec. 13, 1858), John Edmond (age 40, b. Nov. 26, 1860) and Abraham L. (age 38, b. Feb. 19, 1863, ‘Unsound Mind’).
- Louise Stark in Nanaimo, a live-in domestic, (age 22, b. June 29, 1878)
- Marie Wallace (age 31, b. Aug 15, 1869) with JB Wallace (age 33), Janitor, Ethel (age 3), Oscar (age 0) living in Vancouver, Burrard District.

1901 – Marriage of Louisa to Ernest May, Sept

*1908 – Death of Abraham Stark, from tuberculosis on Salt Spring¹⁴ [also see 1900]

Census  1911: Sylvia (age 69, b. 1842) & son Willis Otis (living on Salt Spring)
- John Edmond Stark (age 50, b. Sept. 1860) Lodger;  single; occupation- Prospecting; living in Goose Bay.
- Marie Wallace(age 41, b. Aug, 1870) with JB Wallace (42), Ethel (13), Oscar (10), Howard (9), Myrtle(8), Josie(6) at 230, 10 Av E, Vancouver.

1930 – Death of John Edmond Stark ¹⁰ ¹²

1943 – Death of Willis Otis Stark. ¹¹

1944 – Death of Sylvia Stark . ¹¹

1966 – Death of Marie (Stark) Wallace June 19, age 98, in Victoria¹⁰

1971 – Death of Louisa (Stark) Wiley, age 94 ¹¹


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Sylvia Stark’s year of Birth? – Sources
1837 – Driftwood, Aug. 19, 1965 (source Marie Stark Wallace)
1837 (+/- 1 year), age 44 – Census 1881
1839 – Salt Spring Archives website; SSIA Stark File: Family Record
1839 – V. Scott & E. Jones, Sylvia Stark: A Pioneer. Open Hand Publishing. 1991
1843 (+/- 1 year), age 48 – Census 1891
1842 (Jan 16), age 59 – Census 1901
1842 (January), age 69 – Census 1911
abt 1845 – BC Death Index entry

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SYLVIA’S CHILDREN

BIRTH

DEATH

MARRIAGE

Notes

(Emma)
Emily Arabel

Emily Arabella

1857

Feb 17   

1890, aged 33²
Jul 31

James Clarke, Dec 28, 1878⁴ ⁶

photo of grave in Nanaimo Archives

‘Emily Stark Clarke’ ¹³

Willis Otis

1858

Dec 13³

1943, Dec 15, aged 86 ⁵ 87 ¹¹

 

 

John Edmond  

1860

Nov 26³ ⁶
Sept⁷

1930, Sept 28, aged 69 (71¹²) in Anyox ⁵ ⁶

Res: Alice Arm, BC¹⁰

 

Mining Engineer³

Prospector⁷

Abraham Lincoln     

1863

Feb 19³ ⁶

1900, aged 37¹¹

-contradicts 1901 census

1908, June 26, from tuberculosis¹⁴

 

-Grave says died 1900
but  in 1901 census listed as age 38,
“Unsound Mind” ³.

-Died June 26 1908 in parish record, buried June 28.

Anne / Han S

Hannah Serena

Sarina⁹

1866¹
1865

Feb 18⁶

1888, Jan 18

Vencent (?) Jenoni,
Watchmaker,

Nov 2, 1886

 

Marie Albertina

1867
Aug 15¹ ⁶

1869³

1966, June 19, age 98, Victoria¹⁰

Joseph B Wallace, May 20, 1897⁴ ⁹

 

Louisa

1878
June 29
³

1879

Mar 29⁶

1971, age 94 ¹¹

Ernest May Sept 17, 1901

 

Wiley

alive in 1965 married to Wiley in Red Bank, New Jersey

¹ Census info
² SSIA website
³
1901 Census
BC Marriage Index 
BC Death Index
SSIA  -Stark File: Family Record
1911 Census
Driftwood, Aug. 19, 1965 (source Marie Stark Wallace)
SSIA – Stark File: copy of Marriage registration
¹⁰ SSIA – Stark File: copy of Death Certificate
¹¹ Gravestone in Central Cemetery
¹² SSIA  - Stark File: copy of Victoria Colonist article, 1930
¹³ SSIA – Stark File: email correspondence between L Bowen & M Davidson
¹⁴ SSIA – Parish record – Methodist
¹⁵ V. Scott & E. Jones – Sylvia Stark: A Pioneer. Open Hand Publishing. 1991
¹⁶ BC Archives Url: http://www.bcarchives.gov.bc.ca/exhibits/timemach/galler10/frames/stark.htm
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