Before the organization of Clark County, the territory consisted of the civil township of Jefferson, Des Moines and Jackson, all attached to and formed a part of Lewis County.  The county was brought into being by the act of the General Assembly of the State of Missouri, entitled, “An act to organize the County of Clark.  Approved December 16, A. D., 1836.”  This land is declared to be a separate and distinct county, to be called Clark, in honor of Gov. William Clark.


No Star/Starr in Clark County in 1840. No Starr/Star in the above mentioned counties with the exception of:

John R Star                   Merrimac, Jefferson, Missouri

Marvel Star                    Merrimac, Jefferson, Missouri




1850 Clark Co, Missouri District 19: from images 381/389

Catharine Starr  49, Farmer, $500, b. NC

Cornelia  23, F, b. NC

George W.  16, M, b. IN

Artimisha  9, F, b. IN

William H.  7, M, b. IN


To address Don's questions about the 1860 census index entries below.  The census taker in 1860 Clark County had lousy handwriting.  So, although I interpreted the birth states differently, I had some trouble feeling comfortable with things like Alamisa's age.


1860 Jefferson Twp, Clark Co, MO, pg 751, dwel=1480, fam=1461

Catherine Star  60, F, Farmer, $1200, $250, b. NC

[ditto marks]  34, b. NC

Alamisa  12?, F, b. IN [the 2nd character looks like an L]

Wm  16, M, Farmer, b. IN


1880 Census MO

Jefferson, Clark co. Missouri

George Starr

Born 1836 Indiana

Age 44




Father's Birthplace VA

Mother's Birthplace VA

Spouse: Sarah, born 1840 IN


                        Father's birthplace KY

                        Mother's birthplace KY


            John Calvin Starr: (21) born 1859 MO


            Elias Dorman Starr: (18) born 1862 IA

            William Starr: (16) born 1864 IA

            Nellie Starr: (14)  born 1866 IA



Verla Pinkerton:

Stated that her ggrandmother is Louisa Cantwell wife of Jonathan Cantwell and her gggrandmother is Catherine Louisa Starr.


I would like to hear from anyone that has info on Catherine Louisa Starr, born in NC and died in Clark Co. MO.  She married Jonathan Cantwell, December 1840 in Decatur Co. IN.  Her mother was Catherine (Unknown) and I believe her father was John Starr that was in Union Co. IN on the 1830 & 1840 census.  A John Starr bought land in Decatur Co. IN abt. 1836.


Other Starrs in this township:

Mary C Starr, 24, born NC, residing in home of Jonathan (28) and Louisa Cantwell (26, born NC)

(I think she is the daughter of John Starr Jr, son of John Starr & Rachel Catherine Jobe Starr.  I also thing that her name is actually Mary G Starr.  The Mary G [C] Starr that is buried in the Lewis Family Graveyard.  The information shows hers as: b. May. 3, 1826 d. Jan. 16, 1893.  It appears that she never married or that they listed her using her maiden name only.)