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Carver - Starling

Source: Parke County Indiana Centennial Memorial 1816-1916                  Page 102 (picture included in original)

Among the early settlers of Parke County who came from KY were                  Starling CARVER and family. He was a man of noble character                  and sterling worth, a true Christian gentleman, whose example                  and precepts were far reaching and lasting in his community.                  Starling Carver was born Jan 8, 1802 died Nov 22, 1870 aged                  68 years. He was married to Jane Durham in 1822, she being born                  Oct 22, 1806 died May 2, 1880 in her 83rd year. She was a native                  of Boyle Co, KY. Her father, Benjamin Durham was one of the                  best known Methodist pioneers of Ky, his home being a rendezvous                  for such men as Bishop Simpson; Henry Bascom; Peter Cartwright                  and others. On Mr. Durham's farm were held the summer camp meetings,                  which were so popular among Methodists of that early day. Amid                  such surroundings she was raised and their influence left an                  indelible stamp upon her life and the lives of her family.

In                  1829 Mr. and Mrs. Carver with four small children emigrated                  to Indiana, settling in the green primeval forest of Montgomery                  County, where there was no timber felled, except the few trees                  to build their little cabin. Here they toiled early and late,                  clearing the ground and burning the brush to make their new                  home in the wilderness. It was only a few years till the family                  came to Parke County and settled near Portland Mills on the                  Putnam County line. They lived there until the death of the                  father in 1870, then Mrs. Carver moved to Greencastle, where                  she spent the remainder of her life. She was a woman of strong                  constitution and personality. When her hard days work was done                  she spent the evening spinning, weaving and looking after the                  children. When her heart would go out with homesick longing                  to see the loved ones of her father's famiy back in Kentucky,                  she would mount her horse, take the baby in her arms, another                  child behind and ride day after day over the rocks and over                  the hills, through the brush and fallen trees all the long weary                  way for the joyful visit at home in old Ky.

One of her brothers                  was Judge Milton Durham, first Comptroller of the Treasury during                  Cleveland's administration. There were 11 children born in this                  family, 6 of them lived to maturity and were men and women of                  great influence in their day. They had the best education to                  be obtained in the country at that time; several of them were                  teachers. All were strong Methodists and were active in church                  work. The influence was always for good wherever they were located.                  Their names were: Wesley; John; William; Benjamin; Mrs. Mary                  Fordice and Mrs. Elizabeth Johnson - typed by kbz.

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