Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: What Was Your Best Genealogy Research Achievement This Past Month?

It’s time once again for Saturday Night Genealogy Fun. 🙂 Randy Seaver has a new challenge for us all:

1)  What was your best genealogy research achievement this past month?  Tell us about it – what you achieved, and how does it affect your 2024 goals?

My best genealogy research achievement this past month was due to FamilySearch’s full-text search!

It doesn’t tie in to any of my 2024 genealogy goals since it involves my husband’s family tree and not mine. I’ve also written a series of posts about the unfolding discoveries based on my first discovery in Baltimore County, Maryland in 1762.

Caspar Starr is my husband’s 5X great grandfather. Casper, also recorded as Gaspar, Gasper, Casper and even Jasper Starr/Star, was born c1735 and settled in Rowan County, North Carolina.

“Everyone” (and we know how that goes) claims (with no proof) that all of Caspar’s children, born c1764-c1782, were born in Rowan County, North Carolina, but I really doubted that because I can’t find any evidence of him being there until he bought land in 1785.

I tried out variations of his name in FamilySearch’s full-text search and this popped up:

While the Star/Starr surname isn’t particularly rare in the mid-1700s, CASPAR Starr is unique and I only know of my husband’s ancestor.

In North Carolina and, later as descendants continued their westward migration, the Starr family had a definite FAN club, including the Douthits who came from Maryland and also the Jarvis family who also reportedly originated in Frederick County.

The image above shows Casper Starr as the creditor owed the most money from the estate of Martin Treish, deceased in Baltimore County, Maryland c1762, found in estate papers. I’d never come across the Treish surname at all.

That led to an extended visit to my local FamilySearch center because Maryland’s land records are all locked.

From this one clue, I was able to pick up Caspar Starr’s trail from Frederick County into Baltimore County, down to Virginia at the start of the Revolutionary War and then his continued migration into North Carolina at the war’s end!

This was accomplished by following the Treisch FAN club, which proved the Starr family followed the migratory path of Martin Treish’s son, Jacob.

I also believe I might be the very first person who has cracked the brick wall as to the maiden name of Caspar’s wife, Catherine. Circumstantial evidence led to my theory and two DNA matches to my husband seems to have proved it as I know of no other possible connections with any of my husband’s other ancestors!

You’ll have to wait (a while!) to learn more about my discoveries pertaining to the Starr family.

Randy – this was an excellent challenge! Thank you.

One thought on “Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: What Was Your Best Genealogy Research Achievement This Past Month?”

  1. Oh, Wow! You’ll need to write this up and submit to a journal to debunk those other theories. Congratulations!

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