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Samuel Steele STARR
(1794-1859)

Samuel Steele STARR, 5th son of Henry and Mary STARR, was born 11 or 14 Oct 1794 in Wilkes County, Georgia. He served in the military during the Creek-Indian War in 1814. He participated in the battles of Autossee and Caleebe during that war. Shortly after the war, he married Hannah MELEAR, daughter of Richard and Martha MELEAR on 30 Nov 1815.

Samuel and Hannah had 5 children, who are listed below:

  1. Mary Ann, b. 13 Nov 1820, d. 24 Aug 1844. (Married Lemon M. BROWN).
  2. Martha Reid, b. 1 Jul 1823, d. 20 Jul 1844. (Married Charles C. SHELL).
  3. Amelia Hannah, b. 20 Jun 1826, d. 23 Mar 1848. (Married Newton B. LEAK).
  4. Rebecca Hannah, b. 25 Oct 1829, d. 26 Nov 1905. (Married Joseph Spencer STEWART).
  5. Samuel Henry Steele, b. 22 Sep 1833, d. 21 Jan 1863. (Married Martha LEE).

Samuel eventually bought land that his brother, Benjamin drew in the 1820 Land Lottery, located in what would become Newton County. About 1830 he built a 14-room home which later became Andrews Hall at Emory College, Oxford, Georgia and was used as a dormitory. Emory College later became Emory University of Atlanta.

Samuel served on a jury in Newton County on 20 May 1823. He also served on a Grand Jury or 18 members which reported "no violations of law to present within the body of our county."

1830 Federal Census for Newton County, Georgia
M19, Roll #20, Page #33
Head of Household: Samuel STARR
Free White Males: 1 - 10-15; 1 - 15-20; 1 - 30-40;
Free White Females: 2 - Under 5; 1 - 5-10; 1 - 10-15; 1 - 30-40.
Slaves: Males: 2 - Under 10; 2 - 10-24;
Females: 1 - Under 10; 1 - 24-36.
Total: 14.


1840 Federal Census for 477th Dist. G.M., Newton County, Georgia
M704, Roll #48, Page #11
Head of Household: Samuel STARR
Free White Males: 1 - 5-10; 1 - 40-50;
Free White Females: 1 - 5-10; 1 - 10-15; 1 - 15-20; 1 - 40-50.
Slaves: Male: 3 - 10-24; 1 - 24-36;
Females: 1 - 10-24.
Total: 11.


1850 Federal Census of Town District, Newton County, Georgia
Enumeration Date: 27 Aug 1850
M432, Roll #79, Page #452b, Dwelling #384, Family #384

NAME AGE SEX OCCUPATION R/E VALUE BIRTHPLACE
Samuel STARR 55 M Farmer $2,100 or $2,700 Georgia
Hannah STARR 55 F Georgia
Steel STARR 16 M Georgia
Samuel STARR 4 M Georgia
John STARR 19 M Georgia

Samuel's wife Hannah died on 27 Mar 1856 in Newton County, Georgia and she is buried at Dover Cemetery there. Samuel remarried, but his second wife's name is unknown to me at this time.

Samuel's will was made in Oxford, Newton County, Georgia on 23 Jun 1858. Samuel died 19 Aug 1859 in Newton County and is buried next to his wife Hannah at Dover Cemetery, Newton County, Georgia.

If you can add any information to the above data or have any questions, please contact me. Thank you!

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