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Comfort Starr (1673) / Marah (Weld) Starr

Name: Comfort Starr

Birth: Abt. 1644, probably in Yarmouth, Mass.; baptized in Scituate, Mass. on June 7, 1646. (NEHGSR)

Emigration: Born in Plymouth Colony; to Charlestown, Mass. in 1654, then Boston, Mass. Moved to New London, Conn. and, in 1673, to Middletown, Conn. (NEHGSR)

Death: October 18, 1693, Middletown, Conn. (BCVR)

Occupation & Public Service: Served in several local offices; in 1679 was one of 64 subscribers to purchase a bell for the meeting house. (History of the Starr Family/Starr, 1879)

Marriage: m. Marah/Mary Weld, abt. 1666, Boston, Mass. (bp. August 2, 1646, Roxbury, Mass.; d. after March 1705/6, Guilford, Conn.) She was the daughter of Joseph Weld and Barbara (Clapp) Weld of Roxbury, Mass. (NEHGSR)

Children: 10 children between 1666-1689. (SAV) (BCVR) (See in-depth profile in Member Area for details.)


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The First Meeting House, Middletown, Conn. The engraving below by W.C. Butler was a fanciful illustration for David Field's Centennial Address published in 1853. In 1939 the image was used on the title page of The Log Cabin Myth by Harold R. Shurtleff. Surrounding the engraving are signatures of some of the first settlers as found on wills and deeds by Charles C. Adams in preparation of Middletown Upper Houses (1908).