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Jacob K. Stark was born in May 1849 in Mississippi, probably in Winston County. He was the fifth of seven children born to James Stark and Lettie Rowland of South Carolina. He was reared in the Webster community of Winston County. Mary Jane Whitten was born in 1854 in Winston County, Mississippi to Pleasant and Caroline Whitten. She was reared in Winston also, in the nearby community of Noxubee Hill / Gum Branch. Jake and Jane were married in August 1873. The Noxubee Hill community is located in northern Winston County, near the Choctaw County line, and Jake and Jane were listed on the 1880 census in Choctaw County with their one-year old daughter, Edna. We don't know when Jane died because her grave is apparently unmarked, or at least not found in the cemetery books for Winston or Choctaw County. And she is not listed in the Bethel Cemetery in Oktibbeha County where Jake and Edna were buried. The latest record I have found on Jane Whitten is a trust deed given by J.K. Stark and wife in December 1885, mentioned in a deed index in Winston County. The actual deed could not be found.
In April 1897, Jake K. Stark received a patent for land in Winston County near the present-day Shaw Springs Road north of Noxubee Hill. Two months later, in June 1897, Jake remarried to Margaret Chancellor. Jake and Margaret had a son, Homer, born to them the next summer in July 1898, and they are listed together on the 1900 and 1910 census for Winston County. From 1903 - 1910, Jake and Margaret bought and sold land in Winston County several times, including two transactions with Jane's sister-in-law Mollie Whitten and cousin Shep Whitten. In March 1918, Jake and daughter Edna were called to court in Winston County to give witness in a lawsuit over land. Jake and Jane's nephew, Jack Whitten Jr, was suing all the living descendants of his grandfather Pleasant Whitten over the taxes on a small piece of land that Pleasant had owned. Jack had been keeping up the taxes for many years and now wanted the court to order the land sold to reimburse him for the taxes he had paid. The court did as he asked. These were the last records I found for Jake or Margaret Stark. Margaret died in 1918 and was buried in Evergreen Cemetery, which is near the community of Noxubee Hill/Gum Branch. Jake died in 1923 and was buried in Bethel Cemetery, a small cemetery near the county lines for Winston, Choctaw, and Oktibbeha Counties.
Jacob K. Stark
Born: May 1849 in probably Winston County, Mississippi
Married: August 27, 1873 in Louisville, Winston County, Mississippi
Died: 1923 in probably Choctaw County, Mississippi
Buried: Bethel Cemetery, Oktibbeha/Choctaw Counties, Mississippi
Father: James Stark
Mother: Lettie Rowland
Mary Jane Whitten
Born: 1854 in probably Winston County, Mississippi
Died: Bet. 1885 - 1897 in probably Winston or Choctaw County, Mississippi
Buried: Unmarked, probably in Winston County or in Bethel Cemetery, Oktibbeha/Choctaw Counties, Mississippi
Father: Pleasant William Whitten
Mother: Caroline Spencer
Second Marriage of Jacob K. Stark
Married: June 08, 1897 in Louisville, Winston County, Mississippi
Spouse: Margaret Chancellor (1856-1918)
Bethel Cemetery -- near Sturgis, Oktibbeha County, in Twp 17, Rng 12, Sec 32:
John K. Stark, 1846-1923, Pvt Co. D 11 Cav
1850 Winston County, Mississippi Census: page 330, dwelling 203, family 205:
Stark, James. age 40 (1810), born SC
Stark, Letty, age 30 (1820), born SC
Stark, John, age 13 (1837)
Stark, Nancy, age 10 (1840)
Stark, Dixon, age 7 (1843)
Stark, George, age 4 (1846)
Stark, Jacob, age 2 (1848)
Betty Gillis Brown has information on the ancestors of this family as she is decended from Mary Stark Gillis, sister of this James Stark. James and Mary had a brother named Jacob K. Stark who was born in Newberry, SC in about 1822.
1860 Winston County, Mississippi Census: Louisville Post Office, Page 73, House 466/466:
Stark, L.E., head, female, age 43 (1817), born SC
Stark, J.H. (male, 24, 1836, SC), D.F. (male, 16, 1844, SC), G.G. (male, 14, 1846, SC), J.K. (male, 12, 1848, MS), DGR (female, 10, 1850, MS), J.C. (male, 7, 1853, MS), Jane Cannon (female, 59, 1801, SC)
1860 Winston County, Mississippi Census: Page 61, Dwelling 384, Family 383:
M.J. Whitten, Age 6 (1854), Born Mississippi, Living with P.H. and C. Whitten.
1870 Winston County, Mississippi Census: Twp 16 Rng 13 Webster, Page 11:
House 73/74 -- Starkes, Jacob, white male, age 21 (1849). Living with Noah Triplett, black male.
House 77/78 -- Stark, Lettie (head, age 32), Dorothy (age 19, 1851), James (age 17, 1853)
1870 Winston County, Mississippi Census: Louisville Post Office, Twp 16 Rng 12, Dwelling 77/77, Page 11:
Mary Whitten, Age 16 (1854), Born in MS, Living with Pleasant and Caroline Whitten.
1880 Choctaw County, Mississippi Census: Supervisor Dist 1, Enum Dist 41, Beat 5, Page 2, Dwelling 11/11:
Starks, J.K., Head, Age 32 (1848), Born in MS, Parents born in SC.
Starks, Jane, Wife, Age 27 (1853), Born in MS, Parents born in SC.
Starks, E.V., Dau, Age 1 (1879), Born in MS.
1900 Winston County, Mississippi Census: Supervisor Dist 5, Enum Dist 96, House/Family 67/68, Sheet 5, Line 22, Beat 1 North of Robinson Road, June 12, 1900.
Stark, Jake J., Head, born May 1849, age 51, married 3 yrs, born in MS, parents born in SC.
Stark, Margaret, Wife, born Apr 1856, age 44, married 3 yrs, mother of 1/1 children, born in MS, parents born in SC.
Stark, Homer B, son, born July 1898, age 1, born in MS.
1910 Winston County, Mississippi Census: Enum Dist 119, House 168/175, Sheet 245B, May 10, 1910:
Stark, Jacob K., head, 60 yrs. (1850), married 12 yrs, born MS, parents born SC
Stark, Margarette, wife, age 55 yrs (1855), married 12 yrs, mother 1/1 children, born MS, parents born MS
Stark, Homer, son, age 11 yrs (1899), born MS
Winston County, Mississippi Land Deeds:
On Dec 10,1885, J.K. Stark and wife granted a trust deed. The Land Deeds Index Book 4 listed the deed as being in deed book 5, page 189. I could not find deed. It was not on the page listed.
In April 1897, Jake K. Stark received patent for land in S19 T16 R12 (Shaw Springs Road north of Noxubee Hill). Deed 18-289.
In Jan 1903, J.K. and M.J. Stark of Choctaw County sold land in S19 T16 R12 (Shaw Springs Road). Deed 20-542. This must be Margaret. They married in 1897 and were listed together on the 1900 Winston census.
In Nov 1905, J.K. Stark bought land from S.M. and L.D. Whitten in S29 T16 R12 (Sheep Ranch Road). Deed 25-161. This is Shepherd M. Whitten, first cousin to Jake's first wife Jane Whitten Stark.
In Nov 1906, J.K. and M.J. Stark of Winston County sold timber in S29 T16 R12. Deed 25-162.
In Dec 1906, J.K. and wife M.J. Stark lost land by default in Secs 28 and 29 T16 R12 (Deed 24-419) but redeemed it back in April 1907 (Deed 24-472). (Noxubee Hill and Sheep Ranch Road)
In Mar 1907, J.K. Stark lost land due to unpaid taxes in Secs 28 and 29 T16 R12. They redeemed it back in Jan and Feb 1909.
In Nov 1908, J.K. Stark and E.V. Hunt sold land to Mrs. M.A. Whitten in Secs 4 and 5 T15 R12. W. Hunt and Edna Hunt appeared in Sturgis, Oktibbeha County. J.K. Stark appeared in Winston. Deed 28-71. Mrs. M.A. Whitten is Mollie Whitten, widow of Jack Whitten, brother to J.K.'s first wife Jane Whitten Stark.
In Jan 1910, J.K. Stark and wife M.J. sold land in Secs 28 and 29 T16 R12, 160 acres. Deed 28-570. This is Margaret, J.K.'s second wife.
On March 26, 1918, J.K. Stark and Edna Hunt waived service of citation and appeared in court to give witness in a lawsuit over land taxes. Winston County Chancery Case #1982.
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