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Colonel Andrew STARNS

Male 1873 - 1941  (67 years)


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  • Name Colonel Andrew STARNS 
    Born 11 Sep 1873  TN Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Name Colonel Andrew STARNES 
    Died 18 Jan 1941  St. Anthony Hospital, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, OK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Cause: Coronary embolism 
    Buried 21 Jan 1941  Memorial Park Cemetery, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, OK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • (1) Andrew STARNES/STARNS is listed in a household headed by his father, Henry STARNS, in the 1880 census of the 1st Civil District of Meigs County, TN. [The compiler believes that Henry STARNS was James Henry STARNES, Sr.]

      According to the 1880 census, Andrew was then 7 years of age; therefore, according to the 1880 census, he was born in about 1873. [The compiler believes that Andrew was Colonel Andrew STARNES/STARNS.] According to the 1880 census, he was born in TN.

      (2) Colonel A. STARNES is listed in a household headed by his brother, James H. STARNES, in the 1900 census of the 3rd Civil District of James [now Hamilton] County, TN. [The compiler believes that James H. STARNES was James Henry STARNES, Jr.]

      According to the 1900 census, Colonel A. was a salesman who was born in September 1874 and who was then 25 years of age. [The compiler believes that Colonel A. was Colonel Andrew STARNES/STARNS.] According to the 1900 census, he was born in TN, and both of his parents were born in TN. Also, according to the 1900 census, he had then been married 3 years.

      (3) Callahan, Clyde C. & Jones, Byron B., Pioneering in Kiowa County, Hobart, OK: Kiowa County Historical Society, 1976-1982, v. 4, p. 176:

      Hobart, though less than five years old, has made wonderful progress in all lines of enterprise and in no line is it more apparent than the retail grocery.

      One of our worthy firms in this line is Starns Brothers, located at the corner of Main and Sixth streets, where they occupy their own building, a two-story building 25 X 60 feet in dimensions. This firm was established August 10, 1903, and from what might be termed a "handful" of groceries have grown until they now carry a large and complete stock of staple and fancy groceries, produce, vegetables and fruits of all kinds in season. They have also just built a large brick cold storage cellar for the storage of fruits and vegetables. This firm has no specialty except high grade goods at lowest prices.

      They enjoy a large trade, requiring the services of two employees and two delivery wagons in the transaction of their business.

      The firm composes of C. A. and Stanton Starns. They are natives of Tennessee and have lived in Hobart since the opening of this country. They are recognized as among our prominent and progressive business men.

      (4) A household headed by Colonel STARNES is listed in the 1910 census of Hobart, Kiowa County, OK at 230 Lowe Street.

      Colonel is listed in the 1910 census as a merchant who worked in a grocery, and who was then 36 years of age; therefore, according to the 1910 census, he was born in about 1874. According to the 1910 census, he was born in TN, and both of his parents were born in TN. Also, according to the 1910 census, he had then been married 12 years. [The compiler believes that Colonel was Colonel Andrew STARNS.]

      Listed with Colonel is his wife, Ida A., who was then 29 years of age; therefore, according to the 1910 census, she was born in about 1881. According to the 1910 census, she was born in TN, and both of her parents were born in TN. Also, according to the 1910 census, she had been married 12 years and had given birth to 6 children, 4 of whom were then living. [The compiler believes that Ida was Ida L. STARNS.]

      Also listed with Colonel is his daughter, Reno, who was then 8 years of age; therefore, according to the 1910 census, she was born in about 1902. According to the 1910 census, she was born in TN, and both of her parents were born in TN. [The compiler believes that Reno was Rene STARNS.]

      Also listed with Colonel is his son, Melvin, who was then 6 years of age; therefore, according to the 1910 census, he was born in about 1904. According to the 1910 census, he was born in OK, and both of his parents were born in TN. [The compiler believes that Melvin was Colonel Melvin STARNS.]

      Also listed with Colonel is his daughter, Wilma, who was then 2 years of age; therefore, according to the 1910 census, she was born in about 1908. According to the 1910 census, she was born in OK, and both of her parents were born in TN. [The compiler believes that Wilma was Wilma Juanita STARNS.]

      Also listed with Colonel is his daughter, Morene, who was then 2 months of age; therefore, according to the 1910 census, she was born in about 1910. According to the 1910 census, she was born in OK, and both of her parents were born in TN. [The compiler believes that Morene was Ida Maurine STARNS.]

      Also listed at the same address is a household headed by Mode A. GROSS. [Note by compiler: Mode A. GROSS was a first cousin of Ida A. STARNS.]

      Mode A. is listed in the 1910 census as a salesman who worked in a grocery, and who was then 27 years of age; therefore, according to the 1910 census, he was born in about 1883. According to the 1910 census, he was born in TN, and both of his parents were also born in TN.

      Listed with Mode A. is his wife, Ola S. GROSS, who was then 18 years old; therefore, according to the 1910 census, she was born in about 1892. According to the 1910 census, she was born in TN, and both of her parents were also born in TN.

      (5) World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-18 [database online], Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2002:

      Name: Colonel Andy Starns
      City: Hobart
      County: Kiowa
      State: Oklahoma
      Birth Date: 11 Sep 1873
      Race: White
      Roll: 1851786
      Draft Board: 0
      Age: 45
      Occupation: Hotel; self-employed
      Nearest Relative: Ida Starns of Hobart, OK
      Registration Place: Hobart, OK
      Height: Medium
      Build: Medium
      Color of Eyes: Blue
      Color of Hair: Brown
      Signature: Colonel Andy Starns

      (6) A household headed by Colonel O. STARNES is listed in the 1920 census of Hobart, Kiowa County, OK at 401 South Jefferson Street.

      Colonel O. is listed in the 1920 census as a hotel manager who was then 46 years of age; therefore, according to the 1920 census, he was born in about 1874. According to the 1920 census, he was born in TN, and both of his parents were born in TN. [The compiler believes that Colonel O. was Colonel Andrew STARNS.]

      Listed with Colonel O. is his wife, Ida, who was then 34 years of age; therefore, according to the 1920 census, she was born in about 1886. According to the 1920 census, she was born in TN, and both of her parents were born in TN. [The compiler believes that Ida was Ida L. STARNS.]

      Also listed with Colonel O. is his daughter, Reno, who was then 17 years of age; therefore, according to the 1920 census, she was born in about 1903. According to the 1920 census, she was born in TN, and both of her parents were born in TN. [The compiler believes that Reno was Rene STARNS.]

      Also listed with Colonel O. is his son, Melvin, who was then 15 years of age; therefore, according to the 1920 census, he was born in about 1905. According to the 1920 census, he was born in OK, and both of his parents were born in TN. [The compiler believes that Melvin STARNES was Colonel Melvin STARNS.]

      Also listed with Colonel O. is his daughter, Wilma, who was then 12 years of age; therefore, according to the 1920 census, she was born in about 1908. According to the 1920 census, she was born in OK, and both of her parents were born in TN. [The compiler believes that Wilma was Wilma Juanita STARNS.]

      Also listed with Colonel O. is his daughter, Maurine, who was then 9 years of age; therefore, according to the 1920 census, she was born in about 1911. According to the 1920 census, she was born in OK, and both of her parents were born in TN. [The compiler believes that Maurine was Ida Maurine STARNS.]

      Also listed with Colonel O. is his son, Byron, who was then 7 years of age; therefore, according to the 1920 census, he was born in about 1913. According to the 1920 census, he was born in OK, and both of his parents were born in TN. [The compiler believes that Byron was Byron Eugene STARNS.]

      Also listed with Colonel O. is his daughter, Lucille, who was then 5 years of age; therefore, according to the 1920 census, she was born in about 1915. According to the 1920 census, she was born in OK, and both of her parents were born in TN. [The compiler believes that Lucille was Jennie Lucile STARNS.]

      Also listed with Colonel O. is his daughter, Jennette, who was then 2 years of age; therefore, according to the 1920 census, she was born in about 1918. According to the 1920 census, she was born in OK, and both of her parents were born in TN. [The compiler believes that Jennette was Evelyn Jeanette STARNS.]

      (7) Advertisement clipped from unknown newspaper [probably a Hobart, OK newspaper], sometime in or after 1951:

      "Your Home Away From Home" Since 1913

      Starns Hotel of 1913 Becomes Hobohola (Hovaka) Hotel of 1951

      Col. Starns Builds Hotel Building -

      Col. C. A. Starns is the founder of the present Hovaka Hotel. Col. Starns constructed the first unit of the building in 1911. The ground floor housed the Starns Grocery and Meat Market. The second floor, which included the present second and third floors, was leased to the Hobart Elks Club. In 1916 the Colonel constructed a 25-foot annex on the west side of the original building and used it as a hotel.

      Burke and Hoover Purchase Hotel -

      Jene Burke and his partner H. H. Hoover purchased the Starns property in 1917 and in 1918 remodeled the building. The 20-foot ceiling of the second floor was lowered[,] converted [sic, should be converting] the structure to a four story hotel building. Hoover purchased Burke's interest a few months later. He was sole owner until his death [illegible]. His son, Herbert C. Hoover and a daughter, [illegible] L. Hoover are present owners.

      Hovaka, Short for Hobohola -

      Hovaka is an Indian name originally spelled Hobohola. Harry Wagoner, Hobart, who was a partner of Burk [sic] and Hoover in an oil company suggested the name Hovaka for the Hotel. Harry recalls the company's first well was drilled on property belonging to Mrs. Singing Woman, wife of Hovaka.

      Hobart's Hovaka Hotel Today -

      Today the Hovaka is a modern hotel with 87 guest rooms. "Hank" Johnson has been manager of the hotel since 1947.

      The Hovaka is headquarters for oil men and cotton buyers in this area. It houses the Western Union office and the Hobart Charmber of Commerce office.

      The management plans to reopen the hotel coffee shop and banquet room in the near future.

      HOVAKA HOTEL

      "Hank" Johnson, Manager

      (8) A household headed by Colonel A. STARNES is listed in the 1930 census of Ward 2, Block 900, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, OK at 919 Northeast Eighth Street.

      Colonel A. is listed in the 1930 census as a building contractor who was then 57 years of age; therefore, according to the 1930 census, he was born in about 1873. According to the 1930 census, he was born in TN, and both of his parents were born in TN.

      Listed with Colonel A. is his wife, Ida, who was then 46 years of age; therefore, according to the 1930 census, she was born in about 1884. According to the 1930 census, she was born in TN, and both of her parents were born in TN.

      Also listed with Colonel A. is his son, Melvin, a carpenter who was then 24 years of age; therefore, according to the 1930 census, he was born in about 1906. According to the 1930 census, he was born in OK, and both of his parents were born in TN.

      Also listed with Colonel A. is his son, Byron, a parking yard attendant who was then 18 years of age; therefore, according to the 1930 census, he was born in about 1912. According to the 1930 census, he was born in OK, and both of his parents were born in TN.

      Also listed with Colonel A. is his daughter, Lucile, who was then 16 years of age; therefore, according to the 1930 census, she was born in about 1914. According to the 1930 census, she was born in OK.

      Also listed with Colonel A. is his daughter, Jennette, who was then 12 years of age; therefore, according to the 1930 census, she was born in about 1918. According to the 1930 census, she was born in OK, and both of her parents were born in TN.

      (9) The Daily Oklahoman, Oklahoma City, OK, October 18, 1936, p. 13:

      . . . E. H. Neff, 69-year-old city salesman, . . . 413 West California avenue, died Saturday [October 17, 1936] morning in Wesley hospital of injuries received Friday [October 16, 1936] night when he was struck by a car driven by C. A. Starnes, 1505 South Agnew avenue, in the 400 block West California avenue. . . .

      Services for Neff will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday [October 19, 1936] by Rev. S. M. Green from the Watts and McAtee funeral home. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.

      (10) A household headed by C. A. STRNO is listed in the 1940 census of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, OK. [The compiler believes that C. A.'s surname was really STARNS.] The official enumeration date of this household is April 1, 1940; the actual enumeration date of this household is April 20, 1940.

      C. A.'s household is listed on Micklandlee [?] Street. [Note by compiler: As far as the compiler knows, there was no street named Micklandlee in Oklahoma City in 1940. The street may have been McKinley.]

      C. A. is listed in the 1940 census as a carpenter who was then 67 years of age; therefore, according to the 1940 census, he was born in about 1873. According to the 1940 census, he was born in TN. According to the 1940 census, his residence as of April 1, 1935 was at the same place as it was as of April 1, 1940.

      Listed with C. A. is his wife, Norma, who was then 47 years of age; therefore, according to the 1940 census, she was born in about 1893. According to the 1940 census, she was born in TX. According to the 1940 census, her residence as of April 1, 1935 was at the same place as it was as of April 1, 1940.

      Also listed with C. A. is his step-daughter, Norma, who was then 5 years of age; therefore, according to the 1940 census, she was born in about 1935. According to the 1940 census, she was born in OK. According to the 1940 census, her residence as of April 1, 1935 was at the same place as it was as of April 1, 1940.

      (11) The Daily Oklahoman, Oklahoma City, OK, January 20, 1941, p. 12:

      COLONEL ANDREW STARNS

      Colonel Andrew Starns, a resident of Oklahoma about 43 years, died at St. Anthony hospital Sunday [January 19, 1941] after a two-week illness of a heart ailment. He lived at 916?? Northwest Sixth Street.

      Starns, 68 years old, was born in Tennessee, where he lived until he was 25 years old. He moved to Hobart, and at one time owned a grocery, meat market and hotel there. He moved to Oklahoma City in 1923. For the last five years he had been employed as a building contractor.

      Survivors include his wife, Norma Jean; five daughters, Mrs. R. A. Robinson [sic], Wichita, Kan.; Mrs. H. M. Lewis, Durant; Mrs. Maurine Cunningham, Norman; Mrs. B. [sic] L. Frost, Tulsa; and Mrs. J. T. Rutherford jr., Houston, Texas; and two sons, Melvin and Byron Starns, both of Norman.

      Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday [January 21, 1941] at Guardian funeral home, with burial in Memorial Park cemetery.

      (12) [Note: The following information has been reformatted by the compiler for the purpose of clarity]

      STANDARD CERTIFICATE OF DEATH
      State of Oklahoma

      State File No. _____
      Registrar's No. 58635

      1. PLACE OF DEATH:
      (a) County: Oklahoma
      (b) City or town: Oklahoma City
      (c) Name of hospital or institution: St. Anthony Hospital
      (d) Length of stay:
      In hospital or institution: _____
      In this community: _____

      2. USUSAL RESIDENCE OF DECEASED:
      (a) State: Oklahoma
      (b) County: Oklahoma
      (c) City or town: Oklahoma City
      (d) Street No.: 3800 Meridian [Note by compiler: the death certificate does not specify whether the address on Meridian was N.W. or S.W.]
      (e) If foreign born, how long in U.S.A.: _____ years

      3(a) FULL NAME: Colonel Andrews Starnes [sic]
      3(b) If veteran, name war: No
      3(c) Social Security No.: None

      4. Sex: Male

      5. Color or race: W

      6(a) Single, widowed, married, divorced: Married
      6(b) Name of husband or wife: Norman, Jean Starnes [sic]
      6(c) Age of husband or wife if alive: _____ years

      7. Birth date of deceased: September 11, 1872

      8. AGE: 68 Years, 4 Months, 7 Days; If less than one day: _____ hr. _____ min.

      9. Birthplace: Birchwood Tenn.

      10. Usual occupation: Contractor

      11. Industry or business: _____

      12. Name of father: Unknown

      13. Birthplace of father: Unknown

      14. Maiden name of mother: Unknown

      15. Birthplace of mother: Unknown

      16(a) Informant's own signature: Mrs. Norma Starnes [sic]
      16(b) Address: 3800 Meridian, Okla. City [Note by compiler: the death certificate does not specify whether the address on Meridian was N.W. or S.W.]

      17(a) Burial, cremation, or removal: Burial
      17(b) Date thereof: 1-21-41
      17(c) Place: burial or cremation: Memorial Park

      18(a) Signature of funeral director: Guardian Funeral Home
      18(b) Address: Oklahoma City, Okla.

      19(a) Date received local registrar: 1-20-41
      19(b) Registrar's signature: /s/ Lee Meuten[?]

      MEDICAL CERTIFICATION

      20. Date of death: Month: January; day: 18; year: 1941; hour: 11 PM; minute: _____

      21. I hereby certify that I attended the deceased from Jan. 12 1941 to Jan. 18, 1941: that I last saw him alive on Jan 18 1941; and that death occurred on the date and hour stated above. Immediate cause of death: Coronary embolism; Duration: 1 day; Due to Chronic caridovascular-venal disease; Duration: 1 year +; Due to Unknown; Other conditions: none

      22. If death was due to external causes, fill in the following:
      (a) Accident, suicide, or homicide (specify): _____
      (b) Date of occurrence: _____
      (c) Where did injury occur?: _____
      (d) Did injury occur in or about home, on farm, in industrial place, in public place?: _____ While at work?: _____
      (e) Means of injury: _____

      23. Signature: /s/ John A. Roddy M.D.
      Address: 811 Ramsey Tower, Oklahoma City
      Date signed: Jan. 20/ 41
    Person ID I74  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 8 Dec 2017 

    Father James Henry STARNES, Sr.,   b. Abt 1840, TN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Feb 1887, Birchwood, James [now Hamilton] County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 47 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Narcissus JOHNS,   b. Abt 1840, TN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 30 Jun 1887  (Age ~ 47 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 11 Jan 1861  Meigs County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Notes 

    • (1) http://www.tngenweb.org/meigs/memar_s.htm:

      Meigs County Marriages 1850-1900

      STARNS, Henry
      JOHNS, Narcissa
      11 Jan 1861

      (2) Henry LeRoy "Hank" JOHNS III :

      JOHNS Marriages
      Rhea and Meigs Counties, Tennessee
      (First Records to 1998)

      Groom First: Henry
      Groom Last: STARNES
      Groom Age:
      Bride First: Nances
      Bride Last: JOHNS
      Bride Age:
      State: TN
      County: Meigs
      Year: 1861
      Month /Day: January 13
      Source: Vol 3 (1857-1882), p. 41
    Family ID F750  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Ida Lynda GROSS,   b. 7 Jan 1880, Birchwood, James [now Hamilton] County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Oct 1956, Gainesville, Alachua County, FL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Married 10 Oct 1897  Birchwood, James [now Hamilton] County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Divorced 9 Jul 1934  Norman, Cleveland County, OK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 

    • (1) On June 11, 1934, Mrs. C. A. STARNS ("Ida"), as plaintiff, filed a petition for divorce from her husband, C. A. STARNS ("C. A."), as defendant, in the District Court of Cleveland County, OK, under case no. 12370. The law firm of Muldrow and Keller represented Ida, and C. A. represented himself, in the divorce proceeding.

      On June 11, 1934, the court entered a temporary restraining order against C. A., "restraining and enjoining the defendant from or in any manner interferring [sic] with the care and custory of the children or with the plaintiff, or from going to the house of the plaintiff and causing any annoyance or disturbance."

      On July 7, 1934, Ida filed an amended petition for divorce from C. A., in which she alleged:

      "That she is a resident in good faith of Cleveland County, State of Oklahoma, and has been for more than one year next preceeding [sic] the filing of this petition.

      "That the plaintiff and the defendant wars duly and legally married at Birchwood, Tennesaee, on the 10th day of October, 1897, and have since continued to be husband and wife.

      "That of this marriage seven children have been born to the plaintiff and defendant, viz; Rena [sic], age thirty-one, Melvin, age twenty-eight, Wilma, age twenty-six, Maurine, age twenty-four, Byron, age twenty-two, Lucile, age twenty, and Jeanett [sic], age sixteen. That Jeanett is in the care and custody of the plaintiff. [Note by compiler: Two other children, Earl and Glennie, were born of the marriage but died young.]

      "That the defendant has been guilty of extreme cruelty toward the plaintiff in that he has continually nagged at and abused her; that he has continually found fault with her and with practically everything that she has done; that on one occasion the defendant slapped and choked the plaintiff. That by reason of the facts hereinbefore set forth, defendant has made the life of the plaintiff unbearable; that he has kept her in constant mental strain and worry; that her health has been endangered; that she cannot continue to live with him as his wife,

      "Plaintiff further states that she and the defendant have a limited amount of personal property accumulated during their married life; that said. property briefly described is as follows:

      "Household and kitchen furniture.

      "Plaintiff prays that the court make an order awarding her the said personal property as part of the relief prayed for in this petition.

      "That the plaintiff is a fit and proper person to have the care and custody of the said minor child of the parties hereto, and that the care and custody of the child should be awarded to the plaintiff; that the plaintiff is entitled to an order of this court restraining and enjoining said defendant from in any way interferring with her or molesting her, and from interferring with her custody of the said child.

      "Plaintiff further states that she has always conducted herself toward the defendant as a true and faithful wife, and has given him no just cause or provocation for his extreme cruelty toward her as above set forth."

      On July 9, 1934, the court entered a decree of divorce which provides in part as follows:

      "The court, having heard the oral testimony of witnesses, sworn and examined in open court, and being fully advised of the premises, and on consideration thereof, finds that all the material allegations alleged in the plaintiff's petition are true, and that the plaintiff is entitled to an absolute decree of divorce from the defendant, by reason of the extreme cruelty of the defendant toward the plaintiff.

      "And the court finds that the plaintiff is without fault and that by reason of the acts of the defendant, and the fault of the degendant, plaintiff is entitled to a decree of divorce as prayed for. It is therefore, Ordered, Adjudged and Decreed by the court that the plaintiff be and she is hereby granted an absolute decree of divorce from the defendant.

      "The court further finds that the plaintiff is a fit and proper person to have the custody end control of the minor child of the parties hereto, namely, Jeanett [sic] age 16 years. It is therefore Ordered, Adjudged and Decreed by the court that the plaintiff be and she is hereby granted the absolute care and custody of the said child during her minority, and that the defendant have the right to visit said child at the home of the plaintiff at reasonable times, such visitations to in no way interfere with the custody and control of said child by the plaintiff.

      "It is further Ordered, Adjudged and decreed that the said plaintiff have and possess as and for alimony the household furniture, and the kitchen furniture; and the defendant is hereby ordered to convey the said property to the plaintiff, and it is further ordered that upon the failure of said defendant to execute said conveyance within five days from the date hereof, that this decree shall operate as such conveyance.

      "It is further Ordered, Adjudged and Decreed by the court that this decree does not become erfective until the expiration of six months from this date."
    Children 
     1. Byron Eugene STARNS, Sr.,   b. 20 Jan 1912, Hobart, Kiowa County, OK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Oct 1956, Gainesville, Alachua County, FL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years)  [natural]
     2. Ida Maurine STARNS,   b. 4 Feb 1910, Hobart, Kiowa County, OK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Oct 2005, Lubbock Heart Hospital, Lubbock, Lubbock County, TX Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 95 years)  [natural]
     3. Evelyn Jeanette STARNS,   b. 17 Dec 1917, Hobart, Kiowa County, OK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Aug 1974, Los Angeles County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years)  [natural]
     4. Jennie Lucile STARNS,   b. 4 Apr 1914, Hobart, Kiowa County, OK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Nov 1980, Indianapolis, Marion County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)  [natural]
     5. Wilma Juanita STARNS,   b. 17 Jan 1908, Hobart, Kiowa County, OK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Sep 1980, Oklahoma Memorial Hospital [now University Hospital], Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, OK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)  [natural]
     6. Glennie STARNS,   b. 21 Aug 1899, Birchwood, James [now Hamilton] County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 May 1904, Hobart, Kiowa County, OK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 4 years)  [natural]
     7. Earl STARNS,   b. 12 Sep 1898, Birchwood, James [now Hamilton] County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Oct 1898, Birchwood, James [now Hamilton] County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)  [natural]
     8. Colonel Melvin STARNS,   b. 19 Mar 1904, Hobart, Kiowa County, OK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Aug 1972, Norman, Cleveland County, OK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)  [natural]
     9. Rene STARNS,   b. 27 Jan 1902, Birchwood, James [now Hamilton] County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Apr 1961, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, OK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 8 Dec 2017 17:00:28 
    Family ID F742  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Norma Jean (REED),   b. Abt 1892, TX Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 19 Jan 1941  (Age ~ 49 years) 
    Married 7 Dec 1939  Moore, Cleveland County, OK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    License 7 Dec 1939  Norman, Cleveland County, OK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 

    • (1) [Note: The following transcript has been reformatted by the compiler for the purpose of clarity.]

      MARRIAGE RECORD

      APPLICATION FOR MARRIAGE LICENSE

      STATE OF OKLAHOMA, CLEVELAND COUNTY, ss:

      I, C. A. Starns of Oklahoma County, State of Oklahoma, aged 66 years, and legally competent to make and take an oath, do solemnly swear that I am Mr. C. A. Starns and am acquainted with Mrs. Jean Reed who are parties for the marriage of whom a License is hereby applied for. The said parties and each of them are of sound and contracting mind and unmarried and not disqualified or incapable under the law of entering into the marriage relation. The said parties are not of the relationship prohibited by law and may lawfully contract and be joined in marriage.

      I furthermore do solemnly swear that the following schedule, consisting the names of the aforesaid parties, their age, color, place of birth and residence are correct in every particular to the best of my knowledge and belief, to-wit:

      C. A. Starns, Groom; Age, 66; Color, W; Place of Birth, Tenn.; Residence, Okla. City, Okla.

      Mrs. Jean Reed, Bride; Age 47; Color, W; Place of Birth, Texas; Residence, Okla. City, Okla.

      Subscribed and sworn to before me this the 7th day of December 1939.

      /s/ Anna D. Green, Court Clerk,
      /s/ Cassie Warren King, Deputy.

      MARRIAGE LICENSE

      STATE OF OKLAHOMA, CLEVELAND COUNTY, ss.
      IN THE COUNTY COURT

      To Any Person Authorized to Perform the Marriage Ceremony?GREETING:

      You are hereby authorized to join in marriage Mr. C. A. Starns and Mrs. Jean Reed of the County aforesaid whose ages, residences, etc., are as follows:

      C. A. Starns, Groom; Age, 66; Color, W; Place of Birth, Tenn.; Residence, Okla. City, Okla.

      Mrs. Jean Reed, Bride; Age 47; Color, W; Place of Birth, Texas; Residence, Okla. City, Okla.

      And of this License you will make due return to my office withing thirty days from this date.

      IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of said Court at my office in Norman in said County, this 7th day of December A.D. 1939.

      /s/ Anna D. Green, Court Clerk,
      /s/ Cassie Warren King, Deputy.

      CERTIFICATE OF MARRIAGE

      STATE OF OKLAHOMA, CLEVELAND COUNTY, ss.

      I, Dr. A. E. Smith, Minister, Spiritualist Church of 408?? W. 2nd St. in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, do certify that I joined in marriage the persons named in and authorized by this license to be married on the 7 day of Dec., A. D. 1939, at Moore, in Cleveland County, Oklahoma, in the presence of Mrs. Willie Harris of Oklahoma City and Julia Kazel of Oklahoma City

      /s/ Dr. A. E. Smith
      Minister

      Mrs. Willie Harris
      Julia Kazel
      Witnesses

      (2) C. A. STARNS and Mrs. Jean REED were married by a Spiritualist minister. Following is an article about Spiritualism from Encyclopædia Brittanica, 2010, © 2010 Encyclopædia Brittanica, Inc.:

      Spiritualism, in religion, a movement based on the belief that departed souls can interact with the living. Spiritualists sought to make contact with the dead, usually through the assistance of a medium, a person believed to have the ability to contact spirits directly. Some mediums worked while in a trancelike state, and some claimed to be the catalyst for various paranormal physical phenomena (including the materializing or moving of objects) through which the spirits announced their presence.

      History

      Various forms of communicating with discarnate spirits of the recently deceased have been observed in communities around the world, but the purpose of such communication and the understanding of the nature of spirit existence varies considerably. Modern spiritualists point to the ancient accounts of spirit contact in the Bible: the visit of Saul, the king of Israel, to the so-called witch of Endor, in the course of which the late prophet Samuel appeared (I Samuel 28), and the story of the Transfiguration, in which Moses and Elijah appeared to three of Jesus' Apostles (Matthew 17, Mark 9). Some phenomena associated with mediums were found among those regarded in the Middle Ages as possessed by devils - e.g., levitation and speaking in languages unknown to the speaker. Similar phenomena were reported in the witch trials of the early modern period, particularly the appearance of spirits in quasi-material form and the obtaining of knowledge through spirits.

      Modern spiritualism traces its beginnings to a series of apparently supernatural events at a farmhouse in Hydesville, N.Y., in 1848. The owner and his family, as well as the previous occupants of the house, had been disturbed by unexplained raps at night. After a severe disturbance, the owner's youngest daughter, Kate Fox, was said to have successfully challenged the supposed spirit to repeat in raps the number of times she flipped her fingers. Once communication had apparently been established, a code was agreed upon by which the raps given could answer questions, and the spirit was said to have identified himself as a man who had been murdered in the house.

      The practice of having sittings for communication with spirits spread rapidly from that time, and in the 1860s it was particularly popular in England and France. Kate Fox (afterward Mrs. Fox-Jencken) and one of her sisters, Maggie Fox, devoted much of their later lives to acting as mediums in the United States and England. Many other mediums gave similar sittings, and the attempt to communicate with spirits by table turning (in which participants place their hands on a table and wait for it to vibrate or rotate) became a popular pastime in Victorian drawing rooms.

      The unconventional new movement naturally provoked opposition. There were not only verbal condemnations but occasional mob violence. Church leaders associated spiritualism with witchcraft. Some churches regarded the practices of the spiritualists as part of the forbidden activity of necromancy (communication with the dead in order to learn the future). A decree of the Holy Office of the Roman Catholic Church in 1898 condemned spiritualistic practices, though it approved of legitimate scientific investigation of related phenomena. Both Protestant and Catholic bodies released a steady stream of anti-spiritualist literature.

      Although inherently religious, during its first generation the movement avoided organizing as a church. Spiritualist associations began to appear in some areas of the United States in the first decades after the Civil War and finally formed a nationwide organization, the National Spiritualist Association (later the National Spiritualist Association of Churches), in 1893.

      Spiritualism also inspired the rise of the discipline of psychic research to examine the claims made by mediums and their supporters. A variety of techniques were developed to study not only basic psychic experiences (telepathy, clairvoyance, and precognition) but the more complex phenomenon of spirit contact. By the end of the 19th century, significant efforts were being made to verify the phenomena of mediumship, especially the occasional materialization of spirit entities. Many who participated in psychic research hoped for positive results and occasionally concluded that they had proved the existence of clairvoyance or established the reality of spirit contact. Among the most prominent supporters of spiritualist claims was the chemist Sir William Crookes (1832-1919), a president of the Royal Society (the national scientific organization of Great Britain), who investigated and pronounced genuine the materialization phenomena produced by medium Florence Cook.

      Those who placed their hopes in physical phenomena, however, were destined for disappointment. One by one, the mediums were discovered to be engaged in fraud, sometimes employing the techniques of stage magicians in their attempts to convince people of their clairvoyant powers. Professional magicians such as Harry Houdini joined efforts to expose the fraudulent practices of mediums, and in the 20th century the magicians Milbourne Christopher and James Randi became known as much for their efforts to debunk fake mediumship as for their stage work. The exposure of widespread fraud within the spiritualist movement severely damaged its reputation and pushed it to the fringes of society in the United States.

      Spiritualism fared better in Britain, especially in the 1950s after the repeal of the witchcraft laws, which had been used against mediums quite apart from any charges of fakery. It had its greatest success in France and Brazil, where it was known as spiritism and incorporated the idea of reincarnation. So successful has the movement been in Brazil that the French founder of spiritism, Allan Kardec, has been pictured on Brazilian stamps.

      The practice of mediumship enjoyed a rebirth in the 1970s as a significant activity within the New Age movement, which looked to the coming of an idealistic culture in the 21st century. New Age "channelers" claimed to contact a variety of disembodied entities, from Ascended Masters (spiritual beings who are believed to guide human destiny) to extraterrestrials and, like the spiritualists, the dead. While the New Age movement disappeared in the 1990s, channeling continued to enjoy a large appeal.

      Belief and practice

      Spiritualist belief developed during the early decades of the movement. A core belief of spiritualism is that individuals survive the deaths of their bodies by ascending into a spirit existence. A person's condition after death is directly related to the moral quality of his human existence. Communion with the spiritual world is both possible and desirable, and spiritual healing is the natural result of such communication. The spiritualists understand God as infinite intelligence.

      Historically, spiritualism was organized in small groups that conducted s??ances, or meetings for spirit communication. Larger gatherings were held for public demonstrations of spirit contact and psychic phenomena. These gatherings evolved into the Sunday church services that became common in spiritualist churches in the 20th century. Many associations also sponsored camps where believers could congregate in a leisurely atmosphere, have private sessions with mediums, and attend daily s??ances.

      Initially, spiritualist gatherings were concerned with demonstrating and investigating mental phenomena such as clairvoyance, telepathy, and the reception of messages from spirits. The messages that mediums claimed to receive were examined in order to build theoretical constructs for explaining how spirit contact could occur. Very early in the movement, however, s??ances featuring more spectacular physical phenomena were conducted, and mediums arose who specialized in such displays. Spirits were said to have the power to levitate objects, to speak independently of the medium, to leave pictures on photographic plates, and to materialize objects, including themselves.

      Also basic to spiritualist practice is "spirit healing." Among the precursors of spiritualism was the Magnetist movement, which had grown out of the magnetic healing theories of Franz Anton Mesmer. The Magnetists had specialized in spiritual healing and the public demonstration of magnetic phenomena (which included hypnotism). Spiritualism absorbed many of the assumptions of the Magnetist movement but maintained that healings were the result of spirit influence rather than magnetic power.

      Although spiritualist practices have been motivated by mere curiosity and fascination with the supernatural, they have also been driven by more serious concerns about the fate of the human soul. For those who have lost their faith in traditional Christianity, spiritualists have offered a new religion based not on an ancient tradition but on facts that apparently can be observed by anyone. Those for whom materialistic ways of thinking have precluded belief in a life after death have been given a new hope of immortality. Those suffering from grief after the death of loved ones have been offered the possibility of communicating with them. The strong involvement of emotion in both the acceptance and the rejection of spiritualism has made it difficult to appraise impartially the evidence for and against it.

      John Gordon Melton
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