Biography - Ezra Starkey

Ezra STARKEY, farmer, was born in Madison County, Ill., March 21, 1833, to David and Mary (JONES) STARKEY; father was born in Virginia in 1802; was taken to Madison County by his parents when quite a child; he remained in Madison County to the time of his death, which occurred in 1869; he was a farmer; he was the son of Russell STARKEY, a native of Virginia; mother was born in Madison County in 1809, and died in June, 1877; she was the daughter of William JONES, a native of Tennessee, who was a Baptist preacher; parents had eleven children, our subject being the third child. He remained with his parents, receiving an education, and assisted in tilling the soil of his father's farm until 1861, when he bought the farm upon which he now resides. In 1861, in Madison County, he married Mary S. DECK, a native of Madison County, born January 7, 1836, daughter of Nicholas and Elizabeth (DUGGER) DECK, first a native of Virginia, and the latter of Tennessee. Mr. and Mrs. STARKEY have had eight children, five of whom are living - Eliza J., Virginia, Charles, Forest and Tilden. He is a Democrat. Mrs. STARKEY's grandfather, Michael DECK, was in the Revolutionary war.

Extracted 20 Nov 2016 by Norma Hass from 1882 History of Bond and Montgomery Counties, Illinois, Part 2 Biographical Department, pages 240-241.

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