Some regional famous ancestors are: - the woodcarvers Kolju (Nikola) Mateev (Starbana) (1785-1862), Jonko Kolev Marangozchiyat (Starbanow) (1810-1876) and Nikola (Kolju) Jonkov Marangozov (1835-1905) who made the Iconostase in Batoshovo and Troyan Monastir as well as the ones in the churches of Sevlievo and Gumoshnik. And who were members of the Revolutionary Committee of the Apriltsi Uprising, building two cannons for the rebels. - the author of "Novoselsko Westanie", Ivan Marangozov (1874-1959) - Kolju Todorov "Kovatch" Mateev (1844-1876), the Smith who was cruelly killed by turkish Bashibosuk in 1876 in the Apriltsi Uprising. A monument was erected for his honnor. - Dr. Ivan Christov Pachnikov (1920-?)
If you have any information regarding one family name (despite the mentioned places) or one of the mentioned person, please contact me! I can offer hints regarding a big collection of different Shtarbanov-families as well as two books of families of Novo Selo and Ostrets (both now Apriltsi).