I have a book from the Tyler Texas HIstorical Society and Historical Commission. Name of Book STARSVILLE
This book has information on a son of Henry Starr the father of Benjamin Franklyn Starr.Josh Starr the brother of Bdnjamin Starr and son of Henry Starr, a Methodist preacher is the man creditedwith founding Starrsvill . But Starr did not simply treck into the wi lderness and arbitaraily choose a townsite. He knew well what he was doing when he bought 640 acres of land at the intersection of the Dallas Shreveport road and the Canton Walters Bluff road in December 1952. What better location could he had chosen for town site.
Was Josh Starr solely responsible for founding the town bearing his name? If any other businessmen and promoters were behind the secenes, their names are unrecorded and not known to us now. But for a man inexperienced at founding towns, Starrsville ssurely grew quickly.STarr had the to wn roughly divided into six blocks aorund a public square where a cimmunity well was dug. His town was appropriately named Starrsville. Starrsville had three main streets.
EVEn if Josuah Starr did not act alone in founding his town, he certainly had much influence on it. starr believed in education and h el ped organizethe schools in Stsrrsville, he had E.E. Lott Starrsville area resident and state representative from Smith County, to present a petition before the Texas Legislature in 1854 to incorporate Starr Accdemy and to prohibit the tetail of ardent spirits within one mile of same,." Every deed to a lot in Starrville contained the following clause ...shall not sell or vend or suffer sold or vended any ardent spirits, wines, or fermented liquors keep or suffer kept any gambling establishment whatsoever on said lot, and if any person or persons hereafterowing said house or lot shall violate either of the above and forgoing restrictions, then they shall forfeit all further rights and title to said lot and the same shall revert back to the said grantor.
My Hightowers sold the plantation the largest plantation in Fayette county in the early fifties and moved to Texas they kelp their slaves, the father died, but my ancestor Simon Hightower came back to Henry County, build a storehouse with the Masonic Lodge above it, he and his partner Caswell Black died early within two weeks of each other...on the tax list I think I did see a Black, but nothing on Simeon Hightower that married Francis K. Ogletree daughter of Hope Hull Ogletree and Francis C. Starr dsughter of Benjamin Franklin Starr brother to Josh Starr.
My Hightowers came south from I think Virginia settled in Clark county, then on the Fayette County where they owned the larges plantation inthe county, so they would have had the experience to help Josh Starr.. and I do know they left Fayette County about the time Starr settled Smith County Texas.