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Updated April 26, 2008

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This homepage includes research done on the Starling and Fanucchi families, which have been joined together by the marriage of my wife Mary and I, June 04, 1977. There are photos of family on both sides, and some photos of cemeteries and gravestones.

Ed Starling



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Family Photos
  • Allen Cemetery, Miller County, Missouri (222 KB)
    This photo shows Allen Cemetery, where several generations of Starlings are buried. The family patriarch, Thomas Day Starling, is buried here, as well as many of his descendents. He and his wife Elizabeth (Bryan) settled in Pleasant Mount, Saline Township, Miller County, after moving from the Mooresburg area of Hawkins County, East Tennessee between 1841 and 1850. Rolling farmland surrounds this cemetery on a hill; mostly pasture and field crops.
  • Walthall-Fanucchi Wedding (189 KB)
    A photograph of the Fanucchi family at the Walthall-Fanucchi Wedding, Indian Hills, Jefferson County, Colorado, May 5,1990. Left to right: Joseph John Fanucchi, Gertrude Rose (Friedrich) and John Marion Fanucchi, Sr., Elizabeth Rose Dixon, Christine "Tina" Anne (Fanucchi) Dixon, Andrew Frederick Starling, groom & bride John Marion Fanucchi, Jr., and Shirley Ann Walthall, Blaise Thomas Fanucchi, Mary Catherine (Fanucchi) Starling, Teresa Marie (Fanucchi) Groesbeck holding Katherine Anne Groesbeck, Thomas John Starling, and Vincent Ignatius Fanucchi.
  • Abbott's Creek Prim. Baptist Church Cemetery, NC (240 KB)
    Abbott's Creek Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery in Davidson County, North Carolina, is an "architechtural" marvel, noted for its carved headstones featuring styles adapted from furniture carpentry (the fylfot cross in particular). It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places under architecture/engineering (see Many Smith, Teague and Welborn family members are buried here from the late 1700's and early 1800's. These families intermarried locally before a group of them moved on to Barren and Monroe Counties in Kentucky. The Welborn name married into the Gilleland clan in Kentucky, and the family of Samuel and Mary (Welborn) Gilleland moved to Missouri, eventually joining with the Starling lineage there.
  • Family of Otto and Emilie Friedrich, circa 1915 (57 KB)
    Family photo postcard of Christian Heinrich Otto and Emilie Luise (Krähmer) Friedrich, with their son and daughters. Left to right: Gertrud, Alfred and Milda; Liebschwitz, Thuringia, Germany, circa 1915. Otto was brother to Hermann Heinrich Friedrich, both sons of the saddler Heinrich Christian and Ernestine Auguste (Schuster) Friedrich of nearby Zwötzen bei Gera (Zwötzen, suburb of Gera). Brother Hermann immigrated to the United States and established the Friedrich family in California. Otto, a spinner by trade, remained in Germany.
  • Fanucchi-Starling Wedding (129 KB)
    Wedding photo of Mary Catherine Fanucchi and Edward Lawrence Starling, Willow Glen Baptist Church, San Jose, California, June 4, 1977.
  • Ed & Mary Starling (71 KB)
    Edward Lawrence and Mary Catherine (Fanucchi) Starling. This is a photo of our better selves, about 1984, at a company Christmas party.
  • William Posten, member Grand Army of the Republic (45 KB)
    Portrait of William Posten taken in Olean, Miller County, Missouri; wearing a G.A.R. badge from Joe Hooker Post No. 17, Hutchinson, Kansas. William was husband to Mary M. (Burlingame) Posten. Their marriage record from Morgan County, Ohio, spells the last name as "Paxton".
  • Fanucchi-Groesbeck Reception (109 KB)
    James Wilson Groesbeck and Teresa Marie Fanucchi at their wedding reception, 1986.
  • Tintype of Mary M. (Burlingame) Posten, circa 1885 (36 KB)
    This tintype of Mary M. (Burlingame) Posten was kept in the Posten Family Bible, and furnished by her great grandaughter, Chrystal Nadyne "Nina" (Lily) Beets. Mary was wife to William Posten; married in Morgan County, Ohio, January 19, 1847. They moved to Miller County, Missouri, where she died and was buried in Salem Cemetery, north of Eldon.
  • Starling-Colerick Wedding (47 KB)
    Wedding photo of John Clayton Colerick and Sheryl Margaret on Starling, Montrose, California, December 15, 1984.
  • On the Pickering Ranch (80 KB)
    Photo of Dora (Fanucchi) and Charles Russell Pickering, with daughter Linda Amy in the saddle, on their ranch.
  • William H. Posten, Spanish-American War (56 KB)
    Photo of William H. Posten, Company L, 2nd Missouri Volunteers, Camp George H. Thomas, Chickamauga Park, Walker County, Georgia, 1898; Spanish-American War. He was a cousin to John Frederick Starling, and returned to live in Miller County, Missouri after the war.
  • Starling Family Reunion, 1982 (123 KB)
    Extended Starling family reunion at the home of Ronald and Marilyn Potter, Pomona, California, December 27, 1982.
  • Camping at Markleeville, about 1964 (99 KB)
    The Fanucchi family, camping at Markleeville, Alpine County, California. Back -- Tina, John Sen., Joe, John Jr.; front -- Blaise, Teresa, Vince and Mary. Gertrude snaps the photo. About 1964.
  • Sadie with Alleyne & Emil (45 KB)
    Family portrait of Sadie Eunice (Dowler) Starling with children Mary Alleyne and Emil Dowler Starling; Olean, Miller County, Missouri.
  • Underwood-Starling Wedding (76 KB)
    Wedding of Sylvia Gilbert Underwood and Frederick Edward Starling, Upland, California, November 6, 1938.
  • Giuseppe & Annunziata Fanucchi, and baby Dora (45 KB)
    This portrait is of Giuseppe and Annunziata (Paoletti) Fanucchi, with their first child, Fedora (better known as "Dora"). The portrait was taken in 1913, Bakersfield, Kern County, California. This is the city in which the couple settled after immigrating from Tuscany, Italy, and where their 4 children were born.
  • Four Generations of Millers (125 KB)
    Family group including four generations of Miller males. Left to right, oldest to youngest: Christopher Miller, son David Gilbert Miller, grandson in line David Miller, and great grandson not of the same line Howard Sparks; circa 1920.
  • Thomas Edward & Mary (Fruchey) Dowler, circa 1880 (56 KB)
    Portrait of Thomas Edward and Mary Elizabeth (Fruchey) Dowler, Moniteau County, Missouri. Their marriage on December 30, 1880 was the second for both of them. T. E. was previously married to Catharine Johnston, and Mary was formerly married to Amos S. Waltermire. They had one child together, Sadie Eunice Dowler, who married John Frederick Starling, February 22, 1904.
  • Sylvia Starling with Kids, Pomona, CA (57 KB)
    This portrait of most of the Starling family was taken at the Pomona residence, circa 1954. Left to right -- Karen Monette, Edward Lawrence ("Eddie" at the time), Sylvia Gilbert (Underwood) Starling (Mother) and Sheryl Margaret.
  • Joseph and Louisa Hannah (Scott) Underwood (85 KB)
    Portrait of Joseph and Louisa Hannah (Scott) Underwood. They lived in Dexter, Jefferson County, New York.
  • The Hessian House, Northampton County, PA (111 KB)
    This fieldstone house, located in Lower Saucon Township, Northampton County, Pennsylvania, was lived in by Johanne Frietrich and Anna Maria (Godhard) Frutschi and their family in the mid-1700s, during the Revolutionary War. It was used by the British to house Hessian mercenaries. The corner stones were formerly ships' ballast. Each window is a different size, the frames fixed with dowling. It is adjacent to County Line Road on the southern border of the county. Ed L. Starling stands in front.
  • Underwood Family Gathering, Ontario, California (123 KB)
    Photo of the Underwood extended family at the home of Chloe (Woods) Underwood. Left to right: Herbert Craig Wiles, Julie Arden Wiles, Ruthe Alys (Underwood) Wiles, Gordon Miles Underwood in front of Herbert Bramwell Wiles, Karen Monette Starling, Marcia Jean (Beasley) and Gordon Mayhew Underwood with Edward Lawrence Starling in front, Lynne Dianne Wiles, Sheryl Margaret Starling, and Frederick Edward and Sylvia Gilbert (Underwood) Starling. Taken before 1960.
  • Underwood Family Plot, Terre Haute, IN (133 KB)
    This is a photo of the Underwood Family Plot in Woodlawn Cemetery, Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana. Burials contained in this plot include Morell Underwood, his wife Teresa (Mayhew) Underwood, their daughter Adah Louise Underwood, their grandson Guy Vernon Underwood (infant child of their son Guy Francis Underwood). October 2004.
  • Asa & Sarah (Severance) Burlingame, bef. 1850 (88 KB)
    Double portrait of Asa Franklin and Sarah E. (Severance) Burlingame, Morgan County, Ohio; photo copy of a photo copy (best it could be). Asa and Sarah (second wife) marry in Ohio in September 1822. They later move to Missouri taking all their children (some from Asa's former marriage remain in Ohio). Their daughter Mary M. married into the Posten clan which then connects with the Starling clan in Missouri.
  • Woods Family, Gunnison, Colorado, 1888 (78 KB)
    Family grouping of Huldah Eliza (Miller) and John Thomas Woods with their daughter, Chloe Margaret Woods; Gunnison, Gunnison County, Colorado.
  • Mayhew Monuments; Franklin and Clarissa (Richmond) (138 KB)
    This is a photo of the burial monuments for Franklin Mayhew (right), and Clarissa (Richmond) Mayhew (left), husband and wife; Bethesda Cemetery, West Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana. Clarissa was also known as "Clara". Joseph was her second husband; her first was a Mr. McFarlin or McFarland. Taken October 2004.
  • Joe Fanucchi, Diving off Cancún, Mexico (42 KB)
    Underwater photo of Joe Fanucchi, feeding a school of fish off the coast at Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico, August 1996.
  • Fanucchi Burials, Joseph and Annunziata (Paoletti) (137 KB)
    This is a photo of the burial marker for Joseph and Annunziata (Paoletti) Fanucchi; Union Cemetery (Catholic Section), Block 117, Bakersfield, CA. They were immigrants from the Province of Lucca, Tuscany, Italy, who settled in Bakersfield. Joseph changed his name from the Italian "Giuseppe". Annunziata went by the name "Annie". Photo taken April 20, 2003.
  • Paolo & Elisobetta Paoletti, Lucca, Italy (66 KB)
    Photo of Paolo and Elisobetta (Luporini) Paoletti, District of Lucca, Tuscany, Italy, taken sometime after 1887. Their daughter Annunziata immigrated to the United States, marrying Giuseppe Fanucchi, and settling in Bakersfield, Kern County, California.
  • The Friedrich Family, Tracy, CA (72 KB)
    The Friedrich family is posed for a photo in their yard at the Tracy residence, circa 1926. Left to right -- Walter Rudolph, Hermann Heinrich Friedrich (Papa), Gertrude Rose, Alfred Herman, Christine (Muttenthaler) Friedrich (Mama), Mary Louise and Herman Otto.
  • Visiting Sunday at St. Joseph's Seminary (82 KB)
    Visiting Sunday, 1966 - The Fanucchi family assembles for a photo on the steps at St. Joseph's Seminary, Mountain View, California. They are visiting brother Joe, who attended here before changing career goals to enter the medical profession. Left to right, back row - John Marion Fanucchi (Dad), Blaise Thomas, Mary Catherine, Joseph John (the attendee); front row - John Marion, Vincent Ignatius, Teresa Marie, Christine Anne, and Gertrude Rose (Friedrich) Fanucchi (Mom).
  • Joseph Finley & Margaret Jane (Overstreet) Woods (49 KB)
    Portrait of Joseph Finley and Margaret Jane (Overstreet) Woods, probably Hannibal, Missouri, after 1859.
  • Tracy Dist. Cemetery, Tracy, San Joaquin Co., CA (100 KB)
    This is a view of Tracy District Cemetery, looking out over the Friedrich family plot, in the flat area just beyond the headstones in the foreground. Hermann Heinrich Friedrich, immigrant from Gera, Germany, and wife Christine (Muttenthaler), immigrant from Grein, Austria, married and lived in Richmond, Brentwood, and Tracy, California. Hermann owned and operated a butcher shop in Tracy, the town where they raised their family of 5 children to adulthood. Some of their offspring are buried here; Herman, Gertrude and Mary. Son Herman worked for Southern Pacific Railroad out of Tracy. Gertrude married John Fanucchi, settling in Stockton, CA. Mary married Wayne Oakley, and they lived in Richmond, CA. Wayne is buried next to Mary. (NOTE: Hermann changed the spelling of his name to "Herman" after immigration, and that is how it appears on the stone he shares with his wife.)
  • Chloe E. (Gilbert) Miller, Abt. 1860 (55 KB)
    This is a portrait of Chloe E. (Gilbert) Miller, wife of Christopher Miller, Bryan, Williams County, Ohio, circa 1860. She died of tuberculosis, December 08, 1878, at the age of 55.
  • The Goat Cart with John & Dora, Zia Elvira (124 KB)
    Photo of siblings John and Dora Fanucchi, with Zia Elvira Fanucchi; Bakersfield, Kern County, California, 1921-1922.
  • Christopher Miller (46 KB)
    Portrait of Christopher Miller, about 1910; widower of Chloe Eliza (Gilbert) Miller.
  • Carlo & Estere Fanucchi, His Mother Maddelena (45 KB)
    Family photo of Estere (Luperini) and husband Carlo Fanucchi, with his mother Maddelena; District of Lucca, Tuscany, Italy.
  • Olean Band, Miller County, Missouri (239 KB)
    Photo of the Olean Band, Miller County, Missouri. John Frederick Starling is third from the left with the baritone.
  • M. Underwood, Dealer in All Kinds of Feed (66 KB)
    Photo of the feed store of Edwin Morell Underwood and the undertaker next door, about 1893, Terre Haute, Indiana (Morell is on the left).
  • Fanucchi Kids on Easter Sunday, Stockton, CA, 1959 (114 KB)
    Backyard photo of the Fanucchi children dressed up for Easter Sunday, Stockton, San Joaquin County, California, 1959. Left to right: Joseph John, Blaise Thomas, Christine "Tina" Anne, Mary Catherine, and Vincent Ignatius.
  • Dowler Gathering, Washington County, PA (65 KB)
    A gathering of elder Dowler siblings; Mary Jane (Dowler) Holmes (center back) with (seated) Thomas Edward Dowler on the left and George W. Dowler on the right; others not known. All the elders are offspring of Joseph and Hannah Elizabeth (Frazier) Dowler. Photo probably taken at the Holmes residence, Washington County, Pennsylvania (photo was in the possession of Peg Duffy, a descendant of Mary Jane).
  • Theressa (Mayhew) Underwood (48 KB)
    Portrait of Theressa (Mayhew) Underwood, wife of Morrell Underwood, about 1890, Terre Haute, Indiana.
  • Fishin' is Relaxin' (64 KB)
    This is a photo of John Marion Fanucchi, Sr. enjoying his favorite pastime, fishing from a riverbank. Photo by Joe Fanucchi.
  • Emil Starling and the Bean Harvester (99 KB)
    Photo of Emil Dowler Starling by a bean harvester he used in California's Central Valley fields, September 1964. Emil is the second child and eldest son of John Frederick and Sadie Eunice (Dowler) Starling.
  • Bakersfield Grocery, 1918 (67 KB)
    Italian grocery store, Bakersfield, California, 1918. Joe Belluomini and Joe (Giuseppe) Fanucchi.
  • SR-71 Division (61 KB)
    Group photo of the SR-71 Division, Frederick Edward Starling in center of back row. He was a member of the "Skunk" crew, which maintained the fleet of SR-71 Blackhawks during a period of government secrecy. LETTER OF APPRECIATION To: The SR-71 Division From: C. L. Williams, C. W. Cason, M. E. Rushing Subject: COMMENDATION "This is presented to you in recognition of your outstanding performance on the last three PDM aircraft. These three aircraft were delivered to our Customer with zero FOD discrepancies and zero quality discrepancies. In addition, significant improvements have been made in our budget and schedule position." Signed C. L. Williams, C. W. Cason, and M. E. Rushing (not dated)
  • Hermann Friedrich & Friend, San Francisco Tintype (109 KB)
    Tintype of Hermann Heinrich Friedrich (in the bowler hat) with a friend, posed in front of a painted backdrop of the original Cliffhouse. Not dated, friend's name unknown.
  • Joe Fanucchi, Bakersfield, 1962 (43 KB)
    Fanucchi Family immigrant patriarch Joe (Giuseppe) Fanucchi at home in Bakersfield, California, 1962.
  • The Trumpeter (77 KB)
    Photo of the Starlings at home. Left to right: Sadie Eunice (Dowler), son Frederick Edward, John Frederick, and daughter Mary Ruth Starling. About 1930.
  • Central Market, Hermann Friedrich waiting (159 KB)
    Photo of butcher Hermann Heinrich Friedrich (left) and other staff waiting on customers at the Central Market in Tracy, California.
  • James Albert and Mary Blanche Starling (63 KB)
    Portrait of James Albert and Mary Blanche (Posten) Starling, about 1876, Miller County, Missouri.
  • The Prussians, Robert Friedrich and Comrades (119 KB)
    Postcard photo of Robert Friedrich, left (elder brother of Hermann Heinrich), and comrades in Prussian soldier uniform, date uncertain.
  • Civil War Tintype, Thomas Edward Dowler (55 KB)
    This is a tintype taken of Thomas Edward Dowler about 1863, during the Civil War. Enlisted, September 23, 1862; Private, Company C, 22 Regt., Pennsylvania Cavalry. Served detached duty in Q.M. Dept; Orderly for Col. Mulligan, 2nd Division, New Creek, November 1863. Honorable Discharge, Private, Company B, Ringold Batallion, Pennsylvania Cavalry, June 01, 1865.
  • Estere (Luperini) Fanucchi, mid-1800's (107 KB)
    Colorized portrait of Estere (Luperini) Fanucchi, wife of Carlo Fanucchi; Tuscany, Italy, mid-1800's. Furnished by granddaughters Dora Pickering and Josephine Audap.
  • Sisters Elvira and Elena Fanucchi (94 KB)
    Photo of Elvira and Elena Fanucchi, daughters of Carlo and Estere (Luperini) Fanucchi, Lucca, Tuscany, Italy.
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