Re: STARK (Luzerne Co., PA; Delaware Co., OH)
Work cut out indeed. Old family Bibles might hold clues, but it seems not many records survive from that time. I shudder when I hear of yet another flood of the Susquehanna River.
I have a Stark family somewhere in your mix, probably. It's a family name ... or an honorary name, anyway.
Abraham Wells (c 1774 Machackemeck) m'd (1)unknown and (2) Abigail Dixon. Abraham and Abigail are buried in Genoa Twp, Delaware Co., OH (walking distance north of Kingston Twp). Abraham's maternal grandmother was Blandina ROSENCRANS of the Minisink area; some in her family apparently settled in Wilkes-Barre near Plains in Luzerne County. Abraham, Abigail and their young family emigrated to Delaware County, OH, ca. 1819 with Amos Harding's group.
Abraham's first marriage to "unknown" produced two sons. The first (Nathaniel) died young. The second, John W. Wells, b 1799 in the Minisink area of NY/PA, married Sarah Roberts of Connecticut and named his eldest son Luther STARK Wells. Luther was born in Clifford, Susquehanna Co., PA, in 1820, became a doctor, then died unmarried in 1848 taking any clues to his middle name with him.
So ... they all lived near each other in Luzerne County, PA, and Delaware County, OH, with the surnames Rosencrans and Stark at the right time. It tells very little but I get the sense that a link to Abraham's first wife is in there somewhere. I wish I could find it.