Daniel Badgley STARR.
Obituary of David Badgley STARR, published Montgomery County News, March 21, 1879, page 5:
"David B Starr, The Oldest Native in the State.
David Badgley Starr was born March 9, 1802, near Eagle Cliff in Monroe County in this State, then known as Indiana Territory. He departed this life March 13th, 1879, at 9:12 PM at the residence of his son-in-law, Mr M[atthias] Miller, about two miles west of this city [Hillsboro].
Mr. Starr's father [John Starr] dying when he was about two years of age, his mother [Elizabeth Badgley Starr] some years after  married a man named [Abraham] Titsworth, who when young Starr was about eight years of age [error, should be four as took place in 1806] removed to Arkansas where the family resided for about two years. [By two other printed accounts, the family resided in Arkansas for only weeks.] When Mr Titsworth died, young David's mother moved back with her family [parents Reverend David Badgley and Rhoda Valentine Badgley] to this State, settling in St. Clair County where she again married, this time to a gentleman named [Joel] Smith.
In 1817, Mr Smith having purchased the saltworks then in operation in Bond County, he moved his family there where they resided until 1819 when the family removed to this [Montgomery] County, making the first improvement upon the now well-known Thomas McAdams' farm abour four miles southwest of this city. Here young Starr passed his youth. On the 9th of June, 1825, he was united in marriage with Jane Street, daughter of Elder James Street [and Mary Newton Street] of the Regular Baptist Church, who was one of the popular ministers of Illinois. Mr Street as minister solemnized the first marriage which took place in Montgomery County, after the organization of the County, as our County records show. In 1832 when the call came for troops to protect our frontier settlements from the merciless savage, Mr. Starr was among the first to enlist and served as orderly sergeant of Captain Hiram Rountree's Company through the Black Hawk War. [Hiram Rountree as Judge had also married DBS and JS in 1825.]
Mr. Starr has lived within a few miles of this city since he came to the county. He first settled what is known as the Old Starr Place near Mr. William Seymour's present farm. In November, 1839 he removed to the farm now occupied by his son-in-law, Mr. M W Miller, where he continued to reside till the time of his death.
On the 11th day of October, 1853, Mr. Starr suffered the great bereavement of his life in the death of his faithful wife. They had eleven children, four of whom died in infancy, and three after reaching maturity. Abraham [Badgley Starr] , a son, died after having served through the Mexican War, owing to disease brought on by exposure in camp. James [Newton Starr, another son, died in 1863 leaving a wife [Wincy Ann Price Starr m2 Robinson] and three children, only one of whom [Douglas Newton Starr] is now living. Julia Ann, a daughter, wife of William Keele, died in 1855 leaving no children [error, her two babies are buried with her at Clear Springs Cemetery]. Mr. Starr leaves four children surviving him, viz: John M[arion] Starr [m Matilda Alexander], David M[onroe] Starr [m Frances Scott Craig]; Mrs. Mary E [Starr]Miller [m Matthias Miller];, and Mrs. Martha LH [Starr] Canaday [m Caleb Canaday].
Mr. Starr had been in failing health some eighteen months prior to his death. On the 4th inst. he became much worse and gradually sank till the evening of the 13th when death ended his sufferings. He had given directions as to the manner of his burial and they were strictly followed by his children. He directed that he should be buried in his wedding pants, which he had carefully preserved, and without a coat. That his coffin should be of plain walnut with a flat lid and four holes should be made in the bottom, two at the head and two at the foot, and that it should not be enclosed in a box. He also directed that no funeral services should be held. In accordance with these directions his body was laid to rest in the cemetery of the church of which he was a member and loved so well---the Clear Springs Baptist Church, about four miles west of the town.
Mr. Starr was so well-known to the people of this county that it would be useless for us to attempt any analysis of his charter. He was scrupulously honest, extremely tenacious in what he believed to be right, and unwavering in his judgment and opinions when once formed. Besides his relatives he leaves a large circle of friends and acquaintances who will mourn his loss. He was at the time of his death one of the oldest if not THE oldest native Illinoisan living in the State."
NOTE: This obituary does not mention the half-sibs of David Badgley Starr. They were 1)Ezekiel Titsworth b 1806; 2) Wiley B Smith b ca 1820; and 3) a Smith daughter, whose name is lost to us.