View Full Version : Historical info for Starkey Creek/Gap?

Stana Claus
10-28-2010, 03:11 PM
While looking at the Thunderhead Mountain quad topo map, checking out the Middle Prong's headwaters, I noticed a Starkey Gap on the A.T. just east of Brier Knob and just to the Blount Co. side of the Blount/Sevier Co. boundary. There is also a Starkey Creek coming off the Devil's Courthouse that feeds down into Sam's Creek then into Thunderhead Prong. I was wondering if anybody knows anything about the Starkeys they're named for, or where I might be able to find any historical info for that area. Starkey is my family name (and my son is a Sam), but we moved up here from south Louisiana and I'm curious about any family ties I might have to this area.

My dad traced our branch of the Starkeys back to England in the early 1600s and found when they came to the colonies, and I know one of Daniel Boone's brothers married a Starkey which would put some of them in this general area in the mid-to-late 1700s. I think it would be pretty neat to be able to tie the two branches together and explore my previously unknown Smoky Mountain heritage. Thanks in advance for any help anybody can provide.

Jim Casada
10-28-2010, 04:20 PM
Stana Claus--There's no coverage in Alan Coggin's Place Names of the Smokies. There may be a gazetteer for Tennessee, although I'm not aware of it, but if Coggin doesn't cover the name its origins are likely pretty obscure.

Jim Casada
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Stana Claus
10-28-2010, 05:19 PM
Thanks for looking, Jim. If you couldn't find it, I suspect it's going to be a pretty tough nut to crack. I may go back through my dad's geneology records and see if I can find a likely looking offshoot that might branch off this way.

10-29-2010, 01:51 PM
For a fee, you could research www.ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com) for info. I started to look at the site but I'm cheap and really not that interested.

Stana Claus
10-29-2010, 02:08 PM
Thanks, Knothead. I think my dad had posted all of his research on Ancestry.com, but I'll have to get my wife to look it up for me when she gets back from Nashville this weekend. I think her subscription has run out right now, but either way, I don't have the password to her account. I'm hoping she has it stored locally on her computer and will let me look at it. She's kind of picky about things like that. :smile: