Merrill Leroy Starr was born in the state of
New York in 1842 to
Daniel and Bathsheba (Chadwick) Starr. The Starr family moved to Perkins Township,
in the 1850s. During the Civil War,
Merrill L. Starr enlisted in Company E, Erie County, Ohio Ohio
8th Infantry Regiment. Military records indicate that he was
honorably discharged in 1863, after he was wounded at Antietam.
According to Erie County Probate
Court records, he married Kate
Cooper on December 5, 1867. From 1876 to 1880, he served as Erie
County Sheriff. Mr. Starr also was Superintendent of the
infirmary in 1870 and in 1884-1885. In the 1880s, he was a
partner in a shoe and boot business with E. W. Dewitt. Erie County
Merrill L. Starr died January 6, 1914 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Alfred Huntley on
Starr was survived by his widow, four daughters, a son, a brother and a sister.
He was buried in the .
Mr. Starr is sitting in front of the bench in the courtroom at the Erie County
Courthouse in this picture taken in 1875. Sand
To learn more about Merrill L. Starr and many other former
officials, see Elected to Serve,
by Patty Pascoe, in the Sandusky Library genealogy collection. Erie County