Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday - Rev. Peter Starr

Rev. Peter Starr
born September 1744
died July 17, 1829
5th great grand uncle of husband
Warren, Litchfield, Connecticut

The Rev'd Peter Starr died 17th July 1829, Aged 85 Having been pastor of the church in this town 57 years.

Sarah Starr his wife died 7th July 1809 Aged 61 years.

This stone is placed over their remains by their surviving sons.

"Whose boast is not that they deduce their birth from loins enthroned and rulers of the earth But higher far their proud pretensions rise The sons of parents passed into the skies."

of Ashford, County of Kent, England, who emigrated to
Boston, Mass., in 1635 ;
containing the names of 6766 of this descendants
and the record and history of 1794 families.
by Burgis Pratt Starr

Rev. PETER STARR. - son of Samuel 650, Josiah 391, Thomas 7, Dr. Comfort 1, - b. Sept. 1744 at Ridgefield, parish of Ridgebury. His father died in the Dec. following, and a pious mother cherished alone his infancy, guided his childhood, was the happy instrument of his early hopeful conversion and consecration to the gospel ministry. On his dying bed he remembered her with the most tender affection, and thanked God for her counsel and example. When 16 years of age he entered Yale Coll., graduated in 1764; taught school for three and one-half years; prosecuted his theological studies under the direction of Rev. Daniel Brinsmade and Rev. Joseph Bellamy, D.D., neighboring pastors; was licensed to preach June 6, 1769. In 1771 he commenced preaching in Warren, Litchfield Co., Conn.: accepted a call to settle; ordained Mch. 13, 1772, and continued his faithful pastorate until his death, a period of 57 yeas. In Mch., 1794, he performed missionary service in Vermont; in 1813 was chosen Fellow of the Corporation of Yale College; resigned in 1818.

His preaching was evangelical and practical. During his ministry 306 were received into the church on profession. In his 85th year he was suddenly stricken with fatal illness, and exclaimed, "Blessed Jesus, to thy hands I commend my departing spirit," but revived, and patiently, calmly waited for two months longer, and d. July 17, 1829. While lingering, he said, "Whoever preaches my funeral sermon, I wish nothing to be said in eulogy of me, for I die an unworthy sinner. I have always been an unprofitable servant. If I am saved, it will be by sovereign grace through Jesus Christ." They laid him to rest in the village graveyard by the side of a venerated mother, a valued wife, four beloved children, and among the congregation to whom he had ministered.

1 comment:

  1. I really enjoyed the story of Rev. Starr. I've never seen a slanted gravestone such as this, it's beautiful.