Named for John Stark
John Stark [1728-1822] was a Lieutenant in the French & Indian War .
He was a Colonel from New Hampshire during the American Revolution, serving
at Bunker Hill in 1775. Stark commanded battles at Trenton and Princeton.
By 1777, he was a Brigadier General, and served until the end of the war.
Established in 1839
Formed from Knox and Putnam Counties on 2 Mar 1839.
Part of the Military Tract
Land granted to veterans of the War of 1812.
[More about the Military Tract]
Historical Timeline for Stark County
- 1829 - first settlement of European origin
- 1836 - towns of LaFayette, Osceola, and Wyoming platted
- 1839 - county established
- 1840 - population of county was 1,576
- 1841 - county seat designated - Toulon
- 1842 - first courthouse completed in Toulon
- 1856 - current courthouse finished
- 1863 - town of Bradford platted
Miscellaneous Historical Events
- First Presbyterian Church services in Elmira were conducted in Gaelic.
- Abraham Lincoln & Stephen A. Douglas spoke at the Toulon courthouse [but not on the same day]
- Lincoln is rumored to have had a tooth removed in Dr. Thomas Hall's Toulon
- Lincoln borrowed a lantern in the town of Saxon