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Roland Rufus Starling was born on June 8, 1853, in Florida, his father, William, was 19 and his mother, Lucinda, was 16. He married Martha Prevatt in 1874 in Volusia County, Florida. He then married Martha Elizabeth Purdom and they had six children together. He died on May 4, 1908, in Florida, at the age of 54, and was buried in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Martha Elizabeth Purdom was born on June 23, 1852, in Alachua County, Florida, her father, William, was 18 and her mother, Margaret, was 19. She married William James "Jim" Jolly and they had one son together. She then married Roland Rufus Starling and they had six children together. She died on September 30, 1939, in Holly Hill, Florida, at the age of 87.
William James "Jim" Jolly was born in 1848 in Nichols, South Carolina, the child of Andrew Absalom 'App' and Rhoda Jane. He married Martha Elizabeth Purdom and they had one son together. He then married Mary Elizabeth Hume and they had one son together. He died on September 23, 1940, in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, at the age of 92, and was buried in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Ira Christopher Starling and his father:

Ira Christopher Starling sent money home while he was in the military. Ira wanted his father, Roland Rufus Starling, to keep the money for him until he got home. Roland spent the money instead of saving it for his son. When it was getting close to time for Ira to come home Roland went out into the woods hunting and did not come back. They finally found Roland, 2 miles West of Holly Hills, about 3 - 4 weeks later, in the woods. Roland had died from poisoning. Roland was all covered with leaves, etc. They don't know if he was bitten by a poisonous snake, ate a poisonous berry or committed suicide because he spent his son's money.

Roland Rufus Starling died on May 4, 1908 in Holly Hill, Florida. They did not find his body until June. Roland is buried at Pinewood Cemetery, lot #77, in the newer part. On his tombstone it reads "Found dead in woods". Services were at 4:00 P.M. on June 6, 1908,with Rev. Cooper.

Roland was living in Kingston at the time of his death.                          

 1860 United States Federal Census

Name:Robin B Starling
[Rolin[g] [R] Starling] 


Birth Year:abt 1853


Birth Place:Fla

Home in 1860:Volusia, Florida

Post Office:Volusia

Family Number:116

Value of real estate:View image

Household Members:


William Starling26

Robin B Starling7

Angelina Starling4

1880 United States Federal Census

Name:Martha Starling
[Martha Elizabeth Purdom Starling] 


Birth Year:abt 1856


Home in 1880:Volusia, Volusia, Florida



Relation to Head of House:Wife

Marital Status:Married

Spouse's Name:Rolin Starling

Father's Birthplace:Georgia

Mother's Birthplace:Georgia

Neighbors:View others on page

Occupation:Keeping House

Cannot read/write:
Deaf and dumb:
Otherwise disabled:
Idiotic or insane:

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Household Members:


Rolin Starling24

Martha Starling24

Charlie Jolly Starling8

Ida Starling4

Joseph Starling3

Rosella Starling1

1885 Florida, State Census, 1867-1945

Name:R R Starling




Birth Place:Florida

Est. Birth Year:abt 1853

Relationship to Head:Head

Family Number:2

Marital Status:Married

Spouse Name:M E Starling

Father's Birth Place:Georgia

Mother's Birth Place:Georgia

Census Year:1885





Archive Series #:M845, Roll 13

Household Members:


R R Starling32

M E Starling32

C J Starling15

J E Starling11

M J Starling9

R E Starling7

B A Starling4

Lera C Starling0

1900 United States Federal Census

Name:Rolling R Starling


Birth Date:Jun 1853


Home in 1900:Daytona, Volusia, Florida



Relation to Head of House:Father in Law

Marital Status:Married

Spouse's Name:Martha Starling

Marriage Year:1874

Years Married:26

Father's Birthplace:Georgia

Mother's Birthplace:Georgia

Occupation:View on Image

Neighbors:View others on page

Household Members:


John Odum27

Ida Odum26

Mildred Odum9

Clarence Odum2

Rolling R Starling46

Martha Starling47

Ira Starling15

Roling R Starling

Birth: Jun. 6, 1853

Death: May 21, 1908

Family links: 
  Joe Starling (1875 - 1949)*
*Calculated relationship


Pinewood Cemetery 
Daytona Beach
Volusia County
Florida, USA

1870 United States Federal Census

Name:Martha Jolly

Age in 1870:20

Birth Year:abt 1850

Birthplace:South Carolina

Home in 1870:Alachua, Florida



Post Office:Gainesville

Value of real estate:View image

Household Members:


James Jolly22

Martha Jolly20

Martha Elizabeth Purdom Jolly Starling died at home on September 30, 1939 at 8:40 A.M. in Holly Hill, Florida, at the age of 87, from urenia. At the time of her death she lived at 331 Second Street, Holly Hill, Fla. Martha Starling was Baptist. Ira Christopher Starling,who lived in Miami, Florida, was the informant. Martha Starling's funeral cost was $104.00: $100.00 for the casket and $4.00 for a dress. Ira Christopher Starling paid $54.00 on October 1 and C.W.Watson paid $50.00 on October 24.

Martha Starling was buried on October 2 at 3:00 P.M., in Shady Rest Cemetery in lot 153, space 1. Settle Wilder Funeral Home handled the body.

One time when Ella Mary Starling Herring was a little girl, she was at Martha Elizabeth Purdom Jolly Starling's home. Martha Starling was sick in bed and Ella Mary Starling Herring was staying there to help Martha Starling. Martha Starling had hung a can, from an old ice cream maker,behind the dresser in her bedroom. Martha Starling told Ella Mary Starling Herring to get the container and bring it to her, which Ella Mary did. There were letters in the can and Martha Starling asked Ella Mary to read them out loud to her. Ella Mary seemed to think they were love letters written to Martha Starling from her first husband, William James Jolly. After Ella Mary read them to Martha Starling, she had Ella Mary place them back in the container and hang them behind the dresser. Ella Mary was not sure if Mr. Jolly died or they separated, but Martha was still thinking about him. (Linda Dianne Herring Crompton found out that they were divorced.)

Charley Jolly

Birth: Dec. 26, 1870

Death: Jul. 9, 1896



Purdom Cemetery 
Volusia County
Florida, USA

Created by: Bertha Avery-Hood
Record added: Mar 07, 2011 
Find A Grave Memorial# 66624302

When Roland Rufus Starling first died, Martha Elizabeth Purdom Jolly Starling lived by her self. Her home was in Holly Hill, Florida and did not have runing water in the house. There was a flow well, just outside the kitchen door. The yard had a big wooden picket fence around it. There were big oak trees in the front yard. This home was not near the beach.

Martha Starling was a person of good morals.

There was a white family, near the corner from Martha Starling, that had two sons who drank alot. Martha called the sons, "Rot gut Charlie" and "Pukey Blackie".

Martha Starling was living in Holly Hill when her son William Joseph Starling married Inez Louise Conrad.

Martha Starling did not work after Roland Starling died. I don't know if the children helped with money or if she was able to support her self.

Martha Starling lived in Daytona Beach, Florida in 1948 when Laura Nettie Purdom LaFollett left 1/2 of her estate to be divided among her 9 siblings and their heirs.

At one time there was a man that lived with Martha Starling. Ira Christopher Starling, Martha's son, paid him to take care of Martha because she was not able to care for her self.

Told to Linda Dianne Herring Crompton by Martha Carolyn Starling Russell: 

    In 1929, Ira Carroll Starling Sr. got passes to go to New York for his daughter, Martha Carolyn Starling (Russell), and his mother, Martha Elizabeth Purdom Jolly Starling, to visit Homer & Rosella Bennett. Rosella Bennett was Ira's sister. Ira Carroll said his mother, Martha,would not know how to handle traveling on the train, so that is why he sent his daughter, Martha, with her. Everything went well on the trip. Della Jones Starling was sure to let the Bennett's know, ahead of time, that they were coming. They were met at the Pennsylvania train station by the Bennett's. When they got ready to go back home, Rosella Bennett packed them a lunch and pears to take on the train. When they got to Washington, D.C. they had to change trains. Martha was 12 and she had to get her grandmother, Martha Starling, age 77, and the luggage off the train. The pears had rotted in the paper bag and the bottom fell out, making a mess on the train. Martha was trying clean them up when the porter came through and said the train was going to switch right away, and that they had to get off the train now. So Martha left the garbage and got off the train. Martha got a porter to help make sure they got on the right train from there. This was a two day trip.

Dr William James Jolly

Birth: 1848
North Carolina, USA

Death: Sep. 23, 1940
Oklahoma City
Oklahoma County
Oklahoma, USA

Family links: 
  Andrew Absalom Jolly (1821 - 1918)
  Rhoda Jane Goodyear Jolly (1825 - 1910)
  William James Jolly (1848 - 1940)
  Charles Franklin Jolly (1853 - 1933)*
  Marshall E. Jolly (1859 - 1919)*
  Mary Jolly (1864 - 1924)*
*Calculated relationship


Memorial Park Cemetery 
Oklahoma City
Oklahoma County
Oklahoma, USA

Created by: Lou & Friend Jackie
Record added: Feb 24, 2009 
Find A Grave Memorial# 34160301

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