Rebecca Malissa Starr
- Born: 12 Sep 1849, Highland County, Illinois
- Marriage: Eli Vale on 28 Dec 1871 in Crooked River, Ray County, Missouri
- Died: 17 May 1917, Webber, Jewell County, Kansas at age 67
- Buried: Webber Cemetery, Webber, Jewell County, Kansas
Noted events in her life were:
• Census, 1870, Missouri, Ray County, Crooked River Township, Richmond Post Office, Image 18 of 41. Age 18 yrs., School Teacher.
• Census, 1880, Kansas, Republic County, Big Bend Township, District 272, Image 14 of 23. Age 29 yrs., wife, keeping house.
• Census, 1885, Kansas State Census Collection, Republic County, Big Bend Township, Image 3 of 27. Age 34 yrs.
• Census, 1900, Nebraska, Nuckolls County, Beaver Township, Superior City, Image 17 of 32. Age 50 yrs.
• Census, 1905, Kansas State Census Collection, Jewell County, Sinclair Township, Image 19 of 58. Age 55 yrs.
• Census, 1910, Kansas, Jewell County, Sinclair Township, Lovewell Village, Image 2 of 12. Age 61 yrs., married 38 yrs., mother of 9 children, 6 children living.
• Census, 1915, Kansas State Census Collection, Jewell County, Sinclair Township, Image 15 of 59. Age 66 yrs.
• Obituary, 1917, Webber, Jewell County, Kansas. Rebecca M. Starr was born in Highland county, Ohio, September 12, 1849, and died May 17, 1917, aged sixty-seven years, seven months and twenty-five days.
In early childhood the deceased moved with her parents to Knox county, Illinois, where they remained until the year 1865, at which time the family settled in Ray county, Missouri.
She was united in marriage to Eli Vale December 28, 1871, at the home of her parents. To Mr. and Mrs. Vale nine children were born, three of whom died in infancy. She is survived by a loving husband, six children, three grandchildren, two sisters and one brother. The children are Mary Isabelle, James Clyde, Luella Mae, John Isaac, Joe, and Cedric Starr, all of whom were present at the funeral.
In June of the year 1879 Mr. and Mrs. Vale moved to Republic county, Kansas, where they remained until September, 1892, when they moved to Superior, Nebraska, remaining there until September, 1900, when they settled in the home from which Mrs. Vale entered into her rest.
In early life she united with the Methodist Episcopal Church and remained a faithful Christian until the end. Her illness was of several year's duration, but she was always cheerful and uncomplaining. She was a loving wife, and kind and devoted mother, always considerate of the well-being and comforts of those about her.
The funeral service was held from the home four miles southeast of Webber Wednesday afternoon, conducted by Rev Lotan R. DeWolf of the Superior Methodist church. The unusually large number of friends who gathered in tribute to her dear memory, as well as the numerous and beautiful floral pieces, gave silent testimony to the esteem in which she was held in her own community.
Rebecca married Eli Vale, son of Isaac Vale and Mary Ann Walker, on 28 Dec 1871 in Crooked River, Ray County, Missouri. (Eli Vale was born on 19 Nov 1840 in Washington County, Pennsylvania, died on 10 Jul 1926 in Webber, Jewell County, Kansas and was buried in Webber Cemetery, Webber, Jewell County, Kansas.)