Facts and Events
SAMUEL STARR (1640-1688)
He was one of the early settlers of New London, Ct., and a prominent man in the town, holding the honorable office of County Marshall (High Sheriff) from 1674 until his death. He lived on the old "Buttonwood Corner", now the corner of Main and State streets. He was a member of the First Church in New London. Groton, situated on the eastern side of the Thames River, was originally embraced within the limits of New London.
One of the most memorable events in the history of Connecticut took place at Fort Griswold, in Groton, September 6. 1781. The fort, defended by 150 men under the command of Colonel Ledyard, was taken by 800 British troops. After the surrender commenced a terrible inhuman disaster - the Colonel was killed with his own sword - more than half his men were killed - the ground was soaked with blood. Two of the Starrs were among the victims killed, several were wounded, and many suffered loss of property as the British burned the town.
The "Starr Burial Ground" has a prominent place in Groton as the last resting place of the Starr founders of Groton.