My maternal great grandfather, Charles Stark lived in Lawrenceville, a neighborhood of Pittsburgh, downtown Pittsburgh and Allegheny City between the date of his arrival in the United States on September 15, 1860 and his death on April 26 1895. All of the Pittsburgh City Directories for his time period are available on Ancestry, although I looked these up years ago on microfilm. Charles is missing from some of the directories, although there are other documents that show he was still living in the area. I was also able to locate a 1879 street map of Pittsburgh and Allegheny City to track his and the Stark family's movement.
When Charles arrived in the United States, it is unknown what drew him to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Little to nothing is known about his family. Did some members also immigrate from Germany to the United States? To Pittsburgh?
Six months after his arrival, Charles enlisted in the 2nd Regiment of the Virginia Infantry. It was not unusual for the military to enlist newly immigrated males during the Civil War. Charles served from May 15, 1861 and mustered out on May 22, 1866. When West Virginia became a state, he fought with a now northern Infantry and Calvary unit. When the war ended, he saw action in the New Company H, 6th West Virginia Calvary out in the Dakotas and Colorado.
|1879 Map of Pittsburgh and Allegheny City,|
The 1879 map above has the various areas marked in the red where Charles and his growing family lived in Pittsburgh, the Lawrenceville neighborhood and in Allegheny City following his service.
|Penn Avenue, 16th Ward, Lawrenceville|
|1869 Pittsburgh City Directory|
|Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania|
|1870 Pittsburgh City Directory|
|1871 Pittsburgh City Directory|
|1873 Pittsburgh City Directory|
|1875 Pittsburgh City Directory|
|1876 Pittsburgh City Directory|
I should mention that I have been told that Charles was a shoe salesman. I work in a retail clothing store that also sells shoes and I have a chuckle when I am selling shoes. It must be a genetic thing ;-) Charles is not listed in the 1872 directory; however, he became a naturalized citizen in Pittsburgh in 1872.
|Allegheny City, Pennsylvania|
Streets where the Stark Family lived
|Taylor Avenue, Allegheny City, Pennsylvania|
|Forty-Six Street and Butler, Lawrenceville |
|1883 Pittsburgh City Directory|
|1884 Pittsburgh City Directory|
|1885 Pittsburgh City Directory|
|Allegheny City, Pennsylvania|
|East Street in light blue and Howard Street in yellow|
Allegheny City, Pennsylvania
|1889 Pittsburgh City Directory|
|1890 Pittsburgh City Directory|
|1891 Pittsburgh City Directory|
|1892 Pittsburgh City Directory|
|1893 Pittsburgh City Directory|
Charles Stark: Marriage and Death Information
Charles Stark: Is this your great grandfather?
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