from Kentucky – A History of the State, Perrin, 1887
John Starr, lumber dealer, and one of the proprietors of the Bowling Green Sawmill, is a native of Shelby County, Kentucky, and was born in 1835. He is a son of Anthony and Eliza (McDonald) Starr, and is of English-Irish descent. His father was born in Virginia, and his mother in Shelby County, Kentucky. When a young man his father came to this state, and for many years the Starr family has been known in Kentucky. At the age of fourteen John Starr was found fighting the battle of existence for himself. At nineteen he began serving a three years’ apprenticeship at the carpenter’s trade. In 1849 he came to Warren County, and here has since resided, save three years during the late war, when he served as a soldier in the Confederate Army. He enlisted in 1862, in Company L, of the Second Kentucky Cavalry, under Gen. John H. Morgan; was wounded at the battle of Gallatin, Tennessee, and for three months was a prisoner of war. Returning to Bowling Green in 1865 he resumed the carpenter business, and continued it successfully until about two years ago, when he began his present business interest. He married, in 1856, Harriet B. Dulaney, of this county. They have one child, Charles B. Mr. Starr is a Democrat and for quite a number of years has been a member of the city council of Bowling Green. He is a Mason and a member of the Baptist Church. Has made his own way in life, and is an enterprising citizen.