Molly Stark

"Molly Stark", Family Trees and Biographies

Time Period

1750-1820

Subject Categories

Military, Medicine

Notable Facts

Served as nurse and doctor for the troops of General John Stark, her husband, during the Revolutionary War. The troops defeated the British at the Battle of Bennington. Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is named after her, in addition to a Vermont State Park and highway.

Personal Information

Date of Birth

1737

Date of Death

1814

Primary Residence

Wilmington

Ethnicity

Caucasian

Historical Significance

Elizabeth Page, who came to be called Molly Stark, was born in Haverhill, New Hampshire. She married General John Stark in 1758, who became a hero in the Battle of Bennington in 1777. Together, they had eleven children.

Stark was both nurse and doctor to her husband's troops, nursing them through a smallpox endemic, and turning her house into a hospital. The Daughters of the American Revolution named a chapter in her honor.

There is also a Vermont State Park named after her in Wilminton, VT on the west slope of Mount Olga. The Molly Stark Trail, which winds its way through Bennington, Woodford, Wilmington, Marlboro, and Brattleboro, was the route taken by General Stark as he led his troops across Vermont to defeat the British in the Battle of Bennington. A bronze statue of Molly Stark has been erected in downtown Wilmington.

Occupations

  • Nurse

Additional Information (Bibliography)

  • "'Molly Stark' the real story of a heroine" Link

Additional Images

"Molly Stark Trail", Vermont Byways and Scenic Roads
Molly Stark State Park, Vermont State Parks
Molly Stark State Park, Vermont State Parks