Stark born in on 24 February 1784. In 1804, in connection with his cousin, John Stark, he became a printer, but the partnership was dissolved in 1810. In conjunction with J. Richardson he published the Hull and Lincoln Chronicle for some time; it afterwards was known as the Lincoln and Hull Chronicle. . By 1810 he had moved to Lincoln when he published his The History of Lincoln’’ 
He died at Gainsborough on 31 Dec. 1867, having married, first, Ann Trotter of Lincoln; secondly, Harriet, daughter of Henry Mozley of Gainsborough, and sister of Anne Mozley, James Bowling Mozley, and of Thomas Mozley; and, thirdly, Sarah Wooton of Newington, Kent. 
Stark was the author of:
- The History and Antiquities of Gainsborough, with a Topographical and Descriptive Account of Stow, 1817; another edit. 1841.
- An Account of the Parish of Lea, Lincolnshire, 1841.
- The Visitors' Pocket Guide to Gainsborough and its Neighbourhood, 1849.
- History of the Bishopric of Lincoln, 1852.
- Printing: its Antecedents, Origin, History, and Results, 1855.
- "English", pg 83.
- Colvin H. (1995), A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600–1840. Yale University Press, 3rd edition London, 917-8
- Boase 1898.
- Boase, George Clement (1898). "Stark, Adam". In Lee, Sidney. Dictionary of National Biography. 54. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
sources: [The Travellers' Library, No. 82 in vol. xxv.; Gent. Mag. 1868, ii. 250.]
- English J.S. (1992), Adam Stark, Charles Moor, and Other Historians of Gainsborough in Sturman C. (ed) Some Historians of Lincolnshire, Occasional Papers in Lincolnshire History and Archaeology, No 9. pp82–87.