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Leonard STARNES, I

Male Abt 1726 - 1782  (~ 56 years)

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  • Name Leonard STARNES 
    Born Abt 1726  German Flatts, Present-Day Herkimer County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Name Leonard STARNS 
    Reference Number LC75-S6F 
    Died 1782  Chilhowie, Washington County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • (1) Leonard STARNES I is shown here as the father of Nicholas STARNES, although the compiler has no conclusive proof of such relationship. Leonard STARNES I is shown here as the father of Nicholas STARNES in order to stimulate further research.

      (2) Source: Harry Thomas Starns <>.

      (3) Steelman, Sanford, The Starnes Family Four Generation Project Steelman, Sanford, The Starnes Family Four Generation Project <>:

      Leonard Starnes (born ca 1726, died 1782) married _____.

      NOTE: Established as a son of Frederick by the will of Valentine Starnes. See note above.

      (Son of Frederick Starnes)

      Leonard Starnes (born ca 1726, died 1782) married _____. Their children:

      1. John Starnes.

      NOTE: Survey, dated June 16, 1782, in Washington County, Virginia for John Starns, heir at law of Leonard Starns for 200 acres. Power of Attorney, dated June 27, 1798, in Greene County, Tennessee, from John Starns to John Sevier, Jr. states that John Starns was the eldest son of Leonard Starns, deceased, of Washington County, Virginia. This document indicates that there were other heirs of Leonard Starns, as yet unidentified.

      Correspondence from Frank P. May, 2536 N.W. 18th Way, Gainesville, FL 32605 to Herman Starnes in 1992 states that he believes that Sergeant Nicholas Starnes who was born in Cecil County, Maryland, lived in South Carolina, Washington County, Virginia, Rhea County, Tennessee, and Alabama was a son of Leonard Starnes. See note on Nicholas Starnes in the list of unidentified Starnes.

      2. Leonard Starns, Jr.? married _____. Their children:

      a. Elias H. Starnes.

      b. Elizabeth Starnes married Mr. McLain.

      c. Jacob Starnes.

      d. Nancy Starnes.

      e. Jane Starnes married David Hybarger on June 20, 1835.

      f. Rebecca Starnes married Mr. Hybarger.

      g. Locky Starnes married James Rhea on July 24, 1832.

      NOTE: Leonard Starnes appears frequently in the records of Greene County, Tennessee from 1804 through 1832. Deeds of the division of his estate commence in 1841. He could be a son of Adam as well as Leonard, and is placed here to hopefully stimulate discussion. The list of his children is from deeds of division of his estate lands in Greene County, Tennessee.

      (4) Kimball, Sterling O., The Mohawk Valley Starings and Allied Families, Herkimer, NY: Herkimer County Historical Society, 1998:

      Leonard [Starnes] b c 1726 German Flatts, d 1782 Washington Co, VA

      (5) Starnes, H. Gerald & Starnes, Herman, Of Them That Left a Name Behind - A History of the Starnes Family, Baltimore, MD: Gateway Press, 1983:

      p. iii:

      Leonard [Starnes] (ca 1726-1762)

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      p. 56:


      IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN being sick And as it appears to me very nigh unto Death; but blessed be God in my perfect Sense and Memory; after having Comitted my Soul to God, who gave it; and my Body to the Dust; to be desently buried at ye discretion of my Exes nothing doubting, but they shall be united at the Resurrection; As for what Worldly Goods it hath pleased God to bless me with; I leave it in manner & form as follows; and first I Order that what debts I owe, be paid of the whole of my Estate; next I order that my Beloved Spouse, Jean Stearn shall have ye whole of my Estate Excepting such legecies as is after mentioned; ITEM I leave to my honoured Father, Frederick Stearn my Suit of Blue Cloath & My new Buck Skin Vritches; Item to my brother Fredericks oldest Son John Stearn, One hundred Acres of my Land; upon Juniata; Item to my Cozens Arthur & Charles Conegham mt Interest to one hundred Acres more upon Juneata; ITEM to Arthur Coneygham my new Great Coat; Item to Henry Conyngham Five Pounds; Item to Cathrine Conynham Five-pounds if she lives with her Aunt; untill She comes of age; & be obedient to her; a horse and Saddle to ye Value of Fifteen pounds ten Shilling, or the Cash; Item to Brother Leonard Stearn my blue Camblet Coat & ye Cloath that is in the house for my jacket; I further Order that my beloved Spouse Jean Stearn and Arthur Conynham be the whole and sole Exes of this my Last Will and Testment; GIVEN under my hand 15th day of February 1761.
      Valentine X Stearn [his mark] (SEAL)

      Witness present Thos. Dougan, George Fleming

      LANCASTER COUNTY FS 25th March 1761 Appeared before ye Subscriber Thomas Dougan & George Fleming, The Witnesses to the Within Will who being duly Sworn did depose that they were present and saw & heard ye Testator within name, Sign, Seal, Publish, Pronounse and Declare the Within Writing as his last Will and Testament & that at the doing thereof, he was of Sound dispensing mind memory and Understanding to the best of their knowledge, belief and Observation.

      Edwd. Shippen D. Rr.

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      p. 77:

      At a meeting of the Virginia Assembly in February, 1759, it was determined to fill up the companies of the frontier regiment then in service, and to raise an additional force of 500 men to take the place of the four ranger companies disbanded. The greater part of the ranger force was to remain within the limits of the colony. In November the assembly voted to continue the regiment in service until May, 1760.

      Of the militiamen who had been alerted in 1759 were Sgt. Joseph Starnes and Pvts. Leonard and Adam Starnes, along with their neighbor and in-law, George Carlock.

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      p. 142:

      Pvt. John Starnes (Stern), Leonard's eldest son, was in Captain Joseph Dysart's Company of light horse militia [in the Revolutionary War]. Our ancestors, in the strict military sense, were really "light dragoons" in that they used mounts to move rapidly into position, but dismounted and tied up their horses to go into combat on foot.

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      pp. 169-170:

      Lt. John Starns, it appears, was the eldest son of Leonard, who died not very long after his return from the Kings Mountain victory. Such a long march and fierce fight was quite an ordeal for a man of Leonard's age; he was over fifty.

      Leonard died on his farm early in the year 1782. On February 22, 1782, the court of Washington County, on the motion of Jacob Hice, granted him administration, and on March 20, 1782 ordered that George Gray, R. Baker, George Hice, and John Baer, or any three of them being first sworn, appraise the estate and make a return at the next court.

      Leonard's place lay next to Capt. James Thompson's, (hero of the Battle of Long Island Flats, Kingsport, July, 1776) just west of Chilhowie, Va. about two miles, near the present turn off of US 11 toward the hamlet of Fleet, Va. The old Dutch meetinghouse stood nearby. John also inherited this farm adjacent to that of Johnathan Cunningham, who sold it to Joseph Meeks. The Meeks cemetery still designates the approximate location of the area. John had his father's 160 acres surveyed on June 16, 1782; they had settled on the land in the year 1774.

      An inventory and appraisal of Leonard's estate was exhibited in court on August 21 , 1782. Listed in the inventory was a Dutch (Deutche) bible which must have been brought over with the family's 1710 immigration to New York.

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      p. 188:

      John Starnes, eldest son of Leonard (1782), moved to Greene County, Tennessee about 1787 or 1788, but did not sell the 160 acres on Plum Creek he had inherited from his father until March 19, 1802 when his attorney, John Sevier, transferred title to David Carter.

      Deed Book #2, pp. 514, 515

      STATE OF TENNESSEE: Know all men by these present that I, John Starns of Greene County Tennessee and eldest son and heir of Leonard Starns, deceased, of Washington County, Virginia, do hereby ordain, constitute and appoint and hath by these present ordained, constituted and appointed my true and trusty friend, John Sevier, Jr., my true and lawful attorney for me and in my name. I being at this time of full age to ask demand and sue and recover unto his possession a certain tract of land lying and being in the County of Washington, Virginia, for which I have a patent, it being the land on which the aforesaid Leonard Starns died. I further do impower my aforesaid attorney to sell, make over, transfer, and give a general warrantee and uncontested right and title to the aforesaid tract of land hereby satisfying and confirming all and singular the actings and doings of my aforesaid attorney in of or concerning the premises as if I, myself, was personally present declaring all powers hereby giving him to be irrevocable by me in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 27 June in the Year of our Lord 1798.

      John Starns (Seal)


      James Stinson
      John Kyle

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      p. 199:

      Washington County, Virginia Minute Books . . .

      Book 2, page 222

      August 17, 1820 - At a court held for Washington County, Leonard Starnes, plaintiff vs. Thomas Davenport, defendant. The court found for the defendant.

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      pp. 272-273:

      Leonard Starnes named above bought 136 acres of land on Dutch Buffalo Creek in 1767 Mecklenburg Co., N. C. He later sold and returned to SW Virginia. Since these old land deeds were written prior to our independence from Great Britain are somewhat fascinating, excerpts of the deed to Leonard Starnes is being included as follows:

      Mecklenburg Co., N. C. Records

      Deed book #3, page 29, 30

      (The wording, capital lettering, punctuation, etc. are as in orig.)

      "This Indenture made the Eighteenth day of February in the VIII year of the Reign of Our Sovering Lord George the third & in the year of our Lord one Thousand seven hundred & sixty seven, between Godfrey Lipe of the province of North Carolina County of Mecklenburg of the one part and Lennard Starnes of the County & Provance ofrsd of the other part Witnesseth that for and in consideration of the Sum of Thirty pounds Eight Shillings current Money of North Carolina by the said Lennard Starnes to the said Godfrey Lipe & Barbara his wife in hand paid to the receipt whereof is hereby fully acknowledged & the said Godfrey Lipe & Barbara his wife hath given Granted Bargained Sold and by these presents doth Give Bargain and Sell unto Lennard Starnes his heirs and assigns a certain Tract or parcel of land lying and being in the province of North Carolina and County of Mecklenburg containing by survey one hundred and thirty six acres of land lying on a branch of Dutch Buffalo Creek the waters of Rocky or Johnson River". . . etc.

      Leonard Starnes named in the above deed later returned to SW Virginia, where he died.

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      p. 659:

      By 1780 to 1790 the Washington County, Virginia Starnes and the Mecklenburg County, North Carolina Starnes had begun to move into Washington, Greene, Grainger and Hawkins Counties in now east Tennessee.

      Index of Early Tennessee Starnes, Starns, Stern, Sternes & Sternes from Tax Lists . . .

      Starnes, Leonard - Greene [Co.] - 1805 & 1812

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      pp. 660-661:

      Greene County, Tenn. Records

      Deed Book #6, Pages 62 - 64

      This Indenture made this 22nd day of October one thousand seven hundred and ninety six Between ADAM STARNS of Greene County and State of Tennessee of the one part and JACOB BOWMAN of the County and State aforesaid of the other. Witnesseth that the said ADAM STARNS for and in consideration of the sum of Eighty pounds Virginia Currency to me the said Starns in hand paid by the said JACOB BOWMAN the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged and myself therewith fully satisfied have bargained granted sold aliened and confirmed made over and delivered and by these presents in plain and open market according to due form of law do bargain sell alien confirm make over and deliver unto the said JACOB BOWMAN a certain tract or parcel of land situate lying and being in Greene County and State aforesaid on Lick Creek. Beginning at a Beach on Murpehys line thence running north with said line one hundred and seventy one poles to a small Hickory thence west eighty poles to a Spanish oak and Dogwood from thence a direct course to the Beginning - Containing forty seven acres and one half said land granted to the said STARNS by a Deed from Hillsborough office bearing date the twenty seventh day of November in the year of our Lord 1789 and No. 821 reference thereunto will more at large appear which together with all ways woods waters water courses mines minerals Hereditaments improvements and appurtenances thereunto Belonging. I the said ADAM STARNS do bind myself heirs executors and administrators forever to warrant and defend said land free from all and every person or persons claiming or to claim unto him the said JACOB BOWMAN his heirs executors administrators or assigns as an indefensible inheritance in fee simple. In witness whereof I have set my hand and affixed my seal the day and date first above written.

      ADAM STARNS (Seal)

      signed sealed and delivered in presence of us


      Greene County Court November session 1796. Then was the execution of this deed being duly proven in court let it be registered.

      Attest. DANIEL KENNEDY C.G.C.

      Recorded this 13th day of September 1797 by JAMES STINSON Ck.


      Leonard Starnes
      Birth: 1726, German Flatts, Herkimer County, New York, USA
      Death: 1782 (aged 55-56), Washington County, Virginia, USA
      Burial: Unknown, Specifically: Burial Place Unknown

      Leonard Starnes (Staring, Starns, Stearns, etc.) was born circa 1726, a son of Frederick Starns (c.1700-1774/5) and his wife Mary Goldman. He was born in the German Flats section of NY (now the present site of the town of Herkimer, NY), and his family moved to the Juniata River in PA around 1740, and to southwest Virginia around 1743/4.

      Leonard may have moved to Cecil Co., Maryland in the 1750s, he moved to Mecklenburg County, North Carolina around 1767, but returned to Washington County, Virginia by about 1774, and died there circa 1782.

      Leonard had at least two sons, perhaps more. The children I have tentatively assigned to him are:

      1. John Starnes (c.1752-1833), proved his eldest son by a 1782 deed.

      2. Nicholas Starnes (1756-1835), served as a Sgt. in the Rev. War. Was in Roane Co., TN by 1805, Rhea Co., TN in 1816, moved to Blount Co., AL around 1821. Married Barbara Winters in 1816.

      3. Anna Starnes (1760-1819) m. John Boone. Lived & died near Gibsonville, Guilford Co., NC. Not definitely known to be a daughter of Leonard. She may have been a daughter of his brother Joseph.

      Family Members: Parents: Frederick Starnes (1700-1775), Mary Goldman Starnes (1703 - Unknown); Children: John Ernest Starnes (1752-1833), Nicholas Starnes (1756-1835), Anna Starnes Boone (1760-1819); Siblings: Valentine Starnes (1722-1761), Frederick Starnes (1724-1779), Joseph Starnes (1730-1779)

      Created by: John Field Pankow
      Added: 1 Apr 2014
      Find A Grave Memorial 127228666
    Person ID I34316  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 26 Mar 2021 

    Father Frederick STARNES, I,   b. Abt 1700, Alzey-Worms, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1774, Sulphur Springs, Smyth County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 74 years) 
    Mother Mary GOLDMAN,   b. Abt 1703, Gundheim, Present-Day Landkreis Alzey-Worms, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Sulphur Springs, Smyth County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Abt 1722  NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F753  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Anna Catharina CARLOCK,   b. 22 Jun 1726, Schenectady, Albany [now Schenectady] County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1782, Washington County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 57 years) 
     1. John STARNS, Sr.,   b. Abt 1749, Cumberland County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1805, Roane County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 57 years)
     2. Leonard STARNES, II
     3. Sgt. Nicholas STARNES,   b. 6 Nov 1756, Cecil County, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 May 1835, Talladega County, AL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     4. Anna STARNES,   b. 14 May 1760, Mecklenburg County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jul 1819, Guilford County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years)
    Last Modified 26 Mar 2021 
    Family ID F14915  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart