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  • Name Joseph STARNES 
    Born Abt 1730  German Flatts, Present-Day Herkimer County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Reference Number L263-MNH 
    Died 7 Apr 1779  Madison County, KY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Pilot Knob Cemetery, Berea, Madison County, KY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • (1) Steelman, Sanford, The Starnes Family Four Generation Project <>:

      Joseph Starnes (born ca 1730, died April 7, 1779) married _____.

      NOTE: Pension application of son, Joseph Starnes, Jr. states that on April 7, 1779, he was with a party consisting of his father, his uncle, Frederick Starnes, and his brother-in- law, Michael Moyer that was attacked by Indians in Kentucky. Joseph Starnes, Jr. was the only survivor.

      (Son of Frederick Starnes)

      Joseph Starnes (born ca 1730, died 1779) married _____. Their children:

      1. Katherine Starnes (born ca 1755) married William Crabtree.

      NOTE: This assignment is based upon the work of the late Harley Hatton.

      2. Joseph Starnes, Jr. (born April 3, 1755) married Rachel Rice on August 16, 1796. Their children:

      a. Eleanor Starnes (born July 23, 1797).

      b. Joseph Starnes III (born November 22, 1798) married Catherine Bowman.

      c. Jesse Starnes (born October 14, 1799) married Nellie Watts.

      d. Harrison Starnes (born December 20, 1801) married Mary Bowman.

      e. Jacob C. Starnes (born February 3, 1803) married Alice Kellar.

      f. Willie Ellen Starnes (born June 20, 1805) married Joseph Bradshaw.

      g. Rachel Starnes (born October 15, 1810, died September 22, 1887) married Simon Bisanar (born March 20, 1806, died January 30, 1877).

      h. Henrietta Starnes (born November 3, 1812) married Wyatt Fowler.

      3. Daughter married Michael Moyer?

      NOTE: The Revolutionary War pension record of Joseph Starnes, Jr. states that at Starnes Defeat in 1779 his "brother-in-law", Michael Moyer, was killed. This means that either Michael Moyer was married to a daughter of Joseph Starnes, or that Joseph Starnes, Jr. was married to the sister of Michael Moyer. If the relationship is the latter, then Joseph Starnes, Jr. was married at least twice. This is not inconceivable since he was 41 years of age when he married Rachel Rice. If he was married earlier, were there children of that marriage? See also the note for Joseph Starnes who married Susannah Ury in 1794 in Cabarrus County, North Carolina, below.

      4. Mary Starnes (born ca 1758, died ca 1820) married Leonard Hise. Their children:

      a. Rosina Hise? (born ca 1780) married John Pless on September 9, 1801 (bond).

      b. Andrew Hise? (born ca 1786).

      c. Daniel Hise? (born ca 1788, died 1814).

      d. Leonard Hise, Jr. (born ca 1790) married Isabella _____.

      e. Emeline Hise?? (born ca 1795).

      f. Daughter (born prior to 1790).

      g. Son (born ca 1794-1800).

      NOTE: This entry is based upon an assertion contained in an article on the Nathaniel Starnes family found in the Caldwell County Heritage Book. Since Revolutionary War pension records indicate that Joseph Starnes, Jr. and Leonard Hise were close friends for a period covering over 50 years, that Leonard would have married Joseph's sister is certainly plausible. Is it possible that Leonard Hise married the widow of Michael Moyer after the Revolutionary War?

      This is a very difficult family; one that I have worked on for many years. There are a number of Hises in North Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia in the early 1800's who may well be descendants of Leonard Hise and Mary Starnes. For further information on the Hise family: Hise Family Assocation and Kathleen Hunt Homepage

      5. Barbara Starnes (born ca 1760) married David Starnes. See entry under David Starnes, son of Frederick Starnes, Jr. for their children.

      NOTE: There is no direct documentation to show that Barbara was a daughter of Joseph Starnes. She married David Starnes on February 28, 1784 in Rowan County, North Carolina. The bondsman was Joseph Starnes (presumably Joseph Starnes, Jr.). The records of Virginia and North Carolina indicate that there were two branches of the Starnes family that settled in North Carolina after the Revolutionary War, those of Frederick, Jr. and Joseph (both of whom were killed in Kentucky in 1779). Both branches of the Starnes family moved from Virginia to North Carolina in the early 1780's. For those reasons, Barbara is designated as a daughter of Joseph Starnes.

      6. Nicholas Starnes (born ca 1760, died ca 1820) married Sophia Cress on December 19, 1791. Their children:

      a. Jacob Starnes married Jane Russell on May 31, 1821.

      b. Margaret Starnes married Joshua Headly.

      c. Elizabeth Starnes married Mithias Harkey on January 17, 1837.

      d. Reuben Starnes (born March 23, 1797) married Mary Hood on February 8, 1823.

      e. Catherine Starnes (born April 23, 1799) married Tunis Hood IV on February 22, 1822.

      f. Sophia K. Starnes (born 1811, died 1881) married William Roark.

      g. Joseph Lee Starnes (born 1809, died January, 1899) married Elizabeth Fisher on October 28, 1831.

      NOTE: This list of children is from Of Them That Left a Name Behind, p. 527.

      7. Jacob Starnes (born ca 1775, died ca 1845) married Esther Wence (born ca 1778, died after 1850) on April 20, 1798. Their children:

      a. Rachel Starnes (born July 31, 1798).

      b. Valentine Starnes (born ca 1800) married Olleary (Elizabeth) Ritch (born ca 1802) on August 17, 1824 at Morningstar Lutheran Church, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.

      NOTE: There is no direct proof that Valentine Starnes was the son of Jacob Starnes. However, Esther Wence had a brother named Valentine, and the 1850 census records show that this Valentine Starnes had a daughter named Esther.

      c. Frederick Starnes married Sally _____. . . .

      NOTE: There is a census entry for 1790 in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina for "Widow Starnes", showing three males and three females. One female would be Katherine Starnes, widow of Joseph Starnes. One male would be Joseph Starnes, Jr. Mary, Barbara, and the wife of Michael Moyer? would have already left the household. This would leave 4 children unaccounted for. In her manuscript Our Starnes Family, Descendants of Joseph Starnes, Sr. and Others who Resided in Caldwell County, North Carolina, Frances Starnes Lesley lists the following children of Joseph Starnes: Joseph, Jr., Catherine, Peter, Mary, Nicholas, Frederick, Isaac, and Leonard. I have no information that would link Peter, Isaac, or Leonard to the Joseph Starnes, Sr. line. In an article by Sherman and Minnie Belle Starnes in the Caldwell County Heritage it is stated that the children of Joseph Starnes were Joseph, Jr., Mary, Frederick, Isaac, Leonard and others. It appears that the information in this article may have come from some work done by Mamie M. Bisanar contains the same erroneous information linking Joseph to the English Starnes family, i.e. Nathaniel and Shubel that appears in other material that I have found from Dr. Bisanar. The reference to Frederick being the son of Joseph states that he was married to Mary Goldman, which is clearly incorrect. If a Frederick Starnes did in fact marry Mary Goldman, then it was Frederick I, not a son of Joseph who was a son of Frederick I.

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

      Joseph [Starnes] b c 1730 German Flatts, d 7 Apr 1779, killed by Indians with Frederick; m Katherine

      (3) 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:

      Joseph [Starnes] (ca 1730-1779)


      Joseph Starnes, Sr
      Birth: 1730, New York, USA
      Death: Apr. 7, 1779, Madison County, Kentucky, USA

      According to the book "Of Them That Left A Name Behind," by the late Herman Starnes of Monroe, NC. and H. Gerald Starnes, Frederick Starnes, Jr. (c. 1724-1779), his brother Joseph Starnes (c. 1730-1779) and a kinsman, Michael Moyer, may have been buried at the site of this cemetery after they were killed by the Shawnee Indians on 7 April 1779. The only survivor of the massacre, termed "Starns' Defeat," was Joseph Starnes, Jr. (1755-1844), who escaped, being chased by the Indians for more than a mile, and later reached Boonesborough. Col. William Whitley led a company of men who found the bodies and buried them. One account refers to the group as the party of Capt. Starnes. Both Frederick and Joseph had served in the French & Indian War, but I do not know which was a Captain, or if it was a courtesy title.

      Frederick and Joseph were sons of Frederick Staring/Starns/Starnes/Stearns (c. 1700-1774/5), who had come with his father Adam, uncles Valentine and Nicholas, and other unnamed members of their family from near the village of Alzey in the Palatine region of what is now Germany to America in 1710. The name was originally Staring, pronounced something like Stah-rentz, and went through various spellings after they arrived in America. They arrived in New York in June, 1710. Frederick married Mary Goldman (born c. 1703), daughter of Conrad Goldman, another Palatine immigrant. They lived at Herkimer, NY until after 1733, spent a brief time in Pa., and were in southwestern Virginia by about 1740.

      Frederick, Jr.'s wife's name was Mary, and Joseph's wife was Katherine. It has been suggested that they may have been sisters named Carlock/Gerlach, and that a third sister, Caroline, married a third Starnes brother, Adam. This has not been proved. The Starnes brothers took up lands in Mecklenburg County, NC, and also vast tracts on the Virginia frontier in what is now Kentucky. They were on a scouting expedition from Fort Boonesborough, looking for more lands when they were killed. Michael Moyer, the third man killed, was described by Joseph Starnes, Jr. as his brother-in-law, so it is likely that he was married to a daughter of Joseph, Sr.

      The children of Joseph & Katherine Starnes were: Katherine (c. 1754-aft. 1820, m. Capt. William Crabtree) Joseph, Jr. (1755-1839/44, a Soldier of the Revolution, lived in Burke, now Alexander Co., NC, m. Rachel Rice), Nicholas (c. 1756/60-?, m. Sophia Kress), unknown daughter (m. Michael Moyer), Mary (c. 1758, m. Leonard Hise), Barbara (c. 1760-aft. 1824, m. David Starnes), Elizabeth (c. 1770-aft. 1850, m. Philip Wolf, not proved) and Jacob (1775-1848, m. Esther Wentz, the 4th great grandparents of the present writer.)

      Family links: Parents: Frederick Starnes (1700 - 1775), Mary Goldman Starnes (1703 - ____); Spouse: Katherine Carlock Starnes; Children: Katherine Starns Crabtree (1754 - ____), Joseph Starnes (1755 - 1840), Nicholas Starnes (1760 - ____), Elizabeth Starnes Wolf (1770 - ____), Jacob Starnes (1775 - 1848)

      Burial: Pilot Knob Cemetery, Berea, Madison County, Kentucky, USA

      Created by: John Field Pankow
      Record added: May 13, 2008
      Find A Grave Memorial# 26800879
    Person ID I34327  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 Katherine (STARNES),   b. VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mecklenburg County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. Katherine STARNES,   b. Abt 1755
     2. Joseph STARNES, II,   b. 3 Apr 1755, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1840, NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     3. Mary STARNES,   b. Abt 1758,   d. Abt 1820  (Age ~ 62 years)
     4. Barbara STARNES,   b. Abt 1760, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 16 Feb 1824, NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 64 years)
     5. Nicholas STARNES,   b. Abt 1760,   d. Abt 1820  (Age ~ 60 years)
     6. Jacob STARNES,   b. Abt 1775, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jan 1848, Union County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 73 years)
     7. --- STARNES
    Last Modified 26 Mar 2021 
    Family ID F15052  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart