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  • Name David STARNES 
    Born Abt 1758  Augusta County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Abt 1833  Union County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Starnes Family Cemetery, Union County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • (1) Steelman, Sanford, The Starnes Family Four Generation Project <>:

      David Starnes (born 1758, died ca 1833) married Barbara Starnes (born ca 1760, died ca 1824). Their children:

      a. Nathaniel Starnes?? (born ca 1784, died after 1860) married Susan Bost (born ca 1792, died after 1860).

      NOTE: Of Them that Left a Name Behind ascribes Nathaniel to the line of Charles Starnes. However, he is not listed among the heirs that executed the deed conveying the estate lands of Charles Starnes. He did witness several real estate transactions of David Starnes, and resided in Mecklenburg/Union County, North Carolina in the same area where David Starnes lived. The 1790 census for David Starnes shows that he had 3 sons under the age of 16. Nathaniel seems to fit as one of those sons.

      b. Joseph Starnes (born 1787, died ca 1855) married Catherine Thompson (born 1790, died ca 1855) ca 1809-1810.

      c. Valentine Starnes (born 1792, died 1880) married Elizabeth (Betsey) Richardson (born 1796, died 1880).

      NOTE: David Starnes is named as a son of Frederick Starnes, Jr. by the will of his father, dated August 2, 1778, and probated May 18, 1779 in Washington County, Virginia.

      (2) Starnes, H. Gerald & Starnes, Herman, Of Them That Left a Name Behind - A History of the Starnes Family, Baltimore, MD: Gateway Press, 1983, pp.279-281:

      DAVID STARNES was born ca. 1758 in Augusta County, Virginia; a part of old Augusta Co., which became Washington County in 1777. He died in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina after 2 October 1833, in an area of old Mecklenburg Co., which became Union County, N. C., nine years later. He was a son of Mary and Frederick Starnes, Jr., and is named in his father's will. . . .

      Very little is recorded on David Starnes in the records of SW Virginia. Records prove he came to North Carolina from Washington Co., Va., the latter part of 1783 or early part of 1784. He last appears in the personal property tax list of Washington Co., Va. in 1783. He married Barbara Starnes the 28th day of Feb. 1784 in Rowan Co., N. C. Barbara Starnes was born ca. 1760, died after 16 February 1824, the year she signed a deed jointly with her husband. She does not appear in the 1830 census. She too was from SW Virginia. It has not been ascertained who her parents were.

      Tradition of earlier members of the family stated: David and Barbara were burled in the Old Starnes Cemetery, located on a hill overlooking Cane Creek where they lived. There are no markers at these graves. The old cemetery is located on the farm of Hugh C. Nesbit in Buford Township Union Co., N. C.

      The 1790 Census of Mecklenburg County, N. C. lists them as follows: DAVID STARNS, 1 male 16 & up head of household (himself), 3 males under 16, and 1 female 16 years 8 up (his wife and three sons). Therefore it appears David who was of age and listed in his father's will in 1779 was around 31 years of age, with a wife and three sons.

      In the same census listed near David is his brother Frederick Starns (III), born ca. 1765, head of household with 3 females (himself his wife and two daughters). . . .

      "Osborns Diary" shows David, Frederick and one Jacob Starnes were living near each other on Cane Creek, in the southeastern part of Mecklenburg Co., N. C. in 1800; the present Buford Township, Union Co., N. C. The Jacob Starnes named above is believed to be 'David's son'. The wording and sentence structure from diary are listed as it appears in original. Excerpts from diary: "February 1800 (thus 13.) Last evening I got David Starns note for 30 bushels of corn to be paid in the last week of October, next I give him 10 gallons of whisky". . . . "June 1801 (Wed. 17 warn) I sot off from Dads & to old Mr. Wolfs from there to Wm Fishers there was to be a frolic, (parties in those days were refered to as frolic) reaping wheat & quilting 2 bed quilts but had not much frolic. I went with wm. McCain & some of his family to lord Burns from there to Jacob Starns & to David Starns from there to Wm's there I staid all night". . . . "June 1802 (Tues 8 warm) I sot off in order for to hunt my mare went by old Mr. Wolfs, Wm. & Frederick Fishers then they treated me handsomly with rum by Wm Phillips & to Wm Rogers there I called and took a grog of Whisky then by George McWhorter Juniors & to Wm McCary's School then Hugh Rogers & from there to uncles & all the account I got of her was passing Wm. Rogers yesterday. I sot off again & went by widow Wilsons by Frederick Fishers they drawed their rum on me again from there by Jacob Starns & to David Starns and they treated me with more rum from there to Wm McCains." . . . .

      At the time David and Barbara Starnes settled on Cane Creek there were no churches near by. The following excerpt from Osborns Diary shows ministers, possibly Lutheran coming through preaching to German settlers in that section. Excerpt from diary: "April 1800 (Sun 13 cool) I went to old Mr. Wolfs to hear preaching it was 2 Dutch Ministers that preached the first that spoke, spoke in Gearmine Language & it seemed unto me like fullishness. The other spoke in our tongue. He took his text in the Evenjalist John the 3 cpt. 5 verse both made short sphes & began early so that the people was not all there till they ware both done."

      David Starnes died intestate. No record has been found by this writer naming all his children shown in the early census records 1790-1810.


      David Starnes
      Birth: 1758, Augusta County, Virginia, USA
      Death: 1833 (aged 74-75), Union County, North Carolina, USA
      Burial: Starnes Family Cemetery, Union County, North Carolina, USA

      David Starnes was a son of Frederick Starnes, Jr. (c.1724-1779) and his wife Mary, possibly Carlock/Guerlach. His father and uncle Joseph Starnes (c.1730-1779) were killed by the Indians on the Virginia frontier in what is now Kentucky. David and his mother came to North Carolina around 1783. (His uncles had bought land in this area in the 1760s, but I don't know if they ever lived here.)

      David married Barbara Starns (c.1760-aft. 1822) in 1784. She may have been his cousin. David and Barbara had at least three sons, Nathaniel Starnes (c.1785-1860s, m. Susannah Bost, probably buried here), Joseph Starnes (c. 1787-1850s, m. Catherine "Kate" Thompson, probably buried here) and Valentine M. Starnes (1792-1880, m. Elizabeth Richardson, buried at Prospect Methodist Church.) Many of his descendants lived in this area.

      Family Members: Parents: Frederick Starnes (1724-1779), Mary Carlock Starnes; Spouse: Barbara Starns Starnes (m. 1784); Children: Nathaniel Starnes (1785-Unknown), Joseph Starnes (1787-1861), Valentine Moses Starnes (1792-1880); Siblings: John Starnes (1745-1780), Valentine Starnes (1752-1782), Conrad Starnes (1755-1800), Frederick Starnes (1765-1816)

      Created by: John Field Pankow
      Added: 26 Jun 2008
      Find A Grave Memorial 27829507
    Person ID I34623  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 26 Mar 2021 

    Father Frederick STARNES, II,   b. Abt 1724, German Flatts, Present-Day Herkimer County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Apr 1779, Madison County, KY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 55 years) 
    Mother Mary (STARNES),   b. VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1784, Mecklenburg County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F14961  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 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) 
     1. Nathaniel[?] STARNES,   b. Abt 1784,   d. Aft 1860  (Age ~ 77 years)
     2. Joseph STARNES,   b. Abt 1787, Mecklenburg [now Union] County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1855, Union County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 68 years)
     3. Valentine STARNES,   b. Abt 1792,   d. Abt 1880  (Age ~ 88 years)
    Last Modified 26 Mar 2021 
    Family ID F15049  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart