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James Henry STARNES, Sr.

Male Abt 1840 - 1887  (~ 47 years)


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  • Name James Henry STARNES 
    Suffix Sr. 
    Born Abt 1840  TN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 10 Feb 1887  Birchwood, James [now Hamilton] County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • (1) Meigs County TN was formed on 20 January 1836 from Cherokee Indian lands which had theretofore been included in Rhea County, TN since 1819.

      Rhea County was established in 1807 and included land on the northwest side of the Tennessee River. In 1819, Rhea County was almost doubled in size when the legislature took over part of the Cherokee Nation which was located on the southeast bank of the Tennessee River. This land was designated as the Hiwassee District and this is the portion of land that became Meigs County in 1836.

      (2) Henry STARNS is listed in the 1860 census of the 2nd Civil District of Meigs County, TN in a household of which he is the only member. [Note by compiler: Henry is listed in the index to the 1860 census as Henry STARIN.]

      Henry is listed in the 1860 census as a farmer who was then 22 years of age; therefore, according to the 1860 census, he was born in about 1838. According to the 1860 census, he was born in TN.

      (3) Tennessee, Early Tax List Records, 1783-1895 [database online], Provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013:

      Name: Henry Starns
      Year: 1861
      Residence: Meigs, Tennessee

      (4) Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Database <http://www.nps.gov/civilwar>:

      Starnes, Henry
      Regiment Name: 5th Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry (McKenzie's)
      Side: Confederate
      Company: I
      Soldier's Rank In: Private
      Soldier's Rank Out: Private
      Alternate name:
      Film Number: M231 roll 41
      Notes:
      Plaque Number:

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      5th Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry (McKenzie's)

      Overview: 5th Cavalry Regiment was organized in December, 1862, using the 13th Tennessee Cavalry Battalion as its nucleus. The men were from the counties of Polk, Hamilton, Meigs, McMinn, Bradley, Cocke, Hawkins, and Blount. It served in Scott's, Humes', H.B. Davidson's, and H.M. Ashby's Brigade. After skirmishing in Kentucky the unit fought at Chickamauga, McMinnville, Shelbyville, and Philadelphia. Later it was involved in various conflicts in Kentucky, Alabama, and Georgia, then took part in the campaign of the Carolinas. The regiment surrendered with the Army of Tennessee. Its commanders were Colonels George W. McKenzie and John B. McLin, Lieutenant Colonel John G.M. Montgomery, and Major John L. Backwell.

      Predecessor units:

      1st (Rogers') Cavalry Regiment [also called East Tennessee Cavalry] was organized in January, 1862. Attached to the Department of East Tennessee, the unit took part in the Cumberland Gap operations, then in April was reduced to eight companies and redesignated the 13th Tennessee Cavalry Battalion. Its commanders were Colonel John F. Rogers, Lieutenant Colonel John F. White, and Major John B. McLin.

      13th Cavalry Battalion [also called 2nd Battalion, and formerly the 1st East Tennessee Cavalry Regiment] was formed in April, 1862, with eight companies. The unit served in the Department of East Tennessee, then merged into the 5th Tennessee Cavalry Regiment. Lieutenant Colonel George W. McKenzie and Major J.G.M. Montgomery were in command.

      [Note by compiler: Benjamin Barnabus STARNES' sons, Benjamin Franklin STARNES and Joshua STARNES, also served in the 5th Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry (McKenzie's), during the Civil War.]

      (5) Pvt. Henry STARNS, Company I, 5th Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry, is listed on a roll of deserters from the Rebel Army who came to the lines of the Union Army at Blythe Ferry, Meigs County, TN on 10 October 1863. He was taken as a prisoner of war to Louisville, KY on 10 November 1863, took the oath of allegiance to the Union, and was paroled and released north of the Ohio River. According to his Civil War record, he was then a resident of Rhea County, TN, had a dark complexion, dark hair and blue eyes, and was 5' 8" tall.

      (6) Broyles, Bettye J., History of Rhea County, Tennessee, Collegedale, TN: College Press, 1991, pp. 43-44:

      The Rhea County Circuit Court Minutes from July of 1866 to November of 1868 contain several suits brought against former Confederates.

      James J. Kelly vs. I.L. Hutcheson and Robert W. Coulter, trespass to damage of $20,000.00. "About 21 August 1862, the plaintiff then being and always had been a true and loyal citizen of the U.S.A. and of the state and county aforesaid and as such had acquired the confidence and esteem of all good people with whom he had become acquainted and having never been suspected of having violated the law of the land or committing any crime whatever . . .

      "and the defendants being evil disposed persons and having combined and confederated themselves with other evil disposed persons, who having collected themselves together with arms in their hands for the vile and wicked purpose of committing treason against the government of the U.S.A., and because the plantiff [sic] was a loyal person . . .

      "did fraudulently and maliciously contrive to defame and destroy the plaintiff's good name and reputation, and to destroy the liberty and happy state and condition by then and there wickedly, willfully and maliciously . . . without cause and without lawful process did unlawfully arrest or cause to be arrested, assaulted, imprisoned . . .

      "did force the plaintiff against his will away from his residence and from the bosom of his wife and children and marched him under a band of armed men in rebellion against the government of the U.S. with guns, pistols, sabers and bayonets to the town of Chattanooga - about 11 miles - delivered him as a prisoner to a band of armed men, . . . where he was kept in close confinement without any charge of law violation for space of upwards of 10 days from 21 August 1862, to 8th or 10th of September 1862, during which time he was cursed and abused and threatened with violence and his life imperiled and forced to labor on the streets of Chattanooga and the fortifications then being erected for purpose of carrying on the rebellion.

      "In consequence of which the plaintiff was forced away from and prevented from attending his lawful business and compelled to expend large sums of money to furnish himself with food and raiment and to effect his release, . . ." The defendants denied the charges.

      The cause was heard by a jury composed of Miles McCuistion, Henry Fisher, Henry Starnes, Jacob Byerley, Jesse Sereton, Thomas F. Torbett, Harvy Roddy, A.H. McFalls, David Brummitt, William B. Gothard, Starling Holloway, and William Enos. They found the defendants guilty as charged and set the damage at $500 plus the costs of $45.40.

      (7) The compiler has not found James Henry STARNES, Sr. in the 1870 census.

      (8) A household headed by Henry STARNS is listed in the 1880 census of the 1st Civil District of Meigs County, TN. [He is listed in the index to the 1880 census as Henry STERNS.]

      Henry is listed in the 1880 census as a farmer who was then 41 years of age; therefore, according to the 1880 census, he was born in about 1839. According to the 1880 census, he was born in TN, and both of his parents were also born in TN.

      Listed with Henry is his wife, Narcissus, who was then 40 years of age; therefore, according to the 1880 census, she was born in about 1840. According to the 1880 census, she was born in TN, and both of her parents were also born in TN.

      Also listed with Henry is his daughter, Vilena, who was then 15 years of age; therefore, according to the 1880 census, she was born in about 1865. According to the 1880 census, she was born in TN.

      Also listed with Henry is his daughter, Samantha, who was then 12 years of age; therefore, according to the 1880 census, she was born in about 1868. According to the 1880 census, she was born in TN.

      Also listed with Henry is his son, James H., who was then 9 years of age; therefore, according to the 1880 census, he was born in about 1871. [The compiler believes that James H. was James Henry STARNES, Jr.] According to the 1880 census, he was born in TN.

      Also listed with Henry is his son, Andrew, who was then 7 years of age; therefore, according to the 1880 census, he was born in about 1873. [The compiler believes that Andrew was Colonel Andrew STARNES/STARNS.] According to the 1880 census, he was born in TN.

      Also listed with Henry is his son, Stanton, who was then 2 years of age; therefore, according to the 1880 census, he was born in about 1878. [The compiler believes that Stanton was Stanton STARNES/STARNS.] According to the 1880 census, he was born in TN.

      (9) Excerpts from James County - A Lost County of Tennessee:

      Some people tried their hand at the mercantile trade; a few stores carried only groceries, but general stores were more common. Most of the storekeepers extended credit to their customers and also dealt in barter as a form of trade. A list of merchants compiled by Henry Starnes, Jr., dating from 1861 to 1921, gave the first storekeeper as Robert A. Dixon in 1861, followed by D. G. Samples, Wm. L. Hutcheson, J. J. Browder, Henry Starnes, J. H. Coker, H. D. Martin, G. W. Campbell, John Clingan, Judge Jethro Munger, W. Alex McCallie, Wrinkle and Kerr, W. R. Haney, Frank McDonald, M. M. Ziegler, Sam and Charlie Leonard, S. J. Conner and Bangor McClanahnn, and Zeigler, White and Weire, who were in business before 1900. During the early 1900's other stores or merchants were: Starnes Bros.; C. A. Lane; J. H. Starnes and Co.; Roark; Gross Co.; DeFriese Bros. and Weire; DeFriese Bros. and Taliaferro; DeFriese Bros.; C. E. Downy; H. E. White and Co.; and McCallie, Bischoff and Bare.

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      In 1882 Henry Starnes, Sr., moved to Birchwood from Brittsville in Meigs County. He bought about twenty-five acres of land from Euclid Waterhouse on which he had a large two-story frame building erected in 1883, at a cost of $1,800. The first floor was to be used as a school and the second as a Masonic Lodge. Mr. Starnes lived only a few years after that, and the school property was sold to a Mr. Merriman of Chattanooga, who rented the building each fall to the James County School Directors for a three or three and one-half month school term. Sometimes the county was unable to pay the rent, so school was taught in the community churches.

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      JAMES COUNTY POSTMASTERS
      BIRCHWOOD Established in Hamilton County as BIRCH WOOD June 2, 1873

      Henry Starnes

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      EXCERPTS FROM THE DIARY OF W. A. McCALLIE
      January 1, 1887 to June 30, 1887

      McCallie was a merchant at Birchwood during this period. The excerpts are presented as written with known surnames in parenthesis.

      Feb. 10. . . Henry Starnes (Sr.) died at 5 o'clock this morning. . . .
    Person ID I116  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 22 May 2018 

    Family Narcissus JOHNS,   b. Abt 1840, TN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 30 Jun 1887  (Age ~ 47 years) 
    Married 11 Jan 1861  Meigs County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Notes 

    • (1) http://www.tngenweb.org/meigs/memar_s.htm:

      Meigs County Marriages 1850-1900

      STARNS, Henry
      JOHNS, Narcissa
      11 Jan 1861

      (2) Henry LeRoy "Hank" JOHNS III :

      JOHNS Marriages
      Rhea and Meigs Counties, Tennessee
      (First Records to 1998)

      Groom First: Henry
      Groom Last: STARNES
      Groom Age:
      Bride First: Nances
      Bride Last: JOHNS
      Bride Age:
      State: TN
      County: Meigs
      Year: 1861
      Month /Day: January 13
      Source: Vol 3 (1857-1882), p. 41
    Children 
     1. James Henry STARNES, Jr.,   b. 9 Apr 1871, TN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 May 1936, Chattanooga, Hamilton County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)  [natural]
     2. Colonel Andrew STARNS,   b. 11 Sep 1873, TN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jan 1941, St. Anthony Hospital, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, OK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)  [natural]
     3. Stanton STARNS,   b. 1 Jan 1878, TN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Aug 1949, Altus, Jackson County, OK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)  [natural]
     4. Martha Samantha STARNES,   b. 31 Jul 1869, TN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Apr 1934, Hamilton County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)  [natural]
     5. William D. STARNS,   b. Abt 29 Oct 1861,   d. 30 Aug 1863  (Age ~ 1 years)  [natural]
     6. --- STARNS,   b. Abt 29 Aug 1863,   d. 1 Jan 1864  (Age ~ 0 years)  [natural]
     7. Vilena STARNES,   b. Mar 1866, TN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Feb 1904  (Age ~ 37 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 22 May 2018 09:46:38 
    Family ID F750  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. Details: Details: Details: Details: Citation Text: (1) Meigs County Marriages, 1850-1900 : STARNS, Henry JOHNS, Narcissa 11 Jan 1861.