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Joshua STARNES

Male 1826 - 1911  (84 years)


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  • Name Joshua STARNES 
    Born 12 Oct 1826  NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 27 Apr 1911  Meigs County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Powell Cemetery, Big Spring, Meigs County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • (1) According to Lillard, Stewart, Meigs County, Tennessee - A Documented Account of Its European Settlement and Growth, The Book Shelf, Cleveland, TN: 1982, pp. 180-181, Private Joshua STARNES served in Company B, 5th Tennessee Volunteer Infantry Regiment, during the Mexican War [1846-1847].

      (2) Joshua STARNES is listed in a household headed by his sister, Sophia STARNES, in the 1850 census of Meigs County, TN.

      Joshua is listed in the 1850 census as a farmer who was then 21 years of age; therefore, according to the 1850 census, Joshua was born in about 1829. According to the 1850 census, he was born in NC.

      (3) A household headed by Joshua STARNES is listed in the 1860 census of District 2, Meigs County, TN.

      Joshua is listed in the 1860 census as a farmer who was then 32 years of age; therefore, according to the 1860 census, he was born in about 1828. According to the 1860 census, he was born in NC.

      Listed with Joshua is his wife, Jane, who was then 26 years of age; therefore, according to the 1870 census, she was born in about 1834. According to the 1870 census, she was born in TN.

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

      Starnes, Joshua
      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: Joshua STARNES' brother, Benjamin Franklin STARNES, and James Henry STARNES, Sr. also served in the 5th Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry (McKenzie's), during the Civil War.]

      (5) According to the muster roll of Company I, 5th Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry, for March and April 1863, Pvt. Joshua STARNES was absent without leave from 23 March 1863 to an unspecified date in April 1863.

      (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. . . .

      During the July Term of 1867, the following defendants were sued by John Hughes ($10,000 damages) and William H. Hughes ($10,000): James J. Abel, H.M. Hughes, Edward Chattin, Berry Moreland, Benjamin F. Starnes, Newton Lawson, Joshua Starnes, John Powell, and John Harrison. In both causes, the Defendants paid the costs and the Plaintiffs dismissed the charges.

      (7) A household headed by Joshua STARNES is listed in the 1870 census of District 2, Meigs County, TN.

      Joshua is listed in the 1870 census as a farmer who was then 43 years of age; therefore, according to the 1870 census, he was born in about 1827. According to the 1870 census, he was born in TN.

      Listed with Joshua is his wife, Jane, who was then 38 years of age; therefore, according to the 1870 census, she was born in about 1832. According to the 1870 census, she was born in TN.

      Also listed with Joshua is his brother-in-law, Thomas J. JOHNS, a farmer who was then 26 years of age; therefore, according to the 1870 census, he was born in about 1844. According to the 1870 census, he was born in TN.

      Listed next to Joshua's household in the 1870 census is a household headed by his mother-in-law, Nancy JOHNS.

      (8) A household headed by Josuha [sic] STARNES is listed in the 1880 census of District 2, Meigs County, TN.

      Josuha is listed in the 1880 census as a farmer who was then 53 years of age; therefore, according to the 1880 census, he was born in about 1827. According to the 1880 census, he was born in NC, and both of his parents were born in NC.

      Listed with Josuha is his wife, Jane. According to the 1880 census, she was then 47 years of age; therefore, according to the 1880 census, she was born in about 1833. According to the 1880 census, she was born in TN, her father was born in SC, and her mother was born in TN.

      (9) According to the Ancestry.com website, Joshua STARNES is listed on page 157 an 1891 male voters list of District 3, Meigs County, TN. The compiler has not personally examined that list.

      (10) A household headed by Joshua STARNES is listed in the 1900 census of District 3, Meigs County, TN.

      Joshua is listed in the 1900 census as a farmer who was born in October 1826 and was then 73 years of age. According to the 1900 census, he was born in NC, and both of his parents were born in NC. According to the 1900 census, he had then been married 49 years.

      Listed with Joshua is his wife, Jane. According to the 1900 census, she was born in 1829 and was then 47 years of age. According to the 1880 census, she was born in TN, and both of her parents were born in TN. According to the 1900 census, she had then been married 49 years, and had given birth to either 0 or 2 children [the census enumerator's handwriting is indistinct]. According to the 1900 census, she then had no living children.

      Also listed with Joshua is an apparently unrelated boarder.

      (11) A household headed by Joshua STARNES is listed in the 1910 census of District 2, Meigs County, TN.

      Joshua is listed in the 1880 census as a farmer who was then 83 years of age; therefore, according to the 1910 census, he was born in about 1827. According to the 1910 census, he was born in NC, and both of his parents were born in NC.

      Listed with Joshua is his wife, Nellie M. According to the 1880 census, she was then 16 years of age [67 years younger than her husband!]; therefore, according to the 1910 census, she was born in about 1894. According to the 1910 census, she was born in TN, her father was born in SC, and her mother was born in TN.

      (12) www.findagrave.com:

      Joshua Starnes
      Birth: Oct. 12, 1826
      Death: Apr. 27, 1911

      Burial: Powell Cemetery, Big Spring (Meigs County), Meigs County, Tennessee, USA

      Created by: Marvin & Samme Templin
      Record added: Jan 28, 2012
      Find A Grave Memorial# 84134118
    Person ID I4745  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 15 Oct 2017 

    Father Benjamin Barnabus STARNS,   b. Between 1790 and 1800, Washington County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 17 Sep 1850, Meigs County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 60 years) 
    Relationship unknown 
    Mother Sophia SNYDER,   b. Between 1790 and 1800, NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 17 Sep 1850, Meigs County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 60 years) 
    Relationship Adopted 
    Married 28 Oct 1820  Haywood County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID F2687  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Cylva Jane JOHNS,   b. 25 Feb 1831, Rhea County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Aug 1909, Meigs County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Married 26 Jul 1851  Meigs County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Notes 

    • (1) Henry LeRoy "Hank" JOHNS III :

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

      Groom First: Joshua
      Groom Last: STARNES
      Groom Age:
      Bride First: Cylva Jane
      Bride Last: JOHNS
      Bride Age:
      State: TN
      County: Meigs
      Year: 1851
      Month /Day: July 26
      Source: Vol 2 (1846-1857), p. 26
    Last Modified 15 Oct 2017 21:10:14 
    Family ID F2686  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Nellie M. (STARNES),   b. Abt 1894, TN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Aft 20 Aug 1909 
    Last Modified 15 Oct 2017 21:10:14 
    Family ID F2688  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Citation Text: (1) North Carolina, Marriage Collection, 1741-2004 [database online], Provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007: Name: Benjamin Sterns Spouse: Sophia Snider Marriage Date: 28 Oct 1820 Marriage County: Haywood Marriage State: North Carolina Source: County Court Records at Waynesville, NC & Family H. . . .

    2. Details: Details: Details: Details: Citation Text: (1) Meigs County Marriages, 1850-1900 : STARNES, Joshua JOHNS, Sylva Jane 26 Jul 1851.