As is so often the case for many women of the 1700s and early 1800s, there is very little that is definitely known about Rachel Rice Starns. She was born circa 1774, probably in Mecklenburg County, NC to parents of German descent, Jared and Lettie Potts (?) Rice. Rice is an English form of the name which was probably more like Reese or Reiss in German.
She was living in Mecklenburg County, NC when the bond for her marriage to Joseph Starns was issued on August 16, 1796 and they were married shortly thereafter. She was nearly twenty years younger than her husband. They made their home in Mecklenburg County, NC, and she gave birth to eight children, Eleanor, Joseph III, Jesse, Jarret Harrison, Sarah, Rachel, Jacob and Myra. The two oldest children were christened at Morningstar Lutheran Church where they attended services.
Joseph and Rachel Starns moved with their children to Burke County, NC (later Alexander County, NC) in 1816 and remained there the rest of their lives.
It is uncertain when she died. But she was certainly dead by 1850 as she was not listed in the U. S. Federal Census of that year, and it may be that she preceded her husband in death since there are no papers extant in the estate papers of Joseph Starns for a widow's allowance.
It is assumed that she is buried in the cemetery of Bethlehem Baptist Church beside her husband, Joseph Starns.
Joseph Starnes (1755 - 1840)
Eleanor Starnes Bradburn (1797 - 1887)*
Joseph Starnes (1798 - 1873)*
Jesse Starnes (1800 - 1874)*
Jarret Harrison Starnes (1804 - 1884)*
Sarah Starns Loudermilk (1805 - 1889)*
Rachel Starnes Bisanar (1810 - 1887)*
Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery
North Carolina, USA
Maintained by: Michael W. Johnson
Originally Created by: Armantia
Record added: Apr 09, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 8617747