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 Bessie <I>Burch</I> Starnes

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Bessie Burch Starnes

  • Birth 29 Aug 1879 Sunflower County, Mississippi, USA
  • Death 3 Dec 1933 Clay County, Mississippi, USA
  • Burial Clarkson, Webster County, Mississippi, USA
  • Memorial ID 40704186

Bessie was born on her grandfather's plantation in Sunflower County, Mississippi on August 29, 1879, the daughter of John Sebry Burch of Chesterfield County, South Carolina, and Mary Lee (Molly) Johnson Burch, granddaughter of Capt. Francis (Frank) Johnson and Anne Elizabeth (Nancy) Sutton Johnson.

After her mother's death in 1898,, she moved to Webster County with her father, John Burch, stepmother Dora Starnes, sisters Ella, Myrtle, and brothers, Frank, John, Clarence.

There she married Thomas Walton Starnes of Webster County. They had three children, William Miller, Mary Lee, and Jennie.

When Thomas was killed in a lumber mill explosion, she married Rev. Burton Rawls, a local Methodist minister.

Bessie died Dec. 1933 in Clay County, Miss. of stomach cancer

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  • Maintained by: MNeil
  • Originally Created by: FamilyResearcher
  • Added: 15 Aug 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 40704186
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Bessie Burch Starnes (29 Aug 1879–3 Dec 1933), Find A Grave Memorial no. 40704186, citing New Hope Cemetery, Clarkson, Webster County, Mississippi, USA ; Maintained by MNeil (contributor 47290696) .