One of my ancestors who served in the Revolutionary War on the Frontier in Virginia and at Fort Boonesborough, Kentucky. A history of Joseph Starnes, his early life, his military service, later life and his war pension per annum.
Joseph Starnes is one of my relations that participated in the fight for freedom in Virginia and other frontier actions. He is my great-great-great grandfather on the paternal side of my family tree. He was born in the Smith River area of Virginia in 1755. He was called into military service while living on the Holstein River near present day Marion, Virginia in Smythe County.
Joesph began his military service in 1777-1778. He served in the Virginia Militia under Captain Aaron Lewis for three months and was stationed on the Clinch River and at Fowler’s Station in Washington County, Virginia. He next served under Captain John Jimison at Harrison’s Station against the Indians of the area. The fort was located on the North Fork of the Holstein River in Washington County.
Joseph next enlisted in Colonel Smith’s Regiment and marched to the relief of Fort Boonesborbough, Kentucky. They arrived just after the fight in which Daniel Boone had driven off the Indians. His next service was in Captain Neal’s company of Colonel William Campbell’s Virginia Regiment. With this regiment he traveled to King’ s Mountain and participated in the battle of October 7, 1780. He was wounded during the battle and was left behind to help take care of the wounded.
In about 1781 or 1782, Joseph served with Colonel Arthur Campbell’s Regiment against the Indians as a mounted volunteer. During this service his father, uncle and brother-in-law were all killed in battle. He joined Colonel Cambell in a punitive raid against the Indians in order “to seek satisfaction” . The raiders burned the Cherokee Towns and Joseph claimed that the raiders”beat them well”.
To summarized his later life, Joseph Starnes moved from Virginia to Mecklenburg County, North Carolina in 1784 and in 1816 he moved to Burke County, North Carolina, that portion which later became Caldwell County.
He applied for and received his Revolutionary War Pension while he was a resident in Burke County. Joseph was awarded $46.66 per annum.