My interest in Ephraim Starnes began with the following census record, wherein Ephraim is shown as a farm laborer in the Byrum household where my 14 year old third Great-Grandmother, Mary Louise Byram Starnes, was living. This search leads my search for the next generation, the parents of Mary Louise Byram.
[Ephraim Starnes] Age:28Birth Year:abt 1822Birthplace:North CarolinaHome in 1850:Union, North CarolinaGender:MaleFamily Number:956Household Members:
|Mary L Byrom||14|
Ephraim would marry Nancy Holden, daughter of Samuel Holden who passed away in 1848. Her stepmother Sarah petitioned the court and named the property as adjoining that of William Byrom.
By 1860, Ephraim and Nancy are shown with two children. In 1850, Nancy was shown living next door to Frederick Starnes, Jr. , father of Mary L Byrum's future husband.
|Age in 1860:||35|
|Birth Year:||abt 1825|
|Home in 1860:||Union, North Carolina|
|Value of real estate:||View image|
Ephraim fought in the Civil War and perished at the POW camp known as "HELL-mira".
|Residence:||Union County, North Carolina, North Carolina|
|Age at Enlistment:||43|
|Enlistment Date:||24 Sep 1863|
|Rank at enlistment:||Private|
|Enlistment Place:||Union County, North Carolina|
|State Served:||North Carolina|
|Survived the War?:||No|
|Service Record:||Enlisted in Company H, North Carolina 30th Infantry Regiment on 24 Sep 1863.Mustered out on 12 Jan 1865 at Elmira, NY.|
|Birth Date:||abt 1820|
|Sources:||North Carolina Troops 1861-65, A RosterResearch by R. Ross Houston|
|Name:||Pvt Ephraim Starnes|
|Birth Place:||Union County, North Carolina, United States of America|
|Death Date:||12 Jan 1865|
|Death Place:||Elmira, Chemung County, New York, United States of America|
|Cemetery:||Woodlawn National Cemetery|
|Burial or Cremation Place:||Elmira, Chemung County, New York, United States of America|
|Children:||Sarah Denie Craig |
John Robert Starnes
Susan J. Starnes
His widow, Nancy Holden Starnes did not remarry. In 1880, she is shown with oldest son, John Robertson Starnes, his wife Hannah Melton Starnes, their first daughter, Mary Almetta Starnes Knight, and Ephraim and Nancy's daughters, born after the 1860 census, Sarah and Susan. Other son, Doctor Franklin Starnes, had married Margaret Louise Plyler and was living in the Waxsaw community by 1880.
|Birth Year:||abt 1831|
|Home in 1880:||Buford, Union, North Carolina|
|Relation to Head of House:||Self (Head)|
|Father's Birthplace:||North Carolina|
|Mother's Birthplace:||North Carolina|
|Neighbors:||View others on page|
Deaf and Dumb:
Idiotic or insane:
But it was in Deed Book #1, Abstracts by Brent Holcomb, that I found the following treasure, pertaining to Ephraim Starnes, that corroborated the connection with him and a William Byram.
Item 495, Page 313 Date: March 7, 1846
Indenture made this 16th day of February, 1846 between Ephraim Starnes of the county of Union, State of North Carolina, of the one part and William Byram of the county and state aforesaid. Ephraim Starnes indebted to Thomas Richardson, Noah Broom, Hugh Wilson and Ruben Robinson, in the sum of $52.50, sold in trust to William Byram, two head of horses, four head of cattle, 14 head of hogs, 25 bushels of corn, 300 sheves of fodder.
Signed by Ephraim Starnes, in the presence of Hiram Broom.
The men listed above show up as neighbors in the 1850 census. Ephraim Starnes is in the only household of Byram's in Buford township. He had a close alliance with William Byram and his wife's father was a neighbor of William Byram. I think I need to look more closely at Mr. William Byram. He may very well be my missing ancestor.