When Mary Ann Rich was born on 17 September 1829, in Buncombe, North Carolina, United States, her father, Jeremiah Robert Rich, was 24 and her mother, Sarah A. Miller, was 17. She married John Russell Starnes in 1847, in North Carolina, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in Sulphur Springs, Buncombe, North Carolina, United States in 1870 and Hominy, Buncombe, North Carolina, United States in 1880. She died on 18 March 1882, in Buncombe, North Carolina, United States, at the age of 52.
English: nickname for a wealthy man (or perhaps in some cases an ironic nickname for a pauper), from Middle English, Old French riche ‘rich, wealthy’, a word of ancient Germanic origin, akin to ancient Germanic rīc ‘power(ful)’.
English: from the Middle English personal name Rich, a pet form of any of the post-Conquest names beginning in Rich-, such as Richer and especially Richard . Compare Rick .
English: either a topographic name from Middle English riche(Old English ric) ‘stream’, signifying one who lived beside a stream, as at Glynde Reach (Sussex), or perhaps a habitational name from the (now lost) village of Riche (Lincolnshire).