CHAPTER 2


THE FAMILY OF THOMAS GIBSON(?) Sr. CARSON
(HIS WIFE, DAUGHTER, AND SIX SONS)

Note from editor Alan Carson:
Because the second known child of Thomas G. Carson Sr.  (John Wesley) was born 25 years after the first child (William A.), and all of the other children thereafter, it is highly doubtful that any of the children other that William A.  are the natural children of Thomas G. and Margaret Carson.  Consider that Margaret would have been in her late 40′s and early 50′s when all but William were born.  With a caveat, it is proposed that all children other than William were grandchildren (maybe a natural son had died) who had been adopted by Thomas G. and Margaret.  In his will, Thomas G. lists all of these as his children.  However, they could be children of other families entirely.  We may never know!

Several sources give Thomas’s middle name as “Gibson”, but no documentation has ever verified that.

FIFTH GENERATION

8     William A. Carson, Sr. was born on 15 Oct., 1735 in County Down, Ireland (other sources give Tyrone County). He emigrated from Newry, County Down, Ireland to Charleston SC, sailing from Newry on 30 June, 1773, with his family members, the McGough family, and the McDowell family, who had been neighbors of the Carsons in Ireland.

He served in the military from 30 Sept., 1775 in South Carolina. He was in Captain William Fullwood’s company of volunteer militia, authorized by the Committee of Safety, Revolutionary Party of South Carolina.

He appeared on the census in 1779 in 96th District, South Carolina. He resided in Long Cane, Abbeville County, SC in 1779, south of the Patterson bridge. “The old Carson place where Mr. Patterson is supposed to have found his mate is about two and a half miles southeast of Patterson bridge, near the old Fisher and Gibson places”. He resided in Mecklenberg County, NC in 1782. On 1 Sept., 1789, he was in Wilkes County, GA. William’s father, Thomas Carson Sr., willed him a Negro woman. William at that time was living in SC. The condition was that he would receive this slave after the death of Thomas’s wife (William’s mother), Margaret. Thomas Sr. died in 1790.

He appeared on the census in 1790 in Long Cane, Abbeville Co., SC. The census shows 3 males over 16, 2 females, and 1 slave. He signed a will on 16 Oct., 1801 in Long Cane. This will was proved on 3 April, 1802. Executors were sons Robert and William Carson. Witnesses were Thomas Lindsay, James Patterson, and Sarah Howard. Wife; Margaret. Children; William, Robert, Jean, Martha Hearst, Margaret Patterson, Elizabeth McGough, Mary Patterson. Grandson; William Carson, son to Robert Carson. Inventory made 24 Aug., 1802 by John Robins, W. McBride, and Andrew Caughran.

He died either on 14 Nov., 1801 or 3 Apr., 1802, in Long Cane, Abbeville Co., SC. He was a member of Cedar Springs Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. This old church is still an active church.

He was married to (22) Margaret (Mills) CARSON. Children of William A. CARSON Sr. and Margaret (Mills) CARSON were:
23      William Jr. CARSON
24      Robert S. CARSON
25      Jean CARSON
26      Martha (Carson) HEARST (a direct  ancestor of William Randolph Hearst)
27      Margaret (Carson) PATTERSON
28      Mary (Carson) PATTERSON
29      Elizabeth (Carson) McGOUGH
30      Sarah (Carson) RAFFERTY

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      Thomas C. (Jr.) CARSON was born on 23 May 1763 in County Down, Ireland, said to be a small town, now deserted, at the foot of mountains, not far from Newry, County Down, Ireland. He emigrated from Newry on 30 June, 1773 in the ship “Elliott”, and landed at Charleston, South Carolina on 20 Aug., 1773. He served in the military between 1780 and 1781 in Georgia and Tennessee. He served in a “Refugee” regiment. At the first siege of August, GA, in 1780, Colonel William Candler raised a volunteer regiment known as the Refugee Regiment of Richmond county. Thomas was enlisted at the direction of Colonel Elijah Clarke, commander, on Sept. 15, 1780, to serve “till the British are totally expelled from this state.” The regiment moved to Tennessee in Sept., 1780, marching to the Nollichucky settlements, fighting battles at King’s Mountain on 7 Oct., 1780, Fishdam Ford on 9 Nov., 1780, Blackstock’s Farm on 20 Nov., 1780, and Long Cane (South Carolina) on 11 Dec., 1780. The regiment was disbanded on June 5, 1781. According to the book “Roster of South Carolina patriots of the American Revolution”, he served as a horseman in the militia under Captain Joseph Carson (not believed to be his brother, Joseph, who would have been 15 in 1781), during 1780 and 1781. At the battles of Rocky Mount and Hanging Rock, he was under Colonel Bratton.

He was in Wilkes Co., Georgia on 1 Sept., 1789. Thomas Carson Sr. willed to Thomas Carson Jr. the lower part of his property, “the part by the river”. Thomas Carson Sr. died in 1790. Thomas Jr. was in Franklin County, Georgia, on 10 May, 1791. Thomas and wife Jenny sold 862.5 acres of land in Wilkes County, Georgia to Joseph Scott of Wilkes County, for 60 pounds. Land on the north fork of Beaverdam Creek was originally granted to Thomas Carson, 7 Feb., 1788. He was in McIntosh Bluff, Washington County, AL in 1802. He was in Washington County, AL on 25 march, 1802, and sold to David Johnston of the same county a Negro woman named Rose, aged 23 years, and her child aged about 18 months, for $500. He was in Washington County AL (then Mississippi Territory), in the vicinity of what is now know as the town of “Carson” on 31 July, 1805. The 1805 tax roll shows that he owned 640 acres of the first quality on the west side of the Tombigbee river opposite the mouth of the cut-off, 1 house of 37 feet by 18 feet, three outhouses, 25 acres developed, $3 per acre, total assessed value $1920. He resided in the Tombigbee River area of Alabama in 1806.

He purchased land from John Jacob Abner, whose original claim was in 1797, on 16 March, 1804 in West Tombigbee, AL. Nearby neighbors were Thomas Bates and Joseph Bates, near the confluence of the Alabama and Tombigbee rivers. Thomas Bates was probably father of Sarah Bates, wife John Carson, the son of Thomas Carson, Jr. He died in 1807 in Washington County, Alabama.

He was married to (15) Jane “Jenny” CARSON on 24 June, 1782. She  owned deeded property in 1791 in Franklin Co., GA, and along with her husband Thomas Carson Jr., deeded property in the same county. She was from Greene Co., GA.

Their known children were:
+2006 John  (Unk) CARSON 
+1425  (Colonel) Joseph Cadwalder? CARSON
2019  Thomas Edward CARSON
+2020 Ann (Carson) CHAMBERS
2021   Sallie M. (Carson) HOLLINGER
2022  Adam CARSON

A Mrs. Carson (and it is very possible that this was Jenny)  claimed on 25 Oct., 1815 in the Mississippi Territory, Baldwin County (next to Washington County and Mobile, AL) “Jane Carson of the county of Baldwin in the Mississippi Territory maketh oath that she verily believes on the best information, that the Negro woman named Miley belonging to the estate of her late husband Thomas Carson, of the value of four hundred and fifty dolls. Was taken by the hostile Indians, that she has never recovered her, and is persuaded from such accounts as she fully relies upon, that she was killed on her attempt to escape from the Creek (Indian) nation. Signed, Jane Carson. Sworn before me one of the judges of the Mississippi Territy, this 25th octr., 1815, Harry Toulmin.  Also, a map from 1813, which appears in the book on the History of Washington County, Alabama, shows that a “Mrs. Carson” had a home on the Tombigbee River, a very few miles  from the confluence with the Alabama River, and the date marked by her name was “1813″.

On 19 Feb., 1807, the sheriff of Washington County, Alabama, captured Aaron Burr, who was fleeing federal authority in relationship to his attempt to establish an independent nation in Texas and what had been part of the Louisiana Purchase.  Burr had been Vice-President of the United States, and had killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel.  One of the sheriff’s posse had borrowed a canoe from Joseph Bates, Sr., at Nannahubba Bluff in Washington County during the pursuit.  Bates is believed to be the grandfather of Sarah Bates, wife of John Carson (formerly of Blanco County, Texas. While escorting Burr to Pensacola, Florida, the sheriff and captive crossed the Tombigbee River on Mrs. Carson’s ferry.

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    John Wesley CARSON was born on 24 May, 1760 in County Down, Ireland. He immigrated to Charleston, South Carolina with his family, sailing from Newry, County Down, Ireland, on 30 June, 1773. He served in the military between 1777 and 1783 in Georgia, Tennessee, and South Carolina. He served in both the “Minute Men” and Refugee” units.

Editor’s note: It is interesting that he was named after Anglican priest John Wesley, whose work initiated the Methodist Church, considering that the Carsons were undoubtedly Presbyterian.  It is possible that John Wesley Carson’s mother (Margaret?) had heard John Wesley speak during one of his visits to Ulster, and was highly impressed.

On 3 June, 1777, the GA House of Assembly authorized two minute men battalions, the period of service was to be 2 years. The 1st Battalion was commanded by Colonel John Stewart, with Lt. Col. Elijah Clark as Second-in- command. The 2nd Battalion was commanded by Colonel Samuel Jack, with Lt. Col. William Farrell as second-in- command. These two battalions were augmented by two companies of light horse. The minute man battalions suffered heavily on the Florida Expedition in May-June 1778. The minute men were disbanded on 1 March, 1778. Colonel Jack’s battalion consisted of some 500 men and 5 field pieces. Colonel Stewart’s battalion then consisted of some 200 men.

At the first Siege of Augusta, 1780, Colonel William Candler raised a volunteer regiment of “Refugees” (known as the Refugee Regiment of Richmond County), which was enlisted at the direction of Colonel Elijah Clarke, commander, ond 15 Sept., 1780, to serve “till the British are totally expelled from this state”. The regiment moved to Tennessee in Sept., 1780, marching to the Nollichucky settlements, fighting battles at King’s Mountain on 7 Oct., 1780, Fishdam Ford on 9 Nov., 1780, Blackstock’s Farm on 20 Nov., 1780, and Long Cane on 11 Dec., 1780. The regiment was disbanded on 5 June, 1781.

He also served in the South Carolina Militia under Captain Joseph Carson (not believed to be his brother, Joseph Carson, as Joseph would have been 17 years old in 1783), according to the “Roster of South Carolina Patriots in the American Revolution.” He was in Wilkes County, Georgia in 1785 and 1791. Thomas Carson, Sr. willed to John Carson half of all the stock he owned, of every kind, contingent on the death of Thomas’s wife (John’s mother), Margaret Carson. Thomas Carson Sr. died in 1790 in Wilkes Co., GA. John was an executor of his father’s will.

He was in Warren Co., GA on 20 Feb., 1799, where he sold 228 acres on Carson’s Creek to George Parham, both of Warren Co. He appeared on the census in 1820 in Jones Co., GA. He signed a will on 23 Feb., 1823 in Jones Co., GA. The will was probated on 5 May, 1823 in Jones Co., GA, Will Book A, 1809-1864. The will did not name sons Thomas or William. He died on 5 May, 1825 in Crawford Co., or Jones Co., GA.

He was married to (31) Isabella (McGough) CARSON on 24 June, 1782 in Edgefield Co., SC (or Mecklenburg Co., NC).  She was born on 13 May 1764 or 8 Nov., 1764 in County Down, Ireland. She immigrated to South Carolina with her family (McGough) and the Carson family on the same ship. She died (unknown) in Crawford Co., Georgia. Isabella drew land in the lottery of 1827 as the widow of a revolutionary soldier. Children of John William (or Wesley) CARSON and Isabella (McGough) CARSON were:
32      Thomas CARSON
33      William CARSON
34      Jane (Carson) MARSHALL
35      Isabella “Ibbie” (Carson) MATTHEWS
36      Pauline “Polly” (Carson) COX
37      John L. CARSON
38      Joseph Jefferson CARSON
39      Robert CARSON wrote a letter to Dr. Richard Clarke of Selma, Alabama on 4 Nov., 1867 from
Weatherford, Texas, and in that letter he listed the names of the children of Thomas Carson, Sr.,
and confirmed that Thomas Gibson (?) Carson, Sr. had a brother living nearby in Abbeville, SC,
but the name was not given.  This is believed to be the (17) John CARSON Sr., father of ( 16) John C.
Carson.

11     Adam C. CARSON was born in 1765 in County Down Ireland and immigrated to Charleston, SC, arriving from Newry, County Down, Ireland, in June, 1773. He served in the military between 1777 and 1783 in Georgia, Tennessee, and South Carolina, serving in the Minute Men Battalion (see notes for John Carson, preceding). He enlisted at age of 11 or 12, in the same company as his brothers. Adam was promoted to Orderly Sergeant, and served 2-1/2 years until the end of the war. His company was mainly expelling Indians, Tories, and English from GA. He was in both sieges of August, GA, and the battle of Long. He commanded militia in Greene Co., GA, resigning on 31 March, 1791.

He also served in the SC militia under Captain John McGaw and Joseph Carson during 1780 and 1791. (note that this Joseph was not believed to be his brother, Joseph, who was four years younger than Adam. Also, it is possible that McGaw was actually McGough, a family close to the Carson family, with several intermarriages. The Carsons and McGoughs sailed on the same ship to America.

On 1 Sept., 1789 he was in Wilkes Co., GA. Thomas Carson Sr. willed Adam Carson one half of his stock and the child of Pat, a Negro, who appeared to be pregnant. Thomas Carson Sr. died in 1790. He served in the military in 1794 in the “Trans-Oconee Republic” of Georgia, a short-lived attempt by early settlers to establish a new republic, and which could have resulted in severe penalties by the US Government for treason, if they had not dissolved this “republic” without further incident. Adam and David Carson served in the militia of General Elijah Clark, with Adam being a captain. He owned animals, provisions, and household articles on 30 Jan., 1809 in Jones Co., GA. He purchased articles for $275 from John McDowell Witnesses were Robert McGough and William McGough. Adam appeared on the census in 1820, 1830, and 1840 in Jones Co., GA. He died on either 10 Aug. 1842, or 8 Oct., 1842 in Jones Co., GA. He was buried in August of 1842 in the Adam Carson Cemetery, Jones Co., GA, which is at the family farm “Round Oak”. He had seen his father’s house burned by Tories, then his own home was burned by Sherman in the “March to the Sea.”

He was married to (40) Sarah (McGough) CARSON on 11 June, 1785 in Round Oak, Jones Co., GA. She was born in 1768 in County Down, Ireland. She was Quaker and was reluctant to unite with any church. There are indications that the McGoughs had been greatly influenced by the Quaker faith. Children of Adam C. CARSON and Sarah (McGough) CARSON were:
41       Dr. Joseph Thomas CARSON MD(?) (He was the father of Joseph Richard
CARSON, who subsequently moved to Brazos Co., Texas, and married two
daughters of Nathan Franklin CARSON, first Malinda Amanda, then Sarah Odelia
after the death of Malinda).
42      William P. CARSON
48      Malinda (Carson) BRANTLEY
49     Thomas Jefferson (Sr.) CARSON
50     Adam Jr. CARSON
52     James J. CARSON 
53     John Perry CARSON
55     David Porter CARSON
43     Isabella (Carson) THOMAS
44     Jane (Carson) JONES

12    David CARSON was born in 1762 in County Down, Ireland. He immigrated to Charleston, SC with his family and the McGough and McDowell families. They sailed from Newry, County Down, Ireland, and landed in America in August, 1773 very weak and tired after seven weeks at sea. He served in the military in 1780 and 1781 in Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee (see military comments for John Carson.

He was in Wilkes Co., GA in 1785 and on 1 Sept., 1789. Thomas Carson Sr. willed David the plantation which Thomas lived, the upper half including the mansion, Together with two slaves, and half of the household furnishings. This was contingent on the death of Thomas’s wife, Margaret (mother of David). Thomas Carson Sr. died in 1790. David was executor of Thomas Carson Sr.’s will. On 26 April, 1795, John and David received a Negro woman named “Sall” valued at 60 pounds sterling, from Edmond Daniell, who had received Sall from Thomas Carson Sr. Sall had been willed to Elizabeth Carson, sister of John and David.

David served with Adam Carson in 1794 in the “Trans-Oconee Republic”, in GA. General Elijah Clark (1733 – 1799) attempted to establish a republic in GA, on the southwest side of the Oconee River. Adam Carson was a captain in the militia commanded by General Clark, and David served also. On 13 April, 1808, he was in GA and was issued a passport by the Governor of Georgia to pass through the Creek (Indian) Nation.

He signed a will on 27 July., 1822 in Dallas Co., AL. He was executor of the will of Thomas Brantley, father-in-law of his daughter, Nancy, Will book A, page 2, dated 27 July, 1822. he died in 1826 in Selma, Dallas Co., AL. He signed a will on 25 May, 1826 in Dallas Co., AL., to his wife Nancy; “My lawful heirs of her body” Thomas Brantley Carson, Joseph Matthews Carson, signed 25 May, 1826. Witness: John Kirk. Test: John Kirk, John A. Cowan, Thomas Jefferson Carson (Sr.), Executors: my brother, Adam Carson, Sr., Harris Brantley, and Carter Cleveland. Dallas Co., AL records show that DAVID’s brother, ADAM CARSON, Sr., refused to act as executor. After the death of DAVID, his widow, NANCY, married JOHN TIPTON, who was then appointed as guardian of the estate and of DAVID’s and NANCY’s two sons.

He was married to (51) Nancy (Brantley) CARSON on 22 Dec., 1807 in Hancock Co., GA.

Children of David CARSON and Nancy (Brantley) CARSON were:
45     Thomas Brantley CARSON
46    
Joseph Matthews CARSON

13     Joseph CARSON was born on 11 Jan., 1766 in County Down, Ireland. Joseph immigrated in 1773 to Charleston, SC, having sailed from Newry, County Down.  He traveled with his family, the McGough family, and the McDowell family. The trip was from 30 June to 20 Aug., 1773 and very arduous.

He served in the military between 1777 and 1781 in GA and TN. He served in the Minute Men Battalion and in the Refugee Battalion. See John Carson for more information on military service. He served in Picken’s brigade as a private from 17 August 1781 to 15 Nov., 1781.

There was a Joseph Carson who served in the SC Militia. Thomas Carson Sr. and his sons served under that Joseph Carson, who had been a Captain under Colonel Anderson. Considering that “our” Joseph was born in 1766, it is doubtful that this officer was “our” Joseph. Also, consider that there was a Joseph Carson in the 1779 census of SC, at which time “our” Joseph would have been 13 years old, and would have been living with his parents, and would not have been listed as head of household. There was a Joseph Carson in the Long Canes (near Abbeville, SC) in 1763, when Joseph Carson was not yet born, who bought goods on credit.

Thomas Carson Sr. willed to Joseph Carson 200 acres lying on Richland Creek in Greene Co. Joseph was in Wilkes or Warren Co., GA on 2 Jan., 1796, when he sold a slave to John Giborn of Warren Co. On 23 Feb., 1799, in Warren Co., GA, he sold 100 acres on Middle Creek to William Hill of Warren Co. On 23 Feb., 1801, he was in Jackson Co. GA, where he owed Samuel Gardner $171.87 and a half cent. Gardner filed a petition in the Superior Court of Jackson Co., GA, and Joseph agreed to pay Gardner $81.87.

He was married to (1425) Jane (Unknown) CARSON, who was born in 1768 in Tyrone County, Ulster, Ireland.  Their known child was:
+1426    Martha (Carson) BECKHAM

Joseph died on 12 Nov., 1798 in Jones County, Georgia, and was buried there on 14 Nov., 1798.

14     Elizabeth (Carson) McDOWELL was born in 1768 in County Down Ireland, and immigrated to Charleston, SC, with her family in 1773, sailing from Newry, County Down, Ireland. She was married to (57) James W. McDOWELL on 9 Dec., in 1790 in Greene Co., GA. He was born 1768. He died in Wilkes Co., GA. David and Adam Carson were appointed guardians of the children of Elizabeth McDowell in Wilkes Co., GA, 31 July, 1800. (This indicates the death of John McDowell about 1800). Children of Elizabeth (Carson) McDOWELL and James W. McDOWELL were:
58   Thomas McDOWELL
59   Joseph McDOWELL
60   Margaret McDOWELL

In 1820 she was residing in Dallas Co., Alabama with her second husband, James Cowan. (61) James COWAN was born in 1767. He died in 1849. Elizabeth died in Dallas Co., Alabama, date unknown. Elizabeth (Carson) and James COWAN had no known children.

SIXTH GENERATION

1426    Martha (Carson) BECKHAM was born on 21 Dec., 1791 in Wilkes or Washington County, Georgia, the daughter of Joseph Carson, and died on 3 Dec., 1872 at her residence near Zebulon, Pike County, Georgia.  She was the widow of James Beckham, Sr.  They were married at the home of her uncle, David Carson, in Baldwin County, June 27, 1811.  They had two children, Susan Russell Beckham and Joseph Carson Beckham.

1425 Joseph CARSON (birth place unknown) In Georgia on 4 May, 1801, Captain Joseph Carson received a pass to Mobile, AL from the Governor of Georgia. On 11 Nov., 1802, Major Joseph Carson was issued a pass by the Governor of Georgia to pass through the Creek Nation. On 18 June, 1806, he was commissioned as an Attorney at Law in Washington County, Mississippi Territory (now Alabama). On 5 April, 1808 he was issued a pass by the Governor of Georgia to pass through the Creek Nation, having been recommended by Elijah Clarke. On 8 May, 1809 he was commissioned a Captain in the 6th regiment, Militia of Washington County.

He was Trustee of a lottery before 1811 in Washington Co., AL. The lottery of $5000 was to benefit the establishment of Washington Academy, located at St. Stephens. He was a militia colonel in the First Mississippi Regiment, United States Volunteers. He forced the evacuation of the Spanish post on the Perdido River, 27 April, 1813. He was military commander of the territory between the Alabama and Tombigbee Rivers, where was located Fort Glass and Fort Madison. He fought the Creek Indians at their “Holy City” in 1812. He served under General F.L. Claiborne from Dec. 27, 1812 as a Lieutenant Colonel until 30 April, 1813, when he was promoted to Colonel.  He served then until 28 Feb., 1814. He received a salary of $75 per month plus $12 per month for forage.  He also had two private servants paid by the government. Serving under him was a Private Joseph Carson – whose kinship is not proven.

On 15 Oct., 1815, in Mobile AL, he made this claim: “I certify that about the first of November last I was ordered by General Jackson with a detachment of mounted gunmen under my command to form a junction with Major Woodruff of the Third Regiment of U.S. Infantry near the ferry on the Perdido River between Mobile and Pensacola and did form the junction with him as soon as possible he had under his command about three hundred men of the Third Regiment and upward of one hundred Choctaw Indian warriors. We were ordered to drive off all the cattle found near the Perdido River to prevent the British and hostile Indians (then in Pensacola) from getting them. I was informed by Major Woodruff that he had previous to my arrival destroyed a large said boat at the Perdido ferry with belongings of Francisco Suarez, a Spaniard by birth who then resided on the American side of the Perdido River, and that he had orders from General Jackson to destroy all the boats on that river. I afterwards destroyed conformably to said orders a small canoe belonging to said Suarez worth about ten dollars, the Choctaw Indians took of a number of small horses from that neighborhood. Some of which were said to belong to the hostile Creek Indians and some to the said Suarez, the said Francisco Suarez then and on several former occasions when I was at his house professed to be much attached to the American government, and submitted cheerfully to his losses as they were said to be necessary, but expressed his hopes at the same time that he would be remunerated for his losses by the American government —Joseph Carson.

He was appointed Attorney General for counties west of the Pearl River on 1 April, 1813, but resigned on 28 Sept., 1817 due to declining health. He appeared on the census in 1816 in Washington County, AL (Mississippi Territory Census of 1816). He died in 1817 at his home in Washington Co., AL, reportedly from wounds sustained fighting the Indians, and was buried in the Old St. Stephens cemetery, Washington Co., AL. Caroline C. CARSON, wife of Col. Joseph Carson, was executor of his estate. Professor William Waller Carson, who laid out Carson Station (a town on the Southern Railway) in honor of his grandfather, Col. Joseph Carson, visited his gravesite a couple of miles south of Old St. Stephens, and about four or five miles northwest of Carson Station. He visited in 1870 or 1873, and found it to be a desecrated and vandalized grave, located in a heavily wooded area. The vault next to Joseph’s is supposed to be that of his nephew, who had come back from Texas. (note- possibly the son of John S. Carson?)

His home was described as follows: “… a tract of good level land about two miles out (of Old Saint Stephens).  There is a large commodious house and all convenient out buildings, something over 100 acres clear, good part fresh land.  The land is thin but level and kindly, well adapted to cotton.  … it was occupied by Col. Carson an attorney near Baldwin’s …”.

In 1817, he had been appointed as one of the three councilors of the new State of Alabama, but when the first Council met on 7 Feb., 1818, Joseph Carson had died. He signed a will on 18 April, 1817 in Washington County, Mississippi Territory. The bulk of his estate went to his wife, Caroline Charlotte (Green) Carson. Executors were brother-in-law James Green and wife Caroline. Witnesses were Wm, Baldwin, Robert Catter, and B. George Buchanan.

He was married to (54) Caroline Charlotte (Green) CARSON on 16 May, 1814 in Adams Co., MS. She was born in 1794. She was in Washington Co., AL on 7 April 1825. She and Joseph met while he was serving in the Mississippi Territorial Legislature in Natchez, Mississippi, her home. She signed a will on 7 July, 1831 in Adams Co., MS, naming James Green Carson as an only child. She died after 7 July 1831 in Adams Co., MS. The two children of Joseph CARSON and Caroline Charlotte (Green) CARSON were:
+47     James Green CARSON MD
2121  Joseph Bowman Carson was born 21 Aug., 1817 and died 17 June, 1819, less than two years
of age.  He was born after the death of Colonel Joseph Carson.

There was an illegitimate child of Joseph CARSON and (56) Mrs. Patsy (Brewer) JOHNSON of Pascagoula,  based on the last will and testament of Joseph Carson,  above.

14     Elizabeth (Carson) McDOWELL was born in 1768 in County Down Ireland, and immigrated to Charleston, SC, with her family in 1773, sailing from Newry, County Down, Ireland. She was married to (57) James W. McDOWELL on 9 Dec., in 1790 in Greene Co., GA. He was born 1768. He died in Wilkes Co., GA. David and Adam Carson were appointed guardians of the children of Elizabeth McDowell in Wilkes Co., GA, 31 July, 1800. (This indicates the death of John McDowell about 1800). Children of Elizabeth (Carson) McDOWELL and James W. McDOWELL were:
58   Thomas McDOWELL
59   Joseph McDOWELL
60   Margaret McDOWELL

In 1820 she was residing in Dallas Co., Alabama with her second husband, James Cowan. (61) James COWAN was born in 1767. He died in 1849. Elizabeth died in Dallas Co., Alabama, date unknown. Elizabeth (Carson) and James COWAN had no known children.

2006     John (unk) CARSON [SEE CHAPTERS 18 AND 19]

2020 Ann (Carson) CHAMBERS was born on 14 Feb., 1788 in South Carolina and died in 1860. She  married  (2316) Thomas Bates, believed to be the cousin of (2023) Sarah (Bates) CARSON, first wife of (2006) John (unk) CARSON.

She later married (2293) Joseph Boyd CHAMBERS. He was born on 11 Sept. 1777 in Rowan County North Carolina and died on 24 Nov., 1854 in Uniontown, Perry County Alabama, and is buried in Rosemont Cemetery. On 4 April, 1846, There was a deed of trust between (2022) Adam Carson (Ann’s brother) and (2317) Joseph C. Bates for $12,000.00.  Adam made over his slave property, in trust, to Joseph C. Bates to secure the debt. Ann and Joseph had no children.

SEVENTH GENERATION

47  James Green CARSON MD, was born on 8 March, 1815 in Washington County, Alabama, and at the age of two years returned to Natchez, Mississippi, the home of the parents of his mother Caroline Charlotte (Green) CARSON after the death of Colonel Joseph Carson.  He attended the University of Virginia.  He married (2110) Catherine (Waller) CARSON on 28 July, 1835.  She was born on 20 Jan., 1815, and died on 2 Nov., 1888 in Knoxville, Tennessee at the home of her son professor William Waller CARSON.  She is buried in Knoxville.  She was the daughter of William S. and Catherine Waller of Lexington, Kentucky. Their children were:
+2111    Joseph CARSON
+2107    William Waller CARSON ”A”
+2113    James Green CARSON 
+2114    Edward Lee CARSON 
+2108    Catherine Waller (Carson) BRECKENRIDGE

In 1862 he was living at Airlie Plantation in Carroll Parrish, Louisiana, about 35 miles above Vicksburg.  He was a ruling elder of the Presbyterian Church at Pecan Grove, Louisiana. In his parish there were about 50 whites and 10,000 negroes.  Dr. Carson paid the salary for both the local Presbyterian and Methodist preachers.  He had 200 slaves of his own.   He died in Tyler, Texas of diptheria on 11 Aug., 1863 while a refugee from Union invaders of his home plantation. The plantation was on the Mississippi River, across from and upstream of Vicksburg, Mississippi.  The Union army under General U. S. Grant had moved down the west bank of the river with obvious consequences to the inhabitants.

Catherine’s sister was Susanna P. (Waller) Lees who was married to James Lees, a banker of New York.  Catherine Waller (Carson) Breckenridge, in a tribute to William Waller Carson (A), said that Susanna Lees was quite wealthy and used her money “as a trust fro God” to help her southern relatives who had los everything during the War.

EIGHTH GENERATION

2107    William Waller CARSON  “A” was born on 2 June, 1845 in Natchez, Mississippi.  He was a civil and mechanical engineer, having graduated from Washington and Lee College.  During the War of Northern Aggression, he served in the same regiment as his brother, (2111) Joseph CARSON. He laid out the town of Carson Station on the Southern Railroad in Alabama, in honor of his grandfather, Colonel Joseph Carson. He was a professor of mathematics at Davidson College from 1877 to 1883, and later at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.  The date of his death is not known but he was living in Knoxville, Tennessee in October of 1918. He was married to (2122) Rachel (Finnie) CARSON. on 23 Dec., 1880 in Memphis, Tennessee. It is not known if they had any children.

Webmaster note:  Because there were five William Waller Carsons, each is designated with a sequential letter (a, b, etc.) to avoid confusion.  One source of confusion is that they are not all in the same line.

2108    Catherine Waller (Carson) BRECKENRIDGE was born on 20 Feb., 1853 at Airlie Plantation, Carroll Parish, Louisiana, and died on 2 Nov., 1921 at Fort Smith, Arkansas.  She married (2109) Clifford Rodes BRECKENRIDGE, born 1846, died 1932.  He was a major in the Confederate army and a Member of Congress from Arkansas.  He was US ambassador to the court of the czar of Russia in Saint Petersburg, appointed by Grover Cleveland.  They had two known children:
2248    Mary BRECKENRIDGE founded the Frontier Nursing Service in Kentucky and wrote ” Wide
Neighborhoods”, a memoir.
2294    James Carson BRECKENRIDGE was a lieutenant general in the United States Marine Corps. A
U. S. Navy ship was named after him in WWII.

2111    Joseph CARSON was born on 19 Oct., 1843 in Lexington , Kentucky. He married (2123) Medora (Montgomery) CARSON on 26 July, 1866 in Carroll Parish, Louisiana, and died on 20 Oct., 1902 in Coahoma County, Mississippi and was buried at Indian Mound on the Oasis Plantation. He served in the War Between the States as a sergeant in the same regiment as his brother, (2107) William Waller CARSON  Medora was born on 19 April, 1849 at the home of her grandmother, Mrs. Green, in Concordia Parish, Louisiana. She was the daughter of J.W. and Mrs. A. C. Montgomery. Medora died on 20 Dec., 1890 in Memphis, Tennessee. Their children were:
2130    Medora Eliza CARSON was born on 9 Dec., 1867 In Carroll Parish, Louisiana and died
on 12 Sept., 1876 near Friar’s Point(?), Mississippi
2131    James Green CARSON was born on 9 March, 1869 in Coahoma County, Mississippi

He later married (2132) Florence Lee (Bowmar) CARSON. She was born on 29 Aug., 1863 in Braudon, Mississippi.  She was the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Bowmar.  Their known children were:
+2112   William Waller  CARSON “B”
2134    Florence Lee CARSON was born on 29 Sept., 1896. and died on 12 June, 1902 at Oasis
Plantation, Mississippi, age 6 years.
+2279   Joseph CARSON
+
2295   Edward Lees CARSON

After the death of her husband Joseph, she moved her family north, perhaps to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to be near relatives.

2131    James Green CARSON Jr. was born on 25 March, 1847 in Lexington, Kentucky. He died on 10 May, 1887 at Oasis Plantation, Coahoma County, Mississippi.

2114    Edward Lee CARSON was born on 12 August, 1848 in Lexington, Kentucky. He was married to (2133) Anna B. (Bailey) CARSON on 28 Dec., 1880 in Chicago, Illinois. Anna died on 13 June, 1895 in Seattle, Washington.

NINTH GENERATION

2112    William Waller CARSON “B” was born 31 March, 1895 at the Oasis Plantation, Coahoma County, Mississippi, and died  in February, 1989 in Wilwaukee, Wisconsin. He was given the same name as his uncle inasmuch as his uncle and aunt did not have a son to bear the name.  He married (2144) Julia McGown (Bracket) CARSON in 1918. Their known children were:
+2116    William Waller “Kit” CARSON “C”
+
2277   Julia (Carson) WHITE 
2278     Mary (Carson) UNKNOWN was living in 2007 and had a daughter Hopi.

2279   Joseph CARSON was married to Katherine (unk) CARSON. They had two daughters:
2309    Katherine (Carson) UNK, who had one son.
2310    Virginia (Carson)  KELLEY was believed to be alive in 2007 and had three children.

2295   Edward Lees CARSON married (2296) Ruth (Lindquist) CARSON, who was born in 1900.  They had one child:
+2297    Florence Lees (Carson) WAINTROOB 

TENTH GENERATION

2116    William Waller “Kit” CARSON “C” was born 26 May, 1919 in Pensacola, Florida, and died 29 January, 1990. He was born in Pensacola, Florida, and died in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He served in combat in the US Army in World War II and his reminicense were televised on Wisconsin Public Television. He was married to (2145) Clara “Rosalie” (Carr) CARSON  on 16 June, 1945.  She was born 10 Nov., 1923 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and died on 15 Jan., 1994 in Brookfield, Wisconsin.  . Their known children were:
+2118    William Waller CARSON “D”
2146    Susan “Sue” CARSON was born 7 October, 1952 in Evanston, Illinois
2147    Kenneth CARSON married Kyra CARSON in Napa, California
2148    Julia Wendy (Carson) McGOWN was born 29 Oct., 1950 in Boston, Massachusetts.  She
Married Mike Lindsey on 7 Nov., 1986 in Yosemite, California

2277  Julia (Carson) WHITE attended Barnard and was married to (2311) William WHITE. They had three children:
2312    Susan WHITE is a lawyer in Albuquerque and has one daughter, Morgan
2313    Lavinia WHITE is married to Stefan George, a musician, and lives in Tucson, Arizona
2314    Gurri WHITE has several children

2297    Florence Lees (Carson) WAINTROOB who was born 8 July, 1922.  She married (2298) David
WAINTROOB
in 1949. They had three children:
+2299    Daniel Saul WAINTROOB
+
2300   Andrea Ruth WAINTROOB
2301    Thomas Baruch WAINTROOB was born 23 May 1958.  He is disabled and unmarried.

ELEVENTH GENERATION

2118    William Waller CARSON “D”  was born 19 November, 1947 and was living as of 2005.  He was married to (2117) Eunice Jean (Marks) CARSON on 14 June, 1970. She was born on 19 Nov., 1947, and has an MS degree in Biology from The Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Their children are::
+2115    William Waller CARSON IV “E”
+
2135    Eunice Rose (Carson) GILES
+2137    Laura Jean (Carson) TOTH
+2139    Sarah Susan CARSON
+2140    Yah-Min CARSON
+2141    Eleanore Mary CARSON

2299    Daniel Saul WAINTROOB was born on 18 June, 1950 and attended Wilmington College and holds a Masters degree from the University of Chicago and an MBA from the University of Rhode Island.  He is married to (2302) Karen (Lawson) WAINTROOB.  They have two sons, (2303) David WAINTROOB and (2304) Jonathan WAINTROOB.

2300   Andrea Ruth WAINTROOB was born on 23 May, 1958.   She is married to (2305) Wesley WILDMAN, has a BA, MA, and JD from the University of Chicago. Andrea graduated from Brown University in 1975 and the University of Chicago Law School in 1978.  She has two children;
2306     Anne Carson WILDMAN was born 13 June, 1989 and is a freshman at Oberlin College (in 2007).
2307     David Arthur WILDMAN was born 22 May, 1996.

TWELFTH GENERATION

2115    William Waller CARSON (D) IV was born on 16 August, 1975 in Glouster, Massachusetts.  He has a BA from Worcester Polytechnic and an MS in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He is employed by Texas Instruments and is an Episcopalian.  Me married (2118) Bridget Gabriel (Shannon) CARSON on 2 June, 2001.  She was born on 17 Oct., 1978 in Norwitch, Connecticut, and has a BS from Connecticut College.

2135    Eunice Rose (Carson) GILES was born 5 April, 1973.  She has a BA in Geology from Dartmouth College, and is a garden specialist.  She married (2136) Mark William GILES on 22 Aug, 1995 at the Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe, Connecticut

2137    Laura Jean (Carson) TOTH was born 21 April, 1977 and married (2138) David Michael TOTH in New London, Connecticut.

2139    Sarah Susan CARSON was born 3 Aug., 1980 in Gloucester, Massachusetts.  She has a BA from the University of New Hampshire and is in theater work.

2140    Yah-Min CARSON was born 15 October, 1986 in Taiwan, China, and was adopted.

2141    Eleanore Mary CARSON was born 14 Sept., 1993 in Massachusetts.

SOURCES:

(Please refer to the sources shown for Chapter 1)

1       The family Bible of William Carson Sr., now in the possession of W. B. Moore,
Jr.  It was given to him by his great grandmother, Emily Jane Carson Moore.
Published by Mark and Charles Kerr, His Majesty’s Printers, Edinburgh,
Scotland, 1789.

2.     “The History of Washington County, Alabama”, by Jacqueline Anderson Matte,
Washington County Historical Society, Chatom, Alabama 36518.

3.     “Frontier Claims in the Lower South”, by Richard S. Lackey, Polyanthos, New
Orleans, LA (1977).

4.     “History of the People of Jones County, Georgia”, Volume I: Genealogies.
Lineage Unlimited, Macon, Georgia 31208.

5.    “The Hard Labor Section”, by H. T. Cook (privately published).

6.    “Hero of Hornet’s Nest”, a Biography of Elija Clark, 1733 -1799″, by Louise
Frederick Hays. Stratford House, Inc., New York, NY

7.    Last Will and Testament of Joseph Carson, dated 18 April, 1817.

8.     “Encyclopedia of Mississippi History”, Volume I, Edited by Dunbar Rowland,
Madison, Wisconsin, Selwyn A. Brant, 1907.

9.    Last Will and Testament of Caroline Charlotte Carson,  Adams County, Mississippi,
7 July, 1831.  Certificate of Death #4026.

10.  Military service records from the United States National Archives, Washington, DC.

11.  “Old St. Stephens Historical Records Survey”.  Compiled by Jacqueline Anderson
Matte, Doris Brown, and Barbara Waddell.  St. Stephens Historic Commission.
St. Stephens, AL 36569.

12. The South Carolina Advertiser and General Magazine, Aug. 20, 1773.  Information
on ships arriving in Charleston, SC.  See: englishamerica.home.att.net

13.  “Family Records, 1845-1930, William Waller Carson”, LSU Library, Mss.2919

14.  Papers of Colonel Joseph Carson and his descendents, including several William Waller
Carsons, from the collection of (2115) William Waller Carson

15.  Correspondence with Andrea Ruth Waintroob (2300).

 

 

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