CHAPTER 4

 THE CHILDREN OF JOHN C. CARSON

SEVENTH GENERATION

63    Nathan Franklin Carson was born on 29 May, 1813 in South Carolina. He appeared on the census of 1850 in Harrison County, Mississippi. He was living in Brazos County, Texas in 1857, having a tax basis of 1 slave, 2 horses, 10 cows, all valued at $1260, and 320 acres. His daughter Willie Ann was born in Tuscaloosa, AL on 3 Dec., 1857, so he must have moved to Texas before the rest of his family followed. He appeared on the census of 1860 in Brazos County, Texas, and in the slave census of that year he had 2 slaves but no slave houses..

The following is unsure, as the reference in the historical record was only to a “Lieutenant N. Carson”: He served in the military between 1863 and 1865 on the Texas frontier, protecting the state from Comanche Indians. He was a senior second lieutenant, Co. D, Bourland’s Regiment, Texas Cavalry. This unit was the Texas Border Cavalry Battalion, organized in the summer of 1863, John Bourland, Colonel. It was designated the Border Cavalry Regiment early in 1864. It was surrendered by General E. K. Smith on 26 May, 1865. One battle was fought, Elm Creek, on 13 Oct., 1864, when 350 to 500 Comanche warriors attacked a small settlement on the Brazos River on Elm Creek, 16 miles above Fort Belknap, Young County (west of Fort Worth). Carson and 14 of his men attacked the marauders, and being greatly outnumbered, he and his command were driven back through their camp to Fort Murray and safety. Carson lost 5 men killed and several wounded, including himself. All of his company’s baggage and equipment and two mules were lost. The Indians killed eleven citizens, carried off seven women and children, and ransacked eleven houses. It was estimated that 7 or 8 Indians were killed and several wounded. A large contingent of Bourland’s regiment pursued the Indians the following day but could not overtake the savages. The unit was part of the 8th(McCullough’s) Texas Cavalry Brigade, 3rd (Drayton’s) Texas Cavalry Division, 3rd Corps, Department of the Trans-Mississippi.   He signed the Amnesty Oath of Allegiance in 1865 in Bryan.  There is no record of these oaths at the county courthouse, as they were considered “worthless” and were usually trashed by county officials throughout Texas. It is known that he served in the Confederate Army, based on the Amnesty Oath. An “N. Carson” is listed (above) in the Roster of Confederate Soldiers. As there are no other “N” Carsons recorded in Texas in the Census of 1860 and 1870, it is believed that Nathan was the “Lieutenant N. Carson” described above.

The Brazos County Commissioners Minutes for 18 Feb., 1863, page 114, showed N. F. Carson assigned to Beat 2 of the (slave) patrol, along with J.R. Carson.

He appeared on the census in 1870 in Brazos Co., Texas, Bryan Post Office. His homestead was at the corner of Royall and Cavitt Street in Bryan.  He appeared on the census in 1880 in Brazos Co., Texas. He was in Comanche Co., Texas at the time of his death, 26 May, 1886, and was buried at Brushy Creek Cemetery, supposedly buried near “Mary”. The location of this cemetery is not known. He was a Methodist, having been a member of that church in Bryan, Texas for 40 years.

He was married to (80) Amanda Roe (Curtis) CARSON on 3 Aug., 1842 in Alabama.  She was born on 14 Aug., 1826 in Alabama. She was in Marengo Co., Alabama in 1843 when her daughter Nancy E. CARSON was born. She appeared on the census of 1850 in Harrison Co., Mississippi. She appeared on the censuses of 1860, 1870, and 1880 in Brazos Co., Texas. She died on 22 April, 1892 in Waller Co., Texas (near Houston) while visiting family. After the death of Nathan Franklin, she visited her daughter “Mollie” (Carson) BARROW in Austin, Texas, where William H. BARROW was living while working on the construction of the new Texas Sate Capitol.  After that, she went to Waller County to help Amber May (Deaton) CARSON, wife of Thomas Roe CARSON, who was ill.  While there, Amber died, and three days later, Amanda died (possibly of the same disease), 22 April, 1892.  Children of Nathan Franklin CARSON and Amanda Roe (Curtis) CARSON were:
+73     Martha A (Carson) BOYETT [chapter 11]
+81     Margaret J. “Mollie” (Carson) BARROW [chapter 8]
+83     Alfred Roe CARSON [chapter 8]
+84     Thomas Roe CARSON [chapter 5]
+85     Curtis “Turk” Abernathy CARSON [chapter 9]
86       John T. CARSON was born on 27 May, 1846, and died on 11 Aug., 1862.
He is buried in the Boonville Cemetery, Bryan, Brazos County, Texas    
+87     Malinda Amanda (Carson) CARSON [chapter 6]
88       Nancy E. CARSON was born 7 June, 1843, died 21 Feb., 1844
89       Edward E. CARSON was born 5 Sept., 1849, died 28 Sept., 1850
+90    Nathan Franklin Jr. CARSON [chapter 13]
+91     Willie Ann (Carson) RAMSEY [chapter 7]
+92     Sarah “Sallie” Odelia (Carson) CARSON [chapter 6]

64     Thomas Henderson CARSON was born on 31 Dec., 1818 in Franklin Co., Alabama, and his middle name is the same as his mother’s maiden name . He appeared on the census of 1850 in Marengo Co., Alabama, head of household, with wife, no children, occupation “overseer” (in charge of slaves in the fields). He first arrived in Texas in 1851 and in 1857 he was in Leon County, Texas. Tax rolls show that he had 578 acres and 8 slaves, net value $6913. His farm, 6 miles south of Buffalo on highway 75, is still owned by a Carson descendent (426) Gordon Ralph Sr. Pate, who descends from James R. Carson, son of John S. Carson The property, “The old Tom Carson Place”, has been in the Pate family since 1910. Thomas Henderson was in the census of 1860 in Leon County, Texas, Centerville Post Office. On 16 March, 1865, he inherited $300 and 3 slaves named Julia, Jerry, and Isaac, from his father, John S. Carson. He appeared on the census of 1870 in Leon County, Texas, Bowling Beat 5. He died on 9 July, 1881 at the age of 63 in Leon County Texas, at 1:30 PM, and was buried in Marquez Cemetery, Leon County, Texas.

According to an “Affidavit of Witness”, dated 26 March, 1917, and signed by the county judge of Kimble County, Texas (obtained from the Texas State Archives), Thomas enlisted in the summer of 1863 and was a member of Company A, Moran’s Battalion, J. D. Spiller, Captain.  In the spring of 1864, the command was re-organized and John S. Durst became captain of that company. Thomas served in this company until the end of the war.  Moran’s Battalion was originally part of Texas State Troops, but was transferred to Regular Service of the Confederate Service.  This affidavit was signed by John S. Durst, who had been Captain of Company A, and at that time, 1917, Mr. Durst was the oldest surviving member of Company A.  His widow, Nancy Lucy, applied for a widow’s pension in 1917, and this affidavit was part of her application. She was 92 at that time, and had a homestead in Leon County valued at $300.

Details of his military service in the CSA are not known at this time, but research on his unit will be pursued.

He was married to (93) Nancy Lucy (Curtis) CARSON on 16 March, 1842 near Demopolis in Marengo Co., Alabama. She was born on 8 Nov., 1824 (other sources give 1823). She appeared on the census in 1830 in Marengo Co., Alabama, with her parents, Southern Township. She appeared on the census in 1840 in Marengo Co., Alabama, with parents. She appeared on the census on 2 Oct., 1850 in Marengo Co., Alabama, with husband but no children. She appeared on the censuses of 1860 and 1870 in Leon County, Tex, with husband, but no children, Centerville Post Office. She died on 2 Feb., 1920 in Palestine, Anderson Co., Texas, and was buried in Marquez Cemetery, Leon Co., Texas. Thomas Henderson CARSON and Nancy Lucy (Curtis) CARSON had no children, but she raised the children of her sister and brother-in-law after the two died during a yellow fever epidemic.

65     James R. CARSON was born on 23 April, 1826 in Alabama. He appeared on the census of 1860 in Brazos Co., Texas. He served in the military between 1862 and 1865. He was a private in the Confederate States Army under Captain Gabriel P. Mattison, Leon County Company, 18th Brigade, General W. B. Middleton, commanding. He enlisted at Leona for service of 3 years or the length of the war. He requested service in Waul’s Legion. He served in the 21st Texas Cavalry, under General John Bankhead Magruder. He fought in the battles of Little Rock, Pine Bluff, and Red River. The unit disbanded in 1865. He was on the census of 1870 in Leon County, Texas, and lived between Jewett and Centerville. He died on 7 April 1880 in Leon County, Texas, at the age of 54 and was buried in Concord Cemetery, Leon County.

The Brazos County Commissioners Court records for 18 Feb., 1863, page 114, that he was assigned to Beat 2, (slave) patrol, along with N. F. Carson.

He was married to (94) Jane G. (Cameron) CARSON in Alabama. She was born about 1837 in Mississippi. She appeared on the census of 1860 in Brazos County, Texas, and the censuses of 1870 and 1880 in Leon County, Texas. She died on 9 July, 1894 in Leon County, Texas and was buried in Concord Cemetery, Leon County. The children of James R. CARSON and Jane G. CARSON were:
+95    Thomas Mitchell CARSON
    +96    John Wesley CARSON
97     Emily G. Carson was born in 1866 in Texas. She appeared on the censuses of
1870 and 1880 in Leon County, Texas.
98    Nancy J. Carson was born in 1870 in Texas. She appeared on the censuses of
1870 and 1880 in Leon County, Texas.
+99    William W. CARSON
100    Elizabeth A. CARSON was born in 1856 in Brazos Co., Texas. She appeared on
the census of 1860 in Brazos County, Texas, and on the census of1870 in Leon
County, Texas.
101    Harriett Carson was born in 1858 in Brazos County, Texas. She appeared on the
census of 1860 in Brazos County, Texas, and  on the census of 1870 in Leon County,
Texas.

66    Sarah Ann Swan (Carson) McDONALD [please see chapter 14]

67     Emily D. (Carson) THETFORD was born in 1823 in Alabama. She appeared on the 1870 census in Leon County, Texas. She was married to (103) Anderson THETFORD.   He was born in 1822 in Georgia. He appeared in the census of 1850 in Greene County, Alabama. Children of Emily D. (Carson) THETFORD and Anderson THETFORD were:
104      Nancy THETFORD was born in Alabama in 1847
105      Walter THETFORD was born in 1850 in Greene Co., Alabama

Marriage records for Marengo County, Alabama, show Emily D. Carson marrying Edward Holloway on 30 March, 1841.

68    Margaret W. A(?) (Carson)  THETFORD was born in 1928 in Alabama. She appeared on the census in 1870 in Leon County, Texas.  She was married to (106) Matthew (THETFORD) on 25 Aug., 1846 in Marengo County, Alabama.  He was born in 1822 in Georgia.  He appeared on the census in 1850 in Greene County, Alabama.  He appeared on the census of 1860 in Leon Co., Texas. Their children were:
107    Elizabeth H. THETFORD was born about 1848  in Alabama
108    Nancy A. THETFORD was born in 1854 in Leon County, Texas.
109    Laura A. THETFORD was born in 1856 in Leon County, Texas.
110    W. G. THETFORD was born in 1860 in Leon County, Texas.

69
     Amelia W. (Carson) BARBEE was born in 1832 in Alabama. She appeared on the census of 1850 in Harrison Co., Mississippi. She died on 26 Aug., 1889 in Hamilton Co., Texas, and was buried in the Barbee Cemetery, Hamilton County, Texas. (Her photo is in the album on this website).  She was married to (111) John Gaston BARBEE in 1852 in Leon County, Texas. He was born on 9 Sept., 1832 in Jones County, Tennessee. He was living in Leon County, Texas in 1851. John was on the first boat to sail up the Trinity River to Leon County in 1851. He moved his family to Hamilton County in 1859 where he bought a large tract of land along the Bosque River and stocked it with large herds of cattle and sheep. (His photo is in the photo album on this website).

See Chapter 16, “The Barbee Family” for  further information.

70      Susan Ann or Nancy (Carson) PICKENS was married to (999) Unknown Male PICKENS. Their only known child was:
+119     Nathaniel Franklin PICKENS

EIGHTH GENERATION

95    Thomas Mitchell CARSON was born on 3 Feb., 1861 in Texas. He appeared on the census in 1870, 1880, and 1900  in Leon County, Texas.  He died in June, 1942 in Leon County, Texas, and was buried in the Buffalo City Cemetery, Leon County. Texas. He was with the family of Bennie Bradford CARSON when he died

He was married to (199) Harriett “Hattie” B. Deaton On 31 Oct., 1893 in Leon County, Texas.  She was born on 7 Jan., 1872 in Comanche County, Texas.  She appeared on the census of 1900 and 1920 in Leon County.  she died on 20 May, 1923 at her family’s farm at Corinth, Leon County, Texas.  Please see chapter 12 for more information on the Deaton children.

96    John Wesley CARSON was born on 19 July, 1863 in Brazos County, Texas.  He appeared on the census in 1870 and 1880 in Leon County, Texas.  He died on 31 March, 1961 in Prescott, Arizona, and is buried in the Odd Fellows Cemetery there.  He was married to (210) Unknown female CARSON. Their known child was:
211    William Lee CARSON resided in Flagstaff, Coconino County,  Arizona in 1963.

99    William W. CARSON was born on 22 June, 1871 in Leon County, Texas.  He appeared on the census in 1880 and 2000 in Leon County Texas.  He died on 12 Oct., 1900 in Leon County, Texas and is buried in the Concord Cemetery there.  He was married to (212) Alice (Turner) CARSON on 23 Aug., 1894 in Leon County, Texas.  She was born in Feb., 1879 and died in 1919.  She is also buried in Concord Cemetery – however, her name is given as “Alice Turner Carson Evans”.  It is not known what connection there was to “Evans”.  Their children were:
170     Orbra(?) CARSON was born in May, 1895 in Texas.
214     Ona Ladelle CARSON was born on 14 Oct., 1897 in Texas.
215     Otis CARSON was born in Dec., 1899 in Texas.

119    Nathan Franklin PICKENS was born on 22 Nov., 1844 on Mobile Bay, Alabama.  He appeared on the census of 1850 in Harrison County, Mississippi, living with his grandfather, John S. Carson.  He served in the Confederate Army, Company A of the 30th Mississippi Regiment.  He was a private and he enlisted on 25 Feb., 1862 in Black Hawk, Mississippi, and served three years.  His regimental commander was Colonel F. Niel, and his company commander was Captain J. M. Johnson.  He surrendered on 26 April, 1865.  He appeared on the census of 1880 in Hamilton County, Texas.  He died on 22 Nov., 1904 in Pauls Valley, Garvin County, Oklahoma.  He was an itinerant musician, and it was said that he traveled about in a covered wagon with wife and children, playing at barn dances.

He was married to (217) Roseana Emiline ( Huitt) PICKENS. They were married in Hamilton County, Texas, but the date is not known.  She was born on 4 Jan., 1858 in Little Rock, Clark County, Arkansas, and died 17 Dec., 1947 in the Hardy Sanitarium, Ardmore, Oklahoma. Her parents were (734) John HUITT and (735) Elizabeth (White) HUITT. In her petition for a Confederate widow’s pension, she stated that she had lived in Wilson, Carter County, Oklahoma for 30 years and owned residential property valued at $500.  Their children were:
217       Emma PICKENS was born on 13 Aug., 1873
+218     Elizabeth E. “Betty” (Pickens) SAVAGE
220       Franklin PICKENS was born on 12 April, 1884
+221    Annie R. (Pickens) MARSHALL
+222    David Andrew PICKENS 
+223    Alice (Pickens) CAIN  

NINTH GENERATION

218     Elizabeth E. “Betty” (Pickens) SAVAGE was born on 24 Oct., 1876 and died on 31 July, 1922.  She was married to (736) Carl SAVAGE

221    Annie R. (Pickens) MARSHALL was born on 11 Aug., 1880 in San Saba County, Texas, and died on 15 Nov., 1975 in Ardmore, Carter County, Oklahoma.  She was married first to (737) C. F. MARTINEZ (MARTINUS) on 30 May, 1899 in the Chickasaw Nation (I.T. Book D, page 181.  She then married (738) Charles P. “Charley” MARSHAL on 26 Dec., 1903 in Oscar, Chickasaw Nation, Oklahoma. Her third husband was (739) J. J. “Joe” MARSHALL, after 1910.

222    David Andrew PICKENS was born 14 Oct., 1887 in Goldthwaite, Texas, and died on 18 Jan., 1941 in Ardmore, Carter County, Oklahoma.  He married (740) Dovie Bell (Jones) PICKENS in March, 1915.  She was born on 18 Feb., 1895 in Harrison, Arkansas, and died on 14 Feb., 1985 in Wilson, Carter County, Oklahoma.

223    Alice (Pickens) CAIN was born on 22 Nov., 1889 in Brazos Switch, Palo Pinto County, Texas, and died on 1 July, 1987 at 9:30 AM in the Wilson Nursing Centerin Wilson Oklahoma.  Alice is buried in Hewitt Cemetery, Wilson, Oklahoma.  She was a member of Rexroat Baptist Church and loved to garden. At the time of her death she had 16 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren, and 14 great great grandchildren  She married (741) William Marion CAIN on 26 Dec., 1906 in Oscar, Jefferson County, Oklahoma, at the home of her sister and brother-in-law, Annie and Jo Marshall.  The marriage was performed by Brother Lauterdale, with witnesses Joe Marshal and “Grandma” Marshall.  He was born 18 Dec., 1881 in Spanish Fort, Montague County, Texas, and died on 28 April, 1973 in Ardmore, Oklahoma. He is buried in the Hewitt Cemetery, Wilson, Oklahoma.  In the 1910 census, he was living in Montague County, Texas, precinct 6 dwelling 59, family 59, ED 176, page 3B.  He was 29, married 4 years, and a farmer.  B0th his parents were born in Missouri.  His wife Alice was 17, with one living child, Anna, age 3.  Anna is shown as “Lillie” Anna in the census.  They were living next door to William’s parents.

In 1906 they were living in Oscar, Jefferson County, Oklahoma.  In the 1920 census of Brown Township, Jefferson County, Oklahoma, he was listed as a farmer/oilfield worker and owned 80 acres in Carter County.  Their children were:
+1736    Lillie Anna (Cain)(Gill) BRANSON
+
1739    Elzie Lee CAIN
There were five other children but no information is available at this time.

TENTH GENERATION

1736        Lillie Anna (Cain)(Gill) BRANSON was born on 16 Oct., 1907 in Atlee, Jefferson
County, Oklahoma, and died in June, 1993 in Ardmore, Carter County, Oklahoma. She married (1737) Willie “Bill” GILL.  She married (1738) James Edgar “Jim” BRANSON on 27 Jan., 1947 in Riverside, California. She was born 13 Dec., 1923 in McAlister, Oklahoma, and died on 8 Oct., 1988 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. In the 1930 census of Carter County, Oklahoma, Wilson Ward 2, Block 32, ED 10-31, sheet 1A, her husband is shown as Willie Gill, age 29, age 26 at first marriage, born in Texas, oilfield laborer.  She was shown as age 22, age 19 at first marriage.  Born in Oklahoma, with both parents born in Texas.  She is buried in Hewitt Cemetery, Wilson, Carter County, Oklahoma. In the census, Rosie Pickens, Lillie’s grandmother, is shown as living with them.  Rosie was born in Alabama, was age 65, and was 19 at her first marriage.  Jim Branson was buried 11 Oct., 1988 in Hewitt Cemetery, Wilson County, Oklahoma.  The children of Lillie and Jim were:
+1739    Elzie Lee CAIN 
There were five additional children, but no information is available at this time.

ELEVENTH GENERATION

1739        Elzie Lee CAIN was born on 1 March, 1928 in Wilson, Carter County, Oklahoma, and died on 15 Sept., 1975 in Wilson.  He is buried in Hewitt Cemetery in Wilson.  He had a Delayed Certificate of Birth filed for on 5 April, 1944, with supporting evidence being family Bible and school records.  He was a sergeant in the US Army Reserves, Infantry, and was discharged on 18 March, 1960.  He was an oilfield worker.  He married (1740) Roberta Lee (King) CAIN on 28 Aug., 1948 in Gainesville, Cooke County, Texas.  Their known child is:
+1741    Shelley Ann (Cain) WAY

TWELFTH GENERATION

1741    Shelley Ann (Cain) was born in May, 1955 in Wilson, Carter County, Oklahoma.  She married (1742) Bobby Gene WAY on 21 July, 1972 in Ardmore, Carter County, Oklahoma.  Shelley is a contributor to this website.

SOURCES:
1.    Application of Indigent Widow of Confederate Soldier or Sailor, for a Pension
Under the Laws of the State of Oklahoma: No. A6198, State of Oklahoma,
County  of Carter.  Rosa Pickens, widow of Nathan Franklin Pickens.  She
resided at Wilson, Route 3, Box 3 Carter County, Oklahoma.

2.    “Texas in the War, 1861 – 1865″ by Marcus J. Wright, Brigadier General, C.S.A.,
published by the Hill Junior College Press.

3.    “A History of Hamilton County Texas” Hamilton County Historical Commission,
Hamilton, Texas 76531.

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