An American Family History

The Carr Family of Washington County, Tennessee

  Gilbert Carr and two William Carrs appeared in Captain Looney's list in 1774.  
In 1774 Governor Dunmore declared war against Native Americans. The war ended after Virginia's victory in the Battle of Point Pleasant on October 10, 1774. However, during the American Revolution, the Indian nations regained power and mobilized to attack the colonists.

James Carr was born in 1739 in Charleston, South Carolina. He was the son of Robert Carr and Mary Williams.

He married Hannah Hobbs on June 9, 1754.

James Carr (1764, married Anna Hamilton and Elizabeth Beard),
Richard Carr (1766)
King Carr (1769),
Hannah Carr (1771),
John Carr (1773, Sarah Cage),
William Carr (1776, married Elizabeth Dobbins),
Margaret Peggy Carr (1780)

The family was living in Washington County, Virginia from 1775 to 1782.

James Carr signed the 1777 Petition of Holston Men.

On August 20, 1781 he was granted 200 acres on Moccasin Creek and on April 28, 1782 he was granted an additional 185 acres on Moccasin Creek.

April 29, 1782 to James King Carr, heir of James Kerr, assignee of John Walker 200 acres on Moccasin joining John Walkers below by a line crossing at the ford of the creek and Alexander Barnett above, includes improvements, 98 acres surveyed on December 11, 1774 for John Walker. August 20, 1781.


The Holston River flows from Kingsport to Knoxville.
map by Kmusser

Washington County, Tennessee,was established in 1777 as Washington County, North Carolina. From 1784 to 1788,it was part of the State of Franklin.

The United States Constitution is the supreme law of the United States of America and was ratified in 1789.

John Carr was born in 1737 and was the son of Robert Carr and Mary Williams.

John married Louvisa Isbell. Louvisa was born in 1743 and was daughter of Zachariah Isbell.

John Carr served in the Revolution in South Carolina. He enlisted in 1775 in the 8th Company of Rangers, Captain Thomas Woodward's Company. He also served in the Third Regiment of South Carolina under Colonel William Thompson.

He came to Washington, Tennessee and bought the 132 acre land grant from William McBee in 1789. He bought another 100 acres on Knob Creek, adjoining the first 132 acres in 1789 from John Callahan.

He bought another 100 acres on the West Branch of Knob Creek in 1796.

Their first home was built over a spring to give the family access to water during attacks by the indigenous people. The second home was built sometime prior to 1852

John and Louvisa were buried on their own land under a tall pine tree from which the home got its name, Lone Pine.

John and Louvisa's children included:
Zachariah Carr (1761),
Elizabeth Carr (1762),
Sarah Carr (1764, died as an infant),
Hannah Carr Duncan (1765, married Robert Duncan),
John Carr (1767, died as an infant),
John Carr (1769, married Dorcas McCubbins),
Louvisa Carr Humphreys (1770, married George Humphreys),
Sarah Carr (1772, married Jeremiah Denton),
Susannah Carr (1774),
Mary Carr (1776),
James Carr (1779, died as an infant),
James Carr (1781),
Elizabeth Carr (1781),
Richard Carr (1783),
William Carr (1785, married Rebecca Jobe), and
Isabell Carr Crabtree(1787, married James Crabtree).

Louisa died on April 16, 1808 and John followed on April 6, 1818.

In 1824 Richard Carr was excommunicated from the Sinking Creek Baptist Church in a dispute over who was to baptize Fanny Renfro.

East Tennessee is part of Appalachia. At the end of the French and Indian War, colonists began drifting into the area. In 1769, they first settled along the Watauga River. During the Revolution, the Overmountain Men defeated British loyalists at the Battle of Kings Mountain. The State of Franklin was formed in the 1780s, but never admitted to the Union.
  William Carr was born about 1755. He served appeared on the 1835 pension list in Sullivan County He had served in North Carolina. He was on the Cherokee Expedition.  

William Carr (1785) married Rebecca Jobe.

Their children included:

Sarah Carr (1808),
Hannah Carr (1809),
John G. Carr (1811),
King Harrison Carr (1814)
David Jobe Carr (1814, married Elizabeth Fain Anderson),
James Washington Carr (1816, married Emiline Hartsell),
Louisa Caroline Carr (1818 married Pleasant A. C. People),
Alfred Carrell Carr (1820, married Elizabeth King),
Rebecca Emeline Carr (1822), and
Abraham Lafayette Carr (1830).

Tennessee was admitted to the Union on June 1, 1796. It was initially part of North Carolina.

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In the War of 1812 (1812-1815) the United States declared war on England because of trade restrictions, impressment, and British support for Indian attacks. They signed the Treaty of Ghent on December 24, 1814 after reaching a stalemate.

History of Washington County, Tennessee, 1988 by Watauga Association of Genealogists, p. 281

John Carr (1737-1818) was the third son of Robert Carr and Mary Williams. John married Louvisa Isbell (1743-1806), daughter of Zachariah Isbell and Elizabeth Taylor [her name is disputed].

John Carr served in the Revolution in South Carolina, enlisting in 1775, 8th Company of Rangers, Cat. Thomas Woodward's Company. He also served in the Third Regiment of SC under Colonel William Thompson.

He came to Washington County area and bought the 132 acre land grant (NC) from William McBee in 1789. He bought another 100 acres on Knob Creek, adjoining the first 132 acres in 1789 from John Callahan and still another 100 acres on the West Branch of Knob Creek in 1796.

Their first home was the McBee home which was built over a spring to give the family access to water during Indian attacks. The second home was built sometime prior to 1852. It was later remodeled and is not occupied by a descendant. John and Louvisa were buried on their own land under a tall pine tree from which the home got its name, "Lone Pine." The property passed to their son, William Carr, later was sold to a Krouse and in 1853 to James Crumley.

John and Louvisa had sixteen children, all born in SC. Several children died in infancy and their names were given to later born children to preserve the Carr-Isbell family names:
Zachariah (1761),
Elizabeth (1762),
Sarah (1764),
Hanah (1765),
John (1767),
John (1769),
Louvisa (1770),
Sarah (1772),
Susannah (1774),
Mary (1776),
James (1779),
James (1781) a twin to Elizabeth (1781),
Richard (1783),
William (1785), and
Isbell (1787).

The American folk hero, David "Davy" Crockett (1786 – 1836), grew up in East Tennessee.

A militia is a military unit composed of citizens who are called up in time of need.

A Tabulated Genealogy of the Shenandoah Valley Family of Robert Mackay Sr. and Ann Brown by Dee Ann (Shipp) Buck, Fairfax, Virginia, May 1990

Rebecca Jobe m.William Carr b. 1775 Maryland, d. 18 Aug 1857 Boones Creek, Wash. Co., Tn. Their children were born in Washington Co., Tn.

Sarah Carr b. 16 Jan 1808
Hannah Carr b. 5 Dec 1809
John G. Carr b. 3 Nov 1811
King Harrison Carr b.8 Jan 1814 and twin David Job Carr. David m.6 Jun 1845 Elizabeth Fain Anderson
James Washington Carr b. 13 May 1816. m.13 Dec 1836 to Emiline Hartsell.
Louisa Caroline Carr b. 27 Jan 1818 or 1835? m.5 Jan 1856 Wash. Co., Tn to Pleasant A.C. People
Alfred Carrell Carr b.1808 [1818?] m. 3 Mar 1835 to Elizabeth King
Rebecca Emeline Carr b.28 May 1822
Abraham Lafayette Carr b. 15 July 1830

Many Scots-Irish and English settlers came to the Shenandoah Valley from Pennsylvania in the 18th century.

North Carolina was one of the thirteen original Colonies. It was first settled by small farmers and grew quickly in the mid 18th century.

The Battle of Kings Mountain was a decisive battle of the American Revoluton. It took place on October 7, 1780, nine miles south of the present-day town of Kings Mountain, North Carolina. The Patriot militia defeated the Loyalist militia commanded by British Major Patrick Ferguson.

Pension application of William Carr S1896 f19NC
Transcribed by Will Graves rev'd 5/16/09 & 5/23/13

State of Tennessee, Sullivan County: August session 1832
On this 21st day of August 1832 appeared in open court before the Justices of the court of pleas

&c now sitting William Carr a resident of the County & state aforesaid aged Seventy seven years [born about 1755] who being first Duly sworn according to law Doth on his oath make the following Declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress passed the 7th June 1832.

That he entered the service of the United States from Mecklenburg County North Carolina as a volunteer and served under Captain Barr [?] & Colonel Polk from six to eight weeks against the Scots Tory in the year 1775 & that said services was performed at Fayetteville & its vicinity.

In 1775 in the later part of the year he volunteered from said state & County for a Colonel Alexander's Regiment and marched against the Swannanoa Indians and being on the sick list when they arrived at Cathey's Fort at or near the head of the Catawba [River] was stationed at said Fort until said term of service expired. In 1779 late in March he volunteered under Colonel I. Shelby [Isaac Shelby] from Sullivan County then Washington, North Carolina & served under said Shelby against the Clinch Indians two towers [tours] immediately the one after the other in all at the least six or eight weeks.

In 1780 he volunteered for a two months touer under Captain Pemberton [John Pemberton], Colonel Shelby's Regiment and had the command of Sergeant in the said Company & marched to King's Mountain & was in the memor [sic, memorable?] battle [October 7, 1780] fought at said place and that he marched from Sullivan County North Carolina and does not recollect of any Regular discharge.

In the summer or early in the fall of 1781 [he] volunteered for three or four months & cannot recollect which from Sullivan County then North Carolina in the command of Sergeant [of] mounted horse in Captain Wallace's, Captain [sic] Shelby's Regiment and marched to Genl Marion's [Francis Marion's] camps in South Carolina on Santee [River] and after arriving at headquarters was ordered out below Moncks Corner & made prisoners of 18 or 20 British & Tories & brought them to our camps then was ordered out down or near the Bay to take one of the enemy's forts & found it vacated & partly burnt; on our return to headquarters had news of the surrender of the British Army at York [October 19, 1781]; received my discharge of Colonel Bletcher [sic, ?] which was the only discharge in writing that I recollect to have received and it is lost or worn out and [he] has no witness that the above facts can be proved by except Lieutenant Edward Cox who I was under the last four months of service; total service from eleven to twelve months and served a month as Sergeant. He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or an annuity except the present and he declares that his name is not on the pension Roll of any agency in this state or elsewhere and that this is the first effort that he has made to have his name enrolled on the pension list.

Sworn to and subscribed the day & year aforesaid in open court.
S/ William Carr

[Edward Cox and Thomas Hamilton gave the standard supporting affidavit; Edward Cox added: "...Edward say[s] the said William served four months as sergeant under him."]

During the American Revolution a Tory or Loyalist was used in for those who remained loyal to the British Crown.


Washington County Marriages

CARP, Elizabeth married PITCOCK, Thomas on 24-MAY-1822
CARR, Aley married BOWMAN, Joseph on 31-MAY-1828
CARR, Alfred married KING, Elizabeth on 03-MAR-1835
CARR, Elizabeth married KITZMILLER, Henry on 24-FEB-1825
CARR, James M married HARTSELL, Emiline on 13-DEC-1836
CARR, Milly married PETERSON, John on 28-APR-1821
CARR, Susan married LISENBERG, Charles on 24-SEP-1824

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