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John Carr

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

John Carr was born about 1737.

Some researchers believe he is the son of Robert Carr and Mary Williams, but he does not appear on the list of his children.

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

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

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, son of Joseph Denton),
Susannah Carr (1774),
Mary Carr (1776),
James Carr (1779, died as an infant),
James Carr (1781),
Elizabeth Carr (1781),
Richard Carr (1783, married Martha York),
William Carr (1785, married Rebecca Jobe), and
Isabell Carr Crabtree(1787, married James Crabtree).

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 his first 132 acres in 1789 from John Callahan.

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

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.
 
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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.

     
 

from The Carr Family Records by Edison I. Carr

Robert Carr, brother of the foregoing Thomas Carr, settled in Nansemond county, Va., where he died in 1773. He married Mary Williams in 1735. His will is a unique document, and its minute details are amusing to the present generation. He speaks of being "the author of eight children and the possessor of much plunder." His children were,
Joshua Carr, b. 1736.
Mathew Carr, b. 1738.
Robert Carr, b. 1740.
Titus Carr, b. 1743.
Mary Carr, b.
Elizabeth Carr
Martha Carr.

 
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