An American Family History

William Carr


William Carr was born about 1785. He was the son of John Carr and Louvisa Isbell.

He married Rebecca Jobe. Rebecca was the daughter of David 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 and David J. Humphreys and 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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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.

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