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William Perry "TURKEY BILL" Carr
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Birth: 1839
Georgia, USA
Death: 1924
Yalobusha County
Mississippi, USA


Military Service: Private, Company F, 15th MS Infantry Regiment

As a child, William Perry Carr was captured by the Indians, but was returned unharmed to his family. The Perry Indian tribe lived in the same area, and taught him to hunt and fish. He was called "Turkey Bill" by the Indians, family members, and all who knew him, because of his ability for being such a fine marksman for hunting, and killing wild turkeys. A festival was held in Water Valley, MS celebrating "Turkey Bill Carr Day".

William Perry Carr was mustered into the service of the Confederate Sates at Corinth, MS., on 26 May 1861. He was with Regiment Mississippi Volunteers. This company was successively designated as Captain Collins' Company, Mississippi Volunteers, and Company F, 15th Regiment Mississippi Infantry. The 15th Regiment Mississippi Infantry was organized in May and June, 1861, of companies which had previously been in the State service, and were mustered into the Confederate services for twelve months. About May, 1862, the regiment was re-organized for the war. William Perry Carr was captured on 15 Dec 1864, Nashville, TN, by forces under Maj. Gen. Thomas, commanding Dept. of the Cumberland, and forwarded to Capt. S. F. Jones, Add'l A. D. C., Louisville, KY., Dec. 18 1864, and was discharged to Camp Douglas, IL, 18 June 1865 as per G.O. No. 109, A.G.O.

Another story told about "Turkey Bill Carr": "Turkey Bill's" daughter, Colie Carr (she never did marry), and the sister of Perry Hawkins Carr, told this story to her niece Perry Mae Carr, daughter of Perry Hawkins Carr:
Two young male Indians stole two younger female children of Benjamin Hawkins Carr, (father of "Turkey Bill"). "Turkey Bill" was about 12 years old at this time. The father (Benjamin Hawkins Carr) of the girls went to the chief about this kidnapping. The chief did not know anything about this, but as you know, the Indians always had a "swap out". So, the chief told him the girls could go home if "Turkey Bill" would stay with the Indians for two years. As the story goes, "Turkey Bill" did stay the two years. While there, the Indians taught him how to hunt, fish, and live off the land.

Family links: 
  Benjamin Hawkins Carr (1812 - ____)
  Susan Cole Carr (1819 - 1894)
  Emily Frances Shannon Carr (1841 - 1906)
  Mary Epsy Carr Williamson (1866 - 1947)*
  Perry Hawkins Carr (1870 - 1940)*
  William Perry Carr (1839 - 1924)
  Washington A. Carr (1848 - 1916)*
  Susan Caroline Carr Wells (1851 - 1939)*
  John F. Carr (1852 - 1854)*
  Georgia V. Carr (1853 - 1857)*
*Calculated relationship
Tabernacle Cemetery
Yalobusha County
Mississippi, USA
Created by: Mike Tankersley
Record added: Nov 17, 2007
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William Perry TURKEY BILL Carr
Added by: Mike Tankersley
William Perry TURKEY BILL Carr
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William Perry TURKEY BILL Carr
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