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Gen John C. Carson

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Gen John C. Carson

  • Birth 1766 York County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Death 24 Jun 1846 Rutherford County, North Carolina, USA
  • Burial Rutherfordton, Rutherford County, North Carolina, USA
  • Memorial ID 22311123

Born: 1766, York Co, PA
Died: 1846, Rutherford Co, NC
Buried: Brittain Presbyterian Church, Westminster, Rutherford, NC

Asheville Messenger (Asheville, North Carolina), Friday, July 17, 1846, Page 3
^Info above^ by Contributor Ronald Arrowood

Gen. John Carson, an aged and esteemed citizen of Rutherford county, died on the 24th ult. Gen. Carson represented Rutherford county for several years in the Legislature.

John married Mary WITHROW, daughter of Captain James WITHROW and Sidney BRANDON, on 2 Feb 1789 in Rutherford Co, NC.(Mary WITHROW was born in 1770 in Rowan Co, died in 1856 in Rutherford Co, NC and was buried in Brittain Presbyterian Church, Westminster, Rutherford, NC


1. Military Service: War of 1812 War: Rutherford Co, NC. 9 18 Brigadier-General in NC State Militia's 10th Brigade (1,523 men) for a number of years.

2. Occupation, 1794-1798, Rutherford Co, NC. 19 Justice of the Peace

3. Occupation: Rutherford Co, NC. 9 Representative in the NC House of Commons 1808, 1815, 1816, 1819-1826

4. Will, 19 Feb 1839, Rutherford Co, NC. 20 SEPTEMBER COURT 1846 Book E Page No. 165
In the name of God Amen
I John Carson of the County of Rutherford and State of North Carolina being advanced in life but of sound mind and memory and calling to mind the mortality of the body and that it is appointed for all men once to die, I do make and ordain this to be my last Will and Testament.
And first of all I recommend my soul to Almighty God who gave it, and my body to the earth to be buried in a decent christian like manner at the discretion of Executors and as touching such worldly estate as I am possessed of I gave and bequeath in the following manner.
That is I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Mary Carson all my Estate both real and personal after discharging my lawful debt, to her during her natural life and should she out live me, I allow her to have at her own disposal all our house hold and kitchen furniture of every description and when we are both dead, I allow my plantation to be divided and disposed of as follows. Beginning at Francis Logans line at Earlys ditch and running with said ditch to the road then with the road to the bridge across the creek thence up the creek to Cochrans line all on the East of these forever I give and bequeath to my son William P. Carson - And then from the aforesaid bridge up the lane to an apple tree about one hundred yards south east from my dwelling house, which tree I allow to be a corner and from thence running north twenty degrees east seventy poles thence due west to Baldridges line all my lands north of these bounds I give and bequeath to my son George W. Carson, and the remainder of my plantation including my dwelling house I give and bequeath to my son Oliver P. Carson, allowing George W. and Oliver P Carson each of them to pay my daughter, Isabella C. Carson one hundred and twenty five dollar. I have heretofore made a deed of gift of a negro girl named Julia Ann to my daughter Isabella C. Carson which I ratify and confirm all this.
September Court 1846 Book E Page No. 166
Also give and bequeath to my grand son Henry K. Smart one horse and saddle worth ninety dollars and one cow and calf. Lastly at our decease I allow all our personal estate not otherwise disposed of to be sold and equally divided between James W. Carson, Jane Carson wife of William Carson, Polly S. Carson wife Felix W. Carson, Sidney B. Smart wife of Hiram Smart, Mary Ann Gettys wife of William Gettys and A M Carson. I also give and bequeath to my son Oliver P. Carson my gold watch it being a relic that I do not wish to go out of the family. I also allow my books to be divided between George W., William P., A. M. & O. P Carson. Finally I constitute and appoint my sons James W. and Oliver P. Carson Executors of this my last will and testament dis-annulling all other wills by me heretofore made, and ratifying and confirming this to be my last will and testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal A.D. one thousand eight hundred and thirty nine this 19th day of February in presence of
James Logan (Jurat) Jn Carson, signature with seal
William Erwin (Jurat)

(Transcribed from FHL 428321 of original handwritten wills)

5. Probate, Sep 1846, Rutherford Co, NC.

General Notes:
"The Heritage of Macon Co., NC" 1987 975.6982 H2h: General in the NC State Militia; served 1808-1826 in NC House of Representatives.

"NC Spectator & Western Advertiser (1830-1835) Rutherford Co., NC Abstracts" by Lee & Newnann 975.6913 V2n: pg 29, daughter married Mr. Wm Gettis 1 Oct 1831; pg 41-43, letters at Rutherfordton Post Office; pg 77, President-Minutes of Rutherford Co Bible Society - Auxiliary to the American Bible Society in Rutherfordton, NC on 17 Aug 1831 (Ninth anniversary of the society); pg 91, John Carson Executor 15 Jan 1835 notice of Executor's Sale Andrew Logan for John Baldridge deceased (John Baldridge's will was probated Rutherford Co, NC, Jan 1835, see Book E pg 15).

According to "History of ... Rutherford County ..." by Griffin pg 408, General John Carson moved into Rutherford County before the Revolution and settled on Second Broad River.

Kenyon Withrow in the Heritage of Rutherford County states John and Mary raised a large family at their home on Little Camp Creek near Brittain Church.

John was also the President of the Little Brittain Temperance Society Auxiliary to the American Temperance Society.

1809 Apr 13 - Warranty Deed; John Carson to Micah Sellers both of Rutherford Co., NC; consideration $250 for 82 acres; tract of land in Rutherford Co., NC near Little Camp Creek; neighbors: Carter, Blankenship, McGaughey's old corner; Witnesses: John Long and James Crow. [Deed Book 22-23;34,5]

There is a deed in 1800, Robert Sellers of Burke Co. is the grantor. It refers to land granted to John Carson by his Majesty in 1765. Col. John Carson, a cotton farmer and a Revolutionary War soldier, was born in Ireland to James and Rebecca Carson. John, father of Joseph McDowell Carson, lived in Burke Co. Joseph had mail at the Rutherfordton P. O. 1830 - 1835. They owned a gold mine near Morganton, NC. There are descendants of this Carson line that were born in Rutherford Co. So, not all Carsons of Rutherford Co. are closely related.

In the 1800 census there is 1 male 26-45, 1 male 10-16, 3 males under 10, 1 female 26-45, and 2 females under age 10.

The 1810 census - 2m under 10, 1m 10-16, 2m 16-26, 1m 26-45, 3f under 10, 2f 10-16, 1f 16-26, and 1f 26-45; plus one slave.

1820 Rutherford census - 2m under 10, 1m 16-26, 1m 45 and over, 1f under 10, 1f 10-16, 1f 16-26, 1f 45 and over; plus 2f slaves.

1830 Rutherford census - 1m under 5, 2m 15-20, 2m 30-40, 1m 60-70, 1f 15-20, 2f 20-30, and 1f 50-60; plus 1m and 2f slaves.

NOTE: Upon reading the original handwritten will of General John C. Carson, an error was noted in the Rutherford Court Clerk's transcription of his will (Book E pg 165). The clerk entered Thomas for the given name of neighbor Logan. That is incorrect. The given name of neighbor Logan was Francis, according to the original NC Archive handwritten will. Francis Logan did reside in Rutherford County.

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