Son of Thomas J Carn and Mary Strobel. He was married to Martha Pressley McCawley, 1829-1889.
Signer of the South Carolina Ordinance of Secession.
Died at Walterboro, on the 18 inst, Col MERRICK EZRA CARN, in the 56th year of his age.
Col Carn was a resident of Walterboro from early manhood. On account of his amiability of temper, friendliness of character and many virtues, he was regarded with friendship and esteem by all who knew him. To show the high regard in which he was held by the citizens of this Parish, it is only necessary to state, that for many years he represented the Parish in the State Legislature, both as representative and as Senator. While in the Legislature, he was a hardworking member, and faithfully executed the trusts committed to him, giving entire satisfaction to his constituents.
After retiring from the Senate, he was chosen Lieutenant Governor and at the expiration of his term of office it was intention to withdraw from public life into the retirement of his home and family. But, when in 1860, a Convention of the people was called, to see that the Commonwealth of South Carolina should suffer no detriment, he was chosen one of the Delegates to represent St Bartholomew's Parish in said Convention. He attended all the sittings of the Convention, except the last (from which he was kept by extreme illness), and voted for and signed the Ordinance of Secession, by which South Carolina, in the exercise of her original sovereignty, dissolved her connection with the United States. Of this body, he was a member at the time of his death.
Of him, it may emphatically be said, that he was a useful citizen; and his fellow citizens proved their appreciation of his usefulness by awarding him many honors. His was a heart that knew no bitterness and cherished no hatreds, and in which malice could find no resting place. To this all his acquaintances can testify, and, among them all, it would be difficult to find one who wold willingly speak unkindly of him.
In early manhood he united himself with the Episcopal Church of this Parish, and was not long after chosen one of the Vestry. Of this body he continued a very useful and highly efficient member until the division of the Parish and the organization of St Jude's Church, Walterboro. When the Parish was divided he was elected one of the Wardens of St Jude's and then Chairman, which position he held until his death.
He leaves a widow, one child, and many friends to mlourn his loss. During his illness of many weeks he was much in prayer and often declared his entire trust was in his Saviour.
[Some lengthy passages of religious testimony omitted]
Feb 1, 1862 Charleston Mercury p2
Mary Eliza Carn Fishburne