The Carson Family

From Washington County, Virginia 
To Rockcastle County, Kentucky
To Jellico, Tennessee
To Davie, Broward County, Florida


David Carson Jr., born about 1780


David Carson was born about 1741 (not documented) and died about 1803. He lived and worked as a surveyor in and around Abingdon, Washington County, Virginia. He was active in religious affairs, community affairs, and the military. 

About 1765, he married Elizabeth Dysart who was born about 1745. Elizabeth Dysart is thought to be the grand-daughter of one of Samuel Dysart's brothers. [Samuel Dysart is the grandfather of James Dysart, the Long Hunter]. Their sixth child (fourth son) was David Jr.

David Carson Jr., born August 20, 1780 in Abingdon, Washington Co., Virginia and died June 28, 1839 in Fayetteville, Lawrence Co., Indiana. On September 26, 1799 in Cedarville, Washington County, Virginia, David married Cynthia Meek, the daughter of Samuel Meek and Elizabeth Campbell. After he divorced Cynthia Meek Carson on December 13, 1820, David Carson Jr. on March 22, 1823 married Elizabeth Cathers, the widow of Jonathan Sellers, and moved from Rockcastle Co., Kentucky to Indiana.




Carson, David married Meek, Synthia: 26 Sept 1799 Source: Marriage Register Washington County, VA Courthouse, Abingdon, Virginia. 

Note: David and Cynthia were divorced on 13 December 1820, by an act of the Kentucky Legislature.

Divorce Decree of David and Cynthia Carson:
Whereas it is represented to the present general assembly, that David Carson of Rockcastle County, Kentucky has for several years past treated his wife, Cynthia, in a most shamful and unfeeling manner; that he has given himself up to idleness, intemperance and debauchery; that he spends much of his time with an idle, dissolute woman and takes from his wife and children their only means of support, for the maintenance of said dissolute woman: Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, That the said Cynthia Carson be, and she is hereby divorced from her said husband, of the bonds of matrimony solemnized between the said David and Cynthia Carson, shall be, and the same are hereby set aside and held for nought, and the said Cynthia restored to all the privilege of a feme sole.
Approved Dec. 13, 1820




Two sons of David Carson (William and David, Jr) and James Dysart first appear on the Lincoln County, Kentucky tax list in 1803 (in the area that would later be Rockcastle County). 

In 1804 William, Joseph, and David Jr, are listed on the Lincoln County, Kentucky tax list (in the area that would later be Rockcastle County). 

In 1804, Joseph Carson (b. 1777) bought property from Joshua Wilson, who had bought it from Valentine Harmon. In 1806, David Carson, Jr. is shown in the tax list with some of Samuel Ayres' land. Around the same time James Dysart bought adjoining land from James Knox. 




Settlement between David Craig and other heirs of David Carson
Dated June 19, 1809 in Lincoln County, Kentucky
Dated July 3, 1809 in Knox County, Kentucky, 
Dated August 16, 1809 in Washington County, Virginia
Recorded in Washington County, Virginia Deed Book 4, page 201.
David Craig of Washington Co, Virginia
William Craig and wife Mary of Knox County, Kentucky
William Carson and wife Eleanor of Lincoln County, Kentucky
Joseph Carson and wife Mary of Lincoln County, Kentucky
David Carson and wife Cynthia of Lincoln County, Kentucky
Samuel Carson of Lincoln County, Kentucky
Charles C Carson of Lincoln County, Kentucky
From David Craig, $1500
From other heirs, interest in land in Washington County, Virginia on a branch of the Middle Fork of the Holstein River. Same land as was granted to David Carson, deceased, by patent dated June 20, 1785. Bounded by: Collin Creely’s land, Thomas Montgomery’s line, Samuel Buchanan’s patent line, Robert Buchanan’s land, except for the 53 acres sold by David Carson to William Moore on March 20, 1792.




The Kentucky Land Grants 1782 – 1924 By Willard Rouse Jillson, 1925 

Kentucky Land Warrants (under a 1815 piece of legislation vacant land east of the Tennessee River was sold for $20 per 100 acres). The purchaser received a receipt from the State Treasurer, then received a land office warrant, then found and surveyed the land, and then received a land patent.
Carson, David 50 acres, Book C, page 92, survey 10-14-1816, Rockcastle Co., Trace Fk Skeggs Cr
Carson, David 50 acres, Book D, page 447, survey 7-5-1818, Rockcastle Co.
Carson, David 50 acres, Book F, page 450, survey 9-20-1819, Rockcastle Co., Skeggs Cr
Carson, David Jr 50 acres, Book R, page 282, survey 11-8-1824, Rockcastle Co., Skeggs Cr
Carson, David 21 acres, Book D-2, page 85, survey 9-16-1833, Rockcastle Co., Skeggs Cr

Grants South of Green River (Also known as “Headright Claims” were based on 1795 legislation. When Virginia controlled the land in Kentucky south of the Green River, it was reserved for soldiers. After 1797, the state of Kentucky opened this land to any person over age 21 with a family. Settlers were eligible for 100 to 200 acres after they lived on the land for one year.)
Carson, David 40 acres, Book 28, page 44, survey 4-7-1824, Rockcastle Co., W Fk Skeggs Cr


Ransom Carson, a son of David Carson, Jr. and Cynthia Meek recorded some of his family history in his Bible.

Information on Ransom Carson can be found in "Kentucky Pioneers and Their Descendents" by Ila Earle Fowler (1951).




Notes from Dec 25, 1932 article by Charles Hamilton Carson.
David Carson, Jr born Aug 1780 in Washington Co. Va
*married Cynthia Meek born Aug 10, 1783.
*married Aug 10, 1783 by Rev Edward Crawford.
*Cynthia Meek was daughter of Major Samuel Meek and his wife Elizabeth.

Robert Preston Carson (grandson of David Carson, Jr) in 1915 wrote:
* David Carson, Jr and his wife Elizabeth shortly after their marriage in 1799 (along with his brothers) relocated from Washington Co., Va to Mt Vernon, Ky via the Wilderness Road.
* One son of David, Jr and Elizabeth was Joseph Carson, born Feb 2, 1808 in Kentucky.
* In 1830, Joseph and his brother James returned to Washington Co., Virginia.
* Joseph Carson on Sept 1, 1831 married Jane Preston Dennison, born March 17, 1803.
* Jane Preston Dennison was the daughter of Andrew Dennison and Mary Preston.
* The Dennisons came from Londonberry, Ireland to Lancaster, PA in 1800 and within a year relocated to Washington Co., VA.
* Jane Dennisons' sister Sally was the second wife of Robert Preston, the surveyor.
* Joseph Carson and his wife Jane lived near Robert Preston, the surveyor. Joseph was the overseer for the Robert Preston farm.
* Robert Preston Carson was born to Joseph and Jane on July 10, 1832 and was named after Robert Preston, the surveyor.
* The Joseph Carson family moved to Walnut Flat, Lincoln Co., Kentucky in 1836.
* Joseph's oldest brother Samuel relocated from Kentucky to Western Tennessee.
* Joseph's brother William relocated from Kentucky to Lawrence Co., Indiana.
* Joseph's brother Campbell (and wife Pauline Thurman) relocated from Walnut Flat, Kentucky to St. Joseph, Missouri, where he founded a Presbyterian Church.
* When the Joseph Carson family arrived in Walnut Flat, Lincoln Co., Kentucky, they first stayed with Joseph's mother, Cynthia Meek Carson. Then, they moved to a log cabin on the land of Mr. Middleton. A neighbor was Mr. Bingamon.
* Robert Preston Carson never saw his grandfather David Carson, Jr who had moved to Indiana.
* In 1836, the Joseph Carson family moved back to Washington Co, VA. They first lived on the Andrew Dennison farm, then on the Sally Dennison Preston farm.
* In 1849, Robert Preston Carson went to the Abingdon Male Academy, boarding at Dr. E. C. Craig's. In 1851, he went to Virginia Military Institute.




In 1861, Captain Robert P Carson headed the Glade Springs Rifles in Washington County (Company F of the 37th Virginia Infantry). He was later a colonel in the confederate army. From 1865 to 1871, he was the principal of the Abingdon Academy. In 1895, he was on a jury in a case regarding the boundary line between Virginia and Tennessee. 
Source: Page 517 Summers “History of Southwest Virginia”


A great, great, great, great grandson of David Carson, the deputy surveyor of Washington County, Virginia participated in a Y-DNA study.

The test subject is the son of Charles Pointer Carson (born Oct 08, 1901 in Rockcastle Co., Ky) and Mary Echols Roberts

Charles Pointer Carson is the son of Stephen Green Carson (born Apr 29, 1870 in Rockcastle Co., Ky) and Susan Ellen Sowder

Stephen Green Carson is the son of Joseph Carson (born Nov 12, 1822 in Rockcastle Co., Ky) and Mahala Jane Owens

Joseph Carson (born Nov 12, 1822) is the son of (Preacher) David Carson (born Feb 01, 1798 in Washington Co., VA) and Catherine Lawrence

(Preacher) David Carson is the son of Joseph Carson (born Jul 02, 1777 in Washington Co., VA) and Mary A. Evans

Joseph Carson is the son of David Carson (the deputy surveyor of Washington Co., VA who died 1803 in Washington Co., VA) and Elizabeth Dysart.

The test results were an exact 12 Marker Y-DNA match to another test subject, who is the great, great, great, great, great, great grandson of David Carson the deputy surveyor of Washington County. 

This test subject is the great grandson of Gerald Franklin "Kit" Carson, born 3-10-76 in Cleburne, Johnson County, Texas.

Gerald Franklin "Kit" Carson (according to his 1940 San Antonio, Texas Social Security Application), was the son of William L. Carson and Mary Jane Gaskin.

William Lane Carson (born 1848 in Springville, Lawrence Co, Indiana) was the son of Samuel M. Carson and Louisa Lawrence.

Samuel M. Carson (born Abt. 1822 in Rockcastle County, Kentucky) was the son of William C. Carson and Eveline Thompson.

William C. Carson (May 22, 1802 in Washington Co., Virginia) was the son of David Carson, Jr. and Cynthia Meek.

David Carson, Jr. (born Aug 20, 1780 in Washington Co., Virginia) was the son of David Carson the deputy surveyor of Washington County and Elizabeth Dysart.



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