The Carson Family
Washington County, Virginia
To Rockcastle County, Kentucky
To Jellico, Tennessee
To Davie, Broward County, Florida
Margaret Carson, born about 1774
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]. David and Elizabeth (Dysart) Carson's third child (second daughter) was Margaret Ann.
Margaret Ann Carson, born about 1774 in Washington Co., Virginia on February 28, 1793 in Washington County, Virginia married David Craig (married by Rev. Charles Cummings).
Carson, Margaret married Craig, David: 28 Feb 1793
Source: Marriage Register Washington County, VA Courthouse, Abingdon, Virginia
Agreement between David Carson and David Craig, dated September 30, 1802, and recorded in Deed Book 3, page 643.
Apparently, David Carson offered a tract of land and in return David Craig offered a tract of land plus $200. However, David Craig would not have to pay the $200 until 80 acres of the Carson land had its title cleared.
Carson land bounded by: Thomas Montgomery, Richard Montgomery, John Dennison (?), William Moore, and David Craig.
Craig land: known as Kerr's [Kirk's] Place, adjoining James Thompson, Meeks, and Hustons [Hutton]. Witnesses: Samuel Meek and William Carson
(Note: The Craig land was acquired by David Craig's brother Robert on October 9, 1787 [Washington County Deed Book 1:60] and willed to David in 1794 when Robert died. This tract was located on both sides of Bakers Creek - now Hutton Creek - which is a creek on the north side of the Middle Fork of the Holston River, not too far from the Washington/Smyth County line. This agreement may not have been implemented, or David Craig may have inherited the land following the death of David Carson in 1803, since David Craig and Margaret his wife sold that 300 acre tract to Joseph Meek Jr. on March 18, 1806 [Washington County Deed Book 3:461]. )
Settlement between David Craig and other heirs of
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 Crilley’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. (Richard Montgomery later acquired Collin Crilley's land.)
sheriffs in Washington County: in 1782 James Craig; in 1786, Robert Craig, John
Craig, and William Craig; in 1791, Hiram Craig; in 1792,
William Carson; and in
1797 David Craig.
Source: Page 831 Summers “History of Southwest Virginia”
Washington County Delegates to the Virginia House of Delegates: 1799 and 1801 James Dysart and Samuel Meek; 1800 and 1802 Samuel Meek and Robert Craig; and 1808, 1809, and 1810
David Craig and William
Source: Page 817 Summers “History of Southwest Virginia”
State: Virginia Year: 1810
County: Washington Roll: M252_71
Township: Page: 236
Mary Carson Dillion, a Carson family researcher, reported that David Craig became a deputy sheriff of Washington Co., VA after 1809 when he resigned his commission in the Washington County militia.
David was killed while attempting to arrest a suspect according to "A Dysart Lineage: Seven Generation" by Charles Jefferson Griffith, III. Typewritten manuscript, 1986.
There were many Craig families in the Shenandoah Valley in the late 1700s and early 1800s. Different researchers show different parents for the
David Craig who married Margaret Carson.
* In the General Index of Deeds Washington Co., VA, Number 1, 1778 – 1841, there are at least seven transactions involving a David Craig. One of them clearly is the David Craig who married Margaret Carson, daughter of David and Elizabeth (Dysart) Carson. Another one mentions a David Craig and his wife Martha of Northumberland Co., Pennsylvania.
* An article by Gov. David Campbell for the "The Virginian" mentions a David Craig as one of the heads of families that composed the Rev. Charles Cummings' congregation (Presbyterian) at Sinking Spring prior to 1772.
I have no documentation for the parents of the David Craig who married Margaret Carson, daughter of David and Elizabeth (Dysart) Carson.
Some researchers believe that the David Craig who married Margaret Carson, daughter of David and Elizabeth (Dysart) Carson belongs to this family:
* David and Margaret Craig owned several hundred acres of land in 1751 in Donegal Twp., Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania.
* David and Margaret Craig had a son Robert who was Captain in Rev War in Pennsylvania and relocated from Pa to Abingdon, Va in 1787.
* Captain Robert Craig married Margaret Whitehill in 1765 and had a son David Craig, born 1767.
Below are my notes from "Three Generations of Craigs in Virginia" by William C. Schrader:
* Was born in Ireland in 1731 and came to Pennsylvania in 1739.
* Was a weaver by trade.
* Enlisted in Militia of Cumberland County in 1755. (He is not the John Craig who was at the Battle of Kings Mountain.)
* Around 1756, he relocated to Shenandoah Valley.
* On April 3, 1761, he married Mary (Molly) Cox, sister of Richard, John, Joshua, and David Cox.
* By 1763, John and Mary had relocated to the section of Augusta Co., Virginia that later became Fincastle Co and then Montgomery County.
* In 1778 or 1779 the John Craig family moved to what is Wythe County.
David Craig, son of John and Mary Craig:
* Served in the militia of Montgomery County under Jeremiah Pearce.
* Married by Rev. Charles Cummings on Feb 28, 1793 in Washington County to Margaret Carson, daughter of David Carson and Elizabeth Dysart.
* Their children: Robert, William, Elizabeth, Margaret, and Mary.
* Executor of will of David Carson. Acquired rights to the David Carson property (surveyed March 29, 1783).
* Became deputy sheriff of Washington County, VA.
* Died March 27, 1812.
* Margaret Ann "Peggy" (Carson) Craig was on the 1815 tax rolls in Rockcastle County, Kentucky, living near her brothers: William, Joseph, David, Samuel, and Charles. In the 1820 census she is in Crab Orchard, Lincoln County, Kentucky.
* Margaret’s sister Mary Carson and her husband William Craig moved from Knox County, Kentucky to Rockcastle County, Kentucky sometime between 1820 and 1830. (William Craig not thought to be related to David Craig. William may be related to the Robert Craig of Knox County, Ky.)
“Selected Implied Marriages from Washington County Virginia Records” by Jack
“Dysart, Samuel M.; m. Margaret, heir of David Craig (“…as conveyed to David Craig the ancestor of sd. Margaret…”) (WCV DB 9:615, 28 Apr 1828 & WCV DB 11:145 “Margaret R. Dysart, d/o David Craig”)
May 27, 1822--Between John Montgomery and
Elizabeth his wife and Robert Craig and Sally his wife of the County of
Rockcastle in the State of Kentucky of the one part and Andrew Russell of the
County of Washington in the State of Virginia of the other part Witnesseth that
the said John Montgomery and Elizabeth his wife and Robert Craig and Sally his
wife for and in consideration of the sum of One Thousand Two hundred dollars
current money they do bargain and sell unto the said Andrew Russell and his
heirs all the right which the said John Montgomery and Elizabeth his wife and
Robert Craig and Sally his wife have in the tract of land lying in the forks of
Holston River estimated to contain according to the original Survey made in the
name of David Carson Decd three hundred and forty seven acres as conveyed to the
said David Craig decd the ancestor of the said Elizabeth wife of the said John
and the said Robert Craig. They also bargain and sell unto the said Russell all
their interest in the adjoining Entries. One estimated to contain forty four
acres (bordered David Carson's land on the north) and the other five made and surveyed in the name of the said David Craig
decd- the right of the said Elizabeth wife of the said John and the said Robert
being one undivided fourth part thereof of which decended (sic) to them from the
said David Craig their father. The said John Montgomery and Elizabeth do also
for the consideration aforesaid bargain and sell unto the said Andrew Russell
and his heirs all the right which they have in and to a tract of eight hundred
and sixty acres of land adjoining Robert Houston's lands and others granted to
the said Russell by patent bearing date the 10th day of October 1799 who admits
that the four surviving heirs of the said David Craig decd have an equitable
interest in one undivided moiety thereof with all their appurtenances. (The 860 acre tract started east of Alvarado and extended in a northeasterly direction.)
Eliza C. Montgomery
Sarah her X mark Craig
State of Kentucky, Rockcastle County May County Court 1822 This day John Montgomery and Elizabeth his wife and Robert Craig and Sally his wife came into Court and produced a deed from them to Andrew Russell of the State of Virginia bearing date the 27th day of May 1822 which they acknowledged to be their act and deed for the purposes therein mentioned and the said Elizabeth and Sally being examined in open Court separate and apart from their husbands freely and voluntarily relinquished their right to Dower in the land conveyed by said deed. It is therefore ordered that this order and acknowledgement be copied on the back of said deed and certified; agreeable to the requitions of the act of Congress.
Kentucky Rockcastle County. (Washington County Deed Book 8, page 54 on microfilm at the Library of Virginia).
October 28, 1822--Between John Montgomery and Elizabeth his wife and Robert Craig and Sally his wife of the County of Rockcastle in the State of Kentucky of the one part and Abraham Zimmerman of the County of Washington in the State of Virginia of the other part Witnesseth that the said John Montgomery and Elizabeth his wife and Robert Craig and Sally his wife for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred fifteen dollars current money do bargain and sell unto the said Abram Zimmerman and his heirs all the right which the said John Montgomery and Elizabeth his wife and the said Robert Craig and Sally his wife have in the tract of land lying on the south side of the middle fork of Holstein River estimated to contain according to the original survey made in the name of David Craig decd father of the said Elizabeth and the said Robert an undivided moiety of fifty acres which the surviving heirs of David Craig decd. have an equal interest therein with all its appurtenances.
Elizabeth C. Montgomery
State of Kentucky, Rockcastle County, October County Court 1822
This day John Montgomery and Elizabeth his wife and Robert Craig and Sally his wife of Rockcastle County came into Court and produced a deed of conveyance from them to Abram Zimmerman of Washington County and State of Virginia bearing date the 28th day of October A.D. 1822 which the said Montgomery and wife and Craig and wife acknowledged to be their act and deed for the purposes therein mentioned and the said Elizabeth & Sally being examined in open Court separate and apart from their said husbands (the contents of said deed being explained to them) freely and voluntarily relinquished their rights to dower in the lands so conveyed to said Zimmerman It was ordered by the Court that the acknowledgement be copied on the back of said deed and certified by the Clerk with his seal of office.
Kentucky Rockcastle County. (Washington County Deed Book 8, page 209 on microfilm at the Library of Virginia.)
William Schrader published an article in the Bulletin (Series II, No. 45, 2008) of the Historical Society of Washington County, Virginia regarding David Carson, a Deputy Surveyor for Washington County, Virginia.
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