The following genealogy military history was provided by Judy Danielsen, Feb 2009.
John W. Carr 1845-1863
John Carr was with Company A Third Regiment West Virginia Volunteer Cavalry (Enlisted) 1862-1863. Also known as John W. Carr, he was 17 when he was mustered in for three years, saying that he was 19, on April 5, 1862, at Wheeling, Virginia. He was absent from the July and August 1862 muster roll because he was in the hospital at Washington, DC. having been sent from Culpeper Court House, Virginia, on August 17, 1862. In September 1862 he was sent from the hospital to Providence, Rhode Island. He was wounded again at the Battle of Falling Waters, Maryland, on July 14 and 15, 1863, with the second brigade, and hospitalized at Hagerstown, Maryland, listed as a casualty of the Gettysburg Campaign from July 1 to 15th, 1863. When released, he reported back to his unit. First reported as missing in action, he was actually killed in action at Morton's Ford, Virginia, on October 11, 1863, mustered out January 25, 1865, and last paid August 31, 1863. He was in the same unit as his brother Thomas who marked John’s grave by the Rapidan River where he died and was buried, according to Thomas's Civil War Memories. It is unmarked today.
John was the youngest child of Thomas and Elizabeth (Betsy) Litten Carr. Of their seven sons, four were in the Civil War from Jefferson County. Two, Samuel Price Carr and William Litten Carr, remained in the county, farming during the war and moving west to Iowa and Nebraska after the war. Another son, Jesse W. Carr, was a wholesale dry goods merchant in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. He sent food and smuggled money into Andersonville Prison for his brother Abraham. An only daughter, Helen for whom her brothers each named their daughters, died at age 17. Thomas Carr, born 1798, was the son of William, one of the founders of Carrtown (Smithfield) who with his brothers James and Joshua crossed the mountains into Ohio from Washington, Pennsylvania, in 1801. Betsy was of the Litten family (Samuel Litten and Helen Walker) of whom there were many in Jefferson County and also Wellsburg, West Virginia, a twin sister Nancy marrying George Rine living in Letart Mason West Virginia, and brother Jesse Litten owning the hotel in Smithfield and Abraham Walker Litten prominent businessman.
Abraham Walker Carr 1842-1927
Enlisting as a private for three years on August 5, 1861 at age 19, a blacksmith born at Smithfield, Ohio, at Mason City, Wheeling, Virginia, Carr joined Company I Second Regiment Virginia Cavalry. He was five feet six and one-half inches with blue eyes and light hair. On July 24, 1862, he was promoted to corporal to replace E. Curtis. On September 4, 1863, Carr was absent on detached service under command of Lt. J. B. Carlisle to the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad ordered by Brig. General E. P. Scammon. On September 14, 1863, he was missing in action and taken prisoner of war in Smyth County, Virginia, on the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad and sent to Belle Isle Prison in Richmond, Virginia, from September 15-22. Christmas dinner was rice diluted with water served in a bucket to four prisoners. He was still in confinement there on January 28, 1864, when he was vaccinated. He was then sent to Andersonville Prison in Americus, Georgia, where on March 21, 1864, he was admitted to the hospital. The sick prisoner left Augusta for treatment. He was paroled at Savannah, Georgia, on November 19, 1864 and reported to Camp Parole, Maryland on November 27, 1864. He was last paid on June 30, 1863, and was mustered out at Wheeling, West Virginia, on November 28, 1864, at age 21.
Carr worked with his brother Jesse W. Carr in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia in the dry goods business. After marrying Ada Helen Hoon, they and their daughter moved west living in Iowa and Colorado. At the shot of the gun, he rushed for land in the Gunnison Valley, building a log home in 1882 where the town of Delta eventually was born, and developing a fruit ranch on his land. His wife taught the first school held in their home. Daughter Helen married lawyer George Stefan who was Lieutenant Governor of Colorado and on the San Diego Planning commission. Abraham lived out his days in the Old Soldiers Home in Sawtelle, California, died in Los Angeles May 25, 1927. He is buried in Delta Colorado in the City Cemetery Block 2 Lot 94 Space 4 or 6.
Thomas Sutton Hayden Carr 1838-1920
On May 18, 1861, Thomas was in Company G First Regiment Virginia Foot Volunteers during which time he was hospitalized on August 27, 1861, at Wheeling, Virginia. Thomas then enlisted as a private in Company A Third Regiment West Virginia Cavalry Volunteers, with Captain S. B. Conger and Colonel McGee. He volunteered at Wheeling, Virginia, on December 2, 1861, for three years. At the Battle of Cross Keys (Port Republic), Virginia, serving as a Courier with Fremont and on a foraging mission for Conger, he was wounded in the left arm and taken prisoner June 15, 1862, and held at Lynchburgh and Belle Isle. While imprisoned for three months, he contracted malaria. He returned to his unit continuing to fight until he was injured at the Battle of Gettysburg shortly after dawn on July 1, 1863, being shot in the left hand. Treatment lasted until February 10, 1864. He then worked at Chestnut Hill Mower Hospital in Philadelphia. He was honorably discharged at Wheeling, West Virginia, on January 25, 1865.
At time of enlistment he was five feet six inches, dark complexion, blue eyes, black hair, a laborer, born February 12, 1838, at Jefferson County Ohio. In 1860 he lived with his uncle Jesse Litten since his mother had died and his father, who died about the same time as his son John Carr, was in poor health. After the war he married and moved to Iowa, Missouri, and South Dakota where he farmed. He spent his last years in Illinois, died February 29, 1920, and is buried in a military cemetery in Chicago Cook County Elmwood Cemetery Grave 152 Lot 1 Block U. V. Section 4.
Daniel Dean Carr 1828-1867
Carr enlisted in Company F 33rd Missouri Volunteer Infantry at Benton Barracks, Missouri, August 5, 1862, at age 32. On August 5, 1862 he was appointed Second Lieutenant and promoted to Captain September 3, 1862. On September 17, 1863 he was appointed Superintendent of Contrabands, also assigning duties to Chaplains at Helena, Arkansas, and in November requested to be relieved of those duties. November 19, 1863, Carr took charge of the Steam Boat Progress and brought all on board to Memphis reporting to General Hurlbert on orders of Buford. He was admitted to the hospital on disability in July 1864 and received honorable discharge. However, Captain Carr continued to serve the military as Captain and was detailed as AAIG for the District of Memphis by order of General Buckland on July 6, 1864, appointed AAIG for Head-Quarters District of West Tennessee, and appointed Wharf Master for Memphis on December 31, 1864. Carr died of his injuries November 15, 1867, in Memphis. He was buried October 14, 1867, in Memphis Shelby Tennessee in Elmwood Cemetery Turley Section Lot 423. His brother Abraham W. Carr purchased the marker later which could account for the different dates of death.
Carr’s wife, Sarah (Sallie) Bell Carr, had continued to live most of the time in Steubenville where her father, Joseph Bell, was in a dry goods partnership, Laughlin and Bell. Her daughter Cora married John Nicholson; sadly she died young. Fannie, another daughter, and her husband Edmund Yard Dougherty had two sons, and they remained in the Steubenville in the dry goods and carpet business. The Carrs also had a son whose name Joseph was changed to Daniel Dean after Captain Carr’s death. They are all buried in Steubenville excep
CIVIL WAR SOLDIERS - CARR CONNECTIONS TO JEFFERSON COUNTY, OH
These soldiers are the sons of Thomas and Elizabeth Litten Carr. His father was William Carr who was one of the founders of Carrtown (Smithfield), a blacksmith. His wife was Sarah Herbert who died in Smithfield and his first two children Jesse and Nancy Ann died young and are buried in Smithfield. My other pictures are of William's grandson William Carr Lupton child of Gideon and Susannah Carr Lupton. His granddaughter Sarah Carr Wood was the daughter of his son James Carr and Elizabeth. They lived in Smithfield and continued as Quakers when they moved to Adrian Michigan with two other of William's children, Joshua Carr who had married Agnes ---- ? who died in Jefferson County and Priscilla Carr who married Benjamin I.Talbot. James Carr moved on to Muscatine Iowa where he followed his Quaker beliefs. My great grandfather Thomas was the only one who stayed in Jefferson County. He did not continue in the Quaker faith. His children all left after the Civil War so we have no descendants in Ohio.
Judith Carr Danielsen
Above: Sarah Carr Wood and husband Charles.
Above: William Carr Lupton
Thomas Sutton Hayden Carr
Above are pictures of Abraham W. Carr when he lived in Delta Colorado. His son-in-law was Governor of Colorado. Donated by chapter member: Judy Danielsen
Above: Daniel Carr Monument
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