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Jackson and Alexander Carson

Commemorative Biographical Record of Washington County, Pennsylvania
by J.H. Beers & Co.

Transcribed by Liz DuBois and shared here with her permission.


CARSON, JACKSON and ALEXANDER S. The Carson family have for many years been prominently identified with the leading citizens of Washington county, and a record of the ancestry of the gentlemen, whose names introduce this sketch, will be found at page 1268 in this volume.

Thomas G. Carson was born, about the year 1792, on the home farm in Fallowfield township, Washington county, and received his education in the county schools. In early life he married Elizabeth Scott, a daughter of Parker and Sarah (Carson) Scott, natives of the county, and who lived on a farm in Fallowfield township. They had a family of one son and twelve daughters, one of whom, Lucy Ann, is yet living, near West Belle Vernon, the wife of John Sphar. The children born to Thomas G. Carson were Thomas, Parker, Lucy Ann, Charlotte, Sarah, Washington, Jackson, John and Alexander S. Thomas G. Carson was an ardent Democrat, and in religious faith he and his wife were members of the Baptist Church. They passed their lives on the old place where Mrs. Carson died in 1858. Mr. Carson was then married to Esther McIlvaine, a native of Somerset township, this county. He died in 1880, having passed his eighty-fourth year. The following children were born to his first marriage: Thomas (who died near Rushville, Ind.), Charlotte, wife of Joseph Rider (in Fallowfield township), Parker; Washington; Jackson; John, in East Pike Run township; Lucy Ann; Sarah (unmarried) and Alexander S.

JACKSON CARSON was born April 3, 1827, on the old homestead in Fallowfield township, Washington Co., Penn., and received a subscription-school education. On October 3, 1852, he was united in marriage with Mary, daughter of John B. and Sarah (Scott) Carson, special mention of whom will be found at page 1268. After his marriage Mr. Carson settled on the 140 acres in Fallowfield township which is now his home, running in debt for same; he also owns 139 1/2 acres in East Pike Run township. He has made many improvements on both farms, and has erected fine residences and three barns on his land. This fine property is the fruit of patient toil and ceaseless industry. He takes some interest in politics, voting with the Democratic party, and has filled many township offices. Three sons have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Carson, namely: William Henry, deceased at the age of twelve years; Isaac Newton, married and living in East Pike Run township, and John Wesley, a widower, living at home.

ALEXANDER S. CARSON was born May 10, 1838, on the homestead in Fallowfield township, where he now resides, and was educated in the schools of his district. In December, 1871, he was married to Annette, daughter of Henry and Emily (Duvall) Hanan, all three being natives of East Pike Run township, this county, where the marriage took place. Her father died in 1868, and her mother in February, 1892. Mr. and Mrs. Carson began wedded life on the farm of 130 (now 206) acres in Fallowfield township, where she died in November, 1880, leaving one son, Walter. In 1882 Mr. Carson married Elizabeth Myers, a native of Somerset township, this county, daughter of John and Mary (Ross) Myers, who were born in Germany, and about the year 1854 came to America, locating in Washington county, where both died. To this union four children have been born, namely: Jesse, Frederick Ross, Harry Fell, and Elmer Clarence. Mr. Carson's farm is well conducted, and on it, in addition to general agriculture, he raises a fine grade of Short-horn Jersey cattle. Politically he votes with the Democratic party, and he has held local offices; Mrs. Carson is a member of the Presbyterian Church at Pigeon Creek.


Webmaster's Note:  On Thursday, Oct 21, 2010 at 1:11 PM I received an e-mail from Jay Carson <jayfcarson AT gmail.com>

I was 12 when my GGrandfather passed and 14 when his brother passed. This section from Beers has intermingled their names. Please correct if you can. 

Sons of Alexander Scott Carson, my GGrandfather was Jesse Frederick Carson, his brother Ross Myers Carson. Both men had sons named Jr., and at this email, Ross Jr. b1924 is still living independently in Charleroi PA, last of his generation.

Jay F. Carson Jr.
Fort Wayne IN



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