Dabney Carr (c.1743 - 1773)

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Birthplace: Louisa, Virginia, United States
Death: Died in Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
Cause of death: fever
Occupation: Lawyer, Statesman - cofounder of the Continental Congress in 1774
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About Dabney Carr

Dabney Carr was born on October 26, 1743 at a thousand-acre Louisa County, Virginia farm named Bear Castle. He was the son of John Carr, grandson of Major Thomas Carr, and great-grandson of "Thomas Carr, Gentlemen," who held extensive land patents in Virginia from about 1701. Dabney attended the academy of Reverend James Maury. Other students at the prestigious private school were Thomas Jefferson and Matthew Maury. At the age of eighteen, Dabney Carr enrolled in William and Mary College in Williamsburg, and later studied to be a lawyer. Although his legal education ("reading law" under a practicing attorney) was interrupted in 1763 by militia service on the frontier with the Louisa County Volunteer Rangers, Dabney was licensed to practice law only two years after leaving college. In July 1765, Dabney Carr married Martha Jefferson, Thomas' sister. The couple made their home at Spring Forest in Goochland County, VA.

  Dabney Carr was elected to the House of Burgesses in 1771 and 1772, and served on two House committees, including the influential Committee of Privileges and Elections. He helped incorporate the Virginia Society for the Promotion of Useful Knowledge, a group "...dedicated to a discussion of geography, natural history, natural philosophy, agriculture, practical mathematics, commerce, medicine and American history."
  Contemporaries regarded Dabney Carr as a powerful orator who was a serious challenge to the acknowledged master orator, Patrick Henry. Of Carr, Patrick Henry's biographer, William Wirt, said [Dabney Carr] "...was considered...the most formidible rival in forensic eloquence that Mr. Henry had ever yet had to encounter." Of Carr, Thomas Jefferson said he "...was one of the earliest and most distinquished leaders in the opposition to British tyranny." 
  Although Dabney Carr is largely forgotten by the history books, except for a little microbe ("bilious fever" the doctor called it) he would surely have been one of the giants of the American Revolution. As it was, Dabney Carr's contribution to the formation of the American democracy is subtantial, even though he died young.

http://members.tripod.com/~genealogy_thomas/carr.html

Patriot, born in Virginia in 1744: died in Charlottesville, Virginia, 16 May, 1773. He moved and eloquently advocated a resolution to appoint inter-colonial committees of correspondence in resistance to British encroachments, which was adopted on 3 March, 1773. He married a sister of Thomas Jefferson.--His son, Dabney, born in April, 1773; died in Richmond, Virginia, 8 January, 1837, practiced law, was chancellor of Winchester district from 1811 till 1824, and judge of the court of appeals from 1824 till 1837.--Another son, Samuel, commanded the United States cavalry at Norfolk in 1812-'5.--His grandson, Dabney S., born in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1803; died in Charlottesville, Virginia, 24 March, 1854, was for several years naval officer at Baltimore, and United States minister to Turkey from 1843 till 1849. (http://www.famousamericans.net/dabneycarr/)

-------------------- Dabney Carr was born on October 26, 1743 at a thousand-acre Louisa County, Virginia farm named Bear Castle. He was the son of John Carr, grandson of Major Thomas Carr, and great-grandson of "Thomas Carr, Gentlemen," who held extensive land patents in Virginia from about 1701. Dabney attended the academy of Reverend James Maury. Other students at the prestigious private school were Thomas Jefferson and Matthew Maury. At the age of eighteen, Dabney Carr enrolled in William and Mary College in Williamsburg, and later studied to be a lawyer. Although his legal education ("reading law" under a practicing attorney) was interrupted in 1763 by militia service on the frontier with the Louisa County Volunteer Rangers, Dabney was licensed to practice law only two years after leaving college. In July 1765, Dabney Carr married Martha Jefferson, Thomas' sister. The couple made their home at Spring Forest in Goochland County, VA.

Dabney Carr was elected to the House of Burgesses in 1771 and 1772, and served on two House committees, including the influential Committee of Privileges and Elections. He helped incorporate the Virginia Society for the Promotion of Useful Knowledge, a group "...dedicated to a discussion of geography, natural history, natural philosophy, agriculture, practical mathematics, commerce, medicine and American history." Contemporaries regarded Dabney Carr as a powerful orator who was a serious challenge to the acknowledged master orator, Patrick Henry. Of Carr, Patrick Henry's biographer, William Wirt, said [Dabney Carr] "...was considered...the most formidible rival in forensic eloquence that Mr. Henry had ever yet had to encounter." Of Carr, Thomas Jefferson said he "...was one of the earliest and most distinquished leaders in the opposition to British tyranny." Although Dabney Carr is largely forgotten by the history books, except for a little microbe ("bilious fever" the doctor called it) he would surely have been one of the giants of the American Revolution. As it was, Dabney Carr's contribution to the formation of the American democracy is subtantial, even though he died young. http://members.tripod.com/~genealogy_thomas/carr.html

Patriot, born in Virginia in 1744: died in Charlottesville, Virginia, 16 May, 1773. He moved and eloquently advocated a resolution to appoint inter-colonial committees of correspondence in resistance to British encroachments, which was adopted on 3 March, 1773. He married a sister of Thomas Jefferson.--His son, Dabney, born in April, 1773; died in Richmond, Virginia, 8 January, 1837, practiced law, was chancellor of Winchester district from 1811 till 1824, and judge of the court of appeals from 1824 till 1837.--Another son, Samuel, commanded the United States cavalry at Norfolk in 1812-'5.--His grandson, Dabney S., born in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1803; died in Charlottesville, Virginia, 24 March, 1854, was for several years naval officer at Baltimore, and United States minister to Turkey from 1843 till 1849.

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Dabney Carr's Timeline

1743
October 26, 1743
Louisa, Virginia, United States
1765
July 20, 1765
Age 21
Virginia USA
1766
1766
Age 22
Virginia, Albemarle, Virginia
1768
March 7, 1768
Age 24
Bear Castle, , Louisa, Virginia
March 7, 1768
Age 24
Virginia, United States
1770
January 2, 1770
Age 26
Albemarle County, Goochland, Virginia
1771
October 9, 1771
Age 27
Goodland, Virginia, United States
1773
April 27, 1773
Age 29
Richmond, Henrico, Virginia
May 16, 1773
Age 29
Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
1775
1775
Age 29
Virginia