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Samuel Price Carson

Birthplace: Pleasant Gardens, Burke now McDowell, NC
Death: November 02, 1838 (40)
Hot Springs, Garland County, Arkansas, United States
Place of Burial: Government Cemetery (Defunct), Hot Springs, Garland County, Arkansas USA
Immediate Family:

Son of John Hazzard Carson and Mary McDowell
Husband of Sarah Catharine Carson
Partner of Emma Carson
Father of Emily Carson and Rachel Rebecca Carson
Brother of William Moffett Carson; Matilda Carson; George Moffett Carson and Jonathan Logan Carson
Half brother of Joseph McDowell Carson, Esq., of Green River Plantation; Jason Hazzard Carson; John W Carson; Sarah Smith; Rebecca McEntre and 4 others

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About Samuel Price Carson

Samuel Price Carson

Samuel Price Carson (January 22, 1798 – November 2, 1838) was an American political leader and farmer in both North Carolina and Texas. He served as Congressional Representative from North Carolina. He was born in Pleasant Gardens, North Carolina, and studied under private tutors in Pleasant Gardens; engaged in agricultural pursuits; member of the State senate 1822-1824; elected as a Jacksonian to the Nineteenth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1825-March 3, 1833); unsuccessful candidate in 1833 for reelection to the Twenty-third Congress; again elected to the State senate in 1834; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1835.

By 1836 he had moved to Texas, and was elected by his neighbors to the Convention of 1836 where he signed both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the Republic of Texas. The convention also established an interim or acting government for the Republic, which was still at war in rebellion against Mexico. They considered him for president, but elected David G. Burnet instead, by six votes more than Carson received.[1] In a later vote they elected Carson the Secretary of State. President Burnet sent him to Washington, D.C. to lead a team to negotiate for recognition of and aid for Texas, then later named James Collinsworth to replace him as Secretary of State. When Carson learned of this from a newspaper he simply went home.[2]

Later, when borders were formalized, Carson's home was identified as part of Miller County, Arkansas. He died in Hot Springs, Arkansas, and is buried in the Government Cemetery there.

Robert Brank Vance was mortally wounded by Samuel Price Carson, who challenged him to a duel, fought at Saluda Gap, North Carolina, because of a derogatory remark made during the campaign of 1826.


  1. Louis Kemp; The Signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence; Salado, Texas; Anson Jones, 1944.
  2. The Handbook of Texas entry for Carson.

External links

  • U.S. Congress Biographical Directory entry
  • Samuel Price Carson from the Handbook of Texas Online
  • Samuel Price Carson at Find a Grave



Joe E. Ericson CARSON, SAMUEL PRICE (1798–1838). Samuel Price Carson, planter and lawmaker, son of John and Mary (Moffitt) Carson, was born at Pleasant Gardens, North Carolina, on January 22, 1798. The elder Carson was a "man of means and an iron will" who represented Burke County in the North Carolina General Assembly for many years. Samuel Carson was educated in the "old Field school" until age nineteen, when his brother, Joseph McDowell Carson, began teaching him grammar and directing a course of reading to prepare him for a political career. As a young man Carson also attended camp meetings with his Methodist mother and was often called upon to lead congregational singing.

In 1822 he was elected to the North Carolina Senate. Two years later he was chosen to the first of his four terms (1825–33) as a member of the United States House of Representatives, where he became a close friend of David Crockett. Carson was defeated in 1833 because he had supported John C. Calhoun's nullification meeting in spite of his constituents' disapproval. He was reelected to the North Carolina Senate in 1834 and was selected as a delegate to the North Carolina Constitutional Convention in 1835. His failing health prompted him to move to a new home in Mississippi. In a very short time, however, he moved on to Lafayette (now Miller) County, Arkansas, an area then claimed by both Texas and Arkansas. On February 1, 1836, he was elected one of five delegates to represent Pecan Point and its vicinity at the Convention of 1836. On March 10 he reached Washington-on-the-Brazos and immediately signed the Texas Declaration of Independence.

With regard to legislative and constitution-drafting experience, Carson was the outstanding member of the convention. On March 17 he was nominated, along with David G. Burnet, for president ad interim of the Republic of Texas, but he was defeated by a vote of 29 to 23. Thereupon Carson was elected secretary of state, an office he held only a few months. On April 1, 1836, President Burnet sent him to Washington to help George C. Childress and Robert Hamiltonqqv secure financial and other aid for the infant republic. In May, Burnet wrote Carson asking him to resign because of his poor health, but Carson evidently did not receive the letter. When Carson read in a June newspaper that two other men were the only authorized agents for Texas, he retired in disgust to his Arkansas home.

On May 10, 1831, he married Catherine Wilson, daughter of James and Rebecca Wilson of Burke County, North Carolina. The couple had a daughter. They also adopted Carson's illegitimate daughter, Emily, whose mother was Emma Trout, a North Carolina neighbor of Carson's. Carson died on November 2, 1838, at Hot Springs and was buried there in the United States government cemetery. Carson County, Texas, is named in his honor.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Michael R. Hill, The Carson House of Marion, North Carolina (MS, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin, 1982). Louis Wiltz Kemp, The Signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence (Salado, Texas: Anson Jones, 1944; rpt. 1959). Rupert N. Richardson, "Framing the Constitution of the Republic of Texas," Southwestern Historical Quarterly 31 (January 1928). Texas House of Representatives, Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832–1845 (Austin: Book Exchange, 1941).


Samuel Price Carson Family Tree

Contents Introduction Surnames Contact First Generation Second Generation Third Generation Fourth Generation Fifth Generation Index Sources Introduction Samuel Price Carson was born in North Carolina in 1798, served as a Representative to the US Congress from 1825-1833, and was a delegate to the North Carolina Constitutional Convention in 1835. He suffered ill health and died in 1838. Contact P.O. Box 317 Washington, TX 77880

1. Samuel Price Carson1. Born on 22 Jan 1798 in Pleasant Gardens, Burke Co., NC. Buried in National Cemetery, Hot Springs, AR. Samuel Price died in Hot Springs, Garland, Arkansas, on 2 Nov 1838; he was 40. On 10 May 1831 when Samuel Price was 33, he married Catharine Louisa Wilson, daughter of James Wilson & Ruth Davidson, in Green River, Henderson, NC.2 Born in 1810 in Burke Co., NC. Catharine Louisa died in Salisbury, NC, in 1882; she was 72.

They had the following children: i. Emily. Born in 1826 in NC.3 Emily died aft 1880; she was 54.4

2ii. Rachel Rebecca (1834-1895)

2. Rachel Rebecca Carson5,6. Born on 24 Jul 1834 in Brindletown, Burke Co., NC. Rachel Rebecca died in Talladega, Talladega Co., AL, on 22 Oct 1895; she was 61.7

On 9 Nov 1854 when Rachel Rebecca was 20, she married Joseph McDowel Whitson Jr., son of Joseph McDowell Whitson Sr. & Sarah "Sally" Gudger, in Buncombe, McDowell, NC.8 Born on 27 Jan 1821 in Buncombe, NC. Joseph McDowel died in Talledega, AL, on 7 Nov 1885; he was 64.9

They had the following children:

i. Samuel Carson7. Born on 14 Sep 1855 in Talladega, Talladega Co., AL. Samuel Carson died in Talladega, Talladega Co., AL, in Oct 1855; he was <1.

3ii. Catherine 'Katie' Wilson (1857-1928)

4iii. Lewis Parsons Sr. (1858-1921)

5iv. Charles Carson (1862-1912)

6v. Emily "Emmie" Carson (1866-1932)


US Congressman. Elected to represent North Carolina in the United States House of Representatives, serving from 1825 to 1833. Also served as a Member of the North Carolina State Senate in 1822, Delegate to the North Carolina State Constitutional Convention in 1835, Signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence in 1836, Delegate to the Texas Republic Constitutional Convention in 1836, and Texas Republic Secretary of State in 1836.

(bio by: [fg.cgi?page=mr&MRid=46537737" target="_blank Peterborough K)] Maintained by: Find A Grave Record added: Jan 27, 2003

Find A Grave Memorial# 7121026


Green River Plantation: Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Green River Plantation is an expansive, forty-two-room mansion perched atop a rise over-looking the flood plain of Western North Carolina’s, Green River. Located just seven miles from downtown Rutherfordton, North Carolina, the original Federal-style, Green River House was constructed in the years 1804-1807 by Joseph McDowell Carson. The sprawling four-story house was built by Carson for his beloved wife, Rebekah, and faced northwest towards the Green River. Joseph McDowell Carson was a distinguished lawyer and represented Rutherford County in the North Carolina House of Commons in 1813 and 1814. He was elected to the state senate in 1832, 1836, and 1838.

Perhaps the most infamous of the early Green River Plantation owners was Samuel Price Carson, half-brother to Joseph McDowell Carson. Samuel Price Carson served as a U.S. Representative for North Carolina and fought one of the most talked about duels in North Carolina history, between he and Dr. Robert Vance, which left Dr. Vance mortally wounded. During the Greek Revival period of the pre-Civil War days (c. 1820-1840), Samuel built a separate structure of similar proportions as the original Green River House but slightly to the rear of the original structure.

Following the Civil War, the two structures were united with a center hall, which today contains the mansion’s glorious main staircase. Sixteen hand carved mantels from Philadelphia, scores of millwork patterns, crown molding, hand-glazed window panes, intricately designed door hinges and window latches were also included in the construction of the “big house.” Find A Grave Memorial# 7121026


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Samuel Price Carson's Timeline

January 22, 1798
Pleasant Gardens, Burke now McDowell, NC
July 24, 1834
North Carolina
November 2, 1838
Age 40
Hot Springs, Garland County, Arkansas, United States
November 2, 1838
Age 40
Government Cemetery (Defunct), Hot Springs, Garland County, Arkansas USA