Ancestors of Virgil Frances Carver
Generation No. 1
1. Virgil Frances Carver, born December 10, 1899 in Olive Hill Ky1; died March 11, 1972 in Greenbrier Co WV2. He was the son of 2. John Wesley Carver and 3. Mary Alice Wilson. He married (1) Alice Virginia Brant June 30, 1934 in Greenbrier Co WV. She was the daughter of Silas Edward Brant and Rhoda Ann Bryant.
Children of Virgil Carver and Alice Brant are:
2. John Wesley Carver, born September 22, 1872 in Carter Co., Ky?; died July 7, 1917 in Boone Co WV. He was the son of 4. Jackson Carver and 5. Rebecca Castille or Rebecca Sally Hale. He married 3. Mary Alice Wilson February 2, 1897.
3. Mary Alice Wilson, born March 15, 1874; died June 1, 1948 in Boone/Logan Co., WV. She was the daughter of 6. Robert Wilson and 7. Martha McLane.
Children of John Carver and Mary Wilson are:
4. Jackson Carver, born 1835 in Greenup Co Ky now Carter Co; died December 19, 1917 in Carter Co Ky. He was the son of 8. Morgan Carver and 9. . He married 5. Rebecca Castille or Rebecca Sally Hale June 17, 1861 in Carter Co Ky.
5. Rebecca Castille or Rebecca Sally Hale, born 1840; died 1900.
Jack was farmed out by his father, Morgan, to be reared by Elijah & Letta (Cooper) Sartin. Elijah is apparently a brother to Nancy Sartin Carver, wife of Jack's brother, Richard.
James F. Carver 610 Gay Street, Box 214 Portsmouth, Ohio 45662-0214
Fax No. Only: 1-614-353-6731
Daniel Mathew Hale is son by previous marriage or relationship, a man named Colonel Thomas Emanuel Rhoden. Colonel Thomas Rhoden was married to Rebecca Hale's sister, Polly Ann Hale. They would have four children, Emily, Julia, Thomas, and Sidney. After the encounter with Rebecca Hale, Colonel
Rhoden refused to care for their offspring, Daniel, prompting Rebecca to seek the housekeeping job.
Daniel Mattson, while reared as a Carver until the age of 22 years, would move away from home in 1880, using his mother's name from that point. Daniel worked for a brief time with his biological father, Colonel Rhoden, as a woodcutter. Daniel married on 29 May 1887 to Charity Ozera Jordan, 16 y/o daughter of Albert Jordan and Elizabeth Hall.
James F. Carver, 610 Gay Street, Box 214, Portsmouth, Ohio 45662-0214, Fax No. Only: 1-614-353-6731
Children of Jackson Carver and Rebecca Hale are:
6. Robert Wilson, born 1824-1860; died 1874-1960. He married 7. Martha McLane.
7. Martha McLane, born 1824-1860; died 1874-1960.
Child of Robert Wilson and Martha McLane is:
8. Morgan Carver, born Abt 1790 in Ireland or Albemarle Co Va; died 1840-1890 in Carter Co Ky?. He was the son of 16. Lawrence Carver and 17. . He married 9. 1805-1810.
9. , born Abt 1790 in Ireland?; died 1840-1841 in Carter Co Ky?.
MORGAN was married (wife unknown) there in Albemarle County by 1810 and living as a separate family unit. MORGAN, like his father, lived on property belonging to other CARVER kinfolks, and lived near both his father, Lawrence Carver, and his brother, Valentine Carver.
In 1812 MORGAN appears on the Fredricksville Parish tax records listed as a "son of Lawrence Carver" and was taxed for having "1 horse", MORGAN's father was taxed this time of having "1 horse", thus it's possible that Lawrence Carver gave one of his horses to his son MORGAN.
Morgan enlisted at age 30 as a volunteer in Albemarle Co's military for 6 months, in the 8th Regiment, Va militia commanded by Col. Walls and in the company of Capt Triplett T. Estes. The enlistment date was 27 Aug 1814 and was stationed at Camp Carter, 12 miles out of Richmond Va, where he served until his honorable discharge 19 Feb 1815, and having rec'd total pay of $47.91.
Is listed on court papers dated 10 Aug 1826 related to his father's estate.
By 10 Aug 1826...LAWRENCE CARVER was deceased. In an estate claim made against Lawrence by Garland Carr in the Albemarle County Court, Lawrence's sons: Valentine and MORGAN and son-in-law Bird Pritchett had to deal with the $200 dept Lawrence had owed to Carr since 1807.
In 1820 MORGAN CARVER appears on the census records for Albemarle County, VA along with his wife and four children: Richard, Elizabeth, George, and one unknown. Records indicate that he lived very close to his father, Lawrance Carver, and his brother, Valentine Carver.
On 10 Aug. 1826 Morgan was listed in the court papers related to his father's estate, noting that his father was deceased.
Another child, Francis Carver, would join the family in 1828 in Virginia.
In 1838 Morgan rec'd free land grant of 50 acres on Barretts Creek, just north of Grayson Ky, and was surveyed on 19 Aug 1838. By 1840 this was now Carter Co Ky and by 1840, Morgan may have had 11 children. In 1840's sold some of his property on Barretts Creek (1845, 1847) due to financial hardships.
Under the Act of Congress in September 1850, free "bounty land" was available to War of 1812 vets. Morgan, being in his mid 60's and unable to obtain his pension, would obtain an attorney, Mr. Robert White, to represent his claim to this land.
Morgan couldn't read or write. Through his application, Morgan received 80 acres of bounty land on 2 Dec. 1850 (warrant 8675). By another
Act of Congress in Feb 1855, Morgan was issued another 80 acres. Morgan received another 80 acres in Sept 1855 and still another 80 acres on 10 Oct 1855. Morgan obtained a total of 240 acres of "bounty land" in KY, all located near his original Barretts Creek property.
The only CARVER listed in "Marriage Records of Scioto County OH: 1803-1860" [Shoemaker/Rudity] is this one: EVANS, Anthony & Francis CARVER, d/o Morgan Carver. 01 Apr 1851. Vol B p 205.
By 1894 when Morgan passed away at his home, he was still in debt and George W. Counts was given all of Morgan's property in a court settlement in 1894.
Information regarding Morgan Carver's wife is pretty much unknown. If she died prior to the move to Ky about 1830, then the children born after that date belonged to a second wife, also unknown, who must have lived in Ky.
Children of Morgan Carver and are:
Children of Morgan Carver and Lettie Johnson are:
Generation No. 5
16. Lawrence Carver, born Abt 1760 in Stevensburgh, Frederick Co Va; died 1826 in Albemarle Co
Lived in a small log cabin with parents on Fairfax Street. Served in the Revolutionary War. Enlisted Jan 1779 and served up until 23 Apr 1783 as a private in Virginia State Line Militia and rec'd a bounty land grant. On 28 Apr 1783, Pvt. Lawrence Carver was issued 200 acres of land in Virginias Military District, now eastern Ky and southern Ohio
Lawrence may have settled there 1783 to 1786, but returned to Va in 1788 and settled in Albemarle Co Va, Fredricksville Parish, just wouth-west of Charlottesville. There were many Carver's in this area and may have been related. A court claim against Lawrence Carver's estate in 10 Aug 1826 sets the approxiamte death of Lawrence and settled a debt to Garland Carr.
LAWRENCE first appears in Albemarle County in 1787 in the Fredricksville Parish and was taxed by the Church, not the state. LAWRENCE was taxed for owning 2 horses and 2 cattle.
Methodist minister, Jacob Watts, married LAWRENCE's children to their spouses. Jacob Watts became the Methodist Minister of the Mountain Plains Church in 1806. Since Jacob Watts married the children of LAWRENCE CARVER, it's safe to assume that this CARVER branch were followers of the Methodist Faith.
There in Ablemarle County, Virginia was a large settlement of "CARVER's" all who lived within miles of each other, including Lawrence Carver and his children...thus one must assume that these "CARVER's" were related to each other.
The time frame which LAWRENCE lived were different times. Times were so different that on 19 Feb 1806 LAWRENCE signed a "deed of trust" to Garland Carr placing such things as a horse, a mule, etc. as collateral for a dept he owned him. Lawrence had borrowed $200.
Virginia Military District. Virginia Military District (VMD) lands are found in 23 Ohio counties from the Ohio River northward, between the Scioto and Little Miami Rivers, as far as 141 miles inland. The irregularly shaped land district was reserved by the state of Virginia to satisfy its military bounty warrants. It is one of the original nine major subdivisions of Ohio lands, and the only one not using a rectangular survey system. The VMD covers 6,570 square miles and contains approximately 4,204,800 acres of land.
More than 16,125 metes and bounds (indiscriminate) original surveys are found in the VMD, thus creating a patchwork of surveys which, from the air, resemble a giant jigsaw puzzle. Because of the number of surveys and the difficulty of finding the physical objects they relied upon, this is probably the most litigated land area in Ohio.
The land bounties given by Virginia to her Revolutionary soldiers were very generous. Due to various Virginia laws, the bounties ranged from 100 acres to 15,000 acres depending upon rank. Length of service over six years also increased the bounty. The heirs of a soldier or officer killed in the war were entitled to the bounty. Virginia issued bounty land warrants for 6,146,950 acres for Revolutionary War service. These were used to claim land in Kentucky and Ohio. Virginia also issued land warrants for French and Indian War services. Virginia Military Warrants could be assigned and transferred and often were. Nearly 25% of the VMD (1,035,408 acres) was patented to 25 individuals.
Claiming Ohio land by a Virginia Military Warrant involved sending the warrant to the principal surveyor of the Virginia District of Ohio. He would give the warrant to a deputy surveyor who would give a general description of the claim (entry) and then run a survey. Virginia permitted a 5% error factor for VMD surveys, but this was often exceeded. Following the acceptance of the survey, the warrant was sent to the federal government and a U.S. Patent issued. For their services, the Deputy Surveyors often received 20% to 50% of the acres called for in the warrant or cash. In Ohio, the entry number and survey number are the same. The first VMD survey was run by John OBannon, November 13, 1787, in what is now Clermont County. The first U.S. patent issued for VMD land was on February 20, 1796.
By Acts of Congress dated May 30, 1830, and August 31, 1852, Virginia Military Warrants could be exchanged for land scrip. Land scrip could be used to acquire any U.S. public lands open for entry at private sale. The federal government issued land scrip for 1,041,976 acres in exchange for Virginia Military Warrants.
Virginia relinquished and ceded to the federal government its claim to any unlocated land in the VMD on December 9, 1852. In 1871, Congress ceded this land to the state. Ohio set this land aside in 1872 as an endowment for The Ohio State University. At the time, 76,735 acres were believed available for sale by the university. The Ohio State University sold or quit-claimed these lands to individuals until the 1940s. Copies of the deeds are in the OSU Archives, Columbus, Ohio, 43210.
The State of Ohio Archives has original VMD Entry and Survey records, a card index of entrymen, W.P.A. Plats of 16 of the 23 counties involved, and a list of the entries which were withdrawn. Inquires can be researched by surname, warrant number or survey Number (See Appendix). Additional
VMD records can be found at the University of Illinois library at Urbana, Ill. 61801, and the Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland. Soldiers applications are filed at the Virginia State Library, Richmond.
Children of Lawrence Carver and are:
Generation No. 6
32. Pvt. Henry Carver, born 1735-1745 in Ireland?; died March 31, 1778 in winter, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. He was the son of 64. and 65. . He married 33. Mary Margaret 1725-1760.
33. Mary Margaret, born 1710-1745; died 1787-1845.
Other information regarding Valley Forge came from various references and general knowledge as indicated.
Henry Carver is first found at Stevensburgh, Frederick Co Va. (now Stephens City, Va) in the Shenandoah Valley. This settlement was established about 1758. Henry purchased his land from the original English land owners, Lewis & Mary Stevens, a total of 3 lots on 26 Dec 1761 for 10 lbs, Lot #10, Fairfax Street, 1/2 acres of land and a dwelling 20'l x 16'w with a stone chimney. Two additional lots were purchased, #36 on Crooked Land and #73 on Squirrel Lane, 5 acres of land each.
Henry was a member of the Fredrick Co Va Militia in 1774 which were called on to assist on 10 Jun 1774 in action against local Indians who had been ambushing white settlers. Their Commander was Major Angus McDonald who directed raids on Indians towns along the Muskingum River. A unit commanded by Capt. Peter Helpinstone, of colonial soldiers, contained one Henry Carver, and they fought to maintain the safety of family & friends.
The year of 1776 is a marker in our American History, well known to us as the year we gained out independence from the British. It wasn't all that easy for the colonist though and much thought was put into which side they each wanted to take - for or against separation from Britain, for the deed was by no means final in 1776. Henry Carver supported the move for independence and became a member of the American Revolutionary Army on 20 Jan 1777. He didn't officially enlist until 6 Feb 1777 from Frederick Co, for a 3 year term, with a pay of $6.67 per month, joining the 12th Virginia regiment of foot (infantry) under Col. James Jonathan Langdon and Capt. Benjamin Casey.
Due to the war, Henry drafted his Will on 15 March 1777. Henry had survived the war against the Indians and went on to become one of the troops under General George Washington at Valley Forge.
The military defeats the summer of 1777 didn't eliminate from many of the King's colonial subjects their fierce pride which compelled them to leanings of independence. Brandywine, Germantown, Ticonderoga, Skensboro, Ft. George and Ft. Edward were the disappointing defeats and retreats. After that came the veterans of General Washington marching wearily through the winter weather, to the hills at Valley Forge, where they (20 miles from Philadelphia, Pa) suffered through the wet, snowy winter. Located at the junction of Schuylkill River and Valley Creek, it was high ground, a thickly wooded slope, 2 miles long, virtually impregnable. The artillery was placed on high ground.
General Washington's philosophy of "adversity is the school of the good soldier" was key to his choice of Valley Forge as his winter camp, although it was also a stretigic location. They marched into this area in mid-December of 1777, the winter was a normal one, though harsh to the men due to conditions in the camp as a result of greed and ineffeciency regarding both food and clothing.
Upon arrival at Valley Forge, the men were divided into groups of 12, to build their own huts, 16' x 14', and 6 1/2' high. Each corner had tiered bunks and a fireplace, though only green wood to burn, making them smoke and burn the eyes and throat. Oiled paper made the windows. They became a 2 mile long double row of log huts referred to as "Misery Road".
As early as December 23, there was so little food that Washington feared mutiny, which was barely averted. The cries to be heard from the leaky drafty huts were "No bread! No soldier!" and "No meat! No soldier!" Their diet was of water and firecakes (paste of flour & water cooked on a hot stone) for breakfast & supper. For warmth the men sat up at night, beating themselves so as not to freeze to death. General Washington once referred to his army as "the naked and distressed soldiers".
The Marquis de Lafayette reported seeing legs, black from being frozen, their owners having to be carried around, eventually to have the black limbs amputated at the Continental Army hospital, which often meant death. The hospital rooms, built to hold 8 men, were crammed with 20 & more, lying on old used and dirty beds of straw. Dysentery & pulmonary illnesses were prevalent there. 9 of 10 died if taken to the hospital. One Virginia Regiment sent 40 men there & only 3 survived! The men fought, quarrelled, bullied & robbed in such conditions, many helpless to defend themselves.
Workhorses starved & died by the hundreds & twice a week a work detail buried the dead horses. In warmer weather the air reeked of the stench of decaying horse flesh, unwashed human bodies & other offending odors from the huts, inside & out.
Daily the "meat wagons" rattled & creaked as they made their way thru the camp, collecting the bodies of those soldiers who had starved or frozen to death the night before. The bodies were piled high, the limbs like sticks, 1/2 of the bodies naked, sometimes the shoes were stolen to either be worn or boiled & eaten. These "meat wagons" with their many sightless eyes staring, drawn mouths of the occupants, attracted rats, who became bloated from their meals.
Lt. General Steuben, arriving at Valley Forge in February, 1778, was a former aide-de-camp to King Frederick the Great of Prussia & was suprised that these men survied under such conditions, indicating he had never encountered such spirit before. Steuben found ways to overcome the language barrier by using a translater & assigned squads, leaders, training drill masters, installing military discipline & teaching military commands. Steuben was considered akin to an angel from Heaven & his language was a mixture of 3 countries, which made for much entertainment. Inside a month Steuben transformed the "rabble in arms" into an army.
Steuben noted the difference beetween a European soldier & an American soldier. "The genius of this nation is not the least to be compaared with that of the Prussions, Austrians or French. You say to your [European] soldier, 'Do this', and he doeth it. But [to an American] I am obliged to say, 'This is the reason why you ought to do that,' and then he does it" Once Steuben was made inspector general, the supply problems at Valley Forge began to ease up. It was, however, necessary for General Washington to commandeer food from the locals, so he could feed his men. The civilians sympathetic to the British hid wagons of food and livestock in the woods, but General Washington's men found them. This was the only way to save the army. Once food was available, new recruits began to arrive and by spring, they were an army.
Henry Carver was one of more than 3000 troops that perished that first winter at Valley Forge. His death is recorded at the National Archives as well as on the rolls at Valley Forge, Pa, and was honored during military services there. His services in the Revolutionary War for the State of Virginia as well as in the
Federal Army made him or his heirs entitled to a free Land Grant. On 28 Apr 1783 under Pvt. Henry Carver's name a certificate for 200 acres of Bounty Land was issued by the State of Virginia in the Military Dist of Va, what is now Eastern Ky and Southern Oh. The exact location is not known.
Mary Carver, claimed a Revolutionary War Pension in 1787.
May have settled on the Bounty Land grant received from Henry's military services in the Revolutionary War, but the location of this land is unknown, and information on Mary is unknown.
Children of Pvt. Carver and Mary Margaret are:
Generation No. 7
64. . Notes
A note from the home page of James F. Carver & his brother: Since the beginning of this Nation the CARVER name has made it's mark in history. CARVERs began their migration to America beginning on the MayFlower in 1620 and they continue their migration to this country even to this day, CARVERs coming from England, Holland, Ireland and elsewhere from Western Europe to enjoy the freedoms that America has to offer. The following Bloodline Story is a story of one such CARVER....HENRY CARVER. This CARVER line is of Irish Descent.
The fact that Archelaus Carver died in 1771 and is in the Albemarle Co Ky possibly means that the Carvers were in Ky prior to the Rev. War and that other followed after the war.
Day Three: The Winter at Valley Forge (Valley Forge National Historical Park, Route 23 and N. Gulph Road, Valley Forge, 610.783.1077)
In 1777, Valley Forge was a quiet village surrounded by farms. The British
raided the little town in September, destroying the saw mill and two iron forges. Months later, battered by his losses, Washington chose Valley Forge for a winter encampment, safe from a surprise attack.
On December 19, 1777 some 12,000 troops marched out along the Old Gulph Road into Valley Forge. Many of these men had no boots or shoes, having to bind their feet in rags as protection against the icy, frozen ground. Water was retrieved from the river to wash and drink with. Many at the time didn't realize that when they "relived themselves" near the river that they were contaminating their drinking water and adding to their unhealthy conditions. They lived in tents while working to build rough log huts. The smoky, leaky tents housed 12 men each, some sleeping on flimsy plank beds. By February when all the huts were finished, death, disease and desertions had reduced the number at camp to 6,000. Into this chaos came Baron Frederick Von Steuben, whose enthusiasm and energy won over the soldiers, enabling him to mold them to an effective fighting force.
Martha, General Washington's wife, stayed much of the time with her husband at Valley Forge, spending much time trying to help the soldiers.
Today, the 3,600-acre Valley Forge National Historical Park includes soldiers' huts, Washington's Headquarters, the George Washington Memorial Chapel and Valley Forge Historical Society, the National Memorial Arch, World of Scouting Museum, and many other sites of interest. Nearby are the Wharton Esherick Studio of woodworking and Mill Grove, John James Audubon's boyhood home. A march, commemorating Washington and his troops entering Valley Forge took place on 19 Dec, 1997, 200 years after the face. Encampment reenactments complete with military drills, skirmishes and more can today be seen at scheduled times. (Hope Lodge, 553 Bethlehem Pk. Ft. Washington. 215-646-1595)
To encourage soldiers to enlist for military service during the American Revolution, Virginia offered a land bounty, receiving a parcel of land, the amount of acreage determined by their rank and length of time served.
Child of is:
Va. He was the son of 32. Pvt. Henry Carver and 33. Mary Margaret.
On-line info provided by James F. Carver and his brother on-line at http://www.zoomnet.net:80/~jcarver/carvfaml.html or James F. Carver 610 Gay Street, Box 214 Portsmouth, Ohio 45662-0214, Fax No. Only: 1-614-353-6731
Larry & Carolyn Carver, 118 E. Anderson St., Fairlea, WV 24901 or Carver@inetone.net
Loretta G. Petry, Rt. 2 Box 1715, Madison, WV 25130
"George Washington's War: The Saga of the American Revolution" by Robert Leckie.
History of Albemarle Co Va by Rev. Edgar Woods
Copyright © 2012 by E. Carolyn Carver