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Robert James Carden Sr. (1702 - 1785)

Robert James Carden Sr.
Born in Fauquier County, Virginiamap
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 1740 in Goochland, Virginiamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Goochland, Virginia, United Statesmap
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Robert James Carden was born in 1702 In Fauquier County, Virginia.[1] He was the son of John Carden and Mary Ann Parker.
He married Phyllis Woolbank in 1730 in Virginia.[2] They had fifteen children.
He served as a Second Lieutenant in the Revolutionar War. [3]
He is on the tax list in 1783, in Powhatan County Va.[4]
He passed away in 1785, in Goochland Co., Virginia, and was buried in the Carden Cemetery.[1]
Children of Robert and Phyllis (Woolbank) Carden:
  • John Carden (1740–1824) listed in will.
  • Robert Carden (1742–1848) Execitor of will.
  • Mary Molly Carden (1749–1806) listed in will.
  • Larkin Carden (1750–1789) listed in will.
  • Reuben Henry Carden (1750–1824) Execitor of will.
  • James Carden (1756–1842) listed in will.
  • Jesse Carden (1760–1842) listed in will.
  • Elizabeth "Betty" Carden (1764–1774)[5]
  • Leonard Ansel Carden (1764–1823) listed in will.
  • Sally Carden (1765–1806)[6] listed in will.
  • Patty Carden (1768 – unknown)[7] listed in will.
  • Fannie Carden (1770–1774)[8]
  • Leodocea Dicey Carden (1770–1785) listed in will.
  • Archer Carden (1773–1799)[9] listed in will.


Goochland County Will Book #14, pg 157. Dated 4 Jan , 1785 and presented in court 16 June 1785.

In the name of God Amen, I, Robert Carden of Goochland County and the Parish of St. James Northam being sick of body but of sound and perfect sence and memory thanks to the Almighty God for the same and knowing the uncertainty of this life and that it is appointed for all men once to die do make constitute and appoint this my last will and testament in manner and form following to wit:
Imprimus my will and desire is that all my lawful debts should be paid first convenient after my decease.
Item: My will and desire is tat all my estate real and personal I lend to my beloved wife Phillis during her natural life of widowhood after her marriage or decease my will and desire is that all my estate real and personal be equally divided amongst all my children share and share alike to wit: John, Molly, Larkin, Robert, James, Jesse, Leonard, Sally, Dicey, Patty, Archer to have an equal share with each other.
Lastly I constitute and appoint my beloved wife Executors Robert Cardin, Reuben Cardin Executors to this my last will and testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this fourth day of January one thousand seven hundred and eighty five.
signed Robert Carden (seal)
signed sealed published and delivered in presents of
John Salmon
William Crutchfield
Benjamin Ferguson

At a Court held for Goochland County the 18th day of May 1785 This writing was proved by the oaths of the witnesses thereto to be the last will and testament of Robert Cardin deeased which was thereupon admitted to the record teste; G Payne CGC Inventory presented 17 Oct 1785 by John Perkins, Henry Mullins and Wm Brent


  1. 1.0 1.1 Find a Grave, database and images, memorial page for Robert James Carden Sr. (1702–16 Jun 1785), Find A Grave: Memorial #74551441, citing Carden Cemetery, Coffee County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Lanie (contributor 47381115) .
  2. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900; “Data=name: Robert Carden; Birth Year 1700; Spouse Name: Phyliss Woolbank; Spouse Birth Year: 1730; Marriage Year 1720; State: VA.”; Ancestry's U.S. and International Marriage Records Ancestry Record 7836 #203002
  3. "United States Rosters of Revolutionary War Soldiers and Sailors, 1775-1783," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 15 December 2020), Robert McCadden, 05 May 1777; citing Military Service, United States, Citing various published state rosters, United States; FHL microfilm 102229256.
  4. Virginia, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1607-1890; Township: No Township Listed; Year: 1783; Record Type: Tax list; Page: 059; Database: VA Early Census Index; “Data=Name: Robert Carden; State: VA; County: Powhatan County; Year 1783.”; Ancestry's Virginia, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index Ancestry Record 3578 #33674550
  5. "Virginia Births and Christenings, 1584-1917", database, FamilySearch ( : 28 January 2020), Robert Cairden in entry for Betty Cairden, 1764.
  6. "Virginia Births and Christenings, 1584-1917", database, FamilySearch ( : 28 January 2020), Robert Cairden in entry for Sally Cairden, 1765.
  7. "Virginia Births and Christenings, 1584-1917", database, FamilySearch ( : 28 January 2020), Robert Cairden in entry for Patty Cairden, 1768.
  8. "Virginia Births and Christenings, 1584-1917", database, FamilySearch ( : 28 January 2020), Robert Cairden in entry for Fanny Cairden, 1770.
  9. "Virginia Births and Christenings, 1584-1917", database, FamilySearch ( : 28 January 2020), Rob. Cairden in entry for Archie Cairden, 1773.

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