Dabney Carr (October 26, 1743 - May 16, 1773) was one of Thomas Jefferson's closest friends. Carr was born at Bear Castle, a thousand-acre farm in Louisa County, Virginia, though other details of his childhood are largely unknown. He met Thomas Jefferson at the Maury school in Albemarle County. Both men studied law at the College of William and Mary. On July 20, 1765, Carr married Martha Jefferson, Jefferson's sister
The six children of Dabney Carr (1743-1773) and Martha Jefferson Carr were as follows:
Jean Barbara Carr (1766-1840, also sometimes referred to as Jane or Jenny) m. Wilson Cary (1760-1793)
Lucy Carr (7 March 1768-1803) m. Richard Terrell (176?-1802) on 5 October 1792
Mary (Polly) Carr (7 March 1768-?), twin sister of Lucy, never married
Peter Carr (1770-1815) m. Hetty Smith (1767-1834)
Samuel Carr (8 October 1771-1855) m1. Eleanor B. Carr (?-1815); m2. Maria Dabney
Dabney Carr (1773-1837) m. Elizabeth Carr (1780-1835)
In 1773, in retaliation for the burning of the British ship Gaspee near Providence, Rhode Island, the British government ordered a special court of inquiry and threatened to send the perpetrators to Britain for trial. Jefferson and his brother-in-law Dabney Carr were among the burgesses who protested the British threats. Carr drew up a set of resolutions proposing a committee of correspondence for Virginia. The committee was to keep in touch with other colonies on matters of common interest. Other resolutions challenged the legality of the court of inquiry and protested the threat "to transmit persons accused of offenses committed in America to places beyond the seas to be tried." The resolutions were passed by the General Assembly. Although the committee of correspondence did not include Jefferson or other so-called radicals, the first step had been taken toward communication and joint action on grievances by all the colonies.
↑ "BurkeUSP" Pg.110. Burke's Presidential Families, Montgomery-Massingberd, Hugh. Burke's Presidential Families of the United States of America. London: Burke's Peerage, 1981. Print
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