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Dabney Carr (1743 - 1773)

Dabney Carr
Born in Louisa, Colony of Virginiamap
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Husband of — married 20 Jul 1765 in Virginiamap
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Died at age 29 in Charlottesville, Colony of Virginiamap
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Brother-in-law to President Thomas Jefferson.

Dabney Carr was a son of John Carr of Louisa County in Virginia[1]

He is buried in Monticello.[2]

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[3]

The six children of Dabney Carr (1743-1773) and Martha Jefferson Carr were as follows:[4]
  1. Jean Barbara Carr (1766-1840, also sometimes referred to as Jane or Jenny) m. Wilson Cary (1760-1793)
  2. Lucy Carr (7 March 1768[1]-1803) m. Richard Terrell (176?-1802) on 5 October 1792[2]
  3. Mary (Polly) Carr (7 March 1768[3]-?), twin sister of Lucy, never married
  4. Peter Carr (1770-1815) m. Hetty Smith (1767-1834)
  5. Samuel Carr (8 October 1771[4]-1855) m1. Eleanor B. Carr (?-1815); m2. Maria Dabney
  6. Dabney Carr (1773-1837) m. Elizabeth Carr (1780-1835)[5]

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.[6]


  1. "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
  2. "BurkeUSP"
  3. Dabney Carr
  4. Jefferson-Carr Family
  5. This information is from a detailed genealogical chart in a letter from Martha Jefferson Minor to Virginia R. Cary at the University of Virginia Library.
  6. "Jefferson, Thomas," Microsoft(R) Encarta(R) 98 Encyclopedia. (c) 1993-1997 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. Committee of Correspondence

See also:

  • Microsoft Encarta 98, "Jefferson, Thomas", (1998), "Electronic."


  • Thank you to Theresa Ellenwood for creating WikiTree profile Carr-2065 through the import of LucindaElizaBatesAncestors.ged on Mar 5, 2013.

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Carr-2065 and Carr-7 appear to represent the same person because: Same spouse, same son, Peter
posted by Deena (Smith) Cross
Carr-1433 and Carr-2065 do not represent the same person because: Did not marry Martha Jefferson
posted by Deena (Smith) Cross
Carr-1433 and Carr-2065 appear to represent the same person because: Same spouse
posted by Deena (Smith) Cross
Hi , Thank you, for this bit of information. I traced two brothers D'Abney from France the name changed to Dabney then I get lost. My maiden name is James . Maybe I am close but need to put more to the puzzle. My information is that Rev.J.B.Dabney was married to Margaret Dabney. (Maiden name Jefferson)

1837-1914. His father was Buford Dabney Born in Bedford Co. VA. Hey this sounds so close. Please write again. CJ

posted by Carrie James

Rejected matches › Dabney Carr Jr (1773-1837)

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