Biography - J. S. Carr

COL. J. S. CARR was born in St. Charles county, Missouri, October 6th, 1832. He is the eldest of four children of John H. and Elizabeth M. A. Carr, whose lineal descent is traced back to England. John H. Carr, was a captain in the war of 1812, and was a grandson of General Carr, of Virginia. Mrs. Carr's maiden name was Sumner, and her father, Joseph Sumner, was a lieutenant-colonel of a Tennessee regiment during the war of 1812. John H. Carr was largely engaged in the overland trade with New Mexico, being one of the first pioneers in that trade. He was murdered and robbed, supposed to have been committed by a Mexican, at the City Hall, St. Louis. At one time previous, in company with several other traders, he was robbed of forty thousand dollars in specie by the Comanche Indians, on the confines of the Desert. The robbed party suffered extreme hardships, being forced to subsist for twenty-one days on about two ounces of crackers.

The subject of this sketch received his collegiate education at the old college in St. Charles, Missouri, and, after completing his studies, he made a trip to California, where, trouble arising with the Indians, he enlisted, and was made first lieutenant of company F of the first battalion of California volunteers. A few months after the war was over, he engaged in mercantile business, which he continued about two years. He then returned home, and on the 10th of May, 1859, was married to Miss Georgie Anna Logan, daughter of James and Elizabeth P. Logan. They have had a family of seven children, of whom five are yet living. In 1860 Mr. Carr was admitted to the bar of Anderson county, Missouri, and in 1869 was admitted by the Supreme Court of Illinois.

Colonel Carr being a member of the Missouri state guards on the breaking out of the war, he received orders, on the 12th of May, 1861, to report to General Price. He reported at the General's headquarters, near Lexington, about five days before the battle at that place, in which he took part, and was one of the officers appointed to receive the surrender of arms. He participated in many of the battles fought in the west, and at Vicksburg he personally tendered his resignation to Jeff. Davis, which was accepted.

Mr. Carr came to Greene county, Illinois, in 1864, and is now residing at Kane, where he is engaged in the practice of his profession.

Extracted 07 Sep 2018 by Norma Hass from Atlas Map of Greene County Illinois, 1873, pages 51, 54.

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