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"JohnCarsonofWNC" - Surname Project

Members: 74


Surnames In Project: Brittain , Burgin , Carson , Cleveland , Cowden , Duffy , Edmiston , Ervin , Erwin , Evans , Gowan , Hawkins , Hazzard , Johnson , Keating , McBee , McDowell , McEntire , Michal , Mills , Moffett , Moffitt , Moore , Moss , Motz , Paxton , Presnell , Robertson , Sinclair , Smith , Thurston , Tuttle , Whitson , Wills , Willson , Wilson

The goal of the John Carson of Western North Carolina DNA Project is to identify the descendants of John Hazzard Carson and related families. By evaluating test results of the Family Finder DNA against well documented genealogical research, genetic connections of the early families in Western North Carolina will be established. We will also evaluate the results of the Y-DNA test of men sharing a direct paternal line to John Carson and the results of the mt-DNA test of men and women sharing a direct maternal line to his two wives. Colonel John Hazzard Carson, the youngest son of James Carson and Rebecca Hazzard, was born 24 March 1752 in County Fermanaugh, Ulster, Ireland, in an area settled by Scottish families in the seventeenth century. Coming to America in 1773, he first settled in Pennsylvania before traveling to Burke County, North Carolina in 1775. This area of North Carolina was originally part of Rowan County until 1777 and later became McDowell County in 1842. A patriot of the American Revolution, he married about 1777 to Rachel Matilda McDowell, the daughter of “Hunting John” McDowell and Ann Evans Edmiston, close neighbors. John and Rachel had seven children, Jason Hazzard, James, Joseph McDowell, Rebecca, John W., Charles and Sarah. Rachel died in December 1790 and in 1797 John married Mary Moffitt McDowell, the daughter of Colonel George Moffitt and Sarah McDowell and the widow of Joseph McDowell, Rachel’s brother. John and Mary had five children, Samuel Price, Matilda, George M., William Moffitt and Jonathan Logan. John and several of his sons participated in early North Carolina government as America expanded to the West. Prior to his marriage to Mary, John built a large plantation home about 1793, a few miles west of present day Marion on the main road between Morganton and Asheville. Mary died in 1825 leaving John a widower for a second time. After John’s death on 5 March 1841, the Carson home was used as the seat of county government for the newly formed McDowell County until a courthouse was built in Marion. Now known as Historic Carson House ( the home has been preserved as a beautiful private museum. Please join the journey as we utilize genetic testing and genealogical research to discover the descendants of Colonel John Hazzard Carson and the related families of Western North Carolina.

Please fill out the form to request to join this project. Your information will be sent to the project's Administrator. If the Administrator agrees that you should be part of this project, you will be sent a "join code" to order. If you would like to order now at the reduced project rates please click here. Ordering from this page will allow you to get started with your test (and get the discount) while you wait for authorization to join this project.

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