Archibald Carson


ARCHIBALD CARSON, a highly respected citizen of Mingo Junction, was born May 18, 1824, in Washington county, Penn., where his parents were among the early settlers. His father James Carson, was born in Pennsylvania and reared in Washington county, where he engaged in farming, which was his occupation through life. His mother was Mary, daughter of Thomas and Agnes Stewart. She came to Pennsylvania when quite young, with her parents, who settled on what was known as Braddock's property. Her father was a native of Ireland, and a brick mason by trade, which he followed for several years at New York, then joining the police force of that city, of which he was a member for eighteen years. At the end of that time he moved to Pennsylvania, where he farmed until his death in 1834 or 1835. James Carson died about the year 1840. Soon afterward his son, Archibald, came to Jefferson county, and engaged in farming which he was occupied in for a considerable period. He then opened a hotel which he conducted for about fifteen years, subsequently embarking in the grocery and baker business, in which he is now engaged. He is valued as a citizen, and has served the community two terms as school director. Though taking no active part in politics he is a staunch democrat. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, and of the Masonic order. December 30, 1852, he was married to Eliza, daughter of James E. and Mary E. Dunn. Her father, a native of Pennsylvania, when young, was brought by his parents to Steubenville, where he lived until about twenty-five years of age, when he removed to West Liberty, Va., and soon afterward to Washington, La. He lived there four years, then four at Farragut, Miss., and then returned to Jefferson county, where he died, January 31, 1883. He was married January 28, 1830, to Mary Murray, of Mississippi, by whom he had eleven children, of whom three sons and three daughters are living. Mr. Carson and wife have five children: James M., Cyrus A., Winfield S., Mary L., Edward S., two of whom are deceased.

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