Carr Dabney

Dabney Carr (1743-1773), 1st cousin 8x removed

Grave of Dabney Carr, Monticello, Charlottesville, Virginia

Grave of Dabney Carr, Monticello, Charlottesville, Virginia

Dabney Carr was one of Thomas Jefferson’s closest friends. He met Thomas Jefferson at the Maury school in Albemarle County.  Both men went on to study law at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.  On 20 Jul 1765, Carr married Martha Jefferson, Jefferson’s sister.  After their marriage, the Carrs moved to Goochland County, and Dabney devoted his time to politics.  He won a seat to the House of Burgesses in 1771 and again in 1772.  By 1773, relations with the colonists and royal authority were becoming strained, and Virginia Governor Lord Dunmore held a special session of the House of Burgesses.  Dabney Carr introduced a resolution to the House of Burgesses on 12 Mar 1773 to create inter-colony committees of correspondence.  After its passage, Lord Dunmore dissolved the House, but a standing committee nevertheless formed the next day to maintain correspondence with other colonies and obtain intelligence on Parliament’s actions regarding the colonies.  This resolution, and the committees of correspondence it encouraged, helped to create the Continental Congress in 1774.  However, Carr did not live to see the result of his efforts; his health failed and he died on 16 May 16 1773.   He was buried at Shadwell, but Thomas Jefferson caused his body to be disinterred and removed to a grave beneath their favorite oak in the Monticello Graveyard.  His was the first grave on the site, which Jefferson laid out as a family burial ground.  Jefferson was buried here in 1826.

(President) Thomas Jefferson (1743 – 1826), brother-in-law of 1st cousin 8x removed – Peter Jefferson (1707 – 1757) – Martha Jefferson (1746 – 1811) – Dabney Carr (1743 – 1773), 1st cousin 8x removed, Husband of Martha – John Carr (1706 – 1778) – Thomas Carr (1678 – 1738) – Sarah Dabney Carr (1714 – 1772) – Thomas Minor (1740 – 1816) – Elizabeth Minor (1768 – 1832) – Elizabeth Dabney Waller (1808 – 1881) – Jacintha Ann Pollard – Elizabeth Minor Hancock (1850 – 1928) – Seddie Gunnell (1875 – 1946) – Elizabeth Gunnell Hamlin (1901 – 1982) – Tor Martin Hylbom (1939 – 2009) – Tor Martin (Majerus) Hylbom

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