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also of North Carolina birth. Of their children,
three are now living in Texas: Robert W., Jennie,
and Allan B.
Robert W. is a resident of Bryan and for twelve
years past treasurer of Brazos County. He was
born on Tar River, Greene County, North Carolina,
October 2, 1831. When about six years of age his
father located with the family at West Point, Miss.
In 1850 young Carr went to California and followed
mining throughout the then newly developing golddiggings.
He passed through the most exciting
period of those lively early days in the "Golden
State." He remained in California until the breaking
out of the late war, when he returned to the
South, coming via Panama, Aspinwall and New
York to St. Louis, from which place he made his
way into Arkansas, where he raised an independent
company of cavalry and equipped the men with the
best Sharp's rifles and six-shooting revolvers. With
this company he ranged through that region of
country and was with "Jeff." Thompson and his
command at the battle of Black River and also later
at Pocahontas, Missouri.
At this point, receiving news from home of the
dangerous illness of his father, he disbanded his
company and returned to Texas. His father died
at his Brazos valley farm, as before recited, and
Capt. Carr joined Capt. Hargrove's scouting company,
which became a part of Hood's Brigade.
Capt. Carr soon received a commission to raise a
company of cavalry, which he did and was thereupon
ordered by Gen. Magruder to fight the " Yankees"
in the valley of the Rio Grande, which he
most cheerfully and effectually did.
The story of Capt. Carr's campaign on the Rio
'Grande river, properly written, would, in itself, make
a fair-sized volume of more than ordinary interest.
Capt. Carr remained in the valley until the close
of the war and for a time commanded the post at
Brownsville, which was the base of supplies from
IMexico for the Confederate States. His company
fought and won the last battle of the war at Palmetto
Ranch, about fifteen miles below Brownsville,
which took place some time after Gen. Lee
had surrendered and hostilities had ceased. It
should be stated, however, that Brownsville was so
far distant from the seat of war and the means of
communication so impaired that the official news of
the cessation of hostilities had not reached them.
Upon the receipt of the news, Capt. Carr returned
to Texas and commenced merchandising at Millican
and, also, pursued farming on the Brazos until
1867, when he went to Bryan and entered the cotton
business, in which he has been engaged since
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Since the year 1884 he has continuously held the
office of treasurer of Brazos County, having been
elected from time to time with increased majorities
over his opponents.
Capt. Carr married in 1867 Mrs. M. E. Farinholt,
whose maiden name was Mary E. Knowles. She
was born in Arkansas.
Mr. and Mrs. Carr have had four daughters, two
of whom are living, viz. : Mary E., who serves as
his deputy in the treasurer's office, and Lillie E.,
who is the wife of Mr. John Davis, of Bryan.
Jennie, the second of the family now living, is
Mrs. T. C. Westbrook, of Hearne.
Allan B., the youngest living member of this
generation, is a resident of Bryan, where he has
lived since about 1873. He was born August 27,
1843, in Lowndes (since Clay) County, Miss.,
at the town of West Point, where his father was the
first settler and erected the first buildings. Here
young Carr spent his boyhood and youth and was
about fifteen years of age when he, with his father,
came to Texas. Soon after the settlement of the
family on their Brazos bottom-farm, the war broke
out and he promptly joined the army, in defense
of the Confederate cause, as a member of the
Second Texas Infantry, commanded by Col. (later
Brigadier-General) John C. Moore, as a consequence
of whose promotion, Col. W. P. Rogers took regimental
command. Mr. Carr participated with his
regiment in the well-known and bloody engagements
at Shiloh, Farmington and Iuka, and was in the
second battle of Corinth, where Col. Rogers fell in
the heat of the struggle. Mr. Carr was at the time
serving as Col. Rogers' orderly. Mr. Carr remained
with the army until the final break-up and then
returned to Burleson County and engaged in farming
(his father having died). He also conducted
a ferry across the Brazos river at the old San
Antonio crossing for about two years, when he
removed to Bryan, where he has since resided.
Mr. Carr married in 1866 Miss Fandora Mosely,
a daughter of Augustus Mosely (deceased), a
pioneer of Burleson County (1857) and an extensive
Brazos-bottom planter. They have two sons,
Charles O'Conor Carr, engaged in the insurance
business, and Allan B. Carr, Jr., one of the most
prosperous merchants at Bryan.
Mr. Carr for twenty-two years past has, without
intermission, held the office of secretary of the city
His long continuance in office is evidence of the
esteem in which he is held as a citizen and faithful
official. Mr. Carr owns rural and city realty but
his time is largely absorbed with his official duties.
Others of the family are deceased. Martha died
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