VI. Dabney Carr (882) born in
Virginia, Oct. 20, 1743, married Martha Jefferson, a sister of Thomas
Jefferson, one of the presidents of the United States. He was a member
of the house of Burgesses, and introduced and carried a bill of rights,
which was regarded as the entering wedge to the separation
of the colonies from England. His speech on that occasion was regarded
by Mr. Jefferson as a "master-piece of patriotic eloquence," and he was
considered the ablest man of his age in America. (See Wirt's Life of
Patrick Henry, p. 108.) On this subject Mr. Jefferson writes: "I well
remember the pleasure expressed in the countenances and conversation of
the members generally on this debut of Mr. Carr, and the hopes they
conceived as well from the talent as the patriotism manifested.
But he died within two months after, and in him we lost a
powerful fellow laborer. His character was of a high order. Of
spotless integrity, sound judgment, handsome imagination, enriched by
education and reading; quick and clear in his conceptions, his correct
and ready elocution impressed every hearer with the sincerity of the
heart from which it flowed. His firmness was inflexible in whatever he
thought was right, but when no moral principle stood in the way, never
had man more of the milk of human kindness, of indulgence of softness,
of pleasantry in conversation and conduct." He died at
the age of thirty, in Charlottsville, Virginia., May 13, 1773, leaving a family of six children as follows:
1638x1. Peter Carr, b. about 1764.
1639x2. Samuel Carr, b. „ 1766.
I640x3. Dabney Carr, b. „ 1767.
I641x4. Virginia Carr, b). „ 1769.
1642x5. Jane Carr, b). about 1771, m. Cary.
1643x6. Mary Carr, b. ,, 1773, d. unm.
-page 111, The Carr Family Records