WNC History Timeline

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www.childers-shepherd.org, 18 Feb 2009
  William Carson + Margaret Dillingham                                        John M. Hurst     +     Martha Young
 |                                                                                   |
Henry Stevens Carson              +              Ellen "Nellie" Matilda Hurst
1831 -  1920                       1868                     1849 - ?
 Bunc Co NC                                                                           Bunc Co NC
                                       John William Carson (Sallie Dillingham), 1869 - 1947
                                       Joshua Douglas Carson (Nellie [Unknown]), 1872 1905

"Henry and Nellie Carson had two children, John William and Joshua Douglas, called Doug. The boys
grew up  in the Carson Cabin, and Doug was married first, moved into another cabin nearby. He died at
the age of thirty-three, leaving four small children who later inherited part of their grandfather Carson's
property. In 1905, John W. Carson married his cousin Sallie Dillingham, daughter of Ben and Rebecca
(Riddle) Dillingham, and they lived with his parents. Sallie's unmarried sister, Mary Dillingham, who was
crippled with polio, also came to the Carson home and lived there the rest of her life. Although John
and Sallie had no children of their own, they raised a boy, known as Lee Carson, as their son. Lee was
killed in action in World War II.

"There were others -- Nettie Farmer, whom Nellie raised from childhood and sent to school, lived with
the Carsons until she married; Laura Cole, Mary and Stella Freeman, were hired girls; Louise Burleson
and Nina Anders boarded there and taught at the Carson School; a succession of hired men, among
them George Carver, and the most memorable, Newt Biddix, a Cherokee Indian. Newt taught Sallie
Carson how to make herb medicines which she bottled and sold. The most popular was her cough
syrup, said to cure consumption, which had a base of 'moonshine'. It may not have been a panacea,
but it surely made the patient feel better, at least temporarily." - Margaret W. Haile

Sources: Margaret W. Haile, "The Carson Cabin", Heritage of Old Buncombe County, Vol II (Doris Cline Ward, Editor),
                1987, p. 16.