Name: Soloman STEPHENSON
Given Name: Soloman
Change Date: 12 FEB 2009
From James Mark Valsame:
Birth: BET 1740 AND 1745
_SDATE: 1 JUL 1740 in Virginia
Death: BEF 28 MAY 1781
_SDATE: 27 MAY 1781 in Johnston County, North Carolina
As I have mentioned before, James Carrell was NOT born in Ireland nor was he an immigrant. He was also NOT the son of (probably fictional) couple Duncan McCarrell and Isabella Dallas. For years, I and other researchers thought that James was the son of William Carrell (d. 1811) of Johnston County, NC and later Columbia County, GA by his first wife Ann. William's 1809 will named both sons James and William. However, research in GA records has revealed that William's sons James and William actually did settle in Columbia County, GA with their father William, and can not be identical with our ancestor James Carrell and his known brother William Carrell (md. Sarah Stephenson, 2md. Piety Fluellin). James' Revolutionary War Pension Application states that he lived in Cumberland (now Harnett) County, NC before the war. There was a James Carrell who died in Cumberland (Harnett) County, NC in 1778. He did not leave a will, but his estate papers show that Abraham Perry was his administrator. Abraham Perry later served as a bondsman when William Carrell married his second wife Piety Fluellin in 1797 in Johnston County. The estate papers of James Carrell do not indicate whether he had a wife or any children. However, Dennis Carrell, a likely brother of James and William, applied for a Revolutionary War Pension in Shelby County, AL. He stated that he was born in 1766 in Wake County (not formed until 1771) and that he had brothers who had also served in the war.
Dennis is the only other Carrell who lived in the area of Pleasant Grove Township in the 1790s period besides James and William. He left Johnston County and migrated to Buncombe County, NC, and then Tennessee and later Shelby County, Alabama. In Buncombe County, NC, there is a deed in 1815 where Dennis Carrell had conveyed land to his step-father Abraham Perry, suggesting that Perry might have married James Carrell (d. 1778)'s widow.
All of the Carrell family descends from John Carrell, who acquired land on Swift Creek in Johnston County as early as 1752. He died sometime in 1762, and in 1763, Elizabeth Johnson, widow of Sill Johnson, assumed guardianship of his minor children. Elizabeth was likely a Carrell herself, possibly John's younger sister or elder daughter. John's orphans were William, John, Lucy, Susannah, and Benjamin. Court records later show that another possible child of John was Absalom, a "base born (i.e. posthumous) child." William apparently came of age right around 1763 as he had a land transaction shortly after being placed under guardianship in 1763. In the 1750s, John Carrell had had a land transaction with James Carrell. James Carrell later was appointed guardian to John's daughter Lucy Carrell. In a later transaction involving James Carrell in Cumberland County, Lucy Carrell served as a witness. This seems to prove that James Carrell moved from Johnston County to Cumberland County. There are two possibilities. One is that Lucy was a younger sister of James, who became her guardian; or James was a possible relative of John Carrell and married John's daughter Lucy. Either way, it is likely that James Carrell (d. 1778) of Cumberland (Harnett) County was either the son or son-in-law of John Carrell (d. 1762) of Johnston County. Based on the evidence, it seems likely that our ancestor James Carrell (1765-1834) and his brother William and likely brother Dennis were children of James Carrell (d. 1778) of Cumberland County, and that after their father's death, their mother (maybe Lucy or some other woman) married Abraham Perry.
Father: Soloman STEVENSON b: BET 1715 AND 1720 in Isle of Wight County, Virginia
Mother: ? MATTHEWS
Anna "Nancy" JOHNSON
- David STEPHENSON b: 1772
- Rhoda STEPHENSON b: 1778 in Johnston County, North Carolina
- Sarah "Sally" STEVENS(ON)