John Patterson Carson1

b. circa 1816, d. 24 December 1856
John Patterson Carson|b. c 1816\nd. 24 Dec 1856|p137.htm|William Clark Carson|b. 9 Jan 1790\nd. a 8 Dec 1830|p76.htm|Catherine Jane Patterson|b. c 1795\nd. 1 Jul 1875|p77.htm|Charles Carson|b. 22 Oct 1761\nd. 5 Oct 1816|p158.htm|Rachel Clark|b. 10 Dec 1766\nd. 17 Nov 1842|p159.htm|John Patterson||p1579.htm||||

Granduncle of Louise Underwood.
2nd great-granduncle of Laura Jane Munson.
Family Background:
Underwood and Allied Families
     John Patterson Carson was born circa 1816, probably in Posey County, Indiana.2 He was the son of William Clark Carson and Catherine Jane Patterson. He married first Jane E. Kennedy on 25 April 1844 in Brazoria County, Texas.3 He married second Evalina S. He died on 24 December 1856 in Wharton, Wharton County, Texas.1
     John was named for his grandfather John Patterson. He was probably born in Posey County before the family moved to Catahoula Parish, Louisiana. However, there is a chance he was born in Kentucky as reported twice in the 1880 Census and once in the 1900 Census in the entries for his daughter Sarah Jane and son James. Because only the Ohio River separates Posey County from Kentucky, and because no records have been located between his parents' marriage in 1815 and the first mention of his father in Catahoula Parish records in early 1819, this information can not be discounted as an obvious mistake.

     John's first wife probably died before 2 November 1850 when his daughter Sarah Jane appeared on the census living with the Ammon Underwood family in Columbia, Texas. The writer has searched every page of the 1850 census for Brazoria, Fort Bend, Matagorda and Wharton counties in an attempt to find John, but all efforts have gone unrewarded. The date of death given above is information from handwritten notes made by an unidentified relative from a later generation, and is perhaps in error.

Additional Data
On 20 December 1836, John P. Carson was was paid $35.12 for four months' and twelve days' services, from 5 March until 16 August in the Texas Army.4 Click to view image

John P. Carson of Fort Bend County sold to Ammon Underwood for $2,100 on 31 March 1844,
. . .my entire interest as co heir in a League of land granted by the government of Mexico to William C Carson Click to view image situated west of the San Bernard River in the county of Matagorda also my entire interest as Coheir in a fourth of a league of land granted to William Hensley by the aforesaid Government of Mexico and conveyed by said Hensley to the aforesaid William C Carson lying and situated on the east side of the San Bernard River in the county of Fort Bend; and also my entire stock of cattle say three hundred head more or less. marked with a [cusp?] off the right ear and Branded W; also my entire stock of Horses Mules Mares & colts branded as above say twenty five head more or less. and also all stock of the above named kinds in any other marks or brands owned by me together with the natural increase also my waggon and team farming utensils and furniture.5
Apparently, he used as collateral most everything he owned to borrow the above sum. The deed was to be voided if Carson paid Underwood $2,100 on or before 1 January 1845. Regarding the land mentioned in the deed, the Carson league was in Austin's first colony. In December 1830 William C. Carson and James Hensley Click to view image made an equal exchange of one-quarter section of their respective grants. On 4 November 1845, John attested to his signature and the same deed was again notarized.6 Whether he ever repaid the loan is not known, but if not, Ammon didn't foreclose because several years later John still had an interest in the property.

On 23 August 1844, the Planter printed a call for "all young men who feel an interest in the welfare of our country" to come and join a group called the Columbia Minute Men being organized because of "the probable necessity of soldiers upon our frontier." Brothers John P. Carson and William J. Carson, and their brother-in-law, Ammon Underwood, all appear on a list of men who volunteered.7

On 20 May 1847, John P. Carson and Gail Borden, Catharine J. Borden and William J. Carson, all of Brazoria County, Texas, sold to Ammon Underwood for $2,214, "one third of a certain undivided half league of land say siven hundred and thirty eight acres more or less, out of league number twenty one granted to William C Carson as a colonist of Texas, situated between the river Bernard and Bay Prairie."8

On 8 February 1849, John P. Carson bought from Morgan L. Smith "a certain tract or parcel of land in said county of Brazoria containing fifteen acres and out of the tract of land known as the Columbia Town tract, lying above and bordering on the main road or avenue leading from east to West Columbia..."9

Child of John Patterson Carson and Jane E. Kennedy

Children of John Patterson Carson and Evalina S. (—?—) (Carson)


  1. [S1147] Daughters of the Republic of Texas Ancestors, online <>.
  2. [S64] Austin's Colony Records (Austin's Register), (MS, 1824-1836; Austin's Colony, Coahuila and Texas), 1: 5, Texas General Land Office (TGLO); Austin.
  3. [S2] Brazoria County Marriage Book A: 106-107, no. 104, County Clerk's Office, Angleton, Texas.
  4. [S238] Pay Certificate, John P. Carson; Republic of Texas Claims; 184 (Austin: Texas State Library and Archives Commission), roll 15, 756.
  5. [S72] Brazoria County Deeds, Book B: 428, 429, County Clerk's Office, Angleton, Texas.
  6. [S91] Brazoria County Deeds, Book B: 548-549, County Clerk's Office, Angleton, Texas.
  7. [S40] James A. Creighton, A Narrative History of Brazoria County, Texas (Angleton, Texas: Brazoria County Historical Commission, 1975), 192.
  8. [S74] Brazoria County Deeds, Book E: 162, County Clerk's Office, Angleton, Texas.
  9. [S237] Brazoria County Deeds, Book E: 495, 496, County Clerk's Office, Angleton, Texas.