E. W. Carson

Edwards, Rev. Jonathan. "An Illustrated History of Spokane County, State of Washington." San Francisco: W. H. Lever, 1900. p. 412.


A pioneer of 1886, was born near Columbus, Ohio, October 25, 1827. He grew to manhood on a farm in his native state. In 1857 he removed to Burlington, Kansas, pre-empted one hundred and sixty acres of land and was engaged in farming there until November 5, 1861, when he enlisted at Fort Leavenworth in Company G. Fifty Kansas United States Volunteer Cavalry, of which Hon. Powell Clayton was commander. He participated in a great many severe engagements, among others those at Helena, Little Rock, Pine Bluff and Tulip, Arkansas. He was mustered out December 5, 1864, after having served through the years of hardest fighting, and made a war record of which he and his family have just cause to be proud. In 1865 Mr. Carson moved to Carthage, Missouri, where for several years he was engaged in lumbering. In 1876 he crossed the plains to Pomeroy, Garfield county, Washington, homesteaded one hundred and sixty acres of land there and engaged in farming. In 1885 he came to Spokane, where for several years afterward he was letter carrier No. 8. He is one of the substantial citizens of this city and stands well in his community. Socially he is affiliated with J. L. Reno Post, No. 47, G.A.R. He was married at Lecompton, Kansas, June 15, 1865, to Miss Nancy C. Burnett, a native of Ohio, and they are parents of six children: Jennie L., wife of A. H. Plummer; Clyde, who accidentally shot and killed himself at the age of sixteen; Guy, bookkeeper in the office of O.S.L.R.R.Co., at Weiser, Idaho; L. Maud, stenographer at John W. Gresham's; Arthur E., who was drowned in Spokane river at the age of fifteen, and Bertha, who died when only three months old.

Transcriber's additional notes:

1860; Coffey Co, KS; Ottumwa, Burlington PO, p 775
P. Carson, 58, VA
Wm, 30, OH, farmer
Cath, 13, ENG

1865, May 26; Coffey Co, KS; Ottumwa
E. W. Carson, 38, OH, single, farmer
Pheba Carson, 63, VA, servant
Kate Montgomery, 17, ENG, seamstress

1870, August 6; Jasper Co, MO; Marion Twp, Carthage PO, p 53
William E. Carson, 42, OH, works in mill, $300 personal estate
Nancy, 30, OH, keeping house
Jennie S, 4, KS
Clyde, 1, MO
Phebe, 69, TX, cannot write

1880, June 1; Columbia Co, WA. Terr.; District 3, p 146
E. W. Carson, 53, OH, PA, VA, farmer
Nancy, wife, 40, OH, OH, OH, keeping house
Jennie, dau, 14, KS, OH, OH, att. school
Clide, son, 11, MO, OH, OH, att. school
Guy, son, 9, MO, OH, OH, att. school
Lillie, dau, 5, MO, OH, OH, att. school
Arthur, son, 2, Wa. Terr, OH, OH

1883; Garfield Co, WA; p 75
E. W. Carson, 55, OH, farmer
Nancy, 43, OH
Jennie, 16, KS
Clide, 13, MO
Yeri, 11, male, MO
Nela, 7, female, MO
Arthur, 5, Wa. Terr.

1887, May 18; Spokane Co, WA; p 30
E. W. Carson, 59, OH, farmer
Nancy, 49, OH
Lilly, 11, MO
Guy B, 15, MO
Arthur E, 10, Wa. Terr.

1900, June 12; Spokane Co, WA; Douglas Pct, Wd 4, Spokane, p 201, 2014
College Avenue
Emil W. Carson, 72, oct 1827, OH, America, America, mar 35 yrs, Pension, farmer,
owns home with mortgage
Nancy C. B., wife, 60, June 1839, OH, PA, PA, mar 35 yrs, 6 children-3 living
Guy B., son, 28, single, July 1871, MO, OH, OH, bookkeeper
Maud L, dau, 24, single, Oct 1875, MO, OH, OH, stenographer

1910, April 21; Whitman Co, WA; pct 42, Garfield City, p 130, 5th st.
Nancy B. Carson, 69, widow, OH, PA, OH, 6 children-3 living, own income, owns
home free
Lillie M, dau, 32, single, MO, OH, OH, stenographer

SPOKANE CO DEATHS http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/default.aspx
Arthur C. Carson, age 14, died 1892
E. W. Carson, age 73, died 1901

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Submitted to the WA. Bios Project in January 2006 by Diana Smith. This biography was transcribed for the Washington Biographies Project. Unless otherwise stated, no further information is available on the individual featured in the biographies.

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