John H. CARR, merchant, trader and farmer, was born in Claiborne County, September 29, 1821, the son of Jesse and Eleanor (Hughes) CARR, who were married for over sixty years in this county. The father was born May 1, 1796, in Washington County, and when thirteen came to this county, while the mother was born in Sullivan County in 1798 and died in this county in 1892. Both were Baptists.
Our subject, the second of eleven children, was fairly educated, and has the habits of a reader. He rented land when twenty-two, and afterward bought and improved the land where he now lives. Since 1872 he has also been a merchant, successfully engaged at Old Town, and also postmaster, except three years, on account of his Democratic principles. He was a magistrate twelve years, but refused re-election. He was a Whig and a Union Democrat, and a member of the Missionary Baptist Church. In 1844 he married Mary BRYANT, born August 5, 1826, and deceased April 27, 1865, in this county. She bore him four sons and two daughters. In 1866 he married Nancy BARTLETT, born in 1828, in this county. They have two sons and three daughters.
Goodspeed Publishing Co. History of Tennessee from the Earliest Time to the Present: Together with an Historical and a Biographical Sketch of from Twenty-Five to Thirty Counties of East Tennessee. Chicago: Goodspeed, 1887.