Richard J. Carr, M. D., was born in Claiborne County, at the foot of the Cumberland Mountains, February 26, 1826, the son of James M. and Sarah (Rogers) Carr; the former of Irish origin, and born in 1801, in Washington County, and the latter of Irish. German stock, born in Claiborne County, in 1805, and deceased in 1843. Both were members of the Baptist Church. The father is a farmer, and has lived in Claiborne County since childhood. Our subject, the eldest of six sons, was educated at Clinton Academy, and then clerked for two years for John Whitson, when he became a partner with W. H. Whitson, and two years later sold to him. He began reading medicine under Dr. M. Tate, and in 1852 began practice at Tazewell. After seven years in Union County at Loy’s Cross Roads he came to Maynardville, where he has since practiced. In 1860 he became circuit clerk, serving two terms. He is wealthy, is a Baptist, and a Mason, and in his lodge he has held all the offices. He is a Republican in favor of Prohibition. In 1852 he married Nancy A. Marshall, of Campbell County, who died in 1863, having been born in 1832. She was a Methodist, and left five sons. In 1864 he married Charlotte Huddleston, of this county, who died March 6, 1874, leaving two sons. She was born in 1838, and was a Missionary Baptist. In 1875 he married Niecey Hill, of this county, by Whom he has two sons. She is a Missionary Baptist.
Source: History of Tennessee Containing Historical and Biographical Sketches of Thirty East Tennessee Counties. Illustrated, pp. 1146-1152. Published: Chicago and Nashville: The Goodspeed Publishing Co. 1887.