Searching for information on James Carver and his son Richard.
Richard was born about 1764 in Albemarle Co., VA. From an abstract of Richard's Revolutionary War pension record, we know that Richard's father's name was James and that the family moved to Bedford Co., VA when Richard was about 12 years old (ca. 1776-1777). Richard enlisted to fight in the Revolutionary War in 1781 in Washington Co., VA.
In about 1792, Richard moved to Spartanburg Dist., SC. He owned land there but we're not sure when he bought it (or when it was granted to him) or when the land was sold. There were two other Carver families in Spartanburg Dist. at the time: Joseph Carver, who was born about 1755, and Thomas Carver, who was approximately Richard's age. These families were listed near one another in the 1800 census of Spartanburg Dist., SC. They also witnessed deeds and other transactions for each other. There's a possibility that these three men were related somehow. On the 1800 census, Richard had an older man living in his household. This could've been his father or perhaps his father-in-law. Richard's wife's name remains unknown at this time, however.
About 1812, Richard moved his family to Pendleton Dist., SC, which later became Pickens Dist., SC. Again, we're unsure as to when he bought land there, but he did own land in that area. In 1844, he sold land to Asa Carver, who was probably one of Richard's younger sons. In the 1850 census of Pickens Dist., Richard was enumerated first in the household of William Carver, born about 1796, and then in the household of Asa Carver, born about 1810. William and Asa are believed to be Richard's sons. There is strong circumstantial evidence suggesting that Jabel Carver, born about 1803, and Martin Carver, born about 1815, both enumerated in the Pickens Dist. census of 1850, were also sons of Richard Carver. Whatever the case may be, it is clear from the 1800 census that Richard had at least 5 children. A side note: Joseph Carver, mentioned above, also moved his family from Spartanburg Dist., SC to Pickens Dist., SC.
I am ordering the pension of Richard's Revolutionary War service this month and hope to gather the remaining census, deed and other records from SC before the end of the summer. In the meantime, is anyone else looking at these families? Or at the Carver families from Albemarle and Bedford Cos., VA? Any help would be appreciated.