Published on February 24, 2013 by Carol
This booklet about the deaths of George and Washington Carson is the fourth in a series designed to commemorate the lives of George and Ann Carson and their children. The present work however is unusual in that practically nothing is known about George and Washington, two of their younger sons. They were both young men when they died, and their children never knew them. Neither of them left an account of their lives, and none of their brothers or sisters left any reminiscences of them, or even of their own lives.
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This booklet assumes the rather peculiar distinction then of ostensibly being about George and Washington, but they assume rather minor roles in the events as they will be told. More information will be given about several other men not related to the family who left written accounts of the events of that February in 1856 when George and Washington were killed.
Whenever possible, the actual words of their accounts have been used in the text, the only changes made being those of spelling, person, and tense. References to the original sources are given at the end of the booklet.
Unfortunately, not being family members, those who did write included very little about George and Washington and we are left with very little information about the men themselves, some of it unflattering.
History is capricious, and what we least expect to be preserved about us is often the very thing that is saved. If we want future generations to know us as we see ourselves, we had best make the effort to write an account of our own lives.
My special thanks to Jay Nielson for the map, Shirley Hogansen for her research, and Kathryn Haman for seeing the booklet through publication. Thanks also to those non-family members whose ancestors recorded the events of the massacre and for their permission to use these accounts in the booklet.
It was my father who showed me, as a child, the graves in Fairfield and told me the story of the deaths of George and Washington; without him my interest would never have grown into the writing of this booklet. It was he who, while serving as president of the family association, replaced the deteriorating stones with more permanent granite markers.