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Identifier: A0235

Title: Carr-Papin Family Papers, 1776-1877


The son of Walter Carr, William Chiles Carr was born April 17, 1783, in Albemarle County, Virginia. He arrived in St. Louis in 1804 at the age of 21 and entered into the practice of law. He remained in St. Louis only briefly before moving to Ste. Genevieve, where he lived a year before returning to St. Louis, which then became his permanent home. In 1826, William C. Carr was appointed judge of the circuit court, the jurisdiction of which included several counties besides St. Louis, extending west to the Osage River and south and southwest almost to Arkansas. He resigned his judgeship in 1834, and retired to the private practice of law until his death on March 31, 1851. William C. Carr married Ann Maria Elliott, the daughter of Aaron Elliott of Ste. Genevieve, on November 17, 1807, and fathered three daughters by her. After her death, Carr married Dorcas Bent (died 1887), the daughter of Silas Bent (1768-1827), in December 1829. This marriage produced nine children including Charles Bent Carr (born 1836), who married Louise Atchison, the daughter of Marie Papin and George W. Atchison. Joseph Marie Papin was born November 6, 1741, in Montreal, to Joseph and Marguerite Papin. With his family, Papin was one of the earliest settlers in St. Louis, where he engaged in the fur trade. In 1799, he married Marie Louise Chouteau (1762-1817), the daughter of Marie Therese Bourgeois Chouteau and Pierre Laclede, by whom he had seven sons and six daughters. Papin died in 1811. Joseph M. Papin's children included Pierre Millicour Papin (born 1793), Hypolite Leber Papin (1787-1842), Marguerite Papin (1781-1808), Marie Louise Papin (born 1785), and Theodore Dartigny Papin (1799-1849). Theodore D. Papin's daughter Marie (1822-1901) married George W. Atchison (1817-1851) in 1839. Her daughter Louise Atchison (1840-1915) married Charles Bent Carr (born 1836), the son of William C. Carr, in 1858, thereby uniting the Carr and Papin families.

Collection consists of records relating mostly to Judge William C. Carr of St. Louis and the allied families of Silas Bent and of fur trader Joseph Marie Papin. The papers include records related to William C. Carr's law practice, namely promissory notes and land papers; assorted personal and family records of William C. and Dorcas Bent Carr, including numerous records of slave sales; business records of Silas Bent, Jr., relating to the incorporation in 1872 of the St. Louis and Tennessee Iron Mountain Company of St. Louis County; Papin family correspondence, 1826-1846, consisting of letters of Theodore D. Papin and Hyacinthe Renard to Pierre Millicour Papin, Hypolite Papin, and Mme. Theodore D. Papin; George W. Atchison family papers, 1841-1877; and original and certified copies of land grants and conveyances of land most of which ultimately belonged to members of the Carr, Papin, and Bent families, [1776]-1864. Notable items include a copy of the will of Francois Valle, 1804, and a letter of R.E. Smith, New Mexico, to Dr. J. Gratz Moses, May 9, 1877, discussing the medical treatment, death, and autopsy of George W. Atchison.

Some French and Spanish.

Finding aid available.

1 box; 3 oversize folders

Cite as: Carr-Papin Family Papers, Missouri History Museum Archives, St. Louis.

Rights: UND


Dates: 1776-1877

Type(s): Documentary Artifacts

Maker/Creator: Carr, William C., 1783-1851

Subjects: Law
Medical care
Iron mines and mining


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