Henderson Addington Home
Charles W. Carter Settlement

Location: On the north side of Guest River about 2 miles above the mining town of Esserville. Known as the Addington place.

Date: 1835

Owners: Charles Wesley Carter acquired this land while that part of the present Wise County was embraced in the bounds of Scott Co. He sold his claim to Alexander M. Gray, before Wise County was yet formed. Gray died intestate and the land was divided between his two daughters Sarah Gray Nash, getting the portion that lay on the south side of the River and Elizabeth Gray Reynolds, getting the north side of the River tract and the old home was located on the Reynolds tract. The division of this land was recorded on November 12, 1869.
     Elizabeth Reynolds sold the old home place to George Adams and he did not pay for it and she resold it to James Henderson Addington, in 1884. He moved on the place October 10, 1884 and lived there until 1929.
He sold the place to the Hagan heirs.

Description: The Charles Wesley Carter house was a double log building. Built after the pen fashion and the rooms were connected by a hallway built between the two pens. It was a two-story building.  The two upper rooms were not finished but were left in the attic fashion and were reached by a ladder. The east room or pen was built later than the western end, although it was built before the Civil War. The front part of the house faced the river and slightly southeast. At each end of the house was a mud daubed stone chimney. The house had no porch and each of the rooms had a batten entrance door. This door was fastened on the outside by means of a wooden pen. The floors were puncheon and the ceiling was plank laid down on top of the joists. The house was chinked and well daubed with clay mud, covered with hand riven boards. J. H. Addington tore the log house down and built a new frame house after he moved there.

Historical Significance: Charles Wesley Carter, was born September 15,1789 and married Hannah Berry, September 29, 1822, in Scott Co. Hannah Berry Carter died July 22, 1854.
     Charles W. Carter, after the death of his wife went to Kentucky and there married the second time a widow _____ Rice Golohugh. He died in Elliott Co., KY. He was a son of John and Sarah Elizabeth Day Carter, and John Carter was a son of Dale Carter, who was killed by Indians at Ft. Blackmore about 1774. John Carter was born in Campbell Co., VA Dale Carter was a son of Thomas and Irabella Williamson Carter and Thomas Carter was a son of
Captain Thomas Carter who was born in England about 1625, settled in Virginia and married Katherine Dale.
     To Charles and Hannah Berry Carter were born three children, two sons and one daughter: Isabella I, born May 24, 1824, married William H. Dean, May 22, 1845 and died March 16, 1891; Campbell W., born December 5, 1825, married Nancy Freeman and settled at the present Doot Carter place on Guest River. He
enlisted in Company H 50 Virginia Volunteers at the Gladeville courthouse, on June 3, 1861, and died of fever at Lewisburg, West Virginia, September 9, 1861; Granville C. Carter, born October 23, 1828, married Martha (Patty) Cooper, who was a daughter of John B. Cooper. Granville Carter settled at Glamorgan. He enlisted also in Company H, 50 Virginia Volunteers, at Gladeville, June 3, 1861. He served through the war and died in 1871. Henderson Addington was a son of Charles Addington and was born September 23, 1844. Charles Addington, father of Henderson, was born February 19, 1821, married Elizabeth, a daughter  of Ralph (Rafe) Kilgore, January 23, 1836. Charles Addington died June 7, 1905. He was a son of William Addington and they were natives of Scott Co.
     Henderson Addington married Hannah Caroline Dean, a daughter of William H. and Isabella Carter Dean, November 8, 1864. To this union were born two children: Cicero who married Ida Lipps and Cora who married J. A. Mills.

     At the outbreak of the Civil war, Henderson Addington, was too young for service, but he volunteered to go to the Pound Gap where the Confederates had breastworks and a kind of fort to help defend that place to keep the Unionists from coming through the Gap into Wise Co. (Destroyed March 19, 1861). Addington had only been at the Pound Gap some four or five days when Confederate General (perhaps Gen. Humphrey Marshall) passed through the Pound Gap making his way into Kentucky, and Addington got the General's
permission to go along with him, although he went as an unenlisted man. They made their way down the Sandy Valley and in a battle at Paintsville, Kentucky. Addington was taken as a prisoner. He was sent to Camp Chase where he was a prisoner for a month or more. He was then sent to Baltimore and later sent to Richmond where he enlisted again under Captain Kilbourne of Lee Co. and served in Company H, 64th Virginia Regiment, until the close of the war.
     At one of the skirmishes made on the town of Gladeville during the War, one of the Rebel officers that was put to flight passed Addington and Sheriff Wilson Holbrook and told them to save the cannon. Addington and Holbrook got the cannon and started pulling it toward the east end of town which, at that time, was all in woodland. When they got to the bridge across Glade Creek, near the present Flanary home, the wheels pulled loose on the cannon; however, they kept on pulling and got the cannon almost to the Yellow Creek Bridge when
the Yankees got so close on their trail that they had to leave it and take to the underbrush to save themselves from being taken as prisoners. 
     Alexander M. Gray never lived at this place; he always resided in Scott Co. However, he did farm the place with Negro slaves, but they were worked by a foreman. Major Harvey Gray who settled just below this place on the other side of Guest River was a son of Alexander and served in the Civil War. 

Source of Information: J. E. Lipps, James T. Adams, Cora Mills, Laura Carter and Court Records.

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