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
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.
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.
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.