Thomas and Polly Carney: My Ancestors
The Carney Family was established in Jackson County when John Carney, accompanied by his son Thomas came to Mill Creek. There, about a a half mile above Harpold Ford a small run comes into Mill Creek. Nearby they built cabin. a John was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, having lost two sons in that conflict.He was born in Prince William County Virginia about 1730 to Irish parents who traced their lineage to a Thomas Carney of Ireland about 1640( I can find nothing that shows from where in Ireland he originated ). One reason the Carney's left Ireland was because of strife between Catholics and Protestants.
Thomas served the state of Virginia for 8 years as an Indian scout and underwent many hazardous and dangerous adventures in that occupation. His wife Polly, sister of the famous Captain Billy Parsons was born 1 January, 1773 and married Thomas sometime in 1793 also had many adventures in Thomas' absence. At times of Indian hostility she sometimes had to hurry her family off to a nearby fort for protection. Once she spent hours in a tree top until her brother rescued her and took her to the fort. She was often engaged in caring for the sick and wounded at such times.
Thomas was the owner of a good deal of choice land,and one report speaks of a slave burial ground. It is said that he owned bottom lands " from the Bonnett farm to and including the Keenan farm and a mile and a half above." He was a person of significance in Jackson County, and many in the county trace their lineage to him.
In summary, Thomas Carney was born October 15 1768 and died October 19,1846. Polly Carney was born January 1, 1773 and died December 4, 1863. They are buried at Mount Clavary Cemetery. I trace my lineage to them throgh my grandmother, Ica Dora Randolph