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William Allen Carrington

William Allen Carrington was a son of Dr. William Fontaine Carrington and Elizabeth Goodrich Venable, and a great-great-grandson of American patriot Paul Carrington, for whom the Houston chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution is named.  He was born on April 30, 1849, at the Venable home, Longwood plantation, Prince Edward County, Virginia, while his father, a U.S. Navy Surgeon, was serving on the American frigate St. Laurence in Europe.  In 1860, Dr. Carrington was stationed at the Navy Yard, Escambia, Florida, with his family.  He resigned from the U.S. Navy on March 5, 1861, and served as a Surgeon in the Confederate States Navy, including service at Pensacola, Mobile, Wilmington, Raleigh, and Drewry’s Bluff.

In the summer of 1863, the Confederate States Naval Academy was established for cadets ages 14 to 18.  On December 2, 1864, at age 15½, William Allen Carrington was appointed an Acting Midshipman from Virginia, and assigned to the school ship CSS Patrick Henry, then stationed at Drewry’s Bluff, Virginia.  Along with their naval studies, the cadets also aided in manning the Drewry’s Bluff batteries.  Upon the evacuation of Richmond on April 2, 1865, the Patrick Henry was burned to prevent her capture, and the Confederate treasury, said to be $500,000 in gold and silver, was also removed from Richmond.  The cadets guarded the treasury for 30 days, on a 600-mile journey across four states, from Richmond, Virginia to Augusta, Georgia, and finally to Abbeville, South Carolina, where it was delivered to General Basil Duke, who was escorting President Jefferson Davis.  Their final duty done, the unit was disbanded on May 2.  William Allen Carrington was paroled on May 30, 1865 at Charlotte, North Carolina.

In January 1869, William moved to Anderson, Texas, to study law under his brother-in-law, Joseph Chappell Hutcheson.  The law firm of Hutcheson and Carrington appears in Houston City Directories from 1877 through 1892.  While William was very successful personally and professionally, his life had more than its share of tragedy.  His first two wives died in childbirth, and three of his four children died young.  On June 3, 1889, he married Kate Botts, the youngest of Benjamin Botts’ six children, and they had two daughters.  A month later, his 9-year-old daughter was killed in a train accident.  William was killed in a buggy accident near Chattanooga, Tennessee, on July 11, 1892, at age 43, casting a pall over the city.  There was no man in Houston more universally popular and no attorney in Texas more respected.  The Houston Bar called a special meeting with members paying extensive tribute to their fallen brother, W. A. Carrington.

Birth: April 30, 1849 Farmville, Prince Edward County, Virginia, USA
Death: July 14, 1892 Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tennessee, USA

Parents:
William Fontaine Carrington (1822 – 1883)
Elizabeth Goodridge Venable Carrington (1823 – 1874)

Spouses:
Martha Watson Love Carrington (1851 – 1879)*
Jennie Penfield Carrington (1858 – 1884)*
Katherine Botts Carrington (1865 – 1903)*

Children:
William Fontaine Carrington (1876 – 1887)*
Patricia Love Carrington (1879 – 1889)*
Elizabeth Ballinger Carrington (1890 – 1891)*
Katherine Lightfoot Carrington Beall (1891 – 1967)*

Burial:
Glenwood Cemetery
Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA
Plot: Section E-1, Lot 15

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