Jason F. Carrington Colfax County, New Mexico

Jason F. Carrington, a retired citizen of Elizabethtown, was born at Fairfax Court House, Virginia, October 10, 1837, where the family home was maintained until he was eight years old. Then they moved to Detroit, Michigan. He was reared in Michigan, and educated in Ann Arbor University. When Civil war was inaugurated he was among the first to enlist his services for the suppression of the rebellion, and went to the front as a member of the Second Michigan Cavalry. At the expiration of his term of enlistment, in 1863, he was at Baltimore, Maryland, where he immediately re-enlisted, this time as a member of the Bradford Dragoons, which became the Third Maryland Cavalry, and he remained in the army until the close of the war, when he was mustered out at Vicksburg, September 14, 1865. Although he participated in many engagements and was often in the thickest of the fight, he never received but one wound, that being while on the Red river expedition.

The war over, Mr. Carrington returned to Detroit, and in 1866 went from there to St. Louis, thence to Westport, Missouri, and from that place to Leavenworth, Kansas. Later he made the journey with a wagon train to Denver, Colorado, and from Denver, in 1867, came to Elizabethtown, New Mexico. Not long afterward he went to Silver City, where he worked at the trade of millwright until 1871: thence to Taos, next on a prospecting tour in Colorado and elsewhere, finally in 1870 landed in Taos again, and since 1883 has made his home in Elizabethtown. For some fifteen years Mr. Carrington served as a justice of the peace. Several years he was school director, and for a time he acted as postmaster of Elizabethtown, after the death of Postmaster C. N. Story. At present he is again serving as postmaster. While at Silver City he was a member of Farragut Post No. 1, G. A. R., but is not now affiliated with that order. In September, 1880. Mr. Carrington married Miss Seferino Tenioro, who died in 1901, leaving him with four children: Frank, Emma, Mabel and Gracie.

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Source: History of New Mexico, Its Resources and People, Volume II, Pacific States Publishing Co., 1907.

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