Carson, Joseph a minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church South, was born at Winchester, Va., Feb. 19,1785. He was converted in his fifteenth year; soon became class-leader, exhorter, and local preacher; and in 1805 entered the Baltimore Conference, and was appointed as junior preacher on Wyoming Circuit. There was not a church on the circuit-the preaching was in private houses, barns, and groves; nevertheless, six hundred were led to Christ that year, and a new circuit formed. Thus he labored on large circuits, and met with great success, until 1812, when impaired health led him to locate. In 1824 he entered the Virginia Conference, and in it remained faithful to the close of his life, April 15,1875. Mr. Carson possessed a clear, logical, powerful mind; a strong, pure self-sacrificing character; a, genial, confiding spirit, and deep piety. See Minutes of Annual Conferences of the M.E. Church South, 1875, p. 143; Simpson, Cyclop. of Methodism, s.v.