Carr Forrest was the son of Jonathan Forrest, born 12 March 1803, died 10 March 1845, DeSoto County, Mississippi, and Susan Read Patterson, born May 1808, Tennessee, died 9 June 1890, aged 82 years, 1 month, 12 days, buried Forreston Cemetery, Ellis County, Texas. Jonathan Forrest and Susan R. Patterson married 26 October 1823 in Bedford County, Tennessee.
Susan R. Forrest made her will, 22 May 1890. She named her daughter, Matilda VanLear. Executor: W. A. Palmer. Witnesses: T. A. Forrest, Erle Fort, and J. C. Fort. The will was filed 14 June 1890.
Jonathan Forrest was the son of Nathan Forrest, born 28 October 1776, died 15 January 1827, and Nancy Baugh. Nathan and Nancy Forrest’s eldest child was William Forrest, born 6 July 1801, North Carolina, died 1837, Tippah County, Mississippi. William married Miriam Beck. William Forrest and Miriam Beck were the parents of Lt. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, born 13 July 1821, Bedford County, Tennessee, died 29 October 1877, Bailey Springs, Tennessee, buried Elmwood Cemetery in Memphis and reinterred in Forrest Park in Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee. Bedford Forrest married 25 September 1845, to Mary Ann Montgomery.
Bedford Forrest was Carr Forrest’s first cousin. Bedford Forrest moved to Hernando, DeSoto County, Mississippi, in about 1843, and went into business with Carr Forrest’s father, Jonathan Forrest.
Carr’s parents, Jonathan and Susan Forrest, had moved from Marshall County, Tennessee, to Alabama about 1837, and then to DeSoto County, Mississippi, about 1841. Jonathan Forrest opened a store in Hernando, DeSoto County, Mississippi.
Carr Forrest’s father, Jonathan Forrest, was killed 10 March 1845 in DeSoto County, Mississippi, by T. J. Matlock, his brothers, and their overseer. Bedford Forrest shot and killed two of them and wounded two others with a knife.