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Carroll Family History

William Carroll, Sr. (c.1805-c.1863)

William Carroll, Sr. was born about 1805 in Georgia. His wife, Rhoda, was evidently the widow of a Mr. Newsome, and several years older than William. Her maiden name is unknown. She had three daughters, Martha, Mary, and Eady (probably Edith). Eady would become the wife of Samuel H. Johnson. Martha and Mary never married. There is a marriage for William Carroll and Rhoda Newsome in 1831 in Warren County, Georgia, but further research is needed to prove this is the correct marriage, as in the 1900 census, William Carroll Jr. gave his birthdate as May 1829.

By 1840 the Carrolls had moved to Marion County, Georgia and were listed in the census there. William was involved in some land transactions with a man named Turner Carroll who lived nearby in 1850, suggesting they were related.

In the 1850 census William's children were listed as Martha, Polly [Mary], John, and Frances. There were two other males in the household, William Hare, age 55 and James M. Hare, age 75. The entries are somewhat difficult to read, and no relationship is stated. William Jr's family was enumerated next door, and Eady was living with him.

William Sr. died about 1863, for in 1864 Rhoda Carroll is listed as the taxpayer on his property. She distributed her property to her children Martha, Mary, Eady and William by deed in 1868, but was still living in 1870, when she was listed in the census with Martha and Mary, all listed with the surname Carroll. In 1880 Martha and Mary appear without her, listed as Newsome.

William Carroll, Jr. (1829-1902)

William Jr. married Margaret Louise King about 1847. Their marriage record has not been found. Her maiden name was provided by a Carroll cousin from a family bible. On her daughter Mary Elizabeth's death certificate, her name is listed as Louise Langly. In 1850 there is an Osey Langley living near the Carrolls with wife Sarah and a Jane King age 24 in the household. A marriage for Osey Langley Sr. and Sarah King in 1846 leads me to conclude that Osey was Margaret Louise's stepfather, and her mother was Sarah (maiden name unknown).

William and Margaret's known children together were:

Margaret Louise died between 1880 and 1900. William Jr. was living with his son Francis Marion in 1900, along with a daughter named Ruth who was born in 1886. My great grandmother Clara Carroll Johnson remembers William Jr., her grandfather, as having a long white beard. He died on March 16, 1902.

1902 March 18 Columbus Daily Enquirer
Death in Bibb City
Mr. William Carroll, Aged 72 Years, Passed Away Sunday.

Mr. William Carroll aged 72 years on May 1st last, died at the residence of his son-in-law, Mr. T J Wynn, No. 18 Bibb City, at 10 o’clock Sunday morning, after an illness of about six weeks of jaundice and lagrippe. He is survived by ten children, six sons and four daughters as follows: Mr J W Carroll, of Phenix City; Mr. W.M. Carroll of Columbus; Mr. W.H. Carroll, of Muscogee county; Messrs T.M. and S.A. Carroll of Marion county, Georgia; Mr. Daniel Carroll of Schley county, Georgia; Mrs. M.J. Jernigan and Mrs. S.F. Hanna, of Marion county, Georgia; Mrs. M.E. Wynn, of Bibb City, and Miss R.L. Carroll, also of Bibb City.

While not a member of any church, Mr. Carroll was of the Primitive Baptist faith. He was a Confederate veteran. The funeral occurred from the house at 10 o’clock yesterday morning, conducted by Elder H. Bussey. The remains were taken on the 3 p.m. train to Goodhope church, seven miles southeast of Buena Vista, Ga., where the internment occurs at 9 o’clock this morning.


His obituary lists ten children:

Mr J W Carroll, of Phenix City [John William Carroll]
Mr. W.M. Carroll of Columbus [presumably Moses Boyd Carroll]
Mr. W.H. Carroll, of Muscogee county [probably William Napoleon Carroll]
Messrs T.M. of Marion county[probably Francis Marion Carroll]
S.A. Carroll of Marion county, Georgia [Seth A. Carroll]
Mr. Daniel Carroll of Schley county, Georgia
Mrs. M.J. Jernigan [Martha Jane Carroll]
Mrs. S.F. Hanna, of Marion county, Georgia [Sarah F. Carroll]
Mrs. M.E. Wynn, of Bibb City [Mary Elizabeth Carroll]
Miss R.L. Carroll, also of Bibb City. [Ruth L. Carroll]

Seth, Daniel and Ruth Carroll are probably not all Margaret Louise's children, as she was 47 in 1880. In 1900 Seth was enumerated with Thomas J. Wynn as brother-in-law. His birthdate is given as Apr 1879, but he does not appear with William in the 1880 census. There is also a S.A. Carroll enumerated with Joe Jernigan in 1900 as a lodger, which may be a second enumeration, as it was done later in the month. He married Ada R. Johnson, daughter of John F. Johnson and Georgia Ann Moon, daughter of Martha Ware in Marion County on September 2, 1900. Her family was living very close to the Jernigans. According to one online source, Daniel married a sister of Seth's wife. Daniel Carroll and Mattie Johnson were married in Schley County on January 29, 1903. Mattie appears to be Ada's sister Martha Ann Johnson. They had no children, but in 1930 had three children named Sumner living with them, listed as stepchildren, but most likely foster children. Seth and Daniel are both found in Turner County, GA with their wives in the 1910, 1920, and 1930 censuses. Seth presumably died before 1945 when Ada was listed as a widow in Florida with two of their children. Daniel died in 1963 in Florida. Ruth moved to Alabama and married Arthur Keebler in 1906. She died in 1978. Death certificates or Social Security applications might provide their mother's identity. Ruth's son Arthur Tillman Keebler appears in the 1940 census with Dan Carroll, listed as son-in-law, married to Monteith Sumner. She is one of the children listed with Dan in the 1930 census.

William and Margaret also had a foster son named Moses Boyd who was apparently orphaned in a flu epidemic of the late 1870's. He is listed as Moses Boyd in the 1880 census. He appears as Moses Carroll in the 1900 census, and his obituary in February 1906 from typhoid lists him as Moses Carroll, leaving a widow and two small daugthers, and five surviving brothers and three sisters:

F.M. Carroll, of Marion County [Francis Marion Carroll]
J.W. Carroll, of Phenix City [John William Carroll]
L.P. Carroll of this city [Columbus, presumably William Napoleon Carroll]
Seth and Dan Carroll, whose place of residence is unknown
Mrs. M.J. Jernigan, of Chattahoochee County [Martha Jane Carroll]
Mrs. Sarah Hanna, of Marion County [Sarah F. Carroll]
Mrs. M.E. Wynn of this city [Columbus, Mary Elizabeth Carroll]

It does not mention Ruth.

The obituary of Rev. William N. Carroll in November 1906 lists his surviving siblings as two brothers, J.W. Carroll of Phenix City and F.M. Carroll of Marion County and three sisters, Martha Jernigan and Sarah F. Hanner of Marion County and Mary E. Wynn of Columbus. It doesn't mention Seth, Dan or Ruth.

Francis Marion Carroll (1863-1934)

Francis Marion Carroll, was born on December 26, 1863. He married Mary Elizabeth Ware in 1887. She was the orphan daughter of Wiley and Sarah (Smith) Ware, and was raised with her brother, William, by their aunt and uncle, Louisa and James D. Ware. Mary Elizabeth was red-headed and fairly plump, according to my grandmother's memory. She was the mother of 10 children, 7 girls and 3 boys. They were primitive Baptists and read the bible to their children every night.

Francis Marion and Mary Elizabeth lived at Doyle, Marion Co., Georgia until after 1920, then moved to a farm at Pelham, Georgia. Francis Marion died on May 6, 1934 and Mary Elizabeth died on August 8, 1937 of a cerebral hemorrhage. They are buried in Pleasant Grove Church Cemetery in Grady County, Georgia.


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