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Sunday, March 07, 2010

Surname: Carroll

The Carroll surname comes to me via Rosmer Pettis Kerr's paternal grandmother. Our known Carroll lineage is:
  • William Carroll, born 1745. I've seen William's birthplace listed as either Ireland or Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I don't know which is correct. William was married in Pennsylvania in 1775 (or possibly 1773 which I've seen in DAR lineage books) to Joanna Wakefield. They had nine children. This family settled just west of Millbrook in Mercer County, Pennsylvania. William died there on 13 June 1824. He was my fourth great-grandfather.
  • David Carroll, born 8 May 1796 in Pennsylvania, a son of William and Joanna. He married Elizabeth Alcorn on 11 October 1817. They had thirteen children. He died 31 March 1869. David was my third great-grandfather.
  • Esther Alice Carroll, born 9 December 1836 in Mercer County. She married Andrew Jackson Kerr on 11 September 1862. She died 9 April 1912 in Mercer. She was my great-great-grandmother.
My primary sources for this line include only the death certificate and will of Esther Alice Carroll. Secondary sources include the census and the following:
  • DeSantis, Loretta Barker, and Sally Glaser Dufford. Mercer County, Pennsylvania, Cemetery Inscriptions. Sharon, Pa: The Society, 1980. (See Vol. 1, p. 4: Carroll Cemetery, Worth Township)
  • Carroll, Emerson T. The Carrolls of Mercer County, Pennsylvania.
  • Carroll or O'Carroll. Frankford, Philadelphia, Pa.: Martin and Allardyce, 1910. (10 pgs., available online through HeritageQuest) [Note: This is a lineage from the beginning of the Carroll name in Ireland. I've no idea how accurate it is. In any case, at this point my Carroll ancestors are not yet linked to this lineage. However, I've read that William Carroll was a nephew of Charles Carroll of Carrollton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and Charles is linked to this lineage. Maybe someday . . . ]
  • Smith, Hollis D. Wakefield Pedigrees of David Wakefield and Mary Wade. Salt Lake City: The author, 1985.
  • Wakefield, Homer. Wakefield Memorial, Comprising an Historical, Genealogical and Biographical Register of the Name and Family of Wakefield. Bloomington, Ill: Priv. print. for the compiler [Pantagraph Printing and Stationery Co.], 1897.
  • Carroll Family, Egbert Family History (Section F: Related Families). RootsWeb Freepages.
See also Carroll Surname Origin.

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Our Family in Books: A Bibliography

  • My Ancestors in Books (a library of resources and notes pertaining to Reverend Samuel Stone, Major General Robert Sedgwick, Elder John Crandall, and other early Americans in the forest where my family tree was grown)
  • The Zahnisers: A History of the Family in America by Kate M. Zahniser and Charles Reed Zahniser (Mercer, Pa. 1906)
  • History of St. James Lutheran Church [full title: A little of this and a little of that in the 141 year (1861-2002) History of St. James Lutheran Church, Reynolds Indiana] by Harold B. Dodge, published at Reynolds, Indiana, 2002; 170 pages.
  • Lisbon, North Dakota 1880-2005 Quasuicentennial, published at Lisbon, North Dakota in 2005; 391 pages.
  • The Paschen and Redd Families of Cass County, Indiana by Alfred Paschen, c. 2005 (Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD); 322 pages.
  • Sheldon Community History: Sheldon Centennial 1881-1981, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 1981; 376 pages.
  • Sheldon, North Dakota 1881-2006 - 125th Anniversary: The Queen of the Prairie, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 2006; 498 pages.
  • A Standard History of White County, Indiana, written under the supervision of W.H. Hamelle, c. 1915 (The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York).
  • The Roots of Coventry, Connecticut by Betty Brook Messier and Janet Sutherland Aronson, c. 1987 (Coventry 275th Anniversary Committee, Coventry, CT); 206 pages.
  • "Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants" by John Cortland Crandall; New Woodstock, New York, 1949; 797 pages.
  • "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island." Nellie (Willard) Johnson, Pd.B.: H & L Creations, LLC.

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