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Ella Howison Carnall
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Birth: Sep., 1861
Fauquier County
Virginia, USA
Death: Mar. 30, 1894
Fort Smith
Sebastian County
Arkansas, USA

d/o Thomas D CARNALL & Cathrine "Kate" E HOWISON of Virginia.

Birth: 1st of two known children near Warrenton, Fauquier county, Virginia, where her family were reportedly very prominent, ~ ~ date unknown however: "Andrea CANTRELL [formerly of University of Arkansas] has conducted research on this topic at the Fort Smith Public Library.  She has concluded that Ella CARNALL was 32 years old at the time of her death and was born in September of 1861."

Miss CARNALL was called an excellent student, successful teacher and known for; "her exalted attainments as a scholar and her modest worth as a follower of Christ."

As of 27 February 2013 the following was made availble by Pauline HALE , formerly, University of Colorado, from her research files, to wit:
10 January 1938, Gomer GOWER interviewed Annie Lee (Carnall) MATHIES's, (1863VA-1942OK), younger sister of Ella Howison CARNALL, at her home, where she died some four years later, in Wister, La Fore county, Oklahoma obtaining following information.

Father; Thomas D CARNALL birth Virginia died 1865 and mother; Catherine E HOWISON birth Virginia, death 1872, leaving two orphaned daughters whose aunt Elizabeth CARNALL in 1872, the year of their mother's death, brought them west to near Fort Smith, Sebastian county, Arkansas where Wharton Carnall was living on the Mazzard Prairie. NOTE: Wharton CARNALL was name in interview however he also being son born 1862 of John CARNALL (could (?) be John's unknown middle name or a sixty plus year lapse of memory) so it is assumed Col John CARNALL was the care giver of the orphaned sisters.

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Reportedly; her father, Thomas D CARNALL, 4th of four known children, a confederate solider, was killed towards the end of the Civil War in 1865 ~ ~ her mother, Catherine "Kate" E HOWISON, 1st of four known children, died 1872, making Ella and younger sister, Annie, orphans. Its believed they were taken west during year of their mother's death by their aunt Elizabeth (head of household on the 1870 Federal census), to her younger brother, their uncle, Colonel John CARNALL, a well to do newspaper publisher in Fort Smith, Sebastian county, Arkansas who is said to have taken them in to raise and educate.

Ella is documented as a freshman in 1877 among twenty-nine others within the Fourth Report of Arkansas Industrial University (AIU). Its said she graduated in Class of 1881 recieving her Bachelor of Art degree. She worked in Preparatory Department under president General Daniel Harvey HILL (1881-1884), honored with her Master of Arts degree before he was 'abruptly' replaced by the Board of Trustees during commencement of 1884 (11 July 1884 private letter, amongst 40 by Mrs V L GRAY, "first chair" of what now is their Art Department, ~ (MC-1618)). Ella had among her students a young, Carl Raymond GRAY (1867AR-1939DC).

Following the event where all AIU professors were relieved of their positions in 1885, said to be brought forth by Gen HILL's unhappy followers the year after his 'abrupt' replacement. Ella is then found 1885/6, serving in Fayetteville's first public built school building, ie: Washington under Carl's father, also relieved of his many AIU duties & positions, Colonel Oliver Crosby GRAY (1832ME-1905AR) (later to become Fayetteville's mayor), she, along with Anna PUTMAN (1855AR-1927AR) of first AIU class, Class of 1876 and four other ladies, then said to have taught in Fort Smith's school system, then at Baird college, Clinton, Henry county, Missouri under president Mrs Priscilla BAIRD, next to the University of Michigan (where GRAY's wife's brother, Raymond Cazallis DAVIS (1836ME-1919MI) was its most innovative and longest serving librarian, 1877 to 1905), receiving her Ph D degree, then back to Arkansas Industrial University 1891 (which became University of Arkansas in 1899) last in 1893 an associate professor till her untimely 1894 death.

It was written; "Ella in personal appearance was a slender, graceful blonde, always tastefully and handsomely dressed and she moved among the leading families."

Source: In part, 26 March 1971, Northwest Arkansas TIMES, ie: University of Arkansas 1871-1948

Census: 1870, age 9, Center township, Fauquier county, Virginia in household of her father's older sister, with widowed mother & younger sister.

Ella is found on page 292 History of Washington county, State of Arkansas, as afore written, assistant to Colonel Oliver Crosby GRAY in the first built city public school building Washington, constructed because of the persistent joint efforts of Colonels, Lafayette GREGG and Oliver Crosby GRAY active members of the Fayetteville's school board.

CARNALL HALL, built in her honor at a cost of around $15,000, designed by a most distinguished Charles Louis THOMPSON of Little Rock, constructed same year as was GRAY HALL, honoring, over twenty year veteran AIU professor of Civil Engineering & Mathematics plus a multitude of other well preformed duties, Colonel Oliver Crosby GRAY, ~ ~ her's as, University of Arkansas' first women's dormitory, completed around 1906 at Maple street & Arkansas avenue (465 north Arkansas avenue), now second oldest building on campus.

October 2001, the school's board of trustee's action rather than razing it like was done in 1966 of GRAY HALL, provided for it to be converted into a 50 room hotel and restaurant, now known as The Inn at Carnall Hall.

Death: Fort Smith, Sebastian county, Arkansas. "R.H. Willis's Eulogy delivered April 1, 1894 and was printed in the Thursday April 5, 1894 Arkansas Gazette."

Father: Thomas D CARNALL b: about 1830 Virginia.
Mother: Catherine "Kate" E HOWISON b: about 1835 Virginia.

Burial: in Oak cemetery, Fort Smith, Sebastian county, Arkansas among her uncle's family. VIEW STONE. (information from: Pauline HALE February 27, 2013)

No known marriage.

NOTE: Some of above information gained from Special Collections of University of Arkansas.

~ Revised: 22 DEC 2013

Prepared in part by Bill Boggess.
Oak Cemetery
Fort Smith
Sebastian County
Arkansas, USA
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Record added: Jul 05, 2011
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