|Birth: ||Sep. 17, 1822|
|Death: ||Jun. 13, 1907|
"Death of One of the Oldest Settlers --- Mrs. Mary Carr
"One of the very earliest settlers of Wilson-co died in Fredonia on June 13, inst at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Allen Rich. She was Mrs. Mary Carr and her age was 84 years, 8 months and 26 days. She had naturally been in failing health for some time. The funeral was held on Saturday, the 15th, at Roper, Rev. J. R. McFadden conducting the final service at 3:30 pm. Interment was made in Maple Grove cemetery, west of Roper, said to be the first formally plotted burying ground in Clifton-tp, which township included a locality that received settlers in 1858.
Mary Hallam was born in Rudington, Notinghamshire, England, September 17, 1822; married Wm. Carr September 23, 1851, they emigrating to the United states the same year, locating in Iowa. In the spring of 1858, Mrs. Rich says, they came to Kansas and settled in Wilson-co. That Mr. and Mrs. Carr were living on Buffalo creek in 1859 has always been admitted. Mr. Carr died on their claim in Clifton-tp March 30, 1870, and Mrs. Carr remained there until her sons and daughters grew up and moved away to make homes of their own, fifteen to twenty years ago. For the past several years her real home has been with Mrs. Rich in Fredonia.
Mary Carr was a typical English woman of the educated and well bred class, enjoying exceptional opportunities in her early womanhood and later years. She had traveled in Scotland, France and Germany, was intelligent, widely informed and a ready and interesting conversationalist. She was decisive--English you know--but rather considerate and gracious. She had crossed the Atlantic five times.
Mrs. Carr was the mother of eight children; only three of them survive her--Mrs. Allen Rich of Fredonia, W. H. Carr of Hoisington, Kan; and C. F. Carr of Osawatomie, this state. She had been baptized in infancy and converted to the Methodist faith when nine years old.
Her body reposes beside that of her husband, hardby the spot they claimed on the Osage Indian reservation when Kansas was a Territory, and which was their home for so many years. Several of their children are buried in that cemetery.
The remaining pioneers are fast passing. The death of Mrs Carr and Dr Allen McCartney on the same day impressed this fact and is an unusual coincidence."
Source: "Wilson County Citizen", June 28, 1907.
The children's headstone, includes the names, birth and death dates of two children who died before the Carr's moved to Kansas.
Mary was married a second time and later divorced.
William Carr (1823 - 1870)*
Caroline Amelia Carr Rich (1853 - 1928)*
Clara Constance Carr Homman (1855 - 1885)*
William Henry Carr (1855 - 1935)*
Arthur C. Carr (1858 - 1858)*
John A. Carr (1860 - 1860)*
Alfred Robert Carr (1862 - 1887)*
Freddy F. Carr (1862 - 1865)*
Charles Franklin Carr (1866 - 1945)*
Maple Grove Cemetery
Created by: Anonymous
Record added: Nov 12, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 22853802
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