|Birth: ||Aug. 15, 1844|
|Death: ||Apr. 20, 1904|
William's parents were William Carroll (1808-1854) and Rebecca Branson (1809-1865) who settled in Gasconade County in 1829 after migrating from Marion County Tennessee. William was a farmer and life long resident of Gasconade County, Missouri.
William married Elizabeth Smith on 4 Feb 1866 at Woollam in Gasconade County, Missouri. They had 11 children: Sarah Jane Carroll, John Jasper Carroll, Martha Almeda Carroll, James H. Carroll, Emma Susan Carroll Barthold Todd, Thomas Harley Carroll, William Riley Carroll, Rebecca Francis Carroll, Joseph Marion Carroll, Charles Edward Carroll, and Mary Ellen Carroll Cooper. Sarah and James did not survive infancy.
William was a Civil War Veteran and served over 3 years during the course of the war. First enlisting before he was 16 in Gasconade County's Battalion of Home Guards for 3 months, and then enlisted and served for 2 years and 10 months with Company F of the 31st Missouri Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Company F was raised in Gasconade County in August 1862.
The 31st was part of the 15th Corps of the Army of the Tennessee under General Sherman. It served with distinction in 29 battles, sieges and skirmishes in over 166 days under fire. At the Battle of Chickasaw Bluff on 29 Dec 1862, which was the opening assault on Vicksburg, the 31st lost 218 men killed, wounded or missing including Colonel Thomas Fletcher who was wounded and captured. In 1864, Colonel Fletcher was elected Governor of Missouri. The 31st marched 3000 miles, traveled 1200 miles by train, and 2000 miles by river. (Source: Rain, Mud & Swamps, The story of the 31st Missouri Volunteer Infantry Remiment by Gary Scheel)
William's older brother John also enlisted in Co. F of the 31st and died of acute diarrhea on Feb 4, 1863 and was buried in an unknown grave near Young's Point, Louisiana. William's brother-in-law Harland M Smith and his cousin Richard Haines who both also rest here at New Bethel enlisted with him in Company F as did his cousins Eli Haynes, William Wesley Branson, Thomas J Branson and Galba E Branson, brother-in-law Fielding Jenkins Smith, and numerous other cousins and neighbors.
Thomas J Branson and his older brother Isaac are both shown living with William Carroll's family in the 1860 Census given that both of their parents were deceased. Their father, William R Branson, was William Carroll's maternal uncle. Thomas J Branson died of chronic diarrhea in July 1863 and is buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.
Also resting here at New Bethel are William's wife Elizabeth Smith, three of his children - John Jasper, Thomas Harley and Rebecca Francis, his sister Sarah Minerva McKinney, his brother Daniel Columbus Carroll, sisters-in-law Nancy Louise Ellis Carroll and Sarah Smith, and many grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
William "Billy" and Elizabeth "Lisebet" owned and farmed 80 acres of land just north of the cemetery in the East half of the south west quarter of Section 16 in Township 42, Range 6 West, which is Third Creek Township.
William Carroll (1808 - 1854)
Elizabeth Smith Carroll (1848 - 1921)
John Jasper Carroll (1868 - 1938)*
Thomas Harley Carroll (1876 - 1945)*
William Riley Carroll (1879 - 1951)*
Rebecca Francis Carroll (1883 - 1903)*
Joseph Marion Carroll (1884 - 1974)*
Charles Edward Carroll (1887 - 1973)*
Mary Ellen Carroll Cooper (1890 - 1934)*
Sarah Minerva Carroll McKinney (1843 - 1930)*
William Carroll (1844 - 1904)
Daniel Columbus Carroll (1851 - 1934)*
New Bethel Cemetery
Maintained by: Doug Carroll
Originally Created by: Nancy W
Record added: Jul 10, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 39268433