|Birth: ||Oct. 11, 1874|
|Death: ||Apr. 22, 1942|
Son of John D. and Arminta (McCurry) Carr. Also known as Leonidas Carr.
Lee grew up farming with his family in Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia in his youth. At some point his mother left the family; it is unclear whether it was death or divorce. Census records indicate he was a coal miner and a farm hand, prior to 1910. Lee married Mollie Castle in the 1890s.
Co-operated a housing construction business in Portsmouth, Ohio with his brothers Lewis and James until it collapsed in the late 1920s. The family story is that when the business went bust Lee and James left, understanding no assets were left. That being said Lewis lived comfortably from land sales while his brothers struggled through the Depression.... conclusions can be drawn that Lewis did wrong by his brothers... it should be said that acrimony between the brothers was minimal by the late 1930s...
After the financial collapse of the business Lee worked as a tenant farmer in many places around Southern Ohio, additionally taking jobs as a salesman and general store owner at various times.
Lee and wife Mollie raised one grandson and hosted other grandchildren during summers at the various farms they worked in the late 1920s and through the 1930s. Lee and Mollie's grandson recalled Lee as having "worked himself to death" each day, getting up before dawn to milk cows or return after sunset with bleeding hands having shucked corn all day... having to get up the next day to repeat the process.
Lee was also a man who stood with his family... one time his grandson was collected by a police officer, at gun point, for setting off fireworks early in the morning after the 4th of July while on a milk delivery route with another young boy... Lee was called to Kingston and when he found out how the arrest occurred, disarmed the local constable and said words to the effect "if you ever point a gun at me or mine you'd better use it" before tossing the constables gun out the window, in the presence of the town mayor. Clearly a fierce man when cornered or concerned with the well being of his family.
Mr. Carr was also a man known for light moments... one time while going to a Castle Family funeral in Estil, Kentucky his grandson was driving the family truck... after crossing a railroad switchback, Lee shouted "stop here". For tense minutes they waited, and then a man on a horse, Winchester rifle at his side, rode up the track. Lee got out of the truck and stopped him. The man was a moonshiner with jugs hanging off the side of the horse and mean disposition. The man asked who he was and Lee identified himself...since he was kin to the Castle's of Estil he would deal with him.... a "taste" or small jug was acquired and both parties went along pleased with the transaction.
Lee was a man who never worked on a contract... his word and handshake was his bond and he never failed to complete a job regardless of what it cost him personally. He remains a man held with high regard by his descendants.
Lee and Mollie were living alone together in the early 1940s just outside of Chillicothe, Ohio when Lee went outside one morning for a stretch and walk. He passed away just a few steps out the door on a chilly morning in April of 1942 from a heart attack and complications of Tuberculosis.
Lee was buried in a family plot in Chillicothe's Greenlawn Cemetery, to be joined their by his wife Mollie, daughter Jessie and son in law Robert Daily in the years to come.
John David Carr (1851 - 1926)
Mollie Castle Carr (1881 - 1959)*
Martin Luther Carr (1897 - 1969)*
Denver L. Carr (1899 - 1910)*
Genora Carr Shaffer (1901 - 1981)*
Jessie Lewis Carr Brush (1903 - 1981)*
Jane Carr (1908 - 1910)*
Myrtle Lee Carr Evans (1911 - 1993)*
Pauline Carr Funderberg (1913 - 1973)*
Lee Carr (1874 - 1942)
Sarah Carr Grubb (1877 - 1912)*
Nellie Carr Wellman (1883 - 1952)*
James Henry Carr (1885 - 1967)*
Kay Carr (1892 - 1959)*
Benjamin Harrison Carr (1893 - 1972)*
William M. Carr (1898 - 1961)*
Jane Carr Lundy (1901 - 1995)*
Dennis Carr (1905 - 1978)*
GPS (lat/lon): 39.32844, -82.96294
Created by: Scott Hawley
Record added: Aug 05, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 74468320
Thinking of you as your 140th birthday approaches... RIP Sir.|
Added: Sep. 27, 2014
Added: Apr. 23, 2013
A very dedicated, hard working man who protected his family, worked to provide for them and never took a handout... we could use more people like you today.|
Added: Jun. 16, 2012
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