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 Thomas Samuel Carroll

Thomas Samuel Carroll

Birth
Franklin County, Alabama, USA
Death 30 Apr 1919 (aged 38)
Kahatchee, Talladega County, Alabama, USA
Burial Kahatchee, Talladega County, Alabama, USA
Memorial ID 6282958 · View Source
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The actual background of my grandfather , Thomas Samuel Carroll , has always been a mystery to everyone in my family . However, I believe his beginning has been found in the family of James M. ( Martice ) Carroll ( age 26 ) and Laura J. ( Jane ) Coan Carroll ( age 24 ) on the 1880 US Census for Franklin County , Alabama where he is listed as Thomas S. whose age is 2 with a birth year of "about 1878."

Shortly after that Census Laura Jane , evidently , dies ; and her disappearance simply adds to the mystery . James is found on the 1900 Census in Limestone County , Texas ; where he is remarried to one of their Franklin County , Alabama neighbors in Emily "Emma" Josephine Speck Carroll - they have three young children . This series of events only compounds the mystery .

Records of Thomas are not seen again until the 1910 US Census in Talladega County , Alabama - this is a thirty year gap which further deepens the mystery . Here he is married to my grandmother , Francis Idella "Della" Pope Carroll , and they have two of what will eventually number five children .

After the traumatic death of Thomas' mother and James' wife , was Thomas placed in the Presbyterian Home for Children in Talladega ? This was while his father remarried and tried to re-establish his life , initially , in Hardin County , Tennessee ; but , ultimately , in Limestone County , Texas . It would help explain why Thomas reappears in Kahatchee 30 years after that 1880 Federal Census , but is it the truth ?

If accurate , this series of events would mean that my grandfather probably never saw his father again from a time shortly after the death of his mother in Franklin County , Alabama when he was only a child .

Thomas was only about 40 when he died , because I do not believe he really knew his own exact date of birth . Due to his relatively youthful age at death , that of his mother , and the age at death of his and Della's first born , a daughter named Emma Mae , at age 15 years; there is a strong possibility that they all died of tuberculosis .

Thomas and Della gave their youngest child the middle name Coan after Thomas' mother's maiden name . I believe this is the true history of my grandfather , and any proof confirming or contradicting any part of my research would be welcomed and appreciated.


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  • Maintained by: Dale Martin Carroll
  • Originally Created by: Richard Robinson
  • Added: 22 Mar 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6282958
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Thomas Samuel Carroll (16 Feb 1881–30 Apr 1919), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6282958, citing Kahatchee Cemetery, Kahatchee, Talladega County, Alabama, USA ; Maintained by Dale Martin Carroll (contributor 48071290) .