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 Thomas Samuel Carroll

Thomas Samuel Carroll

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 ( : 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) .