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 Caroline “Carrie” Hundley

Caroline “Carrie” Hundley

Minnesota, USA
Death 23 Nov 1897 (aged 12)
Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA
Plot Block 14 Lot 21 5 ft. SWC (estimated)
Memorial ID 84133608 · View Source
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1895 census for Brainerd Ward 3 family #227 (June):
Huntley, John, 53, b. West Virginia, resident MN 11 yrs, E.D. 10 yrs, laborer
Huntley, Lina, 33, b. Wisc.
Huntley, Carrie, 10, b. Minn.
Huntley, Robert, 5, b. Minn.
Huntley, Margret, 4, b. Minn.
Huntley, William, 2, b. Minn.

               A Terrible Death
    Carrie Hundley, the thirteen-year old daughter of J. R. Hundley, of East Brainerd, met with a terrible death on Tuesday evening last. The family live in the old Third ward schoolhouse. There is an old well on the premises, open at the top, with the curbing raised slightly above the ground. About 6 o'clock Tuesday evening the young girl went to the well to draw a bucket of water, which is done simply by using a rope and bucket with the hands. She had drawn the water and was standing by the well when her feet slipped upon the icy ground and she fell forward headlong into the well a distance of thirty feet.
    The alarm was given at once and several neighbors promptly came to render what assistance they could. A man was let down into the well by means of a rope and in a few moments was hoisted to the surface with the body in his arms. The poor child must have been instantly killed. The body was recovered about thirty minutes after the accident.
    The funeral took place at 2:30 p. m. on Thursday, from the German Evangelical church in East Brainerd, Rev. J. H. Mulhausen conducting the services. (Brainerd Tribune, Saturday, 27 November 1897, p.8, c.3)

The burial location was not mentioned in this story, and there is no record of her burial in Evergreen Cemetery. However, the Losey & Dean mortuary record does confirm that she is buried in Evergreen and it also shows the expenses were billed to a Thomas Esmay, of East Brainerd. So who is Thomas and why is he paying for Carrie's funeral expenses?

Parentage Update - Originally, I had assumed "her father was John Hundley, but her mother was not Lena, John's wife at the time, since they were not married until 1889 and Carrie was born about 1884." The truth turned out to be the other way around. Carrie was the child of Pauline "Lena" (Huebner) Albrecht, not John. Here is Pauline living with her sister Wilhelmina's family in 1885:

1885 MN census for Fanny, Polk county, family #3 (June):
Toussaint, Henry J, 29, b. Wisconsin
Toussaint, Minnie, 26, b. Minn.
Toussaint, Henrietta, 6,b. Minn.
Toussaint, Clara, 4, b. Minn.
Albrecht, Pauline, 19, b. Wisconsin
Albrecht, Caroline, 3/12, b. Minn.

So, John Hundley was Carrie's stepfather.

Thanks to Loretta Hundley (wife of Gilbert) who tracked Pauline down by looking for Pauline's siblings. A very smart move considering no-one knew about the earlier Albrecht name.

Marker Update - Serendipity rears its pretty head! While satisfying a photo request for a burial in lot 23 in block 14 (for which I could find no marker), I was looking several graves in each direction and uncovering half-buried markers to make sure I wasn't missing anything, and purely by chance I stumbled across Carrie's marker, roughly 5 ft. from the SWC of lot 21. So - despite no record of her burial, yes - she is here. The 1883 birthyear on the marker is incorrect. Census data, 1885 especially, shows she was born in 1885.

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  • Created by: John Van Essen
  • Added: 28 Jan 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 84133608
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Caroline “Carrie” Hundley (Mar 1885–23 Nov 1897), Find A Grave Memorial no. 84133608, citing Evergreen Cemetery, Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by John Van Essen (contributor 47136297) .