Andy, I would love to hear more about the family. My cousin, Ina Marie Dellert, lives about 20 miles from where James Monroe lived and has visited the Ashcrafts on many occasions. She said they have more information on the Carrolls than anyone.
I have a picture that has "Mama's kin" written on the back. The women in the picture are wearing long dresses, but the picture had to be taken in the very early 1900's. By looking at a picture I have of James Monroe Carroll, I have to believe the people in it are his relations, but I have absolutely no idea who they are. I would be happy to send you a copy through email, if you might be interested. The old man may very well be James Monroe.
A small story, if I may: My Grandmother, Monica Gibbs Work, used to tell anyone that listened that she had to pick cotton at her grandparents' home when she was a very small child (5 or so, since she joined her mother, Ellenor, in Texas when she was 6). We all thought it was sad that this poor little girl was forced to pick cotton. When we found out James M. owned the amount of land he farmed, we laughed! As far as we can tell, if she picked cotton, it was because she WANTED to!
I really don't have much on the Carroll family, but I would be very happy to share what I have.
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