Eliza Parker was born Sept. 14, 1872 according to her funeral record. I have no idea when Tom Carroll was born. Tom's name could have been Tom, Thomas even Thompson or any variation of those names. Tom could have had a different first name and they just called him Tom. I really don't know. I have searched everywhere I know to search. I do know, according to Porter's, their son, funeral record that both of his parents were born in Tenn. Porter Carroll was born in TN. June 29, 1897. However according to the 1900 Collin Co, TX soundex records Eliza age 29 and Porter age 2 were in the household of James K. Aldridge. Eliza was a servant and her birthday is listed as Sept. 1970. Porter was listed as Lodger. Porter's birthday is still listed as June 1897. So it seems that by 1899, Tom Parker had already died.
My granddad, Porter, told me when I was a little girl that he and his mom came to Texas by covered wagon and that his mom, Eliza sold herself into bondage. Eliza becoming a bondswoman seems to be true since she is found as a servant. Porter also told me that his dad, Tom was killed by another woman's husband because Tom was running around with her. This part still hasn't been proven. Porter was adamant that they came to Texas by covered wagon once his dad was killed.
I appreciate any information you can give me.
Thanks so much,
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