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Re: Mary A. Carroll Clary
Posted by: Hobson Wright (ID *****3840) Date: January 05, 2004 at 17:15:41
In Reply to: Mary A. Carroll Clary by Kathy Ogburn of 9602

Did you ever find out the names of the parents of Mary A. E. Carroll, wife of Robert Clary?

Since my posting to your query about one year ago, I have learned a lot about Mary and her family.

Mary was the daughter of William G. Carroll and Nancy Jett who married in Brunswick County, Virginia, on 9 December 1835. In the 1840 Northampton, NC, census, William G. 'Carrell' is listed as the head of the household with one male 5-10 years old, one male 30-40, one female 5-10, and one female 30-40. I believe this is our William G. Carroll. In the 1850 Warren County, NC, census, he is in the home of his mother, Martha Carroll, age 65. He is 42, Nancy is 45; Mary is 19; son Harrison is 14; and a William Ford, age 16 is in the home with them as a laborer. Near the end of 1852, there are several records in Warren County, NC, with William G. Carroll as administrator of his mother and father's estate. His father was James Carroll. (James Carroll was the son of Sterling Carroll and Mary 'Polly' Shell. Sterling Carroll was the son of Thomas and Rebecca. It is thought Thomas was the son of Milbrough Carroll).

About 1854, William G. Carroll moved to Brunswick County, Virginia, to rent a farm from Benjamin E. W. Harris. The agreement is recorded in Deed Book 36, p. 276. Harris apparently was rather unscrupulous as his wife soon was suing him saying that he had abandoned her and stolen part of her property taking their six children with him to Tennessee. In the end, the court ordered Mary Harris' estate to be sold for her support and William G. Carroll bought the land he had been renting.

In 1860, William G. Carroll, age 51, is in the Brunswick County census with his wife, Nancy. With them is B. Harrison Carroll, age 26 and a hired hand, Martha Valentine, with her child. Mary Carroll is with her husband Robert Clary. By 1870, William appears to have died as he is not in the census then and a Nancy Carroll is found alone, age 73. In 1873, the man who loaned William G. Carroll the money to buy his farm went bankrupt and in the proceedings brought suit against the heirs of William G. Carroll saying he was never paid. Not without a lot of effort, eventually Mary A. E. Carroll and husband Robert were deeded the land that her father had bought, she noted as the only heir of William G. Carroll. Apparently her brother, Harrison, had died. The Brunswick County Chancery Causes record (1877-023 Harris v. Harris) found in the Library of Virginia documents this case with more two file folders of more than 20 years of evidence.

If one looks closely at the dates, Mary A. E. Carroll, appears to have been born before her parents married; but all the evidence does point to the fact that she is the daughter of William G. and Nancy.

I would love to know your connection to this family. I am descended from the daughter of Robert and Mary, Helen Udora who married Charles Robin Thomas.

Hope this is helpful!

Hobson Wright

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