From Republic of Texas military documents, I have established that my g-g-grandfather, Matthew G. Carrico (spellings could vary), was from Spencer County, KY – and was born about 1809/1810. (I understand the predecessor counties for Spencer County are Bullitt, Nelson and Shelby.) He served twice for the Republic of Texas military: in 1836 with Company of Kentucky Volunteers 1st Regiment (sometimes shown as Martin G. Carrico) and in 1844 with Mounted Volunteers, Shelby County (TX). We have copies of documents from Republic of Texas records related to his 1836 service – there it says “Matthew G. Carrico was born in Spencer County, State of Kentucky is twenty-seven years of age…”.
Apparently Matthew G. Carrico was in Texas or neighboring Louisiana from sometime in the 1840s; his ancestors stayed mostly in Texas. He married Rachel S. Wilkerson; I don’t know date of marriage, but children we born beginning about 1847 in Panola County, TX. My records show Rachel was born in about 1818 in Louisiana – daughter of Joseph Wilkerson and Elizabeth Gregg. She married James H. Gary after Matthew G. Carrico’s death. (I don’t have documents for this information.) I have the family genealogy after Matthew G. Carrico if anyone is interested – virtually all of them stayed in Texas and are recorded in census records there from 1850. (We believe the “G” – for Matthew’s middle name stands for “Gillaspy” – or some variation in spelling, but don’t know that for a fact. One of his children, my grandfather, had that middle name.)
Here are my current thoughts on candidates for Matthew G’s father (obviously could change with new info); other than Matthew W., all are “4th Generation” Carricos in Kentucky. I’ve rated each of the candidates on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being “certain”; this is very subjective, but just let’s you know what I think at this time.
Matthew W. – I think he is a “long shot” to be Matthew G’s father; he is a 5th generation Carrico (born 1791 to James Carrico and Joanna Keith) – if Matthew G. is his son, Matthew W. would have been only 18 or 19 years of age when Matthew G. was born – and we have no documentation Matthew W. was married until 1812. But, there may be a connection – uncle of cousin – particularly because of the rarity of the name Matthew in the Carrico ancestry. (Rated 5/10).
Joseph – Son of Thomas Ignatius; married Amelia Butler – per Al Beard’s (A.B.) FamilyTreeMaker database, he shows no births from 1808 to 1817 – perhaps Matthew G. is undocumented son? (Rated 8/10)
Levi – Son of Thomas Ignatius; married Harriet Neal – again, per A.B. database, he shows the last child born in 1808 – perhaps Matthew G. is undocumented son? (Rated 8/10)
James – Son of Thomas Ignatius; married Betty Elizabeth Troutman – per A.B. database they had named children (Felix and George) born in 1808 and 1810 – possible but unlikely that Matthew G. could have been born their son in 1809? This is the same family that “Nace” Thomas Ignatius was born to in 1812. (Rated 7/10)
Walter – Son of James; married Helena O’Bryan – A.B. database shows no births in 1809 or 1810 – perhaps Matthew G. is undocumented son? Some info indicates family was mostly in Missouri; if so, this wouldn’t tie with Matthew G. being from KY. (Rated 6/10)
Wilford James – Son of Basil; married Eleanor Moore – A.B. database shows no children born between 1806-1812 – perhaps Matthew G. is undocumented son? (Rated 8/10)
Cornelius – Son of Bartholomew; married Susanna Shanks – A.B. database shows no birth in 1809 (daughter b. 1808, Teresa; son b. 1810, Edward) – Matthew G. could have been undocumented in 1809; it’s a “rifle shot”, but possible. (Rated 7/10)
William – Son of Bartholomew; married to Mary – per A.B. database they had named children (Elizabeth and Tepliana) born in 1808 and 1810 – possible but unlikely (another “rifle shot”) that Matthew G. could have been born their son in 1809? (Rated 6/10)
Of course, all of the information on candidates above is only as good as Al Beard’s Carrico database – which is quite old; I believe much of it comes from a 1950s article in Filson Club History Quarterly by Homer Edwin Carrico. I’ve exchanged e-mail with him and he acknowledges the database was compiled mostly in the 1970-1980 timeframe – and he knows it has errors and omissions; he just doesn’t know what all of them are. He suggested it should be used “only as a guideline”. We will just have to make corrections as we learn new information.
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