Notes from the past…


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More Carr unexpecteds!

I’ve been studying my Carr line from my Dad’s side. Wiley Carr died in the Civil War, only 2 months after enlisting, apparently from disease or accident, not from battle.

Younger brother Coleman Carr (these guys are all my second great-granduncles) seems to have changed personalities, or at least his name, reason(s) unknown. One more tantalizing tidbit on Coleman: Abner Carr’s death certificate lists James Carr as his father. James Carr was Coleman Carr’s father and Coleman didn’t have a brother named Abner…

And now youngest brother William Carr has presented a “gasp moment”: I have located him in the 1870, 1880 and 1900 censuses. I couldn’t find him in the 1910 census. However, I have located his 3 youngest children, Clarence, Raymond and William, living in the Catholic Male Orphan Asylum in Mobile, Alabama!

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Oh, my! How did that happen? Where are the boys’ parents, William T and Luvenia E Carr? I have found several Williams and a couple of Luvenia/Lovenias in the Alabama Deaths, 1908-1974 database at Family Search. I can’t be sure any are my Carrs. All died after 1910.

So did both parents die? Or was there some type of financial disaster that prevented William from caring for his family. Another of my ancestors, this time surname Bennett, placed his kids in an orphanage in Corsicana, Texas when he could no longer care for them. There also appeared to be some mental illness problems in this Bennett family. At any rate, the children had to suffer…

I’m not finished researching William Carr, so maybe something will turn up to explain this census page. Stay tuned…