Notes from the past…


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Surname Saturday: CARR

1-James F CARR-255 (1815-after 1870)
+Martha E WATTS-256 (1824-before 1880)
. . . . 2-Willy CARR-264 (1841-)
. . . . 2-Sarah CARR-265 (1844-)
. . . . 2-Lenora CARR-266 (1846-)
. . . . 2-James Vincent CARR-239 (31 December 1848-15 April 1924)
. . . . +Lella Lorene DIXON-240 (September 1863-1929)
. . . . . . . . 3-James Dixon CARR-233 (10 November 1883-7 February 1958)
. . . . . . . . +Ruth CARROLL-234 (10 July 1890-11 January 1965)
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Mamie Inez CARR-18 (16 September 1912-22 May 1987)
. . . . . . . . . . . . +Victor Earl HALL-17 (18 February 1910-20 December 1974)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-James Dixon “Jim” HALL-6 (2 August 1929-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . +Floyd Thomas CLARK-91 (27 August 1906-2 August 1981)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Ronald Norman CLARK-231 (23 May 1946-18 January 2010)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Samuel Ladd CLARK-232 (22 May 1947-14 September 2007)
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Jack Dixon CARR-236 (29 March 1917-1 October 1981)
. . . . . . . . . . . . +Seleta Elizabeth PATTERSON-242 (-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Bobby CARR-243 (23 May 1938-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Joan CARR-249 (4 April 1939-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . +Constance Geraldyne LITTRELL-244 (20 December 1920-9 February 2005)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-John Douglas CARR-245 (25 July 1944-19 December 2004)
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Lella L CARR-237 (3 January 1920-4 April 1920)
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Infant CARR-241 (20 June 1921-21 June 1921)
. . . . . . . . 3-Tom Hearne CARR-262 (17 October 1885-20 May 1894)
. . . . . . . . 3-Lella Myrtis CARR-263 (4 January 1887-1 June 1887)
. . . . . . . . 3-George Merton CARR-257 (21 May 1889-9 September 1951)
. . . . . . . . +Georgia Pauline BELL-270 (10 April 1894-13 October 1958)
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-George Merton CARR II-271 (2 January 1919-18 January 1975)
. . . . . . . . 3-Robert Hicks CARR-258 (22 December 1892-10 October 1959)
. . . . . . . . +Dorothy D CHADWICK-272 (20 May 1898-14 August 1966)
. . . . . . . . 3-Mary Elizabeth CARR-259 (May 1895-)
. . . . . . . . 3-Jimmie Louise CARR-260 (July 1897-)
. . . . . . . . 3-John Beveridge CARR-261 (1 August 1899-)
. . . . . . . . +Lula Mable DAVIS-273 (1897-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Betty Joyce CARR-274 (December 1928-)
. . . . 2-Emmett P CARR-267 (1851-)
. . . . 2-Coleman C CARR-268 (1856-)
. . . . 2-William CARR-269 (1863-)


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My great-granddad and the WPA

But first… who am I and where have I been for the past several months?

I am Ruth Stephens and my (former) blog Bluebonnet Country Genealogy has been a part of the genealogy blogosphere for almost 5 years.

However, in an effort to both update and simplify my blog and jump-start my research and writing after an extended lay-off, I have changed a few things, including the name and location of this blog.

For several months I have been up to my eyebrows (and then some!) in trying to do a job that I am really not cut out for, and it was taking absolutely all of my time. Fortunately, that situation has been resolved and I am now back to my old job, and delighted to be there!

So I can once again bury myself in my favorite past time (besides spoiling my grandkids!) and chase those elusive ancestors!

But I digress…

James Dixon Carr (1883-1958) was my great-grandfather on my Dad’s side. Born in Alabama, he and his family came to San Saba County, Texas about 1900, where he generally made his living as a carpenter.

Here is his WWII Draft Registration card from the FamilySearch database United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942:

JDCarr WWII

It lists his employer as “W.P.A.” From Wikipedia, The Works Progress Administration (renamed during 1939 as the Work Projects Administration; WPA) was the largest and most ambitious New Deal agency, employing millions to carry out public works projects, including the construction of public buildings and roads, and operated large arts, drama, media, and literacy projects.

Looks like another family member had an interest in genealogy, or at least cemeteries. My great-grandfather may have spent his time with the WPA by taking care of Oakwood Cemetery, founded in 1879 and as such one of the oldest cemeteries in Fort Worth!