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Happy Dance Time: Carrico-Kennedy Marriage Announcement!

The Library of Congress website has a section called Chronicling America:

Welcome to Chronicling America, enhancing access to America’s historic newspapers. This site allows you to search and view newspaper pages from 1880-1922 and find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

Newspapers available here come from the following states: California, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, Texas, Utah, and Virginia.

Texas… Hummmm, which papers are available? Any from the Dallas- Fort Worth area?

I’m in luck, because editions of the Fort Worth Gazette, 1891-1898 are available. The only connection I have to Fort Worth in that time period is the marriage of my second great-grandparents, Sallie Hattie Lee Kennedy and Crist Hayes Carrico on 19 Nov 1893. That date came from Tarrant County, Texas Marriage Records, Volume III (Fort Worth Genealogical Society), Marriage Book 7, p 289.

I sure would like a little more detail about this marriage, so I navigate the Chronicling America site until I arrive at the 19 Nov 1893 edition of the Fort Worth Gazette. 16 pages later and no mention of this marriage.

Ok, I’ll move onto the 20 Nov 1893 edition, this time totaling 8 pages. On page 8:

Wow, there it is, in black and white! This is amazing and so exciting! A few misspellings, but names, dates and locations. Of special interest is the last sentence: “The happy couple left last night for a visit to friends in Kentucky.” A couple of years ago, I met a “cousin” online who had info about some Carricos in Kentucky, but I have not been able to connect my Carrico to those Carricos. Maybe this is the link I need!

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Blacksheep Sunday: Crist Hays Carrico

ChrHCarricoThe story of my second great-grandfather Crist Hayes Carrico is a very sad one indeed. Once a prominant civil engineer employed by the railroads, Crist Carrico died a grisly death on a dark and lonely country road.

His once-respected life had devolved into that of the “town drunk”, a lost soul.

At the time of his death, Crist Carrico was divorced from my second great-grandmother and estranged from his only child, my great-grandmother Marie Stanley. When I began my genealogical research, my aunt tossed this photo onto my notebook and when I asked who this very distinguished-looking gentleman was, she stated, “That’s MaMaw Stanley’s father.” When I asked more about him, she said he died in New Mexico…and that was it. Basically, he was a non-person to our family.

But I was immediately intrigued. What could this man have possibly done that was so bad that, in the eyes of my family, he essentially never existed to begin with?

Well, after a few years of looking and the aid of a wonderful RAOGK (Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness) volunteer, I had a few answers:

  1. Crist Hays Carrico was never accepted by his in-laws. Apparently he was never “good enough” for the daughter of a highly-respected local surgeon and Civil War veteran.
  2. He divorced the daughter of said highly-respected local surgeon and Civil War veteran.
  3. He became the “town drunk” and died a horrible death, directly related to alcoholism:

Carrico, Crist H.-1a  8-1-1941HNS

When I received these newspaper clippings, I tried to get Crist Carrico’s death certificate. It was apprently misfiled somewhere, as I have been unable to locate it at either the local or the state archives.

Recently, the FamilySearch Record Search site added the New Mexico Death Records 1889-1945 collection to its site. And here is Crist Carrico’s record:

Name: Crist Hollah Carrico
Titles & Terms – Prefix(standardized):
Death date: 01 Aug 1941
Death place: Hobbs, Lea, New Mexico
Gender: Male
Race or color (on document):
Race or color (expanded):
Age in years: 68
Estimated birth year: 1873
Marital status:
Spouse’s name: Hattie Mais
Spouse’s titles:
Spouse’s Titles & Terms – Prefix(standardized):
Father’s name:
Father’s titles:
Father’s Titles & Terms – Prefix(standardized):
Father’s birthplace:
Mother’s name:
Mother’s titles:
Mother’s Titles & Terms – Prefix(standardized):
Mother’s birthplace:
Street address:
Cemetery name:
Burial place:
Burial date:
Funeral home:
Informant’s name:
Additional relatives:
Film number: 1913313
Reference number: 3336
Collection: New Mexico Death Records, 1889 – 1945

Not much detail, and maybe whoever created this index was a drinking buddy of my second great-grandfather (just kidding :) , since the name was misspelled!)

My point is: first the index, later the actual images… maybe someday soon I will have Crist Hays Carrico’s death certificate!

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Names, Places & Most Wanted Faces (meme)

On Thomas’s Destination: Austin Family:

Craig Manson over at Geneablogie has started a new meme which I think is important since it gets the surnames in my genealogy research info out into the blogosphere.  As Craig put it:

“List the surnames you are researching and the general localities. Then tell the names of your “Most Wanted Ancestors,” that is, the ones you most want to find behind that brickwall.”

Great idea!

My Names, Places & Most Wanted Faces:

HALL surname: Kansas (Shawnee County)>Texas (Cooke County)

McBURNETT surname: Georgia (Carroll County)>Texas (Milam County)

CARR surname: Alabama (Marengo County)>Texas (San Saba County)

CARROLL surname: North Carolina>Texas (San Saba County)

STANLEY surname: Alabama (Tuscaloosa County) >Texas (Hill County)

CARRICO surname: Missouri (Stoddard County) >Texas (Hill County) >New Mexico (Lea County)

ROGERS surname: Kentucky (Montgomery County) >Texas (Tarrant County)

TURNER surname: Tennessee (DeKalb/Cannon County)> Texas (Hill County)

DIXON surname: Alabama (Marengo County)

BENNETT surname: Texas (Williamson/San Saba/Brady Counties)

KENNEDY surname: Alabama (Sumter County) >Texas (Hill County)

DAVIS surname: Alabama (Tuscaloosa County) >Texas (Hill County)

TURNEY surname: Tennessee (DeKalb County)

VANCE surname: Tennessee (Wilson/DeKalb/Cannon Counties)

CHAPPELL surname: Virginia >Alabama (Fayette/Tuscaloosa Counties)

MOST WANTED ANCESTOR #1: William Earl HALL, my paternal great-grandfather, born about 1888, possibly Topeka, Shawnee, Kansas. Married Dovie C McBurnett, 22 Jan 1906, Ardmore County, Oklahoma. Living in Gainesville, Cooke, Texas when my grandfather was born. Worked for the railroad. Believed to have died before 1917 in railroad accident, location unknown. William and/or Dovie were believed to be of Chickasaw descent (mariage listed Chickasaw Nation Marriages 1895-1907: HALL, W E 22 McBURNETT, DOVIE 18 22 JAN 1906 TX,GAINESVILLE/ARDMORE J©57).

MOST WANTED ANCESTOR #2: Joseph ROGERS, my maternal 2nd great-grandfather, very little is known about Joseph, possibly born Kentucky, 1840-1850′s, married Susan Hannah Knox,  died in Kentucky when my great-grandfather Charles Arthur Rogers was a child.