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This CARROLL family line of upstate New York and beyond has been traced back to the mid-1800s in West Monroe, where Edward CARROLL and his wife Julia CONDON settled, farmed, and raised their family. We do not know yet from which Ireland town or county they fled, in what year, or why. Nor do we know at which port on the North American shores they arrived. Many Irish settlers in Oswego County at the time came from Canada, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York or other places.
The 1865 census for the Town of West Monroe, Oswego County, New York tells us that 60-year old Julia, born in Ireland, had borne eight children. We currently only know about two of them: Roger E., from whom I am descended, and his brother Edward, who was listed as 17 years old in 1865. Also in the household at that time was the father, 56-year old Edward, and 7-year old granddaughter Elizabeth LEARY.
We do not know yet which of their children is the parent of young Elizabeth Leary, though we can surmise that it was a daughter who married a fellow named Leary. Why was young Elizabeth living with her grandparents? Was her father away or mortally wounded in the Civil War? What lead the Carrolls to West Monroe, in Oswego County, New York? Work opportunity? Family?
This research began as a personal quest to uncover the source of the CAPELS family name, which is why so much information presented here relates to that family line. Though little is currently known about the other CARROLL descendants or ancestors, new pieces of information and other leads are in the process of being sought and pulled together.
I have tried to be diligent in recording the sources of my information so that it can be judged by myself and others as to its reliability. Just because a record exists does not mean it was recorded accurately or that the provider of the information was truthful or knowledgeable. They may simply provide us with more clues that could verify our assumptions or point us in the right direction.
For example, from the 1865 census information above, we might conclude that because 17-year old Edward Carroll is noted as having been born in Onondaga County, that the Carrolls arrived in New York in or before 1848. Information on the 1917 death certificate for his brother, 67-year old Roger, however, suggests that Roger was born in 1849 and lived in New York State for only 60 years, and the 1880 Town of Geddes census indicates that a 44-year old Roger Carroll, who is a very close match to ours (but may, in fact, not be the same), was born in Ireland in 1836. Clearly, more research needs to be done to sort out the facts.
This document is only as complete and accurate as the information available up to this moment. No doubt it will continue to evolve over time, as it should.
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WorldConnect Data for Roger E. Carroll
WorldConnect Descendant Register Report for Roger E. Carroll
Descendant Outline for Roger E. Carroll
Includes notices and articles for CAPELS, CARROLL, STEWART
This page brings together a number of census images from Syracuse, West Monroe, and Taunton. Not only do they provide a glimpse into the household, but also of the neighborhood where our ancestors lived. Some of the files are large and may take some time to download.
Roger E. Carroll, 1917
Catherine Carroll, 1923
Michael Carroll, 1920
Posted April 27, 2003
Updated February 24, 2007
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