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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
A Little Historical Context
Oswego County was
formed from Oneida and Onondaga counties in 1816. By 1841, it already
had a population of more than 43,000 people. CONSTANTIA (also known then
as Rotterdam) was taken from the town of Mexico in 1808. In 1841,
it had a population of almost 1,500 people and hosted one of the most
extensive iron foundries in the state. HASTINGS was taken from the town
of Constantia in 1825 and in 1841 had a population of just under 2,000
people. Central Square and Hastings were its post offices. In
1841, SCHROEPPEL, which was taken from the town of Volney in 1832, had
a population of almost 2,200 people and was a new, thriving village on
the Oswego river and canal. The Oswego Canal, which connected Lake
Ontario (?), with the Erie Canal was completed around 1836.
Oswego County, New York, 1878
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There is great risk
in reading too much into isolated pieces of information. Imagine trying
to figure out what an elephant looks like with only a toe, an ear, or
just the snout as clues. The further we go back in to time, limited
available records--if we're lucky to find any at all--provide only a momentary
glimpse into a situation, and often subject to the interpretation or limitations
of the person recording it.
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.
Photos help remind
us that this is about more than facts and statistics; these were real
people of flesh, bone, and blood. They experienced the adventures
of youth, the trials and tribulations of raising a family, the struggles
of work and making ends meet, the joys of traditions, and the sorrows
of loss. Some died young; others lived long, fruitful lives. In
some cases, we may even see a reflection of ourselves.
Any information, corrections,
clippings, suggestions, and/or photos offered that will help weave the
fabric and reveal the texture of our family's history will be greatly
appreciated. All photos or other original documents will be handled
with great care, copied, and promptly returned to their owner, unless
instructed otherwise. While I am eager for ANY information, including
stories and oral histories, that will help tell our story, I also want
to be respectful of people's privacy and to use discretion in matters
that may be sensitive.
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.
Information to share? Please contact me at email@example.com.
Descendant Report for Roger E. Carroll (produced using Legacy)
Data for Roger E. Carroll
Descendant Register Report for Roger E. Carroll
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,
(Carroll) Capels and Marialyce Capels with pet squirrel, about
Reardon, Bill Capels, Blanche Carroll,
Ed & Blanche
and Butch Capels,
more family photos, visit the CAPELS
St. Mary's Cemetery, 2002
(Carroll) Capels, 1935
more descendant photos, visit the CAPELS
New York State
General Genealogy Resources
York State USGenWeb Site
County, NY, USGenWeb Site
County, NY, USGenWeb Site
- New York State
Department of Health, Vital
Records Section, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12237, (518) 474-3077,
(518) 474-3038 Information, Fax: (518) 432-6286
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Posted April 27,
Updated February 24, 2007