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Descendants and Relations of Edward Carroll

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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?

Oswego County, New York, 1878
Oswego County, NY, 1848
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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.

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.

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All-in-one Descendant Report for Roger E. Carroll (produced using Legacy)
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

Census Images
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.

Death Certificates
Roger E. Carroll, 1917
Catherine Carroll, 1923
Michael Carroll, 1920

Family Photos
Mamie & Marialyce Capels
Mary Agnes (Carroll) Capels and Marialyce Capels with pet squirrel, about 1917
Catherine Reardon, Bill Capels, Blanche Carroll, boy
Catherine Reardon, Bill Capels, Blanche Carroll,
unknown boy
date unknown
Ed & Blanche Carroll, Butch Capels
Ed & Blanche Carroll,
and Butch Capels,
date unknown
For more family photos, visit the CAPELS page.

Cemetery Photos
Capels, St. Mary's Cemetery
Capels, St. Mary's Cemetery, 2002
Mary A. (Carroll) Capels
Mary A. (Carroll) Capels, 1935
Loren J. Capels
Loren J. Capels, 1929
For more descendant photos, visit the CAPELS page.

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    Posted April 27, 2003
    Updated February 24, 2007

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