Early Thomas Carroll


Thomas Carroll

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Thomas Carroll was born in County Latram, Ireland, in 1832. He left Ireland in his younger days in company with his uncle John Fay and wife. After a voyage of fifty-two days on the water, they arrived at Quebec, Canada, where he remained with his uncle until 1842, when he went to Bakersfield, Vermont, where he learned the blacksmith trade. He then went to Massachusetts, where he worked seven years in the carriage shops of Charles Rice. He was married March 13, 1853, to Miss Elizabeth Raper; and in June of that year they went to Monmouth, Illinois. Mr. Carroll then ran a peddling~wagon over the prairies for one year. He then went to Ellisville, Illinois, on the Spoon river, where he and his wife first engaged in housekeeping. Caroline W., their first child, was born and died here.

Their next move was to Greenbush, Illinois,-the date they do not remember. Mr. Carroll then went to work for Cornelius Hanks and Alexander McGrew. Seven children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Carroll, four of whom are now living; three of them are married. Mr. Carroll and wife reside at Winfield, Henry county, Iowa.

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