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Friday, May 24, 2013

Major Carroll Funeral

Photo Source:  The Montgomery Advertiser
This is not a photo that accompanied his obituary.  In fact, haven't uncovered his obituary yet.
An earlier photo - Major Carroll (w/ cane) surrounded by his wife and children.

Carroll Photo ID
Taken at funeral of Major Carroll
(25 Apr 1851 – 04 Aug 1917)
Ozark, Dale County, Alabama

1. Olive Irene Carroll (Atkinson)
2. Emma Penelope Carroll (Espy) - married J.J. Espy of Headland, AL
3. Sam Jones Carroll
4. Sarah Belle Carroll (West) - her nickname was Sallie or Sally.
5. John Wesley Carroll - an Army major
10. Corinne Carroll (Dunn)
11. Sarah Elizabeth Branch (Carroll) - widow of Major Carroll

One child had already died:  James William Carroll was no more than two years old when he died.  He is buried at Union Cemetery in Ozark along with his parents Major Carroll and Sarah Elizabeth Branch.

Some of the name identifications (above) came from, which like Wikipedia, allows input from anyone.  Sometimes mistakes get made, and bad information gets passed along.  The same, of course, can happen with my blog.  Right now, there's still some confusion over the Carroll men's names.   According to, #3 is John Carroll, # 5 is Major Oscar Carroll, and # 9 is Sam J. Carroll.   However, my research shows the listing above.  Yet when I compiled it, I felt sure it was right.  For now, I will keep my own listing above until we get more information.
James William
Emma Penelope
Major Oscar
John Wesley
Marvin Cook
Sarah Belle
Samuel Jones
Olive Irene

Married names for the ladies:

Mrs. J.J. Espy (Emma)
Mrs. U. McNiel (Anna)
Mrs. T.A. West (Sarah Belle)
Mrs. T. Atkinson (Olive Irene)
Mrs. G.L. Dunn (Corinne)
Mrs. J.B. Mills (Ruth)

The photo (above) was found at the Espy House in Headland, AL. when the house was being emptied before selling. There was a note clipped to the photo from “Florence,” who I assume was Florence Carroll (Matthews) of Ozark, AL.  I don’t know whether she had been addressing it to her Aunt Emma, (Emma Carroll Espy) or to her cousin Sara Frances Espy Sidney Lee.The note read, “This picture was taken the day of Grandfather Carroll’s funeral.  I thought you might like to have a copy.  Love, Florence.”  Florence would have been sending this picture many years after 1917.  - Beverly Espy Dayries

Update, January 2016
scan made by Judy Faye West, wife of Sam Carroll West

I just took this photo out of it's frame and found writing on the back. It identifies and gives children and their order of birth, etc.  - Judy

"Back row- John-3rd, Oscar-2nd, Marvin-5th, Sam-7th, 2nd row- Irene-next to youngest 9, Emma-4th Major Espy's mother, Sallie-6th, Ruth- youngest 10th, Anna-oldest, Corene-8th" 

Then there are notes that one died before Sallie, so that was the 5th child. 

"Front row Mother's mother" which we know to be Sarah Branch Carroll. Also says "After funeral-day of funeral" "Land at Ozark and N of Headland owned for five generations with Tom and Sammy's generation"


Sarah Branch Carroll, died in 1933

Union Cemetery, Ozark, Dale County, Alabama
Source:  Find A Grave

For more on Major and Sarah Carroll, click here.


Anonymous said...

Ok ... I'm looking at your history on the Carroll's and it is indeed the same family ... looks like Your Major Carroll was the brother of George Washington Huffam Carroll ... My great great grandfather .. ye ha! You have info I never knew ... Adding it in to my stuff!!! So we are double cousins .. looks like Eva and Thornton were cousins as well????? uhh oooooh ... distant I hope LOL. Or maybe the Carroll brothers just married into the same family??? Cousin Marjorie Whitley

Anonymous said...


We were just in Ozark for a mini family reunion and I began searching for some Carroll history and stumbled across your blog posts.

I am a descendent of Major Carroll as well and thought I would touch base.

My father, Benjamin Sam Carroll (Birmingham), and his brother, John Marvin Carroll (Montgomery) were both born (fraternal twins) in Ozark to Mary Powell Carroll and John Branch Carroll. They also have an older sister Mary and all still survive. They still jointly own some of the original property near Ozark city limits that is used today for timber farming.

Their father, John Branch Carroll, my grandfather for whom I’m named, worked at the M. O Carroll Warehouse but passed away in 1968 when I was only 2 years old.

My grandmother Mary Powell Carroll passed away in 1999 shortly after a series of strokes.

Anyway I thought I’d email you and thank you for your excellent research. I’ve forwarded it to my Dad and I know he’ll really enjoy perusing it.