By Curtis Thomasson Andalusia Star News Published Saturday, November 4, 2000
The earliest members of the Carroll family to settle in Covington County were Noah Carroll and his family. The household was listed in the 1830 census with Noah and his wife being between 20 and 30 years of age. With them were four children, three males and one female. Today’s review will focus on this family and its descendants.
This family was also enumerated in the 1840 census of the county along with another Carroll family, that of James W. Carroll. The relationship of these two is not known at this time. James and his wife were between 60 and 70 years of age with eight children, five males and three females. Most of these children were under 15 years of age; therefore, they may have been grandchildren. At present, no additional data has been located for this family.
Some family records suggest that Noah Carroll came to the United States from Ireland as a young man. Some other records indicate he was born in North Carolina. His birth year was circa 1800 and he was in Covington County before 1830. In 1834, he purchased 40 acres of land in the Wiggins community east of Andalusia.
Noah became an early leader in his new developing county. By 1834, he was elected to serve as Justice of the Peace for Beat Number Three, an office he held until 1844. That year his son, Lewin, was elected to serve in the same office for the same beat. A year later, in 1845, Noah served as Vice Justice of the Peace for Beat Three.
In 1837, while there were problems still with the Indians who remained in the area, Noah enlisted as a private in Capt. Littleberry Rogers’ Company of Mounted Infantry in the Alabama Militia. By the end of the year the company’s mission was completed and he was discharged. He returned to his farming and owned one slave in 1840.
In 1841, Noah was appointed to serve as a county commissioner to help select a suitable site for the new county seat. An earlier appointed commission has failed to complete this assignment. During this year, Noah was listed as a qualified voter for Beat Number Three, and his house was designated as the voting precinct. This continued until he moved to Coffee County circa 1845. Soon after the family settled, Noah’s son, Lewin, was elected in 1850 to serve as a Justice of the Peace in their new county of residence.
When he moved to Coffee County, Noah settled about six miles north of Elba on the Troy Road (Highway 87). There he built a two-story log house near Big Creek, in which he and his wife continued to rear their family.
Noah was married to Martha Elizabeth “Betsy” Mancill, daughter of Edward J. Mancill, Sr. who lived in the Sanford community. They reared the following children: Lewin Webster, b. ca 1823, m. Martha ?; Martha Jane, b. 1825, d. 1890s, m. ? Reed; Noah Marshall, b, ca 1726, m. Christianna ?; Edward Dempsey, b. ca 1832, d. 1864, apparently single; Charles Calvin, b. ca 1834, d. 1908, m. Amanda McKenzie; Eliza, b. ca 1836; Samuel Houston, b. ca 1838; George Washington, b. ca 1843, d. 1862, apparently single; and Mary Annie Mourning Rebecca, b. ca 1845, m. Phillip Jefferson “Jeff” Ham, Sr. Some family records mention a daughter named Caroline. All of the children were probably born in Alabama.
In the 1860 Census of Coffee County, Noah and Betsy were listed with their six youngest children. Also, residing in the same household were their daughter, Martha J. Reed, and her six year old son, Lewin T. Reed. Living next door were Noah M. Carroll, an older son, his wife Christinna, and their one year old daughter, Martha A.E. Elsewhere in the county were Lewin Webster, his wife, Martha, and their two oldest children, Louisa C. and Margaret C. It appears that the other three sons died during the War for Southern Independence.
All six of Noah’s sons served in the Confederate Army. Edward Dempsey and Noah Marshall served in Company F, 33rd. Ala. Inf. Reg’t., Dempsey as a 1st. Sgt. And Noah M. as a 1st. Cpl. Charles Calvin served under General Joseph Wheeler at one time and later under the command of General Nathan Bedford Forest in Company H, 53rd. Ala. Cav. The particular units in which Lewin W., Samuel H., and George W. served are not known by this writer.
A number of the grandchildren have recorded various impressions of their Grandfather Noah. They described him as a large, muscular man, somewhat typifying the traditional red-headed, physical Irishman. In contrast, Grandma Betsy was small and slender in stature, and more of the children seemed to have inherited this trait. They managed a comfortable living for their large family. Noah’s special skills in horticulture enabled him to successfully graft a variety of fruit trees. He has been remembered for his fine home orchards.
Another special memory of the grandchildren is of their grandparents becoming members of the Beaver Dam Primitive Baptist Church. Noah was around 66 years of age at the time and Betsy joined about two years later. Church records indicate they were received by letter and through baptism. Noah, being poor in health, was baptized while sitting in a straight chair.
Records are readily available on the next generation of this family through Charles Calvin Carroll. He and his wife, Amanda, reared the following children: John, b. 1857, d. after 1920, m. Lulu Love; Martha LeNora, b. 1859, d. 1905, m. George Washington Smith; Samuel Noah, b. 1861, d. 1929, m. (1) Lucy Toone (2) Mary “Mollie” Vessels; Elizabeth “Bettie,” b. 1864, d. 1948, m. Edward Franklin Witherspoon; Mary Caroline “Mollie,” b. 1867, d. 1952, m. Robert t. Love; George Calvin, b. 1870, d. 1951, m. Lossie Williamson; Edward Dempsie, b. 1873, d. 1935, m. (1) Lula Augusta Whitmer (2) Ethel (Carroll) Staggs; Charles Abner, b. 1875, d. 1950, m. (1) Lillie Pless (2) Mrs. Alice Moore; Julia Viola Jane, b. 1878, d. 1958, m. James Alexander Vessels; and Marshall, b. 1881, d. 1885.
While serving in the Confederate Army, Charles Calvin was favorably impressed with the appearance of North Alabama. Around 1877, he moved his family to a location in Madison County.
In addition to the above Carroll families, there were a few others who resided in Covington County. In fact, family anecdotes suggest a Reuben Carroll, nephew or uncle to Noah, came to the area circa 1851. He acquired 240 acres of land in 1854 in the Wiggins area, near where Noah had lived. He built a house near the site of the T Grocery Store in Babbie. Many of the Carrolls of this county are believed to be descendants of this family.
There were three Carroll families residing in Covington County when the 1850 federal census was taken. Thomas, age 22, and Matilda, 20, with infant, Sarah, 1; George, 26, Barbary, 22, with children, John, 5, Cintha, 3, and Nancy, 2; Elijah, 35, and Mahala, 23, with Catharine, 4, and James, 1. By 1860, of the three above families only the Thomas Carroll family was still residing in the county. Thomas had acquired 240 acres of land in 1854 in the same Wiggins community. There was a William H. Carroll, age 26, residing in the home of James G. Jordan and working as a merchant. That year he served in the Company of Andalusia Volunteers of the Alabama Militia.
From Covington County, there were other Carrolls who served in the Confederate Army. James and Daniel were privates in Co. B, 18th. Ala. Inf. Reg’t. After the war, in 1866, James was elected to serve as a Justice of the Peace for Beat Number Eight. In 1871, Simon Carroll was elected to serve in the same capacity. The following Carrolls were listed as registered voters in 1867: R., J., S., and T.
Obviously, additional research is needed on the different lines of Carroll relatives who have and who currently reside in Covington County. The writer would very much like to hear from any Carroll descendants who might have additional data to add to this family’s genealogy. Please contact him at the address below.
Appreciation is expressed to Itasca Smith Hendricks of Hendersonville, Tennessee, a Carroll descendant, who shared the data that she and other relatives have compiled on their family for use in writing today’s review. Anyone who might have corrections or additional information is requested to contact Curtis Thomasson at Route 9, Box 97, Andalusia, AL 36420 or Email: email@example.com ----------------------------------------------------------
Year: 1840 State: Alabama County: Covington Page No: 324 Reel no: M704-2 Division: Southern Sheet No: 15, 16 Enumerated by: Mr. George G. Snowden Transcribed by Tammy Barg and Proofread by Earnie R. Breeding for USGenWeb, http://www.rootsweb.com/~census/. Copyright: 2002
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U.S. FEDERAL CENSUS INDEX
CARROL, NOAH State: AL Year: 1830 County: Covington County Record Type: Federal Population Schedule Township: Southern District Page: 236 Database: AL 1830 Federal Census Index
CARRELL, NOAH State: AL Year: 1840 County: Covington County Record Type: Federal Population Schedule Township: No Township Listed Page: 323 Database: AL 1840 Federal Census Index
CARROL, NOAH M. State: AL Year: 1850 County: Coffee County Record Type: Federal Population Schedule Township: No Township Listed Page: 301 Database: AL 1850 Federal Census Index
CARROL, NOAH N. State: AL Year: 1860 County: Coffee County Record Type: Federal Population Schedule Township: Election Precinct No.6 Page: 835 Database: AL 1860 Federal Census Index
CARROLL, NOAH State: AL Year: 1860 County: Coffee County Record Type: Federal Population Schedule Township: Election Precinct No.7 Page: 854 Database: AL 1860 Federal Census Index
CARROLL, NOAH State: AL Year: 1870 County: Coffee County Record Type: Federal Population Schedule Township: Twp 5 R 20 Page: 443 Database: AL 1870 Federal Census Index
More About Noah Marshall Carroll: Date born 2: October 30, 1799, NC, USA.8 Burial: August 1871, Beaver Dam Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery,Coffee Co.,AL. Died 2: August 20, 1871, Big Creek, Coffee, AL, USA.8
More About Noah Marshall Carroll and Martha Elizabeth Mancill: Marriage: September 04, 1821, Sanford,Covington County,Alabama.
Children of Noah Marshall Carroll and Martha Elizabeth Mancill are: