My grandmother Eva recently died. She and my grandfather were divorced when my father was very young, and she was never much a part of my life -- nor was my grandfather for that matter.
The Dayes and the Carwiles lived in north-central Kentucky. It seems most of the Dayes migrated to Ohio and many of the Carwiles gravitated toward Illinois. That put Indiana between them, which was probably a good thing.
I saw a book of the Carwiles once, in which part of it was written by one of my father's Carwile cousins -- a descendant of Trecillian (not sure about the spelling) Carwile. Either by neglect or design, the cousin neglected to note that Eva had ever married Arthur Daye and had two children by that union. (Most of that book was dedicated to the South Carolina Carwiles. I believe the Kentucky clan came out of the Carolinas in the late 1700s. I looked up an old 1840 Census log and found a family of Carwiles in that part of Kentucky. He was a blacksmith.)
I would like to know more about this part of my family. My father is very little help. He can rattle off names of a few aunts, cousins, etc. -- most of whom are long dead now -- but not much else.
My best understanding from the aforementioned book is that this branch of Carwiles came from Wales -- probably as bond servants. The most interesting family story I ever heard, and saw it repeated in this book, was that of the Carwile brothers during the Civil War, in which all but one joined the Southern cause.After the war the errant son settled in Indiana.
Years later he wrote to his little old gray-haired Mama that he wanted to visit her. He was coming across the river with a load of corn and planned to have a reunion.
His mother met him at the dock -- not with open arms, but a loaded shotgun. She forbade him to come ashore, and he listened to his Mama.
Now how much of that is true and how much is fable is anybody's guess, but it has been told to me as the truth.
I seem to have misplaced the pages I copied from that Carwile book. I would like to make contact with other Kentucky Carwiles and learn as much about my father's side of the house as I do from my mother's. It seems family history -- and I suppose family in general -- was more important to her side of the family tree.