I'm looking for info on the desendants of my ggg- Grandfather on my Mom's side -- T.J. MCCARVER; he was a Blacksmith in Dothan, Eastland County, TX in the 1880's. At this time, I don't know anything about his parents. In the hope that this might "ring a bell", or help another McCarver researcher, here's everything I do know:
The following listings for the McCarver Family in Scranton Cemetery, located in Scranton, Eastland Co., were found online at the Eastland Co., TX USGENWEB site (ftp://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/tx/eastland/cemetery/scrantcem.txt):
MCCARVER, A.C. - b. 1879; d. 1923.
MCCARVER, A.C., Jr. - b. 1908; d. 1910.
MCCARVER, BESSIE FAYE - b. & d. Jan. 20, 1942.
MCCARVER, CHARLIE MAE - b. Oct. 5, 1909; d. Jan. 20, 1942.
MCCARVER, LIDA A. - wife of T.J. McCarver; b. Jan. 8, 1860; d. no date given.
MCCARVER, MATTIE FAY - daughter of Mr. & Mrs. A.J. McCarver; b. 1904; d. 1906.
MCCARVER, T.J. - b. July 6, 1852; d. Dec. 18, 1927.
I found the following record of the Young Co., TX 1880 Census on the McCarver Research website (http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Park/2512/ThomasJ1858.htm):
MCCARVER, THOMAS - age: 28; occupation: Blacksmith; b. MS;
Father b. MS; Mother b. A?
MCCARVER, LIDA - age 24; b. NY; Father b. NY; Mother b. PA
MCCARVER, LOLA - age 5
MCCARVER, CLARENCE? - age 1; b. TX
This census info appears to be the same McCarver family. T.J. had a daughter named LOLA A. MCCARVER -- my gg-Grandma, and a son named A.C; the date of birth listed on his tombstone agrees with the census record -- 1879; perhaps his middle name was CLemence - not Clarence, since the family refered to him as "Uncle Clem."
The McCarver Research website also lists my gg-Grandparents
LOLA A. MCCARVER m. LORENZO DOW RICHARDSONAug. 20, 1894.
The Richardsons lived in neighboring Callahan Co. The story goes that while trailing horse thieves near Dothan, TX, L.D. RICHARDSON met LOLA MCCARVER; they eloped a few days later. The bride's brother, CLEM, became outraged after hearing the news, and tried to organize a posse to go get his sister! The Richardsons, I'm told, were dark featured, consequently, CLEM MCCARVER reportedly said, "LOLA has run off and married that Mexican!"
The online Scranton Cemetery record also lists the infant son of L.D. & L.A. RICHARDSON; b. & d. Feb. 18, 1908. They later moved to the Scaramento, CA area, as did some of their CAMERON grandchildren.
T.J. MCCARVER taught his new son-in-law, L.D., the Blacksmith trade, and then, opened a Blacksmith shop in Atwell, Callahan Co., TX. According to B.C. Chrisman's book "Early Days of Callahan County", Mr. MCCARVER erected a two story building for his business in Atwell; a Blacksmith shop was located on the first floor, and L.D. RICHARDSON is listed as one of the employees. The building's second floor was used as a lodge for the Woodsmen of the World.
Shirley Kirby Joiner's MCCarver Family GenForum message number 168 tells the story about the grave of Ann Eliza MCCARVER (b.Jan. 18, 1853; d. Mar. 13, 1877 in Throckmorton Co., TX) -- wife of T.J. MCCARVER. I don't know if this is my ggg-Grandpa T.J., but it's a great story, anyway!
I should point out that the McCarver Research website also lists another T.J. MCCARVER (b. 1858; d. 1934), and his decendants. As a matter of fact, some of the info on the two T.J.'s is kind of mixed together. I don't know anything about the T.J. MCCARVER Family buried in Kosse Cemetery, Limestone Co., TX; my MCCARVER ancestors are buried in Scranton!
I hope this info will be of help to other researchers. I also have info on T.J. MCCARVER's grandchildern, the RICHARDSONs, CAMERONs, BLACKs, and ANDREWSes. If anyone reading this query has any additional information on T.J. MCCARVER, or has any questions for me, please post a followup message, or E-mail me directly at Benburied@cs.com
Ben Andrews, El Paso, TX