We have a very strange puzzle in our family:
My mother is the only child of a late-in-life, Northern, second marriage for
my Southern-born grandfather, Ashton Michael CARROLL b. 1883; he died when
she was only 13 and, previous to his passing, he'd "dispensed with" his
former life in New Orleans, LA by burning most of his papers after moving to
Cincinnati, OH, where my family is centered.
Years ago, we'd heard from the last child of the first marriage a strange
tale of our CARROLLs not really being CARROLLs, but MOCLAIRS or MONTCLERCs or MONTCLERQUES. This relative told us he'd gone to Ireland to trace the family, but had discovered this odd anomaly about our supposedly Irish name really being a French family instead, yet we did not quite get the full
story down pat in our memories before he died.
He also had said something about a "Duke" de MONTCLERC, from France (OR Spain?), who'd served as a soldier in the Vatican Army during the Crusades
or something and there was, in addition, some mention of Haiti & a Lucienne
DE LA TASTE being involved somehow. Of course, this was an absolutely WILD
story, even if we hadn't "remembered" several separate versions of it!
Just recently, I've corresponded with a gentleman who has confirmed most of
our recollections independently, but he restated the story as descendants of
a Guillame de MONTCLAIR having left France for Ireland in or before the 10th
century. According to him, they had settled in Grangemoakler, Tipperary, Ireland. He also said that the Norman French called the region near Clonmell in Tipperary the "Grange de Montclair/Mauclerq".
"The DEMONTCLAIR/MAUCLERQ name, now MOAKLER/MOCKLER in Ireland, still has a French ring. The Irish pronounce the name 'MAW-CLAIR' but it is spelled MOCLAIR. Most of the Irish MOCLAIRs in Clonmell are supposedly descendants from this French nobleman, Guillame de MONTCLAIR," he said he'd been told.
My mom has, ever since, been eager only to discover what was the real story
behind her father's interesting background. When she contacted a first
cousin in Louisiana whom she'd met as a child, he sent her an old genealogy,
but said he couldn't remember what the story about the MOCLAIR name was -
except something about their grandfather having used the name in a hyphenated sort of way, & it having been discarded sometime in the 1920s. All the children, including my grandfather, were listed in the Family Bible as "CARROLL MOCLAIRs".
Since getting on the Internet three years ago, my brother, Mike,& I have been trying to pin down what was what in all this. When I discovered a Michael MOCLER CARROLL's obituary in an 1890s edition of the New Orleans
Times-Picayune, I knew instinctively that this must be my great-great-grandfather. It said he'd emigrated from Ireland to the USA, and had been born ca. 1832-4 in Galway County, Ireland.
I've been slowly inching my way forward with this, and had just recently discovered how many MOCLAIRs & MOCKLERs & MOAKLERs were from Galway, Ireland, even though I'd first found that it was a pretty unusual name today here in the States - apparently maybe only one family in New York and another in Florida.
I also, a few months ago, found a census record for Michael that said his wife had been a Mary Cecelia BORGE from Key West. We've been, ever since, tossing around crazy theories of our ancestry - anything that would tie all our knowledge, & the reticence of our Southern connections, together. Frankly, when we discovered Michael's WIFE's maiden name, I just made the next leap & assumed Michael's MOTHER, rather than his wife, must've been a MOCLAIR (or MOCLER or whatever) Could her place of origin lead to the Haiti connection or what?
I've been thinking that probably all these various spellings of the name in question, as well as possibly two different branches from Tipperary & Galway, Ireland, must come from one French Norman family; I would LOVE to know further history on the original bearer of the name, for he could turn out to be the "Duke" of this tale handed down in my family, and maybe he was even the one who experienced some of the other details in my story, at some point way back in the 10th century...
Have you ever heard of any of this? I'd surely love to hear from you! In the following descendant outline, the parenthesized numbers indicate the generations. Sorry ifGenforum doesn't indent!
(1) Michael Mocler(?) CARROLL, GG Grandfather
b. ca 1834, Galway (?), Ireland
d. 2 Mar 1894, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, LA
alias: Michael /MOCKLER/
Imm. ca. mid-19th C.
occ. Coffee house
& Mary Cecilia BORGE, GG Grandmother
b. ca 1836, Florida
m. ca 1857
(2) George Brown CARROLL, G Grandfather
b. 5 Feb 1858, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, LA
d. 18 Dec 1923, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, LA
alias: George Brown /MOCKLER/
bur. 19 Dec 1923, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, LA
occ. Ran a news/refreshment concern for the BMO Railroad (from New Orleans to Biloxi to Mobile)
residences: 1801 James(?) Street, New Orleans (Dec. 1897); 510 Esplanade, New Orleans (ca. 1900); 5346 Chestnut, New Orleans (ca. 1920s)
& Jamie "Jimmie" Evelina PORTER, G Grandmother
b. 23 Dec 1864, Coldspring, San Jacinto Co., TX
d. 29 Nov 1936, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, LA
alias: Jimmie Evelyn /PORTER/
m. 29 Nov 1882, New Iberia, Iberia Parish, LA
(3) Ashton Michael "Mike" CARROLL*, Grandfather
b. 21 Aug 1883, Bay St. Louis, Hancock Co., Mississippi
d. 18 Sep 1942, Cincinnati, Hamilton Co., OH
ali. Ashton /CARROLL MOCLAIR/
bur. 21 Sep 1942, Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Hamilton Co., OH
edu. through high school, in New Orleans
occ. Remington Typewriter Co. district sales manager
rel. Originally Methodist, then Christian Science
& Allan Ruth ROBERTSON
b. 19 Oct 1889
d. 6 Jan 1927, Metairie, Orleans Co., LA
m1. 21 Nov 1908, Grace Church; New Orleans, Orleans Parish, LA
Hamilton Co., OH
& Evelyn Elizabeth WENNING, Grandmother
b. 24 Dec 1904, Cincinnati, Hamilton Co., OH
d. 5 Feb 1997, Cincinnati, Hamilton Co., OH
bap. 25 Dec 1904, Immaculata Catholic Church, Mt. Adams, Cincinnati, OH
bur. Feb 1997, Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Hamilton Co., OH
edu. Immaculata Elementary School; East Night high-school (Woodward); Holy Cross Commercial school (2 years); several college courses at St. Xavier and Univ. of Cincinnati in ethics and political economy.
hc. blond & then gray
ht. 5 ft. 6 in.
occ. Stenographer at the Cincinnati Enquirer at age 15; secretary at General Electric on 3rd St.; executive secretary at Remington Typewriter at 18 W. 7th St.; book-keeper at Moskowitz Brothers scrap metal dealers
rel. Catholic as a girl; strong Unity student until her death
m2. 14 Feb 1928, Cincinnati, Hamilton Co., OH
(3) George Bruce CARROLL, G Uncle
b. 8 Sep 1885
d. 17 Dec 1903
ali. George /CARROLL MOCLAIR/
(3) Walter Porter CARROLL, G Uncle
b. 9 Oct 1887
d. 26 Feb 1904
ali. Walter Porter /MOCLAIR/
(3) Ethel Duval CARROLL, G Aunt
b. 12 Mar 1889, Bay St. Louis, Hancock Co., Mississippi
d. 24 Dec 1960, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, LA
ali. Ethel /MOCLAIR/
& Jesse Lee WIMBERLY
b. 25 Nov 1881, Brewersville, Alabama
d. 13 Mar 1939, Metairie, Orleans Co., LA
bur. 1939, Metairie Cemetery, Frank O'Niel's tomb
m. 31 Dec 1912, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, LA
(3) Laura Hazel CARROLL, G Aunt
b. 14 Jun 1891
d. 28 Dec 1920
ali. Hazel /CARROLL MOCLAIR/
(3) Nora Esther CARROLL, G Aunt
b. 12 Jul 1893
& Orlan L. BUNN Sr.
m. 22 Jun 1916, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, LA
(3) Maud Evelyn CARROLL, G Aunt
b. 29 Aug 1895
d. 1 Apr 1954, Metairie, Orleans Co., LA
& Newell H. RICHARDS
m. 7 Jul 1917
(3) Margery Cecelia "Celie" CARROLL*, G Aunt
b. 17 Aug 1897
d. 28 May 1974, Metairie, Orleans Co., LA
occ. helped her Dad run a news/refreshment concern for the BMO Railroad (from New Orleans to Biloxi to Mobile)
& Lewis Levell COATS
d. 17 Nov 1940, Bastrop, Morehouse Parish, LA
m1. 29 May 1920
& Wilson PARKER
m2. abt 1941
(3) Ruth Bernice CARROLL, G Aunt
b. 28 Oct 1899
d. 25 Apr 1928, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, LA
& William GEAGAN
m. 27 Apr 1921, Gretna, LA
(3) Thelma Brashear CARROLL, G Aunt
b. 25 Oct 1902
d. 7 Aug 1903
(3) Henry CARROLL, G Uncle
b. 4 Aug 1904
d. 4 Aug 1904
(2) Emma CARROLL, GG Aunt
b. 11 Aug 1861, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, LA
ali. Emma /MOCKLER/
(2) Walter CARROLL, GG Uncle
b. Mar 18, 1863(?), Metairie, LA(?)
& Maxim Girard PORTER, GG Aunt
b. 24 Jan 1869, Louisiana
m. 24 Nov 1886
(3) Irma CARROLL*, 1C2R
& Eugene Keller MILLER
m1. 28 Apr 1913
& Edward OPPENHEIMER
m2. 27 Mar 1924
(3) Malcolm CARROLL, 1C2R
& Alice LAMBERT
m. Sep 1916
(3) Gladys May CARROLL, 1C2R
& Godfrey John BECK , Jr.
m. 6 Dec 1924
(3) Maxie CARROLL, 1C2R
& Charles GRIGAUGHER
(2) Mary Louise CARROLL MOCLAIR, GG Aunt
b. ca May 1870
ali. Mary Louise /CARROLL/ MOCLAIR
& J.A. ANDERSON
m. 13 Nov 1889, Pike Co., Mississippi
(2) Georgiana M. CARROLL , GG Aunt
b. ca 1879, Columbus, Muscogee Co., GA
d. ca. 1940s?
& Walter Knox WIMBERLY
b. ca 1876, Columbus, Muscogee Co., GA
d. unknown, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, LA
m. 30 Apr 1894, Orleans Parish, LA
(3) Shirley Gerard WIMBERLY*, 1C2R
b. 2 Aug 1899, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, LA
d. 6 Jun 1963, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, LA
& m1 Bernice EVANS
& Mary Lillian Elizabeth FORD
m2. 3 Jun 1919, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, LA
(3) Francis Carroll WIMBERLY Sr.*, 1C2R
& Thelma Ruth FORRES
b. ca 1903, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, LA
d. ca 1925
m1. ca 1921
& m2 Caroline ???
(3) Miriam WIMBERLY, 1C2R
b. ca 1903, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, LA
d. 21 Mar 1979, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, LA
& John L. HUBER
m. ca 1923, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, LA
1. Birth Registration, State of Louisiana, Vital Records Registry, Number 1410814, dated 16 December 1897., Signed by: George Carroll MOCLAIR; Witnessed by T. Henry LA??? and L. ? GE?BACH.
2. “CARROLL-MOCLAIR-PORTER-WIMBERLY Family Bible,” owned by Jesse LeeWimberly (b. 1953), Mandeville, LA, (source obtained Aug. 1, 1997).
3. Orleans Parish, Office of Board of Health and Recorder of Births, Marriages, and Deaths, Book 112, Folio 218, dated 16 December 1897, Address for this source: State of Louisiana, Dept. of Health and Hospitals, Office of Public Health, Vital Records Registry, P.O. Box 60630, New Orleans, LA 70160; phone for Gloris Harrell: 1-504-568-4980.
4. 10/24/99, Michael VOLZ (my brother), Cincinnati, Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County.
5. “Marriage Index LA 1718-1925,” CD #1, Broderbund, Section II Chapter 33 Orleans Parish Records (1718-1925).
6. Thomas L. WIMBERLY, “WIMBERLY Family Genealogy,” http://users.accessus.net/~twimberly/index.htm, 1/24/2000, Frank C. WIMBERLY III alerted me to its existence - nothing is to be taken as PROOF on it.
7. Francis "Frank" Carroll Wimberly, III, firstname.lastname@example.org, 1/23/2000, my 3rd cousin since we share the same g-g-grandparents, Michael CARROLL & Cecelia BORGE.
Barbara (Carroll V. Smith)
my personal website can be found at:
and my GEDCOM database on Rootsweb's WorldConnect site is at:
Database: Louisiana Census, 1810-90
Year Surname Given Name (s) County State Page Township or Other Info Record
1860 MOCKLER Michael Orleans Parish LA 206 New Orleans 1st
Ward Federal Population Schedule LA 1860 Federal Census Index
I've also found 3 of his children listed as "MOCKLER"s in the New Orleans Birth Records.