In the LDS IGI, there is a patron submission showing a Luke H. CARRINGTON, born 1 Nov 1840 in Washington Co., NY, who married 12 Jun 1873 to Jane Ann FROST of Charleston, SC.
In the 1880 Census of Whitehall, Washington Co., NY, we find Luke H. CARRINGTON (39,NY) living with his wife, Jane L. (30,SC) and daughter, Susan Estella STROUP (2,NY).Sharing their domicile is widow Estella M. STROUP (26,SC) and her two children, Walter Murdock STROUP (5,PA) and Estella Jane STROUP (4,PA).
I think anyone would take Jane (FROST?) CARRINGTON and Estella (__?__) STROUP to be sisters, although Estella's middle initial and her son's middle name suggests her maiden name might have been MURDOCK.My problem is...
I cannot find Jane or Estella in any prior census (not 1850, 1860, or 1870), either with surname FROST or MURDOCK, and I spent hours feeding every conceivable set of terms into the search engine at Ancestry.com and (for 1880) at the LDS search engine.
Another entry at the IGI shows Walter Murdock STROUP born in Pittsburgh, PA, and there is reason to believe that location is correct (his father, John C. STROUP, is there in the 1870 census); no maiden name is given for Walter's mother.
Estella (__?__) STROUP was not, in fact, a widow until 1892, but the 1880 census shows her husband was in the Pennsylvania State Prison in Pittsburg, so she was apparently saving face by moving to New York and calling herself a widow.
By 1900, Estella, too, was deceased, and we find her daughter, "Jennie" STROUP, living with Luke & "Jennie" CARRINGTON in Whitehall, where she is labeled, "niece," confirming that Jane and Estella were sisters.By 1910, Jane (FROST?) CARRINGTON, is also deceased, and we find widower Luke CARRINGTON, still in Whitehall, living with his married daughter, son-in-law, and his unmarried "niece," Jane STROUP.
So, is FROST really the maiden name of Estella and Jane, or is it MURDOCK?Or did Jane have a prior husband surnamed FROST?Or are they half-sisters, with different fathers?Who are their parents?And where, oh where, were they in the 1860 and 1870 censuses?