Many of my relatives over the years lived in Panola County, Texas. I have found their names in the 1850, 1860 and 1870 census records. Although we spell our name "Carrico", the ancestors I found in the census records were often spelled "Carico"; I don't know if that was just a repeated misspelling, but for now we should assume these spellings are interchangeable in my records below -- so where I show "Carrico", historical records may show "Carrico" or "Carico".
I got most of the information I have so far from a cousin who has traced our earliest roots in Texas back to Mathew G. Carrico (or Carico). It is possible that Mathew's first name could be spelled "Matthew" and his middle name could be "Gillaspy"; this is speculation at this time. Matthew is my great, great grandfather.
Following is my lineage from Matthew G. (b. 1809/10- d. abt 1863) -> William David (1851-1935) -> Winant Gillaspy (1867-1901) -> Johnie Eugene (1899-1947) -> Fred Allen (1943- ). All were in Texas after Matthew G. went there in 1836 to fight for the Republic of Texas with the Kentucky Volunteers.
Doing research on the Panola, Texas web site, I found Mathew Carico (from Kentucky) in the census records for 1850 and 1860. More recently, we discovered Republic of Texas military documents that clearly state that Matthew G. Carrico was from Spencer County, KY and, based on his stated age, he would have been born in either 1809 or 1810.
I have searched the internet for over 6 years and have never found any record of Matthew G. CARRICO's birth parents. As far as the various Carrico family records I’ve seen so far, Matthew G. appears to be the “invisible man” until he shows up in 1836 with the Kentucky Volunteers fighting for the Republic of Texas. There probably is some rational reason why he is “missing” – but I don’t know what it is!
This leads me to believe his birth has not yet been "discovered" - at least as to being recorded in internet-based records. Perhaps he was "disowned" by his family? The best candidates to possibly be Matthew G's undocumented father I have found so far are:
1. Matthew W. Carrico (1791-1842) (son of James Carrico) - possibly an undocumented son being born before his 1812 marriage to Ruth O'Daniel.
2. Joseph Carrico (1772-1821) (son of Thomas Ignatius Carrico) - married to Amelia Butler - could be undocumented son since no births shown in records I've seen for the 1809/1810 timeframe.
3. Levi Carrico (1774-1850) (son of Thomas Ignatius Carrico)- married Harriet Neal - possibly undocumented son born in 1809/1810 timeframe.
4. James Carrico (1775-1847) (son of Thomas Ignatius Carrico) - married Elizabeth Troutman - possibly undocumented son born in 1809.
5. Walter Carrico (1777-1840) (son of James Carrico) - married Helena O’Bryan - could be undocumented son in 1809/1810 timeframe.
6. Wilford James Carrico (1776-1835) (son of Basil Carrico)- married Eleanor Moore - internet data I've seen shows two "unnamed males" born in 1800-1810 timeframe - one could be Matthew G.
7. Cornelius Carrico (1772-?) (son of Bartholomew Carrico) - married Susanna Shanks - possibly undocumented son in 1809/1810 timeframe.
8. William Carrico (1767-1827) (son of Bartholomew Carrico) - married to Mary - possibly undocumented son in 1809 timeframe.
I reiterate that I have no evidence that Matthew G. is son of any of the above families - only a possibility of being undocumented - and possibly "disowned" son for some unknown reason.
If you have any information that may lead to discovery of Matthew G. Carrico's parents and earlier ancestors, please contact me.
Fred A. Carrico
Colorado Springs, CO