Andrew Carroll was a school teacher in Kilkenny, Ireland, and possibly in Shenandoah, PA. He probably came to America at an early age and settled in Schuylkill County, PA. There is no concrete evidence of his time of arrival in the United States.
Catherine Burke, his wife, was seventeen years younger and there is nothing to show if they came to America together or if her family followed later based upon the birth date of their first son, Patrick in 1855 probably in Tamaqua, PA , St. Jerome's.
The 1880 census lists Andrew's age at 62 and that of Catherine as 45. They lived on Cherry Street (4th Ward).(reference National Archives Reel #1197 items 196-211, page 23 part 2) Records available at the Archives on Wissahickon Avenue.According to the Church of Latter Day Saints records: the 1880 US Census in Shenandoah, Schuylkill ,Pa. Library Film #1255192, NA Film Number T9-1192 page 26C...
Andrew was born in Ireland was 62 years, a retired miner,and his parents were born in Ireland. Cathrine, his wife, was born in Ireland, was 45 years, keeping house, both her parents were born in Ireland.
Son, James was 22, born in PA and was a miner; John Carroll ( Barbara's note : the common ancestor for our family)was born in PA, 19yrs and was a laborer; daughter, Mary Ann was 17 years, born in PA and was a Tailoress; Thomas, was 15 years old and Picking Slate (in the mines); Martin born in PA was 13 yrs and Picking Slate (in the mines); Elisabeth born in PA was 11 years old and at school; Cathrine was born in PA and 4 years old.
Andrew was baptized on 5/31/1817 in St. Canice's R.C. Church, Dean St., Kilkenny, Ireland, Diocese of Ossary.
He served as Sexton in the Church of the Annunciation, Shenandoah, PA, and according to some was buried in the Church Yard. However, a search of the church Records bore no fruit and when John J. Carroll (1916) and Edward P. Carroll (1918) visited the area they were unable to find his grave site.
The 1890 census was destroyed by fire and there is no record of the date of his death.
On the fifth day of March 1869, Andrew Carroll personally appeared before the Court of Common Pleas, held in Pottsville and before said Court, who upon his solemn Oath did depose and say, that he is a native of Ireland now residing in Schuylkill County, aged 52 years and that it was his bona fide intention to become a citizen of the United States and to renounce forever all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign Prince, Potentate, State and Sovereignty whatsoever and particularly to Victoria Queen of Great Britain and Ireland of whom he was before a subject.( Sealed March 5, 1869 )
Barbara's note : No one knows when Andrew passed away. Perhaps, we may have a clue in August, when Ms Kate Gibbons, a professional genealogist, will be able to do some work on our case.News will follow ...
Catherine Burke Carroll moved to Chicago, ILL, approx. 1899-1900. Family oral history has her living there for 3 years before her death on April 3, 1904. She was returned to Shenandoah for burial. She married Andrew Carroll probably in late 1853 or early 1854. There is no record of the marriage at the church of the Annunciation but the pastor in the 1970's told John J. Carroll (1916) that in the 1850's they probably had to go to Tamaqua,PA for weddings (unconfirmed).
I will continue tomorrow with the data concerning the children of Andrew and Catherine.
If there is anyone that might recognize an ancestor's name among the children's name, stand up and be counted among our Carroll kin !
Happy research to all and see you again very soon.