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Past and Present of the City of Rockford and Winnebago Co., IL, C. A. Church.   Chicago: Clarke, 1905, pp 515-516

John C. CARROLL, deceased, was born in Ireland in 1847, and ambitious and enterprising, he determined to try his fortune in America when a young man, and with his brother came to the new world.  They sailed for Baltimore, MD, and were soon joined in that city by their parents, who continued to reside in Baltimore until called to their final home.   John C. CARROLL and his brother, however, left Baltimore and went to St. Louis [St. Louis County], MO, where they remained for a few years and later they took up their abode in Nebraska City [Otoe County], NE, where Mr. CARROLL of this review conducted a saloon for a short time.  He next located in Fairfield [Clay County], NE, where he engaged in the same line of business and subsequently went to Hastings [Adams County], NE, where he likewise conducted a saloon for a time.  Later, however, he accepted a position as traveling salesman and went upon the road.  While living in [p 516] Nebraska City, Mr. CARROLL united in marriage with Miss J. Caroline CASFORD, a native of Janesville [Rock County], WI, and a daughter of William and Fannie CASFORD.  The mother was born in London, England, and is a representative of one of the English families belonging to the nobility.  She now makes her home in Rockford.  Mr. CASFORD was born on Prince Edward Island, and came to WI at an early day.  He and his three sons became soldiers of the Union Army in the Civil War, he enlisting in the 13th WI Regiment.  For several years he engaged in farming in WI and later removed to NE, where he was very successful in business as an agriculturalist.  He spent his remaining days there and departed this life in NE.  Two of the daughters of that family are residents of Rockford:  Mrs. CARROLL and Mrs. Thomas McFARLAND.  Mr. and Mrs. CARROLL became the parents of five children:  Mrs. Isabelle MacCORMACK, of Rockford; William Revere and Mellie, both at home; Sarah, who died at the age of 16 years; and Johnnie, who died at the age of two years.

Mr. CARROLL continued as a traveling salesman for several years and finally located in Freeport [Stephenson County], IL, where he was identified with different business interests for three years, or until his death, which occurred 17 Jan 1891, at the age of 44 years.  At the time of the Civil War he served as a soldier in the Confederate Army, and his political allegiance was always given to the democratic party.  He was reared in the Catholic faith, but never belonged to any church.  Although he was never a resident of Rockford, while living in Freeport he became acquainted with many citizens here, and in 1902 Mrs. CARROLL removed to this city in order to be near her mother, and is now living with her children at No. 312 Rockton Avenue.

Submitted by Cathy Kubly.