Search billions of records on

Carr Family

Herbert Pearl "Bert" Carr Timeline

Joseph Francis "Frank" Carr Timeline

Ida Viola Thornton Carr Timeline

Theron Francis Carr

Family History and Indian War Diary of Theron Carr


In Memory of "Grandmother" Carr


Away back yonder in bonny Scotland, there came into being a family of people to be known to the world as "the Kirkpatricks" of Scotland. After many generations had made the family into a dignified and very religious tribe, a part of it decided to come to America, and become a part of the liberty loving, free and easy citizenry of this land. And so as the years passed into history. Among the younger members of this family who had settled to make a home and fortune in Georgia was the father of Harriett Emeline Kirkpatrick Carr, in whose memory this tribute is written. This little blue-eyed girl came into the home, a welcome guest, and while she was yet a small child, the father and mother moved on to find for themselves a home, into which they might plan and find expression of their ideals of life. They were a very religious family, the father being a preacher of the Methodist faith, and a presiding elder in that church. So we see where the little Harriett received her strict training in church life.


She grew into young lady-hood under these environments--religion, romance and chivalry. In the year 1854, her father moved again to Minnesota, and 'twas there that the real romance of her life began, when she met Theron F. Carr. Theirs was a real friendship from the very beginning and has lasted through the years till last Thursday when the "tomorrow" of her life was changed into the "today" of her eternity.

"Grandmother Carr" was born in July, 1842, and lived to be more than 85 years old. She, with her husband, lived through many story [stormy] days, but there were also the days that fragrant with the "roses that bloomed beside life's door."

In her young lady-hood, she attended Hamlin University of Minnesota and 'twas there that she and Mr. Carr studied music together, as it were, getting the harmony of life tuned just together. 'Twas there that the rough places, and the discords, were worked over to make the melody of their paths smooth and easy. Later, they studied in what was known as "the select school" of Minnesota, studying organ music, and in July of 1861 they were married in Pine Island, Minn. Of those who attended their wedding, Mr. Carr is the only one left among the living.

After they were married, they followed the example of their parents, and moved into a new part of the world to start their lives together. They selected for their homestead that lovely lake country, and picturesque. Soon their wedded bliss was disturbed by the rumors of Indian wars, and just as they were about to gather their first crops, she was left in the little home nest to care for it, while her gallant young husband went out to trail Indians. Their little log cabin became the refuge of many who came to them for shelter, while the men of the families joined in the Indian war. During these days of hardships, Mrs. Carr would spend her time molding bullets for the Indian chasers. They lost their all in the war by the burning torch of Indians, and after it was over, they moved to Missouri, and still later to Louisiana. The last years of their lives have been spent in Texas and California, back and forth they have been, to be with their children. All of their six sons and one daughter are left to testify to the nobleness of the character of the mother who has just left them. All of her life was Grandmother Carr a devout Christian character. She lived during the days when sometimes it was hard to see that the hand [of] God was guiding her destiny, but through it all, she never wavered, but held fast to the truth of her Bible., which was the strength of her being. The last few years have been hard for her, physically, but she smiled through the tears of suffering, looking forward to the "land that is fairer than day."

Mrs. Carr has been a long and faithful member of the Methodist Church, and was a member also of the Order of the Eastern Star. The few weeks just past had left her in a very weakened condition, and her suffering made them around her unhappy, but her only words would be that she was tired and wanted to be at rest. The "rest" came to her quietly, and she just went to sleep in her home here, to awaken in the "home prepared for her, eternal in the heavens." She left the one who had travelled through this life with her, very sad and desolate, comfortless. But his mind is so fixed on the other "home," that the pain of parting is not very real. He is near the homeland himself, and at best, the separation is not for long, and in his child-like faith, he seems almost to hold communion with "Harriett" as of old. They had spent sixty-six years in married life, and their thoughts had become almost one.

The home is sad, is all but broken up, but the sons and daughter realize that their mother was ready and anxious to "go" and their sadness is not a grief, but just a hurting in the heart, and a longing to be with "Mother." We would offer our sympathy to them, understanding the emptiness of it, for only they who have "passed under the rod" can know what the vacant chair by the fireside can mean. They long for the touch of the old withered hand, all in vain. We, too, loved "Grandmother Carr," and can only say to the ones left lonely, "We shall meet on that beautiful shore."

Just one of God's children gone home!

Matagorda County Tribune - November 4, 1927 and reprinted in Oak Leaves

Courtesy of Jim Wright

Courtesy of Jim Wright

Bible of Ida Viola Carr
Wife of Frank Carr, son of Harriett and Theron Carr

Photos courtesy of Jim Wright




Pearson, Thornton, Walker, Darby, Derrick, Wright, Pickle



Copyright 2006 - Present by Bay City Newspapers, Inc.
All rights reserved

Jan. 8, 2006
Jan. 17, 2014