Descendants of Lawrence Carder (1786?-1847) of Culpeper Co, VA, Taylor Co, VA, and Missouri

Lawrence Carder was born in Culpeper County, Virginia, probably about 1786, based on the tax lists of Culpeper County. He first appeared on the tax lists in 1803 and 1804. He was in the Daniel Brown tax district, where John Carder (J1), James Carder (J2), George Carder (G2), and William Carder lived. He moved to Harrison County, West Virginia about 1805, and married Jenny (Jane) Wiseman there in 1805. He is listed in the tax records of Harrison County in 1817, 1818, and 1819. John Carder (1767-1850) and Jacob Carder (1776-after 1860), and Uriah Carder (died 1820) also moved from Culpeper County to Harrison County about this same time.

Lawrence Carder probably moved farther west in the 1820s. According to family records of Albert Ray Carder of Chanute, Kansas, his ancestor Benjamin Carder of Missouri was a son of Lawrence Carder. According to family bible records and tradition, Lawrence Carder married a lady named Jane. This matches the “Jenny” found in the marriage record in Harrison County, WV. Not much else is known of Lawrence Carder or his wife. According to family records, he died in Missouri in 1847.

L1 Family of Lawrence Carder (1786?-1847) and Jenny Wiseman Carder

  • 1 Jonathan Carder (1807 -21 February 1874), born in Virginia, probably the Lost Run area of Taylor County, WV. He married in St. Louis County, Missouri on 22 December 1831 to Margaret Neely (3 February 1816 - about 1862), who was born in Fayette County, Kentucky. They moved from Gasconade County, Missouri to Arkansas sometime after 1860. Jonathan is buried at Polk Bayou, Arkansas.
  • 2 French Carder (1811 - ), born in Virginia; married 13 August 1846 in St. Louis County, Missouri to Mary Ann Scott (1812-), who was born in Kentucky. He is listed as a farmer in the 1860 census of Henry County, Missouri.
  • 3 Amanda Carder, married 8 October 1846 in St. Louis County, Missouri to Robert H. Holmes.
  • 4 Lydia Carder, married a Taney (?).
  • 5 Benjamin Franklin Carder (1826-), married Angeline Willis (3 January 1829 - ). He fought for the Union Army in the Civil War. In the 1860 census of Woolam, Gasconade County, Missouri, both Benjamin and Angeline Carder are shown as being born in 1815. This is somewhat earlier than family records indicate. The census shows Benjamin’s birthplace as Missouri and Angeline’s birthplace as Illinois. The 1826 birthdate for Benjamin seems more reasonable because Lawrence Carder was still in West Virginia in 1819, therefore it is unlikely that Benjamin was born before then if he was born in Missouri. The 1815 birthdate for Angeline is probably incorrect also, because in 1900 she is listed with her son John L. Carder, and her birthdate is shown as July 1835.

Second Generation Descendants of Lawrence Carder (1786?-1847)

L1-1 Family of Jonathan Carder (1807-1874) and Margaret Neely Carder (1816-about 1862)

  • 1 William J. Carder (November 1852 - after 1900), born in Missouri; married about 1874 to Malinda C. _____ (October 1849-). They lived at Hampton, Marion County, Arkansas in 1880 and in LaCrosse Twp., Izard County, Arkansas, in 1900, where William was a farmer.
  • 2 Virginia Ann Frances Carder (7 December 1856 - 24 January 1918), born in Missouri; married George Washington Shoemaker (about 1852 - before October 1907). Virginia is buried at Old Philadelphia Cemetery, Larkin, Izard County, Arkansas.
  • 3 Edmond N. Carder (1860-), born in Missouri. He is listed in his brother William’s household in 1880.

L1-2 Family of French Carder (1811-)

  • 1 Silas Carder (1842-), born in Missouri.
  • 2 Benjamin Carder (1843 - before 1900), born in Missouri; married about 1865 to Margaret ____ (January 1846- after 1900). They lived in 1880 at Leesville Twp., Henry County, Missouri. In 1900 Margaret was a widow living with her son William S. Carder in Leesvillem Missouri.

L1-5 Family of Benjamin F. Carder (1826-) and Angeline Willis Carder (1829-)

  • 1 Mary Carder (1849-), born in Missouri.
  • 2 William Carder (1854-), born in Missouri.
  • 3 Johnathan Simeon Carder (30 November 1855 - 23 July 1914), married first on 10 December 1879 at Rayborn, Wright Co., Mo., to Nancy Gillespie Wilson; He married second to Martha Angeline Prock (8 August 1870 - 8 July 1955). He was born in Missouri and is buried at Green Mountain Cemetery in Wright County, Missouri.
  • 4 Hiram Henry Carder (July 1859 - ), twin of Benjamin Franklin Carder. He married Decie Gardner.
  • 5 Benjamin Franklin Carder (July 1859 - ), twin of Hiram Henry Carder. He married in 1885 to Sarah Ann _____ (August 1868 - ) and moved to Arkansas before 1887. He was listed in the 1900 census living at Bennett Bayou, Fulton County, Arkansas.
  • 6 Abraham Lincoln Carder (25 October 1862 - 1 September 1928), married in 11 January 1885 to Arminda Louise Wilhite (5 April 1867 - 18 January 1967). They are both buried at the Green Mountain Cemetery, Missouri.
  • 7 James Robert Carder (27 October 1864 - 1943), married Sarah Iabelle Henson (25 October 1879 - January 1945). They lived near Green Mountain, Mo., and are buried at Green Mountain Cemetery.
  • 8 John L. Carder (5 November 1869 - ), married in 1896 to Mary C. “Teenie” Henson. They lived in Missouri. In 1900 they are shown on the census of Van Buren Township and John’s mother Angeline was living with them.

Third Generation Descendants of Lawrence Carder (1786?-1847)

L1-1-1 Family of William J. Carder (1852- after 1900) and Malinda C. Carder (1849-after 1900)

  • 1 Francis M. Carder (1877-), born in the Indian Nation.
  • 2 Elbert Braxton Carder (September 1879 - ), born in Texas.
  • 3 James B. Carder (July 1882-), born in Arkansas.
  • 4 Lucy B. Carder (January 1886-), born in Arkansas.
  • 5 Kerry A. Carder (January 1886-), born in Arkansas.
  • 6 Millery Carder (December 1888-),daughter, born in Arkansas.

L1-1-2 Family of Virginia Carder Shoemaker (1856-1918) and George W. Shoemaker (abt 1852-bef 1907)

  • 1 William Arthur Shoemaker (10 August 1888 - 27 June 1979), born at Izard County, Arkansas; married Vona Parlee Buchanan (6 January 1889 - ). They are buried at Akins Cemetery near Sallisaw, Oklahoma.

There are probably more in this family.

L1-2-2 Family of Benjamin Carder (1843-before 1900) and Margaret Carder (1846-after 1900)

  • 1 Martha J. Carder (April 1866-), born in Missouri.
  • 2 Ansonia Carder (May 1867-), daughter, born in Missouri.
  • 3 William S. Carder (June 1871 - ), born in Missouri.
  • 4 Charley R. Carder (May 1879 - ), born in Missouri.
  • 5 Annie K. Carder (July 1882-), born in Missouri.

L1-5-3 Family of Johnathan Simeon Carder (1855-1914) and Nancy Wilson Carder (1864-1905)

The first child was born at Randolph County, Arkansas. The rest were born in Wright County, Missouri.

  • 1 James Simeon Carder (30 September 1881 - 22 May 1960), married Mona Clark Wilson. He was a farmer and they lived in Missouri. They had no children.
  • 2 John Wesley Carder (31 May 1884 - 31 July 1954), married Mona Clark Wilson Carder, who was also married to John’s brother James. He lived in Wright County, Missouri.
  • 3 Jacob Lorenzo Carder (5 September 1886 - 14 October 1961), married Elizabeth Quesenberry. He lived at Wright County, Missouri.
  • 4 Hiram Franklin Carder (29 June 1890 - 20 June 1973), married 24 September 1914 to Rosia Sedalia Lathrom (13 September 1897 - 25 May 1965). He died at Humbolt, Allen County, Kansas. Rosia died at Chanute, Kansas.
  • 5 Lydia Anne Carder (9 December 1894 - 13 October 1983), married 14 October 1913 to Marvin Abner Sullens (27 May 1892 - 28 April 1974)
  • 6 William Anderson Carder (6 June 1897 - 17 June 1974), married Jessie Lawson. They lived at Springfield, Oregon.
  • 7 Rosa Sedalia Carder (17 May 1900 - 17 March 1980), married 29 October 1924 to David Boyd Wilhite. They lived at Parsons, Kansas.
  • 8 Eliza Nevada Carder (12 February 1905 - ), married Dennis Robson. They lived at Wright County, Missouri.

Family of Johnathan Simeon Carder and his second wife Martha Angeline Prock

  • 9 Mary Ethel Carder (26 June 1908 - 8 January 1952), married Ervill Gardner. She is buried at Boise, Idaho.
  • 10 Rethel Elizabeth Carder (20 December 1913 - ), married Jack Yandle. They lived at Boise, Idaho.

Following is a story about Jonathan Simeon Carder and his family, contributed by Albert Ray Carder of Chanute, Kansas. This story was written as told to Vergie (Sullens) Tompkins by her mother, Lydia Anne Carder Sullens in 1982.

Nancy Gallespie Wilson was born March 1, 1864, in Douglas Co., Missouri, and was a daughter of James Anderson Wilson and Anna Caroline (Hollaway) Wilson. She met Jonathon Simeon Carder and married him December 10, 1879, at the tender age of 15. He was 24. Nancy was a loving and devoted wife and mother. She worked very hard. Her hands were never idle. She raised sheep and when they were sheared, she carded the wool, and spun the wool into yarn. She knitted the yarn into socks and other clothing for her large family. She was always knitting, even when she went out to gather eggs, carrying the yarn in her apron pocket. She also painted pictures and would climb through the attic window to lay them on the roof to dry, so the chickens, etc., couldn’t harm them Her paintings and other belongings burned when the home, near Rayborn, Mo., burned 14 April 1946.

Jonathon and Nancy bought a farm near Manes, Missouri. After living there several years, the former owners took them to court claiming their title was faulty and sued for repossession. After a long battle they won and the Carder family had to move.

Jonathon and Nancy had been married 26 years and had 7 children, and Nancy was pregnant and working harder than ever, when Jonathon went looking for a new home for them. He finally found a place near Rayborn, Mo., with a nice house on it. When Nancy saw it, she said it was much too nice for her and she would never live there. Less than a month before her 41st birthday, on February 12, 1905, Eliza Nevada, their eighth child, was born. Nancy couldn’t understand why she didn’t regain her strength like with the other children. She seemed to get weaker every day. They called it “childbirh fever”. She died April 15, 1905, at the age of 41 years, one month, and 14 days.

Poor Johnathon, what was he to do? How could he provide and care for his family without the love and support of his beloved Nancy? Somehow he must go on. They all moved into their new home. Jim was 24 years old, Wes 21, Jake 20, Frank 15, Annie 12, Bill 9, and little Elizie 2 months. The older boys helped on the farm. Baby Eliza was boarded out to the neighbor women to care for her. Annie was only twelve, but thought she could take care of her little sister, and would cry to have her brought home. After all she was the oldest daughter and had been helping with the housework, cooking, washing, and ironing. So Jonathon would go get Eliza and bring her home for a few days, but she cried nearly all the time , and it would upset him so he would have to take her back.

After Grandpa Benjamin Carder died, Grandma Angeline came to live with them periodically. She took turns staying with her children bringing her iron bed, feather bed, and boxes of belongings with her. She put her boxes under the bed, and Annie often wondered what was in them, but no one was allowed to look. Grandma always loved candy and always had some in her apron pocket.

The Carder children walked a long distance to schoool, no matter how much it rained or how deep the snow. Annie sometimes stopped at a neighbor, Jane Cartwright’s, to rest, and she would comb her hair and put a ribbon in it. Jonathon saw to it that they didn’t miss a day of school, and they must be home as soon as school was out to do their chores. There was always plenty of work to do on the farm. Jonathon loved his beautiful horses and took good care of them. They also had cattle, chickens, ducks, and geese which had to be plucked to make feather beds and pillows. There was butter to churn and eggs to gather. They had a beautiful orchard of apples, peaches, and pears, which had to be picked and canned. Also a large vegetable garden. Some fruit and vegetables were put in the root cellar to keep for winter. Jonathon raised corn and sorted it in the corncrib, saving the best ones for seed the following year. Some was taken to the mill to have ground into cornmeal, and some was fed to the livestock during winter.

Jonathon worked hard and was always busy. He was very lonely and needed a wife and companion. He met kind and gentle Martha Angeline Prock. They were married April 10, 1907. She was a good mother to his children and gave him two more daughters. Mary Ethel was born June 26, 1908, and Rethel Elizabeth on December 20, 1913. When Rethel was seven months old, Jonathon died suddenly on July 23, 1914. They thought it was a stroke. He was 58 years, 6 months, and 23 days old. Now Marthie was left with small children to raise. Ethel was about 6 and Eliza was about 9.

In the meantime the older boys started leaving home, going to Kansas to find work and start lives of their own. Wes stayed on the farm and married Verda Gorden, a sensitive and high strung girl. Wes was crushed when she met her tragic death not long afterwards.

Annie grew into a beautiful girl, with her gray blue eyes and brown hair. She was shy and modest, and like most of the Carder family, she was short, barely five feet two inches. She had a few boyfriends, but nothing serious. One spring evening in 1913, when she was a little over 18, one of her brothers took her to a house party at Joseph and Lou Wilhite’s. Lou was always trying to do something to entertain the young people. She built benches around the wall, and they all sat around singing and talking. Some one played the guitar and fiddle. The Wilhites had a large family, with two girls, Allie and Addie, who were about Annie’s age. They had invited Marve Sullens and his nephew Bill Mitchell to the party. Allie considered Marve her “beau” and Addie was going with Bill. They later married. When Annie and her brother came into the room, Annie saw that there was a place next to Allie and Marve for her to sit. After a while, Marve and Annie kept leaning forward looking at each other and talking, and as the saying goes, “it was love at first sight”. After the party was over, Marve asked to take her home. They walked all the way, Marve leading his pony. After that, they saw each other occasionally. Between visits, when Annie rode her pony to the Rayborn store with her basket of eggs, she would leave a note for Marve, since he lived on the other side of the store a few miles. When he went to the store, he would read her notes, and answer them. And so the romance progressed. Marve was a handsome young man, with his curly black hair and brown eyes. Since he was about six feet tall, Annie could stand under his outstretched arm, she was so tiny. Annie soon found out that they had a lot in common. Marve had also lost his parents when he was young. Marve was born May 27, 1892, and his father, McCarer Sullens, died March 27, 1896, when Marve was less than four years old. His mother Mary M. Lawson Sullens died April 15, 1907, when he was 15. Marvin lived with his oldest brother John after his mother died.

Marve and Annie decided to get married, but first Marve had to ask her father Jonathon Carder for her hand in marriage. Jonathon got a kick out of kidding Marve because he was shy and kind of embarassed. He gave his consent and on October 13, 1913, Marve and Annie were married in Hartville, Missouri. The County Fair was going on and everyone was having a good time, even the Justice of the Peace. Annie’s brother Jim was a witness. After saying their “I Do’s”, Marve loaded up with a sack of candy and a box of cigars before leaving Hartville, as he knew what would happen that evening. It was a beautiful fall day and they rode their ponies leisurely home, stopping at a spring to water their ponies and rest. That evening all the neighbors and friends for miles around came for the grand shivaree. They rang bells, yelled, banged on things, anything to make a lot of noise. Marve passed out candy to the ladies and cigars to the men.

About midnight they all left, and Marve and Annie were at last alone, tired but very happy. They stayed the first night at Annie’s home with her father Jonathon and his wife Martha. The next day they went to John’s and stayed there until they found a place of their own. They moved to a small house near Manes, Missouri. Marve hauled freight from Manes to Mountain Grove for a while, taking a load to Mountain Grove one day, and bringing a load back to Manes the next day. It was a hard job, the roads were so bad, rough with big ruts. When it rained, it would sometimes take all day to make the one way trip.
And so they started a long and romantic married life.

It is now 1982 and Annie has seen many changes in her more than 87 years. From the horse and buggy days when it took several days to go a hundred miles, to the automobile that takes you across the country in a few days, and the jet planes that take you there in a few hours.

After living in several states and all her travels, she remembers most vividly the time her father Jonathon Simeon Carder decided to go to Arkansas to see his brother Benjamin Franklin (Uncle Frank). It was a long way from Rayburn, Missouri, to Dardanelle, Arkansas, by horse and wagon. But one fine day, Simeon loaded provisions in the wagon and they started out; her father and mother, brother Bill about 5 years old, little sister Dalie 2, and Ann was 8 years old. The year was about 1902. The four older boys stayed home to care for the farm. They had a wonderful trip, stopping to camp at night beside a beautiful river or creek. Her mother and father were so happy. They kidded a lot as they rode along over the rough road. Uncle Frank and his family, 5 girls and 1 boy, were so happy to see them finally arrive. Annie enjoyed getting to know her new cousins. The oldest daughter, Lillie, had very poor eyesight. Her eyes were very sensitive to light, and she wore a bonnet all the time. She stayed in the house most of the time, and did most of the house work. Vida and Orie, were her sisters, and Homer, her brother. All too soon that visit was over and it was time to head back home. Uncle Frank rode his horse and followed them the first day and camped with them that night. Annie’s brother Frank was Uncle Frank’s namesake so uncle wanted to get something for him. They stopped in Dardanelle to get material for a shirt. When Nancy picked the striped fabric, she ordered just enough for Jake a shirt, too. When they got home, she made them shirts that looked just like store bought. The boys were very proud of them.

Annie’s life was easy and carefree until she was 12 and lost her mother. Suddenly she was chief homemaker for her father, four brothers, and the three younger sisters. It was hard work and a lot of responsibility for one so young. She had to go to school and cook on the big wood cook stove. The boys kept plenty of wood cut for the big rock fireplace and the cook stove. She also washed all their clothes on the wash board. The white clothes had to be boiled. Most women did this outside in the summer, since it was more pleasant than in the hot house. This caused a terrible tragedy in the Carder family.
When Jake and Lizzie married, they bought a farm a short distance from the home place. They soon had a little daughter, Ava. One day when Ava was 3 years old, Lizzie was doing the wash in the back yard, and had a huge iron pot over an open fire to boil the clothes in. Ava was playing around in the yard while Lizzie was hanging clothes on the line. She heard Ava scream, and turned around and ran to her, but it was too late. Ava’s clothes were all aflame. She died a few hours later.

Times were hard in those days, but they didn’t seem to realize it. They had many good times, and mostly enjoyed life. The Rayburn picnic was held on the 25th of July across the road from the Rayburn store. Everyone came to see friends and relatives they hadn’t seen in a long time. There were games to play. The men pitched horseshoes, the boys played ball, and the ladies usually fixed the wonderful food and visited the day away. Marvin and Bill Mitchell usually had a game booth where you pitched a ball at milk bottles. Annie would show off her “almost twin” daughters Verda and Vergie, who, being just 11 months apart were the center of attention. In the afternoon and evening there was music and square dancing for the young people. At the end of the day everyone went home tired, but happy, and ready for the next Rayburn picnic.

L1-5-4 Family of Hiram H. Carder (1859-) and Decie Gardner Carder

  • 1 Benjamin Carder

L1-5-5 Family of Benjamin Franlin “Frank” Carder(1859-) and Sarah Ann Carder

  • 1 Lillie K. Carder (July 1887 - )
  • 2 Vida M. Carder (December 1889 - )
  • 3 Dora N. Carder (April 1892 - )
  • 4 Nellie Carder (June 1894 - )
  • 5 Homer Carder (August 1896 - )
  • 6 Ella Carder (July 1899 - )
  • 7 Stella Carder (July 1899 - )

L1-5-6 Family of Abraham Carder (1862-) and Arminda Wilhite Carder (1867-)

  • 1 Arminda (Angeline?) L. Carder (October 1885 - ), married a Long.
  • 2 Mary J. Carder (March 1889 - ), married John Ellis.
  • 3 Mahala G. Carder (May 1891 - ), married an Alumbaugh.
  • 4 Melissa A. Carder (March 1893 - ), married a Bennet.
  • 5 Viola Carder (July 1895 - September 1968), married 28 July 1920 to Richard Daniels. She died at Humbolt, Kansas.
  • 6 Berchie Carder, married a Carter.
  • 7 Alonzo Carder
  • 8 Almeda Carder, married a Doepke

L1-5-7 Family of James Robert Carder(1864-1943) and Sarah Isabel Henson Carder (1879-1945)

  • 1 Louise Carder (1896 - ), married an Evanoff.
  • 2 Sanford Carder (16 September 1898 - 1950)
  • 3 Louisa Carder (1902-1945), married a Westfall or Fullington.
  • 4 Martha Carder (16 August 1905 - ), married Harid Fullington.
  • 5 Marion George Carder (4 December 1908 - ), married Edna Jewell Biggers (8 September 1909 - ). They lived at Mountain Grove, Missouri, in 1992.
  • 6 Harry Carder (25 February 1912 - )

L1-5-8 Family of John L. Carder (1869-) and Teenie Henson Carder (1879-)

  • 1 Julia C. Carder (June 1898 - )
  • 2 James Eddie Carder, married Lillie Mings
  • 3 Clarence Carder, married Ella Mings.
  • 4 Vina Carder, married John Crisp.
  • 5 Harvey Carder



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