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
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
Second Generation Descendants of Lawrence Carder (1786?-1847)
L1-1 Family of Jonathan Carder (1807-1874) and Margaret Neely Carder (1816-about 1862)
L1-2 Family of French Carder (1811-)
L1-5 Family of Benjamin F. Carder (1826-) and Angeline Willis Carder (1829-)
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)
L1-1-2 Family of Virginia Carder Shoemaker (1856-1918) and George W. Shoemaker (abt 1852-bef 1907)
There are probably more in this family.
L1-2-2 Family of Benjamin Carder (1843-before 1900) and Margaret Carder (1846-after 1900)
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.
Family of Johnathan Simeon Carder and his second wife Martha Angeline Prock
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.
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.
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
L1-5-5 Family of Benjamin Franlin “Frank” Carder(1859-) and Sarah Ann Carder
L1-5-6 Family of Abraham Carder (1862-) and Arminda Wilhite Carder (1867-)
L1-5-7 Family of James Robert Carder(1864-1943) and Sarah Isabel Henson Carder (1879-1945)
L1-5-8 Family of John L. Carder (1869-) and Teenie Henson Carder (1879-)