James Thomas Carroll

This information is contributed by Jackie Purdy


Luther Rice Carroll
James Thomas Carroll
John Lemuel Carroll
Owen Judson Carroll

Newspaper article from the Raleigh Standard, July 10, 1861
       North Carolina Boys

“Our good old State is not yet understood by our neighbors.
We boast not of our chivalry, nor of our F. F. V’s, but we have got the bone and 
sinew, and the mind in our men, and the stuff in our soil to make our blessed old 
State, second to none of her sisters.”

“We yesterday gazed with astonishment at the tallest specimen of humanity that we 
have ever seen going at large.  He was 6 feet 11 inches in height, and otherwise well 
proportioned, though only 23 years of age, he looked as he could take a live YANKEE 
by the nape of the neck and shake the life out of him in no time at all.
He is the youngest of 3 brothers, all residents of Duplin county, North Carolina, and all
Equaling him in eight.  They have come to Norfolk to fight the Yankees, and if that race 
of bipeds will only give them a change no doubt these sons of Anak will make them 
hear thunder.
These men would, we think, compare favorably with those, which Caleb and Joshua 
saw in the land of  “Canaan.”

Note: this article was written before the 4th brother Owen Judson Carroll joined the CSA. 


James Thomas Carroll, was born 8 July 1835, the son of John Durham Carroll and 
Zilphia Chesnutt and the Grandson of Jesse Carroll RS.

James Thomas enlisted as a private in Co. “B” 1st. Heavy Artillery North Carolina 
Regiment. He was discharged an provided his younger brother Owen Judson Carroll 
as his substitute.
On 23 November 1863, he enlisted in Co “A”, 41st Regiment North Carolina Troops, 
and then the 3rd. Regiment North Carolina Cavalry, the same company in which his 
brother, Luther Rice Carroll, served.
He was present and accounted for through October 1864.

James Thomas was married to Lavina Jane Dobson, the daughter of John Dobson 
and Catherine (last name unknown).

James Thomas Carroll died July 16, 1887 and is buried in the Carroll Graveyard, 
Brown Town Road, Duplin Co. North Carolina. Lavina Jane Dobson Carroll is buried in 
the Mt. Holly Church Cemetery, near Wallace.

I have copies of his CSA records.

James Thomas was my Great Granduncle.

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