In a time when the future seems uncertain, some individuals are looking into the past.
The Rattlesnake Ridge Genealogy Society started in 1994, and snowballed into 50-100 people at each bi-annual meeting. After a year of research, the group has completed a book that documents the lives of Daniel Carroll and his descendants.
Carroll was born in 1796 in Virginia. After the death of his first wife, Rebecca, Carroll moved to Carter County with his second wife, Mary Ann Sturgill.
Vicki Gilbert, Carolyn Carroll, Lora Littleton and Joan Washburn did the majority of the work on the book, which is 525 pages.
“We have done projects with the census 10-15 years ago, and the Carter County Cemeteries, which are all catalogued and available on CD,” Gilbert said. “Last year we decided to see if we could collect all of the stuff on Daniel Carroll. We had to do a lot of collecting, scanning and research.”
The book, which has more than 80 color photo pages and two CDs with more than 1,000 photos and documents, is being published by Redmond printers in Ashland.
The book will be presented in a binder format, which allows genealogy enthusiasts to add their own information and photographs.
“This book is for people who want to continue the work,” Gilbert said. “It is divided into chapters for Daniel, his two wives and his 16 children.”
People will be attending the semi-annual meeting Saturday, Oct. 27 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Rattlesnake Ridge Community Center. Gilbert said she is looking forward to seeing friends and Carroll descendants from across the United States.
They used Family Tree Maker program to compile the information.
The mystery left is what happened to his first wife; no one knows what she died of, or where she died. Several of the children were unable to be traced, so the group is looking for more information.
The book is also offered digitally, and everyone who gets a book gets a document CD and a piece of wood from the original Carroll log cabin.
The Rattlesnake Ridge Genealogy Society will begin work on a new family tree this year. They have chosen Hezekiah Barker and his descendants, who was alive around the same time period as Carroll.
Leeann Akers can be reached at email@example.com or by phone at 474-5101.