Thomas CARROLL, farmer, P. O. Minooka. Of the representative men of this township who came from Erin's Isle, none are more highly esteemed or more deserving than Thomas CARROLL. He was born August 15, 1814, in County Lovel, Ireland. His parents, were Thomas and Mary (TAFE) CARROLL, and to them were born the following children: Patrick, John, James, Thomas, William, Edward, Maria, Alice and Bridget. None of the family came to this county save Thomas, who emigrated to America in June, 1837, landing in New York. When he came he had nothing but his hands and a willing heart, but he made good use of his opportunities, though few they were. He hired out to work as a teamster, and turned his attention to whatever employment was the most remunerative to him. He remained in New York four or five years, then came to this State prior to the building of the canal. The first work he did upon his arrival to this State was for Mr. KIMBALL, at Marseilles, where he stayed some two years or more. Then he worked about three years on the canal. Afterward went to Ottawa, where he worked on the canal, and afterward worked for William ARMSTRONG about two years. Prior to 1850, he located on the land he now owns. Having accumulated some money, he invested first in forty acres of land, which cost him $7 per acre, the land being unimproved. He afterward purchased eighty acres in Will County, for which he paid $13 per acre, and he has now 210 acres, all of which he has worked for and obtained by great industry. His wife before his marriage was Mrs. Mary Ann FRECKLETON, a native of County Tipperary, Ireland; her maiden name was CONN and her mother's maiden name was Ann HEAKEY, now eighty-eight years old, by this union, there have been born eight children, whose names, according to the order of births, are John, Thomas, Andrew, Michael, Edward, William, Maria and Mary A. Mr. CARROLL is a Democrat and member of the Catholic Church.
Source: History of Grundy County, Illinois, 1882
Transcribed by Deb Haines, Grundy County, IL County Coordinator, January 12, 1999http://www.rootsweb.com/~ilgrundy/index.htm