From Biographical Memoirs of Huntington County, 1901, pages 700-701
John M. Carroll, a substantial farmer and stock-raiser of Polk township, Huntington county, Indiana, is the son of Washington and Cebra (Stevens) Carroll, was born in Franklin county, this state, February 18, 1845. His parents were of Irish lineage, and were natives of South Carolina. Leaving their southern home they located in Indiana, purchasing eighty acres of land in Franklin county, which became the family home. Four children were born to this marriage, of which John M. is the only survivor. Two of them, Elihu and Sarah, died in infancy, and Rebecca died at the age of seventeen.
Unlike most children, Mr. Carroll has no recollection of a happy childhood, his mother being taken from him by the hand of death when he was a very little boy, and his father placed a second wife in charge of the household. The stepmother treated the poor little orphans with anything but kindness, and our subject was sent to make his home with an aunt. Deprived of a mother's love and care, he was buffetted around until he reached his sixteenth year, when he ran away and enlisted for the war in November, 1861. The compnay of which he was a member, was Company F, Fifty-second Indiana, under Captain A. J. Ross. They went to Indianapolis, where they were drilled until the following February, when they were sent to Fort Henry, arriving just too late to see its surrender; but were in the thickest of the fray at Fort Donelson. Soon after this Mr. Carroll had the misfortune to be taken down with measles, and was confined in the hospital for a long time, receiving his discharge for disability in 1863, and now receives a pension of twelve dollars a month. He returned to Franklin county and rented a farm which he cultivated until he was impelled to go to Rush county, and there met Miss Matilda Beaver, who became his wife. Returning to Franklin he farmed on rented property for four years, and then moved to Wabash county and rented until 1869. He finally located in Miami county on a farm of fifty acres which he had purchased, and which he afterward traded for his present property in Huntington county. He occupied this in 1889, and has since been identified with the best agricultural interests of the county. He is one of those progressive men who believe the best care and thought is not wasted when applied to farm work, and his success is ample proof of his correct ideas in the matter. In addition to general farming he deals extensively in stock, raising and feeding them, and is never at a loss to find a market for the product of his farm or his stock.
The union of John M. Carroll and Miss Matilda Beaver has resulted in eight offspring, four sons and four daughters, viz: Edmond, who was born July 16, 1865, married Miss Mary Priliman and resides in Wabash county; John H., who was born in November, 1866, married Miss Clara Lahr and is a well known resident of Huntington county; Lycurgus, who was born August 22, 1868, married Miss Mary Peel and lives in Wabash; Wilbert S., who was born April 18, 1874, was a soldier in the Philippine Islands, having enlisted in Company A, Forty-second Indiana Volunteers, under Captain McFreely, of Marion, was discharged, and returned home July 2, 1901; Orpha, deceased, was born January 8, 1870; Myrtle, who was born November 27, 1876, married Orfa Engart, a farmer; Effie, who was born August 24, 1875, resides with her parents; and Gustavus, who was born August 10, 1880, married Elmer Bowman and is a farmer in Wabash county. Mr. Carroll is a gentleman of quiet, unassuming manners, his cordial and kindly bearing making him many friends who become the more deeply attached to him through this very characteristic. He is firm in his convictions when once his mind is made up on a question, yet perfectly willing that others should have the same freedom of opinion. Although a thorough Democrat, and frequently a representative of his party to county and state conventions, he never fails to see and give credit to the good traits of his opponents, being fair in his dealings and liberal in his judgment toward all men.