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John Carrel 1832 - 1908


Posted By: Linda H Meyers (email)
Date: 5/31/2008 at 00:05:41

John Carrel.
John Carrel, one of the pioneer settlers of Boone county, died at his home in Madrid, Ia., on the morning of May 17, 1908. after an illness of much suffering which lasted about seven weeks. He was born near Bowling Green, Clay county, Indiana, in the year 1832 and was seventy six years old at the time of his death. His father, James Carrell, was a hatter by trade and in his early boyhood he acted as one of his father's assistants.
In 1842 he moved with his parents to Iowa and the family settled in Jefferson county. This was four years before Iowa was admitted into the union. At that time, all the country west and north west of Jefferson county belonged to the Indians.By the terms of the treaty of October 11, 1842, a tract of land forty miles wide, situated west of the Black Hawk purchase was opened for settlement in the spring of 1843. At that date Mr. Carrel's father moved into Wapello County, tood a claim on which he lived five years. In the spring of 1848 the family moved to Boone county and took a claim two miles north west of Madrid on what is now the Frank Nelson farm. In 1850 this claim was disposed of and the family located near the timber north-west of Boone, and about this time Mr. Carrel became the owner of the land on which the new Johnson coal shaft is now being operated. Mr. Carrel has repeatedly said that he stood at his home and saw the flag spread to the breeze by the commissioners, who located the county seat of Boone county July 9, 1851. Mr. Carrel was united in marriage to Miss Amanda L. Lamb in 1852. Unto this union were born ten children, five sons and five daughters as follows: William Carrel of Holt, Missouri, Mary Kirk of Sherman City, Kansas, Sara Noland, Geroge Carrel and Marie Pike of Woodward, Ia., David Carrel of Holt, Missouri, Albert Carrel of Algona, Ia., Allie Davidson of Des Moines, Ia., Minnie Lucas, deceased June 16, 1906 and Thomas, who died in infancy.
For many years Mr. Carrell owned a farm and lived in Cass township and there most of his children were born and raised. His first wife, Amanda L. Carrel died Jan 20, 1889, whose loss was much lamented by her family.
Mr. Carrel was again united in marriage to Mrs. Maria Show, November 15, 1891, who survives him.
In 1901 the farm in Cass township was sold and Mr. and Mrs. Carrel moved to Madrid where they have since resided.
In early life Mr Carrel joined the United Brethren church. After moving to Madrid, Mr. and Mrs. Carrel united with the Christian church and their names are still on the church records.
Mr. Carrel was the youngest of a large family of children. He lived in Iowa sixty-six years and saw it rise from its territorial form of government to be the leading one of the forty six states that compose the union.
Wherever Mr. Carrel has lived he has proven himself to be an honest, upright, law abiding citizen. If he owed a debt he did not wait to be notified through the mails to come and settle but he voluntarily appeared before his creditors and settled without notice. In a controversy or difference of opinion with any of his fellow men, afterwards becoming convinced that he was in the wrong, he was always ready to right those wrongs. These are traits of character in fact, the foundation upon which good morals and good religion rest.
The funeral services were held on Monday afternoon conducted by Rev. M. A. Hainer and the remains were laid to rest in the Woodward cemetery by the side of his first wife.

--from a local newspaper


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