Born in Matagorda County Jail

Mary Frank Burnell nee Mary Frank Carr

(November 21, 1921 - August 31, 1996) was the grand daughter of Sheriff Frank Carr and the daughter of Thorton “Tony” Francis and Mildred Walker Carr. She was born in the Sheriff’s apartment in the jail - the only child ever born in the Matagorda County Jail. Source: Historic Matagorda County, Vol. II. She and her husband William are buried in Section 4A, Block 147, Cedarvale Cemetery.

Mary Frank Carr was born 11-1-1921 in Bay City, Matagorda Co., TX
She married William Lloyd Burnell 1943 during WW II
Mary Frank was suppose to be named Mary Frances. The Frances was to be female for her grandfather (the sheriff) Frank Carr. The court clerk knew that so instead of writing Frances she wrote the middle name Frank and her parents decided to go with the name. She was proud to be named after her beloved grandfather and so she continued to be called Mary Frank her whole life. That was until her sons started bringing home their friends. She was a mother to all their friends and they started calling her "MOMMA B." That continued to be the name her daughter-in-laws and grandchildren also called her.

Mary Frank Burnell was a bank teller in Bay City Texas. My favorite recipe that she taught me was "Chicken Spaghetti" Her special secret was to add mushroom soup. Even today if I make Chicken Spaghetti I think about Momma B. She died in Houston Texas.

Mary Frank Carr in 1940 Census at age 18 with mother Mildred and brother Lancy Carr age 16


Born: June 12th 1897 in Fort Bend Texas
Married: Mildred Minnie Walker on December 15th 1917
Died: in April 1974 in Bay City, TX


Born: December 9th 1877 in Iowa
Married: Ida Viola Thornton on August 19th 1896
Died: August 2nd 1949
Joseph was a peace officer, a carpenter at age 20 in Rosenberg, Texas Census.

Theron Francis Carr -

Theron Francis Carr was born to James D. and Jane C. Truesdale Carr on April 25, 1842 at Cedarville, Herkimer County, New York. - A story written by Theron Carr. (Old link - see above)

The family moved from Cedarville to Marcellon, Columbia County, Wisconsin by 1850;

by 1860 they were living in Cannon City, Rice County, Minnesota.

On July 6, 1861 he married Harriett Emaline Kirkpatrick, in Pine Island, Goodhue County, MN. Harriet was born in Van Buren County, Iowa.

Their first child, Celia Delphinia was born June 12, 1863 in Paynesville, Sterns County, MN.

She died on August 14, 1864. With the Civil War raging,

Theron joined Company G, 2nd Regiment, Minnesota Cavalry as a Sergeant on November 12, 1863 at Cannon City, Rice County, MN and was discharged as a Sergeant on December 29, 1865.,_Sr. A story of his Civil Service online. The 2nd Minnesota Cavalry was organized during the fall and winter of 1863 and was mustered in during January 1864.The unit was never involved with the fighting going on between the North and the South. Rather, when they were not involved in garrison duty they were totally involved with fighting the Sioux Indians who were marauding in the area.

On July 29, 1864 they engaged approximately 5,000 Indians in the Battle of Tahkahokuty Mountain (Killdeer Mountain).

They engaged in battle again on August 8, 1864 at Mauvaise Terre, Dakota Territory; on November 8, 1864 at Rosemount, MN and on May 7, 1865 at Blue Earth River (in southern MN).

All of these battles were with the Sioux Indians.After his discharge from the Army Theron and Harriet returned to Iowa where their second child, Thomas James (M) was born on December 15, 1865.

The little family moved frequently over the years, and grew as they went along. Willie Byron (M), 1867, at Butler County, Iowa; Ella Jane (F), August 26, 1869, at Sauk Center, Sterns Co., MN; Herbert Pearl “Bertie” (M), 1872, at Boone Co., AR; Charles Milligan “Charlie” (M), October 7, 1874, at Montgomery Co., MO; Joseph Francis “Frank” (M), December 9, 1876, in MO; Sidney Lee (M), January 16, 1881, in MO and Effie Mae (F), November 26, 1885 in MO.

In the 1900 Federal census Theron, Harriet, Charles, Sidney, Effie and Frank were living in Wharton County, TX and in the 1910 Federal census we find Theron, Harriet, Sidney Lee and Effie had moved to Palo Alto, Santa Clara County, CA.

By 1916 Theron, Harriet, Effie and Sidney Lee with his wife Lela had returned to Texas and settled in Bay City. Sidney Lee and Lela’s first child, Francis Ray, was born February 12, 1917.Harriet Emaline died on October 27, 1927 and was buried at Cedarvale Cemetery, Bay City, Matagorda County, Texas.

Theron died on January 1, 1929 and was buried next to Harriet at Cedarvale.


Born: New York
Married Jane C. Trusdale


Born: 1774
Married Elizabeth Kinner

James Carr b. 1774-7 New York
m. perhaps c. 1800 and perhaps in Orange County, New York, Elizabeth Kinner.

Enumerated in Reading, Steuben (that portion that is now Schuyler) County, New York in 1820 with five males under age ten, one male of age ten and under age sixteen, one male of age sixteen and under age eighteen, one male of age sixteen and under age twenty six, one male of age twenty six and under age forty five, one female under age ten, one female of age ten and under age sixteen, one female of age sixteen and under age twenty six, and the remainder of the enumeration is torn.

They removed to Pennsylvania about 1823. Enumerated in Jackson Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania in 1830.

James and son Calvin first appear on the 1833 assessment list (compiled fall of 1832) of Wells Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania, James with six acres of improved land and forty four unimproved acres, 2 cows and a horse.

James does not appear after the 1834 assessment. The family removed to Hillsdale County, Michigan. 1. William A. Carr b. c. 1802.
2. Calvin Carr b. c. 1805.
3. David Carr b. c. 1808.
4. Jesse E. Carr b. c. 1810.
5. Simeon J. Carr b. c. 1812.
6. M. Demott Carr b. c. 1815 Orange County.
7. James D. Carr b. c. 1817 Orange County.
8. Seymore S. Carr b. c. 1819. 9. Sarah Ann Carr b. c. 1820.



Settled on Long Island New York
Served in Washington's Army (1776 - 1783) Orange County NY. Militia 4th Regiment.


Links to Carr Ancestors

History of Carr's but not finding link to Richard Carr

Carr / Ker
Walter Ker, with other Scotch nonconformists, was deprived of his property and exiled under perpetual banishment upon the accession of James the IInd in 1685. Migrated from Glasgow, Scotland, in September, 1685, and arrived in New Jersey about December, 1685. One of the founding fathers of the town of Hopewell(?), New Jersey.Less