Saturday, November 30, 2013

Surname Saturday ~ Guild of One-Name Studies ~ Carrow surname

                                                              Carrow Abbey

I recently have joined the Guild of One-Name Studies for Carrow with variants Carowe,Carru, Corrow etc. We are definitely hoping to find the origin of our Carrow family who are in the United States as early as 1639-40.

Possibilities are the three largest pockets  of those carrying the name in Cambridge, Norfolk  and Somerset in the late 16th and early 17th century. Southern England surely is the most likely with Somerset currently higher in my sights. Why? There is some history of Carrows from Somersetshire being transported to the American Colonies in the 17th century. The family then departs from that area and later begin to move back there.

I am excited about the search possibilities.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Friday Faces From the Past ~ 50 years ago today

50 years ago today, most of these people were together. Ronnie and I were recently married and Jeannie and Mac would soon be engaged.
Jeannie and I were at the Salem Employment Office inquiring about part time jobs. I was enrolled at Glassb
oro State College part time and would take my first course in January..

I feel like I remember that there was a TV station was on at the Employment Office but maybe it was the radio. We did leave. I was stunned.

That night Ronnie and I had arranged to have our marriage convalidated in the Catholic Church. We had had a small civil ceremony for that reason as Ronnie was not yet Catholic. Checking with the priest he felt we should proceed with that plan. Joe Harrington "stood up" with us ..and my sister Carol maybe? I only remember Joe..

St. James church was mobbed with people praying and lighting candles..rosary head coverings ( pre Vatican II).. My church was in mourning for one of their own..a Catholic boy..

My family was in mourning for one of their own.. an Irish boy..

Would anything ever be this bad, my own folk felt?

Apparently it would.. 50 years later we are still divided as a country into Catholic and Protestant...Democrat and Republican..Black and White..

50 years later I still cry..and want to scream and throw things... Because of divisiveness that is just as bad and just as ugly.. uglier maybe? I was young then and idealistic..
I am not sure..

Requiescat In Pace Et Lux Perpetua ~ John Kennedy and Ronald Morrison ~ that is what my ain folk said then and would say now..

Monday, November 11, 2013

Military Monday ~ Veterans Day ~ Reunion on Pearl Harbor


My Dad William C. Carrow  BM1 USN was my hero through life. He served here on the USS Hopping DE -155 where he was a plank holder.

The USS Hopping made nine convoy crossings of the Atlantic Ocean before being sent to the Pacific. While in the Pacific, she withstood numerous Japanese air attacks as well as at least one concealed enemy shore battery. Dad was offered the opportunity to apply for a medal for his effort to secure the ship after it was torpedoed. He never filled out the papers saying "Someone had to do it".

My Uncle Francis Faunt served on the USS Cony DD-508 as a Torpedoman.  Cony was launched Christmas Day 1942 and then escorted a convoy from  Norfolk VA to Nouméa, New Caldedonia, where she arrived 27 January 1943.

From online chronology from sailors onboard I find that this file picture is the Cony in Pearl Harbor apparently in 1944. "Cony received two bomb hits on her main deck, and these with a near miss killed 8 of her men, wounded 10, and caused considerable damage. She was towed into Port Purvis for emergency repairs. She sailed from Port Purvis 4 May for Majuro and Pearl Harbor May 6th 1944.

So it seems that the joyous reunion between my Dad and my Uncle Franny which was joined by Faunt cousins Gilbert Earle and George Wilson at Pearl Harbor happened between May 6th and June 15, 1944. Family!!