Monday, April 4, 2016

C is for Carter Tadlock

I am participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge (April 2016), where we write 26 blog posts featuring each letter of the alphabet.  Each blogger can choose whatever subject matter they want.

Obviously, my interest is in Genealogy (categorized as History/Mythology for the Challenge), so I'll be posting short bios of my or my husband's ancestors.  Hopefully, this will give me the incentive to keep it up, at least for a month. Who knows, it might create a good habit.

I started this post when I was attempting Amy Johnson Crow's challenge for geneabloggers called  "Challenge: 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks."  Amy challenges genealogists to write about one ancestor once a week.  It was sitting in the "Drafts" folder, so decided to switch the Challenge.  #52Ancestors, # Blogging from A to Z, 


Carter Tadlock, my Great Grandfather, was born 24 Dec 1836 in Marion, Crittendon, Kentucky. I'm not sure where the location information came from, probably from someone else's tree. Census records do state he was born in Kentucky.  According to the 1840 census, the family was living in Harrodsburg, Mercer, Kentucky.

By  1850, they were living in Covington, Tipton, Tennessee

I've been unable to find Carter in the 1860 Census,

Hostilities in The Civil War began on April 12, 1861, with the attack on Fort Sumter.  Carter enlisted as a Pvt in Co A, 1 Reg't Texas Infantry in Jefferson Texas on April 27, 1861.  He apparently also is recorded as having enlisted again in New Orleans on May 16, 1861.

In 2007, a cousin, great grandson of Carter's sister, Margaret, sent me an email with the following information: "I was just looking back over some notes I made several years ago after talking with my grandmother. ... Grandmother said that Carter Tadlock was injured badly during the Civil War. He fought with the First Texas Regiment. He fought in the East and was captured and wounded during the war. Grandmother said he was hit in the head with a saber. She said he had terrible headaches for the rest of his life, and she was convinced that he eventually died of the wound he had suffered in the war."

Muster Roll:
Absent sick since 23 June Present at West Point at 7 Pines

For civil war buffs, here is a link to a map of the Seven Pines Battle:

Carter was also listed as a Prisoner of War and granted a parole in 1865

Carter Tadlock Parole Document Transcript
Headquarters Department of Virginia,
Columbia, Va.,                                  May 4th, 1865
Carter married Amanda Newton in 1867 in Kentucky.  They had eight children between 1868 and 1884 and moved to Texas.  "Carter and his family settled originally in Rusk County, Texas; and the 1880 census puts them in Henderson, the county seat.  Carter and Amanda later moved to Kyle, Texas, which was first settled in 1880." (Note from a cousin - see above)

According to the Family Bible, Carter died 24 June 1885, presumably in Kyle, Texas - but I don't have any proof yet.  


  1. I'm visiting from the A to Z Challenge, this is a wonderful post! My great-grandfather's grandfather fought in the Civil War as well. We have his bible, but I don't know how he died, or if he survived the war. Thank you!

  2. I wonder why he enlisted from TX instead of KY. I guess he was already out there scouting out the territory. The military records are such wonderful sources of information.
    Finding Eliza

  3. Great post. I'm always fascinated by the randomness of dates. Carter was born Dec 24, my Dad's birthdate and died Jun 24, my birthdate. I haven't found any Civil War soldiers yet. I wonder if it's because all my people were all very new immigrants at the time.