Mary Carr, widow of Harris Carr

Transcribed & Contributed 9 Aug 2006
by Cheryl Heinrichs

A Venerable Woman Gone.
Cross Roads, Ala., Aug. 8, ‘93 EDITOR TIMES:—Death has again visited this neighborhood and taken away the oldest inhabitant with which we were acquainted. Mrs. Mary Carr, known by everybody in this part of the country as Aunt Polly Carr, was by nature of robust constitution and walked distance of two miles to attend Liberty church, where the Rev. Mr. Brown of Florence was preaching a series of sermons and there met many old acquaintances and friends, and had a renewal of the long ago and remained a day or two with friend and on the first instant she and her daughter, Mrs. James C. Young started for home on foot, when she was taken sick on the road and had to be carried home in a vehicle; and after arriving at home recovered to the extent that she conversed freely on general topics, and the anxiety of the family concerning her condition abated sufficiently that with the exception of Mrs. Young the family had all retired for the night. Mrs. Young was sitting talking with her mother when she noticed a very sudden peculiar breathing and by the time the family could quickly arise and get into her room she was dead; only living about four hours from the time she was first taken. She was born in Kentucky in the year 1806 and came to this county in her girlhood and married the late Harris Carr, who preceded her to the grave only a few years. I have heard the old settlers say that no better business woman than she could be find anywhere; that she helped to develop the country in all that was in her power; that many a night she was driving her business till midnight. Many think she must have broken down in spirit and health and a premature old lady, but this was far from the case. She was always lively and cheerful, and as walking seemed to be her favorite exercise she has frequently this year walked to a store two miles from home and back home again in half a day—in the 87th year of her age. She remarked to many while she was attending Mr. Brown’s meeting that as she advanced in age her prospects grew continuously brighter for heaven and that she was just waiting for the summons. She raised a large and respectable family of children, of whom most all survive her. Her remains were carried to Wesley’s Chapel, where a large crowd had gathered through deep respect to the deceased and the family to show their sympathy and condolence for and with the family. The Rev. Mr. Wiley conducted the burial exercises. We would say to the relatives by way of consolation, strive to emulate her Christian walk! A FRIEND.
[The Florence Times, 12 Aug 1893.]

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