Santa Cruz County History - People

Old Soldiers: Santa Cruz County Civil War Veterans
by Robert L. Nelson


Santa Cruz Sentinel (February 28, 1928)

DIED: CARROLL- In Santa Cruz, Feb 27, Mordecai R. Carroll, aged 86 years, 4 months, 17 days, native of Indiana. The funeral of the deceased will take place on Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, at Chase's Mortuary. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend. Remains to be sent to Mount Olivet for Cremation.

Civil War Veteran Dies

Mordecai R. Carroll, a well-known East Side resident and a veteran of the Civil War, died yesterday at the family residence at 30 Pine Street.

Mr. Carroll was a blacksmith in this city for a number of years and was a genial soul and one who made many friends. He served his country during the Civil War and was a member of the G.A.R.

Mr. Carroll was an Odd Fellow, a member of Elk Grove Lodge No. 274.

He lived to the good age of 86 years and was born in Indiana.

The body is at Chase's Mortuary and the funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the chapel.

The body will be sent to Mount Olivet for cremation.

Santa Cruz Sentinel (March 1, 1928)

Life History of Mordecai Carroll

Mordecai R. Carroll was born Oct 18, 1841 in Indiana. The family immigrated in 1850 to the state of Iowa settling in Marion County.

On the 11th day of May, 1857, with his parents they started with an ox team across the plains taking the old way of the Sublet cut-off, 50 miles north of Salt Lake City and across the desert to the Humboldt river coming across the Sierra Nevada's into California, and landing in Sacramento County September 25th where the family located 14 miles south of Sacramento.

Mr. Carroll was then 16 years of age and went to work for himself. In 1859 he drove an ox team hauling freight up into the mountains. In the summer of 1860, he drove a team at Virginia City and on April 29, 1861, with another man the two youngsters started overland horseback for Iowa, going by way of Truckee river taking the Simpson route to Camp Floyd, north of Salt Lake City and then down the old Laramie trail.

On account of the Indian troubles, the party traveled mostly at night having been augmented by several other men and hid out day times on account of many Indian parties on the warpath.

He arrived in Iowa about Sept. 20 and on August 11, 1862 enlisted in Company H, 40th Iowa Volunteer Infantry, being discharged August 16, 1865 at the close of the war and after working in Iowa until 1871 again started back to California by way of the new railroad.

In 1883 he again started east stopping off in Nebraska where he married Miss Mary M. Mikesell, and the two then went on to Iowa on a honeymoon, after which they went to Silver City, New Mexico where Mrs. Carroll's uncle lived and then back to California, where he engaged in the stock business until 1900, when he sold out and came to Santa Cruz where he has resided until his death.

Surviving are the following relatives. Forrest P. Carroll of San Francisco, a son; Mrs. A.G. Gregory of Oakland, a daughter; Myron C. Gregory, only grandson, Oakland; J.E. Carroll, Watsonville, a brother and his wife Mary M. Carroll.

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