|ANGELINE WILLIS CARDER
This history of great great grandmother Angeline Willis Carder was written from oral history of my grandmother Julia Carolina Carder Whited, Great aunt Aunt Elvina Sarah Carder Crisp (Aunt Vine), and their cousin, Lydia Carder Sullens. They told me what their Grandmother Angeline told them when they were just young girls.
Angeline was born 1829 in Illinois. We traced her life through census, marriage, and a few other records. The rest is from oral history.
Aunt Vine had heard several stories from Angeline that go back to when Angeline lived in Illinois. Aunt Vine did not know how old Angeline would have been at that time.
One of the stories was of Angeline, her family and neighbors preparing to leave their settlement and relocate, somewhere across a river. An ole Indian found out somehow of their plans and he alerted his tribe which surrounded and captured them. They hacked a neighbor man and woman up badly, cutting the womans breasts. After the torment was over, the old Indian rose up and started making awful noises.
Another story is about the Willis familie's neighbors who were captured by hostile Indians. A friendly tribe they knew and lived by, crept quietly in during the night and rescued them. Aunt Vine said that while Angeline lived in Illinois, she lived by some sort of water, lake, etc.
All of Angeline's grandchildren said she never talked about her family. Lydia Sullens says once Angeline was crossing a river in a boat, she had her little dog with her. Angeline was very concerned for the little dog's safety.
Angeline was a fleshy woman weighing approximately 200 pounds. She wore her dresses long, buttoned all the way up front, gathered all around with bask waist. These dresses had pockets that she carried candy in. Her dresses usually contained of ten yards of material. She smoked a little clay pipe which had a cane stem. It was called a stone pipe. The tobbaco she grew her self was very harsh. My grandmother would light her pipe with a hot coal from their fireplace many times. Angeline dropped a hot coal on grandmothers neck when she was a baby. Grandmother still has the scar to this day.
Lydia said that grandmother was Angeline's pick of grandchildren and that she depended on her. Grandmother would stroke Angeline's hair for hours at a time. Angeline also taught grandmother how to make cornbread.
According to their marriage record, Angeline and Benjamin Carder were married in Manchester, St. Louis County, Missouri in 1846. Benjamin served in the Gasconade County Regt. in the Cival War in 1862. While Benjamin was fighting for the union, Angeline and children were alone at home. Benjamin told her if bushwackers gave her trouble not to fight them or they would kill her. She would hide food, meat, and cloth on top of their house from the bushwackers.
Angeline lived with grandmothers family. John, grandmother's father was the youngest child. Later she moved in with her other son, Simeon. And finally moved in with her other son, Abraham where she was living at the time of her death in 1912. She was buried in Green Mountain Cemetary in Mountain Grove, Missouri.
Complied by Willam C Raney
From: Carol Longwell Miller <Misswings@kc.rr.com>
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