Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Lost and Found--Carrie Krieger Shotwell and Carol Mary Shotwell

     Earlier this summer I had the good fortune to be spending a few days in St. Joseph, Michigan. It was not all fun in the sun! One day I spent browsing in a wonderful antique shop and found a treasure trove of old family photographs.

     Above is a cabinet card photograph identified on the back as Carrie Krieger Shotwell and her infant daughter, Carol Mary Shotwell.  Information on the back of the card:

Carrie Krieger Shotwell
Niece of Mrs. Elizabeth (Scherer) Hadlow
Cousin of Rose Hadlow Edgcumbe

Carol Mary Shotwell
October 30th 1888
Age 4 months

Caroline (Carrie) Henrietta Krieger, daughter of Charles B. Krieger and Henrietta Scherer (Sherer) was born on June 26, 1861 in Michigan.  She married Dr. Charles Benjamin Shotwell on January 1, 1885 in Chicago, Illinois.

     The Shotwells removed to Dr. Benjamin's hometown of Richmond, Ray County, Missouri.  Caroline died on February 15, 1950 and is buried beside her husband Charles in Shotwell Cemetery, Richmond, Ray County, Missouri. 

     Carol was born on June 29, 1888 in Richmond, Missouri.  Looking at ancestry records, daughter Carol married Winchester T. Willis and they had a daughter, Dorothy Inez Willis.  Carol is listed as Carol Monroe, a widow, living with her with her parents on the 1920 Missouri census.  By the 1930 Missouri census, Carol is married to John. L. Wilkinson.  Carol and John are buried in Shotwell Cemetery.

     Carol's daughter, Dorothy Inez Willis, married Col. Mervin E. Mansager and they are both buried in Shotwell Cemetery.

Ancestry census reports
Find-A-Grave Listings--Carrie Krieger ShotwellDr. Charles Benjamin Shotwell, Carol Mary Shotwell Wilkinson, Dorothy Inez Willis Mansager
Chicago Illinois Marriage Licenses on Family Search

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  1. How fun to get a lead on family history from an antique shop! Great post!

  2. A lovely picture, the baby is so alert.

  3. Do your Shotwells have ancestry in Massachusetts? I have a lineage from John Shatswell (1574 - 1646) of Ipswich, Mass. that includes multitudes of spelling variations (Shotwell/Shastwell/Shofwell/Shatiswall, ect.)