James J. Carlin (?1831-Aft. 1860)

Very little is known of James J. Carlin at this time. Census records suggest that he was born in New York sometime between 1830 and 1832. By 1849 he was living in Mill Creek, Ashley, Arkansas with his wife Mary Jane Long who he had married on September 27, 1849 in Ashley County. Their first known child, William A. Carlin was born here in October of 1850. Two more daughters, Frances and Martha, would also be born here in 1852 and about 1857 respectively. In 1860 the family is at the post office of Hamburg, Arkansas, a part of Mill Creek which may just be a more specific way of describing the same residence that they had in 1850.

There seems to have been some trouble in the family during the 1860s, but we do not yet have the answers to the question. It is even possible that James died during the Civil War, as he is not listed with the family in the 1870 census. Instead Jane is listed with her children in the town of Bright Star, Hopkins, Texas. Interestingly, the 1880 census shows a fourth child, Nora Carlin, but there is a possibility that Nora is a daughter of Jane's out of wedlock with another man, as James is still not listed and the census notes that Nora's father was born in Alabama, where as all the other records say James was born in New York.

James and Mary Jane had at least three children, possible four. They are:

1. William A. Carlin (1850-Aft. 1870)
2. Frances Elizabeth Carlin (1852-1944) m. Mr. Callicott and William Churchman
3. Martha E. Carlin (Abt 1857-1885) m. Gilbert Smith Hastings
4. Nora Carlin (born 1876)


Census Records

1. 1850 Census: Mill Creek, Arkansas - October 30, 1850

Vital Records

1. Arkansas Marriage Index: with Mary Jane Long, Sept 27, 1849 in Ashley County