"Family tradition tell us that James Carrell, the pioneer of the family in America, was a linen weaver in the north of Ireland, and took an active part in the religious wars of that period. Under the stress of adverse circumstances he, with others of like faith, was improsioned within the walls of the beleaguered city of Londonderry during the noted siege of one hundred and five days.... The coming of William of Orange was a turning point in the fortunes of war.... and in the redistributions of the property thus regained and appropriated, the Carrell family received their share of the spoils of war. It was soon after the war that James Carrell came to this country.

"There is no record of the marriage of James Carrell and Sarah Dungan, but it must have been prior to 1700, as we have the record of the marriage of their son in the First Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia, on August 17, 1723.

He died 1719 - 1720

"After the death of her husband James Carrell, Sarah (Dungan) remarried; this union with Nicholas Fitroy, brought no issue.

  • "James and Sarah (Dungan) Carrell had six children, of whom we have record of but five (the other probaboy dying in infancy), as follows:
  • Probable infant.
  • James, b. circa 1699, d. May 17, 1749; m. Diana Van Kirk.
  • Benjamin, b. circa 1701, d. March 1733/4; unmarried
  • Elizabeth, b. ......., d. .....; m. Samuel Gilbert.
  • Sarah, b. .... , d. .....; m. Silas McCarty.
  • Lydia, b. .... , d. .... , ; m. Robert Tomkins.
  • --------, b. .... , d, (evidently a daughter as, in the deed of the heirs to James Carrell 2d, for the lands of his father, in 1734, the three daughters above named are referred to as "being the surviving daughters of James Carrell, Deceased.")

  • Sources:
  • The Descendants of James Carrell and Sarah Dungan, his wife, Ezra Patterson Carrell, 1928. Pgs. 20-30, 35.